Stay fit this winter
People often get colds and flu during the winter season. The symptoms are all too familiar runny nose, cough, congestion, headache and sometimes fever. Ayurveda says that when you have a cold, it is best not to do vigorous exercise, which can set up the conditions for the cold to move into the chest. Just do some gentle yoga asanas. The inverted postures, including Shoulder Stand and Headstand, as well as Forward Bend, help.
Forward stretch: Sit with your legs straight in front of you (just like in the picture) and raise your arms above your head, palms facing forward. Stretch your body up from the bottom of the spine. Inhale, and bend forward as you exhale, reaching toward your toes. Bend from the hips, keeping your back as straight as you can. Each time you exhale, relax a little further. Pull in your abdomen and feel the stretch in your arms hamstrings. Hold the position, but do not strain, and avoid any sharp or acute pain.
Half Shoulderstand: Lie on your back and raise your legs as you inhale, bending your knees if necessary. Exhaling, bring your legs farther back so your hips come off the floor. Support your hips with your hands, resting your weight on your arms, shoulders, and elbows. Inhaling, lift your legs up to the vertical position, but let your trunk remain at an angle of 450. If the strain on your hands is too great, lower your legs toward your head. Hold, breathing normally, then bend your legs, release your arms, and roll out of the pose as you exhale.
Plough: Start as you did for the Half Shoulderstand but instead of raising your legs to the vertical, stretch back and try to touch the ground behind you with your feet. You can also go direct from the Shoulderstand into the plough by lowering your legs while supporting your waist with your hands. Release your arms as you do this. So they are stretched out flat, or fold them around your head. Hold, then roll out of the pose. If you can't get your legs down all the way, support your trunk with your arms until you are more flexible.
The best remedy for cold is ginger. Here are several simple home remedies that will greatly relieve your cold symptoms:
- Boil one tea spoon ginger or a few eucalyptus leaves, in a pint of water. Inhale the steam, this will relief the congestion.
- Try half teaspoon fennel seeds with one tea spoon natural sugar two to three times a day.
- For a cold with cough and congestion mix half spoon cinnamon with one tea spoon honey. Eat this mixture two to three times a day.
- An ancient Ayurvedic formula that is effective for cold is sitopaladi one part and mahasudarshan churna one part and combine these herbs in equal proportions and take one fourth tea spoon with one tea spoon honey three times a day after eating.
- Caution: Don't combine aspirin and ginger
- Ginger and aspirin are both blood thinner and shouldn't be taken together therefore it is wise to drink ginger tea or use any other ginger remedy either two hours before or after you take aspirin.
For dry cough
- Try chewing one forth of ajwain with one tea spoon of organic sugar.
- Make Tulsadi tea of tulsi powder or tulsi leaves (five to six) or half a tea spoon of licorice powder (Mulathi powder) and half tea spoon with honey. This tea is very effective.
Source: Jagran Cityplus Jan 20, 2011
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