Importance of Using Props for Yoga

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Importance of Using Props for Yoga

This image shows how my teacher Bobby Clenell makes us do shoulder stands. Both the shoulders are in the same line. And the base of the shoulder is the only one responsible for carrying the whole body weight up without putting any pressure on the cervical vertebrae. Hence it is a perfect( aligned  and functional ) shoulder stand. You can check more of bobby’s prop based asana images HERE

When I started practicing yoga. I use to get pretty emotional about using props. I would try to prove to myself or to my teacher that see I can also bend super far like you and touch my feet with my hands. Naively, at the cost of over rounding my spine, collapsing the front body and therefore constricting my breath. Funnily, what I did not realize at that time is that this way- Neither am I able to breathe properly nor am I able to work on my hamstrings. I was not doing yoga actually. I was just bending-trying to touch my own feet :D .

What if, rather, I had realized the level of flexibility of my own hamstrings and have put my hands on raised blocks instead of just trying to touch my feet?
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Are Nut Milks Healthy to Drink on a Daily Basis

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Are Nut Milks Healthy to Drink on a Daily Basis

Hey Everyone,

Ramya asked this question last time – “What do u think about almond milk? Everywhere I see around me people are drinking almond/cashew milks instead of cow’s milk. I don’t have lactose intolerance and I won’t give up cow’s milk but are nut milks good in general? Aren’t they actually processed food?”

If you look at the method of preparations and the history of origin of nut milks then you will realize that there is nothing inherently unhealthy about nut milks although it isn’t exactly a superfood too by any means. And if we compare them with nut butters then  somehow, we see, there is more love (less confusion) in people for nut butters than there is for nut milks even though nut milks are almost a similar variant of these butters i.e some people make nut milks just by adding water to the nut butters.

Hmm.. Let us look at the rise of nut milks… It’s origin dates back to a time when there were no refrigerators.
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How to Decide Which Food is Healthy to Eat

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How to Decide Which Food is Healthy to Eat

How are you doing? I am swamped with work these days but howsoever crazy it may get, I always find time to eat – eat healthy. One reason being that I get hungry too soon and too much :D . Other being, I am always reading about food or watching videos on food which keeps me motivated to eat . As a matter of fact, we recently started watching this sitcom on Netflix – “Raja Rasoi aur Anya Kahaniya” . Each episode of this sitcom takes you to a different state of India and talks about its food traditions. As in, it talks about thousands of years old food traditions – The Ayurvedic wisdom behind cooking processes. It also talks about the relevance of picking up certain ingredients for a certain dish based on the climate and local crops of that particular state. The best thing I like is the Indian culture of eating food happily, together with family so that food gets into our body with the most receptive circumstances.

It is the most intriguing sitcom on foods that I have ever seen before. It is a visual delight as well. I have become a huge fan of traditional and local eating!

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About Pre and Post Workout Meals

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Pre and Post Workout Meals

About Pre and Post Workout Meals

This question came from Snigdha Kashyap. She tries to workout regularly but is always confused about her pre and post workout meals.

Why do we need pre and post workout meals anyway? Aren’t we taking the pains to workout- just to ‘burn out’ the already existing fat in our body, which we believe is mostly the deposit of food that we have already eaten?  Then why more food? That too both before and after workout. Hmm.. Let us look at it contextually
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I Quit Sugar Regime

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I Quit Sugar Regime

I Quit Sugar Regime

Hi everyone,

This post is in response to a very interesting question that Lakshmi asked me on my last week’s post. Question- “Have you ever followed “i quit sugar regime”?
It is based on a book. It’s an eight week program and one basically quits food with sugar in them including fruits and bread along with processed food.Some of my friends have been following it. Just wanted to see, what’s your call on it?”

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How to stay Hydrated

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How to stay Hydrated

How to stay Hydrated

Hi Guys,

I have been meaning to start writing again from long. Here you go. I will write atleast one article every Wednesday. Mostly focussing on the queries :) .

We hear so many stories on the importance of hydration for good health and suggestions on drinking x gallons/liters/glasses of water for maintaining the right hydration level in the body.

Just like any other fitness jargon, I want to believe in this fitness jargon too, but with some clarity on how it works for my body. Let us find out!

First let me redefine hydration for you: “Staying hydrated does not mean drinking ‘specific amount of water/liquid’ in a day. It means having small dregs of water throughout the day so that the body cells stay succulent and refreshed throughout the day”
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Losing Last few pounds of Fat – Not Frustration but Meditation is the trick

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Losing Last few pounds of Fat

I am on bed rest from last 3 weeks. Eating, sleeping and resting yet feeling fit *touchwood*.  This may be because I am regularly doing a mental workout, called Meditation, which is more powerful than any physical workout.

I am writing after 4 months today but I tried to keep the facebook page active with the pictures of all the crazy things that I keep doing. Actually it is nothing to be proud of, as all of this workout frenzy lend me an injury and hence some realizations. Realizations that our body is as delicate as a bubble of water. Once we exert a lot of pressure on it. It will burst. And these pressures could be any extremes like ‘Workout each day’, ‘run each day’, ‘proteins only’, ‘stress’ to name a few.

I am saying this because I know of people who are always stressed about each and every morsel they put in their mouth or about each day they go without workout. Sometime, I want to tell them that they will look and probably feel better if they put on some weight. But I realize that to them weight gain is the biggest fear of life. Well !! No offence meant, I too had suffered with this phobia once :P

Anyways, before I forget, this post is about how to Lose Last few pounds of Fat or rather last few ‘frustrating’ pounds of weight. And the topic came to my mind when one of my runner friend pinged me last night, really worried about his last few pounds…. There goes a look alike of our conversation.

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Road Running in Winter

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Road Running in Winter

Hi everyone,

Long time. How are you? I have been keeping very tied up. I was working day and night on my indo western fashion fusion project. Finally I launched it in New York a week back. It is called Red Ghagra . It is basically to support rich Indian handicrafts hidden in the villages of India. Red Ghagra is about global designs with an Indian twist using rich Indian crafts in textiles, jewelry and painting….

It was a lottttt of hard work in the past 4 months but finally the response is so overwhelming. A lot of people from Indian fashion community as well as American fashion community have come forward to support or join the project. And I am realizing one very important thing in life that if you are passionate about something and you want to do something with we should start with it somewhere. May be start something on a very small level. If it clicks you then it will grow! :)

I thought same applies to fitness also. We run 1 km, we get the hang of it. If it clicks us then we get started for lifetime.. Isn’t it?

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Which Oil is Best for Cooking

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Which Oil is Best for Cooking

Hello everyone,

This article is on Neetu’s query. She wants to know what oil is healthy to use for daily cooking. When I read her query, I thought to myself that this time, I will go out to the stores, check out all the varieties of oils available, talk with the manufacturers and then do some research on them.

As planned, I went to a big retail store. As I stood in front of the aisle that had zillions of oils placed temptingly over it, my head started spinning. They were tempting because of the ‘healthy’ options available. One of the bottle of coconut oil declared that it has “pure” but “odorless”coconut oil. Bahhhhh!! I thought to myself, if I had to use coconut oil then why not I use the pure one with its odor. After all it will be better than the version which has been chemically treated to remove its ‘odor’ :D

So I decided that instead of visiting the stores, I will talk with people from different regions and find out what kind of oils they have been using traditionally (not recently).

This is what I found out..

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Acidity, Alkalinity of Food

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This article is in continuation to my article on What is a Balanced Diet. If we keep eating ‘healthy’ food all time then there will come a situation when there will be imbalance and hypersensitivity in our body. As in our body will start to throw up on eating street food. It will develop allergies from normal tap water etc

Our body needs balance, which does not mean that it needs to eat all types of food in equal proportions but which means that it needs to have all types of foods in some proportions. To understand that better let us first understand the concept of acidity and alkalinity.  To understand this concept, we need to  brush up little part of the chemistry that we studied in school

Acidity, Alkalinity of Food

We know of hydrogen atom. It has one electron and one proton. When the electron leaves it then it becomes an ion(as shown in the image above). An ion which is hungry for electrons….
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