Yoga & Health

The Science of Sun-Salutation  (Kriya Jnayiru Vanakkam)

 

 

 

 

Yogi Ram Sunthar demonstrating Sun-Salutation (10-poses asending and 10-poses descending order).

These poses should be practised everyday before 9am and after 5pm, to gain Vitamin “D” from the sun light.

 

 

 

 

 Yogi Ram Sunthar & Melanie Sunthar demonstrating  Hatha Yoga Asanas (exercises): 

 

Natural Herbs  for Health:

Spirulina  Scientific name (Arthrospira Plantensis)

World Food Conference of 1974, the United Nations lauded spirulina as being possibly “the best food for the future”.

Stated by NASA: “The Nutritional value of 1kg spirulina is equivalent to 1,000kgs of assorted fruits and vegetables”.

Health benefits:

Spirulina is called a super food. Imagine a vegetable with more protein than soy, more Vitamin A than carrots, more iron than beef,   low in fat, low calorie and cholesterol-free. It is easy to digest. Spirulina is 65 to 70 percent complete protein, with all essential amino acids in perfect balance, beef is only 22 percent protein.

It helps combat problems like diabetes and anaemia. Especially good for the brain and heart. Some Japanese researchers claim that Spirulina, because of the high concentration of its nutrients, is useful in helping diabetics control their food cravings and decrease their insulin intake.

It also helps to combat cancer, arthritis and cataracts. The Gama linolic acid present in spirulina dissolves fat deposits, helps prevent heart problems and reduces ‘bad cholesterol’. The National Cancer Institute, USA, has additionally announced that sulfolipids in spirulina are remarkably active against the AIDS virus. Regular intake of spirulina increases anti-viral activity, stimulates the immune system, reduces kidney toxicity, protects from oxidant stress, improves wound healing and reduces radiation sickness.

What is spirulina?

Spirulina is a tiny blue-green algae in the shape of a perfect spiral coil.

 Spirulina grows naturally in mineral-rich alkaline lakes which can be found on every continent, often near volcanoes. Biologically speaking, it is one of the oldest inhabitants of the planet.

Since its re-discovery in the 60s, spirulina has been exhaustively and extensively tested by scientists around the world, and is found to be the most powerful and well-balanced source of

nutrition available on the planet.

How to take spirulina

The recommended daily intake is 1-4 grams. Spirulina powder can be added to fruit or vegetable juices.  It is tasty in soups, salads, pasta, or mixed with yoghurt.

Special tip: make a fresh orange or lemon juice and add a teaspoon of spirulina, stir well and drink it.

Spirulina Contains: vitamin A, B1 (thiamine), B2 (riboflavin), B3 (niacin), B6 (pyridoxine), B12 (cobalamin), vitamin C, vitamin D, vitamin E, folate, vitamin K, biotin, pantothenic acid, beta carotene (source of vitamin A), inositol.
Calcium, manganese, iron, chromium, phosphorus, molybdenum, iodine, chloride, magnesium, sodium, zinc, potassium, selenium, germanium, copper, boron. phycocyanin, chlorophyll, carotenoids.

Available in all health food stores, but it is very expensive. (Check the prices). If anyone is interested, please contact us for high quality vegetarian spirulina tablets, grown by simple eco-friendly methods in South India, without the use of herbicides or pesticides and sun-dried, which gives it a special energy and a wonderful taste. 50 pure 750mg tablets in a 66ml air tight bottle will cost 6.00 pounds. Also available in 100ml, packets £6 pounds.    

“Let your food be your medicine and your medicine your food” …………. ……………………………………..Hippocrates

NEEM LEAF  (Azadirachta indica)

The neem tree, a cousin of the Mahogany tree is well known in India and Sri Lanka as “Shivanar-Vembu’.

It is often referred to as the ‘village pharmacy’ as it has antibacterial, anti fungal, and blood purifying properties, and is therefore good for treating many common ailments such as heart disease, high blood pressure, blood clots, cholesterol, poor blood circulation, blood poisoning, kidney disorders, heart burn, indigestion, ulcers, gastritis and haemorrhoids and anxiety .

Regular consumption of Neem leaves will cleanse the intestines, blood

and kidneys,  strengthen the liver and boost the immune system.

Mahatma-Gandhi ate fresh neem leaves with his meal (autobiography of a yogi (Paramhamsa yogananda).  

Each capsule contains 350 mg of pure Neem leaf powder. 100% vegetarian, gelatine-free capsules. Recommended daily intake 2-4 capsules.

 

Tibetan Goji Berries

Tibetan Goji Berries are a true “super” food, very rich in vitamin C, 500 times more vitamin C than oranges. Good source of vitamin A, nine times the beta carotene in carrots. Also have vitamins E , B1, B2, and B6,

Rich source of selenium and germanium. Goji berries have about eighteen amino acids and 20 trace minerals.

Goji berries are good for the immune system and stimulate the release of growth hormone by the pituitary gland. Goji berries have been accepted traditionally, as strength building, longevity and linked to sexual potency.

In some study groups with elderly people given Goji berries showed appetite improvement, patients slept better, and some patients partially recovered their sexual function.

Goji berries have been traditionally regarded as a longevity, strength-building, and sexual potency food of the highest order. In several study groups with elderly people the berry was given once a day for 3 weeks, many beneficial results were experienced and 67% of the patients T cell transformation functions tripled and the activity of the patients white cell interleukin-2 doubled. In addition, the results showed that all the patients spirit and optimism increased significantly, appetite improved in 95% of the patients, 95% of the patients slept better, and 35% of the patients partially recovered their sexual function.

A healthy daily intake of Goji berries is about a small handful. Goji berries may be used as snacks or mixed with recipes or smoothies like other dried fruits.

are a true “super” food, very rich in vitamin C, 500 times more vitamin C than oranges. Good source of vitamin A, nine times the beta carotene in carrots. Also have vitamins E , B1, B2, and B6.