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maureenmonzon said: Hi, I'm a 40 year old woman, overweight (16kg) and suddenly 3 years ago I noticed my hair thinning and my nails peeling (I was stressed at the time), I'm active but I've never practiced yoga or anything like that (always been drawn to it dough) and now I'm trying to start at home and do mudras too. What mudras do you recomend me to do and how, Is there something additional or do I just follow your instructions in the mudras you recommend? Thank you

The stress coupled with hormonal changes might have caused the damage with your hair and nails. As you are 40 years old, you must take special care of yourself. As menopause is about to set in there may be several changes that you will experience in next few years. There will be whole new transformation which you can use creativity to make changes to your lifestyle, job and relationships. It is good that you have decided to start Yoga practice. Continue with it. Surya Namaskar sequence, tadasana, bhujangasana, vipareeta karani mudra, halasana, ushtrasana, kapalbhati and bhramari pranayama will be highly beneficial for you. As far as mudras come into picture, you must practice Ushas mudra, Gyan mudra and Apana mudra on daily basis. As you read my blog, you can use other mudras for therapeutic usage as prescribed in their text. Calcium supplementation is required at your age. You can start any safe supplement available in your country. 

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ted-meditates said: Hello sir. Thank you very much for your interesting and useful blog. Could you please give advise on some basic daily breathing exercises for beginner?

For beginners, the first step is to develop awareness on breath. You can do this practice every day in the morning for 10 to 15 minutes. Sit straight in any basic yoga pose. Close your eyes and touch the tip of your tongue on roof of the mouth (just above the frontal teeth). Observe the coolness on tip of your nose as breath enters your nostril during inhalation. Then, observe the warmth in the throat as breath is exhaled. Let the breath flow naturally. Don’t breathe or expel forcibly. Within few minutes, your breath will become fuller. The inhalation will become longer as awareness will let you fill the breath completely in lungs and abdomen. The same will happen with exhalation.

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