Recently, I had the opportunity to do a yoga retreat for five days. I would like to share with my readers some of the transformative lessons I returned home with: 1. Yoga as Metaphor for Life. At the center where I was participating in this retreat, one of the mantras that visited me virtually every day in the corridors was that yoga is seeing life as it is. I found this to be incredibly profound—the practice is to be present with whatever you are feeling in the moment. The tension your body feels as you hold the poses mirror the tension that we encounter every day in our lives. Whether you are tired, grumpy, content, or whatever the emotion, the practice of yoga doesn’t require you to deny what you are feeling, but to identify it, embrace it, and then release. A great lesson to remember off the mat, as well. 2. Solitude is Restorative. In the lead up to this five day retreat, which I did by myself, I had many friends ask me, “So what are you going to do by yourself … [Read more...] about 5 Things I Learned From My Yoga Retreat
Source: Pixaby Jennifer Lawrence recently commented that the film industry has become so conditioned to skinny frames that healthily proportioned women are deemed overweight. We often see more comments about shape rather than the talents of actors. Perhaps, all media outlets ought to consider the words, “think before you fat,” for the sake of young eyes. The lived media experience of childhood has changed over the last decade, and it will evolve and continue to effect their body image perceptions – both for themselves and their peers. Over the years, it has become commonplace to critique the bodies of actors and actresses in a manner that in some ways displays a cognitive dissonance between what is healthy (often called ‘fat’ in negative tones) and painfully emaciated (often held as beautiful and perceived as happiness). As the mother of a preschool girl, as a psychology academic, and as a media researcher - my request is that some media … [Read more...] about Think Before You Fat
Source: Wikimedia Google the word “thought” and you will find this uninformative, circular definition: “an idea or opinion produced by thinking, or occurring suddenly in the mind.” The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines “think” in a similarly unhelpful way: “to form or have in the mind.” But what actually is a thought? A thought is a representation of something. A representation is a likeness—a thing that depicts another thing by having characteristics that correspond to that other thing. For example, a picture, image, imprint or mold of an object is a representation of that object. A map is another example of a representation. The mind is a kind of map. The brain, and its functional product the mind, evolved as a map of the body’s relation to its external environment. Fundamentally, our thoughts are maps representing and corresponding to things that our brains have either perceived with our senses, felt with our … [Read more...] about What Actually Is a Thought? And How Is Information Physical?
Home Health Nutrition Nutrition oi-Amritha K By Amritha K on May 8, 2019 Scientifically termed as Cichorium endivia, endive belongs to the genus Cichorium consisting of several leafy vegetables. Endive is not to be confused with chicory, something a lot of people tend to be. Endive is something you can always see being added into salads or sautéed along with other vegetables. Spherical and wide, the smooth leafy vegetable possesses various health benefits that will persuade you into getting some for yourself  . From detoxifying the liver, promoting a healthy pregnancy and improving your skin health, the leafy vegetable is a must have for anyone wishing to eat healthily. Being low in calories is another advantage of the lettuce-like vegetable, which in turn owes to its increasing popularity and demand  . Also known as Belgian endive, the leafy vegetable can be consumed raw as well. Scroll down to know more about the healthy endive and the ways through which it … [Read more...] about Did You Know These Amazing Health Benefits Of Endive?