What are bunions?

What are bunions?

What is a bunion?

Sometimes bony bump develops at the outer edge of your big toe. It is formed when big toe is continuously pushed against your second toe, forcing the joint of your big toe to bulge out and become bigger. Wearing very tight shoes or a very narrow shoes result in worsening of the condition.

Although the exact cause of formation of bunions is not known, it is believed to be caused due to using ill-fitted footwear, foot injuries, hereditary or rheumatoid arthritis.

What are the complications?

Bunions may not always cause any pain and are remain permanently unless corrected through surgery.

Complications caused may be

1) Bursitis – The small fluid-filled pads (bursae) that cushion bones, tendons and muscles near your joints become inflamed resulting in unbearable pain.

2) Hammertoe – An unnatural bend occurs in the middle joint of a toe, usually the second toe

3) Metatarsalgia – Pain and inflammation in the ball of your foot).

How to prevent? – Choose your footwear correctly!

Aditi is a certified Yoga Instructor for Power Yoga from Akshar Power Yoga. She teaches Hatha yoga, Power Yoga, Meditative Yoga and Yoga Therapy. She has experience in teaching and practicing yoga for about 4 years.

Kriya Yoga – What does Kriya Yoga aim at?

Kriya Yoga – What does Kriya Yoga aim at?

What does Kriya Yoga aim at? 

 

Not all of us get to experience the higher spheres of consciousness. Most of us don’t even know that they exist. Why are so many people unhappy in the world? Why are they dissatisfied? Why are some people not even sure of what is lacking in their life?

The very basic reason for any unhappiness or dissatisfaction is our attachment to the material planes of existence. Once we achieve even a glimpse of higher level of consciousness, then our unhappiness and discontent will automatically fade away.

Various systems of yoga- such as Raja Yoga, Kundalini Yoga etc which are popular across the world are all aiming at transcendental states where one starts to unite with one’s inner being. Most of these systems rely on the technique of concentration as a means of withdrawing consciousness from surroundings and directing it inwards within yourself.

Lets understand what is meant by concentration. Concentration implies the focusing of one’s consciousness towards one point, either external or internal and exclude all other subjects and thoughts. Now this is not as easy as it sounds. Our consciousness in connection with our mind has a tendency to move from one point to another. The more we attempt to subjugate the consciousness and make it dwell on one point the more it will wander. Also this process is likely it impose strain on mind resulting in tension and frustration.

After all our consciousness is a never ending stream of thoughts, some of them may seem related to each other and others may seem to be totally unconnected.

Many systems of Yoga teach you to place an external object in front of you or to visualize an internal image and concentrate on it. Although the method is correct it does not address the tendency of mind to wander from one thought to other.

In order to concentrate, a person should be in a completely relaxed state physically and mentally. For most people concentration is a daunting task. If they try to concentrate, they end up suppressing the disturbing thoughts and create more tension in themselves.

Concentration is something that occurs spontaneously in a very deep and relaxed state. A system is necessary which progressively leads a person to deeper states of relaxation until concentration becomes a spontaneous activity of the conscious. This system is called Kriya Yoga.

Aditi is a certified Yoga Instructor for Power Yoga from Akshar Power Yoga. She teaches Hatha yoga, Power Yoga, Meditative Yoga and Yoga Therapy. She has experience in teaching and practicing yoga for about 4 years.

Why yoga should be a part of your life?

Why yoga should be a part of your life?

Why yoga should be a part of your life?

Self realization

When our body and mind are in perfect harmony, we achieve self realization. Obstacles in the path of self realization occur in the form of physical or mental indisposition. When our physical state is imperfect, it causes imbalance to our mental state. This is known as “Chittavritti” in Sanskrit. We can overcome this imbalance through practice of yoga. Yoga Asanas or Poses can cure “Vyadhi” or “Physical Ailments” and heal “angamejayatva” or “unsteadiness” in the body. “Shwasa-Parashvasa” meaning “uneven breathing” is an indication of stress and can be alleviated through regular practice of yoga.

Asanas tone the entire body. Practice of yoga helps in strengthening bones and muscles, improves posture, regulates breathing, and increases energy. The physical health in turn leads to calmness in mind.

Asanas and Pranayama

Practicing asanas helps to cleanse the entire body. Just as a goldsmith heats gold to burn imports, asanas, cleanses the body organs, by improving blood circulation leading to supply of fresh nutrition to each and every cell in the body. The body is cured from any diseases with flushing of toxins that get accumulated due to irregular lifestyle, unhealthy eating habits, and poor posture.

Benefits of Yoga

Regular practice of stretches, twists, bends and inversions-the basic movements of asanas- restore the body to perfect health.

Asanas, along with pranayama or control of breath, rectify any physical, physiological or psychological disorders. Yoga acts as a remedy to osteoarthritis, high and low blood pressure, diabetes, asthma and anorexia.

Mind and Body

The mind and body constantly interact with each other. Yoga does not demarcate where the body ends and where the mind begins. It approaches both as a single entity. The daily emotional turmoil brings stress to the body and mind.

Although yoga appears to deal with physical body alone, it also influences chemical balance of the brain which in turn improves one’s mental health. According to sage Patanjali, “Vyadhi” or “Physical Ailments” lead to emotional disturbances. The task of yoga is to tackle both.

Aditi is a certified Yoga Instructor for Power Yoga from Akshar Power Yoga. She teaches Hatha yoga, Power Yoga, Meditative Yoga and Yoga Therapy. She has experience in teaching and practicing yoga for about 4 years.

How is yoga different from any other physical exercise?

How is yoga different from any other physical exercise?

How is yoga different from any other physical exercise?

 

Physical exercises emphasize on violent physical movements which produce large quantities of lactic acid and fatigue in the body.

In yoga, the effect of this acid and the fatigue it causes are neutralized by the inhalation of oxygen or deep breathing which is the crux of yoga.

Developing muscles doesn’t necessarily translate into healthy body. Health is a achieved when all the organs of the body are functioning effectively under the intelligent control of brain.

The word asana means steady pose. Yoga Asanas are supposed to be held for some time for a few breaths. However this is for the advanced practitioners. Initially ones aim should be to gain flexibility. The very first aim of the yoga posture is to improve health of spine, its strength and flexibility.

When flexibility and strength of spine are increased through yoga, blood circulation improves and nerves are ensured their supply and nutrients and oxygen.

Asanas work on the internal organs and glands along with the muscles. As opposed to ordinary exercises that work on superficial body parts, yoga has an effect on deeper and more subtle parts of the body. Various asanas are meant to provide massage and stimulation to different internal organs.

Yoga has an effect on the endocrine system, (glands and hormones). The endocrine system is rejuvenated helping to balance emotions and improve mental health.

Along with yoga postures we also practice deep breathing, which results in relaxation and focus on breath. Thus yoga provides benefits of meditation and concentration.

When practiced consciously, benefits of yoga are far beyond physical strength. It improves memory and concentration. Yogis pay complete attention to control their own minds. The power of focus and concentration is to being in the present moment.

By nature, mind is unsteady and at every moment, it is affected by sight, sound, taste, touch and smell.

Effort should be taken to detach your mind from objects of senses and take it through inner journey towards self realization.

Aditi is a certified Yoga Instructor for Power Yoga from Akshar Power Yoga. She teaches Hatha yoga, Power Yoga, Meditative Yoga and Yoga Therapy. She has experience in teaching and practicing yoga for about 4 years.

Karma Yoga- An Act of Kindness

Karma Yoga- An Act of Kindness

Karma Yoga- An Act of Kindness

How often do you do acts of kindness? Have you ever seen people begging outside a cafe you are eating? We often shoo them away.

Even, if we are not able to finish the food in our plate we are reluctant to parcel it and give it away.

Yesterday, I was eating paneer paratha at a paratha place near my house. I was not on my full appetite level so was able to finish only half of it. I was feeling bad that I will have to throw it away.

However, while I was eating the paratha, I saw a middle aged lady wearing ragged clothes outside the restaurant. She was continuously talking to herself. Then she was randomly talking to people on the road. No one seemed to listen to her. When I was done I asked the shopkeeper who she was. He said she just hangs out here everyday and talks to herself. “ Wo aaisa hi Edhar aata hai madam.”

I asked him to pack the remaining paratha and handed it to her. She asked me in excitement “Kya hai?” (What is it?). I said paratha. Then she said in excitement her mouth already watering “Paraathaaa !!!” I said yes. She started eating it. And I felt greatly content. I was so happy by this act of kindness. I was very lucky to have found her just outside the restaurant. Else I would have been reluctant to find a beggar and then give it to him.

Do you do such acts of kindness. Do you consider in giving? Do you loathe wastage of food? Does your heart weep for the people who suffer? Do you empathise with the sufferings of poor and unprivileged? Do you feel their pain?

Mother Teressa once found a girl child on the street. She brought her home. She states in a speech published by Goalcast, “The child was hungry. “ She could see in a face. “God knows for how many days she had not eaten.” She states. She gave her a piece of bread and asked her to eat. The little girl was eating it crumb by crumb. Mother Teressa repeated “Eat the bread dear” Eat the bread”. The little girl looked at her and said ‘I’m afraid to eat the bread, because I’m afraid when it is finished, I will be hungry again.’

May be we are lucky to have everything we want. But there may be some who are unwanted, uncared, unloved and forgotten. This is what Mother Teressa brings before you. She urges you the help the needy as much as you can. Think of them before you waste your food. Think of the thirsty when you unknowingly keep the tap open. Think of the people who can’t study due to lack of electricity. Think and empathise. Step forward to help.

Do you believe in karma? May be this karma will help you in some way. But you should do these kind acts without any expectation. Do them to see the happy face on the other side. Feel the joy of bringing smile to a face. This will bring immense happiness to your life. Bhagwad Gita states “Karma is a path to unselfish action. It teaches us to act as per dharma, without expecting the fruits of action.”

Are you willing to bring smile to a face? Are you willing to make someone’s day? Do you feel their pain? Learn more about karma yoga from the upcoming posts. Please comment to ask any questions about karma yoga.

Aditi is a certified Yoga Instructor for Power Yoga from Akshar Power Yoga. She teaches Hatha yoga, Power Yoga, Meditative Yoga and Yoga Therapy. She has experience in teaching and practicing yoga for about 4 years.

 

Yoga and Spirituality

Yoga and Spirituality

Yoga and Spirituality

Yoga is not a religion but science. The science of overall wellbeing, the science of living healthy, the science of mindfulness. It helps you increase concentration, focus and memory. It is a true rejuvenating experience. The origin of yoga dates back to 2700 BC, the time of Indus Saraswati Civilisation about 5000 years ago. There have been evidences of presence of yoga during the pre-vidic period, however during the Vedic period Sage Maharshi Patanjali systemised and codified this science so that this knowledge can be preserved and distributed to future generations. Sage Patanjali played a key role in documenting and yogic practices and preserving the literature.

Yogic literature was further developed during the classical period between 500 BC to 800 AD. During this period Yoga Sutras and Bhagwad Gita came into existence. This period is when Lord Mahavira and Gautam Buddha started to spread awareness about yoga, meditation and self realization. Bhagwad Gita gave rise to the concept of Jnana Yoga, Bhakti Yoga and Karma Yoga.

There is a huge misconception that yoga is restricted to asanas or postures. However according to yoga sutras only three sutras are dedicated to asanas. Fundamentally hatha yoga is a path to prepare the body to sustain high levels of energy. The process begins with preparing your body, focusing on your breath to attain the path of inner self. While physical fitness and mental health are natural outcomes of yoga, the goal of yoga is far more significant. Yoga is about realization of your inner self. Its about finding the purpose of your existence.  

Yoga does not adhere to any particular religion, belief system or community. It has always been approached as a journey to inner self. The tradition or lineages of guru-shishya (teacher-student) system led the the emergence of various types of yogas like Raja Yoga, Jnana Yoga, Bhakti Yoga, Karma-yoga, Jain-yoga, Buddha yoga, patanjali-yoga and the like.

The mind always swings back and forth in past and future. Regretting the past and worrying about the future. It never stays in the present moment. Anxiety, stress, fear and desire takes control over your mind. Yoga cleanses the body and mind. It keeps you away from negative thoughts. Pranayama is developing awareness to one’s breathing regulating the flow of breath. Pranayama brings calmness and peace to the mind. Thus the body and mind become capable of the journey of inner discovery.

Spirituality, to me is living in the present moment without being distracted about the past and the future. I have seen a massive transformation in myself after I started practicing yoga. Often, I used to get disturbed by trivial things. Series of such unpleasant events led to outburst of my anger, causing pain to my inner self. This left me depressed and de-motivated. I started implementing spiritual learnings of Ahimsa (non-violence), forgiveness, aparigraha (non-possesiveness) I.e. letting go of the grudges, contentment, self-acceptance and connection to the divine. This has given me peace of mind and a blissful life.

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Aditi is a certified Yoga Instructor for Power Yoga from Akshar Power Yoga. She teaches Hatha yoga, Power Yoga, Meditative Yoga and Yoga Therapy. She has experience in teaching and practicing yoga for about 4 years.

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