Yoga Poses for Weight Loss
Every other person, it seems, wants to lose weight (obese or not). While there are people who have to shed the excess weight for genuine reasons, there are others who want to lose those 5 or 10 pounds to look better during the holiday season. And, the latest trend is to enroll in a yoga studio with this goal.
Parivritta Parsvakonasana or the Revolved Side Angle Pose strengthens the shoulders, arms and legs. In Sanskrit, Parivritta means to turn around, Parsva means side and asana means a pose. Parivritta Parsvakonasana is a side angle twist pose and comes with many variations.
Chaturanga Dandasana or Four Limbed Staff Pose is a basic pose to bring balance and strength to arms and legs. In sanskrit, Chatur means four and Anga means part (of the body). Danda means the staff and asana means the pose. It is also known as the Low Plank Pose.
Utkatasana or the Chair Pose comes from the Sanskrit words Utkata meaning fierce or intense and asana meaning a pose. Utkatasana is a yogic pose which resembles sitting on a chair (without a chair, of course), and hence popularly called the Chair Pose.
Pregnancy is a beautiful, yet delicate journey in the life of a woman. It completes her and gives her a new meaning live. However, there are times when lower back pain can spoil the lovely moments, restricting her movements and traveling. Her growing tummy exerts pressure on the back muscles, straining them and triggering the pain. In addition, being overweight, shifting of the gravity center, separation of muscles, and hormonal changes could also contribute to back pain during pregnancy
Prenatal yoga can help to significantly reduce lower back pain.
Oil pulling is a simple and effective technique to maintain oral hygiene. Oil pulling is an ancient method mentioned in Ayurvedic texts. The Ayurvedic text Charaka Samhita mentions Oil pulling as Kavala and Gandusha. Kavala involves holding a medicinal liquid in the mouth and Gandusha involves retaining as well as moving the liquid in the mouth. Oil pulling involves sipping a tablespoon of oil and retaining, swishing and moving it in the mouth for 15 to 20 minutes, to pull out the toxins and microbes.
Yoga for Migraine and Headaches
The head-splitting ache that stems from migraine is a debilitating experience. It just drains the entire energy out of our system, shattering the plans we had in store for the day. But does ibuprofen or other such NSAIDs offer a permanent cure? No, and these medications come with side effects, while some of the more potent anti-migraine drugs could cause hypertension, nausea, and insomnia.
Can Yoga improve flexibility? What is flexibility? Is it just the ability to place the palms flat on the floor or doing the standing forward bend? Or, is it the super easy way one can swing himself up to get into shoulder stand? Well, no! There is much more. Being flexible helps us live easier. There are no tense muscles, stiff joints, or that sense of misery which we have to carry with us as we move around.
There is much said and written about the importance of sound sleep. Studies suggest that a human being requires about 6 to 8 hours of good, deep sleep on an average to keep himself healthy and calm. But how many of us do that religiously? The key to getting a good, sound sleep is to put an end to the ever-busy mind so that our body calms down and rests peacefully.
And, this is where precisely yoga comes into picture.
Vitality or the vital force is the energy coming from the great central source of life called Prana. It is responsible for all activities in the body including breathing, metabolic functions, movement, pumping of the heart, brain activity, digestion, etc. The subject of Prana is widely referred to in the yogic texts. Naturopathy too deals with methods to improve the vitality.