Yoga and Meditation
“Class, your exam is going to start from the next week, come prepared!”
For most of us, this one statement by the teacher used to make us feel dizzy and panicky.
The word ‘exam’ has been a dreaded word for most of us in our childhood. A few days before the exam used to be terrifying with hours of cramming and sleepless nights. I remember my exam days and I’m sure we all do. The exam is like an assessment that teats your learning and ability to implement that learning. As simple as it might sound, exams are a more serious affair than that.
Healthfolks wishes every Indian a very Happy Republic Day. We have few suggestions and request for all of us on this auspicious day and undoubtedly that is related to our health. As we strongly believe a healthy population can only make its nation happy and prosperous. If you care for the nation take your health seriously as productivity of everyone is required and important in nation’s growth.
Stress is one of the worst lifestyle diseases that adversely affect the mental health of a person. Juggling between work and family, it is almost certain for a person to get totally stressed out and that starts showing on his physical self gradually. Stress releases hormones like adrenaline and cortisol that is good at times as it keeps us alert and under pressure to overcome any situation and danger. But when it happens regularly, it can lead to chronic anxiety that gives rise to grave health issues. Don’t let stress overpower your good health.
Most of the Hollywood and Bollywood celebs swear by Surya Namaskar. It is one of the widely practiced yoga around the world and Yogi Gurus cannot stop raving about its health benefits. Surya Namaskar is a series of yoga postures to bow down to the Sun and pay respect. It is believed that the source of life on this planet began with the sun. Hence, scientifically and religiously the sun holds great importance to us.
I remember an elder sister of mine who when pregnant had gone through tumultuous mood swings to the extent that she would slip into serious episodes of depression where she would refuse to meet anyone and stay all by herself cooped up in her room for hours. Everyone around, especially her parents and husband were extremely worried. At times she would just skip her meals and sleep for hours, she was not willing to go to the doctor for checkups and often light up a cigarette. The first trimester of her pregnancy was a total mess. She looked extremely sick and started to lose weight until a psychiatric friend of her husband intervened and arranged a couple of sessions with her at home.
With a newborn baby in tow, you hardly get the time to think about yourself, let along losing the flabby pregnancy weight. And losing this weight seems to be one of the toughest because with very less movement after the baby comes, you keep pitting on those extra pounds. If you had put on around 11-15 kgs during your pregnancy, you might take a couple of months to get back to your pre-pregnancy weight with proper diet and exercise. But sometimes it is very difficult to get that pregnancy weight off because after childbirth women often remain very tired for a few months due to the stress and physical exertion.
Most of us wish to stay young or have a magic elixir that can revert aging process. Age is just a number if it’s maintained and nurtured regularly by giving what it deserves. As people reach their middle age the muscle and immune response starts deteriorating and as they age further the activity decrease even more and more.
Sleep seems like a luxury these days. But it is one of the most important activities for a healthy body and a sane mind. For an overall emotional, physical and mental well-being it is important that you sleep regularly for at least 7 hours at a stretch. However, most working parents seldom get even a complete 6 hours sleep a night. This leads to a higher risk of hypertension and other hazardous diseases.
Here are 7 important tips to help you sleep like a baby tonight.
According to Ayurveda and Yog Gurus, our body is made up of five elements of the Universe - Agni (Fire), Vayu (Air), Akasha (Aether), Bhumi (Earth) and Varun (Water). When there is a disturbance in any of these 5 elements, a physical ailment occurs. That is why these days, even doctors suggest doing yoga to help treat and improve the symptoms of diseases. Yoga might not be as strenuous as gym workouts or aerobics, but it involves incorporating some specific mudras during asanas and meditations that directs the flow of energy into the body and stimulates areas of the brain to soothe diseases and illnesses.
Ever wondered what’s the secret behind the inner glow that celebrities flaunt? Besides eating good food and leading a healthy life, it is yoga that contributes to the fitness and good health of celebrities. The modern life demands that we take care of ourselves to the fullest. Yoga is one way to take care of our overall health.
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