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Home Foot Care – How a Toe Straightener Can Help With Overlapping Toes

A toe straightener can help with overlapping toes, hammertoes and mallet toes. When combined with better fitting shoes, it can also help with bunions. Here's a look at how the straighteners work.

The underlying causes of the problems are tight tendons. The toes may have been pushed into unnatural positions after years of wearing tight, narrow shoes. Regularly stretching the toes is not even something that most athletes take the time to do. Basically, we ignore our feet, until there's a problem.

Before you invest in straighteners, take a look at your shoes. If there is not enough room for you to wiggle your toes, if you feel pressure on the lower joint of the big toe or the outside of the pinky toe, then your shoes are too tight. You need a change.

Luckily, there are some shoe manufacturers that realize the importance of wearing appropriate shoes, with wide, deep toe boxes, but they also recognize that people like to be fashionable. So, today's toe-friendly shoes are more stylish than the old orthopedic shoes. They come in fashionable colors and assorted materials, too.

Once you have your new shoes, you can begin to use a toe straightener on a regular basis. The devices work by gradually stretching the tendons. They apply just enough pressure to accomplish your goal over time.

Straighteners are not usually recommended for people with diabetes, unless they are being used under a podiatrist's supervision. Because of reduced sensation and circulation to the toes, a person with diabetes may not be able to tell if there is too much pressure or even if their shoes are too tight.

For people that are in generally good health, a toe straightener can be used to straighten one two or three toes, according to a person's needs. A soft pad fits beneath the foot. The tops of the toes and sides of the toes are protected with foam pads. So, there is immediate relief from any pain caused by a mallet or hammertoe and the separation prevents additional rubbing between the toes.

Depending on the severity of the condition, a toe straightener could help normalize the tendon length and reverse the joint changes. For more severe conditions that do not respond to this kind of treatment, in Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease for example, there are other options.

When the deformities are severe, as they can be in diabetics and people with Charcot foot, a custom fit orthotic allows for walking in comfort. Shoes made of soft materials further increase comfort and allow people with bad feet to get some essential exercise.

It is important for everyone to pay close attention to the health of their feet. Bad feet can lead to bad knees, hips and a bad back. Sub-consciously, you attempt to relieve the pain by changing the way that you walk, which can put the entire lower body out of alignment.

So, a toe straightener might not be the only thing that you need. But, if you do decide that's the right choice for you, do a little comparative shopping. The quality varies greatly.

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The Three Schools of Tantric Yoga – Kaula, Mishra, Samaya

The Sanskrit word Tantra means expansion, so the concept behind performing tantric yoga is to expand all levels of consciousness to reach the inner Shakti or Cosmic Being. Tantric yogis attempt to focus on the spiritual energy within to overcome all subconscious confines and boundaries. It aims to arouse and synchronize the opposing factors inside each yogi in order to reach the internal divine life or cosmic force, whether it is on a waking level, sleeping level or in a state of dreaming.

In order to attain these levels, it is important to practice tantra yoga under the supervision of a Guru or Tantric Acharya, as they can help you to learn the proper way of identifying the key factors that influence the feelings and thought process. This in turn allows the yogi to overcome the hurdles such as narrow-mindedness, egocentricity, self centeredness and unawareness that restrain from acquiring harmony and peace. As a result Tantra yoga encourages the yogi to achieve levels of central focus and altruism.

Tantric yoga has three different schools: Kaula, Mishra and Samaya. All three vary in their nature with respect to the practice that is required.

KAULA TANTRA: This tantra teaches control over the lower part of the body, including the lower spine and the reproductive organs. The purpose is to gain control over physical needs of the body and use the force not just for sensual pleasure. For yogis looking to enhance their tantric yoga skills, there are a number of teachers available along with written script that can guide them in honing their skills. Kaula is one of the most popular forms of tantra being widely known in the USA as well. However, it is important to find an instructor who has authentic experience and knowledge about the schools of tantra.

MISHRA TANTRA: The word Mishra means mixed; therefore it is a mixture of internal and external rituals. It is a higher practice than Kaula and involves more advanced practices. The main focus of Mishra is on the heart with devotion towards the feminine principles of the universe. All practices are done in the mind by focusing it towards the inner heart and do not require the use of any external objects.

SAMAYA TANTRA: The word Samaya can be translated into the expression “I am with you”, as it refers to the emancipation of the Shakti. This is the highest form of tantra and opposed to the Kaula and Mishra, Samaya is based on pure yogic practice without the interference of any external rituals. Samaya aims to lead the yogi towards self realization and inner liberation with meditation. The pure meditative state ensures that the energy is channeled upwards to achieve spiritual union at the top of the head.

As tantric is a purely meditative form of yoga that acts as the basis of the entire mental and physical characteristics of the individual, a genuine yoga lover will eventually come across the enlightenment and energy that it seeks to promote. The different schools of tantra provide the yogi to explore their spirituality to its inner most depths.

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What Is Yogalates? A Brief Overview

You’ve probably already heard of Yogalates – it is the newest trend in fitness in health clubs, spas, and yoga and Pilates studios. But let’s start with the basics: what is Yogalates?

Yogalates, also spelled Yogilates, is a combination of Pilates and yoga, which blends the emphasis that yoga puts on flexibility and meditation with the benefits of core strengthening that you get with Pilates training.

Yogilates was created in the late 1990’s by Jonathan Urla, a Pilates and yoga instructor, who realized that some of the same basic principles are shared in both yoga and Pilates – like proper breathing, alignment, strengthening and flexibility – and could be combined to glean some of the benefits of both.

Why take a Yogalates class? It’s a great way to get some of the benefits of both practices if you don’t have time to attend both yoga and Pilates classes. If you’re splitting your time between the two types of classes, you may not be getting the full benefits of either or learning the proper form through dedicated practice.

Yogalates is also great if you’re getting bored with your current practice and looking to try something new, or challenge your body in new ways.

Traditional Yogalates classes start with warm-up yoga poses like downward dog, which gets your body warmed up and started on proper breathing and form in the yoga poses. Then, the class moves into more challenging yoga poses that require greater movement, which sets the tone for the body’s muscles as you move into Pilates poses. Pilates exercises follow to further challenge the body and emphasize core strength.

What are some of the disadvantages of Yogalates? Not surprisingly, you only get half of the benefits of taking a full yoga or Pilates class because you’re splitting your time between the two. You won’t work your core as hard as you would in a traditional Pilates class – the same goes for the meditative benefits of a full yoga class.

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Sciatic Endometriosis – How To Relieve Endometriosis Sciatic Symptoms

Sciatic endometriosis is usually exceptionally sore, although endometriosis is rarely the underlying cause. What actually happens when it is responsible, is that the uterus lining fixes itself on the sciatic nerve, and when the lining bleeds, it exerts pressure upon the sciatic nerve, resulting in a great deal of pain and discomfort.

As you can imagine, when a person develops the condition, mobility becomes distinctly limited, sometimes affecting both legs. To compound the problem, during normal menstruation, the pain can get progressively worse. The extent of this pain provides a good indication of the severity of sciatic endometriosis that the patient is experiencing.

There are many symptoms of sciatic endometriosis, some of which are listed here:

· Pelvic pain

· Bladder tenderness

· Lower back pain

· Irregular periods

· Severe menstrual cramps

· Diarrhoea, bloating and nausea

· Dyspareunia

· Extreme tiredness

· Anxiety and depression

When faced with the endometriosis sciatic pain, pain relieving medications are usually the initial method of treatment. Very mild to moderate pain can be effectively treated by these anti-inflammatory drugs, such as Ibuprofen. For more severe pain, stronger medication may be prescribed, but in both instances, the relief may be short-lived.

The back pain that occurs due to sciatic endometriosis, cannot be absolutely remedied with pain relief medication, and additionally, as it is a pain of a recurring character, it is advisable to seek the guidance of a qualified medical practitioner as the next step to a more lasting solution.

Once a doctor becomes involved, treatment such as prescribing birth control pills can be an option. These work by regulating the levels of estrogen, and prevent the formation of endometrial tissue, which in turn stops sciatic endometriosis and the associated pain. This solution can provide the added bonus to some women of contraception. Women may also be offered other options to regulate hormones, or maybe even surgery to eliminate endometrial tissue and adhesions, making sure that the expert advice and treatment is provided by a qualified surgeon.

Other recognized endometriosis sciatic treatment options are acupuncture and yoga. The aim of acupuncture is to rid the system of blockages and rebalance the body. In this option, the sufferer has a plan, individually tailored to their own needs. Yoga is a familiar technique, renowned to relieve much suffering, with the added advantage of being able to practice at home. For women sufferers, any positions that involve stomach muscles should be totally avoided.

Sciatic endometriosis is a severely debilitating condition, greatly affecting quality of life. As with most conditions, if you do experience any of the symptoms mentioned, a visit to your doctor should be the first stop to easing your sciatic endometriosis.

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Meditate to Unlock Your Hidden Potential – Part 1

Meditation is often misunderstood by those who do not practice it. Very often, I hear meditation referred to as, “altered states of consciousness.” That sounds more like intoxicants, rather than bringing clarity to a cluttered mind. Without going too deep into what meditation is, or is not, let’s focus on one of the many things a daily meditation practice can do for you.

Meditation is commonly seen in many Yoga classes, but it has been practiced by a variety of cultures, including Roman Catholic priests, as well as Japanese Samurai, who practiced a form of Zen meditation. I mention this so you can see the full spectrum of meditation and its many facets.

There are many varieties and types of meditation, but the easiest form to learn is, “breath awareness meditation.” Compared to many other meditation techniques, this will enable anyone to experience the benefits of meditation in much less time.

At this point, let’s consider that meditation and Yoga teachers often compare the mind to a monkey. Many thoughts are running through your brain, at the same time, and it is hard to control all of your impulses – let alone, sit still and meditate. So why go through all this trouble?

Meditation has many rewards, and we will now consider one of extreme value. Through daily practice of meditation, you will release the unlimited potential of your mind. The ability to change, or alter the universe, starts as a single thought within your mind.

One human decided to harness the power of fire, and did he/she foresee the global warming effect? How could he/she imagine where we are now? This is just one of many thousands of examples of Karma – the law of cause and effect. Therefore, one seemingly small change, of any kind, will have a ripple effect on the universe.

Some of the seeds to change the universe, rests locked up in your mind, but you have the ability to shape the future by any small changes that you make. Let’s say you have a friend, family member, or associate, who cares for you deeply, but, up to now, you have always taken it for granted. Can you imagine what would happen if you take the time to groom that relationship? The answer is you would have a loyal ally and all you had to show was kindness or appreciation.

You have the ability to alter your own personality and affect the world around you. Hopefully, your personality will always continue to change for the better; if so, this will alter everyone around you for the best.

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Releasing Chronic Pain From Whiplash Injury

Several cases of whiplash injury could involve chronic pain. When this happens, breathing could also be shallow. You could frequently hold your own breath. As breathing is restricted, you would eventually find yourself not exhaling fully. You could not even remove stale air from your lungs, resulting to possible residual build ups of toxins.

As chronic pain ensues, your muscles could get cold and get contracted due to poor circulation. Less oxygen volume gets in and fewer toxins are naturally removed. The lungs could work more when you breathe deeply and fully. The diaphragm moves and the abdominal muscles work. These occurrences only generate more heat in the body’s core to help relieve whiplash. They are possible when you perform specific yoga exercises.

How to release chronic pain after whiplash injury? Perform specific yoga exercises and poses, as described above. Doing so could pose a calming effect right on the emotions. Fear could be reduced as well as anxiety within the nervous system. You would feel emotionally safer and you would get more at ease and physically relaxed.

The next step to release chronic pain is to change your own attitude towards pain. Observe and sense what pain feels like, how worse it gets during whiplash injury. You should feel your own emotions to be able to establish a connection with the specific parts of your body that are hurting because of the condition. Connect physical with emotional pain. This way, you would be able to recognize possible continuity between your body, your mind, and your feelings.

Understand that there are many other attitudes that could be associated with suffering from chronic pain. They include anger, depression, despair, helplessness, and loss. Whiplash injury significantly adds more stress due to the negative self-directed energy.

In her one of her books ‘You Can Heal Your Life’ by Louise L. Hay gives a wonderful offering on How To Heal Your Life. Louise gives you a Problem Situation, the Probable Cause and a New Thought Pattern to begin to heal your life. This book is a wonderful ‘bible’ to have at your side.

On Neck Problems this is what she has to say. The Probable Cause – “Refusing to see other sides of a question. Stubbornness, inflexibility.” And the New Thought Pattern – “It is with flexibility and ease that I see all sides of an issue. There are endless ways to doing things and seeing things. I am safe.” How does that fit with you? A good book to enhance your life.

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The 4 ‘E’s To A Successful Weight Loss Program

Many individuals that start up a workout program and aspire to ‘lose weight’ are usually setting themselves up to fail before they have even begun. They aim to ‘lose weight’ but don’t set out goals on how to achieve it. How much weight? By when? From where? The four e’s guide is a quick tip guide to help focus the mind on what is required to successfully shed the pounds and achieve success.

Education

According to many weight loss experts, dieticians and even doctors. Losing weight is 90% mental and only 10% physical. Some even say that the key to a successful weight loss program begins in the brain. If this is true, then your first workout should be in the mind.

You should firstly evaluate your reasons for losing weight and what you want to achieve from it. Ask yourself the kind of things you’d expect to ask others, Do you want to look good? Do you want to be healthy? Do you want to live longer? Or maybe you want all three and to feel great about yourself.

When you have decided your main reasons to begin a weight loss program, grab a pen and paper and jot it down. Then write down what changes you plan to make in order to achieve your goal. Always have an overall target to reach but make sure you set small goals such as lose two pounds in two weeks, small goals will be easier to achieve therefore keeping your motivation up.

Keep a calendar handy to track your progress, do weekly weight checks and even track what type of foods you have eaten. Updating a calendar with your weight each week is a visual reminder that what you are doing is working. This is also an incredible motivator because when its there in black and white its harder to quit.

Eat Healthy

When it comes to making any changes in your life, habits are very hard to change. Worst of all is eating habits, you make so many choices everyday. It’s very difficult not to continue eating small snacks and pretty much whatever you like. For successful weight loss you must learn what types of food to eat, what times of day are best to eat and portion control.

Get to know the healthy eating habits that make weight loss easier, low-fat, high-fibre, high protein. All essential to effective weight loss as well as drinking plenty of water. One of the best tips for anybody to learn is to keep hydrated because sometimes thirst can be mistaken for hunger. Always eat lots of green leafy vegetables and never skip meals, especially breakfast.

Exercise

Have a set weight loss exercise plan that’s manageable and appropriate, success must be possible. If you are new to working out, don’t get an exercise plan that is too demanding. Concentrate on an exercise you’ll enjoy and will stick to, walking is obviously the best and easiest to start out with. Walking has no impact on your joints and skeleton, it also has the mental stimulation of getting out and interacting with the world outside. Once you are comfortable with your ability to walk a great distance change it to running for a better calorie burn.

At the same time, if you are one of those people who don’t like the thought of exerting themselves, there are forms of low impact weight loss alternatives. Yoga, hypnosis and meditation are all great for weight loss. Yoga is excellent for those who also want a home workout program, searches on the Internet will provide different positions for you to learn. Stick to it and steadily take off pounds, tone your muscles, tune up your mind and gain fabulous flexibility that makes you look great.

Enjoy

Perhaps the most important aspect of any weight loss program is enjoyability. Even those who hate exercising can find an activity they’ll enjoy. The important thing about enjoying an exercise is the motivation you’ll be able to maintain. Gather a group of friends and play a game of football, basketball or even take a relaxing hike. Check out forms of energetic dance such as Zumba, go with a friend so you can track each others progress. Knowing you have someone following your successes and failures always pushes you to do better.

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Prediction of Sudden Gains and Unexpected Prosperity in Astrology

In today’s world, most of the people wish to earn a lot of wealth and prosperity in their life, for fulfilment of their desires. Sometimes they choose risky steps to gain sudden benefits and prosperity.

Lottery, shares, gambling, speculation are risky methods employed for sudden gains.While hidden treasures and unexpected inheritance also accounts for sudden prosperity and richness of the native.

Factors responsible for sudden and expected gains in astrology

· 2nd house: income, inflow of finances, Self earned wealth, worldly possessions

· 4th house: comforts, parental inheritance, assets, land, vehicles

· 5th house: sudden gain, lottery, gambling, speculations etc.

· 7th house: business travels

·8th house: shares, hidden transactions, other people’s money, dowry of wife, gain from in laws, finances through unfair means, inheritance

·9th house: easy gains, fate

· 11th house: accumulated wealth, fluctuating money gains

· Sun: sudden gains from royal or govt. sources.

· Moon: gains from liquid or glazy types of things, gains from abroad.

· Mars: Sudden prosperity from engineering, publications, police, landed properties agriculture, accounts, investment in medicines

· Mercury: sudden gains from intellects or creative nature of mankind

· Jupiter: gains from saints or bank men, rules banking shares, money, gold and other precious saleable items like diamonds and precious gems

· Venus: sudden gains from music, cinema, vehicles medicines, literary activities, scented items

· Saturn: Sudden money

· Rahu: trigger the unexpected events in the life, sudden gains from evil sources, fluctuating gains

Different combinations for sudden prosperity

· Sudden and unexpected gains are noticed whenever 2nd, 7th and 11th lords posited in ascendant and aspected by Jupiter.

· For gains in lotteries, speculations or for any sudden unexpected gains 2nd, 5th, 8th, 11th houses and their lords should be interrelated. Well-placed and well-aspected

· For financial status and gains, ascendant, 2nd, 9th and 11th houses and their lords should be considered.

· Strength of 5th house and 5th lord connected with the above is required for gains in gambling, speculation, races, lotteries, contracts, etc.

· Strength of 8th house and 8th lord connected with the above is required for gain in dowry, inheritance, wills, adoption, awards, prizes, secret wealth etc.

· Consideration of 4th, 7th and 10th houses is needed to judge the source and type of gains.

· Inauspicious houses and planets placed in them are consider for gains and accumulation in life (3/6/10/11th are inauspicious houses).

Different modes responsible for sudden gain in life:

Lottery and Gambling

· Strength of 5th house /lord is the important significator of gains in lotteries and gambling.

· The other significator houses for lottery gains and gambling are 2nd, 6th, 8th and 11th.

· Moon is posited in 5th house and aspected by Venus, indicates sudden gain from lottery.

· The 6th house/lord has an important role in gambling. If the 6th and 11th lords are together occupying 11th house, the native wins in lottery and gambling. The combination of the strong 6th and 11th lords is always good for gambling and lottery.

· The 6th and 9th lords combine in 11th house, the native owns enormous money through lottery or gambling.

· Favorable combination of Saturn and Rahu favors gambling especially in indoor games.

· The lords of 6th and 11th and Saturn are in the 11th house, the native wins in dice game or cards through underhand tricks and by puzzling or mesmerizing his opponents.

· Mercury being 5th lord occupying 6th house causes loss in speculations. If the 5th lord Venus is in the 12th house with 6th lord the native will lose in gambling being addicted to the same. If there are many malefic planets placed in 12th house the native should not invest money in gambling or lottery as he will always lose.

· The Lords of 5th and 2nd house exchange places.

· Mercury in 11th house in own sign conjoined with 6th lord.

· Mars, Venus, Saturn and Rahu conjoined in Virgo.

· All planets occupying 2th/6th/8th/12th signs.

· The lord of 5th and 11th conjoined in 5th house with a node [Rahu/Ketu].

· 2nd and 11th lords conjoining in 5th with benefice aspects

· Jupiter alone in 5th or 8th in exaltation or own house is able to give sudden, unexpected gains.

· The Ascendant /5th/8th/11th lords placed in the same houses.

· The 5th and 8th lords exchange signs, and the lord of ascendant is in good aspect with either of the two.

· 2nd lord in the 5th, 5th lord in 11th, 11th lord in 2nd house (or 2nd/5th/11th lords conjoined in 2nd).

· The lords of 5th and 11th houses exchange houses.

· The lords of ascendant, 2nd and 5th are related or conjoined.

· The lords of ascendant, 5th and 9th conjoined.

· The Ascendant is strong and 2/5/8/11th lords in exaltation.

· The benefices planets occupy 5th and 8th houses.

Underground or hidden treasures beneath or buried in the soil

· Lord of ascendant is placed in 2nd house, Lord of 2nd is placed in 11th house and lord of 11th is posited in ascendant, the native will get sudden enormous hidden treasures in his life.

· Lords of 2nd and 4th are posited in 9th house, with a benefice.

· Lords of 11th and 2nd placed in 4th house, with a benefice.

· Lord of 11th is placed in 4th house, combines with a benefice.

Shares and speculations

· The Moon, Mercury and 6th lord in 11th house indicates money through share market.

· Lords of 6th and 11th combine in 12th house indicates loss in speculation.

· Ascendant’s lord, Moon, Sun and are being in benefic aspects

· The Moon-Mars combine in 2nd, 5th, 8th or 11th house.

· The Jupiter in 2nd, the Mercury in 5th and the Moon in 11th house respectively.

Unexpected inheritance

· The Moon, 4th /2nd/5th houses/lords are related, indicates sudden inheritance from mother.

· Lords of 2nd and 4th combine in ascendant indicates sudden gain from mother.

· The lords of 2nd and 8th lords are related, gives unexpected gains.

· Leo ascendant with 12th lord in 8th house gives the formation of Vipareeta Raja yoga which results in unexpected enormous wealth gain.

BY

GEETA JHA [SPIRITUAL HEALER]

INDIA

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Street Fighting Tips, Moves and Techniques

So what exactly are the best street fighting techniques to use in the case of a real attack. You need street fighting moves that:

1.) Don’t require hours of practice,

2.) Are easy to remember under pressure, and

3.) It certainly can’t hurt if their effects on your attacker are painful and downright nasty. You need to be able to end the fight quick and easy.

My definition of a street fight is when there is a confrontation between 2 or more people, And No Rules Apply. There’s no referee there to call “low blows,” there’s no points, no rounds, and there’s no calling a time out when you’ve had enough. It’s just 2 people in a drag down, all out brawl, or 1 person who’s having to deal with multiple attackers. Either way, no rules apply, and you have to do what it takes to survive!

The more you understand different types of confrontation, the less you will fear it and the better prepared you will be. Here are some things to keep in mind:

(1) Any confrontation can be fast and explosive;

(2) It is unpredictable and spontaneous;

(3) It can be ugly and brutal, and extremely dangerous;

(4) Unarmed Street Fighting usually turns into a ground fight;

(5) Kicking is seldom used.

(6) And finally… there are no rules!

There are lots of tips that I could give you, and most would take pages and pages to fully explore. Here are just a few that can keep you alive in a real confrontation.

1. STRIKE FIRST.

One of the best techniques to remember is that whenever you are squared off with a dangerous attacker you must strike first, strike fast, and keep the pressure on. This is critical to being able to stop your attacker dead in his tracks, and can often end the fight before it starts.

2. DON’T TELEGRAPH YOUR MOVES.

Telegraphing means letting your assailant know what you’re going to do before you do it. There are many subtle forms of telegraphing that you may not even realize. Here are just a few: (1) Cocking your arm back before punching or striking; (2) Tensing your neck, shoulders or arms before striking; (3) Widening your eyes or raising your eyebrows; (4) Shifting your shoulders; (5) Taking a sudden and deep breath.

3. DON’T USE FLEXIBLE WEAPONS.

One of the best street fighting tips to remember is to not use flexible weapons such as chains, belts, etc. I know the movies and television would have you believe differently but they are actually ineffective for some of the following reasons: (1) They can be difficult to control in a fight; (2) Once you swing a chain, for example, if you miss you can’t retract it quick enough to make it worth your while; they have to follow through the complete range of motion to be re-executed; (4) They open you up to a variety of possible counters; (6) They can get snagged or caught on your assailant’s body or limbs, and they can get it away from you and use it against you.

4. ATTACK THE THREE TARGET ZONES. There are three possible target zones. Zone One (head region). They include: eyes, temples, nose, chin, and back of neck. These areas affect his senses. Zone Two (neck, torso, groin) deals with targets related to the attacker’s breathing. They include: throat, solar plexus, ribs, and groin. Zone Three (legs and feet) deals with targets that affect his mobility. They include: thighs, knees, shins, instep, and toes.

These are just a few things to remember if you ever find yourself in this unfortunate situation. We have just barely scratched the surface though in really being able to become unstoppable in an actual street fight. Stop using ineffective moves and techniques that are only going to get you killed.

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Kama Sutra – Book of Healthy Sex

Kamasutra of Kamasutram is an ancient book about sex education. This book is often mistaken as the book of Tantric Sex. In fact it is like a discourse in importance of sex in human life. It narrates various facets of corporeal acts done by man and woman. It is a book of educating us bout deep intimacy and relationship between two genders, male and female.

Theme of Kama Sutra

Written by a Hindu philosopher named Mallanaga Vatsyayana, this book represents wisdom of the people living in ancient India. Though the exact time is knot known, but Vatsyayana lived in Varanasi, India. It must be the period of Gupta Empire, spanning from fourth to sixth century AD.

The book is like an authority in the science of sex that is known as Kama Shastra in India. The corporeal act was not taboo in ancient India. It was also considered to be sacred, as it keeps the human race continued. Kama Sutra is based on twin subjects of fertility and body pleasure that the acts of sex give to the men and women.

KamaSutra, the Book of Sex Education

The book is written in lyrical language consisting 1250 verses. It is divided into 36 different chapters allotted to particular aspect of sex between man and woman who are capable of enjoying sex. It educates the reader about most of the aspects concerning man and woman relationship. The subjects covered ranges from ‘how to enjoy kissing’ to ‘how to reach the orgasm’. The importance of foreplay and caressing are narrated and their importance in making a partner to have sex is highlighted. All the factors which stimulate the desire for having sex are widely described. Written in Sanskrit language, the first translation of Kama Sutra is believed to be done by Captain Richard Francis Burton in the year 1885.

Templesof Khajuraho: Depicting Sex in Sculpture

The carvings and sculptures done on the walls of temples of Khajuraho (India) depict various acts of sex narrated in the book of Kama Sutra. These carvings demonstrate how the bodies of men and women involved in corporeal acts can be well positioned to arrive maximum pleasure out of the acts. The temples are built in the medieval period.

KamaSutra in Literature and Movies

Many writers have taken help of the materials given in this book to highlight the theme or subject they narrated in their books. Even the novelists of all the ages have consulted this book of wisdom whenever they wanted to read some authentic passages about the most intimate relationship between man and woman. There are number of movies, which have accepted the themes narrated in Kama Sutra.  

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