MUDRA THERAPY

PART II

  1. Apaan Mudra

Apaan Mudra is formed by joining together the tips of the thumb, middle finger and the ring finger.

Benefits :

  • It detoxifies the body and energizes it.
  • It can overcome urine problem, constipation, flatulence & piles.
  • It can overcome burning in the body/body parts.
  • It can overcome fast heartbeats, palpitations.
  • It helps to control high blood pressure.
  • It helps in painful conditions like headache, toothache, stomach ache, backache, joint pains, heel pain, etc.

2. Sahaj Shankha Mudra

Shankha is the Indian term for a conch and when this mudra is performed the hands resemble a conch. Interlock the eight fingers and bring in contact the upward-pointing thumbs.

Benefits :

  • To overcome feverish feeling in the body.
  • To overcome throat problems
  • To overcome weakness
  • To overcome allergies

3. Uttarbodhi Mudra

Interlock the hands keeping the index fingers straight, touching each other and pointing upwards and thumbs extended touching each other and pointing downwards.

Benefits :

  • Uttarbodhi mudra can be called the mudra of enlightenment.
  • It helps to soothe excited nerves before beginning a daunting task.
  • It enables the performer to overcome examination nerves, stage fright, etc.

LITTLE STEP TODAY LEADS TO HEALTHIER & HAPPIER TOMORROW

Part-2

Pranayam is derived from the words “Prana” & “Ayama”.
Prana stands for life
Ayama means to work on it.
Pranayam is a simple practice of many breathing techniques that promote physical, mental &
emotional well being. This write up describes the main 3 pranayam and its benefits.

  1. Bhasrika Pranayam
    Sit in a comfortable posture (sukhasana) with gyaan mudra. Close your eyes and inhale deeply and fill your lungs with air. Hold the breath for 3-5 seconds and release the vital force of energy. Perform 15-20 rounds of Bhasrika Pranayam.

Benefits :
a. Bhasrika Pranayam is a natural energizer.
b. Is also good to overcome depression.
c. It’s a great exercise for lungs and for people suffering from respiratory problems, cold, flu and allergies and breathlessness.

2. Kapalbhati Pranayam
Inhale deeply with both your nostrils & exhale rapidly. Pull your stomach in while exhaling. Practice this for 15-20 minutes daily.

Benefits :

  1. Kapalbhati pranayama is beneficial for lowering of blood sugar by stimulating the pancreas to produce sufficient insulin and reduction of stress which is a significant barrier to effective blood sugar control.
  2. The benefits of Kapalbhati for weight loss include reducing abdominal fat, toning abdominal strength thereby helps in fighting obesity/overweight issues.
  3. Kapalbhati Pranayam also improves your immune system and your ability to fight disease causing microbes.
  4. It also helps to provide relief from constipation.

3. Anulom Vilom Pranayam

Close your right nostril with your thumb and start inhaling slowly and take a breath as much as possible. Slowly remove your thumb from right nostril. Now close your left nostril with the middle finger and breathe out. Repeat this process for 5-10 minutes.

Benefits :

  1. Anulom Vilom Pranayam helps to treat arthritis problems.
  2. It reduces chronic sinus problems & snoring and also opens blockages with better blood circulation.

LITTLE STEP TODAY LEADS TO HEALTHIER & HAPPIER TOMORROW

Why seek a cure for any disease when little steps you take today can lead to a healthier and happier tomorrow?

In order to lead a disease free life, it is very important to incorporate yoga and pranayama in our daily lives. It is very important to maintain the hardware and as well as the software of a computer for its proper functioning. In the same way, yogasanas help to maintain our hardware (body) and pranayama helps to maintain our software (internal organs). By just investing 20-25 minutes each day to practice yoga and pranayama will help us to maintain good health and we will not be emptying our pockets for buying medicines. Easy and simple yogasans can be practised safely without any supervision.

This write up is divided into 2 parts :

  1. Yogasanas
  2. Pranayam

PART 1

Following are the asanas along with their benefits to stay fit.

  1. Dhanurasana

This asana is effective in

  1. Weight loss
  2. Strengthens back muscles a releases back pain
  3. Cures menstruation disorders
  4. Improves the functioning of pancreas and hence beneficial for people suffering from diabetes.
  5. Cures constipation.

2. Vajrasana

  1. This is the most easiest asanas and very effective for
  2. Digestion as it stimulates the vajranadi
  3. Relieves constipation
  4. Strengthens lower back, thighs and legs.

3. Pawanmuktasana.

This asana is excellent for

  1. Stretching the neck and back.
  2. The abdominal muscles and the internal organs as they get compressed thereby increasing the blood circulation and stimulates the nerves, increasing the efficiency of the internal organs.
  3. The pressure on the abdomen releases any trapped gases in the large intestine.
  4. Blood circulation as it is increased to all the internal organs.
  5. Digestive system as it improves digestion.
  6. Relieves constipation.
  7. Strengthens the lower back muscles and loosens the spinal vertebrae.

PART 2 (TO BE CONTINUED)

A1 vs A2 MILK

Did you have your cup of milk today ? I had my cup of A2 milk.

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Let us first understand the difference between A1 & A2 milk. Beta Casein is a protein content in milk. All cows make beta casein. But it is the type of beta casein that matters. There are two types of beta casein : A1 & A2 and they differ by only one amino acid. Such a small difference can result in having different properties.

A1 Beta Casein comes from the jersey cow. It can be found in all commercially prepared milk.

A2 Beta Casein is protein found in milk produced by Desi Gaay (local breed). Also A2 milk is similar to goat’s milk and mother’s milk and is suitable for human consumption. A2 protein in gentle for sensitive tummies. If you are lactose intolerant then A2 milk is the best for you. It is also high in omega 3 & 6, vitamins, calcium, minerals and many more. A2 milk is not only nutritious by also easier to digest.

Good Health = Good Sense

What came first into the earth- the chicken or the egg?

This dilemma stems from the observation that all chickens hatch from eggs and all chicken eggs are laid by chickens.

Similarly, does a healthy body breed a healthy mind or does a healthy mind breed a healthy body?

A healthy body would breed a healthy mind, and a healthy mind would breed a healthy spirit. And vice versa. In my opinion, it’s a loop. A circle.

Our body is a cacoon for our mind, and our mind is the brain of inside our cacoon- responsible for thoughts, feelings and intelligence.

Basically, our body is like a host, being controlled by a parasite-our mind. Both are inseparable. Both cannot exist without each other. Hence, our mind and our body is inter connected.

We need to bank on this connection & make this loop work! And how does this loop work? Here’s how-

You eat healthy, minimise binging on junk, exercise and treat your body with care, the mind automatically feels energised and creates positive vibes. A positive mind, motivates you to work harder to stay fit and healthy.

Good health will induce Good sense and good sense will help you create the life you’ve always wanted!

So folks, start from today, start from this very moment- sharpen your mind, harden your body and feed your soul!

-AAKANKSHA SWAMINATHAN

Mudra Therapy

EARTH,  the characteristic attribute is solidity or strength.

WATER, thecharacteristic attribute is fluidity or instability.

FIRE, the power that can convert a substance from solid to liquid to gas or vice versa. The characteristic attribute is alteration or modification.

AIR, the characteristic attribute is flexible or dynamism. Air is existence without form.

SPACE, has no physical existence; it exists only as the distances that separate matter.

The universe is composed of these five elements. The human body is also composed of the same five elements, being a miniature universe. Good Health can be maintained only by a balanced and controlled functioning of each of these elements. Diseases are caused when there is an imbalance in these elements. These elements can be balanced in a number of ways. One of the easiest ways is practising Mudra Therapy as it is the most simple thing to do anywhere, any time and costs nothing.

The five fingers of each hand represent the five elements.

Fire     Thumb

Air   Index Finger

Space     Middle Finger

Fire      Ring Finger

Fire    Little Finger

GYAAN MUDRA

Benefits :

  1. It empowers mind and has positive effect on emotions.
  2. It also empowers the heart thereby increasing its efficiency.
  3. It reduces the disorders of nervous system, drowsiness and lethargy.

VAAYU MUDRA

Benefits :

  1. Anxiety, stress, and restlessness are reduced.
  2. Reduces flatulence and constipation.
  3. Reduces breathlessness and palpitations.

AAKASH MUDRA

Benefits :

  1. This mudra detoxifies the body by the elimination of the metabolic wastes.
  2. Overcome heaviness in the body.
  3. To overcome discomfort by over eating.

VARUN MUDRA

Benefits

  1. Overcome dryness of eyes.
  2. Scanty urination.
  3. Indigestion & constipation.

VAATA MUDRA

Benefits

  1. Helps to overcome general debility & laziness.
  2. Overcome excessive thirst.
  3. Helps reduce frequent urination.

Should be practiced for 45 minutes per day before or after meals, for that matter anytime of the day. It can be done either at one stretch or in 3 parts, that is, 15 minutes, thrice a day.

LET’S MAKE LIFE HAPPIER &HEALTHIER !

Natural Instant Remedy for Dysentery

You would not like to tell your boss the reason for your absentism is ‘loosies’! The situation becomes worse when you have sensitive stomach. Dysentery is one of the common gastro intestinal disorder. There are lot of grandmother’s home remedies. The best and the easiest remedy is given below. It works very fast and is very effective. This is a wonderful remedy to end loose motions.

All you need is :

1 small cup milk

Half lemon

What you have to do ?

Step 1 : Keep the cup of milk in one hand

Step 2 : Take cut lemon in other hand

Step 3 : Now squeeze 3-4  drops of lemon and drink right away before milk curdles.

How it works?

Lemon juice has anti-inflammatory and acidic qualities which can calm sour intestines. When lemon juice is added to milk, it increases milk’s acidity and lowers its pH.

How often you should take ?

In case of severe dysentery it can be taken 3-4 times whereas in mild case only once is enough. This immediately stops loose motions.

“LET’S MAKE LIFE HEALTHIER &HAPPIER !”

Benefits of Cooking in Clay Pots

In India, our ancestors used to cook in clay pots. Due to urbanization clay pots are now replaced by metals like steel, aluminium and non-stick pans. Are we more smarter than our ancestors? We think that since financially we are more stronger than our ancestors and hence we are more smarter than them.  We have the resources available with us to make our life easy. Have we ever thought that why in olden days people used clay pots for cooking? Was there any scientific reason behind it? Now it’s time to analyse the reasons and find out whether we should again switch back to the clay pots replacing steel, aluminium, non-stick cookware, etc.

During olden days it was said that when food when cooked in the presence of sunlight and air gives maximum health benefit.  While cooking in the clay pot the clay lid will not completely cover the pot. Air will be moving in and out from all the sides and when the lid is opened in between cooking, the food will get sunlight. The second most important point which is scientifically proven is that 100%  nutritive value of the food is retained when cooked in clay pots. Whereas if the food is cooked in bronze or copper then only 90% of  its nutritive value is retained and if the utensil used for cooking  is aluminium then only 7%-13% nutritive value is retained. Consumption of food cooked in clay pots can make us stay away from diseases like bronchitis, asthma, arthritis, cancer,etc. These are the main factors why we need to switch back to cooking in clay pots.

At the same time when we decide to replace our kitchen with the earthernware then some important points has to be taken care of.

  1. The mud which is used to make the pots should not be from  the nearby city area as there is too much of human interference. It means that this mud would have come in touch with the detergent and sewage which in turnwould  pollute the natural element of mud.
  2. Handmade pots should be bought and not machine made. The reason is when the pots are prepared manually the unwanted stones and other things are removed. But in machine made pots, the stones and pebbles and other unwanted things will be processed automatically which will not be beneficial during cooking. The quality will be depleted.
  3. The bottom of the clay pot should be rough compared to the upper portions because then only the pot will get heated  properly using less fuel and the food will be cooked retaining all the nutrients.
  4. You will be surprised to know that when you are filling clay bottle with RO water which does not have any mineral in it,  the natural nutrients of the mud/clay will get mixed with water and provides minerals to the water. Keep the bottle filled for one hour, the water will be replenished with all minerals present in the mud.

Now its high time to understand that our ancestors were more smart and intelligent than us. So let us go back to our roots and start preparing and eating in clay pots and get all the nutrition required by our body without consuming pills for  calcium or vitamins or minerals.

“LET’S MAKE OUR LIFE HEALTHIER& HAPPIER “

Importance & Health Benefits of Traditional Indian Vegetarian Diet

Traditional Indian vegetarian diet mainly consists of legumes, vegetables, milk, curd/yoghurt & clarified butter (ghee). Apart from the ingredients used in cooking the different masalas used aids in digestion. Moreover the utensils used in cooking also plays a very important role which in turn has immense health benefits. In ancient times, people cooked in earthern pots which is still practised in temples in India. The porosity and natural insulating properties of clay helps heat and moisture to circulate throughout the clay pots. This causes the moisture and nutrient loss while cooking in clay pots to be much lower compared to cooking in metal or enamel lined utensils.

ABOUT THE INGREDIENTS USED IN FOOD :

  1. Clarified Butter (Ghee) : Ghee can be stored for a long time without refrigeration. It is considered as purifier that absorbs and expels toxins from the body. It is far superior in properties & digestibility than any vegetable oil.
  2. Dals (Pulses) : The main source of protein is dal in Indian diet. Therefore they accompany meals. There are many ways to prepare dal which varies from state to state. The diversity in cooking style is due to the difference in climatic conditions. The most popular and simple way to make dal in India is by simply boiling it in water adding salt and turmeric powder.
  3. Flour : These are the cheapest source of calories. It contributes as much as 70 to 80 percent of the calories in the Indian diet. Flours are also good binding material and enhance the flavour. But refined flour should not be used in the diet as it sticks to the intestine and causes constipation.
  4. Nuts & Seeds : Nuts & seeds are popularly used in Indian sweets and drinks. Nuts are excellent source of protein, fat & certain carbohydrates; they contain vitamins A,B,C and minerals such as calcium, phosphorus, magnesium and iron. The protein in nuts of high quality are even higher than that in milk, meat and eggs. This protein in easily digestible by the system as milk.
    Spices : Spices makes dals easy to digest and removes the gas producing quality. Masala means any number of spice combinations. Cumin, black peppercorn, cardamom (black or green) are the frequently used spices. Garam masala means “spicy mixture”. It is used with other spices or in recepies which are oily and heavy.