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Ayurvedic tips for better digestion

The concept of agni, the Sanskrit word for "fire," is rather essential to the Ayurvedic tradition. Agni is used to refer the digestive juices. We can focus on foods and other forms of nourishment that enhance the qualities of agni or we can ingest substances and experiences that dilute and smother the sacred fire. Either way, the health of agni throughout the system will be affected. Here are some practical tips for protecting your sacred fire and improve digestion. Eat your biggest meal at lunch There’s an Ayurvedic principle that the digestion works the best, when the sun is at its highest point. That is around 12 noon to 2 pm. Thus, give your body plenty of time to fully digest the food before sunset. Stimulate the digestive fire Ghee and ginger-lemon juice are great aids for digestion. Eating raw ghee with your food or drinking 2 teaspoons of ginger-lemon juice before meals eases the digestion process. Drink buttermilk Buttermilk is perfect to soothe the stomach. The carminative properties of the spices coupled with the soothing and refreshing properties of buttermilk improve your digestion. So, if you feel a bout of indigestion coming on, try sipping on some buttermilk for instant relief. Eat only when you’re hungry The problem with eating when you’re not hungry (aside from possible weight gain) is that it leaves you feeling bloated and uncomfortable. Only when your stomach is truly empty are your digestive enzymes strong enough to thoroughly break down your food. Sip on digestive teas Approximately 15-30 minutes after eating, sip on ginger, chamomile, or peppermint tea. (Yes, sipping again and not drinking.) The difference between sipping and drinking is that the former gives a kick to your digestive system [...]

Know your asana- USHTRASANA

Ushtrasana or the camel pose is a backbend which also opens the heart centre.  Ushtrasana is like a camel travelling through the Sahara, requiring stamina, endurance, and a commitment to inner awareness. What is so special about Ushtrasana? This asana improves the blood circulation in the abdominal region. Thus, improves the digestion. Also, the pose strengthens the lower back while opening the heart center. Therefore, Ushtrasana helps us physically and emotionally!! Chakra-wise The camel pose stimulates the Manipura Chakra which allows us to have control over our thoughts and emotional responses, set healthy boundaries, and be at peace with ourselves. Its physical association is with digestive function. Benefits of Ushtrasana Strong and flexible spine - Backbends help in restoring the natural flexibility of the spine. With consistent practice, the back becomes strong and agile. Opens the chest and shoulders - As the digital era requires us sitting in front of computers. Ushtrasana opens the shoulders and relieves stress from them. Tones us the abdomen - As the abdomen is pushed outwards, the obliques are stretched. Thereby, this helps in toning the muscles around the stomach. Improved digestion - As the blood circulation improves in the abdomen, the organs function optimally leading to better digestion. Stress relief -  Our minds often follow our bodies, so by increasing the flexibility in your spine.We relieve the tension in the neck, back, and shoulders. This helps in relaxing the body and mind! :) Emotional balance - As the chest is opened, the energy in the heart center is stimulated. This helps in balancing the emotions and feelings. Thus, we feel more peaceful and centered. Extroversion in personality - As the heart center opens, it is easier for a person to express oneself and [...]

Know your asana- DHANURASANA

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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 [...]

Know your asana- Ardha Matsyendrasana

Ardha Matsyendrasana is named after the famous yogi and saint Shri Matsyendranath. Every asana teaches us to align our muscles and bones so we can improve our everyday posture. Half Lord of the Fishes Pose, is a spinal twist that lengthens the spine. This asana is a grounding stretch for the outer hips, and creates expansion through the chest and shoulders. What is so special about Ardha Matsyendrasana? Performing twists in yoga gives our bodies a chance to wring out tension and realign the spine. What’s more, twists aid digestion. They also help in eliminating the built up waste, as well as negative thoughts and emotions that live in the belly. Besides, the asana balances the insulin in the body. Chakra-wise As we twist our body and open the shoulders and chest, Anahata chakra is stimulated. The Heart chakra is all about connecting and relating. The emphasis here is on love, giving and receiving, and how open we are in relationships. Love is the energy that helps transfigure emotions and experiences. It’s an essential element in any relationship, whether it’s is with others or oneself. Benefits of Ardha Matsyendrasana Better Digestion: Nearly 30% of the world’s population struggles with some sort of digestive disorder. Twists help massage the abdominal organs which secrete digestive juices. Thus, enabling digestion. Detoxifying: Twists refresh blood flow to our essential organs that play an essential role in excreting waste and boosting immunity. Opens the heart center: As the chest is pushed out, the energy in the heart center is balanced. Yoga is know to short circuit anxiety and heartaches. Elongates the spine: As sit straight and twist, the spine is stretched and our postures is improved. Tones the obliques: As we twist and hold the asana, the fat around the [...]

Know your asana: Chakrasana

In the esoteric tradition of hatha yoga, Chakrasana creates a bridge between six chakras. Besides, helping the mind, body and breath, the wheel posture stimulates the energy flow in the entire body. Also, this posture is popular because of its' benefits and its' aesthetic appeal. What is so special about Chakrasana? It is an intense backward bend which creates necessary space in the spine to keep young and healthy. Just like a wheel sets the momentum for the car, this asana sets the momentum for the circulatory system, nervous system and endocrine system. Chakra-wise Chakrasana introduces our conscious awareness to the energy flowing through the chakras. While the torso is reflexed, the Manipura chakra is affected.  And as the seat of digestive fire, this Chakra regulates the function of the Pancreas and digestive organs. The solar plexus contains many precious jewels such as the qualities of clarity, self-confidence, bliss, self-assurance, knowledge, wisdom and the ability to make correct decisions. Benefits of Chakrasana Spine flexibilty and strength-  Wheel pose strengthens and lengthens the vertebrae, which increases elasticity and flexibility of the spine. As we age, our spines compress, but this asana helps us stand tall in the later years too! Tones the abdominal region- Regular practice ensure that the obliques and the abdominal fat is reduced. Opens up the chest- while increasing the lung capacity. Thereby it helps in more oxygen being circulated in the body. Stimulates nervous system and endocrine system- Due to stimulation of the thyroid and pituitary glands, when engaged in the posture, happy hormones/chemicals are secreted. It energises and de-stresses you. Stretches the hip while increasing hip flexibility. Heart opener- As the chest is pushed out, the cardiovascular health improves, the energy is activated. This helps in emotional [...]