Fitness

How to Flatten Your Abs

How to Flatten Your Abs

That wash-board belly she flaunts in her bikini is too tempting to turn your heads at her. And you wish, “only if I too was blessed with it”… So you think her flat belly is God gifted? Wrong! It has taken some right amount of sweat to get that perfect… Read more »

Suryanamaskara (Sarvanga Sundarasana)

Suryanamaskara (Sarvanga Sundarasana)

Suryanamaskara, also called Sarvanga Sundarasana, is basically a physical yogic exercise comprising a cycle of 12 asanas for achieving bodily flexibility. In other words, it is a combination of yogasanas and pranayama. Suryanamaskara means offering salutations to the Sun God. The therapeutic benefits arising from regular practice of Suryanamaskara are… Read more »

Precautions to be Taken while Practicing Yoga

Precautions to be Taken while Practicing Yoga

Persons with a history of heart disease, severe back injuries, inner ear problems or other difficulties with balance, or those who have undergone surgery recently should consult a physician before beginning to practice either yoga or Suryanamaskara. In case of women, there are specific asanas and pregnant women are usually… Read more »

Benefits of Yoga: Physical, Mental, Beneficial Effects in Pregnancy

Benefits of Yoga: Physical, Mental, Beneficial Effects in Pregnancy

As discussed, yoga has profound benefits on our body and mind. Several studies have been conducted in various normal and patient populations to study the effects of yoga. This article attempts to enumerate a few of these studies, especially those conducted on patients with common ailments. Physical Health Benefits Some… Read more »

Ashtanga Yoga: The Eight Steps Towards Better Life

Ashtanga Yoga: The Eight Steps Towards Better Life

The philosophy of yoga was first enunciated by the father of Yoga, Patanjali Maharshi, in his masterpiece called Yoga Sutras containing 186 aphorisms or sutras, more than 2000 years ago.1,2 According to him, ‘Yogah Chittavritti Nirodhaha’ meaning, yoga is the control of thought waves in the mind, gaining mastery over… Read more »