Healing the ancient way: Panchakarma

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We asked Dr. Jayshree Padole, BAMS, MD (Ayu), an Ayurvedic doctor and therapist to share her insights on the ancient science of Ayurveda. In the passage below, she speaks about Panchkarma – a five-step cleansing and rejuvenating program most of us urban people should consider.

Dr. Padole: Panchakarma (Vaman, Virechan, Basti, Raktamokshan and Nasya) is a cleansing and rejuvenating program for the body, mind and consciousness. It is known for its beneficial effects on overall health, wellness and self-healing.

According to Ayurveda, health, happiness and an inner sense of wellbeing mark the natural state of our being. Ayurveda defines health as a body which is clear of toxins, a mind at peace where emotions are calm and happy, wastes are efficiently eliminated and organs function normally. Continue reading Healing the ancient way: Panchakarma

Desk exercises that are great return on investment for your body

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Eight or ten hours in the office and most of us are looking for the most comfortable place to sink in. All the mind work, some of it tedious, does a lot of us in. And many of us use that one drink to feel better (and smokers do even worse), which then turns into another drink. In short, that is office life for you.

However, it does not have to be that way. First of all, you can definitely feel much more sprightly with a little smarter use of your body while at the desk. And the other thing is, it keeps you from going fat. Anyone will tell you that they put on those extra pounds because they sat on the desk and worked to make money for a ‘better’ life. Yes, it is ironic.

While at your office desk, you can actually exercise without really disrupting your work. And this will mean you don’t have to do that extra half hour at the gym (provided you are the kind that actually goes to the gym post work).

Do these (desk) workouts and get great return on investment! Continue reading Desk exercises that are great return on investment for your body

Characteristics that make mentally tough people what they are

thomas-edison-quotesIf things are going wrong (and they often do, if Murphy is to be believed), how you cope up with it gives an indication of how mentally strong you are. If you see an individual all riled up because the job he thought was his for sure did not fall into his lap, you know that the mind is not in the best shape. So that we may understand how to deal with adversities that life puts before us, it is important to understand how mentally strong people deal with situations and what traits they employ to get there. Mental strength is an amalgamation of emotional intelligence, grit, resilience, self-control, mental toughness and mindfulness. Here is a quick glance at how mentally strong people behave, according to Ryan Holiday, the author of the forthcoming book Obstacle is the way: Continue reading Characteristics that make mentally tough people what they are