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The word "Danda" refers to 'stick' in Sanskrit. In this pose, the spine, arms and legs are kept straight and stiff like a stick.
- Legs, arms, back and spine all get stretched;
- Tired feet get relief from this pose;
- Corrects bad posture;
- Alleviate sciatica pain;
- Improves digestion.
Procedure: Sit on the floor. Stretch out your legs in front. Keep the legs hips-width apart. Now bring the legs close together so that the feet touch each other. Rest the palms on either side of the hips with fingers pointing in front. Press the knees down. Stretch out your toes and press the heels firmly on the floor by flexing your ankles. Straighten your arms by pressing the palms firmly. Sit up straight. The shoulders and hips should be aligned. Lift the abdomen to release the tension in the diaphragm. Breathing normally, hold this pose for about a minute. Exhale and relax your body.
: High blood pressure patients should not perform this pose.
Cashew ( Anacardium occidentale) is a bean shaped nut that grows on a tropical evergreen tree. They contain healthy mono-unsaturated fats, magnesium, and copper which help prevent heart disease, promote strong bones, and give you energy. Eating cashews may also reduce the risk of getting Colon Cancer. Cashew is rich in antioxidants that help in the elimination of free radicals that may cause some cancer. Cashew is a good source of magnesium which works with calcium to support healthy muscles and bones in the body. It also helps promote normal sleep patterns in menopausal women. Cashew nuts have a high energy density and high amount of dietary fibre, both have been attributed to a beneficial effect on weight management, but only when eaten in moderation. Cashew has high copper content which is vital in energy production, greater flexibility in blood vessels, bones and joints. Cashew nut consumption helps the body utilize iron, eliminate free radicals, develop bone and connective tissue, and produce the skin and hair pigment melanin. Cashew helps in maintaining healthy gums and teeth. Whether roasted, salted, sugared or covered in chocolate, the cashew nut, often used as a flavourful complement to appetizers, main dishes and deserts, packs a mix of nutrients and minerals not found in many common foods
Recipe of the Month
Cashew Nut Sweet
- Cashew nuts 1 cup
- Sugar 3/4 cup
- Milk 2 tbsp
- Ghee 1 tbsp
- Vanilla essence 1 tsp
- Boiling water 1 cup
Method: Soak the cashew nuts in boiling water for 1 hour. Drain it and process smoothly in a food processor by adding milk and then sugar. Heat the ghee in a large pan, add the cashew nut paste and cook over medium heat, stirring constantly until the mixture becomes thick. Then, add vanilla essence and mix thoroughly. Put this mixture in a greased tray. Let it cool for 45 minutes. After it is cooled, cut into diamond shaped pieces.
: Use non-food alternatives to cope with stress.
Chennai is the largest city in Tamil Nadu and is located on the southeastern coast of India. Chennai city is fully loaded with some interesting and amusing places. The metropolitan city houses all sorts of attractions, be it famous South Indian Temples, museums, monuments, parks, beaches or picnic spots. Mamallapuram roughly 55 km away, is the world-famous town. The shore temple, the largest bas-relief in the world called Arjuna's Penance and the famous and beautiful mandapams have made this town world famous. Tirukkalikundram is a pilgrim centre with a hilltop temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. Covelong is replete with historical monuments such as forts, churches, mosques, and a lovely beach, Covelong is a place where you can experience the history of Tamil Nadu as a whole. Kanchipuram forms the famous Golden Triangle of the Coromandel Coast. Kanchipuram finds place on the global map because of the wonderful craftsmanship of the Kanchi weavers, the makers of what is perhaps the finest silk fabric in the world. Tirupati is one of the most famous shrines in the country where worship of the Lord has been carried out for over thirteen centuries. The backwaters of Muttukadu have been developed by the Tamil Nadu Tourism Development Corporation to serve as a scenic picnic spot and a water sports centre. Training and demonstration programmes are organized for youth. Crocodile Bank not far from Mamallapuram, has several species of Indian and African crocodiles and alligators which are bred in captivity. Vedanthangal is one of the largest bird sanctuaries in India. It is a marshy, 30 hectare park with lake visited by over 1,00,000 migratory birds every year. V.G.P Golden Beach Resort is popular not just with the people of the city, but also with tourists. There are folk dance performances apart from an Art Center that sells handicrafts and articles made out of seashells. The beach is clean and ideal for sunbathing. The Anna Zoological Park at Vandalur is the largest in South Asia with a rich variety of different species of mammals, reptiles and birds. Cholamandal Artist's Village is open-air auditorium for the venue of avant-garde theatre, poetry-reading and dance recitals. It has a gallery with fine contemporary paintings and sculptures. Dakshinachitra is a reasonably new place presented by the Chennai Crafts Foundation as a showpiece of different living styles in the South. One can admire traditional arts from Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh. Pulicat is a picnic spot famed for its lake. There are amenities for swimming, fishing, and windsurfing. MGM Dizee World an amusement park complete with Roller Coasters and Water Slides and Giant Catherine Wheels - is a fun place for kids. Madurai, one of the oldest towns in South India, is the abode of Goddess Meenakshi, the consort of Lord Sundereswarar (Shiva). Tiruchirapalli, the famous Rock Fort, is precariously perched atop a massive outcrop of rock that rises abruptly out of the flat surrounding plain. Set in the middle of the town on the bank of the river Cauvery, it is visible for miles around it. Palani , a pilgrim spot atop a hill dedicated to Lord Subramanium, is easily accessible. Puducherry, lying 162 km south of Chennai, has an imminent French influence. For sight seeing, interesting places include churches, museum, beach, the Aurobindo Ashram, and Auroville. Point Calimere wildlife sanctuary lies close by. The mangrove forests of Pichavaram, an ideal spot for boating, fishing and water sports is also nearby. Rameswaram lies 176 km from Madurai. This conch shaped island in the Gulf of Mannar is a holy spot for Hindus. The magnificent Ramanathaswamy Temple is well known for its longest corridors in the country, extending over a length of 1220 m long with its marvelous carved pillars. Proceed to Kanyakumari, the land's end of India to view the spectacular sunrise and sunset at the beach. The temple, Vivekananda Rock and Gandhi Mandap are among the places of interest. Vellore is famous for Fort and Vijaynagar temple. It is also world renowned for CMC hospital-a leader in research and health care recognised as one of the finest hospitals in South India. Chennai is also home to the National Art Gallery that has a good collection of old paintings and sculptures.