Author: Abhilasha

Halasana (Plow Pose)

Halasana  Contraindications: Avoid in case of high blood pressure, cardiac ailments, Pregnancy, Glaucoma and menstruation  Preparatory postures: The inverted postures are best to be practiced at the end of the session. Your joints and muscles are in active mode post surya namaskar.  The flow of standing, seated and supine asanas puts your major muscles and joints in a functional mode. Your body is light and hence performing halasana becomes effortless and joyful. Steps for the practice with the support of wall/chair/sofa/bed Facing the opposite wall, spread your legs (keeping closer) in front of you.  Keep the distance as same as the length of your legs between hips and wall.Now inhale at the place, exhaling, lift your legs up in a such way that your hips will also be in the air and your feet facing towards the wall. Let your feet touch the wall. Keep giving support to your hips with your palms as most of the time your hips will get pushed to the ground. So a gentle push with the palms helps keeping them in the air. Now slowly walk down on the wall and try going down as much as possible.  When you feel that you cannot go much lower than this, stay there . Hold the posture for 10 to 15 seconds initially. You can increase the duration as you progress in your practice. Please...

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Pandemic has been such a blessing in disguise

Meenakshi  Singh is one of the scientists who doesn’t treat science and spirituality as different entities. At present, this researcher is in South Korea,  exploring more effective and economical possibilities in cancer treatment. Prior to that she was  in-charge of a transplant diagnostic laboratory in Tata Memorial Center, Mumbai.  The Tata center is recognized for its extensive cancer research and treatments. The center sees  the footfalls of cancer patients across India. She has witnessed the pain and misery of cancer patients very closely. Along with modern medications and treatments,  decoding knowledge from our ancient shastras  and adapting it can help humans to live healthy, happy and meaningful lives, according to her.  This dynamic immunologist was featured in an esteemed book that celebrates the Yin energy –‘Aura : Stories of Inspiring Women.’ Superyogis had  engrossing soul to soul talk with her. She uncovers unknown (for layman) aspects of cancer & cancer research and shares her spiritual journey that marks her journey from the self to the self.  What’s the area of focus of your research? Meenakshi Singh: I am on study leave. I am working on immunotherapy. I was in-charge of  a transplant diagnostic laboratory in Tata Memorial Centre. We were working in the laboratory to identify or in layman’s language matching compatibility genes-HLA match and identifying a good donor for a patient suffering from blood cancer for bone marrow...

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Upvistha Konasana (wide angle seated forward bend)

 Contraindications: Avoid any kind of injury in pelvic floor or hips or severe arthritis. Slipped disc. Preparatory postures: Janu sirsasana, Parivritta Janu Sirsasana and chakki chalanasana. Steps for the practice: Sit widespread legs as shown in the video.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bgC7TzrnCLE&t=26sBend forward from your hips. Don’t use your spine to bend forward.Slowly hold the toes with forward bend When you are comfortable, touch your head to the floor.Stay there as per your comfort.Breathe normallySlowly come back to your starting position.Now, please practice Baddha konasana since upavistha konasana is the expansion of your legs and pelvic floor. The contraction should follow post expansion. It will help remove the tension built in muscles during the practice.If full forward bend is not possible, you can use bricks, a pillow or chair to rest your head initially and then gradually you will be able to rest on the floor in this posture. Body parts actively involved in: Pelvic floor, thighs and hips Muscles actively involved in Upvistha Konasana Hamstrings, biceps femoris, piriformis, gastrocnemius, semitendinosus, soleus, gracilis and obturator internus If you always out limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work, and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must go beyond them. – Bruce Lee Benefits of wide angle pose:  This is very good posture to be done at the end of the...

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Prasarita Padottanasana (Wide legged standing forward bends) Tutorial

Contraindications  Avoid any hips, knee or leg injury. This is an intermediate level of practice so avoid practicing in your initial days of practice or perform at a very moderate level. Preparatory postures: Janu Sirsasana, Parvritta Janu sirsasana, Utkat Konasana, Supt Padangushthasana, Parivrtta supta padangusthasana, Chakki chalanasana and Upavistha konasana Steps for the practice: Stand in tadasana.Spread your legs step by step, pointing your toes inside and heels outside. This positioning of feet helps lock your legs and the chances of you falling down becomes very less.Don’t spread your legs so much that you won’t be able to balance yourself in the forward bend.Place your palms exactly at the centre between legs. Now slowly try resting your head exactly between your palms.Please see that in an attempt to rest your head on the ground, don’t bend your knees. Try to keep them as stretched as possible. However, gentle knee bend is completely fine initially.Once your head is rested on the ground, breathe normally and pull your glues up.Stay in the posture as per your comfort, starting with 10 to 15 seconds.Slowly come back to the starting position. Body parts actively involved in  Legs and hips Prasarita padottanasana anatomy Adductors, hamstrings, gluteus, soleus, gastrocnemius these muscles are actively involved in this asana. Benefits of wide angle pose It stretches your legs extensively, opens up hips and since it is forward...

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Goodbye to 2021 with Gratitude

Acknowledging the good that you already have in your life is the foundation for all abundance— Eckhart Tolle The year 2021 is going to be history soon and 2022 will dawn upon us. The year 2020 and 2021 will always be remembered as the lockdown and corona years. At the end of 2020, we were expecting that our lives will be much better in 2021 and the humans will get the freedom from corona. Nevertheless, people accepted the presence of corona in 2021 and started working on impoverishing their lives.  The scenario certainly looks better in 2021 though not as grand as expected. The pandemic also marks chaos in world politics & economics along with individuals’ finances & minds. The year 2021 witnessed traumas, loss of lives and jobs; and at the same time, there was a rise of new entrepreneurs who identified opportunities in disguise. At the same time, individuals started concentrating more on the inner mechanism–contentment, satisfaction and overall wellbeing. Transitional 2021 People started working on their well-being more than before. The year 2020 saw the struggle of managing family and work together from home whereas 2021 brought somewhat balance to it. The human being has changed more inside than outside. The whole approach and attitude towards life has gone through a transformation. A year 2021 deserves special gratitude and appreciation that has channelized our lives towards a...

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