Pranayama is thought as breath control technique but actually it’s much broader than just that. The word “Pranayama” is comprised of two root words –
Pranayama is Prana + yama; where Prana is the vital energy and yama means to control.
Pranamaya is Prana + ayama; where Prana is the vital energy and ayama means expansion.
In a way both of them are right. Pranayama is the science of understanding, controlling and there by expanding the dimension of prana.
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Being immensely radiant and a life giving force on earth, the Sun ☀️ is the representation of the invisible supreme power that nurtures and sustains the universe. Surya namaskara is sun ☀️ salutation 🙏 , it combines yogasanas and pranayama. It is best done during sunrise or sunset time, facing the sun. It is to be done after Śithilīkarana Vyayama and before Yogāsanas. Prayer to be recited before Surya namaskara:
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Lets see the definition of Āsana🧘🏻♀️:
Sage Patanjali in his Patanjali Yoga Sutra’s defines āsana as
- Sthiram + Sukham + Āsanam (PYS 2.46)
Āsana is a physical posture that is steady & comfortable.
Prayatna + Saithilya + Anantha + Samapattibhyam (PYS 2.47)
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Palakhowa is a traditional milk sweet which can be prepared no time once the khoya is ready…
- 1C Homemade organic khoya
- 3/4C Organic raw sugar <add according to your taste>
- pinch of cardamom powder (optional)
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Before doing my YIC (YOGA Instructor Course) course in S-VYASA (Swami Vivekananda YOGA Anusandhāna Samsthāna), I was in the perception that I knew yoga as I had learned and was practicing few āsanās & prāṇāyāma <got to learn from a doctorate in Yoga Dr.Rajesh Sir in Mangalore> from a decade. I presumed I knew it and joined the course to learn few more of them and to get certified. But only later that I realized that the āsanās & prāṇāyāma are just a part of yoga, it’s a much deeper philosophical subject and there is loots to explore!
I believe most of you are also in that perception and hence I have made an attempt to write this blog..
So what is YOGA???
Pātañjala Yoga (also known as Raja Yoga) is one among the six systems of Indian philosophy (known as satdarsanas). Pātañjali is a maharisi (an intellect & a researcher) who lived somewhere between 900 – 100 B.C. and compiled – Pātañjali Yoga Sutras (PYS). Sutras means short sentence – an aphorism having subtle in-depth meaning. The PYS is divided into 4 padas/groups and consists of 196 sutras/formulae. He gives several sādhana techniques known as Asthanga Yoga in PYS. <PYS is mind blowing, anyone who reads it with the meaning is sure to become an ardent fan of this intellect Pātañjali, I am not an exception, will write another blog in detail on this..>
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A marble cake gets its name as the cake has a streaked or mottled appearance (like marble) achieved by lightly blending light and dark batter.
Please follow my basic sponge cake recipe and the below steps.
- Divide the batter into two equal half. Pour one half into the greased baking tray.
- In another half add 6tsp of raw cacao powder & 2tsps of raw cacao nibs, gently pour the batter on top of the vanilla batter.
- Spear it gently pat the tray and bake in the pre-heated oven for 40mins or until done <prick toothpick in the centre, it should come out clean>.
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French toast is sure to be liked by most of the kids and adults too. If I’ve not planned anything for breakfast then this is my saviour 😉. It takes just 15mins to prepare and since we use wholesome ingredients it’s a very healthy breakfast option.
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I do prepare this dessert often and is really simple once you have the khoya ready! Specially coz my LO doesn’t consume milk / curd, I try all alternate ways like preparing roti dough using curd instead of water, making paneer dishes, preparing desserts using milk products and he loves eating them 😉…
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Though I don’t drink coffee I do love the aroma of fresh ground coffee powder. Btw my hubby starts his day with a strong cup of coffee ☕️ <though he drinks only 1 cup a day, he likes it real strong>. All these days I was using the instant coffee powder. But when ever I crossed the – coffee day’s fresh & ground store, I was very much temped to buy it and moreover fresh ground coffee powder can be bought unpacked, for those who aren’t aware of, I am very much inspired by Bea Johnson the pioneer of zerowaste movement, author & founder of zerowastehome,..<Btw even while buying instant coffee powder I always used to opt for the ones packed in glass jars and reuse them later as spice jars and now I don’t need more as my spice rack is full.>
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When ever I sense flue / throat infection symptoms, I would do this detoxification for a day and it will be gone like magic ✨. This has been working wonders for me and for few of my family members and so I thought of sharing it with you guys! It’s a well known fact that lemon is extremely rich in vitamin C, it helps detoxify our body. Even if you don’t have the flue symptoms you can still do this to detoxify your body from various toxins that get accumulated (due to consumption of junk food / intake of medicines / inhalation of polluted air etc…), once in a month.
Through this detoxification process we do not consume heavy food hence give a lot of time for the body’s natural defence system aka immune system to produce antibodies and act on the antigen (bacteria, viruses, or fungi that cause infection and disease) & inactivate them! I believe our forefathers knew the benefits of this and hence made a custom to fast on Shukla Paksha Ekadashi <an auspicious day, 11th lunar day in waxing phase, which occurs in a Hindu calendar month> that comes up monthly once… How wise of them! So instead of a complete fast, how about this with lemon & honey!
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