Thursday, August 30, 2018

Namastee

Namastee:- 
When you are roaming around Rishikesh  often kids says to you Namastee? Or  while you socializing with  local people you may have notice very common word "Namastee" for greetings.It is also commonly used by yoga teachers to welcome yoga students .


Do you know its meaning& its significance in your yoga practice ?


Today I share some information with you  regarding Namastee.

As you know it is very common and popular  word for greeting . You may be using it to greet your Indian friends or yoga teachers but may be you are not aware about its real meaning and purpose.

Namastee is not merely a word but as a gesture to greet  people .It is commonly use  for salutation and valediction .It is yoga believes that there is a divine soul with in each individual locates in Anahat Chakra(Heart Chakra) & this gesture is an acknowledgment  of the divine soul residing with in each of us.As you know being a yoga seekers/teachers  the main purpose of yoga is to eliminate ego and cultivate and promote union and equilibrium among all beautiful creations of God .Namastee helps in cultivating such feelings.

The sanskrit word consist of Namas means I bow  and Tee Means to you.There for Namastee  literally means I bow to you.

You can perform this gesture in the beginning of the class and at the end of the class.It feels really  nice and touchy when you great and welcome your students  as a divine soul .



Namastee

Thursday, August 23, 2018

Best Food For Yogis & Yoginis

Just how you concern over learning and following right yoga practice for your health and well-being, It is equally important to pay attention on consuming a healthy and balanced diet to gain good health and  to enjoying maximum benefits of Yoga. In fact yogis consider healthy food is an integral part of yoga practice,as  our mind is made up of subtle parts of food we consume. And according to Ayurveda scriptures such as Charak shamita food is consider as a medicine too.
Yoga emphasis on  mindful practices, try to develop a mindful eating habits to experience healthy living and reaping maximum benefits of your yoga practices.
Yoga believes in sattivic diet but it is not a precondition to start your yoga exploration. Sattivic food is considered as the purest form of diet. It is the most suitable food for yogis, this kind of diet helps sadhak/yoga practitioner to maintain equilibrium between mind and body. This kind of food not only nourishes the body but also help to bring peace and harmony in our mind. Sattvic food increases Sattva Guna. 
During  our yoga teacher training in Rishikesh we  pay attention  to  tell yoga students about significance of yogic food and how to eat,share and prepare yogic food .In Above picture  our yoga  teacher training  participants paying their thanks to Food.

Yoga food is sattivic in nature ,vegetarian  and made up of non toxic food items .But i want to make it clear that  it is not a precondition to start your yoga exploration /Joining your yoga Teacher Training Course .Even if you practicing yoga but still love to continue your preferred  diet it is fine . 

 Sattivic food :-

Cereals, whole meal bread, milk, fresh juice, fresh vegetables and fruits, butter, cheese, legumes nuts, sprouted seeds, seeds honey and herbal teas etc are considered Sattvic food.

Vegetarian food-

Vegetarian food is highly recommended for yoga practitioners but is also not a precondition to explore your yoga potential or to be a yoga teacher. The reason behind recommending vegetarian diet is the principal of following Ahimsa (Non Violence ) and secondly the fact that animal protein contain too much uric acid and other toxins (excess use of meat product can result in joint pain and other complication ).
 Now you may have question in your mind then how do yogis get protein in their diet? As we all know protein and its significance role in body development and maintenance.

Yogis prefer to get their high quality protein intake through legumes/ pulses, green leafy vegetables, dairy products and soy products such as tofu. These products are easily digestible.

 Non toxic food:-

Yogis prefer their diet free from any stimulants and chemical such as alcohol, tobacco, caffeine and any artificial processes sweeteners. . Purity and freshness of food play very significance role in your health. According to Chandogya Upanishad by the purity of the food one becomes purifies in his inner nature.

Yoga is not merely exercising your muscles but it also recommends some life style modifications. In terms of diet and yoga practice it is recommended to practice yoga empty stomach/two hour’s gap between your food intake and practice time .same rule applies when you go off to sleep.

It is recommended in yoga to do fast time to time for the sake of purity of body and mind as well as to strengthen your will power.

Some good yogic food


Porridge: - it is good source of fiber and protein,Vitamins. And if you make porridge with milk it is good source of calcium as well. It is easy to digest and since it is slow burning it is great for sustained energy



Kitcheri: - It is highly recommended food in yoga and Ayurveda. Kitcheri is made up of mung beans, Basmati rice and some essential herbs. You can prepare this dish with or without adding some vegetables. It is very healthy and tasty food.
It is popular and fabulous food because of its flowing qualities
Helps in balance tri dosha (vata-pita-kapha)
Provides required protein
Easy to prepare and digest
Provide nourishment and enhance digestive fire
Removes toxins and gives energy

Lentils:-In Indian it is popularly known as Dal. There are several varieties of Dal.  It is full of iron and protein. It is delicious and generally eaten with rice and chapatti .Just careful various Indian restaurants offer dal dishes but most of them loaded with time too hot spices .Some Lentils (Dal) may require strong digestion such as kidney beans dal.



Fruits and vegetables:-
They are great source of instant energy, Fruits are loaded with vitamins, anti oxidant and fibers.
 Contain natural sugar to boost energy level

Tofu:- Another great source of protein contain 9 essential amino acids.

Nuts: - There are various kinds of nuts available in the market  such as almond, cashews, walnuts, peanuts. etc .They are very good source of calcium, iron, magnesium, omega 3 fat, anti oxidants etc

Green salad and sprouts :-Green leafy vegetables such as spinach, mustard green, beetroot leaves etc are good source of vitamins and minerals such as vitamins C, E, K and Iron and calcium. sprouts are equally beneficial , You can prepare Mung been sprouts in your kitchen easily. It is tasty and healthy , generally it is consumed raw with salad .










Note:-We are yoga teacher not a dietitian and we are not claiming any kind of medical assistance. This article is only about an awareness about yoga and food .We respect each individual and their respective food choices .Any question or feed back most welcome . Thank you 












Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Health Benefits of Gomukhasan



Gomukhaasan(cow face pose)

It is an important and main asana,it is classified as hip opening posture.This asana stretches all the gluts (gluteus maximus,medius and minimus).It is little challenging posture for new students how ever some regular yoga students find it very comfortable and grounding posture. This posture equally beneficial for improving shoulder flexibility and strengthen.

For beginners students it is challenging to reach/clasp their fingers of both hands  behind their back,There are many possible reasons which includes- tightness in upper back,construction of their shoulder joints,lack of mobility etc.To over come such restriction/ situation  they can use a strap,belt .During our Yoga Teacher Training in Rishikesh  our yoga teacher provides detailed information and explanation  about each asana's anatomical and physiological aspects.And how to adjust .It is an important part of our 200 hours yoga teacher training curriculum.

Some of our students find it easier from one side and challenging from other side it may be due to increased strengthen and stability in dominant side arm's biceps and deltoids muscles ,to over come this issue practice regularly .

Benefits :-
  • Helps in stretching and opening hips
  • Open and develop cheast
  • strengthen your spine and abdominal muscles
  • improves function of Kidney and other excretory organs ,usefull for diabetic people
  • strengthen leg and ankle
  • helps to cure stiff shoulders

caution-
This asana should not practiced if you have injury in your shoulder,hip,knee or legs


Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Five Simple Steps to be healthy



Five Simple steps to be healthy



As we all aware of this proverb health is wealth. Nothing can replace good healthy. Being healthy is not so difficult task and to ensure that you need not to work too hard on fitness center or eat only boiled vegetables and salads. To achieve healthy body and mind all you need to adopt few healthy habits in your day to day life and get rid from unhealthy ones.
There are various reasons to get sick for example shift in our lifestyle habits which includes food, sleep, exercise etc. Though no one can have total control over getting sick, neither anyone can forecast when you might get sick .You can certainly take some precautionary steps to keep illness at bay. Strengthening your immune system  is very important step to fight with illness and keep illness away .Regular practice of yoga and meditation helps in boosting your immune system  and nourish your energy system to enhance your  natural nature of being healthy and happy,
Life style modification that are affecting our health and wellbeing: - Due to radically changes in our Life style   we are prone to a wide range of lifestyle related serious health problems and conditions. We need to take few healthy steps to improve our habits. Some changes which effecting our health negatively
  • ·         Sedentary life style
  • ·         Overeating and eating unhealthy food such as f fast/junk food
  • ·         Lack of sleep and too much use of electronic gadgets
  • ·         Extreme consumption of alcohol
  • ·         Smoking and pollution
  • ·         Stress and anxiety


Steps to Good health
Few   easy and simple steps can work wonder in improving your health and wellbeing.
ü  Proper Sleep and Recreation activities 
According to scientific studies human body need 8 hour of sound sleep every day to stay fit and fine .During sleeping period our body repair itself. Do not compromise on your sleeping hours.Recreation activities are also important to be healthy. so please find some time to join some recreation activities or catch up with some friend to refresh your self  
ü  Proper Eating
Eat properly and on time. Do not skip proper meals or eat junk food often. Eat a balanced meal includes all essential nutrients such as vitamins, minerals, protein, carbohydrates etc.  Eat in peaceful environment with peace of mind. Eat according to session and fresh.
ü  Proper Relaxation
Manage your anxiety and stress level, Busy and fast lives have made us prone to stress and anxiety. Regulate your priorities and purpose of life .stressful life can have serious effects on your overall health. You can practice yoga nidra to manage your anxiety and stress level.

ü  Proper Exercise and Meditation
Practice yoga and meditation on regular basis.If you hesitate or not sure how to practice Yoga ,you can enroll your self for Beginner's yoga course . Physical and mental health is essential for healthy living. Yoga and meditation not only helps in burning extra calories and keep you fit and flexible but also keep many sicknesses at bay.Join some Yoga and Meditation Retreat to rejuvenate your self 
ü  Quit Bad Habits
Quit bad habits such as smoking, drinking alcohol etc. foundation of health depend on good healthy habits. Smoking, alcohol consumption can increase your chance to get critical illnesses such as asthma, heart diseases, liver failure etc.