Do click the link below the picture to view this important video by Sadhguru, thanks to him and the Isha Foundation Volunteers for all the work they do to bring true Classical Indian Hatha Yoga to the forefront! In Gratitude on the Eve of Mahashivrathri, ready to receive the Blessings! OM Shanti Shanti Shanti OM
I listed below three references: (a YouTube video with an example of eye exercises, a link for Dr. Agarwal’s booklet, and the blog post that reminded me about taking care of my own eyes) for your review about natural ways to improve eyesight. I know these work because I did practice most of the exercises a few years back and had a remarkable improvement with my vision. How I came to find these exercises is an interesting story that I will share. One time in Auroville, India about ten years ago, on a New Year’s Eve at my friend Tapas Bhatt’s home. It was a very festival time as there are programs that go throughout the evening in many locations and we visited many, met many friends and had a wonderful time. Tapas’s extended family had gathered together at her home and we spent the time from after midnight into the new morning together sharing stories and games. About 3 am a few of us were in a small sitting room chatting as Tapas was sitting at her computer. There were no lights on in the room and it was dark except for the light emitting from the small computer screen. I was sitting on a bench with her brother-in-law, Indra, and he was reading from the computer screen with ease. I remarked, “what are you reciting?” Tapas responded that he was reading the text on the screen. I was startled and said how is this possible? It was lucky for me that I could see the computer sitting on the table forget reading what was on the screen! I was in my early fifties then and I said I thought Indra was my age not any younger. He then explained in f act he was a few years older than me. I then wanted to know how he could read so well without eyeglasses or contacts. He told me about a Doctor who was at the Ashram school when he was a teenager who gave eye exercise classes and he attended and practiced for many years. Indra then informed me there were little booklets I could find in the Ashram bookstore. So the next day I did go find and purchase the booklet and started to do the sun and palm exercises. As I have astigmatism I knew I wouldn’t be able to correct my vision 100% but I did not have to wear my glasses all the time. As I have gotten older and use the computer more so I have begun to rely on prescription glasses again but when I saw this blog I decided to see if I could find the booklet online to share here and I also add a YouTube for your viewing. There was a time earlier in my life when I had night blindness and it was almost impossible to drive at night. Someone told me about bilberry tablets and I took them and within 3 weeks my condition of night blindness was completely reversed! I never again have had a reoccurrence. I am writing this to reinforce for myself to take better care as my own vision as my late brother Ronnie had macular degeneration. He told me that he had eye exams every six months and the total blindness came upon him so fast and could not be reversed. Its time to begin again with the eye exercises, thanks to http://www.in5d.com for this important reminder! Thanks again to my Dear Brother Ronnie and the Bhatt and Arya families. I hope this may be useful information for you and that you share it with friends and families. Just click on the links below to view all, there are two links under the video. Namaste
As the seasons change we need to put in place aids to maintain good health. For our diets if we can keep our systems free of acidity which means really to have an alkaline balance we may stay free of colds and other illnesses. Do you find yourself catching colds easily and/or frequently? Do you notice that your tongue has a grayish coating? Do you notice that you have to urinate frequently? Oftentimes when we do not have the right mineral balance we cannot hold water in our system and we might easily change that by taking Himalayan salts once in the morning and once in the evening. Himalayan salt crystals have about 108 minerals and the table salt only has 3. One can take a half teaspoon in warm water and drink a glassful or my preferred way is to use the Himalayan salt crystals that come in a chunk size. I keep the chunks in a glass jar with water and keep refilling. I use it to cook with so that I am getting it throughout the day. This ensures that the water that I drink goes fully into hydrating my cells instead of filling the toilet. I see many who are athletic who are walking or jogging always carrying water bottles and visiting the bathroom regularly and I wonder why they invest so much for the toilet! Next do you notice that you are craving sugary, salty and fatty foods regularly…these are telltale signs that our systems are acidic. Also those who have a high meat/flesh diet often promote acidosis. There is a cycle when sugar is craved next salt is craved, notice this cycle and know you may put a stop to it easily to prevent your immune system from being depleted and unable to fight off colds, flu and viruses. When we are ready to break the cycle we can take alkaline foods and juices such as green juices. Green juices and foods for example are: kale, spinach, celery, cucumber, ginger, that we may add carrot and a little apple. Also wheatgrass juice is so packed with vitamins, minerals, amino acids and most importantly chlorophyll that builds our cells to its strongest. For those who are not vegan, meaning they take dairy and meats, try during this time to limit both dairy and meats and stay with more green vegetables and fruits. Grapes, raspberries, cherries, strawberries, cranberries, oranges, kiwis are some of the best choices for boosting the immune system and staying balanced. Do look for my earlier posts about Apple cider vinegar (ACV) (look for September 1st post) and I recommend Bragg products only as they are organic and the highest quality made for this kind of health regimen. I take 3 tablespoons in warm water along with a half teaspoon of turmeric powder every morning. This ACV regimen is one of the best ways to make sure we can stay healthy and balanced. For those new to this I recommend that you take one teaspoon at first to get use to the taste, in 8 ounces of warm water and you could choose to cut that with grapefruit juice to help get used to the taste. Also some may choose to add agave for a sweetener that doesn’t have the calories of honey. Honey does have excellent healing properties if it is truly organic and raw, which means you probably won’t find it in the supermarket chains but in a health food store or farmer’s market. As I am staying with the vegan routine I am only keeping the raw organic expensive honey for emergencies like sore throat. Being considerate of the bees is another gentler way to co-exist, as the bee population has been plagued by human ingestion. We have so many other natural plant-based sweeteners like agave and stevia and also moving away from the sweet craving is what the whole post is about to prevent acidity. When we decide to face our health and make decisions to eat for our health then we can make choices that are flavorful without damaging our systems. The ACV regimen keeps our kidneys working to optimal levels flushing out toxins so they don’t fester into illness. Do review the earlier posts about ACV and try to use only the Bragg product. They have a great website that is packed with volumes of information about health, recipes, inspirational articles. I often order my products from their website as they have sales regularly. Do know that ACV is a very inexpensive item in most stores and one of the best values for a healthy item for your home and body. Stay well and share this with your friends and family….if we all are healthy there will be less germs spreading!!!! Namaste
Please do click the link below the picture to view the Animation to help learn more about how we create stress. Clear explanations with helpful diagrams and good options are included. Thanks again Jacinta for posting this for all to share. Please do think of family and friends who may benefit from viewing this animation and share with All, thanks for viewing, Namaste.
Please click the link below the picture to follow the YouTube video about learning how to do the Isha Kriya. For those in the Westchester, New York area…do drop into the yoga classes at OMLINK: The Studio for Yoga Synthesis…where we practice Classical Hatha Yoga and we do include the Isha Kriya into the practice…www.omlinkyoga.net 914-761-5413
Here’s to your Peace of Mind and Wellness. OM
Please click the link above to view the chart showing the 8 stages, limbs of hatha yoga as prescribed by Shri Patanjali. Thanks to Alison Hinks for creating and sharing this vital visual tool for Yoginis and Yogis. Namaste