We are suggesting some selected Yog Asanas to rejuvenate your body.
Next in the series is:
"Pada" means 'feet' and "Hasta" means 'hand'. In this pose the hands are brought to the feet to catch the toes.
- Entire body is flexed and thus it is good for the overall exercise of the shoulders, neck, chest, abdomen, waist, thighs and knees;
- Strengthens the hamstrings;
- Ligaments and tendons of the entire legs get stretched;
- Sciatic nerves get pulled.
Procedure: Stand straight with an erect spine and legs shoulder-width apart. Feet must be parallel to each other. Inhale and raise both your hands straight above your head. The palms should be facing outwards. Exhale slowly and bend your head and neck down. Bend your trunk at the waist and push the head further downwards. Ensure that the knees do not bend and the arms are touching the ears. Exhaling stretch your arms to catch the big toe of the corresponding legs. Use the thumb, index and middle finger to grasp the toes. If possible you can put the palms under the feet. Complete exhalation and hold your breath. Now pull your toes and place your head in between the knees. The knees should not bend at any time. Do three cycles of the above, alternating legs. Hold this position for sometime. Inhaling slowly release your toes and raise your trunk to come back to the starting position.
Pine nuts are the edible seeds of pines (family Pinaceae, genus Pinus ). Pine nuts seed is cylindrical and 2 to 3 centimetres long, with a dark brown outer skin, which has to be removed before eating. Pine nuts contain the highest amount of proteins, found in any nut. Pine nuts are the only source of pinoleic acid that helps in stimulating the hormones that act as appetite suppressants. This is great for those who are watching their weight or are dieting. Pine nuts are also the only nuts with highest concentration of oleic acid. Oleic acid is a mono-saturated fat that helps the liver to eliminate harmful triglycerides from the body. They are also great for heart, as they contain the same mono-saturated fats as in olive oil. They help reduce cholesterol and protect the arteries from damage, thus preventing heart attacks. Pine nuts have high antioxidants that help protect the cells from damage due to free radicals. They are power packed with iron that helps in increasing the haemoglobin level of the blood. Pine nuts also contain magnesium that helps in relieving muscle cramps, fatigue and tension. Pine nuts are extracted to produce oil that is very famous for its nutty and mild flavour. In southwest America, a special coffee known as 'Pinon', is made from pine nuts. This is a dark roast coffee that has a deep, nutty flavour. Pine nuts are regularly included in fish recipes, vegetarian recipes and meat dishes as a source of dietary fibre. So if you are trying to lose weight and need to maintain a healthy diet, do eat some pine nuts.
Recipe of the Month
Pine Nuts Cookies
- 1 stick (1/2 cup) unsalted butter, at room temperature
- 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon ground fennel seed
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 large egg
- 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/4 cup pine nuts
Procedure: Using an electric mixer, beat the butter, sugar, vanilla, fennel seed, and salt in a large bowl until light and fluffy. Beat in the egg. Add the flour and mix just until blended. Transfer the dough to a sheet of plastic wrap. Shape the dough into an 8-inch-long log. Wrap the dough in plastic and refrigerate for 2 hours. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line heavy large baking sheets with a silpat or parchment paper. Cut the dough log crosswise into 1/8 to 1/4-inch thick slices. Transfer the cookies to the prepared baking sheets, spacing evenly apart. Press the pine nuts decoratively atop the cookies. Bake until the cookies are golden around the edges, about 15 minutes.
Diet Tip: Think about what you can add to your diet, not what you should take away.
Karnataka is the eighth largest State in India. Karnataka has everything, which is a tourist's delight. It has pure beaches, beautiful green gardens, lavish palaces, huge temples and lush waterfalls. Bangalore , often described as the Garden City , is the capital of Karnataka as well as one of the most picturesque cities of India. One of the foremost tourist attraction of Bangalore is the Cubbon Park spread over 334 acres of greenery punctuated by several statues. Another park of great charm is the Lal Bagh, which is home to several species of plants imported from London's Kew Gardens and the remarkable, one of its kind Glass House . Tipu Sultan Palace located on Albert Victor Road, is a great landmark. Though in ruins, it still evokes vivid memories of Tipu Sultan. One must see the wooden edifice marked by a profusion of balconies, graceful arches and lofty pillars. Art lovers should not miss the two prominent Art Galleries - Karnatak Chitrakala Parishath and Venkatappa Art Gallery . Karnatak Chitrakala Parishath displays the rich and rare collections of noted painter Roerich, Rabindranath Tagore and a lot of folk art. Venkatappa Art Gallery is one of India's oldest museums which houses Satvahana, Hoyasala and Vijayanagara era sculptures and the leather puppets. Mysore , the erstwhile capital of Karnataka, is known as the City of Palaces and of the many magnificent palaces built, those by the Wodeyar Dynasty are said to be architectural marvels. The Mysore Palace looks splendorous on festive nights when it is lit up with as many as 97,000 light bulbs. The palaces at Mysore reflect the essence of Dravidian, Oriental, Roman and Indo-Saracenic architectural styles. The Jagmohan Palace is 150 years old and is very much comparable to the Mysore Palace in terms of its regal grandeur. The Lalit Mahal is located atop a hill and 11 kms from Mysore and it has been declared a heritage property by the India Tourism Development Corporation. The Chamundeswari Temple , atop the hill of Chamundi, is not only of great religious significance but also a marvel in temple architecture. There are many other temples that one can visit like the Mahabaleswar Temple , Lakshmiramana Swamy Temple , Gayathri Temple , Someswara Temple , Kodi Bhairava Temple and the Bhuvaneshwari Temple . There are attractions galore in Karnataka like the wild game sanctuaries at Bandipur , Nagarhole and Dandeli , the Ranganathittu Bird's Sanctuary near Srirangapatnem, hill stations like Nandhi Hills and Mercara , many alluring beach resorts, the world famous Brindavan Gardens at Krishnarajasagara and probably the world's tallest monolithic statue of Gommateshwara at Sharavanbalagola. The calmness and pleasant ambience of Nandi Hills is unmatched by any other and is a lot more than just an adorable scenic landscape. The Jog falls and other water falls at Shiva Samudram , Magod , Unchelli or Lushington near Siddapur, Lalguli at Yallapur are indicative of the variety and richness of the attractions that Karnataka State holds for the tourists. At Hampi that lies at the heart of Karnataka, one can see the archeological ruins of the capital of the Vijaynagar Empire of the 14th-16th century and the 16th-cenury Vittala Temple that is a World Heritage site. Amrit Sarovar which means 'Lake of Nectar' is another tourist's delight and makes for an ideal picnic destination. Kudremukh is a hill station overlooking the Arabian Sea and surrounded by majestic mountain ranges, in the Chikmagalur district. The attractive 'horse face' shaped peak after which the place is named is home to the largest reserve of tropical evergreen forests of the State. With all these manifold attractions a visit to Karnataka State is always memorable.