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Know How Your Sleeping Position Can Affect Your Sleep

After a hectic day, a good night sleep is what you need. Unfortunately, there are many people who are deprived of this. There can be innumerable reasons behind it, but there is one in particular that many tend to overlook, and that is the ‘sleeping position’. Wrong sleeping positions can lead to many health issues like sleep apnea, heartburn, headaches, back pains, etc.

How to figure out the right sleeping position?

Some people are comfortable sleeping on their backs, while others are good with sleeping on sides or on their stomachs. The question is, can you switch over to a different position if that’s what your health requires?

  • Unless recommended by your doctor, try to stick to your natural inclinations because your body is comfortable that way. You can breathe properly only if you are sleeping the way your body prefers to!
  • Unnecessary changes in sleeping postures will not only make you sleep deprived, but will also make you feel irritated for the rest of the day.

Pros and Cons of different sleeping positions

On your back and your arms at your side

  • This position works absolutely well with the people with spinal and neck problems.
  • People sleeping on their back tend to snore heavily and they tend to develop sleep apnea.

On your back and arms resting near your head (Starfish position)

  • This position is good for people suffering with back problems.
  • Sleeping like this will prevent skin breakouts and facial wrinkles.
  • Although, you may have to deal with problems like snoring, acid reflux, pain and discomfort in shoulders.

On your stomach (face down)

  • This improves digestion.
  • But causes strain in your neck.
  • Possibility of back pain, as your spine has no support.

Fetal Position (Curled up sleeping with knees drawn to your chest)

  • It is a very comfortable position.
  • But strains your neck and back.
  • It may also restrict deep breathing.

On the side with your arms straight at sides

  • This position reduces the risk of sleep apnea.
  • It also reduces neck and back pains, if any.
  • But you may have to deal with sagging breasts and facial wrinkles due to gravity.

On your side with your arms spread out

  • Again, no risk of sleep apnea and no back and neck pains.
  • There may be some discomfort in your arms and shoulders due to slow blood flow.
  • Sleeping on the sides

Right side- This position worsens heartburn.

Left side- This positions strains important organs like your stomach, lungs and liver. But, it does minimize acid reflux.

Pregnant women are usually advised to sleep on their left sides as it improves blood circulation in the fetus.

Important tip: Being health conscious is great, but you should never try to bring drastic changes in your lifestyle without expert advice. Each sleeping pattern has its own advantages and disadvantages, but which one is perfect is something that only your body can tell!

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Sudden Unnatural Deaths in Astrology

All of us want to die peacefully with all our dear and near ones by our death bed. But that type of death is caused by old age or disease. Unnatural deaths are those which occur due to external influences and may be sudden, untimely and unexpected as in the case of accidents murders suicides or assassinations.

In most cases the unnatural deaths are invariably violent. Modes of unnatural deaths can be predicted by correct analysis of horoscope.

Factors Responsible For Sudden Unnatural Deaths

·       Ascendant and its strength/ 3rd house and its strength/6th house and its strength/8th house and its strength are weaken by

 

1.    Position/ lordship of functional malefic planet

2.    Combustion

3.    Debilitation

4.    By malefic conjunction

5.    By malefic aspect

 

·       Malefic Saturn—denotes death by suicide, assassination, hanging, serious illness.

·       Malefic Mars—inducted death by fevers and inflammatory actions like haemorrhage, accident, weapons.

·       Malefic moon—denotes death by drowning in water, loss of blood, serious bronchial problems, and mental worries.

·       Malefic Sun—sudden death by myocardial infarction, fire etc.

·       Rahu/Ketu— nodes are responsible for unnatural death.

 

Different Combination for Sudden Unnatural Deaths

·       Death by suicide:

1.    If the ascendant/8th house, their lords and Sun are afflicted by Mars/Saturn/Ketu.

2.    If the Sun, Moon, Mercury [soul, mind and thinking] are afflicted by Rahu and Ketu or nodes.

3.    Association of Mars and Saturn.

·      Death by weapon:

1.    If Moon, Mars and Saturn in 8th house.

2.    If Mars in 6th/12th and Saturn in 8th house.

·      Death by assassination:

1.    Naural malefic in 8th house afflicted badly with Mars either by association or by conjunction.

2.    Moon and Mars either aspects 8th house or situated in it.

·      If Saturn in ascendant with no benefice aspects and the Sun/Rahu/Waning Moon combine the native is either stabbed or shot dead.

·      If the Sun and Mars exchanges signs and quadrant to the 8th lord the native may be sentenced to death by the Government.

·      Rahu in 6th/8th/12th may cause death through conspiracy.

·      If the 9th house is occupied with malefic, death is painful due to disease, accident, murder or suicide.

·      If the ascendant and 8th lords are weak and Mars is in conjunction with 6th lord, the native may be killed in war.

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Cultural Experience of India

India, the land of Gods and natural beauty offers multiple cultural experiences for tourists planning to visit here. The vibration of bliss can be felt in the socio-economic life of common people, where majority of them lives in villages. Religious shrines, holy rivers, ancient texts, heritage buildings, forts and palaces, markets, fairs and festivals leaves an unforgettable impression on the minds of travelers seeking cultural legacy of the nation.

Here, the children are taught to rely upon their own spiritual cultural practices and resist the temptation of materialistic world. The great epics of Sanskrit literature Ramayana and Mahabharat depicts ancient culture of India. Most of modern traditions and customs have its roots in ancient scriptures. The folding of hands (Namaste) has turned to be internationally-famed practice to welcome others. Rich cultural heritage of India has always been a hot topic of discussion among historians, academicians and writers all over the world.

The cordial relations among different communities and people of different religions make this country the perfect place to live and flourish. The myriad culture and traditions attract exotic tourists to this nation like a magnet attracts nails. It is a nation of sand, sea, rivers, lakes and snow-capped mountains which offers tourism of various tastes like culture tourism, village tourism, adventure tourism, wildlife tourism and heritage tourism.

Yoga Experience: Yoga is integral part of Indian culture from past many centuries. Yoga is an art of living which originated in higher mountains near Ganga river. The whole world has acknowledged the importance of yoga to make the world happier and healthier with bond of universal brotherhood.

Religious Festivals: India is a nation of God-fearing people and people here are religious from the core of their heart. From Kashmir to Kanyakumari, all festivals devoted to various Gods/Goddess are celebrated with spirit and flavour.

Kumbh fair that comes once in a 12 year is the largest congregation of religious people near holy Ganga. The arrival of foreign tourists in this gala fair in search of mystery and tranquility is a growing trend in cultural tourism of India.

Indian culture is a phenomenon spreading rapidly across the country. Here, feeding a beggar or stray dogs is considered to be pious activity, and they never feel neglected and unloved. Here, the guest is treated as next to God. You don’t need any prior appointment to visit any home.

In the past 1500 years, much foreign power invaded India and explored the land for wealth and went back with plenty of it. But the indigenous culture remained impervious facing all oddities and onslaught.

Democracy in Cultural Land: Culture and tradition make up the bright, fertile land on which democracy flowers. Indian culture educates the world, and continues to do for centuries to come. India is a home not just for Hindus, Muslim and Christians only, but for everyone who is part of it. To be a part of this nation, even by a small measure, is truly amazing.

Even in this new millennium age, the yogi and hermits are occupying the top positions in various fields and are still torch-bearer to the nation. ‘Unity in Diversity’ is the biggest asset of this nation, surrounded by Himalayan Mountains in the north and three seas in south.

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Gout and Exercise – Some Surprising News

Gout is the most painful form of arthritis and is caused by an excessive amount of uric acid in the body. Gout symptoms come on quickly and intensely and often include extreme pain, swelling in the affected joint, redness and lessened mobility. Uric acid is a naturally occurring chemical in the body and if being over produced can be controlled with some medications specially made for the treatment of gout, though most excessive levels of uric acid come from a diet high in purines.

Purines are found in foods high in protein and can be found in common foods like salmon, yeast, bacon, turkey, and scallops, as well as unusual foods like heart, mutton, smelt, sardines and liver. When considering a treatment plan for gout, it’s important to work with not only your doctor but also a trained gout diet nutritionist.

Gout and exercise have also made some recent leaps up the gout treatment plan ladder. When thinking about gout and exercise it’s important to consider exercises that are easy on the joints and will not aggravate gout symptoms further. The best two forms of exercises for gout patients have been determined to be water aerobics and yoga. Water aerobics allows for the strengthening of muscles and joints in a low impact environment that offers no pressure on the joints during the workout routine.

Yoga offers stretching of the joints and muscles to help with flexibility which can also help prevent gout episodes and symptoms. Yoga is also a progressive form of exercise which allows for someone who is only a beginner or experience severe gout symptoms to start with smaller movements, then move to more challenging movements and positions as they are able to. Both of these forms of exercise are widely available at most fitness centers and community centers.

While, gout and exercise is a great way to help treat and prevent gout episodes, it’s important to work with a nutritionist on putting together a gout diet to get and keep the excessive of uric acid out of your body to better prevent future episodes. Pain management may also need to be worked into your treatment plan while you are working to prevent future episodes. With a little help and some dedication you can get your gout under control and keep it from affecting your active life.

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What Causes Lower Left Side Back Pain?

Many people experience lower left side back pain, which can last for days, weeks or months at a time. Common symptoms may include localized pain below the ribs and around the side of the torso. In addition, lower left side back pain may be intermittent in frequency in which it is more tolerable during certain hours of the day. Often times, people who have lower left side back pain will notice a stabbing or dull, aching pain. Many people may also be hyper-sensitive to touch, which stays localized to the lower left side of the back. For others, the pain remains unaffected even with changes in dietary habits. Some people who have lower left side back pain may also experience discomfort when taking deep breaths, lying still or during exercise. Changes in bowel movements may also be accompanied with lower left side back pain.

Frustration can be a common emotion for many people experiencing these symptoms because many doctors have trouble finding an accurate diagnosis. Even extensive testing such as medical imaging, colonoscopy, ultrasound, heart scan, blood tests, urine tests and stool tests may all come out normal.

Your doctor may prescribe pain medication, which may or may not help alleviate your pain. Although it is difficult to remain patient during period, please remember that lower left side back pain can be caused by many factors, which make it very difficult to diagnose your condition. If you and your doctor have tried every approach to diagnosing and treating your pain, ask your physician to refer you to a specialist. If you have tried this approach without much success, you may want to consider seeing a new physician. Doctors are very knowledgeable about medical conditions but some may have more expertise and relevant experience with your particular condition. The key to your success is finding a physician who is willing to work with you in treating your condition.

Here is a list of conditions which can cause pain in the lower left side of the back:

Hypochondrial pain: Symptoms include pain under the rib cage, which can be referred from the colon or spleen.

Ectopic pregnancy: A woman with a developing ectopic pregnancy may not display any signs or symptoms of being pregnant. Symptoms include lower abdominal pain, vaginal bleeding, cramping or stabbing pain around the pelvic area, dizziness and felling lightheaded.

Endometriosis: Symptoms may include pain in the pelvis, abdomen and lower back. Heavy flow of vaginal bleeding may accompany these symptoms.

Pancreatitis: Symptoms that are chronic may include indigestion, abdominal pain, back pain, weight loss and steatorrhea (stool that is appears oily and foul smelling).

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS): Also known as spastic colon, IBS may be accompanied by abdominal pain, diarrhea, headaches, low back pain and chest pain.

Peptic Ulcer: Symptoms may include a burning pain in the chest, nausea, vomiting, weight loss, change in appetite and back pain.

Gastroesophageal Reflux Disorder: Symptoms may include heartburn, chest pain, back pain, difficulty swallowing or dry cough.

Gastrointestinal bleeding: Common causes include esophageal varices, stomach ulcer, erosions of the esophagus, duodenum or stomach; duodenal ulcer, abnormal blood vessels, colon cancer, anal fissures, colon polyps, diverticulitis, inflammatory bowel disease, internal hemorrhoids and inflammation of the large bowels.

Celiac Disease: Symptoms of celiac disease may mimic those of other conditions such as anemia, parasite infections, irritable bowel syndrome, gastric ulcers and skin disorders. Symptoms may include joint pain, weight loss, back pain, weakness and fatigue, bone disorders such as osteoporosis, diarrhea, abdominal cramps and anemia.

Radicular pain: This occurs when there is irritation or compression along the nerves exiting the spine. Symptoms include pain that is accompanied by weakness, numbness or a tingling sensation. Causes of radicular pain can be due to injury, trauma, soft tissue, disc degeneration, disc herniation, facet syndrome or bony changes to the vertebral column.

Kidney stones: Symptoms include pain below the ribs, pain around the torso and back pain. It is also common to experience pain radiating into the lower abdomen and groin region. Other symptoms include pain during urination, nausea and vomiting.

Gallstones: Symptoms may include pain between the shoulder blades, pain in the center and upper right region of the abdomen, back pain and pain into the right shoulder. Additional symptoms may include abdominal pain after eating meals.

Problems with the adrenal gland: Common symptoms include headaches, dizziness when standing up or changing positions quickly, sensitivity to bright lights and low back pain.

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Don’t Believe The Myths About Facial Exercises

Facial exercises are becoming increasingly prevalent for men and ladies in their quest to look younger, but there are many myths about facial exercise regimens. We detach fact from fiction.

For those who are not sure what yoga facial exercises are, they are usually techniques used on various parts of the face and neck to firm sagging face skin, eradicate hog jowls and double chin, revitalize skin color, tighten turkey neck, and smooth out face and eye wrinkles. Some face exercise programs involve isometric principles, and some employ massage techniques involving the use of the fingertips.

Here are some interesting things to take note of concerning facial exercises:

Myth: You can alter the facial structure of the face with plastic surgery, but not with a facial exercise system.

Fact: To some extent, you can actually change your face structure using facelift exercises, just not as fast and as drastic as cosmetic surgery. If you concentrate on certain regions such as cheek exercises, the cheeks will fill out. If you do them on eye bags, these will diminish and your face form will alter towards a more youthful shape. However, facial yoga is not effective for correcting birth defects or damage caused by an accident.

Myth: Surgically cutting away loose skin to firm turkey neck, lift sagging face skin and hanging jowls, and to solve a double chin problem is better than painstakingly massaging these areas.

Fact: Surgical lifting of sagging skin is temporary. After a while, it will become baggy again, and you will have to repeat the surgery at more cost to you. Face and neck exercises will keep the skin firm and toned on an ongoing, yet non-invasive basis.

Myth: DIY Non-surgical facelifts are not as effectual as plastic surgery procedures.

Fact: Cosmetic surgery is radical and interferes with the body’s natural energy lines and nodal points. Facial exercises are gentle, non-invasive, and boost the energy and blood flow, as opposed to restricting it.

Myth: A facial exercise system has to be undertaken every day, and it’s complicated to remember all the techniques and points, and is also time-consuming.

Fact: It’s advisable to do facelift exercises daily for about twenty minutes. There are generally about twenty points to massage on the face and neck, so one minute on each point will suffice; usually they are situated on the same face and neck positions that acupuncturists use to treat certain ailments.

Myth: Facelift exercises are painful, or will damage the sinuses.

Fact: Face exercises must be applied with the fingertips firmly to very specific pressure points. Firm, but not too firm as to cause pain or discomfort. At first, you might experience some stuffiness for the first few days in your nose as you massage the sinus area, but that is perfectly natural, and this will dissipate quickly.

Myth: Facial yoga, or exercises don’t produce better results than creams, lotions, Botox, thermage, laser treatments as an anti-aging skin care routine to smooth out eye wrinkles(crow’s feet), laugh and forehead lines.

Fact: Lotions and creams are great for anti-aging skin care in the long term, and I advise people to use this when performing yoga facial exercises to work in the cream simultaneously. Botox and other artificial methods are quick fixes and can even be harmful to you. But facial yoga can easily turn back the clock holistically, not just be used to slow down the effects of aging.

Before spending substantial amounts of money and risking your looks to a surgeon, try a facial exercise program. They are very cost-effective, and a powerful tool to regain your youthful looks in a couple of weeks!

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Yoga Nidra for Complete Relaxation and Stress Relief by Julie Lusk

Introduction: Pre-existing Conditions (i.e., Prejudices)

Is it possible to write a favorable review of a book (“Yoga Nidra for Complete Relaxation and Stress Relief”) whose author traces the idea to write the book to an astrological reading? What if, in addition to that, the book is about a discipline that I have attempted several times, unsuccessfully, to enjoy? Yes, over the course of at least half a century, my dabbles with yoga has been uncomfortable, difficult to impossible and off-putting. Of course, the operant word here is “dabbles”-I admit that all such feeble attempts lacked conviction and perseverance.

A barrier between yoga and me is that it often seems steeped in mysticism, spirituality and/or New Age babble.

As if this were not enough, beginning to read what Julie had written, I poured over 14 pages of blurbs for the book and the author’s acknowledgements section. These extensive prefatory pages did not mitigate my preexisting reservations. Imagine-25 testimonial blurbs replete with suspect phrases and terms, including “ancient teachings, Eastern traditions, spiritual reflections, vinyasa practices, sankalpas, koshas, mudras and union with oneself.” Yike. What was I in for?

In any event, something happened that led to a new perspective on yoga. It started with a chance encounter, one that, however unlikely, involved yet another experience of taking a yoga class.

A Chance Encounter

Less than a week before I began reading Julie Lusk’s words about yoga nidra (not just the blurbs and acknowledgements sections), I signed up for a yoga class. Not just any yoga class, but one geared to the (very) young. This came about when I was invited to accompany my wife’s grandson to a class across the street at our local art institute.

What could go wrong? Maybe I’d get insights about yoga to help with the review of Julie’s book.

Upon arrival, I looked around at my fellow classmates. I sensed I was in the right place. I have a competitive nature and could not help but notice that I had at least 70 years on everyone in the room, except for the parents. (With them my advantage was only about 50 years). I figured I could use this experience and a bit of cunning to stand out, to crush the little tykes with athletic moves. If running about in circles were involved, I’d exhaust the tots with endurance and speed.

Oh, I know yoga is not supposed to be competitive, nor should the gifted flaunt their prowess, but being a one-time class superstar would be harmless fun, I suspected. Who knows, maybe I’ll be invited to teach the next class.

Well, things did not turn out that way. In fact, the opposite proved true. The five to seven-year-olds effortlessly performed poses I suspect were copied from Cirque du Soleil. When, 20 or so minutes into the contortions, the teacher instructed everyone to leap up and run around the room, I struggled to my feet. I had barely begun to lurch forward when a hoard of tots came charging by on their second loop around the room.

When the bell rang giving near-sacred relief, I was exhausted and sore. I knew for sure, after one last failed attempt, that yoga was not for me. How could I give a glowing review, as was my desire, to Julie’s book?

Encouragement from the Author

I sent an e-mail to Julie, mentioning that in order to get in the proper frame of mind to review the book, I had accompanied my wife and grandson to a kid’s yoga class. I mentioned that it was much harden than any triathlon I did last year. I enclosed two photos taken during class.

Julie replied in short order:

These pictures made my day!!! Yoga is all about joyfulness-and you and your family found it, judging from the looks on everybody’s faces, especially the little tyke. His grin gives me a grin every time. As for you, I’m happy you’re taking a dip. But the teacher in me can’t resist, especially when it comes to safety. See how your knees are… well up around your ears in sitting? To protect your knees and keep the proper curve in your back, they need to be below the hip crest or touching the floor. They’re probably up there due to tight hamstrings from all the other good stuff you do. The answer is simply to sit on cushions to lower your knees. Gotta take care of those knees! Doing hip openers will help too, but that’s a long-run solution. But once again, “real” yoga is ultimately about unconditional joy. BTW, the only posture needed for what’s in my book is lying on your back.

I predict it could help your running and other pursuits.

Another thing I’d like to say is that I sent you the yoga nidra book as a get-well present to help you recover from the stroke and give you a delicious yoga experience without having to practice mere postures, as is what’s commonly emphasized these days. If you turn to the very last page, you can register the book and have access to free downloads to the 3 primary yoga nidra practices featured.

So carry on, good fellow! Love – your yoga coach.

P.S. By the way, a triathlon would be way harder than any yoga I did last year-or ever!

I found this advice encouraging, motivating and just delightful. Most of all, I picked up on this comment in Julie’s response: “The only posture needed for what’s in my book is lying on your back.”

Now that put a whole new perspective on yoga in general and yoga nidra in particular. Maybe I didn’t have to meet the Cirque du Soleil standard to succeed at enjoying yoga. Now I was ready to read Julie’s book in earnest.

Learning to Understand and Enjoy Yoga

When I next settled down to read Yoga Nidra, finally past the blurbs and such, I encountered Julie’s opening sentence-a revelation I will long remember: “Did you know that yoga can be practiced without performing physical exercise?” A yoga washout, I was also cheered, as noted a moment ago, by the next sentence-“that meditation can be done lying down instead of sitting up still and straight like a statue.”

I did not realize that such points of view were held by yoga experts. Both sentences were revelations, almost Dickensonian in memorability, such as, “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times… ” From Julie’s two sentence beginning continuing throughout the 205 pages that followed, “Yoga Nidra” managed something I wouldn’t have expected of a yoga book-it held my interest.

Among the strengths of Yoga Nidra is the comprehensive information on the nature and dynamics of the phenomenon of stress. The treatment of stress incorporates creative techniques for managing it, even turning negative (as well as positive) energies to advantage via relaxation, guided imagery, meditation and disciplined thinking.

On occasions, I’ve wondered if yoga is mostly an art, a science, a skill, a discipline, a branch of knowledge or what? While that answer did not come right away, a related and welcome one did, namely, that yoga is not a religion. That I never doubted, despite jejune attempts by some religious zealots to defame it as such. Still, I welcomed the fact that Julie gave this looney notion short shift. While Julie assures those so inclined that people of all faith traditions can benefit from yoga, she added that “it supports their religious convictions in genuine ways.” Well, that’s nice, I suppose, but equally important is that it does not resort to or rely upon faith (i.e., “believing what you know ain’t so” according to Mark Twain) but rather that yoga is supported by ample research that underscores its healthful properties.

As with the 25 blurbs spread over eleven pages before the reader reached the start of the 205 page book by Julie Lusk, I think there are too many personal stories by yoga enthusiasts (not identified save for first names). These testimonials inhabit excessive space and slow the pace of learning. How many readers need continuous cheerleading from those who found yoga helpful? On the other hand, I suppose it’s possible many other readers will welcome this feature. I found it akin to advertising-at times I would have liked to have the literary equivalent of a remote device to mute or fast forward past the effusive commentaries.

Other positive features of Yoga Nida were 1) the guideline sections for making positive changes, 2) the extensive tips for establishing a regular pattern of practicing yoga and creating a home culture that supports enjoyable and healthy lifestyles and 3) the chapter on revitalization. Finally, readers will surely appreciate the extensive references and resources section particularly the audio files that Julie made available as free downloads to complement texercises provided in the book.

In short, Yoga Nidra delivers on Julie’s promise of complete relaxation and stress relief.

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Yoga and Personality Development

What is personality?

Human personality is a very complex topic by itself. There are many

definitions of personality. For the sake of simplicity we can consider it as a

collection of physical, mental and behavioral traits and patterns that we

exhibit in our life.

Often personality development is either misunderstood or ignored. It is

acknowledged mostly in professional fields. Companies conduct training programs

on communication skills, leadership skills, and creativity and so on. They

collectively call these trainings as “Personality Development”. Unfortunately

they are talking about only one side of the coin. No doubt that these traits are

important but they are just “external”. These programs miss the more important

factor – body and mind. There are hundreds of books available in the marked who

are supposed to tell you “how to win” or “how to be happy” but how many really

get benefited just by reading the books? Books will tell you to think positive

but the poor individuals do not know how. Just by thinking that “I will think

positive” you can not be positive. It requires practice and fine tuning of body

and mind. Unless you have proper foundation of body and mind you simply can not

build any superior personality infrastructure.

Do I need personality development?

Majority of people feel that they already have a developed personality and

they don’t need to enhance it further. After all they are working in

professional and personal sector for years! But let me tell you that if you are

thinking on the same lines then its time to introspect. The first step in

personality development is to acknowledge that you need to improve your

personality.

How do you know whether you need fine tuning of the personality? Just sit

peacefully and try to answer the following questions:

  • Do you feel that you work hard but still don’t get expected returns?
  • Do you often feel that you deserved a promotion but somebody else
    grabbed it instead?
  • Do you feel drained after your job hours?
  • Do you feel stressed – physically and mentally?
  • Does your job affect your health?
  • How are your interpersonal relationships?
  • Do you feel void ness in your life?
  • Do you often feel unhappy (many times not knowing why)?
  • Do you feel that you can not deliver 100% of your potential?

The answers to the above questions will tell you whether there is any

friction within yourself.

The yogic view of of personality

As per Yoga the human body consists of five sheaths or layers. They are:

  • Conscious physical sheath (Annayama Kosha
  • Subconscious physical sheath (Pranamaya Kosha)
  • Mental sheath (Manomaya Kosha)
  • Intellectual Sheath (Vigyanmaya Kosha)
  • Blissful sheath (Anandamaya Kosha)

The Annamaya Kosha is related to our conscious physical deeps including

walking, talking, viewing and other such functions. These are the functions that

we perform using our physical body deliberately.

The Pranamaya Kosha deals with physical activities that we do in subconscious

state. Digestion, movement of the heart and lungs fall in this category. We

never do any deliberate efforts for these actions; still the body knows how to

perform them.

The Maniomaya Kosha deals with mind, emotions and thoughts. All our gross

thinking and emotions fall in this category.

Intellect is that faculty that decides what is good and what is bad. It is

the ability for rational thought or inference or discrimination. The Vigyanmaya

Kosha helps us to identify true from false. We can choose the correct path in

this “maya” filled world with the help of nourished Vigyanmaya Kosha.

Anandamaya Kosha or bliss is a pure state of happiness and joy which is

beyond any material pleasure. Samadhi or deep meditation gives such a joy.

The Anandamaya Kosha is the innermost sheath wrapped by other sheaths in

succession.

If you observe carefully you will realize that each sheath affects certain

part of our personality. Accordingly we can classify our personality as follows:

  • Conscious physical personality
  • Subconscious physical personality
  • Mental personality
  • Intellectual personality
  • Spiritual personality

How Yoga can nourish these personalities?

The conscious as well as subconscious physical personality can be greatly

improved by Yoga postures. Yoga postures stretch your body and induce

relaxation. They affect the vital force or Prana and cause it to flow in

specific parts of the body. They are excellent remedy for back aches, digestion

problems and heart problems. The modern life forces us to sit at a place without

much physical activities. Yoga postures can strengthen the joints and various

parts of the body.

The mental personality is greatly affected through Pranayama and

concentration. Our mind remains focused at our work and in home enabling us to

do the things with full dedication and interest. In naturally results in better

personal and professional gains.

Meditation enriches the intellectual personality. Your mind becomes calm and

clear. You can think with more care and affection for others. Maya can not

delude you any more. Your decisions prove to be correct.

Finally, the deep meditation or Samadhi brings you the ultimate bliss. The

joy that is impossible to achieve through worldly enjoyments. This is the final

aim for any Yogi.

In summary practicing Yoga regularly nourishes all these five personalities

and makes your life joyous, happy and healthy.

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Planetary Aspects That Favour A Businessman – Career Horoscope And Astrology Predictions

A lot of people wish to become an entrepreneur but only those with appropriate planetary combinations in their birth-chart grow to be a thriving businessman. Let us recognize those planetary combinations which cause the individual to turn into an eminent and prosperous businessman.

Planetary Combinations in the Birth-chart

1. In the birth-chart the conjunction between the lords of the Trine house or Kendra or their aspect relationship gives rise to the Raj Yoga, which provides favorable results to the individual. Likewise, when the lord of the Trine or Kendra develops a relationship with the eleventh house or the second house, the potential to make money will be great. A powerful fortune and wealth are the crucial resources of a businessman. Raj Yoga builds the fortune and Dhan Yoga multiplies his earnings.

2. When Mercury, Venus and Jupiter are in conjunction in the Kendra, the Yoga to make money is created in the birth-chart. Additionally, if Sun is situated in the eleventh house the individual will get high potential to earn money.

3. To be a flourishing businessman, the presence of favorable Panch Mahapurush Yoga and Rajyoga is obligatory in the birth-chart together with Dhan Yoga.

4. Mars should be the Ascendant lord in the birth-chart of Aries Ascendant and it should be exalted in the tenth house forming Kuldeepak Yoga and Ruchak Yoga, and Mercury should also be situated with Mars. Or Jupiter should aspect the ninth lord from the second house. Or Sun should be the fifth lord, Moon the fourth lord and Venus the seventh lord in conjunction in the eleventh house.

Rahu should be exalted in the Ascendant. Additionally, Saturn as the lord of the tenth house or eleventh house should be placed in the ninth house. Consequently, these Yogas will influence a person to be clever, ambitious and influential with strong determination and he will become a booming businessman and will develop his business more.

5. If the second lord and the fourth lord are situated in the Ascendant Saturn as a Yogakaarak planet in the eleventh house in the birth-chart of Taurus Ascendant, and Mars and Venus are in conjunction in the second house, Jupiter in the tenth house and Rahu in the seventh house then the individual will enlarge his business and achieve popularity, fame, money and wealth.

6. In the birth-chart of Cancer Ascendant, Jupiter and Venus are to be positioned in the Ascendant, Sun in the eleventh house, Mars which is the Yogakaarak of the tenth lord is to be sited in the third house, Moon which is the Ascendant lord is to be situated in the second house and Saturn as the seventh lord is to be found in the ninth house, Mercury should be in its own sign and located in the house of expenditure. Thus these yogas will provide wealth, fame, and make the individual brave and a triumphant businessman.

7. If Saturn is in its own sign and shares an aspect relationship with the tenth or eleventh house/lord and Rahu also affects the eleventh house and the Ascendant or the Ascendant lord is in relationship with the tenth house/lord or ninth lord or it influences the Ascendant house and together with this Mercury develops any kind of relationship with the eleventh lord or the second lord then the individual will become a winning businessman.

8. If Mercury is the Ascendant lord and exalted in the fourth house with the eleventh lord and the second lord is in the tenth house, and among the ninth lord, third, fifth or tenth lord any two are in conjunction in the eleventh house the individual will be very well-off and a victorious businessman.

9. If Mercury is exalted and placed in the second house with the Ascendant lord in the birth-chart and if the ninth lord is in conjunction with the third lord or the tenth lord is in the third house and influences the twelfth or tenth house and Rahu influences the eleventh house or the second house then the individual becomes a booming businessman.

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5 Benefits of Practicing Daily Yin Yoga

Yin Yoga is now a common practice by persons targeting deep tissues including ligaments, tendons and joints. This involves limited movements where a person stays in one position for an extended period of time, usually between 3 and 5 minutes. The poses involved work great for parts of the body with more connective including thighs, pelvis, spine and hips among others. Most of the poses involved are practiced when lying or sitting on the floor, and these are usually held for around three to five minutes. It is, therefore, important to wear comfortable clothing. As a beginner, you should not aim to hold the poses for long, but you should start with what you can handle without overstretching your limits. It will only be a matter of time before you start noticing some improvements.

The major benefits that you will enjoy when practicing Yin Yoga include:

1. Strengthening connective tissues: There are numerous functions associated with the body’s connective tissues with some good examples being promoting mobility, maintaining posture and promoting the proper function of blood vessels among others. By practicing Yin Yoga, you will be strengthening these tissues, and they will be performing their functions more efficiently. This will also help to reduce cases of injuries.

2. Improved energy flow: You can rely on Yin yoga to enhance the flow of energy through various body channels and this helps to boost the health functions of different organs. These exercises are also known for boosting the body’s immunity and slowing some signs of aging like wrinkles and receding vision among others.

3. Improved flexibility: Most people only come to learn of connective tissues after being involved in injuries like a blown out knee, strained spine and sprained ankles among others. Yin yoga helps to gently stretch the limits of tissues like tendons and joint ligaments, therefore, helping to improve flexibility in such areas. This means that your body will now be prepared for more challenging situations.

4. Reducing stress: Due to our current lifestyle, most of us are stressful which greatly affects our performance, feelings and even thoughts. These leads to health problems like hypertension, heart ailments and diabetes among others. You can reduce stress by practicing Yin Yoga since the deep exercises are known to calm the mind. This prepares the body to handle even more stressful situations.

5. Increased circulation: Poor blood and fluid circulation in the body can contribute to numbness and tingling in various parts like hands and toes among others. Holding some of the poses involved in Yin yoga will greatly help you to improve circulation in vital body organs like the spine and glands. This also promotes better flow of synovial fluids thus improving mobility in joints like knees and pelvis.

You should take the time to find reputable Yin yoga trainers to ensure that all poses involved are safe and that these are practiced the right way. This will help to enhance effectiveness and limit cases of injuries.

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