Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Give your child’s mental and emotional health a boost with these yogasanas by expert Yogesh Chavan


As with everything else in life, starting young is the best route in fitness too. So if you want your child to be smart, alert and healthy, take him/her to a yoga session. Introducing kids to yoga can help them imbibe its benefits even better. Forget the complicated poses and explanations, these are few asanas a child can easily perform:

A child's height is determined to a large extent by 
his/her genes but yoga can help your kid become 
slightly taller. Try the following: 

The palm tree pose. Stand with feet together and hands to the side stretched at the shoulder level. Breathe in and lift hands above the head with palms touching. Raise your heels such that you balance on your toes. Hold this position. Keep your eyes open, concentrate on a spot on the wall at eye-level. Once you feel that you can balance yourself, try lifting up higher and feel the stretch. Slow
ly lower your hands and body back to the starting position. 
How it works: 
Since children tend to spend a lot of time on the PlayStation or the computer, they develop a tendency to slouch. Tadasaan helps counter this tendency by making the spinal cord stronger and more flexible which improves posture and remove stiffness which is common after long hours of sitting (tuitions, school etc).

Kids get easily distracted during lectures. The following asana will help 
your child concentrate better. 

Stand with feet together. Lift your right leg, place it on the inner thigh of the left leg. The toes should point downwards and the bent knee should be parallel to the floor. Focus on any spot ahead of you which is at eye-level. Lift your hands above your head and let your arms touch your ears, with palms touching each other. Feel the stretch and continue to 
breathe normally. 
How it works: 
You are required to concentrate your entire attention at a spot in front of you. This calls for a great amount of focus from a child. Also, regular practice helps you hold the final pose longer and thereby improve concentration. Thereafter, the same focus can be easily applied to academics.

With new viruses doing the rounds, your child needs to build a strong immunity. Follow this asana: 

Sit in Padmasan or any comfortable pose. Fold the index and middle fingers of your right hand. Use your ring finger and little finger to close the left nostril. Take a deep breath from your right nostril. Hold your breath. Use your thumb, close your right nostril, and exhale from the left nostril. Repeat the same procedure, starting with your right nostril. Repeat this entire cycle about 10 –12 times or ideally for a minute. 
How it works: 
Immunity refers to the correct composi
tion of the blood, wherein there is enough hemoglobin to keep you healthy, and enough white blood corpuscles to fight bacteria or virus. This can be achieved by supplying blood with ample quantity of oxygen. That is exactly what happens during Anulom-Vilom.

Work this asana into your child's 
schedule to ensure (s)he grows into a 
self-assured adult. 

Sit with your left leg outstretched and the right leg bent and placed over the thigh of the left leg. Using your left hand, hold the toes of your right foot. The toe is to be held in between the curved index and middle finger. Breathe in and lift your right leg up towards your ear. Breathe deeply and lower the leg. Repeat the same process with the right leg out
stretched and the left leg bent. 
How they work: 
This asana is slightly tough but strengthens and stretches the thighs and hands. By practising this asana, the child pushes himself/herself physically. Mastering this asana itself acts as a confidence-booster which then automatically applies in tasks too.

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Monday, October 5, 2009

Some Benefits of Swimming

In order to be able to get benefit from swimming, we should swim properly. If only playing with the water is nice, but this only involves physical activity which is very low.

Recommended with the help of an experienced swimming instructor, you should first consult with a health specialist sports or a specialist medical rehabilitation, this is priority if you have health problem. Notice also the pool for safety for health, certain people get hurt more when swimming. Note also the water quality such as: clarity, degree-acidity (pH) and even pollution, which may risk the health.

Start by warming up and stretching beforehand, so that the body is ready to move. Warming will make your body temperature and heart rate increased slowly. Warm up with a stroll around the pool for 10 minutes, then, stretch at least 15 times a count of each muscle. Stretch one of the efforts to avoid cramps.

Warm up and stretch for 5-10 minutes in water boom, and then continue to swim for 20-40 minutes without stopping. If you start swimming as a fitness program, do it gradually. Do not just swim for 30 minutes without intermission, for example. Start with one round across the pond, then rest for 30 seconds. After several weeks, the exercise could be improved. Instead, alternately try swimming style so all the muscles trained.

Then finish off with a cooling; swimming slowly for 5 minutes. Close the exercise with favorite beverages, for example a glass of milk or isotonic drink. Do this after half an hour after the swim. By drinking isotonic drink or milk, energy and vitality will return.
Swimming 3-5 times a week has the same benefits with aerobic exercise that can help to improve heart health and lungs.

Make a fan club or join the pool club for exercise variations. When taking children to swim, ask the guard to watch them or play with them to enjoy the water slide or play ball.