Author: Navodita Pande

Yoga as a Lifestyle

Yoga is being practiced in all forms today including Art Yoga, Dance Yoga, Dynamic Yoga and Power Yoga. It dates back to the time of the Indus Valley civilisation and the times of the Rig Veda. Yoga as a concept slowly emerged in the Bhagavad Gita and in Shanti Parva of Mahabharata. Yoga is most […]

Backbend Asanas for Strengthening the Spine

Our Associate Editor, Navodita, an expert on Yoga, talks of the variations of two important asanas, Ardha Viprit Naukasana and Dhanurasana. These strengthen the spine, making it supple and flexible. She also tells us how to calm our mind through meditation. Positive thoughts and Patanjali Yoga Sutras are beneficial. Read to know more, in the […]

Backbends: Countermovement of what we do in our Everyday Life

Navodita, our Yoga expert, tells us that backbends are the countermovement of our bad postures in everyday life. She tells us about three asanas and Pranayam to bring holistic health in our lives. Find out more in the weekly column, exclusively in Different Truths. It’s that time of the week when you need to get […]

Exit Polls: Who will come to Power in 2017 Assembly Polls in the Five States?

In less than 24 hours the verdict of the people in the five states, Uttar Pradesh, Manipur, Punjab, Goa and Uttarakhand, shall be pronounced, as the results of the 2017 Assembly polls, shall be declared on Saturday, March 11. Speculations and predictions are on, basis quite a few exit polls. The psephologists are busy with […]

Seventh Phase: Who will win the Religion and Caste Ridden Assembly Polls in UP?

The seventh and last phase of the polls comes to an end this evening at 5PM, with almost 14 crore electors voting for the 17th UP Assembly. While psephologist and political pundits are busy with their arithmetic, past experience shows that the winner has just three to four per cent edge over its rival in […]

Women in Contemporary Democracy: Is Politics Gender Neutral?

Is the society really democratic for women? Have women been excluded from formal politics? It raises a number of specific questions about how to reform democratic institutions since these institutions are not gender-equitable. Even in countries where free and fair elections have been held, democratisation is very much an electoral issue; political parties are elitist […]

Phase Five Polls in UP: Split of Muslim Votes between SP-Cong Alliance and BSP to help BJP

The BJP strategy has been to tackle polarisation of Muslim votes with the counter-polarisation of Hindu votes in its favour. Towards that end, we already have star campaigners, Modi and Shah making communally aggressive statements, a strategy that had worked for the party, in 2014. So if the alliance does not bring in the expected […]

Backbends are Crucial for Healthy Spine

Our Yoga expert, Navodita tells us about four asanas or poses that help in keeping the spine of our body healthy and strong. Half camel opens and stretches the shoulder and upper arm, and opens the chest. Half camel is also beneficial for the kidneys and stimulates the respiratory, digestive and endocrine systems. Similarly, Ek Hasta Vyaghrasana is […]

Backbends or Heart-opening Poses Increase Breath Capacity and Emotional Openness

Our Yoga expert, Navodita, tells us that backbends are often associated with the sunrise as these are also called the ‘heart-opening poses’. These open the front of the body including muscles that surround the heart and lungs and expands both breath capacity and emotional openness as more space opens in the chest. She tells us […]

Third Phase Polls: UP Heartland to Witness SP-BJP Clash; Muslims and Dalits might Favour BSP

  Central UP has been voting in the third phase amidst jumlas and high-profile campaigning across 12 districts for 69 Assembly seats. Although there are no clear signs of anti-incumbency against Akhilesh Yadav, the enthusiasm to bring the incumbent back to power is missing. An excessive reliance of the SP-Congress coalition to woo Muslims has […]

Who is Afraid of Backbends!

Our Yoga expert, Navodita, tells us that though backbends seem intimidating, it’s not all the difficult. We don’t have to be a contortionist or drop into a Full Wheel from standing to reap the heart and chest opening benefits these poses deliver. The hardest part is that they go against the natural way we hold and move our […]

Three Asanas and Sakshi Dhyana

Our Yoga expert, Navodita, tells us about three asanas with backbends. Along with Sakshi Dhyana, it helps you reap best results. A major benefit of the Bhujanga asana or the cobra pose is that it opens up the shoulders and neck. It tones the abdomen. It strengthens the entire back and shoulders. It improves the flexibility of the upper […]

Socialism for the Rich, Capitalism for the Poor in Budget 2017

The PM has reached out to the raising agricultural credit to Rs. 10 lakh crore. The highest-ever allocation for MGNREGA, the promise to pull one crore people out of poverty, and the boost for rural housing will all erase Modi’s anti-poor image. Providing more than 1.5 lakh gram panchayats with the high-speed broadband internet is in line with […]

Backbends for Suppleness, Strength and Rejuvenation of the Body

Continuing with backbends, our Yoga expert, Navodita, tells us about Ushtra Asana and Bheka Asana. Backbends stimulate the proper functioning of the digestive system, help preserve the health of the spinal disks, and open the body to deep diaphragmatic breathing. It is, therefore, an important of any Hatha Yoga routine. People with drooping shoulders and a hunch back […]

Two Asanas and Pranayam for Sea Change in Behaviour and Improved Life Attitude

Navodita, our Yoga expert, dwells on the variations of Kapotasana, the Ek Pada Rajakapotasana and Valakhilyasana. The first pose helps in curing disorders of the urinary system. The neck and shoulder muscles are exercised fully. The thyroids, parathyroids, adrenals and gonads receive a rich supply of blood and this increases one’s vitality. The second asana rejuvenates the lower region […]

UP in the Lurch; Elections Bring Hope

Assembly elections have been declared in five states. Demonetisation might play a crucial role in Uttar Pradesh. The Samajwadi Party (SP) is caught up in family feud and inner party factions. Will BSP gain, if the Muslim vote shifted in its favour from the SP? Will BJP retain its lead, as a big chunk of Yadav and non-Yadav […]

Intense Workout for the Back with Asanas

  Our Yoga expert, Navodita, tells us about two asanas. Kapota Asana tones up the entire spinal region as the blood is made to circulate well around the spinal column. Since the pelvic region is stretched, the genital organs keep healthy. The diaphragm is lifted up and this massages the heart gently and helps to strengthen it. The […]

Backbend Asanas for Agility, Improved Body Postures and Stress Busting

Backbends is a Herculean task as it requires certain amount of agility to the body and the back, of course. However, it is full of benefits – correcting rounded shoulders being one, increasing mobility of the spine, improving posture in general and boosting the mind and relieving the stress. Navodita tells us the benefits of four asanas: Bhujanga […]

Shalabh and Dhanur Asanas: Bend your Back for Agility

Shalabh Asana and Dhanur Asana, with its variations, are very good for basic backbends. It helps in the agility. The first pose aids digestion and relieves gastric troubles and flatulence. Since the spine is stretched back it becomes elastic and the pose relieves pain in the sacral and lumbar regions. Persons suffering from slip discs have benefitted greatly from this pose without recourse to enforced rest or surgical treatment. The bladder and the prostate gland also benefit from the exercise and remain healthy. It paves way for the practice of other backbends that can be even better for the flexibility of the spine and lower back. Dhanur Asana brings elasticity to the spine and tones the abdominal organs. The sideways roll further massages the abdominal organs by pressing them against the floor. Navodita, our Yoga expert, reveals more about holistic health, in the weekly column, exclusively for Different Truths.

Three Supine Asanas Restore and Rejuvenate the Body

Our Yoga expert, Navodita, tells us about three asanas to rejuvenate the body. These are Ananta Asana, which improves blood circulation. It helps to tone your abdominal muscles. It strengthens shoulder muscles. It helps with digestive problems. This asana helps in relieving mental anxiety and stress. It is helpful in treating disorders related to the urinary bladder, uterus, […]

Asanas for Restorative Effect on Body, Mind and Soul

Navodita, our Yoga expert, tells us about its restorative effect on the body, mind and soul. Supta Padangushtha Asana is good for the stretch of the hips, thighs, hamstrings, groins and calves. It strengthens the knees, stimulates the prostate glands. It improves digestion and relieves backache, sciatica and menstrual discomfort. This is therapeutic for high blood pressure, […]

Four Supine, Versatile and Calming Asanas for all Body Types

Our Yoga expert, Navodita, continues with the supine poses. She tells us about four asanas, which are versatile, calming and great for all body types. Uttanapada Asana is beneficial for all stomach-related ailments and is also good for weight loss and obesity. ‘Navel displacement’ can also be cured by this pose. Pawanmukta Asana releases any trapped gasses in the […]

Three Asanas and Sakshi Dhyana for Rejuvenation and Positivity

Our yoga expert, Navodita, tells us about three asanas this week. She dwells with Sarvanga Asana and its variations. Sarvanga Asana is also known as the Mother of all asanas. Since, healthy blood is allowed to circulate around the neck and chest, persons suffering from breathlessness, palpitation, asthma, bronchitis and throat ailments get relief. It also removes common colds […]

Energise with Two Supine Asanas and Share Your Life as in Bhajan

Navodita tells us that supine poses are done in a relaxed manner. Two asanas help us energise, improve concentration and focus. These are Salamba Sirsa Asana, a head stand pose with the help of support against a wall, and Urdhva Danda Asana is known as the king of all asanas. The word bhajan means sharing. Constantly share all […]

Supine Poses for Abdomen and Lower Back

Our Yoga expert, Navodita, tells us about three asanas and three bandhas. The Paripurna Nava Asana relieves bloating sensation in the abdomen due to gas and gastric complaints. It reduces fat around waistline and tones the kidneys. The Ardha Nava Asana improves the liver, gall bladder, and spleen. Jatara Parivartana Asana tones and eradicates sluggishness of the liver, spleen, […]