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Stress and a hectic lifestyle can affect your eating patterns and food choices.

Prolonged stress leads to deficiencies of minerals, vitamins and electrolytes in the body and increases the production of free radicals. The stress hormone Cortisol further depletes your blood sugar and makes you hungry. This is why you often crave for "bad" foods that are rich in sugar, salt or fat, foods that will give you an instantaneous energy rush but which will be quickly followed by a crash as well. This is a vicious cycle fuelled by stress and results in stress related weight gain, poor sleep quality and slow healing, not to mention increased risk to various chronic health conditions like metabolic syndrome, heart disease, and diabetes.

Following the right diet that is well balanced across food items will help us to retain the right nutrients in the body, regulate the release of hormones and maintain the right levels of blood sugar. This is why we may at times find ourselves active and energetic, even though our last meal was several hours ago. It has been well established that a holistic diet can help us to better manage our stress and lead a healthy life.

We will bring to you shortly a diet and nutrition package that has been validated by experts and which will show you how to manage stress by taking control of your food intake. This package will further provide detailed information on how various elements in diet impact your stress levels and how you can pick the right elements and incorporate them in your daily food intake.

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Have you ever observed your breathing when you are going through different emotions?

For example, when you are angry or going through a moment of passion, you breathe in short bursts. Rhythmic breathing is a mark of a calm mind; laboured breathing is symptomatic of the opposite state.

Over prolonged periods, poor breathing habits can affect the way our organs function. After all, a normal breathing cycle is required for supply of oxygen to the body; breathing also impacts the functioning of the heart which is responsible for blood circulation through the body.

Ask yourself this question: when you breathe in, does your tummy expand, i.e., inflate, or does it go down? It should expand; and it should deflate when you breathe out. Some of us get this wrong, especially if we are trying a few breathing exercises and tend to focus on the breath.

Most of our stressful moments come about when the mind wanders without control. The mind is never at rest except in deep sleep. When awake, the only way to quieten the mind is to give it single-pointed focus.

Here’s an analogy – when a domesticated elephant is taken through the streets for an exhibition and alms collection (common in India), it is common to let it carry a stick or similar object in its trunk. For, without it, it is prone to examine other objects on its way – be they items in road-side shops or household items in houses that it passes by. Likewise, when the mind has something to focus on, it lets go of other unnecessary or disturbing thoughts.

So, merely watching your breath – goes in and out, in and out – is a great way to get your mind off the frenzied running about. Watching your breath means just that – no regulation of breath, no breathing in for two counts, and holding on for a few more counts. While those are useful exercises, watching one’s breath is a great first step to calmness.

Ancient wisdom tells us that by changing the way we breathe, we can change not only our thoughts and emotions but also all consequent action, behaviour and results. Watch this space for more. Soon, we will have on offer a set of simple and effective breathing techniques that you can practice at your convenience and reap immediate benefits.

Do you wish to be stress-free and worry-free? Are you seeking calmness, peace of mind and a positive approach to the problems that you face in your day-to-day life?

Meditation can not only prevent stress from getting into your system but also release accumulated stress that is already there in your system. The good news is that both of these can happen simultaneously, while innumerable other benefits can also be realized with regular practice of meditation.

With meditation, the physiology undergoes a change and every cell in the body is filled with more energy. This increases serotonin production that improves mood and behavior, strengthens the immune system and decreases any tension-related pain in the body such as headaches, ulcers or various muscle and joint problems.

With meditation, anxiety decreases, emotional stability improves and an overall clarity and peace of mind is achieved. This makes the day-to-day problems of life seem smaller and more manageable and leaves one in a pleasant and cheerful disposition throughout the day.

To experience these benefits and much more, regular practice of meditation is necessary. It takes only a few minutes every day but once imbibed into the daily routine, meditation becomes the best part of your day! Watch this space for an offering that will guide you on this path and help you live a healthy and cheerful life.

The word Yoga means, among things, combine or connect.

Modern Yoga combines two aspects of well-being: mindful and rhythmic breathing, and stretching of the body in different postures that allow for better blood circulation and harmony among organs within the body.

One of the reasons Yoga helps in healing the body is that it helps reduce cortisol levels in the body. Cortisol is the hormone released by the adrenal glands when the body senses stress be it psychological or physiological stress.

Several studies have shown that even a single session of Yoga brings down cortisol levels in the body. It has further been proven that prolong intervention, such as a month's worth of daily yoga sessions brings down average cortisol levels in the body.

Yoga brings the body back in balance. Lifestyle problems such as poor nutrition in the food you eat, poor meal timings, the wrong type of food, poor sleeping habits all work to bring about modern-day imbalances. This ultimately affects health. Today's system of medicine typically tends to address symptoms of a disease or condition rather than the source of the condition.

Yoga, since it heals holistically, helps addresses a multitude of problems in the body.

If you think about it, it is obvious at one level: when your passions are up and you experience some form of stress, your breathing tends to become irregular. Yoga not only heals from inside but also regulates breathing. By inference, when your breathing is regulated, your thoughts too are and you enter a zone of peace and calm.

Practicing yoga regularly can be a great way to reduce stress, stay in shape and calm the mind. But when it comes to stress relief, not all yoga poses are created equal: Seated postures like a child's foetal pose can induce feelings of calm and help put the mind in a meditative state, while empowering positions like standing forward in an eagle pose can calm the mind while also energizing the body.

Our offering will give you a unique selection of yoga positions that promote relaxation, tension relief and restfulness, all of which can be used by beginners and advanced yogis alike. Watch this space for more.