In Yogic and Buddhist traditions, the body is made up of both the physical and astral bodies, both of which function separately but, have the ability to affect the state of the other. These traditions believe that, like the nervous system, the astral body also has an energy system made up of 7 major Chakra points that allows energy to enter and leave the body.
The 7 Chakra points are located along the spine and correspond with aspects of both the astral and physical bodies. These Chakras are linked to the mental, physical, emotional and spiritual centers of the human body. Mastering the 7 Chakra points can help you to lead a healthier lifestyle and advance your spiritual and emotional well-being.
Each of the 7 Chakra points corresponds with a different part of the body and various mental and emotional states. If you are sick or feeling out of balance, there is a good chance that you can trace the cause back to an imbalance in one of the 7 Chakra points. Here is how they work: Read the rest of this entry
- 3 large potatoes, unpeeled and sliced thin
- 1/4 cup rice wine vinegar
- 1-1/2 tbsp Dijon mustard (or try your favorite mustard)
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 1 tbsp dried dill weed
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 large cucumber, unpeeled and sliced thin
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- 1 tsp cardamom seeds
- 1 tbsp chili powder
- 4 whole cinnamon sticks
- 12 whole cloves
- 1 tbsp coriander seeds
- 2 tsp cumin seeds
- 2 tsp fenugreek seeds
- 2 tsp ginger, fresh, minced
- 2 tsp salt
- 2 tsp garlic, minced
- 2 tsp mustard powder
- 2 tsp turmeric powder
- 1-1/4 cups vinegar, malt or wine
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 4 lb lean beef or chicken, cubed
- 4-6 tbsp mustard oil or ghee
- 2 whole onions, chopped
- 4 whole bay leaves
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Weight Loss Yoga Poses
By Lorean Hover
An amazing way to make your body more flexible and strengthen it up is to go for the yoga postures for weight loss program. It is literally effective while you use it in the right way to lose weight.
Moreover, it is relatively easy to do. Although it does not mean that you can lose weight in a jiffy, if you put dedication into it, then it will work.
Good sides of yoga
This is a form of exercise that makes your body take in more oxygen and trains the lungs, making them physically powerful and benefits your respiratory system. In most cases, you have to remain in the same yoga position for around 15 seconds, and the hard ones would give you a tough time doing so.
This means that even though it is not an extreme kind of workout, it does make your body work, and lets you see the results soon. Not only can you do yoga exercises for weight loss, you can also do it for the sake of your muscles, because it tones them up, too. Read the rest of this entry
The Cat postures relieve stress and anxiety. As you perform this or any other concentrated movement, focus on your bodily sensations and allow your other cares to evaporate for these few minutes so you can reap the greatest value from the motion.
Perform the Cat Posture
This is one set. Repeat it three times.
Start on all fours and inhale deeply. Focus on the quality of your movement, not speed.
Exhale as you round your back upward and tuck your chin to your chest.
Inhale as you reverse the motion. Push your spine toward the floor and look to the sky.
Cat Posture Benefits
- Relieves back pain
- Relieves menstrual discomfort and tones reproductive system
- Improves skin tone
- Reduces dark eye circles and puffiness
What You Need to Know for a Successful Practice
Beginning a Yoga Practice to Get Maximum Health Benefits of Yoga
by Giselle Toner
If you are just beginning to learn about yoga, you may be unsure about many things. You may be asking the question, “What exactly is yoga, how do I begin and what will it do for me?”
Yoga is viewed by advanced practitioners as a vast science that requires a lifetime of learning and dedication, and rightly so. However, you can easily implement the most basic yet powerful parts of it into your life and start feeling the wonderful health benefits of yoga immediately.
First and foremost, yoga is a stilling of the mind, a quieting of the endless chatter that we have swirling constantly in our brains. When we achieve that stillness, profound results occur. The union of body, mind, breath and spirit is the core and central aspect of yoga. The word yoga means “union.”
Breath is life! In yoga, a key component is focusing on the flow and rhythm of the breath. This breath control is called Pranayama, and there are several Pranayama breathing techniques that can be performed during a practice of yoga positions for beginners. Deep breathing is utilized to bring in more oxygen and energy to the body and to release stress from the muscles to promote a relaxing effect. As a result of controlled breathing, the mind begins to focus and settle. As the mind settles, the body follows, and the mind, body and breath all become one, eventually raising the functionality of the body and heightening the consciousness levels of the brain. Once you have achieved that deep meditative state of mind, you are now ready to enjoy the immense health benefits of yoga. Read the rest of this entry
There are four parts of any great exercise routine. You’ve got to strengthen your heart, lift weights for your muscles, be flexible and relax! Easy, right?
Cardiovascular exercise, otherwise known as aerobics, is anything that raises your heart rate. I am not talking about the latest thriller at your local movie theater, but some sort of physical exercise that gets your heart pumping.
So, how do you get your heart pumping? Maybe you walk with exercise videos, on a treadmill, outdoors, or accumulated walking steps throughout the day. You might even do some crazy and wild high impact exercise video, run around your neighborhood, dance naked or cycle up steep hills.
If you like the “group” type of exercises, your local recreation center, YMCA or YWCA most likely has very affordable group aerobic classes. The point here is, there is an ample assortment of ways to get your heart pumping, and fat melting off of your body. Read the rest of this entry
6 6-oz skinless chicken breasts
1 whole lemon (juice only)
1 whole cinnamon stick
4 tbsp olive oil
3 tsp ground cloves
1/2 cup dry white wine
1 tbsp tomato paste, mixed with water
1/4 cup water
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1/3 cup soy sauce
1/4 cup Chinese cooking wine or sherry
2 tbsp oyster sauce
2 whole star anise pods
1 whole cinnamon stick
2 tbsp brown sugar
2 6-ounce chicken breast filets
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