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Yoga Upward Salute

Sun Salutation – A Yoga Pose

I’ve been doing a lot of Yoga lately after reading up on the benefits of this exercise. I like it a lot better than lifting weights or doing heavy cardio work at the gym. I also like the spirtual benefits as well. Many of the poses are grounded in ancient traditions. One of my favorites, of course, is the Sun Salutation Pose, which I learned about on YogaSimple.net. Here’s a little history behind the pose.

Also known as Surya Namaskara, the sun salutation is an older form of Indian exercise that’s usually practiced as a means of honoring the sunshine. The pose combines worship, motion, and prayer. It has 12 poses which are done jointly as a way to reach the desired outcomes.

Sun Salutation at the Dead Sea

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You can do the pose as a warm up exercise. When you are in a yoga class or you also can take action as the key exercise. When employed as a warmup exercise, it helps in creating internal “electricity” hence warming up the physique.

To prepare the physique, this pose generates energy that increases blood circulation in the muscles thus establishing a rhythm for the complete yoga practice. When you are doing the pose for warm-up goals, you simply do it for just a small amount of time.

Doing the pose as the main exercise allows you to build flexibility and body strength. The pose also helps you to exercise major body muscles such as the respiratory program muscles. As a consequence of this you breathe better and be appropriate.

In addition to these advantages, other benefits include:

Weight-loss: this is the widely known benefit of the pose. The pose brings about weight loss by augmenting the rate of metabolic process. Fat sediments in the body are combusted, When the speed of metabolism increases and consequently you shed weight.

Peace of mind: when done at an effortless pace, the sun salutation has been demonstrated find a way to provide you much needed peace of mind. As a result of the peace of mind, you’re feeling relaxed and without tension. As a result of this, you become more productive as there is an optimistic approach towards life.

Physical benefits: other than the pose assisting you to have peace of mind, it also helps in making you physically fit.

The sun salutation is a rather easy to execute model also it could be practiced by nearly every man, woman and child, regardless of age. To enjoy all the advantages of the pose, you should practice day-to-day. You should also possess an optimistic attitude towards it.

Science Fair

A Fun Solar Energy Science Project

One of the best experiences I ever had was when I participated in a local solar energy science fair. Despite my professional experience, as it turns out when I was a kid, I was never very good at science, so I saw this as a challenge. I enjoy doing new things, especially activities that I don’t have a lot of experience in. I initially thought it wouldn’t go very well, but then I thought of something that I had seen on a camping trip years ago, and decided to make one. Instead of creating something with solar panels like everyone else was, I decided to focus on what I enjoy the most: food! That’s when I decided to make my very first solar cooker. To be honest, I didn’t win the contest, but I did have a lot of fun and I figured out how to make one with really simple steps. Let me tell you what I did, and maybe you can do the same.

The first thing you need are a couple boxes. They don’t have to be very big, but one has to be a little smaller than the other. That’s because in between the gap created by the different box sizes, you have to insert shredded newspaper. This will be a makeshift insulator that is necessary for the solar oven to work. Another thing you will need are pieces of black construction paper that you put inside the smaller box. Outside of the solar oven, you need to have reflective panels that can focus the light, at 45 degree angles, into the box where the food will be cooked. What I did was wrap tinfoil around four square pieces of cardboard, and propped them up with dowels so I could adjust the angle.

The last part of the process is the easiest: put your food in the center of the box! Depending upon what you’re cooking, and the time of year that you make the box, it could take several hours for the sun to cook your food. You can literally make anything in this solar cooker including soup, appetizers, salads, casseroles, desserts and even bread. There are also lots of recipes on the Internet that you can access for free, so no matter what type of food you would like to cook, there is probably a recipe for it on the Internet. It was a very exciting project for me, and I’m glad I took the time to try it out. Hopefully this little experience that I had making a makeshift solar cooker for a solar energy science fair project will inspire you to try to make one yourself.

Hotblack Desiato and Disaster Area

One of my favorite book series is Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, an uproariously funny collection of books by the late, great Douglas Adams who sadly passed away at a much too young age. One of the best scenes, apart from the mattress creatures of Squornshellous Alpha, is the scene from the third book, The Restaurant at the End of the Universe, when the lead characters become trapped on a spaceship belonging to Hotblack Desiato and his rock group, Disaster Area. In the scene, the spaceship has been programmed to crash into the sun in an effort to create a solar flare. It’s all part of the elaborate stage theatrics of the band, which plays so loud that the audience must usually listen from a distance of thirty-seven miles away.

But could a spaceship crashing into a sun really cause a solar flare? Well, not likely. Science, which isn’t always as imaginative as fiction, tells us that solar flares are caused when electrons interact with the plasma medium of the sun. A curious phenomenon of magnetic reconnection is involved, and while we don’t know precisely how solar flares come about, we do know that they’re generally not set off by space ship crashes involved in theatrics from rock bands.