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“Upavishtha” means ‘seated’ and “kona” means ‘angle’ in Sanskrit. This is a warm-up pose for most seated poses.
- Spinal column is stretched and toned;
- Hamstrings and calves become stronger;
- Abdominal organs are stimulated;
- Relaxes your mind by serving as a de-stressor.
Procedure:Sit down on the floor. Assume Dandasana. Lean back taking the support of your hands. Widen the gap of your legs gradually until they are 90 degrees apart. Taking the support of your hand, slide your posterior forward. Open up your leg a bit more. Press your thighs and knees on the ground. The legs must be straight with the toes pointing upwards. Bend forward and touch the ground with your palms down. As you exhale keep sliding your hands forward as much as possible. Once you reach your maximum limit, hold the pose for about a minute.
Cantaloupe with its refreshingly rich flavour and odour and minimum number of calories, is the most popular form of melon. It has evolved as an excellent source of vitamin C. One cup of cantaloupe contains 112.5% of the daily value for this well-known antioxidant. Cantaloupe has antioxidants that help us fight heart diseases, high blood pressure, diabetes, cancer, aging, etc. Cantaloupe is also a very good source of potassium, vitamin B6, dietary fiber and niacin (vitamin B3). The combination of all these B complex vitamins along with the fiber found in cantaloupe make it an exceptionally good fruit for supporting energy production through good carbohydrate metabolism and blood sugar stability. Cantaloupe is fat and cholesterol free, and is a good source of Folate. Folate is necessary for the production and maintenance of new cells, and is especially important during periods of rapid cell division and growth such as infancy and pregnancy. Cantaloupe is also high in beta-carotene, which our bodies convert into Vitamin A and helps in protecting our eyes from cataracts and mascular degeneration. Cantaloupe might also be an ideal fruit to eat during those times when you are feeling anxious and stressed. Cantaloupe is rich in potassium which normalizes the heartbeat and promotes the supply of oxygen to the brain. As a result, you feel more relaxed and focused.
Recipe of the Month
- 2 ripe medium cantaloupes, seeded
- 1/2 c. orange juice
- 1/2 c. heavy cream
- 1 tbsp. Cointreau
- Mint or melon balls...optional.
Procedure : Remove cantaloupe meat in small chunks. Avoid green area near rind. Combine with orange juice and puree. Add heavy cream and Cointreau. Chill for several hours. Garnish with chopped mint and/or a few small melon balls. This soup will thicken during chilling. Stir to regain consistency before serving.
: Healthy eating is about more than the food on your plate.
77-km from Shimla and 35-km from Kalka, at 1,927m, Kasauli is a quaint little town that seems to exist in a time wrap of an era that reminds one of the 19th century. Kasauli is one of the small towns developed by the British during the ‘hey day’ of the empire, and reached by a branch road from the Kalka-Shimla road. Its colonial ambience is reinforced by cobbled paths, quaint shops, gabled houses with charming facades and scores of neat little gardens and orchards. Places worth visiting in Kausali are Monkey Point, this is the highest point in Kasauli and is just 4-km from the Kasauli bus stand. The Monkey Point commands an excellent view of the distant plains of Chandigarh region and the river Satluj, tracing a silvery trail through the scene. A small temple is also situated on the top of the hill, which is dedicated to Lord Hanuman. Sanawar just 6-km from Kasauli, houses one of the best schools in the country. The Lawrence school is almost one hundred-years-old and a major attraction of the town. Dharampur is situated just 15-km from Kasauli on the National Highway No.22. Amidst the healthy air of the fragrant pines, Dharampur has one of the best hospitals in India for the cure of tuberculosis. Sabathu, a little cantonment town, has a Gurkha fort built in the early years of the 19th century, situated at an altitude of 1,437 m. Dagshai another little cantonment at an altitude of 1,925 m just 19-km from Kasauli, is accessible by a link road, which diverts from Dharampur. Dagshai is perched on a small hill and comprises of a military public school and numerous military barracks. At 3647 m, the Choordhar or Choor Chandni peak looms over the sylvan surroundings, and just across the ranges, is Shimla. The upper and lower Malls are the two principal roads that run along the length of Kasauli, a thick cover of pine, oak, rhododendron; horse chestnut trees embrace the entire area. Traffic is restricted on these roads, which is the reason why Kasauli is one of the quietest hill stations in India. The resort’s colonial aura is underlined by gabled houses with picturesque facades, cobbled alleys and rows of neat orchards and elegant gardens. Christ and the Baptist Church are examples of Kasauli’s colonial architecture. The other famous places in Kausali are Baba Balak Nath Temple, 3 km on the Hill top and Shirdi Sai Baba Mandir. Built in 1989 the famous temple is located half-a-km away from Garkhal. The idol of Sai Baba was built at Jaipur and the burning flame in this temple signifies the divine power of Sai Baba of Shirdi. Kausali is a great getaway from the pollution and stress of the city life that gets unbearable with the heat and the dust of the summers.