Shortcuts to health and happiness

Home » Leisure » The Better Life Last Published: Fri, Sep 16 2016. 11 53 AM IST The age of betterment: Short cuts to health and happiness People do many things to better themselves. They take up a sport, learn languages, do yoga, meditate and practise gratitude Shoba Narayan The writer in Nepal’s Chitwan National Park. Photo: Arpita Dutta  …

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Listen to your body

Home » Leisure » The Better Life Last Published: Thu, Dec 08 2016. 05 27 PM IST Listen to your body Don’t assume that the external world can cure your internal problems. Your body will give you clues about its current state and where it is headed Shoba Narayan Photo: iStock My mother always says, “Listen to your body”. Every time…

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Work out during your commute

Home » Leisure » The Better Life Last Published: Thu, Sep 22 2016. 04 40 PM IST Work out during your commute Engaging your core while in the car, bus or autorickshaw is simple. All you need to do is make sure that your back doesn’t lean against the backrest Shoba Narayan Try sitting upright in your car rather than…

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Pandiculation is no gobbledygook

Home » Leisure » The Better Life Last Published: Thu, Sep 29 2016. 05 54 PM IST Pandiculation is no gobbledygook A pandiculation is a constriction of muscles followed by a stretch. Constrict, release, relax—that’s the sequence Shoba Narayan Try pandiculating to relax your body. Photo: iStock   Think of the time you wake up. What do you do? You…

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Dance and memory

Home » Leisure » The Better Life Last Published: Thu, Oct 06 2016. 05 43 PM IST What’s the link between Indian classical, folk dance forms and enhanced memory power? Horizontal saccades—when eyes move from side to side in rhythm with the legs—in classical dance forms such Bharatanatyam improves human memory, studies show Shoba Narayan Kathakali involves saccade, or when…

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Squat and curl

Home » Leisure » The Better Life Last Published: Thu, Oct 20 2016. 05 25 PM IST Squat and curl Squat and curl during your spare time. It won’t seem onerous and will actually benefit you in the long term. Shoba Narayan Regular squats help people adapt to ageing better. Photo: iStock I asked a bunch of experts for one…

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Time to use your non-dominant hand

Home » Leisure » The Better Life Last Published: Thu, Oct 13 2016. 05 38 PM IST Time to use your non-dominant hand Using the non-dominant hand not only improves willpower and self-control, it opens up aspects of the brain we are not in touch with Shoba Narayan Be hands-on. Photo:iStock   Like over 90% of the world, I am…

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Health at your fingertips

Home » Leisure » The Better Life Last Published: Thu, Oct 27 2016. 05 14 PM IST Health at your fingertips In mudras’ (hand gestures, used in most Eastern religions) ease lie their beauty and healing qualities Shoba Narayan Photo: iStockphoto It is the end of the day. You are tired. You don’t want to stretch; you don’t want to…

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How to stay active all the time

Home » Leisure » The Better Life Last Published: Thu, Nov 03 2016. 05 00 PM IST How to stay active all the time Walk while on conference call, or do butt crunch while waiting at the bakery counter—some ways to exercise Shoba Narayan Any activity done in an intense way, offers benefits similar to those you get when you…

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Sujok Seed Therapy

Home » Leisure » The Better Life Last Published: Thu, Nov 10 2016. 05 11 PM IST The healing power of ‘desi’ seeds Seeds have pure potential—they are holders of the life force Shoba Narayan     Pressing seeds—mustard, fenugreek, peppercorns—over the ‘third eye’ point helps stimulate the master gland, according to the ancients. Photo: iStock The star of this…

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