We are suggesting some selected Yog Asanas to rejuvenate your body.
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Swastika" refers to 'auspicious' in Sanskrit.
- This is a good pose for meditation and relaxation;
- Spinal column is stretched and becomes stronger;
- Abdominal muscles get toned;
- Asana relaxes your mind and body;
- Alleviates Blood Pressure.
Procedure: Sit down on the floor. Stretch out your legs in front. Hold the ankle of the right foot and place it in between left thigh and knee. Likewise put the left foot in between right thigh and knee. Keep your neck, head and back erect. Put the palms on the corresponding knees and arrange your fingers in Gyan Mudra. Fix your gaze at the tip of the nose. Come out of the pose by stretching out the right leg and then the left leg.
Starfruit or Carambola ( Averrhoa carambola ) is a juicy tropical fruit. The fruit, which is mostly consumed fresh or as juice, is rich in vitamins A and C and it also has iron, and has high fibre content. Star fruits have lower cholesterol levels and add bulk and moisture to feaces. A decoction of leaves and roots (prepared separately or in combination) can help cure headaches, ringworm, and chickenpox. The fruit is known to cure hangovers and prickly heat. The fruit has also been used to treat sore eyes. The star fruit is given to nursing mothers as it is commonly believed to stimulate the flow of milk. For sunstroke, a piece of the sweet variety is recommended. For nausea and indigestion eat half piece of the fruit and repeat after 3 hours. Its high vitamin C content can help ward off winter colds and flu. It is recommended as diet fruit because of its high fibre and low calorie content. Star fruit is also full of antioxidants and flavonoids.
Recipe of the Month
Star Fruit Salad
- 1 sliced, seeded star fruit
- 1 banana, sliced
- Juice of 1 lime
- 1 orange, peeled and sliced
Procedure: Lightly mix fruit with lime juice. Serve cold over lettuce leaves or as fruit cups.
Diet Tip: Be choosy about night time snacks.
Agra is a city on the banks of the river Yamuna in the northern State of Uttar Pradesh . Agra is well-connected by road, train and by air. Agra offers visitors unlimited fun-filled activities while exploring the city. World-renowned wonder, Taj Mahal sits pretty on the northern side of this green paradise. It looks the same from all the four sides! The quranic inscriptions on its four entrances are carved in such subtle increase in size that may appear to be of the same size from top to bottom! The forbidding exteriors of the Agra Fort hide an inner paradise. There are a number of exquisite buildings like Moti Masjid - a white marble mosque akin to a perfect pearl; Diwan-i-Am , Diwan-i-Khaas, Musamman Burj - where Shahjahan died in 1666 A.D.; Jahangir's Palace; Khaas Mahal and Shish Mahal . Fatehpur Sikri provides a marvellous escape into the past. Imposing gateways and light- hearted palaces were built in red sandstone within this fortified city only to be abandoned a few years later. Chini Ka Rauza, a curtain raiser to an exotic Persian art style, finds itself a home in Agra . Taj Nature Walk, a beautiful natural forest cover spread over 70 hectares of area is just 500 meters away from the eastern gate of Taj Mahal. An excellent view of the Taj can be found from the different mounds of the park and Flora and Fauna of different species are found here. Ram Bagh garden complex is a huge square measuring approximately 300m X 300m and in straight alignment with the Taj Mahal. The excavation has revealed a huge octagonal tank on the southern periphery: baradaris or pavilion on the east and west: a small octagonal tank at the center and a gateway at the northern wall. Itimad-ud-daula's Tomb (Baby Taj) is built entirely in white marble and inlaid with semi-precious stones. This mausoleum on the bank of the Yamuna River exhibits a strong Persian influence. Sikandra is the mausoleum of Emperor Akbar. It represents his philosophy and secular outlook, combining the best of Hindu and Muslim architectures in a superlative fusion. Completed in 1613 A.D., it is one of the well-preserved monument. Mariyam's Tomb in red sandstone was built in memory of Emperor Akbar's wife Mariyam Zamani. The tomb has some exceptional carvings. Jama Masjid is of particular importance for its wonderful assimilation of Iranian architecture. Agra is also known for its fabulous handicrafts, made of marble and softstone inlay work. Agra 's major handicraft products besides inlay work are: leatherware, brassware, carpets, jewellery and embroidery work. Agra is also well known for its sweets 'petha' and 'Gazak' and saltish snack 'Dalmoth'. The main shopping areas of the city are Sadar Bazar, Kinari Bazar, Raja-ki-Mandi, Sanjay Place , Fatehabad Road , Munro Road , Shilphaat and the Taj Mahal Complex.