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Meditate to Unlock Your Hidden Potential – Part 1

Meditation is often misunderstood by those who do not practice it. Very often, I hear meditation referred to as, “altered states of consciousness.” That sounds more like intoxicants, rather than bringing clarity to a cluttered mind. Without going too deep into what meditation is, or is not, let’s focus on one of the many things a daily meditation practice can do for you.

Meditation is commonly seen in many Yoga classes, but it has been practiced by a variety of cultures, including Roman Catholic priests, as well as Japanese Samurai, who practiced a form of Zen meditation. I mention this so you can see the full spectrum of meditation and its many facets.

There are many varieties and types of meditation, but the easiest form to learn is, “breath awareness meditation.” Compared to many other meditation techniques, this will enable anyone to experience the benefits of meditation in much less time.

At this point, let’s consider that meditation and Yoga teachers often compare the mind to a monkey. Many thoughts are running through your brain, at the same time, and it is hard to control all of your impulses – let alone, sit still and meditate. So why go through all this trouble?

Meditation has many rewards, and we will now consider one of extreme value. Through daily practice of meditation, you will release the unlimited potential of your mind. The ability to change, or alter the universe, starts as a single thought within your mind.

One human decided to harness the power of fire, and did he/she foresee the global warming effect? How could he/she imagine where we are now? This is just one of many thousands of examples of Karma – the law of cause and effect. Therefore, one seemingly small change, of any kind, will have a ripple effect on the universe.

Some of the seeds to change the universe, rests locked up in your mind, but you have the ability to shape the future by any small changes that you make. Let’s say you have a friend, family member, or associate, who cares for you deeply, but, up to now, you have always taken it for granted. Can you imagine what would happen if you take the time to groom that relationship? The answer is you would have a loyal ally and all you had to show was kindness or appreciation.

You have the ability to alter your own personality and affect the world around you. Hopefully, your personality will always continue to change for the better; if so, this will alter everyone around you for the best.

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Releasing Chronic Pain From Whiplash Injury

Several cases of whiplash injury could involve chronic pain. When this happens, breathing could also be shallow. You could frequently hold your own breath. As breathing is restricted, you would eventually find yourself not exhaling fully. You could not even remove stale air from your lungs, resulting to possible residual build ups of toxins.

As chronic pain ensues, your muscles could get cold and get contracted due to poor circulation. Less oxygen volume gets in and fewer toxins are naturally removed. The lungs could work more when you breathe deeply and fully. The diaphragm moves and the abdominal muscles work. These occurrences only generate more heat in the body’s core to help relieve whiplash. They are possible when you perform specific yoga exercises.

How to release chronic pain after whiplash injury? Perform specific yoga exercises and poses, as described above. Doing so could pose a calming effect right on the emotions. Fear could be reduced as well as anxiety within the nervous system. You would feel emotionally safer and you would get more at ease and physically relaxed.

The next step to release chronic pain is to change your own attitude towards pain. Observe and sense what pain feels like, how worse it gets during whiplash injury. You should feel your own emotions to be able to establish a connection with the specific parts of your body that are hurting because of the condition. Connect physical with emotional pain. This way, you would be able to recognize possible continuity between your body, your mind, and your feelings.

Understand that there are many other attitudes that could be associated with suffering from chronic pain. They include anger, depression, despair, helplessness, and loss. Whiplash injury significantly adds more stress due to the negative self-directed energy.

In her one of her books ‘You Can Heal Your Life’ by Louise L. Hay gives a wonderful offering on How To Heal Your Life. Louise gives you a Problem Situation, the Probable Cause and a New Thought Pattern to begin to heal your life. This book is a wonderful ‘bible’ to have at your side.

On Neck Problems this is what she has to say. The Probable Cause – “Refusing to see other sides of a question. Stubbornness, inflexibility.” And the New Thought Pattern – “It is with flexibility and ease that I see all sides of an issue. There are endless ways to doing things and seeing things. I am safe.” How does that fit with you? A good book to enhance your life.

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The 4 ‘E’s To A Successful Weight Loss Program

Many individuals that start up a workout program and aspire to ‘lose weight’ are usually setting themselves up to fail before they have even begun. They aim to ‘lose weight’ but don’t set out goals on how to achieve it. How much weight? By when? From where? The four e’s guide is a quick tip guide to help focus the mind on what is required to successfully shed the pounds and achieve success.


According to many weight loss experts, dieticians and even doctors. Losing weight is 90% mental and only 10% physical. Some even say that the key to a successful weight loss program begins in the brain. If this is true, then your first workout should be in the mind.

You should firstly evaluate your reasons for losing weight and what you want to achieve from it. Ask yourself the kind of things you’d expect to ask others, Do you want to look good? Do you want to be healthy? Do you want to live longer? Or maybe you want all three and to feel great about yourself.

When you have decided your main reasons to begin a weight loss program, grab a pen and paper and jot it down. Then write down what changes you plan to make in order to achieve your goal. Always have an overall target to reach but make sure you set small goals such as lose two pounds in two weeks, small goals will be easier to achieve therefore keeping your motivation up.

Keep a calendar handy to track your progress, do weekly weight checks and even track what type of foods you have eaten. Updating a calendar with your weight each week is a visual reminder that what you are doing is working. This is also an incredible motivator because when its there in black and white its harder to quit.

Eat Healthy

When it comes to making any changes in your life, habits are very hard to change. Worst of all is eating habits, you make so many choices everyday. It’s very difficult not to continue eating small snacks and pretty much whatever you like. For successful weight loss you must learn what types of food to eat, what times of day are best to eat and portion control.

Get to know the healthy eating habits that make weight loss easier, low-fat, high-fibre, high protein. All essential to effective weight loss as well as drinking plenty of water. One of the best tips for anybody to learn is to keep hydrated because sometimes thirst can be mistaken for hunger. Always eat lots of green leafy vegetables and never skip meals, especially breakfast.


Have a set weight loss exercise plan that’s manageable and appropriate, success must be possible. If you are new to working out, don’t get an exercise plan that is too demanding. Concentrate on an exercise you’ll enjoy and will stick to, walking is obviously the best and easiest to start out with. Walking has no impact on your joints and skeleton, it also has the mental stimulation of getting out and interacting with the world outside. Once you are comfortable with your ability to walk a great distance change it to running for a better calorie burn.

At the same time, if you are one of those people who don’t like the thought of exerting themselves, there are forms of low impact weight loss alternatives. Yoga, hypnosis and meditation are all great for weight loss. Yoga is excellent for those who also want a home workout program, searches on the Internet will provide different positions for you to learn. Stick to it and steadily take off pounds, tone your muscles, tune up your mind and gain fabulous flexibility that makes you look great.


Perhaps the most important aspect of any weight loss program is enjoyability. Even those who hate exercising can find an activity they’ll enjoy. The important thing about enjoying an exercise is the motivation you’ll be able to maintain. Gather a group of friends and play a game of football, basketball or even take a relaxing hike. Check out forms of energetic dance such as Zumba, go with a friend so you can track each others progress. Knowing you have someone following your successes and failures always pushes you to do better.

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Prediction of Sudden Gains and Unexpected Prosperity in Astrology

In today’s world, most of the people wish to earn a lot of wealth and prosperity in their life, for fulfilment of their desires. Sometimes they choose risky steps to gain sudden benefits and prosperity.

Lottery, shares, gambling, speculation are risky methods employed for sudden gains.While hidden treasures and unexpected inheritance also accounts for sudden prosperity and richness of the native.

Factors responsible for sudden and expected gains in astrology

· 2nd house: income, inflow of finances, Self earned wealth, worldly possessions

· 4th house: comforts, parental inheritance, assets, land, vehicles

· 5th house: sudden gain, lottery, gambling, speculations etc.

· 7th house: business travels

·8th house: shares, hidden transactions, other people’s money, dowry of wife, gain from in laws, finances through unfair means, inheritance

·9th house: easy gains, fate

· 11th house: accumulated wealth, fluctuating money gains

· Sun: sudden gains from royal or govt. sources.

· Moon: gains from liquid or glazy types of things, gains from abroad.

· Mars: Sudden prosperity from engineering, publications, police, landed properties agriculture, accounts, investment in medicines

· Mercury: sudden gains from intellects or creative nature of mankind

· Jupiter: gains from saints or bank men, rules banking shares, money, gold and other precious saleable items like diamonds and precious gems

· Venus: sudden gains from music, cinema, vehicles medicines, literary activities, scented items

· Saturn: Sudden money

· Rahu: trigger the unexpected events in the life, sudden gains from evil sources, fluctuating gains

Different combinations for sudden prosperity

· Sudden and unexpected gains are noticed whenever 2nd, 7th and 11th lords posited in ascendant and aspected by Jupiter.

· For gains in lotteries, speculations or for any sudden unexpected gains 2nd, 5th, 8th, 11th houses and their lords should be interrelated. Well-placed and well-aspected

· For financial status and gains, ascendant, 2nd, 9th and 11th houses and their lords should be considered.

· Strength of 5th house and 5th lord connected with the above is required for gains in gambling, speculation, races, lotteries, contracts, etc.

· Strength of 8th house and 8th lord connected with the above is required for gain in dowry, inheritance, wills, adoption, awards, prizes, secret wealth etc.

· Consideration of 4th, 7th and 10th houses is needed to judge the source and type of gains.

· Inauspicious houses and planets placed in them are consider for gains and accumulation in life (3/6/10/11th are inauspicious houses).

Different modes responsible for sudden gain in life:

Lottery and Gambling

· Strength of 5th house /lord is the important significator of gains in lotteries and gambling.

· The other significator houses for lottery gains and gambling are 2nd, 6th, 8th and 11th.

· Moon is posited in 5th house and aspected by Venus, indicates sudden gain from lottery.

· The 6th house/lord has an important role in gambling. If the 6th and 11th lords are together occupying 11th house, the native wins in lottery and gambling. The combination of the strong 6th and 11th lords is always good for gambling and lottery.

· The 6th and 9th lords combine in 11th house, the native owns enormous money through lottery or gambling.

· Favorable combination of Saturn and Rahu favors gambling especially in indoor games.

· The lords of 6th and 11th and Saturn are in the 11th house, the native wins in dice game or cards through underhand tricks and by puzzling or mesmerizing his opponents.

· Mercury being 5th lord occupying 6th house causes loss in speculations. If the 5th lord Venus is in the 12th house with 6th lord the native will lose in gambling being addicted to the same. If there are many malefic planets placed in 12th house the native should not invest money in gambling or lottery as he will always lose.

· The Lords of 5th and 2nd house exchange places.

· Mercury in 11th house in own sign conjoined with 6th lord.

· Mars, Venus, Saturn and Rahu conjoined in Virgo.

· All planets occupying 2th/6th/8th/12th signs.

· The lord of 5th and 11th conjoined in 5th house with a node [Rahu/Ketu].

· 2nd and 11th lords conjoining in 5th with benefice aspects

· Jupiter alone in 5th or 8th in exaltation or own house is able to give sudden, unexpected gains.

· The Ascendant /5th/8th/11th lords placed in the same houses.

· The 5th and 8th lords exchange signs, and the lord of ascendant is in good aspect with either of the two.

· 2nd lord in the 5th, 5th lord in 11th, 11th lord in 2nd house (or 2nd/5th/11th lords conjoined in 2nd).

· The lords of 5th and 11th houses exchange houses.

· The lords of ascendant, 2nd and 5th are related or conjoined.

· The lords of ascendant, 5th and 9th conjoined.

· The Ascendant is strong and 2/5/8/11th lords in exaltation.

· The benefices planets occupy 5th and 8th houses.

Underground or hidden treasures beneath or buried in the soil

· Lord of ascendant is placed in 2nd house, Lord of 2nd is placed in 11th house and lord of 11th is posited in ascendant, the native will get sudden enormous hidden treasures in his life.

· Lords of 2nd and 4th are posited in 9th house, with a benefice.

· Lords of 11th and 2nd placed in 4th house, with a benefice.

· Lord of 11th is placed in 4th house, combines with a benefice.

Shares and speculations

· The Moon, Mercury and 6th lord in 11th house indicates money through share market.

· Lords of 6th and 11th combine in 12th house indicates loss in speculation.

· Ascendant’s lord, Moon, Sun and are being in benefic aspects

· The Moon-Mars combine in 2nd, 5th, 8th or 11th house.

· The Jupiter in 2nd, the Mercury in 5th and the Moon in 11th house respectively.

Unexpected inheritance

· The Moon, 4th /2nd/5th houses/lords are related, indicates sudden inheritance from mother.

· Lords of 2nd and 4th combine in ascendant indicates sudden gain from mother.

· The lords of 2nd and 8th lords are related, gives unexpected gains.

· Leo ascendant with 12th lord in 8th house gives the formation of Vipareeta Raja yoga which results in unexpected enormous wealth gain.




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Street Fighting Tips, Moves and Techniques

So what exactly are the best street fighting techniques to use in the case of a real attack. You need street fighting moves that:

1.) Don’t require hours of practice,

2.) Are easy to remember under pressure, and

3.) It certainly can’t hurt if their effects on your attacker are painful and downright nasty. You need to be able to end the fight quick and easy.

My definition of a street fight is when there is a confrontation between 2 or more people, And No Rules Apply. There’s no referee there to call “low blows,” there’s no points, no rounds, and there’s no calling a time out when you’ve had enough. It’s just 2 people in a drag down, all out brawl, or 1 person who’s having to deal with multiple attackers. Either way, no rules apply, and you have to do what it takes to survive!

The more you understand different types of confrontation, the less you will fear it and the better prepared you will be. Here are some things to keep in mind:

(1) Any confrontation can be fast and explosive;

(2) It is unpredictable and spontaneous;

(3) It can be ugly and brutal, and extremely dangerous;

(4) Unarmed Street Fighting usually turns into a ground fight;

(5) Kicking is seldom used.

(6) And finally… there are no rules!

There are lots of tips that I could give you, and most would take pages and pages to fully explore. Here are just a few that can keep you alive in a real confrontation.


One of the best techniques to remember is that whenever you are squared off with a dangerous attacker you must strike first, strike fast, and keep the pressure on. This is critical to being able to stop your attacker dead in his tracks, and can often end the fight before it starts.


Telegraphing means letting your assailant know what you’re going to do before you do it. There are many subtle forms of telegraphing that you may not even realize. Here are just a few: (1) Cocking your arm back before punching or striking; (2) Tensing your neck, shoulders or arms before striking; (3) Widening your eyes or raising your eyebrows; (4) Shifting your shoulders; (5) Taking a sudden and deep breath.


One of the best street fighting tips to remember is to not use flexible weapons such as chains, belts, etc. I know the movies and television would have you believe differently but they are actually ineffective for some of the following reasons: (1) They can be difficult to control in a fight; (2) Once you swing a chain, for example, if you miss you can’t retract it quick enough to make it worth your while; they have to follow through the complete range of motion to be re-executed; (4) They open you up to a variety of possible counters; (6) They can get snagged or caught on your assailant’s body or limbs, and they can get it away from you and use it against you.

4. ATTACK THE THREE TARGET ZONES. There are three possible target zones. Zone One (head region). They include: eyes, temples, nose, chin, and back of neck. These areas affect his senses. Zone Two (neck, torso, groin) deals with targets related to the attacker’s breathing. They include: throat, solar plexus, ribs, and groin. Zone Three (legs and feet) deals with targets that affect his mobility. They include: thighs, knees, shins, instep, and toes.

These are just a few things to remember if you ever find yourself in this unfortunate situation. We have just barely scratched the surface though in really being able to become unstoppable in an actual street fight. Stop using ineffective moves and techniques that are only going to get you killed.

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Kama Sutra – Book of Healthy Sex

Kamasutra of Kamasutram is an ancient book about sex education. This book is often mistaken as the book of Tantric Sex. In fact it is like a discourse in importance of sex in human life. It narrates various facets of corporeal acts done by man and woman. It is a book of educating us bout deep intimacy and relationship between two genders, male and female.

Theme of Kama Sutra

Written by a Hindu philosopher named Mallanaga Vatsyayana, this book represents wisdom of the people living in ancient India. Though the exact time is knot known, but Vatsyayana lived in Varanasi, India. It must be the period of Gupta Empire, spanning from fourth to sixth century AD.

The book is like an authority in the science of sex that is known as Kama Shastra in India. The corporeal act was not taboo in ancient India. It was also considered to be sacred, as it keeps the human race continued. Kama Sutra is based on twin subjects of fertility and body pleasure that the acts of sex give to the men and women.

KamaSutra, the Book of Sex Education

The book is written in lyrical language consisting 1250 verses. It is divided into 36 different chapters allotted to particular aspect of sex between man and woman who are capable of enjoying sex. It educates the reader about most of the aspects concerning man and woman relationship. The subjects covered ranges from ‘how to enjoy kissing’ to ‘how to reach the orgasm’. The importance of foreplay and caressing are narrated and their importance in making a partner to have sex is highlighted. All the factors which stimulate the desire for having sex are widely described. Written in Sanskrit language, the first translation of Kama Sutra is believed to be done by Captain Richard Francis Burton in the year 1885.

Templesof Khajuraho: Depicting Sex in Sculpture

The carvings and sculptures done on the walls of temples of Khajuraho (India) depict various acts of sex narrated in the book of Kama Sutra. These carvings demonstrate how the bodies of men and women involved in corporeal acts can be well positioned to arrive maximum pleasure out of the acts. The temples are built in the medieval period.

KamaSutra in Literature and Movies

Many writers have taken help of the materials given in this book to highlight the theme or subject they narrated in their books. Even the novelists of all the ages have consulted this book of wisdom whenever they wanted to read some authentic passages about the most intimate relationship between man and woman. There are number of movies, which have accepted the themes narrated in Kama Sutra.  

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Advantages Of Gymnastics Mats

In different gymnastic gyms around the world, their floor is equipped with gymnastics mats. This is because they want to provide all the users with a safe working place. As a matter of fact, they even made use of a high quality mat just to provide comfort and ease.

However, there are also some mats that can be bought in some market places. These mats can be used at home or outside the house. Though, it is important to check its quality first before you plan to buy one so that you will not be wasting your money.

Most of the time, the user of the mat prefers not to wear any shoes. This is because they are able to execute and move their bodies freely. Most of the time, the mats are made up of a high and good quality rubber.

They commonly use rubber mats so to prevent it from being slippery. Majority of the gymnasts and athletes perform floor exercises every day. With a very wide area, they will be able to move their body in different directions without falling down because of the rubber material that they are stepping.

At present, the gymnastics mats are not only used by the gymnastics but also used by the people who are having regular exercises in the park or on their back yard. There are some mats which you can roll or fold so that you can bring it along with you every time you want to have an exercise.

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Exercise for Teenagers – 5 Free Exercises You Can Do at Home

The key to staying healthy as a teenager is to engage in a combination of eating right and forming the right exercise habits. This is particularly important since so many teens today are overweight.

For example, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recently published a report containing teen obesity statistics. The report said that 14% of teens in the United States are obese. Translation: 14% of our teens are at elevated risk for high cholesterol, heart disease, high blood pressure, and Type 2 Diabetes.

Apart from these health-related risks to being overweight, these teens tend to have more problems making friends, getting dates, and finding jobs than do their thinner friends. On average, they also suffer from self-image problems and other psychological issues, which can have an effect on the quality of their schoolwork and overall sense of well-being.

The bottom line is: unless an overweight teen gets their weight under control, they are very likely to carry these problems associated with being too heavy well into adulthood – and possibly for the rest of their lives.

If you are looking for good exercises for teenagers, here are 5 free exercises that you can do at home:

1. Work your heart at least 30-60 minutes per day:

Working your heart muscle is known as cardiovascular exercise. While you don’t need to do it all at once, all together you should be getting at least 30-60 minutes of cardio per day. Some free ways to do this include: running, walking, biking, swimming, in-line skating, jumping rope, handball, trampoline, soccer, rowing, Tae Bo, aerobic dancing, and kick-boxing.

2. Improve your balance and flexibility with yoga:

The importance of flexibility and a good sense of balance are an important aspect of a healthy body. Buy a yoga DVD (you can find them used for a few dollars each online) or watch/record/TIVO free yoga shows on TV and watch them frequently. You can do many types of yoga directly on regular carpet. Eventually, you may want to invest in an inexpensive yoga mat. Bonus: many people who do yoga also report feeling more emotionally balanced and centered, as well.

3. Build core strength with butterfly breath:

Here is a specific exercise for building your core strength (i.e., your torso, stomach and back muscles) that you can do anywhere. It’s called “butterfly breath.” Here’s how:

a. Stand up straight with your legs spread hip-width apart, arms lifted straight out at your sides.

b. While breathing out, lift your right knee and touch it to your left elbow.

c. Then, while inhaling, return to position “a”. Switch sides and repeat 12-15 times on each side.

4. Flatten your tummy by doing the bicycle:

A flat, strong tummy is an important mark of the physically-fit. Try the “bicycle” exercise (note: no bicycle required!).

a. Lie out flat on the floor, laying your hands beside your head.

b. Bring up your knees to a forty-five degree angle and slowly act as if you are pedaling a bicycle in mid-air.

c. Touch your left elbow to your right knee, then do the opposite side. Keep an even pace throughout. Do about 1-3 sets of 12-16 repetitions.

5. Work your legs with squats:

Now, it is time to work your legs with squats! This is one of the best lower body exercises you can do because it is a multi-joint exercise that works multiple muscle groups, including your hips, butt, and thighs. This type of squats does not require any weights. Here’s how:

a. Place a chair behind you and stand in front of it, with feet slightly spread apart.

b. Contract your stomach muscles, keeping them tight as you bend your knees and squat down towards the chair.

c. Keep your knees behind or just above (in-line with) your toes as you briefly sit down.

d. Now, slowly stand up out of the chair by tightening your hamstrings and glutes (butt). Fully extend your legs straight again.

e. Do 1-3 sets for 10-15 repetitions.

Try these 5 free exercises you can do at home as you get into the best shape of your life.

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All You Need To Know About The 6th Month (From 23 to 27 Weeks)

I have spent nights of reading and searching to give you this complete pregnancy guide. In this article we will go through fetus development, physical symptoms and infrequent symptoms. I did my best to simplify the presentation of this article to help you easily find your answer.

Fetus Development

Your baby’s eyes can open and close and react to light, vocal cords are functioning, eye brows are forming now.

Your baby is still active, since he is still relatively small about 30 cm long and is comfortable moving, punching and changing positions.

He weighs around 2 pounds. The facial features looks like a minuscule newborn baby.

The lungs are not fully developed so a baby born can still survive but with intensive care. Remember though, every day spent in the womb gives your baby a higher chance of survival and better odds at gaining the functionality it needs to survive.

Common physical symptoms:

1- The baby’s movements becomes more definite enjoy the punches from those little arms and legs.

2- Baby’s hiccups become more visible from the outside:Fetal hiccups usually shows up around the second or third trimester. Fetal hiccups are reflexive and do not seem to cause discomfort. In addition, hiccups prepare the fetus’s lungs for healthy respiratory function after birth and they help regulate the baby’s heart rate during the third trimester.

3- Whitish vaginal discharge (Leukorrhea)

4- Abdominal pain: It is often when pregnant women experience abdominal pain, and most of the time doctors hear complaints describing pain in the back and especially abdomen. There are many possible causes of such pain.

The most common cause for such pain is that round ligament stretching will cause minor or even moderate pain in the lower abdomen during pregnancy. A pregnant woman has to differentiate what is and what is not a cramp. A cramp could easily be confused with a minor contraction, which happens from time to time and is no cause for alarm. It is just a signal that the uterus is preparing itself for the upcoming birth. Severe or persistent abdominal pain during pregnancy is never normal and it requires an immediate doctor’s exam.

5- Constipation: Constipation in pregnant women occurs due to hormones that relax the intestinal muscle and to the pressure of the expanding uterus on the intestines. Relaxation of the intestinal muscle causes food and waste to move slower through your system. To avoid constipation you must eat fibers, lots of greens and fruits. and drink plenty of water up to 3 Liters per day.

6- Heartburn: Hormonal changes is the main cause for heartburn during pregnancy. Hormones, particularly progesterone, can relax the valve that normally prevents stomach acid from backing up into the esophagus what will cause an irritation.

To avoid acid reflux, eat six small meals instead of three large ones. Abstain from eating tomato sauce, thyme, orange juice, spices and full-fat dairy products.

7- Headaches

8- Bleeding gums: hormonal changes are the reason of all our pregnancy problems. Pregnancy hormones causes a swollen gum that bleeds easily. Take a good care of your teeth and gum during those 9, long, months. Brush your teeth 3 times a day, floss and rinse with salt and water to ease any gum pain or bleeding.

9- Nasal congestion or rhinitis: Nearly every woman suffers from nasal stuffiness. that’s because the high level of estrogen and progesterone circulating in the body bring increased blood flow to the mucous membranes of the nose causing the to swell. The congestion won’t get better until after delivery but I beg you not to use any nasal sprays unless they are prescribed by your doctor. Always check with your Ob-Gyn even if the medication were prescribed by another doctor.

10- Increased appetite

11- Leg cramps: Most leg cramps are caused from the fatigue of carrying around that extra weight. Cramps can also be aggravated by the expanding uterus putting pressure on blood vessels. While some experts believe they are due to an excess of phosphorus or a shortage of calcium, magnesium or other body minerals. Your doctor might suggest you take magnesium supplement could decrease legs cramps.

Try following these instructions to prevent those annoying nighttime leg cramps:

1- Stretch your legs a few times a day, especially before bedtime

2- Rotate your ankles and shake your toes to increase circulation

3- Avoid sitting with your legs crossed

4- Avoid standing for a long period of time

5- Eat Calcium rich foods

6- Reduce your intake of phosphorus rich foods such as soft drink, processed meat and snacks

12- Mild feet and ankles swelling (edema): Most women suffer from Edema. This symptom is the result of excessive fluid accumulation around feet and ankles. Here are few tips to help you deal with normal swelling during pregnancy:

* Try to rest and lift your feet whenever it’s possible.

* Drink plenty of water, up to 2 liters a day. The extra fluids will help flush out your system of waste products which may have increased swelling.

* Wear comfortable shoes.

* Excessive swelling that doesn’t seem to ease down after many hours of rest should be reported to your doctor.

13- Lower back and leg pain: this is another symptom of expectant motherhood. The pressure of the enlarging uterus, which has been responsible for so many other discomforts, can also affect the sciatic nerve, causing lower back, buttock and leg pain. To relieve this pain you can try to exercise more often, practice pregnancy yoga or Pilates, pelvic tilt, swimming or walking. Take care to sit in a good posture and lift your feet from time to time this may help reduce the pain.

14- Itchy Belly: This occurs when your uterus grows and expands to accommodate your new baby and your skin stretches. Pregnancy hormones can also result in some itching during pregnancy as well as changes in your liver enzymes.

15- Enlarged breasts: For small breasted women, this could be the best pregnancy symptom ever. Hormonal changes during pregnancy cause increased blood flow and changes in the breast tissue which makes your breasts feel unusually swollen, sore and tingly.

16- Fewer mood swings

17- Absentmindedness

Uncommon Symptoms

Numbness and tingling fingers and toes is normal in pregnancy and is thought to be due to swelling tissues pressing on nerves

Clumsiness: The loosening of joints and the retention of water, can both make your grasp on objects less firm which will cause temporary clumsiness.

Gestational Diabetes: It first may be noticed in the sixth and seventh month of pregnancy. It occurs when the pancreas is unable to produce enough insulin or the body is unable to process the insulin properly, resulting in high levels of glucose. Gestational diabetes occurs in women who have not previously had diabetes, and the condition likely disappears after giving birth. The symptoms you should watch out for are:

* Excessive weight gain

* Excessive thirst

* Vaginal infection

* Excessive fatigue

* Excessive hunger

* Blurry vision

In case you notice these symptoms please contact your doctor.

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Yoga Arm Balance – The Crane (Bakasana)

I’ve always found it interesting that a specific asana can be loved by some people, while being despised by others. Bakasana, The Crane, is one of those postures which seems to split opinion.

I guess it’s only natural that we should be naturally drawn to postures which we are good at, or which are suited to our own specific strengths and abilities, while shying away from postures which our bodies are not so suited towards (which explains my aversion to upavistha konasana, Wide Legged Seated Forward Bend).

On the face of it that would explain my love of bakasana. To the uninitiated, the posture appears to rely heavily on upper body strength, but in fact, getting into and holding bakasana relies much more on focus and balance than on pure strength.

The name bakasana comes from the Sanskrit word baka meaning crane. It’s easy to see why the asana was given this name, as when seeing a yogi balanced gracefully on the hands with the body tucked in tight, one is reminded of a crane wading through a shallow pool.

To perform bakasana

1. After preliminary work to open the hips, and warm up the wrists, arms and shoulders, squat down from tadasana with the feet flat on the floor. Widen the knees and lean forward, so the torso comes between the inner thighs.

2. Bend the elbows, and place the hands flat on the floor, fingers spread, with the backs of the upper arms close to the armpits against the shins.

3. On an exhale, with the front of the body contracted, lift the heels and lean forward, taking the weight of the body onto the arms. Keeping tone in the abdomen, continue to lean forward and lift the tailbone until the feet lift off from the floor, and balance on the arms.

4. Straighten the arms as much as possible, gazing at a spot on the floor and slightly ahead, but do not lift the head so far as to compress the back of the neck.

5. The posture can be held for 10 – 60 seconds, then exhale and slowly lower the feet back towards the floor into a low squat. Bakasana rounds the spine, so a suitable counter pose would be an asana which takes the spine in the opposite direction, such as ustrasana (Camel).


Bakasana is of course strengthening to the upper body, particularly the arms and shoulders, and also the abdominal muscles. It massages the internal organs, and develops balance and focus. It’s also a great preliminary for handstand.


Wrist/arm/shoulder injuries, particularly carpel tunnel syndrome.



A great variation is the side crow, parsva bakasana, which strangely many find easier than the regular pose. The asana can also be used in a sequence to/from a tripod headstand, or jumping from this posture back to plank or from downward facing dog.

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