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12 Basic Asanas

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Center

Asana is one of the eight limbs of classical Yoga, which states that poses should be steady and comfortable, firm yet relaxed helping a practitioner to become more aware of their body, mind, and environment.

The 12 basic poses or asanas are much more than just stretching. They open the energy channels, chakras and psychic centers of the body while increasing flexibility of the spine, strengthening bones and stimulating the circulatory and immune systems. Along with proper breathing or pranayama, asanas also calm the mind and reduce stress. With regular practice one can ensure overall physical and mental health and the possible prevention of diseases such as diabetes, hypertension and arthritis. In time, performing the poses slowly and consciously, becomes a mental exercise in concentration and meditation.

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What is the national dress for Vietnamese Women?

Vietnam Honeymoon

A special, ao dai (traditional Vietnamese long dress) has been introduced by Vo Viet Chung, a famous Vietnamese designer, to mark his 20 years in fashion and welcome the 1,000th anniversary of Thang Long – Hanoi.

Vo Viet Chung’s ao dai has won a place in the Guinness Book of  records, as it has nine back flaps that trail for 100 meters each and a headset symbolizing the nine branches or the Mekong Rever. The dresses features 2,000 diamonds and fold decorative pieces and 1,000 meters of traditional silk, and will be worn by Miss Vietnam 2006 Mai Phuong Thuy at the “Hoi Trung Duong” show at the White Palace Convention Centering Ho Chi Minh City’s Phu Nhuan District on October 4.

Heritage recently spoke with designer Vo Viet Chung about his masterpiece.
What was your motivation in designing such an extraordinary ao dai?
Well, it is designed to serve…

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