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All preparations for the upcoming 4th International Day of Yoga are a go at Akshar Yoga. With a whole day set aside for all things Yoga, we have a great many set of activities planned out just for you. The highlight of the event is our attempt at setting a World Record of Asanas – 24 to be exact. These include basic asanas such as Parvatasana, Bhujangasana, Marjariasana to the more advanced Sirsansana, Chakrasana, Bhujpidasana etc. The underlying intent of this being to stir up Yoga fervour among participants, practitioners, students, teachers; the young and old alike. Once our esteemed guests for the event grace the occasion by lighting the lamp, we begin with warm-up exercises, followed by Surya Namaskars and an open yoga class. Massive efforts are being diverted towards creating a superlative event that puts Yoga in the limelight. Spearheaded by Grand Master Akshar and supported by our PAN- India Media Partner- Times Foundation, the event is scheduled to be held on 17th June at Manpho Convention Center. Venue: Manpho Convention Center| Bangalore
Date: 17 June, 2018
Time: 9:00AM – 12:00PM
Program Itinerary
• Lighting the Lamp with Guests
• Welcome Note
• Sukshmavyayam (Warm- up)
• Surya Namaskar Practice
• Open Yoga Class
• World Record of Asanas – 24 Asanas ( 1min each)
• Therapeutic Yoga Session (For Thyroid, Weight Loss, Stress, Depression etc.)

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On a beautiful sunny Sunday afternoon, everything is bustling with life at Akshar Yoga, Sadashivnagar. The place is adorned with beautiful flowers and the comfy seats with the long side pillows are a welcoming sight to behold. On 1st of April 2018, Akshar Yoga honours their teachers on completing their teacher training program levels in Power Yoga at AKSHAR YOGA ACADEMY.

AKSHAR YOGA, an ISO certified company , is one of the largest yoga chain in India having structured based services for Power Yoga, Hatha Yoga and Ashtanga Yoga (International Teacher’s Training course) with regular programs for holistic health and wellness which includes Asanas, Pranayam and meditation. Akshar Yoga has 20 schools in India and has affiliation with French Yoga school and will be establishing more schools all over the world.

The Ceremony started with welcoming the honourable guests, lighting the lamp and invoking the energies with chanting by Grandmaster Akshar and everyone present. Asif Iqbal, Gabrielle Reilly and Jeffrey Wheat, our honourable guests and great supporter of Yoga came to encourage the teachers and to remind them how they can help and serve in the world by teaching the art of Yoga and spreading the message of Health , Peace and Happiness.

Asif Iqbal is a huge supporter and promoter of Yoga all over the globe. He is the President of the Indian Economic Trade Organization, a business Intelligence unit having branches in 31 countries. He has recently helped in setting up an Ayurveda centre at Budapest. Mr Asif in his position , is responsible for building Indian business trade and commerce with some of the rarest and virgin territories like Papua New Guinea, Iceland, Cook Islands, Eritrea, Solomon Islands and various other industrialised nation's like Sweden , Israel, Hungary, Finland, and France. He also serves as the president of the Indian Israel Friendship Society with 6000 members. He is a Keen supporter of the Yoga movement and now working on bringing Siddhas on the International platform for more international exposure.

Gabrielle Reilly is the Owner of The Global Townhall, which is a network of some of the most influential people in the world including movie stars, billionaires, sport champs, political leaders, supermodels and authors etc. A network of people who are making the world a better place. Besides inspiring people to be their personal best, Gabrielle is dedicated to national security, diplomacy and human rights issues.

Jeffery Wheat is the Chief of Cyber Security Operations India QualiTest. QualiTest is the world's largest Software testing company having presence all over the globe. Jeffrey , with his long stints in the corporate world appreciates and understands the need of great yoga teachers who can help in improving the health and lifestyle of various individuals working in the corporates .

Grandmaster Mahayogi Shri Akshar Nath, Founder and Chairman of Akshar Yoga shared his thoughts on how our teachers can help bring about a better society, leading to a better world by teaching the art of Yoga.
All the teachers who were passing were honoured by presenting them with their level completion certificates and a shawl.

All the guests were also honoured by Grandmaster Mahayogi Shri Akshar Nath and thanked them for their support in Yoga and its movement.
The ceremony was brought to a closure when all the teachers and guests and Grandmaster Aksharji along with Nityaji shared a frame, creating memories that will last for a long time.

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by Shree Akshar, Founder, Chairman & Course Director, Akshar Yoga

MASTER AKSHAR,  a Himalayan yogi,  shares the powerful secrets of Khand Pranayama known for its manifold benefits
Pranayama is an ancient breathing technique developed by monks.  It is not just a simple breathing exercise but a scientific breathing technique to control one’s prana.  This ancient breathing method helps to calm the body and mind,  which strengthens the body’s inner vitality. Khand Pranayama is one such essential pranayama,  which has been lost in translation for generations.  This pranayama was kept extremely private and was not discussed until now. Khand implies divide or split.
This pranayama is about splitting the breath into two parts. First take a deep breath — inhale for a count of two;  then exhale completely for the count of two.  This completes one set. This ought to be done continuously without a break. As a beginner,  start with three sets of one minute each and afterwards increment it step by step. Nonetheless, it is recommended not to surpass ten minutes. I am deeply grateful to my master Ishaputra, who has shared the secrets of this hitherto unknown pranayama with me and I pray to the Gurumandala to help me spread this knowledge.
Procedure:  Sit in a comfortable position and breathe through both your nostrils.  Once your mind and breathing are aligned,  start with the Khand Pranayama technique. Close your eyes and start by inhaling. Inhale twice and exhale twice without stopping. This is Dwi Khand Pranayama.  You can start with one set for one minute and increase the whole set of three for a minute.
Limitless Benefits:  This powerful pranayama affects the functioning of different systems of the body and affords countless benefits. This pranayama will help you develop physically,  mentally and emotionally. Though its benefits are manifold, here is a list of 10 positives you can draw by regular practise:
1. Athletes can use this breathing technique to enhance their perseverance levels for an entire range of games and sporting activities.
2. This pranayama functions as a wonder drug for individuals with lung issues and those dealing with poor stamina and shortness of breath.
3. One can effect positive change and tranquility by practising this pranayama in just three or four days.
4. Khand pranayama helps build your core muscles,  which in turn helps balance and strengthen the muscles close to the spine.
5. Khand pranayama helps with hyper and hypo thyroid issues.
6. It provides an effective remedy for stress and stress-related disorders.
7. This form of pranayama also helps in cardiovascular diseases.
8. Khand pranayama can extend life expectancy.
9. By practising it daily, you can develop a strong mind and willpower.
10.  If done right,  this can also help you with weight loss.
● Please Note: Consult your health advisor for your exercise regimen. ■
Source: https://www.speakingtree.in/article/khand-pranayama

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by Shree Akshar, Founder, Chairman & Course Director, Akshar Yoga

Clear your mind before an important presentation with these yoga poses

We can create a dynamic presentation using great words and illustrative images and infographics. But when we speak of presentations, it is not just what is projected on the screen but also the energy that is projected from you.

When you are going to a presentation, you need to have clarity about what you are talking, what you are going to say and what your flow would be. For that, you need to do your homework before presenting. When we say homework, it does not just mean working on the presentation, but also taking on detailed research on the person you’re going to present it to. You might not need it for the presentation but knowing the persons' hobby or a little about his family always comes handy

However, no matter how and where you are trained, if your state of mind is not right, you will not be able to present your work well. We have a list of asanas and pranayamas you can do five minutes before the presentation that will calm you down and help you stay composed. Each of this has its own benefits, follow the instructions and the flow before your presentation for positive business growth.

Pranayam
Here are a few yogic processes to build yourselves before powerful presentations
 
Right nostril breathing (Surya Nadi)

The Right nostril is called the Surya nadi. This prananyam helps reduce anxiety, depression and also helps increase oxygen flow to the brain. It stimulates your left brain and thought process.

Procedure:

  • Sit in comfortable posture-sukhasan
  • Spine erect, head straight, shoulder relaxed
  • Hold Prapthi mudra on knees (gupta nadis)
  • Close left nostril, inhale and exhale through right nostril only
  • Benefits:

  • Rejuvenates the entire physical body
  • Brings a glow to your face
  • Restores brain imbalance
  • Increases body heat and energy levels in body
  • Cures acidity and improves digestion
  • Powerful pranayam to prepare for meditation
  • Creates a lot of energy
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    Left nostril breathing (Chandra Nadi)

    The left nostril is called Chandra nadi. The left nostril cools the body. The moon corresponds to the reflective, passive and artistic aspects of an individual’s personality. This pranayama is extremely beneficial to calm your right brain and thoughts.


    Procedure:

  • Sit in comfortable posture -sukhasan
  • Spine erect, head straight, shoulder relaxed
  • Hold prapthi mudra on knees (gupta nadis)
  • Close the right nostril with a finger and inhale and exhale through the left nostril only
  • Benefits:

  • Cools the body temperature
  • Cures heartburn
  • This pranayam balances emotions in the body
  • Mind is strengthened as mind is controlled by the moon and 'taste' of life is improved
  • Enhances taste sensitivity
  • Calms the brain
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    Both nostrils breathing

    This pranayam is useful to calm the central brain area. Here, you can feel energised and joyful. Sushma is a central channel in our body that keeps the calm and tranquillity in our body.


    Procedure:

  • Sitting erect with your eyes closed; sit comfortably and steady.
  • Breathe, feeling the sides of the lower rib cage expand and contract with each breath. Breathe like you’re inhaling and exhaling from the bottom of your spinal cord
  • Your abdomen is relaxed and also moves naturally with the breath.
  • Benefits:
    Deepens tranquillity and inner peace

  • Helps with mind and body coordination
  • Helps with patience and attentiveness
  • Relaxes the body
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    Brahmari Pranayama
    The most important pranayam for this will be the bramhari pranayam. This pranayam will help you keep your left and the right brain in sync and will help you stay composed.

    Procedure:

  • Sit in comfortable pose-sukhasan
  • Spine erect, head straight
  • Hold prapthi mudra on knees
  • Plug both ears with the thumb, index finger on forehead, middle two fingers on eyes, gently pressurising the right (surya nadi) and left (Chandra nadi) sides and the little finger at the bottom of each nostril. Elbow raised to shoulder level.
  • Inhale deeply and exhale with "omkar" slowly making a buzzing sound like that of a bee and tongue slightly touching palette
  • Benefits:

  • Helps in transformation and creating special energies for body to calm the body
  • Increases sensitivity to tastes and fragrances
  • Relieves stress/anger/anxiety
  • Powerful in creating our own nature
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    Asana
    Tadasan

    Tadasan is the most basic asana in yoga and also a very simple one. Although a simple asana, this will help in improving the posture and has several other benefits.

    Procedure:

  • Begin by standing straight in Samasthithi
  • Raise your arms above your head with your elbows straight
  • Your palms must face each other and point your fingers up to the sky
  • Slowly lift your heels off the floor and point it up
  • Look up and balance your body weight with your toes
  • Benefits:

    Improves posture
    The spine gets flexed
    Calms your breathing
    Improves concentration
    Keeps you relaxed
    Improves sense of balance
    Brings stability to your mind and body
    Relaxes stiff shoulders

    Source: https://yourstory.com/2018/01/prep-body-mind-business-presentation-asanas-pranayamas/

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    by Shree Akshar, Founder, Chairman & Course Director, Akshar Yoga

    Yoga poses for the powerful bosses

    Are you heading an organisation, or even a team, and being weighed down by all the stress that comes with the job? Try these simple asanas and breathing exercises to melt the stress away.

    The title “boss” comes with a lot of responsibility. Being a boss is like being an exceptional pearl necklace. Instead of pearls, it strings characteristics together. A dynamic personality, inspiring, courageous and packed with beautiful rock-your-world-ideas, seamlessly held together with a thread woven by wisdom. That is definitely something.

    A lot of leaders or bosses have taken a mindful path of living to decrease stress and increase productivity. Yoga and meditation are easy and simple methods of relaxation. And the exercises mentioned below is the best from the lot to de-stress. This is not just for the bosses but for all those facing work stress.

    Pranayama:
    Bhastrika Pranayama

  • Sit in Padmasana (Lotus pose).
  • Take a deep breath and fill your lungs with air.
  • Release the breath after counting till five.
  • Now begin practising the method by inhaling and exhaling with force and mimicking the panting activity
  • Benefits

  • Cleanses the entire body and releases toxins
  • Expansion of the upper chest
  • Reduces excess fat in body
  • Enhances digestion
  • Regulates the nervous system
  • Purifies blood
  • Activates body by reducing laziness/yawning
  • Anuloma Vilom pranayama
     
    Anulom Vilom Pranayama is very easy to do: close your eyes and sit in Padmasana and lay your hands on your knees.
    Close the left nostril with the big thumb. Inhale gradually through the right nostril, breath in the oxygen as much as you can; this will fill your lungs with air.
    Remove your thumb from your left nostril, and as you do that simply breathe out.
    When you breathe out utilise your middle finger to close your right nostril while you breathe in with your left nostril

    Benefits

  • Balances the body temperature
  • Cleanses the nadis in your body
  • Relieves stress
  • Improves blood circulation and removes toxins from body
  • Cures sinus problems and allergy problems
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    Brahmari pranayama

  • Sit in comfortable pose-sukhasan/ardhapadmasan/poornapadmasan
  • Spine erect, head straight
  • Hold prapthi mudra on knees (gupta nadis)
  • Plug both ears with the thumb, index finger on forehead, middle two fingers on eyes, gently pressurising the right (surya nadi) and left (chandra nadi) sides and the little finger at the bottom of each nostril. Elbow raised to shoulder level.
  • Inhale deeply and exhale with ‘omkar;’ slowly making a buzzing sound like that of a bee while keeping mouth slightly opened (mouth movement like bee wings) and tongue slightly touching the palate.
  • Benefits:

  • Helps in transformation and creating special energies for body to calm the body
  • Increases sensitivity in tastes and fragrances
  • Relieves stress/anger/anxiety
  • Powerful in creating our own nature
  • These pranayamas should help relax the mind immediately.
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    Asana:

    Warm up asanas

  • Move your head from right to left, left to right, up and down and in circular movement. Helps relaxing the muscles connecting shoulder to head (repeat thrice).
  • Shoulder movement in circular motion (three times).
  • Interlocking finger and stretch up above the head and bring down in pranaam aasana. Repeat it 3-5 times
  • Hand on waist and bend it right to left and otherwise repeat three times.
  • Then go for circular movement.
  • Come on your toes and lift your body up three times
  • Go for circular movement of your heels clockwise and anti-clockwise three repetition each side.
  •  
    Padahastasana - standing forward bend
    Time: 3-5 times

    Formation of the posture

  • Begin with Samasthithi, press your feet down into the floor and ground yourself strongly.
  • Now exhale and gently bend down from the hips (not the waist) and place your chest and stomach on your thighs.
  • Place palms on either side of feet
  • As a beginner, you may have to bend your knees slightly to accomplish this.
  • If your knees are bent, ensure that they are straight over your toes and not opening out inwards or outwards.
  • Slowly start to straighten out your legs but make sure that your chest and stomach never leave your thighs.
  • Lift your hips as you straighten through your hamstring muscles all the while pressing your heels into the floor.
  • Begin by holding this pose for 30 seconds and gradually work your way to one minute at a time.
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    Breathing methodology
    As you move forward exhale deeply to touch the floor with palms

    Benefits

  • Padahastasana makes the body very flexible. It stretches the back and leg muscles.
  • It helps to eliminate excess belly fat.
  • It improves digestion and reduces constipation. It eliminates many stomach ailments.
  • It makes the spine flexible and strengthens the nerves.
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    by Shree Akshar, Founder, Chairman & Course Director, Akshar Yoga

    Quick yoga poses for all those who travel a lot

    Be it for business or pleasure, travelling does take its toll on the body. Yoga has some key solutions to prep the body for this shift of time, space and routine and it can also help us bounce right back when all is said and done.

    A lot of traveling will hinder a person’s work life balance. Such travellers will need a very strong formula to keep their mind and body in sync. By practising Yoga and meditation, they can help themselves and be productive at their workplace. The next time you're in the lounge awaiting your flight or in a railway compartment all to yourself, don't shy away from trying out these yogic techniques before you travel.

    To begin, sit down for two minutes and meditate silently. Breathe in deeply and breathe out to relax.

    Bhastrika Pranayama in lotus posture
    Formation of the posture

    • Sit in a comfortable position and then slowly bring your left leg on your right thigh and right leg on left thigh, forming the Padmasana (Lotus posture)
    • Keep the spine erect, head straight, shoulder relaxed
    • Hold Prapthi mudra on knees

    Duration:

    Inhalation - 6 counts
    Retention- 6 counts
    Exhalation - 6 counts
    Performed 20-25 times; minimum - 5 mins; maximum - 15 mins
    Preferably performed with an empty stomach

    Benefits

  • Cleanses the entire body and releases toxins
  • Expansion of the upper chest
  • Reduces excess fat in body
  • Enhances digestion
  • Regulates the nervous system
  • Purifies blood
  • Activates body by reducing laziness/yawning
  •  
    Padahastasana - standing forward bend
    Time: 3-5 times


     
    Formation of the posture

  • Begin with standing straight, press your feet down into the floor and ground yourself strongly
  • Now exhale and gently bend down from the hips (not the waist) and place your chest and stomach on your thighs
  • Place palms on either side of feet
  • As a beginner, you may have to bend your knees slightly to accomplish this
  • If your knees are bent, ensure that they are straight over your toes and not opening out inwards or outwards
  • Slowly start to straighten out your legs but make sure that your chest and stomach never leave your thighs
  • Lift your hips as you straighten through your hamstring muscles all the while pressing your heels into the floor
  • Begin by holding this pose for 30 seconds and gradually work your way to one minute at a time
  •  
    Breathing methodology

    As you move forward exhale deeply to touch the floor with palms

    Benefits

    Padahastasana makes the body very flexible. It stretches the back and leg muscles.

  • It helps to eliminate excess belly fat.
  • It improves digestion and reduces constipation. It eliminates many stomach ailments.
  • It makes the spine flexible and strengthens the nerves.
  •  
    Hastha Uttanasana - raised arm pose

    Formation of the posture

  • Begin with samasthithi (standing straight), raise both the hands which are in pranam above the head.
  • Let there be shoulders length between the two arms.
  • Bend the trunk and head backwards to create a slight curve.
  • Raising the arms and bending the trunk backwards is done at the same time.
  • Benefits

  • In this yoga pose, your body is stretched above; it helps to relax the neck and back muscles.
  • Your abdominal muscles are stretched and internal organs are massaged.
  • The shoulders become stronger, and it is useful in the treatment for frozen shoulders condition.
  • The spinal cord and the back bone are also stretched
  •  
    Sukhasana – happy pose

    Formation of the posture

  • Lie down on your back, stretch your legs forward and bring your hands beside your body with palms on the floor
  • Lift your upper body to attain sitting posture with legs stretched out
  • Fold the left leg and tug it inside the right thigh
  • Then fold the right leg and tug it inside the left thigh
  • Keep the palms on the knees
  • Sit erect with a straight spine
  • Benefits

  • It stretches and helps in lengthening your spine
  • Broadens your collarbones and chest
  • It calms your mind
  • Enhances the feeling of peacefulness
  • Removes anxiety, stress, and mental tiredness
  • It helps in improving body posture
  • It opens your hips
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    Source: https://yourstory.com/2018/03/yoga-travelers/

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    by Shree Akshar, Founder, Chairman & Course Director, Akshar Yoga

    5 Healthy resolutions for fitness seekers!

    It is that time of the year where all of us are setting out resolutions to follow. But how often do we actually stick to these in the long run? What’s important first and foremost is to have a clear vision of what we need and who we need to be. It’s important to have an urge to be a better version of yourself, have an intention when you set a resolution and feel deeply about it. Also remember, it’s okay to fail the first few times. You can always pick yourself up to try it another way and see what works best for you. Just remember, it takes practice and a whole lot of patience. This New Year, along with setting your personal goals, let’s aspire to tranquility, happiness and everyone’s wellbeing.

    5 healthy resolutions that are definitely worth trying:

    Go organic – As we grow older, we do realize the importance of pure, natural and organic ingredients. Make the right food choices and educate the ones around you about the forthcoming about synthetic fertilizers and genetically engineered crops. Studies show that nutritional composition in organic produce is much higher as opposed to conventional foods. Make a conscious decision for a better tomorrow.

    Spend 10 minutes on meditation & pranayama – Breath is an incredibly powerful ally that is undermined most of the times. But essentially it is a potent catalyst that caters to regeneration and healing of the mind. There are various types of pranayama that exist, master it one at a time and immerse completely in it. Conscious breathing is the next best health hack to heal your body and mind.

    Never skip your breakfast – As boring as this may sound, most people do miss their breakfast, especially working moms. Your body well deserves its nutrients after a 9-hour long sleep. No breakfast results in mood swings and irritability. Catch up on some millet fruit porridge or ragi malt on the go. Your morning meal plays a huge role in your overall well-being.

    Make your workout more fun – Be it getting a friend to break a sweat with you or resorting to workout props to make your session fun, that driving force is very much essential to keep you going. With many fitness and yoga props available, workout these days have only gotten more exciting and engaging. Enjoy your exercise and focus on every movement, the results will surely make you not want to regret it.

    Try out more fitness and yoga boot-camps – Nothing’s more motivating than trying out your yoga poses with a community of like-minded people. If one fails, there’s always someone to uplift another. Be it trying out Zumba with a gang of friends or forest yoga with a bunch of yoga enthusiasts, fitness camps have always been a great way to keep motivated and connect with inspiring fitness communities.

    Source: http://www.thehealthstar.com/specialities/ayush/item/716-5-healthy-resolutions-for-fitness-seekers.html

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    by Shree Akshar, Founder, Chairman & Course Director, Akshar Yoga

    Keep your hair and nails strong with these Asanas

    Even though there might be several expensive treatments to counter this problem, it’s important to first activate blood circulation within your body and maintain a healthy diet.

    Hair and nails reveal the overall wellbeing of our health. With our lifestyles changing day by day, our hair and nails may actually not get the nutrients they need. When there is a lack of nutrients and oxidization in our blood, it results in lack of production of keratin, a protein essential for our nails and hair to grow.

    Even though there might be several expensive treatments to counter this problem, it’s important to first activate blood circulation within your body and maintain a healthy diet that involves Vitamin A, Vitamin B2, Vitamin D, Calcium, Iron and Iodine. A combination of all these will ensure proper absorption of nutrients and creation of collagen and keratin resulting in a healthy composition of hair and nails. What better way to activate blood flow to your body than Yoga?

    Below are 5 dynamic yoga asanas from Akshar Yoga that, if followed religiously, will help you with strong hair and nails:

    Chakrasana (Wheel pose)

    Formation of the Posture

    • Lie on your back
    • Fold your knees and open them
    • Place your heels by the sides of your hip in such a way that your heels make a 90° angle with your knees
    • Fold your elbows and place your palms under your shoulders in such a way that all the fingers point forward, i.e., towards your feet.
    • Inhale, put pressure on your palms and legs and lift your entire body up
    • Straighten your arms and legs as much as possible
    • Look back and relax your neck
    • Your body weight should be evenly distributed between your four limbs
    • Hold the posture for 30 seconds.

    Benefits

    • The chest enhances and the lungs get more oxygen.
    • It reduces the stress and tension in the body and the eye sight becomes sharp
    • This asana helps to strengthen the back and increases the elasticity of the spine.
    • It reduces the fat and muscles in abdomen area and tones the digestive and reproductive organs process.
    • It strengthens the muscles of hands and the legs.
    • It induces the endocrine glands and maintains the metabolism normally.
    • It induces the brain cells and refreshes the brain.
    • It rectifies the uterine and menstrual problems in women.
    • It stimulates the process of the liver, spleen and kidneys.
    • It purifies the blood and gives good peace and clarity of thoughts and removes the unwanted tiredness and the afraid.
    • It cures the hernia and the kidney become stimulated and refreshed

    Salbhasana

    Time: 1 set- 5 counts

    Formation of the Posture

    • Begin with Shashtanga Pranaamasana
    • Deep inhale and lift your arms (continuing in namaskar), chest and head
    • Lift legs simultaneously, keeping them straight
    • Raise as much as you can
    • Hold for 10 seconds

    Benefits

    • It gives flexibility to the back muscles and spine.
    • Massages abdominal organs
    • It can strengthen the shoulders and neck muscles
    • It strengthens the lower back muscles
    • Stimulates nervous system and develops coordination

    Halasana – Plough Pose

    Formation of the Posture

    • Lie on your back
    • Using abdominal muscles with inhalation lift legs up 90 degrees
    • Press palms down and lift back away from floor (you may take support of palms)
    • Take both legs behind your head
    • Put toes down on the floor
    • Neck should remain relaxed and body weight should be carried by shoulders
    • Straighten arms and place palms down
    • Hold the pose for 10 seconds

    Benefits

    • It clears constipation and stomach disorders.
    • Halasana helps to reduce both belly and body fat.
    • The inner organs like thyroid, kidney, spleen and pancreas are nourished well.
    • It normalizes high blood pressure.
    • Menstrual disorders in women are cured.
    • It improves memory power. Therefore a student practicing this yoga pose regularly helps to score high marks in examination.
    • With a broad shoulder and a trim waist it gives sleek look.
    • As more blood flows to face, the face dazzles and keeps young.
    • Muscle fibers and cervical vertebrae, Thoracic vertebrae and Lumbar vertebrae on the back are strengthened.
    • It helps to keep your back bone flexible and strong.

    Sirsasana – Headstand

    Method:

    • Begin with Samasthithi
    • Place your knees on the floor
    • Lean your upper body forward and place your elbows on the floor
    • Interlock your fingers. Do not bring your palms together
    • Your elbows and interlocked fingers must form an imaginary equilateral triangle
    • Place the crown of your head exactly behind your palms
    • Your palms must act as a support to the back of your head
    • Find your balance and lift your knees off the floor
    • Walk your toes as close towards you as possible
    • Straighten your back and knees
    • Use your core to lift your toes off the floor
    • Bring your legs up and point your toes up to the sky
    • You may lift both your legs at once or lift one leg at a time
    • Focus at a point to get your balance
    • Balance there

    Benefits:

    • Mobilizes spine and makes back more flexible
    • Builds core strength
    • Improves sense of balance
    • Works as an anti-oxidant as blood flow is reversed
    • Reduces hair loss
    • Mobilizes knees and ankles
    • Strengthens shoulders and thighs
    • Refreshes nerves in the brain by increasing the oxygen flowing to the brain

    Source: http://www.thehealthsite.com/fitness/5-yoga-asanas-for-stronger-hair-and-nails-w0318/

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    A mother’s milk is the ideal first food for babies. Want to know a safe and healthy way to boost it? Read this article to find out.

    By Grandmaster Akshar

    Karuna Rathore, who has a one-year-old son, still remembers her woes with breastfeeding. And, with good reason too. During the initial days when she used to breastfeed, Karuna felt she was not producing enough milk. A concerned Karuna rushed to the doctor who diagnosed insufficient milk flow in her.

    Insufficient milk flow in young mothers is a common health issue seen in women today. Every mother goes through a period when she will doubt whether she will have adequate milk supply for her baby, especially when she starts breastfeeding. Sufficient milk flow in the mother ensures a healthy baby.

    There are several factors that influence the failure of exclusive breastfeeding. More than 80 per cent of reasons are caused by psychological conditions of lactating mothers. Stress in lactating mothers will reduce the amount of oxytocin hormone production (the hormone that serves to produce breast milk). It is also influenced by health issues like insufficient glandular tissue, hormonal endocrine problems and intake of certain medication or herbs during pregnancy. Since a mother’s milk is the gift of nature, it's safe and healthy to choose natural ways to boost it.

    Though women need not consider yoga as a way to get back in shape post-delivery, it is an ultimate healer for many pre-and post-pregnancy related health issues. Practicing yoga can stimulate the pituitary gland to stimulate an increase in the prolactin hormone, which produces more breast milk.

    The main yoga exercises for lactating mothers focus on the chest region. These poses become more powerful when combined with complete respiration or Ujayyi pranayama as well as relaxation and meditation.

    Source: https://www.parentcircle.com/article/yoga-for-breastfeeding-moms/

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