Never miss a story

Get subscribed to our newsletter

Its a initiative by Hindu Swayamsevak Sangh(HSS) U.S.A.

By Dr Bharti Raizada

  • Surya Namaskar is a Yoga warm-up routine, based on a sequence of asanas
  • The initiative was proposed in 2006 on the eve of the 100th birth centenary of Sh. Golvikaar Ji

The Surya Namaskar Yagna(SNY) or Yoga for Health and Health for Humanity Yogathon is an event held by the Hindu Swayamsevak Sangh(HSS) U.S.A., every year, to raise awareness about yoga and its benefits and also to celebrate Makar Sankranti which falls on January 14th and indicates the coming of the new season.

The initiative was proposed in 2006 on the eve of the 100th birth centenary of Sh. Golvikaar Ji and it was first executed in 2007. SNY was not conducted on a large scale in 2013 because of one other major event, however, it was still a brief part of this event. For the 2018 year, this 16-day event is from January 13th to January 28th. People of any age, gender, and race can attend this event, at any HSS shakha, all across the United States. People can gather at any place and do it. They can even choose to do it at their home. Since its inception in 2006 more than four million Surya Namaskars have been done collectively. It has been recognized in the US house of representatives.

Also Read: How flu virus may up risk of heart attack six-fold

The Surya Namaskar, Or Sun Salutation, is a combination of Yoga Asanas, Mantras, and deep breathing exercises. It is a way to show gratitude to the sun. One Surya Namaskar is a set of ten yoga asanas and mantras that bring the body and consciousness together. It is usually performed in the morning to rejuvenate the body and freshen the mind.

There are more than 3 million Hindus in the U.S.A. or in other words 1% of the USA population is American Hindus.

There are more than 3 million Hindus in the U.S.A. or in other words 1% of the USA population is American Hindus.

Besides being a way to exercise and burn calories, Surya Namaskar also has a lot of other health benefits. For example:

-It improves blood circulation and increases blood oxygenation

-Helps strengthen muscles and joints

-Helps with the smooth running of digestive system

-It can help with sleep issues and insomnia

-It can help bring down blood sugar levels

-It helps with anxiety and strengthens memory

-It helps lose weight

-Helps with deep breathing

– Surya Namaskar helps to detoxify body

– It prevents wrinkles and makes the skin glow

There are more than 3 million Hindus in the U.S.A. or in other words 1% of the U.S.A population is American Hindus.

Hindu Swayam Sevak Sangh is a nonprofit organization which started in 1989 with the goal of promoting unity and harmony and now there are around 178 Shakas in the U.S.A. These Shakas do various activities e. g. Community services, workshops, volunteering, discussions, seminars, conduct youth shakas, kids shakas, Balagokulam etc. HSS contributes positively and tremendously to society.

Please join the Surya Namaskar Yagna and spread the word around for everyone’s benefit.


Photo by Jonathan Borba on Unsplash

With the baby keeping you busy all day and night, your skincare takes a backseat.

When you become a mother, you tend to forget about your own needs because you are so focused on your child. With the baby keeping you busy all day and night, your skincare takes a backseat. It's not always changes in skin texture and looks post-pregnancy are a bad thing, but not taking care of your skin may lead to acne, melasma, stretch marks, puffy eyes, and even dark circles. Syed Nazim, Dermatologist, Aesthetic and Hair Transplant Surgeon, Royal Lush Skin Clinic Saket, New Delhi, shares simple and easy tips for you to follow, to get a glowing post-pregnancy.

* Cleansing: As you sleep, your skin goes through a renewal cycle, by dispensing toxins and debris. So you only need a light-textured cleanser to wash your face with a face wash that is suitable for your skin type.

* Steam: Take steam for 2-3 days a week, it will help you to open up your clogged pores.

* Scrub & face pack: Use a face scrub, to remove the dead skin cells, scrub your face for like 5 minutes and wash it with normal tap water. It will help you to make your skin softer and radiant, leave the mask until it dries off.

* Toner & moisturizer: Apply toner to your face, look for clarifying toners that rebalance your pH to maintain the pH value of your skin. In the end, you only have to moisturize your face, to give hydration.

* Steal baby products: Baby products are always mild in nature so that the baby's sensitive skin doesn't have to compromise. They are created to lock moisture in babies skin. So, you can also use them. Whether it's a body oil, lotion or cream, apply some on your skin every time you're applying them on your baby. If you do this, you can flaunt your skin, this way, you don't have to dedicate a specific time every day for your skincare.

Keep Reading Show less
Photo by Valeriia Kogan on Unsplash

Colorless chemicals were developed and mixed in varying ratios to dye hair.

A couple of years ago, finding a strand of grey hair meant visiting the parlor to cover it up. Women and men refused to admit their age, and refused to let it show. Be it moustache, eyebrows, or hair on the head, it was dyed a luscious black, or reddish-brown for those who wanted to go natural. Today, the trend of coloring hair has nothing to do with age. Young boys and girls sport bright colors and hairstyles, which is now a marker of how modern one can be.

This notion of modernity associated with neon streaks and an almost gothic look originates from the ancient Egyptian civilization, where it was considered fashionable to look different from the natural features one was born with. Kohl, lipstick, perfume, and makeup were the inventions of those who hoped to live even after death. Likewise, they were the first people to discover hair dye. Initially, they dyed their hair black, to cover the grey. They used compounds that were extracted from plants, but some of them were lethal. So, they took to extracting the color from fermented leeches.

Keep Reading Show less
Photo by Wikimedia Commons

One of the bookshop at Daryaganj, Chandni Chowk, Delhi.

The history of Daryaganj goes back to the era of Mughal dynasty, and so its history is as old as the old city of Shahjahanabad, now Chandni Chowk. Interestingly, this market was known as Faiz Bazaar in the Mughal era and was considered as an important commercial place.

In fact, at that time this area was very posh, and had beautiful houses on both sides of a stream from a hauz (meaning, water storage tank) flowing down the centre. Not only this, trees were lined up for shade and it looked like a marvellous garden had been turned into a market.

Keep reading... Show less