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By newblog | August 20th, 2013 | LEAVE A COMMENT

Sleeping well is the best form of yoga for children. Sleep is one of the most important factors for not only good health but also for academic performance. A recent Chinese study has found a direct link between sound sleep in children and their performance at academics. Students who slept nine to ten hours a day were quite sharp and alert and did better at grades compared to those who regularly slept less than nine hours a day.

Around one third of children around the World have already developed sleeping problems due to high academic and extra-curricular workloads combined with gaming, internet and social media. Such children also tend to develop non-communicable (heart disease, blood pressure, diabetes) diseases at an early age. Children exposed electronic media and sleeping very less are going to get lifestyle diseases in their 30’s and even 20’s.

These results are not unique to Asian cultures and various other researches across the World seem to be corroborating these findings. Children as well as adults are forcing themselves to sleep lesser with each passing year. Coffee consumption is rising even in children. This severely impacts the body’s ability to repair and rejuvenate itself. The biggest culprits are obviously gaming, social media and internet and TV.

A few things that we can do right away is to watch less television, avoid playing video games and the internet unless it is for work. Substitute these with hobbies or outdoor activities. If nothing else, just laze around with eyes shut or read a book.

Apart from restricting electronic media, it would also be a good idea to start practicing meditation and do some Yoga. Our academic success program and programs for yoga for children and teenagers are just designed to get your children to sleep well and succeed once again. Click below for a great program.



By newblog | August 13th, 2013 | LEAVE A COMMENT

There are various meanings put forward for Hatha Yoga. One of the meanings of ‘hatha’ is perseverance or striving to achieve something difficult. Therefore, most of us think that hatha yoga means difficult asana practices. Extremely convoluted postures or practices high on the difficulty scale are portrayed as hatha yoga and as some magical exercise to change the way you look and get the perfect body. This is not the case. It is about perseverance and discipline over the years. A key requirement for Hatha Yoga is practicing the same set of practices four times a day at the same time, everyday, for years.

Another meaning of is however, a combination of two words; ‘Ha’ means son and ‘Tha’ means moon. Therefore Hatha Yoga means bringing a balance between the two. It essentially implies balancing the mind and body to improve. Even though Hatha Yoga is based on intense discipline, it cannot be successful without the lifestyle, moral and mind aspects. Extreme discipline and physical postures are a means to train and tame the mind. It is one of the paths to Yoga. Persons who are of a very active constitution or distracted in nature cannot sit in meditation for long or focus. So a strongly disciplined path is the option for such individuals.

Further, genuinely beneficial Hatha Yoga is not about postures but about an extremely austere and disciplined lifestyle right down to what and when to eat, sleep and practice. It is not for the faint hearted or for someone with a family or attracted to the trappings of modern life. It takes years or decades of austere practice to become a Hatha Yogi. A more balanced approach is therefore recommended for modern individuals. Try out one of our simple and effective programs for maximum benefit:


By newblog | August 11th, 2013 | LEAVE A COMMENT

There are many benefits of a healthy vegetarian diet even though an increasing number of people are having animals. Researchers from various institutes, forums and universities have been reporting the benefits of vegetarian food. Benefits include:

  • Prevention and management of cardiovascular diseases
  • Diabetes management and controlling blood sugar levels
  • Managing and reducing high blood pressure
  • Prevention of cancer
  • Managing weight and body fat levels
  • Stress reduction and anxiety management.
  • Improves longevity

The studies which have been done include reputed entities like the World Health Organisation, The Government of India and other universities.One such study released by California’s Loma Linda University confirms this and have also found that vegetarians live longer.  

It is important to note that we are talking about a healthy vegetarian diet. If you go heavy on fried foods, cheese and butter, sweets and breads, do not expect any benefits. Pure vegetarian individuals who do not eat healthy do not get any benefits by being vegetarian. It is also essential to keep in mind that we need to have a correct lifestyle.  

In order to multiply the benefits of a healthy vegetarian diet, one should incorporate Yoga in your daily life.

It is a myth that vegetarian food is bland, lacking in variety or is not tasty. There are various delicious cuisines available from around the world which are vegetarian and satiate you. These are also nutritionally balanced. So there are multiple cuisine options available today to have an extremely delicious and varied vegetarian diet. If you are at a loss and want such a diet, opt for one of our vegetarian diet plans to improve your health:


By newblog | August 1st, 2013 | LEAVE A COMMENT

Everyone has been wondering as to what is the ideal meal. There have been various studies conducted especially by WHO. There has been another interesting diet research done which corroborates the previous studies.

An extensive research done by the Government of India with the help of a large panel of doctors in India has come out with the composition of an ideal meal. Your two major meals (lunch and dinner) should consist of one grain, one pulse or cereal, seasonal green vegetable, a salad and yogurt (curds) or buttermilk. This is supposed to be the perfect diet when cooked lightly with some condiments and less of cooking medium like oil, butter or ghee.

Well, they could have just said that a homely Indian thali is the best. For thousands of years now, this is precisely how the Indians have been eating their meals. Lunch and dinner consists of  Dal (pulse), roti or rice (cereal), sabzi (vegetable), salad, raita (yogurt with herbs) and chaas (buttermilk).

Our grandparents and ancestors were right about food. Junk the junk food and get back to our regular vegetarian home food. You will not need the services of any dietitian. The problem occurs when we over cook our food or use too much of cooking medium. If we learn to cook our ‘thali’ well, we will be eating very healthy by default and get all necessary vitamins, nutrients and minerals.  Opt for a healthy vegetarian diet plan incorporating these elements on:


By newblog | August 1st, 2013 | LEAVE A COMMENT

Music has a link with stress management. Most of us like music. But the music we listen to today is of different genres.  It is a well known fact that music helps to relieve stress. But what kind of music is helpful to relieve stress? Soothing, is the term. But soothing is not a matter of subjectivity any more. Most of the music today is noise; loud and electronic in nature.

There are various genres of music and within each there are beats, tunes and lyrics. All these three factors contribute to your mental state and health. Music which has a lot of screeching, grating, electronic sounds and fast beats, are not really great for health. Electronic, metal, rock, trance, rave, hip hop,electronic, funk, and other similar genres adversely affect you and make you stress prone. Songs with aggressive, negative or dark lyrics are also not good for stress. Words in the song matter as much as the music itself.

All of us have had a night out at a club, discotheque or at house parties. Most of the times we feel tired, haggard, low and even miserable even though we may not have had much to drink. This is because your health status, stress and ‘hangover’ has as much to do with the music as it has to with physical fatigue or drinking. Switch to music which is soothing and helps you to rejuvenate.

The right kind of music to listen to is one which has a lot of real instruments, slower beats and lyrics which are positive and elevating. Any song with less than 60 beats per minute with positive lyrics is the right kind of song to listen to. Anything else may sound good but is not really helpful if you want to focus, have sound sleep and generally by happy. If you are stressed and need something to elevate you then do visit our stress management section:


By newblog | August 1st, 2013 | LEAVE A COMMENT

We all wonder about stress relief, stress management and the causes of stress. There are quite a few things we already know, like diet, work load, lack of activity and many other factors which impact stress. However, there is also a connection between colors and stress. This is hardly known but is subtle and works well over the medium to long term.

Poets and literature have spoken about colors being linked to emotions. This is more of imagination. However, there is an actual link between colors and stress. Not only that, colors have an impact on the way you think. There are various aspects of psychology explored in India and one of them is colors and their impact on the human mind.

Blacks, dark grey and very dark shades tend to make you lethargic and morbid. You will be more prone to thinking grey thoughts and try to spend more time on negative aspects and build a tendency to become a night creature. Such persons like clubbing, partying and get tired. They can be moody and contemplative and can also feel low a lot of times. It is time to start avoiding such colors for your home, clothes, furniture and vehicles.

Bright colors aggravate and excite you. This is definitely not good for stress. Bright red, oranges, rich pinks and purples are all shades which can cause anxiety. They may look nice on you or around your home but are only good for children who need to be active all the time. If you are an adult and going through various pressures at your workplace, college or personal life, it is not the best of things to remain mentally agitated.

The best colors for well being and stress reduction are the ones which are light and mimic nature. The color white, all pastel shades and colors like sunny yellow, sky blue, leaf green, ivory, light pink, etc. are the ones with a positive impact. Out of these the best colors are white and pastels. Surround yourself with these to be calm and reduce anxiety. So try and do up your interiors and furnishings in pastels or natural shades with a predominance of white. If you need some great stress management programs to match these shades then visit us on:


By newblog | August 1st, 2013 | LEAVE A COMMENT

Do you know one of the single most important causes of stress? Do you know which part of body uses up the maximum amount of energy and gives you stress? It is neither your internal organs nor your hands and legs.

It is YOUR EYES! Eyes consume more than 50% of your daily energy. The very of of looking and constantly focusing on something takes some effort and strain on the eyes.  Sometimes, stress is also caused by low energy. Energy can go low if we are working for long hours in front of a screen or watching too much television or playing online games. This is one reason why we get rest at night. We keep our eyes shut. Imagine sleeping with your eyes open!

Stress takes away large amounts of energy from the body. With a lifestyle which is focused only on using the eyes, we are constantly straining ourselves with our phones, laptops, tablets and television. This also results in blinking a lot less. Less blinking leads to eye stress. Also, a lot of mental energy is wasted in trying to keep the eyes focused all the time. All of this gradually contributes to increasing physiological and mental stress without us realizing it. Even when we think too much, we put a strain on our eyes. It would be better to keep our eyes shut when we think.

The simple solution is to keep your eyes shut as much as you can. While travelling on a bus or train; while waiting for someone in an office or doctor’s clinic; while sitting in your office chair or just relaxing at home.Keep your eyes shut. Close them when you can. Try this over a month and ‘see’ the difference. But please do not close your eyes if you are prone to depression. For someone who is prone to psychiatric problems should avoid closing their eyes for a long time. Instead, they should keep blinking more. For more help on protecting and enhancing your eyes, opt for our eye care program on:


By newblog | August 1st, 2013 | LEAVE A COMMENT

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Have you heard of buzzing Yoga for stress management? Yoga has many practices and techniques to take care of stress management. However, there is one form of pranayama in Yoga which is perfect for beating stress. It is very simple and can be done by anyone very safely. All you have to do is make the buzzing or humming sounds like those made by bumble bees or honey bees. It is called brahmari or the sound of the bees.

Make sure you practice this in a quiet place with no sounds around you. Shut off your phones, devices, music and television. Sit comfortably with your back erect and shut your eyes. Ideally, you should sit cross legged on the floor. If you cannot, then sit comfortably on a chair with your legs straight and back erect and head looking straight. Shut your eyes and gently place your fingers on your eyes (no pressure to be applied at all) and close your ears with your thumbs. Do not insert your thumbs in the ears but close the ears by pressing the small lobe (the one towards the face) inwards to cover the ears.

Take a gentle but deep breath and while exhaling slowly, make a humming sound with your mouth shut. Try and keep humming till all the air is exhaled comfortably. There should be no strain during exhalation. Do this 4-5 times and then just stay there with your eyes shut for a couple of minutes enjoying the feeling. It is a wonderful experience. Do this twice a day or when you are stressed or angry. It will calm you down.

This pranayama is known as brahmari. Practicing this daily also helps to realign neurological balance, improve memory and get more focused in your work. One of the finest techniques for anger management, brahmari also helps relieve anxiety.  Find out about more stress management techniques and plans  on


By newblog | August 1st, 2013 | LEAVE A COMMENT

Walking is the best form of exercise you can do. Walking has multiple benefits. It is very good for diabetes, blood pressure and staying fit. It is suitable for all ages and helps improve sleep quality, blood circulation and the quality of blood. It helps better oxygen intake and improves digestion. In addition, it also helps provide a gentle massage to the heart and is excellent for persons with cardiovascular problems. In the long run, walking is much better than weight training and intense cardio for longevity and health. It is suitable for all age groups. A few tips to make your walk very effective and enjoyable:

ü  Walk at a brisk pace if you are doing it as an exercise.

ü  Walk at a fixed time every day.

ü  Walk at a medium pace if doing it to relax. Don’t be too slow or too fast.

ü  Do not think while walking. Enjoy the surroundings.

ü  Walk in a place where there is greenery and trees.

ü  Do not talk while you walk.

ü  Do not listen to music.

ü  Take steady breaths.

ü  Walk a few times a day; at least 3 to 4 times. If at work, get up and keep moving or make it a habit to walk around for 5 minutes instead of taking coffee breaks.

ü  Walk for 15 minutes before your lunch. If in an office, climb up and down the stairs before having your meal.

ü  After your meal, take a short stroll for 5 minutes before sitting down.

If you are not walking, start right away. Even if you exercise in a gym or in classes, make it a point to walk at least a couple of times a week with a lot of focus and joy. Just 3 months of regular walking and you will be a changed person. Multiply the effects of walking by opting for one of our yoga programs and an appropriate diet plan.        


By newblog | August 1st, 2013 | LEAVE A COMMENT



Stress is now an omnipresent situation. Everyone in all age groups are genuinely stressed about something or the other. Kids are worried about exams and studies. Younger people are worried about professional courses and careers. Adults are worried about practically everything even though they may be comfortably off. The worrisome fact is that this is genuine stress which impacts physically and physiologically.


Due to this very hectic modern life, everyone is looking at some form of stress management. However, we are looking in the wrong directions to relieve stress.



Since we do not know much about managing stress, we mistakenly read things on the net, go by our feelings or do what people around us do. Due to this, there are a lot of stress management myths which have spread around. Some of these myths are:

– Have more sex. If you are really stressed, the body slows down this process. So it is actually more harmful. It is just momentary feel good and then you are back to being stressed.

– Eat what you want. Eating wrong when you are stressed leads the body to be more stressed and the cycle continues. This causes long term health problems.

– Go drinking or binge drinking. We all know alcohol is anyway bad for the body. Drinking will only make your stress worse.

Exercise more. When we are stressed, we should exercise less or very moderate. If we are more stressed then we should not only exercise. It creates double the load on body systems leading to diseases and immunity problems in the long run. There have also been instances of people who have suddenly died when they have been stressed and exercise a lot.

– Shopping or what is known as retail therapy. This is again a problem as it is very momentary in nature and you may land spending more money which leads you later to regret and more stress.


One of the things that works well to beat stress is colors. Colors are an important aspect of managing stress. Colors have a definite impact on the mind and therefore, the body as well. There are various beneficial colors.

However, one of the most soothing colors is green. All shades of naturally occurring green are very soothing. However, something even more beneficial is nature. Therefore, all shades of greens occurring in plants, trees, crops and foliage are very good for the eyes and the mind.

It has been observed that one of the best ways to reduce stress is by looking at natural surroundings. In addition to the color, being near plants ensure better oxygen levels. Everyone may not have access to greenery in dense urban areas but there are various things you could do.

Grow a few plants. There are many varieties or plants which require less maintenance. Grow just 2-3 of them. The very process of taking care of them and watching them grow will help you to beat stress. Take a walk in a ‘green area’. Taking even a 15 minute stroll in a lane or a street which is lined with trees will calm you down. Try and walk on a terrace or a lawn which has some natural grass and not the artificial variety. When you are thinking, look outside the window at trees or plants.

Sit in a garden – Sit in a garden on the grass or beneath a tree. Watch the surroundings or read a nice book.  Whenever you get the chance, stare at trees and plants rather than messaging or fiddling with your smart phone or tablet.  You will start benefiting in a short span of time and find you getting calmer and less stressed. Combine walking, plant staring and a good online stress management program to greatly improve your health.