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These 7 Yoga Practices Can Help You to Ease Your Wandering Mind and Enhance Concentration

Yoga is regarded as the ultimate healer for the soul and body

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Yoga is known to be the ultimate healer for the soul and body. Pixabay
  • Practising yoga daily could develop greater agility, have a positive effect on your concentration, and altogether help you live a more fulfilling life
  • Yoga is a lot more than just an activity which molds your body; it has the intense impact on the human mind
  • It could steer the mind away from all distractions and calm it down completely

New Delhi, August 18, 2017: Yoga is known to heal the soul and body. It has an intense impact on your mind. It declutters one’s emotional health, fixes our mind, and helps one to overcome ailments, stress, etc.

The emotional clusters do not let one reach their full potential and negatively affect our mental being. Healthy bodies grant greater success in fields of our interests and pursuits at passions, work, hobbies, and with family. Practising yoga daily could develop greater abilities, have a positive effect on your concentration, and help you live a fulfilling and better life.

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Referring to Patanjali, Yoga Chitta vritti nirodha, which conveys “yoga is the reduction of fluctuations of the mind.” Yoga has the ability to steer away all distractions and calm the mind down completely.

Listed below are some yoga asanas to boost one’s concentration and steer away distractions:

  • Prayer pose:
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It is a simple breathing exercise which provides a great way to begin your practice. Pixabay

* This pose inlcudes doing breathing exercise and provides a way to begin your yoga pratice.

* Sit on the floor with your legs crossed and make a prayer pose by folding your hands. Keep your spine straight and try to calm your mind down by concentrating on your breaths.

* Salutation seal aids in centering your focus and concentration and eases out your breathing.

  • Tadasana:
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Tadasana is also known as the mountain pose. Wikimedia

* Tadasana is also known as the Mountain Pose. It is regarded as the mother of all the yoga postures as they come from this base asana.

*  To begin with, stand barefoot on the floor with both your feet and legs together. Slightly bend the knees and then loosen the joints by straightening them.

* Breathe in. Now gently lift your toes and make an endeavor to balance the whole body using your heels. While balancing your whole body weight, Stretch your chest, shoulders, and arms upwards. Feel the stretch. Hold this posture for around five to ten seconds. Now gently exhale.

  • Pranayama:
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This formal practice includes controlling the breath, which is the source of our prana. Wikimedia

*This formal practice includes controlling your breath

* There are different pranayama types named in Hatha yoga, to improve concentration and build up the prana like nadishidhana pranayama, kumbhaka pranayama, among others.

  • Vrikshasana:
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This asana is basically a balancing pose. Pixabay

* This posture is similar to a strong and steady tree which requires balance.

* Its main advantages lie in improving the nervous system and balance.

* Stand upright with your knees absolutely straight and feet together and the arms resting at their respective sides. Now the first step is to raise the right foot. Hold its ankle using your right hand without letting your left knee bend. The joint at the knee is where your right leg will be folded. Inhale and lift your hands, in a joined position, gradually above your head. Stand straight and stretch yourself, maintaining your balance. While trying to balance this pose, look straight. Exhale and gradually bring your hands in the middle of your chest. Go back to the original position by slowly keeping the right leg down.

  • Natarajasana:
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It is named after the dancing avatar of Lord Shiva. Pixabay

* Natarajasana has been given its name after Nataraja, Lord Shiva’s dancing avatar and is also known as the dancing pose.

* It is one posture that will need time if one wants to master it.

* One must practice this posture for a minimum of 15 to 30 seconds.

  • Garudasana:
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The pose acquires its name from Garuda, the Hindu god, known for his focus, power, and strength. Wikimedia

* This asana acquires the name from Garuda, the Hindu god.

* Your hip and spine should be straight and shoulder should be pointing forward. Looking at a distance and breathing evenly will enable you to maintain your balancing.

* It helps you obtain strength and balance. It can take time to maintain balance or fully wrap your legs or hands. But never force yourself and your body into this posture.

  • Utrasana:
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It is also known as the camel pose. Wikimedia 

* Utrasana or the Camel Pose comprised of a bend in the backward direction that looks similar to a camel’s pose when one takes a sitting position.

* Ustrasana stretches and strengthens your shoulders and back and makes your posture better. It improves respiration, excretion, and digestion and relieves one from a backache. It balances and heals your chakras as well as stimulates your endocrine glands.

– prepared by Harsimran Kaur of NewsGram. Twitter @Hkaur1025

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Poor Dental Health can Lead to Obesity in Children

The study found a direct relationship between poor dental health leading to a rise in BMI (Body Mass Index) and extra body fat.

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Poor Dental Health can Lead to Obesity in Children
Poor Dental Health can Lead to Obesity in Children. Pixabay
  • Worried about your child’s obesity problems? It’s high time you curbed his love for sugary drinks and junk food. A little focus on dental care may also prevent your child gaining excess weight, says a new study.

The study found a direct relationship between poor dental health leading to a rise in BMI (Body Mass Index) and extra body fat.

“Weight can be a sensitive subject, but if you talk about eating behaviors alongside dental health, you are looking at the issue from a different angle,” said Louise Arvidsson, a doctoral student at the University of Gothenburg in Sweden.

“The question is whether a healthy diet can have the effect also in young children. There has been a lot of focus on physical activity and mental health in children, but diet is an increasingly recognized aspect.”

The researchers reviewed the eating behavior, body fat and dental health of 271 small children. The height, weight and food intake of the children were kept under observation for one day and then checked for the prevalence of cariogenic microorganisms in saliva.

The results found that the children who had a higher amount of carries bacteria also had higher BMI and worse eating habits.

The children were suggested to consume whole grain products, 400-500 grams of fruit and vegetables per day, fish two to three times a week and a low intake of sugar and saturated fat.

Arvidsson mentioned in the thesis, conducted at the University’s Sahlgrenska Academy, that with good food comes increased self-esteem, better relationships with friends and fewer emotional problems

Rather, parents who try to change the regime of their children by asking them to eat less during childhood can see serious repercussions of overweight problems in later life.(IANS)

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Lack of Social Communication Skills may cause Increase in Health Problems

How can lack of Social communication skills affect your mental health?

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Lack of Social Communication Skills may cause Increase in Health Problems
Lack of Social Communication Skills may cause Increase in Health Problems. Pixabay
  • Are you left out by your friends due to improper communicative techniques? Beware, as it may take a toll on your health. New research reveals that people with poor social skills may be at a greater risk of developing mental as well as physical health problems.

Importance of Social Communication Skills in avoiding Mental Health Problems

Social skills refer to the communication skills that allow people to interact effectively and appropriately with others. They are mostly learned over time, originating in the family and continuing throughout life.

The use of technology, like texting, is probably one of the biggest impediments to developing social skills among young people nowadays, the researchers said.

“We have known for a long time that social skills are associated with mental health problems like depression and anxiety,” said Chrin Segrin, a professor at the University of Arizona.

“But it was not known definitively that social skills were also predictive of poorer physical health. Two variables — loneliness and stress — appear to be the glue that bind poor social skills to health. People with poor social communication skills have high levels of stress and loneliness in their lives,” Segrin added.

The researchers studied over 775 people, aged between 18 to 91 years, and were provided a questionnaire addressing their social communication skills, stress, loneliness, and mental and physical health.

The results found that the participants who had deficits in those skills reported more stress, loneliness, and poorer mental and physical health.

The study, published in the journal Health Communication, mentioned that while the negative effects of stress on the body have been known for a long time, loneliness is a more recently recognized health risk factor. It is as serious a risk as smoking, obesity or eating a high-fat diet with lack of exercise.(IANS)

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‘At one point, I even had suicidal thoughts and wanted to end things’, says Bollywood Actress Ileana D’Cruz

Actress Ileana D'Cruz was once suffering from depression and Body Dysmorphic Disorder. Watch out what she has to say.

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Actress Ileana D'Cruz
Actress Ileana D'Cruz . wikimedia commons
  • Actress Ileana D’Cruz, who suffered depression and Body Dysmorphic Disorder, says at one point in her life she felt suicidal.
  • But once she accepted herself, she started feeling better.

Actress Ileana D’Cruz suffered from Body Dysmorphic Disorder

At the 21st World Congress of Mental Health here on Sunday, Ileana had a tete-a-tete with Organising Chairman Sunil Mittal on her struggle with depression and Body Dysmorphic Disorder. Ileana was also awarded the Woman of Substance Award for her efforts towards raising awareness about mental health, read a statement.

She said: “I was always a very self-conscious person and was picked on for my body type. I used to feel low and sad all the time but didn’t know I was suffering from depression and Body Dysmorphic Disorder till I got help. All I wanted to do was to be accepted by everyone.

“At one point, I even had suicidal thoughts and wanted to end things. However, all of it changed when I accepted myself and what I was going through. I think that is the first step towards fighting depression.”

The “Barfi!” and “Rustom” actress said depression is “real” and people shouldn’t shy away from seeking help.

“It is a chemical imbalance in your brain and needs to be treated. Don’t sit back and think it will get okay but go get help. Like you have a sprain and go get yourself checked if you have depression, seek help,” she said, urging people to be like Winnie the Pooh. “He wore a crop top, ate his favorite food all day and loved himself, you can too.”

Ileana D’Cruz, whose mother was her biggest pillar of strength throughout, also said imperfections are a part of life.

“I am not saying that I had this miraculous recovery, every day is a process, every day is a step towards healing yourself and getting better. You are a human being and are allowed to be imperfect, and you are allowed to be flawed. There is a lot of beauty in your imperfections, in your uniqueness.

“You may look at us actors and think that ‘Oh my God, they are so pretty, so perfect’. But that’s not how it is. It takes two hours to get ready and look like this. Love yourself for who you are and trust me if you are happy from within, you are the most beautiful person and your smile is your best asset.”

Ileana D’Cruz said she decided to open up about her struggle because “as someone people look up to, even if I can help a handful of people cope, it is worth talking about it”.

The World Congress was organized by the World Federation for Mental Health (WFMH), a global alliance of mental health professionals, national health associations, NGOs, policy experts and other institutions.( IANS)