We are suggesting some selected Yog Asanas to rejuvenate your body.
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"Marjari" means 'cat' in Sanskrit.
- Spinal cord is stretched and gets massaged;
- Abdominal organs benefit from this pose;
- Helps reduce stress.
Procedure: Get down on all fours with your palms and knees on the floor and the back straightened out, forming a table top. Keep your knees right below the hips. Straighten your arms, so that the wrist, elbow and shoulder are in one straight line. Keep your head in the center. Do not let the head hang down. Fix your gaze on the floor. Inhale. Exhale and raise your spine so that it forms an arc. Make sure your knees and shoulders are in position. Bring your head down. Inhale and bring the spine down to assume table top position. Repeat 10- 12 times.
Caution : People with neck injury should avoid this pose.
Persimmon ( Diospyros virginiana) is a deep orange, waxy fruit which is similar to a tomato in shape and is sweet, delicious and rich in health promoting nutrients such as vitamins, minerals and anti-oxidants that are vital for optimum health. The fruit is low in calories and fats but is rich source of dietary fibre total phenols, epicatechin, gallic and p-coumaric acids; some minerals in persimmons are significantly higher than in apples. Also the fruit has high antioxidant content. In mature fruits there is lot of water, ashes, proteins, carbohydrates, organic acids, and tannin. The fruit offers Vitamic C, provitamin A alongwith apple and lemon acids. It is an excellent source of iron, calcium, copper as well as magnesium and Kalium. It is a dietary product that is recommended for the treatment of digestive disorders. A large amount of sugar present in persimmon, mostly glucose and fructose, maintains a healthy vascular system and strengthens cardiac muscle, while blood glucose level remains in normal range. Human body uses sugars in permission to strengthen cardiac muscle. Persimmons are high in Potassium. This fruit soothes nervous system and also increases working efficiency. Persimmons are also used in cosmetic products to reduce pores and wrinkles making the skin smooth and matte. Eating 1-2 persimmons a day is not only satisfying but is also a healthy addition to the diet.
Recipe of the Month
Persimmon Cream Candy
- 2 cups sugar
- 1 tablespoon dark corn syrup
- 1 cup half and half cream
- pinch of salt
- 2 1/2 tablespoons persimmon pulp
- 1 rounded teaspoon butter
Method: Mix together sugar, corn syrup, cream, and salt; let stand about 20 minutes. When sugar is dissolved, place on heat and bring quickly to boil. When almost at the soft-ball stage, remove from heat and stir in persimmon pulp and butter. Return to heat and boil, stirring constantly until it reaches the soft-ball stage. Remove from heat and leave until partly set, then beat until mixture shows signs of hardening. Pour onto buttered plate and mark into squares when cooled.
Diet Tip: Eat several mini-meals during the day.
Gwalior is a city in Madhya Pradesh and is one of the finest tourist destinations in India. It is well connected with all the major cities of India by Road, Train and also by Air. The various tourist attractions in Gwalior are hugely responsible for the huge influx of tourists. Gwalior has many places of tourist interests. Some of the notable ones are: Gwalior Fort, it is famous for its formidable bastioned walls, exquisite temples and palaces. It has earned the reputation of being North and Central India's most impregnable fort. Babur described the fort as, "The pearl amongst fortresses in India". Sanchi Stupas built on top of the hill are crowned by the chhatra (a parasol like structure), thereby specifying a shelter for relics. Udayagiri Caves is famous as a Jain Pilgrimage Centre. Queen's Cave or the Rani Gumpha, features some complicated yet interesting carved sculptures. Other Caves like cave-3 and cave-4 are double storied, featuring the conspicuous sculptures of a lion holding its prey, elephants with snakes and also pillars decorated with unusual winged animals. Man Mandir , the palace built by Man Singh Tomar is a major attraction of the fort. With its intricate carvings and beautiful paintings, it is also known as Chitra Mandir or Palace of Paintings. Gujari Mahal is now converted onto a museum and is known for its collection of Jain and Hindu artifacts. The Fort is also known for the temples in its precincts. Telika Mandir is a fascinating temple built in the 9th century and is striking with its Dravidian style of architecture. The Saas-Bahu Temple is interestingly a misnomer. It is the name given to two adjoining temples of different sizes, the larger one displaying elaborate carvings and sculptures with intricate work. The Chhatris with conical spires and heavily carved interiors in typical Bundhelkhandi style are memorial which were built to commemorate the former Scindia rulers. Other tourist attractions in Gwalior are the Surya Mandir, a replica of the famous Sun Temple in Orissa. For those interested in the history and culture of Gwalior a visit to Kala Vithika is a must. Another must see museum is the Scindia Museum , which was once the royal palace of the Scindias, the erstwhile royalty of Gwalior. The place is a paragon of opulence with rare collections like a silver toy train whose wagons were used as serving dishes and a glass cradle from Italy used for Lord Krishna at Janmashtami. Excursions from Gwalior can be made to nearby places. Datia , 74 km from Gwalior is famous for its Bundela paintings. Those interested in archeology should visit Pawaya , which was known as Padmavati in ancient times where one can find archaeological remains of the first and eight centuries. The Dhoomeshwar Mahadeo temple , situated 3 km away, is a fine example of Bundela architecture. Sonagiri is a famous Jain pilgrimage site. If you wish to go on a picnic not far from Gwalior, then Tigra Dam will be an ideal option. Gwalior hosts the Tansen Music Festival every winter in the months of November/ December. The festival in memory of the illustrious singer Tansen of Emperor Akbar's time attracts musicians and music lovers from across the country.