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Hatha Yoga or Ashtanga Yoga: Which Yoga form is right for you?

 
Yoga
Yoga
Are you bit confused between and  yoga styles and have no idea what is the right form for you? This often happens with any beginner, so first of all, you need to understand that yoga comprises of many disciplines that concentrates on healing the body and mind. It simply enhances the yoga practitioner physically, emotionally, and spiritually. There are many forms of yoga that are being practised by the yoga experts, however, for any beginner, it is quite difficult to figure out what will be the right yoga form. When checking out yoga studios online or looking at a yoga class schedule, it is not easy for a yoga novice to figure out the right style of yoga, since everything is new to him.

Since  there are many yoga styles, many of yoga beginners get confused with many different yoga styles. Hatha yoga and ashtanga yoga are two yoga styles that most of the beginners get wrong as they both are one in the same style, yet both styles mean different from each other in an actual yoga practice. Here is a brief explanation on how both yoga forms, Hatha yoga and Ashtanga Yoga, are different from each other.

Intensity of yoga style

Hatha Yoga, literally means willful or forceful yoga. It refers to a set of  (postures), and sequences of that are designed to align your muscles and bones. Hatha Yoga is a general term that includes all styles of yoga, which includes the practice of (postures) and (breathing practice) that brings a yoga practitioner peace of mind and prepares the body for meditation. Hatha yoga is typically a slow, gentle, right style of yoga for the beginners who prefer to have more relaxed poses to hold for longer.

Whereas, Ashtanga word comes from word which translates “eight-limbed. Ashta (eight) and anga (limb), which revolves around the idea of taking a practitioner through eight steps of yoga to get a path for purification and self-realisation. These eight posture includes Yama (moral codes), Niyama (self-purification), Asanas (postures), Dharana (concentration), Dhyana (meditation), Pranayama (breathing exercise), Samadhi (equilibrium) and Pratyahara (withdrawing sensory perceptions) that are performed for internal cleansing and they are quite difficult for beginners to perform all eight yoga styles of Ashtanga.

Flow

The most common difference between Hatha and Ashtanga yoga is (flow). Vinyasa is a sanskrit word, which translates to “breath-synchronized movement” and when it comes to moving from posture to posture without a halt, Ashtanga yoga is one yoga style that goes into postures, whereas Hatha yoga goes into a posture, holds it and simply comes out of posture, so there is no transition between postures as in Ashtanga practice.

Key purpose of Ashtanga yoga


Ashtanga yoga is practiced strictly works on eight limbs, which helps in internal cleaning and improves blood circulation which leads to a healthy and calm mind. As mentioned above, the eight limbs are performed to improve overall health and provide flexibility to the yoga practitioner. Apart from all these, ashtanga yoga also builds stamina, which is highly ignored in other forms of yoga.

Key purpose of Hatha yoga


Hatha yoga is practiced solely concentrating on perfecting the and in order to boost the flow of (breath) through the If briefly explained, are channels all over the body through which the prana flows. is the pure act of controlling and directing the breath of yoga practitioner through breathing exercises. This way, hatha yoga increases the flow of energy, although, asanas and pranayams are also part of Ashtanga yoga, yet they are just two of eight limbs.

Conclusion

This blog will clear the cloud of doubt and you would be able to see the right way of yoga that will be beneficial to you. Before, you start on with any yoga style, it is really important to approach Ashtanga yoga teacher training in Goa, that will help you in doing your yoga forms for beginners in right way.

Myths and Facts About Cloud Computing


Cloud Computing
Cloud Computing
Cloud computing is a model that enables ubiquitous server to a shared pool of configurable computing resources, such as servers, applications, services, and storage. With the help of cloud computing, you can easily store, access, and share data from internet-connected devices in a single central location.

Gradually, cloud computing is getting popular among people and since the popularity is on boost, there are many myths that have been created by people. It’s time to have a plunge into the pool of facts and myths about cloud computing that are still making a special space in the world of technology:

Myths

     100% secure from cyber attackers

The first and the foremost myth is that it is completely secure from cyber attacks, which is a sheer myth. Comparing to other hosting service providers, it is quite a reliable hosting service provider, however, when it is about a complete secure hosting program, it is just a sheer myth. With several companies storing data on a cloud server, which escalates the risk. Here are some common attackers that are big threat to the cloud server users.

     Involved external agents.
     Involved internal employees.
     Activist groups.
     Business partners.

     One type of cloud

Many people believe that there is only type of cloud services. Nowadays, there are many types of cloud services that are available, such as public, private and hybrid cloud. Depending on the type of data you are working upon, you will require any type in terms of different security and management. Three main cloud computing segments are IaaS (Infrastructure as a Service), SaaS (Software as a Service), PaaS (Platform as a Service), and BPaaS (Business process as a Service) is any kind of vertical or horizontal business process that’s delivered based on the cloud services model. If you explore cloud computing, you will come to know about many different things that are still unknown to you.

Facts

     The cloud is growing


These days, many people are using cloud computing through Gmail, sharing documents and videos, pulling up iTunes, using social networking sites, streaming video, and saving files. We can see that cloud is growing gradually as some of the biggest cloud services are based on emails and online emails. Google, Yahoo, and Microsoft have been offering online emails for a very long time.

     Cloud is creating IT jobs

Big companies like Google and Amazon are in need of IT admins to actually understand cloud computing’s concerns. Cloud computing has opened  many doors for IT (Information Technology) experts as cloud computing is a key component for following IT jobs:

     Web developer.
     Application Software Developer.
     Application Programmer.
     Database Administrator.
     Network Systems Administrators.
     Network and Data Analysts.
     System Analysts.
     Information System Security Specialists.

Conclusion

It is really important to know the myths and facts about cloud computing as it will expand your knowledge beyond your newspapers and what people are saying about it.

If you are looking for any web hosting company for your business, it is really important to look for an affordable web hosting company to get your website hosted at affordable prices.


Apple’s OS(iPhone OS) or Google’s OS (Android OS)? Which one is for you?


Apple iPhone
Apple iPhone
The online world has become a very hotly contested space. Companies are coming up with new technologies everyday making outdated technologies obsolete. This is a battle of the strongest contender where the survival of the fittest lies largely on the  new technologies that can be brought to the market. Currently the big battle is between Google’s Android OS and iPhone OS. Both are operating systems used primarily in the latest mobile technology, such as tablets, (i)pads, and Smartphones.

Android Vs. iOS

When talking about the Android operating system, it is Linux-based and partly an open source. Its interface and basic features are more customizable, whereas, iOS uniform designs are sometimes considered as being more user-friendly. Comparing both operating systems will help you know more about the applications being used in both the operating systems.

Today, there is a great tug-of-war going between the two big operating systems, the Android operating system and the iPhone OS (iOS). So when choosing or switching your Smartphone or tablet devices from Google to Apple or vice versa, it is really important to do it smartly as it will require buying your favorite apps all over again. Since Apple has Apple App Store and Google has Google Play, you will then need to buy apps from their respective App Stores.

If you are choosing between both these operating systems, you have to first decide about the features and functions you are looking for and what is important for you. Below, the provided information will help you make the right selection of OS for your device.

Let’s have a look at the differences.

     Interface

Both use touch interfaces that have a lot of common features such as, swiping, pinch-and-zoom, and tapping. If you look at both interfaces, you will find that both operating systems boot to homescreen, which is quite similar to a computer desktop. iOS home screen contains rows of app icons and the users can pin their most frequently used applications, whereas Android allows the use of widgets, which display auto-updating information such as weather, watch and email. When  it comes to comparing the status bar of both operating systems, both Android and iOS offers information such as battery life, Wi-Fi or cellular data connectivity on the top of the device.
iOS’s menu system is quite clean and simple but it has some limitations since it runs on Apple devices, as far as Android is concerned, it has a simple QWERTY keypad but it will make you drool over the different features and to top it off, Android can run on many devices.

     Applications (apps) available

Both Apps stores offer many applications to run on. But the bottomline when comparing these operating systems, is without a doubt, the open source feature of the Android which is defeating the Apple iOS.

     Software upgrades
Although Google often updates Android, but users often complain that they don’t receive the updates on their devices. Even phone manufacturers have found that users get upgrade information after many months of the release of the new version.
Here, iOS beats Android since users get the latest upgrades on their devices. If keeping the old devices aside, almost all the new Apple devices have certain features like Siri, and get their new upgrades on a timely manner. 

     Selection of device
For Android users, there is a wide range of devices available at different sizes and hardware capabilities; however this is not the case for iOS users where there are very limited devices such as iPad, iPod, and iPhone which come compatible and are extremely expensive. Not the case with Android, where the number of options in the devices are limitless, such as Samsung Galaxy, Motorola, Galaxy Nexus.
Call feature
With Android, the user can send self-composed texts as auto replies when declining a call.
iOS’s phone app has many functions, including the ability to reply to a phone call with a canned text message instead of answering, or to set a callback reminder. It also has a Do Not Disturb mode.

     Video calling

Google Hangouts on Android can also be used for video chat, allowing users to chat over either 3G or Wi-Fi. iOS uses Facetime, which can place video calls over both 3G and WiFi. However, it only allows users to communicate with other Apple devices.

     Messaging

Android users can easily log onto GTalk for instant messaging with friends whereas iOS doesn’t offer any way for iOS users to chat with the non-Apple-users. However, iOS users can message using iMessage or use apps from Google for GTalk and Microsoft for Skype.

Last words

While choosing, you must know that Apple has a strong hold on its operating system, but only runs on Apple devices. Android, on the other hand, started as a part of an open alliance of 84 electronic firms, which is backed by Google with the intention of developing a consistent OS between them. Samsung, LG and Motorola are some examples that use Android. This is possibly the biggest reason for  Android to become the world’s most commonly used platform.

Over to you

The last choice of choosing the operating system is yours. However make sure that you are  aware of their differences. Well, one look at the consumer behavior, it won’t be wrong to say that Apple users will use iOS even if it is restricted to the current version of iPhone. The same goes for Android users, they will like the open features of their mobile phones over everything else.



5 Best Hip Openers for alleviating back pain

Yoga For Back Pain
Oftentimes, many people complain about having tight hips even if they are doing regular yoga or exercise, this makes their yoga session really hard as they feel pain (especially lower back pain) while performing yoga poses at first. Although, there are some people who naturally have open hips, so for them, performing yoga poses won’t be a tough nut to crack. For others who have tight hips, this blog would help them in alleviating back pains.

It is an undeniable fact that tight hips can be debilitating while practicing yoga. This Article highlights five hip openers that will boost the fluidity of mobility, and reduces the possibility of serious injury to your lower back. These five simple poses will help you in stretching and strengthening your hips, but bear in mind that when you feel a sharp pain or stretch that is sore and inevitable, this pain indicates that you are releasing the tension from your body. If in case, there comes a time when you dont feel like holding it any longer, simply end and move to another yoga pose.

1.    Pigeon Pose (Eka Pada Rajakapotasana)

The Pigeon pose also known as “One-Legged King Pigeon Pose”, is an ideal pose for tight hips as it helps in stretching the hip rotators (the hip area) and the hip flexors (long muscles that runs through the front of your thighs and pelvis). It is an extremely effective pose that requires an external rotation in the front leg and an internal rotation in the back leg. When you do it consistently, you will find an increase of your muscle’s flexibility and also you body moves even more easily and smoothly. When reading or listening about this pose, it sounds really easy to perform, but if you have ever tried this pose, you know how challenging it is in the beginning. So be ready to taste some bitterness in this pose before you actually taste the sweetness of it.

Quick guide  to learn the pose:


     Beginning from downward facing dog position.
     Slightly move and bend your right leg towards your left pelvic bone placing the right toe on the floor, between your both hands.
     Make sure that you keep your left toe straight and pressed against the floor, which stretches  your leg muscle.
     The upper part of your body should be upright while practicing this pose.
     Now bend your upper body and keep repeating this process for 5-8 minutes.
     Repeat this exercise with your left leg bent.

   2.   Fire Log Pose (Agnistambhasana)

Fire log pose is also known as Agnistambhasana. Agni refers to fire and stambh refers to stop, this yoga pose depicts to kill the sciatica pain and have loose hips. It is an effective yoga pose for sciatica pain as it stretches the outer hips immensely, particularly piliformis (which is the key factor for sciatica pain).

Quick guide  to learn the pose:

     Sit on the floor with the straight spine and ensure that both your  hip bones are pressed against the ground.
     Now stack your left leg on the right knee and place it in such a way that it is parallel to your right leg.
     Both the ankles and knees should be straight and parallel to each other and now sit straight with joined hands.
     Keep your front torso straight and keep space between your pubis and navel.
     Now press your heels and spread your toes while exhaling and inhaling.
     Repeat it with your right leg on the top.

If you find it difficult to hold the pose as it stretches and strengthen your abdominal muscles, thighs and calves, simply move to another hip opener pose.

   3.   Cow Face Pose (Gomukhasana)


Cow Face Pose also known as Gomukhasana, is a perfect pose for tight hips, but it also targets both your shoulders and hips. If you have tight shoulders and hips, with regular practice of this pose you can open both your shoulders and hips. In the beginning, you might feel sharp and unbearable pain, but eventually you will win over your pain and feel more relaxed and calm.

Quick guide  to learn the pose:


     Start with putting your right leg over your left leg.
     Stack both your knees while ensuring that the right knee is firmly placed on the ground.
     Now raise your right hand and slowly bring your left hand to your back.
     Stretch and try to tuck your right hand with your left hand and once they are tucked, stretch your arms.
     Breathe deeply and hold it for 3-6 seconds and slowly release.
     Repeat the process with other side (when left leg is over right leg).

  4.    Half Lord of the Fishes Pose (Ardha Matsyendrasana)


In sanskrit, Half of the fishes pose is called Ardha Matsyendrasana, which energizes your spine and loosen your tight hips. Apart from this, there are many more benefits that you can get with this pose. This is an extremely effective pose for stretching all parts of your body, which will lead to loosen your tight muscles of your arms and legs. In addition to it, this will also stimulates your liver and kidneys.

Quick guide  to learn the pose:


     Sit on the floor and bend with your left leg on your right hip.
     Now put your right leg on the left leg in such a way that it is placed against your left leg knee.
     Then, slowly stretch your upper body to your right and place your left hand on your right knee with an open hand palm.
     Keep stretching your upper body towards the right.

With this pose, you can loosen your tight hips.

    5.    Bound Angle Pose (Baddha Konasana)

Bound Angle Pose (Baddha Konasana) stretches your hips, inner thigh and knee muscles. With this pose, you can loosen your tight hips, chest and stimulate your nervous system and reproductive system. At first, you might feel pain but you will overcome your pain if you do it on a regular basis.

Quick guide  to learn the pose:

     Simply sit on the floor and bring both soles together with the knees bent out to the sides.
     Now firmly intertwine your fingers around the toes.
     Now bend your body towards your feet and go back to your original.
     Keep repeating this exercise and you will alleviate your back pain.


Few words

Apart from these, there are many more hip opening yoga poses for your lower back pain and so if in case, these poses don’t bring any relief, you can search for other poses that will help you alleviating your lower back pain. 

Top 7 reasons why Magento is best for ecommerce platform

Magento Benefits
Magento Benefits

Big brands like Olympus, Nike and Samsung have something in-common. Do you have any idea, what is it? Well.. Magento platform is an answer to it. All these big company’s websites are built on Magento platform and just not these brands but there are many other company's websites that are built on the same platform across the globe. 

Although, in the last couple of years, there are many platforms, like BigCommerce, Shopify and Volusion, that have been introduced and doing good in the market. Today, there is every type of platform available for ecommerce site, then what’s new and special in Magento . Why it has become favorite of developers in less time. Here are 7 top reasons that are mentioned below:

1.    Open source

First of all, Magento has three versions including, Magento community edition (free), Magento enterprise edition (paid), and Magento go (paid and hosted on Magento server). Among all of them, Magento community edition is an open source, which boasts the developer community for e-commerce platform on the web.  

2.    Easy to integrate third party apps

One of the best parts with Magento platform is that it gives you the freedom to plug-in ready-made apps or plugins. With the help of Magento’s API, you can easily connect to any kind of app or plugin of your choice. Whether it is multiple payment gateways, shipping or tracking, choose an appropriate app for your site and plug it into your site.

3.    Customizable

There is no specific size and shape to any e-commerce business, so for this particular reason, Magento is the best solution as it is expected to be highly customizable. With right coding, Magento can become your hand-puppet. It allows the developer to redevelop your design by modifying your grids, and re-coding.

4.    Fast

Comparing to other ecommerce platforms, Magento is really fast platform for ecommerce site. Today, nobody wants to spend much time on any website to load, and if anyone leave the website without buying anything from the site, will hamper your conversion rate.

5.    Built for SEO

Magento is seo-friendly and this is one important aspect that should be considered while choosing any platform for ecommerce site. A lot of hard work is involved in optimizing every aspect of each page on the site for SEO and Magento saves you from the development trouble of making SEO optimized URLs, descriptions, sitemaps, meta tags and many more.

6.    No extra charges on extra features

Unlike other e-commerce platforms, Magento offer you no extra charges on every little added features made on the site. Apart from this, uploading and displaying products, and product lines on the website can be a big issue. As you start growing in your business, you start paying fees to the e-commerce platform provider. However, with Magento , you don’t have to pay a penny extra for your site.


7.    Flexibility to choose hosting services

Magento allows you to pick hosting services of your choice and if in case, you get any problem with your existing hosting service, it gives you the flexibility to switch the hosting services.

Conclusion

Today, there are number of choices when it comes to platforms for e-commerce, but Magento has successfully able to make its space in the digital world.

Note: Do not ignore your website requirements. 


Top 4 Digital Gadgets that Makes Learning Process Easy

Digital Gadgets
Digital Gadgets

The continuous evolution of technology has influenced every aspect of life these days. When it comes to learning process through advanced technologies, including devices, tools, and gadgets, undoubtedly, it has benefited the modern way of education. The advanced technology has transformed the definition of learning from books to computer systems and now to digital and handy gadgets that makes learning process easier. 

This leads to increasing clear interaction between a student and a teacher by transferring knowledge and information about the subject. Here are 5 top digital gadgets that makes your learning easy:

1.    Educational podcasts

Podcast (Portable On Demand Broadcasting) and educational podcast can be used in lectures, record student’s activity, and many more. It is an excellent gadget for those students who missed out on the lecture for some reason. With this smart gadget, they no longer need to beg their classmates for notes. Educational podcast provides:

     recorded lectures, through which students can listen to the lectures again and again.
     increased interaction with the instructor, by focusing more on the lectures in the class. 
     flexibility to the student, by giving freedom to listen the lectures anytime and anywhere.

2.    Tablets and phablets

Tablets and phablets are another awesome gadgets for students when it comes to learning as it gives freedom to students to listen and understand the lecture via mobile application. Handy devices like smartphones, tablets and phablets are much in demand for providing convenience to the students in learning. With tablets, you don’t have to be present in the class, all you need to have a tablet or phablet connected with the internet and you can learn the lecture from anywhere.

3.    Web based classroom response system

Especially designed for students by education researchers and teachers. It is a product for a classroom in order to provide flexibility, convenience and effectiveness to students.
There are several things that response system offers:
     Through computer projector, a teacher can pose multiple-choice questions to the students.
     Using this handheld transmitter (response system), a student can submit an answer to the question.
     A teacher can produce a bar chart by showing how many students chose the answer choices.
     A teacher can make instructional choices in response to the bar chart “on the fly”.

It is quite similar to remote system, but this response system allows students to learn and respond to the questions.

4.    Wireless presentation

Today, there are many mobile apps that helps you to share content via apps. With the help of wireless presentation, a student can easily share the file with your teacher and to do so, it is not necessary to present in the class.


Conclusion


The aforementioned gadgets have made easy learning for students, although there are many more gadgets, in the market, that could make your learning easy and convenient. If you have used any of these gadgets yet, try one out and see yourself the difference of learning through digital gadgets. 
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