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  May 2016
 
  April 2016
 
 
 
 
GOOD LIVING

Your body

We are suggesting some selected Yog Asanas to rejuvenate your body.

Next in the series is:  

Mandukasana

The word "Manduk" refers to 'frog' in Sanskrit. In this pose the legs of the practitioner look like the hind legs of a frog.

Benefits:

  • Beneficial to all organs of the body;
  • Gives relief from diabetes, digestive disorders and constipation;
  • Improves the flexibility and mobility of the knee and ankle joints;
  • Increases the lung capacity.

Procedure: Sit on the floor and get into Vajrasana pose. The posterior should be resting on the ground in between the feet of the folded legs. Separate your knees to make a fair gap in between. The knees should be touching the floor at all times. Soles of the feet must be facing upward. Both feet should be facing each other with the big toes of both feet touching each other. The outer edges of the feet should be touching the ground. Bring the heels of both the feet together, so you would now be squatting between the heels. Place your palms on the respective knees. Straighten your posture and look in front. Maintain this posture till you start feeling the strain.

Caution: Cardiac patients should avoid this pose. This pose is not meant for people suffering from back pain, ulcer or those who have had abdominal surgery.

Healthy Food

Figs

Figs ( Ficus carica) are bell-shaped, with a wide, flat bottom narrowing to a pointed top. Figs can be brown, purple, green, yellow or black, and vary in size. The skin is slightly wrinkled and leathery. They are often dried for preservation, since the fresh fruits are highly perishable. Figs contain a variety of nutrients that are very good for the health of human body such as vitamins A, B complex, C, E, K, Sodium, Potassium, Calcium, Copper, Iron, Magnesium, Manganese, Selenium, Zinc, Phyto-nutrients, and ß-Carotene. Figs are high in fibre which helps in smoothing the digestive system in the body and this prevents the occurrence of constipation. Content of Vitamin A, C and other substances in the figs fruits are a source of antioxidants for the human body which prevent cell damage caused by free radicals in the body to minimize the possibility of various diseases such as cancer, stroke, etc. For patients with diabetes the fruit Figs is suitable for consumption because fig fruit has a low fat content, low sodium, low calorie and free cholesterol. The content of potassium in figs fruit is a substance that is important for cell and fluid in the body which can help control blood pressure and heart rate, whereas Copper in fig fruit is useful in the production of red blood cells. The active substances contained in the fig fruit is a kind of cleansing agent that can be used to treat external wounds by smearing on the surface of the injured body.

Recipe of the Month

Gingered Figs 

Ingredients:

  • 20 dried figs
  • 3 cups cold water
  • 1 tablespoon light molasses
  • 2 teaspoons powdered ginger
  • 1/2 cup sugar

Procedure: Place figs and water in saucepan. Bring to hard boil, then lower heat and simmer. Cover figs and cook for 20 minutes. Add molasses, ginger, and sugar. Stir gently in order to avoid breaking figs. Simmer for 15 minutes more or until figs are plumped and tender.

Diet Tip: Eat seasonal fruits.

Happy Holidays

Bhopal

The 'City of Lakes', Bhopal is a wonderful city in the State of Madhya Pradesh. Being the capital of Madhya Pradesh, it is indeed one of the important cities of the country. The city has immense archaeological, historical and political importance attached to it. The stately aura all around endows this town with a distinguishing appeal that never fails to impress even the most discriminating tourists. Some of the attractions worth visiting are: Laxmi Narayan Temple also known as the Birla Mandir, located to the south of the Lower Lake on the Arera Hills. Close to the temple is a Museum that is the repository of sculptures from the districts of Raisen, Sehore, Mandsaur, and Shahdol in Madhya Pradesh. There are stone sculptures mostly of Shiva, Vishnu, and their respective consorts and incarnations. Moti Masjid is identical in style to the Jama Masjid of Delhi. The two dark red minarets covered by golden spikes add to the grandeur of this beautiful masjid. Taj-ul Masjid flaunts being one of the largest in India and occupies an important place among the various places of tourist interest in Bhopal. These days, this huge pink mosque featuring two stupendous white-domed minarets is used as a school for religious teachings. The religious ceremony called Ijtima is held here every year that attracts numerous tourists from all parts of India. Shaukat Mahal is another draw for the archaeologists and is located at the entrance of the Chowk gate. This startling building is built in the European style, thereby distinguishing it from the pre-dominantly conventional Islamic architecture of the region. Sadar Manzil is the stately hall of public audience of the earlier rulers of Bhopal. Upper Lake popularly known as Bhoj Tal is one of the prime tourist attractions in Bhopal. Bhopal is known as the Lake City due to the presence of these lakes. The Upper Lake is home to varied flora and fauna including various species of avifauna and migratory birds, which visit this lake every year. Few of these species include White Stork, Blacknecked Stork, Spoonbill and Indian Sarus Crane. Van Vihar National Park is a zoological park located on the fringe of Upper Lake and offers immense beauty by completing a beautiful landscape with the Upper Lake on its periphery. The Van Vihar National Park has many animals kept in their natural habitats. Indira Gandhi Rashtriya Manav Sangrahalaya, a unique museum, is a must visit place spread over an area of 200 acres on the Shyamla Hills in Bhopal. This museum is located on a pre-historic site and has various pre-historic painted rock shelters. The museum also displays curated miniature presentation of Indian Folk ways through various eco-specific habitations and tribal practices. Pachmarhi Hill Station is a finest example of serenity and encompassing beauty. The beauty of Pachmarhi lies in its beautiful water falls and lush green meadows which cover the Satpura range. Bhopal is a beautiful place which should be visited by everyone!

 
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