Wellness Series- Yoga, An Attempted Interpretation.

It’s not only fashionable, but very healthy to practice yoga everyday. There are several ways of treating this ancient wonder, which is now a worldwide health initiative.

Some of us do it as a stretching exercise, some add correct breathing regimen to it and for the experts it’s Hatha Yoga which is a forceful form centred on the mastery over the body.

We all need a fair amount of stretching exercise particularly as we grow older so that we can get that needed flexibility to carry on with daily chores.

Almost all the yoga positions involve a fair amount of stretching. And if we add a systematic and guided breathing into these positions, we can say we do yoga.

Clearly these coordinations will require expert intervention and training under a qualified yoga Master and it is the best way to get a hang of it.

Making yoga part of our daily schedule is a very healthy way of life. We will start seeing the benefits almost immediately on the adoption of this form of exercise.

Ideally we should learn and practice the following and more.

– Suryanamaskar

– Sarvangasana

– Matsyasana

– Tree Position (Vrksasana)

– Pranayama

– And some of the Mudras

Shavasana, (Corpse Pose, or Mrtasana) in between yoga positions will usher in harmony.

Those who are seeking further benefits may learn and practice Hatha Yoga under qualified masters.

Achieving at least a regular practice of the middle stage of ‘yoga’ is a valuable step towards wellness.

Yoga is ancient, gives certain amount of control over body, it’s relevant and ready to be embraced by everybody.

Wellness Series- Yoga, An Attempted Interpretation.

Wellness Series- Suryanamaskar

I am covering Suryanamaskar as an important item in the wellness series, not because I am an expert in it, but it’s the one and swimming giving me maximum satisfaction.

Another reason for sharing this is that I am rather a very late starter to this wonderful program, but I am able to do it reasonably okay. And that my story could be a motivating one for the readers.

I don’t claim that I can do it perfectly well, in fact the chakra mudras (steps 3 and 10) are beyond me, and I do bend the knee to complete them.

For those who are new to suryanamaskar or yoga, you need a teacher, a yoga master to show how it’s done correctly. Once the basics are done, it’s just practice that improves the stages.

In Suryanamaskar one set consists of two rounds of 12 steps each as shown in the diagram.

A round indicates it’s done with one leg backwards as in step 4. That’s one set is two rounds of 12 steps each and one round with right leg and the second on left.

It’s important to do the correct breathing (inhale or exhale) during the steps as shown in diagram. In step 5 the breath is held.

The trick I use for remembering the right or left leg to use is to keep counting one set of 12 as one. Use right leg for odd numbers and left leg for even. That means I count 24 for the 12 sets.

I now do 12 sets every morning and feel having done something good.

Here’s what I got from net search as benefits of Suryanamaskar:

1. One of the primary Surya Namaskar benefits is that it strengthens the entire body.

2. Relieves constipation and promotes healthy digestion.

3. Stimulates the nervous system including the brain, lower plexus, spinal cord, etc. Surya Namaskar Yoga strongly aids in preventing memory loss, builds focus and concentration, improves the functioning of the brain. Activates Brain cells in the body.

4. It is a well known remedy to cure blood pressure and strengthens heart muscles. It also cures irregular heart beat.

5. Improves the capacity of the lungs, stimulates oxygen supply and regulates it to all the vital organs in the body.

6. Highly beneficial for improving blood circulation. Provides beautiful glow to the skin.

7. Promotes weight loss and activates basal metabolic rate of a person’s body.

8. Is a famous remedy for managing menstrual cramps and, also helpful in managing menopause stage. Due to its empowering effects on the uterus of a woman, Surya Namaskar Yoga also helps in making child birth comparatively easier.

9. Improves sexual functions of the body. Eradicates any internal flaws related to malfunctioning of sexual glands. Also, promotes healthy sexual appetite in a person.

10. Reduces strained joints problems. Lubricates sore muscles and joints and promotes their healthy functioning. Highly beneficial in managing arthritis, sciatica, other joint related ailments etc.

11. Improves mental and physical balance of the person’s body. Develops patience and builds stamina by increasing the mental capacity of the brain and the body.

12. Improves flexibility of the body and releases stiffness.

Most of all, it fills you up with magnanimous positive energy. You feel rejuvenated and alive.

Please don’t ignore it as difficult or time consuming. It takes just 15 minutes for the 12 sets. And if I can do it, you certainly can.

Wellness Series- Suryanamaskar

Wellness Series: Our Food!

This is first of my wellness series blogs. Let me start with food, as people say we are what we eat. Of course, this is more aptly corrected to ‘when we eat’!

Those who are familiar with my belief and passion for Intermittent Fasting will understand better the meaning of when eaten.

This diagram is from a fitness friend who is a role model in fitness and working out. The picture shows how food is so important.

Again, some of you may remember that I am managing a whatsapp broadcast group and we are now almost 50 in numbers. And I intend to get certified as a wellness coach.

I have been advising my Intermittent Fasting Group to try Keto diet for significant weight loss. Perhaps a correction is required (as prompted by this diagram).

Carb, we thought is something to be avoided or kept minimum. But perhaps, if you exercise well you may need some good carbs for energy. Apparently net carb is total carbs minus fibre. Then go for the carbs mentioned in the diagram. For example whole grains for your traditional dishes, you can’t live without.

If you are building muscles and reach almost failure point in muscle toning workouts, please don’t ignore proteins. I have had some bad experiences when i didn’t eat the two eggs after a fairly strenuous workout.

And finally, the good fat is required. Please don’t take it as a license for offals, other tasty fat, red meat etc, but go for good oil and fat as suggested.

Always consult your doctor/ dietitian when making drastic changes to what you eat.

Wellness Series: Our Food!

A Wellness Group, And It’s Working

We are a whatsapp broadcast group focusing on wellness through Intermittent Fasting.

Ours is a small group, making personal attention quite possible. As the originator of the group, I get myself trained as a wellness coach.

In just less than six months, the group is enjoying some positive results and we are looking forward to maximising the good that we have begun to experience.

By being a broadcast group, individual identity is private and only me, the coach has a global view. Feedback are shared within the group with identity kept confidential. This success sharing is the secret of greatness of the group and the best form of handholding to stay on course.

We have identified the following key success factors:

– Fasting is without any calorie intake. Best food during fasting other than water is black coffee without flavours like chicory etc.

– Minimum fasting period is 13 hours, usual 16 and ideal 24 hours at least once a week. Some people do something like three consecutive days, but no one in the group has reported anything more than 24 hours. After 13 hours energy requirement is from the stored fat. The longer the time after 13, the higher the consumption of stored excess fat.

– Autophagy (self eating) a Nobel Prize winning stage is the ultimate aim. At this stage body cleans damaged and defective cells and grow new good ones. Growth hormones generated and even reversal of ageing happens, in addition to curing/ preventing deadly things like cancer, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.

– Positive results reported by participants in the group include- improved energy levels, weight loss, blood sugar stability, improved concentration, less stress etc.

– Sustained Weight loss is not a key aim, but can be accelerated by going for Keto diet while eating. That’s mostly natural fat, moderate protein and low carbs.

– Exercise is recommended, and best done while on fasting window. High intensity interval training being the best form.

This is a group you would want to join. You can be a participant and share ideas with the group keeping personal identity and privacy intact. You get all the benefits of being in a genuine group.

If interested to join, please send your whatsapp number to mine: +91 9400056031.

(Suggestion, those with any conditions or medications, please consult the doctor before fasting, say more than 16 hours)

Hope to see more of you enjoying the benefits and privileges of this wonderful group.

A Wellness Group, And It’s Working

Milestone! Lightest in 25 Years.

This is an important milestone. I weigh the lowest in some 25 years, if not 30, thanks to Intermittent Fasting.

It’s important because the weight loss is accompanied by renewed energy, enthusiasm and discipline.

To me, Intermittent Fasting is the best wellness movement that has happened so far. It’s very well explained and proven through some detailed and serious study, which include Nobel Prize winning research.

Benefits of intermittent fasting include generation of new human growth hormones, cleaning repairing and growing cells, prevention and even possible cure to deadly things like Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, cancer, heart problems and even diabetes.

The increased energy and enhanced mood has assisted me in following a regular fitness and workout schedule like 12 sets of suryanamaskars, one hour yoga, swimming and even weight training. And I feel good after these heavy workouts.

Frankly, this is not just boasting. The intention is to share the experiences and get my friends also to benefit from this regimen.

I would be much better off if I had good control over my food during the eating time of the Intermittent Fasting schedule. This is something I must be working on now, in addition.

And to speak about intermittent fasting and the good effects, we should be aware of various industries getting affected and we can expect some actions from them. I can think of the food industry getting worried. So be prepared for some organised campaign against this good thing.

I may also say that it’s time to channel some of my good energy towards noble causes. One of them could be the commitment towards planting trees in a barren land.

And I wish to get and support maximum number of Intermittent fasting followers. Let’s do it together and do it better with the help of a whatsapp broadcast group. Since it’s a broadcast group, individual privacy is assured.

I invite my friends to try and view a combined treasure trove of information that we have in the group. Just sent your whatsapp number to mine +91 9400056031 and enjoy the benefits.

Privacy assurance is reiterated.

Milestone! Lightest in 25 Years.

Bullet Proof Coffee! A Healthy Cocktail?

My last blog was on Dopamine Fast and why I’m out of it.

But this one caught the eye, when a BBC coverage on it was forwarded by a relative.

Clearly it has an eye catching name. And the bullet proofing is through ingredients like butter from grass fed cow and the real virgin coconut oil.

Butter or ghee from grass fed cow is highly in demand as the purest and best form of good fat and the world is singing praises of the virtues of the virgin coconut oil.

Pure coffee is zero calorie and it’s invigorating and recommend for sustaining a longer period of fasting in my favourite Intermittent Fasting routine.

So, a cocktail of the three bests should be good. And I am happy to recommend it since I may not be the right guy to endorse it.

This is how I am going to do it. I have the machine to powder and brew a pure fresh cup of coffee from roasted coffee beans.

I need to get some purest and probably the best in the world, ghee from the grass fed and famous Vechoor cows. And I know a source.

I make my own virgin coconut oil from fresh coconut.

I will then try the cocktail but on one condition. I will have it during the eating period of intermittent fasting and not during the fasting period.

Here’s the link to the BBC article

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-48692763

Bullet Proof Coffee! A Healthy Cocktail?

Sometimes It’s Better To Take A Look Again!

I am convinced and totally bought on to the benefits of Intermittent Fasting. I’ve heard and studied the Nobel Prize winning subject ‘Autophagy’ and know that it’s the best in wellness.

And I am taking some efforts to share it with my friends with constant communication, sharing of benefits and even manage a whatsapp broadcast group on the subject.

I have also done a 24 hour fasting to accelerate autophagy and recommend the once a week practice to my friends in addition to a lifestyle of 16 hours a day fasting.

And then I heard about 24 hour ‘Dopamine Fast’ and instantly circulated in the group, thinking it’s cool.

Now I am on a ‘re-think’ phase. The reason is that many of the so called bad things in Dopamine Fast are dear to me in a positive way.

‘No Electronics’ , the fast’s top item could could sound revolutionary, but not okay for me. I do check my social media accounts frequently to be in touch with friends.

Yes, I have very good online friends who I interact with, frequently. Some of them, I don’t even know the personal contact details, but we interact in a very friendly manner, equally and sometimes better than face to face interactions.

A whatsapp chat is superior or precursor to a phone call. In a social media chat, the convenience and availability of the person is preserved. And if the person is available, call! The whatsapp calls are anyway free.

And I am not an electronic addict. I take time for my regular yoga, swimming and other workout. I travel, meet friends and do Intermittent Fasting. And I am green with plans to plant a number of trees.

I like outdoors, rain, fruits, vegetables, like to sweat, look in the mirror for outlines of six pack, animals, pets, children, people.

The things I am currently addicted are Cricket and ‘ Designated Survivor’ on Netflix!

And I like to be a multidimensional person, capable of doing many things simultaneously.

See, I don’t have many ticks on the Dopamine Fasting checklist.

For all you know, it sort of dilutes the focus on Intermittent Fasting which has all ticks in the checklist.

I am out of the Dopamine Fast!

If you want to know what Dopamine Fast is, please check it out on this link

https://link.medium.com/PFBaiRFCGX

Sometimes It’s Better To Take A Look Again!