Poor exercise habits increase your risk for spinal injuries

Originally, yoga was created to help bring together the body and mind. Through a series of natural movements and meditation – we develop greater inner strength and flexibility. So why are so many people suffering with yoga-related injuries?

Is there a dark side to all these “power yoga” classes? Ninety-five percent of chronic pain in the body is a result of poor posture and biomechanics. On the next NaturalNews Talk Hour – you’ll discover how to use breathing to align your posture from the inside out; reduce muscle tension; dramatically increase your flexibility and avoid (unwanted) back surgeries!

Let’s take a closer look at the growing trend of yoga injuries. Statistics suggest that as many as 30 to 40 percent of people doing yoga get some type of injury. In fact, according to the Consumer Products Safety Commission, 13,000 people went to the emergency room between 2004 and 2007 reporting yoga injuries. Yoga instructors (and students) must admit – something has to change.

Breathing natural from your core to prevent injuries

Michaelle Edwards, a yoga expert says, “Conscious breathing is a powerful way to connect with our deeper selves, but it is important that we do it in a way that supports our natural breathing process.” She goes on to say that, “in order to breathe naturally you must be able to relax your outer belly muscles and allow them to elongate when you inhale. In order to do this, breathing must begin with the movement of the rib cage and not the belly.”

“Learning to initiate breath from your rib cage can help balance, elongate and tone your body from the inside out. This core breathing can help correct poor posture, jumpstart your metabolism, massage your organs and can even make you a better lover.” Naturally, it almost goes without saying, if you can’t breathe comfortably – while doing any exerciseroutine – your risk for injury goes way up.

Avoid back surgery and save millions of dollars in medical bills

Over the years, millions of people opt for irreversible surgical procedures. Many health experts agree that most of these operations could be avoided with simple changes to lifestyle habits. For example, did you know that many people can eliminate chronic back pain by simply loosening up their calf and hamstring (back of thigh) muscles? Unfortunately, fitness industry professionals are teaching too many painful, ineffective movement patterns to clueless students.

Take for example the old “straighten your knees and trying to bend forward” exercise to help make you more flexible. Well, according to Michaelle Edwards, this movement (plus many others) can potentially lead to more harm than good. There are (3) simple tests to determine whether a movement pattern is healthy or not:

1. It should allow the spine to have its natural curves.

2. It should not restrict the ability to deeply and fully breathe from the rib cage.

3. It should have a real life correlation to functional movement positions.

Your rib cage and oblique muscles are activated through deep breathing, adding length to your neck and waist, and stability to your core. Many yoga poses and exercises are “right-angle” templates that distort spinal curves, over-stretch important stabilizing ligaments, and create repetitive strain injuries. The bottom line – all of this can be avoided by moving properly!

Michaelle Edwards is an author, body-worker and yoga teacher who owns and operates the Kauai Yoga School on Kauai’s north shore. As a posture therapist and innovator, Michaelle has come up with a new way to become naturally aligned, which she calls YogAlign. She uses self-massage, deep core breathing, and core exercises designed to align the spine while stabilizing the joints.

Michaelle began developing her adaptation of yoga in 1992 when she tore her knee ligament practicing vinyasa yoga. As she healed, she began to create new poses that make anatomical sense in real-life body function. MIchaelle has certified hundreds of teachers in YogAlign and has practiced yoga, in some form, for 40 years.

Is there a dark side to all these “power yoga” classes? Ninety-five percent of pain in the body is a result of poor posture. On the next NaturalNews Talk Hour – you’ll discover how to use breathing to align your posture from the inside out; reduce muscle tension; dramatically increase your flexibility plus much more!

Heat wave in India: Useful tips and safety guidelines!

With the temperatures recording significantly above normal in the first three months of 2016 across India, the country is reeling under intense heat wave claiming over hundred of lives.

The most affected being the southern state of Telangana, followed by Odisha. And the situation could get worse in the upcoming days. The Indian Meteorology Department (IMD) has also preicted that 2016 would be harsher than 2015, the hottest year ever recorded.

The health impacts of heat wave can be dangerous as it leads to dehydration, heat cramps, heat exhaustion and/or heat stroke.

Here are a few tips to keep you safe and healthy from the harsh summer sun:

  • Avoid going out in the sun or strenuous activities, particulry between 11am and 3pm, which is the hottest part of the day.
  • Use protective goggles, umbrella/hat, shoes or chappals while going out in sun.
  • Drink plenty of water, even if not thirsty. Other fluids such as ORS, lassi, lemon water, buttermilk, etc. help re-hydrate the body.
  • Avoid tea, coffee and alcohol as they dehydrate the body.
  • Eat small meals while avoiding high-protein food.
  • Always carry water while travelling.
  • Take cool showers or baths, especially before bed s this helps cool the body temperature.
  • Wear lightweight, light-coloured, loose, and porous cotton clothes.
  • Keep your rooms cool by using shades or curtains, open windows at night.
  • If you have a medical condition, make sure that you ask your doctor for advice about what to do during a heatwave.
  • Seek medical help if symptoms such as breathlessness, chest pain, confusion, weakness, dizziness or cramps persist and don’t go away.
  • Stay tuned to local weather forecast on TV, radio or on the Met official website.

A heat wave is a very hot weather, often accompanied by high humidity. As per National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA), heat waves should be declared when actual maximum temperature remains 45*C or more irrespective of normal maximum temperature.

The miracle cure for puffy eyes and dark circles – Coffee!

Coffee, for most people around the globe, is an essential apparatus to help kickstart the day. It is a cup for all seasons and without their favourite brew, their day seems incomplete.

However, it might be news for many, that their beloved beverage carries certain properties that can help with minor skin issues as well!

For that, you don’t need to consume extra cups of coffee, but apply it on your skin. It is especially good for dark circles and puffy eyes.

Coffee, and caffeine in particular, has been used in a number of at-home beauty and personal care treatments. It has also been believed to work well at reducing the appearance of cellulite because of the fact that caffeine can temporarily help to tone and tighten skin. That’s why many body scrubs and lotions that promise to do so much contain and list it as an active ingredient.

The video you are about to watch, gives you a detailed explanation about the minerals and nutrients that coffee contains and how they help your skin.

Top 10 incredible health benefits of pineapples!

Pineapples are normally deemed unhealthy by health professionals and diet experts, due to the high levels of sugar in the tropical fruit.

Highly perishable (should be consumed within two days if stored at room temperature and within about a week if refrigerated), the fruit has surprising varied nutritional and health benefits!

Because of the high sugar levels, pineapples can be consumed in the form of juice to avail its benefits without adding extra sugar to it.

Did you know? Bromelain, a proteolytic enzyme contained in pineapples, has been shown to be an effective anti-inflammatory, muscle relaxant and digestive aid.

It also includes chemicals that interfere with the growth of tumor cells, making pineapple a good food to prevent cancer.

The video you are about to watch, tells you the top 10 reasons explaining why and how drinking pineapple juice on a daily basis can be good for you.

Lifestyle, self-care, diet tips to deal with asthma!

Global asthma rates are on the rise with 250,000 annual deaths attributed to the disease. Estimates suggest that 300 million people worldwide suffer from asthma. What’s even worse is that almost 10 percent of this number comes from India. As per the Asthma Society of India, at present 25% of Indian population suffers from allergy and 5% of them are suffering from asthma.


Asthma is a chronic disease of the the air passages of the lungs which inflames and narrows them. It is a common disease among children.

Common symptoms of asthma include –

  • Wheezing
  • Coughing, especially at night
  • Chest tightness
  • Chest pain, shortness of breath
  • Nasal congestion
  • Signs of a cold or allergies
  • Trouble sleeping

While it is not exactly clear what causes asthma, researchers believe that it is caused by a combination of both genetic and environmental factors.

Asthma can’t be prevented, but you can lessen the possibility of an asthma attack by taking several steps on your own besides taking medications.

Here are some few tips for keeping asthma at bay:

  • Avoiding triggers and allergens – common allergens that cause allergic asthma are smoke, dust mites, pollens, molds, pet dander, rodents.
  • Wear a face mask if your asthma is worsened by cold or dry air.
  • Try to discover which forms of exercise are best for people with asthma. Regular exercise can strengthen your lungs and heart, which helps relieve asthma symptoms.
  • Maintain a healthy weight as being overweight can increase your risk of symptoms as well as other health problems.
  • Learn how to manage stress to reduce your asthma symptoms.
  • Eat a healthy, balanced diet that includes plenty of fresh and unprocessed foods. Since some people with asthma have food allergies that can trigger asthma attacks, it is best to consult with your doctor or dietician.
  • Get regular checkups for your asthma.

World Asthma Day is an annual event organized by the Global Initiative for Asthma (GINA) to improve asthma awareness and care around the world. World Asthma Day takes place on the first Tuesday of May.

Reasons why you should meditate!

Yes, we hear it all the time! Meditation has a lots of health benefits – from lowering stress levels to keeping diseases at bay. But to reap the benefits of meditation, one needs to practice it regularly.

One might think that it’s hard to put into practice, but once imbibed into the daily routine, meditation becomes a part of your life. It takes only a few minutes every day.

Sleeping trouble? Now, sleep like a baby with Banana tea!

People complaining of sleeplessness or problems related to their sleep cycle are not unheard of.

Stress, anxiety, nervousness, insomnia, etc., can all result in you experiencing sleep deprivation and/or lack of proper sleep.

Tossing and turning, trying to find a comfortable position to sleep in, you’ve tried it all, but in vain.

However, we came across a new concoction that swears to rid you of your sleeping woes – Banana tea!

Sounds weird, doesn’t it? Especially knowing as how a fair number of people don’t like the flavour of banana much. But, it’s always better to have a solution than suffer and be restless the entire day, right?

Give your skin a tomato spa this summer with a DIY scrub!

Looks like summer season is here to stay and so are all sorts of skin problems related to it.

The scorching sun grows hotter yet and there’s nothing we can do about it, except tell you how you can prevent and/or reduce these skin problems

Acne, tan, freckles, blackheads, oily skin, redness, itching, dark spots, wrinkles, etc., are all part of the summer game and this is why it’s time to make red juicy Tomatoes your best friends!

Yes, you heard that right! A tomato skin spa is one of the most beneficial treatments you’ll probably come across and you’ll simply need a few more ingredients to go along with tomatoes to give you that soft and supple skin.

The video you are about to watch, will tell you how to use tomato as a facial scrub along with its benefits like pore cleansing, reduction or removal of dark spots and wrinkles, etc.

Insomnia and ageing: How to get good night’s sleep as you age!

We have heard that lack of sleep double the signs of ageing. As we age, our sleep patterns tend to change. So, getting uninterrupted good sleep of about 7-8 hours seems imposible. This keeps many older adults, not all though, awake at night or spend more time in the lighter stages of sleep than in deep sleep.

Sleeping well is important for a person’s physical health and emotional well-being no matter what a person’s age is. Ageing, as we all know, is a natural process and nobody can stop it.

Following a few tricks can improve sleep. Here are a few tips to help you overcome age-related sleep problems and enjoy a good night’s rest:

Regular bedtime routine: Maintain a consistent schedule – go to bed and wake up at the same time every day, even on weekends. Also, avoid staying up late as this can hamper the body’s natural clock and prevent you from getting a good sleep.

Identify underlying problems: While emotional issues such as stress, anxiety and depression can lead to insomnia, poor sleep habits, including poor sleep environment and poor daytime habits can be the main culprits. Identifying all possible causes can help restore peaceful sleep.

Avoid taking afternoon naps: Daytime napping can cause you to wake up during the night. If napping is necessary, restrict your nap to 15 to 20 minutes in the early afternoon.

Healthy lifestyle: Practicing a healthy lifestyle such as eating the right foods, exercising and knowing how to manage stress can help prevent sleep problems.

Include plenty of vegetables, lean proteins, healthy fats while cutting back on sugary and processed foods. Avoid caffeine late in the day as it stays in the body for up to 12 hours. Do not take alcohol after dinner as it can impair the quality of sleep.

Exercise regularly, but make sure that it’s not too close to bedtime. During exercise, your body release endorphins that boosts your mood and reduces stress, depression, and anxiety.

Seek medical help: If you still have trouble sleeping after trying out the above tips, seek help from a doctor or sleep specialist. It is possible that you have other health issues that may disrupt your sleep cycle.

Asthma attack without an inhaler: First aid tips

An asthma attack can be a terrifying experience. During an assthma attack, your airways constrict or become clogged with mucus, making each breath a frightening struggle.


Asthma is a lung condition in which the airways inside the lung become narrow, swell and produce extra mucus. This leads to wheezing, shortness of breath, chest tightness and coughing.

Asthma attacks can be triggered by breathing in substances called allergens – dust mites, mold, pollen, animals, respiratory infections such as common cold, tobacco smoke, air pollutants (smog), Strenuous physical activity, weather, etc,

But, sometimes, some people may have an attack with no obvious trigger. Most people with asthma will always keep an inhaler handy, but what would you do if someone doesn’t have it and the attack is severe. In such cases, you may need to help the person to survive the attack.

The following video gives some first aid tips on how you can help ease the attack!