Yoga: The art of concentration!

Yoga! What is Yoga? Yoga, is a Hindu spiritual and ascetic discipline, a part of which, includes breath control, simple meditation, and the adoption of specific bodily postures, it is to be practiced for health and relaxation.

We all are well aware of the benefits of Yoga. Yoga increases flexibility and reduces stress, but the practice can do more than help you twist your body and find inner peace. These hidden benefits will help you in the kitchen, office and bedroom – here are five reasons you must take up to Yoga, if you still have not:

  1. Boosts Immunity: Other than simply increasing overall wellness and health levels a recent study found that yoga practice results in changes in the gene expression that boost immunity at a cellular level.
  2. Ease Migraines: The cause of migraine isn’t fully understood, it is a combination of mental stress and physical misalignment that can be a result of hunching over a computer or cell phone with your shoulders up and head forward. A few studies show that migraine sufferers have fewer and less painful migraines after three months of yoga practice.
  3. Sleep Better: Researchers from Harvard found that eight weeks of daily yoga significantly improved sleep quality for people with insomnia. Breathing and mental exercises allow the mind to slow down, so when the mind rests, you sleep better.
  4. Fights Food Cravings: By causing breath awareness, regular yoga practice strengthens the mind-body connection.  This awareness can help you tune your emotions for certain cravings, and yoga breathing exercises can help you slow down and make better choices when cravings strike.

So either wake up 20 minutes earlier in the morning or spend 20 minutes before you sleep to practice Yoga for a more focused and peaceful day (or sleep) ahead of you…

 

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Mind it!

A fit body needs a fit mind! In today’s hectic work, home and play routines it is very easy to lose your mental balance and this can in turn cause various problems like fatigue, stress, aches and pains. To avoid these or rather to keep your mind in a happy state it is important to focus on wellness for the mind.

How do we keep our mind fit? What is mental fatigue? When we are over worked (which most of us are nowadays) the brain sometimes either starts operating like a machine or loses complete focus and wanders around wasting precious time. Here’s how you can keep your mind alive, active and fit:

1. Stay mentally stimulated: Smartphones and internet makes it so easy to pick your favourite game – a sudoku or crossword puzzle or even candy crush, fruit ninja (just to name a few) will help keep your mind active, alive and happy.

2. Social networking. Being social to humans is like breathing. If we don’t get enough, our mental faculties suffer and we start losing our grip on how life should be. So make time for your friends! Call up that family member you haven’t spoken to in forever. When you feel balanced, when you feel like you’re an integral part of a community, everything else falls into place.

3. Sleep Well: A good quality sleep is what most people need to de-stress. Disconnect yourself sooner rather than later, possibly 2 or 3 hours before you go to bed. So get off the computer, stop staring at your cell phone, and hit “off” button on that remote control. Read, take a bath, or just chill with your family or roommates. Live in the moment and get a good night’s sleep.

4. Out of the BOX: To keep your mind kicking, do something you’ve never done before. Go to a city you’ve never been to. Pick up a sport you’ve never played. Get creative if you haven’t seen your artsy side in years. Find a hobby that’s always intrigued you but you’ve never gotten around to and make time for it. You’ll feel productive, you’ll feel like you’ve accomplished something, and, bottom line? You’ll feel good. Just what the doctor ordered. Whether it’s paragliding, taking a cooking class, or stepping into a big city without a map, there will be something you gain from these new experiences. Even if it’s just a crazy story to tell!

5. Where’s your passion? At the end of day, life without passion isn’t a healthy life. Everybody has a dream and even if you can’t make it something you’re able to pursue 24×7, it can be something that has its own little niche in your life. Happiness is an integral part to being happy, and following your passion is a good way to ensure that your happiness is here to stay. If it gives you that warm feeling on the inside, it’s meant to be. Never let your passions fall by the wayside. They’re there to keep your heart and mind happy and healthy.

Keep your Mind fit and HAPPY always! 🙂

Today’s Tomorrow

Anticipation at times can be your best friend or your worst enemy. Depends on what you’re anticipating but whatever it is, it hasn’t happened yet. Its a mystery or something that is unknown to us. We don’t have the capability of changing something in the future because we don’t know whether it even exists. You may hope for a better future and you would definitely do your best to make the present count but for what reason is the past forgotten? The past makes us who were are today. If it weren’t for the past we wouldn’t be able to judge ourselves today.

At times of sorry or depression, people always say forget your past because the more you think about, the more its going to effect you now but how would you whether what you did in the past was wrong or not? Only by looking back at our actions, we would be able to assess how much have we progressed since the past and whether we have really grown or not. The past always is a part of us. Everybody thinks about what they are now or what they want to become in the future but they wouldn’t think about the person who they were and what they can change into.

As the generations and the time carry on, the past is forgotten. A teenage kid in today would definitely prefer electronic music, which is fast and has hard beats over a slow classical song which the parents would mostly indulge in. The influence also increases as a kid would start listening to mature music mostly due to the influence of his parents or sibling but would never start listening to it on his own. This is a common scenario in today’s world. Certain people wish for the past to come back probably because of a better time however some people wish to forget their past completely.

The past can often haunt you and be a major cause for your mental stress. There are various ways of tackling the past, like:

  • Meditation
  • Music
  • Running
  • Painting
  • Reading etc.

So, whether we like it or not, the past is always going to be with us. It isn’t something that is tangible or something that we’ll have access to but it’ll definitely be a part of us in some way or the other. We only need to know how to control it, not let is affect our future, learn from it and create a better tomorrow. After all, Old is gold.

 

LAUGH it up, LIVE it up!

Seeing gloomy people around is definitely a buzz kill and something we would not want to see at all. You wouldn’t want to see someone with a frown when a jolly environment takes over! We don’t understand the importance of smiling or more important laughing. Laughing can be the solution to all our pains and troubles that we suffer even though we don’t know it! It’s about time we stop relying on so many pills and addictions to get rid of our pains. We’re only in search of a distraction to ease everything out.

In every famous park around the world, there would always be a group of elderly or even middle aged people laughing with all their energy early in the morning. It’s not that they have nothing better to do but their motive is to start the day on a good note! Ultimately every person who laughs ends up being happy in that moment which is something priceless to him or her. Laughing is the main trigger for a positive aura. Not only do we feel good but it makes the people around us feel the same way as well.

We always look at finding the most helpful remedies to all of our problems but little do we realize that the solution can just be to laugh out loud (or LOL) and not care what anyone thinks about it! There are several yet some very obvious reasons as to why you should just get up and start laughing on the bed! Reasons like:

  • Relieves a lot of tension
  • It releases endorphins in your body – a great feeling
  • A good way to bond
  • A form of healing – boosts blood flow and breathing
  • and most importantly It’s a sign of a good and joyful life!

It’s human to laugh at someone’s joke or if someone makes a silly mistake but is it human to burst out laughing in the most random situations with no purpose whatsoever? It should be! Laughing is the most natural thing. It will always end with aching jaws and uncountable smiles but that’s surely the key to a hearty life and like we have heard Laughter is the BEST medicine!

So keep laughing, and have a happy week! 🙂

Food Frenzy

Food is one the most critical aspect of health, fitness and well-being. It is something that (if not all) most people cannot survive without. However, like we have all kinds of people on this planet, we have all kinds of eating habits. Some can survive on one bar of chocolate or an apple for the entire day and stay full of energy. On the other hand there are people who eat will everything around them.

Quantity and quality are both very important for a good meal but regardless of what you eat or how you eat it, what you do before and after is what you must watch out for.

Having the right eating habits before and after eating are more essential than the ‘while eating habits’. It’s the before and after that actually determines the effect of the food. Most of us aren’t aware of certain basics that we should be adhere to before and after in order to ensure a good system. Basics such as:

  • Drinking a glass of water before and after but not during a meal
  • Eating everything before 6pm – that’s when digestion kicks in
  • Having dinner as early as possible
  • Hot & fresh dishes over cold & stale ones
  • Breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a pauper! 

Food provides a connection between all parts of the body. The food you eat surely defines the way to think, look and feel. To get the best out of the food you eat, it is important to have a stable amount of all the components that ensure a balanced diet. However that isn’t enough to help you eat well. You may eat all the right things there are to eat but eating them the RIGHT way is the key!

Happy Eating! 🙂

KILL the monotony

There always comes a time when a student shuts his book the day before the exam and gives up or when a businessman comes home after work and says he’s retiring the next day. The so-called ‘complain’ phase really does tend to persist especially for people who are doing something which they don’t want to but have to for their own benefit. We’re compelled to do so many things even though they are against are will and we know that if accomplished they will definitely benefit us but pessimism really does have its part.

Doing something you dislike is always caused by a disheartening intention. If the positive outcome is not focused on, then there’s no reason to be doing anything at all. A businessman who works 50 hours a week to support himself and probably others but that doesn’t deprive him of the joy he gets after sipping a cold beer and watching a movie. There’s always something to look forward to even if getting there may be really tough. You can’t change your interests or your likes but you can definitely change your perspective towards the ordinary!

Even the most boring of things can be done with some satisfaction if they’re done the right way. Kids these listen to heavy metal songs and still find a way to solve math problems. It doesn’t mean that they like math but they are finding joy in something that every kid has to go through. Of course no ones likes math but there are ways to make it interesting! Even after sitting on a desk for hours together, in the end you would definitely need to do something to relax your mind after such a hectic day but can’t that hectic day become a little more peaceful?

50 year olds like to play games on the phone in the middle of office as a stress-buster and to remove all the tension. It does help because that distraction does help you focus later. You really do need these small distractions to get you ahead. Focusing on just one thing can really kill the buzz and take everything out of you but focusing on it with the right attitude and mindset can get you right through!

So, what’s your mantra to KILL monotony and STAY FRESH & FOCUSED?

 

Sound Of Muzak

Rhythm is one of the few words in the english dictionary to not have a vowel in it. Probably to showcase the importance of music and its uniqueness, it’s such a special word and we still don’t realise the impact that it has on us! Music constitutes a very important part in each persons life whether they listen to music or not. There is music in everything we see around us. From the ringing of the telephone to a steel spoon falling on the floor, a sound is created and if that sound has a specific tune to it, it’s music!
It’s practically impossible to figure out how many types of music exist. Each song you listen to helps you enhance your ability to capture the essence of the music. It may not be pleasing to your ears or you may not appreciate the kind of music but the fact is that it still is music! A perfect example is the contrasting music images-1between kids and parents these days. While parents would be sitting down on the couch and listening to some calm classical music, the kids may be out in a concert with loud and pounding music! It’s really tough to appreciate all kinds of music because for a fact there’s always something you prefer listening to over something else.
Most people listen to music only for their satisfaction or they need a particular distraction but music can help you in so many more ways! Ways like:
-Helping you concentrate on your work
-Reducing stress to a great amount
-Motivation, when you need it!
-Teaching you to be a little more creativebet
-Improves sleep, very helpful
Music is probably one of the very few things that help people to live together in peace and harmony. It has the potential to create such a strong bond that nothing else can match. Music isn’t something we just listen to, it’s a completely different way of life.

Goodbye Aches!

A common misconception today is that shorter the distance we travel, the less equipped we have to be. Obviously,  you would carry more clothes for a months trip over a day or two. However that doesn’t call for aching backs or joints after a short flight. Kids like travelling in big jumbo planes where the seats are big for them and they’re in the middle of the sky but on the other hands the adults just like their sleep and space. Thousands of people travel on flights everyday for various purposes however only a very small amount remember to carry the essentials for a flight.images
Everyone looks forward to having a good physique and posture but its quite bewildering that after a flight they always start complaining about their shoulder or their back or how the flight moved so much. Thats the only reason why theres a shop in every airport for selling you things that you may not want but you certainly need during your travel time. Those people do their best to ensure that you have a safe travel but the flight always ends in a different way!
From the most basic things like sitting with a correct posture and placing your arms the right way can save you a lot of trouble after a tedious flight. There are some possible things that can be done to evade the burden:
  • Use a travel pillow!
  • Cotton in the ears, always a solution
  • Chewing gum always kills the air pressure
  • Wearing tracks or cozy pants
  • Don’t slouch — you’ll regret it!
The most basic things can help you avoid the biggest pains. These really come in handy for those who can’t stop whining after an hour’s flight. You wouldn’t want to be the one sitting on a wheelchair and getting pushed by someone else.

Pain & Gain

There was always a time where we told our parents that we weren’t scared of anything in this world. Be it leopards or thieves, we were ready to face what the world had in store for us, regardless of the pain inflicted. The faster we grow up, the more pain we experience and similarly more the pain we can endure. Pain could be of any sort including mental or physical but even the smallest amount of pain can do the damage!
The pain comes from within only when we grow up and experience a greater part of the world. Any ache or pain can be dealt with in two ways. One way would be expressing your pain and hurting the people around you and the other way would be keeping it to yourself and finding a way out to deal with it.
Pain-Management
Any sort of pain or distress can be caused by the people around you or even by yourself. You never know when you have borne the ache on yourself. Right from suffering a minute back ache in the morning to a very emotional quarrel with someone can really inflict pain. It’s the degree of pain that matters and not the kind of pain borne. The smallest things could cause the largest amounts of pain and we still may not know it.
The trick is to not get rid of the pain but to control it. It may take a very long time to get rid of it or it may vanish within the span of seconds however the feeling of pain truly tests your capability. There may be nothing you can do to get rid of it but surely there are ways to control it and keep it inside. Some very basic ways such as:
  • Counting to 10 and keeping your cool
  • Meditation. Proved to be the most effective!
  • Sharing the pain with someone close
  • Sleeping if off – works most of the times
  • Distractions – the best way to get your mind working again
People consider speaking to a therapist or an advisor at times of ache or pain because they don’t know the path they are on. To overcome the pain, your potential is truly tested. You may not like it but to prove yourself you definitely have to go out of the way and achieve the impossible. Pain isn’t something which can be measured or tangible, its one of the smallest obstacles in life which just requires a little jump to be tackled with.

Monday Blues

After a long hard week of just pain and torture, the last thing anyone would want to hear is “Oh, It’s Monday already!”. People think one particular day maybe the worst of the week probably because of a greater workload or having to wait in a cue for several hours but whatever excuse they posses doesn’t match up to the disheartening sound of Monday!

dec09-rings-mondaybluesRight from age 6 when the grind of waking up at sunrise begins, everyday for the rest of your life, Monday blues has definitely taken over. No ones likes these Monday blues and it isn’t something we call for just because we like our leisure time during the weekends. No one gives themselves a pat on their back for overcoming the Monday blues because that is something that doesn’t exist. Hate it how much ever to call it your enemy but there’s nothing that can beat the power of Monday.

The entire burden caused by the daily routine is rewarded with a relaxing weekend which includes a tremendous amount of sleep however waking up on Monday to see that sunrise and to know that the entire routine starts all over again is the worst feeling. There isn’t really anything to overcome it as once it is on its way, the weekend is here already! There are somethings that you really can do to skip the feeling that it’s monday and start the week on a good note! Things like:

  • Waking up everyday in the morning for a run or jog to get the blood pumping
  • Eating loads of fruits to improve digestion, a great feeling indeed!
  • A nice cold shower to prevent the droopy effect
  • A positive mindset always does the trick in a way
  • Getting enough sleep sounds lame but its very effective!

Monday blues isn’t something we want but something we need! We wish that everyday of the year could be our birthday but then whats the actual point of it? Like people need a nice cup of coffee to start their day, everyone needs a nice dose of the Monday blues to start their week! Of course then comes the weekend so there’s always something to look forward to.