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Healing outdoors: How nature helps you calm down

These nature cures have been tested by time and choice, says yogacharya Shameem Akthar. The use of art to heal has lately captured the imagination of therapists, who are using all forms of art, including drama, to heal. But one of the earliest methods of healing using art has been surely visual because of this connection between nature and us, living organisms who are part of it. Around this concept many healing and survival techniques have developed – office ergonomics, interior ..., 1 month ago

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Pet therapy: How animals help us heal

The bond that exists between domestic animals and humans creates a healing response in many people, says yogacharya Shameem Akthar. It is not so well-known or used in India but abroad, pet therapy or animal assisted therapy is well-established in many countries. It’s seen as a way to help severely ailing people recover and has been given the thumbs up by care takers of patients with terminal illness, the severely depressed, those recovering from trauma, cancer, and children with learning ...
 Rediff.com2 months ago

Are you guilty of these pre-workout mistakes?

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.com1 week ago

Zzzzz! 5 remedies to sleep better

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 ...
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5 health risks of chronic constipation

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.com1 month ago

Are these happy things stressing you out?

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.com1 month ago

Beat the heat with yoga. 5 mudras to cool down

Shameem Akthar, yogacharya trained with the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, shows you five mudras that will keep you cool this summer. Yogic mudras use the biological map – called homunculus map – in our brains to manage and manipulate powerful healing reactions in the body. One of these mudras helps to cool down the body. Many of the stunning tricks performed by yogis that seem to go against nature itself (such as holding the breath for hours, lying buried underground or making do ...
 Rediff.com2 months ago

5 body cooling foods for the summer

These natural coolants should be on your shopping list this summer. We drink water to keep ourselves cool. In summer, as the heat peaks, we try to avoid being out in the sun. We wear caps or carry parasols, and slather on moisturisers and sun blocks to ensure the outside remains as cool as the inside. We drink juices and prefer ice-creams for dessert. Yet there are many kinds of foodstuffs that we don’t realise are miracle moisturisers. They keep us naturally cool from within by ...
 Rediff.com2 months ago

Rise and shine: 5 ways to wake up feeling fresh every morning

Simple tips to become a morning person.  Fatigue and lethargy are common conditions, but they are not taken seriously. We hope that as the day advances, we will perk up. Or we down cuploads of coffee, hoping the caffeine will kick in. But the dullness is more than just “something in the mind”. It is often the result of an out of kilter metabolism, a broad word that covers the functioning of other major systems in the body as well. It may have a psychological trigger ...
 Rediff.com2 months ago

Losing your sense of balance? Here's why

Poor balance can be caused by certain health conditions. Read on to learn more. How strong is your sense of balance? You’d be surprised how much we take this for granted. Or mistakenly assume that as long as we don’t fall down while walking, we have the perfect sense of balance. As we age, the sense of balance which is categorised under kinesthetic intelligence gets even more depleted. Why is it important to discuss this? Because balance is not just about standing steady; it is ...
 Rediff.com2 months ago
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