What is AUM? 

Pranava, the sound of creative AUM vibration, is the mother of all sounds. The intelligent cosmic energy of AUM that issues forth from God, and is the manifestation of God, is the creator and substance of all matter. This vibration is the link between matter and spirit. AUM is the symbol of Brahman. AUM is infinity, AUM is eternity. AUM is immortality. AUM is the source of everything. From AUM proceed with all sounds.

AUM is in the rotation of the earth, all the other planets, and stars. Everything in the cosmos is in motion and constantly producing a sound. That constant humming sound is AUM. The motion creates speed, the speed creates sound and energy. AUM sound is continuous in the universe but we are so tiny in the universe that we are unable to hear this sound.

Other names of AUM: –

In some of the Upanishads, AUM is referred to as ‘udgita’ (the uplifting chant) or ‘Omkar’. In the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali and in some Upanishads, it is mentioned as ‘Pranava’. Patanjali mentions it as a ‘vachaka’ or the representative symbol for Ishvara (the Lord). Other words used for AUM include ‘taraka’ (the one that helps us cross the ocean of this perishable life), ‘Akshara’ (indestructible or imperishable), and the Brahman (supreme consciousness) in a sound form called ‘Shabda Brahman’.

AUM in Patanjali Yoga Sutra: –

In chapter 1 (Samadhi Pada) of the Yoga Sutras, Patanjali gives the concept of Ishvara as “Ishvara is the supreme Purusha, unaffected by any afflictions, actions, fruits of actions or by any inner impressions of desires.” (Sutra 1.24).

The following sutras provide us an insight into the sacred symbol OM: –

  • Sutra 1.27: – “The word expressive of Ishvara is the mystic sound OM (Pranava)”
  • Sutra 1.28: “To repeat it with reflection upon its meaning is an aid.”
  • Sutra 1.29: “From this practice, all the obstacles disappear and simultaneously dawns knowledge of the inner Self.”
  • Sutra 1.30: “Disease, dullness, doubt, carelessness, laziness, sensuality, false perception, failure to reach the firm ground and slipping from ground gained – these distractions of the mind-stuff are the obstacles.”
  • Sutra 1.31: “Accompaniments to the mental distractions include distress, despair, trembling of the body, and disturbed breathing.”

As we can see from these sutras by Patanjali, chanting of AUM can make us free from obstacles (defined in sutra 1.30) and provide us a glimpse of the inner self.

Patanjali writes in the Yoga Sutras, “Tasya vachakah pranavah”, meaning AUM (Pranava) is the word denoting God.

In the next sutra, he writes, “Tajjapastadarthabhavanam”, meaning that (the word AUM) should be recited repeatedly while dwelling mentally on its meaning. He says AUM is the word that indicates Ishwara; Ishwara is described by AUM. AUM is the mantra that designates Ishwara.

Further, Patanjali says, “Tatah pratyakchetanadhigamo pyantarayabhavascha” As a result of AUM japa, the consciousness or awareness is introverted and the obstacles disappear. When a student tries to go ahead on the path of yoga, he comes across many obstacles which block his way. The next sutra gives a list of nine obstacles that obstruct the path of a yogi, these obstacles are – disease, dullness, doubt, procrastination, laziness, craving, erroneous perception, inability to achieve finer stages, and instability. AUM removes all of these obstacles.

According to Vedas, and the Big Bang theory – the whole universe was created by the sound AUM (OM). Chanting AUM raises the vibrations of an individual, not just in the body but in the overall consciousness of one’s soul and mind. Chanting AUM allows you to align with the whole.

AUM and Samkhya: –

According to yoga, Samkhya, and many other scriptures, the whole material creation, including the human mind and body are a manifestation of the ‘Prakriti’ (primordial nature) which is composed of the three gunas – sattva, rajas, and tamas. The three letters of AUM thus correspond to the three gunas as follows: –

  • A = Tamas (darkness, inertia, ignorance)
  • U = Rajas (passion, activity, dynamism)
  • M = Sattva (purity, truth, light)

The silence between the two AUM sounds represents pure consciousness, a state which transcends the three gunas (called ‘trigunaatit’ – beyond gunas)

  • A = Brahma (the creator),
  • U = Vishnu (the sustainer), and
  • M = Shiva (the destroyer);
  • The silence between two AUM sounds = the substratum or the reality that lies beyond the trinity.

In the form of time AUM: –

  • A = Present,
  • U = Past,
  • M = future; and
  • The silence between sounds = the reality beyond time and space

AUM in Purana & Upanishads: –

‘AUM’ has been first mentioned in the Upanishads.

Vayu Purana: –

AUM to the trinity of Hinduism, which represents the union of the three gods.

  • A for the Brahma – The Creator
  • U for Vishnu – The preserver
  • and M for Shiva – The destroyer.

These three sounds also symbolize one of the sacred ancient texts called Vedas (Rigveda, Samaveda, and Yajurveda).

Manduka Upanishads: –

In the Manduka Upanishads, there is a verse that says the whole universe is the syllable, AUM. It goes like this:

Om-ity-etad-aksharam-idam sarvam, tasyopavyakhyanam bhutam bhavad bhavishyaditi sarvam-omkara eva. Yaccanyat trikalatitam tadapy omkara eva


All is OM: The whole universe is the syllable, AUM. Following is the exposition of AUM. Everything that was, is, or will be is, in truth AUM. All else which transcends time, space, and causation is also AUM.

In Manduka Upanishad, sages have said AUM is a tool that can lead you to the ultimate reality of the self. According to this literature, a person has 3 dimensions of perception:

  • Waking & Wake’s world: – Physical world that we perceive through 5 senses.
  • Dreaming & Dreamer’s world: – Inner thoughts that we perceive in a dreaming state through virtual senses.
  • Deep Sleep & Darkness: – Seeking the causes or the experience of nothingness that we perceive in deep sleep.
  • In these 3 dimensions, there is an undisturbed or pure consciousness that experiences all but is still unaffected by its consequences. This is the 4th dimension of our existence, called the true self.

The sound of AUM also comprises these 4 dimensions of our existence in a hidden form.

  • The sound of “Ahhh” (A) – Represents the waking state of our existence.
  • The sound of “Ouuu” (U) – Represents the dreaming state of our existence.
  • The sound of “Mmmm” (M) – Represents the deep sleep state of our existence.

Chandogya Upanishads: –

In the Chandogya Upanishads, it is said the syllable Om, called the Udgitha, should be meditated upon; for people sing the Udgitha, beginning with AUM. Udgitha (AUM) is the best of all essences, the supreme, deserving the highest place.

When AUM is analyzed structurally, it has these parts: –

3 curve structures
1 crescent structure
1 dot

1. Three Curves of the AUM

  • The first or the lower curve represents the waking state or ‘jagrati‘. This state broadened the consciousness to come out through the senses. The larger size of the curve signifies the majority of the common state in the human consciousness.
  • The second or the middle curve represents the dreaming state or ‘Swapna ‘(the state between the deep sleep and waking state). This state brings the consciousness of the practitioner inwards.
  • The third or the upper curve represents the deep sleep or unconscious state or ‘sushupti ‘. In this state, the practitioner does not desire or dream anything.

2. A dot at the Top

Fourth or the dot represents the turiya. In this state of consciousness, the practitioner gazes neither inwards nor outwards, or the two together. However, this state brings the practitioner to rest or a peaceful or blissful state, which is the ultimate aim of all spiritual activity. This state also illuminates the other three states.

3. A Semicircle Between Curves & Dot

The semicircle signifies the barrier between the state of ultimate bliss and the rest three states. It prevents us from reaching the highest form of bliss. However, the gap between the semicircle and the dot represents that the highest state (dot) is unaffected by the Maya (semicircle).

So, in this way, AUM untwists the hidden mystery of the purpose of life and the universe.

OM and Science: –

According to the famous equation by Einstein – E=mc2, all matter is nothing but waves of energy. So, when the ‘powers that be’ decided to create this material universe, they were able to use the ever-present humming sound vibration of AUM to manifest this creation. This same vibration continues to exist all around us and even inside us. The inner sound is given the name “antar-naada” which can be heard when we can tune in to our pure inner self.

OM and 4 Ashram of Human Life: –

The symbol of AUM has 4 parts, each part corresponds with a particular stage in human life. According to Indian philosophy, the life of a human being undergoes 4 stages.

  • The first part, the half circle denotes the first stage of human life until we finish our education. The first stage is from birth up to the age of 25 until we finish our education. This stage is called Brahmacharya.
  • The second part, or the second half circle, represents the second stage of human life. The second stage is from the age of 25 up to the age of 50 years. This stage is called the Grihastha ashram. In this stage, the human being plays the role of a householder, spouse, parent, employee, businessman, etc.
  • The third part, the full circle represents the third stage of human life. After the age of 50, the third stage starts, when the children are grown up and are able to take care of themselves. The responsibilities of the family are much reduced. In this stage of life, man should turn his focus to his social responsibilities by sharing and caring with society in various ways. This stage is called Vanaprastha and it lasts up to the age of 75.
  • The last stage of human life is from 75 to 100 years. The children are grown up now and they don’t need help anymore, one is free from responsibility. At that stage, you have to be satisfied and that is the complete nature of life. One should divert all attention to becoming spiritual. This stage is called Sannyasa. The Bindu (dot) in the Omkar symbol represents this fourth part of human life. Where the man works toward his liberation, by keeping a one-pointed focus on God. The path of Bindu will lead our way to God.

Why we should chant AUM?

Basically, the tongue is being used to produce all other sounds or vocals. When we chant AUM, three sounds (Aa, Ooh & Mm) are produced very clearly through the mouth without moving the tongue. So, AUM is the basic or fundamental sound in existence.

Human internal organs are very sensitive to the vibration produced by 3 sounds of syllable AUM.

According to modern science, the whole existence is reverberation. Wherever is a vibration, there is a sound and wherever is sound, there is creation.

Sound ‘Aa’ is the basic sound not only in India but all across the world. Uttering of it starts from the roots of the energy body or beneath the naval, where 72,000 Nadis (subtle energy channels) meet. This is the maintenance center called the Manipura chakra in yoga. As you utter ‘Aa’ the Nadis reverberates the vibrations across the whole body. If you utter Ooh and Mm, it spreads in a different way, for every sound some part of the body gets affected.

Every sound activates a certain dimension of your energy system. So, these three sounds as a combination activate the whole system of the body. Sound not only creates emotion but it changes the whole system of your body. Therefore, chanting OM is the science that could make life happen to you. This is about making life happen in the highest terms of intensity and beauty.

Why do we chant it?

The sound AUM, when chanted, vibrates at the frequency of 432 Hz, which is the same vibrational frequency found throughout everything in nature. As such, AUM is the basic sound of the universe, so by chanting it, we are symbolically and physically acknowledging our connection to nature and all other living beings.

Physically, chanting can relax the body, slow down the nervous system, and calm the mind. Beginning or ending your spiritual practice with AUM can help you connect to it in a deeper way.

How to chant AUM?

As Patanjali states in sutra 1.28, AUM should be chanted keeping its meaning and significance in mind. Since AUM is the representative sound and symbol for Ishvara, it is important to keep the essence of Ishvara (sutra 1.24) in mind while chanting AUM. The technique for chanting AUM is here:

  • Sit in a comfortable cross-legged posture with the spine upright, and the head, neck, and spine in a vertical alignment.
  • Close your eyes and take a deep inhalation.
  • While exhaling starts uttering the AUM sound.

AUM can be chanted slowly or quickly. In this manner, AUM resonates throughout the whole body in tune with the natural heart rate. If AUM is chanted slowly, it can be made to last many seconds, depending on the capacity of the individual.

There should be a definite pronunciation of each of the syllable’s ‘A’, ‘U’, and ‘M’, with a gradual transition from one to another. ‘A’ is pronounced as ‘a’ in ‘palm’, ‘U’ is pronounced as ‘ooo’, and ‘M’ is pronounced as a humming sound by closing the lips ‘mmm’.

The sound of ‘A’ should start at the navel, ‘U’ from the chest, and ‘M’ from the brain (head).

The sound should be generated from the navel and taken up very slowly to the top of the head with the closing sound of ‘M’. ‘A’ is pronounced by opening the mouth slightly, without touching the tongue to the pallets of the mouth, ‘U’ is pronounced by opening the mouth in a beak shape, like whistling, the tongue touching the back of the lower teeth slightly, ‘M’ is pronounced by closing the mouth and simply producing the humming sound (mmm).

All three sounds should be continuous and in rhythm. The sound and vibrations are heard for a long time, called ‘ninaad’. In the same way, AUM should be chanted, with the ‘M’ sound leaving its vibration.

Symbolically the three letters embody the divine energy of Shakti and its three main characteristics: (1) creation, (2) preservation, and (3) liberation.

Benefits of chanting AUM

The continued recitation of AUM (called Udgita Pranayama) fills one with peace, calmness, tranquillity, and serenity. Chanting AUM in mediation has innumerable benefits in the sense of physical, psychological, and emotional levels.

1 .AUM Cleanses the Surrounding

Chanting AUM produces the sacred vibrations that overpower the negativities flowing in the environment around. It clears out negative energy, purifying the environment, including the people around you.

2. Reduce Stress and Anxiety

According to the research, chanting AUM helps in reducing stress and anxiety. Chanting AUM activates certain centers and nerves (vagus), which are the most effective treatment for stress.

3. Strengthens Spinal Cord

Chanting AUM with a straight back in meditation impacts the spinal cord. The ‘Aa’ sound of AUM originates from the naval, which is in the vicinity of the spinal cord. This further improves function and strengthens the spinal cord.

4. Improves Digestive system

AUM chanting has an effect on digestion. The vibration produced by the chanting causes a stimulation of the vagus nerve which controls digestion-related activities.

5. Maintain the activity of the Heart

Chanting AUM has a calming effect on the heart. It maintains the natural rhythm of the cardiac cycle. It reduces blood pressure and maintains a healthy rhythmic heartbeat.

6. Chanting AUM Reduce Fatigue by Increasing Oxygen in the Blood.

7. The chanting of AUM drives away all worldly thoughts and removes distractions.

8. Practice of Omkar helps in improving brain capacity and memory.

Our capacity to grasp any knowledge increases. Our mind becomes more active and we are able to take decisions quickly. Our brain has 14000 centers. However, we are only utilizing 208 centers, or just 2% of the brain. The other 98% of the brain remains unused. Chanting of Omkar stimulates these sleeping brain centers.

9. Chanting AUM improves confidence levels and prepares us to face the adverse circumstances of life.

10. AUM removes nervousness and fears from the mind.

Chanting of Omkar before bed gives sound sleep. The problems of Insomnia and fearful dreams are cured by AUM chanting.

11. Chanting Om raises the vibrations from within, allowing you to feel happier and blissful.

12. It provides an instant feeling of calm. The vibrations help balance moods and emotions.

13. Purifies and improves the aura. 

14. It has self-healing powers which improve immunity and strength.

AUM & Moksha: –

The three sounds of Omkar – A, U, and M symbolize the gross, subtle, and causal aspects of Brahman. Therefore, it is essential to have an understanding of AUM, by which the immortal self, the supreme Brahman, the ultimate goal is realized. The universe is made of five elements, they are space, air, fire, water, and earth. And our body is also made of the same five elements. All these elements are made of microparticles, they are so tiny that we cannot hold them in our hands or see them with our naked eyes. We cannot see the microparticle of Earth, water, fire, air, and space. These microparticles are called electrons, and every electron is nothing but energy. This energy is present in the sun, moon, all the planets, earth, in the whole of the universe. Our journey starts from the gross (earth) level. Transforming from the gross state to the ether state, merging into every microparticle of the universe is Moksha, freedom. By merging ourselves with AUM, we attain that ultimate state of freedom, freedom from the cycle of birth and death. We become jivanmukta, freedom from human life, and oneness with the supreme Brahman.

Research on AUM chanting: –

Some studies are offering insights into how the mantra benefits the mind and body. One study, published in the International Journal of Yoga Therapy, looked at how AUM chanting might be connected to the vagus nerve. This offers insight into how chanting can retune the nervous system by activating the vagus nerve and balancing the parasympathetic nervous system. During Om chanting, the vibration felt in the head and ears can be linked to the vagus nerve which has auricular (ear) branches. Therefore, this study hypothesized that chanting Om might stimulate the vagus nerve, producing a similar deactivation of the limbic system.

Namaste, Wishing You a Happy & Healthy Life

Yoga for Neck-Shoulder

Sleep and especially night sleep is the best healer for the body, mind, and soul. However, when waking up from sleep, it’s possible to feel pain in the neck or shoulders sometime or frequently. This could be due to an unnatural angle in the neck or a head that strains and strains muscles, ligaments, and joints. Some kind of pain may be caused by stress and strain on the muscles. This includes tension headaches, weak arms, and pain in the neck and shoulders. While Although medication may temporarily relieve the pain, yoga can be a great healer for relieving neck and shoulder pain due to bad sleeping habits.

Right Posture: –

A person has two choices when it comes to sleep: sideways, or back. It uses a flat pillow is a good option to protect your head. To support the curves of the neck, a neck roll can be used. It avoids a stiff or too high-quality pillow. It can cause stiffness and pain when you wake up.

Here are some Poses to relieve neck & shoulder pain

1. Cat-Cow Pose: –

  • Start on your hands and knees, aligning your wrists under the shoulders and knees under the hips.
  • Begin on your hands and knees in table pose, with a neutral spine. As you inhale and move into cow pose, lift your sit bones upward, press your chest forward, and allow your belly to sink.
  • Lift your head, relax your shoulders away from your ears, and gaze straight ahead.
  • As you exhale, come into cat pose while rounding your spine outward, tucking in your tailbone, and drawing your pubic bone forward.
  • Release your head toward the floor just don’t force your chin to your chest. Most importantly, just relax.

2. Sphinx Pose: –

  • Lie on your stomach on the yoga mat and push your pubic bone towards the earth. Place your elbows directly underneath your shoulder blades.
  • Press firmly into the legs. Press the tops of your feet onto the mat and engage your kneecaps and quadriceps.
  • Lift the upper body. On an inhalation, press firmly into the palms of your hands and forearms and lift your upper body. Create space between your neck and shoulders and reach forward through the heart. Keep your gaze neutral and press yourself up to your comfort level.
  • Breathe and hold. Breathe deeply and consistently, sending your breath to any part of your body that feels tight. Let your forearms support you and hold the pose for up to one minute. Focus on your alignment and breath quality rather than the depth of your backbend. After practicing the sphinx pose, you can move into a child’s pose to counter the backend.

3. Standing Forward Bend Pose: –

  • Stand in mountain pose.
  • Inhale while arms are raised.
  • While exhaling, bend forward and pull your belly in.
  • Let’s place your hand on the ground and head relax.
  • Keep relaxing your neck.
  • Hold the pose for a few seconds, remain in the same position, and then slowly release.
  • This helps relieve tension in the neck and spine. Your spine will remain strong and flexible.

4. Child’s Pose: –

  • Kneel on the floor or on a yoga mat and sit back on your heels with your arms at your sides.
  • Slowly bend forward so your stomach touches your thighs. Try to keep your buttocks against your heels, but don’t stress if that’s not possible.
  • Extend your hands out in front of you with your palms down and rest them on the mat or the floor.
  • Relax your neck and let your forehead gently rest against the ground or mat.
  • Allow your entire body to relax as you close your eyes and breathe. Stay in this pose for as long as you feel is necessary.
  • Slowly return to the seated position.

5. Legs up the wall pose: –

  • Lie on the back, near a wall.
  • The wall should be touched by the buttocks
  • Your legs should be against the wall. Place your arms along the sides.
  • Keep your breathing steady for around a minute.
  • It helps to relieve pain and relaxes the neck, shoulders, and back.

It is always a good idea to sleep on your side or back with support. Practicing yoga is also a good idea to exercise regularly in order to maintain flexibility and avoid cramping.

Namaste, Wishing You a Happy & Healthy Life

Yoga for heart disease

A coronary heart disease is a group of diseases that includes stable angina, unstable angina, myocardial infarction, and sudden death. The mechanism involves the reduction of blood flow and oxygen to the heart due to deposits of plaque in the artery (made up of fat, calcium, and abnormal cells) known as Atherosclerosis.

Risk Factors:-

  • High Blood Pressure
  • High Cholesterol level
  • Obesity
  • Insulin resistance
  • Stress and anxiety
  • Family history
  • Advanced age
  • Smoking, tobacco, or alcohol


  • Discomfort in the chest, shoulder, arm, back & neck
  • Chest pain is a common symptom
  • Pain precipitated by exertion or emotions
  • Shortness of Breath, Restlessness, Sweating, Nausea, Vomiting

Management for the CHD

Yoga: – Asanas like Tadasana, Trikonasana, Katichakrasana, Bhujangasana, Katichalana, Ardapavanmuktasana, and Parvatasana, help to improve the pumping action of the heart and maintain the elasticity of blood vessels. When practiced with breathing awareness it controls anger and calms the mind.

Pranayama: – Anuloma Viloma, Sukhapranayama, Sheetali, and Bhramari make breathing more relaxed and efficient. Shavasana, Meditation, and Yoga Nidra improve cardiac performance and reduction in daily stress.

Fasting: – The body needs a break to repair itself, weekly one-day fasting helps to utilize the stored energy and cleanses the body.

Nature care: –

  • Mud pack: – Relaxes the mind and body.
  • Cold Hip bath: -Helps to reduce fat around the waist and controls high BP, Cholesterol, and sugar levels.
  • Neutral immersion bath with friction: – Helps to dilate the contracted vessels, reduces the viscosity of the blood, and improves circulation.
  • Cold Spinal Bath: – Reduces High BP and stimulates cardiac activity.
  • Oil Massage: -Helps to relax the person and improve circulation.
  • Full Wet Pack: – Helps with sweating and improves peripheral circulation.

Diet: –

  • Vitamin C: – Rich in citrus fruit and adequate intake helps slow the aging process and protects against spontaneous breaches in the capillary wall, leading to a heart attack.
    • Intake of Calcium, Magnesium, and Potassium helps balance the amount of sodium at the cell level. Potassium alone helps to get rid of excess sodium controlling B.P. A fruit like banana and avocado helps.
    • Arjuna: – Since ancient times, the bark of this tree was used for treating heart disease.
    • Garlic: – Controls CAD.
    • Honey: – Tones the heart and improves circulation, preventing palpitation.
    • Nuts: – Walnuts, and almonds which are high in calories, are required in a few numbers to help increase HDL.
    • Black grapes and pomegranate: – Phytochemicals present in these fruits are known to be heart-protective.
    • Green Tea: – Improves function of endothelial cells thereby reducing the risk of clogged arteries.
    • Control the portion of food by adding more vegetables.

Avoid: – Red meat, white flour, bakery products, butter, cheese, junk/fast/fried foods, smoking, and alcohol.

Namaste, Wishing You a Happy & Healthy Life

Sesame is a boon on the earth

Sesame seeds have recently gained popularity as Superfood, but it has been an essential part of the Indian kitchen for long. It has been cultivated in India since the Harappa period and is commonly known as ‘Til’.

Health Benefits: –

Good for anxiety: Sesame seeds contain magnesium, vitamin B1, and tryptophan, which have stress-relieving qualities. Tryptophan is essential in producing serotonin, a neurotransmitter that reduces pain and regulates sleep patterns and moods.

Inflammation: They are a good source of thiamine and vitamin B6, which are necessary for proper cellular function and metabolism. In addition, copper helps the users cope better with inflammation-caused conditions affecting the body joints.

Blood Pressure: Sesame seeds help in lowering blood pressure. Also, other antioxidants with vitamin E in the seeds help maintain healthy blood pressure. It can also prevent hypertension, a significant risk factor for sudden strokes.

Fights from UV rays: Due to the presence of natural antioxidants and natural SPF in sesame, it protects the body from harmful ultraviolet rays. It also prevents damage to the intestine.

Rich in fiber: Fibre is essential for health, and preventing diseases and are well known for supporting digestive health. Rich fiber intake prevents certain types of cancers and provides heart health.

Anti-Cancer: Sesame seeds contain magnesium and phytate, which has anti-cancer properties. They reduce the risk of breast, lung, pancreas, and prostate cancer.

Respiratory Health: Magnesium in sesame seeds prevents airway spasms and reduces the risk of asthma and other respiratory disorders.

Dental Health: Sesame seeds contain oil components that are healthy to consume. They help in removing dental plaque and boosting our oral health.

Increases Immunity: Sesame seeds are rich in various nutrients such as copper, zinc, iron, etc so good for Immunity.

Strong bones: It provides a good amount of calcium and helps absorb nutrients, leading to healthy bones, especially for women.

Weight loss: It helps increase metabolic rate and prevents excessive calorie intake, resulting in weight loss.

Side Effects: –

Anything excess is not good. So, if you are taking sesame seeds take them with proper guidance.

Constipation: Side effects include bowel obstructions when consumed excessively. It can cause severe digestion issues.

Allergy: Anaphylaxis or Sesame allergy is also one of the most common side effects of the consumption of sesame seeds. Some common symptoms are nausea, breathing problem, etc. In addition, people with gout and Wilson’s disease should avoid sesame seeds as it contains oxalates and copper.

Appendicitis: Sesame seeds can cause an appendix if consumed in large amounts. The seeds contain indigestible fibers, and too much intake forms a layer over the appendix, which can cause pain.

Namaste, Wishing You a Happy & Healthy Life

Herbs For Diabetes

Maintaining appropriate blood sugar levels is a top priority if you have diabetes. It’s important to manage diabetes holistically because it can impact a person’s immune, neurological, and circulatory systems when the body can’t control blood sugar levels. Here are 5 herbs to include in your diet to control sugar levels: –

Herbs to include to control sugar levels

Fenugreek seeds: –
The seeds of fenugreek are used in India for diabetes because they contain a variety of beneficial nutrients, including mucilaginous fiber, amino acids, saponins, and alkaloids. Fibre can be found in fenugreek seeds up to 50%. The high fiber content of these seeds reduces blood sugar levels after meals by reducing the body’s absorption of carbohydrates.

Chamomile Tea: –
Numerous illnesses have long been treated with chamomile tea. It has antioxidant and cancer-preventive characteristics, and a recent study indicated that it might also help to control blood sugar levels. Studies show that daily consumption of one cup of chamomile tea after meals can decrease blood sugar, insulin, and insulin resistance.

Triphala: –
It helps to stimulate the pancreas, which promotes insulin output.

Neem: –
Neem leaves can reduce blood sugar levels. The leaves of neem should be crushed before being boiled with water. Take this decoction after extracts have been filtered. One of the best ways to manage hyperglycemia brought on by glucose is using this medication.

Amla: –
Amla, also known as Indian gooseberry, is well known for boosting immunity and the health of the skin and hair. it includes a lot of vitamin C, a strong antioxidant that aids in the body’s fight against free radicals. Studies have also shown that this leaf extract can considerably decrease blood sugar levels. Tea made from dried blueberry leaves is frequently used in naturopathy diabetic treatment procedures.

Ginger: –
Ginger has been extensively used in India since the beginning. It aids in boosting insulin secretion and raises the body’s sensitivity to insulin.

Arjun Bark: –
It has many therapeutic benefits, including antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and antibacterial properties. Heart disease risk is decreased with arjuna. It aids in the heart’s normal operation by toning and strengthening the cardiac muscles. Strong anti-hypertensive properties of the arjuna tree also help lower excessive blood pressure.

Bitter Gourd Juice: –
This bitter vegetable might lower blood sugar levels. Actually, this vegetable affects how the entire body utilizes glucose. The herb’s capacity to increase insulin production may be beneficial to both type 1 and type 2 diabetes.

Cinnamon Tea: –
Boil 10 grams of cinnamon powder in 150 ml of water and consume with lime juice in the morning.

Prevention of Diabetes: –
It is beneficial to consume a nutritious, balanced diet that is low in fat and high in fiber and carbohydrates. Regular Asana, Pranayama, Meditation, and relaxation also aid in regulating blood sugar levels for better results.

Namaste, Wishing You a Happy & Healthy Life

Pranayama is great for Heart

Coronary heart disease commonly happens when an artery that supplies blood and oxygen to the heart is blocked as a result, fatty deposits construct up time which type plaques in the arteries of the coronary heart. When a plaque ruptures, it finally results in the development of a blood clot that can block arteries, foremost to a coronary heart attack.

Deep breathing procedures can assistance uproot the lead to heart ailments and even reverse their class. Pranayama also will help to reset the autonomic nervous procedure, decreasing arousal to exterior stimuli and so reducing anger also.

Positive aspects of pranayama: –

  1. Reduction in coronary heart rate and blood stress
  2. Aid from stress and anxiety and tension
  3. Regulates oxygen source to the heart
  4. Enhances snooze
  5. Strengthens the lung muscle groups and lessens breathlessness

1. Anuloma Viloma: –

Process: – Sit on the floor in a comfortable position to start the Anuloma Viloma practice. You can assume either the Sukhasana, Padmasana, or Vajarasana. If you cannot sit on the floor, you can even sit on a chair. Keep your spine upright and neck straight. Use your right thumb to block the right nostril. Slowly and deeply inhale through the left nostril. Feel your lungs full of air and focus on your breathing. Release your thumb from the right nostril. Now block your left nostril with your ring finger and exhale slowly through the right nostril. Keep alternating between the two nostrils. If you are a beginner, try Anuloma Villoma practice for a minute. You take your Anuloma viloma practice up to 20-25 minutes a day.

2. Bhramari: –

Process: – Sit erect in an at-ease meditative posture. Push the flap of the ear with the thumb. Position the index finger on the brow and gently push the eyes and sides of the nostrils with the remaining fingers. Continue to keep the mouth closed throughout the application. Inhale deeply through the nose. Even though exhaling, make a comfortable buzzing sound from the throat and nose and come to feel its vibration in the mind. Observe 5 rounds.

3. OM Chanting: –

Process: – Sit erect in a meditative posture. Chant 3/4th time ‘O’ and 1/4th time ‘M’, ie, OM with a loud echo, as a result vibrating the mind nerves. Exercise a few rounds.

Precautions to be followed: –

There ought to not be any pressure during pranayama. Constantly breathe as a result of the nose except specially stated. Keep the breath rhythmic and steady. It needs not to be practiced when the lungs are congested. Pranayama ought to be practiced for a minimum of 3 hrs right after meals. When practiced in the mix with common asanas, a wholesome balanced diet plan, and a constructive attitude, Pranayama can carry huge rewards to the coronary heart and make everyday living additional fulfilling but right before beginning the application, it is always recommended to find a specialist advice and assistance. Never start practicing Anuloma Viloma pranayam on your own. Learn the proper technique from an experienced yoga teacher or you can join online classes with us. To gain Anuloma Viloma pranayama benefits, practice it with an empty stomach and with a relaxed mind. If you are pregnant or suffer from conditions such as COPD, heart disease, or high blood pressure, never start practicing Anuloma Viloma without a yoga teacher. If you are a beginner, start your practice slowly. Avoid doing Anuloma Viloma when you have a fever or a congested nose.

Namaste, Wishing You a Happy & Healthy Life

Sleep in the right position

Apart from dietary and lifestyle habits, there is another major routine that dominates the quality of our sleep and how it affects our health- our sleeping position.

The position we sleep in plays a very important role as it decides how it affects our well-being and induces health conditions. Insomnia, anxiety, sleep apnea disorder, incorrect position, performance productivity, and digestive functioning all depend on the quality of the sleep which is passively dictated by the position we sleep in.

Which one can be the best sleeping position: –

Sleeping on the abdomen should be your last choice of sleep. The spine loses its natural alignment in this position. Sleeping on the abdomen can lead to severe back pain and neck pain. In this position, the chest is not free to expand hence your lungs have to spend more energy, and this can cause exhaustion even after sleep. This might also affect the digestive system.

Sleeping on the back has its advantages and disadvantages. Pregnant women, heavier adults, and old people should avoid sleeping on their backs, as it can sometimes aggravate back pain. People with acid reflux and flatulence usually avoid sleeping in this position. However, this position can help your neck pain, provided a good sport is given by the right pillow.

Sleeping on the sides Among all the positions, sleeping on the side is the best position to sleep. It greatly helps your body in sleep. According to Ayurveda, sleeping on the left is best as it aids digestion. The food flows easily through your system during digestion, hence preventing heartburn and other digestive issues. This position can also prevent and stop snoring. If you feel your right nostril is blocked, then sleeping in this position can open your nostril.

It is also said to be an ideal position for pregnant women with knees bent. It enables healthy blood flow to the fetus, uterus, liver, kidney, and heart. This position relieves the pressure from the growing belly and greatly helps reduce the spine’s bending. Hence, it is good for people having problems with the lower back. Keeping a pillow between the thighs or knees can give great relief from backaches. Sleeping on the left also helps in balancing your body temperature when sleeping in an air-conditioned room.

The right side too is in a good position and gives almost the same benefit shown for the left side; except that it should not be taken after a meal, as it would put more pressure on organs. When the stomach is empty, sleeping in the right position can give you good relaxation. It would help to release blockages from your left nostril. The left nostril (Chandra-Nadi) opens when you sleep on the right. This position helps in cooling down your body, making it more beneficial.

Sleep makes up one-third of life. It plays a very important role in your overall well-being and in controlling energies. Wrong ways of sleeping can lead to varieties of health disorders. Therefore, among all ways of sleeping, be mindful about sleeping on your sides to derive optimal benefits from your good night’s sleep.

Namaste, Wishing You a Happy & Healthy Life

Save Your Liver

The liver is one of the most important organs of the body. It’s located in the right upper abdomen, under the rib cage. Our liver keeps us healthy by performing several essential functions. The liver helps to: –

  • Detoxify the blood
  • Produce particular proteins for blood plasma
  • Process hemoglobin to utilize its iron.
  • Control blood sugar levels and coagulation.
  • Produces bile, which aids in the transportation of waste and the breakdown of fats in the small intestine during digestion.
  • And many more functions.

But our unhealthy eating habits and lifestyle can harm this vital organ and our overall health. Following are the foods that harm the liver and should be avoided completely.

Fatty Foods: –

French fries, chips, and other deep-fried foods are extremely harmful to the liver. Fried and processed foods cause significant changes in liver enzymes, which can lead to liver failure in the long run. It includes trans fats, also known as “partially hydrogenated oils,” which cause harm to the body even if consumed in low quantities. It can cause inflammation in the liver, which can lead to scarring.

Sugary Foods: –

Baked foods, processed foods, cereals, and candies are high in sugar content. Fructose is a kind of sugar used by the liver to produce fat. Consumption of high-sugar foods can result in fatty accumulation, which can contribute to liver damage. Healthy options are like upma, poha, idli, and a lump of jaggery for breakfast or evening snacks.

Aerated Drinks: –

If you drink aerated or soft drinks regularly you are likely to develop non-alcoholic fatty liver disease. Soft drinks lead to the accumulation of fat in the liver, as well as due to their high content of artificial sweeteners they can increase insulin resistance and inflammation. Switch from aerated drinks to fresh fruit or vegetable juices, and have coconut water which has numerous benefits.

Alcohol: –

Alcohol is the most common reason for liver damage. People who indulge in excessive alcohol consumption often face liver pain, inflammation, or failure. Alcohol should be completely avoided if you want to stay healthy and mentally sane.

Vitamin A supplements: –

Vitamin A is an essential micronutrient that improves eye health and the immune system. Our body stores these fat-soluble vitamins in the fatty tissue and liver. If you consume supplements with excessive levels of vitamin A, it can cause liver problems. Instead of supplements, have fresh fruits and vegetables that will provide sufficient amounts of vitamin A required daily.

Include healthy foods that are good for the liver such as walnuts, oatmeal, tofu, broccoli, spinach, brussels sprouts, kale, and olive oil.

Namaste, Wishing You a Happy & Healthy Life

Arteries are life

Arteries are blood-carrying vessels that transport nutrients and oxygen to the rest of the body. In light of weight gain, inactive lifestyles, and obesity, the spike in cholesterol levels might deposit a layer on the inner lining of the arteries, which is commonly known as plaque. This build-up causes blood clots, coronary artery disease or Arteriosclerosis, and chronic conditions caused by a blockage in the carotid which can cause heart attacks, cardiac arrests, hemorrhage strokes, and other cardiovascular conditions.

Here are some drinks that can help detoxify blocked arteries: –

Ginger, Garlic, and Lemon
Boil mashed garlic and ginger. Strain the boiled water and add a squeeze of lemon juice to it. This is an excellent drink to clean your arteries. Have it anytime in the evening. Garlic reduces blood pressure and reduces the hardening associated with arteriosclerosis. It removes the soft plaque deposit from the vessels. The antioxidants in Ginger help in the prevention of plaque formation. Again, the citrus flavonoids in lemon prevent the clogging of arteries.

Cranberry Smoothie
Blend cranberries, bananas, yogurt, almonds, and orange juice. This blend of smoothies adds to breakfast. Replace cranberries with other berries like blackberries and strawberries. Cranberries are an excellent source of nutrients supporting artery and heart health. The flavonoid antioxidants in berries are known to reduce the LDL Cholesterol in the blood vessels. It also reduces inflammation and high blood pressure, which helps in artery health.

Wheat Grass Shots
Wheatgrass juice is the simplest and the most effective juice to remove toxins from the blood vessels. Rinse some wheatgrass and extract its juice through a juicer or blender. To begin with, you can start having a 30 ml shot every morning on an empty stomach and gradually increase it to 60 ml. You can add this to some other vegetable or fruit juice to make it tasty. It effectively removes heavy metals from the bloodstream and thereby aids in the health of the arteries. It is known to reduce bad cholesterol very effectively.

Citrus fruits like oranges have flavonoids that can decrease inflammation and help prevent free radicals in the body from oxidizing LDL (bad) cholesterol. Oxidized LDL is associated with atherosclerosis development and progression. Almonds, beans, and cruciferous vegetables are also seen to have properties that reduce inflammation, fight LDL and reduce the overall risk of clogging carotids.

Apart from this here are some Asanas to promote proper circulation and aid in unclogging the arteries: –

  • Parvatasana
  • Yashtikasana
  • Bhujangasana
  • Pranayama

The blood vessels are the channels for all exchanges within cells and organs. The health of the organs depends on the health of the arteries.

Namaste, Wishing You a Happy & Healthy Life

Frozen shoulder can heal

A frozen shoulder is quite discomforting and painful. So, what is a frozen shoulder, let’s know.

When working on the laptop or desktop we forgot to move our neck or relax our back and shoulder muscles. Such limited movements and incorrect posture lead to nerve compression and restrict blood flow, resulting in shoulder muscle stiffness. Apart from a sedentary lifestyle, excessive stress is a primary cause of a variety of health problems, including frozen shoulders. This condition is quite common in people having diabetes. The pain and stiffness become unbearable, making it impossible to move the shoulders.

Frozen shoulder has three stages: –

  • The Freezing stage
  • The Frozen stage
  • The Thawing stages

The freezing stage is characterized by severe pain while moving the arm and it may hurt more during the night. There is limited shoulder movement.

The next stage is the frozen stage in which the pain might reduce but the stiffness gets worse. Doing daily activities becomes challenging and it might last from 4-12 months depending on the individual’s diet and other cofactors.

The last stage is the thawing stage in which the range of motion goes back to normal. This might take 6 months to 2 years.

Remedies for frozen shoulder: –

Hot or Cold Compress: –

Apply a cold compress to relieve swelling. In case of severe pain, apply an ice pack on the joints to relieve the pain sensations and soothe the muscles.

Apply a hot compress to warm muscles before activity or reduce morning stiffness. Hot fomentation for 1 minute is recommended, before exercising or moving the joint.

Preferably keep the room temperature at a normal level and avoid sitting exactly in front of the AC or under a Fan.

Maintain the right posture: –

Posture plays a critical role; poor posture while sitting, sleeping, or working might cause nerve compression. Maintaining a correct erect posture might help to relieve neck and shoulder discomfort and speed up recovery time.

Avoid Heavyweights: –

Lifting heavy weights puts pressure on the neck and shoulder muscles. It can also cause muscular rupture, so instead of lifting large weights, try basic stretches to relieve stiffness.

Yoga: –

Gomukhasana: – Hold one end of the towel above your head while holding the other end near your lower back. Stretch the towel and move your hands up and down as much as possible. Repeat 5-10 times.

Wall stretch: – Stand facing the wall. Keep the elbows and palms on the wall stretched straight up. Gently move the hand down while folding the elbow. Bring your hands down as far as you can. Repeat the set 5 to 10 times.

Towel stretch: – Hold one end of a three-foot-long towel behind your back and grab the opposite end with your other hand. Maintain a horizontal position with the towel. Pull the stiff arm upward with your other arm to get a good stretch.

Relaxation: – Distress and worry can be relieved by relaxing the mind, which can then aid to alleviate stiff muscles. Practice these relaxing techniques for frozen shoulder pain.

  • Shavasana
  • Balasana
  • Yoga mudra
  • Makarasana
  • Abdominal breathing

Also, practice meditation regularly to break the loop of negative emotions and help reduce stress drastically.

Sleeping posture: – If you have a frozen shoulder, you must provide sufficient cushioning to your joints to minimize discomfort and rigidity while sleeping, as well as to prevent the situation from deteriorating the next morning.

Diet: – Frozen shoulder is most commonly found in patients with diabetes, so diet is crucial. Include bitter gourd, gooseberry, or any other bitter food in your meal daily. Green leafy vegetables like spinach and kale, black gram, and soy products, when eaten regularly, can be extremely beneficial. Ensure to avoid rice, potatoes, bananas, cereals, mangoes, pears, grapes, and processed meals.

Along with these useful remedies including correct posture, stretches, a healthy diet, relaxation, and more follow a healthy lifestyle and recreation routine to alleviate frozen shoulder pain. Keep your mind off from stress and strain and learn to be happy with life; this will ensure that your mind is calm and your body is in good shape.

Namaste, Wishing You a Happy & Healthy Life