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The term Yoga comes from the Sanskrit word 'yuj' meaning to connect, join, or balance. Wikimedia
  • Yoga is a 5000-year old Indian body of knowledge
  • This combination of mental, physical and spiritual practices hold the key to a healthier life
  • The Trikonasana focuses on the mind, body, and soul of the yogi

New Delhi, August 10, 2017: I am a hurtler, and it comes naturally to me. My days were always divided into two segments- a part that fast-forwarded through every task and the other which was rather dull and long. Once I was out of the bed, I hurtled through my morning routine and sped through every task scheduled. This was usually followed by long hours sitting at my workstation. The problem with this go-go-go attitude and then the sluggish stance was that it put me in a frantic state, leaving me worn out by the end of the day.

This went on for a few months. All this while, I kept saying, ‘My back hurts when I get up from bed’. ‘Maybe I’ve been sitting on my desk for too long, my lower back hurts’. ‘My bag is too heavy and my shoulders ache now’- words that I later realized were only another way of saying that I needed to establish a healthy routine.

Climbing stairs was exhausting, and it hurt more mentally than physically because I was not old yet, and I should have been fine doing it.

These realizations then began to be predictably followed by – “I am going to do yoga every morning, I am sure that will help.”

But I didn’t.

I talked about it all the time, read extensively about it in the Internet. Even got myself a yoga mat. I did everything to be ready for my promised early-morning-yoga-sessions, but I made zero efforts to actually do yoga.

It took me a while to recognize that things weren’t getting better. So, I decided to own up, and finally get to business, if even for 10 minutes daily in the morning. Studies suggest that doing yoga can relieve anxiety and increase flexibility and I was willing to try.

I began getting up early and diligently joined my mother for her morning sessions. After meticulously doing yoga for a month, I observed that it,

  1. Lowers stress and improves mood
  2. Boosts confidence
  3. Lowers risk of injury
  4. Helps lose weight
  5. Increases flexibility
  6. Improves strength and helps tone muscles
  7. Improves posture
  8. Supplements breathing and helps keep blood pressure in check

The Indian spiritual leader Sri Sri Ravi Shankar very aptly puts it, “Health is not a mere absence of disease. It is a dynamic expression of life-in terms of how joyful, loving and enthusiastic you are.”

One yoga asana that specifically helped me target and cure my back and shoulder trouble and has now made it to my favorite list is the TRIKONASANA.

The asana is pronounced as Tree-cone-ah-sah-nah

Trikonasana against the sunsent at Sunset. Wikimedia

In the Hindu mythology, the triangle is a forceful symbol and the three sides of the triangle represent the three forces of the universe,

  • The creative force Brahma
  • The sustaining force Vishṇu
  • The destroyer and force of change Shiva

Taking on similar lines, the triangle pose signifies focusing on the mind, body and soul of the yogi, its qualities being strength, the ability to support weight and the capacity to resist pressure.

Unlike most other yoga postures, this asana requires the eyes to be kept open.

It is known to stimulate all the abdominal organs, and helps in treating diabetes. The asana also assists in better digestion, and helps reduce waist fat, and enhance spinal flexibility.

However, one should avoid doing this if suffering from high or low blood pressure, migraine, neck or back injuries.

How to do the Trikonasana (Triangle pose)

  1. Stand straight with your feet comfortably wide apart.
  2. Turn your right foot out 90 degrees.
  3. Ensure that your feet are pressed against the ground and the body weight is balanced equally in both the feet.
  4. Inhale deeply, and raise both your arms from the sides, bringing them in line with your shoulders.
  5. As you exhale, bend your upper half to touch the right toe with the left hand, while the right hand points straight upwards.
  6. Now turn your head to look at the right hand in the air.
  7. Make sure both your knees are straight when you perform this posture.
  8. Hold the posture for as long as you can, as you breathe normally. Then repeat the same with the other side.

The Trikonasana. In this posture, the yogi can either touch the ground, as depicted in the image, or touch their toes. Wikimedia

Benefits of the Trikonasana

  • Strengthens legs, knees, chest, and arms.
  • Stretches and moves the muscles of the legs, hamstrings, calves, hips, shoulders, chest, and spine.
  • Increases mental and physical equilibrium.
  • Reduces anxiety, stress, and back pain.

ALSO READ: Here’s how the Science links Yoga to Happiness!

As a beginner, there are a few things you can do to make the experience enjoyable, and perform the asana in the right manner,

  • Throughout the asana, ensure that your back is totally straight.
  • Do not twist along the hips while twisting the body. Only your legs move.
  • As a beginner, it might help to keep the back of your torso or heel touched against a wall to keep steady in the pose.

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In the Indian atomic energy sector, the Department of Atomic Energy (DAE)

By Venkatachari Jagannathan

Officials of the Indian space sector, both serving and retired, are of the view that the space sector's organisational structure is expected to mirror that of India's atomic energy sector.

They also said that senior officials of the Indian space agency should address the employees on what is happening in the sector and how it will pan out so that uncertainty and confusion are addressed.

In the Indian atomic energy sector, the Department of Atomic Energy (DAE) is at the top, the Atomic Energy Regulatory Board (AERB) is the sectoral regulator while the Nuclear Power Corporation of India (NPCIL), the Bharatiya Nabhikiya Vidyut Nigam Ltd (both power companies), the Uranium Corporation of India Ltd, the Electronics Corporation of India Ltd, and IREL (India) Ltd are public sector units (PSU).

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The Bhabha Atomic Energy Centre (BARC), Indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic Research (IGCAR) are the premier research and development (R&D) organizations and there are several DAE-aided organizations.

While the DAE is headed by a Secretary (normally from the R&D units) who is also the head of the Atomic Energy Commission (AEC), the R&D centres and PSUs are headed by different persons.

Similarly, the government that has started the space sector reforms seems to be replicating the atomic energy model, several officials told IANS.

"The Central government's moves in the space sector seems to replicate the atomic energy model," an official told IANS.

Currently, the Department of Space (DOS) is at the top and below that, comes the private sector space regulator Indian National Space Promotion and Authorization Centre (IN-SPACe), the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) with various R&D-cum-production (rockets, satellites and others) units.

The sector has two PSUs - Antrix Corporation Ltd and NewSpace India Ltd.

Unlike the atomic energy sector, the Secretary of the DOS and Chairman of the Space Commission is also the Chairman of the ISRO.

As part of the space sector reform measures, the government has set up IN-SPACe as a regulator for the private sector players.

"Ultimately there will be only one sectoral regulator. There cannot be two regulators - one for the private sector and other for the public sector. Who will be the regulator if there is a company that is floated in public-private partnership," an official asked.

"It is good that there is a separate sectoral regulator outside of the DOS and the ISRO," an official said.

The recently-formed PSU NewSpace India has been mandated to build, own satellites, rockets and also provide space based services and transfer ISRO-developed technologies to others.

ISRO Chairman and Secretary DOS K.Sivan has been saying that ISRO will focus on high end research.

As a result, the positions of Secretary, DOS and Chairman, ISRO may not be held by the same person.

"Looking forward, there are possibilities of the government coming out with a voluntary retirement scheme for ISRO officials and merging its various production centres with NewSpace to synergise its operations," a former senior official of ISRO told IANS.

"But there is one issue in this proposition. For ISRO, the production centres are also its R&D centre. Both production and R&D are interwoven. One has to see how both will be separated to be housed under ISRO and NewSpace India."

Meanwhile, the minds of ISRO officials are filled with uncertainty and confusion about their future which is linked to that of their organization.

ISRO Staff Association General Secretary G.R.Pramod had told IANS that there is "uncertainty all around about the future of about 17,300 employees of ISRO".

"The ISRO top management that includes the Chairman and the Heads of various centres should come out openly and address the employee concerns at the earliest," an official added.

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Twitter has announced to ban sharing of private media, such as photos and videos, without permission from the individuals that are shown in those images.

The micro-blogging platform already covers explicit instances of abusive behaviour under its policies, the expansion of the policy will allow the platform to take action on media that is shared without any explicit abusive content, provided it's posted without the consent of the person depicted.

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"Sharing personal media, such as images or videos, can potentially violate a person's privacy, and may lead to emotional or physical harm," Twitter said in a blog post late on Tuesday.

"The misuse of private media can affect everyone, but can have a disproportionate effect on women, activists, dissidents, and members of minority communities. When we receive a report that a Tweet contains unauthorised private media, we will now take action in line with our range of enforcement options," the company informed.

Under the existing policy, publishing other people's private information, such as phone numbers, addresses, and IDs, is already not allowed on Twitter.

This includes threatening to expose private information or incentivising others to do so.

"There are growing concerns about the misuse of media and information that is not available elsewhere online as a tool to harass, intimidate, and reveal the identities of individuals," Twitter said.

When Twitter is notified by individuals depicted, or by an authorised representative, that they did not consent to having their private image or video shared, it removes it.

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Driven by a surge in digital transformation owing to the pandemic, the IT spending in India is forecast to total $101.8 billion in 2022, an increase of 7 per cent from 2021, global market research firm Gartner said on Wednesday.

In 2022, all segments of IT spending in India are expected to grow, with software emerging as the highest growing segment.

Spending on software is forecast to total $10.5 billion in 2022, up 14.4 per cent from 2021.

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While experiencing a slower growth rate than 2021, spending on software in 2022 is forecast to be nearly double of what it was pre-pandemic.

"India has experienced one of the fastest recoveries despite being one of the worst hit regions in the second wave of the pandemic in early 2021," said Arup Roy, research vice president at Gartner.

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