We are suggesting some selected Yog Asanas to rejuvenate your body.
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"Kona" is the Sanskrit word for 'angle'. This pose serves as a warm up pose for more complicated angle poses like Baddha Konasana, Upavistha Konasana etc.
Benefits: Relieves Back Pain;
Flexibility of the spine increases.
Procedure: Stand erect with your hands on both sides. The palms should be touching the thighs. Gradually separate your legs until they are about two to three feet apart. Raise both your hands till shoulder level. Stretch them out and align them parallel to your shoulder. Inhale and bend to your right side sliding the right hand down the right thigh and raising the left hand straight up. Try to stretch the right hand more and touch the right ankle with your fingers. Keep the left hand straight without bending the elbow. Bring down the left hand and place it on your waist. Hold this posture for a few seconds. Exhaling return to the standing position with your hands stretched out parallel. Do not move your feet. Repeat the same steps on the other side, alternating the hands.
Caution: Never overstretch yourself while trying to reach the ankles.
The Acai Berry fruit is a small, round, black-purple drupe about 1 inch (25 mm) in circumference, similar in appearance but smaller than a grape and with less pulp. The acai berry fruit is a natural combination of antioxidants, essential fatty acids, amino acids. Phytosterols and amino acids work together to help the body function better, process food easier, and burn fat more efficiently. Acai berry also contains Vitamins C, E, B1, B2, B3 and fatty acids Omega-9 and Omega-6 to help in improve the cholesterol. It is also called a superfood because one could get almost all his day's nutritional needs from this one fruit. This fruit fights against cancer, slows down aging, and helps with cardiac functioning and blood circulation. This is very helpful in inflammation or arthritis. There is also a large amount of fibre found in Acai, which can help in digestion, and can be especially helpful to seniors who tend to have a lot of digestion problems. It supports weight loss and helps to improve overall strength. If one gets hurt, the berry helps reduce injuries and speeds up the recovery time. The Acai Fruit has been called "nature's perfect energy fruit".
Recipe of the Month
Acai Berry Bread
- 2 cups of flour
- 1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 Egg
- 1/8 cup shortening
- 3/4 cup orange juice
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 cup of açaí berry juice
- 1 cup chopped nuts
Method: Sift together flour, baking powder, salt and baking soda. In blender, combine egg, shortening, orange juice, and sugar. Add açaí berry juice and nuts and chop briefly. Empty into flour mixture. Mix by hand until moistened. Bake in a greased 9×5 pan at 350 °F for 50 to 60 minutes.
A small offbeat destination in the northern part of West Bengal, 123 km from Siliguri, 24 km from Lava and 54 km from Kalimpong, Lolegaon lies at an altitude of 1850 m above sea level. Lolegaon is basically a tiny Lepcha village also known as Kafer. Lolegaon can be reached from Siliguri with a 4 hours drive covering 124 kms via Kalimpong and Lava. Located on top of a flat hill, Lolegaon is famous for its panoramic views of the Himalayas. The soft colourful petals of the flowers and orchids and the cool breeze will bring a new life into you. Trekking is undoubtedly an attraction in itself as choices and variety of places with hills is innumerable. It has ample of interesting destinations for the tourists. Lava Monastery is located at the top of the hill surrounded by a forest. It is a holy place for the Buddhists. Kunchendzong Mountain Ranges give an astounding view of a large variety of flora and fauna. Jhandidara is famous for trekking and bird watching. One can enjoy varieties of bird over here and the beauty of the place attracts large number of tourists every year. Chapramari Wildlife Sanctuary is famous for elephants. Other animals that one may find in this place are leopard, Indian Bison, wild boar, royal Bengal tiger and different species of reptiles etc. Kalimpong is a beautiful hill station with an awe inspiring and breathtaking scenic beauty. It has number of monasteries, churches and amusement parks. Odlabari is few kms. away from Lolegaon with a large tea estate to be its main attraction. This is located between two rivers. A day trek to Samthar or Relly in the unnoticed lower Himalayas can be a genuine opportunity to identify the diverse aspects of lives in Indian countryside. The other sightseeings that lie nearby to Lolegaon are Lava , Rishyap, Rishi, Pedong, Rikisom etc.