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Saturday, 30 May 2020

7 Magical Benefits of Natarajasana



Life is a balance between what we can control and what we cannot. It is about learning when to put effort and when to surrender. 

A balanced person is a fit and healthy person. Fitness is not only limited to physical strength and wellness. It is also important to be mentally and emotionally fit to live a beautiful life. Natarajasana is a wonderful yoga asana for restoring balance in your life and improve your concentration. It helps in making the mind stronger and calmer. As it is a great stretching exercise, it also develops strength and stamina. 

Natarajasana is the combination of three Sanskrit words: Nata (which means dancer), raj (which means king), and asana (which means posture/pose). The King Dancer Yogic Pose is dedicated to Lord Shiva or Nataraj whose cosmic dance restored balance in the Universe. 

Let's take a look at the 7 magical benefits of Natarajasana:

1. Strength

The Asana provides a great stretch to the shoulder, chest, thighs, abdomen, and legs. As a result, you will feel stronger when you practice this asana regularly. 

2. Flexibility

With the regular practice of Natarajasana, your spine flexibility will increase. If you have tight shoulders and hamstrings, this asana will improve your flexibility and will make you feel youthful. Maybe you would want to dance like no one is watching! That's the kind of magic this asana creates. 

3. Balance

When you are balancing your body weight on one leg, you also learn to balance your mind. You learn to delete the useless junk thoughts lingering in your mind for long. You are able to maintain a better work-life balance. 




4. Concentration

The person who has a great concentration level can achieve success easily in all ventures. Due to the time spend on gadgets and overload of information, we often find ourselves distracted. Natarajasana can improve your concentration to a huge extent. Look at your extended hand in jnana mudra (hand gesture of wisdom). Breathe in and breathe out. As you practice it regularly, you will be able to notice an increase in your concentration level. 

5. Calmness

Natarajasana can alleviate your stress levels and make you feel calmer. The key is to breathe in and breathe out mindfully as you hold the posture. 


6. Better Digestion

As Natarajasana provides a great stretch to the abdomen, it also facilitates digestion. If you are facing any digestive issues, you can practice this yoga asana twice a day to give a gentle massage to your abdominal organs. 

7. Energy

Most of us are used to a sedentary lifestyle that often makes us feel lazy and fatigued. Practicing Natarajasana makes you feel energetic, agile, and fit. The asana works on the mind-body-soul and injects you with youthful energy. 

These are the 7 magical benefits of Natarajasana. As it is the King Dancer Yogic pose, it looks extremely graceful. Practice it regularly to notice the changes in your mind-body-soul. Try to hold the asana for at least 10 seconds. If you are a beginner, you can use the wall as support. With time, your balance and flexibility will automatically increase. 

Want to feel calm, balanced, and strong? Then practice Natarajasana every day. Inhale love. Exhale stress.

This post is a part of Blogging with a Purpose series in association with Blogchatter. My theme for this year is Physical, Mental, and Emotional Wellness. 
#CauseAChatter

Tuesday, 26 May 2020

"Mythological Monologues", my 6th book released in the #BlogchatterEBook Carnival



Today, I am thrilled to announce the release of my 6th book "Mythological Monologues - 26 Dramatic Monologues of epic characters from Ramayana and Mahabharata". The eBook got released in the coveted Blogchatter eBook Carnival Season 5 on 25th May along with 62 other eBooks.

The book will be available for free download till the 30th of June, after which it will be available on Amazon Kindle.

Download your free copy at : https://www.theblogchatter.com/download/mythological-monologues-by-purba-chakraborty/


Hope you have a great time reading the book. I will be elated if you can write a short review of my book on your social media, blog or directly email me your views on purba.khushi@gmail.com




Meet the book:

How did Ahalya feel when Sage Gautam cursed her to be a stone?
How did Eklavya feel when Dronacharya asked for his right thumb as Guru Dakshina?
How did Arjuna feel after being enlightened by Lord Krishna on the battlefield of Kurukshetra?

Mythological Monologues is a collection of 26 dramatic monologues of epic characters from Ramayana and Mahabharata. Dive deep into the hearts, listen closely to the voices of Draupadi, Sita, Karna, Lakshmana and others in this collection of dramatic monologues.

Tuesday, 5 May 2020

Publish your New eBook in the #BlogchatterEBook Carnival



Blogchatter eBook Carnival Season 5 is here and this is your chance to be the author of a brand new eBook. 

Last year, I published my eBook "Letters from the Soul" in the Blogchatter eBook Carnival and was overwhelmed to see the response. It was an amazing experience. 



I will be participating in the Carnival this year too. And I am elated to be one of the mentors of the Blogchatter eBook Carnival 2020. 

As a mentor, I am going to share a few important points that will help you in creating and publishing your eBook. If you have any questions about participating in the Blogchatter eBook Carnival, you can ask me in the comment section or on my Twitter Handle @Manchali_Purba

If you have participated in the A to Z blogging challenge 2020 and now thinking to convert your 26 blog posts posts into an eBook, you must participate in the #BlogchatterEBook carnival. Consider the feedback and comments of your readers when you edit the posts.

If you have a collection of great blogposts or stories or poems or articles, you can compile them today and create a valuable eBook.
First of all, think of a catchy title for your book that will go well with the theme of your content.

You will need MS Word to compile and format your posts. After compiling the posts, edit and proofread them so that there are no grammatical and spelling errors. You can use Grammarly for that purpose. Make sure that the word count of your Blogchatter eBook is atleast 5000 words.

Do not forget to add the copyright, dedication acknowledgements and author bio in your eBook. Add a table of contents to make the reading experience better. Once you have the entire eBook ready, proofread it for the final time. Ask a friend/family member to go through the book and give you honest feedback.

Make sure that the cover of your #blogchatterebook is attractive. Canva is a great app for creating the cover of your eBook. You can also take professional help. Write an interesting blurb that will capture the essence of your eBook & tempt the readers to read it.

Your eBook will be on the website of Blogchatter for a month. After that period, you can publish your book on Amazon Kindle. You can also approach various traditional publishers.
Promote your #blogchatterebook in various ways so that your book emerges as a roaring success. You can do FB and Insta Live sessions, interact with your readers, share stories about the making of the book, arrange contests/polls/giveaways to create a buzz.

The last date to register for the Blogchatter eBook Carnival is the 8th of May, 2020. Here's wishing you all the very best in converting your dreams of becoming an author into reality.
Register at https://www.theblogchatter.com/blogchatterebook-carnival-season-5-is-here/





Thursday, 30 April 2020

5 Yoga Asanas for Boosting Your Immunity



Yoga is a miracle when it comes to health and wellness. As it works on the mind, body, and spirit, you are rewarded with holistic overall wellness. Your body gets fitter and stronger. Your immunity gets strengthened, and you are able to have a better grip on stress and anxiety. 

When stress hormones lie cortisol accumulate in the body for long periods of time, the immunity of the body decreases. It also increases inflammation. Yoga helps in balancing all the 7 chakras of our body, resulting in overall health and vitality. 

In today's post, we are going to discuss 5 yoga asanas that can help in boosting your immunity. Keep breathing easily while you hold the asana. Try holding each asana for 10 seconds and then gradually increase it to a minute. 

1. Setu Bandhasana (The Bridge Pose)



Setu Bandhasana or the Bridge pose instantly relaxes the entire body. If you are feeling stressed and anxious, lie down on your yoga mat and try the asana. 

It improves blood circulation in the body and opens the heart, thereby healing the respiratory system. It also facilitates digestion. You will experience an increase of energy after doing this asana for a few times. 

You can also try variations of the asana to increase your balance and strength. 



2. Bhujangasana (The Cobra Pose)


Another wonderful Yoga Asana for strengthening your immunity is the Bhujangasana. It is great for people who suffers from asthma as it opens up the heart and the lungs. 

It improves blood circulation in the body. It is also therapeutic for people who face stomach disorders as the asana helps in digestion. It improves the function of various organs such as liver, pancreas, gallbladder, and kidney.

Moreover, it increases energy in the body and elevates your mood. 

3. Dhanurasana (The Bow Pose)



Dhanurasana is another wonderful asana that improves your appetite and digestion. Practicing this asana regularly will keep gastrointestinal disorders at bay. It strengthens the muscles of the back, thereby relieving back pain. 

The yoga asana is beneficial for curing respiratory and menstrual disorders. It is also great for diabetes patients. 

4. Ustrasana (Camel Pose)



Ustrasana is one of the best yoga asanas for boosting your immunity. It is a great heart opener that prevents the body from any respiratory diseases. 

It also improves digestion by toning the abdominal region. It makes the spine flexible. 

The yoga asana strengthens the shoulder, arms and back muscles. 



5. Matsyasana (The Fish Pose)



Matsyasana is often called "destoyer of diseases." It is a powerful yoga asana that can help you get relief from respiratory ailments such as sore throat, cold, fever. 

It is one of the best yoga asanas for boosting immunity as it tones the pituitary, parathyroid and pineal glands. It heals back ache and menstrual pain.

These are some yoga asanas that when practiced regularly can boost your immunity and give you joyous health. Focus on your breath when you practice the asanas. All these asanas are great at curing stress, anxiety and fatigue. 


"Yoga is a light, which once lit, will never dim. The better your practice, the brighter the flame." - B.K.S.Iyengar



This post is a part of Blogging with a Purpose series in association with Blogchatter. My theme for this year is Physical, Mental, and Emotional Wellness. 
#CauseAChatter

Zesty Radha (Mythological Monologues #26)



The predestined hour came
Krishna left for Mathura
Taking my smile in His eyes
My love and devotion in His heart
Immortalizing our memories 
In the bountiful lap of Nature.
Leaving behind my Shyam in Vrindavan,
The melody of His flute in my heart
His Divine Name entwined with mine
Together we will be called
RadheShyam till the end of time. 

On my birth,
I kept my eyes closed
Everyone thought I was born blind
Years rolled by, doctors failed 
To give me my vision
I-Radhika opened my eyes 
For the first time when Krishna-
My journey and destination
Was in front of me
My world was illuminated by light
I was filled with zest 
Immersed in the color of Mohan.
Krishna is the vast entire Cosmos
I am His essence.
Waves do not have any identity 
Without the Sea
The Sea do not want to exist
Without its waves. 

Sitting by the banks of Yamuna,
I often bask in the melody of His flute
Smile of ecstasy in lips
Tears of love in eyes
Losing track of time and space.
They ask me in bewilderment, 
"Where is the sound of flute?"
With a smile, I say,
"In my heart. I can hear it always."
"Can you see Him too?" 
"Yes. In my reflection in the river."
I say looking at Govind smiling at me.
Love is that dazzling Divine light
The very Nature of every soul
That gives life to the entire world 
Physical separation is like a cloudy sky
The Sun is eternally there
Even when it is not visible.

Every place that I go, 
He is there with me.
Every sentence that I say, 
He is there in it.
Every breath that I take, 
He is dissolved in it. 
Sun rays can never be 
Separated from the mighty Sun
Heartbeats cannot be 
Parted from the Heart
The Soul can never be disjointed 
From the Super Soul.
Radha is in Shyam
Shyam is in Radha
His Divine name entwined with Mine
Together we will be called
RadheShyam till the end of time. 

©Purba Chakraborty
30.04.2020


Yudhishthira (Mythological Monologues #25)




With this poem, the A to Z blogging challenge 2020 finally comes to an end. I hope you enjoyed my series of Mythological Monologues. Thanks to all my readers for their tremendous love, support, encouragement, appreciation, and feedback. 








Wednesday, 29 April 2020

Yudhishthira (Mythological Monologues #25)



In the garb of a Yaksha,
Once Lord Dharma asked me
The greatest wonder of the world;
Countless people die everyday
Yet the ones that are living desire to be immortal;
I-Yudhisthira never forgot my answer.
With the arrival of Kaliyuga
Departure of Vasudev Krishna
There remained no purpose of my life.
I recognized the hour of my retirement
Left the kingdom of Hastinapur
In the able hands of my grandson, Parikshit 
And embarked on my final journey
With my four brothers and Panchali.
An unfamiliar dog joined us 
In our pilgrimage to the Himalayas.

As I walked towards
My final destination,
The journey of my life flashed
In front of my eyes. 
Like a boat trapped in a tempest,
My destiny took me to places
One day living in the forest
The other day at the palace;
My life was checkered by
Deceit and Manipulation in one box
Love and Devotion in another box
I stayed steadfast in both
At the face of lies and deceit,
My unshakable calmness irked the ones
Most precious to me
Yet I stayed calm under the
Umbrella of knowledge
The one enemy that is invincible is anger
Mastery over the mind
Is the only gateway to freedom.

As we continued our journey,
Panchali fell first.
A distressed Bheema asked the reason
"Excessive attachment to Arjuna", I said.
Then fell Sahadeva followed by Nakula
Pride in wisdom and looks, their folly
Next fell Arjuna, another victim
Of the vice of pride 
In being the most skilled archer.
Last of all, Bheema tires and falls
His only flaw was gluttony. 
I was left with the dog as my companion
As I climbed on top of Mount Sumeru.
Indra, the King of Heaven appeared
Inviting me to enter his chariot
Without the dog accompanying me.
At once, I refused to leave
My faithful and loyal companion
In exchange of the pleasures of Heaven.
Lord Indra asked me to act wisely
"If I leave the dog, my heart
Will no longer be a Heaven
Of Dharma and good deeds.
What use is Heaven then for me?"
I answered, folding my hands
When the dog magically 
Transformed into Lord Dharma,
Saying that I passed the final test of my life.

©Purba Chakraborty
29.04.2020


Note: Yudhishthira was the eldest son of King Pandu and Queen Kunti in the Hindu epic Mahabharata. He later became the King of Hastinapur. 


Xerophilous Shikhandi (Mythological Monologues #24)



Tuesday, 28 April 2020

Xerophilous Shikhandi (Mythological Monologues #24)



Neither a man nor a woman
I- Shikhandi, the daughter of King Drupad
Born as an incomplete, painful story
A half-finished beautiful portrait
A half-sung song with lyrics forgotten;
I remember every memory of my past life
As the graceful princess of Kashi, Amba
Cruelly abducted by Bhishma
My life turned into a spectacle
Abandoned by my lover, Salva
Humiliated by plenty of men
Denied of justice, forsaken by all.
On seeing the volcano of my pain,
Lord Shiva blessed me to be the
Reason for Bhishma's death.
I immolated myself that very moment
And was reborn as Shikhandi.

Neither a man nor a woman
I- Shikhandi, the daughter of King Drupad
Raised as a brave and powerful son
Trained in warfare and statecraft
Married to the daughter of King Hiranyavarna
Abandoned by my wife for my gender;
Like a xerophilous plant, 
I survived without love in the forest
Acquired a male body 
At the mercy of a Yaksha. 
When blisters of agony 
Was draining my life,
I remembered my purpose:
To complete my unfinished story
To be the reason of Bhishma's death.

Neither a man nor a woman
I-Shikhandi, the vivacious Amba reborn
Surrendered to the Cosmic plan
Awaited my chance to be the instrument
Of God in establishing Dharma. 
When the Pandavas were clueless
How to defeat the great warrior Bhishma,
I rode on Arjuna's chariot,
Guided by Lord Krishna
On the tenth day of the Kurukshetra war.
At once, Bhishma recognized me 
He lowered his weapons 
Unwilling to strike a woman
For I was Amba in his guilt-ridden eyes.
Seeing the perfect opportunity, 
Arjuna, hiding behind my back
Shot a volley of arrows at Bhishma
Pinning him to the ground
Immobilizing him for the war. 
I- Shikhandi became a vital instrument
Of Lord Krishna in making the Pandavas win.
I- Shikhandi embody all queer people
In the eyes of the Lord, 
We are valuable, loved, and cherished
Unlike the man made society 
That ridicules and suppresses us. 

©Purba Chakraborty
28.04.2020

Note: Shikhandi is the eldest daughter of King Drupad in the Hindu epic, Mahabharata. She later became a male and was instrumental in helping the Pandavas win in the Kurukshetra war. 

Warm-hearted Sudama (Mythological Monologues #23)