YOGA, A SPIRITUAL AND PHYSICAL PRACTICE

YOGA A SPIRITUAL AND PHYSICAL PRACTICEFor beginners attempting to understand dozens of tongue twisting Sanskrit words and terms is mysterious and no easy task. Many readers probably envy their Indian counterparts for the general terminology so familiar to them.

 

So this week’s article will attempt to “enlighten” the more ignorant !

 

The following are some uncluttered terms and practises more commonly used :

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THE HUMAN BODY CLOCK

The Human Body ClockOur bodies internal clock is housed deep within the brain and its existence can be most apparent when it is off balance. This clock can affect mood, appetite, alertness, cardiac and other body functions.

 

At times we all feel the ebb and flow of daily life and the most basic rhythm we live by is the sleep and awake cycle, which is mostly related to the cycle of the sun. It would be ridiculous to think that one has to gaze at the sun and moon to maintain the cycle ! Interestingly, our bodies rely on a hormone known as Melatonin,  levels of which increase in the evening causing a sensation of drowsiness, beckoning sleep and decreasing with daylight when a “wake-up” alert kicks in.

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HAIR LOSS

hair lossThe technical term for hair loss is alopecia and there are records of this occurring as far back as 4000 years BC ` mankind forever searching for a cure.

 

Reciting a magic spell to the sun, followed by swallowing an extraordinary concoction of onion, lead, alabaster and honey was one such ritual, another common one being the rubbing of fats from crocodiles and serpents onto the bald areas.

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BIZARRE COSMETIC INGREDIENTS

Bizzare Cosmetic IngredientsAlthough I have touched on this topic previously, new readers may find the contents interesting.

 

Assuming that one is fairly aware of components in toiletries, some discussed below may appear to be “creepy”  and yet they are in fact quite commonplace.

 

However anti-cruelty consumers may well like to question and avoid certain products.

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HERITAGE DAY CELEBRATING “THE BRAAI”

Heritage Day ArticleThe word “braai” probably originated from the Dutch word Braden, meaning to roast, which is logical as Dutch evolved into a sister language known as Afrikaans.

 

Besides being very local, this sociable cooking method is also to be found in Botswana, Namibia and Zimbabwe.  The word “braai” is truly South African in this beautiful country not only because of the food but the vibe brought about by the union of friends and family.

 

Historically some time shortly after humans took control over fire, cooking meat commenced in this way, probably by accident when raw chunks fell into the fire.These primitive folk then realized that meat was far tastier, easier to chew, more easily digested than in the raw state and had a higher nutritional value.

According to the “purists” braai’ing is not a simple process, even an art form and that it is sacrilege to omit meat from the fire. Those cooks under scrutiny might have to endure comments such as “OH boy, does he need some lessons on how to braai !”

 

However, a large number of people have opted to become vegetarians and this by no means excludes them as many non-meat foods are quite suitably cooked on the coals.

 

Certain braai etiquette should exist, the host normally letting the invitees know what to bring such as snacks, salads and alcohol. Much of the gaiety arises from the initiation of cracking open beers, pouring of wine and passing around biltong - the experience truly begins !

 

Much chatter then ensues which often progresses to inebriated blabbering by late afternoon with all and sundry having the solution as to how the country should be run !

 

But dear fellow South Africans whatever activities are on the agenda or how you intend to braai, have a wonderfully , peaceful and happy well deserved Heritage day this Sunday the 24th !

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