Yoga tour for foreign professionals under shadow of Nipah in Kerala

Yoga tour for foreign professionals under shadow of Nipah in Kerala

Fourteen deaths due to the Nipah virus (NiV) in Kerala seem to have dampened a nine-day Yoga Ambassadors Tour in the state for 140 professional practitioners from across the globe. Only 60 of the 140 participants have confirmed participation for the tour beginning June 13, that was designed by the union ministry of Ayush and Kerala government as part of the countdown to the International Yoga Day on June 21. American and German nationals have written to the organisers raising concerns about visiting the state which is grappling with a deadly…

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Is your child feeling bogged down by academic pressure or social anxiety? Yoga at school will help

Is your child feeling bogged down by academic pressure or social anxiety? Yoga at school will help

Yoga and mindfulness activities at school can help improve emotional health of children with anxiety, according to a study. Researchers at Tulane University worked with a public school in New Orleans to add mindfulness and yoga to the school’s existing empathy-based programming for students needing supplementary support. Third graders, who were screened for symptoms of anxiety at the beginning of the school year, were randomly assigned to two groups. A control group of 32 students received care as usual, which included counseling and other activities led by a school social…

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Yoga may benefit people suffering from high blood pressure and sugar

Yoga may benefit people suffering from high blood pressure and sugar

Suffering from increased blood pressure and high blood sugar? One year of yoga training may help, a new study suggests. According to the researchers from the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, one year of yoga training decreased pro-inflammatory adipokines – signalling proteins released by fat tissue – and increased an anti-inflammatory adipokine in adults with metabolic syndrome and high-normal blood pressure. The findings support the beneficial role of yoga in managing metabolic syndrome by favourably modulating adipokines, the researchers mentioned. Metabolic syndrome is a cluster of conditions – increased blood pressure,…

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‘High level of allergy’ leads to rise in demand for yoga accessories from abroad

‘High level of allergy’ leads to rise in demand for yoga accessories from abroad

The demand for yoga equipment and accessories in foreign countries, including Australia and Canada, has been growing for the past few years, an expert has said here. The yoga products are being sought after by the people in foreign countries due to the “high level of allergy”, he said. “There has been a huge demand for neti patra, a traditional pot used in cleansing the nasal passage, and other yoga accessories in foreign countries. The demand has been growing since the last few years,” Ramchandara Surve, general secretary of Sri…

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Got Thanksgiving Travel Coming Up? Keep These 8 Yoga Poses In Your Back Pocket

Got Thanksgiving Travel Coming Up? Keep These 8 Yoga Poses In Your Back Pocket

Travel and stress go together like almond butter and gluten-free toast: No matter how many deep breaths and “om nama shivayas” you think you can bring with you on your carry-on, traveling—especially during the holidays—comes with its fair share of upsets. As a frequent traveler myself, I’ve experienced my fair share of missed flights, screaming babies, snoring neighboring passengers, and a set of inexplicable flight delays. And with Thanksgiving right around the corner, one tool that has always helped me to unwind and relax in just about any situation (and…

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How to do Pranayam: Yoga Breathing Exercises You Must Include in Your Routine

How to do Pranayam: Yoga Breathing Exercises You Must Include in Your Routine

Those who follow yoga may have heard of the practice of pranayam. The word is derived from ‘Prana‘ which stands for ‘life force’ and ‘Ayama‘ which means ‘to lengthen or to work on it’. Prana, in yogic terms, means the force within the body that is vital for the functioning of the body as well as its vitality. Yogic texts describe Prana as a potent force that runs through various chakras and nadis in the body to keep the body healthy, energized and invigorated. Breathingplays an extremely crucial role in the regulation and maintenance of Prana. It is believed that…

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Hate going to the gym? Just 25 min of yoga can boost energy levels and brain function

Hate going to the gym? Just 25 min of yoga can boost energy levels and brain function

Meditating and practising yoga have numerous health benefits. They can boost your body and mind, and even ‘reverse’ stress-causing DNA. A new study suggests that just 25 minutes of hatha yoga and mindfulness meditation every day can significantly improve brain function and energy levels. It can boost the brain’s executive functions, cognitive abilities linked to goal-directed behaviour and the ability to control knee-jerk emotional responses, habitual thinking patterns and actions. Researcher Peter Hall from the University Of Waterloo in Ontario, Canada said that hatha yoga and mindfulness meditation both focus the brain’s…

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How to Get Small Waist Through Yoga: 5 Effective Poses that Will Help

How to Get Small Waist Through Yoga: 5 Effective Poses that Will Help

Are you trying to fit into your favourite pair of jeans and failing ridiculously because of the few extra inches that you have gained around the waist? Can you see the fat bulging out of your body? Annoying, isn’t it? We all hate our waists turning into big portions of flab. No matter how much you cut down on your food intake, you may not get a smaller waist until you put an extra effort. Yoga has long been associated with slow yet effective weight loss. Yoga combined with a…

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Aerial Yoga: Counter Gravity, Enhance Endurance and Tone Up!

Aerial Yoga: Counter Gravity, Enhance Endurance and Tone Up!

Your fitness regime needs to be a dynamic one. Experts believe that it is important to keep playing around with your workout plan to stave off monotony and plateaus. If you happen to be the one who is always in search of something exciting and adventurous, aerial yoga can be your best bet. It is one of the most popular fitness trends across the world. Ever since the West caught up with yoga, fitness experts from all over started experimenting with the age-old art to arrive at dynamic workout routines….

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Beat Menstrual Disorder by Practicing Yoga Regularly: Study

Beat Menstrual Disorder by Practicing Yoga Regularly: Study

While every woman responds differently to the monthly cycle of menstruation, most will agree on the fact that it isn’t quite a pleasant experience. Some women are able breeze through those otherwise dreadful 5 days, while others may feel their life coming to a standstill. Dysmenorrhea, or sever menstrual pain interferes with a woman’s regular routine and can also make her feel excessively ill. It may come accompanied with cramping, bloating, lower back pain, heavy bleeding, fatigue, and of course, intolerable pain. Research explains that for some women the pain…

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