Monday December 18, 2017

Get rid of 10 Misconceptions about Yoga before you plan to take Yoga Classes!

Yoga is not just about bending, stretching, and breathing

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October 18, 2016: Yoga, which has been present since the ancient times has now become a trend for everyone and a fitness mantra! People who are hoping to tone up their body are hitting mostly the yoga classes than gyms. But here are a few misconceptions which everyone has about yoga. Lets have a look at the list!

1. NO! Yoga is not all about asanasYoga is not just about bending, stretching, and breathing. Yoga is actually an 8- limbed path that includes the practice of behaviour towards oneself and others, concentration and meditation.

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2. Not flexible enough? No problem, you can still do yoga: Yes, you cannot do something perfect at the very first instance, similarly only being flexible doesn’t let you practice yoga. Practising yoga on regular basis allows the muscles to soften and strengthen, and Voila! You’ll soon become flexible enough to touch your toes without bending your knees which you have been struggling to achieve.

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3. Become a herbivore to practice Yoga: Yes, a lot of schools of yoga encourage their students to strictly stop the intake of non-vegetarian food as a part of practising ahimsa. Our body needs every component even fat, so, jump on and take a bite on that piece of meat and grab that ice cream (not every day.. Controoooool ! )

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4. No laughing or smiling during yoga classes: Just because you are in a yoga class does not mean you have to be there always in attention position. Yes, yoga is a kind of meditation but laughing and smiling relaxes you too. Isn’t it?

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5. Yoga is only for FIT people: If u are termed “unfit” and you somehow manage to climb up a flight of stairs today, take up yoga practice regularly and you will soon be able to see the changes in you. You will not only stop feeling breathless while you climb up those stairs but also you will see changes physically, like dropping a few inches, lung capacity will increase and also did you know practising meditation cripples you away from depression and anxiety?

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6. No! Not at all.. Yoga is not a religion but it is certainly spiritual! Yes, yoga is not a religion. Have you ever heard anyone say “I go to church to practice yoga!”, no, I am sure. Yoga is a spiritual practice but is far away from the traps of religious belief. You can be a Hindu, Christian, Muslim or Jew or anything and yoga will be there for you with its arms wide open.

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7. You need to practice Yoga for at least an hour: Not at all, not everyone has time every day to practice yoga for one hour. Even 15 to 20 minutes of practising asanas can bring changes and benefits your mind, body and spirit. If you find yourself with a few minutes and want to move your body through a few yoga poses, try doing Sun Salutations, or even a few minutes of seated chair yoga at your desk.

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8. Yoga is dangerous: Yes, when you are desperate enough to lose that extra flab you have put on, you pull and stretch your body vigorously. But hold on! every exercise routine has a red zone. When you see that while practising an asana, if it is hurting after a certain extent do not push yourself. Until then your are fine.

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9. Yoga helps you sweat out toxins: NOOOOOOO ! When we sweat, our body is actually trying to maintain a healthy base temperature and stay cool to avoid damaging our organs from too much heat. Practising yoga helps one to stimulate your internal organs and immune system, toxins are removed from the body through our internal organs like the kidneys and the liver. You cannot flush out toxins from the body through your sweat.

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10. Yoga is costly: Last but not the least, the big misconception that yoga is costly. Yes, the rates of yoga classes have gone up due to its growing demand but there are ways to save your pocket from being completely empty, it’s not necessary to buy costly mats and  track suits look for kinds of stuff which are comfortable and affordable.

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All clear? Now, Get the fittest body and turn heads wherever you go!

-by Enakshi Roy Chowdhury of Newsgram. Twitter: @enakshirc58

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Indulge in Yoga for a healthy and a good respiratory system

This article gives information on Yoga which is a very beneficial hack for having a good respiratory system

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Yoga good for healthy and respiratory body.
Yoga good for healthy and respiratory body. IANS
  • Akshar explains the benefits of Yoga
  • Yoga being the ultimatum for a good respiratory system

-by Akshar

Smog, the choking threat which has landed the national capital in a pollution emergency, has been the cause of many respiratory problems in children and adults. When your daily commute feels like living on the edge, what are your other outdoor activities supposed to feel like?

According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), it is dangerous to breathe when there is too much smog. Smog contains ozone particles, and elevated ozone levels can have a variety of negative effects on your lungs.

While it is advised to stay indoors when the air is toxic outside, a more practical solution would be to establish a habit of cleansing your respiratory organs through Yoga.

If Yoga has been shown to improve the quality of life of lung cancer patients, it could definitely do wonders against other respiratory issues. Here are a few asanas you could try to give you relief from chest congestion, respiratory flues and discomfort in breathing.

* Pranayama: This has proved beneficial for those suffering with bronchitis or lung congestion.

How to do it:

1. While performing pranayama one should make sure that his or her back is straight and should concentrate on the breathing.

2. Sahaj Pranayama, which is also called easy breathing, involves breathing a few times deeply.

3. Inhale through the nostrils for five counts and hold the breath for 10 counts.

4. Exhale through the mouth for 10 counts; this has to be repeated 10-12 times.

* Adho Mukha Svanasana: This posture strengthens the chest muscles and expands the lung region, increasing its capacity.

How to do it:

1. From table top position, tuck your toes, straighten your legs and lift your hips towards the ceiling.

2. Adjust your hands forward a bit, if necessary, and spread your fingers.

3. Keep your spine long, and your head and neck in line with your spine. Hold for one minute.

* Bhujangasana: This asana opens up the heart and lungs and gives them a good stretch.

How to do it:

1. Lie on your stomach; engage your back muscles in lifting your head and upper torso.

2. Align your elbows underneath your shoulders for support.

3. Open your chest and relax your shoulders away from your ears.

4. Look straight ahead and hold for one minute.

* Sukhasana: This heavy breathing seated position relieves yourself from stress, anxiety and exhaustion.

How to do it:

1. Sit erect, with the feet stretched out towards the front.

2. Now cross the legs in such a way that the knees are wide, shins are crossed, and each foot is placed under the knee. Knees must be bent, and legs should be tucked into the torso.

3. Feet must be relaxed, and the outer edges must rest on the floor while the inner edges must arch on the shins. Look down on your legs, must see a triangle formed by shins that are crossed and both the thighs.

4. Back must be balanced in such a way that the tailbone and the pubic bone are at equal distance from the floor.

5. Place the palms stacked up in your lap. Or you can also lay them on the knees palms up or palms down.

6. Elongate the tailbone, and firm up the shoulders. But make sure the lower back is not arched in such a way that it pokes the lower ribs forward.

* Marjari Asana: This involves deep breathing, which in turn expands the lungs and boosts blood circulation.

How to do it:

1. Begin with Adhomukhi Swanasana

2. Lean forward and place your knees down on your mat

3. Inhale, look up and relax

4. Inhale as you drop your knees

5. While navigating back, shift the body weight from the knees to palms and feet.

(Akshar is founder and course director of Bengaluru’s Akshar Yog. The views expressed are personal. He can be contacted at akshar@aksharyoga.com) (IANS)

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Study: Drinking and Smoking can cause Problems to the Dental Fillings

Failure of Dental fillings in smokers and alcohol drinkers.

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  • Indulging in smoking or drinking alcohol may not only damage your teeth but also lead to increased incidences of failure in dental fillings, warned researchers.

The findings, led by researchers from the University of Pittsburgh, showed that within two years of the dental procedure, Dental fillings failed more often in patients who drank alcohol, while the overall filling failure rate was higher in men who smoked.

Furthermore, people with a difference in the gene for matrix metalloproteinase (MMP2) — an enzyme found in teeth — were at increased risk of Dental filling failure.

This could be because MMP2 might be able to degrade the bond between the filling and the tooth surface, potentially leading to failure, the researchers said.

The results, published in the journal Frontiers in Medicine, suggest that genetic analysis might help dentists to personalize treatments for their patients, which could lead to improved outcomes.

“A better understanding of individual susceptibility to dental disease and variation in treatment outcomes will allow the dental field to move forward,” said Alexandre Vieira, a researcher from the varsity.

“In the future, genetic information may be used to personalize dental treatments and enhance treatment outcomes,” Vieira added.

For the study, the team from America and Brazil analyzed dental records of 807 patients.
Fillings can fail for a variety of reasons, including re-emergence of the initial tooth decay or the filling becoming detached.

The researchers also examined if newer composite resin Dental fillings are as durable as traditional amalgam fillings, which have been in use for more than 150 years but which contain mercury, a toxic metal.

The researchers found that overall, there were no major differences between patients receiving amalgam or composite Dental fillings in terms of filling failure rates. (IANS)

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Choosing Cycling can Add your Daily health Benefits

Benefits of choosing cycling.

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  • Cycling is simple and easy so, make it your lifestyle to stay fit.

    “Cyclists gravitate to the activity for many reasons, but its impact on one’s health is undeniable.” says cyclist Yogesh Kumar

It demands only two to four hours a week, in order to achieve general health improvement, he said and that regular cycling helps people of all age groups to attain a desirable level of fitness.

“Pedaling utilizes some of the major muscle groups and therefore, makes for a good muscle-workout,” he said.

Adding to the benefits, Ajit Ravindran, Managing Director and co-founder, Meraki Sport & Entertainment, said: “Unlike other forms of workout, the person exercising can decide the intensity of the workout and therefore, is perfect for people recovering from injuries or illness. Furthermore, it can also be built to a physically demanding workout.”

“Cycling is simple and easy and does not require special skills or high levels of physical capabilities, which makes cycling perfect for beginners,” he added.

Being an aerobic activity, cycling also improves cardiovascular fitness, joint mobility, decreased stress level, decreased body fat levels, improved posture and coordination and much more.

So, go out and dive into the world of health and fitness, he suggested.(IANS)