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11 Yoga Asanas to Get Quick Relief From Back Pain

Back pain is becoming very common these days amongst people of all ages. A lot of it can be related to the kind of lifestyle we lead these days – long hours of work sitting in one place or sitting in a wrong posture while watching TV to name a few. What if you learn some good asanas on International Yoga Day that can heal your body pain!

Back pain must not be neglected or avoided. It must be treated early and also precautions must be taken for the situation not to be aggravated. Yoga helps strengthen your back, relieve your stress and strain from the back and cure back pain. In the hectic routine, Yoga Asanas can prove the great reliever to get rid of back pain!

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International Yoga Trainer – Vibha Pranaam

Causes for back pain

  • Sitting on a chair for long hours keeping your head down to work with computer or mobile phone
  • Standing for long hours in bad/wrong posture
  • Long car drive or bike ride
  • Bad sitting posture while watching tv, reading
  • Wrong sleeping posture
  • Inappropriate movements while working out in the gym or lifting very heavy weights
  • Carrying heavy backpacks
  • Obesity
  • These are the most common ones

Use yoga as the natural medicine to cure back pain

Yoga is by far the most effective ways to reduce back pain and over a period can cure it. The focused and planned routine of yoga asanas will help you improve your posture. And, when practised regularly helps you strengthen your muscles, spine and the core region.

This blog focuses on the asanas which work on your back to reduce back pain and also improve posture. We are featuring International Yoga Trainer, Vibha Pranaam from England who will guide you step by step about the asanas to follow. To know about the 11 Yoga asanas to get rid of the back pain, click on below link to download the PDF.

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Beat the Heat with delicious Coolers and Stay Hydrated

It is summertime and all we need to hydrate ourselves. Only drinking water is not enough and in fact, it is very boring. So make your summer firm with different ‘coolers’ in different ‘Beautiful Jars’ that keep you happy & cool. So here are some healthy summer drinks in be cute contains will help you beat the heat.

1. Aam Panna

An absolute lip-smacking drink that is made with our favorite king of fruits-mango. This refreshing summer drink is prepared using mango pulp and blinded with cumin, jeera and mint leaves. This drink does not only keep you refreshed but also energized in Sunny Days.

2. Buttermilk (Chass)

Buttermilk popularly known as chass is an amazing curd based that is undoubtedly an Indian favorite. Chass is a brilliant digestive and the addition of spices like jeera only enhances the benefits it has to offer.

3. Nimbu Paani or Lemonade

A quick drink to make and amazingly delicious, this drink is prepared using mint leaves, lemons, sugar, salt & water. You can also add spices like cumin, powders and black pepper.

4. Melons Juices

Best summer fruit juices are watermelon and muskmelon juices. It is super refreshing and its hydrating properties help keep your body hydrated and fresh.

5. Berries Juices

Berries juices such as crane berries, blueberries mulberries are rich in vitamin e and said to be anti-oxidant that keeps your body hydrated, energized and fresh throughout the day. Tens of all berries are available ‘online’ from which is eve can prepare juices.

So, lets make our summer ‘cool’ with these delicious drinks.

List of Activities Which Make a Weekend Beautiful For a Working Woman

Who says that a working woman should have a plan only for the weekday work? If the working ladies have to stay tuned to life, they have to literally prepare an agenda for the weekend too! The life of the working women is not so easy and the continuous challenge she faces is to maintain the work-life balance. While most of the young girls are becoming career-centric, they need to learn how to make a balance between work and personal life from their early age. Let’s have a look at a quick list of the activities which make a weekend worthwhile for a working woman.

All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy: Plan a movie/lunch date, meet an old friend/family (if you’re staying away from home), go to a live concert, learn some skill, explore nearby places or visit an art gallery. Do whatever it takes to get over the stress of your office work. The book lovers can get hooked on all their unread stuff (except work related material) on weekend. In short, take time to do anything you enjoy; it will surely give you a refreshing break from your routine. Plus stealing such ‘me-time’ will surely prove to be your productivity booster.

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Self Care: More than anything, a weekend is the ‘pampering time’ for working ladies. As the working women have to take special care of grooming; a regular visit to the beauty salon is a must for them. Generally weekend gives them enough time to schedule an appointment for their hair – skin treatments. Isn’t it a great idea to relax and rejuvenate too? Alternatively, sparing time for practicing Yoga will help you to do away with your mental mess.

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Shopping: Be it a grocery shopping or shopping of matching accessories with your new dress, nothing works better than the shopping therapy for ladies. Keep your buying list ready, check out the deals/Discounts during weekdays and let weekend shopping work as a ‘mood enhancer’ for you.

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Pending work: It’s important to have fun during the weekend but it’s equally essential to set aside some time to do your pending work (no matter how simple or meager it is) because it will keep you get going for the whole week ahead. i.e. get your laundry done, arrange the cluttered cupboard, plan your work wear for the week, cleaning your room etc.

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Though working women can always plan their weekend in such a way that they can make the most out of it, they should keep a room for the unplanned/ non-scheduled things for the weekend – like helping your child with his school project.

We’re approaching a weekend in two days with a special day for the mothers. So this weekend, celebrate it with your momma the great. Happy Weekend!

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9 Yoga Aasanas You Must Try This Summer Season

Summer is hitting boundaries and sixes and it’s time to take care of your health and feel energetic. Summer is the time to put your woolens away and put your cotton on for dressing up in lighter shades of yellow, white and blue. It also means you keep yourself well hydrated and protected from the heat. Summer is also the best time of the year to practice yoga. Our muscles are comparatively warm in this season so they are easier to stretch and relax during the summer. Also, as we practice yoga during summer, we perspire more which is good to get rid of the toxins from the body and open the filled pores of our skin. A girl must keep her lifestyle good and healthy during the summer season. The yoga during the summer makes the skin bright and radiant with a long-lasting glow. International Yoga trainer Vibha Pranaam who is the founder of  Trance Yog Fitness in London, United Kingdom suggests us the 9 Yoga Aasanas all the girls must do this summer to keep oneself fit and healthy are:

1. Padmasana:

Place your right leg over your left thigh and left leg over your right thigh. Bring your feet close to your groins. Straighten your spine. Keep a mudra (Gyan Mudra: the first fingertip touching the tip of your thumb) and both the hands resting on the respective knees. Keep your spine straight. Stay steady with focus on the even breath. Practice it with closed eyes for better benefits of the asana. Duration: 1 to 5 minutes.

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2. Janu Sirsasana:

Sit in the position of Dandasana (extended legs in front). Bend your right leg, press the sole of your right foot against the inner thigh of left leg. Exhale stretch and fold forward, grasp your left foot. Rest your fore-head, chin on your knees or you can use a cushion to support your fore-head to rest on. Stay steady with normal focused breathing. To come out of the asana, inhale and gently roll up. Repeat on the other side, by alternating your legs. Duration: 1 to 3 minutes, on each side.

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Janu Sirsasana - Vibha Pranaam - girl blog india

 

3. Paschimotanasana:

Sit in Dandasana. Inhale and raise your hands upwards and lengthen your spine. Exhale and stretch forward and hold your feet or big toe. Loosen your shoulder, rest your chest on your thighs and your head on your knees. Close your eyes and just relax. Stay steady with focused breathing. To come out of the asana, inhale and gently roll up. Duration: 1 to 5 minutes.

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4. Vajrasana:

From dandasana, bend both your legs and come to kneeling position, sit on the heels with the calves beneath the thighs. Stretch your lower legs backward and keep them together. Your big toes should cross each other. Let your buttocks rest on your heels and your thighs on your calf muscles. Spine erect, place your palms on your knees and gaze forward, eyes closed. Stay steady with normal focused breathing. Duration: 1 to 8 minutes.

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5. Uttana Shishosana (Extended Puppy Pose):

Adjust yourself into table-top position (Come on the floor on your hands and knees), palms in a line of your shoulder, knees in a line of your hips, feet flat on the ground. Gently, walk with your hands out as you drop your chest down towards the floor, rest your forehead or chin on the floor. Keep hips in a line with the knees and arms shoulder-width apart. Stay steady with normal focused breathing. Duration: 1 to 3 minutes.

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6. Adho Mukha Svanasana (Downward-Facing Dog):

Adjust yourself into table-top position (Come onto the floor on your hands and knees), exhale and lift your knees away from the floor. Keep the knees slightly bent and the heels lifted from the floor. Lengthen your tailbone. Lift the sitting bones up towards the ceiling. Palms grounded onto the floor with figures spread. Gently push chest in towards the thighs. Stay steady with slow focused breathing. Duration: 1 to 5 minutes.

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7. Shashankasana:

Sit in Vajarasana (sit on your knees with the legs stretched backward). The big toes will cross each other while heels parted from each other. Lower your buttocks in such a way that your heels touch the hips. Place your hands on the thigh, keep the arms straight and Inhale, raise them parallel to the thighs and further, above the head. While you exhale stretch and fold forward from the trunk, straighten the spine and rest your forehead onto the floor. Close your eyes, stay steady with slow focused breathing. To come out of the asana, Inhale slowly raise the arm above the head, while exhale bring the arms down. Duration: 1 to 5 minutes.

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8. Viparita Karni or (Legs-Up-the-Wall Pose): 

Come in supine sleeping position, hands by the side of your hips, palms facing the floor, inhale slowly raise both the legs to a 90-degree angle from the floor. Raise your waist and hips from the floor and take the legs back over the head. Place both the hands below the waistline to support and straighten the legs. Toe pointed to the ceiling. The trunk of your body should be at 45-degree angle from the floor. Steady gaze your toes and stay the asana. Stay steady with slow focused breathing.

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9. savasana (Relaxation):

Lie down on your back and relax your body and mind to gain the benefits of this asana. During this pose, close your eyes, breathe naturally, and practice eliminating tension from the body. Experience your inner self with closed eyes and focus. Ideally, this posture lasts for 10 to 25 minutes. However, even a few minutes of Savasana is said to have powerful benefits.

Yoga Aasanas

Yoga is good for health but it is good for health even in summer! Go ahead with the above-mentioned yoga asanas to beat the heat. For any query related to yoga, feel free to contact Vibha on her website Trans Yoga Fitness or send her email at vibhapranaam@gmail.com.

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5 Tips for Body Cleansing To Get Miracle Result This Summer

Let’s beat the heat with healthifying yourself this summertime! Call it detox or cleansing or weight management, summer can prove to be the best time of year to detox/cleanse your body. Whilst the temperature be high we naturally tend to eat light, which ultimately dealt to make the body cleansing process easy. Cleansing of the body needs to be done for better health, fight obesity and illness. Removing toxins/cleansing the body can be done through perspiration & urination.

Here are some of the best and most effective ways that unlock the power of food and drinks to detox or manage weight during summertime.

1. Water Hydration: Hydrating your body is best done with water. Summer means a great necessity for water and to keep it maximum hydrated drinking water is essential.

As people say ‘you must drink as much water as possible’,  you must consider this fact and you should at least drink 3-4 litres water a day.

 

2. Healthy Food: Watermelon, cucumber, lemon, spinach, and mint are some of the selected food items and that are most advised and recommended for summer. Rich in nutrients and low in calories and are also easily available in the market.

Increase the intake of fruits

3. Detox drinks or Infused Water: The combination of different fruits and spices can make some healthy and delicious drinks to enjoy the whole day. The flavorous water is easy to drink for those who cannot drink normal water. Combining lemon, ginger, mint & cucumber in a jar and keep it aside for 6 hours and then drink it. You can try fruits like sliced apple flavoured with a cinnamon stick.

4. Mouthwatering Juices: Juices of beetroot, carrot, cucumber, green juice (made out of mint, coriander, spinach) are enriched with fibre and full of nutrients. [Believe it or not but the green juice actually tastes like pani-puri wala pani :)]

5. Positivity & Excercise: Exercise, peaceful mind and positivity can always be cheery on your cake. Food and drinks can help release toxins out of the body through urination, exercise can help release toxins through perspiration and healthy means you also need to keep your body involved in some physical activity.

Try these tips this summer and also let us know how some of your mantra for detoxification. We would love to listen to your experiences if you can share with us in the comment below!

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6 Ways to Make Your Periods Sustainable

Periods or menstrual cycle is something which comes every month and smashes your thrilling plans as it comes with uneasiness, cramps, stress, hormonal shuffle and mood disorders. Every female has various stories to tell on the plans which were canceled due to monthly cycles. Still one has to gulp the pain and smile as it is not treated as an excuse anywhere. Well, Including this tips in your lifestyle can help you reduce those cramps and be more energetic and cheerful even on those 5 days.

5 Days of Period Cycle
1. Drink Lots of Water: Having more of Liquids and water before a week of your expected date will help you maintain the PH balance in the body as well as keep you hydrated. This hydration in the body manages the flow resulting in reducing the pain.

Drink lots of water

2. Increase the Intake of Fruits: Fruits help in giving us essential nutrients like vitamins and minerals which maintains the core’s health and detoxifies your body. Increase the Intake of fruits before a week of your expected date of your Periods as it will clean your gut thus reducing the waste which results in reducing the amount of waste in the body. Now you feel less pain on your menstrual cycles as your body is clean beforehand and can process easily.

Increase the intake of fruits

3. Avoid Junk Food: As they say, if you eat right you would not feel pain during your periods. Try to maintain a healthy lifestyle throughout but make sure you avoid Junk food specifically a week before your Period date. This will surely make your periods bearable and you will suffer less.

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4. Avoid Consuming Alcohol: Alcohol has surely become a part of celebrations nowadays but its consumption before a week of cycles and during cycles could decrease the PH balance of the body, lower down the hydration and cause discomfort during periods. Minimizing the intake if necessary could be an option if could not avoid completely. Make sure to detoxify its effects to reduce the agony during cycles.

Avoid consuming alcohol

5. Exercise More: Increasing the intensity of the workout before 5 days of cycles helps in keeping the stomach and body active. This functional body can tackle the extra effort body needs to do which helps in maintaining the routine with a genuine smile and not the one which is hiding the pain.

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6. Keep Yourself Happy and Motivated: It is normal to lose your calm, get irritated easily during that ‘time of the month’ but it is equally important for us to keep the mood uplifted. Do whatever makes you happy like eating dark chocolates, talking to someone you are close to or watching a movie. Keep yourself busy so that you do not think about pain much.

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This ways are easy to incorporate into the daily lifestyle and can work like magic on those 5 days. This little changes and you are ready to dance on your toes even during your periods.

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This Summer Enjoy CuttingPaani to Save Half A Glass of Water for Others

World Water Day on 22 March this year proved to be the most effective water day we have seen in last many years. With the power of social media, people have literally spread the message to save water. Many states in India are already facing a scarcity of water in the very starting season of Summer. The message of ‘Save water’ is not limited to one day only and we all must become serious to save water till the monsoon season arrives in India. The recent campaign by Livpure is spreading the message of ‘Save water’ by promoting the campaign CuttingPaani.

The campaign is spreading the message on the social media to drink water as per the need. The hashtag #cuttingpaani is also getting popular on Twitter. This initiative is making all of us think about saving at least half a glass of water when we go feel thirsty. The bottom line is not to waste the water if our thirst is half.

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cutting paani campaign by girl in neighbour

Our team of Girl in neighbour decided to support this campaign and started using a half glass of water only if they are not so thirsty. At our office, we have started serving the half glass water to the clients and guests. If they want more then only we are offering more water. The point is not that we don’t want to offer more water but we believe if the person needs more water to drink, he can definitely ask for more.

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Team Girl in Neighbour enjoys Cutting Paani
The cuttingpaani party
The cutting paani party by team Girl in Neighbour

The campaign by Livepure has some beautiful videos too which are shared on Youtube channel. These videos make us thinking about how can we save the water at home, office and at restaurants.

We all have taken a pledge to save water at our office and at our homes too. We are already facing water issue in our city Surat, Gujarat and hence this campaign automatically comes near to our hearts. The concept of Cutting Paani must reach out to the maximum people and we all must save the water in any possible sense. Let us all enjoy “Cutting Paani” this summer! Cheers!!

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5 Workout Options to Choose Over Gym or Machines

Is your gym workout routine making you really happy? The only thing that motivates you to skip the sound sleep and workout is getting in shape? Then this is the time to wake up for real and choose another workout options which makes your mind, body and soul happy. The workout should be interesting and involve every cell of the body rather than having a Leg day, Lower body day or Upper body day. Let us make you aware of options one can choose over Gym and have power pack mornings

1. Power Yoga/Yoga: Everyone is aware of the advantages of Yoga and must have tried somewhere or the other. Some enjoy doing it every day with zeal and some might not get involved in it thoroughly and wish something full of energy. Well, Power Yoga is what you are looking for. Power Yoga needs the involvement of the whole body and requires a lot of energy. Certain body parts have stubborn fat which gets really on a nerve when you wish to reduce. Power Yoga is a good workout option to choose especially for girls as this days hormonal imbalances are increasing and with continuity in this workout, one can even get there hormones balance.

2. Zumba/Aerobics: Specials classes are there all around the country which is dedicated to Zumba and aerobics only also they have the facility of Only Female batches. This kind of workout is playful and fun yet leaves you in sweat by the end. Different fitness studios have different routines and style to follow as Zumba and aerobics both can have variations and huge variety. Ladies can choose the kind of Zumba workout they like and enjoy it with a friend.

3. SuryaNamaskar at Home: If you are among those busy bees and cannot find time to join any classes or Gym then suryanamaskar comes to your rescue. Can be done at home easily. Doesn’t require any sort of expenses to be done related to shoes or clothes. It’s just you and your dedication to maintain the continuity and do this work out with correct postures and you are ready to get involved in your busy schedule. 20 minutes a day in the morning, 10 suryanamskars for 21 days and you would see visible results.

4. Pilates: Pilates is another form of workout which is good to choose for weight training, increase flexibility, and get better posture and shape. Pilates is not known by many thus to get maximum result look for a trainer who is specialized in this training to get best guidance and results.

5. Choose a Sport: Sports like basketball, tennis, badminton, volleyball, gymnastics, and many more can be opted according to your preferences and choice. Sports increase discipline in an individual, increases focus and helps in losing weight by playing games in a correct way.

Girls, the ultimate motive is to lose weight but your goal should be to lose those kilos in style and fun way. This would be satisfactory and continuity can be maintained easily if you enjoy your morning exercise sessions. You can also maintain your health if you are following your regular healthy diet.

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Women’s Day is Not a Day to Praise Professionally Strong Women Only

In today’s time, a woman has reached the peak in each and every field. She walks parallel with a man in all aspects and that too successfully.  But behind the professionally successful person whether man or woman there is an unprofessional mother, mother-in-law, a wife, a sister or a daughter. While the world is celebrating Women’s Day, we have few things to introspect and think seriously about the stature of women in our life. Women’s Day is not merely giving recognition to the one who is professionally strong but to those women also who are sacrificing their personal likings for the growth of her son and husband.

On this occasion of “Women’s Day”, we all give respect to the ladies who are doing very well in their professional fields but we should not forget that if lady is handling her career very well, is just because of another lady who is taking care of her home, her children, maybe her mother-in-law or mother because handling home is as difficult as handling a company where different members of the family has different mindset and that has to be taken care very carefully.

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Mother is responsible for the nurturing of her child
Family comes first for the woman

Mother of highly qualified professionals, big business tycoons are not known to the world but we should not forget that if a person has reached professional height it is because of his mother who had sacrificed her life for her child’s studies, his activities, happiness by forgoing her own hobbies, rest, and leisure happily just to see her child’s  life successful.

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The woman sacrifices her own career for her children

Jobs of housewives are always ignored in our society. At the end of the day, she is always asked the question “ Pura din ghar per beth kar karti kya ho?”. I must urged to that person that being a housewife is a big challenge because a man goes to earn out of the home but she is the one who cook food for the family, helping the children in studies, teaching good habits, taking care of the elder family members, handling many social affairs and at times taking many social responsibilities of her husband with smiling face without any complaint.

So let’s celebrate the feminine power of working as well as non-working ladies. Women’s day is not just to praise the efforts of working women but to every woman who is responsible for the betterment of her family and the society.

 

 

 

Periods

5 Tips A Girl Can Use To Make Days of Periods Happy

When did you last enjoy your outing with your friends or family when you were in periods? Menstruation is the most unfavorable days for any girl as it always gives many discomforts such as mood swing, weakness, Irritation as well as pain from normal to severe. Though still we Indian consider period as taboo and so many superstitions we still follow. A girl must come out of shyness and must learn to live her life freely. If you have no money to buy sanitary napkins (or pads) then also you must save money to buy excellent quality pads every month to keep your self-hygienic and safe. Even after using the pads one can not guaranty the happiness in the life of the girl. Here are 5 tips to make your day happy when you are in periods.

5 tips for making your heavy days-happy days!

1. Change the pads often: One should change their sanitary pads in every 4 to 5 hours to avoid infection and itching. In the case of unavailable of bathroom or safe place to change your pad, try to find the nearest place of your relative or friend where you can go to change the pad. Never change your pad in public washroom as it can spread infection.

2. Have pads handy: During traveling or in the office or in colleges or in schools have your pads handy so that you can change it quickly if an emergency of heavy bleeding occurs.

3. Destroy Used sanitary products properly: Never throw your pads in the Open or public places as it spreads heavy bacteria. Use incinerator machines to dispose of it as it will destroy the pads with short circuit and convert them into Ashes. Do this also to keep others free from any bacterial infection. This will make you happy too!

4. Wear dark clothes: Heavy bleeding may sometimes be creating a spot on your clothes which may create an embarrassing situation for any girl may be in office, or school or anywhere. Thus, to avoid such embarrassment put on dark clothes.

5. Get rid of body odor with Neem leaves bath: In a bucket full of warm water, soak Neem leaves for at least 30 minutes and then take the bath with the same. A bath during the period is refreshing and adding the Neem leaves to it will help you to get rid of the odor. Use good fragrance deodorant and use it frequently to keep yourself fresh entire day.

While the entire nation is waving hands to the movie Padman releasing soon in cinemas, my team believes that wearing the pad during periods is the right of every girl and no one should feel shame in using it or even discussing without it. Go and buy pads for you and ask the shopkeeper not to wrap it in a newspaper or not to give in the black plastic bag. You are a girl and you are using pad; there is nothing to feel shame. Enjoy the feminism!