Yoga for Gamers

All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy – this is a phrase we all have heard growing up. While the essence of this phrase was to emphasize on having a fine balance between working and enjoying your life, some might feel otherwise. For a select few, playing is all that there is to life. They can literally eat, drink, pray and sleep sports. Amongst this fine class of sports enthusiasts, a new breed has sprouted in the past decade or so. The couch is their arena, the headphones their headgear, and game controllers their accessories. Unless you’ve been living under the rock, there is a fair chance that you’ve come across the new age gamers who love spending hours in front of a TV or computer, and join clans across the globe with complete strangers, to wander off on dangerous quests.

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5 Yoga Poses to Fight Swine Flu

With Swine Flu spreading like wildfire, the panic amongst people has been on the rise too. To prevent this deadly virus from bringing you down on your knees, it’s important to take the arm yourself with necessary precautions. While medicines and vaccines can help avert and overpower the flu, one must work towards raising the immunity level to safeguard their health. Simple yoga poses like the ones mentioned below can help build immunity level and also strengthen your mind:

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Cupid’s Struck my Yoga Mat!!

Valentine’s Day is back! For some it’s a pressure test, for others it’s about butterflies, for a few it’s about expressions and the rest just flow with the feeling! We are breaking the monotone this Valentine’s and making it adventurous! Breaking the ice with a new partner or deepening intimacy with your old flame will take a new meaning henceforth! Flowers, chocolates and diamonds can take a back seat and you can now connect with your favourite person on the Yoga mat! These six Yoga poses will help you have fun, recharge, and heat up the chemistry beyond the mat!

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How to take care of Back

Back bone is one of the crucial and delicate component in the human body structure. It is very important to take proper care of it to avoid back pain. Once person starts getting back pain than there are lots of efforts to get it cured.

back pain exercises and care

Following are some back pain preventive steps.

  • Sleeping with a pillow between the knees while lying on one side may increase comfort. Some physiotherapists and doctors recommend lying on your back with a pillow under your knees.
  • No specific back exercises were found that improved pain or increased functional ability in people with acute back pain. Exercise, however, may be useful for people with chronic back pain to help them return to normal activities and work.
  • Topical agents such as “deep heating rubs” have not been shown to be effective.
  • Some people seem to benefit from the use of ice or heat. These modalities are not considered to be harmful. However one needs to take care that he /she does not use a heating pad on “high” or place ice directly on the skin, or when using on a person with poor skin sensation
  • Most experts agree that prolonged bed rest is associated with a longer recovery period. Further, people on bed rest are more likely to develop depreesion, blood clot in the leg, and decreased muscle tone. Very few experts recommend more than a 48-hour period of decreased activity or bed rest. In other words, get up and get moving to the extent you can.
  • Lift with muscles on arms and legs. Do not use your back to lift things such as boxes, babies, etc. Avoid putting any pressure on your back. Do not hold heavy things to walk around for too long. Use a dolly or roller instead. Or ask someone with a strong back to help. When pick up things from the floor, use your legs to get up. Try to avoid bending your back.
  • Always have back support when sitting, including when riding a car. The back must be in contact with something such as cushion. Avoid sitting for too long without back support. Sitting on the floor or ground is a bad idea. Do not sit on your desk with your upper body leaning forward for too long. Change your position from time to time. During a rough ride on a car, wear seat belt to help “fixing” your body to the seat and back support.
  • Choose the type of chair very carefully. The arm rests must have proper height. Choose the keyboard height carefully to make sure your hands are not blocked to give extra pressure to your back while typing. The seat should not be too big in comparison with your hip. Otherwise, you would sit in front of your seat too long and get your back away from the support.
  • Get up from bed on the side using arms to push your body up instead of using your back to “fold” up facing up.
  • Choose bed carefully. Not too firm; not too soft. Some people love water bed. It makes me “sea-sick.” Whatever you can afford and makes you comfortable.
  • Exercise to strengthen the back muscle. There are specific back pain exercises that are designed to make your back muscle stronger. If the back muscle is stronger, it gives more support to your back.
  • When taking a shower, face away from the faucet so that your back is extended the other way around (bend your back backwards).
  • When standing, try to change position frequently. Raise one of your feet slightly from time to time and change the feet. When riding a train, try to get some back support to cushion the force from the running train. Whenever you can, find a seat to sit down while riding a bus or train. When climbing stairs, use rails and arms to help whenever you can. When in elevator, support your back by leaning against the wall or rail.
  • When pick up light items from the ground, raise one leg to the back to balance your body.
  • Our back bends forward most of the time. Try to bend to the back sometimes to balance it out. Stretch it!
  • Avoid injuries to your back during car accidents and sports such as skiing. Well, sometimes it’s out of our control. But while having fun, do not over do it. Avoid twisting your back and waist. I can actually feel something going on inside my back after one round of golfing since golfing involves twisting my waist while swinging and hitting the ball. Always warm up before exercise.
  • Try cold patches immediately after injuries and warm patches during recovery. Do not wear back support too tight for too long. It reduces blood circulation.

 

 

Reverse Prayer Pose (Paschim Namaskarasana)

Paschim = west. In this context, it means backside; namaskar = greeting; asana = pose

Paschim Namaskarasana or the Reverse Prayer pose is an upper body strengthening pose that works specifically on the arms and the abdomen. It is also known as Viparita Namaskarasana.

How to do Reverse Prayer Pose (Paschim Namaskarasana)

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Yoga for Motion Sickness

Motion sickness is caused by incongruence in our body’s sensory systems. For instance, on a slow-moving cruise ship, your eyes may tell the brain you’re not moving at all, but your vestibular and somatosensory systems say, “Yes we are!” This lack of synchronicity confuses the brain and causes a variety of symptoms,

motion sickness

1. Take control of the situation.
Not being in the driver’s seat can contribute to motion sickness when you’re traveling by car. The driver of a car is less prone to motion sickness than a passenger, presumably because the driver’s brain is using its motor commands to control the car and can predict the motion. Putting yourself behind the wheel will keep the queasiness at bay. If you must ride as a passenger, try sitting in the front seat, which confers a sense of greater control than riding in the back. If you get stuck in the back seat, try conversation and distraction to alleviate the anxiety of not being in control of the situation. Open a vent or source of fresh air if possible and avoid reading.

Yoga – the Ancient Health formula:

Yoga seemed to have answers for every health issue. Yoga is one of the oldest holistic health care systems, not just because of its fundamental healing approach, but also because of its many benefits for physical, mental and spiritual well being.
Yoga asana Postures help to improve stability, body balance, fight vertigo, improve digestion; treat nausea and dizziness help people with chronic motion sickness.

Yoga Routine to fight Motion Sickness:
It would be ideal to begin with a few rounds of Body rotations starting from Head to the Toes to flex the muscles and prepare the body for the asana postures. These are the Asanas which help you relax and ease the symptoms of motion sickness

2. Curb your consumption.
Watch your consumption of foods, drinks, and alcohol before and during travel. Avoid excessive alcohol, smoking, and foods or liquids that “do not agree with you” or make you feel unusually full. Foods with strong odors, heavy, spicy, or fat-rich foods may worsen symptoms of nausea or motion sickness in some people.

3. Get into position.
Try to choose a seat where you will experience the least motion. The middle of an airplane over the wing is the calmest area of an airplane. On a ship, those in lower level cabins near the center of a ship generally experience less motion than passengers in higher or outer cabins. Isolate yourself from others who may be suffering from motion sickness. Hearing others talk about motion sickness or seeing others becoming ill can sometimes make you feel ill yourself.

4. Equalize your sensory cues.
If you’re getting seasick, lie down to help your sensory systems become congruent. On a train, sit in a front-facing seat so your eyes relay the same movement cues as the vestibules of your inner ear. Also, when traveling by car or boat, it can sometimes help to keep your gaze fixed on the horizon or on a fixed point. The more you enhance sensory congruence, the less likely you are to get queasy.

5. Talk yourself down.
You actually can talk yourself out of motion sickness. A study found that “verbal placebos”—simply telling sailors they won’t get seasick—have been effective in preventing seasickness. Set your own expectations before traveling by saying aloud, “I’m not going to get carsick this time,” or using other affirmative self-talk. Learning breathing techniques by using biofeedback can help in this endeavor.