We are suggesting some selected Yog Asanas to rejuvenate your body.
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This pose is also known as the "weighing scale" pose because when this asana is performed, the body takes the shape of a weighing scale. This is a balancing act and this asana balances the body like the 'balance'.
- Improves the biceps muscles;
- Makes the back strong;
- Proves beneficial in curing diabetes and piles;
- Improves digestion;
- Relieves foul gases accumulated in the stomach;
- Improves blood circulation;
- Increases the elasticity of the spine and tones up the nervous system.
Procedure : Sit in Padmasana. Taking the support of the elbows, lie down on your back. Raise the foot lock slightly towards your stomach so that your buttocks are raised a bit. Place both your closed fists under the buttocks but keep the elbows touching to the ground. Now raise not only the foot-lock but the head and back as well. Balance your whole body on the fists with your elbows up from the around. Return back to the original position, taking your body weight initially on both the elbows. Then slowly bring your back and head to the ground. Remove the fists from under the buttocks and return to Padmasana.
Caution : Since in this pose the maximum load remains on the fists, therefore the fingers of fist should always remain on the ground. Do not practice this asana if you are suffering from pain in neck.
The Almond ( Prunus dulcis ), nut is technically the seed of the fruit of the almond tree. Almonds are off-white in colour, covered by a thin brownish skin, and encased in a hard shell. Almonds have uncountable health benefits. From mind to body to skin, it is beneficial for all. Almonds have a very high amount of protein so they are the best product for nourishment of hair and skin. Almonds are full of fibre, calcium, magnesium, potassium, vitamin E, phytochemicals, copper, riboflavin (vitamin B2), phosphorus and other antioxidants. Regular consumption of almonds has shown to reduce the cholesterol level of a person by 14 per cent. They contain the right kind of fats-monounsaturated and some polyunsaturated, so they help lower the bad cholesterols, while not touching the high-density, or good cholesterol levels. To lower your risk of cardiovascular and coronary heart disease, enjoy a handful of nuts or tablespoon of nut butter at least 4 times a week. Munching of almonds before meal helps people avoid over eating. The folic acid in almonds is believed to help lower levels of homocystein, the amino acid. Also, studies have shown links between nut (especially almond) consumption and lower risk of cancer, diabetes, Alzheimer's disease, and other chronic illnesses.
Recipe of the Month
- 200 gms Ghee
- 250 gms Sugar
- Food colouring
- 200 gms Almonds
- 3 pods Cardamom
- Rose Water (optional)
- Cashewnuts, Kismish, and Pistachios for garnishing
Method : Soak the almonds overnight in warm water. Peel them in the morning, add the cardamom seeds, and grind to a runny paste. Pour the mix in a pan, stir in the sugar, add just enough water, and heat over a medium flame. Add the essence and keep stirring. As it begins to thicken, start adding ghee, 30-40ml at a time. When the halwa has thickened enough to hold together, take off the flame, empty on a tray, and let it cool. Garnish with cashew nuts, pistachios and kishmish. Have it either warm or cool.
Diet Tip : Use non-food alternatives to cope with stress.
Jaipur is the first planned city of India, popularly known as the Pink City and is the capital of Rajasthan State. The very structure of Jaipur resembles the taste of the Rajputs and the Royal family. The City Palace complex is the most important landmark with its numerous outbuildings, courtyards, impressive gateways and temples. Across the road from the palace is the Jantar Mantar, one of the five observatories built by Sawai Jai Singh. A collection of complex astronomical instruments, chiseled out of stone - most of which continue to provide fairly accurate information to this day - is the highlight of this observatory. Hawa Mahal (Palace of Winds) adjoins the outside of the palace wall. Hawa Mahal is a remarkable structure which overlooks one of the main streets and also provides some excellent views of the city. Located just outside the walled city is the sprawling Ram Niwas Garden. The garden houses the majestic Albert Hall Museum. Opened in 1887 AD, this impressive building displays a rich collection of paintings, carpets, ivory, stones and metal sculpture among other objects. Garland Forts, a collection of forts, though built at different periods, are so located that they seem to be stringed together. Amer Palace, set in a picturesque location, is a fascinating blend of Hindu and Mughal architecture. Built in red sandstone and white marble, the palace complex has some very interesting apartments, the likes of which are not to be found anywhere else in the country. Jai Mandir, Sheesh Mahal, Sukh Niwas and Ganesh Pole, Jagat Shiromani Temple, Narsingh Temple are the prominent areas of interest. Jaigarh, or the Fort of Victory, is a rugged fort built in 1726. The world's largest cannon on wheels is to be found here. The fort houses a museum and provides some excellent views of the Amer Palace. Nahargarh is the first of the three forts. Built in 1734, this fort provides some stunning views of the city down below both during daytime and at night. The place is popular for the amazing 'Baoris' (step wells) and Harshat Mata Temple. The village of Abhaneri is believed to be established by King Raja Chand. Ranthambore National Park is located in the eastern part of Rajasthan at a comfortable distance of 130 kms from Jaipur. Nestled between the Aravali and Vindhya mountain ranges, Ranthambore National Park used to be the hunting ground of Maharajas of Jaipur. The Park is an eye treat for the lovers of wild-life. Various natural rivers and man-made lakes flow through the National Park of Ranthambore. The other important tourist destinations in Jaipur are Bagru, Bairath, Karauli, Ramgarh Sanganer , Samode, Sariska National Park. Tonk is very popular among tourists for its magnificent mosques, mansions and havelis. Jaipur is a shopper's paradise. This is one of the few places where the shoppers may actually watch the skilled artisans producing the articles they want to buy. The main markets are along Jauhari Bazaar, Badi Chaupar and M.I. Road. Shops specializing in precious and semi-precious stones are to be found on and along Jauhari Bazaar, but in order to see the celebrated Minakars, kundan workers, gem-cutters and ornament makers at work, it is necessary to visit their workshops at Jadiyon-ka-Rasta, Gopalji-ka-Rasta, Haldiyon-ka-Rasta and the adjoining lanes. The city celebrates some unusual and interesting fairs and festivals in their own style such as Elephant festival, Diwali, Teej festival, Kite festival and Gangaur festival. Every year, People across the globe come to experience this royal capital city of Rajasthan.