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Yoga, Pranayamas & Diet for Summers

Last updated on October 14th, 2021 at 05:37 pm

Dear Friends,
Its that time of the year when the everything around us is going through transformation and towards balance. Whether its Earth’s Atmosphere, Lunar cycle, Environment, Climate or your own body, which not surprisingly is only a reflection of the cosmic phenomenon.

Gracefully transforming ourselves and acclimatise our inner self to the external changes is the key to survival and lead a healthy & longer life. Its even more imperative to keep our body and especially mind cool during this extreme and harsh summers in 2018 (“The India Meteorological Department warned that the average temperatures in most parts of India are expected to be “above normal” between April and June” ~ NDTV)

During summers just like Sun – the solar energy is dominant, Similarly in our body the solar plexus region around navel is also dominant. Due to which the Pitta Prakriti is also dominant.

But thanks to the 5000 year old techniques which can help us beat the tough summers with grace and in a healthy manner without falling ill. I was inspired to write this blog after watching the below short video by renowned Sri Sri Yoga Teacher – Kamlesh Barwal (@KamleshBarwal)

Kamlesh Ji has beautifully demonstrated the set of asanas and pranayamas in her video – “Yoga tips to Cool Off this Summer” which anyone can practise to bring down the body heat in the abdominal region and cooling the body with controlled, deep long breathing without much exertion.

Some key take-aways

  1. Focus on breathe rather than going deeper in asana.
  2. Pitta, Heat is all around us and inside us, mind and body is heated. Focus on releasing heats and calm mind.
  3. Lung Opening asana and Chest opening asana very good for summer months,
  4. Yoga Asana
    1. Forward bends – holding toes
    2. Gentle Back Bends – open chest to release heats – Fish Pose (Matsyasana)
    3. Practise Spinal Twists
    4. Cobra Pose – Bhujangasana
    5. Bridge Pose – Sethubandasana
    6. Spinal Twists
    7. Child Pose – Shishuasana
    8. Cat/Cow Stretch – Marjariasana/Bitilasana
    9. End with Yog Nidra – Corpse Pose
    10. Avoid chakra asana or inversions.
    11. Asana is best to practise during morning hours or in evening.
  5. Pranaymas
    1. Left Nostril breathing – Chandra Bedhi helps in cooling body
    2. Sheetkari Pranayama and
    3. Sheetli Pranayama.
    4. Avoid Sheetkari and Sheetli Pranayama when you have fever, cough, cold.
    5. Also avoid right before meals or immediately after meals when metabolism is low and or else it would hamper the digestion.
    6. Pranayama can be practised anytime during day.
  6. Keep yourself hydrated by drinking sufficient water/fruit juices.

Hope you find the video and tips informative as much as I found it.


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Posted by on April 5, 2018 in General, Yoga


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Art of Living – A life changing experience

Last updated on October 14th, 2021 at 05:38 pm

Art of LivingAfter recovering from dengue fever. I had recently moved from Ghaziabad to Gurgaon to cut down on commute time from home to office and back from office to home.
To overcome the stress of shifting I had joined a course on Art of Living as suggested by my friends and colleagues. I visited website to get idea of the Part 1 course.
It was 3 days course. The course was designed for working professionals and was scheduled on weekend only (Friday – evening, Saturday and Sunday – Morning)

Day 1 (Friday evening):
Since being a working day for me. I had gone directly from office and I did not change. The course started with the registration formalities followed by introduction session wherein each participants were given badge with name to wear around the neck. Each participants were asked to greet all other participants in the room by saying “Sangachhadhwam!” – Sanskrit word meaning “Lets move together”.
It was unique way of introduction which I haven’t come across during my 30 years of existence in this body!
Then each participants were given notebooks and pen. After having spent so many years in software profession, It was nice to have them in my hand, which was used to tapping keys and clicking mouse  🙂

We were taught the breathing techniques – Pranayama. Three stages of Pranayama and Bhastrika Pranayama in “Loud Breathing or Ujjayi Breathing” and then teachings of Sri Sri Ravi Shankarji were taught.

Day 2 (Saturday Morning):
Second day started with Yoga followed by pranayama taught the day before. The stage was now all set for the  Sudarshan Kriya – The unique breathing technique designed by the param pujya Sri Sri Ravi Shankarji himself. It was founded by guruji after his 10 days of silence and deep meditation. I could sense immense pleasure and happiness within me after performing my first Sudarshan Kriya.

The day had some team building activities and followed by ‘Prasadam’ (Team lunch). Then at the end we were given home work with some questions to ask ourselves and each participants were asked to perform 3 good deeds on that day.

Day 3 (Sunday Morning):
It had been ages since I woke up early on a Sunday morning! But this time on that day it was just effortless and I enjoyed waking up early for a change. I was eager to attend the discourse and art of living session. The third day at course started with our home work from previous day. Followed by Yoga, Pranayama and Sudarshan Kriya. By this time Pranayama and Sudarshan Kriya had become part and parcel of my life. It was just like breath of fresh air in my life 🙂
The courses ended with ‘Prasadam’ (Team Lunch) followed by invitation for Guruji’s Mahasatsang scheduled to happen in New Delhi the week after. I was lucky to attend Guruji’s satsang in such short time after joining Art of Living.

It was a rejuvenating experience and I highly recommend it to all my friends and readers. Every person who attends the course has his/her own story and experience to share. The benefit one draws is invaluable not only for the individual but for the whole mankind. For me it was really a life changing experience and I am planning to associate my self with Art of Living during this lifetime and contribute to the welfare of the society in anyways possible.

I also take this opportunity to wish all my readers a very happy and a prosperous new year 2012. 7 Mantras for 2012 as given by Sri Sri Ravi Shankar Ji. (Follow Sri Sri on twitter)

  • Reflect on your life in relation to the cosmos.This will drop the smallness in you and you will be able to live fully.
  • Remind yourself of the highest goal in Life.You are not here to grumble/complain.You are here for something bigger.
  • Serve! Engage yourself in community service to whatever extent you can.
  • Have faith and trust that the Divine loves you dearly and is taking care of you.
  • As we flip the calendar,we need to flip our mind too.Don’t fill future dates with past events.Learn and move on.
  • Smile more! True sign of prosperity is an unconditional smile on your face.
  • Nurture yourself with music,prayer and silence. Meditation, Pranayam and Yoga rejuvenate; give depth and stability.

I would like to close this post by sharing one of my favorite songs. Hope you enjoy it as I did.

Jai Guru Dev!

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Posted by on December 31, 2011 in General, Yoga


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