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Yoga cures for Migraine

All about Migraine In a modern day scenario, Migraine is a common problem in all age groups. Migraine is a type of headache where there's constant throbbing and intense headache in one side of the head. Many a times, patients are not aware that they suffer from migraine. There are various factors which can trigger this headache, like, food allergy, loud noise, stress, bright lights, extreme exposure to mobiles and computer screens etc. Symptoms of migraine Neck stiffness Frequent yawning Irritability, nausea, fatigue etc. Migraines can last for a few hours or few days. Yoga cures for migrane Yoga comes to the rescue for migraine sufferers. Yoga, through the parasympathetic nervous system slows your heart rate and lowers your blood pressure. Thus, allowing the body to recover after a stressful migraine attack. Yoga therapy provides great relief for migraine patients. Asanas for migraine relief Balasana Hasta Uttanasana Paschimottanasana Jaanu sirshasana Jalandhar bandh Setu bandh asana Chakrasana Pranayama and meditation are relaxing and provides great relief as it relaxes the mind and nervous system. Besides,  increasing he  oxygen intake. A student shares his experience- "The word Migraine itself gives me a headache. I have been suffering from migraine since past 15years. Mine is what you call level-3 in terms of the intensity of the headache. Trust me when I say, it is quite chronic. The pain is quite severe with vomitting, blurred vision and there would be a complete stop to any day to day actities. Like any layman I went to the Doctor and as usual they prescribed me with heavy dose of pain killers which resulted in lot of side effects, but the headches wouldn't stop.I tried alternate therapies like Ayurveda, Accupressure and accupuncture. [...]

Indian Superfoods: Here to stay

What are superfoods? Superfoods are nutrient powerhouses that pack large doses of antioxidants, polyphenols, vitamins, and minerals. Locally grown and consumed products Rich in micronutrients and taste Every part of the plant/crop can be used in a unique way Eating them reduces the risk of chronic disease and ensures well being. How did it begin? The western countries started marketing quinoa, kale, chia seeds etc. as superfoods thats help you stay fit (read thin), healthy and youthful. And, very soon the superfood wave spread all over the world! Basically, a generation that is eating junk food and leading a sedentary lifestyle calls healthy food, "Superfood." But, why eat food that is not grown locally and takes months to reach you. Especially when we have our own healthy variety. :) Indian Superfoods 1) Ghee: Once dismissed for its “fatty” nature, ghee today has acquired global superfood status. Ghee improves our metabolism, digestion, immunity, helps melt body fat and prevents certain cancers. Besides, keeping our joints lubricated. Raw ghee is much more beneficial to cooked ghee. So add some fresh ghee on your dal, rice, roti and be sure to live a nourished life! 2) Amla: Indian gooseberry has eight times more vitamin C than an orange, twice the antioxidant power of acai berry and around 17 times that of a pomegranate. Amla can help fight the common cold, burn fat, improve eyesight, build immunity, relieves constipation, cleanses your intestines and makes your skin glow. Wow! squash it, blend it, cut it, boil it or eat it raw, you will still enjoy the benefits. 3) Turmeric: From turmeric latte to Jamie Oliver’s famed turmeric chicken. Turmeric is the new rage in the western countries. "Ayurveda spoke of turmeric’s anti inflammatory and antibiotic properties [...]

Awareness in Relationships

Detachment Though Yoga is much of withdrawing from the world and it's' distracting concerns (vairagya or detachment). I think Yoga and relationships are intimately connected. You know how Yoga is effective in relieving stress. Relationships can either be a source of great strength or great tension in your life. So let's understand how does Yoga work in Relationships Yoga and relationships Relationships get crowded by many things like resentment, lack of trust and lack of communication. As tensions in your mind are manifested in your body. Similarly, tensions also affect your partner which may affect your relationship. Yoga is practiced by being mindful. Eventually, this helps you understand your own mind patterns. So, this help in understanding yourself and your vrittis. Thereby widening your perspective. Thus, it helps us in introspecting and  having realistic expectations from other person.  It's like building your own strength rather than fostering dependency. Conclusion Yoga helps us expand the physical and emotional power. All the tensions can be considered as blockages in the flow of energy. Yoga practice balances our energy.  So practicing yoga, either alone or with your partner, transforms your attitude and environment. "When you change, the world around you changes." Sumitra Chachar

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Yoga cures for sinus

SINUSITIS Suffering from sinusitis can cause a lot of discomfort in day to day life. There's difficulty in breathing because of mucus buildup and swelling in nasal region, resulting in blocked nose. Also, this build up affects the whole face, the head feels heavy, swelling and redness in eyes area, blocked ears. Yoga brings a lot of relief for sinus patients. Practicing yoga regularly helps cure many ailments, sinus is one of them. Yoga  for sinus Surya Namaskar: the constant inhale-exhale combined with asanas help regulating the breath. Hence clearing the nasal congestion. Yoga asanas: The forward bend asanas brings relief to the patient. Asanas like paschimottanasana, janushirshasana, pada-hasta asana, parvat asana, setubandh asana, sarvangasana, halasana, gomukhasana, bhujangasana relieve sinus discomfort. Pranayama: By performing these gentle breathing exercises, you increase the oxygen flow to your blood and          your brain, helping your body function more properly and relieving headache and other sinusitis symptoms. Kapalbhati, bhastrika, anulom-vilom are most beneficial for sinusitis. Jalaneti: It is an effective Yogic practice to cure headache, insomnia, cough & cold, asthma and drowsiness. Basically, it’s the nasal cleansing exercise with lukewarm salted water. Mantra recitation: Both chanting as well as humming "OM" make sound vibrations. This make the air to move back and forth between sinus membranes and nasal passages. Thus the air movement opens tiny ducts that connect the nose to the sinuses. This allows the sinuses to drain completely. Meditation: As it's commonly known that stress can worsen the symptoms of any chronic disorder, including sinusitis. Meditation helps in enhancing body's abilities to recover from stress.This improves our immunity and prevents frequent bouts of sickness. Diet Management: Avoid cold food items like cold water, ice creams, heavy oily food, [...]

Mindful Parenting – Switch off your baby sitter?!

Mindful parenting We have had a brilliant weekend with extremely well behaved children. Last Night, when my kids were asleep, I had to go back and check to see if they hadn't been swapped by my husband. While I was out super market shopping. They have bonded well, done all their jobs, helped clean and clear the playroom (pinch me, am I'm dreaming) and just been wonderful. This is what having kids is about. Oh yes!... and did I mention they were only 6 and 4 years old???? I can only attribute this to us, switching off our baby sitter (the television) for the weekend and getting them to spend more time with each other and us. They have played board games, played outdoors, done some gardening, gone for playdates, helped with cooking and cleaning. This has meant that we have spent more time with them, being mindful of their needs. Thereby giving them the love and attention they deserve. My Childhood vs the kids When I grew up, we didnt even have a television, in fact I hardly had toys. I still remember my precious one eyed hand me down doll with bald patches on her hair. No wonder I used to think I was rather pretty coz I had both my eyes and a LOT of hair! :) We used to play outside with our friends for hours on end. And my parents would have to force me to come in to have dinner. Kids these days have way too many distractions and devices to try out. I admit, it is very easy to put my kids in front of a telly if I want to get something done. They turn into glazy eyed, [...]

Yoga cures for Varicose veins

Varicose veins can be cured with yoga asanas and pranayama. It is a condition in which the veins get enlarged and twisted and are visible just under the surface of the skin. Severe long standing varicose veins can lead to leg swelling. This ailment often affect the legs because they are the farthest from the heart and gravity makes it harder for the blood to flow upwards. Causes of varicose veins Heredity tendency, lack of exercise, standing for long duration , hormonal fluctuations, very tight clothing, obesity, repeated deliveries, constipation, wearing high heeled shoes for long duration. Symptoms Aching heavy legs, ankle swelling, cramps, burning, itching, restlessness, throbbing, discoloration around the veins. Yoga therapy Yoga therapy brings relief and also aids in correcting and restoring damaged veins to their former condition. Patients have reported great improvement in their conditions by regular practice of yoga asana and pranayama,where there's no severe damage. Extreme cases require medical consultation because blood gets collected in one spot causing clots. These clots can travel to lungs, heart or brain.Under such circumstances medical treatment is required and no yogic exercises should be practiced until doctor advice. Generally this is not a life threatening condition but it's very painful. In yoga,the asanas which allow the blood to drain back to the heart, allowing damaged veins to resume in a normal manner are beneficial .Inversions are most effective like Sarvangasana, Viparita Karani and Sirsasana. Other asanas like- Pavanmuktasana, Chakrasana, Paschimottanasana, Vajrasana, Naukasana, Tadasana, Surya namaskar and Savasana. Sirsasana by Pangong Tso Lake Pranayama Anulom vilom, Bhramri pranayam and Omkar recitation helps in relief from pain. Useful Advice  Keeping legs elevated for long duration brings relief. Avoid sitting in cross legged position. Standing for [...]