Yoga: A Plus Size Woman’s Answer to Body Shaming, Trolls

Image result for Yoga: A Plus Size Woman's Answer to Body Shaming, TrollsMumbai: A plus-sized Indian woman is challenging body stereotypes and defying internet trolls with a series of yoga videos that are proving a hit on social media.

Thirty-four-year-old Dolly Singh has gained something of a fan following online for promoting body positivity by showing that size is no barrier to mastering complex yoga moves.

To say ‘You can’t do this because you have so much weight,’ I don’t believe that,” Singh tells AFP after completing her morning stretch in a Mumbai park.

Four years ago a doctor advised her to lose weight following an ankle sprain. Singh, who is 4 feet 11 inches (150 cm), weighed almost 90 kilograms (198 pounds) at the time.

She got a trainer and embraced the “whole frenzy of losing weight” but grew bored of running so she signed up for something she’d never done before — yoga.

“The first class I was thinking ‘Can I really do this because I have a big body?’ After two or three class I realised people were looking at me and thinking ‘Oh my god she can do this’. My body had a certain kind of stamina, of flexibility.”

Singh, who works for a TV channel in India’s financial capital, soon realised there were limitations to group classes and sought the instruction she needed from videos online.

“We all have different bodies and if my teacher doesn’t have a belly, how will they know what the problems are of having a big belly,” she explains, laughing.

“I’m a big busted person and if the teacher isn’t how are they going to understand that when I’m doing a Halasana (plough pose) I’m almost choking to death!”

Singh started filming herself to monitor her progress and then began posting clips of her yoga poses on Instagram.


‘Online trolls’

Soon she was inundated with messages, mainly from foreigners at first but then from Indian women saying that Singh was an inspiration to them.

“I’ve been overwhelmed by some people saying they would feel alienated in a room full of perfect yoga bodies, how they would feel that everyone is watching them.

“There’s an idea of not showing your body if you’re big bodied. You’re supposed to hide everything because its not appealing or it’s not something people like to see but that’s just something that’s been sold to us,” she insists.

The response hasn’t all been positive however. Singh says she has been the victim of body shaming online.

“Indian men have not been encouraging at all. There are a lot of people who write very nasty comments. They would say something like ‘You’re just a fat blob, you look just like an elephant or bear, or you’re unfit or it’s because you’re eating so much food.

“I completely ignore these things. You can’t fight internet trolls. I don’t know these people so why should it bother me?”

Singh, who currently weighs 73 kg, says she will continue trying to sell “a more positive body image” and “challenge notions of fitness and beauty”.

“I’m not aiming to have this thin figure but I am aiming to have a beautiful flow and make my body strong through yoga,” she says, smiling.


Move that body when you’re stressed out

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Stress is an inevitable part of our lives today. No matter where you are or what you do, modern lifestyles mean that stress is never too far away. And as lives become more fast-paced and hectic, working out tends to take a backseat. Many people assume that the last thing they should be doing when they are stressed out is exercising. But what they don’t realise is the fact that moving your body at this time will actually make you feel better.

The importance of working out when you’re stressed
Agrees certified yoga expert from the Government of India (Ministry of AYUSH and Quality Council of India) Ankita Sood, “Stress instantly disturbs our mind and body. It immediately increases the heart rate, blood sugar levels and blood pressure levels, muscles become tense, breathing is fast and you may start sweating. This sends erratic impulses to the brain centre — Hypothalamus and the mother gland — Pituitary, which then creates disturbed responses. All these factors indicate that one has disturbed the normal functioning of the body and activated stress hormones like cortisol and adrenaline. Balance is what the body and mind should aim for at all times. Yoga is a holistic approach and helps maintain in this harmony. Yoga is the key to keep stress away as the combination of various techniques — asanas, pranayamas, shuddhikriyas, meditation and relaxation help balance the sympathetic and para sympathetic nervous system. The body protectors and regulators i.e. the ductless endocrine glands are activated. The three humors in the body — vata (wind), pitta (bile) and kapha (mucus) are balanced. Thus, yoga helps in relieving frustration and releasing emotional tension by relaxing the body and mind.”
Adds masala bhangra expert, Riddhi Gupta, “Working out releases certain hormones that help battle your stress hormones. It’s absolutely miraculous how pre workout you could be anxious, stressed or depressed and post workout, that feeling is oblivious. Dance and fitness release endorphins, which are often called the happy hormones. These also ease tension in the muscles, which is great because you tend to ease the body out completely and, at the same time, strengthen and tone it. Stress can be detrimental especially in extreme cases. Movement and rhythm have always shaped the mind positively and therefore, it will have only most rewarding benefits. The body releases happy hormones that make you feel content.”

How yoga helps

“Yoga is not just a physical practice but a holistic way of life. A combination of the following with consistency is very important — shuddikriyas (cleansing techniques), asanas (postures), pranayamas (expansion of bioenergy), mudras (energy-circuit), bandhas (Energy lock), eating the right food at the right time (Ahara), relaxation (vihara), healthy routine (achara), positive thinking (vichara) and meditation. These practices should ideally be done under the guidance of an expert yoga teacher, keeping in mind you health problems, if any.”
The following techniques have many benefits but I am mentioning the important benefits related to stress release.


15 facts about human body you cannot miss

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Amazing facts about human body

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The way human body reacts or change is undoubtedly a mystical phenomenon. Eighty per cent of your brain consists of water and has the ability to light a 10-watt bulb. Your stomach gets a new inner lining every three to four days. Here we bring some unusual and interesting facts about the human body that will leave you amazed
Your skin sheds!

2/15Your skin sheds!
If you think that it is only your pet that has shedding problems, this fact may surprise you. The human skin sheds about 600,000 particles every hour! This way your skin is renewing itself and shedding dead cells.
The power of smell

3/15The power of smell
Our smelling power may not be as strong as a dog, yet our nose can remember up to 50,000 fragrances.
Is your skin clear?

4/15Is your skin clear?
No matter how frequently you are washing your face, it has about 32 million bacteria on it. But don’t worry, most of them are harmless.
Count your bones again

5/15Count your bones again
When you were a baby, you had 350 bones, but with growing age, the bones fuse together. As a result, the human body ends up with only 206 bones.

Move your body

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Get your fitness fix from haute new dancercises.

Cardio hip-hop workout

The Fitness Marshall, a dance workout group run by dance enthusiasts and video bloggers with a tagline ‘Sweat Yourself Sexy’ is the latest online fitness fad. The best bit about their workouts is they keep it short and set it to recent hit numbers. Their workout on Justin Timberlake’s Can’t stop the feeling is among the most watched workout videos.


Rachel Okesola of AfriFitness is burning the online space with her dance workouts to Afro beats. An aerobics style workout, this is ideal for legs and abs and includes a mix of lunges, squats and crunches to make it a full body toning exercise. Done to the lively African beats, this workout is fast becoming the cardio workout of choice across the world.

Pole Fitness

Pole fitness workout works wonders on your body and improves flexibility, says fitness trainer Vesna Jacob. Fitness apart, the entire workout looks sensuous. But it is also among the hardest and most strenuous workouts. And yes, it is the only workout that has a few sessions in high heels.


A dance video of few Lebanese boys dancing at a wedding on their knees started trending online and soon made it to our timelines. Dabke from being a mere modern folk dance became a happening group exercise where men and women sweat it out while moving to the traditional beats. The dance moves involve dancing in a circle and a line, and is ideal for toning and strengthening hips, thighs and calves.


A rigorous cardio dance workout regimen, this one involves choreographed plyometric (jump training) moves. Imagine doing a five-min innovative jumping jack ritual to your favourite number. The aim of this dance exercise is to burn as much calories as possible in as short time as possible, while also increasing the muscle strength and stamina.


Benefits of a Full Body Massage

If you are having a tiring week and wish to relieve stress, going to the spa might be the right choice. Everyone can use a day at the spa and a full body massage. A full body massage will provide complete relaxation, unlike the massage kiosks you see at local malls. Even though the vibrating chair can elevate some stress, nothing is better than getting pampered at the relaxing environment of a spa.

In order to enjoy the benefits of a full body manage, you should visit a licensed therapist. Take your clothes off, lie face down on the massage table in the quiet setting on the spa, and allow the masseuse to rub and knead your body with special massage creams and oils. In order to make the most out of this experience, you must set out at least an hour from your busy schedule.

It is an incredible feeling as you can feel all you daily tension and stress alleviate. The one hour you invest at the spa will help you get a sense of tranquility and peace. Do not compromise with the quality of this experience to save some money. Only a fully licensed massage therapist who is trained in this art of massage therapy can help you relieve stress.

Apart from the relaxation effect, there are many other advantages of taking this service. The massage can boost the healing process during rehabilitation after a muscle injury. It helps if you have painful joints, muscles or nerves in the body. A full body massage can be a good way to release stressed and tight muscles.

In addition, the experience can improve functions of your immune system significantly. While all of these are strong reasons, most people choose to avail this service because of its relaxing effect.

For an hour-long massage treatment, you might have to pay between $50 to $100. After you experience one by a licensed masseuse, you will be convinced that the experience is worth every penny.

After you arrive at the spa or therapist’s office, you will be directed to a private space. You will undress and lie on the massage table. You can wrap sheets around you, as it will keep you warm. Only the portion of your body being massaged will be uncovered, one at a time. The therapist will enter when you are ready. They will use different creams and oils to help their fingers slide smoothly over your skin while they massage your muscles. The oils are absorbed by the skin easily and can even be mixed with aromatherapy oils to provide additional benefits.

The professional can start massaging your feet. The aim is to loosen muscles, one by one, using strokes and pressures. They are trained to relieve stress with manipulative movements. The professional will work his way up the legs and then massage client’s hip. The aim is to release tension and restore full circulation. Most masseusesaim to move blood back towards the heart. The pressure applied and the different strokes will vary based on what method of massage you select. The therapist will move upwards, working the back, arms, shoulders, and neck. Finally, he will massage the head.

The experience is as wonderful as it sounds if you go to a trained and licensed massage therapist. They have passed relevant written and practical exams. They are taught how to apply the right amount of pressure. They know different stroking techniques for different parts of the body. The aim is to increase blood circulation and loosen the muscles without causing any harm to clients.

CBSE to DDA: More space required for the civic body


CBSE has requested the Delhi Development Authority (DDA) for more land in the national capital, citing space constraint as their primary reason. They asked the civic body to allocate a piece of land in the national capital besides their current headquarter in Preet Vihar in East Delhi.

The senior officials told the Press Trust of India that they have been facing a space crunch with increasing staff and more quantum of work. Over the years, both the staff and the quantum of work have increased manifold, the officials added.

An official said, “Another reason is that some of the important CBSE offices are located at places that are quite far from the headquarters. So we have written to the DDA that we should be alloted a plot. Preferably in an institutional area in a centralised place to increase efficiency. At one time, the staff strength was around 900, which is now over 1,500. The CBSE is also conducting a variety of exams including those for recruitment. Even the number of schools affiliated to CBSE has increased.”

CBSE chairperson RK Chaturvedi, has confirmed the Board has requested the DDA for a new piece of land for CBSE.


Dental Fillings Raise Mercury Levels In Body: Study

Dental Fillings Raise Mercury Levels In Body: Study

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People with more than eight dental fillings may have 150 per cent more mercury in their blood, increasing the risk of brain, heart and kidney damage, a new study has found.

Dental surface restorationsor, commonly known as dental fillings, is composed of dental amalgam – a mixture of mercury, silver, tin and other metals.

The research by University of Georgia in the US, analysed data from nearly 15,000 individuals and is the first to demonstrate a relationship between dental fillings and mercury exposure.

“Tooth decay is one of the most prevalent chronic diseases. I think a majority of people have experienced dental fillings, but the kind of materials the dentist uses is not something that is really discussed,” said lead author Lei Yin, a scientist at University of Georgia.

Mercury exposure from dental fillings is not a new concern, but previous studies were inconsistent and limited said Xiaozhong Yu, assistant professor at University of Georgia.

“This study is trying to provide the most accurate levels of exposure, which will form the scientific basis to make future risk assessment,” said Yu.

It was the first study to control for age, education, ethnicity, race, gender, smoking and seafood consumption, which also contributes to mercury levels in the body, he said.

Researchers further analysed exposure by specific types of mercury and found a significant increase in methyl mercury, which is the most toxic form, related to dental fillings.
Yu said this result suggests the human gut microbiota, a collection of microorganisms living in the intestines, may transform different types of mercury.

Dental amalgam has been the go-to dental filling material for more than 150 years, because it is affordable and durable. However, about half of the compound contains mercury, a heavy metal known to be toxic at high levels, causing brain, heart, kidney, lung and immune system damage.

New research suggests that methyl mercury may cause damage even at low levels.

“As toxicologists, we know that mercury is poison, but it all depends on the dose. If you have one dental filling, maybe it is ok. But if you have more than eight dental filings, the potential risk for adverse effect is higher,” Yu said.

People with numerous dental fillings who are also exposed to mercury from other sources, such as seafood or work environments, are most at risk.

The results show that individuals with more than eight fillings had about 150 per cent more mercury in their blood than those with none.

The study also looked at dental composite resins, a mercury-free alternative for dental fillings that can release small amounts of bisphenol A which may cause developmental or reproductive damage.

The research appears in the journal Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety.


Scientists sequence genome of worm that can regrow body parts, seeking stem cell insights

Adult flatworm M. lignano and diagrammatic key are shown. The tiny worm intrigues scientists because it can regenerate almost its whole body following an injury. Hence, their effort to sequence its genome.
Credit: Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory

Tourists spending a recuperative holiday on the Italian coast may be envious of the regenerative abilities of locally found flatworm Macrostomum lignano. Named for its discovery near the Italian beach town of Lignano Sabbiadoro, this tiny worm can regenerate almost its whole body following an injury, and researchers have long been trying to understand how it’s able to pull off this trick.

In work published in PNAS, a team of researchers has for the first time characterized the flatworm’s genome, paving the way for a host of new studies of the worm and its regenerative capabilities. The team was led by Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (CSHL) Professor and HHMI Investigator Gregory Hannon, also a Professor and Senior Group Leader at the CRUK Cambridge Institute at the University of Cambridge, and CSHL Associate Professor Michael Schatz.

“This flatworm can regenerate every part of its body except the brain,” says Hannon. He was studying an important pathway in mammalian reproductive tissues when he became interested in Macrostomum. “This and other regenerating flatworms have the same kind of pathway operating in stem cells that is responsible for their remarkable regenerative capabilities. As we started to try to understand the biology of these stem cells, it very quickly became clear that we needed information about the genetic content of these organisms.”

M. lignano turned out to have an unusually complex genome filled with repetitive elements that made it challenging to assemble and analyze, says Schatz. “At the genomic level it has almost no relationship to anything else that’s ever been sequenced. It’s very strange and unique in that sense.” To overcome the extreme genomic complexity, the team used new long-read sequencing technology that boosted the quality of the genome sequence obtained by more than one hundred fold over standard short-read approaches.

The researchers used the worm’s genomic information to study how gene expression changed during regeneration. “It’s a very powerful tool to be able to see the genes that get activated that are responsible for regeneration of the animal,” Schatz explains. “We think this is going to be a very important species for stem cell research.”

The flatworm is ideal for studying stem cells, says lead author Kaja Wasik, who conducted the work as a PhD student in Hannon’s lab along with co-lead author James Gurtowski from Schatz’s lab. “The worms are just like floating sacks full of stem cells, so they’re very easily accessible,” says Wasik. “From what we looked at, it looks like many of the developmental pathways that are present in humans are also present in the worms, and we can now study whether they potentially could be involved in regeneration.”

According to co-author Peter Ladurner, an assistant professor at the University of Innsbruck, the worm has many properties that make it a good model system: “M. lignano is small, has simple tissues and organs, is transparent, and has sexual reproduction.” Well before its genome was available, M. lignano was already being studied for its insights into stem cells and tissue differentiation. The availability of the genome now enables researchers to do a lot of things they couldn’t previously, such as search within the genome, have a list of genes in hand, and gain insights into the worm’s genome organization.

Hannon says detailed analyses will be needed to figure out how the flatworm’s stem cells are able to develop into a variety of different cell types. He is also planning to examine how the pathways he has studied in other organisms operate in the worms. “The goal of this project was to enable ourselves and others to do new biology. The hope is that as these tools become more available, the community will grow.”

About 15 international research groups on three continents are actively working on Macrostomum flatworms, says co-author Lukas Schärer from the University of Basel. Schärer says he and Ladurner played a major role in helping to develop a broader Macrostomum research community. “The worm was initially used as a model to study embryology and neurobiology, and starting in the late 1990s research expanded into stem cell biology, tissue homeostasis, and regeneration, topics that are still very actively studied today,” he says. “We fully expect that the publication of the genome will lead to a surge in interest in this versatile model organism.”

Repairing DNA damage in the human body

Workers representing the repair system known as nucleotide excision repair (NER), repairing DNA and snakes, representing proteins that bind DNA at gene promoters, potentially preventing them from doing this.
Credit: Jackie Mostek

UNSW medical scientists have discovered that DNA repair is compromised at important regions of our genome, shedding new light on the human body’s capacity to repair DNA damage.

Repairing damage in DNA from anything that causes a mutation, such as UV radiation and tobacco smoke, is a fundamental process that protects our cells from becoming cancerous.

In the study published in the journal Nature, the scientists analysed more than 20 million DNA mutations from 1,161 tumours across 14 cancer types. They found that in many cancer types, especially skin cancers, the number of mutations was particular high in regions of the genome known as ‘gene promoters’. Significantly, these DNA sequences control how genes are expressed which in turn determine cell type and function.

The researchers showed that the numbers of DNA mutations are increased in gene promoters because the proteins that bind DNA to control gene expression block one of our cell repair systems responsible for fixing damaged DNA. This system is known as nucleotide excision repair (NER) and is one of a number of DNA repair mechanisms that occurs in human cells and the only one capable of repairing damage from UV light.

Lead author of the study Dr Jason Wong, group leader of Bioinformatics and Integrative Genomics at UNSW’s Lowy Cancer Research Centre, said the results provide compelling evidence that increased mutations at gene promoter sites are caused by a compromised NER system.

“What this research also tells us is that while the human body is pretty good at repairing itself, there are certain parts of our genome that are poorly repaired when we sustain damage from mutagens such as UV light and cigarette smoke,” said Dr Wong, who is an Australian Research Council Future Fellow.

“By actively avoiding these harmful environmental factors, we can minimise the number of mutations occurring in our body that can lead to cancer.”

Internationally, scientists have so far identified only one promoter mutation, known as the telomerase reverse transcriptase (TERT) gene, that definitively contributes to cancer.

“Our study highlights the need for further research on the role of gene promoter mutations in cancer development,” Dr Wong said.

“This may ultimately help doctors to determine why certain cancers develop, enabling them to diagnose cancer earlier and select more tailored treatment therapies for patients.”

“The findings are all the more impressive because they were uncovered using existing and publicly available ‘big data’, simply by asking the right questions,” said study co-author, haematologist and UNSW Associate Professor John Pimanda.

“We didn’t need to spend time and money recruiting patients, investigating their cancers and sequencing their cancer genomes. All of this data was available to researchers on public data sharing platforms.

“The research highlights the returns that can result from investing in bioinformatics and genomics research,” Associate Professor Pimanda said.

The study was supported by the Cancer Institute NSW’s inaugural Big Data, Big Impact Award and the Cure Cancer Australia Foundation, with the assistance of Cancer Australia.

Data analysed in the study has been made publicly available by The Cancer Genome Atlas, the International Cancer Genome Consortium and the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute.
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Gionee S8 – a narrow 5.5″ phone has a full metal body

Gionee unveiled the narrowest 5.5″ phone yet – just 74.9mm wide. Meet the Gionee S8. The company called out the iPhone 6s Plus, Huawei’s Mates, the Oppo R7s as examples of wider phones. Well, that’s what Gionee says, it conveniently forgot to mention the LG G3, a 5.5″ phone that’s actually narrower.

The Gionee S8 features a “loop” full-metal design. “Loop” here means that the antenna runs around the side of the phone. Unlike the LG G5, the S8 has traditional antenna lines, but they are painted to perfectly match the rest of the body.

The AMOLED screen has 1080p resolution and is covered with 2.5D glass. It has 3D touch too, recognizing three levels – Touch (selects), Tap (previews) and Press (opens).

The camera comes fully loaded. It’s a 16MP shooter that’s geared towards low-light shooting. It has a bright f/1.8 aperture and a RWB sensor – that means the usual green pixels have been replaced with more sensitive white ones. Gionee promises a 40% boost in sensitivity and an 80% reduction in noise. There’s also Laser focus and Phase Detection AF.

The phone records 1080p video with advanced audio capture. A 70dB high-sensitivity dual-mic system and an AKM4961 chip do the work. There’s “multi-dimensional” noise reduction and “3D recording.”

The Gionee S8 is powered by a MediaTek Helio P10 chipset (octa-core CPU) with a healthy dose of memory – 4GB of RAM and 64GB storage. The 3,000mAh can be fast charged at 18W (9V, 2A).

The phone will run Android 6.0 Marshmallow at launch and has a fingerprint reader on its Home key. Initially, the custom Amigo 3.2 skin will be used (Gionee’s own take on Android), but the 4.0 update will come out in June.

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The company has brokered an interesting, unique feature with WhatsApp (the popular chat app). The S8 can log into two WhatsApp accounts, so you can keep personal and work communications separate.

Also in terms of communications, the S8 is a dual-SIM phone with LTE and VoLTE.

The Gionee S8 will launch at the end of March for €450.

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