Sunday, October 23, 2016



Here are five effective ways to prevent and treat constipation:

1 . Exercise Regularly
-Follow an exercise regimen which may include a combination of several activities such as weight bearing exercise, muscle strengthening exercises, running, walking, jogging and physical exercises.

-These exercises stimulate the bowel movements regularly and help to keep the body healthy.

Brisk walking and aerobic exercises has also been found to stimulate and aid the bowel movement.

-If you have an option of taking the elevator or the stairs, opt for stairs. This will keep you mobile during your work hours.

2 . Increase Dietary Fiber
-Correction of the dietary intake is the key to prevent constipation. It is recommended to take naturally available fibrous vegetables and fruits than to aid the diet with supplementary fiber.

-Increase the intake of fiber rich vegetables such as beans, bran cereals, brown rice, raw fruits and vegetables in your daily diet. It is recommended to have close to 20-35 grams of fiber daily.

-Make sure you add salads to your meals. Include sprouts, carrots, leafy vegetables and fruits in your salads.

-In case of consistent constipation, avoid intake of processed foods and beverages such as cheese, dairy products, meat and packaged foods

3 . Increase Fluid Intake
-Drink water (6-8 glasses) throughout the day. This will improve the bowel movement significantly.

Warm water during the daytime also helps in increasing the excretion of stools during constipation.

4 . Opt For Lifestyle Changes
– Changes in the lifestyle such as having a balanced diet, regular exercises and optimum sleep can significantly help constipation.

– Fix a regular time during the day for the bowel movement. It helps the body to follow a routine.

5 . Try Natural Remedies
-In case of chronic constipation, take herbal laxatives such as isabgol and triphala with warm water before going to sleep. They will improve bowel movement and aid the excretion process.

-Studies suggest that castor oil, due to its laxative properties, was found to relieve constipation significantly. Due to its instant effects, it is recommended that it is not consumed orally before going to bed. Instead it is advised to take it in the daytime.

-There are broadly two types of herbal stimulants (bulk forming stimulants and stimulant laxatives) for relieving constipation.

-Commonly used bulk forming laxatives include, fenugreek, flaxseeds and barley. Commonly used stimulant herbs include aloe and senna. However, these herbal laxatives are advised to be used in less potency. Therefore one must consult a doctor before opting for these remedies.

In case your symptoms persist, you can try some over the counter laxatives. However make sure your body does not become dependent on these options. Consistent use of laxatives can deplete the food off essential nutrients.

In severe cases, consult a doctor who can further evaluate the problem and suggest medications. Stay Healthy, Stay Happy!

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Sunday, October 16, 2016



Preparation time: 10 minutes 
Cooking time: 20 minutes 
Serves 4-6
Recipe source: Amma

1 cup of shallots or pearl onions, peeled and washed 
2 heaping tbsp of coriander powder 
2 tsp of red chilli powder (add more or less to taste)
8 cloves of garlic 
A few curry leaves 
1/2 tsp of cumin or jeera powder 
1/2 tsp of turmeric powder 
3 tbsp of gingelly oil (Indian sesame oil) 
1/2 tsp of black mustard seeds 
1/2 tsp of hing or asafoetida powder 
1 lime-sized ball of tamarind soaked in some water 
A few fenugreek seeds


1. Heat 2 drops of oil in a pan and add the coriander and chilli powders. Roast on a low flame until dark brown and nearly burnt (but please don't burn it, that's no fun). If you add too much oil at this stage, the powders won't roast well so take care.

2. Once the spice powders are a dark brown, turn off flame and add some curry leaves, 4-5 shallots or pearl onions, 4 garlic cloves, jeera powder, and turmeric powder.

3. Mix well and let them warm up in the heat.

4. Add enough water to this and grind to a very smooth paste.

5. In the same pan used for the spices, heat the gingelly oil. Add mustard seeds, fenugreek seeds, and hing. When the mustard seeds pop, add the remaining shallots or pearl onions and saute for a couple minutes.

6. Throw in some curry leaves and the remaining cloves of garlic. Saute a while longer.

7. As this fries up a bit, squeeze the juice out of the soaking tamarind. Add up to 2 cups water and extract as much juice as possible and discard the pulp. Add this tamarind extract to the cooking onions.

8. Bring to boil and let it simmer. Then add the ground spice paste.

9. Add salt and continue to simmer for 5-8 mins until the pulusu thickens. You can adjust flavours at this point, like add more tamarind, chilli powder, salt, etc. The shallots should also be cooked soft by this time.


This pulusu tastes better the longer it stays. You can store it at room temperature but remember to re-heat and bring to boil every day before servingDon't add too much water while grinding the spices or with the tamarind. The pulusu is meant to be on the thicker and intense side and a little bit goes a long way. However, if you feel the 2 cups tamarind water is too less, add more water as the pulusu boilsYou can add vathal to this pulusu if you like but we don't add anything beyond pearl onions or shallots (which taste better) and garlicDon't skimp on the oil, it's important for the flavour. Other oils won't work as well as gingelly oilWe eat this ullipaya pulusu with rice, dosa, idli, and even puttu (ok that's just me). 


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Sunday, October 2, 2016


Prevention of viruses and infection #Health

Viral infections are extremely common. Every other person seems to be having one infection or the other. Mostly, viruses are spread when an infected person talks, coughs, or sneezes. Viruses of dengue and chikungunya are spread by the bite of mosquitoes.
Here are 4 simple and effective ways to prevent spread of viruses and infections:
1 . Wash Your Hands Frequently
Make sure you wash your hands at least 4-5 times in day. Rub soap for at least 20 seconds and cover all areas of your hands.  If there is no soap and water, use a hand sanitizer.
2 . Opt For "No Touch" Mantra
-Viruses can linger on hard surfaces for hours or days.
-That is why it is important to avoid touching areas like counters, sinks, doorknobs, light switches in offices and public places like metro stations and malls.
-Wash your hands or use a sanitizer if you can't avoid touching them.
3 . Swap Handshake With A Namaste
-Avoid shaking hands especially if a person has cough or cold.
-Instead wish him/her with folded hands.
4 . Prevent Mosquito Bites
-Wear full sleeved shirts, trousers, socks and shoes as much as possible so that most areas of your body are covered. Avoid wearing shorts and sleeveless clothes when venturing out.
-Use mosquito repellent creams judiciously on all exposed parts including face and neck before going out. Avoid contact with eyes.
-Most viral infections are self-limiting.
-Get plenty of rest.
-Drink plenty of fluids  (3-4 liters)to prevent dehydration.
-Take medicine such as Paracetamol 650 mg (maximum of 4 tablets in a day).
– Don't take any other pain killer or any other medicine.
– Don't take antibiotics or do unnecessary blood tests.

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Saturday, August 27, 2016


Tiger Woods quotes

In order to hit a good golf shot at that moment in time when you're standing over the ball, you must believe that golf shot is the most important things in your life.

It's something you have to find from within. You have to keep pushing yourself from within. It's not about what other people think and what other people say. It's about what you want to accomplish and do you want to go out there and be prepared to beat everyone you play or face.

It's just a matter of, for me, getting my mind where it needs to be. Certainly I've made a lot of adjustments in my life, and I've gone through a lot. A lot.

I've had moments where I didn't hit the ball very good coming in, and you've got to turn it around. That's the whole idea of practicing and really working on being focused on what I'm doing and being committed to what I'm doing. I know what the fix is and I've proven it to myself, and it's just a matter of going out there and executing it consistently over 72 holes.

Hockey is a sport for white men. Basketball is a sport for black men. Golf is a sport for white men dressed like black pimps.

Achievements on the golf course are not what matters, decency and honesty are what matter.

I'm addicted. I'm addicted to golf.

I get to play golf for a living. What more can you ask for - getting paid for doing what you love.

As a kid, I might have been psycho, I guess, but I used to throw golf balls in the trees and try and somehow make par from them. I thought that was fun.

I want to be what I've always wanted to be: dominant.

And I don't cook, either. Not as long as they still deliver pizza.

Money and fame made me believe I was entitled. I was wrong and foolish.

I did envisage being this successful as a player, but not all the hysteria around it off the golf course.

You can always become better.
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Thursday, April 28, 2016


Include the following in your daily diet


Vegetables contain vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, flavonoids and other nutrients that help us to function at optimal levels. Our evolution as hunter-gatherers probably relied a lot more on gathering than hunting, as the technology required to capture a wild apple is far more reliable than that required to capture a rabbit. So our digestive systems evolved to make the best use of a wide range of vegetarian foods. Leafy green vegetables such as cabbage, spinach, lettuce and kale are a particularly good source of the mineral magnesium. A lack of magnesium weakens connective tissue and increases the risk of recurrent hernias and ruptures. Have you thought of going organic? Research consistently shows that organically grown vegetables have 50% and more higher levels of essential vitamins and minerals than vegetables grown with chemical fertilizers.


Because they provide so much nutrition in every mouthful, wholegrains help to prevent the food cravings that tend to be associated with eating refined cereals and white bread. The best type of bread is stone-ground, wholemeal bread. Wheatgerm bread is also good, but granary bread is mostly white bread with brown artificial colouring. Oats and oatmeal in particular are an excellent source of magnesium, so try to include these in your diet.


A regular daily consumption of fruit or fruit juice helps to ensure that you get the vitamin C which your body needs to maintain the integrity of connective tissue in your abdominal wall, and aid hernia repair. Remember that smoking rapidly uses up vitamin C, which is partly why smokers are more likely to get hernias (and recurrences of hernias after surgery).


Together with sunflower and sesame seeds, these are the best all-round sources of zinc, copper, calcium, magnesium and arginine--nutrients which your body needs to make collagen for strong connective tissue.

Yoghurt and probiotics

Live yoghurts and probiotic products such as Actimel and Yakult contain the so-called 'friendly' bacteria which help to keep your 
intestines healthy and prevent constipation.

Fish and seafood

These are among the best and healthiest sources of zinc, copper and other minerals which your body needs to make collagen.


This grain (available from health food stores) can be cooked and eaten like rice. It a concentrated source of complex carbohydrate, fibre-rich, and also contains rutin, a flavonoid which works with vitamin C to strengthen small blood vessels. This is important as the hernia repair process requires a good supply of blood to the hernia area.


Fennel bulbs (eaten as a vegetable) and fennel seeds have a carminative effect--they help to reduce gas in the digestive system. Gas takes up space and increases the outward pressure on the inguinal ring. Eat fresh fennel raw in salads, roasted or steamed, and boil fennel seeds for at least five minutes to obtain a strong-flavoured and naturally sweet tea. Other carminative seeds are dill, caraway, cumin and other umbelliferous seeds. They can also be used in cookery.

Speciality foods

Psyllium husks

One dessert-spoon of psyllium husks whisked into a large glass of water will absorb 100 times their weight in water and help to make your intestinal contents very slippery so they move faster through your digestive system and prevent constipation. The whole, unpowdered husks are easiest to use. If not available in your local health food store, try the Phyto-Pharmaceuticals brand which can be obtained by mail order from the Nutri Centre in London (see Links).

Flax seeds

Flax seeds are rich in mucilaginous fibre. Crack the seeds under a rolling pin, then pour boiling water over them and allow them to cool. The seeds will become sticky and can then be added to breads, soups, stews and salads. They are rich in essential polyunsaturated oils and help to prevent constipation.


Seaweed is also a good source of minerals, particularly iodine. Many people find that regular seaweed consumption helps to maintain a high level of energy and to reduce cravings for sugar and other quick carbohydrate foods. The nori seaweed used to make sushi is good, especially if you can get brown rice sushi. Hiziki is the finest seaweed of all, delicious if soaked, then cooked with ginger and garlic and lightly sweetened. Wakame seaweed can be bought dried from health food stores, broken into small pieces and added to soup. If eating seaweed lacks appeal, simply buy kelp granules at a health food shop and sprinkle them into soups or other foods. You won't notice the taste, but you will notice the difference they make to your health. Caution: seaweed is very concentrated. You only need a small amount so don't overdo it.


Made into tea, the real herbal root of liquorice (not the dyed corn starch candy, which is actually flavoured with aniseed) has a laxative, intestinal soothing effect. Natural liquorice has a tendency to raise blood pressure, so use with caution.

Umeboshi plums

The Japanese pickle immature plums which are rich in sorbic acid, an anti-fungal that controls yeast and fungal populations in the intestines, thereby helping the 'friendly' bacteria to work better. Umeboshi plums are available from macrobiotic suppliers such as Clearspring. They are best eaten as a soup thickened with a Japanese root known as kuzu. De-seed four umeboshi plums and boil for five minutes in 500 ml water. Stir one tbsp kuzu into ½ cup water until all lumps are gone. Add the kuzu to the umeboshi water and bring back to the boil, stirring well. Eat a bowlful of this soup between meals to obtain maximum benefit.
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Ayurvedic diet recommended

  • Do not eat too much. Reduce the quantity taken at each meal.
  • Eat slowly. Taking frequent small meals instead of three large meals are advised.
  • Increase your intake of liquids, but avoid fizzy drinks.
  • Taking water with meals, except half an hour before or one hour after a meal is recommended. This helps digestive system to function properly and reduce occurrence of heartburn. It also increases the overall weight in the stomach and slows down the digestive process by diluting the digestive juices.
  • Do not eat raw food and avoid over-processed food items like white bread and sugar, cakes and biscuits, rice puddings and overcooked vegetables
  • Drinking raw juices extracted from fresh fruits and vegetables, half an hour before each meal, is considered helpful.
  • Consume diets consisting of seeds, nuts, whole cereal grains, vegetables and fruits, etc
  • Prioritize on having fresh ,  lightly cooked vegetables and sprouted seeds.
  • Carrot  juice is considered especially beneficial, as it is rich in vitamin A and calcium and has a restorative effect
  • Do not sleep immediately after a heavy meal.
  • Take a walk after meals. At least walking 100 steps is advised.
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Tuesday, April 26, 2016


Regulating Constipation

Constipation is the number one health issue that should be treated immediately which may lead to plethora of other serious diseases if left unchecked.

What is constipation?

Constipation is a condition in which there is difficulty in emptying the bowels or restricted bowel movement is felt.

 From Experience:


It was the time when I worked in continuous night shifts for over an year or so. I developed the constipation issue. I used to reach home from office at 6am, sleep till 2pm and start to office at 4pm. This was my daily routine then. I used to take lot of spicy foods  and eventually felt constipation. I went to homeo doctor , then to ayurvedic but of no use. They gave their medicines based on my condition but they didn't help and my condition only worsened. I resigned the job and started reading about my condition and wanted to act on it. After so much of research I found one pill working to me. That is the "Triphala", an ayurvedic medicine prepared by Himalaya. I started taking 1 pill each night before going to bed and it really helped me to get free from the glitches of the big demon called  CONSTIPATION.

Another remedy I found worth to mention here is PSYLLUM HUSK known as ISABGOL, also an Ayurvedic medicine. I felt this one is superior to Triphala as it works as a cleaning agent for the entire digestive track.  I took one teaspoonful of husk with warm water whenever Triphala didn't work for me. 

I understood that the bowel movement all depends on the type of food that we take. We should see that our diet includes enough of the fiber and stay away from spicy and fried foods.

Drinking warm water with lemon juice and a spoon of honey on empty stomach in the morning is also helpful. Being human sometimes we cannot stop ourselves from eating spicy foods. In that case taking honey really helps.

These are the real remedies for constipation:

1) Triphala (tablet or powder)
2) Isabgol husk
3) Lemon Juice, Honey and warm water
4) Jogging and Exercise
5) Fruit juice
6) Vegetable Juice
7) Oats
8) Wheat germ
9) Plenty of water
10) Butter Milk

Please include your story in the comments for the benefit of other readers.
Also mention the diet you had pointing the easiness of the bowel movement and satisfaction on a scale of 5.
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Saturday, April 2, 2016


The Story Of Pablo and Bruno

Once upon a time, there were two men named Pablo and Bruno who lived in a village on the bottom of a mountain. The village had a problem, the only way they were to receive water was from the top of the mountain.

Bruno had a business idea, every morning, he would walk up the mountain, fill buckets of water, carry them while walking all the way down to the village. He would sell the buckets of water to the village and he made lots of money.

Pablo had a different idea, he thought of building a pipeline that would connect the water at the top of the mountain to the village at the bottom. He would make money by earning a percentage of profits from the pipeline. However this would take time.

Bruno laughed at Pablo's idea and continued to make lots of money carrying buckets of water. Pablo went away and started his idea.

2 years later, Pablo finished his project and finally built the pipeline. The pipeline was a huge success because it delivered fresh water faster, it was cleaner and it was cheaper than Bruno's efforts.

However, Bruno's efforts were lacking. Due to constant walking up and down the mountain, the quality of the water would be affected and sometimes was covered in dirt making the water unclean. Bruno's strategy for beating Pablo was to work harder, he would carry more buckets of water up and down the mountain.

Bruno did this for many years and became weak until he could no longer carry buckets of water up and down the mountain. He could no longer earn any more money. However Pablo was sitting on a beach while earning money from the pipeline he created many years ago. He never worked again.

Bruno was focusing on Active Income while Pablo was focusing on Passive Income.

The moral of the story is, you can not work 40 hours per week for the rest of your life, there will be a time when you need to retire or unable to work due to unexpected circumstances such as medical bills, being fired from your job or injury.

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Wednesday, March 9, 2016


Avoid calcium tablets after meals

If you care for your bones and take calcium tablets after meals, then watch out. And those who relish `parathas' and chapatis need to pay special attention as flour delays the absorption of calcium in the body.

"Flour contains a substance called phytate. When a person takes calcium tablets after any meal, calcium combines with phytate to form calcium phytate that doesn't allow absorption of calcium," informed Dr Sharad Lakhanpal, professor of medicine at South Western Medical School, University of Texas. He was in the city to address a lecture at Chhatrapati Shahuji Maharaj Medical University's rheumatology department. He advised that given the Indian way of eating, calcium tablets should either be taken an hour before a meal or two hours after it.

Dr Lakhanpal emphasised that those prone to fractures on any minor injury, like a fall from bed or vehicles, should take care of their bones. The best way to do so is get a bone density test done. Measured in terms of T-score, the test assesses the fragility of bones. It is a clear indicator of the common osteoporosis of bones, he added.

He said that osteoporosis is a silent phenomenon and it is generally detected when people suffer from fractures. Yet, the doctor from the Texas University termed osteoporosis as a friendly disease. "Aging of bones or osteoporosis is a reversible process unlike any other disease. All one needs is little care," he said.

Osteoporosis factfile:
-reduced height.
-stooping of back.
-hanging shoulders.

Facts :
Take at least 1200mg of calcium daily.
One glass of milk provides 300mg of calcium.
Calcium is best absorbed in body when combined with Vitamin D.
Exercise and walking delay osteoporosis.
What the T-Score reflects:
Bone Density -- condition
Up to minus 1 : Normal
Between minus 1 and minus 2.5 : Osteopenia or initial stage osteoporosis.
Below minus 2.5 : Osteoporosis
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Friday, February 26, 2016


Seven Pranayama, Breathing Exercises, Relaxation Techniques

In Sanskrit 'Pran' means 'Breath' and 'Ayama' means 'control' so it is called as Pranayama. Pranayama is the complete breathing exercise which is the part of yoga. Our breath plays an important role in pranayama. Pranayama cures our body internally if you practice regularly. These seven pranayama are excellent breathing exercises for our healthy life and releasing stress and depression.

It takes 35 to 45 minutes to complete the whole process of seven pranayama. According to experts these seven pranayama are enough to become healthy and fit.

Pranayama cures and prevents cancer, blood pressure, stress, anxiety, stomach disorders, depression, diabetes, heart problems and so many health issues.

Morning is the best time to practice pranayama and after you take a bath. Wear loose clothes and sit straight. Lets see most recommended seven pranayama as follows.

Seven Pranayama, Breathing Exercises, Relaxation Techniques

Bhastrika Pranayama and Benefits

Sanskrit word Bhastrika means bellows. This breathing exercise resembles the blowing of bellows. Bhastrika is the excellent breathing exercise which we can practice slowly or fast as per our convenience. A person who is suffering from Heart problem and Lung problems should practice slowly other wise slowly increase the speed of breathing.

Bhastrika Pranayama should practice normally 3-5 minutes twice a day in the fresh air. In this pranayama body gets the maximum amount of oxygen due to complete inhaling and exhaling breathing.

Steps for Bhastrika Pranayama

Sit comfortably on flat ground. Those who can't sit on ground can sit on chair because this pranayama is related to the breath.
Take a deep breath through both nostrils and fill the lungs with air and then exhale with hissing sound.
Inhale deeply and exhale completely.
Do this for 2 min to 5 minutes max and see the result in a few days.

Benefits of Bhastrika Pranayama

It improves blood circulation.
Keep away the heart related problems.
Provide relaxation to body and mind.
Improves your concentration.
Helps to stronger the lungs.
Relive stress depression and hypertension.
Cures obesity and arthritis.
Calms the mind.
Cures throat infection.
Increases appetite.
Cure asthma, headache, migraine, neurological problems, depression, gastric problems.
We can do this pranayama by slowly, medium and fast way. Those suffering from lungs and heart problems and high blood pressure can perform slowly. Practice under expert guidance

Kapalbhati Pranayama and Benefits

Kapalbhati pranayama is very effective in curing stomach disorder, obesity, digestive disorder and many problems related to stomach. Those trying to loose weight can practice Kapalbhati regularly and see 100% results. lets see its benefits and how to do kapalbhati Pranayama.

Steps for Kapalbhati Pranayama

Sit on the flat floor and fold your legs. keep the spine straight and close the eyes.
Keep the right palm on right knee and left palm on left knee.
Now take a deep breath and exhale with all your force so your stomach will go deep inside.
When you exhale with hissing sound try to think that your disorders are coming out of your nose.
Do not stress on inhaling. Inhalation should not involve any effort. Inhaling will be done automatically after each exhaling.
Repeat these steps for 5 minute and take rest. You can increase the time for 15 – 30 minutes.
Should not practice very fast. Speed of practice should be medium.
Benefits of Kapalbhati Pranayama.
It improves the function of the lungs and other respiratory system.
Improves the function of reproductive system. Cures erectile dysfunction naturally.
Improves the function of pancreas. Helps to produce insulin hormone naturally.
It removes toxins from the body and helps to clean the internal system.
Calms the mind and bring stability in mind.
Very effective in weight loss.
Cures breast cancer.
Helpful in reducing weight (Belly fat).
Keeps depression away and brings positive thoughts.
Helpful in curing respiratory diseases as asthma, allergies, and sinus.
Cure for constipation, acidity, diabetes, Asthma and all kinds of Respiratory troubles, sinus and even hair loss.
Cures kidney problems and lower down the high creatinine level.
Improve the function of kidneys.


Those are heart patient should do this slowly while exhaling. You can do kapalbhati pranayama in morning or evening both the time, but keep in mind that you should do this on empty stomach.
Pregnant women should not do this.
High blood pressure patient should practice kapalbhati at a slow rate. Means 3 exhalations per 5 seconds and force of exhalation should be reduced.
Practice pranayama in the supervision of an expert yoga teacher after informing about your whole health.
Those women's, feel comfortable practicing pranayama during periods, can go ahead otherwise avoid it.

Bahya Pranayama and Benefits

In this pranayama the breath is kept outside during the practice so it is called Bahya Pranayama. Bahya means "outside". It should be done after kapalbhati pranayama.

Steps for Bahya Pranayama

Sit in pose of Padmasana or Siddhasana.
Take a deep breath and exhale completely (breath out) to evacuate lungs as much as possible.
Hold your breath and touch your chin to the chest is called (Jalandhar Bandha or Throat lock). By pulling your stomach in and up under the rib cage such that the stomach and back seem to touch each other from inside. It is called (Uddiyana Bandha). Lift the muscle from groin area is called (Mulabandha or Root lock).
Hold this three bandhas for some time as much you can 10-15 seconds then breathe in deeply to release these three locks.
Repeat Bahya pranayama for 2-5 minutes daily.

Benefits of Bahya pranayama

Constipation, Acidity, Gastric problem, Hernia cure completely
Problems related prostate get cure.
Cures problems related reproductive organs.
It is beneficial in diabetes also.
Urine and sperm related problems get cure completely.


Pranayama should be done on empty stomach having gap of 5 hours between practice and your meal.
Those suffering from heart problem, blood pressure and cervical colitis should not practice. They can control this by practicing other asana and pranayama. Practice under expert guidanace.
Women should not practice bahya pranayama during period.

Anulom Vilom Pranayama and Benefits

Anulom Vilom Pranayama is very effective to purify mind and body. Anulom Vilom pranayama is one of the excellent breathing exercises which is also know as Nadi Shodhana. Regular practice offers energy in the body and releases stress and anxiety. It should be practiced in the morning in the fresh air with empty stomach.

Steps for Anulom Vilom Pranayama

It is very simple asana every one can do this of any age.

Sit comfortably on flat ground. Those who can't sit, can sit on chair because this is related to the breath.
Now close right nostril with right thumb and breathe from left nostril. Then close left nostril with middle and ring finger and breathe out from right nostril.
Now breathe in deeply with right nostril and then close right nostril and breathe out deeply with left nostril. Do the repetition.
Do this for 5-10 minutes.
Keep in mind that your breathing should be up to the lungs and not in the stomach.
Benefits of Pranayama Anulom Vilom
It improves blood circulation.
It calms your mind.
Keep away the heart related problems
Provide relaxation to body and mind.
Regular practice of anulom vilom breathing exercise cleanses, strengthens and tones your nervous system.
It improves your concentration.
Excellent for glowing skin.
Helps to improve function of your lungs.
Helps to prevent diabetes and keeps diabetes under control.
Remove blockage of arteries.
Relive stress depression and hypertension.
Cure Asthma, headache, migraine, Neurological problems, Heart blockage, depression, gastric problems.
Practice under expert guidance. Pregnant women should practice Anulom Vilom but over straining should be avoided.
Anulom vilom pranayama should be practiced on an empty stomach.
It should be done in the morning or evening or both. If you don't have time in the morning or evening, you can do it at your convenience.
Make sure that you practice anulom vilom pranayama 4-5 hours after having your food.

Bhramari Pranayama and Benefits

Bhramari pranayama is the excellent breathing exercise which plays an important role in releasing agitation, frustration and anger. It is the best breathing exercise in calming your mind. 'Bhramari 'is the type of 'Indian bee' and 'pranayama 'means breathing. So it is called as Bhramari Pranayama. In this type of pranayama when we exhale making a humming sound. It resembles the typical humming sound of bees. So you can understand why this breathing exercise is called as Bhramari Pranayama. Lets see steps and benefits of pranayama as follows.

Steps for Bhramari Pranayama (Humming Bee Breath)

Sit straight in the Padmasana or Sukhasana and press your tragus with your thumb.
Place your index fingers on the forehead and with the remaining fingers close your eyes.
Start inhaling through both the nostril deeply and slowly.
By keeping mouth close, exhale by making a humming sound bee like "hmmmm". While making humming sound say 'Om' in soft humming sound.
Feel your body releases impurity from your body and experiencing positive energy.
Practice daily for 3 to 5 minutes.

Benefits of Bhramari Pranayama (Humming Bee Breath)

It relieve tension, anger and anxiety.
Effective against hypertension.
Cures sinus problem.
Bhramari Pranayama control the high blood pressure and cure it.
Helps to stay calm and bring stability in mind.
Cures the problems related to nervous system.
During pregnancy it is very helpful for pregnant women for easy and trouble free childbirth.
It should be practice under expert guidance.
People having heart disease should not hold their breath for long time.
Pranayama should be done on empty stomach.
If you feel dizzy while practicing, stop the exercise and start normal breathing.
Consult a doctor if you are suffering from any ear problem or and medical ailments before doing Bhramari Pranayama.
Should maintain gap of 5 hours between your meal or lunch.
Better to practice in the morning in fresh air.

Udgeeth pranayama and Benefits

It is known as "Omkari Japa" means chanting of "Om". Udgeeth pranayama is the simple breathing exercise. Should be practiced on a daily basis like other 6 recommended pranayama.

Steps of Udgeeth Pranayama

Sit in a suitably relaxed posture.
In this pranayama the inhaling and exhaling duration should be long.
Inhale deeply and while exhaling chant Ommmmmmmmm for a long time as much you can.
In all pranayama the breath plays an important role. So concentrate on your breath and feel the positive energy comes when you inhale and negative energy goes out while exhaling.
Repeat this for 5-10 minutes.

Benefits of Udgeeth Pranayama

It calms the mind and bring stability.
It relieves tension, anger and anxiety.
Excellent breathing exercises for meditation.
Effective against hypertension.
It cures problems related to sleep (Insomnia) and bad dreams.
Control the high blood pressure and cure it.
Cures the problems related to the nervous system.
Cures acidity.
Improve memory power.


Should be practiced under expert guidance.
In this pranayama the inhaling and exhaling duration should be long.
Should practice pranayama on an empty stomach.
Having gap of 5 hours between yoga practice and your meal.
Better to practice in the morning in fresh air.
Anyone can practice Udgeeth Pranayama. Including children to old age. You can practice this any time whenever you feel stress.

Pranav Pranayama and Benefits

This is the last seventh pranayama. After practicing all six pranayama concentrate your mind on inhaling and exhaling for some time this is called Pranav pranayama. This is very simple breathing exercise. This is one type of meditation you can say.

Steps for pranav pranayama

Sit in Padmasana, Sukhasana or Vajrasana quietly.
Breathe normally and concentrate your mind on inhaling and exhaling.
While practicing Pranav pranayama imagine that God is everywhere in every particle.
Practice for 3 minutes to 1 hour as per your available time.

Benefits of pranav pranayama

It gives physical and spiritual energy.
Gives relief from mental stress and overcomes the physical disorders.
Gives good health.
Strengthen the mind.
Increases concentration.
Helps in spiritual development and widen our perspective.
This is the simplest breathing exercise and all people of any age can practice.


Pranayama should be practiced early in the morning on an empty stomach.
Pranayama should be practiced in fresh air.
Pranayama should be practice under expert guidance.

Important Precautions – These breathing exercises (seven pranayama ) should be done on an empty stomach and in fresh air. Always consult a doctor before practicing any exercises. Practice should be done under expert guidance. 
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Thursday, February 18, 2016


PC Shortcut keys

Shortcut Keys Description
Alt + F File menu options in current program.
Alt + E Edit options in current program
Alt + Tab Switch between open programs
F1 Universal Help in almost every Windows program.
F2 Rename a selected file
F5 Refresh the current program window
Ctrl + N Create a new, blank document in some software programs
Ctrl + O Open a file in current software program
Ctrl + A Select all text.
Ctrl + B Change selected text to be Bold
Ctrl + I Change selected text to be in Italics
Ctrl + U Change selected text to be Underlined
Ctrl + F Open find window for current document or window.
Ctrl + S Save current document file.
Ctrl + X Cut selected item.
Shift + Del Cut selected item.
Ctrl + C Copy selected item.
Ctrl + Ins Copy selected item
Ctrl + V Paste
Shift + Ins Paste
Ctrl + K Insert hyperlink for selected text
Ctrl + P Print the current page or document.
Home Goes to beginning of current line.
Ctrl + Home Goes to beginning of document.
End Goes to end of current line.
Ctrl + End Goes to end of document.
Shift + Home Highlights from current position to beginning of line.
Shift + End Highlights from current position to end of line.
Ctrl + Left arrow Moves one word to the left at a time.
Ctrl + Right arrow Moves one word to the right at a time.
Ctrl + Esc Opens the START menu
Ctrl + Shift + Esc Opens Windows Task Manager
Alt + F4 Close the currently active program
Alt + Enter Open the Properties for the selected item (file, folder, shortcut, etc.)

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Tuesday, February 9, 2016


Basic Mudras

Gyan Mudra / Vaayu Vardhak Mudra

This mudra is Popularly Known as Gyaan Mudra, this mudra increases the vaayu (Air) Element with in the body. 

Method: This Mudra is formed by joining together the tip of the index finger with the tip of the thumb.  
Effects : Vaayu-vardhak mudra increases the vaayu (air) element within the body. Thus reinforced, the air Empowers the mind, causing a positive effect on emotions and leading to enlightenment, empowers the nervous system (including the brain), facilitates movements of electrical impulses along nerves, empowers the pituitary gland and, thereby, the entire system of endocrine glands, empowers muscles, both voluntary and involuntary, empowers the vocal cords and the voice, empowers the heart, increasing its efficiency, renders the skin and the mucous membranes dry,renders the joints and the articular cartilage dry.The element Air is also a component of bodily humor Vaata. The increase of air in the body due to Vaayu-vardhak mudra reinforces the Vaata humor. Therefore, this mudra is an excellent mudra to overcome Vaata-deficiency. However, it should be practiced in moderation by people who already have a Vaata constitution (i.e., an excess of Vaata in their bodies). 

Benefits of  Vaayu-vardhak mudra: 
Dullness of mind lack of enthusiasm-initiative-creativity
Recklessness  loss of memory
Mental retardation 

Disorders of the nervous system:
Cerebral palsy 
Alzheimer's disease 
Tabes dorsalis 
Multiple sclerosis 
Motor neurone disease 
Degeneration of the retina 
Optic atrophy 

Endocrine (hormonal) disorders:
hypopi­tuitarism (causing dwarfism  Simmond's disease  Frohlick's syndrome) 
Hypothyroidism (causing cretinism  myxoedema) 
Hypoadrenalism (causing Addison's disease) 

Muscular disorders:Myopathies 
Myesthenia gravis 
Paralysis (viz paralytic squint  ptosis  facial palsy  vocal paralysis  respiratory paralysis  monoplegia  paraplegia  hemiplegia  quadriplegia  etc.) 
Lost or feeble voice 
Bradycardia (slow heart beats) 
Weakness or gradual failure of the heart 
Formation of excessive mucous in respiratory and/or digestive tracts 
Effusion in joints.

Duration : 30 to 45 minutes every day, either at one stretch or in three parts (i.e for 10 to 15 minutes, thrice a day). 

Ideal time : 
Though Vaayu-vardhak mudra can be performed at any time of the day.

Precaution :
 People with a pronounced Vaata prakruti (constitution) should perform this mudra in moderation, if at all. Given below are some variations of Gyaan mudra, which, apart from yielding the benefits of Gyaan mudra, bestow some additional gains.

Vaayu Shaamak / Vaayu Mudra

Popularly known as Vaayu mudra, this mudra decreases the vaayu (air) element within the body. 

:This mudra is formed by first placing the tip of the index finger on the base of the thumb and then bringing gentle pressure of the thumb upon this finger. This amounts to suppression of element air (residing in the first finger) by element fire (residing in the thumb).  

: Vaayu-shaamak mudra decreases the air element within the body. This reduction of air Sedates restless and anxious mind, Calms overcharged nervous system, Pacifies overactive endocrine glands, Relaxes tense or spastic muscles, Soothes strained voice,  Allows re-hydration of skin and articular cartilage. The element air is also a component of bodily humor Vaata. The decrease of air in the body due to Vaayu-shaamak mudra pacifies the (aggravated) Vaata. Therefore, this mudra is especially suitable for people of Vaata constitution (Vaata dosha). They can regularly use this mudra even to avoid illness.

Benefits of Vaayu-shaamak mudra :
Lack of concentration 
Epileptic fits (convulsions) 
Parkinson's disease 
Trigeminal neuralgia 
Intercostal neuralgia 
Twitching of eye-lids 
nystagmus (constant involuntary eye-movements) 
Tinnitus (noises in the ear/s) 
Hormonal imbalances caused by over activity of endocrine glands 
Tachycardia (fast heart beats) 
Muscular rigidity 
Crackling joints (Osteoarthritis) 
Dry & rough skin/hair 
Brittle nails 
Flatulence (gas formation).
Duration : 30 to45 minutes every day either at one stretch or in 3 parts (i.e., for 10 to 15 minutes, thrice a day).
Ideal time: Though Vaayu-shaamak mudra can be done at any time of the day
: Many experienced doctors say that the practice of this mudra should be discontinued as soon as the disease has been overcome.

Prithvi Shaamak / Surya mudra

Popularly known as Surya mudra, this mudra increases the Agni (fire) element within the body. It can, therefore, be called Agni-vardhak mudra, too. At the same time, this mudra decreases the Prithvi (earth) element within the body. 

This mudra is formed by first placing the tip of the ring finger on the base of the thumb and then bringing gentle pressure of the thumb upon this finger. This amounts to suppression of element earth (residing in the ring finger) by element fire (residing in the thumb). The earth element thus suppressed, fire is able to rage unopposed
Effects : Prithvi-shaamak or Agni-vardhak mudra increases the Agni (fire) element within the body but subdues the Prithvi (earth) element. The element Agni (fire) is associated with body-temperature and metabolism. Practice of Prithvi-shaamak or Surya mudra helps to maintain the body-temperature and keeps the metabolism going. The element Agni is also connected with vision. Hence, regular practice of Surya mudra helps to strengthen weak eyes and improve vision. Agni is also a component of bodily humor Pitta. Practice of Prithvi-shaamak or Surya mudra increases the Pitta humor within the body. Therefore, this mudra can be used to overcome disorders caused by Pitta deficiency. However, it should be used only in moderation by people having an excess of Pitta. Prithvi-shaamak mudra decreases the element Prithvi (earth) within the body. It is, therefore, excellent for people having an excess of element Prithvi in their bodies. The element earth is also a component of bodily humor kapha. Therefore, Prithvi-shaamak mudra is an excellent mudra for people with a pronounced kapha constitution. They can regularly practise this mudra even to prevent illness. 

Benefits of  Prithvi-shaamak (Agni-vardhak; Surya) mudra:
Abnormally low body-temperature
Coldness of skin, body, limbs, hands, feet, etc.
Intolerance to cold, shivering
Underactivity of the thyroid gland causing slow metabolism
Obesity, progressive weight-gain
Loss of appetite, indigestion, constipation
Absence of sweating, 8. Certain vision/eye problems, especially cataract.

Duration :
30 to 45 minutes every day either at one stretch or in 3 parts (i.e., for 10 to 15 minutes, thrice a day).
Ideal time : 
Though this mudra can be performed any time. 
Precaution :
 Over-performance of this mudra may cause undue heating of the body.

Aakaash Mudra / Akaash Vardhak

Popularly known as Aakaash mudra, this mudra increases the (inactive) Aakaash (ether or space) element within the body. 

This mudra is formed by joining together the tips of the thumb and the middle finger.  

Aakaash-vardhak mudra increases the aakaash (space) element within the body. Since the space within the body is a part of the outer space (aakaash or cosmos), practice of this mudra enables the individual (aatmaa) to reunite with the collective consciousness (Paramaatmaa or God). Negative emotions like fear, anger, sorrow, etc., are replaced by positive emotions and thoughts. The above-mentioned increase in internal space is effected by the elimination of metabolic wastes from the body. Thus Aakaash-vardhak mudra is a detoxifying mudra.The increased internal space enables the rest of the four bodily elements: vaayu (air), agni (fire), jal (water) and prithvi (earth) to increase, affording them a room to act. Thus, Aakaash-vardhak mudra can be beneficially combined with mudras that increase the other four elements (i.e., Vaayu-vardhak mudra, Prithvi-vardhak mudra, Agni-vardhak mudra and Jal-vardhak mudra). In general, Aakaash-vardhak mudra is an excellent mudra that stimulates noble thoughts and helps the practitioner to take rapid strides along the path to moksha (salvation). It also helps a person who wishes to scale great heights in the art of meditation. The element Aakaash is also a component of bodily humor Vaata. Therefore, Aakaash-vardhak mudra reinforces the Vaata humor of the body. It should be done in moderation by people of Vaata constitution. 
Benefits of Aakaash-vardhak mudra:
Helps -to develop noble & elevated thoughts
To develop intuition and extra sensory powers (ESP)
To detoxify the body by the elimination of metabolic wastes (through exhaled air, sweat, urine and stools)
To overcome a feeling of fullness / heaviness in the body or body-parts
To overcome discomfort caused by over-eating
To relieve congestion (and pain) in the head (due to migraine or sinusitis), ear/s (due to infection), chest (due to infection / asthma )
High blood pressure
Irregular heart-beats
Angina pectoris

Duration : 
30 to 45 minutes every day, either at one stretch or in three parts (i.e., for 10 to 15 minutes, thrice a day).

Ideal time:
 Though Aakaash vardhak mudra can be performed any time of the day, practicing it at any­time between 2.00 to 6.00 am/pm gives better results.

Precaution :
 People with a pronounced Vaata prakruti (constitution) should perform this mudra in moderation, if at all.

Aakaash Shaamak / Shoonya mudra

Popularly known as Shoonya mudra, this mudra decreases the Aakaash (space) element within the body. 

:This mudra is formed by first placing the tip of the middle finger on the base of the thumb and then bringing gentle pressure of the thumb upon this finger. This amounts to suppression of element space (residing in the middle finger) by element fire (residing in the thumb).
Effects : Aakaash-shaamak mudra decreases the Aakaash (space) element within the body. It can, therefore, be used to treat disorders (enlisted below) caused by an abnormal increase of space within the body. The element space is associated with ears. Therefore, Aakaash shaamak mudra helps certain ear disorders. In fact, it is an almost failproof remedy for ear-pain. The decreased internal space restricts the rest of the four bodily elements i.e., vaayu (air), agni (fire), jal (water) and prithvi (earth). Therefore, Aakaash-shaamak mudra can be beneficially combined with Vaayu-shaamak, Agni-shaamak, Prithvi-shaamak and Jal-shaamak mudras. The element Aakaash is also a component of bodily humor Vaata. The decrease of space in the body from the practice of Aakaash-shaamak mudra pacifies the (aggravated) Vaata. Therefore, this mudra is especially suitable for people having a pronounced Vaata constitution (Vaata dosha).
Benefits of  Aakaash-shaamak mudra:Feeling of emptiness or numbness in the body or body-parts like the head, the chest, the abdomen, etc.
Ear ailments like pain, tinnitus (noises), vertigo and acquired deafness.

: In case of acute ear-pain, incapacitating vertigo or severe numbness, perform this mudra continuously till the disorder subsides. For chronic ear-ailments or numbness perform this mudra for 30 to 45 minutes either at one stretch or in 3 parts (i.e., for 10 to 15 minutes, thrice a day).
Ideal time : For chronic diseases, this mudra should be performed 
Precaution :
 Experienced doctors believe that the practice of this mudra should be discontinued as soon as the disease has been overcome.

Jal Vardhak / Varun mudra

Popularly known as Varun mudra, this mudra increases the jal (water) element within the body.
Method .-This mudra is formed by joining together the tips of the thumb and the little finger.  

Effects : 
Jal-vardhak (Varun) mudra increases the Jal (water) element within the body.Almost seventy per cent of the body is water. Thus, water is the most abundant element in the body, being present in the protoplasm of cells, extra-cellular fluid, lymph, blood, tears, saliva, mucous, digestive juices, enzymes, hormones, semen, cerebrospinal fluid (CSF), etc. A deficiency of water in the body would result in dehydration of tissues. Performance of Jal-vardhak mudra increases the water-content of the body by suitably affecting the water-metabolism. Thus, it helps to rehydrate cells, tissues, muscles, skin, joint-cartilage, etc. The element water is also associated with tongue and taste. Therefore, this mudra can be used to overcome disorders like loss of taste-sense, dryness of mouth, etc. Water is also a component of two bodily humors: Pitta and Kapha. Practice of Jal-vardhak mudra increases these humors. People with a pronounced Pitta + Kapha constitution should perform this mudra in moderation. On the other hand, people with a Vaata constitution (dosha) can derive immense benefits from the practice of this mudra.

Benefits of Jal-vardhak (Varun) mudra: 
Dryness of eyes
Dryness of the digestive tract (mouth, throat and intestines)
Dryness of the skin leading to cracks, dry eczema, psoriasis, etc.
Degeneration of joint-cartilage, Osteo-Arthritis
Cramps, dehydration
Deficiency of hormones,
Scanty urination (oliguria)
Scanty semen (oligospermia)
Scanty menses (oligomenorrhoea),
Loss of taste sensation, tongue-disorders
Disorders of Vaata-excess (see Vaayu-shaamak mudra)

: 45 minutes every day, either at one stretch or in 3 parts (i.e., for 15 minutes, thrice a day).
Precaution : People having water-retention in their bodies or people with a Pitta + Kapha constitution should perform this mudra moderately, if at all.

Jal Shaamak Mudra

Jal-shaamak mudra brings about a reduction of the Jal (water) element within the body. 

Method : 
This mudra is formed by first placing the tip of the little finger on the base of the thumb and then bringing gentle pressure of the thumb upon this finger. This amounts to suppression of element water (residing in the little finger) by element fire (residing in the thumb).
Benefits of  Jal - Shaamak Mudra:Oedema (water-retention)
Ascitis, dropsy Excessive salivation Watery eyes
Running nose
Hyperacidity, Diarrhoea (loose motions)
Pleural effusion (pleurisy)
Effusion in a joint
Excess of hormones
Excessive menses (menorrhagia)
Cold and clamy body / hands/feetDisorders of Vaata deficiency (see Vqayu-vardhak mudra)

Prithvi Vardhak / Prithvi mudra

Popularly known as Prithvi mudra, this mudra increases the Prithvi (earth) element within the body. At the same time, it decreases the Agni (fire) element. Therefore, it can also be called Agni-shaamak mudra.
Method:This mudra is formed by joining together the tips of the ring finger and the thumb. 

Effects : 
Prithvi-vardhak mudra increases the Prithvi (earth) element within the body but decreases the Agni (fire) element within the body.The element earth is a vital component of bodily tissues like bones, cartilage, skin, hair, nails, flesh, muscles, tendons, internal organs, etc. Practice of Prithvi-vardhak mudra builds and invigorates these tissues. In other words, this mudra increases vitality, strength and endurance. The element earth is also associated with the nose (smell). Therefore, Prithvi-vardhak mudra can be used to overcome nasal disorders (e.g., loss of sense of smell). The element earth is also a component of the bodily humor kapha. Practice of Prithvi-vardhak mudra increases the kapha humor within the body. Therefore, this mudra can be used to overcome disorders caused by kapha deficiency. However, it should be practised in moderation by people who already have an excess of kapha in their bodies. The element Agni (fire) is concerned with body-temperature and metabolism. Since Prithvi-vardhak (= Agni-shaamak) mudra reduces fire, it can be used to pacify an overactive Agni and overcome disorders of Agni-excess like emaciation, fever, inflammation, etc. The element fire is also a component of bodily humor Pitta. Therefore, Prithvi-vardhak (= Agni-shaamak) mudra is an excellent mudra for people with a pronounced Pitta constitution. They can regularly use this mudra even to avoid illness.

Benefits of  Prithvi-vardhak mudra:
Chronic fatigue, general debility, convalescence
Lack of stamina or endurance
Inexplicable weight-loss, emaciation
Osteoporosis osteomalacia (diminished bone-density), rickets,
Fracture (to expedite union)
Degeneration of articular cartilage (Osteo-Arthritis)
Weak, atrophied muscles, myopathies,
Paresis, paralysis, poliomyelitis
Dry, cracked, burning, mature skin
Skin-rashes, urticaria
Brittle nails
Hair-loss, premature greying of hair
Burning in eyes, stomach (acidity), urine, anus, hands, feet, head
Aphthous ulcers in the mouth
Ulcers in the stomach, intestines
Inflammatory diseases (diseases names end with 'itis')

: 30 to 45 minutes every day, either at one stretch or in 3 parts (i.e., for 10 to 15 minutes, thrice a day). However, people with kapha deficiency can do it even for longer periods.
Ideal time : Though Prithvi-vardhak mudra can be performed at anytime of the day
Precaution : People with a pronounced kapha constitution should perform this mudra in moderation, if at all.

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Holistic Healing with Mudras and Yogasanas

Holistic healing
Holistic healing is about exploring the best possible wellness options available to you.
It is about finding therapies that complement your existing medical care.
It may also be about finding solutions that replace your level of medical treatment.
Mudra Therapy
Mudra Therapy is another non-medical mode to treatment which helps without harming. Mudras are various postures of fingers and thumbs. in mudra therapy, different diseases are treated by holding and reatining the fingers and thumbs in different ways. This is simple measure surprisingly restores a state of balance in body and raises the level of the performer's resistance. with the patient's immunity thus strengthened, the disease has no other option but to flee.

Five Basic Elements
The universe is composed of five basic elements : space (or ether), air, fire, water and earth. In Ayurvedic terminology, these are called aakaash, vaayu, agni, jal and prithvi, respectively. Being a miniature universe, the human body, too, is composed of the same five elements.

Each of these five elements serves a specific and important function within the body :
(1) Aakaash (space) is an inactive element that manifests itself in the bodily cavities like the cranial cavity, the paranasal sinuses, the ear cavity, the buccal cavity (mouth), the thoracic cavity, the abdomen-pelvic cavity and the spaces -within tubular/bag-like organs. Aakaash creates room within the body so that the rest of the elements can act. Aakaash is also associated with sound and, therefore, hearing. Ear ailments (e.g., acute pain) are relieved by the manipulation of Aakaash element.
(2) Vaayu (air) is the element of movement. All movements : of the body and within the body, voluntary as well as involuntary, are effected by air. Air is also responsible for our thoughts and emotions and for the movement of electrical impulses along sensory and motor nerves. Air is related to the sense of touch and, therefore, to the skin. Disorders of movements (lacking as in paralysis or excessive as in Parkinson's disease) can be helped by the manipulation of air element. 
(3) Agni (fire) 
element is responsible for the body-temperature and metabolism. Fire works on the alimentary system, causing thirst, hunger, digestion of food and assimilation of digested food. Fire is also associated with vision and, therefore, eyes. Disorders like loss of appetite, indigestion and fatness can be helped by the manipulation (reinforcement) of the fire element. 
(4) Jal (water)
 element is the constituent of protoplasm (the jelly-like substance present within cells), blood, tears, saliva, digestive juices, sweat, urine, semen, cerebro-spinal fluid (CSF) and fat. Water is also related to taste and, therefore, the tongue. Without water, the tongue cannot recognize various tastes. Disorders of water-metabolism within the body (e.g., dehydration or water-retention) can be helped by manipulating the water element.
(5) Prithvi (earth) element is the constituent of skin, hair, nails, bones, cartilage, muscles, etc. It is responsible for the body-mass. An excess of earth element causes obesity (overweight) whereas a deficiency causes emaciation (weight-loss). Earth is also associated with smell and, therefore, the nose. Disorders like leanness, prostration, debility, low immunity, etc., can be helped by the manipulation (reinforcement) of the earth element.
How to practice Mudras
(1) Touching a finger-tip to the thumb-tip increasec the element residing in that finger whereas touching a finger-tip to the thumb-base reduces the element residing in that finger.
(2) When performing a mudra, a light contact between the thumb and the finger/s is sufficient; firm pressure is not really required.
(3) When performing a mudra, the position of other fingers (which are not participating in that mudra) is immaterial. They can be held (effortlessly) straight or allowed to bend as per the practitioner's desire or
(4) Mudras can be practised anytime, anywhere e.g., while reading a newspaper in the morning, while travelling to the office or back home, while watching T.V. or listening to music, etc. However, simultaneous meditation can, perhaps yield greater benefits.
(5) Mudras can be performed in any body-position i.e., lying, sitting, standing, walking, etc. However, simultaneous meditational
(6) Even passive performance/ of mudras,using rubber bands or sticking plasters (in cases of unconscious/insane people or children) proves
(7) Only a few mudras (e.g., Aakaash-shaamak and Apaan-vaayu mudras) help within a few minutes of beginning to perform them. Rest of the mudras have to be practised for about 45 minutes every day (either at one stretch or in three parts, each of 15 minutes), for at least 15 days to experience benefits. In fact they should be practised till the disease is eradicated, however long it takes.
(8) Should a person undergoing Mudra Therapy bring about changes in diet is a question that is frequently asked. We will say that though not indispensable, suitable dietar/ changes can reinforce the benefits of mudras whereas unsuitable diet can, at least partially, offset the good effects of mudras. If a person having an excess of element Vaayu (air) or humor Vaata in his body liberally consumes foods that can increase Vaayu or Vaata, he may not benefit (or may benefit only partially and slowly) even by a most religious and regular practice of suitable (i.e., Vaayu-decreasing or Vaata-decreasing) mudra/s. Quite obviously, no sane person would want his sincere efforts and time spent in performing mudras go in vain because of injudicious diet. In other words, a person's recovery from disease is expedited by combinining Mudra Therapy with correct diet. Suggestions about appropriate diet for the three constitutional types, Vaata, Pitta and Kapha.
(9) Mudra Therapy goes along quite well with other forms of treatment, medical as well as non­medical. Previous medicines should not be stopped when beginning Mudra Therapy.
Surya Namaskara
Surya Namaskara signifies paying homage to (Lord) Sun deity. It is a very ancient Indian system of exercise. Facing east, in the early hours of morning, one standing with serene mind offers prayer to Lord Surya with Surya Namaskara. Along with physical drill, Surya Namaskara has religious importance also.
Surya Namaskara is a graceful combined sequence of twelve positions. Through this sequence of twelve positions, the whole body is well exercised. Surya Namaskara also improves eye lustre. As a matter of fact, these twelve positions are ten different asanas, as well as two positions : the initial position and the final position. As all these exercises are simple, every one can do them easily. These twelve positions make one complete Surya Namaskara and twenty-five such Surya Namaskaras make one round.
Surya Namaskara should be practiced always in an open and clean place. Do not attempt Surya Namaskara when you begin to breathe hard. Practise Surya Namaskara on one leg changing the leg alternately.
Below you will find the twelve positions of Surya Namaskara fully explained and illustrated. Each position has been shown with the name of the asana. The advantages of each position have been fully explained.Thus, all care has been taken to enable an aspirant with proper understanding to practice it easily.
How to practice Yogasanas
(1) For practising Yogasanas, early morning is the ideal time. Before starting Yoga practices, the bowels and the bladder should be emptied. It is better to do Yogasanas after a bath because it makes the body light and active and one can practise Yogasanas with greater ease. If one wishes to take a bath again after practising Yogasanas, one should use warm water instead of cold water.
(2) The ground for practising asanas should be level, clean and free from noise. Asanas should be practised on a mat or a carpet.
(3) Clothing should be in accordance with the season. Men should wear a loincloth or shorts. Women should wear a loose blouse and stretch pants.
(4) One should remain silent while practising asanas. While practising asanas, concentration should be on breath¬ing and on the limbs which have a stress or strain. Concentration in the practice of Yogasanas is necessary for the all-round progress of the body and the mind.
(5) Before one begins to practise other asanas, one should perform Shavasana in order to make breathing normal, the body and the mind tranquil.
(6) Yogasana is a non-violent activity and therefore no force or jerk should be exerted in the practice of Yogasanas.
(7) There should be a gradual increase in the time duration in the practice of Yogasanas. By this process, the body becomes flexible and in a short time, it will easily accomplish a perfect state in each asana.
(8) Yogasana is a scientific process which deals with the internal and external parts of the body. A beginner should start practising Yogasanas after having learnt all their techniques under proper guidance.
(9) The performer of asanas should take light food in order to keep the body light.
(10) If one is suffering from complicated diseases or severe fever, one should not practise asanas. Women should not practise asanas four months after conception, for three months after delivery and during menstruation. A woman-aspirant should not as far as possible perform, without proper guidance asanas which involve lifting up the weight of the whole body on her hands.
(11) The number of asanas and the duration for each of them should be increased gradually. Practising many asanas on the first day should be avoided.
(12) Haste or quickness in coming to the final position from the initial position and vice versa should be avoided.
(13) After practising Yogasanas, Shavasana should be performed. Shavasana is a perfect asana. By Shavasana, the body gets speedy relaxation and becomes energetic.
(14) Yogasanas are supposed to be performed advanta¬geously in the right direction if the aspirant, after practising Yogasanas, feels no tiredness and has an increased capacity to work with his light and refreshed body.
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