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lemoncandy1021 said: Hi, Himanshu.I'm with depression, chronic fatigue and sluggish brain for years, modern meds doesn't work well for me. I've tried 10 liver cleanses without significant result, and I seem to be more tired to try basic yoga, i always fall asleep in the first 5-minutes of meditation. i came across your blog and all this info amazes me! i'm eager to try the Prithvi Mudra, but i'm a Vata girl with a Katha dominant body. is there other Mudras for me? should i try the raisin drinks first? Thank you!

I am listing some measures that will help you. The predominance of vata in your body signifies dryness and wandering mind. You probably want to accomplish several things in a go. This leads to irritated nervous system and chronic fatigue. Relaxation is very important for you. Instead of watching television, checking mails or reading newspaper, spend time listening to soothing music. You will find a good playlist of Spa and Meditation music on Youtube. Close your eyes and relax in shavasana (corpse pose) while music is playing in the backdrop. Breathe deeply and drop everything from your mind and be aware of the sounds being played.

Talking about diet, I would recommend sweet foods like breads made of wheat grain. You can take freshly cooked soup of boiled vegetables. Eat fruits that are rich in iron. This includes apple, banana and pomegranate. You can also try the raisin soak that I posted on this blog. Avoid anything which is dry, spicy and pungent. This means trimming preservative laden snacks, biscuits, sauces and ketchups.

Massage is very important for you. A regular 10-20 minute, gentle self-massage with warm sesame oil will bring positive change in your life. You need to do mild stretching and warm-up exercises. Sarvangasana and Matsyasana are the minimum you need to do. Don’t go overboard with exercise and asanas.

Finally, Start taking 5 pellets of Natrum Muriaticum 6X (Nat Mur 6X), a homeopathic biochemical remedy, thrice during the day. Nat Mur 6X is a potentiated Common Salt that is present in human tissue. Nat Mur will balance your vata and kapha and will relieve you of depression.  You must also consume a supplement with B-Complex Vitamins and Folic Acid. Have a teaspoon of Ashwagandha powder with hot milk. I am not sure if it is available in your country. You can check it at stores selling Ayurvedic medications.

Wish you good health and blissful life.  

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The Spine health – Part 3
Maintaining the curve of Cervical Vertebrae (neck region)
There are 7 vertebrae in the cervical region (neck). The curvature of the neck region is backwards; however, most modern day tasks involve extensive stooping or bending in the forward direction. Sitting in front of desktop PC, operating your mobile device, working in the kitchen, writing some thesis, reading a book etc. makes you bend your neck forward . This creates degenerative diseases like cervical pain and Spondylitis (inflammation of the vertebra). Both are highly painful conditions and result in loss of balance and sudden black out of the vision. Constant heaviness in head and mild pain are initial symptoms of these diseases.
Yoga comes to rescue with all the back bending postures and twisting postures. The simplest exercise that you can do in the morning is to stand straight. Just bend your head and shoulders backwards and keep staring at the sky for 2-3 minutes. Asanas like Bhujangasana, Ardha Matsyendrasana and Matsyasana (in the picture) keeps cervical region healthy and maintains the natural curvature of this region. Tadasana helps in elongation of complete spine.
All you need to do is to be regular in your practice. Your suggestions and inputs are welcome.

The Spine health – Part 3

Maintaining the curve of Cervical Vertebrae (neck region)

There are 7 vertebrae in the cervical region (neck). The curvature of the neck region is backwards; however, most modern day tasks involve extensive stooping or bending in the forward direction. Sitting in front of desktop PC, operating your mobile device, working in the kitchen, writing some thesis, reading a book etc. makes you bend your neck forward . This creates degenerative diseases like cervical pain and Spondylitis (inflammation of the vertebra). Both are highly painful conditions and result in loss of balance and sudden black out of the vision. Constant heaviness in head and mild pain are initial symptoms of these diseases.

Yoga comes to rescue with all the back bending postures and twisting postures. The simplest exercise that you can do in the morning is to stand straight. Just bend your head and shoulders backwards and keep staring at the sky for 2-3 minutes. Asanas like Bhujangasana, Ardha Matsyendrasana and Matsyasana (in the picture) keeps cervical region healthy and maintains the natural curvature of this region. Tadasana helps in elongation of complete spine.

All you need to do is to be regular in your practice. Your suggestions and inputs are welcome.

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The Spine Health - Part 1 
Opening the Thoracic (Chest) region
The spine at thoracic region supports the rib cage, which is composed of bones (ribs), muscles and cartilage. The rib cage protects the lungs and the heart, which are next in importance to the brain. The lungs purify the blood, while the heart circulates it to the entire body, enriching the cells and tissues with oxygen and nutrients, and taking away waste products.
The spine is bent forward in thoracic region. If it is bent in extreme, the result is congestion of the thoracic nerves and crowding of the rib cage. This reduces the space in which the lungs can expand thus reducing the respiratory efficiency. Stooped shoulders and hunched back occur in asthma and chronic bronchitis. These deformations can be removed by the practice of Chakrasana (in the picture), Dhanurasana, Ushtrasana, Bhujangasana and Matsyasana. By regular practice, the efficiency of the respiratory system increases and the symptoms of respiratory disease diminish. These asanas improves confidence, strengthens the posture and helps in holding the spine erect while sitting and walking.
Reader suggestions are welcome. Preparing the text on lumber (abdominal) region for the next part of “The Spine Health” series. 

The Spine Health - Part 1

Opening the Thoracic (Chest) region

The spine at thoracic region supports the rib cage, which is composed of bones (ribs), muscles and cartilage. The rib cage protects the lungs and the heart, which are next in importance to the brain. The lungs purify the blood, while the heart circulates it to the entire body, enriching the cells and tissues with oxygen and nutrients, and taking away waste products.

The spine is bent forward in thoracic region. If it is bent in extreme, the result is congestion of the thoracic nerves and crowding of the rib cage. This reduces the space in which the lungs can expand thus reducing the respiratory efficiency. Stooped shoulders and hunched back occur in asthma and chronic bronchitis. These deformations can be removed by the practice of Chakrasana (in the picture), Dhanurasana, Ushtrasana, Bhujangasana and Matsyasana. By regular practice, the efficiency of the respiratory system increases and the symptoms of respiratory disease diminish. These asanas improves confidence, strengthens the posture and helps in holding the spine erect while sitting and walking.

Reader suggestions are welcome. Preparing the text on lumber (abdominal) region for the next part of “The Spine Health” series. 

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Aligning the NavelThere are mysterious troubles that ail the abdominal region. Often, medical practitioners fail to diagnose long standing problems like constipation, painful menstruation, back pain etc. Medicines are prescribed, Ointments are given for pain relief but still the problem persists.The likely cause of such abdominal troubles lies in navel. The flow of prana and apana gets disturbed upon misalignment of navel. Navel can shift in any direction (up, down, right, left). There are several causes for same. Sudden lifting of heavy objects, sudden twisting or bending and excessive sexual activity are some of the causes. Navel misalignment is common in women.In yoga, most of the back bending postures aligns the navel to its natural position. Chakrasana, Dhanurasana, Bhujangasana, Matsyasana, Supt Vajrasana , Naukasana, Ushtrasana restores navel to its actual position.People suffering from navel misalignment can easily judge it by measuring the length from navel to large toe of the foot with a thread. If the length varies between left and right toe from navel, then it is the case of navel misalignment. You can visit any Yoga therapist to get the problem cured.  

Aligning the Navel

There are mysterious troubles that ail the abdominal region. Often, medical practitioners fail to diagnose long standing problems like constipation, painful menstruation, back pain etc. Medicines are prescribed, Ointments are given for pain relief but still the problem persists.

The likely cause of such abdominal troubles lies in navel. The flow of prana and apana gets disturbed upon misalignment of navel. Navel can shift in any direction (up, down, right, left). There are several causes for same. Sudden lifting of heavy objects, sudden twisting or bending and excessive sexual activity are some of the causes. Navel misalignment is common in women.

In yoga, most of the back bending postures aligns the navel to its natural position. Chakrasana, Dhanurasana, Bhujangasana, Matsyasana, Supt Vajrasana , Naukasana, Ushtrasana restores navel to its actual position.

People suffering from navel misalignment can easily judge it by measuring the length from navel to large toe of the foot with a thread. If the length varies between left and right toe from navel, then it is the case of navel misalignment. You can visit any Yoga therapist to get the problem cured.  

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Like a fish – Matsyasana
The Yogic practice is beautiful in a sense that each pose has a counter pose to balance the alignment of the body.  Matsyasana is  counterpose of Sarvangasana (Inverted Shoulder Stand). All you need to do is lie flat on the back while sitting in Padmasana. Or you can first lie flat and then do the Padmasana. Stretch the head backwards and rest the head on the ground. An arch or a bridge will be formed in the final position. Catch hold of your toes with your hands. You can do it from 1 minute to 10 minutes.
On the physical plane, Matsyasana relieves stiffness of the neck and cervical region. The neck and shoulders are massaged in a natural way. The breathing becomes deep and rhythmic. Its practice is useful in chronic Bronchitis and Asthma. Matsyasana cures constipation.
Do it often in your daily practice and discover a new you.

Like a fish – Matsyasana

The Yogic practice is beautiful in a sense that each pose has a counter pose to balance the alignment of the body.  Matsyasana is  counterpose of Sarvangasana (Inverted Shoulder Stand). All you need to do is lie flat on the back while sitting in Padmasana. Or you can first lie flat and then do the Padmasana. Stretch the head backwards and rest the head on the ground. An arch or a bridge will be formed in the final position. Catch hold of your toes with your hands. You can do it from 1 minute to 10 minutes.

On the physical plane, Matsyasana relieves stiffness of the neck and cervical region. The neck and shoulders are massaged in a natural way. The breathing becomes deep and rhythmic. Its practice is useful in chronic Bronchitis and Asthma. Matsyasana cures constipation.

Do it often in your daily practice and discover a new you.