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7 Yoga Poses for your go-to International Yoga Day Celebration

Yoga was originated in ancient India with a broad variety of yoga schools, practices and goals. The promotion of yoga has intensified since the establishment of the Ministry of AYUSH and June 21 was announced as International Yoga day.

International yoga day is tomorrow, if you’re thinking about perfecting your yoga poses, then you are at the right place. This blog is your escape for the perfect yoga poses along with the steps and benefits they entail.

 

VRIKSHASANA

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The pose is known as ‘tree pose’ and this asana is practised to balance the body. It is one of the standing poses in hatha yoga and very popular in modern yoga.

How to do:

  1. Stand erect and drop your arms to the side of your body.
  2. Slightly bend your right knee and place the right foot high up on your right thigh make sure that the sole is placed firm and flat on the root of the left thigh.
  3. Your left leg needs to be absolutely erect. Once you have assumed this position, breathe and try to find your balance.
  4. Now inhale and gently raise your arms over your head and bring them together in namaste mudra.
  5. Look straight at a distant object and hold your gaze, this will help you maintain balance.
  6. Gently bring your hands down from the side and release the right leg.
  7. Comeback to the starting position of standing tall and erect as you did at the beginning of the practice. Repeat this pose with the left leg.

BENEFIT:

  1. It strengthens the spine while improving both balance and poise.
  2. It tones the leg muscles.
  3. The knees become stronger.
  4. It relieves those suffering from sciatica and reduces flat feet.
  5. It makes you stable, flexible and enhances your concentration.

Contradictions:

  1. Avoid practising this asana if you suffer from insomnia or migraine.
  2. People with high blood pressure should not raise their arms above their head. They can go for namaste mudra by joining their hands with their palms together in front of the chest.

 

UTTHITA TRIKONASANA

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“UTTHITA” is a word derived from the Sanskrit language which means extended and “TRIKONASANA” it means triangle. Therefore, this pose is also called triangle pose and it is one of the poses from Ashtanga primary series.

How to do:

  1. Stand erect, feet together and hands up, your body with an exhalation lightly then jump with your feet 3-4 feet apart and raise your arms to the shoulder level with your palms facing the floor.
  2. Take out your right foot at 90 degrees and left foot slightly into 60 degrees. Make sure that both legs should be in one line.
  3. With exhalation rotate your torso to the right side and hold your right big toe from the right hand and stretch your left arm upwards and look towards your left palm and maintain the pose for 30 seconds to 1 minute or take 5 deep breathes.
  4. With inhalation come back to the initial position while your hands should remain at shoulder level.
  5. Now take your left foot out at 90 degree and right foot slightly in at 60 degrees, both legs should be in one line.
  6. Now with exhalation rotate torso to the left side and hold your left big toe with your left hand. Raise your right arm up and look upwards and look towards your right palm and stay there for 30 seconds to 1 minute or take 5 deep breathes.
  7. With inhalation come to the initial position keep your feet together and release your hands by the side of your body.

BENEFIT :

  1. This asana stretches and strengthens the thighs, knees and ankles.
  2. Stretches the hip, groins and calves and shoulders, chest and spine.
  3. Stimulates the abdominal organs.
  4. Helps to relieve the stress and improves digestion.

CONTRADICTIONS : 

  1. People suffering from diarrhea, headache and low blood pressure should avoid practising this asana.
  2. Also, people who are suffering from neck problems and high blood pressure, don’t turn your head up and continue looking straight ahead.

 

URDHVA MUKHA SHAVASANA

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This asana is also known as  ‘UPWARD FACING DOG’ and it is commonly a part of the widely performed in Surya Namaskar (Sun Salutation). This is also a back bending asana in modern yoga.

How to do:

  1. Lie on your stomach, on the floor. Stretch your both legs backwards.
  2. Then, bend your elbows and spread your palms on the floor beside your waist so that your forearms are relatively perpendicular to the floor.
  3. Inhale, press your inner hands firmly into the floor, with an inhalation lift your torso up and try to look up at the sky and hold the pose for about 15-30 seconds with normal breathing.
  4. Keep the thighs firm and legs a few inches off the floor.

BENEFIT :

  1. Improves your body posture and strengthens the spine, the arms and the wrists.
  2. Stretches chest and lungs, shoulders and abdomen.
  3. Stimulates organs.
  4. Helps relieve depression, fatigue and sciatica. It is also therapeutic for asthma.

CONTRADICTIONS:

  1. People with back injury should avoid this asana.
  2. People with headache and women during pregnancy should not practice this asana.

 

JANU SIRSASANA

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“JANU” is a Sanskrit name which means ‘knee’ and “SIRSASANA” means ‘head’. It is also known as head-knee pose and it’s a seated twisting and forward bending asana in Ashtanga yoga.

How to do :

  1. Sit on the floor with your legs straight in front of you. Spine erect and hands besides of your body. Bend your right knee and heel back towards your perineum. Rest your right foot slightly against your inner left thigh.
  2. Now inhale, raise your hands up and with exhalation bend forward to the left side from the base of the spine and try to reach out with your right hand to reach the inner left your foot and try to hold the left wrist from the right hand, maintain the pose for 5 deep breaths and with exhalation try to lengthen the spine.
  3. Then with inhalation release your hands and lift up your upper body and get back to starting position.
  4. Same we do with the other leg.

BENEFIT :

  1. All the forward bending asana calms the mind and relieves depression. This asana stretches the spine, shoulders and hamstring.
  2. Stimulates liver and kidney.
  3. Improves digestion and relieves anxiety.
  4. Therapeutic for high blood pressure and insomnia.

CONTRADICTIONS :

  1. People with asthma and diarrhea should not practice this asana.
  2. People with knee injury don’t flex the injured knee completely and give support to your knee on a folded blanket.

 

PASCHIMOTANASANA :
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This asana is one of the widely practised asanas in Hatha yoga as well as Ashtanga yoga and also known as seated forward bending asana.

How to do :

  1. Sit on the floor with the legs stretched straight in front and place your palm on the floor by the side of the hips and take a few deep breaths.
  2. Exhale, extend your hands and catch your toes. Hold the right big toe between the right thumb and index and middle finger and the same with another side.
  3. Inhale completely, chest up, look up and with exhalation bend forward from the base of the spine, widen your elbows and try to touch your knee with your forehead and maintain this position from 1 to 5 minutes as per your capacity.
  4. An advanced practitioner can catch the outer sole and rest the chin on the shin.
  5. Exhale, release your hands and raise your head from the knee and relax.

BENEFIT :

  1. This Asana tones the abdominal organs
  2. Relieves the stress and calms the mind
  3. Tones the kidney and improves the digestion
  4. To reduce the belly fat women should practice this Asana after pregnancy
  5. This Asana also helps to cure impotency

CONTRADICTIONS :

  1. People with asthma and diarrhea should not practice this asana
  2. People with back injury perform this asana under yoga teacher
  3. Women shouldn’t practice this asana during pregnancy

 

SIRSASANA :

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This asana is known as headstand and king of the asanas and commonly practised both in Hatha and Ashtanga yoga.

How to do :

  1. Spread a blanket fourfold on the floor and kneel near it.
  2. Rest your forearms in the centre of the blanket, your elbow should be in the line of your shoulder.
  3. Interlock your fingers right up to the fingertips so that the palms form a cup and fingers should be kept tightly locked.
  4. Rest the crown of the head on the blanket between both the palms and move your knee towards your head.
  5. Raise your knee and walk towards your head.
  6. Exhale, and gently lift the legs off the ground, then bent your knee and stretch your legs up and stand on the head and hold this position for 1 to 5 minutes with normal breathing.
  7. Exhale,  flex your knee and gently slide down to the floor in reverse order.

BENEFIT:

  1. This Asana relieves mild depression and calms your brain
  2. Enhances memory and hair growth and reduces hair-fall
  3. Strengthen arms and lungs and abdominal organs
  4. Improve digestion
  5. Increase confidence
  6. Therapeutic for insomnia and infertility

CONTRADICTIONS: 

  1. People with neck and back injury don’t perform this asana
  2. People suffering from high blood pressure avoid all the inversions
  3. Women during menstrual shouldn’t practice this asana

 

ADHO MUKHA VRKSASANA :
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‘Adho’ is a Sanskrit word which means downward, ‘Mukha’ means facing, ‘Vriksh’ means tree.

Therefore this asana is called “downward facing tree pose” and “handstand”. This asana is a balancing asana.

How to do :

  1. Stand tall and hands beside your body facing a wall. Inhale, raise your arms up then exhale, bend forward and place your palms on the floor about a foot away from the wall.
  2. Distance between palms and shoulder should be the same and keep your arms fully stretched.
  3. Take your legs back and bend your knee, exhale here and swing your legs up against the wall and balance here
  4. Look between your hands and stay there for a minute with normal breathing
  • After mastering this position try to do this in middle of room .keep your legs fully stretched and toes pointing up and lift your head as far up as you can
  • Flex your knee and gently come down to the floor in reverse order

BENEFIT :

  1. This pose develops the body harmoniously
  2. Strengthen the shoulders, arms and wrist
  3. Expand the chest fully
  4. Enhance your confidence
  5. Increase the reverse blood flow which energizes the mind
  6. Increase your concentration

CONTRADICTIONS :

  1. People with back and neck injury don’t perform this Asana
  2. People suffering from high blood pressure avoid all the inversions.
  3. Women in menstrual and during pregnancy avoid this asana.
  4. People with a weak shoulder should avoid this asana.

Disclaimer: Do not perform these Asanas without the supervision of the trainers/experts.

Credits for the blog : @jonaa_yoga (https://www.instagram.com/jonaa_yoga/?hl=en)

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Plant a tree, Be a part of the Living Tribute

“Blessed is the man who plants a tree knowing he will not be there to enjoy its shade.” 

As a tribute to our soldiers who were martyred during Pulwama attack in Jammu Kashmir, Srishti Foundation has organized  ‘Tree Plantation’ on 14th March, 2019 in Jaipur’s Ramniwas Garden.

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The Shrishti Foundation focused on reducing the pollution from the planet by planting trees in and around Jaipur. We are honoured by this gesture to memorialize the martyrs as 40 trees will be planted to honour them. Each tree will be planted along with the martyr’s name and will always remind us of their sacrifice for India and its citizens.

The program is aimed at motivating the youth of our nation for both patriotism and environmental safety. 

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Join Srishti and inspire others to plant some trees by your own hands, for the soldiers who lost their lives fighting to protect the people from terrorists.

The program details are as follows:

Venue: Ramnivas Bagh, Jaipur
Location: Opposite Union Football Club Ground
Date: 14th March 2019
Timings: 11.00 am to 12:00 pm

 

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Will Jaipur Ever Be Free Of Open Defecation ?

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Mohan wakes up every morning before the roosters start crowing and goes to the spot where they meet daily. He starts flashing lights as a sign of calling everyone and after everyone’s attendance is marked, they start walking. They need to hurry up and get done with this before dawn.

Before the day breaks completely, people across Jaipur and other parts of India start with their daily missions. They carry lotas and continue to perform the ritual of defecating openly. This is the time when they talk about lives but never question their routine or reality. Defecating in open does not only mean polluting the environment, but is one of the easiest ways of getting infected.

According to Swachhta Status Report in 2015, more than half of the population i.e., 52.1 % of the country still defecates in open. However since 2014, the BJP government has managed to create 3, 37,679 individual toilets and 1, 28,946 community or public toilets. Rajasthan itself has witnessed establishment of 86,895 individual toilets and 3558 public toilets. Out of this, our pink city, Jaipur, still stands at 29th position among the other states in terms of cleanliness. It scares to visualize the condition prior to these developments.

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Even though, the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan aims to end the health and sanitation problems by 2nd October 2019, there’s another significant issue that needs to be addressed on an urgent basis. Jaipur has numerous ‘open toilets’ situated on the main roads which serve as a platform for men (as for a women to defecate in front of everyone isn’t morally correct as per the society norms). There are all sorts of disposals near these areas which add to the smell of toilets.

The problem lies within people as well. Despite public buildings and few public toilets, people tend to urinate openly. It’s like when you know Ram Rahim is a rapist but your religious beliefs are too strong to let you use your conscience. Even though people are aware of the availability of certain number of washrooms, they prefer to avoid using one. This includes literate community as well. There are specific members of our society (most being men) that do not hesitate in performing the sin despite their knowledge and awareness. The society has been taking the issue very lightly and hasn’t been realizing the vicious circle of uncleanliness surroundings and crimes this menace has generated. It has been there since ages. Now is the hour to take actions as we cannot afford another Sushila or Sushma to fear getting raped or photographed without clothes on, early in the morning.

We surely need education, rigid rules and self-consciousness. Furthermore, rather than blaming people and being a pessimist, individuals should stop others performing such deeds as its high time the city needs change.

Let’s not confuse ourselves; every one of us has to raise voice against it so that the battle can be won.

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Talk Journalism- A Media Fest to Uncover Trends & Tools of Press in Jaipur!

Media has always played a huge role in the development of any country. It is high time that media gets constructive about creating value for itself and its counterparts. The format and delivery of news has always changed as a result of technological change and innovation, but the basic human behaviour of wanting to uncover, tell, and share stories of common interest always remains. Keeping the same in mind an initiative has been taken in the form of, Talk Journalism, which is now coming up with its fourth edition in Pink City after a successful run of three editions (2012, 2015, and 2016)  you can listen to some of the finest voices in Indian journalism and also meet them socially.

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About Talk Journalism – A not-for-profit initiative, which is based on the idea to discuss about the present day journalism, a profession that brings forth and discusses upon every important aspect of the society but hardly ever gets to debate about itself.

Talk Journalism has seen a successful run of three editions (2012, 2015, and 2016) and now it is coming up with its fourth edition. The event has been designed to benefit all the professionals, students, companies and enthusiasts of journalism and is completely free of cost.

Highlights in 2017

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Speakers

One of the biggest highlights of Talk Journalism is its speakers. The talk will host prominent speakers from the fraternity like Arun Shourie, Barkha Dutt, Rajdeep Sardesai and Christina Lamb (Author of I am MALALA) among others.

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Workshops 

Workshops by digital media giants like Google, Twitter and Instagram is going to be one fantastic opportunity for student journalists, college newspaper editor, reporters, and those interested in a career in journalism so as to learn about various issues relelating to journalism.  A workshop on storytelling by Kommune, a leading community of artists, producers, patrons and art lovers, will also take place at the event.

The students of journalism will get a chance to meet the veteran investigative journalist; Nick Davies, who will hold a workshop for the students of journalism. Apart from the students the media houses of Jaipur are also in for a treat as they will get a chance to showcase themselves at the event.nick.jpgSee you people at #TJ2017.

Register yourself online at: http://www.talkjournalism.in/tj-online-registration/

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It was all about Smiles, Makeovers & NGO Kids at F-Salon, Jaipur.

All children are god’s little angels irrespective of caste, color, creed and are blessed with the ability to bring joy all around them. F-Salon, as we all know, is an ultra-glamorous, cutting edge hair & makeup salon with its teams of experts. So what is the connection between the two? A wonderful initiative called ‘Foster Smiles’ by F-Salon in collaboration with Jaipur-based NGO, Naya Sawera to bring a little bit of magic in the lives of specially challenged & underprivileged kids by giving them ultra-cool makeovers.

While the right to education, healthy food, safe shelter and the basics still remains a tremendously important concern for these that this NGO is continuously working hard to provide, one had to see what on its onset seemed like ‘just ‘a fun idea for the children quickly transformed into an empowering one. We often forget, of all the things we can give these children, the ability to hope, believe and dream is unmatched & priceless.

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As we walked into the salon, we found a bunch of shy, well-behaved kids quietly sipping their juice packets, huddled together looking a little perplexed with the glass façade, shiny lights & people all around them. One child wondered about too much electricity, the other about the tall buildings and the third was just glad to have had an off day from school. With owners Dushyant and Praanjal instantly connecting and cracking jokes with the kids, soon all we could hear was laughter and excitement.

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At ease now, the kids loved sitting in front of the large luxurious mirrors at the F-Salon all set for their makeover. They all gingerly marched to the hair washing stations and were given a head wash all set for their new stylish haircuts. You would think these kids would be clueless about style but they all had their list of preferences and famous movie stars etched in their heads & hearts.

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With curling, crimping, razor cuts, highlights, nail art, grooming sessions and blow-dryers blowing away at the salon, the kids were in the some of the best hands in the industry. The whole place was packed with heavy action.

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One of the defining moments of the entire event was seeing how with every snip of the scissor, the kids transformed. From being shy to happy and then confident. In a matter of minutes, one could see the change which was though only in the outer appearance but managed to bring out the light of confidence from somewhere deep within these kids. It was as if they shed an outer layer of shyness, with bright shiny eyes and a smile on their faces courtesy the experts at F-salon, they looked super confident of themselves, their tomorrow and a quiet belief in their own power.

In the end, who gave back whom became blurred but every face in the room be it the children, the staff at the F-Salon and others were beaming with happiness and large generous smiles. More power to you kids, we say.

Way to go F –salon! What an incredible initiative indeed.

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5 Little Things Women In Jaipur Can Do To Emerge Stronger

We have been reading and watching hundreds of videos and articles about Women’s Day since a few days and even more since today morning. Some of them are exceptional, some average and some very heart-warming. All has been said, done and explained, hence, here we are talking about small things we as women can do and tiny changes we can make in everyday life to keep ourselves safer, equal and relish the unmatchable liberating feeling freedom every moment of life.

1.) Self-Defence                                                                                                                                        If you think that you are that Hindi film actress who will get into trouble and wait for her knight in shining armor to protect her from the goons, you are wrong. No one except you can protect you. So put aside everything, and take that class. There are numerous self-defence, Martial Arts, Karate classes in Jaipur which you might not even be aware about or have just been pushing it for another day. UrbanPro.com, Global Institute Of Self Defence & Martial Arts, Centre for Capoeira are a few examples of self-defense classes in pink city. Get up and learn to fight for yourself.

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2.) Chuck the fairy tales – Read the real ones                                                                        ICYMI, East India Comedy recently came out with a video ‘Fairy Fails’ and it’s on the point. Fairy tales are beautiful and dreamy to listen/read to a child, but they come with a heavy cost. All the women power and equality that a girl talks about, is peripheral as deep inside she might feel as the same tiny little princess who is awaiting her ‘Prince Charming’ to rescue her. Change the tales. Read out the tales of women who made it big – like Maharani Gayatri Devi, Jodha Bai who broke the conventions and went on to shine on their own.

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3.) Let go of the fear of travelling late at nights – Thanks to the special cabs & autos. We know that half of your life is judged by the time at which you get back home. But there is no need to fear if you are alert and a little bit smart in choosing your conveyance. Before entering an auto, check if it has a women’s helpline number and if you want to travel by cab, prefer a Woman’s Cab service like Sakha Cabs in Jaipur and always keep a pepper spray handy.

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4.) Give that bus/train seat to a needier man                                                                            One thing is for sure, if you want equality, you have to let go of a lot of privileges that you enjoy as a woman. One of them is to have that special seat on a train or bus even when there is perhaps a tired school boy, a man with his child in hand or an old man standing right in front of you. Give up that seat. It’s going to be one step closer to achieving gender equality.

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5.) Don’t let the small town mindset drag you down                                                                   If you look carefully at the right set of people, you will see your lovely pink city blooming with examples of women excelling in diverse genres and some of them are bolder than others. The female police of the city, women cab drivers, Apurvi Chandela, Chhavi Rajawat and a lot many examples prove that if you have it in you, nothing can stop you from reaching the sky.

Happy Women’s Day.

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The Rang Malhar Festival: Praying through Paintings

Some prayers are works of art, such that even god would stop and marvel!

10275400_10203018505558198_5206593327659731872_oArtistes of the Pink City worshipped Indra dev, the rain god, through their work yesterday; cars were beautifully hand-painted by these artisans on the occasion of the Rang Malhar festival. It covered Jawahar Kala Kendra, Albert Hall, Tripoliya Bazaar, Sanganeri Gate and Badi Chaupar areas of Jaipur through the festival.

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The festival initiated by some of the most renowned craftsmen like Vidhyasagar Upadhyay and Vinay Sharma was organised by the Rajasthan Lalit Kala Academy.

10511569_10203024695592945_8246219192941050731_oThe themes of these paintings were very thoughtful and creative; one car spread the message of saving the environment, the other depicted astrology and sun-signs, some painted the themes of heritage conservation and saving the girl-child. One of the paintings very thematically portrayed a woman taking shelter under a tree to keep herself from sunlight.

10521117_920442517973092_105660752439998911_n10533907_10203018379515047_3462750320285642411_oWith over 80 artistes committing their work and themselves to such an awaited cause of the year, we hope and pray that the monsoon pours showers of joy on us soon 🙂