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Uttana Mandukasana benefits

How Uttana Mandukasana Stretched Up Frog Pose Helps In Getting Rid Of Body Pain

Manduka means frog in Sanskrit language.  Uttana Mandukasana is a simple, yet very effective yoga pose. Uttana means stretched up, the pose looks like a frog sitting upright or stretched up. Hence the name Uttana mandukasana.

This pose helps to sit in a proper posture, brings stability and gives sense of wellbeing. The pose helps to correct defects in postures, improves body functions, and tones muscles. This pose is highly recommended for many health benefits.

  1. Shoulder pain: Pose helps to relieve shoulder discomfort and helps in stretching shoulder muscles
  2. Elbow pain: Any pain in elbows will be released during proper stretching
  3. Cervical spondylitis: Those who suffer from desk job get relief from cervical spondylitis and hand pain.
  4. Knee health: Helps in strengthening knee and thigh muscles
  5. Abdominal toning: Regular practice helps in toning abdominal muscles. It reduces fat in and around belly and side of the body.
  6. Lung health: Stretching helps to improve diaphragm and lungs activity and facilitates breathing. It is good for congestion problem relief.
  7. Spine health and back pain: Pose helps to get into good posture and strengthens entire spine. For those who suffer from lower back pain, it flexes muscles and improves back strength.
  8. Reproductive organs health: It improves fertility, in women improves ovary function and in men function of testis. In addition, in women, it reduces menstrual pain and associated problems.
  9. Throat and neck: It give sufficient stretch for muscles in neck and gives relief from throat pain.

It also is good for pain in neck due to pinched nerves.

In addition, Uttana mandukasana helps in achieving focus, keeps mind relaxed and gives sense of peace.

How to practice Uttana Mandukasana?

  1. On a mat or floor, sit in easy pose or vajrasana.
  2. While sitting in vajrasana, keep knees apart and let both toes touch.
  3. Bring your right arm front and take it back from right shoulder and place right hand palm below left shoulder blade.
  4. Similarly, lift left hand and bring it back behind the left shoulder and place left hand palm below right shoulder blade.
  5. Sit in this position for 3-5 breaths and slowly release and come back to neutral pose.
  • Another way to perform this pose is, while sitting in vajrasana, bring both hands in front of you. Turn the palms up and crisscross the hands one above the other and slowly fold the hands above head and bring it back, placing it below the neck- between shoulder blades. Sit in this position for 3 to 5 breaths and release and come back to neutral position.
  • Caution: Do not practice this pose in case you are suffering from severe elbow pain, problem in knee, arthritis, and hernia.

Image credit: Ayush Ministry, Govt of India


Author: HealthyLife | Posted on: July 1, 2022
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Bread Samosa recipe

Bread Samosa recipe

If you are fed up of eating bread, don’t throw bread instead prepare delicious bread samosa. All you need is few vegetables and masala powders that available in Indian grocery stores. It is easy to prepare and will be a yummy snack that kids love to have.

Why not give it a try?

What you need?

  1. Peas & carrot – ½ cup
  2. Boiled potato -6-8
  3. Ginger paste – ½ tsp
  4. All purpose flour – 1 cup
  5. Coriander powder – ½ tsp
  6. Green chilly paste – ½ tsp
  7. Cumin – ½ tsp
  8. Chilli powder -1/2 tsp
  9. Amchur (mango powder) -1/2 tsp
  10. Garam masala – ½ tsp
  11. Ajwain – ½ tsp
  12. Cilantro chopped -1 Tbs
  13. Mint leaves chopped – 1 Tbs
  14. Bread pieces – 12
  15. Oil – for frying

 How to prepare?

  1. Boil potatoes and remove skin.
  2. Heat a pan on medium flame, add 1 Tbs oil. To heated oil add cumin, ginger and green chilli paste followed by peas and carrot. Fry all these ingredients and remove from the stove.
  3. Now, smash boiled potato and add it to peas -carrot masala along with – coriander powder, Amchur powder, garam masala powder.
  4. Add cilantro and mint chopped leaves, chilli powder, salt and mix well.
  5. Remove bread crest and cut the white portion to half. Sprinkle little ajwain on top of white pieces and using a chapatti roller flatten the white portion.
  6. Add little water to all-purpose flour and prepare paste. Apply this paste to rolled bread piece and prepare a cone by folding the bread piece. While folding the cone, apply little paste to the edge to keep folding intact*.
  7. Fill the potato-peas masala in the cone and close the cone.
  8. Heat oil in deep pan and fry bread cone containing masala to golden brown color.
  9. Serve hot samosa with green chutney or tomato ketchup.

*If you find it hard to make a cone, just place the vegetable masala in the center and fold it like a spring roll  and fry!!

** Chutneys are available in most Indian grocery stores. If you want to prepare healthy chutney recipe then, you can find one such recipe here.

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Reference: www.werindia.com 


Author: HealthyLife | Posted on: June 21, 2022
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Nadabrahma Meditation

Nadabrahma Tibetan Humming Meditation

Nadabrahma meditation is also called as “Tibetan Humming Meditation”. It is a meditation developed by the Tibetan masters. This is a chanting meditation. Meditation means “empty mind”. This process is meant to shut down the mind – to make it thoughtless.

SETTING UP THE ENVIRONMENT:

This meditation can be done in any part of the day. As this meditation is a chanting meditation, peaceful environment is needed for the same. A dark room with four lighted candles with a relaxing fragrance would be the best set up for this meditation. Meditation can be done preferably in empty stomach or 2 hours after the food.

HOW TO DO THE MEDITATION?

The meditation is divided in to three stages:

Stage 1 – Humming

Meditation for calmness
Meditation for calmness

After sitting in the most relaxed position, you can keep your eyes and lips closed. The meditation starts with humming. The humming should be loud enough to be audible for others and to create a vibration throughout your body. There are no rules here in humming. You can alter the pitch intuitively. If you feel like moving the body softly, it can be allowed. The goal is to reach a point where the humming will happen by itself and you will become the listener.

Stage 2 – Circular movement of palm

The second stage is divided in to two stages of seven and a half minute each.

First half: Sit in relaxation. Raise your hands and keep your palms facing up close to your navel region. Move the palm in an outward circular motion as slow as possible. Try to feel that you are giving energy outward to the universe.

Second Half: After 7 ½ minutes, the palm may be turned down and start moving them in the opposite direction. Allow the palms to come together towards the navel region. Feel that you are taking energy in.

Third Stage: 15 minutes

Sit absolutely quiet and still.

To be in the witness state is the main goal of meditation. If you are not aware, you will immediately slip in to a deep sleep. Such kind of deep sleep with relaxation will not meet the main purpose of doing this process – Meditation.

When we are humming, it is very easy to align the body and the mind together. Body and the mind are the main factors which takes us away from the meditation. Here, as we practice continuous humming, the body starts to vibrate. The mind slowly settles down into the vibration. It is a rare occasion when our body and mind aligns into a unique experience. The main hindrances are thus shut down through this wonderful technique of humming.

Do not judge the technique after the initial practice. You will have to practice it at least for seven times to gain the deeper experience of the meditation. Practice makes way to wisdom. This can give you a lot of pleasure with regular practice. Do not get addicted to the pleasure, instead you may always focus on the last stage where the meditation happens.

For more information on this article please visit: https://yoga.ayush.gov.in/blog?q=63

Image credit: Main image – Ayush.gov

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Author: HealthyLife | Posted on: June 10, 2022
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Jal Jeevan Mission India

In India Jal Jeevan Mission Achieves 50% Completion Milestone, 9.6 Crore (50%) Rural Households Now Have Access To Tap Water

Keeping in line with Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi’s vision to provide every rural home with safe drinking water, the country has achieved the milestone of 50% rural households having access to tap water connections. Goa, Telangana, A&N Islands, D&N Haveli and Daman & Diu, Puducherry and Haryana have already achieved 100% household connections. Punjab, Gujarat, Himachal Pradesh and Bihar have coverage of more than 90% and are progressing fast towards attaining the status of ‘Har Ghar Jal’.

In a move to attain “Gram Swarajya”, the dream of Mahatma Gandhi, Jal Jeevan Mission aims to empower the Panchayati Raj Institutions and communities by engaging them in water supply schemes from the very beginning. Over 9.59 Crore rural households spread across States/ UTs are getting water within their premises. Women and girls these households are now free from the century old drudgery of walking long distances in scorching heat, rain and snow in search of water. ‘Har Ghar Jal’ is a flagship programme of the Union Government, implemented by Jal Jeevan Mission under the Ministry of Jal Shakti, in partnership with States/ UTs to ensure tap water connection in every rural household by 2024.

At the time of launch Jal Jeevan Mission in 2019, only 3.23 Crore households i.e. 17% of the rural population had access to drinking water through taps. The burden of arrangement of water for daily household needs mostly fell on women and young girls. There is sufficient evidence to suggest that school attendance among girls was significantly lower in summers when due to increased requirements for water, multiple trips were needed. After the launch of Jal Jeevan Mission and improvement in access to tap water connection within their premises, considerable improvement in this regard has been noticed. As on 27.05.2022, 108 districts, 1,222 blocks, 71,667 Gram Panchayats and 1,51,171 villages have become “Har Ghar Jal”, wherein all rural households have been provided with drinking water through taps.

This year as the nation celebrates ‘Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav’, special Gram Sabhas are being convened across the length and breadth of the country to discuss and deliberate on issues related to drinking water in a move to attain ‘WASH Prabudh Gaon’. Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has addressed and interacted with Sarpanch and members of Pani Samitis on multiple occasions in the past, motivating them to take onus of the programme as they are the ultimate custodians of the water supply infrastructure created under ‘Har Ghar Jal’. Under JJM, support is provided to Panchayats by the State Government through Implementing Support Agencies (ISAs) in community engagement, building capacity of the Pani Samitis, and taking up O&M activities.

https://www.pib.gov.in/PressReleasePage.aspx?PRID=1828956

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Author: HealthyLife | Posted on: June 2, 2022
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Bad gut bacteria and stroke

New study links gut microbiota strains with more severe strokes and poorer post-stroke recovery

There are millions of bacteria live in our digestive system and responsible for our health. There are many species of these microbes that reside in our gut system help us to keep good health while there are other microbes that are not. Our diet promotes health and diversity of good microbes by monitoring, treating and preventing several conditions including inflammation, diabetes, obesity etc. Gut bacteria play an important role in human health, such as supplying essential nutrients, synthesizing vitamin K, aiding in the digestion of cellulose, and promoting angiogenesis and enteric nerve function.

To maintain gut friendly bacteria, we need to consume fiber, prebiotic rich foods, reduce meat, limit intake of fats and avoid consuming antibiotics that are harmful for microbes.

What are bad gut microbes?

Those microbes that have adverse effects on our body that trigger several diseases including weight gain, obesity, insomnia, diabetes, fatigue etc. are bad gut microbes. This includes bacteria such as Clostridium perfringes, Staphylococcus, E. coli that interfere in gut health. Some of the microbes are considered as opportunistic bacteria because when our body is weak these bacteria wake up and cause adverse effects.

Recent study by Sant Pau Research Institute at Barcelona, Spain showed that bad microbes in our gut can lead to stroke and poorer stroke recovery.  Details of the study is below- Healthy Life

A new study has identified strains of gut microbiota that are associated with more severe strokes and worse post-stroke recovery, revealing that the gut microbiome could be an important factor in stroke risk and outcomes.

The study, presented today at the European Stroke Organisation Conference (ESOC 2022) pinpointed specific groups of bacteria associated with poorer neurological recovery from ischaemic stroke both in the acute phase (24 hours) and after three months.

The research identified multiple types of bacteria were associated with ischemic stroke risk, including Fusobacterium and Lactobacillus. Negativibacillus and Lentisphaeria were associated with a more severe stroke in the acute phase (at 6 and 24 hours respectively) and Acidaminococcus related to poor functional outcomes at three months.

Dr Miquel Lledós, lead author from the Sant Pau Research Institute Stroke Pharmacogenomics and Genetics Laboratory, Barcelona, Spain, commented “The influence of the gut microbiome – the trillions of bacteria and other microorganisms that live in the gut – is a modifiable risk factor associated with the risk of stroke and with post-stroke neurological outcomes. However, most research has previously been done in animal models.”

“In this study we took faecal samples – the first samples taken after the event – from 89 humans who’d suffered an ischaemic stroke. Comparing with a control group, we were able to identify multiple groups of bacteria that were associated with a higher risk of ischaemic stroke.”

An ischaemic stroke occurs when a clot or other blockage blocks the blood supply to the brain and is the most common type of stroke. In Europe, 1.3 million people suffer a stroke every year and it is the second most common single cause of death.

“The discovery opens the exciting prospect that, in the future, we may be able to prevent strokes or improve neurological recovery by examining the gut microbiota. In other pathologies, clinical trials are being carried out where researchers replace the intestinal flora through dietary changes or faecal transplantation from healthy individuals and this should be studied further in the stroke field.”

For more read: https://www.prnewswire.com/news-release

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Author: HealthyLife | Posted on: May 11, 2022
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Warrior 3 pose

Learn To Balance By Practicing Warrior 3 Pose

As we age, we may have difficulty in balancing and focusing. There are several yoga poses that help us to keep balanced. Warrior 3 is one such pose, an intermediate pose that creates stability and helps to keep focused. It strengthens back muscles, calves and feet. It improves balance and prevents injuries. In addition, it improves awareness to the surroundings and brings body to stability by adjusting to surroundings. By regular practice on can get into the pose easily – Healthy life

LEVEL :Intermediate

Anatomy : Abdomen|Biceps|Chest|Hamstrings|Quadriceps|Shoulders|Spine|Triceps

Pose Type :Balance|Standing

Sanskrit :Virabhadrasana II VEER-ah-bha=DRAS-anna Virabhadra = a warrior from Shiva’s being

Benefits

  • Strengthens the entire body
  • Improves balance
  • Improves posture
  • Aids in increasing energy and boosting concentration
  • Contraindications
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Back problems or injury
  • Migraines

How To

  1. Stand with your feet at the top of your mat, about hips-width distance apart
  2. Inhale, extend your arms to the ceiling
  3. Begin to balance on your right leg
  4. Ground down through your right foot
  5. Exhale, begin to hinge forward with your upper body
  6. Lift and kick your left leg out behind you
  7. Find core engagement to aid in your balance
  8. Keep your left foot flexed
  9. Square your hips and upper body down to your mat
  10. Wrap your biceps in towards your face
  11. Direct your gaze towards the floor
  12. To release, return slowly to standing and then repeat on the other side

Modify or Replace

  • Rest your hands at heart center to lessen the energizing aspects of Warrior III

Sequencing Tips

Before:

  • Warrior I (Virabhadrasana I)
  • Warrior II (Virabhadrasana II)
  • Mountain Pose (Tadasana)

After:

  • Toppling Tree (Patan Vrksasana)
  • Standing Splits (Urdhva Prasarita Eka Padasana)
  • High Lunge (Ashta Chandrasana)

Teaching Cues

  • Flex your back foot and draw your pinky toe towards the ground to level your hips
  • Become a capital ‘T’ with your body and keep your shoulders, chest, and hips in a straight line
  • Find a minimal bend in your standing leg
  • Ground down through the four corners of your standing foot

Variations

  • Eagle Arms
  • Hand(s) to a block
  • Against a wall

Watch Out For

  • Hinging chest and shoulders far forward
  • Arching in the low back
  • Dropping extended leg towards the mat

This article and image published here with prior permission from beyogi.com


Author: HealthyLife | Posted on: April 29, 2022
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Save soil movement by Sadguru

“The Only Magic Material that Turns Death into Life.” – SADHGURU

Save soil is a global movement that was launched by Sadguru Vasudev. This mission is to address the the soil crisis globally by bringing people together to take care of soil health and supporting those who are working to improve and increase the organic content in cultivable soil.

To raise human consciousness from past four decades Sadguru has offered technologies of well-being to million of people across the world through his foundations which are supported by over 16 million volunteers in the world. This movement of Sadguru was initiated three decades ago.

Goal of save soil movement is to:

  • Turn the world attention to our dying soil
  • Inspire about 3.5 billion people to support policy redirection to safeguard, nurture and sustain soils
  • Driving national policy changes in 193 nations towards raising and maintain the organic content of soils to a minimum of 3-6%.

“Soil is our life, our very body. And if we forsake soil, in many ways, we forsake the planet”

On a mission to save the world’s soils from extinction, the Save Soil campaign reached Bonn on 13 April 2022. The 100-day journey led by Sadhguru will cover 30,000 km across 25 nations to call on the policymakers and the public to make soil regeneration a priority. The campaign led by Sadhguru on his motorbike received a warm welcome from the city of Bonn officials and the executive management of the UN agencies in Germany. Following a round of discussions, Sadhguru joined the UNCCD Executive Secretary Ibrahim Thiaw for a live chat that was streamed across the UNCCD platforms.

A yogi, mystic and visionary, Sadhguru has been named one of India’s 50 most influential people, whose work touched lives of millions worldwide. An engaging voice at major global fora that address issues of socioeconomic development, leadership and spirituality, he also initiated a number of large-scale projects focused on social revitalization, education and the environment, as a way to gave millions of people the means to overcome poverty, improve quality of life and achieve community-based sustainable development.

The Save Soil movement strives to rally the environmentally-conscious around soil conservation, advocating the power of individual actions for policy change and public engagement. During their discussion, Sadhguru and Mr. Thiaw agreed that land and soil restoration can be a simple and powerful solution to the key environmental challenges of today, including climate change, biodiversity loss and destruction of ecosystems. Realizing that everything we need in our daily lives comes from soil and that conscious actions can make a real difference is the first step to preserving this precious resource and reversing degradation.

The UNCCD and the Save Soil campaign will reconvene at the UNCCD COP15 in Abidjan on 9-20 May 2022. Remember to follow us for more news!

The Save Soil movement is about bringing humanity together to keep the magic of soil alive. Most of us are familiar with words and concepts such as Climate Change, Carbon Emissions, Air Pollution and Water Scarcity, but very few have focused attention on Soil. For millennia, life on earth has been sustained by a thin layer of fertile soil on the earth’s crust.

On a mission to save the world’s soils from extinction, the Save Soil campaign reached Bonn on 13 April 2022. The 100-day journey led by Sadhguru will cover 30,000 km across 25 nations to call on the policymakers and the public to make soil regeneration a priority. The campaign led by Sadhguru on his motorbike received a warm welcome from the city of Bonn officials and the executive management of the UN agencies in Germany. Following a round of discussions, Sadhguru joined the UNCCD Executive Secretary Ibrahim Thiaw for a live chat that was streamed across the UNCCD platforms.

A yogi, mystic and visionary, Sadhguru has been named one of India’s 50 most influential people, whose work touched lives of millions worldwide. An engaging voice at major global fora that address issues of socioeconomic development, leadership and spirituality, he also initiated a number of large-scale projects focused on social revitalization, education and the environment, as a way to gave millions of people the means to overcome poverty, improve quality of life and achieve community-based sustainable development.

The Save Soil movement strives to rally the environmentally-conscious around soil conservation, advocating the power of individual actions for policy change and public engagement. During their discussion, Sadhguru and Mr. Thiaw agreed that land and soil restoration can be a simple and powerful solution to the key environmental challenges of today, including climate change, biodiversity loss and destruction of ecosystems. Realizing that everything we need in our daily lives comes from soil and that conscious actions can make a real difference is the first step to preserving this precious resource and reversing degradation.

The UNCCD and the Save Soil campaign will reconvene at the UNCCD COP15 in Abidjan on 9-20 May 2022. Remember to follow us for more news!

For more reading and to understand Sadguru’s mission please Visit: https://www.consciousplanet.org/


Author: HealthyLife | Posted on: April 22, 2022
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FDA Authorizes First COVID-19 Diagnostic Test Using Breath Samples

This test provides results in less than three minutes!

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued an emergency use authorization (EUA) for the first COVID-19 diagnostic test that detects chemical compounds in breath samples associated with a SARS-CoV-2 infection. The test can be performed in environments where the patient specimen is both collected and analyzed, such as doctor’s offices, hospitals and mobile testing sites, using an instrument about the size of a piece of carry-on luggage. The test is performed by a qualified, trained operator under the supervision of a health care provider licensed or authorized by state law to prescribe tests and can provide results in less than three minutes.

“Today’s authorization is yet another example of the rapid innovation occurring with diagnostic tests for COVID-19,” said Jeff Shuren, M.D., J.D., director of the FDA’s Center for Devices and Radiological Health. “The FDA continues to support the development of novel COVID-19 tests with the goal of advancing technologies that can help address the current pandemic and better position the U.S. for the next public health emergency.”

The performance of the InspectIR COVID-19 Breathalyzer was validated in a large study of 2,409 individuals, including those with and without symptoms. In the study, the test was shown to have 91.2% sensitivity (the percent of positive samples the test correctly identified) and 99.3% specificity (the percent of negative samples the test correctly identified). The study also showed that, in a population with only 4.2% of individuals who are positive for the virus, the test had a negative predictive value of 99.6%, meaning that people who receive a negative test result are likely truly negative in areas of low disease prevalence. The test performed with similar sensitivity in a follow-up clinical study focused on the omicron variant.

The InspectIR COVID-19 Breathalyzer uses a technique called gas chromatography gas mass-spectrometry (GC-MS) to separate and identify chemical mixtures and rapidly detect five Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) associated with SARS-CoV-2 infection in exhaled breath. When the InspectIR COVID-19 Breathalyzer detects the presence of VOC markers of SARS-CoV-2, a presumptive (unconfirmed) positive test result is returned and should be confirmed with a molecular test. Negative results should be considered in the context of a patient’s recent exposures, history and the presence of clinical signs and symptoms consistent with COVID-19, as they do not rule out SARS-CoV-2 infection and should not be used as the sole basis for treatment or patient management decisions, including infection control decisions.

InspectIR expects to be able to produce approximately 100 instruments per week, which can each be used to evaluate approximately 160 samples per day. At this level of production, testing capacity using the InspectIR COVID-19 Breathalyzer is expected to increase by approximately 64,000 samples per month.

Source: https://www.fda.gov/news-events/press-announcements/coronavirus-covid-19-update-fda-authorizes-first-covid-19-diagnostic-test-using-breath-samples


Author: HealthyLife | Posted on: April 19, 2022
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