Blueberries, why they are Nutritional Stars

With flavors that range from mildly sweet to tart and tangy, blueberries are nutritional stars bursting with nutrition and flavor while being very low in calories. Blueberries are at their best from May through October when they are in season.

Blueberries are literally bursting with nutrients and flavour, yet very low in calories. Researchers at Tufts University in Boston USA, analysed 60 fruits and vegetables for their antioxidant capability. Blueberries came out on top, rating highest in their capacity to destroy free radicals.

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Health Benefits of Watermelon

Aside from watermelon's thirst quenching taste it has many health benefits. It is green on the outside, is part of the cucurbitadae family an the edible part is inside the watermelon and has a red pinkish color. Watermelon comes in many forms.

watermelon_2The Health Benefits
  • energy production
  • protects against macular degeneration
  • fights heart disease
  • loaded with antioxidants
  • reduces the risk of cancer
  • prevents erectile dysfunction
  • good source of vitamins and minerals

Watermelon is concentrated with b-vitamins. B-vitamins are responsible for alot of your body's energy production. This means eating watermelon can give you substantial energy. It also has high amounts of the the energizing nutrients magnesium and potassium. Eating watermelon is a safe alternative to taking energy drinks prior to exercise. It also hydrates you due to its high water content as opposed to caffeine filled energy drinks that dehydrate you.

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Using Mala Beads (Rosary) for Meditation

What is a Meditation Mala?
A mala is a string of 108 beads with one bead as the summit bead called a 'sumeru'.

It is a tool used to keep your mind on the meditation practice. Malas are generally made from different materials such as tulsi (basil) wood, sandal wood, rudraksh seeds or crystal. Each type of material has certain properties which subtly affect the subconscious mind of the practitioner.

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Steps to Mantra Meditation

Mantra is one of the simplest, yet a very powerful method to achieve meditation. Why?

Mantra involves the rhythmic invocation of a sound. This provides a foundation for the aspirant so that his practice is just not "in the air". This anchor or foundation helps the mind to gradually disconnect with the external experiences provided through the 5 senses, which is the first step to successful meditation.

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The Chakras - The Seven Centres of Consciousness

A primary focus of Amrit Yoga is to build heat by charging the battery of the body, which is based in the lower three centers. As this energy is aroused and consciously directed from the lower chakras to the upper ones, our biological prana awakens to its evolutionary potential. Awakened prana, called Kundalini, carries out healing and cleansing at an accelerated level - resulting in the purification of the nerve channels in the body as well as cleansing kriyas - all of which prepare the body for accelerated spiritual development.

Chakra One: Roots, Alignment, Earth
Muladhara is the body in physical space and time, developing groundedness, stability and foundation. In Amrit Yoga, the attention is alignment in all poses, building awareness and strength in the legs - especially all standing poses. Anything that stabilizes and roots the foundation reinforces muladhara.

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