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Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Yoga For A Flat Stomach - 4 Effective Asanas

If you are planning your health and fitness routine, do not forget to include yoga. Yoga is the best stress buster, enhances mobility and gives total body control. One may wonder to know that yoga can be used specially for your stomach. There are asanas that give strength to stomach muscles. However these exercises come in varying degrees of strains. It is advised to analyze your tolerance and fitness levels and select poses compatible to your body. Begin with a little easier poses and work up to the complicated ones as the time passes by. Do not get over excited to select more poses than your body capacity. Make sure to take medical advice before experimenting new exercise and ensure to warm up to avoid injury.

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Some of the Asanas to improve stomach tone;

1. Pavan-Muktasan
Start with lying on your back straight on a yoga mat or towel to avoid spine injuries. In the beginning, perform this exercise using one leg at a time. Kneel down to the extent so that your thighs touch your abdomen. Hug your knees, using one hand to hold the other. Raise the head so that your nose touches your knees, breathe deeply and hold this for thirty seconds. Release your legs and come back to the original position gradually.

2. Bhujangasan
Start with lying on the floor and roll onto your stomach. Ensure that the hands are kept under respective shoulder as if to do a push up. Raise your upper torso from the ground with the help of your back muscles to make head upright. Try to take help of back muscles only to do all the work without using your hands. The main feature of this pose is the use of your back muscles, to give strength and tone up your stomach muscles.

3. The Bow

This is a complicated pose. The stomach exercise resembles Bhujangasan asana, but is more difficult. Begin with lying flat on your stomach - but ensure to curl your legs upwards simultaneously lifting your upper body. The pose must end up forming a circle where the soles of your feet come toward the back of your head. Try to grab your ankles, pull with your hands, push using your legs to the extent that the stomach touches the floor. Hold this for at least thirty seconds before releasing then come back to the original position.

4. Paad-Pashchimottanasan

This is one of the complicated poses. First lye down on your back, keep the legs straight and get relaxed, keep the arms stretched over your head. Make sure that your palms face the ceiling. Sit straight with the help of stomach muscles only, ensuring back straight and hands overhead. Take care to keep fixed legs to the floor throughout. Lean forward to give head in a position in between your arms and grab your toes with both hands. Hold for 2 minutes before releasing and slowly come back to the original position with the help of stomach muscles to lower yourself to the floor.

It is recommended to combine yoga with a balanced diet and healthy lifestyle to get best results.

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Monday, February 15, 2010

Yoga Treatment For Baldness

Baldness is defined as the absence of hair, especially in the skull region. The rate at which hair fall may vary from person to person. Irrespective of age and sex, this is a common problem among all age groups. More prevalent among older people due to ageing and as a natural phenomenon, it youngsters also these days. A minimum daily hair fall is normal. But frequent hair fall is the cause of concern as it results in baldness.

  • Men are easy prey to baldness and thinning of hair with receding hairline is the first noticeable symptom that must not be ignored.
  • Loosing 100 to 150 hairs daily is quite normal among women. But clumps of hair clinging to your comb must not be ignored at all.
  • Take it seriously if you notice significant amount of hair on your pillow after waking up in the morning or on the shower floor, as it is more than average hair fall.
  • Baldness may be first symptom of serious diseases like the myxodema, acute fever, influenza, anemia, syphilis etc.
  • Any mental shock or abnormal anxiety may cause baldness.
  • In most of the cases, eczema on the scalp induces baldness.
Yoga may not serve as a solution to the baldness directly. However, can help indirectly by fighting with stress that causes baldness. Most of the Yoga poses help in diminishing stress. Still, the Kundalini and Hatha yoga is the most effective. Meditation is also beneficial.

  • Preserve raw mangoes in oil for one year. Rub that oil on the scalp. It is a beneficial cure to fight baldness.
  • Make a paste of 1 tablespoon of licorice roots grinded well, in 1 cup of milk and add a quarter teaspoon of saffron. This paste should be applied on the scalp before going to bed.
  • Make a paste of fenugreek seeds with water and apply it on the head. Keep the paste for more than 10 minutes and wash it away. If done in the morning for at least one month, it gives effective results.
  • Boil four henna leaves in one cup of mustard oil and filter the potion and keep it in the bottle. Store it in a cool place and massage it on the bald areas frequently.
  • You can also grind the remains of the tobacco in the hookah and add it to boiling mustard oil. After cooling it down, store it in a cool place. Apply it on the bald patches.
Ayurveda suggests that henna and the leaves of beetroot are very effective cure to baldness. As a permanent cure, boil green and soft leaves of beetroot in water. Take them out on softening and make a pulp by coarsely grinding. Add the water with which it is boiled if required to make a smooth paste. Do the same with the henna and then both the leaves should be ground together. Use this paste to rub on the head. Keep it till it dries, take lukewarm water and add lime juice to it. Then, wash the paste with this water. Do it for 1 month. It works tremendously and hair starts growing in the bald areas. However, if the baldness is hereditary, the results may not be seen.

In the cases where serious diseases have resulted in baldness, do not hesitate to consult medical experts immediately. Vigorous rubbing is an effective naturopathic treatment for baldness.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Yoga To Gain Weight

Whenever we talk about yoga and weight, we generally emphasize on how to reduce weight but we all may wonder to know that yoga can also be used for weight gain.

It doesn’t exactly increase the weight but appetite of the person enhances tremendously. If a healthy balanced diet is combined with yoga then one can gain the extra pounds on the body miraculously. The yoga postures advised for weight gain are dead corpse pose and Sirshasana (Head stand) that soothes the body and makes the mind and body relaxed and stress free.

Yoga increases muscles elasticity and makes the body more flexible thereby keeping our energy level high to take up more activities. The result is the increase in the feeling of hunger and appetite simultaneously burning the calories. Extra food consumed balances the loss of energy in the body.

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Another positive aspect of yoga is that the food we consume is easily absorbed by the body. This improves the digestive system and also cures the constipation troubles. The psychological impact relaxes the mind and feeling of anger and anxiety calm down. A healthy mind stays in a healthy body and yoga is the best way to stay fit and healthy.

Yoga postures like Matsyasana (Fish Pose) provides flexibility to the belly and work as toner. Since the body takes up the nutrition from the food in a better way, the weight gained does not easily interfere with proper shape of the body and unhealthy deposits in the body are reduced significantly.

Wheel pose and semi wheel pose of yoga are good to tone up the muscles of the back and the belly. It gives strength to the muscles, improves flexibility simultaneously stimulating the glands of the body to improve digestive functioning of the human body. Proper digestion in itself cures a variety of troubles of human body. Proper nutrition improves the body functioning and removes the toxins out of the human body. Lots of ailments caused due to improper digestion of food get cures easily with the help of yoga. It keeps the body clean from within and helps to rejuvenate the mind.

Yoga is also beneficial in treatment of the thyroid and also other diseases thereby helping the nurtured with natural growth and positive weight gain.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Wheel Pose - Chakrasana

The ‘Wheel Pose’ or Chakrasana, as the name suggests, involves body movements in the way so that the resulting posture resembles a chakra. Chakra is a Sanskrit word, that means ‘wheel’, and your body makes a shape of semi-circle, or circle while performing this asana. This asana resembles in it’s movements with the gymnastic back bend.

The differentiating feature, is that during the ‘wheel pose’ the person lies straight on the ground, and then raises his body upwards, while during the back bends, the individual attains standing posture, and bends backward to keep palms to rest on the ground. Ideally, this asana is advised to be performed in the daytime (morning or afternoon). One must be careful to perform this posture as because of its simplicity, people get over enthusiastic and rush it.

  • Lie down straight on your back, keeping feet at a distance
  • Kneel down knees and rest your feet straight on the ground near buttocks.
  • Rest the palms under respective shoulders ensuring the fingers pointed towards the shoulders and the elbows placed shoulder width apart.
  • Breathe in and push the floor using palms
  • Move up your arms straight to lift shoulders and head against the ground.
  • Push the ground using feet, breathe in and lift your hips up, rolling your spine off the floor to form a semi-circular arch or wheel.
  • Ensure that the legs and arms are straight to the maximum extent to move hips and chest up. Look behind.
  • Breathe at routine pace and hold the pose for 2-4 breaths.
  • To come in the original pose, breathe out and gradually, bend your elbows to lower your head, neck and then shoulders to the floor.
  • Bend your knees to slowly roll your spine and hips back to the floor.
  • Ensure relaxing for few moments after doing this pose.
It improves cardiovascular, glandular and nervous systems health. It is helpful to cure digestive or respiratory disorders as it increases their efficiency. It also regularizes hormonal secretions.

Make sure you know your body’s strengths and limitations. Those suffering from weak wrists or sickness or pregnant women must avoid this pose. It is advised to practice over a thick soft mat or carpet to avoid neck and head injuries.

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