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Simha means lion in Sanskrit. Since one assumes the pose of a seated lion in this asana, hence the name Simhasana is given to this pose. In this majestic sitting pose the entire body and facial expressions are modified to invoke the great regal force in the practitioner.
Benefits: Relieves the tension in the chest and the face;
Helps in the stimulation of platysma, which when contracted, pulls down the corners of the mouth and wrinkles of the skin and on the neck;
Helps in the facilitation of the three major Bandhas, as Muladhar, Jalandhar and Uddiyana.
Method: Sit in Vajrasana with back upright and hands resting on the thighs. Inhale deeply, then exhale with your mouth opened wide, tongue extending out, and eyes looking up to point between your brows while stretching your arms and spreading and extending your fingers out over your knees. Hold this position while inhaling and exhaling two to five times, and feel the breath in the back of your throat. Then exhale as you return to the starting position.
Caution: If you have a knee injury avoid sitting in vajrasana, instead you can sit on a chair to do the pose.
The nectarine is actually a cultivar range of peach that features a smooth skin. Nectarines can range in colour from red, pink, yellow or white. Eating nectarines is a healthy way to include many vitamins and minerals in diet. Potassium that is important in a number of body's processes may be found in appropriate quantities if one consumes nectarines regularly. Nectarines are also loaded with lutein and lycopene; these phytochemicals are wonderful guardians of health as they prevent heart disease. They may also be valuable in protection against macular degeneration. The fruit contains low calorie. A regular-sized nectarine gives you only 50 calories. Besides there isn't any fat contained in the fruit. These two features make the nectarine ideal for those who wish to slim down. The fruit is also useful in upkeep of immune system of the body. Being an important source of antioxidants consuming nectarines may help in defence against hazardous UV rays. Not merely are antioxidants-producing nectarines good at protection against cancers but they have also been useful in other diseases. The constipation issue may easily be resolved if you eat a couple of nectarines every day.
Recipe of the Month
- 500 grams nectarines
- 2 ½ cups packed light brown sugar
- ½ cup cider vinegar
- ½ tbsp salt
- 1/4 tbsp cayenne pepper
- 1/4 tbsp ground all spice
Procedure: Place all ingredients into a large stockpot and stir over medium heat until sugar has dissolved. Bring to the boil. Boil vigorously for about 1 hour or until chutney is thick. Then put chutney into sterilized jars, seal and store in a cool place.
Alleppey, also known as Alappuzha is often called as "Venice of East" because of its numerous waterways. Numerous tourists come to Alleppey to enjoy the impressive natural beauty that can be seen there. It is a popular honeymoon destination, a perfect location to spot bird and animal life, and a place to see-soak in the many religious historic sites. Alleppey is well-connected by train and airway to Cochin and Trivandrum. The Krishnapuram Palace is crafted with traditional Kerala architectural features which include gabled roofs, dormer windows and narrow corridors. This particular palace is especially famous for its mural paintings as well as its architecture. One of the biggest mural paintings " Gajendra Moksham " in all of Kerala is located here. This magnificent piece of architecture has been converted into a museum, housing antique sculptures, paintings and bronzes. Alleppey Beach is one of the most popular beaches of the State of Kerala. One thing that draws people to this beach is the facilities at Vijaya Beach Park. The beautiful sand contrasts beautifully with the colour of the water, to make for a truly picturesque location and relaxing atmosphere. Picnicking at the beach is one of the best ways to spend the day here. Various canals, lagoons, and waterways surround Kumarakom's small cluster of islands. These numerous water ways make up what is known as the Backwaters . Tourists love to rent a houseboat here. Numerous types of flora and fauna can be seen against the mirror like lagoons as you sail across the picture perfect backwaters. A birdwatcher's haven, the Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary , covers an impressive expanse of 14 acres. A large variety of different birds can be found at the sanctuary at any given time. Numerous migratory birds even from places like Siberia visit the sanctuary. It is common to see golden-backed woodpeckers, night herons, kingfishers, paradise fly-catchers and egrets. Pathiramannal is a small island found on the Vembanad Lake near Alleppey. This magnificent location can only be reached by boat. Its remote location adds to the intrigue for those who especially love to explore. Nehru Trophy Snake Boat Race in Punnamada Lake near Alleppey is host to the spectacular snake boat races that are annually held on the second Saturday of August. Only three kilometers east of Alleppey is the village of Karumadi. There is a large black granite statue which is very famous. The fact that it is made from black quartz makes it even more unusual, since quartz is normally associated with a gray color. St. Andrew's Church has a long history as well as a well deserved reputation of serving the community. In 1881, an impressive pipe organ was installed. The quality of the music that can be played using this instrument is remarkable. In 1891, a clock tower was added to the church. Pandavan Rock gets its name from the Pandavas of Mahabharata who stayed in a cave here during the time of their exile. There are several vantage points with magnificent views along the trail. Ambalapuzha Sree Krishna Temple was built in the style that is typically seen in the State of Kerala. This temple is particularly famous throughout Kerala for Palpayasam, a milk porridge of exceptional sweetness offered to the deity also called Dwarka of South.
The Edathua Church is known for being especially good at helping to heal mental disorders and other ailments. The Sree Nagaraja Temple is a serpent shrine that is under the patronage of a Brahman family that is headed by a priestess. It is one of the most important centers of snake worship in all of Kerala. Chavara Bhavan, the birth place of the blessed Kurikose Elias Chavara is found near Alleppey. This Catholic saint has a church that is built over the traditional sight of his birth to protect it. Meditation is encouraged at this church. The St. Mary Forane Church is one of the oldest churches in the State of Kerala, and is believed to be one of the seven churches that were historically established by St. Thomas. Various Alleppey spa hotels offer traditional Ayurveda wellness which is more than 10,000 years old. The wellness heals and purifies internal and external system of body, mind, and soul. This is a major reason behind Alleppey becoming an Ayurveda spa destination. Shopping in Alleppey is confined to few small shops scattered around the backwaters. Tourists are specially recommended to buy the coir products like ropes and yarn that are sold by the local vendors. Tourists can enjoy shopping for carpets, pepper, coconut oil, areca nut, cardamom, and sugar.