Vajrasana – Diamond Pose – Admintine Pose

Vajrasana : It is kneeling pose. Breathing exercises like Kapalbhati, Anulom Vilom and other Pranayamas are done sitting in this pose so that the body becomes strong like a diamond. Vajra means diamond or thunderbolt and asana means pose. Yoga is suggested to on an empty stomach, but this asana is one of the few exceptions. You can do it after meals also.

Steps of doing Vajrasana –

•  First you have to kneel down and stretch your legs backwards.

•  The toes should cross each other.

•  Slowly lower your body.

•  Your hips should rest on your heels and your thighs on the calf muscles.

•  Look forward and place your palms on the knees.

•  Your head should be absolutely straight.

•  Do the breathing exercises you want to perform.

•  This pose can be taken for 5-10 minutes.

•  Once you’re done, slowly come back to standing position.

Cautions for Vajrasana –

•  Avoid if you have any knee problem or arthritis.

•  Pregnant women should keep the legs a little bit apart.

Health Benefits of Vajrasana –

•  It improves digestion and eliminates constipation if practiced regularly.

•  Prevents ulcers and acidity as the digestion is improved.

•  Patients with lower back pain should do this as it strengthens the back.

•  It strengthens the pelvic muscles too.

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How can you live a long and healthy life with Diabetes

As per Ayurveda it is a metabolic disorder, characterized by excess and turbid urination. Main causative factors are excess intake of dairy products, cold, oily, sweet, sour, salty, fatty, poorly digestible food items, consuming grains and pulses which are new, meat of aquatic animals etc. some behavioral causes like stress, day sleep, lack of physical activity.

Recommended –

• Old shali and shastika (rice varities), barley, wheat; pulses such as bengal gram, horse gram, green gram and peas.

• Kapittha (elephant apple), tinduk, jambu, water chestnut, bitter guard, lotus, Indian gooseberry and pomegranate fruit.

• Bitter vegetables cooked in the oil of danti (wild castor), sarshapa (mustard oil), ingudi (desert date) and atasi (flax).

• Milk processed with juice of bitter and pungent drugs like nimbi (margosa tree), patola (pointed guard), zinger, asafoitida, clove etc.

• Drinking water prepared from asanadigana, darbha, haridra, amalaki or madhu water (makshikodaka).

• Fresh juice of giloya or amala with honey.

• The diabetic patient get benefit from massage, physical exercise, night vigil and all activities which decrease kapha and adiposity.

Not recommended –

• Food items prepared from new grains, sugarcane products, curd, ghee, jaggery, rice flour items, syrups.

• Meats of domestic, marshy and aquatic animals.

• Any fast food, spicy and junk food, incompatible diet, intake of food without digesting the previous meal.

• Day time sleep, sexual intercourse, stopping the urge of urination and sedentary life style.

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Are you skipping your food occasionally?

Ayurveda gives special importance to Ahara (diet), as healthy and wholesome diet nourishes the mind, body and soul. According to Ayurveda, although the digestive capacity of each person may be different, the quality and appropriate quantity of food are necessary for a healthy life.

Proper quantities of food induces proper digestion, promotes maximum absorption of essential nutrients, gives strength and nourishes the tissues of our body. Commonly an obese person regularly skips or eats less quantity of food to reduce their weight. By strengthening digestion, removing ama (toxic material), improving dietary habits, correction of lifestyle, lowering stress and regular exercise, one can break the vicious cycle of obesity. As per Ayurvedic Acharyas, when the quantity of food consumed is not enough, the individual’s strength, vigor, complexion and development suffers. Their immunity decreases & the body, mind, sense organs are weakened. Also vitiation of vata dosha takes place which may cause various types of diseases in our body like flatulence, hard stool, numbness, body ache, dryness of skin and depletion of tissue etc.

Some Tips-

• According to body constitution, one should eat 2 or 3 times meal in a day but too much of sweet, sour, cold and fatty diet should be avoided.

• An obese person should include coarse cereals like barley, green gram in their diet as well as food and drinks which neutralize vata as well as reduces Kapha and extra Fat.

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Khajur

Health benefits of Khajur (An Ayurvedic view)

Khajur  : Dates are fruits of date palm. These are known as Kharjura in Sanskrit. Its Latin name is Phoenix sylvestris Roxb, belongs to family Arecaceae. It has been widely used in Ayurveda as a medicine and in diet also.

Pharmacological properties

Rasa(Taste)- Madhura(Sweet)

Guna(Qualities)-Guru(Heavy for digestion), Snigdha(Slimy in nature)

Vipaka-Madhura(Undergoes sweet taste after digestion)

Veerya(Potency)-Sheeta(Cold)

Actions-

Vata-pitta shamaka(reduces vitiated vata and pitta dosha)

Blaya (provide strength), Hrdya (beneficial for heart), Mamsavardhaka (increase muscle tissue), Vrushya (aphrodiasic), Shramahara (removes fatigue), Pushtikara (Nourishes body) etc.

Indications in Ayurveda

Abhighata, Raktapitta, Madatya, Daha, Murcha, Kshayahara, Gulma, Hikka, Swasa, Kasa, Jwara etc.

Therapeutic benefits of Khajur are as follows-

Anemia -Fruits are rich source of Iron. So anaemic patients can consume dates regularly. Pregnant women are also encouraged to eat these daily because Anaemia is relatively normal finding in pregnancy.

Bone and Dental problems– Calcium content in dry dates is very high. Calcium is necessary to keeping our bone and teeth healthy. So including dates in daily diet will be able to prevent from bone problems (Osteoporosis, osteoarthritis, gout etc.) and dental problems (tooth decay).

 Hiccough– Khajur pulp is taken with honey.

 I.B.S. – Juice of Draksha, Ikshu and Khajur should be used.

Improves overall health –It contains a wide range of vitamins including vitamin A, C, E, K, B2, B5, B6 etc. These vitamins are vital for our health and wellness.

Constipation– Dates are rich in fibers so heal constipation effectively by increasing the bulk of fecal matter.

H.T.N.- Khajur contain low fat and no cholesterol.  Low sodium and high potassium content of it are beneficial for keeping the blood pressure under control.

Urinary disorders-It acts as diuretic and having cold potency. So very helpful in conditions like U.T.I, burning urination and cystitis.

Skin problems– Dates are natural source of vitamin B. It is beneficial for skin cells as it can repair damage caused by free radicals. To eliminate dry and dead skin cells it having vitamin A also.

Hair Problems– Vitamin B5 present in dates is helpful in maintaining the health of hair as well as scalp. You can prevent the number of hair problems like hair fall, brittle hair.

Anti ageing– Dates are loaded with vital nutrients and also having anti-oxidant property so it can repair damage caused by free radicals. Regular consumption of these fruits can nourish our skin improves its texture.

Adverse effect

No adverse effect is known or reported but patients suffering from diabetes should limit the use, as it can increase blood sugar level.

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Ela (Cardamom) – queen of Indian Spices

Cardamom is one of the best and safest mouth freshener and digestive stimulant. It has pungent, sweet taste, light and dry in nature. Has cold potency and pungent taste conversion after digestion.

Cardamom is said to be the queen of Indian Spices because of it unique aroma and taste. The greater or the black cardamom is used in curry powder and masala mixtures in Indian kitchen while the green or the small cardamom is an important ingredient in Ayurvedic and Unani medicine. The Ayurveda formulations like Chandraprabha vati, Sitopaladi chooran etc contains small cardamom.

The small cardamom is cooling in nature and the greater one is heating, while both alleviates vata and kapha

The small cardamom is known of its therapeutic value in indigestion, constipation, pain in abdomen, diahorrea, liver disorders, teeth and gum infections, throat infections, tympanities, congestion of lungs, tuberculosis [pulmonary], inflammation of eyelids, skin disorders, itching, headache, fever and in cold ; especially because it is a carminative, digestive, stimulant , expectorant, cardio tonic and hepato protective. While greater cardamom is an important ingredient in Garam masala recipes and have traditional value, because of the peculiar aroma and taste, and is also an appetizer and tonic to liver and heart.

Action– Balance all the three dosha, stimulant, expectorant, carminative, diuretic, anti- oxidant 

Uses

External– Externally its seed oil is useful in the treatment of toothache.

Internal

  1. It is a mouth freshener, deodorant, digestive, appetizer, and laxative. It is useful in oral disorders, abdominal pain, acid regurgitation, belching and emesis.
  2. Useful in general weakness.
  3. It act as expectorant, so used in cough, asthma and other respiratory problems.
  4. Useful in burning sensation, difficulty in urine.
  5. Cardamom provides a delicious taste in various food items.

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Boost your immunity with Ayurveda

According to Ayurveda, strong immunity is a product of good digestion, strong Agni (the metabolic fire), balanced dosha (biological humor), quality liver functioning and a balanced endocrine system (which includes appropriately balanced hormones).

According to Ayurveda we should follow some diet and regimens along with intake of herbs can support the immune system. In Ayurveda, strong immunity or strong resistance to disease is called ojas (protection). Ojas is defined as supreme and ultimate essence of all the seven dhatus which refers to the vital energy of immune system.

Follow these tips to improve your immune system-
• Eat food at proper time.
• Eat the proper quantity of food, do not overeat.
• Avoid processed foods, fermented foods, fried and canned foods or foods which contain preservatives.
• Eat light food in the dinner.
• Eat immune-boosting foods such as dry fruits, apples, pomegranates, green leafy vegetables, asparagus and whole grains.
• Introduce immune-boosting spices into cooking, such as turmeric, ginger, black pepper, cumin, coriander etc.
• Choose foods that are in accordance with individual Ayurvedic body constitution.
• Follow Ayurvedic food combining rules. Such as milk with citrus fruits should be avoided.
• Limit alcohol intake.
• Never drink ice water. Sip plain hot water or water boiled with ginger or fresh ginger tea throughout the day to boost the digestion.
• Sleep adequately, sleep early and wake up early in the morning.
• Also take Ayurvedic supplements that will increase the power of digestive fire and support the immune function such as Chawanprash, Brahma rasayana, Ojas avleha etc.
• Do exercise daily(morning walk), practice yoga, meditation and pranayama (deep breathing)
• Avoid stress, anxiety, fear, angry etc. which decreases Ojas.
• Avoid constipation; you can take any herbal medicine if you have.
• Practice self-massage daily with Ayurvedic herbal oils eg. Ksheerabala oil, Dasamoola bala oil.
Note: Immunity (Ojas) is restored through proper digestion and a life style that reduces or reverses the depletion of body tissues.

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EAT BITTER, TASTE SWEET! BENEFITS OF BITTER TASTE

As per Ayurveda rasas (tastes) are six- sweet, sour, salty, bitter and astringent. Their actions are based on Dravyas (matter) and their potency increases in the preceding order. Potency means ability to increase body strength. Each of the six tastes identified in Ayurveda has its own qualities or attributes called as guna.

BITTER TASTE

Bitter taste is made up of the elements air and space. It is the coldest and lightest of all the tastes. It is not tasty but cures loss of appetite, intestinal worms, thirst, toxicity, skin ailments, fainting, fever, over secretion of mucous and burning sensation. It pacifies pitta and kapha and causes drying up of mucous, adiposity, subcutaneous fat, bone marrow, feaces and urine. It is light, cold, dry, promotes intellect, purifies the breast milk and clears the throat. In excess, it causes wasting of tissue and vata rogas (diseases caused by vata).

A bitter taste provides an excellent balance for heavy moistening qualities of salty, sour, and sweet tastes. Dark leafy green vegetables are an excellent example of a bitter food. They can lighten and enliven a meal, as well as providing generous amounts of vitamins, minerals, and other micronutrients. Many herbs have a bitter effect on the body.

A bitter taste’s effect on consciousness, in small quantities, is one of assisting a person to see and think clearly. Interestingly, bitter herbs have been used in many cultures during vision quests, or spiritual journeys. Bitter can stimulate a sense of slight dissatisfaction, which helps us to push on and see things as they really are. It is a taste which can be difficult at first to enjoy, yet one, which balances the other tastes well.

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THE SCIENCE OF MARMA

Marma is the tender secret or vital area which serves as small pockets of prana. Prana is not merely a type of vata it is the vital energy that sustains or supports our body. There is likely hood of death or deformity after infliction to this area hence are called as marma (marayanti iti marma). The points of marma are to be protected from injury or trauma and they can’t be punctured with needles or any kind of instruments. So we can say that marma points and acupuncture points are different.

MARMA THERAPY IN AYURVEDA

Benefits of marma therapy
Marma therapy has multi system effects. It improves respiratory, immune, digestive, nervous, psychological systems of our body and enables us to remove toxins from the body. This therapy relives pain, relieves stress, improves digestion and absorption of food, and improves complexion and muscle tone.

INDICATIONS
* Muscular and joint pains
* Digestion and elimination process
* Nervous system problems
* Anxiety and depression
* Memory loss
* Head ache and migraine
* Respiratory conditions
* Immune system defects
* Reproductive problems

Ayurvedic marma therapy: Massaging the vital areas by using warm herbal oil is known as marma abhyanga. This therapy removes the blockage from channels and promotes the proper flow of prana throughout the body. Marma abhanga gives physical and psychological relaxation. Other Ayurvedic therapies like hridaya basti, kati basti, griva basti, tarpan, sirodhara etc. can stimulate vital areas of that particular site.

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WHEN TO WORRY ABOUT BURPING YOUR BABY? HOW TO BURP YOUR BABY?

Burping is an important part of baby feeding. New born babies swallow air during feeding and the air in their tummies make them uncomfortable and gassy.  Burping can also helps if the baby often spits up a little amount of milk, vomiting and crying after feeding etc.  Some babies burp a lot but for some others need to be burped frequently.

When to burp?

You should only burp your baby if he/she needs it. There is no need to burp if your baby falls asleep during or after a feed. If your baby seems uncomfortable while feeding, colicky or pulls away and starts crying, give burping a try. It is a good opportunity to burp your baby when you switches breasts or in between a bottle feed (after each ounces of liquid).

It is important to burp before 4 -5months of age because there will be more chance to swallow air. Later most babies will outgrow the need to be burped by 4-6 months of age.If you’re burping a newborn after breastfeeding, the baby will typically burp less because they swallow less air than bottle feeding.

How to burp your baby?

You can try these three methods of burping

  1. On your shoulder: hold your baby against your chest so that the upper belly is  resting on your collar bone and chin is resting on your shoulder. Support baby’s neck and shoulders with one hand and gently pat on the back side with the other hand.
  2. On your knee: place your baby on your knee in stomach down position and gently rub/pat over his back by supporting his head. Make sure that baby’s head is higher than his/her chest.
  3. Over the lap: Sit the baby on your lap and, while placing the heel of your hand under his chest region, apply slight pressure and pat his back with your free hand.

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AGEING – SIMPLEST AYURVEDIC REMEDIES FOR MANAGING IT

Though it is known that ageing itself is a physiological phenomenon, nobody accepts to look old. As per fundamental principles of Ayurveda, vata dosha is predominant during old age and which is responsible for the manifestation of ageing. With advancing age kapha gets gradually depleted and depletion of sapta dhatus occurs.

As per Ayurveda old age is defined as the period between sixth decades of life till 10th decade. The signs and symptoms of ageing (aggravated vata )are leanness, darkening of skin, want of warmth, tremors, flatulence, constipation, insomnia, loss of body strength, decreases function of organs, giddiness, loss of confidence, stress, memory loss, body pain, irrelevant speech etc.

With the help of Ayurvedic measures, it is possible to at least delay the ageing in general, and specifically of the skin. It will be possible to prevent and treat aggravated vata by taking care of the body, mind and the spirit.

AYURVEDIC MANAGEMNET OF AGEING

  • Aggravated vata due to malnutrition is treated by brimhana or nourishing therapy.
  • Take food which is rich in oils, ghee, milk and dairy products.
  • Take more sweet, sour and salty tastes.
  • Advise to take digestion promoting herbs like ginger or black pepper.
  • Herbal wines should be taken before food to increases appetite, or after food as a tonic.
  • Try to do sitting type of yoga postures with silent meditation.
  • Light oil massage should be given with warm oils like Sesame oil and fomentation with anti vata herbs like Dashamula.
  • Oil massages will soothen the skin, reduces the cracks and wrinkles and also will improve blood circulation.
  • Internal administration of ghee will augment digestive fire (agni), relieve constipation, improves memory and pacify the brain.
  • Nasal administration of 2 drops of Anu taila, in each nostril, daily.
  • Mild laxatives and decoction enemas should be taken.
  • Application or light massage with warm sesame oil, daily, alleviates the dryness and cold sensation of the skin.

     

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