Category: Mental Health

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

  • 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:

Halasana

  • 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!!

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Atopic Dermatitis

Atopic Dermatitis is a serious skin disorder. Also known as Eczema and is very common amongst children. Atopic Dermatitis is known by many other medical names like Dermatitis, atopic eczema and atopic dermatitis as well. Being a chronic skin disease it’s not contagious. The condition of the disease differs with climate and also fluctuates from mild to severe.

If we talk about the most affected age group than its infants but the grown up can also be affected by it. But, we can say that any age group can be affected. The most affected areas by Atopic Dermatitis are elbow, front and back of the knees for the children and feet and hands for the adults.

Causes of Atopic Dermatitis

  • Heredity
  • Weak immune system
  • Unhygienic lifestyle
  • Exposure to allergens
  • Difficulty in skin permeability
  • Abnormal functioning of the body’s immune system
  • Hot bath hard water
  • Cold
  • Stress

SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS

  • Dry skin with scales on the entire body
  • Itching
  • Red patches
  • Raised lesions in legs, face, neck and arms
  • Oozing out of clear fluid
  • Cracking
  • Swollen and cracked lesions

IRRITANTS

  • Wool or fibers
  • Soaps
  • Certain make up products and perfumes
  • Dust
  • Sand
  • Cigarette Smoke
  • Substances like solvents, chlorine, mineral oil
  • Harsh soaps and detergents

ALLERGENS

  • Mold
  • Dander of cats and dogs
  • Pollen
  • Eggs
  • Milk
  • Peanuts
  • Wheat
  • Soy products
  • Dust mites
  • Fish

Other than Allergens and Irritants, there are many other reasons due to which Atopic Dermatitis reaches to its worst condition- frustration, anger and stress. Temperature, climate and skin infections also aggravate the situation to a huge extent. Low humidity, dry climate, hot showers and baths, sudden fluctuation in temperature, microbial infections are some other factors.

AYURVEDIC CONCEPT OF ATOPIC DERMATITIS

  • The inflammation on epidermis is the main cause for Atopic Dermatitis. According to Ayurveda, this disorder is Vicharchika. Atopic dermatitis as per Ayurveda is the imbalance between vata and kapha. Kapha governs various functions of the immune system of the human body and vata controls the dryness of the skin due to which skin related complications occur. Ayurveda focuses on keeping a balance between vata and kapha, which is very helpful in the improvement of the skin texture, purity as well as the quality of skin.
  • Planet Ayurveda offers the Atopic Dermatitis Care Package. This pack has a combination of all the herbs which are beneficial and useful for this skin disorder and is free from chemicals and side effects.

The herbs used are natural and vegetarian.

  • Neem Capsules
  • Gandhak Rasayan
  • Navkarshik churna
  • Lippu oil
  • 777 oil
  • Karanj oil
  • Manadarin Orange soap

Neem Capsules

  • Neem Capsules by Planet Ayurveda are made of extract of Azadirachta Indica bark which is a pure vegetarian formulation. Regular intake of neem capsules can help us purify our blood efficiently.
  • Amazing antibacterial qualities.
  • Can detoxify our body perfectly

Various minor to major skin conditions like rashes, itching, scabies, warts, boils, and so on are cured by Neem Capsules

Dosage

  • 1-2 capsules twice/thrice daily for one month after meal, with plain water.

Gandhak Rasayan

  • Helps to maintain a healthy skin
  • Maintains the female reproductive system
  • Purifies blood
  • Helps in getting rid of skin diseases like ringworm, scabies, itching and other fungal infections.

Dosage

  • 2 Tablets twice to thrice daily.

Navkarshik churna

  • Removes the toxins from within the body. It is combination of herbs Neem, Kutki, Manjishtha which purify the blood and corrects the metabolism of “Pitta” and heat regulation in our body. Giloy is immunomodulatory and improves immunity whereas Daruhaldi acts as an anti-inflammatory herb.

Lippu oil

  • Lippu oil-is a perfect solution to the problems of Dry skin, hyper melanosis, Lichen Planus, Ichthyosis, and Eczema. It offers quick recovery by control of itching, lichenisation and preventing further damage to the epidermis.

Lippu Oil is beneficial for

  • Dry skin
  • Hyper melanosis
  • Lichen Planus
  • Ichthyosis
  • Eczema.

Karanj oil

  • Karanj is an important Ayurvedic medicine, used predominantly in skin diseases.

Manadarin Orange soap

  • It is made with combinations of Aqua, Cocos Nucifera Oil (Coconut), Glycerin, Sorbitol, SLES, Propylene Glycol, Citrus Sinensis Oil (Orange), Citrus Nobilis Oil (Mandarin), Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera).

Useful in maintaining the skin tone and elasticity