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A Complete Yoga Guide for a Healthier Life

To be awake is to look within. When you work on your inner self no outside energy can influence your peace of mind and to achieve that you need to integrate your mind, spirit and body through the practice of yoga.

As we all know Sunday will be celebrated as International Yoga Day, and the practice of yoga is the best way to deal with stress and strive for a disciplined life. Yoga was started in Northern India over 5,000 years ago and currently it is being practiced all over the world. So with Yoga gaining its popularity around the world and if you’re thinking to start practicing yoga daily then this complete guide will help you. Jaipur Beat in association with the Yoga practitioner Snehal Singh presents few asanas for you to commence on a new journey towards a healthier life.

  1. Vrikshasana (Tree pose)

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Steps for Asana:

  • Stand straight with hands at your side and feet close.
  • Concentrate on a point 5 ft in front or on floor. Slowly, fold your right leg and hold the ankle. Place the foot on the root of left thigh.

(Do not place the foot on knee joint)

  • Maintaining balance, inhale and raise your arms and join the palms.
  • Stay there for 30-60 sec. And slowly come back. Repeat the same on other side.

Benefits:

It brings calm and steadiness in mind, improves concentration and memory.

Tones thighs, arms and abdominal muscles.

 

  1. Trikonasana (triangle pose) 

2. Trikonasana

Steps for asana:

  • Stand with feet about 3-4 feet apart. Hands at your side.
  • While inhaling raise your arms at your sides at shoulder level, parallel to ground.
  • While exhaling bend from your waist to right. Touch your right hand to right ankle. Try to not lean forward
  • Stay there for 15 – 30 sec. Then, while inhaling bring your arms parallel to ground again. Repeat on the other side.

Benefits: 

Massages abdominal organs and improves digestion.

Strengthen knees and ankles.

Relieve stress and anxiety.

 

  1. Adho mukh savasana (Downward dog)

4. Adhomukhsavasna

Steps for Asana:

  • Come onto your fours. Form a table such that hands and feet form the legs of the table.
  • While exhaling lift the hips up, straightening the knees to form an inverted V-shape with the body.
  • Keep hands shoulder width apart, feet – hip width apart and toes pointed ahead. Lengthen your spine.
  • Hold the pose for 30-60 sec. Take long deep breaths. Then return back and relax.

Benefits: 

Lengthen the spine and improves posture.

Strengthen and tones muscles of arms, shoulders and legs.

 

  1. Ardha Matsyendrasana (Lord of fish pose)

5. Ardhmatseyndra asana

Steps for Asana:

  • Sit with your legs extended. Fold your right leg and place the foot near to left thigh crossing the left leg. Knees facing the sky.
  • Fold your left leg and place the foot close to right hip. Knees facing front.
  • Keeping spine straight, place your right hand at the back. Inhale, raise your left arm and while exhaling twist to right side and hold right foot with left hand.
  • Keeping breathing slow and deep. Stay there for 15- 30 sec. Then repeat on the other side.

Benefits:

Stimulates digestive fire and is very beneficial in destroying toxic elements in the body.

 

  1. Uttanpadasana (Raised legs pose)

6. Uttanpadasana

Steps for Asana:

  • Lie flat on your back. Keep your hands at side with palms facing downward.
  • While inhaling, raise your legs up straight at 90° from ground.
  • Don’t lift your shoulders or lower body. Stretch toes downwards.
  • Stay there for 30- 60 sec.

Benefits: 

Tones and strengthens the pelvis, hips, lower back, abdomen and legs.

Corrects knee joint pain and back problems.

 

  1. Salamba Shalabhasana (Locust pose) 

7. Shalabhasana

Steps for Asana: 

  • Lie down on your stomach. Bring your hands in front and place it under your chin.
  • Fold your right leg from the knees. Pushing away the ground, raise your left leg.
  • Now, place the left thigh on the right foot. Adjust accordingly and breathe normal.
  • Stay there for 15-30 sec. Then relax and repeat on the other side.

Benefits: 

Reduces belly fat.

Tones arms, thighs and hips.

Therapeutic for back pain.

 

  1. Bhujangasana (cobra pose) 

8. Bhujungasana

Steps for asana:

  • Lie flat on the stomach with the legs straight, feet together.
  • Place palms flat on the floor at side of the shoulders.
  • Slowly raise the head, neck and shoulders. Straightening the elbows, raise the trunk as high as possible.
  • Gently tilt the head backward and hold the final position for 15-30 sec. And then relax.

Benefits:

Stretches chest and lungs, shoulders, and abdomen. Strengthen spine.

Tones the buttocks.

 

Happy International Yoga Day!

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Seasonal Fruit Nutrition: You should not miss on!

Mahatma Gandhi rightly said, “It is health that is real wealth and not pieces of gold and silver.” This saying stands so true especially in these times of Covid-19 for ‘jaan hai toh jahan hai’! And thankfully, we Jaipurities are blessed for Jaipur has a bundle of local fruits available that are high on nutrition and vitamins and a great way to boost up your immunity; thus, letting you fight all kinds of viruses. Jaipur is also called ‘Gulaabi Nagari’ for all the good reasons. It is a city that is home to fruits of all colours, thus making our refrigerators and plates colourful.

Ever wondered why doctors and nutritionists always insist on eating seasonal fruits and vegetables? We at Jaipur Beat bring to you the fruitilicious nutrition you should munch on and can locally source in the Pink City – Jaipur! In this blog, we tell you the local fruits you should grab on from the city and why:

  • Mangoes: Widely known as the ‘king’ of fruits; mango is the king in terms of the health benefits it offers too. Starting from prevention to serious illness like cancer and anaemia; mangoes aid in weight loss, help in building the immune system and are a rich source of Vitamin C, Vitamin A, Vitamin B6 and other B Vitamins, Potassium, Magnesium, Copper and healthy fibre.

 

  • Muskmelons: This potassium-rich fruit is widely available in the streets of Jaipur and is good for eyesight, is packed with skin-friendly collagen, it also improves hair growth, regulates blood pressure, promotes digestion and is a good source of Vitamin A and C – enough to support your bodies daily requirements.

 

  • Jamun (Blackberries): Rich source of iron and Vitamin C, Pink City thellas (stalls) are filled with these sweet and sour delicacies. This tasty summer fruit replenishes your body with high energy levels and is an excellent source of carbohydrates, protein, magnesium, potassium and few phytochemicals. Ayurveda strongly recommends this berry for treating various conditions related to heart, arthritis, asthma, stomach pain, bowel spasm, flatulence and dysentery.

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  • Phalse (Falsa): Tangy and sweet in taste phalsa (falsa or Grewia Asiatica), when eaten with a little salt and black pepper or in the form of juice, acts as a natural cooling agent for our bodies. This fruit helps in treating pain, diarrhoea, rheumatism, and arthritis. It also relieves vaginal burning and other urinary troubles has an antibiotic effect and relieves skin inflammations. Luckily available in Jaipur, consume it at least once a week.

 

  • Bel (Wood Apple): This sweet aromatic natural healing fruit is again locally available in Jaipur during summers and makes for a great juicy retreat. A boaster for your digestion, bel helps in preventing and curing several stomach ailments like constipation, diarrhoea, indigestion, ulcer, piles. It is also a natural detoxifying agent and thus, prevents kidney and liver dysfunctions.

 

  • Coconut water: It is like having 5 medicines or just one coconut water – that’s the strength it holds. With very little fat and 90% water, coconut water is supremely rich in magnesium, potassium, manganese, sodium, vitamin C, protein and fibre too. So after a sweaty day, if you wish to rehydrate, have chilled coconut water (place it in the fridge in the morning and have it by evening) to reduce your anxieties and stress.

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  • Litchis: Primarily composed of water and carbs, litchis are super juicy-licious and a great way to tantalize your taste buds. Summer is at its peak and having a bunch of these cool summer fruit is the best way to deal with the heat. Litchi like other citrus fruits is a good source of vitamin C, B-complex vitamins, potassium and copper.

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All these summery fruits are very watery in nature in order to keep our bodies rejuvenated and hydrated in this scorching heat. Apart from this, eating food out of season makes little sense economically, environmentally, nutritionally and you are also benefiting the society in large especially local farmers whose livelihoods depend on the local produce they do. Thus, phal khao, sehat banao aur garmi se raahat pao!

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5 Breakfast ideas to kick start your day in a healthy way | Jaipur Beat

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Staying at home during the COVID-19 pandemic is boring and challenging for everyone, and the increased anxiety can cause people to abandon their healthy eating intentions resulting in junk snacking on whatever is around.

So this is also the time when instead of gorging on comfort food, eating a balanced and varied diet will help you develop more immune power to fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. With a little thought and planning, you can continue to make good food choices and maybe even boost your mood and immunity.

The most important meal of the day is eating ‘breakfast like a king’. Breakfast helps to jumpstart your metabolism. Try to eat healthy carbs which digest slowly and make you feel full for a longer time – include whole grain, beans, vegetables.
Must include fruit and vegetable intake along with traditional food like – dhokla, moong ka chilla, millets, idli or dosa, can be consumed wherein the ingredients will also be available at home.
We belive that this is the most important time to eat healthy and stay healthy, Jaipur Beat brings you some healthy options to kick start your morning a healthy way-
Nuts- Nuts are high in fat, low in carbs, and a great source of several nutrients, including vitamin E, magnesium, and selenium and are loaded with antioxidents. The best part is Nuts have been shown to promote weight loss rather than contribute to weight gain.
As long as you eat them in moderation, nuts make for a tasty addition to a healthy and balanced diet.
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Wheat Pasta- To have a healthy breakfast doesn’t mean to have a boring one. The die hard pasta fans can have wheat pasta instead of white pasta as the white one is made of refined carbs, meaning it has been stripped of many nutrients during its processing. Just add some bell peppers and broccoli to make it more tasty. 
After eating this, we bet you will ditch the rich cheesy pasta available in cafes’.
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Poha 
One of the healthiest Indian breakfast, Poha is a wholesome meal and also a good source of carbohydrates and iron, rich in fibre, and full of essential vitamins. We are missing all those Poha thelas in different parts of our city but this dish is certainly something which can be prepared easily by every one at home.
Make it more appealing by adding chopped onion, tomotoa, pomegranate and coriander leaves.

 

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Bread Breakfast- Start your day with ultimate bread breakfast.  There are many ways to create healthier breakfast sandwiches that still include the carbs you crave, but are piled high with veggies, and healthy fats. This delicious, easily breakfast recipe is perfect for a busy family, where you just can’t go wrong! Though White bread is good too but it simply misses out the goodness of brown or whole wheat bread.

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Sprouts Salad– Add these tiny balls of nutrition to your breakfast. The best part is they are easy and cheap to grow and, and thus offer additional environmental benefits by avoiding pesticides and type of food additives.

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Last but not the least is to add some portion of fruits or fruit juices with your breakfast.
Tip- Eat everything in moderate amounts. 
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Summary– A healthy breakfast is important, especially because it is supposed to keep you energised till lunch time. It also boosts your metabolism and keeps your blood sugar levels stable.
Eat Healthy, Stay Healthy!
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Guide to Living Your Best Quarantined Life

Physical boundaries and lack of mental ventilation have kept us brooding and everything around appears boring. But we tend to forget that these days can be turned into exciting and fruitful by engaging ourselves in interesting stuff. Instead of dwelling on what all you’re missing out, think of this time as an opportunity to re-work on yourself and bring the best out of it. It may be stressful for many of you to stay at home the whole day, which is why Ankhee Gupta a phsychological counsellor and a stress mahangement expert has listed some interesting things for you to joyfully sustain your home quarantine.
 Here are a few things to combat confinement- stress and stay mentally stable :
  • If the number of death rates, positive cases (about the virus) is taking a toll on your mind, practice ‘gadget distancing’. Use your phone, watch the television, check facts and statistics but maintain a gap by keeping the phone away for a few minutes at intervals- this reduces your anxiety level.
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  • If you are used to evening walks or gym which is not possible now, resort to exercise, stretching, meditation and yoga at home. These help to secrete endorphins, the ‘happy hormones’.
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  • There must be a hobby which you might have given up for your busy schedule, this is a wonderful time to revisit them! Engage in productive and creative activities atleast thrice in a week to nurture your mental health.
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  • Rebuild your social circle. This is the time for verbal interaction with family members and strengthening your immediate circle. It is surely a feel good factor.
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  • Long working hours and swift weekends! Now is the time for self-care, hair and body care, time to declutter the places you always wanted to! Pull out an old family album or a diary of memories.
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  • This is the time for prayers, music, self-analysis and care for humanity in general. Things practiced during this time can reap benefits in the future.
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Keep following these. Stay home , stay healthy but don’t panic. Just make use of the days you are spending indoors. Physical health care and mental health care will make things easier and better.
Ankhee Gupta
(Psychological Counsellor/Stress Management Expert)
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Decoding the Significance of the Festival of Lights

 

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Diwali, as we all know, is the grand festival that is celebrated all over the country with new full zeal every year. It is also one of the most important festivals for Jaipur and Jaipurites, as here it is observed for a full 5 days. During this time entire Pink city is decked up, and all monuments and buildings are lit up which makes the city truly beautiful and full of splendour. The preparations start almost a month ago when Jaipurites starts cleaning the house, and decorating it because Diwali is not just a day-long affair for us but it is a complete five-day long event. And we believe to celebrate each and every day of Diwali with full passion. But did you know the significance of all these five days?

Let’s get a bit of knowledge about our favourite 5 Diwali days-

Dhanteras

Dhanteras which is also known as “Dhanvantari Trayodashi” is the first day of the five days of Diwali celebration. The legend behind celebrating Dhanteras is that the ocean was churned by Gods and demons to get Amrita or nectar. Dhanvantari (known as physician of Gods) had emerged out with a jar of elixir from the ocean. That is why this day is celebrated as Dhanteras.

It is believed that buying things such as gold or silver coins, jewellery, new utensils or other new things is the sign of Lakshmi coming home whole year. On this day Jaipur markets like Tripolia Bazaar, Johari Bazaar gets all bustled up with the people as everyone is busy buying the things.

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Roop Chaturdashi

The second day is Roop Chaturdashi which is also known as Naraka Chaturdashi, Kali Chaudas or Choti Diwali. After a month-long cleaning of the home, it is time to deck up ourselves. It is believed that on this day it is very important to take care of one’s body and also improving one’s appearance through external means. In the old days, women used to apply ubtan to get that natural glow and now they go to parlours to get the festive look.

Whatever you opt for, this day signifies that you need to glow & shine like Diwali lights.

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This is the main day and marks the return of Lord Rama along with wife Sita to their kingdom from 14 year-long exile after defeating Ravana. When Rama, Sita and Lakshaman were back, the people of Ayodhya celebrated the return of their king by illuminating the earthen diyas and bursting firecrackers. Hence, Diwali is the celebration of Homecoming. We light up homes, wear new clothes, prepare lots of delicacies and offer prayers to Goddess Lakshmi. No matter where you are Jaipurites love to come back home to be with their family, and this is the true essence of this festival of Diwali.

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Govardhan Pooja

The fourth day is Govardhan Pooja or Annakoota, people show their gratitude towards Lord Krishna by offering various types of food. The story behind this day is that, once Lord Indra got angry for the villagers had stopped offering him lavish meals which in return he promised good rains for their crops. So he flooded the village and soon it was underwater. Lord Krishna then came to their rescue by lifting the huge Govardhan Mountain on his little finger.

Bhai Dooj

Last day is called Bhai Dooj which celebrates the love of brother and sister. On this day, women pray to God for the long and prosperous lives of their brother and apply ‘tilak’ on their foreheads. According to mythology, on this day Yamraj visited his sister Yami, where she welcomed him with an aarti, applied tilak and offered sweets. Moved by his sister’s love he declared that any brother who received ‘tilak’ from his sister shouldn’t be afraid of death.

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Now, that you know the significance of the five days of Diwali, go ahead and take part in the rituals and celebrations this Diwali with great enthusiasm. But remember to play eco-friendly Diwali and avoid bursting crackers for the sake of our environment.

Wishing you all a Joyful & Safe Diwali!

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Diwali: Then Vs Now

Nostalgia is a beautifully relaxing feeling. Every time we think of the good old days, they leave our faces with a chipper yearning grin. Now is the time for Diwali, we want to take you back into the good old days – we want to make you smile, enjoy and laugh. We want to remind you of how celebrating Diwali with family was as compared to what it is now. So, let’s reminisce the memorable moments and see how amusingly life has changed, and how adulting has changed us:

Freedom to eat- 

Then: Literally gorging on every other mithai.

Now: No more sweets please for me! I am on the Keto Diet.

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Celebrating with family

Then: Looking like a family straight outta Hum Saath Saath Hain.

Now: Trying to juggle between marriage/work/college life and family life.

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Enjoying Holidays

Then: At least 10 days holiday from school.

Now: Getting barely 3 days holiday at work.

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Bursting crackers

Then: Bursting crackers till 2:00 am.

Now: Realising we were unaware of the environmental damage it did and shifting to No crackers wali Diwali.

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Receiving gifts 

Then: Receiving lots of chocolates and sweets from all the uncles, aunties and padosies.

Now: Worrying about giving gifts to everyone!

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100 metres away from Rangoli rule

Then: “Do not play near the rangoli!”

Now: “Rangoli banane mein madat karna zara”

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No-makeup rule

Then: Dreaming of wearing mom’s makeup.

Now: Wearing your own collection!

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No tension of cooking snacks and decorations

Then: Playing in the streets.

Now: “Beta baazar jaakar 2 kilo gende ke phool le aa!” or Let’s do some decorations

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Buying earthen diyas

Then: Buying earthen diyas and decorating them at home.

Now:  Buying readymade fancy diyas. Who has got that much time?

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Visiting family and friends

Then: Being dragged to others’ homes by mom and dad for Diwali Milan

Now: Sending WhatsApp wishes.

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Times may have changed but we still cheer up when it’s Diwali time while fondly cherishing some old memories.

Tag your family and remind them of your beautiful festive journey! 😀

 

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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.

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Maahi Roj: A One of its Kind Eco-Festival

Maahi Roj: Earth Day started with a Seed, imagined by Geetanjali Kasliwal to grow around World Earth Day. Her vision was to celebrate and preserve our earth not just on one particular day but it should be celebrated every day. In fact, the word Maahi Roj literally means “EARTH DAY EVERYDAY”. The 10-day celebration hosted by AnanTaya is from April 19 to 29th, 2019 with this year’s theme WATER: The energy force of Nature.

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The event is an ongoing experience where like-minded people will share new ways of living and celebrating our bond with the Earth and its element that makes us, sustain us and keeps the cycle going. It will showcase innovative crafts representing ethical fashion and lifestyle products.

Immerse yourself in talks with Dr Rajendra Singh: India’s Waterman, recipient of the prestigious Stockholm Water Prize, water walks which will be the most enriching cultural experience and an idea to promote water conservation with the help of various activities.

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Explore the best at Maahi Roj, in a unique setting of AnanTaya, The Kanota Courtyard, Narain Niwas Hotel, reflecting heritage roots through historic craftsmanship. An opportunity to meet diverse & experienced talents through events including interacting workshops, inspiring talks, heritage walks & cultural tours, just to bring awareness and understanding on how we can pay tribute to Planet Earth.

Join environmentally concerned citizens of Jaipur and the world, to be mindfully respectful of Water’s importance, Every Day.

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Find Your New Home Which Is In Harmony With Beauty And Vastu!

Green open space, flowers-bordered walkways, patches of green tucked away, beautifully maintained parks, stepping out onto the dew-covered grass and invigorating environment.  Seems like a dream for most of us.
We all look for the places where we can find ultimate relaxation, comfort, and soul-satisfying atmosphere. No, we are not talking about some Ashrams or temples of Jaipur today. We are talking about our Home.
In the historical Jaipur city at one time the residents were only staying in the walled city but with the growing population, the city extended its wings to the open spaces.
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Our home is a place that truly enhances the overall living experience. Along with premium housing, today’s millennial generation is focused on having a space that offers peace of mind and energetic vibes. We no more look for housing spaces but to a home that contributes to good health and wellbeing of the members living there and thus arises the need for Vastu compliant house. Because Vastu Shastra guides us on how to have a home with good vibes.
Do you know, every single room in your home evokes a particular feel?
A modern, minimalist and inviting décor and a little Vastu ensure all natural energies to bless us, be it- Drawing room, Bedrooms, Kitchen, living room, and Dining room?
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The first impression is always the best impression. We all know that when we have a guest, it is our Drawing Room- that they see. We put emphasis on the perfect layout of our drawing room and designed it the way that will reflect our own style and bring comfort at the same time. The ideal location of the living room is to be directly linked to the main entrance without any obstruction.
For ultimate relaxation and rejuvenation- Bedroom-in our house is one place where we feel relaxed and at ease. Use of aesthetic colours, flooring, and furnishing creates a serene ambiance. It has to be plush and luxurious with built in wardrobes giving you ample space, so as to keep your bits and pieces out of sight, along with proper ventilation to soothe your senses. Ideally, the Bedroom in a south-west direction brings good health and prosperity. Avoid a bedroom in the north-east or south-east zone of the house as the former may cause health issues.
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The Hub of Your Home- Kitchen is a place where the health of the entire family depends. The right food is prepared with access to the right amenities. More space equals less hustle! Your kitchen needs to have all the right kind of cabinets, racks, and shelves that should be neatly and carefully fitted. The most important essential is that it should be well-ventilated or natural ventilation is also a good idea.
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Every corner of your house needs careful planning but Living Space to have natural light entering your home as it creates positive energy and gives joy to all. Nothing is quite as welcoming and relaxing as a well furnished and spacious classic living room. The reason we keep planters for our well being. The living room should face east, north or north-east. Alternatively, a north-west facing living room is also favourable.
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For many it’s a dream to have space which is in perfect harmony with nature, the tranquil environs bring forth a fresh breath of air in early mornings and evenings.
A Garden has all the benefits to keep you healthy in many ways possible. Devoting some time in growing your own garden helps you remain stress-free, boosts your self-esteem, lowers your heart-related diseases, and most effective of all, it cures depression and mental illness.
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Post our long day at work it is very important to get some sort of relaxation. A swim or a gym or a movie is not a bad idea but who has the energy to go out. Consider having a miniplex or a clubhouse under your house, where you can go and indulge yourself to give your mind some relaxation and make your evenings merrier with facilities like a Spa, Gymnasium, Mini Theater, Swimming Pool, cafeteria and many fun indoor games all at one place.
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But where do you get Harmony (Vastu) and beauty (Architecture) –a perfect match for the new home?
Here’s One stop for -Positive Mind, Positive vibes and Positive life-Your Home at Manglam Aananda
Manglam Aananda caters in delivering a residential nest in the city of Jaipur with a perfect balance of high-end amenities and comfort with ample of green spaces, swimming pool, clubhouse, badminton, squash, basketball, tennis court, and cricket pitch in addition to the of utility features like a gazebo with a scenic view, multipurpose hall with pantry, temple, and wide parking areas.
The large and luxuriously fitted clubhouse is probably the best-in-class feature when compared with any available property in Jaipur.
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And not to forget their tight security services that ensure the residence to have a peaceful sleep while their well-trained security personnel is on his duty, along with CCTV cameras, and boom barriers that provide you with carefree living. So, finding a home that ensures a healthy and safe environment is where you should invest in buying your new home. If you don’t find a house that meets all your criteria, give it time. You don’t need to move into the first house you see.
Buying a house is a huge investment, so take your time and only choose one that you can see yourself living in for. Because your Home is your ultimate happy place.

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