We are suggesting some selected Yog Asanas to rejuvenate your body.
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"Akarshana" means 'pulled' and "dhanur" means 'bow' in Sanskrit. In this pose the final posture resembles a bow just before shooting an arrow.
- All parts of your body get stretched;
- Arms, shoulders, chest and back gain strength;
- Helps get thighs and waist into shape.
Procedure: Sit erect on the floor, with hands on the sides and legs stretched out together. Keep your palms resting on the floor. Bend your right leg at the knee, cross it over your left leg and place the foot near the left ankle. Hold the big toe of the right foot by forming a finger lock with your thumb, index and middle fingers. Similarly catch your left big toe with the right hand. Inhale slowly and raise your right foot at the level of the right arm pit. Try to touch your right big toe to the left ear. Simultaneously, the right hand should be pulling the left toe. Concentrate your gaze on the toe of the outstretched leg. Exhale slowly and lower your right leg and place it near the left ankle. Release the big toes and bring the legs back to the starting position. Repeat the same on the other side.
Tamarind fruit ( Tamarin-dus indica) is rich in vitamin C. It helps to improve and strengthen your immune system. It is a good source of antioxidant that helps to fight diseases like cancer and the damaging effects of free radicals. It acts as a mild laxative. It is a rich source of dietary fibre. It can prevent constipation. It is used to treat bile disorders. It helps to digest food in our body and improve bowel movements. It helps to lower cholesterol level in our body and promote a healthy heart. It is used as a blood purifier. It helps to heal the inflammation of the skin. It is used in Ayurvedic System of medicine to treat gastric and digestion problems. It helps to bring down fever and protect you against cold. Its leaves are used in herbal tea that helps to reduce malaria fever. Decoction of tamarind leaves is useful in treating jaundice, ulcers and destroying stomach worms in children. The extract from tamarind flowers are also used for treating piles. It is used to treat sore throat. Just gargle with diluted tamarind pulp. Tamarind fruit pulp is a rich source of potassium. Potassium aids in the regulation of heart rate and blood pressure by controlling the effects of sodium in the body.
Recipe of the Month
- ½ lb tamarind, seeded
- 2 ½ cups sugar
- 2 cups boiling water
- 1 ½ tablespoons roasted ground cumin seeds
- 1 tablespoon salt
- 1 teaspoon black salt
- 1 teaspoon red chili powder
- 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
- ½ teaspoon ginger powder
Method: Break the tamarind into small pieces and soak in hot boiling water for one hour. Mash it into a pulp and strain pressing the tamarind into the strainer so that all the pulp comes out. Add sugar to the pulp mix well. Add the remaining ingredients. Mix again well and taste. Add more sugar, salt or pepper as needed. Chutney can be refrigerated for two to three months.
Aurangabad is an important city in the State of Maharashtra. Excellent connectivity via road and efficient means of local transport has boosted up tourism in Aurangabad. Blessed with historically and architecturally important structures, the city of Auranagabad is visited by whopping numbers of travelers who intend to have a taste of the intricate work of art and discover the enigma of the famous caves. Aurangabad Caves are 12 artificial rock-cut Buddhist shrines located on a hill running roughly east to west. Sculptural carvings of Aurangabad Caves belong to highest achievements of Indian classical art and can be compared to the best paintings of Ajanta. Bibi Ka Maqbara, 5km from the city and 3km to the south of the cave, is the tomb of Raiba-Ud-Durani, the 1st wife of Aurangzeb. The lattice works and in-lay decorations of flowers and creepers are wonderful. Jama Masjid, the magnificient mosque, is situated in Killa Arrack. The low buildings are embraced by groves and are embellished by sleek minarets and a broad band where Koranic inscriptions are inscribed on it. Chauk Masjid is adorned with equally marvellous domes. Lal Masjid, painted in deep red and made up of basalt, has a history that goes back to 1655. This mosque is situated in the old city area. Ajanta Caves, situated 59km from Jalgaon, ranks immediately after Taj in the tourism map of India. Ajanta is renowned for its cave-paintings or frescos of multiple colours; similar great sculptural works glorify the Ellora of Aurangabad. There are in all 29 caves in Ajanta. Ellora Caves, India's 3rd wonder, stand in semi-circular form at a distance of 28km to the south-west of Aurangabad. The entire sculpture styles display the delightful merging of Buddhism, Jainism and Hinduism. History Museum of Marathwada University houses miniature paintings of Marathas, Rajputs, Mughals and paintings belonging to the East India Company era. One can also get to see excavated material belonging to Sathavahana dynasty. Even attractive objects hailing from China and Japan, gold embroidery and numerous manuscripts which dates back to 17th and 18th century AD in Persian and Arabic languages are on display here. Sonehri Mahal was built by Wajid Ali Shah, the last Nawab of Aurangabad. Ghrishneshwar Temple is 18th century temple with its beautiful architecture and carving, one of the five 'Jyotirlingas' in Maharashtra where Shiva is worshipped. Shopping in Aurangabad is fascinating as the region is rich in the art and culture of several communities. The famous shopping zones of Aurangabad are Nirala Bazar, Connaught Place, Paithan Gate, Gulmandi etc. Aurangabad is known for Fabric, the beauty of Paithani silk sarees is legendary. Aurangabad is also known for its bidriware, the intricate silver inlay craft which was once patronized by the Mughals. One can find a wide display of jewellery made of semi-precious stones and decorative pieces in Auranagabad. Aurangabad is the place to look for old coins dating back to the Mughal period.