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Title : Top 15 Famous Yoga quotes of 2020 by Yogi Himanshu joshi
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Famous Yoga quotes by Yogi Himanshu joshi

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Himanshu Joshi

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Himanshu Joshi

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Himanshu Joshi

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Himanshu Joshi

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Himanshu Joshi


Post Date : 07/08/2020
Title : Best Homemade Healthy Breakfast Ideas for Yogis | Snacks, Fruits, Protein, Carbs, Fat
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If you’re a practicing yogi, or even if you just like to do a few asanas in the morning, there’s no doubt that breakfast is hugely important. Breakfast is the first meal of the day, during which we prime our metabolism and introduce healthy foods (hopefully!) into our body after an extended period of eating nothing.

This article will describe some of the best ideas for developing a healthy yoga breakfast.

Yogic Healthy Breakfast

The most basic tip from Ayurveda would be to eat for your doshaor your particular body type. Here are a few basic tips that you could integrate into your breakfast plan.

Vata. The vata dosha is light and airy, and finds balance by eating warming, heavy foods such as ghee, cinnamon, and hot cereal.

Kapha. The kapha dosha is heavy and slow, and generally benefits from foods that are light and fiery. This could include chili peppers, fresh fruits, and lightly cooked vegetables.

Pitta. The pitta dosha is hot and fiery, and does best with cooling foods and spices such as cardamom, bitter foods, and fresh vegetables.

Now that you know a bit more about your dosha, you could use this knowledge to add spices or foods to the following to enhance the benefits of your breakfast.


What is the first thing to eat before workout ? Yoga breakfast

Eating something very light an hour before class works out well for most people, but your body may vary. 

If you're hungry and running to a class straight from work or are on a tight schedule, eating a few quick mouthfuls of a little protein or light carbohydrates is better than eating nothing and not having the energy to get through the class. 

Afterward, it is fine to eat whatever you’d like. However, after paying attention to your body in class, you may feel like keeping it light and healthy. Yoga tends to inspire people to take better care of themselves and eat healthier, also it can you help you reduce your body fat.

Read More : Top 10 best home made detox drinks (cleanse Juice) recipes for weight loss

Create your ultimate yogi diet

Homemade food is so much more than just food. It nourishes your soul and warms your heart and those who you share it with.


The Go-To YOGI Breakfast with Oats & Carrots




Mix 1/2 cup of Oats + 1/2 medium carrot, 1/3 of a medium courgettes, 1/4 tsp ginger, 1 heaped teaspoon of grounded flax seeds, 1 tbs chia seeds, i tbs of your favourite nut butter, 2-3 walnuts, raisins, dried apricots, chia jam or frozen berries.

Optional add 1/2 tsp Mala powder, 1/2 tsp of Lucuma powder.

What each ingredients gives you

Grounded Flax Seeds – Omega 3 acids to make your muscles strong and flexible.

Maca and Lucuma powder – Calcium and a beautiful caramel taste

Nuts and nut butter – Boost your muscles recovery and bringing in proteins and fats. Oil your joints. Nut butter is easier to digest too.

Chia seeds – Fats and proteins

Ginger – Wake up effect

Raisins – These little loves are known for their anti inflammatory benefits and can help you to fight off hay fever and colds.


Pinhead Course Oatmeal Brekkie Bowl 




To save time pre-soak oats the night before. It takes 20 minutes to cook from dry and 10 minutes to cook from pre soaked.

Are you working towards mindful eating? Then this recipe is for you. The oats are creamy and chewy at the same time so offers your mind and body more time to process and enjoy every spoonful. And if you are the one who feels hungry after a regular oatmeal, this bowl will make you feel full and nourished.

  • Add 40g of Oats
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp pumpkin or mixed spice
  • 2 chopped plums
  • 100ml of water
  • 1/2 tsp brown sugar or natural sweeter
  • pinch of pink himalayan salt
  • Bring all the ingredients to a boil and leave o a medium heat. Stir occasionally as it might stick to the bottom.
  • Leave for 5-7 minters if you pre soaked oats or 15 minutes if you’re cooking from dry.
  • While our oats are doing their job! Let’s prepare the toppings for every super food bowl taste.

Seed bowl: Mix pumpkin, sunflower, chia and sesame seeds.

Dried Fruits bowl: add raisins, chopped prunes and dried apricots.

Super food bowl: Maca and Lucuma powder for their powerful antioxidant properties.

Nut bowl: Pecans and walnuts work especially well. But you can add almonds and cashews too.

Back to the oats now! Mix in 1 tsp of grounded flax seeds, throw a handful of raisins and add 30-40ml of plant based milk. I use soy. Mix well and leave on a medium heat for a couple of minutes. Switch off the heat and leave to stay under the lid for another couple of minutes.

Serve with your favorite bowls with the toppings on the side.


Plum Crumble with Spiced Yoghurt 




Last homemade breakfast is all about cosy Sunday mornings with your loved one. Or perfect for those days when you want to cook something special but also to save every minute of your precious family time.

Set oven heat to 180C. While its warming up de-stone 6 medium plums. Quarter them and throw into a deep baking pan. Add:

  • 1 Tsp mixed spices
  • 1/2 Tsp grounded cinnamon
  • 1 Tbs sunflower and pumpkin seeds
  • Couple of tbs of water
  • Tbs maple syrup or another alternative sweetener
  • Mix together and add straight into the oven for 10 minutes or until the plums are softish and oh-so-juicy.


Now to make the homemade crumb topping 

Throw the following ingredients into a bowl:

  • 80-100 gr of oats old fashioned rolled oats are the best for homemade breakfasts.
  • 10ml of extra virgin olive oil.
  • 2-3 tbs of maple syrup or runny honey or other liquid sweeter
  • 1.5 tsp of cinnamon a pinch of pink salt
  • 1 tsp of sesame seeds and several tbs of nuts of your choice.
  • Mix well

Now top up plums with the crumbs. Put your baking pan on the top shelf of the oven for 5-8 minutes until the crumbs are golden brown.


Spiced Yoghurt Topping

Meanwhile mix a yoghurt of your choice with 1/2 tsp of cinnamon, pinch of pink sea salt, pinch of grounded turmeric, pinch of grounded ginger, pinch of grounded cloves a bit of sweeter (Stevia is Svetla’s recommendation) and a generous handful of raisins.

Serve warm or hot straight from the oven to the table.


What Not to Eat Before Yoga

The deep twists and forward bends you do in yoga are likely to force out burps and farts, so it's best to steer clear of things that induce gas.

Greasy or fried foods: You'll want to avoid anything heavy before a yoga workout, so a burger and fries before class is probably a bad idea.

Hard-boiled eggs: While hard-boiled eggs are a convenient and complete protein, many people find they can give them sour burps, especially during yoga.

Garlicky foods: Some people can tolerate garlic-laced foods like hummus before yoga, but garlic burps aren't pleasant for people around you.

Smoothies: While some people swear by pre-yoga smoothies, others find the excess liquid sloshes around in their stomach uncomfortably. This is particularly true during poses where there is pressure on your abdomen like Locust Pose. It may be better to save the smoothie for an after-class treat.


Post Date : 07/02/2020
Title : Top 5 Amazing Hatha Yoga Benefits
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An ancient style of yoga originating back a over thousand years, ‘Hatha Yoga’ can be interpreted as “union of the opposites through a force.”

This  power-packed and transformational practice trains the mind and body on postures (asanas), gestures (mudras), breath (pranayama), locks (bandhas), cleansing process (Shat kriyas)  and meditation sounds (nadausandhana), and magnifies the physiological roles of our body while preparing it to attain a steady mind and realize our divine end.

  • ‘Hatha’ is a  term originating from the break-up of the Sanskrit “Ha” and “Tha” that represent the ‘Sun’ and ‘Moon’ correspondingly.
  •  Hatha Yoga can be referred to the science that balances the solar-lunar and the opposite pair  that is present  within ourselves. 
  • Establishing this balance creates greater intimate relationship with the Self. 
  • As per the consecrated transcripts of Hatha Yoga, it is an art that opens up the ‘Sushumna Nadi’, which thus  awakens the Kundalini – a route to  higher levels of perception and enlightenment.

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With its assorted practices, Hatha Yoga  adds to your life the golden assets of  health and happiness, while harmonising the mind, body and soul. The postures involved in Hatha Yoga postures works wonders for the muscles, organs, as well as the  mind and soul. Here’s how:

Healthy Heart:  When followed religiously, hatha yoga postures help to control hypertension which is one of the chief source of heart related problems including heart attacks. Hatha Yoga  promotes the flow of blood to the heart while decreasing the probability of anginal episodes ,thus leading to a heart that is hale and hearty.

Greater Bone Density: The various yoga postures under the system of Hatha Yoga such as the  Tree Pose, Triangle Pose, Warrior Pose, etc., aid in capsizing bone loss through the  enhancement of   bone-density. Healthy bones play an important role for people of all ages when it comes to minimizing the risk of bone fragility being developed – a condition called  ‘osteoporosis’ and ‘osteopenia’. Daily practice of Hatha yoga can help build bone mass.

Clear, glowing  Skin: Under Hatha Yoga practice, ‘ Shat-kriyas’ detox  the body from deep within. The postures also act  as purifying agents while getting the body rid of unwanted toxins  and adding a peachy glow to the skin.

Develops Core Strength: This form of yoga can be adopted to fortify the  core of the body which comprises of  the midsection that includes  the erector spinae,  traverse abdominis, lower lates and obliques. To abstain  from injuries, and for the manifestation of  a strong body–it becomes crucial to have a flexible and strong core.

Lubricates the Joints: The various joints of our body are benefitted by Hatha Yoga as it helps them get going full fledged. For those who have stiff joints, this form of yoga effectively improves their mobility and makes them more flexible.

Thus regularly inculcating the practice of Hatha Yoga impacts our overall well being – physically, mentally and spiritually Considering the multifold benefits of Hatha Yoga ,  keep practicing it to balance your life perfectly and stay healthy and happy.




Post Date : 06/11/2020
Title : Introduction Human anatomy
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Introduction Human anatomy is the scientific study of the body’s structures. Some of these structures are very small and can only be observed and analyzed with the assistance of a microscope. Other larger structures can readily be seen, manipulated, measured, and weighed. The word “anatomy” comes from a Greek root that means “to cut apart.” In order to observe structures in living people, a number of imaging techniques have been developed. These techniques allow clinicians to visualize structures inside the living body such as a cancerous tumor or a fractured bone.

Like most scientific disciplines, anatomy has areas of specialization. Gross anatomy is the study of the larger structures of the body, those visible without the aid of magnification. Macro- means “large,” thus, gross anatomy is also referred to as macroscopic anatomy. In contrast, micro- means “small,” and microscopic anatomy is the study of structures that can be observed only with the use of a microscope or other magnification devices.

Whereas anatomy is about structure, physiology is about function. Human physiology is the scientific study of the chemistry and physics of the structures of the body and the ways in which they work together to support the functions of life. Much of the study of physiology centers on the body’s tendency toward homeostasis. Homeostasis is the state of steady internal conditions maintained by living things. The study of physiology certainly includes observation, both with the naked eye and with microscopes, as well as manipulations and measurements. However, current advances in physiology usually depend on carefully designed laboratory experiments that reveal the functions of the many structures and chemical compounds that make up the human body.

Like anatomists, physiologists typically specialize in a particular branch of physiology. For example, neurophysiology is the study of the brain, spinal cord, and nerves and how these work together to perform functions as complex and diverse as vision, movement, and thinking. Physiologists may work from the organ level (exploring, for example, what different parts of the brain do) to the molecular level (such as exploring how an electrochemical signal travels along nerves).

Your study of anatomy and physiology will make more sense if you continually relate the form of the structures you are studying to their function. In fact, it can be somewhat frustrating to attempt to study anatomy without an understanding of the physiology that a body structure supports. Imagine, for example, trying to appreciate the unique arrangement of the bones of the human hand if you had no conception of the function of the hand. Fortunately, your understanding of how the human hand manipulates tools—from pens to cell phones—helps you appreciate the unique alignment of the thumb in opposition to the four fingers, making your hand a structure that allows you to pinch and grasp objects and type text messages.

Post Date : 06/06/2020
Title : The pranamaya kosha (five+prana+vayus)
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The pranamaya kosha (five+prana+vayus) is made up of five major pranas which are collectively known as the pancha, or five, pranas: prana, apana, samana, udana and vyana.

pranamaya kosha, governing the area between the larynx and the top of the diaphragm. It is associated with the organs of respiration and speech, and the gullet, together with the muscles and nerves that activate them. It is the force by which the breath is drawn inside.

Apana is located below the navel region and provides energy for the large intestine, kidneys, anus and genitals. It is concerned with the expulsion of waste from the body. 

Samana is located between the heart and the navel. It activates and controls the digestive system: the liver, intestines, pancreas and stomach, and their secretions. Samana also activates the heart and circulatory system, and is responsible for the assimilation and distribution of nutrients.

Udana controls the area of the body above the neck, activating all the sensory receptors such as the eyes, nose and ears. Thought and consciousness of the outside world would be impossible without it. Udana also harmonises and activates the limbs and all their associated muscles, ligaments, nerves and joints, as well as being responsible for the erect posture of the body.

Vyana pervades the whole body, regulating and controlling all movement, and coordinating the other pranas.

Post Date : 04/22/2020
Title : Poorna Titali Asana (full butterfly)
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Sit in the base position. Bend the knees and bring the soles of the feet together, keeping the heels as close to the body as possible. Fully relax the inner thigh muscles.

Clasp the feet with both hands. Gently bounce the knees up and down, using the elbows as levers to press the legs down. Try to touch the knees to the ground on the downward stroke. Do not use any force. Practise 30 to 50 up and down movements.

Keep the soles of the feet together. Place the hands on the knees. Using the palms, gently push the knees down towards the floor, allowing them to spring up again. 35 Do not force this movement. Repeat 20 to 30 times. Straighten the legs and relax.

Breathing: Normal breathing, unrelated to the practice.

Awareness: On mental counting, movement and relaxation. Contra-indications: People with sciatica and sacral conditions should avoid this asana.

Benefits: Both stages prepare the legs for mastery of padmasana and other meditative asanas. The inner thigh muscles hold a lot of tension which is relieved by these asanas. They also remove tiredness from long hours of standing and walking.

Post Date : 04/21/2020
Title : Goolf Ghoornan (Ankle Crank)
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Remain in the base position. Bend the right knee and bring the foot towards the buttock. Turn the knee out to the side and place the foot on the left thigh. Make sure the ankle is far enough over the thigh to be free for rotation. Hold the right ankle with the right hand to support the ankle. Hold the toes of the right foot with the left hand. With the aid of the left hand, slowly rotate the right foot 10 times clockwise, then 10 times anti-clockwise. Repeat with the left foot placed on the right thigh.

Breathing: Inhale on the upward movement. Exhale on the downward movement. Awareness: On the breath, mental counting and rotation.

Benefits: All the foot and calf asanas help in returning the stagnant lymph and venous blood. They thus relieve tiredness and cramp, and prevent venous thrombosis especially in bedridden, post-operative patients.

Post Date : 04/21/2020
Title : Coronavirus (COVID-19) Disease | Symptoms | Updated Yoga | Cure | Treatments
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Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Are you anxious and worried about the new, sudden, emerging threat that is the most underlying concern these days – the outbreak of Covid-19? Don’t get let down by it . You can counter the issue with proper precautions and the correct knowledge of the ailment including its signs and symptoms and other details. Read on to find more :

Corononavirus ( CoV) is a fatal group of disease causing viruses that may range from common cold to other more severe forms like Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS-CoV).


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Virus from animals

The Coronavirus is considered zoonotic , which means that the virus is transmitted among animals and humans.  As per detailed investigations, it has been found that SARS-CoV was disseminated from civet cats while MERS-CoV was transmitted from among  dromedary camels to the people. There are several known coronaviruses that have been circulating among the animals and through which humans remain unaffected so far.   

Common signs

The common signs of this virus being infected in humans include cough and fever , breathing difficulties,  respiratory symptoms, and shortness of breath. The severe cases may extend to pneumonia, kidney failure, severe acute respiratory syndrome, and  also cause death.   

Standard recommendations

In order  to prevent the infection from spreading , it is recommended to wash hands regularly, cover nose and mouth when you cough or sneeze and cook any meat items or eggs thoroughly. Also close contact is to be avoided with anyone who shows any symptoms like coughing, sneezing related to   respiratory illness .

Origin of the Noval Coronavirus (COVID-19)

The new coronavirus originates from Hubei Province, China . The disease as a consequence of   the virus is called COVID-19.

How the Noval Coronavirus spreads

The most probable  case of COVID-19 spre ading from one person to another is via :

  • Direct contact with the infected patient or within the span of  24 hours before the appearance of symptoms.
  • Intimate contact with the person infected who is coughing or sneezing
  • Touching or coming in direct contact with certain surfaces of objects such as tables , door knobs or handles that have been contaminated due to coughing or sneezing by the person infected and thereafter touching your own face or mouth.


 The Symptoms related to coronavirus share their similarity with other flus and colds which include:

  • Cough
  • Fever
  • Sore throat
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue

Some of the infected people may not fall sick while some others may experience mild symptoms and show easy recovery. Again others may suffer from serious illness.

Who is at risk

Those who have high chances of the risk of contracting the virus include people who have :

  • Travelled abroad recently, and to the high risk nations in particular.
  • Stayed in close contact with the infected person having  confirmed COVID-19.


The best way to prevent the virus from spreading or defend yourself against it is by practicing hygiene particularly following hand hygiene and cough and sneeze hygiene and keeping good distance from those who are sick or if you happen to fall ill.  In addition, it is important for you to:

  • Keep hands washed regularly using soap and water, before and post meals and also after toilet visits  -cover your mouth while coughing and sneezing 
  • Disposing  used tissues,
  • Using hand sanitizers that are  alcohol-based 
  • Keep away from others if feeling unwell.  
  • Be wearing surgical masks which may just help prevent the  COVID-19 from spreading by those already infected by it. There is lesser evidence that supports the significant role of surgical masks used by the healthier population to avoid the virus transmission.
  • In confirmed cases the infected person must isolate himself from others so as to avoid the spreading of the infection.

Testing and diagnosis

In case you feel unwell and doubt the symptoms of coronavirus, then an immediate medical examination becomes necessary.

  • The doctor may recommend testing on the basis of the criteria given:
  • You have come back from an overseas trip in fourteen days before feeling ill.
  • You have been in intimate or a casual contact with a case of confirmed COVID-19 in fourteen days prior to feeling ill.
  • You are suffering from respiratory issues such as cough, shortness of breath,sore throat and are having or not having any fever.  
  • You are suffering from severe case of pneumonia that is community acquired and no other reasons for it is evident or clear , whether you have recently travelled overseas or not. 
  • For healthcare workers who are prone to direct contact with the patients and with the symptoms of fever (@≥37.5) , severe respiratory infection such as cough , sore throat,shortness of breath. In such cases, call immediately and book  appointment with the doctor. Inform him about the symptoms, history of travel and any close contact which you may have made with an infected person.
  • Wearing a surgical mask is important while leaving the confines of your home so as to be able to prevent any spread of infection to others.
  • For other more severe symptoms like breathing difficulties seek medical treatment immediately.


Coronavirus does not have any kind of treatment as such, however with proper medical care,most of the symptoms can be treated. Antibiotics are not effective enough for viruses.

In case of being diagnosed with coronavirus , it becomes necessary to keep yourself isolated at your home .

How to keep yourself isolated

  • You can keep yourself isolated by avoiding public places like school and work, shopping malls , university or childcare.   See if you can possibly arrange for food and other essential items to be delivered at your doorstep
  • Excepting for families living together, do not allow any outsiders at this time
  • It is not necessary to wear masks while at home
  • If at all there arises the case to leave your home for seeking medical treatment, you should then wear the surgical mask so that others can be protected

Coronavirus - history

It was in the 1960s that the  human coronaviruses, was characterized initially, accountable for infections of the upper respiratory tract among children . A minimum of  5 new of the human coronaviruses were recognised that were responsible for significant cases of mortality and morbidity. The viruses identified show a relation to the respiratory disease of the upper and lower tract . The virus has shown a significant advancement since the past few years.   

Countries under the impact of Coronavirus

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The novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV), named officially by COVID-19 under the World Health Organisation (WHO) has been multiplying to multiple countries which exceeds 120 nations that includes China which has been prompting the World Health Organisation to  announce the ailment as a global epidemic. The confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus have exceeded an alarming number of 140,000, with above 5,000 deaths being reported across the globe while Europe emerges as the new addition of the affected nations affected with coronavirus. Currently, above one-third of the cases of  COVID-19 have been reported outside China.

Declaration of COVID-19 as a global pandemic

On the 11th of March, the outbreak of COVID-19 had been declared to be a global pandemic.   The same outbreak was also declared by the US in the form of a public health emergency on the 1st of  February while imposing a temporary ban on travel between the nations of Europe to America.

Research on vaccine and drugs

Vaccines and drugs are been worked upon by pharmacy companies like Gilead Sciences, Inovio, Abbvie and research is also being carried out regarding the same in China.

Most affected economies by coronavirus

As per preliminary estimates by UNCTAD of the impact of the virus on trade and economy, those nations that have been impacted most economically   on account of the coronavirus include : Vietnam, Taiwan, South Korea, Japan, US and European Union.

Confirmed cases and deaths due to Global Coronavirus (As per update on  March 12, 2020)

The Novel 2019 Coronavirus ( Covid-19) , so far is reported to have claimed above 4000 lives on a global level with 3169 deaths reported in China. Outside China, there have been reported deaths in 28 countries.  

How the virus began

The virus is reported to have originated in Wuhan, China . The 10th of December was the day when a 57 –year old seafood merchant – Wei Guixan , in the  Hua’nan market located in this city, initially began feeling sick. With the thought that she might have caught a cold, she visited a small clinic in the locality for medical help and thereafter resumed work. After 8 days, her condition, barely conscious , she was in the hospital. The case is one such case that had been first suspected of coronavirus which today has left China paralysed and adversely affected the economy of the globe as well. The virus continuing to spread across the globe, has left above 100,000 ill.  

Cases affected by Coronavirus

There have been above  164,000 cases that have been globally documented which includes celebrities and sports persons,  government officials, as the world continues to counter the spread of the fatal disease.

Cancellation of events due to coronavirus

Major events around the world are being cancelled on account of the spread of Coronavirus, such as the annual Met Gala – which has been stated as the biggest fashion night , has been confined to an indefinite postponement as per Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Celebrities infected by Coronavirus

Prominent among the top popular celebrities are the talented actor of Hollywood -Tom Hanks and his wife, Rita Wilson - singer and actress, Idris Elba- the British actor  and Sophie Trudeau who is the better half of Justin Trudeau ,the Prime Minister of Canada, who have been infected by the fatal virus, as strict government measures continue to be taken to curb coronavirus.

Coronavirus: Are women and children less affected?

As compared to men, the probability of death due to coronavirus in case of women is lesser , and as compared to other age groups, the probability of children dying from the virus is lesser. 

Most of the affected population are prone to mild infection, however there is a clear pattern in the cases that are most severe.

The research has been conducted under a massive study undertaken through Chinese Centres of Disease Control which has taken under study of 44,000 people while showing death of men infected as 2,8 per cent of the total men infected as compared to women which is 1.7% of the population of women.

And compared to nearly 15 % of those aged 80, the death among children and teenagers comprised of 2% of them.

What coronavirus does to the body

One may be wondering how the virus actually attacks the body , why it is killing some and how it can be treated. Here is a brief on the same:

Incubation period

  • This is the phase of the establishment of the virus.
  • The viruses operate by entering the cells within the human body that it is made of and then the body gets hijacked by it.
  • The body can be invaded by coronavirus, while inhaling (for example when someone nearby coughs) or if you happen to touch a surface that is contaminated and then you touch your face.
  • During this early stage, one may not get sick or even not develop any symptoms.
  • The incubation period,( the phase between the infection and the initial appearing symptoms)  may vary widely, however spans on an average of 5 days.  

Mild disease

  1. Most of the infected population will be experiencing a form of mild disease. It has been found that among 10 people, 8 of them get the infection , the core symptoms being cough and fever.
  2. The other possibilities include sore throat, headache and body aches, however there is no guarantee of the same.
  3. The fever is a consequence of the response of the immune system to the infection. It recognises the virus invasion and signals the other parts of the body that there is something wrong via chemicals released known as cytokines. The cough that is caused by the coronavirus is originally one that is dry. Some people eventually begin to cough sputum which is a thick mucus that contains dead cells of lungs which the virus kills.
  4. At this stage, the symptoms related to coronavirus can be treated through paracetamol, abundant fluids and bed rest.
  5. This stage stays for about one week when most may recover as the immune system fights off the virus. But, Covid-19 may take a serious form of development in some.
  6. This represents the  best of what has been understood at this stage, though other emerging studies suggest this form of disease causing symptoms that are more cold-like for example runny nose and so on.   

Is the fear of Coronavirus stressing you out?  Yoga can be of help in such a situation.

Yoga’ as a word finds its origin from the word ‘Yuj’ which is a Sanskrit word that indicates ‘joining’ or ‘uniting.

Yoga , as a practice is said to have marked its beginning ever since the very first light of civilisation.  Yoga, as a science dates back to more than thousand years ago, even prior to the birth of religion or established systems of beliefs. Lord Shiva is considered as the first Guru and yogi as per the yogic lore.  

The concept of yoga in reality is much vast than you may assume. In other words , yoga is not just about physical exercising but goes over and above just the asanas to connecting the self with the divine. The regular or routine practice of yoga is said to awaken your spirituality and refresh your mind, body and soul.  Following this concept , yoga studios and schools such as Himalayan Yoga Association (HYA) located in the “Yoga Capital of the World “- Rishikesh, India, encourage mindfulness and healthy daily regimen for a healthy yogic lifestyle. This includes inculcating discipline such as sleeping and waking up on time, following the healthy vegetarian sattvic diet to nourish the body and practicing yoga and meditation regularly.    

Yoga Practice  for Health and Wellness:

According to Shri Himanshu Joshi – yoga teacher and founder of HYA, Rishikesh, India, some of the yoga sadhanas or practices that are widely practiced include: Asanas, yama and niyama, pranayama , dhyana or meditation, Mudras and Bandhas, Samadhi ,  Dharana, Pratyahara, Shar-karmas or cleansing rituals. These form the pre-requisites for the practice of yoga or yoga sadhana. And if you are wondering how asanas can help , here’s more about the role of asanas:

Asanas, have the power to bring the body and mind to a state of stability. It entails the adoption of the various psycho-physical patterns, and adds to the capability of the individual of maintaining a body position upto a certain length of time.

So,let some asanas, breathing techniques and the goodness of Ayurveda play their role to keep you calm, give you sound sleep and strengthen the body’s immune system. 

So as of now, you may be getting asked to stay home if you happen to sneeze or cough or be stared upon by suspicious eyes if doing the same at the subway.  You may also have noticed pantries getting stocked with Purell and rolls of tissues. And you are already into the cautionary mode , washing hands every now and then, being home when ill and keeping a good distance from those sneezing or coughing.

The number of cases of infections are likely expected to rise in the U.S.  However, the stress and anxiety added with anticipation, fear and uncertainty may create further havoc and have adverse effect in health. Here Ayurveda, Yoga and mindfulness play a handy role in helping to fortify the body so as to be able to fight off flu, common cold and coronavirus. Keeping a healthy immune system and low levels of stress become essential factors. Ayurvedic practitioners and other experts recommend some helpful tips in this regard so as to remain healthy:   

Here’s what you can do to boost your immune system:

  1. Gargling of  warm saltwater : using a neti pot.  Dissolve around half teaspoon of sea salt or Himalayan salt in warm water which is 8 oz.  In your attempt to avoid any sickness , your nose and throat may have bacteria and germs hanging out before they actually enter the blood stream and then affect the immunity.  Salt helps to cleanse them out. These rinses entailing saltwater can be used as measures of prevention or if you begin to get the feeling of sickness.
  2. Sleeping well :   According to Ayurveda, a sleep cylcle that is balanced is linked directly to a healthy and strong immune system. It is advisable to go to bed after 2-3 hours post sunset so as to maintain the healthy sleep routines.
  3. Drinking tulsi tea. : Tulsi – one of the sacred Ayurvedic plants is a good reducing agent of headache, stress and fever  . Just carry this handy herb with you wherever you go , be it work or school. Tulsi has soothing properties to counter the respiratory conditions that maybe problematic. 
  4. Supplement  : Turmeric acts as  a natural herb that supplements the body’s immunity.
  5. Deep breathing :  The lungs are considered as the largest lymph pumps, that clears the toxins from the body.  A regular practice of pranayama can aid in busting stress and enhance immunity. Some breathing exercises help open the lungs, such as  ‘Anulom Vilom,’ ‘Kapalabhati’, ‘Ujjayi Pranayama,’ ‘Sitali Pranayama.
  6. Massage or self-massage :  A daily self-massage or abhyanga is beneficial while using organic oils example sesame oil or coconut or olive oil which help hydrate and nourish the skin and calm the nerves. This acts as a preventive measure .
  7. Taking vata-balancing breaks in course of the day : To avoid getting stressed, just give yourself a few minutes (20 minutes ideally) to spend in mindfulness practices , quiet sitting, walks ,or Restorative Yoga, particularly after a hard day ’s work , towards the day end.  

Yoga Asanas

Twisting and bending while doing postures strengthens the  lymphatic system. It is essential to expel the secretions present in the body from the from lymph glands .

Here are some helpful asanas:

  • Shashankasan - In a seated posture, the lymph toxins get drained out from the body via forward bending and the immunity improves.
  • Padahastana – While  standing, the lymph toxins get expelled from the body through forward bending and circulation gets enhanced.
  • Paschimottanasana – In a similar manner, paschimottanasans helps in expanding chest posteriorly.
  • Sarvangasana - In the supine posture, the legs and body are to be  raised upwards till the region of the shoulder . This eliminates the toxins of the lower limb from the body while reducing pressure on the lower body.
  • Matsyasana – The Matsasana or fish pose is done after Saravangasana.  This pose works in the form of complementary posture bringing in the equanimity. It also looks into the other regions of the body such as neck.
  • Dhanurasana – While you lie on the abdomen, ( prone posture), twist both your hands and legs backward, in a manner that resembles the body similar to a bow. 
  •  Similarly the asanas of  backward bending such as Ushtrasana (camel pose), bhujangasana (snake pose),enhance the elasticity, volume  and strength of muscles and chest cavity .

Shuddhi kriya

Jala neti –This is an effective cleansing technique that aids in the cleansing of the the respiratory pathway, and helps the body to get rid of bacterial infections and viruses. Salt water helps improve breathing post oxygenation.  Kapalbhati (breathing involving forceful exhalation ) should be done after Jalaneti in order to remove the stagnated water present in the sinuses.

Vamandhauti - Vaman Dhauti is a part of the   Shatkarma or Shatkriya. Devised by yogis , this practice systematically cleans the alimentary canal. It mainly intends to cleanse the digestive track and effects the hygiene of the eyes , external ears and respiratory tract.


Pranayama is a systematic technique that involves the control of the breath and mind. It  aids in enhancing and repairing the body’s respiratory functioning and enhances the efficiency of the neuroendocrine mechanism. It should be performed under expert guidance (two times a day with ten to twenty rounds) 

These include:

Anulom vilom pranayama – Anulom Vilom Pranayama or “Alternate Nostril Breathing” helps in cleansing the energy channels within and the respiratory system. It also helps in balancing and channelizing the neuroendocrine functions, and thus aids in enhancing the body’s immunity. 

Suryabhedan Pranayama – this  technique entails the breathing in of the right nostril and the breathing out  of the left nostril .

Bhastrika – This involves a procedure of  vigorous inhaling and exhaling. It may be noted that pranayama practices such as Sheetali and Sitkari which have cool effects , are to be avoided. 


So if you have been facing increased anxiety recently on account of the these days due to the Covid-19 coronavirus, you aren’t the only one! The pandemic has left one and all to face greater stress and left the situation to uncertainty.  It has also been questioning us as to how or what can be done to prevent the panic and anxiety.

In our attempt to overcome this anxiety due to the coronavirus, a motivational quote can be kept in mind , “With the new day comes new strength and new thoughts. ...”   And meditation gives you that strength and positive thinking to carry on.

Role of meditation 

The first thing to understand is that “meditation” in reality relates to several practices.  For example in the west, it is referred to as “mindfulness meditation.” This denotes focusing non-judgementally and purposefully on your present. It may entail a formal mode of practice such as while sitting when you just close your eyes and concentrate on the breath going in and out.  Mindfulness can also be practiced during other activities such as while shopping for groceries or reading the news and so on. 

How mindfulness and other techniques of meditation can help in finding balance during the pandemic :

As per the studies conducted under neuroscience , it has been found that the art of meditating plays a role in controlling the emotions that let go of altruism. The power of meditation helps us remain at ease within a space of presence large enough to fit in what whatever we face. It is this space that lets us live in reality from the individual being we intend to be.

To know more about yoga and meditation and spiritualism you can read some enlightening books such as “Yoga Sutras of Patanjali,” “Bhagavad Gita,” and more that will also calm your mind, body and soul.   These popular texts are also recommended by yoga gurus and yoga schools worldwide. 

Harvard Medical School recommending yoga to cope with the threat of Coronavirus

In the outburst of the pandemic, the Harvard Medical School as per its latest guideline on health has recommended yoga, meditation and controlled breathing as some of the beneficial ways to bring relaxation to self through an article ‘Coping with coronavirus anxiety.’

Even if yoga is not your cup of tea, consider trying it out as something new and find out how it benefits you as a form of healthy distraction!  

Practicing yoga under expert guidance of a professional yoga instructor is the best way to acquaint and learn the principles and philosophy of the subject. A qualified  yoga instructor will guide you on how to perform the asanas correctly, how to avoid injuries while performing them and the correct breathing techniques along with precautionary measures to be taken . Once you master these, you will be able to practice the same with confidence and teach it to others too.

So practice yoga, pray to your divine force and stay positive . Do take the essential precautionary measures to shield yourself from ailments ranging from cough and cold, flu, fever to COVID 19.  It is hope , prayer and positivity that can motivate us and the world to keep the fight against this current pandemic going and win over it.












Post Date : 03/23/2020
Title : How to Apply for (Tourist Visa) Indian Visa (Complete Step by Step Procedure)? Yoga Students, Fee, Requirements & Instructions
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India Visa for US Citizens and Yoga Students – What you need to know?

India is a diverse land  with a rich cultural heritage and the treasure of traditional values and this is what makes it an ideal destination for visitors from all over the world. This also explains the fact that last year there have been above one million US citizens as visitors to this country in particular.  

Tourist visa – the key that opens doors to India

Obtaining a tourist visa for a visit to India is a process simple enough and can be handled through online itself.  Most of the nationalities require an Indian visa including citizens from the US. An online eVisa can be applied for if a visit to India is a part of your plans.  

As a citizen of USA, if you are keen on the regulations and requirements that it takes while applying for a tourist visa , here are some crucial points addressed that might help you.

What is a tourist EVisa?

This is an  official document that is essential to  permit entry to India and for travel throughout the country . It is linked electronically to an individual’s passport.

Can a US citizen obtain visa on his arrival to India ?

No. There is no visa provided on arrival to India. The application and receipt of your visa need to be done prior to your trip itself . US citizens arriving in India with no valid visa , will not be permitted to enter the country.  

How long can US citizens stay in India?

A total of 180 days stay  is granted to US citizens while they are in India . This India Tourist eVisa has a validity of  1 year from its issue and is also valid enough for multiple entries.

What do I need in order to apply for Indian Tourist EVisa?

In order to apply for an Indian tourist EVisa , the following are essential while submitting your application:

  • Bio page in your passport -a digital copy in PDF format.
  • Passport photo  - digital and in JPEG format.
  • A debit /credit card / PayPal account – to enable the procedure  payment.

Yoga Students Visa for India

India – the birthplace of yoga and the land of yogis and saints, promises an exciting adventure and experience for all yogi travelers. Here is a opportunity for you to step out of your comfort zone of your home and try out the simple yogic lifestyle for a while and for a change.

And the last thing amid the excitement to try this new yogic voyage would be to land up in the country and then discovering that you have not got the right visa but the wrong one! Here is an outline of the essentials that you must know so that you get the correct visa confirmed for your tour , how you can obtain it and what you are supposed to do on your arrival to India.

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An important point to remember and know - Do not purchase tickets that are non-refundable until you have secured your passport and visa and have possession of them. The processing time for the visa may take longer than usual at times.


Validity of Visa

The validity of the visas are applicable from the date of issue of the visa and not from the date that you enter India which means that you should not apply too much in advance!

Tourist Visa is the common visa which can last for 6 months. So if your yoga course program takes longer than this duration, then a student visa would be more apt for you. This is referred to by some as  “Yoga Visa” , however the technical term used for the same is “Student Visa”. In this case, the yoga center in question must make the necessary arrangements for your documentation since all the schools of yoga may not be approved for this particular visa i.e. student visa.

 Here are some common questions addressing information on visas:

 What is a visa?

When one travels to a foreign country , an official authorisation is needed in order to be permitted to enter that nation in particular  and travel around within the country. This is stamped or attached with the individual’s passport.  Depending upon his purpose of visit , an individual may apply for  tourist visa, student visa, resident visa or business visa. The appropriate guidelines on the same must be followed carefully as per the country that he intends to visit during the course of the application for the respective visa.  

Who needs a visa for India?

Excluding citizens from Nepal and Bhutan , all others (including children), must possess a valid visa in order to visit India.  

What type of visa to study yoga in India?

Previously, the study of yoga could be pursued on a tourist visa . Today also you can still visit India on a tourist visa itself for pursuing your course in yogic education.  However, recently, in certain locations of India such as Mysore, the officials demand for a student visa. If you already have determined which place precisely you will be pursuing your course from, the yoga school of your choice will be able to let you know the particular visa type that you require in order to get enrolled into their course programs, so you can contact them directly in the process of  your preparation for the trip.

These are the three different types of visas that are commonly required as per the situation and purpose of the visitor aspiring to take up a yoga course in India:

Tourist Visa

This visa serves a shorter duration of 6 months or less, in India during stay and is valid for tourism only.  Employment within the country under this type of visa, is strictly prohibited.

Student Visa

If your purpose of visiting India is to stay in the country for an extended period of time exceeding 6 months for the study of yoga, then a student visa will be essential .In such case, you will have to obtain a letter from your chosen yoga center stating the fact the you have enrolled for the particular course conducted by them.  

Employment Visa

If your purpose of visit in India is to do some voluntary services such as in any NGO perhaps or in an ashram, then there arises the need for an employment visa. Just like in case of the student visa, here also you would require a letter from the particular workplace stating your employment with the organisation respectively.

Tourist Visa – the details

With a validity of 6 months, tourist visas generally can be of the types : single-entry or multiple-entry.

  • Single Entry: A single entry tourist visa allows you a single entry into the country and a stay for a duration of upto six months at the maximum after which you have to leave the country . Then you will have to reapply for a new one if you want to revisit India. At any point if you happen to exit the country (India) in course of your six months , you will not be able to return to India.
  • Multiple Entry: A multiple-entry tourist visa, enables you to leave India, and then be able to re-enter as well with no hassles of going through the formalities and procedure  all over again for applying and getting a new visa. As per the name itself, throughout the validity period , you can enter as many times you desire. This visa also permits a maximum stay of six months at a time.


Though in most cases the tourist visas for India come with a 6-month validity, some of the nationalities may be granted a visa for just about 3 months. In case of US citizens, visas , with validity of 5 years and 10 years as well, may be granted as per a particular bilateral arrangement.

As far as the rules pertaining to visas for India are concerned, they are very strict regarding the same and could also lead to penalty and detention if the duration of stay exceeds the validity period  of the individual visa concerned.  

Standard requirements for a Tourist Visa

For the updated information of the requirements below, and/or  any other/others not listed below, it is advised to check upon the latest information pertaining to the same with your country’s Indian Embassy :

  • A passport with a validity of a minimum of  six more months from your day of arrival to India and with one page empty (USA – two pages sometimes)
  • Passport photos  (the number of copies required would depend on the embassy)
  • indian evisa application form (this can be downloaded from your embassy)
  • Proof of your Residency
  • Application Fee (this is generally accepted in cash only)
  • Copy of your Birth Certificate (this may not be applicable in all the cases, however it is in the USA in particular as well as in case of minors). Where required, your birth certificate might call for a translation.  

Please note: You do not have to undergo any particular vaccinations for obtaining a visa under the Indian Embassy. However , it is important to check with your physician or doctor regarding any vaccinations as suggested.

Application process for regular tourist visa

Here is a general  three-step visa application process for a regular tourist visa :

Step1 . Online application:  This step consists of filling the application form and submitting it securely.

Step 2 . Documents submission: Your necessary documents must be accompanying your application that you submit at the Indian Mission or the respective center for application for the Indian Visa. 

Step 3 . Receipt of  Passport and visa : These can be collected from the respective Indian Mission or Visa Application Center.

15-Day Extensions of Visa

The extension for tourist visas in India cannot be granted excepting in cases of emergency.  A 15-day extension can be granted during a situation of emergency, in such case you are required to present the return flight ticket that you possess to the nearest Foreigners’ Registration Office (FRO) or Foreigners’ Regional Registration Office (FRRO) . An extension on the other visas may be granted  upon request through submission of the same at the Foreigners’ Registration Office .

Please note: For tourist visas, the extensions granted are very rare, unless in cases like accidents or extreme sickness due to which the individual cannot leave the country.  

Converting from one visa type to another

During your stay in India, tourist visas are not convertible into any other visa  type. In order to be eligible to apply for another type of visa, you have to leave India. For other types of visa, you can apply to the MHA (Ministry of Home Affairs) in Delhi for converting your visa. Alternatively , you can also apply to the Foreigners’ Registration Office, via which your case will be further forwarded to the Ministry of Home Affairs in Delhi. And the third alternative in this case is also to leave the country and then apply accordingly to get your new visa.  


Applying for a visa – General points

  • The validity of all visas are from the date it is issued, and not from the date of your entering India. As an example, a 6-month Tourist Visa which has been issued on the  1st of January stands valid until the 30th of June.
  • You must mention at least the name of one referee from India as demanded by the the application forms.  So here, if it is known to you about the center you have enrolled on for the yoga course, you can mention its name or as a traveller, the hotel name can be mentioned , (Name of the hotel that you are going to stay while in India).  
  • You may receive the tourist visa on the same day itself or it may take a time period of upto 10 days while the other visas may require a longer time. So to avoid any kind of unforeseen delays in your tourist visa, you may have to give it a minimum of seven to ten days,  You will be able to get the visa earlier or faster if all your necessary documents are prepared in advance.   

Where to apply for your visa

Depending on the circumstances of the case, you may apply to the Indian consulate or embassy , while in several countries, the application process is generally outsourced ( the visa service center takes up the task of processing and not the embassy)

Examples of some useful sites for visa application:

While applying for the visa, if you do not happen to be residing in your home country that you are a citizen of, then in that case, the Indian embassy or the respective office in that particular country where you are at present staying , should be contacted by you so as to be able to access further information necessary to get the visa.

Extending your visa

With the exception of tourist and transit visas, visas of all types can go for an extension in India.  This power is exclusively exercised by the FRO or FRRO or MHA in Delhi. 

Please note: even though, within India ,  visas of some types are extendable, the process could be time consuming and hence it is best to avoid such a situation. So here, it is better to try obtaining a visa that covers entirely the complete duration of your stay in India.

Registration in India

For those on Tourist Visa, registering in India is not necessary. However student visas or other visas require the same . It is mandatory to be registered with the FRRO/FRO for all foreign nationals excepting children under the age of 16 , within a span of fourteen days from arriving in India.     

“Yoga Visa “ to India – an easier way

 How “Yoga Visa” was introduced   

“Yoga day is India’s Pride.”  These are the words spoken by the prime minister of India – Narendra Modi in context of  December 11, 2014, when it was decided by the UN to make the declaration of ‘International Yoga Day’ as on June 21st.  He also mentioned the responsibility of India to convey the message of yoga in its true spirit to everyone.  It is probably on account of this significant resolution made by the UN, that the “Yoga Visa” has been introduced by the Government of India for the visiting tourists who wish to pursue a course on yogic education.

The popularity of yoga

Led by the success of an Indian Hindu monk - Swami Vivekananda,  the latter part of the 19th century and the earlier half of the 20th century saw yoga as a popular art form in the West, and  also in the form of a practice that entailed the physical, spiritual, and mental discipline and aimed towards a transformation from within the being.  Ever since , there has been an increasing demand for yoga learning and various courses on yoga such as yoga teacher training, yoga retreats , meditation sessions, spiritual discourses and so on . And India – the birthplace of Yoga and the hub of yogis from all over the world, has been attracting considerable attention as students continue to flock to the land in their quest for wisdom , spirituality and the awakening of their kundalini !

Here, an important point to know is that the word “Yoga Visa” as used by the yoga schools and authorities in India , is however , not a term as used by the embassies or visa service center where the visa is to be received  and these recognize only the “ Student Visa.” This visa lasts for the duration that the yoga program is pursued and can go upto a period of five years . An extension can be granted on this visa during stay in India and the students may also be exempted from visiting the Foreigners’ Registration Office.

Travelling to India

 The thought of an exciting adventure to India inspires one and many to cross distances and visit their destination. This includes innumerable yoga students from all parts of the world ready to visit the “Yoga Capital of the World “ – Rishikesh . Indeed Rishikesh offers several divine yoga ashrams and yoga centers that conduct quality courses on yoga including yoga teacher training and yoga retreats.  With a combination of yoga and a vacation that lets them go for sightseeing, adventure sports and street shopping, Rishikesh has been the hub of yogis and travelers since long. Other places that attract students towards yoga and touring include the pristine beaches of Goa, the greenery of Kerala and the majestic mountains of Dharamshala. By introducing the “Yoga Visa” , India welcomes and encourages all yoga students from the globe to go ahead with their travel plans and make their entry into India an easier expedition.   


An E-Visa not only serves the purpose of sightseeing or visiting and recreational purposes but also meets  short-term reasons like undergoing yoga courses or any short-term medical treatment such as the Indian ethnic ayurveda therapy. This system has created a more hassle free process for travelling to India to be able to pursue the ancient yogic education and avail the authentic teachings of the subject from the place of its origin.  

Journey to India

Planning for and organising your tour to India might sound like a big deal. For example, some might assume it to be a costly affair and the visa application and further procedure related to it might be a complex process consuming a long duration of time. Thus the journey to India might pose a challenging picture.  However, if you plan your trip through the right steps and information, this may not be as cumbersome as you think and your destination will just seem closer and will take you to a whole new world of experience to witness and learn. So book your flight, grab your approved visa and passport ,pack your luggage , and   be inspired to turn your yogic journey to India into a life changing experience to remember!

Post Date : 03/19/2020
Title : Benefits of Yoga in Weight Loss and Flat Stomach
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Yoga is a practice that supports not only physical but mental as well as spiritual development while allowing to bring out the best in you. Thus it is a way of life and the medium to connect with the inner self and find oneself within. On account of its practical benefits such as better concentration and focus, improved moods, mindful eating, peaceful sleep, relaxation and rejuvenation of self and weight loss, this great art form has gained huge popularity among people of : 

  • all ages ranging  from kids to the elderly
  • all spheres of life ranging from students, sportspersons, homemakers to even celebrities!
  • all nationalities ranging from the East to West 


Yoga - an effective means to help in weight loss

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A useful tool in weight loss, yoga and in particular, those forms of that are more active, is an art popularly practiced by one and many. As a practitioner, you may also become conscious as you go through the more subtle and relaxing forms of yoga practice to aid in weight loss. There are several experts who agree to the various ways in which yoga works to bring about and maintain a healthy body weight. Here is a glimpse into some such ways by which yoga can help reduce and maintain the body weight.

  • Most Effective Ways
  • Try Power Yoga
  • Do Plank for Weight Loss
  • Complete Body workout (Yogalates)
  • SIP Hot Water to Remove unwanted Fat (Detoxify your inner body)
  • Practise Yoga in Morning


Yoga and Mindfulness


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Yoga is not only physical but mental and spiritual as well which makes you aware and enlightened on several levels. Yoga also increases your consciousness as to how the different kinds of dietary habits impact your mind,body and spirit. Yoga is said to be particularly advantageous in case of those looking for natural forms of treatment for weight loss.

According to a study conducted in Indian University, it was reported that training on mindfulness brings about short term advantages related to impulsive eating and participation in physical activity.  It is recommended to avoid practising yoga on a full stomach, so it becomes essential to choose a healthy diet prior to a yoga practice session. Post the yoga practice session, there is a tendency towards foods that are fresh and unprocessed.


Yoga and better sleep


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An ideal sleep generally lasts from 6 to 9 hours. Such quality sleep has also been associated with the losing of weight. The practice of yoga nidra - a guided relaxation technique, helps in deep sleep while also increasing mindfulness. As per studies conducted in 2018, it was found that healthcare workers practicing yoga nidra showed increased mindfulness.

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Yoga and calorie burning


Best yoga poses to burn calorie chart

Though yoga may not be considered as a form of aerobic exercise, certain types are physical oriented. Ashtanga and Vinyasa flow are the active and intense yoga types that could aid in the prevention of weight gain. Restorative yoga though not particularly the physical yoga style is said to aid in weight loss.

Under one study, it was revealed that restorative yoga helped in weight loss in overweight women trying to lose weight. Such findings are handy for those who find the vigorous asanas more difficult to perform.


How often can yoga be practiced to lose weight?

The more you practice yoga the more effective it is in helping you lose weight. You could also opt for a more active and intense form of yoga practice for a minimum of 3 to 5 times a week and for a duration of an hour at least. On the other hand , you could opt for a gentler and relaxing  session. Hatha yoga and restorative yoga practices are suitable then. As a beginner, you can start off at a slow pace and then gradually develop and strengthen your practice. This will help build on more strength and flexibility and help in the prevention of injuries.If you are running out of time , then you could alternatively opt for a self practice session of just a minimum of twenty minutes. Allocate yourself an entire day of rest in a week. 

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You can combine other activities as well along with your yoga practice such as swimming, cycling or walking to gain extra cardiovascular benefits. After your yoga session, avoid taking your weight directly as there may be some loss of water weight in the course of your session.  Alternatively, you can take your weight during the same time every day.

For those who cannot complete a full session, there are some asanas that you can try at home such as sun salutation and boat pose.  To learn more about these poses and other poses, and to be able to master them , you can join a professional yoga course such as yoga teacher training. The best yoga teacher training programs are conducted in India and Rishikesh is the ultimate destination where the presence of innumerable standard yoga schools and ashrams add value to this petite town in the foothills of the Garhwal mountains. 

Besides, the yoga schools here are mostly certified under Yoga Alliance and thus are renowned for their authenticity and traditional teachings of the yogic wisdom. The courses may include a broad range of programs of 100 hour yoga teacher training, 200 hour yoga teacher training, 300 hour yoga teacher training and 500 hour yoga teacher training programs in Rishikesh and yoga retreats too. In addition to the course, you will also earn a unique opportunity to witness and experience a new place, new surroundings of tranquility and peace, new Indian culture, new sattvic  food to suit yogic lifestyle, and above all a new you!


The Takeaway

Practicing yoga as a commitment is an effective way to lose weight. It is a good idea to establish for yourself some modest goals which is possible for you to fulfil. With the gradual deepening of your practice, you become more aware and feel a natural tendency to incorporate healthy diet patterns and lifestyle. 

"Life is good" so believe in living it "king size" introduce and incorporate yoga in your life to feel good from within and get oriented towards health and wellness. Eat healthy, sleep well and keep practicing and enjoying yoga as a part of your life to maintain a balanced and healthy mind, body and soul.


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Post Date : 03/14/2020

Rob Whin

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