5 Benefits of Yoga

Previously, we’ve given some ideas on how you can prepare for your yoga classes. Here is a follow up article, which outlines 5 benefits which arise as a result of doing yoga.

1. Stress Reliever

Do you feel tense? Feeling tense in your body can be a sign of being mentally worn out. Yoga allows you to let all that stress out. You can reduce your stress levels by adopting the correct stretching and breathing techniques. In addition, it assists in reducing your heart rate,  blood pressure and helps to ease feelings of depression, fatigue and anxiety.

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Yoga relieves stress & improves concentration

2. Increased flexibility

Perhaps the most obvious benefit- yoga helps you to loosen up and stretch your muscles in order to increase your flexibility. It is normal to walk into a class feeling highly inflexible. However, given time you will find that your posture improves and the body feels a lot less restricted

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Yoga poses help make you become more flexible

3. Better concentration

Ask yourself this question, do you find it easy to concentrate on tasks? If you can’t, yoga can help with this. When you’re doing a single thing (say, a yoga pose), you do it nice and slow and acknowledge what is happening at that particular moment. In addition, when you focus on one thing at a time, it helps you to focus. Little things such as breathing and moving your body trains you to focus on the moment and fully concentrate on the required task at hand. This means that you stay more focused when you’re working or more ‘in tune’ spending time with the ones you care about

4.  Improved strength

Surprised? You shouldn’t be! Regularly practicing yoga builds strength-mentally and physically. Your muscles become stronger and longer, and you will walk a spring in your step. Mentally, you will be able to focus for a lot longer, which assists in building up stamina and endurance. You’ll be thankful for these when tough times arise!

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The US Army uses yoga to improve the strength of its soldiers

5. Better posture

When you become a lot more stronger and a little more flexible, it helps to develop your posture. Given that a lot of individuals sit in front of a computer or are constantly walking, yoga is an excellent way to develop a stronger core. A better core means that it helps you to sit and stand correctly. Besides, yoga helps you become more aware about your body, so it helps you notice if you’re slouching or slumping in your seat, so that you can correct your posture immediately

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Being mindful of your body can help you adjust your posture

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Disclaimer: The views shared in this blog are based on the macro economic conditions & industry status quo as per the time of publishing.

Basic First Aid Tips: Learning the DRSABCD system

Given that Saturday (Sept 12th) was World first aid day, and sinceHNB Assurance is a life insurance company,it makes complete sense for us to provide a piece on basic first Aid. On that note, we’ve come across some basic first aid techniques which you ought to know in an emergency.

A lot of individuals understand the importance of keeping calm. First things first, apply the DRSABCD system whenever there is an emergency and you need to take action. Keep reading, as it could be the difference between life and death.

Danger: Is there any danger towards you or anyone nearby? Make sure you check that you’re in no immediate danger before you attempt to help someone who is injured.

Response: Is the injured individual responsive in any way? For example, they should be able to talk when you speak to them, else squeeze your hand or simply have a pulse if they are unconscious.

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When helping people, make sure that it won’t put you in harm’s way

Send for Help: If you have someone who can assist, call out for help.If you have a phone, call the emergency number (119) on any phone and follow instructions. Ensure that you stay nice and calm so your help is most effective.

Airway: If the person’s airway is not clear, clear their airway using your fingers. Once that is done, tilt the head back gently (do this by lifting their chin) and check if the individual is breathing. Note: If the individual is awake & breathing normally, wait for help and keep the injured person calm.

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Know the basics of First Aid

Breathing :See if the individual is breathing (assess by looking if the chest is moving up and down). If you’re unsure, place your ear close to their mouth and nose, or put a hand to the lower part of their chest. If the injured person is unconscious but breathing, keep their head, neck and spine aligned. If however, there is no breathing, you will need to apply CPR.

CPR: If the individual is not breathing, keep them flat on their back. Put one hand at the centre of the chest, put the other hand on top. Press down firmly and smoothly upto 30 times, giving 2 breaths. To give a breath of air, tilt the head back and lift their chin, making you sure you pinch their nostrils and breathe air firmly from your mouth to their mouth. Repeat the process until help arrives, or until the person regains consciousness. Note: If the injured person is a child (under 10years of age), ensure that youre movements are not too hard, as your activities end up doing more harm than good.

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Stay calm and give CPR to the injured person

Defibrillator: For unconscious adults who are not breathing,you will need to use an automatic External Defibrillator (AED). This is a device which is used to provide an electric shock and kickstart your heart. However, these should only be used by a licensed medical professional.

Note by Editor: This information is for general education. We strongly recommend that you take a First Aid Course conducted by a recognised institution, like the Sri Lanka Red Cross Society. We hope you’ve learned some good tips, until next time stay safe!

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INFOGRAPHIC: In honor of World Literacy day, Here are our top 5 quotes

In case you haven’t been watching the news, World literacy day officially came and went on September 8th. It got us thinking, so we may this post short and sweet; here we feature our 5 best quotes which are related to reading and books. Happy reading!

INFOGRAPHIC Reading, INfographic Books

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IASL Launches National Life Insurance Month: Here’s what you need to know

1.In a nutshell…

The Insurance Board of Sri Lanka (IBSL) & Insurance Association of Sri Lanka (IASL) have teamed up together with all the life insurance partners in Sri Lanka to launch the national life insurance month from September 1st-September 30th. This initiative has brought all the life insurance firms as we all strive for one goal- to ensure that all Sri Lankan’s are insured.

2.What’s the main focus of Life Insurance Month in Sri Lanka?

At HNB Assurance, we are well known for our famous ‘spirit of caring’, and have joined forces to help safeguard the future for you and your loved ones, hence the reasoning behind our campaign which urges you, the uninsured to get life and live life. The players in the insurance industry are striving to meet 1,000,000 individuals and spread the message about the importance of insurance for all Sri Lankans.

3. The Logo

logoThis is the official ‘Flame of Protection’ which is intended to extend the protection of life insurance to Sri Lankans and will be the prominent logo used during the month of September. The initiative looks to tackle a glaring issue; According to Daily ft less than 13% of Sri Lankan’s are covered by life insurance, so this combined effort will be used by the 15 life insurance companies to bring life insurance into 15 new regions around Sri Lanka.

4. What Should I expect during National Life Insurance Month in September?

  • If you don’t have insurance already, expect our friendly insurance advisors to speak to you. We will be issuing leaflets spreading the ‘Get Life, Live Life’ message.
  • We have also planned a bunch of regional street promotions all around Sri Lanka, so do let us know if you come across any!
  • The team has invested significant amounts for TV, Radio and Print advertisements so be on the lookout for those.
  • Visit the official website to catch the latest news and find out when insurance agents will be coming to your town.
  • LIKE their Facebook page for exciting competitions and be aware of the latest information!

5. The launch

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Image Credit: Lanka Business News

The National Life Insurance month was officially kicked off at the Arcade Independence Square on  Tuesday, September 1st by senior individuals of the Insurance Board of Sri Lanka (IBSL) and Insurance Association of Sri Lanka (IASL) with the lighting of the official torch.

We hope that the coming month inspires YOU to look into secure your future with life insurance!

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Disclaimer: The views shared in this blog are based on the macro economic conditions & industry status quo as per the time of publishing.