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Yoga tour for foreign professionals under shadow of Nipah in Kerala

Fourteen deaths due to the Nipah virus (NiV) in Kerala seem to have dampened a nine-day Yoga Ambassadors Tour in the state for 140 professional practitioners from across the globe. Only 60 of the 140 participants have confirmed participation for the tour beginning June 13, that was designed by the union ministry of Ayush and Kerala government as part of the countdown to the International Yoga Day on June 21. American and German nationals have written to the organisers raising concerns about visiting the state which is grappling with a deadly…

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Is your child feeling bogged down by academic pressure or social anxiety? Yoga at school will help

Yoga and mindfulness activities at school can help improve emotional health of children with anxiety, according to a study. Researchers at Tulane University worked with a public school in New Orleans to add mindfulness and yoga to the school’s existing empathy-based programming for students needing supplementary support. Third graders, who were screened for symptoms of anxiety at the beginning of the school year, were randomly assigned to two groups. A control group of 32 students received care as usual, which included counseling and other activities led by a school social…

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Yoga may benefit people suffering from high blood pressure and sugar

Suffering from increased blood pressure and high blood sugar? One year of yoga training may help, a new study suggests. According to the researchers from the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, one year of yoga training decreased pro-inflammatory adipokines – signalling proteins released by fat tissue – and increased an anti-inflammatory adipokine in adults with metabolic syndrome and high-normal blood pressure. The findings support the beneficial role of yoga in managing metabolic syndrome by favourably modulating adipokines, the researchers mentioned. Metabolic syndrome is a cluster of conditions – increased blood pressure,…

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‘High level of allergy’ leads to rise in demand for yoga accessories from abroad

The demand for yoga equipment and accessories in foreign countries, including Australia and Canada, has been growing for the past few years, an expert has said here. The yoga products are being sought after by the people in foreign countries due to the “high level of allergy”, he said. “There has been a huge demand for neti patra, a traditional pot used in cleansing the nasal passage, and other yoga accessories in foreign countries. The demand has been growing since the last few years,” Ramchandara Surve, general secretary of Sri…

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How to do Pranayam: Yoga Breathing Exercises You Must Include in Your Routine

Those who follow yoga may have heard of the practice of pranayam. The word is derived from ‘Prana‘ which stands for ‘life force’ and ‘Ayama‘ which means ‘to lengthen or to work on it’. Prana, in yogic terms, means the force within the body that is vital for the functioning of the body as well as its vitality. Yogic texts describe Prana as a potent force that runs through various chakras and nadis in the body to keep the body healthy, energized and invigorated. Breathingplays an extremely crucial role in the regulation and maintenance of Prana. It is believed that…

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Vinyasa Yoga: All About the ‘Flow Yoga’ and Why You Must Give it a Try

Yoga is an age-old holistic practice, yet it has often meshed into newer forms. We’d like to throw the spotlight on an interesting form of yoga known as Vinyasa which involves the transition from one posture to another without resting or taking a break. The practice of breathing in and breathing out while getting into and out of a posture has great importance while practicing Vinyasa yoga. The term Vinyasa is derived from the words Vi and Nyasa which means, ‘to place in a special manner’. This denotes that the practice of Vinyasa yoga involves the body…

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