Five years back ,I came upon a miracle cure for many physical ailments. Not only did I get relief from physical discomfort, I also found an extraordinary sense of peace and calm. Today I am going to share this beautiful experience called Yoga with all my beloved readers. Let’s look at the immense benefits we get by practising yoga daily. I will also share some of my favourite yoga poses and their individual magical advantages. Before we start, I would like to remind all of you that Yoga should be practised initially in the presence of a certified and experienced yoga practitioner. Please do not try the poses on your own until you are confident that you are doing it correctly.
With daily practice of yoga, even beginners can achieve the following:-
Mental calmness and Mindfulness
Highly flexible body
Toned muscles and strengthened core
Increased weight loss
Healthy internal organs
Improved body shape
Better resistance to diseases
Excellent focus and improved concentration
Enhanced blood circulation
Better bone health
Improved body vital signs
Eye-opening benefits of 3 simple yoga poses
Strengthens the entire spinal cord
Tones your pelvic area and buttocks
Gives stimulation to all the internal abdominal organs
Helps to stretch the chest and all organs in the upper body
Expands your heart and helps increased lung function.
Gives comfort to your entire body
Instant stress buster
Reduces fatigue and energises you from within
Provides relief and soothes conditions like sciatica.
Excellent remedy for respiratory disorders including asthma
Induces a centred feeling
Gives your excellent posture
Improves mental balance, concentration and helps you focus better
Improves problem-solving ability
Strengthens the muscles in your leg
Tones and shapes your legs
Provides great support to the ligaments in the feet
Stabilises the pelvic region and improves the functioning of internal pelvic organs
Instant relief to shoulder pain
Greatly improves digestion
Increased blood flow to the brain and other parts of the body
Triggers happy feelings by relieving stress
Antidote to depression
Soothes the central nervous system
Gives excellent strength to the buttocks, hamstrings and lower back.
Expands your upper body including chest region, spine, hips and neck
Stimulates the thyroid gland and improves thyroid function
Improves functioning of abdominal organs.
A special note to beginners :-
Yoga is a practice that should be enjoyed. It cleanses your body and soul alike. Take it slow and steady. Master the sense of calmness and balance at your own pace. Never give up even though you are making slow progress. The benefits of yoga take place initially in your internal organs. Hence the visible changes occur gradually. Never get disappointed. Even 15 minutes of your day spent on simple yoga poses is a bonus for your physical fitness and mental health. Again I request all the beginners to start with lessons from an experienced yoga teacher. Take deep breaths and continue your efforts until a day arrives when you feel incomplete without practising Yoga!
Today, some of us are in the fear of catching the deadly virus as it is still spreading at alarming rates. Staying positive and keeping our bodies healthy is the need of the hour. This is no time to panic. We fall sick mainly when our immunity levels are down. When our immune system is weak, our body is left with less power to resist or fight the attack of microbes. So today, I am going to run you through a few essential food ingredients that can be included in your daily diet to help boost immunity naturally. At the end of the article, I am also going to include a few of my favourite and effective (from personal experience) home remedies that have helped to increase resistance against infections. I hope this is helpful to all my readers and pray that all of you remain safe during these difficult times.
Rich in Vit C and completely packed with anti-microbial properties, lemon is a great lifesaver which when added to your daily diet works wonders. Vitamin C is necessary for increasing your immunity. Also lemon aids in boosting body metabolism. Hydration improves when you drink lemon juice daily and your skin quality also improves. Regular intake of lemon juice helps keep kidney stones at bay also.
Turmeric has a component called Curcumin. This is the ingredient mainly responsible for the medicinal properties of turmeric. It boosts the immunity of your body highly. Also, turmeric greatly improves signs of depression and helps bring positive changes in Alzheimer’s patients. You can prevent heart disorders and is a great antioxidant. It also has antibiotic powers which help heal injuries and cuts. It is also a good anti-toxic agent. The list goes on and on.
This is a personal favourite of mine. Ginger is well known for its anti-microbial properties. It’s hard to list the benefits of ginger as there is quite a lot. I will list down the most important ones below. Please note that ginger can be used raw or also as dry ginger (mainly used for the treatment of colds, cough and fever). Gingerol, the active component in Ginger is mainly responsible for its medicinal properties. This helps in curing nausea, morning sickness, muscle pain, osteoarthritis, muscle soreness, heart diseases and also lowers blood sugar. You get great relief from indigestion with regular intake of ginger. Taking dry ginger powder during your menstrual period helps relieve cramps and reduces your discomfort too.
Garlic has antiseptic and anti-fungal properties. It is highly nutritive and is used as a natural ingredient to lower cholesterol. Regular consumption of garlic helps to reduce your blood pressure too. Garlic contains the compound called Allicin which has great medicinal properties. Garlic has been used from ancient times to treat liver disorders, Tuberculosis, colic, dysentery, diabetes and many other ailments. Adding garlic to your cooking also increases the taste of the final cooked dish.
Honey is a natural medicine used in many home remedies. The natural healing power of honey is well known. Honey is full of antioxidants and has anti-bacterial properties too. It gives great comfort when consumed during a sore throat. The digestive tract also benefits from regular consumption of raw honey. The body metabolism also improves when you take honey with warm water early in the morning.
A great antioxidant as well as anti-inflammatory food! Coming from a South Indian family, I have always used Black pepper while cooking for the family. Black pepper is considered to be a magic spice which is used commonly in dishes. Pepper is effective in curing common colds, fever and throat infections. It is also carminative. Intestinal gas formation is reduced by the regular intake of pepper. Black pepper is also great when trying for weight reduction. But we’ll go into that in another post soon. Increasing your pepper intake has another advantage. The body gets rid of toxins as it gets warmed up and sweat more while having pepper.
Yoghurt or Curd
Yoghurt, as well as homemade curd, is full of probiotics. This means that it contains healthy bacteria which is good for your intestine. The presence of such bacteria help to aid in digestion and keeps the digestive tract healthy and strong. Include curd or yoghurt twice a week in your diet so that your digestive system becomes more immune and resistant to external infections.
Easy homemade cures to boost immunity
Lemon Honey Drink
This is an easy drink with huge benefits. As we saw in the above list, both the ingredients are filled with Vitamin C and antimicrobial properties. The drink is an immunity-boosting mixture and also increases your body metabolism. Take this daily early morning or at bedtime to see positive changes in your body. It helps reduce body fat, eliminates toxins and detoxifies the body.
Turmeric and honey combination
This is a magic potion that has immense medicinal benefits. When the two products are mixed, you can speed up your rate of healing. The combination is a powerful immunity booster. Taken regularly keeps you safe and protected. More than a cure, it is used as a preventive for several diseases. This is also an effective skincare pack. The healing effects of both honey and turmeric help you cure several skin disorders and you attain clear, glowing skin.
Milk and Turmeric drink
Another elixir for health. Take a quarter glass of warm milk and add a little turmeric to it. Have this mixture just before your bedtime. It gives you great strength to fight most kinds of infections. Your respiratory tract also benefits immensely from having this regularly.
Another superpower soothing drink. Just grate ginger into your boiling water and add your tea leaves. Then, as usual, you may consume this. If you prefer milk tea, you can add some boiled mil to the boiled water too. It soothes your throat and gives comfort to your digestive tract too. The properties of ginger keep your body and immune system in perfect condition.
I have compiled the above article based on personal experience. The post would be too long if I added the rest of the food components and recipes. So you can have more information about some other awesome immunity-boosting food ingredients in the next post. I hope all of you try and include these ingredients in your daily diet to increase your immunity power and keep yourself safe.
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You may know of several people who have reached the heights of their career, others may have succeeded in acquiring impressive amounts of wealth and so on. However, the real question is -are they really happy?
I was talking to a friend the other day about all the depressing news we were receiving regarding the current COVID pandemic. People all over seem to be losing hope. There has been an increase in the number of suicides, deaths due to heart failure and many more heartbreaking situations. All that got me thinking-Life is so uncertain and with the time we have left, are we all really happy?
I asked myself what makes me happy. Is it money, fame, or something else? I discovered that I am truly happy with the simplest little things in life. Of course, bigger achievements have their share in creating a good life. However, I think happiness comes from something more. You may not have a great deal of money, or you may not have achieved that dream job yet. Still, real happiness is when you remain true to yourself. Inner peace is the only aspect that leaves you feeling satisfied with life. And to get that genuine feeling of happiness, you must stay true to your values and principles. Treat others equally well. Treat them with dignity and respect. You may not receive the exact treatment back, however, in the long run, being honest and true to who you are, keeps you peaceful.
As for me, happiness is watching the rain drizzle down onto the earth, gazing at the beautiful sky as the sun sets, hugging my kids tight and knowing that they are safe. The smile I get when I cook a tasty meal, the excitement on my kids’ face as they describe a new incident at school, the simplest questions like- How was your day, are your feeling okay- and all those wonderful, touching moments that gently tug at my heart. They stay forever in my happy memories box. I hope you all have similar moments that make life worthwhile. Like I always say, stay happy and stay blessed dears 😊
Not many of us realise the importance of self-care until it is too late. We think that indulging in a bit of self-care is selfish and wrong. Its high time to change those thoughts. Self-care is important and essential to our well being. Why? There comes a point in everyone’s lives when we realise that running around the clock, taking care of other people and trying to complete our own set of assigned duties is taking a toll of our minds as well as physical health. When you put up with many years of selfless service, you end up neglecting yourself. Now is the time to understand that it is completely fine to be selfish and take care of yourself. You must keep time for self-care every day. Let us look through a few simple, yet powerful tricks to this end.
Meditate and be mindful of breathing
Meditation is the most effective tool to help heal yourself. Work out your mind with meditation. Keep aside time for helping your mind stay in control. Follow guided meditations to calm your thoughts. Practice controlled breathing and be aware of your breath. It helps a great deal when you focus on your breath. Negative thoughts get washed away as you fill your mind with healing sounds and breath control. This is the first step in healing all those years of neglect.
Bring back your hobbies
As life goes by, most of us give up hobbies and interests that once filled our days with a thrilling sense of achievement. Some of you may love reading. Pick up that book again. Read to your heart’s content. Remember that there is no one to stop you, except yourself. Dance, sing, listen to music, go ahead and play your favourite sport. Start doing whatever you left behind before the wheels of life turned you into a busy bee. Make time to indulge in the joy of feeling alive.
Pay attention to the little things
Social media is interfering in our lives so much these days. Instead of enjoying the moment, everyone is busy capturing the image. Not only do they take hundreds of photos, but the pics are also updated instantly on different social media platforms. The beauty of the moment gets lost in all that frenzy. Please don’t do that!
The mesmerizing softness of a sunset can leave you speechless if you just allow yourself to enjoy it. Watching a squirrel collect its food and scramble up a tree, counting the stars, listening to the rain pouring down, feeling the slight drizzle of the rain- There is so much to love and cherish in this beautiful world. Leave out the urge to show society your best always. Capture these extraordinary moments in your heart. That’s what counts and those moments are the real treasures you get to keep.
Set your standards and focus on your goals
Many times, we lower our standards for people we love. We give in to their demands and forget that our goals were completely different. If you are someone who has lost sight of all those happy dreams you had as a bubbly teenager, know that its time to brush off the dust, pick up the pieces and start working on your dreams again. Age is just a number, so do not be overwhelmed by the lost years. Any time is a good time to start again. Make a list of your goals, focus on them and go get them all!
PS:-*I need you to remember this*
As you move along in the journey of life, you realise that being your own friend is the best option you have. You can either motivate yourself or bring yourself down. The choice is yours. So why not go for the better one? Keep a list of positive affirmations and force yourself to stick to the choice of being happy. Think positive thoughts and attract all those high-frequency energies straight into your life. You are and you can become the person you have always dreamt of being!
“Do something nice for yourself today. Find some quiet, sit in stillness, breathe. Put your problems on pause. You deserve a break.” ― Akiroq Brost
The world has come to a stage wherein staying healthy and fit is the motto for survival. Staying healthy is now the keyword in fitness regimes. More than a beauty conscious population, we now have people who are determined to stay fit and active. In a way, health is co-related to the word fitness. A person who neglects his health and fitness falls ill.
What do you mean by a healthy body?
A healthy body is a person who is in a state of mental, physical as well as emotional well being. He/ She does not suffer from any ailment or pain.
A simple explanation for Fitness
Fitness can be described as maintaining the wellbeing of your body at all levels-physical, emotional(spiritual) and mental states. A fit person is someone who is aware of his physical health and keeps his mind occupied with happy positive thoughts.
What do you need to get a healthy & fit body?
A deep and genuine interest to keep your body fit
The Will power to stick to a health & fitness plan
The Patience and willingness to wait for and see results
Today we’ll have a look at some very simple changes to adopt for a healthier lifestyle. These are the basic changes you can adopt slowly at your own pace. Make up your mind to keep yourself healthy and fit. Start practising the following points daily. Here, I have divided the points into two groups. One is for your physical health, the other for your emotional well-being.
Focus on your Physical Health
Keep your body hydrated by drinking lots of water-a minimum of 3 litres per day. This flushes away the toxic components in the body.
Begin a healthy, balanced diet and control your intake of junk food.
Lower your alcohol consumption and stick to limits
Say no to Smoking-it may be hard but highly advisable
Introduce loads of fruits and vegetables, especially green leafy veggies.
Start physical exercise- if you are a beginner, start slow and steady
Take up walking for a minimum of 30 minutes per day
Give your body proper rest.
How to keep your mind healthy
Give serious thought to Controlling your negative thoughts
Practice mindfulness through Daily Meditation
Start breathing exercises with the help of an experienced Teacher
Believe in yourself- You create your destiny with positive thoughts
Stay away from negativity
Learn to say No when needed
Practice self-love and make sure to take care of yourself
Laugh away your worries and spend time with close friends who bring out the smiles in you.
Sleep well and sleep sound
Realise that you receive what you send out into the Universe- So keep your vibrations high
Practice gratitude for all the blessings in your life
A concluding tip
Keeping yourself in good spirits and adopting a healthy lifestyle brings you inner peace and stability. Just follow these tips and I promise you will start seeing positive changes in your life. Stay happy and healthy!
At times, life turns completely crazy and spins in confusing directions. There is chaos everywhere. All of us could do with a superhero in such instances. But how many of you know that you can take control of the situation, Of course,not the external one, we are talking about how you respond. You can face any challenge and overcome difficulties by practicing a few proven techniques .Give yourself some space and start believing in yourself. You have the power to unleash the solutions you are searching for.
Create your own garden of peace
The human mind is a great tool, a powerful one too. The influence your thoughts have on your life is more than you can imagine. All of us have certain dominant thoughts that lay around in our minds constantly. You may be engaged in an activity, however, if you check, you will find that the mind keeps returning to those thoughts whenever possible. So keep thinking positive. The more you focus on good things, happy events- the more positive things you experience. You can create your own garden of peace in your mind. Imagine a calm, serene atmosphere with fresh smells and a lot of abundance in nature. The picture need not be the same for all. If you are not a nature person, think about a place that gives you a lot of peace. Visit this place when your mind gets disturbed. Feel and inhale peace surrounding you.
Keep still as you focus on the task on hand
For most people, doing one thing at a time is difficult. It feels like wasting time while concentrating on only one thing. Most people are experts in multi-tasking. That’s what they have learnt to do to manage a lot of things. However, in the long run, this becomes stressful and tedious. While smart multitasking enables us to complete our daily tasks effectively, it also takes a toll on our emotional, mental and physical health. So once in a while, learn to take a break. Just try doing one thing at a time. If you are working on an official report, do just that. If you are teaching your kid, concentrate on that. Likewise, every little task for that day should be done slowly and calmly. It makes a huge difference to take one day off from all that hustle and enjoy doing one thing at a time.
Practice gratitude and prayer
Even during the worst times in our lives, there is always something to be grateful about. This is not just an age-old sentence that you have read or been advised about. It is a fact. There is an unlimited source of energy or strength that some of us call God, others may call it The Universe as well. Tap into that source. You may be overwhelmed with worries and can be completely tensed. However, there will be one small thing that you can always be grateful for. It is up to you to realise that gratitude always fills your heart with strength. Being grateful for the smallest things is a silver lining on any dark day. If you don’t find anything at all, just be grateful that you are still breathing and have woken up that day. You get more to be grateful if you train your mind to keep saying Thanks!
Indulge in outdoor activities
There is nothing like a cool breeze to calm your senses. A long walk in solitude gives you the answers to many questions. Physical exercise or other outdoor activities release hormones that eliminate uneasy feelings. Once you exercise your body well, you will be more focused on getting better, both physically and mentally. Take some time off from your busy schedule, say 30 mins, to take a good run or have a long walk. Join a gym or a yoga class and give yourself the benefit of a daily healthy routine. This gives you great results in your appearance and mental well being.
Vent out to a true friend
Everyone has at least one person whom they consider as a true friend. It could be your partner, your parent, a sibling, a close friend, a mentor or anyone who makes you feel safe. Someone who doesn’t judge you. Talk to such buddies. Vent out your feelings and let them know what you are going through. Feeling demotivated and being in low spirits is not unusual. Don’t keep it to yourself. If you don’t want to speak it out, just hang out with your friend. Spend time talking about any other topic. Watch a movie together, go for walks or even better- go have some of your favourite snacks! Distracting yourself and paying attention to what your friends have to say is a great way to heal yourself. A cup of coffee and a hearty chit chat may be all you need to push away those negative thoughts!
When life gets crazy, take a step back. Let the chaos run its course. Know that you can stay calm and stable even when nothing is going your way. Keep up the right attitude and focus on the good aspects of life. When life pushes you against the wall, stay alert and check how you respond. It is easier said than done, however, give it all you have. Turn your life around by choosing your thoughts and focusing on the good!
Hey there…Dawn to dusk, we all rush through our days to finish off chores, work deadlines, family commitments and so much more. At the end of the day, most of us are left with the option to drop down fatigued and dead tired. Through this blog, I am trying to bring in some kind of relief, lots of joy and a platform for all of you out there to share what you really want out of this beautiful life that we have been gifted. Let’s start a wonderful journey right now… Feel free to tell me what topics you would like me to include and what you would like to read more about.