Benefit of super foods

What is Superfood ?

You have seen many advertisements regarding superfood, in which particular company shows you how their product is beneficial for you. They sell many food items in the name of Superfood. But the point is, the word superfood is the correct word or not. For more information read this article till the end.

SuperfoodsFirstly, you have to understand the term Superfood.

Many people sell their products such as beans, spinach, salmon, nuts, fruits, berries and whole grains in the name of Superfood.

There is no specific definition for the term Superfood; but many people say – superfood are mostly plant-based including some fish and dairy, which is nutritionally dense and good for individual health. Salmon, blueberries, acai, and kale are just an example of this and label as a superfood.

What criticism thinks about this?

Generally, superfoods don’t have their own food group; superfood is more of a marketing word. There is no exact category for determining what’s and what’s not a superfood (According to the American Heart Association). Consumption of packed food with nutrients (so-called superfood) is certainly a good thought. But the right way to a healthy diet is to consume a different variety of nutritious foods in the right quantity.

People think they can consume them in unlimited quantities when someone labels specific foods as super and healthy. Second thing is that superfood is not a scientific term and nor use by the scientist.

So what is an ideal food

Many Research shows that the ideal diet is one which is widely plants based on a large variety of vegetables, fruits, healthful animal products (milk, meat, fish, cheese etc) and whole grains. A balanced diet is an ideal diet or food, in which equal and proper amount of minerals, vitamins, proteins, fat, carbohydrates include. Follow the rainbow color food in your daily routine for health benefits. Trust on organic food and try to consume organic base food as much as you can that’s benefits you a lot.

Packaged food is not healthful for your health; so don’t be fooled by so-called superfood ads.

Generally, many whole grains are lost its nutrients and it is more palatable & less healthful. Instant whole grain oats are unhealthy as overly processed white bread in that they quickly boost sugar levels in your bloodstream after consumption along with promoting insulin – resistance, diabetes, and obesity(According to Research by David Ludwig at Harvard University).

Leaf of Tulsi and mint from your garden is more healthful than packed tea packs, so use your garden for drinking herbal tea. Try to grow fruits and green vegetables in your garden.

Some useful & healthy veggies combo

  • Bitter guard, tomato, cucumber; these are useful in diabetes. Tomato is very rich in potassium that helps to reduce water retention.
  • Apple+Ginger+ Carrot and cucumber + celery: – It reduces cholesterol, useful in a headache and also for your stomach.
  • Combination of Carrot, Apple, and Tomato, improve your skin complexion and kick out bad breath.
  • Pineapple, watermelon, and a combination of apple; Nourishes your kidney and bladder along with dispel extra salts.
  • Apple, cucumber, and kiwi; improve your skin complexion and useful for skin related problems.
  • Carrot, pear, mango, and apple; helps to reduce body heat along with removes toxins from your body and best antioxidants (For better results use the above-mentioned mixture in form of juice).

Aloe vera, bottle gourd, Olive oil, Avocado, Indian gooseberries, and bitter guard are some common healthy natural products. These are common but have a magnificent impact on our body.

Those products that claim as a superfood, might be healthful but somewhere down the line do not show any scientific proof.  According to scientific studies: Those products do not show that they are very healthful than other, more exotic than blueberries.

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Top Yogic activities for Summer Season

Winter is gone and summer is on, so it’s time to beat the heat. So in Yogic activities for Summer, we describe the top Asana, Pranayama, Mudras, food & some useful tips for summer season.

So prepare yourself to kick down the heat and save your precious health from summer-related health issues. Summer season is best for those who want to open up and stretches their muscle. Because summer season easily heats your body, so you have to perform less amount of body warm-up exercise.

Let’s start with simple & easy to perform Asana.

Yogic activities for Summer

  • Konasana

This pose is simple to do and excellent for summer season & for beginners also. This pose produces less heat so, it’s good for summer and also simple stretching exercise.

  • Butterfly Pose

This posture is also good groin stretching exercise. This Asana is done in sitting position. In summer season if you perform this pose, you can easily stretch your groin part.

  • Chakrasana (Wheel Pose)

It strengthens your liver, pancreas, and kidneys also best for your heart. It makes your arms, hands, wrists and shoulders and legs strong. Performing Chakrasana in summers is beneficial for stretching in comparison to winter’s People facing high B.P. problem do not perform this Asana & Surya Namaskar in summers.

  • Marjariasana (Cat Pose)

This Asana improves your spine flexibility and relieves stress from your lower back. Excellent stress buster and relaxes the mind also.

  • Vajrasana (Thunderbolt Pose)

Perform this Yoga pose for five minutes after taking the meal. This is the all-time best pose for your digestive system in summer & also in the winter season.

  • Shavasana (Corpse Pose)

After performing all the Asana and Pranayama, perform Shavasana for relaxing your body, mind, and soul. Shavasana is beneficial in the summer season to relieve stress, depression.

  • Yoga Nidra (Yogic sleep)

If you don’t get ample sleep due to your late night working or stress of work then try the Yoga Nidra.

It is a state of consciousness between sleeping and walking, same as going to sleep. If you perform yogic sleep just for 15 or 20 minutes, when you wake up from this yogic sleep you feel that you’ll take 6 or 7-hour comfortable sleep. That makes you energetic along with relaxes your whole body, mind, and soul. (Shavasana & Yoga Nidra is different from each other).

In Yogic activities for Summer, after performing Asana, Now it’s time for breathing exercises for. Yoga Asanas and Pranayama are the two precious jewels to people for maintaining a healthy life in the yogic and natural way.

Pranayama for the summer season

Above mention, Pranayama is best for beating the heat and makes your body cool in summer. Try these pranayamas for 5 minutes or you can increase its time.

After finishing the season of breathing exercise perform meditation. Remember one important thing that, perform Shavasana & Yoga Nidra after completing the season of Asana, Pranayama, and meditation.

(Don’t perform Bhastrika, Kapalbhati, Surya Bhedana Pranayama in summer coz it produces heat).

Now be ready for Mudras (Hand gesture) Here are some handpicked Mudra for the summer season.

  • Water hand gesture (Jal mudra)

Water is the symbol of cooling. So this mudra is very useful on sunny days. This hand gesture is done while doing meditation. It reduces the heat inside your body by boost the moisture levels.

It is used to control dehydration, dry skin, constipation, cramps, dry mouth, cramps, osteoarthritis, and halitosis.

  • Earth Element hand gesture (Prithvi Mudra)

This mudra boosts the earth element apart from that it gives the ability to retain moisture. Increases the earth element and alongside this, the ability to retain moisture. Prithvi mudra control tiredness, acidity, dry skin, high fever.

  • Shankha mudra (Conch hand gesture)

In Yogic activities for Summer, It is easy to do mudra, which decreases the fire element in your body along with ups, the air element. For summer season this hand gesture is best to cool down your body. It is also beneficial in high fevers inflammatory conditions and digestive tract.

  • Prana mudra (Lifeforce hand gesture)

It is an excellent mudra for calm down your mental frustration and physical heat. Cools down mental anger, physical heat. Prana mudra also beneficial in insomnia, joint pains and dry skin.

Body cooling fruits & Veggies for the summer

  • Watermelon

watermelon! It contains lots of water and vitamin A and c, that helps retain the moisture. It is also a good antioxidant, antioxidants fight against free radicals that damage the tissue from the inner side. Try this in this summer for cooling effect.

  • Pumpkin

It keeps beta-carotene which creates Vitamin A. Vitamin A fight inflammation from inside your body. Pumpkin is also a good antioxidant also contain lots of water and retain the level of water inside your body.

  • Lemon Juice/Orange Juice

Lemon and orange juice is commonly used in summer but very effective for you to fight with spiking summer. Both are a good source of Vitamin C that is useful for your eyes, hair, and skin.

In summer, sun rays directly affect your hair, skin, and eyes; so it is awesome for sunny hot days.

  • Tea/Coffee

With these Yogic activities for Summer, Tea and black coffee both are stimulants, but former is drying, the latter is hydrating. Because tea and coffee contain the excellent amount of antioxidants, which is fast and easily released as soon as it is brewed and it gives you an immediate antioxidant boost (in this tea represents Lemon tea, green tea, Tulsi tea).

  • Cucumber

You take cucumber in your salads or take it directly with black salt. Take two slices of Cucumber and keep it on your eyes, this will relax your eyes and calms your mind by its cooling nature.

  • Papaya and Apple

Both are good for summer season. Try to take one Apple every day in your breakfast, and add papaya in your Lunch. Along with you can also use Pine Apple which is also awesome for summer.

  • Avocados

It is very rich in antioxidants that it is commonly used as a face pack when it’s in raw form. Avocados contain lutein which is the hydrating element that helps to maintain the moisture. It also contains potassium, Vitamin E and Vitamin k.

Vitamin E maintains the tissue’s moisture and blocks tissue damage (tissue damage cause moisture leaks) and good for skin. Vitamin K helps in tissue repair, maintains tone and integrity.

But the important thing, which makes avocado best and that is, it helps to increase absorption of other minerals and key nutrients that your body wants to maintain proper hydration.

  • Olive Oil

Olive oil is rich in an antioxidant called Hydroxytyrosol That is powerful and maintains the tissue integrity. It also contains oleocanthal which is anti-inflammatory nutrient; it helps fight against the wrong type of heat inside which damage your tissue.

Antioxidants protected the skin’s moisture barrier that means it helps to retain the moisture inside and keeps you cool. Olive oil also rich in Vitamin E that; helps to maintain the tissue moisture. The natural fats in olive oil prevent and preserve the moisture absorption capacity of the body tissues.

Some Important tips for summer

  • Eat, drink and be happy that’s the first thing and important thing. Eat means (healthy and balanced meal).
  • Drink lots of water this will keeps you hydrated. Carry a water bottle or lemon/ Orange juice to your working place (take lime water with a pinch of normal or black salt but don’t take it in excessive amount).
  • Avoid fast food, oily and too much spice in this season (it puts extra loads on your digestive system). In place of these, take fruits like apple, pine Apple, Watermelon or you can also mix these fruits.
  • Try to consume large quantities of vegetables, fruits, and yogurt. Along with minimizing intake of non-vegetarian food.
  • When you are leaving for outside wear sunglasses, cap and keep sunscreen always with you (Before choosing Sunscreen to check the UV protection).
  • Try Sheetkari along with Sheetali Pranayama in the office for 3 to five minutes. It helps you a lot and protects your body from heat stroke.
  • Practice Chandra Bhedana, Sheetkari & Sheetali Pranayama more rather than other breathing exercises.

Please try once these awesome yogic activities for summer.

(Beat the spiking heat with cool Yogic activities)

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What is Naturopathy (Nature Care)

The term naturopathy suggests the healing power of nature. Nature has its own ability to heal. Every human being has a healing energy within, which is responsible for our wellness and also for maintaining good health. Naturopathy involves no-invasive techniques & therapies including traditional healing methods, principles, and practices. Naturopathy avoids methods which merely relieves symptoms without addressing the cause. It focuses on identifying as well as addressing the cause and not on suppressing the symptoms.

As per to Naturopathy, healing comes from within the body. A disease is the offshoot of an accumulation of waste nature. Naturopathy is an eco –friendly and scientific way to keep our body in good health. In this therapy, it uses natural resources to keep the body fit and for curing diseases. Naturopathy helps to keep the system balanced using natural resources such as water, mud, and sunlight etc.

Background of Naturopathy

In ancient time, Indian Rishi’s (Sage or Wise men) used this therapy for healing. They used simple and easy to get products from nature for their therapy. The main thing is that they examine the whole body of patients.

The great philosopher Hippocrates believed in viewing the whole person in regards to finding a cause of disease and using the laws of nature to induce cure. He said that “nature is the healer of all diseases”.

Naturopathy removes toxic substances and situations from patient’s lifestyle to prevent the onset of further disease. The nature cure treatment gives importance to dieting, fasting, eating habits, Baths (sunlight, Mud, water), massage, enema yogic activities and other suitable remedies. It demands pure vegetarian food during the process of treatment.

The important Values of Naturopathy

Naturopathy has some important values, which follow: –

  • Naturopathy does not harm.
  • Treat the whole being.
  • Identify and treat the cause.
  • Self-healing power of nature.
  • Naturopathy as a teacher.

What is Nature care?

In this, nature care means following the rules of nature and curing diseases with the help of elements of nature (earth, water, air, and sun) in a way that toxins collected in the body are kicked out so that our body becomes powerful & pure.

Earth: – It is a basic element and it provides the stability and structure of our body.

Water: – Body of a human consists 75% of water. It is important for life. The body requires water constantly for all vital reactions such as the production of energy and getting rid of toxin from the body.

Sun: – Sun is another important source of natural energy. We all get energy from sun and this energy is abundant and unlimited. It is consisting of seven colors Violet, Indigo, Blue, Green, Yellow, Orange, and Red. Out of these, first three-color have a cooling effect on the body and are also antiseptic, rest of three colors create heat and green is natural (neutral). If you walk for half an hour or taking sunbath it gives you vitamin D, which helps the body to absorb some calcium which is important for our healthy bones and teeth also.

Air: – If you perform Pranayama in the polluted air then it will not do. It means pure air is also important. Pure air is like a great doctor you can see the benefits of pure air in Pranayama.

Some Important Type of Naturopathic Treatments

  • Ayurvedic treatment.
  • Homeopathy treatment.
  • Nutritional ”
  • Yoga & Meditation

Apart from that, there are other types of Naturopathy treatments are available which are given below: –

  • Unani treatment.
  • Colour Therapy.
  • Psychological counseling.
  • Chinese treatment.
  • Herbal treatment.
  • Manipulative therapy.

Here we provide top Naturopathy centers in India

  • Somatheeram Ayurveda Resort, Kerala.
  • Ananda in the Himalayas, Narendra Nagar (Tehri Garhwal) Uttarakhand.
  • Patanjali Yog Gram (Divya Yoga) Haridwar, Uttarakhand.
  • Devaaya, The Ayurveda and Nature Cure Centre, Goa.
  • Kairali Ayurvedic Health Village, Kerala.
  • The Leela, Udaipur.

The main goal of Naturopathy is to treat the whole person (mind, body, and spirit). The important aim of this therapy is to heal the root causes of an illness (not just stop the symptoms).

Health issues in which Naturopathy is helpful

 Naturopathy is used for most health issues. Here are some common ones include:

  • Headaches.
  • Respiratory Problems.
  • Skin problems.
  • Hormonal imbalances.
  • Fertility issues.
  • Digestive problems.
  • Chronic fatigue syndrome.
  • Allergies.
  • Obesity.
  • Arthritis.
  • Chronic pain.

In some cases, well trained (licensed) naturopathic doctors can attempt minor surgeries (stitching up a wound). In many states, naturopathy maintains the side effects of the chemotherapy but in this doctor, a concern is needed.

You spend lots of your harden money on medicines and treatments, for your health just try nature care for once

NOTE

Naturopathy boosts your overall health and prevents an illness. But in an emergency issue which requires a visit to the hospital (major problems like surgery) don’t use it. This is for an educational purpose. If you have a medical history then concerns your doctor before going to do naturopathy treatment.

(Nature care is safe & gives long-term relief)

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Yoga For Students: Study Tips For Board Examination

Are you confused from where to start your exam preparations? Not to worry; in this article, we describe some important tips, Asana & Pranayama For Students.  So this article is for students and their parents too; to make them confident about the exam. We mention some useful tips, Yoga Pose & breathing exercises for releasing stress from your mind.

Study Tips For Board Examination

  • Be honest with yourself and give enough time to study. Make a timetable first then follow it regularly. Make sure your study space is organized and clean (enough space for spreading your textbook as well as notebooks). Keep your mobile phone, tablet, and laptop away from you.
  • Start your preparations with one or two topics that are easy for you; this will boost your confidence along with gauge your self- awareness. (Clear easy topics first rather than complex topics).
  • Once you clear easy topics, move on to that topic which is half clear. After that, touch the major topics in which you have lower self- confidence. Solving big topic can make a big difference in your performance and it’s improving your ability.
  • Solve the previous year paper or you can also try two or three years old question paper (Old is gold). Whatever you recall in your mind note it down on your notebook and makes a note for important topics (Writing habit is very important).
  • Don’t study continuously and for a long time. Study for shorter stints more frequently. Who study like this way generally performs better than those who follow more study time.
  • Taking a break at regular interval is very essential. You can take 5 to 10 minutes break during this you can listen to soothing music.
  • Play outdoor game or indoor games like chess for short time is also important.
  • Drink plenty of water; keep drinking throughout your revision and on exam day also.
  • For Mathematics and science trust on NCERT books and solve the sample question from this. NCERT book is important and best for practicing.
  • Online learning is good but not best. If you find something related to your topic just write it down instead of gazing your mobile or laptop screen.
  • Be focused while you are studying and don’t be distracted by what others are doing.
  • Take nutritious food during this and on exam day also. Avoid fast food and heavy food. Good sleep plays an important role during these days.
  • Organize group study and explain your answers to your group or friends but be honest with your group study.
  • When exams are closer, challenge yourself with a mock test (set a paper and solve it at the given time, same as exam day).
  • One day before examinations cross check your ID card, pens and time of the exam. Plan to arrive early at the examination center. Last but not least, it’s better to put studying aside the day before the test and do something you that you enjoy.

Role of Parents

  • Keep your home environment calm and act like other days. Avoid guests during these days. Your moral support is very special for your loved ones.
  • Don’t pressurize your children to get the marks that you want from your child.
  • Remember one thing don’t judge your children by their marks. Never compare them with others.
  • Don’t create panic or nervousness environment. Realize your children that it’s normal.
  • Spend a quality time with them; or you can also involve in their preparation (discuss the topic or listen to their answer, set a practice paper for them).
  • Conduct mock test for them and ask them to finish it within given time.
  • Don’t offer tea or coffee, instead of this give milk or juice time to time.
  • Realize your children that you trust them and try to make them stress-free.

Yoga For Students

Asana for Students

Pranayama for Students

These are the basic Yoga for students, Breathing exercises and meditation are very essential for students. If you don’t have ample time to perform Asana, then attempt only one asana. But give more time to Pranayama and meditation. During the break, you can also perform meditation for five minutes.

Know your capability and limits, just compete with yourself; don’t look other what they achieve just focus on your aim.

Try to study in early in the morning avoid late night study. Go to your bed before 11 PM. Take 5 to 6 Almonds daily or you can also give ‘Patanjali Divya Medha Vati’ to your child. Divya Medha Vati is a memory booster in Ayurvedic medicine. Concern an Ayurvedic doctor first before consumption of this Medicine.

Best wishes for your exam; don’t be panic it’s just an exam, not a ghost.

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Yoga for winter | Asana & Pranayama

First of all, wish you a Very healthy & wealthy happy New Year. Forget your ups and downs in previous year just embrace the New Year with more energy and positive thinking. Most of you make New Year resolutions like: I have to lose 25kg weight, I want to make 6 pack abs, I quit fast food & I start jogging or exercise. So, add one new resolution that, you perform yogic activities at least for half an hour daily.

As you know that it’s winter, so in this section we describe the top and easiest Asana and Pranayama for the winter season. This Asana & Pranayama will warm up your body in chilled winter. Performing Yogic activities in cold season have a lot of plus points. If you perform the correct poses that help you to warm up your body and mobilize your joints, strengthen your chest. Cough & cold, Joints and chest related problem is common in winter weather. Asthmatic patients (Senior citizens & Kids) feel more problems in breathing comparison to normal people.

Here are some tips which can be followed by Asana

  • Body warm up is very important, before performing yogic activities; start your yoga session by body warm-up exercise like Spot jogging, squatting, Trikonasana, Tadasana etc. In winters do more body warm-up exercise in comparison to summer.
  • Make a 3 to 5 hours gap between your meal and Yoga Practice.
  • You have to take deep and controlled breathing during Yogic activities.
  • Focusing on your inhale and exhale in between any Asana.
  • Note that, in the winter season, exhale little longer than your inhale time.
  • Keep in mind, when you inhale it represents upwards movement and breathe out is the twist or downwards.
  • Do complete exercise, means if you perform any Asana from your right/ or left side then also perform the same process with your alternate side of your body.
  • During performing any Asana, pay attention to your breathing and on your shoulders movement also.
  • Take more dry fruits in the winter season and for your child give golden milk (Turmeric mix milk) in the morning or before going to bed. This will make your body ready for winters.
  • Instead of having Tea, drink the mixture of Tulsi, Ginger, Black pepper & cloves and you can also add some salt or sugar to this mixture. This is the best antioxidants helps you to fight against the general disease.

Let’s start the Top Asana for winters: –

This is the Best pose for starting your yoga session. It includes 12 steps and it is power packed Asana. Perform this Pose 3 to 6 times especially with mantras in winter. This Posture produces the ample heat to warm your body. So, this is the important Asana, in cold weather. But in summer perform this Asana only 1 to 2 times. If you want to know more (steps and benefits in detail) about this Asana please go through to our Asana section and select this Asana.

If you spent some time performing this Asana daily; this can help to kick out stress, anxiety, and depression from our Mind and it increases the flexibility of our body and strength also. This invigorating backbend was named such because Bhujangasana reflects the posture of a cobra that has its hood raised.

If you perform Bhujangasana comfortably then try to attempt Purna Bhujangasana (Full cobra pose) full cobra pose comes under the Advanced level; so be careful in attempting this pose.

Bow pose is also very important Asana for winter. Dhanurasana raises both halves of the body at once, mixing the movements of the Cobra and Locust, and countering the Plough and the Forward Bend, same as like an archer stringing a bow. In this, you use your hands and arms to pull your trunk and legs up together to form a curve. It tones back muscles and maintains the elasticity of spine, improving posture and increasing vitality. People who are master in Dhanurasana perform Purna Dhanurasana after this.

When you perform this Asana try to hold some time in Sarvangasana then go for Halasana. Sarvangasana is the important step for Halasana. By this, you Cover two Asana in one (Sarvangasana + Halasana). But keep focusing on your inhalation & Exhalation. Hold your breath minimum 5 cycles of breath in both Sarvangasana and in Halasana also.

  • Setu Bandha Sarvangasana

If you want variations, then go for Setu Bandha Sarvangasana after completing Halasana. But do this Asana in a correct way take help from your trainer if you are uncomfortable.

While performing this posture, push yourself up and try to maintain your hips at an angle of 90 degrees over your knees. Ustrasana Stretches the anterior muscles of the body and improves the flexibility of your spine and strengthens it.

This pose improves your digestion and beneficial in the lower back problem. It is useful as an initial practice for back bending asana. After discharging the pose go to child pose and take some rest and repeat the steps for 3 to 5 times.

This posture is good for your abdomen region to hold your breath during the final stage as much as you can.

In this Asana you have to keep your body parallel to the floor and which is supported by your toes and palms with elbows at a right angle but not touching the floor. Chaturanga Dandasana looks much like a push-up pose, but with the hands very low (simply over the pelvis), and the elbows kept in at the edges of the body.

It is the best exercise for your wrists and also beneficial for your lower back. This pose stretches your lower back muscles along with shoulders and chest also. This is very good posture for toning your abdominal muscles. Urdhva Mukha Svanasana is useful in depression, sciatica, and fatigue.

Here is another awesome Asana, for warming your body. Note that when you are in final pose hold your breaths for 30to 60 seconds. If you feel difficulty during breath retention then continue this pose with deep and control breathing.

Breathing Exercise for winters (Pranayama)

So, these are the best Pranayama for chilled winters. Avoid Sheetali, Sheetkaari & Chandra Bhedana Pranayama.

After these, perform meditation or Corpse pose for relaxing your body. Use Luke warm water for your drinking purpose. If you go outside, then use woolen caps for covering your head & ears. Cover up your neck region before leaving home.

(Never lose your hope; Save water & save your Environment)

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Lighten Your Mind and Body – Aerial Yoga Demystified

Whether you’re a hardcore fan of yoga, or just starting out on your fitness journey, you should definitely give aerial yoga a try. Aerial yoga can be much more effective and calming than other conventional forms of exercise.

In aerial yoga, your routine revolves around a soft fabric hammock. This is a long piece of material made out of a high-density nylon fabric that is capable of supporting over 2,000 pounds. These hammocks are held in place by webbing straps, carabiners, and support chains. The height of the hammock can be adjusted according to personal preference.

Each session of aerial yoga involves executing various adaptations of traditional yoga poses. The poses are modified to be performed in the air, using the hammock for support. The exercise can vary from simple poses involving stretches while sitting on the hammock to balancing upside down while holding onto your feet for support.

Benefits of Aerial Yoga

In addition to the benefits of regular yoga, aerial yoga offers some additional positives:

Muscle strengthening: Since you need to work against gravity to perform the aerial yoga poses, your muscles tend to work harder. As you need to engage your core muscles to stabilize and balance yourself, it is also a great core workout.

Enhanced focus: The poses in aerial yoga force you to be more alert and aware of your surroundings as they are more challenging. Since your body is not accustomed to being suspended in the air, you are also likely to focus and concentrate more on getting the poses right.

Better flexibility: Aerial Yoga has a tremendous effect on improving your flexibility. This is because it gives more freedom of movement and you can move your body into positions that you never believed were possible. Therefore, the stretch you get is deeper than what traditional yoga poses give you.

Mood enhancement: Aerial yoga is an excellent way to relieve stress. In addition to traditional yoga poses that have mood altering properties, you also get to experience a feeling of lightness and flexibility like never before. This sense of novelty and excitement can make you feel on top of the world.

Risks Associated with Aerial Yoga

As in the case of any form of physical exercise, aerial yoga poses some risks of injury.  If you suffer from heart disease, low or high blood pressure, arthritis or glaucoma, aerial yoga may not be the right fit for you. People with a propensity towards motion sickness or dizziness may also have problems with the poses that involve hanging upside down. The same goes for people with balance issues as they may feel uneasy and unstable. Aerial yoga is not recommended for pregnant women and anyone who is recovering from surgery.

Tips To Keep In Mind When Performing Aerial Yoga

  • It is recommended to eat something light before attending an aerial yoga class, as performing these poses on an empty stomach can leave you feeling lightheaded. However, avoid consuming a heavy meal at least two hours beforehand.
  • It is important to stay hydrated before, during and after a session. This will help prevent headaches and extreme dizziness.
  • Wear the appropriate clothing to stay cool and comfortable. Light, breathable fabrics, and fitted clothes are ideal. Opt for a fitted t-shirt or tuck your t-shirt into your pants to avoid any distractions when performing the inverted poses. Also, file your nails and keep calluses buffed. While the hammocks are made from durable materials that won’t tear easily, it can be annoying when your hand and feet snag on the fabric.
  • Like many other forms of yoga, aerial yoga is done barefoot. So there’s no need for shoes. However, it’s a good idea to carry a yoga mat, so that you will have something to stand on when not performing the aerial poses.
  • You can still give aerial yoga a try if you have joint or limb issues. Since the hammock supports a significant amount of body weight during poses, the pressure on your joints is alleviated. However, if you have other health issues such as high blood pressure or are pregnant, you may need to give aerial yoga a miss. Always consult a medical professional before starting, especially if you’re prone to vertigo or inner ear issues.
  • Before joining a class, check reviews and talk to people taking the class. Make sure your instructor is competent, formally trained and certified in aerial yoga instruction.

Final Thoughts

If you’ve always wanted to explore a feeling of weightlessness, aerial yoga is a great option. In beginner classes, the hammocks are only a few inches above the floor, so the risk of injury is minimal. As with any other form of physical exercise, always start slow and move at your own pace. Not only will aerial yoga leave you feeling charged with excitement, you’ll also get all the health benefits that come with it.

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Why Should We Practice Yoga daily?

Many people ask us, why the daily practice of yoga poses or yogic activities is important and what its benefits. So in this section, we briefly mention the daily benefits of yoga. First of all, don’t take Yoga as just a physical exercise; it’s a lifestyle of living healthy and happier life. Its works and effect on physical, mental and spiritual levels. Most of the people want immediate benefits by yoga, which is totally false thinking. If you really want its benefits then you have to practice Yoga daily in a correct way. If you are a learner then start with basic posture, when you are a master in this then go for next level. Try to perform yogic activities in the morning time with an empty stomach, if you have a hectic schedule then perform this in evening.

Keep in mind this line “Early to bed early to rise, makes a man healthy wealthy and wise”. This is a nursery rhyme but very true and effective.

There are so many plus points of the daily practice of yoga, here are some most common benefits are given below: –

  • Makes you feel happy and better

If you don’t believe then start doing yoga and feel it.

  • Increases flexibility

It is an important benefit of it. For gaining more flexibility you have to practice it regularly and consistently. But you have to be patient.

  • Improves Strength and Balance

Yoga is not a just doing bending and stretching, it also needs lots of physical and mental strength. Holding yoga poses and repetition increases your body strength as well as a brain. For holding yoga pose you have to maintain balance so by this you will increase your balance mentally and physically.

  • Reduces stress, depression, anxiety and hypertension.

  • It boosts your immune system.

  • Boosts your Focusing ability

Since your mind will be calmer and mess free it’s simpler to guide the vitality to where you need it to go. In yoga, you create one-sharpness fixation through practice. You prepare the brain to wind up noticeably mindful and display. Investigate has demonstrated that after a yoga class you are by and large better ready to center your mental assets, prepare data all the more precisely and furthermore learn, hold and refresh snippets of data all the more viably.

  • Increases your Metabolism.

  • It soothes your skin.

Yoga gives you time to know yourself

By practicing yoga you get a little time for yourself, and it is an important thing for those people who spend their time for caring their dear ones or those who are busy on the job. Giving your time to others is a precious aspect of your life and this helps you feel more connected to the people or worlds around you. For this you have to full first, means know you first (weak points, strength, capability) focus what is happening inside you. Knowing yourself is called “Pratyahara” which is known as the eighth limb of Yoga. If you really want to change the world then change yourself first.

  • Removes toxins from your body.

  • Makes your body aware. 

  • Lower down the symptoms of Lower back pain.

  • Makes your spine strong and flexible.

  • Kicked out common problems like a cough and cold, fever etc.

  • Beneficial in respiratory related problems like Asthma and other chronic diseases.

  • Boosts your energy level and lower down fatigue.

  • Beneficial in sleep disorders.

  • It helps to reduce weight and gaining weight also.

  • Calms and relax our body and mind.

So these are some plus points of yoga, hope you add yoga in your life as a lifestyle and get an answer why you should practice yoga daily.

Eat healthy live well and keep practicing Yoga daily.

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Health Tips for Healthy Lifestyle

yoga-health-tipsHealthy lifestyle is very important for every person. Most of diseases caused due to the improper lifestyle. In this we provided some useful Healthy Lifestyle Tips Online regarding healthy lifestyle. Lifestyle means time period between rising to sleep, in simple words it is the daily routine or the way of your living daily life (Dinchariya in Hindi). If you implement these small useful Health Tips for Healthy Lifestyle in your daily life or routine after that you will realize the change in yourself.

So let’s start Health Tips for Healthy Lifestyle step by step.

Rising

If you really want systematic and healthier lifestyle, then you have to follow old is gold formula as Health Tips for Healthy Lifestyle, that is early to bed early to rise makes a person healthy wealthy and wise. This sounds like a necessary children rhymes but is effective and many people obey these simple lines. A healthy person must go to sleep early to change their inner battery and get up early in the morning before sun rise. The time period of before sunrise is considered as peacefull and the surrounding air is full of freshness and happiness. So you have to wake up early in the morning for healthy life.

If you feel some dullness in get up early in the morning, for this you have to wash your face immediately with cool water it relieves early morning dullness.

Drink Water on an empty stomach

After wake up or rising the second step you have to do is; drink one to five glasses of water on empty stomach. Before going to sleep keep water in a copper container at night. In the next morning drink this water. For constipation take Luke warm water with 2gm of trifala churn. Taking water early in the morning after rising helps in smooth and regular elimination of urine and stool in the morning. To help this process we have to do certain exercises after drinking the water, which is important for removal of toxins from the body and protection from ailments.

Gargling

Gargling with water in the morning helps to remove cough accumulated in your throat and mouth. (you can also use Luke warm water for better result).

Washing face

After drinking water and natural call, first wash your hands and then wash your eyes, nose, mouth and face. In winter use Luke warm water.

Yog (Asana, Pranayam and meditation)

The best Health Tips for Healthy Lifestyle is yoga. Perform yogic exercises for 60 to 90 minutes maximum, if you haven’t ample time then do at least 30 minutes. Do yog asana and pranayam as per your ability but meditation is must.

Oil Massage for the head

Your head should be oiled weekly with coconut oil, sesame oil or almond oil. Oiling prevents hair fall, graying, balding, headache and drying of scalp.

Body Massage (Oil)

Massage your body every morning before taking shower, it helps to reduce tiredness and increases flexibility in body. You can use almond or coconut oils for body massage but mustard oil is best for this.

Karnapurna (Putting oil in the Ears)

Put two to three drops of oil (Mustard or almond oil) weekly in your ears. Oiling prevents ailments like deafness, defective hearing, and other general ear problems. In a healthy ear, oil should be retained for 5 minutes. In case of earache, oil should be retained in your ear till pain is relieved. During this press the base of your ear to prevent the oil from flowing out.

Nasyakriya (Putting oil in the nose)

Nose is considered as the entrance to the head. A drop of mustard or almond oil put in each nostril. When medicinal preparations poured into the nostrils can reach every nook and cranny of the head. Do this once or twice in a week.

Bathing

After body massage take shower daily, it is essential for cleaning and refreshing the body. Bathing rejuvenates the body and helps to prolong life. Daily bathing washes off the toxins which come out from skin pores or cells. Use herbal soap for bathing.

Diet

If you change your diet you would live longer, looks younger and stay healthy.  Add vegetables, fruits, sprouted pulses (that have an equal quantity of positive and negative sun energy stored in them) to your diet. They can easily digested and give the maximum energy to your body.

Breakfast: –   In the morning take breakfast in large portion (Take breakfast like a king). Don’t miss your breakfast. (Milkshakes, eggs, green vegetables, sprouted pulses or gram, fruits, chapatti and dry fruits e.t.c.)

Lunch: – In afternoon take your lunch around 12 to 1 PM. Take medium portion of meal in lunch. (Like small amount of rice with pulses, salads one or two chapatti, one fruit and small amount of vegetables e.t.c).

Dinner: – Take dinner same like beggar means small portion.

  • Chew your food well to aid proper digestion, during eating be calm and relaxed.
  • Keep a gap of three and half hour between dinner and sleep. After dinner sit in Vajrasana for five minutes or go to walking.
  • Don’t drink water after taking meal for two hours, drink two or three sips of water between eating.
  • If you satisfied with your meal then don’t allow yourself to become over full.
  • Don’t take your meal in standing position, sit down properly and take your meal, avoid distractions like Television or talking during meal, concentrate on your food. Eat five portions of fruit and vegetables daily. Take fruit juice in regular interval or during breakfast and lunch. Try to eat enough amounts of green salads.
  • Eat according to hunger but fill only 3/4the of your stomach. Take some amount of Fennel after your meal. Fennel reduces blood cholesterol, aids digestion, bad breath. Fennel is diuretic and has a calming and toning effect on the stomach. Take one teaspoonful honey daily.
  • Eat ample amount of fiber, fiber are two types (1). Soluble (2). Insoluble. Don’t take salt more than 6gm a day. Add one tea spoon of linseed to your daily diet. Try to eat balanced food.
  • Eat organic food; give up fast food or factories made ready to eat food.
  • If you have time then try to do some yogic exercise in evening. And make a daily habbit of early to bed and early to rise.

Please try these simple and effective Health Tips for Healthy Lifestyle in your life, it’s free of cost. Give up bad habits like smoking or drinking alcohol. Life is precious and you have only one chance to live. So it’s depend on you to choose systematic lifestyle or messy lifestyle.

           “Good health is humanity’s birth right” – Swami Ramdev ji.

 

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Mind: Thing Yoy Must Be Aware And Beware Of

power_of_mindThe mind is a very interesting subject to study about. It suffers a very large influence over our emotions and actions. In a way we are being maneuverer by our mind. But the inquiry is how much we are cognizant of it? How much we are cognizant of our own behaviors and emotions and the causes for these? What is this mind which actually has generated thus much of command over us? Most importantly, why it has taken so much of command over us?

What is the mind?

The nature of the brain and the nature of its components have been stirring up the minds of people for a long time. Various elucidations have been made and then far to see it. Moving further from the philosophical discussions mind is now also the theatrical role of the scientific subject area to come up or explore the correlation between intellect and the physical structure. It is really hard to get across a definite conclusion over mind, its nature, constituents and functions.

A long tradition of inquiries in philosophies, faith, psychology and cognitive science has sought to develop and understanding of what a mind is and what its distinguishing attributes are. Different currents of knowledge define or explain the idea in different ways based on its nature, characteristics and uses. According to many of the hard core neuroscientists mind is the locution of the action of the brain cells. According to psychologists it is the sum total of all the cognitive functions that are carried out by the wakeful mind. According to yoga lore, mind is aggregate of thoughts. Thoughts are of two categories – manifest mind and un-manifest mind. Manifest mind is cognizable as wakeful and dream states and un-manifest is dormant as in deep sleep. Out thinking apparatus is the mind.

East and West ideology:

The way mind is being strained to look at or to explore in the west differs from the dogma of the east. The whole literature on the subject in the west gives diverse point of views conflicting with each other. Often the point of difference centers round the relation between mind and body. Whereas in the East, Indian philosophers identify the mind as something distinct from the Atman or the self and it has associated with the intelligence. Since it is subtle in nature, it is not gross matter.

mind_control_yogaManas therefore being material is described as that which governs the sense organs. The ten indriyas, the five senses of action and five senses of knowledge work under the control of menus, the central or internal sense organ. These are dependent on manas for their functioning.

In the west we find an emphasis on physical comfort. When the weather is too warm the westerner suffers without something to chill him and when it is too cold, he is miserable without warmth from artificial heat. But the masters of India teach a different philosophy. They say that sensitivity to heat and cold, pleasure and pain, accrues from the delusive suggestions of the senses and man’s habit of catering to sensations. The great ones do not suggest the man discipline himself to the point of doing injury to his system rather, they advise that when cold or heat is affected one should free himself mentally from the sensation at the same time seeking a remedy for the condition.

We are mind dependent:

Aside from the textual knowledge, what matters is our experiences. We frequently conceive of ourselves, analyse ourselves, in a sense try to distinguish ourselves. Sometimes we are happy, sometimes we are sad. Sometimes we lack in confidence and sometimes we are high on it. This whole activity of our emotions is governed by our own mind. Most of the time we are under the influence of our own psyche. We conduct as our mind wish us to do. But what is the rationality we are being slavish to it?

One important thing here to note is that the mind is a different entity from us, we are not mind and mind is not we. In that case we must be something different from our psyche. As seen and taught by Indian masters, we are pure awareness. Consciousness is our original identity and calmness is our basic nature. As we forgot this very fact of our being, we are unable to moderate our emotions. As a result varieties of problems are now being fronted by the society.

For example: the skin’s surface does not feel touch sensation, they are experienced in the brain. One cannot taste, touch, smell, hear, or see except through the mind. We seem to experience taste on the tongue, but it is actually the brain that registers flavour. Likewise, when some part of the body suffers, the annoyance is really in the mind, not in the body function. We hold two instruments of perceiving pain: the nerves and the grey matter of the mind. But we perceive only if the mind allows a link between them. Unless the mind says there is pain, there is no pain. This is the marvellous discovery of India’s great masters.

From this attitude of slavish response to mind the troubles start. We become emotionally upset. As a consequence of disturbance we become unable to balance or stabilize our mind. We fail to bring the control back over the mind. This dependency over mind makes us to become really hyper-reactive to every situation being confronted. These unhealthy reactions affect badly our physical, mental, emotional and societal wellness. So it is very important to sustain and improve our health by being in a state of equanimity.

Yoga: science of transcending the mind

Yoga plays a very important role here. It teaches the systematic steps to take mastery over the mind and to direct it in a proper way and become released. The practice of yoga enables an individual to move towards betterment of his health by making him self-disciplined.

yoga_and_mindThe aim of yoga is to help an individual to get liberation, the ultimate end of life. This is possible only when the mind is under control. Thus the core study of yoga philosophy is to make the systematic way to transcend the mind. It suggests different ways to master your mind and then to surpass it. It prepares you to interpret the realness of spirit. It avails you to see who you are? It is a science of self-realization.

Yogic techniques teach you how can disconnect yourself mentally from the world. Learning to disconnect oneself mentally from the disturbance of sensations brings peace of mind. Slavish response to the various sensations of the body disturbs between mind and soul. With the commotion of the soul man loses his true nature which is calmness.

Thus, adopting yoga as lifestyle has become a necessity today. The world is acting at such a great speed that it has forgotten its own nature. The universe is very engaged in earning rather that learning. In this era of earning, moving a step ahead, people are eager to earn time too. Nobody has captured command over time, but people foolishly wish to capture mastery over it. This urge of earning is keeping an individual away from himself. This urge gives no time to mind to get relaxed.

Yield time to yourself. Spend some quality time with yourself. Talk to yourself and think of yourself. The time and expectation has nothing to do without you. Having an expectation is not a defective or wrong thing but paying them a proper direction is important. And what is that proper direction? What is right and what is wrong? These doubts are answered by yoga. Yoga teaches you how you can tranquilize your mind without disturbing your schedule. It teaches you, how to turn a maximum in minimum time. Practicing yoga does not mean only performing asana but it means practicing a culture to direct the mind.

Introspect yourself and settle on which track you are. Which route you want to fall out, peaceful or fearful? You wish to be controlled by the mind or being the controller of the mind? You want dependency or independence over time? Suggestions are mine choice is yours.

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Meaning And Definition of Yoga

What does yoga mean?

It is better to first understand the literal meaning of any subject or topic so that the basic understanding of the subject is made clear, so as yoga. The literal meaning of yoga is hidden in its Sanskrit root yuj. The word yoga is derived from the Sanskrit root yuj which has three meanings:

  • Yujir yoge: meaning to join

The first meaning of yoga goes with the understanding of joining the individual consciousness jivatma with the ultimate consciousness paramatma.

According to highest conception of Indian philosophy of which yoga is an integral part, jivatma is a component or partial expression of the Supreme Soul or Paramatma. Although two are the same and indivisible both are separated subjectively and the jivatma undergoes the evolutionary cycle in the manifested universe, to become united again with Him. So the discipline through which the union is attained is yoga.

  • Yuj samadhou: meaning Samadhi

The second meaning describes yoga as Samadhi itself. Maharishi Vyasa has defined yoga as Samadhi in Vyasa bhashya. Samadhi is a state where nothing exists except awareness. Samadhi is explained in detail in a different section ‘samdhi’.

  • Yuj samyamne: meaning to control

The third meaning considers yoga is to have control. Control of what? Control of senses. It describes yoga as to have control (Sanyam) over senses.

From the above explanation it is clear that yoga is not merely about physical movements and it not only includes meditation and other technique but it is the path which leads us towards the truth, the ultimate reality. The different definitions of yoga gives a better understanding of what yoga is? And what it deals with.

Definitions of yoga:

There are many scriptures which define yoga in various manner. One of those scriptures is ‘Paatanjal Yogasutra’, the authorship of which belongs to Maharishi Patanjali. Patanjali defines yoga in his text as:

Yogas citta-vritti-nirodhah

                                                                                                     – Yogsutra (1/2)

Yoga is the inhibition of modification of mind.

Here the word Chitta doesn’t literally means the mind but in general sense it is considered as mind. Chitta is fundamentally of the nature or consciousness which is immaterial but affected by matter. In fact, it may be called a product of both, consciousness and matter, the presence of the both being necessary for its functioning. It is like an intangible screen which enables the light of consciousness to be projected in the manifested world. But the real secret of its essential nature lies buried in the origin of the manifested universe and can be known only on attaining enlightenment.

The word Vritti is derived from the Sanskrit root Vrit which means ‘to exist’. So vrtti is a way of existing. In considering the ways in which a thing exists we may consider its modifications, states, activities or its functions. So vrttis are modification of chitta or mind. Sage Patanjali has explained five vrttis, the fundamental states or types of modifications in which the mind can exist. So the sutra defines yoga as the discipline through which modifications of mind are inhibited.

Shrimadbhagavadgita:

Another important scripture which deals with the yoga is Shrimadbhagavdgita. Bhagavdgita presents a very vast explanation on yoga. In fact the whole of the Geeta deals with the yoga. Bahgavadgeeta is basically the talk between of Lord Krishna to his disciple, also a friend Arjuna in between the battlefield of Kurukshetra.

When Arjuna was distracted from his Dharma Lord Krishna taught him about what Dharma actually is? And he taught him about Jnanyoga, Karmayoga, Bhaktiyoga and Rajayoga to make Arjuna to understand about Dharma.

Yoga as skill in action:

In his teachings Lord Shri Krishna defines yoga as:

                                     Yogah karmasu kaushalam

                                                                                  – Bhagavadgeeta (2/50)

Yoga is skill in action.

            Actions done with expectation of its reward bring bondage. If the action is done without any thirst for reward, one get purification of heart and ultimately knowledge of the Self. In Geeta Lord Krishna very well that how we can practice yoga while performing action. Our actions i.e. karma can also be done in yogic way. Which is called Karmayoga.

In today’s scenario the Karmayoga is the best way of practicing yoga because when people are advised to practice yogasana and pranyamas etc the only reason they have to give is lack of time. Ultimately yoga is practiced to give happiness and satisfaction then why should not we get this by doing our routine work?

Lord Krishna says that skill in action is also yoga. If we observe when we help someone for any reason then it gives us happiness that cannot be explained we feel a sort of satisfaction. But when we are said or ordered to get some work done then after doing that we do not feel that kind of satisfaction which we feel while serving others because there is no expectation or thought of reward or of praise in serving i.e. karmayoga.

Whatever kind of work we are doing to earn our livelihood we must do that with a sense of service. So that we maintain promptness in our work because when we think it is a service then a sense of responsibility develops within us towards society and our egocentric attitude slowly starts to diminish thereby developing purity inside which leads us to the ultimate reality.

As discussed earlier yoga is not a goal in itself rather it is a medium to achieve the goal.

What is that goal of yoga?

The goal is to become one with the Almighty.

When it is possible to realize that reality?

It is when we get free from bondages.

Why bondages occur?

They occur because of our karma. Because our karmas create sankaras (impressions) in our

chitta we get bonded with the evolutionary cycle of the world.

Then how we can get rid of these sanskaras?

It is possible only through karmayoga.

Because we are not expecting any reward for karma, we perform karma as our duty and not to get any reward, they will not create any sankaras. Which leads us slowly to the ultimate reality.

 Yoga as stability of mind:

 Lord Shri Krishna says:

                                                    Samatvam yoga uchyate

                                                                                     – Bhagavdgeeta (2/48)

  Evenness of mind is called yoga.

 Here Lord Krishna tell Arjuna to perform action with the evenness of mind without bothering about victory and defeat, and this evenness of mind is nothing but yoga. And that is what all yoga is about. It is nothing but to concentrate the mind having control over all your senses.

The capacity to take decisions in critical situations is only possible with the evenness of mind. When the mind is disturbed then naturally one will not able to concentrate. It is not only about taking decisions, rather it is all about to get the ability to analyze every situation in every possible way, it is to stay firm with your decision even in drastic situations, to be able to know what is right and what is wrong. The ‘samatva’ state of mind helps you to know or realize what your ‘Dharma’ (righteous duty) should be in a particular situation. This is what the problem Arjuna was suffering with in the middle of the battlefield.

Seeing his own elders, his gurus, his brothers in front of him who are ready to fight with him Arjuna get distracted from his Dharma because he drops his bow as he don’t wanted to kill his own dear one’s. This only behavior or emotional state of Arjuna explains the results of unstable mind. An unstable mind cannot judge right and wrong. With an unstable mind one cannot analyze a situation thoroughly and act accordingly.

That is the reason Lord Krishna explain Arjuna about the ‘samatva bhaava’. Lord Krishna made Arjuna to understand his duty being a ‘Kshatriya’ (warrior). He advices Arjuna to fight, not to defeat or to kill them, but it is his duty (Dharma) fight with them.

This was not only the reason why Lord Krishna explains all about this. With the ‘samatva bhaava’ one can understand about his duties but why this is regarded as yoga. As explained before yoga is the way to salvation.

How salvation is attained?

When sanskaras of karmas or actions are nullified.

How the sanskaras can be nullified?

It can be done through karma only.

Then what kind of karma we should do to attain this?

Karmas should be performed considering them as our duty and not to get any reward.

How it is possible to perform karma in that manner?

It is possible with the evenness of mind.

When the karmas are done with the equanimity of mind then those karmas do not create any sanskaras which is the path to the salvation. At grosser level is the path to lead a happy and satisfied life.

This whole process can be understood in the following manner:

yoga-chakkra

 

 

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