We are suggesting some selected Yog Asanas to rejuvenate your body.
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"Ardha" means 'half' and "Padma" means 'lotus' in Sanskrit. Ardha Padmasana is half of the Lotus Pose. Those who cannot practice Padmasana can start with Ardha Padmasana and then move on to doing the full Lotus pose.
Benefits: Increases the flexibility of hips, knees and ankles;
Is very good for meditation.
: Sit erect on the mat with your legs stretched out in front of you with heels apart. Fold your right leg at the knee. Holding the right ankle with your right hand and the big toe with your left hand pull the right leg towards your body and place it at the root of the left thigh. Keep your sole turned upwards and your right knee touching the ground. Press your right knee gently if needed. Now hold the left ankle with your left hand and the left big toe with your right hand. Pull the left leg gently towards the right calf. Raise your right thigh and put the left leg under it so that the left foot is under the right thigh. Ensure that the left foot and left knee both touch the ground. Place the right and the left palm on the right and left knee respectively. Relax your whole body. You may close your eyes too. Now gradually stretch out both legs in front of you returning to the initial position, with left leg first followed by the right leg. Repeat the same by changing the position of the legs.
The custard-apple is also called bullock's heart. Beneath the thin covering, a thick, cream-white layer of custard like, granular flesh is present, which surrounds seeds. The flavor of the fruit is sweet. It has many health and nutritional benefits. Custard apples contain vitamin A, which is good for healthy skin and hair. It is also known to be great for eye sight. It also helps to cure indigestion problem. Include this fruit in your daily diet as the copper content in this fruit helps to cure constipation. It also helps to treat diarrhoea and dysentery. As they are high in magnesium, they equalize the water balance in our body, which helps in removing of acids from the joints and reduces the symptoms of rheumatism and arthritis. If you feel tired and weak more often than usual, then have this fruit in your daily diet as the potassium present in it helps to fight muscle weakness. It is also good for people suffering from anaemia. This fruit is low in saturated fat, cholesterol and sodium, thus making it a very healthy fruit.
Recipe of the Month
Custard Apple Sorbet
- 75g caster sugar
- 5 medium custard apples, halved
- Thinly pared lime rind to decorate
Method : Place the sugar in a pan with 300ml water; bring to the boil, stirring to dissolve the sugar. Reduce the heat, simmer for 10 minutes until it forms a thin syrup. Set aside to cool slightly. Scoop out custard apple flesh. Press through a sieve to remove seeds. Place the sugar syrup and flesh in a food processor; blend until smooth. Pour into a freezer container and freeze for 2 hours. Remove from freezer, mash with a fork. Freeze again until firm. Serve scoops in small bowls decorated with lime rind.
Diet Tip: Eat several mini-meals during the day.
Serene and unspoilt, Lansdowne is a hill station in the secluded reaches of Uttarakhand. Surrounded by beautiful oak, silver fir, spruce, bamboo and pine forests, it is a getaway for nature lovers and romantics. Some of the famous places to visit around Lansdowne are Kotdwar where the hills start. It is one of the rail terminuses for the Garhwal region. Some of the places of interest in Kotdwar include the ancient Kanva Ashram, Sidhbali temple and the Charaik hills . Kotdwar is a very important place from the historical point of view as well. Jwalpadevi is a religious spot which is dedicated to the Goddess Durga. It is one of the most popular religious places in the entire Garhwal and people come to pay a visit to Jwalpadevi in large numbers, every year. Tarkeshwar Temple is located in some of the deep oak and deodar forests and is known for the ancient Siddhpeethas. The thick forest surrounding the Lansdowne is an apt place for Jungle safari . The thick Oak trees and blue pine woods make the environment of the surrounding forest challenging for the adventurous tourist. The forests enclose many wild flora and fauna. Kanvashram , a sacred ashram located near Lansdowne hill station, is a gateway to Puri, the most sought temple town in India. This ashram is bordered by thick forests and hillocks, making it a beautiful place for feasting the eyes of tourists. A spectacular attraction nearby is the famous Malini River. Garhwal Rifles Regimental War Memorial is one of the most popular destination to explore in Lansdowne. The memorial has portraits of war heroes and war weapons. People who are on the expedition trip to Lansdowne should explore the rustic charm of the memorial.