Navaratri- the 9 Nights – How do they help us?

If you are born, educated in an Indo-west culture then your religion and your health are two different subjects.

You perhaps believe Indian festivities to be a part of a Hindu familial-social milieu, a background we grew up in.

You participate in observing it as a habitual routine. Hardly with a personal significance, connect and definitely not a cosmic one that can shift your life to a glorious one.

In this non-knowledge the loss is ours.

The powerful, universal nature of Navaratri, is way more than where men don’t shave, women fast, a period of austerity rather than that of a celebration.

An amazing time when the ozone formerly, powerful, auspicious cosmic rays penetrate the density of earth to reach us.

For free.

The only catch is we connected to get them.

To enable these 9 nights to prepare us to handle the hardships of the rest of the year, with grace.

This special time showers on us  excellent harmony at the planetary level, a blessing for us to proliferate abundance in our work, relationships and grant us solutions to such that would eventually increase chances of our  #innerpeace


   #Meditation  #happiness  #healing  #peaceofmind #yoga #anufunyoga #anuaggarwalfoundation

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Conceptual Wellbeing with AAF over Covid-19

As Covid-19 is implied Co for corona, VI for virus, D for disease and 19 represents the year of its happening. This transmittable respirational disease emerged in Wuhan. This is vast destruction which is out of control from our hand. People are losing their loved ones and they could not do in cremation due to this terrifying virus. Psychological disputes has been emerged during COVID-19 has been defined underneath.

  • Anxiety
  • Panic Disorder
  • Depression
  • Anxiety

Corona impacted human existence at a vast level all the dimensions of human life has been affected such as social, mental, physical,  economical. As we have been going through this calamity worldwide we need to understand its impact on us.

The Psychological Effect of COVID

The psychological effect of COVID-19-This traumatic condition brought by COVID like we are not able to meet someone or any kind of outdoor which enlightens us various kinds of fun has been at a standstill. The consequences of corona which influenced to the people at the mental level have mentioned underneath:

How we can resolve all these mental issues by AAF (Anu Aggarwal Foundation) which Based on meditation techniques of Vedic tradition of India. Healing power by the traditional yoga system. Modern era takes body and mind together or collectively but ancient tradition based the uniformity of body, mind and soul. The word Ayurveda comes from the Sanskrit words Ayus ‘life’ and Veda ‘science’. Translated, Ayurveda is the science of Life. Ayurveda is a collected wisdom of ages and stages and is extremely relevant to today’s world. We are explaining underneath the way in our foundation is working to heal all mental issues.

Study of Mind –We try to cure ourselves on the surface level. During anxiety you feel sweat, feel impatient and tense, a hasty heartbeat, to cure these sentiments we understand all the configuration of mind which. The mind can be instituted by five basic components of the mind:

  • Manas

  • Ahamkara
  • Chitt
  • Buddhi

All the elements mentioned above are the foundation for mental well-being. We provide yogic postures and visualizations of how you cope with these sentiments by the integration among them. Focusing on breathing helps to release anxiety and fear and calm you for enlightenment.

Relaxation practice with a grouping of yoga– Numerous people have been suffering from hopelessness due to the long duration of the epidemic. Social isolation has been creating a more traumatic experience for the societies. The emotional symptoms of depression can be mentally devastating. People going through depression reveal higher levels of cortisol, which is related to cortex and amygdala. Involved in emotion regulation, memory loss the amygdala becomes large also called stress hormone. Studies have demonstrated reduced levels of cortisol by practising yoga. It is thought that the breathing exercises that are in yoga encourage the body’s easing response, and mindfulness. We cure depression, trauma with some very operative asana which are mentioned underneath:

  • Sishu Asana
  • Shavana
  • Halasana
  • Setu Bandhasana

Sense of balance the tri- Doshas Vata, Pitta and Kapha-:

Sicknesses arise as a consequence of inopportune food and Regimen. This results in the instability of the tri- doshas Vata, Pitta and Kapha. loss of taste or smell, sore throat, dry cough, fever all these are the symbols of COVID-19 we subconsciously nagging about symptoms but what is behind the drape discrepancy of Vata, pitta and Kapha which causes sore throat and other issues  We provide some explicit practice of breathing to cure all dosha separately. Breathing patterns to enhance our thought in enlightenment. 

  • Meditation on the breath is suitable for Pitta

  • Meditation by  the walk is useful  for Kapha

  • Meditation on the Mantra effective for Vata

  • Reshaping of the mind – Ayurveda is, first and foremost, a science of preventative living through the application of amassed perception. Ayurveda offers Effective Treatments. Our belief lies in numerous practices of traditional healing get the inner strength. Several healing techniques have been used for restructuring the mind which is the core part of the body as well by intending on some explicit parts of our breathing pattern we can redesign our thought according to our necessities.

Forming an equilibrium amid body, mind and soul–The human body is not capable of sensing bliss or distress for example during coma a person incapable of feeling so there is a mind whch is controlling our body as well. Consciousness is composed of a mind which is pure and eternal so we connect with inner consciousness to create a connection by using some

           Self-awareness Common themes in AAF are self-awareness self-        regulation, and self-care. Our Training in self-regulation skills means   assisting them in identifying and cultivating strategies that develop their abilities to control and contribute to their health and wellness. Self-kills training taps into the individual’s natural drives for mastery and self-control.

To be sum up we must understand the necessity to sustain our mental health by using all the practices of reshaping the mind and self-awareness and ancient system of our relaxation therapy in the form of yoga.

# Intelectual well-being 

#coronavirus #corona19 #health #healthawareness #vulneraable #anufunyoga #yoga #mindfulness #awareness #meditation  #ayurveda #anuaggarwalfoubdation #AAF #psychology #positivepsychology #mentalhtgiene #mentalhealth #wellbeing #service #happibess 


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An accident left me with no memory of my movie-star past

Dropped-out-of-sight Anu ‘Aashiqui’ Aggarwal returns to the public eye with a veracious memoir ‘Anusual’ that zips between multiple personas punctured by 29 days of coma. Exclusive extracts

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Sex Symbol, Monk, Yogi. My Journey

It would take anybody by surprise how my life has unfolded in front of my astonished eyes. Wilder than a Bollywood blockbuster. Yes, Mahesh Bhatt was right in exclaiming “Expect the Unexpected” after he proudly had me sign Aashiqui. I was then a little lass, uninterested in the over emotional ‘ma’ wrap and the degenerate fashion, taste and style of Hindi cinema. It made me weep – in despair.

Free spirited, “bohemian”, I didn’t match any known language of colour, beauty, or perhaps even the fake idea of morality then. That believed in show it like they want to see it and not necessarily like it is. Worker for women empowerment, helping in the UNHCR expatriation of the Afghan refugees being my grounding, I was led to say it like it is. That didn’t go in my favour. They called me “bold”, “sex bomb” – well, a sex bomb is definitely better than a nuclear bomb don’t you think? Sex bomb dropped.

The fresh, long legged, tan skinned, single Anu was certainly not the false-breasted, shake the booby and booty kind of ‘heroine’ in navel-revealing dresses then in vogue. And still me, not the liposuction etc. kind of belle.  

Till then, before my debut film Aashiqui, I was called one of India’s first international models – Schweppes Indian Tonic in Paris, shooting with the best fashion photographers in New York City, cat-walking on a cruise on the Norway Sea, and sashaying in fashion shows in castles in London.

Then Aashiqui. Stardom overnight. Anu Aggarwal, a household name, barely had a chance to develop vain pride. The debacle of fame was just about thrashing my solo living peaceful thus far. Uncomfortable. Stardom had hit me with the intensity of a volcano. Would leave me both dazzled, stunned, and amazed. Excessive fame. Millions of people held me in adulation. Brand endorsements and the candy called money.   

Believe me – had it not been for my “care for the people” social work background, I, the “one-film wonder,” would have gone crazy.  

I looked around. I saw a bizarre, warped and a weird way of looking at our own deepest instinct. In an interview I lamented: WHO WANTS A VIRGIN TODAY? It was a part of a long interview where I talked of social patterns and the changing Indian mindset. My replies were not personal, it was not about me it was about we, the people.

And before they could even say smile “Anu cheese” with ease, I had somehow managed to break every known rule in the book. Hardly a confirmed rebel, this happened in an ode to “Be Me”.

Sheltered by the umbrella of fame, I would shout slogans of safe sex. Help population control in a country bursting at its seams with people. Endorse a condom – Kamasutra, here I come. Raise awareness about “hidden” issues like sex.

We love sex, don’t we? Lets talk about sex, baby. Launch Music Television (MTV) in India, coo “Oye”  instead of a “Namaste” and lo! many NRIs would confess to suddenly feeling proud of a country they hadn’t wanted to associate with so far.

Far from being shunned in the early 1990s, even a condom endorsement would promote me as a “Style Icon”. I now think it was the honesty I did it with that helped.

You’ve got to take me how I am. I am with you. I am for you. I am of you.

Suddenly everything I did was “wow”. She did it. The same people who had shunned me raised me up. Style Icon 1993 – “Inspite of her dark skin, Anu has made it”.

It was a time my love relationship ducked in a phase of gloom. Press accusations of the “thinking man’s sex symbol, Anu” and her (imagined!) sexual conduct didn’t fare well with the private delicacy of a man-woman bonding. I lost the love-game. Defeated.

“Anu makes it on her own terms,” Mid-Day would take a large page to confirm. And pass by people to become a benchmark in years to come. Erotica opened in Cannes festival, rave reviews in The New York Times and Variety, the bible of film trade in Hollywood. Holy crap! I am Big. Funnily enough this was the time – I felt done.

I found the monkey is the loneliest on top of a tree. I was the unhappiest I had been in my life. Ironically, when I had everything I felt empty within, I had nothing. The poorest time of my life was when I was the richest.

“Who am I” quest would lead me to shun the glam, glitz, the glory.

Jimmy Choo high heels left behind. Along with Victoria’s Secret lingerie and Gucci bags. Started my renunciation. Meagre needs and frugal wants, a lifestyle. Yoga. Dhyan. Sanyas. There came the thrashing needed to turn metal into gold. Mental abuse, harsh living, humiliation became a part of everyday monkhood. I wouldn’t know when the next abuse would come when I would be insulted in public – all these practices to dilute the ego, the “I”. Who are you? Surrender. If not to a God, then the hills of the forest.

Near-death experience was as unexpected as the biggest changes/challenges in life are. Merge with Source. Acute trauma, immense pain, and my body beaten till it was pulped down led me to understanding the real truth, of life – I am not the body. When nothing of “me” was left, I was Love.  When I was acutely helpless is when I was full of hope. Not just for me but for Humanity. Here came the Bhagavad Gita kind of Bliss. Love is all there is. Let go. That’s what it is all about. “Serve, love, give” was a cry I heard, and as my physical condition improved, started to live by.

The only thing left for me to do now, like Zen believes, was to help another.  

A do-it-yourself case, I healed myself. Forgiveness. Compassion. Acceptance. Empathy. Tools of recovery. Positive Psychology. Holistic or Wholistic healing. Yoga therapy started here.   

My research metamorphosed into AnuFunYoga, laughter, joy and happiness important components of it. Neuroscience believes in it too. Maximize human potential. To see despondent slum kids spring up in joy has been immensely satisfying. Compassion-in-action. Spread it. Luckily, I got chosen to talk in an American yoga therapy and research association. In Austin, Texas other Yoga therapists heard and got inspired. In Ixtapa, Mexico, on the beach, I saw myself teach yoga Nidra to some American CEOs working for poverty alleviation. Inner poverty alleviation is what I lectured on. AAF (Anu Aggarwal Foundation) came in the process of forming. Help yourself, Help the world. Respect. Honor. Reverence.

Miracles happen. Catastrophes cut. Nobody knows why. Happened to me. We just need to be open. Let go. Each life has a suffering, mine did, yours does; how can we have anything but compassion for each other?

(Anu Aggarwal, former actor, is the author of “Anusual: Memoir of a Girl Who Came Back from the Dead“.)

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About Pursuing Dreams and Imagination Relentlessly

Carol (name changed) has experienced profundity of the great and noble virtue, Kindness, at a different level that most of us may not even sense.

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