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					In this article, I would share some tips to reach the maximum potential
of your height. Check this out!

Tip 1: The Power Of mind

You must put away this perception from your mind:

   1. Refuse to accept that you are born unhealthy and short. Visualize
yourself as having the most perfect health and live every moment in that
vision.
   2. Stop compromising on matters of quality. Keep demanding as much as
you can think of, from yourself.
   3. Imagine that your height is increasing every moment with every
movement of yours.
   4. Stop traits of anger, helplessness and dejection.

Remember that will power is the key. Once you get a good grasp on it,
rest would work automatically. If you try out these tips without strong
will-power, it would never work. This secret gets you everything you want
in life.

Tip 2: Food

Simply stop junk, fried, spicy and oily food. I cannot stress further the
importance of simple, nutritious, healthy food. Our body is made out of
food we eat. We grow from a baby of few inches to a full-grown adult only
through food we eat. Food is the raw material used to build our building
that we call body. How can you expect a strong building to be built if
you use inferior raw material from junkyard?

Following are certain recommendations that have helped me:

   1. Eating at least two hours before sleep
   2. Having a light dinner
   3. Regular consumption of sprouts
   4. Having regular eating schedule and avoiding habit of munching every
now and then
   5. Avoiding consumption of tea, coffee, cold-drinks, ice-cream,
chocolates etc
   6. Regular use of trifala powder in night or early morning
   7. Eating lots of fresh fruits
   8. Drinking lots of water
   9. Walking for 10-15 minutes after meals
  10. Eating soaked almonds in morning. The gulbandi variety is best.
  11. Eating in sukhasan. This posture is a wonderful gift of our ancient
seers.

Tip 3: Exercise

Human body is built to work hard and live actively. More we avoid
physical labor, more we become prone to underdevelopment, faster aging
and ailments. Make a habit of doing rigorous workouts at least thrice a
week and normal exercises in rest of the days.
My routine in those days was as follows:

   1. Waking up by 5 am and having a variety of workouts till 8 am. These
included mix and match of following:

    *   Running and jogging
    *   Flexibility and stretching
    *   Martial Arts practice
    *   Asans and Pranayams
    *   Meditation

   1. In evening I used to go for Taekwondo exercises thrice a week. The
practice of high kicks is extremely beneficial
   2. On Sundays, we used to go to play cricket.

This active routine worked wonders on my body and activity.

Would request all health-seekers to join taekwondo lessons close-by.
Taekwondo differs from other martial arts. In taekwondo, emphasis is on
high kicks and free stretching which helps body grow. In many other
martial arts, focus is on restricting body movements within a small
region. Thus it seems to restrict height of a person.

Similarly weight-training should be avoided for first 20 years of life.
That should be replaced with free hand exercises like pushups.

Many claim that Yogasan can help increase height. I even saw a video on
it by a celebrated hathayogi. He gave a passionate speech in the video
that seemed to showcase short height as source of all miseries and
inferiority complex. Ironically the hathayoga guru himself appeared not
more than five and a half feet!

The fact is that hathayoga is being overemphasized bit too much these
days and its benefits are being over-inflated as a marketing gimmick.
Certain asans do benefit but in essence it's the overall package of
healthy lifestyle which is effective. Replace these hathasans with any
kind of aerobic physical activity and results would be exactly the same.
Perhaps even more!

Having said this, certain postures are quite useful for height growth.
These should be added in one's fitness routine - chakrasana, halasana,
sarvangasana, pashchimatanasana, pavanmuktasana, hastapadasana,
mayurasana. Among Pranayams, the only pranayams I have found to be truly
effective are Bahya Pranayam, Abhyantara and Chaturtha Pranayama. These
provide all the benefits that are claimed from variety of breathing
practices like Anulom Vilom, Bhastrika etc. These pranayams with rigorous
cardio in open air gives all the benefit you desire from a fitness
regime.

Do ensure that you develop a habit of deep breathing. We shall discuss
the art of deep breathing in a separate article.

Tip 4: Miscellaneous
   1. Sleep well. More you work out, more the rest required by your body.
Especially for growth, you should ensure that you do not deprive your
body from much needed rest.
   2. Sleep early. Work so hard in the day that you tend to fall asleep
by 10 pm. Wake up by 5 or 6 depending upon your comfort. I prefer varying
the waking time as per my body needs. Avoid late night sittings.
   3. Keep spine straight
   4. While standing, try to stretch your entire body up. At times come
on your toes for a full stretch. You can even raise your hands for a
fuller stretch. In more formal occasions, you can stand normally and yet
try stretching your entire body without raising your toes. Keep doing it
every now and then. If you are in a bus, try if you can stretch up
without coming on toes and touch the ceiling with head.
   5. Do not settle in one static position for long. Keep moving and
changing postures. Remain active and give body a small workout every
moment.

Tip 5: Brahmachraya (Control of mind)

Needless to say, all of this works only with a perfect control over mind.
Make a habit of challenging your mind with even more control every
moment. Once mind is mastered, the world will be at your feet, height is
a petty thing.

To develop this mastery and realize what the real fun of life is,
following is advised. More you practice, more you gain:

   1. Stop putting your mind in all form of sensory inputs that tend to
promote lustful thought patterns - romantic/vulgar songs, movies,
literature, company. These generate hormones which speed up the ageing
process and stunt complete natural growth.
   2. Stop watching the idiot box. Apart from dumbing the mind, it makes
your breath shallow and hence causes stunted growth.
   3. Similarly avoid video games, iPods and other mind-dumbing tools.
   4. Stop digging too much into stale newspaper. Use it only for keeping
you updated. Filling your mind with depressing stories of past, the first
thing in morning, is the worst treatment you can give to yourself who is
naturally programmed to be always forward looking.
   5. Prepare actionable plans. Avoid discussions and analyses which have
no relevance to practical application and are merely time-wasters.
   6. Needless to say, avoid all acts which lead to loss of vital energy
and semen.

				
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