Archive | June 2017

374. Yogasana 8 – parsvottanasana

parsvottanasana

It is essential that we should keep the stomach and bowels empty before doing this asana. This pose requires strength, stability and patience. When done properly, the benefits of Parsvottanasana come from lengthening the spine and strengthening the legs while stimulating digestive organs and calming the mind.

First we should stand erect , keeping the hands on the backside of the hips. We have to move the left leg back, about 3 feet. Our left foot  should point forward, but is angled slightly outward.  Then, with both feet flat, we have to  hug our legs toward one another, as if we were squeezing a block between your inner thighs, inhale and actively lengthen our spine. Next we have to exhale and begin to hinge at the hips, extending our torso long over our front leg.

We have to stop when our torso becomes parallel with the floor. Then we should lift our torso up until we can feel the lumbar spine dipping into our back.  Next, we have to press both feet, drawing our right hip back so that the leg lengthens. With your spine extended, release both hands to the floor (or blocks) on either side of your right foot.  Again we have to press all ten fingertips down and both thighbones back as we lengthen the front of our torso, taking your heart forward. Next, we have to  press both feet down firmly, put a slight bend in our front knee and bring our hands to our hips. Then we can inhale and rise to stand with a flat back. Finally, we can step our left foot forward and right foot back to repeat on the second side.

It is easy when we do  parsvottanasana step by step.

 

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373. Detox our body in a natural way

detox

Detox is a process in which we make lifestyle changes to clear toxins from our body. We achieve this by resting the organs through fasting and stimulate the liver to drive toxins from the body.  Detox methods teach us to give rest to the organs, do cleaning of inner organs and nourishing the body.

The impurities from the blood get accumulated in the liver, kidneys, intestines, lungs and skin.  The process of sending out the toxins is called detox. If the toxins are not eliminated from the body, we get symptoms of fatigue, irritated skin, allergy, infection, puffy eyes, bloating, menstrual problems and mental sluggishness.

Let us see how to do detoxing. Stop taking alcohol, paan, cigarette, maida, refined sugar, sweets, white salt and saturated fats. The chemical based soaps, shampoos, cleaners and deodorants   should also be avoided. The physical and mental stress should also be removed.  We can take lot of vegetables, fruits and nuts.  The liquid items such as water, juice, green tea and buttermilk should be taken many times a day thereby reducing solid food.  Yoga and simple exercises stimulate the detox process. Skin brushing and oil massage help to remove toxins in the skin.

To keep the mind and body fresh let us do detoxing.

372. Pradosham

pradosham

Pradosham, the worship of Lord Shiva  occurs on the thirteenth day of every fortnight.  Pradosham is performed in all Shiva temples when thrayodasi  thithi falls between 4-30 PM to 6 PM. Pradosh means early night or sandhyakaala. On the auspicious day of Pradosham, Lord Shiva together with Goddess Parvati feels extremely delighted, pleased and generous. Therefore the followers of Lord Shiva keep a fast and worship their deity on this chosen day to seek divine blessings. The Pradosh vrat can be observed by all irrespective of the age and gender. People in different parts of the country observe this vrat with full devotion and dedication.

On pradosham day evening, a preliminary puja is performed where Lord Shiva is worshipped along with Goddess Parvati, Lord Ganesh, Lord Kartik and Nandi. After which there is a ritual where Lord Shiva is worshipped and invoked in a sacred pot or ‘Kalasha’. This Kalasha is kept on the darbha grass with lotus drawn on it and is filled with water. The Shivling is given a bath with sacred substances like milk, curd, tender coconut, honey and ghee. The puja is performed and the devotees offer Bilva leaves on the Shivling. All the abhisheka, puja and alankara formalities are performed to Nandi also.

 

After this ritual, the devotees listen to the Pradosha vrat katha or read stories from the Shiva Purana. The Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra is enchanted 108 times.After the puja is over, the water from the Kalasha is partaken and the devotees apply the sacred ash on their forehead.

The Devas, the celestial deities approached Lord Shiva  on a thrayodasi day evening, to get relief from Asuras.  Shiva aided them with  his Vahana Nandi to kill the asuras.   So, we celebrate Pradosham to get relief from  hurdles and worries in our day-to-day life.

Shani Pradosham, the pradosham falling on a Saturday corresponding to planet saturn is considered important among other pradosham. There is a special legend for Shani pradosham. The Ujjain king  Chandrasen was a devotee of Lord Shiva. On a prodosham day(saturday), he was worshipping Lord Shiva. His enemy kings sent demon Dushan(who was blessed by Lord Brahma to be invisible) to attack the Ujjain kingdom. Lord Shiva appeared in the form of  light and destroyed the enemies of Chandrasen. It is believed that people worshipping Shiva on a Shani Pradosha would be free from the fear of death and diseases.

Let us offer our sincere prayers to Lord Shiva on this holy pradosham day.

 

369. Job insecurity

Some people are comfortably settled in Government jobs as there is no question of job insecurity. Moreover, the pension after retirement give them additional strength. Some more people are even comfortable with private jobs where they got good salary and lumpsum amount at the time of retirement.

In the present day, all the youngsters dream about getting a job in IT field.   As a result of globalization, outsourcing, contracting, downsizing, recession and even natural disaster, “job security” can seem like a thing of the past. The job insecurity problem in IT field is very common.

We have to learn to lead the life happily, keeping the stress away.  While earning we should make our life more secure by saving money regularly, for future. It may be thrilling to go to mall, to see movies, to buy whatever see and to attend parties. We should write the account of money spent every month and make a review at the end of the month. We will come to know how much money is wasted by us every month by our lavish spending habit.

We should predict what expenses we may have to make in future, to run the family. Also, we should make a way to get a regular income after retirement. The present day savings only can save us from any future worries.  The job losers immediately get mental depression. It is important to note that jobs not only provide income, they also help workers connect to the society around them.

We need not worry about job insecurity. From today, let us plan to save a portion of our earning, by cutting unwanted expenses we make.  We should keep an alternate plan to lead the life even if loose job any time. We should set up our mind bravely to face any worst situation.

368. Power of words

Words have real power. Words have the energy to help,  to hurt, to heal, to cool the mind and do harm. Words can light fire in the minds of people and and they can also wring tears from the hardest hearts.  Words are singularly the most powerful force available to humanity. We can choose to use this force constructively with words of encouragement, or destructively using words of despair.

We must practice the discipline of  speaking in a way that conveys respect, gentleness and humility. We communicate with others in the society through our words. We should train our children from the young age to speak good words. The right speech from our tongue is the sign of leading a moral life. The perfect selection of words show our maturity.

Let us be kind to all and speak words that give inspiration, enthusiasm, encouragement to others. Everybody wants to hear the kind and sweet words only.  We use words to convey our feelings, thoughts  and impression. Even if others irritate us with  their behavior or words, we should not react immediately in the same way. We should build our character strongly in such a way that bad words will not come from our mouth.

Speaking the truth in a loving way is a good way of approach. During a conversation with others, we must listen patiently, speak tactfully and tell the truth as we understand it.  We must select good words  and speak in a pleasing way with direct eye contact  & decent body language.

Let us understand the power of words to lead a successful life.

367. Mango Pachadi

mambazha pachadi

We need new and new side dishes for chapathi. I tried this mango sweet  pachadi. It goes well with chapathi and curd rice.

Ingredients required :

Half-riped or fully riped mango – 2

Jaggery – 2 table spoons

Cooking oil – 1/2 tsp

Mustard seeds- 1/4 tsp

Urud dal – 1/4 tsp

Red chilly – 2

Elaichi – 4

Method of preparation :

Cut  mango into small cubes and pressure cook it for 2 whistles. In a vessel put jaggery and 1/4 cup of water. When it dissolves and come to a boil, switch off the gas. When it becomes cool, filter jaggery water. In a kadai, put cooking oil and do seasoning with mustard seeds and chilly. Add cooked mango, elaichi and jaggery water. Stir well and cook for five minutes.  The sweet mango pachadi is ready. The chilly reduces over sweetness. Please try.

 

366. Keerai stew

keerai veg stew

I prepared keerai stew along with some vegetables. It tasted nice and I wish to share the recipe with you.

Ingredients required :

Any type of keerai – one bunch

Carrot – 2

Beans – 10

Green peas(Pattani) – 10

Coconut – 1

Green chilly – 4

Big Onion – 1

Garlic – 2 leaves

Salt – 1/2 tsp

Coconut oil – 1/2 tsp

Method of preparation :

Prepare coconut milk. In a kadai  put coconut oil and saute chillies, garlic and onion. Add finely chopped keerai, carrot, beans and peas. Add salt and little water so that the vegetables cook well. Finally add coconut milk and switch off the gas within two minutes. This keerai stew is a suitable side dish for dosa as well as chapathi.