Author: Dr. Vikram Chauhan

Five Yoga Poses for Healthy Body and Mind

Just like Ayurveda, yoga too is a pride of India. It has origin from the divine land, India. Today, even the modern world has accepted and adapted Yoga as one of the effective healing modalities. It is basically a science of self-realisation.

Yoga is a big science by itself and a trend of the modern-day world. It is a comprehensive method of psycho-somatic healing, an answer for many physical and mental problems and a unique way of balancing and maintaining a rhythm between body and mind.

The practices of yoga were elaborated and given a philosophical foundation of Yoga Sutra of the Indian scholar Patanjali, who is traditionally regarded as the ‘founder of Yoga’. The period of this work dates back to 3rd century B.C.

Five Yoga Poses for Healthy Body and Mind

Om Mantra:

om mantra

  • The practice of chanting “OM” cures high blood pressure, migraine, tension, constipation, heart attack and all digestion problems. The chanting of Om Mantra provides internal relaxation as well. Chanting of Om is considered as a powerful yogic exercise. It relaxes mind as well as body. The problem of stammering is also cured by chanting Om Mantra. Chanting of Om Mantra purifies the environment and creates positive vibrations so it relaxes the mind as well.
  • For practising Om Mantra, take a position in Padamasana and close your eyes and bring both hands in Gyan Mudra
  • Touch the tip of the thumb with the tip of index finger.
  • Back and neck should be kept straight.
  • Keep all the muscles of the relaxed.
  • Body should be in a still position
  • Take deep breath and without giving a pause, say ‘Om’.
  • First, practice it for 5 minutes and then increase it from 25 minutes.

Surya Namaskar:


  • Surya Namaskar is one of the most complete methods to bring about health and vigour while at the same time preparing an adept for the deeper processes of yoga. This yogic exercise is based on the 3 elements: rhythm, energy and form. This yogic exercise thus becomes strong, supple, agile and healthy. Some experts, including Ayurvedic physicians, consider surya namaskar as the crest of jewel exercises. This yogic exercise is the best way to relax and rejuvenate the body and also help to tide over a hectic day with ease.

The 12 poses of Surya Namsakar or Sun Salutation include:

  • Pranamasana
  • Hastauttanasana
  • Hasta Padasana
  • Ashwa Sanchalanasana
  • Dandasana
  • Ashtanga Namaskara
  • Bhujangasana
  • Parvatasana
  • Ashwa Sanchalasana
  • Hasta Padamasana
  • Hastauttanasana
  • Pranama asana

Dhanurasana (Bow pose):

bow pose

  • In Ayurveda, it is said that abdominal problems are the root cause of all the problems. So, it is necessary to keep the stomach healthy. This asana provides relief from all the abdominal problems and therefor, helpful in keeping body and mind healthy. This asana helps to improve digestion by stimulating gastric secretions. By doing this asana, the muscles of the vital organ liver are massaged. This asana is also recommended for the management of diabetes, back pain and neck pain.

Steps of Dhanurasana are:

  • Start the asana by lying flat on the stomach with legs and feet together and the arms and hands beside the body.
  • Bend the knees and bring heels close to the buttocks.
  • Place the chin on the floor and clasp the hand around the ankles.
  • Now, take a deep breath and raise the head trunk and legs above the ground in order to lift legs and pull hands and legs in the opposite direction.
  • Support the entire body on the floor. Hold the position for as long on the floor.
  • The last step of this asana is holding the position for as long as is comfortable and then slowly relax the leg muscles, lower the legs, chest and head to the starting position. Do it minimum 3 times daily.



  • Halasana is an inversion asana and it is important for the beginner to do sufficient warm up poses before attempting this pose. This pose gives flexibility to the spine as well as strengthens the back muscles, improves digestion and appetite, effective in weight loss, strengthens the abdominal muscles, helps to reduce stress, normalises the blood-glucose level and stimulates the internal organs.

Steps of Halasana are

  • Start the asana by lying on the back with the arm besides and palm downwards.
  • As you inhale, use the abdominal muscles to lift the feet off the floor, raising the legs vertically at a 90 -degree angle.
  • Continue to breathe normally and supporting the hips and back with the hands, lift them off the ground.
  • Allow the legs to sweep in a 180-degree angle over the head until the toes touch the floor.
  • The back should be perpendicular to the floor. This may be difficult initially, but make an attempt after a few seconds.
  • Do this slowly and gently but it must be ensured that there should be no strain on neck or you may push it into the ground.
  • Hold this pose and let the body relax more and more with each steady breath.

Shavasana(Corpse pose):

Corpse pose

  • This yoga pose is practiced after an active yoga session. It provides deep healing and completely relaxes the body. This pose can also be practiced whenever a person is extremely tired and need to get back to work quickly as it is refreshing and rejuvenating. The body and mind relax which in turn helps in repairing the cells and tissues and releases stress. The body relaxes and calms down, the blood pressure also drops and this helps in relaxing heart also. As a result, anxiety is in control.

Steps of Shavasana are:

  • Lie down on the back and keep the legs straight on the floor, with both the feet apart as shoulder width.
  • Toes should be turned outward as possible and let the fingers curl up slightly.
  • The head and spine should be in a straight line.
  • Relax the whole body and stop all the physical movements.
  • Close the eyes gently.
  • Now, mentally watch the breathing and allow it to become rhythmic and relaxed.
  • Duration should be minimum 5 minutes.

So, here are these effective Five Yoga Poses for a healthy body and mind, practice them and stay fit!!

Best 10 Homemade Remedies to control High Blood Pressure

High Blood Pressure or Hypertension is one of the most common problems of the present times especially in industrialized countries. It increases the risk of many diseases of the cardiovascular system (hypertensive heart diseases), brain (cerebro-vascular strokes), kidneys (nephrosclerosis) and peripheral arteries. It is on the top list among the disorders which are causing morbidity and mortality.

Blood Pressure Readings:


Systolic (mmHg)

Diastolic (mmHg)
Normal Blood Pressure 120 80
Pre-Hypertension 120-139 80-89
Stage -1 140-159 90-99
Stage -2 160 or above 100 or above

In Ayurveda, it can be understood by assessing the involved doshas, srotasas etc. It can be best understood mainly as a pathological condition of the Rakta dhatu and Vyana vata. In association with these, Prana Vayu, Sadhaka Pitta and Avalmabaka Kapha are also involved in the manifestation of essential hypertension.

What are the causes of High Blood Pressure?

  • Stress and tension
  • Insufficient sleep
  • Sedentary lifestyle
  • Excess alcohol consumption
  • Hormonal disorders
  • Kidney disease
  • Excess consumption of salt in the diet
  • Wrong eating habits like consuming non-vegetarian diet.

causes of high blood pressure
Best 10 Homemade Remedies for High Blood Pressure:


  • Lemon juice is an ancient remedy for high blood pressure as it reduces the rigidity of the blood vessels. It also reduces fatty deposits in the coronary artery. It is a potent anti-oxidant which neutralises the free radicals in the body. It also prevents the inflammation and injuries to the blood vessels as inflammation of blood vessels is the major cause of atherosclerosis.

How to use

  • Take a cup of warm water and add 2 tablespoons of lemon juice and add 1 tablespoon of honey into it. Mix well and drink this mixture twice a day.

Triphala Powder

  • Triphala Powder is a mixture of 3 wonderful herbs: Haritaki, Bahera and Amla mixed in equal proportion by weight. It is traditionally used for cardiovascular diseases and high blood pressure. If a patient has a problem of hardening of blood vessels, fatty deposits, then this remedy is effective in lowering blood pressure.

How to use

  • Take 3 grams triphala powder and 5 grams sugar and mix it in 250 ml of water. Heat this water and leave it overnight in a glass container.  Strain the liquid and discard the residues. Drink this water everyday on empty stomach.



  • The increased intake of potassium rich foods can help in preventing as well as curing hypertension. Banana is rich in potassium content. So, regular intake of bananas helps in lowering blood pressure. It also helps in reducing the impacts of sodium in the body.
  • The juice extracted from the inner banana stem can also be taken as it is traditionally used in India for high blood pressure. It is a great source of potassium as well as Vitamin B6.

Apple Cider Vinegar

  • Apple cider vinegar has anti-hypertensive action so it helps in reducing high blood pressure.

How to use

  • Mix 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar, 1 tablespoon of honey in a cup of warm water and drink this mixture before breakfast.

Watermelon Seeds

  • Watermelon seeds are a good source of cucurbocitrin, which prevents narrowing of blood vessels and help in dilating the blood vessels and also improve blood flow to the various parts of the body. Secondly, water melon seeds improve the urine output and improve kidney functions.

How to use

  • Take a ½ teaspoon of water melon seeds and crush them to make powder. Eat this powder twice a day.


  • Garlic is now considered as a safe alternative to hypersensitive drugs. It reduces the elevated systolic blood pressure but it does not reduce blood pressure in individual with normal blood pressure. It further helps the patients with elevated cholesterol and triglyceride levels in the blood. It is good to maintain healthy blood pressure due to stress.

How to use

  • Take 2-3 garlic cloves and crush them to make juice. Take 6-10 drops of garlic juice in a cup of warm water, stir and drink this water twice a day.


  • Honey has an effect on elevated systolic blood pressure. It lowers the oxidative stress on the kidneys which help in lowering the elevated systolic blood pressure.

How to use

  • Take a cup of lukewarm water and add 2 tablespoons of honey, ½ tablespoon of ginger juice and 2 tablespoons of lemon juice. Drink this mixture empty stomach in the morning.


  • Buttermilk contains more phospholipids than milk. It is also a good source of bioactive molecules that exhibit modulating effects on immunity, metabolism and cell signalling. It also helps in lowering cholesterol levels and blood pressure naturally. It also helps in pre-hypertensive and stage 1 of hypertension.
  • How to use
  • Drink a glass of buttermilk everyday with lunch.

Coconut Water

  • Coconut water has good qualities of potassium and magnesium. Therefore, it reduces the systolic pressure and also supports the functioning of cardiac muscles. Drink coconut water regularly once a day.


  • Vitamin D is naturally found in sunlight, fortified milk, dairy products etc. Intake of foods rich in Vitamin D helps in reducing the blood pressure. Blood pressure is often elevated when there is reduced exposure to sunlight.

Diet and lifestyle

  • Go full vegetarian: It is scientifically proven that vegetarian diet cuts of high blood pressure. Have more of vegetables, fruits, green tea, cardamom tea, tulsi tea, water melon, non-fat yogurt, pomegranate, bananas, almonds, drumstick, olive oil.
  • Brisk walking for at least 30 minutes daily is recommended. Moderate intensity exercises such as jogging, cycling or swimming can also be done.
  • It is also advised to release naturally manifested reflexes and urges by not forcibly controlling them like reflexes of hunger, thirst, sleep, defecation, urination etc.
  • Intake of excessive cold or hot, dry or oily, stale and preserved and packaged foods should be avoided.
  • Take less of sugar-sweetened foods and beverages.
  • Fried food stuffs should be avoided.
  • Practice pranayama for 5 minutes daily.
  • Wake up before 6 A.M. in the morning and sleep at around 11 P.M.

Undergo oil massage at least once a week as it keeps stress and tensions at bay