We are suggesting some selected Yog Asanas to rejuvenate your body.
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"Nat" refers to 'dance' and "Raja" to king. Lord of Dance is one of the attributes used for Shiva. The final posture is a representation of the dance of Shiva.
Benefits: Increases the concentration power;
Tones hips and legs; Induces stimulation of the
chest; Helps to attain balance as well as stability of mind and body.
Procedure: Stand erect with your legs together and hands by the sides as in Tadasana. Shift your body weight to the right leg. Inhaling raise your left leg off the ground and take it backwards. Bend the left leg at the knee. Raise the leg further up and catch hold of the big toe with your left hand. Simultaneously extend the right arm in front so that it is parallel to the ground. Now raise the right arm further so that it makes an angle of 45 degrees with the floor. Pull your left leg with your left hand to raise it as high as possible. Look in front and fix your gaze. Maintain this posture for a minute. Exhaling slowly, bring your left leg and right hand down to the starting posture. Repeat the same steps as above alternating the legs and hands.
Caution: People with lower back and knee injury should not perform this pose.
Pistachio nuts are seed fruits of the pistachio tree and a close relative of cashews. Although the shells typically have a light brown colour, pistachio nuts may be dyed red or green to hide damage of the outer shell inflicted during processing. Pistachio nuts are a popular snack , and chock-full of nutrients, such as thiamin, potassium, fibre, phytosterols, magnesium and vitamin B6. Additionally, pistachios contain high amounts of polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats, which have been linked to improving cholesterol levels and promoting heart health. They contain a large number of carotenoids and xeaxanthin which reduce the risk of developing macular degeneration, a condition that causes blindness. They are a good source of vegetable protein. Unsalted pistachios have a highpotassium low-sodium content which helps to normalise blood pressure, maintain water balance in the body and strengthen muscles. Pistachio nuts are also a good source of vitamin E which boosts the immune system and alleviates fatigue.
Recipe of the Month
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 tablespoon curry powder
- 2 teaspoons ground coriander
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 3/4 teaspoon ground ginger
- 2 cups unsalted shelled pistachios
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
Method : Line a shallow baking pan with wax paper or parchment paper. Stir together sugar, salt, and spices in a small bowl. Cook pistachios in oil in a 12-inch nonstick skillet over moderate heat, stirring occasionally, until a shade darker, about 5 minutes. Stir
sugar mixture into nuts and cook over moderate heat, stirring constantly, until sugar begins to melt and coats nuts evenly. Immediately transfer nuts to baking pan and cool.
Diet Tip: Variety may be the spice of life, but it can also be the downfall of a good diet.
Ratnagiri is located at a distance of about 330 km from Mumbai and situated along the western coast in the Konkan region of Maharashtra. It is well connected to the other cities in Maharashtra through bus and rail services. Ratnagiri has its own airport and there are charter flights that operate to the airport. Ratnagiri district offers the most diverse attractions for the tourists. Ratnagiri is blessed with hills, sea shores, creeks, beautiful rivers, hot water springs, forests and water falls among many others. Some of the famous places to visit around Ratnagiri are: Ganpatipule, it is one of the most spectacular beaches along the Konkan Coast - an idyllic gateway that attracts peace-seekers, beach lovers, and pilgrims alike. The temple of Swayambhu (Selforiginated) Ganesh is much frequented by thousands every year. Theeba Palace and Museum- Theeba Palace was built by the British in 1911 for keeping the Burmese King 'Theeba' in confinement. Today, the Theeba Palace also houses a museum. Theeba Point is a place to see and gives a panoramic view of the city. Lots of people come here in the evenings to see the beautiful view of the sunset. 'Dakshinmukhi' Maruti Temple in Ratnagiri city is one of the very few temples of south facing Maruti. The entire coast of the Bhatye village is covered with 'Suru' trees and is locally known as Bhatye Suru Ban. Bhatye beach is a clean and beautiful beach. The beach is less crowded and secluded as it is little away from the main city. At one end of the beach one can visit the temple of Zhari Vinayak. Ratnadurga and Bhagwati Forts are on a hill and are worth seeing. The Bhagwati fort also has a temple of Bhagwati Devi. One can see the Bhagwati Bander (Port) at the foot of this fort and there is a Lighthouse near the fort from where you can get a view of Ratnagiri city below. Shri Swami Swarupanand Math - Pavas has gained much importance as a pilgrim place and lakhs of people visit Pavas every year. Kanakaditya Temple - Kasheli is the prime attraction for devotees due to the famous and ancient temple of Sri. Kanakaditya (Sun God) and is one of the very few Temples dedicated to the Sun. The Marleshwar temple is in a natural cave and further down from the cave there is a beautiful waterfall known as Dhareshwar. The whole area is covered with dense forest and is a favorite spot of tourists. Purnagad Fort is located at the mouth of Muchikund river creek. The fort is in good condition and one can find some cannons in the fort. There is a regional specialty-Konkani food, made from rice, fish and coconut. The place has a wide variety of wild life, vegetation and birds. All these things will make your trip to the region a memorable one!