We are suggesting some selected Yog Asanas to rejuvenate your body.
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In Sanskrit the word "Vriksha" means 'tree'. In this pose the practitioner holds his body still like a tree.
- Alleviates the pain of Rheumatic patients;
- Strengthens the ligaments of feet, tendons and arches;
- Improves Neuromuscular coordination;
- Leg muscles become stronger and get toned.
Procedure: Stand erect in Tadasana with your feet joined together. Keep your legs straight and your arms on either side. Lift your right leg and fold it at the knee. Holding the ankle with both hands, pull the leg up. Rest your right foot on the upper part of the left thigh. The toes of the right foot must be pointing downwards. The folded right leg must be perpendicular to the left leg. Balance your body properly on your left leg. Join the palms of both hands in front of your chest, fingers pointing upward. Inhale slowly and gradually raise both your hands up above your head. Keep your arms slightly bent. Stretch your hands and body further up to the maximum limit. Gaze ahead. Keeping your balance, relax for as long as possible. Bring down your hands to chest level. Lower your right leg. Repeat the above steps with the opposite leg.
The raspberry is a compound fruit composed of many small fruits. The raspberries are low in calories and saturated fats but are rich source of dietary fibre and antioxidants. Raspberries have significantly high levels of phenolic flavonoid phytochemicals such as anthocyanins, ellagic acid (tannin), quercetin, gallic acid, cyanidins, pelargonidins, catechins, kaempferol and salicylic acid. Fresh raspberries are an excellent source of vitamin-C, which is also a powerful natural antioxidant. Raspberry has an ORAC value (oxygen radical absorbance capacity) of about 4900 per 100 grams, crediting it among the top-ranked ORAC fruits. Raspberries contain a good amount of minerals like potassium, manganese, copper, iron and magnesium. Potassium is an important component of cell and body fluids that helps control heart rate and blood pressure. Manganese is used by the body as a co-factor for the antioxidant enzyme, superoxide dismutase. Copper is required in the production of red blood cells. The berries are rich in B-complex group of vitamins and vitamin K. They contain very good amounts of vitamin B-6, niacin, riboflavin, and folic acid. These vitamins function as co-factors and help body in the metabolism of carbohydrates, protein and fats.
Recipe of the Month
- 1 lb of raspberries
- 3 tablespoons of sugar
- 1 tablespoon of lemon juice
Procedure: Combine the raspberries, sugar and lemon juice in a pot.
Cover and cook for about 10 minutes or until bubbling. Remove from the heat, then place in a food processor and blend. Pass through a strainer to remove the seeds. Chill before serving.
Gujarat, a State in western India is popular among the tourists and has various sightseeing options. Ahmedabad the 'Manchester of the East' was once ruled by Ahmed Shah, who the city is named after. The city has some 15th century monuments displaying a fine blend of Hindu and Islamic architectural styles. Ahmed Shah's Mosque, Jumma Masjid, Kankaria Lake, Rauza of Shah Alam, Rani Roopmati Mosque and Teen Darwaza are main tourist spots of the city. Biggest attraction in Ahmedabad is the Ashram of Mahatma Gandhi on the bank of the river Sabarmati, from where he started the famous 'Dandi March'. Bhuj is famous for its wildlife sanctuaries namely Narayan Sarovar Sanctuary and Kutch Bustard Sanctuary. Bhavnagar is the fifth largest city in the State. It is famous as a tourist attraction due to its historical significance and the splendid architecture from the past. Takhteshwar Temple, Gangajalia, Nilambag Palace and Town Hall are a few tourist spots to mention. Champaner, the ancient capital of Sultan Mahmud Beghara, lies at the foothills of the Pavagadh. Jama Masjid in Champaner is a must visit. The ruins of Khapra Zaveri Palace is also popular for its location near the Vishwamitri river. The view of the river from the roof of the palace is breathtaking. The holy town of Dwarka at the confluence of the river Gomti and the Arabian Sea is associated with the legend of Lord Krishna. Gandhinagar, the capital city of Gujarat, is famous for Indroda Nature Park, Punit Van, Akshardham temple, Adalaj Ni Vav and Gujarat Science City and other tourist places.
Jamnagar also known as the 'Jewel of Kathiawar', is known for its scenic charm, beaches, hills and wildlife. Marine National Park, Darbargadh Palace, Pratap Vilas Palace and Willingdon Crescent are a must visit. Junagadh at the foothills of Girnar Hills is famous for its architectural splendour. The major places to see are Adi-Kadi Vav, Buddhist caves, Baba Pyara caves, Navghan Kuvo and Jami Masjid. Mandvi city boasts of some architectural wonders that are worth a visit, Vijay Vilas Palace being the best example. Swami Narayan Temple, Vaishnav Temple at Sundarvan, Raneshwar Temple , Lakshmi Narayan Temple are some famous temples in the city.
Patan is popular for housing at least 100 Jain temples each of which is exquisitely carved. One must visit Mahavir Swami Derasar in Dhandherwad and Hemachandracharya Gyan Mandir .
Pavagarh is among the pilgrimage places in Gujarat famous for the Mahakali temple which attracts thousands of pilgrims every year. Machi Haveli, Raval Palace and Dudhia Tala are also well known.
Porbandar city invites tourist to experience its beautiful temples and marvellous public buildings. Rajkot is one of the best shopping destinations of Gujarat famous for its silk sarees, various types of embroidery and traditional attires embellished with mirror and patch work. Sasangir is one of the biggest tourist attractions in Gujarat. Gir Forest earns its fame as the only place outside Africa to harbour Asiatic lions. Besides the lions, you can also spot Indian deer, sambar, chital, nilgai, chinkara and a variety of birds.
Sarnath is also a pilgrimage site in Gujarat. Ashoka pillar, Chaukhandi Stupa, Tibetan Temple, Thai Temple and Archaeological Museum are the popular places to see. Somnath Temple, the best-known temple of Gujarat, is one of the 12 Jyotirlingas (Shiva Shrines). Surat is famous for its Textile market , beaches of Ubharat , Udvada and Vansada National Park . Apart from the tourist destinations, the State can boast of almost 3,500 fairs and festivals being celebrated in different parts of the State every year. Navaratri, Janmashtami, International Kite Festival in Ahmedabad, Kutch Utsav in Bhuj, Chitra Vichitra Fair at Poshina, Tarnetar No Mela in Surendranagar are only a few festivities in Gujarat, when the State turns out to be a spectacular kaleidoscope of vibrant colours.