We are suggesting some selected Yog Asanas to rejuvenate your body.
Next in the series is:
"Sasanka" means 'hare' in Sanskrit. The final body posture in this asana looks like a leaping hare.
- Upper back, shoulders and arms gets stretched;
- Relieves spinal problems;
- Slipped disc can be cured;
- Knees and ankles attain strength;
- Drooping shoulders can be treated thereby correcting one's posture.
Procedure: Assume Vajrasana. The knees should be together on the ground. The body should be resting on the heels. The soles of the feet should be turned outwards. Inhale slowly and raise both your arms straight above your head. Turn the palms outward and ensure that the inside of the arms is touching the ears. Lean back as much as you can. Exhale and gradually bend the trunk and pelvis forward. While doing this the inside of the arms should keep touching the ears and you should remain seated at all times. Keep bringing your head and arms down until the arms touch the floor. Move the palms forward along the floor to the maximum limit. The palms should be together and abdomen should be pressing on the thighs. Hold your breath and maintain this posture as long as you comfortably can. Inhale and return to the starting posture in the reverse order, keeping the inside of the arms touching the ears and remaining seated.
Valencia oranges are the most well known type of orange, and have a distinctive bright coloured juice that other citrus fruits don't have. Valencia oranges are a good source of Vitamin C, fibre and folate. A 6 ounce glass provides more than 100% of the Recommended Daily Allowance of Vitamin C, which is necessary to make collagen, which supports the structure of the ligaments, tendons and skin. Orange juice is a source of potassium, which helps replace fluid loss, and is therefore a popular drink with athletes, for helping muscles work properly by maintaining the water balance in blood cells. Folic acid is an important nutrient for expectant mothers, and it also sustains the nervous system. Valencia oranges are wonderful for salads, garnishes, and pure eating enjoyment.
Recipe of the Month
Valencia Orange Cake
- 2-3 large oranges (approx. 650g in total)
- 1 tbsp butter for greasing
- 6 eggs
- 1 1/2 cups caster sugar
- 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 2 cups almond meal
- 3/4 self raising flour
- 1 1/2 Tbsp icing sugar (to dust over finished cake)
Procedure: Place valencia oranges in a saucepan with enough boiling water to cover them. Simmer for 45 minutes, then remove from the water and leave to cool. Cut off little bit of stem of the orange and then slice each orange down the middle and remove the white pith and pips. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees. Now whisk the eggs and sugar for 3 minutes until light and creamy. Add baking powder, almond meal, flour and stir until all combined. Now add the orange mixture and mix well. Pour into greased and lined round cake tin and bake on middle shelf of oven for about 40 minutes or until a knife comes out clean. Remove from oven and leave cake in tin to cool on wire rack for 10 minutes. Remove cake from tin and leave to cool completely.
Sonmarg or Meadow of Gold is a hill station in Ganderbal district in the Indian State of Jammu and Kashmir. Sonmarg is a trekker's heaven that has adventurous routes with beautiful green water and frozen lakes around. High altitude makes it cold even during summers. Thajiwas, the everlasting glacier, provides a chance to enjoy sledge ride on the snow even in mid-summer. Ponies are available up to the glacier from Sonmarg. Superb camp sites in Thajiwas area makes it a prime location for school camps and trekkers in summer. 5km from Ganderbal is the shrine of Kheer Bhawani at a village called Tulmul. An annual festival, Jesht Ashtami, is held during May-June, when according to beliefs, the Goddess changes the colour of the water. A trip to this temple will be worthwhile. Mansbal Lake is famous for water nuts, lotus roots 'nadru' and lotus flowers that blossom. This lake serves as home to many aquatic birds, making it a bird watchers' paradise. It is considered the deepest lake in Kashmir as deep as 12.8 m at some places. The beautiful shikaras floating over the lake offer a wonderful ride. A well laid park in front of the lake makes it a pleasurable picnic spot for locals and tourists alike. Gangabal Lake, 15 km from Sonmarg, will certainly make you stop at the first visible campsite in the area. Passing via Vishansar Lake at 3680 m and further to Krishansar Lake at 3819 m, a marvellous campsite urges you to stop overnight. A 23 km trek to Gadsar Lake , appears, mostly full of broken glacier masses. A trek of 17 km via Satsar Lake, 3600 m, passes through Gangabal valley, where the view of Harmukh Peak is breathtaking.
Amarnathji Yatra the meandering trek of 14 km from Bal Tal, leads to the Holy Cave. One can easily return the same day by early evening to Baltal where ample tents are available at affordable cost. Medical facilily, telecommunication and other necessary amenities are available at Bal Tal during the yatra period organized efficiently by the concerned State authorities.