Working out with machines has become very popular. Gym ‘packages’ are cheaper than club memberships (for special games), coaches, or training for games or other forms of training. Some gyms are open 24x7, or are open for longer hours than grounds for sports or other kinds of physical activity. You can even buy your favourite work-out machine and do it in your own space and time. So, while the advantages of working out with machines are many, Shameem Akthar, yogacharya trained with ... Rediff.com, 1 day ago
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'His personal turmoils on the yoga journey, instead of deterring him, propelled him on with even greater passion towards yoga and make what he has offered to the world rather special. In fact, not many teachers have done what he has done to yoga practice -- emboldened it, brought it out of its timid closet where it was and (is often even today) confined.' Yogacharya Shameem Akthar is awed by the guru's unparalleled intuitive knowledge of yoga. When yoga was still a blip in my life's radar and ...Rediff.com, 1 week ago
Watch out for injuries when using these machines/workouts. The enthusiasm for working out is a good thing. But the downside is that unsupervised workouts are rather haphazard. It’s not just a matter of buying equipment and following the pamphlet that comes with it. Or attending a short gym session and believing it is okay to do that on your own. Many offices are now equipped with gyms. Many housing societies also have their own gyms. This means there is plenty of opportunity to work out ...Rediff.com, 2 weeks ago
These mistakes can actually prevent weight loss. In an era of self-prescription, fitness mantras are the ones most commonly passed around. Some of these can be misleading, passed on by fly-by-night “fitness experts” who have obtained certificates dished out indiscriminately to those looking to make a career in this field. Even well-established names in the fitness field succumb to this temptation of churning out “experts” in a field where learning can never really stop, ...Rediff.com, 3 weeks ago
...And how you can reset it! Shameem Akthar, yogacharya trained with the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, takes you through some major bio-events in your daily life pattern that may help you lead a more controlled and powerful life. There are several sciences that have borrowed from the idea of the bio-rhythm. Chronobiology, for instance, is a new alternative therapy which gives you a chart individualised and based on your birthday, and uses the idea of 23-day/28-day/33-day cycle. This is still ...Rediff.com, 1 month ago
There is a lot of enthusiasm for 'working out' and 'building tone', but there is an equal lack of awareness of the mistakes that can sabotage one's efforts, says yogacharya Shameem Akthar. Different work-outs require different preparations in terms of energy/fuel consumption and warm-ups. There are so many workouts possible, that one experiments with different types without fully understanding the basics. If you are learning online, the instructor could have omitted some key aspects ...Rediff.com, 1 month ago
Shameem Akthar, yogacharya trained with the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, lists five quick-fix alternative therapies to help you deal with insomnia. Insomnia has many causes. The most common among them being the following: Working in shifts which messes up one's normal biological rhythms Eating too close to sleep time or eating too heavily Engaging in excessive physical activity just before sleep time, such as brisk-walking, running or doing other forms of stimulating activity Doing creative ...Rediff.com, 2 months ago Home remedies to ease constipation Rediff.com, 2 months ago
It can be the cause of vicious health problems, including colon cancer. Constipation is often treated as a trivial disturbance of one’s routine. It is dismissed as a life-style irritant that will pass, or must be endured or fixed by some quick remedy. The fact is that a chronic case of constipation can be a red alert to other dangerous things happening within the body. It can be the cause of vicious health problems, including colon cancer. Certainly constipation causes are life-style ...Rediff.com, 2 months ago
If you thought holidays, weddings and parties de-stress you, think again! You think these are fun things to do. While suffering a long daily commute, or an insufferable boss, or a boring day alone, you fantasise about these things, drooling over the release from stress, loneliness and boredom. The reality can be quite different. What you thought of as moksha from boredom/stress is actually just another big headache, according to new research. Shameem Akthar, yogacharya trained with the ...Rediff.com, 2 months ago
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