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"Exertion, self-control, skill, carefulness, steadiness, memory and commencement of act after mature deliberation; know that these are the roots of prosperity."

— Vidura Niti

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"Water is the medicine for indigestion; it is invigorating when the food that is eaten is well digested; it is like nectar when drunk in the middle of a dinner; and it is like poison when taken at the end of a meal."

— Chanakya Nitishastra

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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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"Everything I wish to say is ruined by my words."
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Questioning our desires

Generally speaking, the civilized man does not know what he wants. He works for success, fame, a happy marriage, fun, to help other people, or to become a “real person.” But these are not real wants because they are not actual things. They are the by-products, the flavors and atmospheres of real things-shadows which have no existence apart from some substance. Money is the perfect symbol of all such desires, being a mere symbol of real wealth, and to make it one’s goal is the most blatant example of confusing measurements with reality.

- Alan W. Watts

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"He who has a why can endure any how."

— Friedrich Nietzsche (via lazyyogi)

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roanw1 said: Hello sir, I've read your post about Curing Piles with Guava, but can you tell me what other things can we do to cure and prevent further Hemorrhoids?

The most important food remedy for piles is dry figs. Three or four figs should be soaked overnight in water after cleansing them thoroughly in hot water. They should be taken first thing in the morning along with water in which they were soaked. They should also be taken in the evening in a similar manner. This treatment should be continued for three or four weeks. The tiny seeds of the fruit possess an excellent quality of stimulating peristaltic movements of intestines. This facilitates easy evacuation of feces and keeps the alimentary canal clean.The pressure on the anus having thus been relieved, the hemorrhoids also get contracted.

The jambul (jamun) fruit is another effective food remedy for bleeding piles. The fruit should be taken with salt every morning for two or three months in its season. The use of the fruit in this manner in every season will effect a radical cure and save the user from bleeding piles during his / her entire life.

The above extract is from a book by H. K. Bakhru

Bio Combination - 17 (BC-17) is another effective remedy. You can purchase it from any Homeopathic store. The dosage will be five pellets taken thrice in a day. 

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vimalkoul said: Hi , I am curious to know if there is some solution to shatika pain in the leg . What is the reason and solution . Or you have to live with this avoiding cross leg sitting or other postures causing symptoms or pain. Also how can we handle high BP without medication thru yoga . When we talk about mudras what you do after making a mudra meditate in that pose or do breathing exercises or what exactly helps ......... Sorry lot of questions in one shot !!

Sciatica pain is a sudden and intense pain that runs through back of the leg. The reason for its origination is the nerve root that gets unnatural pressure from displaced spinal disc. Sciatica pain is common in people with weak back muscles and misaligned spinal column.

  1. The poor condition of back muscles is due to sedentary lifestyle. Sedentary lifestyle contributes to obesity and constipated intestine. The back muscles have to bear the extra weight of fat and water (fluid retention) that forms the abdomen. Constipation aggravates the problem. The undigested food ferments inside the intestine. This creates excessive intestinal gas and an unbalanced vata in the body. The inflammation of intestines due to excessive gas builds pressure on nerves and veins that lengthens from spine to the legs.

  2. The advent of furniture is another major cause. Chairs and Sofa promote poor posture and induce weakness of the back muscles. You cannot maintain a straight and strong back for even short period of time while sitting on a chair or sofa. This causes your neck and shoulder muscles to compensate for the poor posture by tightening up to prevent us from slouching excessively.

The first step is to get rid of all the debris accumulated inside the intestine. The patient should take some natural laxative in the beginning (Triphala / Avpattikar Churna / Nityam Churna or whatever is available in your geographical region). Apana mudra will also help relieve the constipation. Follow it as instructed in the link. Once the patient is cured of constipation, the recurrence and intensity of pain subsides as vata element starts getting balanced. For better digestion, the patient can chew 1 tablet of Chitrakadi Vati (if available) before each meal.

The second step is to strengthen back muscles. Start learning Yoga Asanas. The back bending postures help in elongating the spine and releasing constricting gaps between the discs. During sciatica, the patient should not sit cross legged and avoid all forward bending asanas. Back massage with sesame oil will strengthen the back muscles.

The diet should be devoid of all the food substances that causes digestive disturbance and are hard to digest. This includes fried potato in any form (McCann, Potato Chips), all form of rice (except Basmati), beans (baked, gravy based), bakery products made of white flour, soft drinks, ice creams and specifically milk. You can take Yogurt with pepper instead of milk. But initially avoid Yogurt too.

Following this and by reducing weight around the abdomen, the sciatica can be cured. There are medicines in Ayurvedic system that brings down inflammation and vata element, but they are only effective once the lifestyle is altered.

For Blood Pressure you can check my previous post. Refer link.

You can refer this link for your query related to mudras.

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But what are we so worried about?

But what are we so worried about?

Are we really going to miss a major news event? No. Unless we pack up and move to the mountains major news will find us. So is it that we’re worried about not finding out in real-time? Who cares if you find out in the first minute that Nelson Mandela has died. What matters is that he’s gone. Whether it takes you 30 seconds to find out or a day, the loss is the same.

But we need to know. And, more than ever, we need to know in real time. It’s like we’re in a race with our friends to see who of us can find out news first and share it in our circle first.

Well, that’s a race I don’t want to win.

It’s not just news. It’s the rebirth of Yellow Journalism, where everyone wants to stir emotion more than inform. Everyone wants your eyes and, more importantly, your clicks. Traffic matters. And every day the competition for our attention starts all over again. It’s toxic to us.

- Shane Parish