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Yoga & Honey The Winning Combination

Yoga and Honey is winning combination for mental and physical health.

Let's examine the benefits of honey and also look at few simple yoga asanas and pranayama, which if done properly, can deliver amazing results.

Consuming regular honey from early age; is a healthy eating practice with life long benefits. I would strongly urge parents to include honey regularly in children/family diet.
In ancient times, beehive products were used for therapeutic healing and disease prevention.
Today, that wisdom, harmonized with science, is know as Apitherapy
For many years, honey has been valued for its many healing properties.
  • It can help calm the mind and promote rejuvenating sleep.
  • Honey relieves indigestion and is used to treat cardiovascular disease and respiratory complaints.
  • A thin coat of honey can be applied to the skin to disinfect and heal minor skin wounds and chapped lips.
  • Honey also contains a germ-killing substance called "inhibine"which helps prevent infections.
  • A tablespoon of honey consists of nearly the same carbohydrate content as a cupful of quartered raw apple.
  • Consuming honey will produce a significantly lower blood sugar response than an equivalent amount of sugar or other glucose rich starches.
  • When consumed regularly over several weeks or months, honey will lower blood sugar and glycosylated hemoglobin (HbA1c) levels.

What is Yoga?

Yoga is a Sanskrit word,‘yuj’,meaning to control, to yoke or to unite. It is about to the integration of person’s own consciousness and the universal consciousness. Also known as a union of mental and spiritual disciplines i.e. body and soul.
Sage Patanjali was the first to write a book on science of yoga.
The Kriya yoga–“Yoga of action” is an ancient meditation technique of energy and breath control, or pranayama.
It is also a comprehensive spiritual path, which includes additional meditation practices and right living.

I have picked up a few asanas which I feel are good for all age groups, especially seniors.

The poses and step by step instructions for each of the below asana can be downloaded from the internet or best to train with a Yoga expert.

1. Hasta Uttanasana (Raised Arms Pose)

This yoga asana helps to increase oxygen intake and stretch muscles

2. (Urdhva Hastasana) (Upward Salute / Upward Tree pose) 

Stimulates abdominal organs, stretches arms and upper back and improves posture.

3. (Virabhadrasana) (Warrior 1)

Stretches the chest, lungs, shoulders, neck, belly and groin (psoas). Strengthens the shoulders, arms and back muscles. Strengthens and stretches the thighs, calves and ankles.

4. (Virabhadrasana) (Warrior 2) 

Excellent yoga position for pregnant women which gives flexibility to the entire body and strengthens the legs, arms, lower back and tones the lower body. It also helps in increasing the stamina, concentration power and balance of our body. It relieves women from the pain during the menstrual period.

5. (TrikonasanaYoga) (The Triangle Pose )

This exercise stretches and strengthens the muscles along with improving the functions of our body. good yoga exercise for pregnant women. This simple yoga asana improves our balance & concentration power. This asana also removes fats from the waist and thighs.

6. (Marjariasana) (Cat Pose )

This cat pose is an excellent stretch in a yoga workout. It produces flexibility in our spine and releases us from back pain.It improves our blood circulation and digestion power. This workout is one of the best yoga poses and also tones our abdomen and helps in relaxing our mind.

7. Setu Bandhasana (Bridge Pose) 

This yoga pose, strengthens the legs, back neck and chest. It provides great balancing power to our body.

8. Kumbhakasana) (Plank Pose) 

Tones all of the core muscles of the body, including the abdomen, chest, and low back. It strengthens the arms and shoulders. Plank also strengthens the muscles surrounding the spine, which improves posture

9. (Matsyendrasan) (Half Twist Pose) 

Increases oxygen supply to the lungs and increases the flexibility & the functions of vertebrae of the spine. It also stretches the back muscles and spine and releases stiffness of hip joints. It is one of the perfect Yoga Pose which is also helpful in the treatment of diabetes, constipation, spinal problems, cervical spondylitis, and urinary tract disorder.

10. (Bhujangasana) (Cobra Pose) 

Bhujangasana (cobra pose) gives an excellent result for those who want to lose weight and increase metabolism. This pose improves the function of the liver, kidney, pancreas and gall bladder. It cures insomnia (sleeping disorder), spine problems, indigestion and constipation naturally.

11. (Utthanapadsana) (Raised leg pose) 

This posture strengthens the abdominal muscles and massages the internal organs improving the digestive system.One can practice this asana by raising one leg at a time as well. For getting flat abs, this asana works like magic.

12. (Jathara Parivartanasana) (Revolved Abdomen Pose)

Stretches abdomen and lower back, improves focus and sense of peace, tones back of shoulders and calves.

13. (EkaPadaPavanamuktasan) (One legged wind removing) 

Releases gas trapped in large intestine. Stretches the cervical spine (neck). Improves the digestion system. Aides in elimination.

14. (Vajrasana) (Diamond Pose)

Vajrasana is the simplest of all the asanas of yoga which can be practiced after lunch or dinner as well. 

Vajrasanais also known as ‘diamond pose’ which is best for practicing breathing exercises and meditation.

(Those persons suffering from joint pain should avoid this asana).

This yoga asana calms the mind and bring stability in mind, cures constipation, stomach disorder, acidity, and increases digestion process. Those suffering from gas problems can practice it immediately after lunch or dinner.

This asana acts as a pain killer for arthritis patients.

15. (Shavasana) (Corpse Pose) 

This asana is all about lying down like a corpse. This yoga asana is quite versatile asana and doing it before bed helps in emptying your thoughts so they don’t keep you up or night, or use the time in the morning to set an intention for the day ahead.

This is one of the best yoga postures that will help you de-stress from all the tension you hold, so that we can have a good tight sleep.

Pranayama includes three stages: purak (to inhale), kumbhak (to hold the breath) and rechak (to exhale). The combination of these three is termed as pranayama, a way of life.

There are 8 types of Pranayama as described by Maharshi Patanjali
  • Ujjaiyi Pranayama: You have to inhale through your nostrils while making sound from your throat. Hold the breath for a while and exhale from the left nostril. This is beneficial for thyroid problems and throat related issues.
  • Bhramri Pranayama: You have to close your ear with your thumb and eyes with the help of your fingers. Take a deep breath and while exhaling you have to enchant OM and try to focus on it while mumbling. This pranayama increases the concentration level in students and is beneficial for improving the memory.
  • Suryabhedi Pranayama: You have to inhale from the right nostril, hold the breath for a while and exhale from the left nostril. You have to maintain the breathing time ratio of 1:2:2 in the beginning which can be increased later with practice. This is beneficial in winters and maintains the heat in the body.
  • Bhastrika Pranayama: You have to inhale and exhale at a fast rate continuously and after a few rounds you have to hold your breath in the end. This is also beneficial in winters when your body needs to maintain the temperature.
  • Sheetli Pranayama: You have to roll your tongue and inhale through your mouth. Hold your breath and apply jalandhar bandh. After some time, exhale through your nostrils. This is beneficial for summers and reduces the body temperature.
  • Sheetkari Pranayama: You have to inhale through your mouth with the sound of ‘sheetkar’ which can be produced when you keep your tongue behind your teeth and inhale. Apply Jalandhar bandh and hold your breath. After a while, exhale from your nostrils. This is also beneficial in summers.
  • Moorchha Pranayama: You have to keep on exhaling again and again without inhaling. This will increase the concentration of carbon dioxide in your body and after a while you will be unconscious. Your body will regain your consciousness by automatic inhaling while you are asleep.
  • Palawani Pranayama: This pranayama is done in water. You have to work with your breath so that your body starts floating on the water surface.
Notes: The moorcha and palawani pranayama are not meant for everybody and should be done by siddha yogis only, because they need a fair amount of practice. The information on Yoga provided here is partly reproduced from wikipedia and other internet sources. Honey Information reproduced from Lazy J Ranch (Kincardine) .