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Monday, September 26, 2016

Varicose veins

Varicose veins and sitting legs dropping down

I see around me a lot of people who stand or sit, legs dropping down for hours together out of compulsion or otherwise.  Traditionally, Indians use to sit on the floor with folded legs in “suhasan” while eating, be it breakfast or lunch or Dinner for that matter.  Even while drinking water they use to sit at least on a chair for various reasons.

Because of the influence of the westernised culture and fast moving World, people do not have time to sit down and take their food or FASHION makes them behave so.  They simply stand having a plate filled with their favourable food and eat out. 

Dining Table culture is one another form and this is largely utilised in almost all the houses/hotels. 
Chair and Sofa culture too adds to this style of sitting, legs dropping down.  

Those who are in teaching profession stand the entire day.  Computer/IT professionals stick to chair for even more than 12 hours a day.  Drivers are sitting legs dropping down for hours together and drive, the car drivers, truck drivers, even Pilots included. 

Have we ever thought of loading the legs with our entire body weight and disregard the pain at initial stages?

Whether we are slim or stout matters least in this case.   If you over strain yourself by sitting for longer hours, blood circulation in the leg region gets disturbed.  Ignoring this problem in the initial stages makes the problem complicated and recovery becomes a lengthy one.

In allopathic treatment, they operate the veins to get the pain reduced but the vagaries of varicose veins keeps increasing.  In Ayurveda, they give medicines; apply oil which gives relief to certain extent.

There are various other types of treatment too like Naturopathy, Unany, Homeopathy etc.
Simple home remedy is also there.  Apply some oil like coconut, gingili oil, or any ayurvedic thailam like pinda thailam, karpoora thailam and give a smooth massage from bottom to top, lay down on the floor, keeping your legs in a raised position with the support of the wall/chair.    

Have frequently, once in four hours this kind of relaxation keeping your legs in a raised position at least for ten to fifteen minutes.  You can have ASHWINI MUDHRA then(while relaxing). 
Keep always an eye in your body weight that too due to aging. 

Fibre rich food helps.  Grapes with seeds, the Red Banana variety,   Apple cider vinegar, lends a helping hand.

In Yoga, Sarvangasana is a very best Asana in curing varicose veins. 

Nadhi Sudhi, as the name indicates, helps to prevent such problems. 

Prevention is much better than curative measures which are very costly, complicated and side effects crop up but the pettiest thing in this World is unless and otherwise we suffer we are not ready to accept the facts and care for ourselves!!

I like the Indian Congress Party Meeting, where in the seating arrangements on the floor, on the cushions, Bolsters to support, very lively...


Thursday, September 1, 2016

ACT of listening/concentration

The power of listening is indeed a Talent.  Every one of us is gifted in one way or other, but, not gifted with everything.  Unless and otherwise you have a total focus in whatever you do, you will be blamed of lack of concentration. 

The Definition of Yoga thus goes,
“Yoga is the ability to direct the mind exclusively towards an object and sustain that direction without any distraction.”

If one practices Yoga, knowingly or not knowingly your power of concentration will increase.   “Concentration” is a must in whatever work you do. Cooking, Driving, while giving lectures, while playing, while reading, while writing, while walking along a busy road, while doing shopping…

If one can recollect those school and college days, for how many days we have acted as if listening to the class with utmost attention but not really so.  Have we not tried our best not to sleep in the class, that too if the lecture is boring or if the subject is “dry”, and unable to understand.

Such an act is not at all possible in Yoga sessions.  Both the teacher and the participant should be attentive; otherwise, they will be trapped.  If a person’s mind is wavering, they will be confused even in simple things like right/left, inhale/exhale…..

Your eye-balls will be rolling, while in Meditation or Relaxation.  You will have least control over your breathe, if you are in agitated mood.  You cannot cheat the teacher and the teacher too cannot either!!

Saturday, August 27, 2016

NATURE-not to be taken for granted : SIZE-NOT AT ALL A MATTER FOR YOGA

NATURE-not to be taken for granted : SIZE-NOT AT ALL A MATTER FOR YOGA: In my Yoga class, some participants asks: “Mam, I am very stout, will I be able to do asanas?  Is this the reason, why I am not able to br...

Friday, August 26, 2016


In my Yoga class, some participants asks: “Mam, I am very stout, will I be able to do asanas?  Is this the reason, why I am not able to breathe properly?  Will I ever become slim at all?  I feel shy when comparing with others?  Shall I practice other form of exercises in addition to practicing yoga?  ……”

Just stop please.  See, you have come here to get peace, become calm, to become stress-free, to become anxiety-free, is it not?  Then why you worry about your physical appearance?

In certain schools, they give admission only to ‘bright’ students and so called ‘dull’ students are denied admission for some reason or other.  But it is not so as far as yoga is concerned.  

Moreover, our height and weight are basically inherent in nature.  Our up-bringing, how nutritiously we are fed with, how brisk/lazy we are, how fast/slow we work/play ….each and everything matters.

Genetic factors, the race we belong to-influences our height, weight, color.  We can try to keep ourselves healthy and lead a contented life.  YOGA paves the way.

Let you be fatty or slim, dark colored or fair, beautiful or otherwise, tall or short, well educated or illiterate, rich or poor-these factors has no connection with yoga.

If you really want to practice yoga and get benefited, you should have a passion for Yoga.  Perseverance is a must.  “BELIEF”  - does magic.  Come with an open mind, observe the class, understand and   learn properly, get your doubts clarified.

“Perfection”- is yet to be reached, it is true for all of us.  We all are marching towards perfection. 

But one thing I can assure you is that, whatever ever very little you do, there will definitely be considerable benefits.  Every effort you put in activating your limbs, every effort you put for inhaling to your lung capacity and a complete exhalation, has its own significant benefits. 

Keep aside all your superiority/inferiority complexes. 
Please remove your shoes/chappals before entering the Yoga Hall.
Do not forget to keep aside your ‘shy factor’.


Tuesday, July 26, 2016


Generally, taking  bath at least once a day has been the practice of most of us. There may be exceptional cases, I do not want to discuss about them now.

Fitness freaks who do exercise an hour or more daily sweat more and in order to get rid of the congestion, take bath immediately. 

People go for jogging/walking and immediately after returning home, they feel like taking bath, is this advisable?  

There are some other people who eat well to their stomach–full and take bath immediately. 

During this hot summer, there are people who take bath three to four times/day, swim for extended hours.

Keeping aside all the above said habits, what should a Yoga aspirant do?

You should take bath before beginning your Yoga practice every day.
Preferably in cold water, for it induces the blood circulation throughout the body. You feel fresh and happily start practicing.
You can begin with Meditation, to bring calmness to your agitated mind.  Then practice pawan mukthasanas[wind releasing exercises and asanas according to one’s own wish and ability, continued by breathing exercises and relaxation.  

Taking bath immediately after Yoga practice should be avoided for various reasons which includes,

It disturbs the serenity and calmness both at the physical as well as the mental level, where as, taking bath before yoga practice adds to the same. 

Owing to the fact that yoga is helpful in getting rid of certain bad habits like smoking, drug addiction… which one cultivated for years, works deep inside the boundless mind.

Taking bath before practicing yoga adds to the sanctity of the same….     


Tuesday, June 28, 2016



Food Industry in this World, must by and large give the largest turnover compared to all other fascinated Industries including the IT.

‘Motto’ of starting a business includes earning profit but….


How much attention does one pay for their “Product Quality”?

To add to taste they add certain +s and certain –s too!
To make attractive they add COLORS and do not care about the quality of the same.
Packaging- most attractive
And finally the Advertisements-most tempting right from the children of today to the children of yesteryear's.  

In my childhood, there were very few products sold and we were denied opportunities to buy even very rarely. 

Invariably, the income of the Breadwinner of the family was very low and the number members in the family were very high.  Hence home-made snacks, that too a small share and occasionally! 

Nowadays, I see children buying chips and cool drinks   so casually and finish their lunch and dinner off! 

When I was travelling, in a railway station, I saw a small boy about 6-7 years old, took a hundred rupee note from his father’s shirt pocket, went to the shop and got ten pockets of “chips”. 

He saved 9 pockets and started eating one, keeping a cool drinks bottle by his side. 
I do not exaggerate things.  I write whatever I saw.  I pity that boy.  I cry for him. 
Why do parents allow such indiscipline?

Is it because, they are lazy preparing delicious food at home?
Is it because, they are unable to control that child?
Is it because, they don’t know the seriousness of the upcoming problem?
Is it because, they want to provide their children everything, whatever was denied for them in their childhood?

You know, the cream in the cakes and biscuits are allergic to certain children.  The salt and the spices added in the chips and other snacks are heavy for the children.

The advertisements and attractive packaging techniques may increase the turnover of the food industry but also have concern as to, it does not decrease one’s LIFE SPAN!