Queen of all Yoga poses! Shoulderstand or Salamba Sarvangasana

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Hola!

Hope everyone is ready to kickstart this week. Well, I am feeling extra excited after my holidays. Last 3 weeks were amazing and obviously it went by super fast.

Today I am talking about mother of all asana; Shoulder Stand or Salamba Sarvangasana. B.K.S Iyengar referred shoulder stand as the Queen of Asana or Sarvangasana. In Iyengar’s own words (book of yoga) ’Light on Yoga’ “The importance of Sarvangasana cannot be over-emphasised. It is one of the greatest boons conferred on humanity by our ancient sages. Sarvangasana is the Mother of asanas. As a mother strives for harmony and happiness in the home, this asana strives for harmony and happiness in the human system. it is a panacea for most common ailments.”

Do you know what Sarvangasana actually means? In Sanskrit, Sarva means “all” or “entire” and Anga means “organ” or “body part.” Translated, it means “full body pose” because of its benefits for the whole body. Since it helps the entire body you ca not ignore the benefits from this pose. In fact Sri Dharma Mittra states that “some yogi’s only do this pose,” and it can be held from 30 seconds to 30 minutes. So Sarvangasana is cure to all: from common cold to constipation.

Here are some of the positive effects of Shoulder Stand:

1) Answer to thyroid imbalance: This pose is proven to balance thyroid and hypothalamus glands. It brings blood to the thyroid and parathyroid, helping them properly secrete hormones.

2)  Strengthens the heart and lungs: Due to the inverted position, it reduces strain on the heart. It gives the heart a break from working so hard and helps to oxygenate the lungs. This pose has positive effect on people suffering from asthma, bronchitis and throat ailments may get relief.

3) Soothes and calms the nervous system: Sarvangasana is an answer to people who are easily irritated or prone to anger or nervous breakdowns. Daily practice of Sarvangasana will stabilise and make you less reactive to life’s circumstances.

4) Reduces constipation: Because of the inversion and change in gravitation the bowels move freely and constipation is relieved.

5) Activates throat chakra ( VISUDDAH): Shoulderstand is also practice to activate our fifth chakra. This chakra is associated with creativity and self expression. When this Chakra is open, our negative experiences can easily be transformed into wisdom and leaning.

6) Treats insomnia: Practicing Shoulderstand promotes deep sleep and therefore help cure insomnia.

7) Reduces wrinkles: Did you know that Marilyn Monroe was a yogi and practiced Shoulderstand daily? Well, Due to increased blood flow to the face, wrinkles can be reduced.

As with many yoga postures, there are contraindications.

  •  People with high blood pressure, detached retina, glaucoma, hernias, cardiovascular disease, cervical spondylitis, and/or slipped discs should not practice shoulderstand.
  • If you have or have had a neck injury, seek advice from an experienced yoga teacher before beginning to practice shoulderstand.
  • Avoid during pregnancy.
  • It is advised that women avoid inversions when menstruating.
  • To receive similar benefits in a more restorative way, try placing a block under the sacrum to elevate the hips above the heart for Vipartita Karani (or legs up the wall)

How to do Shoulderstand:

Place the heels of the palms at the small of your back with the fingertips pointing up towards the ceiling. Lift the legs up high into the air into Shoulder Stand.Move the chin away from your chest, pull in through the belly and tuck the pelvis under. You want the ankles to be stacked above the knees, knees above the hips and hips above shoulders in one straight line.Exhale to release the knees back to the chest and slowly roll down the spine. Keep the knees in and slowly rock side to side.

Note: Shoulder stand is considered to be an intermediate to advanced pose. Do not perform this pose without prior experience or unless you are performing under the supervision of an experienced instructor.

Some of you who know me personally know that I practice yoga in the morning before stepping of the house. Shoulderstand is one of the posture that I will do every single day. It has personally helped me in many ways. Hope you guys are inspired to practice and get on that mat everyday. Girlies, If you have no experience and are still curious to practice, then feel free to write to me. If I get few responses; I might invest my time and do a beginners guide to this pose.

Stop, Drop & Yoga.

Have a great week.

S ❤

Vegan Cream of Tomato soup!

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Cleansing is a well known trend in the wellness industry. During this short period you avoid all processed foods and eat whole plant and less cooked foods. Well, I have tried this cleanse almost a year ago. And it really works. This is the best way to get rid of toxins from your  body and jumpstart fresh. If you feel exhausted and tired all the time, easily catch a common cold. Than it’s the best time to start this cleanse. In few weeks it will boost your immune system and give a fresh start.

Well on that note, I would like to share my favourite 5 minute vegan cream of tomato soup recipe.  This delicious and fast recipe is all need to know during a busy week as well as on a lazy sunday evenings.

This recipe fits the following eating habits; Vegan, Vegetarian, Gluten free, Low carb, Paleo, Refined free sugar,

INGREDIENTS

. 4 (375 grams) roma tomatoes

. ½ cup (85 grams) sun dried tomatoes

. ½ cup raw macadamia nuts

. 1 teaspoon sea salt.¼ cup (20 grams) fresh basil

. ½ teaspoon white pepper

. ¼ teaspoon black pepper

. ¼ teaspoon black pepper

. 1 clove garlic

. 4 cups hot water

. Handful of cashew nuts or almonds

INSTRUCTIONS

. Blend the Macadamia nuts in the high blender until smooth creamy texture.

. Now blend the rest of the ingredient with the macadamia paste in the high blender.

. In mean while roast cashew nuts/almonds

. Once it’s blended well transfer the soup on to the pot and boil it for 3minutes and adjust the seasoning if needed.

. Sprinkle some roasted cashew/almonds on the top for the added crunch & flavour.

Note: Macadamia nuts are the most expensive in the market. So if you looking to save cost than replace macadamia nuts to peanuts or do half a cup peanut and half a cup macadamia.

 

Nutrition Information Per Serving

  • Calories: 187
  • Calories from Fat: 143
  • Total Fat: 15.9
  • Saturated Fat: 2.5 g
  • Sodium: 538 mg
  • Carbs: 11.8 g
  • Dietary Fiber: 4.1 g
  • Net Carbs: 7.7 g
  • Sugars: 3.4 g
  • Protein: 3.5 g

Note: This recipe is adapted from healthful pursuit. Check out her page to find more of these recipes.

Enjoy this dish and thank me later. Wish you all a happy and healthy weekend.

Love

Cocolett

 

Don’t dream of it. Train for it.

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Are you surprised to see me twice a week. Well, I am trying my best to post twice a week. Preferably, I would like to make 1 fashion/outfit and 1 fitness/nutrition post a week. Even though I workout everyday, it’s still too much work to make a full post. However, I have decided to get bit more organised and be affair to both my babies.

Well, first of all I would like to thank everyone for your emails & FB messages for following my journey. I have been active for almost 5years and it’s been about 2 years that I have taken fitness & health serious. It’s nice to hear that my journey inspires most of you to get active and be more committed to health.

I work out for the unexpected results and benefits. Working out gives me sound sleep and realises stress. Slogging through a few miles on the ‘mill can be tough, but it’s worth the effort! Exercise releases endorphins, which create feelings of happiness and euphoria. I usually end a tough workout with a hot shower and sauna, but maybe we should be breaking out the colored pencils instead. A heart-pumping gym session can boost creativity for up to 2 hours afterwards

So, day before was my day off and I dedicated the entire day training, shooting my workouts and finally editing and writing all about it. This is my first workout video for the blog and I wanted to be special. I had so many ideas and so much to share. However, I did’t want this blog to showcase what I can do. In fact, I wanted to make this about you. So, here I am sharing my first video for total body workout. This goes out to absolute beginners working out from home.

Push ups

Push ups are the most effective and only excersie that works all the major mascule group at the same time. If you have never perform one of these bad boys than I suggest you start with the modified version of these. And slowly progress to the full push up.

Plank

The plank is one of the best exercises for a toned stomach. Because it works all the muscles in your core it is more effective.

Bench Dip

Ladies, is the best is the best exercise for jiggle free arms.

Floor bridge with leg extension

Strengthens the back, buttocks, and hamstrings. Improves circulation of blood. Helps alleviate stress and mild depression

Squats

If you’re looking for a powerful way to boost your overall fitness and get some serious results— fast— from your workout routine, look no further than performing squatting exercises.

Lunges

Lunges are super easy to perform and work incredibly effective . Lunges are one of those exercises people either love or hate. There is however one powerful reason to love them: they sculpt a lovely tush. They also make your legs incredibly strong, which is a bonus as well.

If you want to challenge your self than switch this sequence into interval training. Start with a easy 20mins run and perform each of these without rest. Finish the circuit and rest for 1 minute.

Hope this helps you get started and reach your goals. Feel free to leave your comments and if you would like to know more.

No matter how you feel. Get up, dress up, show up, and never give up.

Love

Cocolett