We are suggesting some selected Yog Asanas to rejuvenate your body.
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The word "Mayur" means 'peacock' in Sanskrit. In this pose the body looks like a peacock, hence the name.
Benefits: Keeps pancreas and liver healthy;
Diabetic patients can benefit from this pose;
Abdominal muscles get toned up;
Dyspepsia and Visceroptosis can get cured.
Procedure: Sit down on the floor on your knees. Spread your knees apart. Place both your palms in between your knees. The elbows should be touching the abdomen on either side of the navel. Stretch out both your legs backwards and push your trunk forward. Make the upper part of your body parallel to the ground. Balancing on your palms and elbows, raise both legs off the ground. The head, neck, chest and legs should all be in a straight line. Remain in this posture for as long as you can. Put your feet back on the ground. Now fold your legs and place the knees on the ground. Remove your hands from the ground and sit on your soles.
Caution : Do not jerk while performing this pose.
Spondylitis patients should not perform this pose.
Loquat ( Eriobotrya japonica ) is a good source of Vitamin A, which is crucial for the visual and dental health of an individual. Extract from loquat leaves is an important ingredient for lung ailments and has been used by Chinese, since ancient times. Loquats are appropriate for maintaining optimum health, as they are low in saturated fat and cholesterol. Loquats are rich in fibre, making them suitable for those who wish to lose weight. The loquat leaf is said to alleviate coughing and nausea. It even dissolves phlegm and is an expectorant. Loquat paste helps in soothing the digestive and respiratory systems of a person. Loquat contains malic acid, tartaric acid, citric acid, vitamins A, B and C, and B17. Vitamin B17 is known as amygdaline, laetrile or the anti-cancer vitamin, as it helps prevent cancer. The loquat is high in dietary fibre, vitamin B6, potassium, sodium, and manganese.
Recipe of the Month
Loquat Jelly Recipe
- Fresh Loquats
- Lemon Juice
Method: Put a small plate in the freezer. Halve the loquats, put them in a sauce pan, and add enough water to simply cover them. Bring them to a boil and simmer them until a third of the water has evaporated and the flesh is soft and pulpy. Strain, water and all, through a fine sieve and press on the flesh to extract as much juice as possible. Make sure you don't discard the water. Measure your liquid, and for every cup add 3/4 cup of sugar. Check for acidity, and add some lemon juice if you like. Bring the mixture back to a boil and heat until it reaches 105ºC, which is jam setting temperature. You can test if the jelly has set by spooning some on the cold plate. It will cool quickly, and will wrinkle when you push your finger across if it has set. Store in sterilised jars and enjoy when it cools down.
Diet Tip: Swap a cup of pasta for a cup of vegetables.
Coonoor is a fabulous hill station in the Nilgiri hills about 19 km from Ooty and is very famous for its verdant environs and for a variety of wildflowers and birds. It provides a perfect setting for activities like trekking and hiking. It is also famous for its tea plantations and festivals. In fact such is the beauty of Coonoor that it has been used as the backdrop for several movies made by Indian and foreign filmmakers. There are a number of places to see in Coonoor like Catherine Falls. Lamb's Rock is another vantage point from where tourists can get a fantastic view of the entire surroundings, including the tea and coffee plantations. Sim's Park spread over 12 hectares is home to over 1000 plant species. Pasteur Institute is located very near to Sim's Park and can be visited with prior permission to learn about the history of development of vaccination in India. Droog the fort built by Tipu Sultan lies in ruins now, but Droog is still considered as one of the important sightseeing options of Coonoor. The Hidden Valley is known for being both impressive and beautiful. The green, lush landscape combined with the breathtaking mountain views make this trek worth all of the physical exertion. Ketty is a small village near Coonoor that remains almost untouched. The beautiful landscape is one of the biggest reasons to visit this small village. The St. Michael Convent is the largest draw to the area after the beautiful scenery. The convent creates a pretty picture with its green roof and a large statue of a silver angel. Kotagiri Nilgiris is set in what looks like the typical tea plantation with its gently sloping hills. The Rangaswami Rock and Pillar, St. Catherine Falls , and Elk Falls are all places that are near Kotagiri that are worth seeing. By far the most popular attraction in the area is the Kodanad Viewpoint . This one vantage point provides you with exceptional views of the plains, the blue hills, the Moyar River, and the mysterious rising mist. Law's Falls is a small waterfall located on the Coonoor river near its junction with the Mettupalayam Ghat Road. Coonoor is famous for its tea, hand made antiques, Indian handlooms, and shawls. The stores in Coonoor are also known for fruit nectar, mulberry fruit, passion fruit, and ambrosia. Various species of vultures, eagles and owls, song birds like bulbuls, thrushes, babblers, larks, cuckoos, robins and several others act as melodious music to give new adventure effect for the visitors who are accustomed to the city sound pollution.