We are suggesting some selected Yog Asanas to rejuvenate your body.
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In Sanskrit "Shalabha" connotes 'locust'. The final posture resembles a feeding locust, head lowered and tail up, hence the name.
- Muscles of lower back and legs get strengthened;
- Waist becomes supple and resilient;
- Heart muscles get massaged and function well;
- Gets rid of a bulging tummy;
- Edema of ankles and feet can be treated;
- Increases lung capacity;
- Faulty spinal curvature is corrected;
- Person suffering from bronchitis can get relief.
Procedure: Lie down on your stomach with legs close together and hands on the sides. Make sure your abdomen, chest and chin are touching the ground. Clench your fists and keep them facing upwards. Inhale and hold your breath. Taking support of the fist, raise both legs backwards straight up, without bending the knee. The body from navel upwards should be on the ground. The chin should be touching the ground. Raise your legs as much as you can. Hold the legs in the raised position for five seconds. Exhale slowly and bring your left leg down. Complete exhalation. Relax.
The longan fruit has been referred to as the 'little brother of the lychee'. The flesh is whitish, translucent, somewhat musky, sweet, but not as sweet as that of the lychee and with less "bouquet". Longan fruit contains several vitamins and minerals, including iron, magnesium, phosphorus and potassium, and large amounts of vitamins A and C. Longan fruit can do miracles to the nerves and therefore recommended as an anti-depressant. Longan can improve wound healing as well as increase longevity. It helps combat the free radicals within the body and keep the cells from damage. The fruit helps to reduce the risk of some types of cancer and also improves cell creation. Longans help to replenish blood and therefore are superb remedy for anaemia. Also, they are able to increase iron assimilation in human body. The fruit is said to benefit heart health as well. Fresh longans help create miracles for the skin as well. They are known to contain anti-ageing effect and are proven to improve skin health. The fruit is particularly identified to benefit the delicate skin close to the eyes, minimize peeling and cracking of skin and therefore enhance the complexion. This delicious, sweet fruit may benefit eyesight, treat teeth and gum problems and oral cracks and sores effectively.
Recipe of the Month
- 1 to 1.5 l water
- 1/2 cup red dates
- Sliced ginger
- 2/3 cup dried longans
(washed and soaked)
- 1-2 tbs rock sugar
Procedure: Bring water and red dates to boil. Add in ginger and dried longans and let it boil over small fire for 20min. Add in sugar and stir thoroughly for another 20min. Serve hot.
Situated in Coimbatore district, Valparai is an attractive tourist destination of Tamil Nadu. Entering the forest and tea gardens of Valparai one can enjoy the presence of many streams, dams, valleys, waterfalls, high mountains, grasslands, flora and fauna. Valparai is the only hill station in the world which has 12 dams and hydroelectric power stations. Annamalai wildlife sanctuary is situated at an altitude of 1,400 meters near Pollachi with a total area of 958 sq kms. The sanctuary is filled with various fauna like green pigeon, pangolin, sloth bear, panther, elephant, tiger, gaur, deer etc. Aaliyar dam is located at Aliyar and is famous as a picnic spot. The park near the dam is well maintained and pulls many tourists. Birla falls is 2 km from Valparai. Watching the water fall in the midst of green tea fields is a pleasant view for eyes. Sidhi Vinayagar temple is 5 kms from Valparai; the temple is situated in a very beautiful garden. Congreve falls is situated in Nadumalai estate, and is named after C.R.T Congreve, one of the early explorers of this hill. Manompally forest truly provides the icing on the cake for Valparai. Graced by the Manompally river (with a few crocodiles, of course), this reserve forest provides adventurous treks, a high probability to sight some of the endangered species. There is a trekking shed (rest house) on the banks of Manompally river which doubles up as a base camp for those bent on adventure. Grass Hills is the most beautiful, most enchanting and the most peaceful place on earth. Forming a part of Indira Gandhi National Park, Athirapally falls, 80 km drive from Valparai through one of the thickest evergreen forests in India, simulates the canopied rainforests of Amazon and Central Africa. On the way there are two other falls Charpa and Vazhachal. In Charpa falls the water plunges on to the road in the monsoon, so get ready to get drenched if you are visiting it in the rainy season. Vazhachal waterfalls is set in the backdrop of a lush green forest near Gorges. Nallamudi- Pooncholai (valley view) can be reached through a gateway in the tea garden. From here one can have an excellent view of the Anaimudi peak, the highest peak in South India. There are few falls on the valley one of which appear as streaks. This is truly a sight to behold. Monkey falls, one of nature's finest and purest sources of minerals and ayurvedic formulations, truly rejuvenates your body and mind. Loams view point gives a panoramic view of the Azhiyar dam. Consider yourself lucky if you spot endangered Nilgiri Tahr, the State animal of Tamil Nadu. Tiger valley provides a spectacular view of Kadamparai and the upper Azhiyar projects. Wind mills situated on the plains can be a feast to the eyes, try zooming in your binoculars for a couple. Balaji temple located amidst serene tea gardens, the silence and the climate prevailing here makes it an ideal place to reinforce one's conviction in the almighty. There is also a play area and a lawn for the tiny tots. Iraichal Parai falls originates from the springs in the Grass Hills and it forms the perennial Nadumalai River which flows through Valparai. Chinna Kallar is considered to be one of the wettest places in India at par with Mawsymram, Cherrapunji and Agumbe. There are about 8 Dams in and around Valparai namely Sholayar (one in TN and another in Kerala), Azhiyar, Parambikulam, Upper Nirar, Lower Nirar , Kadamparai and Upper Azhiyar . Each dam has a significance in its own way.