The juicy summer fruit Watermelon

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Watermelon!!! Doesn’t it remind us all of the summers? Yes, most of us could relate watermelon as a perfect snack during summertime. A few summer memories would bring an instant smile on our faces like the smell while cleaving a watermelon and slicing them. This alone could quench our thirst in summers. Think about it and you can almost taste it, can’t you? Most of us love this juicy refreshing and flavorful fruit. And why not as it comes with tons of nutritional benefits Packed with vitamin, fibre and potassium. Worried about the sugar it contains? Do not worry, one cup of watermelon contains nine grams of sugar which is comparatively lower than other fruits like apple, banana or mango. 

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Parvatasana or Mountain Pose

Parvatasana or the Mountain Pose is a basic asana in yoga. Parvata stands for Mountain while aasana refers to Posture. Just like the name, this aasana gives benefits like a mountain – strong and stable. It helps to stretch the entire upper body muscles. Mountain pose also helps in curing a couple of digestion problems like acidity and indigestion. And it can be performed by everyone except for those suffering from a knee issue.

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Halasana (Plow pose)

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Halasana is also known as the Plow pose.
The name comes from the Sanskrit words hala meaning “plough” and asana meaning “posture”.
Halasana, the pose is entered from Sarvangasana (shoulder stand), lowering the back slightly for balance, and moving the arms and legs over the head until the outstretched toes touch the ground and the fingertips, in a preparatory variant of the pose. The arms may then be moved to support the back into a more vertical position, giving a second variant pose. Finally, the arms may be stretched out on the ground away from the feet, giving the final pose in the shape of a traditional plough.

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Pranayama will boost your immune system.

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Pranayama is not a mere breathing exercise aiming at introducing extra oxygen into the lungs, pranayama utilizes breathing to influence the flow of prana (vital life force) in the Nadis or energy channel. It trains the lungs and improves the capacity of the respiratory system immensely. When you are stressed out your internal environment is unbalanced and bacteria and viruses start attacking the body. Did you know? Pranayama (Breathing Techniques) reduces stress levels and fights against anxiety to boost the immune system. Through regular practice of pranayama, you can supercharge your whole body. Check out the following pranayamas to boost your immune system.

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Supta Vajrasana

 

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Supta in Sanskrit is ‘reclined’ and Vajra means ‘thunderbolt’. Supta Vajrasana is an advanced level supine variation of Vajrasana. Supine meaning lying on the back. This is an important and very useful asana for improving the digestive system.  Before performing supta vajrasana one should master Vajrasana. Supta Vajrasana offers numerous great benefits, so get on your mat and start practising from today.

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5 healthy lifestyle tips during the exam

It’s that time of the year! The exam time! The students and parents are working hard to prepare well for it. We bring you a few quick tips to beat the stress and make the most of these last hours.

1. Eat healthily

Eating the right food with regular intake boosts your concentration power, also helps to have a healthy mind and a balanced body. Avoid junk food as it slows you down. Eat plenty of fruits, leafy greens, sprouted grains to help in releasing tension and focus better. Almonds, nuts, seeds, cottage cheese, popcorn (not buttered) could be the stock up snacks at this time.

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Balasana or Child’s Pose

Balasana is a relaxing pose that is done in every yoga class. ‘Bala’ means child and ‘asana’ means pose. This is a gentle and calming pose in a fetal position. It relieves you physically, mentally and emotionally.

Balasana or Child’s Pose

Steps

  1. Sit on the yoga mat on your heels (in vajrasana position). You can keep your knees together or wide apart.
  2. Inhale, while exhaling slowly bend forward touching your forehead to the mat.
  3. Either stretch your arms in front of you with palms downwards touching the mat or bring your arms alongside your thighs with the palm facing upwards.
  4. Gently press your chest on the thighs or in between the thighs if they are apart.
  5. Stay in the position for 45 seconds or as long as you feel comfortable. Keep breathing normally there.
  6. To return back, place your palms below your shoulders and gently raise your body up. Relax.

 

Benefits

  1. Helps relieve back pain.
  2. Helps lengthen and stretch the spine.
  3. Relives fatigue. A great pose to ease anxiety and stress.
  4. Eases neck pain.
  5. Stimulates digestion.

 

Contraindication

Should be avoided under the following conditions:-

  1. Pregnancy
  2. Diarrhoea
  3. Knee injury

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Gomukhasana (Cow Face Pose)

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Gomukhasana is a Sanskrit name for cow face asana. Go means ‘Cow’, Mukha

means ‘face’ and asana means ‘posture’. This is a seated hatha yoga asana which

is considered to be a unique experience for every individual. People with flexible

hips and muscles may find it easy to get in gomukhasana but those who have

been sitting on chairs or sofa, or are involved in running, cycling may find

it difficult to perform it. With time and patience, you will be able to perform the

pose perfectly as it makes your body flexible and easy to stretch.

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How to:

  • Sit on the mat with upper body erect with legs stretched out straight (dandasana).
  • Fold your left leg place it under your right buttock and bend the right leg placing it over the left thigh, making sure both the knees are one on top of the other.
  • Now take your left hand, bend it at the elbows and place it behind the back with fingertips in the upward direction.
  • Bend your right arm over the shoulder with an elbow higher than your head with fingertips in the downward direction and stretch it until you grasp your left hand.
  • Keep your upper body as high as possible, with chest expanded and spine erect.
  • Breathe normally and hold this position for as long as you are comfortable with it. Release hands and legs slowly.
  • For the arms, use a strap if the fingers don’t reach to clasp.

Benefits:

Helps in back flexibility with regular practice.

Aids diabetic patients by working on kidneys.

Strengthens liver and kidneys.

Removes stiffness from the back and hips.

Stretches shoulders, arms, chest and spine. Therefore toning the arms.

Practising this asana regularly can reduce stress and anxiety.

 

Contraindications:

Avoid this pose if you have a calf muscle tear. If you have varicose veins avoid

putting direct pressure on the veins; you can do the pose if the varicose veins are

in the centre of the calves but not if the veins are in the sides of the calves. If

you’re tight in the hips, especially when the rotators are jammed, one can sit on a

block or a blanket and then cross their legs and stack one knee above the other in

Gomukhasana.

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The juicy summer fruit- Watermelon

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Watermelon!!! Doesn’t it remind us all of the summers? Yes, most of us could relate watermelon as a perfect snack during summertime. A few summer memories would bring an instant smile to our faces like the smell while cleaving a watermelon and slicing them. This alone could quench our thirst in summers. Think about it and you can almost taste it, can’t you? Most of us love this juicy refreshing and flavorful fruit. And why not as it comes with tons of nutritional benefits Packed with vitamin, fibre and potassium. Worried about the sugar it contains? Do not worry, one cup of watermelon contains nine grams of sugar which is comparatively lower than other fruits like apple, banana or mango. 

 

Benefits of Watermelon

 

  • Hydrating

Watermelon is around 90% water, which makes it useful for staying hydrated in the summer. It can also satisfy a sweet tooth with its natural sugars. This fruit is also a good source of electrolytes which help you to stay hydrated and replace the minerals that are lost when you sweat.

 

  • Vitamin C

Watermelon is also a delicious way to get your daily dose of vitamin C, with one serving containing about 16% of your day’s requirement. Vitamin C is regarded as one of the safest and most effective nutrients around and has been shown to improve immunity and overall health. Vitamin C plays a key role in helping your body form collagen, the protein that keeps our skin healthy and eyesight sharp

 

  • Potassium

Watermelon is a good source of potassium, which is absolutely essential for our bodies to function properly. Among other things, low potassium levels can lead to mental fogginess and confusion because, without adequate levels of this extremely important mineral, the electrical signals that drive the brain are interrupted. Choline is antioxidant in watermelon which helps to function early brain development, learning and memory, and muscle movement. 

 

  • Reduces Inflammation

Watermelons contain several phenolic compounds that are beneficial in reducing inflammation in the body and have been proposed as an alternative natural approach to preventing or treating chronic inflammatory diseases. 

 

  • Anti-cancer nutrient

Watermelon can credit its gorgeous pink-red hue to the antioxidant lycopene. Researchers have studied lycopene and other individual plant compounds in watermelon for their anti-cancer effects. Watermelon alone won’t safeguard your health, but the nutrient can play a helpful role as part of an overall healthy diet.

 

  • Post-workout snack

After a workout, your muscles need to replenish their glycogen stores as part of proper recovery. “Watermelon has useable carbs, plus magnesium and the amino acid L-citrulline, which is involved in healing and exercise recovery,” say experts.

 

  • Digestion

Watermelon contains 90% water and a small amount of fibre both of which are important for healthy digestion. Fibre can provide bulk for your stool, while water helps keep your digestive tract moving efficiently. Eating water-rich and fibre-rich fruits and vegetables, including watermelon, can be very helpful for promoting normal bowel movements.

So go ahead, and hydrate yourself during summer vacation with a bowl full of watermelon slices or watermelon juice or a mojito. Wait until your watermelon is fully ripe before you enjoy your perfect anytime treat.  

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