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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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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 [...]

Wrong food combinations as per Ayurveda

Why Food Combinations? All the times your stomach was upset or you were suffering from gas, bloating, acidity, indigestion; It could be due to eating wrong combinations of food. According to ayurveda, every food has its' own rasa (taste), virya (heating or cooling energy) and vipaka (post digestion effect).  So while it is true, every individual's agni determines how the food is digested. Food combinations are equally important. Especially for people with weak digestion or stomach issues. Poor food combinations lead to indigestion, fermentation, putrefaction and gas and toxic formation. Food Combinations that hinder digestion 1) Fruits with anything else: Fruits are easily digested, while other foods take time. Inhibited by the more complex food, the fruit tends to move through the digestive tract too slowly and can cause fermentation, gas, and bloating 2) Liquids and Solids: As a law, no liquid should be taken with solids. Liquid tends to pass away immediately into the intestines taking away all the digestive enzymes thus inhibiting the digestion. Liquids should be taken at least 20 minutes prior to meal and not immediately after or along with meal. But they can be taken one hour after meal. 3) Mixing two proteins: Each type of protein requires a specific character, strength and timing of digestive juice secretions. This means that no two types of concentrated protein should be consumed together at a meal. Nuts, meat, eggs, cheese, or other protein foods should not be eaten together. And no two types of animal protein should be eaten together. 4) Meat and Dairy: Meat and dairy should never be eaten together. Meat is heating and milk is cooling so this is a bad combo. They contradict one another, upsetting agni and producing toxins. 5) Cooking with [...]

Know your asana – PAWANMUKTASANA

Pawanmuktasana is a great asana to release toxins and abdominal gas. It is a great counterpose for Chakrasana. The back is released and relaxed in this Wind-relieving pose. This reclined posture can be done easily by everyone. What is so special about this asana? When hugging your knees, the ascending colon is compressed on the right side aiding in the uptake of nutrients. While the descending colon is compressed on the left side, which is great for eliminating waste. The transverse colon is massaged when both knees are hugged together against the abdomen. Therefore, a great posture to keep the colon healthy! Chakra-wise As the posture is more relaxing, the prana depends more on the breath and the thyroid gland being stimulated. Thus the Swadhisthan and Anahata chakra are subtly affected. Benefits of Pawanmuktasana Great pose to flatten the spine- After intense backbends or spinal stretches, wind-relieving pose relaxes the vertebrae and the back. Releases toxins from the body- As the stomach and colon are pressed, all the gas is released. Improves digestion-  As the abdominal organs are stimulated and the blood flow is directed towards the stomach. Relaxation pose- The pose is used, post intense asanas, to relax the body and breath. Thyroxine is released-  The hormone  stimulates the consumption of oxygen and thus the metabolism of all cells and tissues in the body. Thus, maintaining hormonal balance in the body. Great ailment for bloated stomach and gas issues. Pro-tip Try holding your elbows around the knees. Contra-indications Avoid in case of abdominal surgery. It's the simple things that can make a big difference. Similarly, the practice of Pawanmuktasana is relaxing and energising, as it prepares us for the next practice. Everytime we hold an asana, [...]

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