We are suggesting some selected Yog Asanas to rejuvenate your body.
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The word "Nauka" means 'boat' in Sanskrit. The body resembles a boat in the final posture.
- Hips, arms, thighs, knees, calves, feet are strengthened by this pose;
- Abnormal curvature of the spine is corrected;
- Spine attains flexibility with regular practice;
- Muscles of the back, abdomen, the lower limbs, neck and shoulders become stronger.
Procedure: Lie on the floor on your abdomen with the chest and forehead touching the ground. Keep your legs together and hand by the sides. Extend your hands in front parallel to each other. Make sure the upper arms are touching the corresponding ears. Turn your palms and rest them on the ground. Join all fingers. Inhale and raise your arms, head, neck, chest, trunk and legs above the ground. Your arms should be touching the ears and the legs should be together. Pull your head further up. Your finger tips and toes should all be at the same level. Your entire body must be balanced on the abdomen. Arch the spine as much as you can and extend the limbs. Your body curvature should be prominent. Remain in this posture steadily for as long as you can hold your breath. Exhaling return your arms and legs to the floor.
Caution : Those suffering from back aches should not perform this pose.
Amla Fruit ( Emblica Officinalis) is a gift of nature to mankind. Amla is so rich in Vitamin C that it has strong antioxidant properties and helps combat free radicals. Amla is a fruit that enhances food absorption and thus helps to get the most out of the food you eat. It helps the body digest food better and assimilate minerals like iron. Regular intake of amla results in a stronger, healthier digestive system and in improved overall immunity. Amla also helps boost protein metabolism, so if you exercise and work out regularly you will benefit greatly from regular amla intake. Similarly, people who have a tendency to gain weight easily tend to have poor metabolism. The better your metabolism, the better the body's ability to burn fat and keep you slim. As amla enhances metabolism, it helps you lose weight faster. Amla helps strengthen the liver, and rid the body of toxins. It thus helps purify and clean the blood. This is why amla is good for the skin, and if taken in combination with neem, it can help clear out pimples that are caused due to impure blood. In addition to the skin, amla is also great for the hair. It nourishes hair roots and is believed to prevent premature greying. Thus, one often sees amla-based shampoos and oils. In addition, amla helps lower cholesterol, enhance vision, and strengthen the lungs and the respiratory system. It also strengthens the body's central nervous system. It is a gentle laxative and helps cure constipation. The amla fruit is revered by both the Ayurvedic and Unani systems of medicine. So eat Amla daily!
Recipe of the Month
- 1 cup of grated Amla
- 2 tbspn water
- 1 1/4 cups sugar
- 1 tsp cardamom seeds (crushed)
- 2-inch piece of cinnamon stick
Method: Wash and grate the amla. Combine with sugar and water in a heavy saucepan and place over medium heat. Stir constantly till sugar melts. Reduce the heat to low and add remaining ingredients and simmer until the amla is clear and the juice gets thick, about 15 minutes and you get a semi thick consistency. It should appear like a spread. Remove the cinnamon stick from the murabba and cool. Transfer it to a glass jar. Store, refrigerated, for up to a month.
Diet Tip : Think about what you can add to your diet, not what you should take away.
Coorg or Kodagu is a district of Karnataka State in southern India . Incomparable scenic beauty, lush green valleys, coffee plantations, teak wood forests and majestic mountain ranges; add to that a strong, brave martial race of Coorgs (Kodavas) that reveres tradition, has a distinct culture and lives life to its fullest. For the adventurous at heart, it is an absolute treat. There are trekking, golfing and angling (Mahaseer too!) options available. Religious trips abound on Hindu and Buddhist circuits. One can also relax the body and mind with special Ayurvedic massages. Madikeri Fort t he 19th century fort, in the centre of Madikeri, houses a temple, a chapel, prison and a small museum. The fort offers a beautiful view of Madikeri. Raja's Seat, according to legend, is the place where the kings of Kodagu spent their evenings. But what's unforgettable about Raja's seat is the spectacular sunset that one can enjoy from here. Omkareshwara temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and is located in Madikeri town. The temple has both Islamic and Gothic style of architecture. There is a tank in front of the temple with tons of fish in it and a footpath leading to a small Mandap. River Kaveri originated at a place called Talakaveri (head of Cauvery) in the Brahmagiri hills, at about 4,500 ft above sea level. From Talakaveri, steps lead up to the nearby Brahmagiri peak , where the 7 great sages called the Sapta Maharishis had performed a special yagna. From the peak, as well as on the drive to Talakaveri, tourists can enjoy a good view of the misty blue Brahmagiri hills. Iruppu Falls is the place believed to possess the power to cleanse one's sins and is visited by thousands of devotees from far and near on Shivaratri day. Abbey Falls is in the midst of thick coffee bushes and tall trees entwined with pepper vines. One must walk on the hanging bridge to get a good view of the falls. Dubare is mainly an elephant capturing and training camp of the Forest Department. The three-hour elephant interaction is destined to be the most unforgettable experience at Dubare camp. One can also participate in feeding the elephants with ragi, jaggery, sugarcane, banana and coconuts. And finally, take a 45 minute elephant ride into the jungle. Nagarhole National Park is also known as ' Rajiv Gandhi National Park '. The park has rich forest cover, small streams, valleys, and waterfalls. Valanoor 30 kms. from Mercara, the back waters of river Cauvery, is one of the most beautiful Angling sites. Nisargadhama is an ideal picnic spot. It is an island in the middle of the river connected by a rope bridge. When the river Cauvery flows downhill, it is joined by two more tributaries - Kanake and Sujyoti. The spot where all three converte (the Cauvery, the Kanika and the Sujyothi) is called Bhagamandala. The temple here, built in Kerala style, has smaller shrines dedicated to various gods. An ideal abode of peace and resplendence, the place harbours some of the major tourist spots of the country.