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Apollo Hospitals launches BP clinics to combat hypertension

Apollo Hospitals Group has launched ‘BP Clinics’ – a one of its kind and first comprehensive institutional set-up in India to provide expert care to individuals affected by high blood pressure. 

According to Sangita Reddy, executive director, Apollo Hospitals Group, the principal mission of the Apollo BP Clinics is to reduce the disease burden on our society – by detecting hypertension early and by recommending proper treatment options for the patients. Our goal is to achieve normal BP in every patient diagnosed as hypertensive. We have a team of experts specialising in high BP treatment whose sole focus is dedicated to hypertension management. Our experts are known all over the world for their work and specialization in hypertension.

Apollo BP Clinics will have a structure comprising of Advanced BP Clinics located at our hospitals and serve as hubs and a series of BP Clinics, Express BP Clinics and Home care services, to reach out to the community at large. Initially we will be launching these Clinics at Apollo Jubilee Hills & Hyderguda, followed by Apollo Secunderabad, and expand it to other places. Around Rs.10 crore will be invested in setting up these clinics in the initial phase, we will expand further after reviewing the outcomes, she said. 

Apollo BP Clinics will have advanced diagnostic infrastructure like Periscopes, which can monitor central blood pressure - the more accurate and precise way of monitoring BP and checks elasticity of blood vessels and devices for 24 hours BP monitoring. We will create standardized guidelines and protocols for these clinics, she added.

Apollo BP Clinics provide a comprehensive programme for proper diagnosis and treatment of blood pressure problems in the community. The Clinics will accomplish accurate measurement of BP by trained personnel; 24-hour ambulatory BP measurement; checking the health of blood vessels (elasticity, stiffness etc.,); investigations for BP; and special and advanced testing for patients with complex, difficult–to-treat and resistant hypertension

How to Do the Sun Salute or Surya Namaskara

The Sun Salute (Sun Salutation, Salute to the Sun) is often practiced in a morning yoga session. Flexibility, relaxation and the calming of the mind are just some of the benefits that you can achieve through the practice of yoga. The Sun Salutation can give you all of these benefits and is a fantastic way to start the day.

The most important thing is not the particular variation, rather it is the synchronization of the motion of your breath with the movement of your body. In short, the motion of breathing is what drives the movement of the body into, through, and out of each of the poses in the sequence.

An easy way to apply this is to allow all upward movements to be coupled with the motion of inhalation and all downward movements to be coupled with exhalation. For example - raising your arms overhead and stretching up is coupled with your inhalation and hinging forward and down (as in touching your toes) is coupled with your exhalation.

In this way all movements and breathing motions are in yogic union as you greet the sunrise of new day by awakening/stimulating your body with these poses and breath flow.

This exercise is suitable for all levels.

 

 

 

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    Mountain pose: Start by bringing your feet and legs together, spread your toes. Make sure your heels are rooted and firm your legs. Then, roll your shoulders back and down and spread and lift your chest.

     
     
     
     
     
     
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    Extended Mountain poseInhale through your nose and raise your arms up to the side, palms facing upwards. Extend your arms above your head with your hands in prayer position.

     
     
     
     
     
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    Swan dive to forward bend, be sure to bend your knees especially if you have tight hamstrings. This will protect the back: Exhale through your nose. Open your arms wide and bend at your waist to a standing forward bend. Your hands should touch the floor if you can or if not, the front of the ankles.

     
     
     
     
     
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    Standing lunge: Inhale through your nose and place your hands next to your feet on the floor and step one foot back into a lunge. Keep the front knee directly over the ankle and keep the back leg firm. Now, exhale and bring the other foot back to form the downward-facing dog position.

     
     
     
     
     
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    Downward-facing dog: Spread your fingers and press your palms into the mat, they should be shoulder width apart. Now, lift your hips up towards the sky, lengthening your spine. Gently straighten your legs, pressing your heels down into your mat as far as you can go.

     
     
     
     
     
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    Plank pose: Inhale and take your shoulders forward directly over your wrists, extending well with your arms to form plank position. Keep your thighs strong and firm, your feet flexed and your belly drawn in.

     
     
     
     
     
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    Knees-chest-chin pose: Exhale and bend your knees to the floor and then lower your chest and chin to the floor. Keep your chest open and your elbows close to the side of your ribcage.

     
     
     
     
     
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    Cobra: Inhale and raise your upper body to the cobra pose. Roll your shoulders back and extend the shoulder blades down and press them in towards the chest. Your chest should be lifted and open and elbows should stay close to the body. Make sure to lift up your knee caps and firm your thighs. Your legs and feet should be well extended. As a variation, you can also do an upward dog.

     
     
     
     
     
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    Extended child's pose to dog's pose: Exhale and tuck in your toes while bending your knees and pushing back to the extended child's position. If possible, in the same breath move directly back to downward-facing dog. Pull the belly up and towards the back of the spine.

     
     
     
     
     
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    Standing lunge: Now this is where we repeat in reverse the first three postures that start the sun salutation. Inhale, bring your one foot forward in between your hands to the lunge position. Now, exhale, and bring the back foot forward to join the front foot so that your feet are together. Hands on the floor or ankles.

     
     
     
     
     
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    Reverse swan dive transition: With knees slightly bent, inhale and lift your arms up to the side with your palms face upward to the sky. Now extend the arms above your head in prayer position.

     
     
     
     
     
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    Mountain pose: Exhale to return to Mountain Pose to complete the Sun salutation.

     
     
     
     
     
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    Repeat the Sun Salutation again on the other leg.

     
     
     
     
     

Sun Salutation Method 2

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    Find a suitable place to perform the exercise. A Yoga mat is not needed for this. You can have one, or cannot. It does not matter.

     
     
     
     
     
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    Stand with your legs shoulder width apart and your arms at your sides. Raise your arms slowly, so you form a 0. Band slightly and look up at your hands. Breathe in deeply, then out.

     
     
     
     
     
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    Slowly lower your arms and head. Keep your arms going, without bending your knees, until you touch the ground. If you cannot touch the ground without bending your knees, it's okay. You can simply hang your arms down.

     
     
     
     
     
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    Return to your position in the beginning of step 3.

     
     
     
     
     
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    Repeat this cycle (not counting step 2) five or six times. Once you feel relaxed, move onto the next step.

     
     
     
     
     
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    Do the "Warrior" stance. If you know how to do this, skip the steps 7, 8, and 9. If not, do this: Return to your starting position (legs shoulder width apart, arms at your sides).

     
     
     
     
     
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    Step with your left foot in front of your right foot and lean slightly on it and bend your knees forwards, without lifting your right foot. Your right foot should be almost off the ground, with just the toes touching.

     
     
     
     
     
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    Return to your previous position (feet shoulder width apart, arms at side).

     
     
     
     
     
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    Step with your right foot in front of your left foot and lean slightly on it and bend your knees forwards, without lifting your left foot. Your left foot should be almost off the ground, with just the toes touching.

     
     
     
     
     
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    Do step 8 again, and then repeat steps 2-5.

     
     
     
     
     
     

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  • Keep your feet well-rooted.
  • An outdoor space is also great if you want to be close to nature but it must be distraction-free and away from a hot sun.
  • Always remember to practice with effort effortlessly.
  • To practice yoga, it is important to find a place that is quiet and free of distractions with fresh air and a comfortable temperature. Make sure the floorspace is clear.
  • Yoga mats are available from most sporting goods stores.
  • Remember that in yoga we breathe through the nose smoothly and calmly, however if that is difficult, breathe however you are comfortable.

Walnuts may prevent diabetes and heart disease

Washington, Sep 24: Eating walnuts daily can ward off diabetes and heart disease in at-risk individuals, a new study has found.
 
Researchers from the Yale-Griffin Prevention Research Center in Connecticut found that daily intake of 56 g of walnuts improves endothelial function in overweight adults with visceral adiposity.
 
The study included a sample of 46 adults aged 30-75. 
 
Participants had a Body Mass Index larger than 25, and a waist circumference exceeding 40 inches for men and 35 inches for women.
 
They were also required to be non-smokers, and all exhibited one or more additional risk factors for metabolic syndrome, a precursor of diabetes and cardiovascular disease.
 
The group was randomly assigned to two 8-week sequences of either a walnut-enriched ad libitum diet or an ad libitum diet without walnuts.
 
Those chosen for the walnut diet were instructed to consume 56 g of shelled, unroasted English walnuts per day as a snack or with a meal.
 
"We know that improving diets tends to be hard, but adding a single food is easy," explained Dr David Katz, Director of the Yale-Griffin Prevention Research Center and lead author of the research team.
 
"Our theory is that if a highly nutritious, satiating food like walnuts is added to the diet, there are dual benefits: the benefits of that nutrient rich addition and removal of the less nutritious foods," Katz said.
 
The research found that daily intake of 56 g of walnuts improves endothelial function in overweight adults with visceral adiposity.
 
"The primary outcome measure was the change in flow-mediated vasodilatation (FMD) of the brachial artery," researchers said.
 
"Secondary measures included serum lipid panel, fasting glucose and insulin, Homeostasis Model Assessment-Insulin Resistance values, blood pressure, and anthropometric measures.
 
"FMD improved significantly from baseline when subjects consumed a walnut-enriched diet as compared with the control diet. Beneficial trends in systolic blood pressure reduction were seen, and maintenance of the baseline anthropometric values was also observed. Other measures were unaltered," they said.
 
The study is published in the Journal of the American College of Nutrition.

How to Do Computer Yoga

How are your muscles feeling right now? Take a little break. Do computer yoga. It's very easy, and you'll be relaxed in just a few minutes. Computer yoga will help to resolve the tension felt in your body. It will calm your mind through meditation and self-questioning. Computer yoga is the office worker's and writer's answer to remaining positive through the day; ideally, practicing computer yoga daily will help you to remain positive throughout your daily routine.

 

 

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    Move your head and think the mantra "Om" in your head. Turn your head left and right. Forward and backward.

     
     
     
     
     
     
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    Move your shoulders, so that all tensions resolve. Find the way that works best for you. Move forward, and then move another way round. Move with your elbows and think "Om, Om, Om..." And another way round. Think "Om".

     
     
     
     
     
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    Move your spine to the right and left side. The head also. Think "Om , Om, Om... " in your spine.

     
     
     
     
     
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    Move your feet on the ground. Say "Om" in your belly, in your legs, in your feet and in the earth. Concentrate on the whole earth and think the mantra "Earth".

     
     
     
     
     
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    Massage your body from head to feet. Hold your hands together over your head, rub the palms, visualize the sky above you and say the mantra "Heaven". Feel the light that comes down. Massage the light into your face, your eyes, your ears, your whole body and think "Light, Light..." Fill yourself with light. Move your feet, fill light into the earth and think, "Light...".

     
     
     
     
     
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    Move your hand and send light to your loved ones and to all people. Say "I send light to... May all people be happy. May all the world be happy."

     
     
     
     
     
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    Rub your palms together. Think on the enlightened masters and say, "Om, all enlightened masters, please help me on my way." Now you can ask a question. Think about your life. What are your goals? What is your way? Hear the answer within you. Feel the answer inside. What is the answer?

     
     
     
     
     
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    Put your hands on your legs or your belly. Make your mind calm and think the mantra "Om" in your head, your thorax, your belly, your legs, feet, in the earth and in the whole cosmos. "Om Om Om Shanti Om Peace Om Peace Om Shanti Om Peace..."

     
     
     
     
     
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    Stop your thinking for one minute. Simply sit there. Don't think.

     
     
     
     
    • What do you have to take in your life? Take it.
       
    • What is your positive sentence now? What helps you to stay positive through your day and your life? For example, "My positive sentence is: I am optimistic. I follow my way with optimism."
       
     
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    Have fun..!

     
     
     
     
     
     

 

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  Computer Yoga with Yogi Nils

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  • A spiritual man works for his inner happiness and the love in the world. He takes good care of his body and his health. But his mind is mainly concerned with the happiness of his fellow men. Through this method, the ego dissolves and the yogi grows into the light.
  • He asked a yogi, if he knew a yoga path for him and his wife. The yogi advised Camaripa to make his profession to his spiritual path. Camaripa asked how he should do it. The yogi replied that first he had to redefine the goals in his life. Camaripa could not live as a free Yogi. But he could use every space in his job to develop his inner happiness. Outwardly, he should live on as before. But inside, he and his wife should live as yogis.
  • Camaripa and his wife practiced yoga from this time on, from morning to night. They began the day with a prayer to the enlightened masters. They found a positive vision for the day. They finished the day with a meditation. During the day they took so many little breaks, that their spirit stayed positive. They added so many spiritual practices into their daily life that their tensions grew less and less.
  • A normal person works for his ego. He works for his pleasure, his career, for worldly wealth and recognition. In this way he strengthened his ego and allowed in more and more tension because of life's general stress. He consumed his inner energy in the course of living.
  • An inspiring tale: Camaripa was a shoemaker. He and his wife had to work from morning to night to earn enough money to live. After many years of daily effort Camaripa got tired of his life as a worker. He longed for a quiet, relaxed and happy life.
  • They lived as karma-yogis for the goal of a happy world. They worked for the peace and the love in the world. After twelve years, their enlightenment energy woke up and filled them with light. They lived in God and the light worked through them. Now they had so much power that their work was done almost by itself. Their body worked, their mind was thinking and the soul rested in bliss. They lived in the unity of meditation and action. Work is happy, if it happens out of God (unity), peace and love.

Photo of pregnant bodybuilder lifting weights ignites Facebook firestorm

Photo of pregnant bodybuilder lifting weights ignites Facebook firestorm

The photo prompted a lot of comments, positive and negative, about Lee-Ann Ellison’s exercise routine and its impact on her baby.

 

Photo of pregnant bodybuilder lifting weights ignites Facebook firestorm

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