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What if YOGA improved your health? Would you still sit & think or start doing?

Since years, yoga has been more than just a method of teaching ; it is a way of living life. You dedicate your lifestyle and culture that has surpassed meditation techniques and includes eating habits, bathing habits, social interaction and work. It’s philosophy has been rooted in culture of health and well being and this explains why many people across the globe now practice this ancient tradition.

What if YOGA improved your health Would you still sit & think or start doing

Every yoga pose (asana) has a different name and with respect to it you can perform it. There are many benefits which are associated with yoga. Let’s find out some of them :-

Reduces Stress Levels

There are specific method techniques, which focus on the mind to avoid the constant babbling going on in the brain. This will relax you and relieves stress levels. Practicing these techniques boosts oxygen levels to the brain, elevating your mood throughout the day.

Helps You Lose Weight

The biggest worrisome of the 21st century is how will I lose weight ? Being overweight is a serious concern, since our lifestyles are changing and can harm the body in the long run. Practicing basic techniques such as Surya Namaskar, the warrior pose or Veerabhadrasana, Triangular pose or Trikonasana and Upward plank or Purvottanasana helps in weight loss.

Lowers Blood Pressures & boosts breathing

Practicing yoga on a daily basis, your stamina will increase a result of the deep breathing process. This will enhance your performance in any physical activity which you enjoy.  Further, mediation and yoga poses help the cardiovascular system by slowing the heart rate, reducing blood pressure and lowering bad cholesterol in the body.

Improves your posture

By practicing yoga you maintain a healthy weight, become more flexible and energetic throughout the day. The biggest benefit you will notice is that your posture will be revamped. The abdominal and back muscles can now fully support your weight which will prevent you from any pains, aches or injuries.

So this 21st June celebrate International Yoga Day by trying out some of the yoga poses.

Say ‘No’ to Hair Fall with 6 Simple Tips

Hair loss is a common issue that affects millions around the world. Though it is painless, it can be distressing to lose hair on a daily basis.Stress, excessive smoking, hormonal imbalance, nutritional deficiencies, scalp infection and dandruff, climate change and unhealthy lifestyle- all contribute to hair loss. Certain medical conditions like alopecia, autoimmune disorders, and polycystic ovarian syndrome also lead to hair fall. It is absolutely essential to consider all these factors in order to promote hair growth and restore good volume to your head crown.

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The following are a few natural remedies for hair fall:-

  1. Hair Oil Massage: Massaging your scalp with a mixture of lukewarm hair oils increases blood flow to your hair follicles, nourishes your scalp and strengthens your roots. It also provides relaxation and reduces stress.

  1. Essential Juices and Pastes for Hair Growth: Boiled neem leaves along with pudina, when ground into a paste and applied to the scalp reduces scalp infections. It controls and prevents dandruff and provides a cooling sensation. It also acts as a stress reliever.

    Aloe vera juice contains enzymes that directly promote healthy hair growth.

  1. Limit the Use of Hair Dryers: Using hair dryers, curlers and straighteners for a long time tend to damage hair follicles especially when the hair is wet. Adopt natural drying methods and avoid usage of heavy towels to wrap hair.

  1. Yoga Asanas to prevent hair Loss: Yoga asanas like Kapalbhati, Bhastrika, Naadi shodhan or Anulom vilom pranayama help in supplying more oxygen to the head region and strengthen the nervous system. All forward bending asanas increase blood circulation to the head region.

  1. Eating a Balanced Diet: Include leafier green vegetables, fruits, protein rich food like milk, cheese, and also fish, omega 3 fatty acids, vitamins and minerals in your diet.

  1. Shampooing and Conditioning your Hair Regularly: Accumulation of dust onto your hair leads to dandruff formation and other bacterial infections resulting in hair fall. Hence it is a must that you wash and condition your hair thrice a week.

Surya Namaskar – For healthy mind and healthy soul

suryanamaskar-sunsaluteSurya Namaskar (Salutations to the Sun) is devoted to the worship of the Solar deity, the provider of energy and intellect. It has been practiced in India for thousands of years. The 12 “asanas” combined with proper deep and rhythmic breathing can provide significant physical and mental benefits. When practiced in the morning, Surya Namaskar relieves stiffness, energizes the body and refreshes the mind.

The Surya Namaskar Postures and Breathing Patterns:

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The 12 postures are:

1. Stand facing the Sun with palms folded and  both the thumbs touching the chest.

Breathing: Inhale while raising the hands and exhale as hands are brought down to chest level.

2.  Raise hands upward, with feet firmly on the ground, bend backwards, stretch arms fully.Breathing: Inhale.

3.  Slowly bend forward, hands touching the earth with respect, head touching the knees. Breathing:Exhale.

4. Set both hands with the palms down firmly on the ground, pull the left leg backward, raise the head looking at the Sun, full weight resting on the two palm and ten fingers. Breathing: Inhale

5. Bring right leg back close to left leg, keeping hands and legs straight, bend the body at the hip forming an arch, just like a mountain, known as ‘parvathasan or mountain pose’. Breathing: Exhale

6. Stretch yourself fully on the ground in the Saashtanga Namaskar pose (all eight ‘anga’ or parts of the body on the ground – head, thigh, eyes (sight), mind, word, feet, hands and ears (hearing)). In reality, feet, knees, thighs, chest, forehead touch the ground with the hands stretched out and in folded position, with your mind and thoughts on the full namaskar, then slowly turn the head to the sides first to left and then to right so that each ear touches the ground. Breathing: Inhale first and then Exhale fully

7. Slowly raise the head, bend backward as much as possible, hands straight, in the cobra pose. Breathing: Inhale

8. Parvathasan – same as Step 5. Breathing: Exhale

9. Same as Step 4 with the difference that the right leg is brought forward. Breathing: Inhale

10. Same as Step 3 – Breathing: Exhale

11. Same as Step 2 – Breathing: Inhale

12. Same as Step 1 – Breathing: Exhale, Inhale and Exhale.

You don’t need to be doing yoga regularly in order to practice the Surya Namaskar. If performed correctly, this exercise does not strain or cause injury. If performed in the morning, it relieves stiffness, revitalises your body and refreshes the mind. Do it during the day and it will instantly boost you up, practice it after sundown and it helps you unwind.

Benefits of Surya Namaskar

  • Tones up the digestive system by the alternate stretching and compression of abdominal organs. It activates digestion and gets rid of constipation and dyspepsia.

  • Abdominal muscles are strengthened and improves muscle flexibility

  • If you are suffering from sleeplessness then, surya namaskar is the best medicine as it promotes sleep and calms anxiety

  • Prevents skin disorders and makes skin look refreshed

  • Thoroughly ventilates the lungs, and oxygenates the blood.

  • Tones up the nervous system and improves memory.

  • Prevents loss of hair and greying.

  • Reduces fat.

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Yoga can be a great way to treat depression naturally and help fight the winter blues.

Pranayama-2Kapalbhati pranayama steps are usually very straightforward. However, it is important to ensure that you perform it properly or you may end up hurting yourself. Sit straight with your spine erect and cross your legs in front of you.

  1. Take in a deep breath and exhale quickly and suddenly, making a puffing sound while you do it. Focus on exhaling forcefully and not on the inhalation.
  2. While exhaling, draw your abdominal muscles inward simultaneously. Your abdomen should rise when you inhale and fold when you exhale.
  3. Continue for 10 breaths and then take a break. Perform two more similar sets.

Some people perform this technique simply for its relaxing benefits, while others perform it for the physical benefits it offers. Some of them are:

  1. Weight loss because it works up the respiratory system and the abdominal muscles, helping you tone out your musculature and improve body tone.
  2. Kapalbhati clears the respiratory passages, minimizing risks of infections and allergies in the respiratory system.
  3. The exercise technique also helps improve the flexibility of the diaphragm. With the breathing technique used for this yogic kriya, the diaphragm gets plenty of exercise, becomes more pliable and improves circulation.

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Mindful movements for body and soul

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There is a “connection” between our body, mind and the universe. This is a very holistic perspective of living life. And in that sense therefore Ayurveda and Yoga are like siblings –with a very holistic view of living life.

Hence in this section – we are going to talk about some yoga techniques and practice some yoga poses together!

 

Shake those early morning woes with these simple yoga poses !

  1. Marjariasana (Cat Pose)Come onto your fours. Form a table such that your back forms the table top and your hands and feet form the legs of the table.
  2. Keep your arms perpendicular to the floor, with the hands directly under the shoulders and flat on the ground; your knees are hip-width apart.
  3. Look straight ahead. As you inhale, raise your chin and tilt your head back, push your navel downwards and raise your tailbone. Hold the Cat pose and take long, deep breaths.
  4. Follow this by a countermovement: As you exhale, drop your chin to your chest and arch your back up as much as you can; relax the buttocks. Hold this pose for a few seconds before you return to the initial table-like stage.
  5. Continue five or six rounds before you come out of this yoga posture.

Benefits Of Cat Stretch (Marjariasana)

  • Brings flexibility to the spine
  • Strengthens wrists and shoulders
  • Massages the digestive organs and improves digestion
  • Tones the abdomen
  • Improves digestion
  • Relaxes the mind
  • Improves blood circulation

We hope you enjoyed reading these simple yet effective means of enriching our lives. If you have any experiences  or simple home remedies to share, any useful and/or favourite yoga poses please share those with us @ herbsatwork@gmail.com