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Be Emotionally Healthy And Live A Colorful Life!

Life without emotions is like an empty canvass. Our life should have some color once in a while, or else life would be completely dull and boring and biege. Emotions are so important in daily life. For that reason, human emotions have been the object of research and study for thousands of years. What has changed over the years has been the general approach to this investigation. For many years, researchers in psychology focused on what seemed to be rational and what could be directly observed through physiology. Hence, emotion was neglected as it was seen as more part of mind than body.

All humans have basic emotional needs. These needs can be expressed as feelings, like the need to feel important, accepted, and respected. While all humans share these needs, each differs in the strength of the need, just as some of us need more water, more food, or more sleep. One person may need more freedom and independence, another may need more security and social connections. One may have a greater curiosity and greater need for understanding, while another is content to accept whatever he has been told.

Unlike physical health, many people including physicians have somehow neglected the importance of emotional stability. A person’s emotional stability is vital in achieving overall health. Emotional stability contributes to the individual’s sense of well-being. Without this, one can be prone to internal chaos, depression, despair, and isolation. In fact, emotional health influences other aspects of health such as physical, mental and social health.

Stress leads to the release of certain chemicals to prepare us for action. When this is not required, these excessive chemical levels can cause damage to our body over time. Emotional issues may manifest themselves as illness. One very difficult form of stress to cope and manage is emotional stress. It is often self-created, it can come out of nowhere and the stress caused by it only heightens the emotions felt. As the emotional stress increases, the emotions get worse, heightening the emotional stress. Thus, the problem recreates the cause and the problem only gets worse.

Emotional stress is often triggered by a dramatic event that puts a person’s nervous system under severe strain. This stress-inducing event could be losing a loved one, seeing someone die, ending a relationship, or being put into a life-threatening situation. These emotionally-charged occurrences put a severe strain on a person’s mind. The incredible strain can cause changes in the way that the brain works. In fact, a severe emotional strain could even cause someone to suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder or PTSD

Therefore, maintaining emotional health is necessary to achieve optimum health. It requires a multi-dimensional approach. The various aspects of this approach may include counseling, anger management, meditation, and physical exercise. People should not be haunted by emotional stress. Instead, they should look and try to understand where it is coming from. There are various support groups and solutions that are easily accessible to help someone cope with emotional stress and illnesses. One should not dwell on negative feelings and emotions, which can only hamper the beauty of the different colors of life.

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Upgrade How & What You Eat

The first step is to brace yourself for the challenge; it goes without saying that bad habits are hard go break. When you’re trying to eliminate something that has become a part of your life, you are bound to encounter resistance, and see your willpower seriously tested. You are in for a marathon in which that old addiction will tempt you at every step, trying to lure you back into that old vicious circle.

The first tip is to slow down when you eat. People who eat faster consume more calories because their brain doesn’t have the chance to recognize that the stomach is full. Eat prepared meals at the table. Instead of choosing finger foods that can be eaten quickly, always eat food from a plate with utensils and at a table, to program yourself to identify when meal times are and are not. Select more salad on your plate. Salad is an excellent choice since the bulk of it fills you without ramping up the calories and offers fiber and other nutrients to any meal.

Make no mistake. Bad eating habits can negatively impact your life. You can rapidly gain weight and depending on the food you eat, how much exercise you do or don’t do you could develop dis-ease overtime associated to bowel, kidney function, heart, liver and brain, in addition to other things.

At the end of the day, you will require a determination and level of commitment, will power, to sustain you through and stop you reaching backwards towards old habits.

An effective step is to remove temptations in your house or workplace. Keep food out of sight in the pantry and fridge. If you still find it difficult to avoid walking to the kitchen countless times to stare at the food you are not going to eat, then try to store a minimum amount of food in kitchen cabinets and in the pantry, which means you need to stop buying as much while you are embarking on a new food lifestyle and never store your favorite foods in the house. Keep on hand only those foods that require preparation before they can be eaten.

A good, brisk walk each day will increase blood flow to the organs and can cut out 250 calories. Aim to skip dessert, but not breakfast. Breakfast literally means, to break the fast. Aim to simply replace non healthy foods, with healthier ones, such as plant based and vegetables rich in chlorophyll and antioxidants. The aim is not to lose weight, but that will be the result. A leaner, healthier version of yourself will result when sticking to a plant based diet, with no junk food in sight. Experiment with what you’re willing to let go of: the Grande latte you usually enjoy at 10 AM; the buttery movie popcorn that’s become a nightly habit. Target foods you don’t especially love and stop eating them and those foods you love, eat them in moderation or find healthier alternatives.

Another consideration that is critical when upgrading your food eating habits is to understand when you are hungry or when you are just emotionally eating. Rate your hunger. Ask yourself, “how hungry am I on a scale of 0 to 10?” 0 means you’re starving and woe to anyone who gets between you and the fridge! 10 means you’re not hungry and you can function in that moment until you check in and rate yourself again.

Planning your food a day in advance ensures that when that emotion or a challenging time of day hits, you are not tempted by incompatible foods as you try to combat old habits. Plan your meals and ensure you have your trigger times well covered and plenty of food and/ or options all day long so that you no longer have to resist all those choices. When you do this, the old emotions and trigger times of day will still happen, the difference is you made the choice about your food intake yesterday when your emotions did not have a grip on you.

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The Benefits of a Full Body Massage

A full body massage can produce multiple benefits for your health. These benefits go far beyond an hour spent in relaxing quietly, escaping the day. An increasing amount of evidence indicates that stress and tension form the root causes of many diseases and illnesses. Hence, if you able to find ways to alleviate or relieve your stress, you are preventing health problems from emerging or becoming worse.

Going for a full body massage on a regular basis is one excellent way to help you fight off tensions. Full body massage stimulates the production of endorphins that promotes relaxation and drowsiness.

When you go for full body massage, your head to your toes and feet are massaged both front and back. A variety of strokes that includes kneading, pulling, wringing, hacking and gliding are used on various parts of the body.

If you are already ill or suffering from constant fatigue or pain, then full body massage can play a big part in your treatment. A full body massage helps to improve blood circulation and blood becomes more easily transportable to the vital organs in your body. This is vital for smooth functioning of your internal body parts. In addition, when blood is supplied to areas that have been injured before, repair and renewal of cells and tissues take place more easily. Combined with conventional medicine and other therapies, repeat sessions of full body massage can do much to accelerate your recovery.

Here are a few disorders that benefit from regular full body massage:

  • Depression
  • Infertility
  • Eating disorders
  • Post-operative recovery
  • Autism
  • Immune-suppressed systems
  • Diabetes
  • High blood pressure
  • Sleep disorders
  • Cancer related fatigue
  • Low back pain
  • Spinal cord injuries

When you choose full body massage, you choose a non-invasive procedure. In addition, full massage therapy, which is relatively safe, can be a complementary treatment to other medical treatments.

Other than improved blood circulation, here are other benefits that you can expect to experience from a full body massage.

  • Stimulated lymph system
  • Stimulated immune system
  • Relaxed muscles
  • Reduced cramps
  • Increased flexibility
  • Reduced recovery time
  • Released endorphins
  • Reduced post-operative scar tissue and edema
  • Reduced migraine pain
  • Improved range of motion
  • Reduced depression
  • Shortened labor and delivery in expectant mothers

As helpful as full body massage can be, those with certain illnesses should avoid the treatment. These include phlebitis, certain cancers, certain heart conditions, certain skin problems, and contagious diseases.

To be absolutely sure, check with your doctor first if you are chronically ill. Otherwise, enjoy on a regular basis!

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How Can Yoga Help You Reach Your Goals?

Time is valuable and there are a number of successful methods for goal realization. Yoga is one of those methods that if included as a part of your life, Yoga will cross train your mind and body for maximum potential.

Imagine being able to optimize your attitude in one hour, per day, or less.
Every day, people attend Yoga classes for physical or mental health, and walk away with the tools, to be masters of their own destiny.

How is this possible? Regular attendance to Yoga classes or home yoga practice, will result in a positive attitude adjustment for the student. Many of us walk around with a “perceived handicap”. We blame everything outside of us for our set backs and lack of opportunities. While systemic oppression is real, it’s not going away. So rather than allow Society to govern your emotions, your perspective on the world and ultimately your life, aim to navigate around systemic oppression and create your own way, your own opportunities.

It is true that our race, age, financial status, gender, and educational background, are factors in success. However, these factors can all be overcome by working toward your goal on a daily basis, and taking life one-step-at- a-time in the most positive of ways. Remember, that if you think your situation is a disability, it will be.

How can Yoga help you realize your goals? For one thing, you will appreciate life to its fullest because you will look within yourself and explore a whole new world of understanding your exterior world. You will stop wasting time, by letting daily opportunities go by. There are those of us who get access to opportunities, but we make excuses why we think we are not ready, or it won’t work out, and that we don’t have what it takes for success, or we simply lack the commitment, drive and discipline required to carry a plan through.

Yoga and meditation teach you to supervise your mind. Your mind has been allowed to work against you. Much like a ‘back seat driver’, the mind is good at second guessing, fearing, doubting, and discouraging new ideas. The mind would prefer to stay in one place, and let the world go by. Leaving you in a deeper state of frustration, by worrying about making a mistake.

You have to cultivate a positive relationship with your mind, through practicing Yoga postures (asanas), breathing techniques (pranayama), and meditation. You can find all this, and much more, in your local Yoga class, whether online or in person and by reading yoga philosophy and meditating daily. All you have to do is make it a regular routine.

Whether you practice before, or after, work or study is not important, but you will start to feel the mental health benefits, right away. Many Yoga students walk away from their first class feeling guilty, that it took so long to start. They anguish over the fact they procrastinated so long, because the feeling of euphoria during and after Yoga classes, and the endorphins released, will make your perspective on the world around you, a much better one. What is important, is to start and continue your Yoga practice.

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Symptoms of Adrenal Fatigue

Adrenal Fatigue occurs when your adrenal glands – 2 small glands that sit on top of your kidneys – become overworked and depleted. Your adrenal glands are responsible for handling the stresses of your daily life, whether that be physical stress, emotional stress, or psychological stress.

When your adrenal glands become overworked, they cannot keep up with the stresses of your everyday life. You then start to manifest the symptoms of adrenal fatigue.

Just because you have one or two of the symptoms of adrenal insufficiency does not mean that you have adrenal fatigue. However if you find you have the majority of these symptoms then you may want to investigate further.

You’ll want to learn some of the common causes of adrenal fatigue to see if you can identify with any of these causes in your own life. You’ll also want to see your doctor for a full medical workup and diagnosis of adrenal fatigue.

Here are the key symptoms of adrenal fatigue:

You’re Tired For No Explainable Reason

People with adrenal fatigue experience extreme physical exhaustion and they don’t have an explanation as to why (such as a strenuous workout). This isn’t just everyday tiredness it is extreme exhaustion.

You Gain Weight Easily – Especially Around the Middle

People with adrenal fatigue often notice they gain weight very easily. They especially notice the extra weight around the middle – and it’s very hard to lose it.

You Have Difficulty Getting Up In The Morning

Those with adrenal fatigue often find they feel tired when getting up in the morning – even with a full night’s sleep. They often need stimulants like caffeine and sugar to ‘get going’ both in the morning and throughout the day.

You’re More Susceptible To Getting the Flu or a Cold

If you have adrenal fatigue, you may notice that you seem to be catching every flu and cold that comes within 10 feet of you. You’ll also notice that it seems harder for your body to bounce back from illness.

You Often Feel Overwhelmed and Run Down

People with adrenal insufficiency often feel run down and overwhelmed with the tasks they have to accomplish. They may feel as if they can’t keep up and do it all. (This can lead to other symptoms like depression and social withdrawal)

You May Crave Salty or Sweet Snacks

This may include high protein snacks like meat or cheese. Some people with adrenal fatigue can have an increased craving for salt. You might also notice an intense craving for sweets and fast carbs like donuts, chocolate bars, pastries, ice cream etc.

You Feel Better In A Less Stressful Environment

Many people with adrenal insufficiency feel better when on vacation. Their symptoms may even clear up entirely but then return when they go back to their normal lives.

You Are Troubled By ‘Brain Fog’ or Inability to Concentrate

This may include things like the inability to remember certain details, appointments, etc. This may also include a feeling of confusion or difficulty concentrating.

Increased PMS For Women

Women with adrenal disorder may find their periods become heavier and/or irregular. They may also notice increased PMS mood swings and/or food cravings.

Those are several key symptoms of adrenal fatigue. Other symptoms include:

Lightheartedness/Low Blood Pressure

Tendency to Tremble When Under Pressure

Reduced Sex Drive

Heart Palpitations

Nervousness/Raw Nerves

Poor Digestion

Feel Most Energetic in the Evening

Extremely sensitivity to the cold

If you can identify with the majority of these adrenal fatigue symptoms you may want to research what the triggers are causing adrenal fatigue in your own personal life. You’ll also want to see your doctor for more tests and a complete diagnosis.

Adrenal fatigue can be overcome with proper self care, exercise and medical advice. Listen to your body, cut back on stress and treat yourself well.

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Improve Your Eyesight With Trataka

Eyes are the windows of the soul and you can see what a person is up to by looking into his eyes. Hence, it is important to have clean eyesight. In yoga, Trataka is a technique devised by the ancient sages to improve eyesight. It is a Shuddhikriya or a purification process to cleanse the eyesight and help in the silencing of the mind in concentration.

Sit with your back straight. Keep your eyes fixed on an object without winking till tears start streaming down your face. The small object can be the flame of an oil lamp, or an image or a picture or the letter ‘AUM’. This object should be placed in the line of sight at a distance of about four to six feet. You can also do this kriya without any object in front of you. Having an object is not necessary. Just stare in front of you at the wall without moving the eyeballs or eyelids. Ensure that you stare at a certain point on the wall.

Before starting this exercise, you can start off by moving the eyes without moving the head, where you roll your eyeballs up and down, sideways and from corner to corner diagonally. Initially, you can make this movement with open eyes and then repeat them with closed eyes. This will give the requisite exercise to the eye muscles. This is then followed by trataka. Trataka makes the eyes clear, improves eyes and silences the mind. Over a period of time, you will experience the silence of the mind. If you want to meditate, start with trataka to silence the mind and then go to the meditation. This way, you will reap the benefits of meditation. Since you are exercising the eye muscles, they become stronger. You can perform this kriya daily without any harmful effects.

Lionize

You are formidable. Never doubt you.

Confidence is a birth right. Inner standing that you should, by your very existence, be self assured and possess courage, be bold, have faith in yourself as a spiritual being given you have the gift of physical life and although there will be plenty of trials and tribulations throughout your life’s journey to throw you off your game and how you conduct yourself, you must keep the faith that your connection to all that is, you and all things, is the key.

Relying on yourself to be your best ally, your best friend, your partner in the game of Earthly life. This confidence, is not arrogance, conceit or ego, but a higher minded intimacy with oneself that no matter what life throws at you, you are connected to all that is, you are important and you have every right to be here. Move through the world with that inner standing acknowledging that every single living creature on this planet, be it a jellyfish, ant or a tree has the same rightful legitimacy to live and move according to our diverse and unique paths.

The Benefits of Having a Flexible Attitude

Life is full of challenges, and many times we have to stop what we are doing to completely switch gears. Having the ability to be versatile, and developing a flexible attitude will go a long way in adjusting to the ebbs and flows that life will inevitably bring. When life or work seems too frustrating to deal with, all we may need to make it work is an attitude adjustment.

When we focus on fighting the obstacles that challenge us, we waste time and energy that could be used more productively if we only learned to “go with the flow” a little more often. If we switch our thinking, viewing obstacles and challenges in a different light, we can be successful in achieving so much more. We will also expend less time and energy if we aren’t fighting against a current. This energy can then be focused elsewhere.

By implementing the following five helpful tips for developing a flexible attitude, you can find better ways to proceed through life, allowing yourself to flow a little more smoothly through its many ups and downs.

  1. Embrace change

Change is necessary to get anywhere in life, and embracing it takes a lot of courage and strength. After all, change brings us into new experiences, and often the unknown is scary for us. The change also brings a good omen, in that life is not remaining stagnant, but rather moving forward in different directions. We should allow life to carry us off into these directions so we can experience a different point of view, appreciating more what we do or don’t have.

2. Envision a new outcome

If we go through life expecting things to go as they always have, we can never open ourselves up to the possibility of great things. When our expectations don’t arrive, we will be lost, not knowing which way to turn. If we can imagine our actions having different outcomes, we can be prepared for whatever life may bring us, good or bad. Opening our minds to new outcomes will also help us plan for when those outcomes are realized.

3. Enjoy the journey

Key to making our attitudes more flexible is learning to look past the goal of getting something accomplished, and enjoy the trip along the way. If we constantly focus on doing something, achieving something, or acquiring something, we lose sight of ourselves and who we are being. Enjoying ourselves along the way to our goals will allow us to remain flexible in the steps we take to arrive at their completion or our final destinations.

4. Explore different options

When trying to reach a goal, why not try a new way of getting there? Developing a flexible attitude will be simple if we can practice being flexible in the choices that are important to us. Learning to step out of the box and choose a different path, or option, will often lead us to the new outcomes weíve been envisioning.

5. Emotionally detach from the outcome

It is easy to become frustrated at times, but emotionally detaching from the situation will allow us to take a look at our options more carefully and objectively. Acting in response to difficulties is far different than reacting, and the former is the more productive choice. When a challenge arises, take the time to decide how to act, instead of reacting with rash behavior.

Remaining flexible throughout life may make you feel like you are loosening the reins on your goals and values. That is not the case, however. If we can stay flexible and adapt to change, we may find ourselves better off than we ever could have imagined.

Why You Should Give Gratitude

Gratitude, a quality that is a must to live a good life. A quality that makes both the giver and the receiver happy. Somebody helped me and I forgot about it. Somebody helped me and I remembered it and said thanks. What is better? Many of us forget to thank. We take everything for granted. We take help as our right.

How many of us express gratitude towards mother Earth for allowing us to live on it? How many of us express gratitude towards the great Sun for giving us its light and warmth? How many of us express gratitude to water for hydrating us? How many of us say thanks to flowers for making us feel positive? Most of us take these for granted. We don’t express gratitude to our own bodies to survive in this world. Gratitude has a great vibration. It makes one who expresses gratitude feel very good due to the frequency contained within the word, this was scientifically proven by a Japanese scientist, Masaru Emoto, and his book 2004 New York Times Best selling book The Hidden Messages in Water.

Try saying the word ‘Gratitude’ and you will find your heart filling with warmth. We usually take for granted the people closest to us. In our fast-paced society, people are forgetting the art of saying thank you. By receiving thanks, the recipient feels appreciated and of value.

Why should we miss even the smallest opportunity to express gratitude for small and big things in our life? It costs us nothing. But it is invaluable. Even the smallest aspect of our lives deserves gratitude.

Life is already a mind field of complex situations, emotions, and events. It’s tough for all of us. There is little charm left for many of us in the routine of work, eat, sleep, repeat. That is why giving gratitude brings an appreciation even in the mundane. Like a rainbow in the sky, an expression of thanks and gratitude decorates the heart of the giver and the recipient.

The way rain quenches the dry earth, gratitude quenches the desires of hearts to feel good. It quenches the thirst of the hearts to be loved and experience belonging and a sense of value. Let us all express our heart-centered gratitude and make our beautiful Earth a better place.

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Pavanamuktasana – Wind Removing Pose

Pavan means wind, mukta means relieve or free and asana means pose. This asana is similar to many other yoga poses based on nature. It is being used to foretell the strength and power of the wind from within. It helps in removing the toxic gas present in your body. It creates space for fresh air in the body to create maximum utilization of the bodily resources.

This yoga pose aids the digestive system. Releasing your stomach of the excess gas in the abdomen and the intestines can therefore function better due to the removal of the gas, helping to relieve constipation massaging the colon.

The use of legs, hands, and hips strengthens the hip muscles. People who suffer from sciatica and joint pains find relief in this asana. It releases the muscles of the lower back and helps to separate the spinal column, creating space, less compression from sitting, and an environment of relaxation for your body.

This exercise stimulates your liver, small and large intestine as well as the spleen. Pavanamuktasana helps to circulate the supply of blood to the abdomen.

Warning: The reader of this article should exercise all precautions before following any of the asanas from this article and the site. To avoid any problems while doing the asanas, it is advised that you consult a doctor and a yoga instructor. The responsibility lies solely with the reader and not with the site or the writer.

5 Tips to Keeping Active in Winter

We all succumb to the cold with a lack of energy and a desire to just chill out, eat food for fuel and binge watch Netflix. Here are 5 tips you can consider to keep your health in good shape during the winter months.

Tip #1 Yoga or Pilates
Taking a yoga or pilates class, either online or at your local studio. Aim for a daily practice to keep you limber, tone, and zen during the winter months. Facilitating good health and inner peace.

Tip #2 Aerobics
An aerobics workout is a fun activity to keep you in shape, warm and increase your fitness. A recommended time is before your yoga practice, as your muscles will be warm and less prone to injury. Check out some 80’s Aerobics workouts, and get all the retro feels. Remember to have fun!

Tip #3 Go for a Walk
Going for a walk is always a great way to get yourself in motion. It doesn’t matter if it is a slow leisurely walk or a brisk walk, you will get cardio benefits from walking.

Tip #4 Play with your pets and or children
Do you have a cat or dog or a pet that could benefit too from some activity? Grab some string, or a ball etc, and play with your pets. It’s a good time to bond and show your furry family you appreciate their need for fun and exercise too. If you have children, you already know their love for activities. Try playing hide and seek, or other games that require movement and lots of fun.

Tip #5 Plant a Winter Garden
If you like to be active in the garden in the spring and summer then there is no reason why you should stop just because the temperature drops. A great idea to keeping active in winter is to plant a winter garden. There are plenty of things to plant no matter what your location, just do a little research on a winter garden for your region and you will be so busy tending to the gardening, you won’t notice how active you are.

Superfoods that get you moving

It’s no wonder so many people suffer with constipation (4 million in the United States alone). Our diet of meat and processed food contains little fiber. Most of us are lucky if we’re getting in half of the 30 grams of fiber that we should each day. Without that bulk in our diet, it can make bowel movements practically immovable.


The human digestive tract was designed for unprocessed plant foods that are loaded with dietary fiber: beans, leafy greens, fresh and dried fruits, vegetables and whole grains. High levels of dietary fiber increase both the frequency and quantity of bowel movements, decreasing the transit time of stools, as well as the absorption of toxins from the stool.


Drink at least eight to twelve 8-oz. glasses of clean water per day. Hard, dry stools are a classic sign of dehydration. A good rule of thumb is to drink a glass of water when you wake up and then every hour after that.


Try adding some wheat or barley grass to your daily routine. Mix two to three teaspoons of a nutrient-rich blend of dehydrated wheat and/or barley grass in water, and have another serving later in the day. These drinks have a restorative action on the intestinal tract and are especially good for constipation.


As a supplement to a healthy, high-fiber diet, bran and prunes are particularly effective in relieving constipation. Whole prunes and prune juice possess good laxative effects. Eight ounces is usually an effective dose. A similar amount of aloe vera juice is also helpful.


Vitamin C rich foods can help as well, as they help with food and nutrient absorption. Try parsley, broccoli, bell pepper, strawberries, oranges, lemon juice, papaya, cauliflower, kale, mustard greens, and Brussels sprouts, as they’re all great sources of vitamin C.

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Benefits of Baddha Konasana -Bound Angle Pose

Baddha Konasana (Bound Angle Pose) is also known as the Cobbler’s Pose because of the similarity to cobblers sitting position. It is an excellent asana that helps your groin and hip position. It is a forward bending asana that starts off from Staff Pose or Dandasana.

You have to bend your knees by bringing the soles of the feet together. This forward bending asana is very different from the other forward bending asanas. The focus area in this asana is to open the hip and help the pelvic area. This help to the pelvic area stimulates the reproductive organs which are of great help to women as well as men. The performance of this asana also helps in alleviating menstrual pain problems. It is very useful for assisting with childbirth if practiced regularly during the period of pregnancy. Also clears menopause-related problems.

Baddha Konasana stimulates the abdominal organs as well as the ovaries, prostate gland, bladder, and kidneys. It energizes your heart which improves blood circulation and provides the all needed help to your body. This asana stretches the inner thigh, groin, and knees which gives your body an agile and toned look. If you have problems like depression or anxiety this asana can help you overcome that problem. People with sciatica problems can also be treated by performing this asana regularly. It is a great asana because of its tremendous benefits for our aching and paining body. Known to be a therapeutic treatment for flat feet and similar other problems to be dealt by this asana.

The forward bending asana helps in opening the back of the Anahata chakra. It can be greatly used for back pain problems. This asana should either be done in the beginning to open up the hips or at the end to relax your body. You should avoid doing this asana if you have a groin or knee injury. It is very important to perform this asana while sitting on a blanket as it gives support to your thighs. Take your time and sit in the position for a while. You can make this pose much deeper by adding variations to it. The can be done by stretching their arms out in the front with the palms on the floor and forehead placed on the ground by extending the spine.

Warning: The reader of this article should exercise all precautions before following any of the asanas from this article and the site. To avoid any problems while doing the asanas, it is advised that you consult a doctor and a yoga instructor. The responsibility lies solely with the reader and not with the site or the writer.

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7 Days To a Self-Improved You

How many of us are truly flawless people, or living our fairytale life? What does that look like?

Do you compare yourself to other people, or lament what you don’t have?

So what does it take to step into the authentic version of yourself? Here is a 7 day challenge to move you towards living your ideal authentic self.

DAY 1

Know your purpose. Are you wandering through life with little direction – hoping that you’ll find happiness, health and prosperity? Identify your life purpose or mission statement and you will have your own unique compass that will lead you to your truth north every time. This may seem tricky at first when you see yourself to be in a tight or even dead end. But there’s always that little loophole to turn things around and you can make a big difference to yourself.

DAY 2

Know your values. What do you value most? Make a list of your top 10 values. Some examples are security, freedom, family, spiritual development, learning. As you set your goals for 2021 – check your goals against your values. If the goal doesn’t align with any of your top ten values – you may want to reconsider it or revise it. The number shouldn’t discourage you, instead, it should motivate you to do more than you could ever dream of.

DAY 3

Know your needs. Unmet needs can keep you from living authentically. Do you have a need to create, to practice self-care, to improve your health, to love or be loved, or achieve or be acknowledged for something? There are so many people in this world who live their lives without realizing their dreams and most of them end up being stressed or depressed. List your top four needs and get them met. It’s never too late!

DAY 4

Know your passions. You know who you are and what you truly enjoy in life. Obstacles like doubt and lack of enthusiasm will only hinder you, but will not derail your chance to become the person you ought to be. Express yourself and honor the people who have inspired you to become the very person you wanted to be.

DAY 5

Live from the inside out. Increase your awareness of your inner wisdom by regularly reflecting in silence. Commune with nature. Breathe deeply to quiet your distracted mind. For most of us living in urban city environments, it’s hard to even find the peace and quiet we want even in our own home. Try to find somewhere in your home and play some classical music. The frequency will soothe you.

DAY 6

Honor your strengths. What are your positive traits? What special talents do you have? List three – if you get stuck, ask those closest to you to help identify these. Are you imaginative, witty, good with your hands? Find ways to express your authentic self through your strengths. You can increase your self-confidence when you can share what you know with others.

DAY 7

Serve others. When you live authentically, you may find that you develop an interconnected sense of being. When you are true to who you are, living your purpose, and giving of your talents to the world around you, you give back in service what you came to share with others -your spirit – your essence. The rewards for sharing your gift with those close to you is indeed rewarding, much more if it were to be the eyes of a stranger who can appreciate what you have done for them.

Self-improvement is indeed one type of work that with endless rewards. The way forward is within ourselves and how much we want to change for the better.

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How to Marjaraasana – Cat pose

Sit on your haunches with the knees and toes on the ground. Keep the palms on the floor in such a way that the distance between them is about the same as that between the shoulders, i.e. equal to the width of the back.

Keep the distance between the palms and the knees about the same as that between the shoulders and the hips, i.e. equal to the length of the torso. The distance between the knees should be the same as the width of the waist.

Turn the toes back so that the soles face upward. The distance between the soles should be the same as that between the knees. Relax the muscles in the trunk region and let the trunk descend under gravity. At the same time, let the neck and head curve backward as far as possible. Relax the stomach and close the eyes. Direct your attention to the entire body and practice conscious differential relaxation. Keep the mind engaged in pranadharana (consciousness of breath). This is the final posture of marjaraasana and maintain this according to your fitness capacity.

An extension of the above posture can be attained in the following manner: Staying in the final posture obtained above, open your eyes. Move the palms about 10-15 cms towards the knees. Curve the back upwards so that it shapes like an arch. Relax the neck and hang the head down. Draw the chin towards the chest and relax the abdomen, practice differential relaxation and then do prandharana. This is the final extension posture of marjaraasana- maintain it according to your fitness capacity.

Releasing the asana: Start by lowering the right leg by bending it at the knee, then rest the knee on the floor. Lower the head and make the back parallel to the ground, loosen it up and relax.

Benefits: The spine becomes flexible and supple; it helps to correct the functional defects of the back and spine. The health of the organs in the torso improves. You are relieved of backache and pain in the neck resulting from exertion. It also soothes the neck muscles and the lumbar region of the spine and invigorates the spinal nerves, improves blood circulation in the abdominal region thereby making digestive, respiratory and excretory processes. This asana is also useful in treating respiratory disorders.

Warning: The reader of this article should exercise all precautions before following any of the asanas from this article and the site. To avoid any problems while doing the asanas, it is advised that you consult a doctor and a yoga instructor. The responsibility lies solely with the reader and not with the site or the writer.

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