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Backbend Asanas for Strengthening the Spine

Navodita Pande

Navodita Pande

Navodita Pande has been practicing yoga since she was 9 years old in Iyengar Yoga. In April 1995, she performed at the International Yoga Seminar. In January 2003, Navodita taught at Hare Rama Hare Krishna Mandir in New York. Navodita had a Yoga show on NDTV 24x7 and was also the official yoga trainer for Miss Delhi contestants in 2007. She currently teaches Yoga and Reiki to
people in Kanpur.
Navodita Pande

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 […]

Cancer: A Viral Truth

Dr. Tripti Sharan

Dr. Tripti Sharan

Tripti is a practising gynaecologist at BLK Super Speciality Hospital,New Delhi. Many of her writings are influenced by the pain and suffering she sees as a doctor.Her forthcoming book ‘The Chronicles of a Gynaecologist’ is being published by Bloomsbury India. She also has an anthology of poems,‘The Dewdrops..a journey begins’. She contributes poems and stories to many publications.
Dr. Tripti Sharan

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Cancer cervix is leading cancer in Indian women and the second most common worldwide.  A known cause, HPV ( Human Papilloma Virus), a known mode of spread i.e sexually transmitted ( not fully protected by condoms), an effective  HPV vaccine, a very effective and inexpensive screening test called PAP smear and an identifiable high-risk group ( […]

Backbends: Countermovement of what we do in our Everyday Life

Navodita Pande

Navodita Pande

Navodita Pande has been practicing yoga since she was 9 years old in Iyengar Yoga. In April 1995, she performed at the International Yoga Seminar. In January 2003, Navodita taught at Hare Rama Hare Krishna Mandir in New York. Navodita had a Yoga show on NDTV 24x7 and was also the official yoga trainer for Miss Delhi contestants in 2007. She currently teaches Yoga and Reiki to
people in Kanpur.
Navodita Pande

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 […]

Balance Yourself through Chakras

Jamuna Rangachari

Jamuna Rangachari

Jamuna Rangachari is a software professional who manages the websites of Life Positive magazine. She is also a writer and author. She has authored three books for children, two of which were published by Rupa and one by Life Positive. She has also compiled and interpreted Teaching Stories-I and II for Life Positive and has authored Dancing with Life: Living with Multiple Sclerosis published by HayHouse in 2015.
Jamuna Rangachari

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There are many meditation techniques and each of these has its own approach. In Jamuna’s case, the first meditation she came across and experienced was Chakra meditation. In Sanskrit, chakra means “wheel”. These “wheels” can be thought of as vortexes that both receive and radiate energy. There are seven major energy centres in the human body. They run from the […]

Psychological Manifestations of Addiction

Kavita Panyam

Kavita Panyam is a Counselling Psychologist by profession and a freelance writer by passion. She has won competitions in various magazines for slogan writing, reviews, and several blogging competitions. Her work has been published in reputed magazines across India and abroad. She writes for several well-known ezines and for print magazines. She also features as a guest contributor for various websites.

Addiction can have some serious psychological manifestations. A psychological addiction refers to how the individual is mentally dependent on certain behaviours. Kavita, a Hyderabad-based, clinical psychologist, dwells on the issue of addiction, in the weekly column, exclusively for Different Truths. Addiction can be defined as the continued use of a mood altering substance or behaviour despite adverse consequences. A […]

How to Combat the Growing Global Threat of Elders with Neurological Disorders?

Ashoka Jahnavi Prasad

Ashoka Jahnavi Prasad

Ashoka Jahnavi Prasad is a physician /psychiatrist holding doctorates in pharmacology, history and philosophy plus a higher doctorate. He is also a qualified barrister and geneticist. He is a regular columnist in several newspapers, has published over 100 books and has been described by the Cambridge News as the 'most educationally qualified in the world'.
Ashoka Jahnavi Prasad

From 1950 to 2050, the world population will have increased by a factor of 3.6; but those sixty and older will have increased by a factor of 10, and those eighty and older will rise by a factor of 27. Right now, only a handful of countries have 20 per cent of their population over the age of […]

Backbends are Crucial for Healthy Spine

Navodita Pande

Navodita Pande

Navodita Pande has been practicing yoga since she was 9 years old in Iyengar Yoga. In April 1995, she performed at the International Yoga Seminar. In January 2003, Navodita taught at Hare Rama Hare Krishna Mandir in New York. Navodita had a Yoga show on NDTV 24x7 and was also the official yoga trainer for Miss Delhi contestants in 2007. She currently teaches Yoga and Reiki to
people in Kanpur.
Navodita Pande

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 […]

Healing by Loving the Inner Child

Jamuna Rangachari

Jamuna Rangachari

Jamuna Rangachari is a software professional who manages the websites of Life Positive magazine. She is also a writer and author. She has authored three books for children, two of which were published by Rupa and one by Life Positive. She has also compiled and interpreted Teaching Stories-I and II for Life Positive and has authored Dancing with Life: Living with Multiple Sclerosis published by HayHouse in 2015.
Jamuna Rangachari

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All of us have a suffering inner child. As children, we all have all had times of difficulty as children and many of us have experienced trauma. When we are in our childhood, we just do not know what to do and so, to protect and defend ourselves against future suffering, we somehow try to […]

How Imagination Shapes Your Reality

Kavita Panyam

Kavita Panyam is a Counselling Psychologist by profession and a freelance writer by passion. She has won competitions in various magazines for slogan writing, reviews, and several blogging competitions. Her work has been published in reputed magazines across India and abroad. She writes for several well-known ezines and for print magazines. She also features as a guest contributor for various websites.

  Research has proved time and again – that imagination is indeed a magical power, which shapes our thoughts as well as reality. Thoughts are vibrations, manifestations of energy, and most thoughts are transient in nature, that is to say, they appear or linger for a time depending on the energy given to them. By […]

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

Navodita Pande

Navodita Pande

Navodita Pande has been practicing yoga since she was 9 years old in Iyengar Yoga. In April 1995, she performed at the International Yoga Seminar. In January 2003, Navodita taught at Hare Rama Hare Krishna Mandir in New York. Navodita had a Yoga show on NDTV 24x7 and was also the official yoga trainer for Miss Delhi contestants in 2007. She currently teaches Yoga and Reiki to
people in Kanpur.
Navodita Pande

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 […]

Why do we Need Attitudinal Healing?

Jamuna Rangachari

Jamuna Rangachari

Jamuna Rangachari is a software professional who manages the websites of Life Positive magazine. She is also a writer and author. She has authored three books for children, two of which were published by Rupa and one by Life Positive. She has also compiled and interpreted Teaching Stories-I and II for Life Positive and has authored Dancing with Life: Living with Multiple Sclerosis published by HayHouse in 2015.
Jamuna Rangachari

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We all need to work on finding a purpose in life and make ourselves feel better. Let us look for such a purpose all the time. If we can read and write, let us teach others who cannot do so. If we can sing, let us learn and practice music. If we can listen and make people […]

The Philosophy of Depression

Kavita Panyam

Kavita Panyam is a Counselling Psychologist by profession and a freelance writer by passion. She has won competitions in various magazines for slogan writing, reviews, and several blogging competitions. Her work has been published in reputed magazines across India and abroad. She writes for several well-known ezines and for print magazines. She also features as a guest contributor for various websites.

When the symptoms of sadness grow stronger with time, it’s time to seek medical help. Kavita, a practicing psychologist, tells us about depression, its symptoms among men, women, and teenagers. Stress and rat race cause various kinds of depressions. She also tells us how to handle this malice, in the regular column, exclusively for Different Truths. Many […]

Who is Afraid of Backbends!

Navodita Pande

Navodita Pande

Navodita Pande has been practicing yoga since she was 9 years old in Iyengar Yoga. In April 1995, she performed at the International Yoga Seminar. In January 2003, Navodita taught at Hare Rama Hare Krishna Mandir in New York. Navodita had a Yoga show on NDTV 24x7 and was also the official yoga trainer for Miss Delhi contestants in 2007. She currently teaches Yoga and Reiki to
people in Kanpur.
Navodita Pande

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 […]

Life Defies Logic!

Jamuna Rangachari

Jamuna Rangachari

Jamuna Rangachari is a software professional who manages the websites of Life Positive magazine. She is also a writer and author. She has authored three books for children, two of which were published by Rupa and one by Life Positive. She has also compiled and interpreted Teaching Stories-I and II for Life Positive and has authored Dancing with Life: Living with Multiple Sclerosis published by HayHouse in 2015.
Jamuna Rangachari

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The author, Jamuna’s mother-in- law was the primary role model for her. When she was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, she was depressed but knew God will either show her a path to healing or equipping her to handle whatever issues she might have. Once she started following her approach, she accepted she had a challenge that she needed […]

Thinking of Having a Baby

Amrinder Kaur Bajaj

Amrinder Kaur Bajaj

Amrinder Bajaj is a practicing gynaecologist and the HOD Obs & Gynae at MAX Hospital Pitampura, Delhi. Writing is a passion that has led to the publication of two wellness books, a book of poems, a joke book, and a memoir based on her association with the noted Indian author and columnist Khushwant Singh. She regularly writes columns, articles, travelogues, and short stories for magazines and newspapers and has contributed chapters to medical text books.
Amrinder Kaur Bajaj

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Gold Medalist Dr. Amrinder, a Delhi-based leading gynecologist, and a renowned author tells us the areas that need to be looked into if you are planning to have a baby. Before embarking upon the journey to motherhood, it is only right that you make preparations for this voyage as you would for any other expedition. This preparedness for pregnancy […]

Three Asanas and Sakshi Dhyana

Navodita Pande

Navodita Pande

Navodita Pande has been practicing yoga since she was 9 years old in Iyengar Yoga. In April 1995, she performed at the International Yoga Seminar. In January 2003, Navodita taught at Hare Rama Hare Krishna Mandir in New York. Navodita had a Yoga show on NDTV 24x7 and was also the official yoga trainer for Miss Delhi contestants in 2007. She currently teaches Yoga and Reiki to
people in Kanpur.
Navodita Pande

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 […]

Backbends for Suppleness, Strength and Rejuvenation of the Body

Navodita Pande

Navodita Pande

Navodita Pande has been practicing yoga since she was 9 years old in Iyengar Yoga. In April 1995, she performed at the International Yoga Seminar. In January 2003, Navodita taught at Hare Rama Hare Krishna Mandir in New York. Navodita had a Yoga show on NDTV 24x7 and was also the official yoga trainer for Miss Delhi contestants in 2007. She currently teaches Yoga and Reiki to
people in Kanpur.
Navodita Pande

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 Pande

Navodita Pande

Navodita Pande has been practicing yoga since she was 9 years old in Iyengar Yoga. In April 1995, she performed at the International Yoga Seminar. In January 2003, Navodita taught at Hare Rama Hare Krishna Mandir in New York. Navodita had a Yoga show on NDTV 24x7 and was also the official yoga trainer for Miss Delhi contestants in 2007. She currently teaches Yoga and Reiki to
people in Kanpur.
Navodita Pande

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 […]

Love Your Inner God! – II

Dr. Krishna Hota

Dr. Krishna Hota

Dr. Krishna Hota did her post graduation and Ph.D from Jadavpur University and PG Diploma in Human Rights from IIHR, New Delhi, in Social Development. She is associated with the NGO sector for 22 years. She has authored two books, occasionally write articles for various publications.
Dr. Krishna Hota

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You must know that, whoever you are and whatever is your occupation, in your inner self a smiling tune always rings for you, that says: “I love you, dear child!” Yes, you are deeply loved by Iswar. You are loved by God, and you have all the rights to love God/ Ishwar/Allah as you may call Him. And […]

Genes and Identity: Diseases, Medicines, Homosexuality and Identity Politics – II

Ashoka Jahnavi Prasad

Ashoka Jahnavi Prasad

Ashoka Jahnavi Prasad is a physician /psychiatrist holding doctorates in pharmacology, history and philosophy plus a higher doctorate. He is also a qualified barrister and geneticist. He is a regular columnist in several newspapers, has published over 100 books and has been described by the Cambridge News as the 'most educationally qualified in the world'.
Ashoka Jahnavi Prasad

Some children may come from a gene pool that enables them to play the violin at age four and to compose symphonies at ten. We search for genetic markers of these exceptional desirable abilities as well. The possibility of genes that protect against diseases is also spurring genetic hunts. For example, Alzheimer’s disease shows up rarely or not at […]

Intense Workout for the Back with Asanas

Navodita Pande

Navodita Pande

Navodita Pande has been practicing yoga since she was 9 years old in Iyengar Yoga. In April 1995, she performed at the International Yoga Seminar. In January 2003, Navodita taught at Hare Rama Hare Krishna Mandir in New York. Navodita had a Yoga show on NDTV 24x7 and was also the official yoga trainer for Miss Delhi contestants in 2007. She currently teaches Yoga and Reiki to
people in Kanpur.
Navodita Pande

  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 […]

Do Good without Fear! – I

Dr. Krishna Hota

Dr. Krishna Hota

Dr. Krishna Hota did her post graduation and Ph.D from Jadavpur University and PG Diploma in Human Rights from IIHR, New Delhi, in Social Development. She is associated with the NGO sector for 22 years. She has authored two books, occasionally write articles for various publications.
Dr. Krishna Hota

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The path to goodness is strewn with thorns. Krishna presents a seven-part series on the Goodness Guide, beginning this week. It needs more strength to do good than to do bad work. Unfortunately, in our society, there are more people united with narrow self-interests. They form solid networks, they stand together to defend themselves and attack good doers. […]

Types of Caregivers for the Elderly

Rita Bhattacharjee

Rita Bhattacharjee

Rita Bhattacharjee is a communications consultant with extensive experience in managing corporate and internal communications for companies across diverse industries, including non-profit organizations. She is the co-founder of Mission Arogya and Arogya HomeCare and has recently relocated from the US to India to channel her skills towards social entrepreneurship to increase awareness and reduce disparity in public health.She also writes poetry, some of which have been published in reputed international journals.
Rita Bhattacharjee

The number of old age people have increased phenomenally, in India. Children and family members stay in different cities or countries, thousands of kilometres apart. It’s at such times that caregivers come into the picture. There are many types of caregivers that work with seniors. If you have an ageing parent, being aware of their roles and responsibilities […]

Genes and Identity: Genetic Finger Printing, Crime and Racism – I

Ashoka Jahnavi Prasad

Ashoka Jahnavi Prasad

Ashoka Jahnavi Prasad is a physician /psychiatrist holding doctorates in pharmacology, history and philosophy plus a higher doctorate. He is also a qualified barrister and geneticist. He is a regular columnist in several newspapers, has published over 100 books and has been described by the Cambridge News as the 'most educationally qualified in the world'.
Ashoka Jahnavi Prasad

Genetic fingerprinting is now considered remarkably reliable. One little-noticed effect was on the law-enforcement system. The FBI now has an enormous data bank containing DNA profiles of certain neighbourhoods. If you come from a neighbourhood where crime is common (in fact, as opposed to local folklore), the FBI knows an awful lot about your neighbours’ genomes and, by statistical […]

Backbend Asanas for Agility, Improved Body Postures and Stress Busting

Navodita Pande

Navodita Pande

Navodita Pande has been practicing yoga since she was 9 years old in Iyengar Yoga. In April 1995, she performed at the International Yoga Seminar. In January 2003, Navodita taught at Hare Rama Hare Krishna Mandir in New York. Navodita had a Yoga show on NDTV 24x7 and was also the official yoga trainer for Miss Delhi contestants in 2007. She currently teaches Yoga and Reiki to
people in Kanpur.
Navodita Pande

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 […]

Caring for the Caregiver

Rita Bhattacharjee

Rita Bhattacharjee

Rita Bhattacharjee is a communications consultant with extensive experience in managing corporate and internal communications for companies across diverse industries, including non-profit organizations. She is the co-founder of Mission Arogya and Arogya HomeCare and has recently relocated from the US to India to channel her skills towards social entrepreneurship to increase awareness and reduce disparity in public health.She also writes poetry, some of which have been published in reputed international journals.
Rita Bhattacharjee

It’s easy to get burned out when you’re caring for a loved one, whether it’s a spouse with a chronic illness or a frail older relative. Taking time for yourself every day–even just a few minutes–is one way to help you recharge. You may try yoga before breakfast, slip out for a walk, go to the movies, or […]

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.

Alzheimer’s: What Causes the Irreversible, Progressive Brain Disorder?

Rita Bhattacharjee

Rita Bhattacharjee

Rita Bhattacharjee is a communications consultant with extensive experience in managing corporate and internal communications for companies across diverse industries, including non-profit organizations. She is the co-founder of Mission Arogya and Arogya HomeCare and has recently relocated from the US to India to channel her skills towards social entrepreneurship to increase awareness and reduce disparity in public health.She also writes poetry, some of which have been published in reputed international journals.
Rita Bhattacharjee

Alzheimer’s disease is an irreversible, progressive brain disorder that slowly destroys memory and thinking skills, and eventually the ability to carry out the simplest tasks. In most people with Alzheimer’s, symptoms first appear in their mid-60s. Such people need our care and compassion. Rita tells us more about the dark and despondent world in which those affected are trapped, in the […]

Three Supine Asanas Restore and Rejuvenate the Body

Navodita Pande

Navodita Pande

Navodita Pande has been practicing yoga since she was 9 years old in Iyengar Yoga. In April 1995, she performed at the International Yoga Seminar. In January 2003, Navodita taught at Hare Rama Hare Krishna Mandir in New York. Navodita had a Yoga show on NDTV 24x7 and was also the official yoga trainer for Miss Delhi contestants in 2007. She currently teaches Yoga and Reiki to
people in Kanpur.
Navodita Pande

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, […]

The Mystery and the Return from the Comatose State: A Near-death Experience!

Mira Pawar

Mira Pawar

Mira is is an avid traveler and loves writing travelogues.
Mira Pawar

How to bring a coma patient back to consciousness? As we all know that before the surgery, the doctors administer anesthesia on the patient so that there is no pain or discomfort when the surgery is being performed. This, in simple terms, mean that the patient’s mind and body is numb/put to rest during the surgery. Once the […]