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5 Natural Allergy Cures you would Never Think to Try


Allergy season has been hitting us about two weeks earlier than normal for the past few years. The culprit? Climate change: Drier, warmer air is prompting trees to release their annoying pollen prematurely. Stay sniffle-free with 5 foods and herbs that will build your defenses.

red-onions
Red Onions
  1. Red Onions

The outer flesh of this aromatic bulb is high in quercetin (about 40 milligrams per onion), an antioxidant that has anti-inflammatory and antihistamine powers. It may work by reducing DNA damage and a number of histamines our bodies make in response to dust, pollen, and other allergens. Quercetin is also found in apples (7 mg per apple) and in red wine (two mg per glass). While every little bit counts, you will need to take a supplement to get the recommended 500 mg/day.

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Nettle Tea
  1. Nettle Tea and Extract

Extract from nettle, leafy herb, a thorny, can help protect mast cells by lessening their breach during an allergic backlash, according 
to a study in Phytotherapy Research. This means fewer chemicals like prostaglandins, cytokines, and histamines get spewed into your body 
to bring on nasty symptoms. 
You can take nettle as a capsule (500 mg/day), or drink a tea or tincture the extract in liquid mode.

astragalus
Astragalus
  1. Astragalus

This classical Chinese herb may help the body adapt to illness and stress with its anti-inflammatory, antiviral properties, and antibacterial. One study found that it helps reduce allergy symptoms. Try dried astragalus root in capsule form (about 1,500 mg/day) with your doctor’s grace, of course.

butterbur
Butterbur
  1. Butterbur

Extract from the roots and leaves of this shrub were found to be just as effective at fighting allergy manifestation as some over the counter antihistamines, according to researchers in Europe. Take 50 to 100 mg twice per day, recommend by Evangeline Lausier, MD, assistant professor of medicine at Duke University.

orange
Orange
  1. Oranges

This fruit can pack up to 100 milligrams of vitamin C, a powerful antioxidant, and antihistamine that can help block the chemicals that cause a runny nose, itchy eyes and swelling. Preliminary research suggests that allergy symptoms may increase when you eat high doses of vitamin C (up to 2,000 mg per day). “Try to drink several glasses of orange juice every day,” says Marianne Frieri, MD, chief of allergy and immunology at New York’s Nassau University Medical Center.

 

Author: Yogi Chetan Mahesh

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10 Reasons People have to Start Doing Yoga immediately


the main reasons because the people should practice yoga are:

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Main Reasons to Start Yoga Practice Immediately

1) Stress reliever: The main reason the stress is decreased in a yoga class is because the breathing control that you should manage. Also, the stretch helps to release the muscles were the stress is been accumulated. That helps the whole body including the brain to feel calmer.

2) Strength the body: There are several muscles, joints, and ligaments of the body that will increase their potency. Yoga has inverted poses, standing and sitting poses that work in specifics parts of the body to strengthen through the body weight.

 3) Increase the immune system: That usually happened when the stress is relieved from the body. The sympathetic system is the one that active the stress by the “flight and fight” response. This is the one that is turned off when practicing yoga. And then the parasympathetic system the one that is responsible for the relaxation is turned on. When the sympathetic system is on then the body by hormonal excretion will suppress off the immune system.

4) Help the muscular system: Because the breath is controlled and the muscles are warm up, there is more flow of oxygen into the blood stream and the muscles are getting contracted and stretching. Which helps to maintain firm and tone.

5) Helps to gain flexibility: The joints and the ligaments to stretch and the muscles to be the stretch too.

6) Help to strengths the skeletal system: The bones are getting more nutrients, as the blood stream has been invigorating by the movement and contraction of the muscles. Also, will helps to maintain the cartilages healthy by the stretching of the muscles.

7) Energize the body: When the heart rate increases the blood reach the whole body with more oxygen and bring more energy.

8) Detoxify: When you are sweating the body is excreting the salt and acids that were no longer need for the body.

9) Increase digestive system: There are special poses that help to give a massage to the internal organs to active them.

10) Helps to sleep problems: when you reduce the amount of stress in your body the body will feel more relax and stable.

 

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A meditation to check your ego


Ah, the alarming ego. It gets a bad rap, but your ego may actually be the key to happiness. If you know how to work with it. Try this simple on the question “Who am I?

5-Step “Who Am I?” Meditation

  1. Settle into your body.

Come into a convenient, seated posture, with your eyes closed, and your hands folded in your lap. Augment your back, and let your chin move back so you feel as if your head is being suspended by a cord from the ceiling. Scan your body, observing and softening any tightness in the shoulders, face, thighs, belly, arms, and hands. Take five deep inhalations and exhalations.

  1. Focus on your breath.

Become attentive of the rise and fall of the breath. Let your breathing be instinctive and relaxed as it brings you into the current moment. Feel the coolness of the breath as it flows in the nose and the warmth as it flows out. Attention where you feel the breath in your body. Do you sense it in the chest and shoulders? In the diaphragm or belly?

Meditation

  1. Quiet the mind.

Appreciating the flow of the breath, puff with the thought “I am.” Feel the energy of the words mingling with your breath, flowing into your SIBinner body. Then, with the exhalation, feel the space that these words leave in your consciousness. Continue to repeat the authentic mantra “I am” without attaching any other thoughts to it. Stay here for several minutes if you can, granting yourself to become more and more relaxed.

  1. Practice inquiry.

 

As your mind quiets, begin to drop in the question, “Who am I, without words? Without thoughts? Without memories or emotions?” Pay attention to the awareness that opens up. If words or emotions arise, grant them to be there. Identify them—“thoughts,” “sadness,” or “confusion”—and return to the question. You’re not looking for an answer. Look past the answers that arise to experience the bare awareness that is your sense of being, of pure existence.

  1. Rest in awareness.

This sense of pure existence is there, and as you practice this meditation, it will finally reveal itself. Continue your inquiry, and see if you can lightly rest for a second or two in the wordless awareness that immediately follows the question. The opening into awareness may only last for a few seconds. If you get hung up on your thoughts, start over: Return to the breath, and the mantra “I am.” Then, ask the question again, and notice what arises. Stay with the practice for as few as 5 minutes or as many as 20 minutes. Then open your eyes, and return to your day.

 

Author: Yogi Chetan Mahesh

 

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Stoke Your Spirit: Achieve True Meditation


The Yoga Sutra of Patanjali: Kaivalya Pada
Now we have arrived at the final chapter of Patanjali’s Yoga Sutra. It is labeled as Kaivalya Pada, which translates as isolated and absolutely pure. This is the culmination of the yogi’s sadhana, or practice. It is said that when a yogi reaches the state in which he or she is no longer a slave to their own mind, true and eternal liberation, or moksha, has been achieved. The meaning of this chapter was described to me as the state in which consciousness rests on itself.

See also Stoke Your Spirit: Using the Body to Access the Spirit

What Is True Meditation?
As one progresses in their spiritual practice, the asanas and pranayama (poses and breathwork) lead organically to a mind that can begin to new1concentrate (dharana). When concentration has been achieved, then the mind is ready for the higher realms of meditation (dhyana). True meditation as Patanjali defined it is much deeper and profound than we can imagine. It is here in this state that we begin to practice self-realization, or the art of getting to know ourselves better and better. When we are in true absorption or meditation, the differences we may believe about ourselves and others begin to fade away. This is the juiciest part of the practice, and it’s here that we start to catch glimpses of what samadhi, or enlightenment, truly is. As Bob Marley says, we are all one love—the only walls of separation are created by the human ego.

See also Stoke Your Spirit: Achieve the Superpowers of Yoga

Achieving Freedom From the Mind
Therefore, it only makes sense to tear down the walls through the practice and study of yoga. It is only when we realize that the mind is simply another sense organ and is made up of the collection of imprints that life puts on it that we start to see that we are so much more than our minds. Something I say all the time in class when I am teaching is to be careful not to believe everything we think, especially about ourselves! When our mind is unfettered by ego desires and judgments, it is then and only then that we can truly be free. So, it only makes sense to follow the path of yoga sincerely and patiently if we hope to be free. I know for sure that that is one of the reasons why I continue to practice and teach this ancient art and science that is yoga. May all beings everywhere be free and happy!

 

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How to plan your Yoga Retreat in India


People mostly take vacation to get away from hard work and no play, filled with stress in day to day life, but students are increasingly using their hard-earned holidays to deepen their yoga practices by combining travel to exotic places with intensive yoga programs.

If you are considering going on a yoga retreat, these tips will help you know what to expect and ensure that you will have a great, relaxing trip.

Night in Rishikesh
Night in Rishikesh

How to Pick a Yoga Retreat

Go With What You Know:

The best ways to go on a yoga retreat is to sign up for one, led by a local studio or regular certified teacher. Running these retreats in tropical locales, has become big business for studios and independent teachers. They go out of their way to make sure that everything goes smoothly and one gets a good yoga instructor.

Reach for the Best:

Signing up with the best for a retreat with one of yoga’s leading teachers or well-known studios means, you will definitely be treated well. Again, these teachers have their vested interest (their reputations) in ensuring that you have a good time and get the value for money. In addition, many yoga studios run their retreats as yoga teacher training programs. If you have reached a level where you have mastered 1 or more styles of yoga, then it can be a great way to earn as a registered yoga teacher (RYT) certification while on vacation.

Got money, get fancied:

If you have got big bucks, many luxury spas have yoga on the menu.

This is a great way to relax, get pampered, and do some yoga on the side. Going for a luxury spa with yoga may result in a sacrifice in the quality of yoga lessons, so this option is only for those who just want a little yoga with their mud baths, seaweed wraps, and hot stone massages.

Stay Stateside:

There are many excellent retreat options in India, the majority of which are in Rishikesh in North India and Kerala in South India.

What to Expect at Yoga Retreats

You Get What You Pay For:

If something sounds too good to be true, it probably is. So, if you go the bargain route, expect rustic accommodations. If you are OK with living conditions that are closer to camping facilities than a hotel, this can be a good way to save some money. Some retreats will offer shared or dormitory-style rooms at a discount. Food is almost always included in the price of the retreat, and usually features healthy, fresh, local cuisine. Airfare and transportation costs are NOT included, so make sure to consider them while budgeting.

Daily routine:

Yoga classes will usually be offered in the wee hours of morning and in the evening. Other activities may differ according to the focus of the retreat, but often include meditation. Some retreats organize a lot of extra activities, depending on their locations and may include things like hiking, camping, native dancing, musical evenings or even cooking classes for ayurvedic food. It will be a good idea to consider and clarify whether these activities will be part of the yoga retreat package or will they come at an added price.

Triveni Ghat
Triveni Ghat