Friday, June 11, 2021

It looks like Apple, one of the biggest Tech Company in the World is also a fan of Yoga !

 It looks like Apple, one of the biggest Tech Company in the World is also a fan of Yoga !

Yes, you heard me right and I am not joking. Here is the proof.

Apple has been holding Activity Challenge for last 2 years i.e. since 2019 on International Day of Yoga.



International Day of Yoga is observed on 21st June every year since 2015. 21 June was declared as International Day of Yoga by United Nations General Assembly in 2014.

Now, let's talk about how you can participate in the activity challenge.

Any one who has an Apple Watch can participate. You just have to select the type of workout as Yoga from the Workout app which is in your Apple Watch. You can also use any other app that has the option to add yoga workouts with the Health app already present in your watch.

You have to do a Yoga Session of 20 minutes or more and you will be eligible for the rewards. 

So, now you must be thinking what will I get if I participate ? You already know the answer if you have participated in that Activity Challenge last two years. The rewards are the same.

You will get an animated Yoga Badge and 3 more Yoga poses animated stickers of Tree Position, Warrior 2 Position and Cow Position.

Animated Yoga Badge


Tree Position


Warrior 2 Position


Cow Position

Wednesday, June 9, 2021

The First Annular Solar Eclipse of the year and its effect on Yoga and our Eating Habits


The first Surya Grahan (Solar Eclipse) of the year 2021 will happen today (Thursday, 10/06/2021) and, as indicated by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), will be apparent to individuals across the northern side of the equator. NASA portrays Solar Eclipse (Surya Grahan) as a cosmic event which happens when the Moon moves between the Sun and Earth, projecting a shadow on the last mentioned, completely or incompletely impeding the Sun's light in certain spaces. 

This Solar eclipse will be 'annular'. That means that the moon is quite far from earth, so when the moon comes in front of the sun and blocks it's light, it can not cover the sun completely. So the appears appears as if a dark object embedded in the sun and has a bright ring on the outside. That's why it is also called 'Ring of Fire'.

This solar eclipse can be seen by almost everyone in the northern parts of the equator (northern hemisphere). But from most of the places people can see only a partial eclipse. The ring of fire will be visible from some selected places due to their geographical position.

In ancient texts in about Yoga found in  India, it is written that during the time of Surya Grahan (Solar Eclipse) we should do Surya Namaskar (Sun Saluation), Gomukhasana (Cow Face position), Savasana (and I hate calling it Corpse position !). With these yoga positions (asana), we should also do Kapalbhati Pranayama (Breathing Practice).


A lot of people in India (including me) believe that it is not healthy to eat during Surya Grahan (Solar Eclipse). Though there has been a lot of debates about this, I can not say that I have seen any scientific evidence supporting that. How ever, I think that we have not explored all the things described in our Vedas scientifically. So I avoid eating during the period of Solar Eclipse. The time of Solar Eclipse changes with geographical location. So I can not give you a specific time period. To find out that specific time period in in which solar eclipse can be seen from your place, please put these keywords in Google search "Solar Eclipse Duration <your area>.

AND PLEASE DO NOT LOOK AT THE SUN DIRECTLY DURING THE ECLIPSE. It is scientifically proven that looking at the sun directly during an eclipse can harm our eyes.


Combine 3 variants of Virabhadrasana (Warrior Position) to get maximum result

The Warrior/ Fighter position, or Virabhadrasana, fills the body with confidance and strength, calling upon the force and sustenance of the sun while immovably planting the feet upon the earth. ,Vira' means 'courageous, and 'Bhadra' means 'noble'. So 'Virabhadra' means courageous and noble, which are the essential qualities of a warrior.

Bellow, I will show you three unique variants of Virabhadrasana here: Warrior 1, Warrior 2, and Warrior 3. 

Warrior 1

The variation of Warrior position that we call 'Warrior 1' guides you in profound breathing, alleviates a hardened neck and shoulders, fortifies the legs, and trims the hips. Make certain to breathe out as you go into the fighter present, and breathe in as you leave the posture. Think "strength" rather than "tense." Be mindful so as to loosen up your muscles while in Warrior 1 position. Keep your face and neck relaxed. Breathe normally. Feel the warrior strength gathering inside you. Strength doesn't come from muscle contraction. Remember, strength comes from the mind. 

 1. Stand with your feet three to four feet separated. Turn your correct foot out, and turn your left foot so it is confronting somewhat toward the correct foot. 

 2. Twist your left leg into or near a correct point and turn your body to one side, straightforwardly in accordance with the left leg. 

 3. Raise the two arms over your head with your palms confronting one another. Gaze directly ahead or up at your hands. In the event that your shoulders are loose, unite your palms. For those of us with tight shoulders, it's ideal to keep the hands separated, which will help the shoulders stay down away from the ears. 

4. Keep your back foot immovably planted and your back leg straight. Push down on your back heel. Take three rich, full breaths. 

 5. Remind yourself the lift of your arches in Mountain position? Try and find out what will happen when you apply that procedure here. Lift the toes of the back foot. Watch the arch slightly lift. Gradually place your toes back on the ground while keeping up the lift in the curve. As the toes contact the ground, let the lift of the curve rise all through the remainder of your body. Relax. 

6. Get back to the beginning position and rehash on the opposite side. 

 7. Yoga Adventure: Bring your palms together and interweave your fingers over your head, while keeping your forefingers pointed straight up. Keep your shoulders down, and away from your ears. Gaze toward your hands while keeping your neck solid. Envision strength and energy shooting out of the tips of your forefingers. This variety strengthens the strength and energy of the Warrior I present.

Warrior 2



This variant of Warrior position (Warrior 2) has similar advantages like the first, yet it also fortifies and shapes the legs, soothes leg cramps, carries adaptability to the legs and back, tones the midsection, and reinforces the lower legs and arms. 

 1. Begin as for the warrior I pose, but keep your upper body facing forward as you bend your left leg into or close to a right angle with the floor. 

 2. lift both arms straight out to form a "T" shape with your body. Look toward your left arm. Keep your shoulders down. 

 3. Hold the posture for at least 6-7 seconds, get back to the beginning position, then, at that point repeat on the opposite side. 

 4. Yoga Adventure: Combining fighter I and champion 2 into vinyasa, or a streaming succession, is an incredible method to get your heart siphoning and to invigorate your body and psyche for a difficult day. Start in the mountain present, then, at that point stream into Warrior 1 as indicated by the previous guidelines, then, at that point turn your middle and bring your arms down into the Warrior 2 position, then flow back into the mountain. Repeat as many times as you like.

Warrior 3



The third variation of Warrior Position (Warrior 3) fosters the strength and state of your legs and mid-region; it likewise gives you deftness, balance, better focus, and improved equilibrium. It is a more troublesome posture than the initial two hero presents. Make certain to breathe out going into all the champion postures, and breathe in coming out. 

 1. Get into Warrior 1 position, then, at that point lean forward somewhat, gradually fixing your front leg as you lift your back leg. 

 2. Expand your arms before you with your palms together, and look toward your hands. Work toward bringing your arms and lifted leg opposite to the floor, however in the event that you can't do that from the outset, no issue. This is something you will actually want to do when you have acquired adequate strength and equilibrium. 

 3. Get back to a comfortable and neutral position, then, at that point rehash on the opposite side. 

 4. Yoga Adventure: How long would you be able to hold this posture? This equilibrium present is testing both in light of the fact that you need to adjust on one leg and in light of the fact that it takes solidarity to keep your arms and other leg lifted. Work on expanding the measure of time you can hold this posture, for a super-controlled, strength-building, balance-sharpening exercise. Watch your breath! As the breath comes into balance, so do the balance of your body. Don't hold your breath. Keep breathing, slowly and steadily.

Monday, June 7, 2021

Are you doing Meditation without realizing that you are doing it ?


There are such countless kinds of meditation. What is the exact number? Who knows, yet we can separate them to 6 main types. To make your search somewhat easier, here are six kinds of meditation you can try according to your need. 


1. Breath watching : Are you thinking that Breath watching would be pretty much as basic as focusing on your breath for a couple of moments? Definitely. Unwind in whatever position turns out best for you, close your eyes and begin to focus on your relaxing. Breathing through your nose gets your stomach included and gets oxygen right to the lower part of your lungs. As your psyche meanders, simply re-concentrate on the air going all through your nose. Simply do this for a few minutes, or more as you become acclimated to it. 


2. Empty Mind Meditation : In this meditation method you try to enter a state like "mindfulness without any thought," a purging of all contemplations from your psyche. The procedures for doing this include standing by, frequently in a "full lotus" or with folded legs position, and releasing the psyche quiet all alone. So the position in which you stand or sit doesn't matter much.  It is one of the hardest type of meditation. Because any thought can distract you.  Even if you think of clearing your mind, that thought prevents you from achieving the perfect state of thoughtlessness. You can compare this state to a person having dreamless peaceful sleep.


3. Walking Meditation : It can be done outside while taking long walks or while you pace in a to and fro motion in a room. Focus on the way your legs move and breathing, feel the sensation of your feet touching the ground. At the point when your psyche meanders, simply continue to take it back to the toward strolling and relaxing. Pondering outside in this manner can be troublesome as a result of the interruptions. On the off chance that you do it outside, track down a tranquil spot with level ground. 


4. Mindful meditation : The Buddhists call it 'Vipassana'. Deep thought is the craft of getting profoundly mindful of what is here in the present moment. You center around what's going on in and around you right now, and become mindful of the relative multitude of musings and sentiments that are taking your energy from one second to another. You can begin by watching your breath, and afterward move your consideration regarding the musings going through your psyche, the sentiments in your body, and surprisingly the sounds and sights around you. The key is to watch without judging or investigating. 


5. Simple mantra meditation : Numerous individuals think that its simpler to hold their psyche back from meandering in the event that they focus on something specific. A mantra can help. This is a word or expression you rehash as you sit in reflection, and is picked for you by an accomplished expert in certain practices. On the off chance that you are dealing with this by yourself, you can utilize any word or expression that works for you, and can decide to either rehash it so anyone might hear or in your mind as you reflect. 


6. Meditation by concentrating over a single idea or thought : In this type of meditation, you focus on a single idea or topic. In fact this is done by all of us in our lives. Whenever we are in a difficult situation, all other thoughts are gone from our mind and we focus on solving the problem. You must have noticed someone in your life take a break from everything and go some place where they can simply relax. May be you have done it yourself. 


There are numerous different meditation you can attempt. The main thing is to decide which one you need at that moment. In fact you might have been doing meditation without even realizing it.

For example : 

If you had a very busy day and you are exhausted. Then you should concentrate on Empty Mind Meditation. 

Are you in a stressful situation and need to relax quickly? Then Breath Watching is the perfect option.

Walking is great for our health. But we all know that walking is time consuming. Why waste that time by doing nothing. Do you know why we all have an urge to listen to music while walking ? Because music helps meditation and relaxes us. It is medically proven. With a bit of training you can enter a semi-meditative state while being aware of your immediate surrounding.

Mindful Meditation is very effective when you are in a distracting meditation. Imagine you are concentrating hard and doing something and suddenly you hear something playing loudly outside in a loud speaker. I don't know about your place but this happens a lot in India. That is the perfect time for mindful meditation. You can not stop hearing that sound, but you can learn to ignore it and keep doing your work efficiently.

Sometimes we struggle to keep our mind calm. At that time we can practice mantra meditation. You must have seen someone saying some words again and again in a low pitch to control their anger or emotions. That is also a type of meditation mantra.

Meditation by concentrating on a single idea is the most common practice done by each and everyone of us. This practice is done mostly by artists when they face a creative block. Like a writer facing writer's blog, a painter struggling to find an idea for his next painting, an actor getting isolated from everyone and everything to get into the role of a difficult character.


Sunday, June 6, 2021

How Yoga Asanas are different from Gymnastics or Weight Training

 


Numerous individuals compare asanas with gymnastic activities or working out procedures. This is a thoroughly false idea, for asanas are neither planned explicitly to make an individual 'toss his body about' or to foster colossal, pointless muscles. 


Yoga implies the experience of unity or solidarity with your internal being. This solidarity comes in the wake of dissolving the duality of psyche and matter into the incomparable reality Asana implies a condition of being in which you can stay consistent, quiet, tranquil and agreeable, truly and intellectually. In the old content on yoga by Patanjali, called the Yoga Sutras, there is a succinct meaning of Yogasanas: Sthiram Sukham Asanam implying 'that position which is comfortable and steady'. So we can see that yogasanas in this setting are rehearsed to foster the individual's capacity to sit in one situation without uneasiness for expanded periods of time, as this is vital during contemplation. 


Asanas can likewise be performed for corrective or wellbeing reasons. By tenderly extending the muscles, kneading the interior organs and conditioning the nerves all through the body, the wellbeing of the specialist can be brilliantly improved and numerous illnesses, even the purported 'hopeless' ones can be killed or facilitated. 


Yogasanas have a more profound importance in the advancement of the physical, mental and otherworldly character, while unadulterated activities just physically affect the muscles and bones. Actual weight training activities are performed rapidly and with a ton of relaxing. The aerobatic, gymnastic activities and weight lifting frameworks are appropriate for sound individuals to foster huge muscles or adaptability. 


Exceptionally huge muscles, specifically, require more sustenance and a more prominent stock of blood. Thus, the heart and respiratory framework need to work a lot harder. In this manner there is fatigue of imperative energy. In the wake of doing these activities a youngster may feel exceptionally fit and great. Yet, as he develops more established, the substantial capacities delayed down; issues of solidness and stiffness begin to happen because of abuse of the ligament in the bone joints. 



The overdeveloped muscles become overweight and lose their immovability; the muscle tissue transforms into fat. Indeed, even a youngster, on the off chance that he stops his lifting weights rehearses for a month or more, will quickly collect fat instead of his swelling muscles. Gymnastic activities, weight lifting and body building are not appropriate for everybody. 


A sick or frail individual, little kids or elderly folks individuals positively can't do them. Moreover, they don't give the unwinding and revival which individuals need. Are asanas extraordinary? Indeed, they are totally unique and undeniably more far reaching. Yogasanas are performed gradually with unwinding and fixation. 


So, both the outside and inside muscles are impacted, so the sensory system, endocrine organs and inside organs just as the muscles are urged to work appropriately. In this manner asanas have a physical and psychosomatic impact which is useful in restoring illnesses. They should be possible by both solid and undesirable individuals, youthful and old. They are generally valuable for both fixation and contemplation. Different frameworks of actual culture increment the poisons in the body, though asanas lessen the poison level. 


Physical: the significant endocrinal framework is controlled and directed so the right amounts of the various chemicals are discharged from every one of the organs in the body. This has repercussions on our actual prosperity just as on our psychological mentality towards life. Regardless of whether one organ is breaking down, an observable misfortune in wellbeing might be capable. Accordingly, it is of most extreme significance that this framework is kept up at top condition. Unhealthy organs can be fixed, restored and urged to bring out their ordinary obligation through normal act of asanas. The muscles and bones, apprehensive, glandular, respiratory, excretory and circulatory frameworks are facilitated with the goal that they help each other. Asanas make the body adaptable and ready to change itself effectively to changes of climate. The stomach related capacities are invigorated with the goal that the right measure of stomach related juices (spit; compounds and so forth) stream. The thoughtful and parasympathetic frameworks are brought into a condition of equilibrium with the goal that the inward organs they control are neither overactive nor underactive. To sum up, we can say that asanas keep up the actual body at ideal condition and urge an undesirable body to get sound. 


Mental: asanas make the brain solid and ready to suffer agony and misery. The force of assurance and fixation are created. Harmony and imperativeness become the typical perspective after customary act of asanas. You will actually want to confront the distress, tensions and issues of the world with harmony, without being upset. Security of brain is created, life turns out to be simple and troubles become step. ping stories to consummate psychological wellness. The act of asanas delivers the lethargic possibilities, with the goal that a man can emanate certainty and rouse others by his discourse, conduct and activities. 


Spiritual: asanas are the third step in the eightfold way of raja yoga, their motivation being to make the body consistent for the higher strategies of pratyahara (sense withdrawal), dharana (focus), dhyana (contemplation), prompting the climax, samadhi (inestimable acknowledgment). In hatha yoga, which is all the more profoundly worried about setting up the body for higher otherworldly procedures, extraordinary significance is appended to cleaning the body by asanas. 


In spite of the fact that asanas in themselves may not give otherworldly acknowledgment, they are a phase on the profound way. A few group have the mixed up thought that asanas are just physical and have no association with or use in stepping the profound way. This is a totally off-base idea. Asanas are just about a need for profound competitors to stir their mystic resources. Asanas ought to be viewed as types of contemplation and clairvoyant decontamination. Yogasanas ought to be instructed in the total way depicted in the tantras, with attention to the relating focuses incorporated into the training.

Thursday, June 3, 2021

Leaked files show 60% of Nestle Products as 'UNHEALTHY'

Nestle logo
image from : flickr

The Swiss food and drink company Nestle started with the merger of the Anglo-Swiss Milk Company, established in 1866 by George and Charles Page, and Farine Lactée Henri Nestlé, founded in 1867 by Henri Nestlé. The headquarter of Nestle is in Vevey, Vaud, Switzerland. Nestle has been recognized as the world's largest Food Company since 2014.


Nestle is under scrutiny after the leak
credit : Marco Verch

The Financial Times reported about an internal document which stated that most of the products of Nestle are unhealthy. This document was a presentation that was shared among the top executives of Nestle. According to that presentation more than 60% of Nestle's food and drinks iteams are deemed unhealthy.

In the presentation it is stated that only 37 per cent of Nestle's food and drinks by revenue are healthy. Products such as pet food, baby food and specialized medical nutrition were not included. According to the presentation, to be deemed 'HEALTHY' the food or drink has to get a rating of over 3.5 under Australia's five-star health rating system.

After the leak, Nestle didn't contest the authenticity of the leaked documents. They also said that most of the products included in the presentation are by definition 'UNHEALTHY'. Because products such as chocolates and soft drinks have a lot of sugar in them, those products can not be considered healthy.

Nestle has a very large product list. Just take a look. The chances are you may be using one of them.

Nestle Product List :

Baby foods 

(Cerelac, Gerber, NaturNes)


Bottled water 

(Nestlé Pure Life, Perrier, S.Pellegrino)


Cereals

(Cheerios, Fitness, Lion, Nesquik Cereal)


Chocolate & confectionery

(Aero, Cailler, KitKat, Milkybar, Nestlé Les Recettes de l'Atelier, Orion, Quality Street, Smarties, Toll House)


Coffee

(Nescafé, Nescafé 3 in 1, Nescafé Cappuccino, Nescafé Classic, Nescafé Decaff, Nescafé Dolce Gusto, Nescafé Gold, Nespresso)


Culinary, chilled and frozen food

(Buitoni, Herta, Hot Pockets, Lean Cuisine, Maggi, Stouffer's, Thomy)


Dairy

(Carnation, Coffee-Mate, La Laitière, Nido)


Drinks

(Milo, Nesquik, Nestea)


Food service

(Chef, Chef-Mate, Maggi, Milo, Minor’s, Nescafé, Nestea, Sjora, Lean Cuisine, Stouffer's)


Healthcare nutrition

(Boost, Nutren Junior, Peptamen, Resource)


Ice cream

(Dreyer’s, Extrême, Häagen-Dazs, Mövenpick, Nestlé Ice Cream)


Petcare

(Alpo, Bakers Complete, Beneful, Cat Chow, Chef Michael’s Canine Creations, Dog Chow, Fancy Feast, Felix, Friskies, Gourmet, Purina, Purina ONE, Pro Plan)

Wednesday, June 2, 2021

Free PDF Yoga e-book Giveaway (JUNE) ...

 As promised here is the free pdf yoga e-book give give away for the month of June.


Book Name : Yoga for Everyone

Find out how this simple art form of exercise can boost your health and strengthen your body.

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