We are suggesting some selected Yog Asanas to rejuvenate your body.
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"Vaka" connotes 'crane' in Sanskrit. The final posture of the body resembles a crane.
- Arms and wrists attain power;
- Biceps get stronger and toned.
Procedure: Stand erect in Tadasana. Squat down with your soles flat on the floor. Spread your knees apart wider than your hips. Lean your body forward between your thighs. Place your palms on the floor. Support your elbows on the shins. Place your knees in the armpits and the thighs against the sides of the trunk. Lift your feet up gradually and keep leaning forward. Shift your weight to the upper arms. Lift your feet completely off the floor. Also raise your waist and buttocks to the maximum limit. Look in front or gaze down. Stay in this position for about 10-20 seconds. To return, exhale and bring your feet down to the floor.
Caution : People suffering from spondylitis should not perform this pose.
Blueberries are small fruits of a shrub tree, which belongs to the heath ( Ericaceae ) family. Blueberries are a rich source of vitamins and minerals, and have various health benefits associated with them. Blueberries are one of the richest sources of antioxidants. The antioxidants play a pivotal role in keeping the body healthy and young. They help fight free radicals of the body, which damage the cells of the body as we grow older. They may also result in the degeneration of the DNA. Blueberries provide protection against the same. These berries are rich in an anti-cancer agent which helps to combat the fatal disease. They contain chemicals that are believed to decrease the growth of cervical and breast cancer cells by a considerable percentage. Research has confirmed that blueberries not only slow the ageing process but also reverse it. A compound found in blueberries called the pterostilbene, has been found to develop into a nutraceutical for lowering cholesterol. If consumed regularly, these berries have shown to improve night time vision and promote quicker adjustment to darkness and faster restoration of visual acuity after exposure to glare. They are also beneficial in reducing effects of age related conditions such as Alzheimer's or Dementia. These wonder berries provide respite against both diarrhoea and constipation. They are rich sources of soluble and insoluble fibre and contain tannins, which act as astringents in the digestive system to reduce inflammation. Regularly consuming blueberries helps in fighting urinary tract infections.
Recipe of the Month
- Butter 2 cups
- Sugar 1 cup
- Flour 2 cups
- Milk ½ cup
- Baking powder 2 tbsp
- Salt ½ tbsp
- Blueberries 2 cups
- Vanilla 1 tbsp
- Eggs 2 pieces
Procedure: Mix sugar, butter and eggs. Sift all dry ingredients and add alternately with milk and vanilla. Mash 1/2 cup blueberries into the aforementioned batter and add remaining whole berries. Grease tins or use liners, pile batter high and sprinkle with sugar. Bake at 375°F for 30 minutes. Serve hot.
Chopta is becoming popular as a tourist destination since the last few years. Situated in the Rudraprayag district of Uttarakhand State, Chopta is also known as mini Switzerland. Chopta is situated at an elevation of 2,600 mts above sea level amidst dense forest. Chopta is well connected by motorable roads and it lies on the Ukhimath - Gopeshwar Road. It is one of the most picturesque spot of Uttaranchal State as the natural splendours seen from here are very diverse. Chopta is an offbeat destination and it acts as an interesting tourist getaway for trekking enthusiasts and nature lovers. Kedarnath Wildlife Sanctuary situated in the heart of Chopta has inspired many a nature-lover tourists over the years. Located at a height of 3680 m above sea level, the Tungnath Shiva Temple is the highest of the Panch Kedar. Gopeshwar, the district headquarters of Chamoli, situated at an elevation of 1500 m above sea level is a picturesque place with salubrious climate. On the Chopta-Gopeshwar Road, Kanchula Korak Musk Deer Sanctuary is famous for breeding musk deers. This sanctuary covers an area of 5 sq. m and is an ideal place for tourists to view rare Himalayan wildlife. This place is also popular for its dense forests and aromatic flowers. Ukhimath is the winter seat of lord Kedarnath and worship is done here during the winters when the temple of Kedarnath remains closed. The temples of Usha and Anirudh, Shiva and Parvati are worth a visit.