Monsoon: Lets feel the downpour drops!!!
Watching the drops of rain fall, we are reminded of our childhood, when much to our parents' chagrin we would race outdoors to get soaked from head to toe. After months of enduring the intense heat, the coming of monsoon brings much relief. There is something about the rain that puts a smile on all our faces. When sky turns a dark blue, when a cool breeze brushes against the skin, when the trees dance in the wind; you know the monsoon season has finally arrived. Very welcome antidote to the heat. The rainy season is one of the best times of the year; it's when Mother Nature reveals her true magnificence in all her awe- inspiring glory, providing yet another opportunity to appreciate our earth's pristine natural beauty.
However, it is also during this season that our immunity levels are put to the test. Infections seem to be everywhere and ailments like the flu, upset stomachs, common colds, etc witness a rise. In order to enjoy the rain, while still staying fit and healthy, it becomes important to take adequate precautions against such diseases. Though this year monsoon could not bring much relief to intense heat it does not hampered our outdoor activities much,
The good news is that you can boost your immunity levels by simply following our regimen. It is essential to exercise extra care while selecting food and beverages- especially since the rain sorely tempt many of us to gorge on deep- fried food from road side stalls. While these treats are definitely mouth watering they are also very likely to be breeding grounds for harmful bacteria in this water. Hence it is wise to only eat home-cooked food in these months. More over stay safe by making it a point to wash raw fruits and vegetables very thoroughly before consumption.
Do consider adopting a nutritional diet as well. Not only will this help maintain a healthy body, but it will also give you the chance to try your hand at ‘Sopanam’ salads and learn how to create sumptuous, yet nutritious fare. A highly recommended Daily Menu for best nutrition to cope with the situation is stated below:
This is a general outline around which an individual diet can be designed when our immunity levels are put to the test. It can be modified and changed to adapt to specific requirements and conditions. The menu for lunch and dinner is interchangeable. Do not drink liquids with meals. The water should be taken half an hour before meals or two hours or more after meals. Milk, buttermilk, and vegetable soups are foods and can be taken with meals. Drink lots of water on odd times.
Upon arising:- Three or four glass of lukewarm water before brushing.After bathing:- A glass of lukewarm water mixed with the juice of a half a lemon and a teaspoon of honey, or a glass of freshly squeezed juice of any available seasonable fruit such as apple, pineapple, orange, sweet lime and grapes.Breakfast:- Fresh fruits such as apple, orange, banana, grapes, or any available seasonal fruits, or a couple of tablespoons of sunflower and pumpkin seeds.Mid-morning snack: One apple or a banana or any other fruit if desired.Lunch: A bowl of freshly prepared steamed vegetables using salt, vegetable oil or butter for seasoning, one or two slices of chapattis or small cup of rice and a glass of butter-milk. Mid-afternoon: A glass of fresh fruit or vegetable juice or any available fruit.Dinner before sunset: A large bowl of fresh salad made up of green vegetables, such as tomatoes, carrot, cabbage, cucumber, red beet without dressing, any available sprouts such as alfalfa seeds, and mung beans, a warm vegetable course, if desired, one tablespoon of fresh butter or a glass of butter-milk.
If frequent unpredictable showers hampering your outdoor exercise routines, think about making up for the lost work-outs by practicing yoga at home which boosts physical and mental health. Making time for it on regular basis helps one to increase immunity against diseases common in the rainy season. When outdoor exercise routine are hampered by frequent rains you will have enough time to learn more about harmonizing the various strata of our existence and one among such powerful technique is gestures, a yogic art and science of gesturing and sealing vital energies in the human body for health and well being.
It works as a therapy for the body and mind by balancing the five elements thereby improve your immunity and get relief from diseases. To learn more : Download the PDF given at the bottom (Health & Disease) page.
Dealing with energy!!!
Health has many facets. Yoga and nature living has been found to be a most effective strategy for maintaining health. Yoga and nature living is the best means for optimal nerve energy. How we feel is an indication of what is happening with our energy. Energy ebbs and flows within us, so noticing what causes these ebbs and flows allows us to make conscious choices in our life from a healthy perspective.
Every moment we get energy and we lose energy. When the energy we receive is greater than the energy we lose, we feel alert happy and enthusiastic. When the energy we lose is greater than the energy we receive we feel dull, lazy and sick. A preponderance of energy indicates a mental state conducive to higher values in life. The quantity and quality of energy and the way in which it flows through our nerves determine ones state of mind and emotions. When we are happy, serene, aware, loving and compassionate is an indication of preponderance of vital force. When we are vain, domineering, jealous, envious, hateful, restless, arrogant, guilty all shows a fall in vital force. When our minds are lethargic, confused, sad easily angered for no justifiable cause, deluded and unable to comprehend, vulnerable to sensual impulses; it is to be understood that we have lack of life force.
Furthermore everything that acts on the body use up energy. Using nerve energy in excess of normal production, results in enervation and toxemia. A good knowledge of the rise and falls of energy level enable us to judge the quality of our own personality and health as well. If most of the time the characteristics of gearing up energy is there we can rest assured that our personality have to become mostly pure and we have made good progress. 'Sopanam' Yoga, Meditation and Dieting classes makes you proficient in dealing with energy thereby all situations in life!
We are beings of energy and consciousness, and we can learn, with practice, to be adept skilful at working with both of these forces. To ride bicycle one has to learn to pedal and steer at the same time. Only pedalling or only steering will not enable a person to ride a bicycle. Both have to be done simultaneously. Same way we should know how to work with energy and consciousness to run our life in good health artfully. 'Sopanam' Online program is an opportunity to make you proficient in dealing with energy and consciousness simultaneously! It is a 30 to 45 days of true complimentary life style training which improves your life functions such as respiration, digestion, and elimination, and they tone, detoxify and strengthen the body’s systems thereby enhance the quality of life.
We all yearn to have health and happiness. This longing if expressed through sense pleasures we always yearn for more. Finding lasting satisfaction through sense pleasures is impossible because joy derived from it is finite. Only infinite joy can keep us satisfied and live healthy. Owing to the explosion of popularity of Yoga there is now a great diversity of classes to chose from. "Sopanam" Yoga makes you experience some of the principal techniques how to go about dealing with energy & consciousness consequently widen you horizon to be endure and creative; in choosing the right life style for you. Systematic practice suggested, offers you the opportunity to integrate what you have learned with your personal understanding of your body and being.
The yogic postures exercises, relaxation techniques and meditation trained, have been chosen as a broad cross-sectional work out that you can easily embed in your home practice. Everybody will come across some difficulties in their personal practice but as you work through them with our guidance, they form part of your learning experience. By implementing the sequences of postures suggested work systematically through your body freeing energy and allowing it to circulate smoothly around your body. Eventually you realize that searching for infinite joy through finite and external means will reach us nowhere! You will start looking into life with a broader perspective.
Living Well Nutrition & Meditation- Weekend Course!!!
“Sopanam” introduces Living Well- Nutrition & Meditation Course!!! A three months weekend Course!!!Health is a valuable present for human life. It seems to be a real challenge to maintain good health in today's world. Reason could be stress, pollution, lack of understanding about oneself and suitable routine, diet and other unhealthy practices of living. As in the course of time over generations, man moved away from the nature and the healthy way of living. Consequently the life force immune system of the human body got weakened and vulnerability to disease increased.
We always live in an easy way till we find a disease. None of us live thoughtfully. Today we spend time working hard, earning money, and investing in different businesses again to earn or pay interest and lose peace of mind in either case. Many live in a negligent world. Many invest money in some large health’s budget to preserve health. We may have enough money, investments, new house, dream business or job, new car and luxuries, once diagnosed a chronic disease none of them cannot buy health.
Neglecting one's own life due to either ignorance or negligence may lead to vicious cycle. We have almost lost touch of what the grannies of the past used to practice at our homes to preserve the health of the whole family by using simple herbs, and spices which were readily available in any household. If we have the inherit knowledge, know how to protect ourselves from disease through health education, there is no need to spend much money for curing.
The investment for health education and preventive measures are as important as saving our life! In reality there are very fewer courses which supply information about the health knowledge. Instead everywhere a lot of hospitals have been build. Hospitals certainly play an important role in society. No one can ignore the importance of hospitals and doctors. They have existed to save our lives. The real objective ultimate health care goal should be to make everyone as their own doctors and eradicate the need for hospitals. But unfortunately, neither at home nor at school an emphasis is given on the importance of preventing disease.
“Prevention is better than cure” is an appealing lovely statement. This proverb advises everyone to take care of themselves before it is too late to live their lives. We all know this proverb is appealing but not everyone can adjust their lives to live healthier. It is to be said unavoidably that cure is always a secondary step to make our body healthy. First step is to foreclose, adopt a healthy nutritional pattern and live in the light of knowledge. Origination-Birth, Existence-being, growth-alteration, decay-aging and death-demise is the life cycle; it is true that at some point of time everyone has to decay and die. But till then live life to the fullest.
Our message to all our friends is simple, understand the various strata of our constitution and learn skills to handle at each level relax the mind that control emotions, remain in harmony with body the society. Unless the quality of life is improved, disappointment and frustration will continue to devastate individual, family and society interfering creativity, productivity, harmonious interaction and will ultimately affect job, personal life, family and social life. Now, the need for a holistic approach to health is more significant than ever before. The need for the hour is awareness- energy- knowledge. First step is to enlighten ourselves. Health education & right life style contributes to meditation leads you to good health. Ignorance and wrong living leads you to medicinal drug. Medicine and meditation come from the same root. Their meaning is the same to heal. Medicine is a medicament which heals the body, meditation is a medication which heals the mind both together heals the individual without a drug. Food should be your drug. Food is medicine! Living well- nutrition & meditation is a life style training program a journey from medicine to meditation based on the doctrine of simple living & constructive thinking designed by 'Sopanam", through this program we intend to bring this knowledge of holistic living back to our homes where Meditation becomes the tool for medication. Knowledge about the fundamental principles of nature and understanding the functions of our body especially mindfulness the trait of staying aware of your responsibilities will help us to remain happy throughout life. We once again remind you that investing in health knowledge is worth it, insist you to take a firm stand, enroll, EDUCATE YOURSELF BEFORE IT'S TOO LATE.
Course Features:1. Respiratory Stretches,2. Respiratory Gestures3. Relaxation Techniques,4. Life Processes & Functions,5. Energy and life force,6. Nutrition, & Digestion7. Balanced Food,8. Food Combination,9. Diet in Disease,10. Right Life Style.11. Study & Meditation.12. Celebrating Life.
International "Yoga Day"!!!
My Dear ones,
How are you all?
Wish you best Health & Wellness through Yoga
As you all know June 21 was declared as the International Day of Yoga by the United Nations General Assembly on December 11, 2014, followed by the declaration came after the call for the adoption of 21 June as International Day of Yoga by Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi during his address to UN General Assembly on September 27, 2014.
As that the whole world & Government of India has decided to observe 21 June 2015 as the International Day of Yoga, on the auspicious occasion of the first International Yoga Day on 21st June 2015, Sunday, ‘Sopanam’ Nature Living & Yoga Centre, Irinjalakuda is organizing a get together of all their students who have been and are to discuss on Health & Wellness through Yoga & Nature living and to spread some light on their benefits on our Body, mind and society.
Program Features & Details (Time 3.00 pm to 5.00 pm on 21st June, 2015, Sunday at SOPANAM NATURE LIVING & YOGA CENTRE, Near Civil Station, Irinjalakuda)
§ Easily learned tension-releasing gestures & Breathing techniques to relax the mind
§ Understand the various strata of our existence & how they structured
§ Seminar on Yoga, Meditation & Relaxation Techniques and their influence on health.
§ Questions and Answer Sessions
Session objective: With the increasing pressure to achieve and unwholesome ways of living toxemia is now considered a normal part of life – regardless of status or income. The degree to which an individual can handle such mental, physical, and emotional trauma has an influence not only on job performance but on co-workers, family members, and the community. Unless the quality of life is improved, disappointment and frustration will continue to interfere with creativity, productivity, harmonious interaction and will ultimately affect both job and personal life. We would like to encourage all our students who have been, are, and will ever be to start, re-start or continue practicing Yoga on regular basis to remain healthy and happy.
The need of the hour is, care and consideration for everyone & commitment for sustainable development of the society. This Yoga day is to be celebrated throughout the world. Yoga and right living is the optimal way to achieve this. This is an appeal to everyone for availing this wonderful opportunity to understand how to move forward in life.
We shall be grateful for your initiative in this noble cause.
Resident Detoxification is a complete practical manoeuvre that reflects some of the most important developments in modern work out in the release of pent-up toxemia, thereby, healing diseases bring back momenta. In the modern world fortunately/unfortunately we have access to an abundance of everything especially food far more than we actually need. Nevertheless, our diet is frequently impoverished. Many of the food we eat are high in saturated fat, sugar, salt and flavorings, and lacking in fibre, vitamins, minerals and trace elements. Part of the reason for this is that modern food production involves extensive processing and refining techniques, which strip food of its natural qualities and introduce artificial poisonous ingredients that are designed to enhance flavor and shelf life.
other than these, sedentary job and luxurious mechanical living has given maximum comfort with no physical activities made people so lazy and lethargic which again lead to enervation and toxemia. Diet during resident detoxification course advocates eating a variety of wholesome and nutritious foods tailored to your individual needs and makes you aware the dietary guidelines of natural food and their relation to knowledge of life. By adopting this diet you can make significant improvements to your health and well-being. Systematic discipline suggests ways of leading a correct life style as well as other useful skills that will help you to begin a lifelong life style.
Apart from food and physical well being, our health, quality of life, even the very length of life are profoundly affected by our mental and emotional states. This course provides a clear, interesting and comprehensive survey on our mental and emotional system, from ethics to meditation. It provides a gentle introduction to the personality of human in a manner accessible to everyone, regardless of their ethnicity health or humor. It is a wonderfully rich treatise on self development, with many fine observations which should help beginners, and more advanced practitioners as well. You gradually realize how we are in situations and how situations shape up for us depends on one consistent factor that is you; the price of excellence is mere discipline!