Tuesday, 28 May 2013

1- Yoga Vriksha-asana

Vriksha-as ana - The Tree Pose

The Tree Pose (Vriksha-asana) Instruction:

1 Stand with the feet together and the arms by your sides (see the tad-asana).

2 Bend the right leg at the knee, raise the right thigh and bring the sole of the right foot as high up the inside of the left thigh as possible.

3 Balancing on the left foot, raise both arms over the head keeping the elbows unbent and joining the palms together. Hold the posture while breathing gently through the nostrils for about 10 complete breaths.

4 Lower the arms and right leg and return to the tad-asana, standing position with feet together and arms at the sides. Pause for a few moments and repeat on the opposite leg.

The challenge of the vriksha-asana is maintaining balance on one leg. Poor balance is often the result of a restless mind or distracted attention. Regular practice of this posture will help focus the mind and cultivate concentration (dharana).

When practicing vriksha-asana it may help to imagine or picture a tree in the mind and apply the following technique: Imagine that the foot you are balanced on is the root of the tree and the leg is the trunk. Continue by imagining the head and outstretched arms as the branches and leaves of the tree. You may be unsteady for a while and find the body swaying back and forth, but don't break the concentration. Like a tree bending in the wind and yet remaining upright, the body can maintain balance.

Aim to achieve the "rootedness" and firmness of a tree. Regular practice of the vriksha-asana improves concentration, balance and coordination. Because the weight of the entire body balanced on one foot, the muscles of that leg strengthened and toned as well.

As you advance in this posture and are able to remain standing for more than a few moments, try closing the eyes and maintaining your balance.


Hold the vriksha-asana as long as your comfortably can. Repeat it two or three times on each leg.

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Monday, 27 May 2013


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Wednesday, 22 May 2013

Benefits of Cucumbers

Health benefits of cucumbers

Cucumber (Cucumis sativus) is a vegetable that belongs to the gourd family, Cucurbitaceae, which includes gourds, melons, and squashes.

 Cucumber is one of the oldest cultivated vegetables and is believed to be originated in northern India. Today, cucumbers are the fourth most-widely grown vegetable crop in the world behind tomatoes, onions and cabbage. They’re grown worldwide in temperate regions.

 Did you know that cucumbers originated in India? Their cultivation took place for about 3000 years in Western Asia. The cultivation process started in France in the 9th century, then in England in the 14th century and finally in North America by the mid 16th century. The Romans introduced cucumbers to Europe. Although cucumbers are fruits, we eat them as vegetables. Cucumbers have more than 90% of water.

 Cucumber is often regarded as a healthy food because it is low in calories and fat. Cucumber also contains many vitamins and minerals that make them a healthy choice for cooking and snacking.

 Here are Health benefits of cucumbers:

Quick pick me-up - Cucumbers are a good source of B vitamins. Put down your sodas and coffee and eat a cucumber slice.

Rehydrates body and replenishes daily vitamins - Cucumbers are 95 percent water, keeping the body hydrated while helping the body eliminates toxins. Cucumbers have most of the vitamins the body needs in a single day. Don't forget to leave the skin on because the skin contains a good amount of vitamin C, about 10 percent of the daily-recommended allowance.

Skin and hair care - If you don't like to eat the skin, it can be used for skin irritations and sunburns as aloe would be used. Place a slice over puffy eyes and its anti-inflammatory properties help reduce puffiness. The silicon and sulfur in cucumbers help to stimulate hair growth. For best results, mix cucumber juice with the juices of carrot, lettuce or spinach.

Fight cancers - Cucumber are known to contain lariciresinol, pinoresinol, and secoisolariciresinol. These three lignans have a strong history of research in connection with reduced risk of several cancer types, including breast cancer, ovarian cancer, uterine cancer and prostate cancer.

Control Blood Pressure - Cucumber juice contains a lot of potassium, magnesium and fiber that work effectively for regulating blood pressure. This makes cucumber good for treating both low blood pressure and high blood pressure.

Beneficial for teeth and gums - Cucumber juice is also beneficial for people with teeth and gums problems, especially in cases of pyorrhea. Cucumber is a good source of dietary fiber and this fiber massage in theteeth and gums.

Treat tapeworms - Cucumber seeds are used as a natural remedy for treating tapeworms. Bruised cucumber seeds mixed with water are also effective in the treatment of swellings of the mucous membranes of the nose and the throat.

Relieves bad breath - Take a slice of cucumber and press it to the roof of your mouth with your tongue for 30 seconds, the phytochemcials will kill the bacteria in your mouth responsible for causing bad breath.

Hangover cure - To avoid a morning hangover or headache; eat a few cucumber slices before going to bed. Cucumbers contain enough sugar, B vitamins and electrolytes to replenish many essential nutrients, reducing the intensity of both hangover and headache.

Aids in weight loss and digestion - Due to its low calorie and high water content, cucumber is an ideal diet for people who are looking for weight loss. The high water content and dietary fiber in cucumbers are very effective in ridding the body of toxins from the digestive system, aiding digestion. Daily consumption of cucumbers can be regarded as a remedy for chronic constipation.

Cures diabetes, reduces cholesterol and controls blood pressure - Cucumber juice contains a hormone, which is needed by the cells of the pancreas for producing insulin, which has been found to be beneficial to diabetic patients. Researchers found that a compound called sterols in cucumbers may help reduce cholesterol levels. Cucumbers contain a lot of potassium, magnesium and fiber. These work effectively for regulating blood pressure. This makes cucumbers good for treating both low blood pressure and high blood pressure.
These work effectively for regulating blood pressure. This makes cucumbers good for treating both low blood pressure and high blood pressure.

Promotes joint health, relieves gout and arthritis pain - Cucumber is an excellent source of silica, which is known to help promotes joint health by strengthening the connective tissues. They are also rich in vitamin A, B1, B6, C & D, Folate, Calcium, Magnesium, and Potassium. When mixed with carrot juice, they can relieve gout and arthritis pain by lowering the uric acid levels.

Some secret benefit’s of cucumbers.

Stop Bathroom Mirror from Clouding: Eliminates a foggy mirror. Before taking a shower, rub a cucumber slice along a mirror and it will eliminate the mirror fogging up.

Nail care: The high silica content of cucumber also helps to prevent splitting and spoiling of nails of the fingers and toes.

Acts as a diuretic: The water content of Cucumber acts as a diuretic. It encourages the elimination of waste products from the body through urination. Regular intake of cucumber helps to dissolve bladder or kidney stones.

Cure for Dark Circles under Eyes: Cucumber helps to lighten dark circles under the eyes. Cut two slices of cucumber. Lie down and place one slice on each eye for 5 to 10 minutes. Close your eyes as the juice from the cucumber may irritate them. I have also used this method to brighten my eyes. It works! It’s also beneficial for soothing tired eyes; especially for those of us who stare at a computer screen for long periods.

Energy Booster: If you want to get rid of afternoon tiredness without resorting to using caffeine, eat some cucumber. The Vitamin B and Carbohydrates in the cucumber will offer the energy boost your body needs.

Quick Fix for Cellulite: Rub a slice of cucumber on the problem area for a few minutes. There’s a substance in the cucumber called phytochemicals. This will cause the collagen in your skin to tighten and firm up the outer layers. It works wonders on wrinkles as well.

Curb Afternoon or Evening Snack Bingeing: If you want to fight those hunger pangs, eat some cucumber. It’s been used for centuries by European trappers, traders and explorers to sustain them and prevent starvation.

Stress Buster: Need to relax and unwind? Cut up a whole cucumber and put it in a pot of boiling water. The nutrients and chemicals from the cucumber will react with the boiling water, and release the beneficial properties through the steam. This will induce a calm, relaxing aroma in the atmosphere. This has worked to cut stress in new mothers and students taking exams.

Magic Eraser: This is useful for rubbing out pen writing. Use the outside of a cucumber as an eraser. Use it to rub off crayon marks from walls as well.

Control Slugs in Your Garden: There’s nothing more annoying than slugs destroying your flower beds. Try this to keep them away. Cut some cucumber slices. Put the slices in a small tin and place it in your garden. The chemical in the cucumber and the aluminum reacts to produce a scent. The smell is not detectable to humans but will keep those annoying slugs out of your garden.

Fix That Squeaky Hinge: Need to stop squeaky hinges and don’t have any WD-40? Rub a slice of cucumber along the area of the hinge that squeaks. It works like a dream.

Clean and Shine Your Sink and Stainless Steel Areas? Rub a slice of cucumber over the surface that you want to clean. It will remove tarnish and restore the shine. As an experiment, I rubbed a thick slice of cucumber over my glass top table and wiped off the juice with a kitchen towel. The result was a beautiful, shiny glass table. Try it for yourself

Remedy for Sunburn: To soothe your sunburn skin, try this. Cut some thin slices of cucumber and put them on the sunburn area. Remove them when the cucumber starts to feel warm on your skin. They’re beneficial for delicate areas, such as the face and neck.

Face Mask: For oily skin – grate 1/2 cucumber into a bowl and add 1 tea-spoon of rose-water. Apply to the T-Zone, which is the forehead, nose and chin. To reduce pores and tighten skin – apply the mixture all over the face including under the eyes and eyelids. Leave on for 15 minutes and rinse with warm water. Pat dry with a clean towel.

When buying cucumbers, choose the ones that are firm to touch and dark green in color. Do not buy overly matured or yellow colored as they are prone to contain more insoluble fiber and mature seeds. Go for organically grown cucumbers to get a rich taste and nutrition’s content.

 I hope you enjoyed this article. If you have any tips on using cucumbers, please share your comments in the box below. Thank you for reading

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Monday, 13 May 2013



The habit of washing hands with soap before handling food, whether it is to eat or to cook, can eliminate many illnesses. Washing hands also prevents transfer of bacteria from hands to food. Hand washing with soap is also one of the most effective and inexpensive way to prevent diarrheal and acute respiratory infections, which take the lives of millions of children in developing countries every year. Yet, despite its lifesaving potential, hand washing with soap is seldom practiced and difficult to promote.

Turning hand washing with soap before eating and after using the toilet into an ingrained habit could save more lives than any single vaccine or medical intervention, cutting deaths from diarrhea by almost half and deaths from acute respiratory infections by one-quarter.


·        Wash your hands with water and soap for at least 20 seconds
·        Make sure to wash between the fingers, under the finger  nails and the wrists
·        Rinse well and then dry your hands


·        Wash your hands before, during and after preparing a meal
·        Wash hands before eating
·        Wash after using the restroom
·        Wash after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing
·        Wash after handling raw meat, poultry and seafood
·        Wash after touching garbage, after touching pets or other animals>

How to wash your hands:
1.     Wet hands with water
2.     Apply enough soap and handwash to cover all hand surfaces
3.     Rub hands palm to palm
4.     Right palm over the other hand with interlaced fingers and vice versa
5.     Palm to palm with fingers interlaced
6.     Backs of fingers to opposing palms with fingers interlocked
7.     Rotational rubbing of left thumb clasped in right palm and vice versa
8.     Rotational rubbing, backwards and forwards with clasped fingers of right hand in left palm and vice versa
9.     Rince hands with water
10. Dry thoroughly with towel. Duration of procedure: At least 15 seconds

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Source by : Hand Hygiene Australia