One amongst the basic 5 yoga principles is Meditation. Meditation is that practice which involves a steady observation of one’s mind. The practice requires one to focus the mind at a particular point in order to still the mind so you can clearly perceive what is known as the ‘self’. It is proven that through practicing Meditation, a person can over a period of time reach greater intellect, strength, will power and increased determination. Furthermore, yoga and meditation can help you attain a clear mind, increase concentration, and help you discover the tranquility and wisdom within you.
Focusing your attention a 100% in one particular area is what Meditation is all about. This practice brings with it a heap of well-revealed health benefits which includes an increase in concentration, decrease in anxiety, and the general emotion of happiness.
It is seen that people try meditation in great numbers, but only a small percentage of these people actually continue to meditate through life. Unfortunate as it is, I feel that a possible cause for the same is that majority beginners don’t understand the mindset which is required to make meditation practice sustainable.
This article talks about some practical recommendations which could help beginners to get past their initial hurdles:
▪Make meditation a formal, everyday practice. The only way for you to reach the next levels in meditation is by having a specific time where you sit still and meditate.
▪Always begin with concentrating on your breath. Deep breathing will slow your heart rate, relax all your muscles, help you focus your mind and is therefore the ideal way for you to start the practice.
▪You must stretch before you begin. Stretching will help loosen all your tendons and muscles and thereby comfortably letting you slip into the seated meditation posture. Furthermore, stretching kick starts the “going inward” process and brings an added volume of attention towards the body.
▪Always meditate with a purpose. All beginners should know that meditation’s an ACTIVE practice. To focus your attention at a single thought/target is very hard work, so you must be purposefully occupied!
▪Know that frustration will creep in. Beginners always fight with thoughts like “why am I here?”, “what am I doing?”, “why can’t I quiet my mind and focus my thoughts?” Whenever this happens, try focusing on your breathing and release all frustrated feelings. Free yourself of the objects in your mind.
▪Allow yourself to feel all parts of your body. When the meditative state has begun to take its hold, the beginner must become aware of his/her body. Once your mind becomes still and quiet, focus at your feet, slowly moving up from the feet (including all internal organs). If you can achieve this, know that you’re on the right track.
▪It’s good to have a specific room or spot for daily meditation sessions. Your meditation spot shouldn’t be the area where you sleep or work. Placing spiritual paraphernalia and candles inside this space will help you to feel comfortable.
▪Listening to relaxing music can be of great help to relax your mind if you’re in an agitated state. Don’t push yourself, just let go and relax.
▪Keep away from distractions. Beginners are usually easily distracted, so keep your cell phone on silent mode, rid your mind of daily duties, etc. the phone ringing, a coffee pot whistle or your kid crying may distract you and you won’t reach a deep relaxation state.
▪Beginners find it very challenging to meditate with their eyes closed. So use a candle. Light a candle and use it as the spot where you focus. This will help you strengthen attention span and can be extremely powerful.
I know, I know… It’s easier said than done…but if you’re really looking to find some peace of mind and stability, then I highly recommend giving Meditation a go….trust me you’ll never regret it 🙂
Before I say ha-bye… remember – Find what Feels Good! Give yourself some time and be true & honest with yourself….Chao! 🙂
Until we meet next…
Hello my Friends and Welcome Back,
I’ve missed writing for the last couple of days…errr…maybe weeks…sorry for that…but i hope you’re all having a fantastic week so far… sending BIG virtual hugs to all of you!!!
I can’t believe we are already half way into 2015…seems like this year is Flying By!!! I’d love to hear how your year has been so far, so please leave me comments down below 🙂
Anyways, so at the beginning of the year I’d promised myself that one of my goals to achieve for 2015 would be Fitness….to concentrate more on my Health…not so much of losing weight (which btw i desperately need to do),but more so to gain strength…to be fit. Now it’s May already, and it would be safe to say I’ve done nothing noteworthy in that department so far….which is quite a shame 😦 … Until recently when I was doing what I love to do -YouTube and discovered Yoga With Adriene….and boom….life changed! ❤
I can not rave enough about Adriene and how much I’ve come to love and embrace what her teachings are through her channel https://www.youtube.com/user/yogawithadriene.
I’ve been following her 30 Days of Yoga Series and it is the BEST thing that I’ve done this year for my body and mind. Now, to tell you a bit more, 30 Days of Yoga is a series wherein she has 30 Yoga videos – one for each day of the month (Duh!) and she takes you through various postures and practices. The best thing about this 30 Day Series for me has been that Adriene consciously keeps in mind her audience….meaning that if you’re someone completely new to yoga (like myself), she will encourage you to take on the challenge at your own sweet pace….she will keep reminding you to not ‘rush’….to keep it sweet and gentle and above all….to Find What Feels Good!
No matter what age you are, what background or what body type… this programme is for you. There’s something for everyone here! If you think ‘oh I’m so not flexible’ or ‘I can never do that posture’ or ‘I’m not the Yoga type‘ … let yourself free and give this a try! I guarantee you will be a different person within a week 🙂
Adriene is hilarious and that’s the first thing you will notice about her….and I feel that is what makes her so unique…because she knows how to connect with you…how to make you feel comfortable and feel good about yourself. There are modifications that make every posture and practice easier, so no matter what level you are on….you will slowly ease through to the next.
I’ve been following the 30 day practice for over a week now and I’ve never felt better about myself and my surroundings…I do my 30 minutes each day without fail and by the end of it I’m not only calmer, but I feel stronger, more flexible, happier and pretty much like life is perfect and that I want to be a better person than I am today!
So, having said all that, if you’re looking to make that lifestyle change or if you’d like to give yoga practice a go or if you’re simply looking for a hassle free at home fitness program that’s free of cost- check out Adriene’s channel and give it a try… Yoga With Adriene.
I hope you’ll give this a go…and that you’ll hop on the Yoga with Adriene bandwagon with me as we go through this awesome yoga journey… Until we meet next!
Size Is Not A War…
Every Calorie, Not A Battle…
‘Too Thin’ Or ‘Too Fat’ Is Nothing But A Media Spin…
Every Body Is Beautiful When Comfortable In Its Own Skin…
Curvy Is A Shape, Not A Size…
So Embrace Your Curves And Be Beautiful…Because Beauty Doesn’t Have A Weight Limit…
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Dreaded by one and all…the absolute nightmare- Hair loss is one the most horrible things that can happen to a person. In case you’re that someone, going through hair loss, this page is exactly where you should be because we’re talking about ways & tips to stop hair loss… that too naturally!
Hair loss is usually associated with loss of beauty & as a sign of aging. It is seen as something negative and so if a person is suffering from hair loss (especially at a young age), it will bring with it a lot of emotional turmoil as well as social withdrawal in extreme cases. The agony that hair loss brings with it is something only the sufferer understands, for he or she is the only one who experiences the embarrassment and pain. Let’s see what can be done to put a stop to hair fall:
- Begin with consuming a multi-mineral pill & good multivitamin
Major hair loss indicates that you are experiencing a key nutrient deficiency in the body. In order to make up for this deficiency, switch to a balanced & good diet, start taking a multivitamin as well as multi-minerals so as to replenish nutrient deficiencies within your body quickly as that will prevent hair fall. You can purchase these pills from a health foods store. Remember to invest in a good brand of multi-mineral & multi-vitamin that easily gets absorbed in adult body.
- Drink lots of water everyday
One must drink a minimum of 10 to 14 glasses of water daily to prevent the loss of hair. Water really helps in washing out toxins from within your body. Toxins are a big reason for losing hair. Drink filtered or distilled water which doesn’t contain lead, chlorine, etc. if you want healthy hair.
- Cut down on caffeine
Cutting down on your favourite cup of coffee can be one of the toughest things to do. But you see, caffeine’s a diuretic, which means that it will make you use the bathroom more often & cause dehydration. If your body feels dehydrated, your hair roots become weak and you lose hair. A healthy substitute is to replace the intake of coffee everyday with some fruit beverages, milk or non-caffeinated drinks to get healthy & shiny hair.
- Hot oil treatment
A hot oil treatment stimulates hair growth and can do wonders to your hair texture. Opt for a natural oil like olive oil, coconut oil or canola oil and massage the warm oil gently into the scalp using your fingertips. Massaging the scalp helps in stimulating circulation, and this will in turn keep the hair follicle active. Other good hair massage options are lavender oil, bay essential oils in sesame or almond oil base.
- Sleep well- the key is to get at least seven to eight hours sleep daily
Proper sleep is very important….you must get at least 8 hours of proper sleep every night as that’s vital not just for good skin & hair, but your overall well-being & health. While you sleep, your body is busy regenerating & recovering from the hard day’s work; it removes all toxins that you have inhaled, what you have drunk & eaten.
- Be particular about what all you apply on your hair
Majority of us (especially the men) hardly ever care about which shampoo they’re using on their hair, forget about conditioning it! If you are losing hair more than what you consider natural, understand that your shampoo should be one that suits your hair type, so choose wisely from the different kinds of shampoos (for dry hair/oily hair/ normal hair/ damaged hair/coloured hair, etc.). There’s a world of products out there which can do wonders for your hair. Invest in good products.
- Natural juices& antioxidants
Rubbing some garlic or ginger or onion juice into the scalp works against hair fall. Leave it overnight & wash your hair thoroughly the next morning. Another natural remedy is to apply some warmed green tea into the scalp. Leave the mixture for 1 hour & then wash your hair. Green tea offers the goodness of antioxidants to your hair, boosting hair growth and preventing hair loss.
Lastly, remember that a hair care product is something that should be picked up wisely, so don’t just go for the scent. Read the labels. Add a particular hair care product to routine; get a hair spa once every month & remember to get your split-ends cut every two months and you will see the difference.
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Just the other day I visited an old friend who has recently become a mother and as I watched her glowing in the new ‘motherly’ avatar, I realized that giving birth to a child is probably the most beautiful chapter in a woman’s life; however it dint go by unnoticed that pregnancy had brought about some major changes in her body. One of these changes was the appearance of stretch marks around the area of the abdomen, thighs and breasts. As I sat there, it occurred to me that this is a chapter in life that I will go through and maybe so will you (if you haven’t become a mother yet). After extensive research, reading and talking to other friends who are also mothers, I penned down this article, in the hope that these tips on how to deal with pregnancy stretch marks will be of use to you someday.
You must maintain an adequate amount of healthy food in your diet intake so that your skin is nourished. Include green vegetables, lots of fresh fruits, juice, and at least 8 glasses of water in your diet. Remember to eat your prenatal vitamin/s and also consume the adequate quantity of calories by eating healthy food that provides you with plenty of proteins, vitamins, whole grain & calcium.
Consume at least 8 glasses full of water in a day. You should also drink juices to keep your skin hydrated so that it maintains its elasticity. By juices I do not mean packaged ones that are readily available in the market or your nearest grocery store. Instead, opt for fresh vegetable and fruit juices.
Be active, keep moving
Keeping active through your pregnancy will help you to gain weight slow, which is suggested. It is said that the faster you gain weight during pregnancy, the more prone you will be to develop stretch marks. Post pregnancy, stick to a regime as a rapid loss in weight will also give you stretch marks.
Keep your skin nourished
You must moisturize your belly area, breasts, lower back, sides, legs & thighs at least once in the morning and then once at night. Lotions & creams help to make your skin feel less itchy & dry. Proper skin exfoliation will help promote new and healthier skin growth. Some great choices are Almond Oil, Shea Butter & Cocoa Butter. You can also try Wheat germ Oil & Pure Lanolin.
Go the all-natural way
Any moisturizer you use must be all natural & safe. You can also make a stretch marks cream yourself at home using Olive oil, Vitamin E and Cocoa Butter.
If your skin feels dry and itchy, know that there’s a problem. To avoid that situation, keep your skin well hydrated. Remember that a hot shower in cold weather will tend to dry out the skin. So every time you take a shower or your skin feels dry, moisturize it thoroughly. Applying baby oil on the skin after a shower really helps. Allow your skin to soak in all the oil & then apply a coat of moisturizer you made at home.
Keep out of the sun
Avoid exposure to the sun & tanning booths. When stepping out in the sun, apply sunscreen and wear protective clothing.
Always read the label
The next time you go to a health store & buy a body care product, check the label before purchasing to make sure it’s PURE. For example, pure cocoa butter is rather solid & hard, so you will have to grate some using a cheese grater or micro plane. To use, heat it in the microwave or a double boiler. Wait for the melted cocoa butter to cool down and when it’s slightly warm, gently rub it in over the area of the belly.
What you eat
what you wear
So Eat Clean, Train Mean and Get Lean!
- Eat Clean!!! It’s easy and it pays off!!! (flavoroffitness.com)