Health & Fitness

Fact- Why The Zika Virus Is Causing Alarm


There is no treatment or vaccine for Zika infection. (Reuters Photo)

Global health officials are racing to better understand the Zika virus behind a major outbreak that began in Brazil last year and has since spread to many countries in the Americas.

The following are some questions and answers about the virus and current outbreak:


Home Remedies for Dark Circles: How to Get Rid of Puffy Eyes Fast


Even some of the most stunning women often have to resort to concealers and make-up to hide their dark circles. Not only do these under-eye circles make you look much older than what you actually are, but they also have you looking ill or unhealthy.

Before we even begin this natural journey, let me tell you that dark circles take time to cure and require great discipline. A regular skin and health care program should be followed, by the book, so do not expect magic to happen overnight. (more…)

Flavour Boosters: Ayurvedic Herbs We Must Have in Our Kitchen


When it comes to sitting down for a meal, there is no greater feeling of satisfaction then being rewarded with delightful flavours. This is the reason why culinary masters go all out when it comes to perfecting the flavour in their dish, which could result from anything – from adding spices to herbs and more.

In Ayurvedic cooking, taste or rasa plays a very important role. And no, it doesn’t just have to do with making a dish delicious, but also delving deep into how all the ingredients put together can benefit your body and its well-being. Each ingredient has unique properties and it finds ways to make the most out of those benefits.

Herbs, the flavour boosters, have long held a prized spot in the kitchens. They still continue to be the magic ingredient used by many cooks to transform an ordinary dish into a memorable treat. They just never fail to impress. You can use them in a number of ways – as sprigs, chopped and mixed with other ingredients, or made into a paste and then used in marinades, curries, etc.

We bring you a round-up of 5 Ayurvedic herbs that are known for their signature flavour and health benefiting properties, and how you can use them in the kitchen (more…)

The Power Behind Setting An Intention In Yoga


Setting an intention or dedication for your yoga practice acts like a metaphor to translate your practice off your mat and into your life. It is a vehicle that makes yoga an aspect of your lifestyle, rather than something you do just for exercise.

Intention is different from dedication, which I’ll distinguish because it’s important to understand the purpose behind this practice. (more…)

Why Kids Need Yoga In Their Lives (Now More Than Ever)


More than ever, kids today are spending more time indoors, at home and sitting at their desks at school. Our children’s activities and definitions of “fun” shouldn’t be limited to television, iPads and video games.

Yoga allows us to interact with our children in a playful way, by fueling their imagination and lust for life. Yoga keeps children fit, excited and curious, while still proving educational. With time, a consistent yoga practice can help develop their emotional and social skills, among numerous other mental and physical benefits. (more…)

Yoga: Is it Worth it?


Illustration: Son of Alan for the Guardian

‘I’m convinced all the exercises exist purely to make you feel old and frail and infirm and much less fit than you actually are.’

What is it? An exercise, originating in ancient times, that focuses on strength and flexibility and… actually, look, it’s yoga. Everyone knows what yoga is. There’s a type of trouser named after it, for God’s sake. That’s how ubiquitous it is.

How much does it cost? Many gyms run free classes, or you can pay to join a dedicated studio. Or, if you’re nervous about farting around other people, as I am, you can use a YouTube video at home.

What does it promise? The NHS itself calls yoga “a safe and effective way to increase physical activity, especially strength, flexibility and balance”. It’s also thought to be good for back pain, blood pressure, heart disease and depression.

What’s it actually like? I have to confess that I went into yoga cocky. “It’s just bending over,” I thought. “How hard can it be?” As it turns out, it’s extraordinarily hard. The first pose in the workout I tried – Jillian Michaels’ Yoga Meltdown – was a backward lunge. It felt like it immediately tore my thigh in half. Worse still, you’re expected to hold the position for what seems like several calendar months. And it was only the first of many poses. I managed to finish the workout, but only just. There is a chance that I may have underestimated yoga a little.

Best and worst bit Over time, it’s clear that yoga would make me stronger and bendier. The downside, obviously, is all the exercises, which I’m convinced exist purely to make you feel old and frail and infirm and much less fit than you actually are.

Is it worth it? If you like being embarrassed by workouts that are much harder than they look, then definitely.

World Asthma Day: Air Pollution in Indian Cities Can Trigger Asthma


World Asthma Day is celebrated every year on May 5 in an attempt to increase awareness about asthma. It’s organized by the Global Initiative for Asthma (GINA) and this year the theme is ‘You can control your asthma‘.

Shortness of breath, cough and wheezing are all symptoms of asthma. Your chest feels tight and your throat goes dry, you gasp for breath and are unable to get enough air to the lungs. These are some of the very few symptoms of the chronic condition, asthma. (more…)

Things Which Stress You Out


You’ve tried all the popular remedies for stress, but you’re still jittery and tense. Perhaps there are some things causing you stress that you didn’t even know about. Here are some surprising factors that can be adding to your stress.  (more…)

Kickstart Your Day with Surya Namaskar


Do you want to turn your life around for the better? Do you want to enjoy good health, good looks, and good mental balance? Then surya namaskars are your mantra to all of these.

All you need is a 6X2 space, 15 minutes of time, and a good yoga mat. (more…)