The great gift of Yoga in summer

27 Apr

“Empower yourself this summer with yoga”

Summer has already knocked on our door a little too early this year! And temperatures are just not wanting to dip. Soaring temperatures bring
in constant lethargy, tiredness,weakness,dehydration and irritability, it is but surprising to see how our body reacts when outside temperatures start soaring.

During summer, air lacks moisture on one hand and on the other there are places where air is humid. We are so dependent on air conditioners , which not only strips us of our body moisture but more often than not stiffens up our joints, majorly dehydrates our body, and for many, affects mobility and flexibility. Our body gets very stiff with continuous exposure to air conditioners and our skin feels like parchment paper!

Our sweat glands become more active during summer due to rise in our core body temperature, it is therefore necessary that our body does not over heat and hence we sweat. Sweat releases water, minerals,toxins and salts thereby cooling our body. This process also dehydrates our body. Now the question arises as to what’s the best possible way to cool our body and take maximum benefit of the summers?

Any exercise or physical activity increases our core body temperature. So generally people avoid exercising in summers. They try methods of temporary cooling. For a prolonged cooling of the body one needs to exercise, which people do not realise. There is no better exercise than ‘YOGA’ or ‘RUNNING’ to cool your body.

The benefits you experience by doing yoga are unimaginable! Yoga and meditation are best suited to cool the body if done in the right way. Asanas done slowly in a rhythm along with right breathing helps reduce body temperatures. Listed are some of the benefits:
yoga helps in releasing the stiffness and improves flexibility of limbs and joints.
Helps in calming your nerves and relaxes your body , mind and soul at the same time reenergise and refreshes.
It helps you with your sluggishness and tiredness during summer.
Lowers Blood pressure, migraines and headaches.

Some preferred asanas and their benefits during summer:

Suryanamaskar- Sun salutations are the best cooling exercise for the whole body. If done in a prolonged and relaxed manner with high importance given to concentration on breathing technique, can do wonders for your body!
Matsyaasana- the fish pose, this asana gives a good stretch to your neck, back and muscles in your upper torso. It cools your body down and is an energiser when you are feeling sluggish.
Baddha Konasana- the butterfly pose, one of the easiest and can be done by everyone from kids to adults even pregnant ladies. This pose offers stress relief and provides energy. Gives a good stretch to your thighs, hips and groin area.
Uttanasana-standing forward bend pose, this asana gives a good deep stretch to your hamstrings, calves and hips , since it requires a lot of balance and concentration it calms your mind and reduces fatigue.
Shavasan-the corpse pose, the king of asanas that cools your body, do it the right way and experience the benefits, calms the mind, relaxes each and every part of your body, thereby energising your mind and body.
Single nostril breathing : This technique isolates one nostril. For summer months the left nostril is targeted since it is the cooling channel of our body. So closing right nostril n breathing with left nostril helps you cool your core temperature.
Shitali pranayama: helps in cooling of your body. This technique is done by curling sides of your tongue towards one another and sticking your tongue out of your lips. Breathing in through your rolled tongue and breathing out through your nostrils.

Some of these exercises can be done at your home, office or even in your car whilst you are stuck in traffic.

Summer brings in sunshine and high vibrations, help yourself channelising these vibrations for the good of your health , mind and soul!

Let the sunshine fill up your soul and health!

THERE IS NO FORCE POWERFUL THAN A WOMAN DETERMINED TO RISE…

08 Mar

 

Every time I read this“saying”, I find it so very relevant to our species. What better day than today, to emphasize this, for I truly feel that across all generations, women have always put themselves last! Be it our great- grandmothers, aunts, mothers, sisters, daughters, nieces, friends, maids. You name them(it), each and every woman at some point in her life has neglected herself and her health and prioritize their loved ones ahead of them in some form or other. I see most of you seconding this. So, I do believe that “Now is the time to Rise!”

Today’s ever-changing environment is grueling, demanding and not to forget extremely fast paced. Work family and social commitments leavewomen with absolutely no “personal” or “me” time at disposal. Lifestyle changes, unhealthy diet, lack of exercise or even adapting to new lifestyles, are all taking a toll on women’s health. Multi tasking is ‘in’, though it does leave women with a lot of mental and physical scars, one of the most common seen mental scar is “chronic stress” which manifests itself into a worrying physical scar.

Stress is the root cause of most ailments seen in today’s modern society. Be it migraine, depression, high blood pressure, hormonal imbalance, mental imbalance, anxiety disorders, cardiovascular diseases, fertility issues, menopause, memory loss, diabetes, cholesterol, all point to nothing but“stress” in some form or the other. Stress affects our health, without us even realizing it.

 

What better way to fight it, than by having a regular fitness regime? Exercising is one of the most effective ways to not only improve physical health, but also mental health. Regular exercise can have a profound effect on a woman’s lifestyle and well being. Exercise regulates blood flow, rectifies hormonal imbalance, promotes release of good chemicals(endorphins) from  our brain, which reduces anxiety and depression and the benefits that a body would derive from it. Aerobics is very popular with young girls, since its fast paced and pumps you with a lot of energy, lowers cholesterol, improves immune function, burns up calories, which in turn helps in shedding excess weight; these are just a few benefits to name.

Strength training is one of the most important and essential form of fitnessfor women. Women in the pre-menopausal and menopausal age,lose a lot of muscle strength, there is decrease in bone density with high incidence of osteoporosis, there is also a decrease in metabolic rate, not to mention the umpteen mood swings and hot flashes that a woman has to go through on a daily basis. This is where  physical training intervenes and regular weight training helps in :

  • regaining lost muscle strength,
  • increases bone density
  • increasesmetabolic rate
  • burns more calories
  • enhances mood
  • reduces stress levels.
  • Physically stronger
  • Reduce risk of injury, back pain &arthrities

Yoga is another very important form of fitness fortoday’s superwoman. Recommended by doctors& fitness proffessionalsaround the world for women of all ages. The benefits of yoga for women are substantial and astounding. Yoga is a blessing for women for it believes in holistic healing i.e.healing of the mind and the body. That is precisely why today’s women should make it a part of their day to day busy and chaotic lives. I can go on and on about benefits of Yoga, here are just a few to start with:

  • Improves spine health
  • builds muscle strength
  • improves posture
  • boosts immunity
  • clears your skin
  • tones your body
  • increases blood flow
  • drops your blood pressure
  • improves balance
  • it heals aches and pains and keeps sickness at bay

The latest entrant in the field of fitness is “AntiGravity” or “Aerial yoga”. Apart from being a major stress buster, it has been showing some impressive physical and mental benefits for women such as:

  • Total body workout
  • Decompresses tight joints
  • Strengthens your core
  • Clears your skin
  • Regulates your hormones
  • Helps with insomnia
  • Increase flexibility

 

If you have the determination and the drive, nothing can stop you from rising and succeeding, so do yourself a favor today and take an hour from your daily schedule and devote it to fitness. Fitness of any form at any time of the day or night. Be it Yoga, Pilates, Tai chi, strength training or a very basic, walk in the garden will also do the magic!

 

 

 

“It’s never too early or too late to work towards being the healthiest you”

So Rise and Shine in good Health!

The Golden Milk

21 Dec

GOLDEN MILK 

Turmeric milk is living its best life at the moment. When Starbucks recently introduced the golden twist to their coffee,Turmeric Latte, it instantly rose to fame and took over social media with beautiful images of the healing brew.

From weight loss to better digestion to glowing skin, golden milk is truly a magical brew. The combination of milk and turmeric is a powerful one and should be your ultimate health & beauty potion.

Here is our favourite way to mix the elixir up:

Ingredients: 

  • Half cup Water
  • Half cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric
  • A pinch of black pepper
  • A pinch of Cinnamon
  • Grated Ginger

Recipe:

– Take a vessel, pour half cup of water and bring to boil

– Add Turmeric and simmer in it

– Add a pinch of black pepper

– Add Cinnamon (Cinnamon is the secret to a thin waist line, it helps in reducing belly fat)

– Add the grated ginger

– Boil the concoction for 5 minutes

– Add half cup of milk and stir the milk while it is simmering. This will ensure heat is evenly distributed.

– Strain the milk with the help of a strainer and pour it into a cup

– Garnish with honey if you like

– Add a spoonful of coconut oil (if you like) for that extra nourishment

The pepper is the key because it allows the body to absorb the turmeric nutrients since our body struggles to absorb the ‘curcumin’ that is the magic substance in turmeric. Adding pepper makes sure that the body absorbs the nutrient and you can get the full benefit of your golden milk.

As you sip your cup of goodness, we’d like you to think of the various ways in which it nourishes your body and soothes your soul:

Apart from giving instant relief to a sore throat and flu, it has a host of other benefits including:

1. Digestion

It keeps your digestive system healthy and treats conditions such as heartburn or gastric refluxes. Ginger, another common ingredient in golden milk, is great at fighting nausea and soothing stomachaches.

2. Skin & Weight Loss:

It’s a superfood for your skin – It makes the skin smooth, removes fine lines and other signs of premature ageing, reduces acne, and lightens scars.

It also promotes your metabolism thereby supporting weight loss.

3. Joints & Muscles

It soothes a sore body and provides relief from daily stress related aches. It keeps your muscles happy! The coconut oil acts as lubricant for your joints and strengthen them.

4. Immunity

It strengthens the immunity system. So if you are someone who naturally catches infections or cold or the flu, this could be a boon for you. Milk is good for your bones and teeth, and  the golden milk is a great way to pack up on that much needed calcium.

5.  Liver Tonic

It is an excellent blood purifier and detoxes your liver.

6. Cancer

It has anti-cancer properties and regular turmeric intake is proven to prevent the growth of malignant cells.

6. Insomnia

Turmeric milk grants you a peaceful sleep

Relish in one warm glass of turmeric goodness before you sleep and experience the miracles of the golden milk.