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In today’s world, wellness has gained tremendous currency. The origin of “wellness” dates back to ancient times; it became the IT word between 1970s to 1990s.
One can thank Jane Fonda’s first ï¿½workout video’ in the 1980s, when only a few could make a mark in the world of fitness. The video was credited as bestselling in the “at-home-fitness” segment, bringing about a revolution to the wellness industry. Exercise, weight training, beauty rituals too are trillion-dollar industry.
One chooses to compliment fitness with ‘wellness’ and ‘mindfulness’ to deal with the growing needs of people and the fast paced lifestyle. Wellness is a phenomenon which mainly focuses on optimizing overall physical and mental well-being. A myriad of holistic approaches emphasizes on “Self-care”, “Fitness apps”, “self-relaxing”, “nature retreat”, “detoxing”, “sleep trackers”, “health kits and devices”, “spiritual healing”.
To look beautiful one has to feel beautiful and that can only happen when you feel positive. Follow these wellness trends by Dr Paras, Life-leadership Coach and founder of Matrrix, for a beautiful you in 2020.
Genetic testing will illuminate almost everything as it helps you with in-depth insights of your family and ancestral heritage. Exclusive Genetic testing for health benefits is rapidly increasing. This is a tremendous step to put an end to procrastination and a one-size-fits-all approach.
This testing begins with a screening of mother and father in order to assess more than 250 hereditary diseases. Trio testing, where mother, father, and child are tested thoroughly. It could offer even more powerful information on true inheritance patterns and disease predispositions. Furthermore, “population-level genomic” data may also yield insights not only into disease, but also into important areas including fertility, resilience, and longevity.
If you’re seeing red, feeling angry, anxious, and stressed; don’t despair! Try Blue mind. “Blue-mind theory” a mildly meditative state is as water-associated peace, calm and serenity. Water can be used during “self-hypnosis” and “meditation” which rewires the brain by cultivating a feeling of calm and enhances your ability to think clearly and acting appropriately. Water helps your body natural filter, it helps the liver to do its job efficiently. Water helps your brain to push out toxins and make the hormones are stable and balanced. Also, swimming, suffering, sailing, water spa or simply walking on the beach are going to be lapped again by people looking for alleviating pain they suffer from physical stress.
This “feel-good-escape” and “act of balancing” method is latest wellness trend promises to sharpen your consciousness and ease your stress. Americans in the Bay area are totally abstaining from the addictive sources —-tech, coffee, alcohol, sex —– for a week (or even for a month) to revitalize their mind and recharge their body and rejuvenate their lives. Dopamine is a chemical in the brain, so when you feel good about abstaining from addictive behaviors like masturbation, shopping, alcoholism etc. and focus on self-enhancement, it releases a chemical in the brain which plays a huge role to make you feel motivated, courage, calm and satisfying. Dopamine fasting will recalibrate your mind and will give you a balanced lifestyle.
Ice bath is a traditional approach which is getting a new lease in life. Ice bath immersions also known as hydrotherapy is said to soothe your sore muscles and mind and thus gives you an active recovery. If you are seeking to incorporate strength and flexibility in your body then this therapy will work wonders for you. It constricts blood vessels, increases blood flow-speed circulation, flushes waste and reduces swelling and tissue breakdown due to injury or extreme obesity. Along with steam and sauna, apparently many well-known gyms and yoga centers have placed ice-bath as a post workout therapy for promoting immediate muscle pain recovery.
Perhaps not exactly the first thing you might think of in the morning as you cozy up from your bed. But most people aren’t aware that drinking CBD tea first thing in the morning comes with miraculous and incredible benefits. Cannabis tea is a cannabis-infused drink prepared by steeping various parts of the cannabis plant in hot or cold water. Drinking CBD tea in the morning can alleviating everything from morning sickness to stress and can do wonders in terms of rehydrating you after sleeping for several hours. It reduces morning brain fog and helps to get the brain going for a productive day.
CBD works wonders for – Stress relief, anxiety, nausea, pain, insomnia and terminates white fat in the body which is the source of diabetes, obesity and other chronic conditions.
Living off-the-grid, in harmony with nature. It’s an ancient way of naturalness and of becoming mindful like our forefathers lived. Many entrepreneurs are coaxing this approach of living in nature with minimum-need-based lifestyle. Living closer to nature is immensely beneficial for your health and lowers the risk of mortality-according to the research. With naturotherapy like acupuncture, acupressure, massage and natural herbal medicines you can also reprogram your immune system.
In order to achieve cleansing through spiritualism we need to strictly deviate ourselves from digital resources and deep dive into Buddhist meditation. Buddhist traditions offers offers a smorgasbord of different techniques of breath meditation which enhances you bhavana (“mental development”) and jhana/dhyana (mental training) resulting in a calm and luminous mind. This includes different kinds of meditations like – “Walking Meditation”, “Metta Meditation”, “Sound Meditation”, “Tonglen Meditation”, “Meditation on the Sameness of Self and Others”.
Piece of theory, “Times Structuring
Looking forward to building some great relationships and some new friends this year? Try Eric Berne, the founder of ï¿½Transactional Analysis’, where he suggested that human beings need to structure time and relationships with other people in some way. So to avoid an inbuilt drive to create chaos in relationships with other people due to poor time management, we need to structure our time with this piece of theory which involves -withdrawals, certain rituals and past time activate.
Less Spice and Plant based Meat
The process healthy, natural and wholefoods is important. People are not ready to give up on taste no matter what! So try plant-based meat which is less spicy and tastier. This is also known as “Flexitarian Diet” is a style of eating that encourages mostly plant-based foods while allowing meat which is very beneficial to health. (IANS)
Clean beauty products are making inroads and have gained a significant share of the beauty market, with more more people becoming aware of the their benefits. With each passing year thanks to technology, research and development natural ingredients have finally regained their place in the spotlight. Don't take our word for it, beauty icons Kriti Sanon and Shanaya Kapoor also believe in natural and clean beauty products, and associate with the 'Naturali' range launched by RP-Sanjiv Goenka Group. The new age nature-inspired personal care brand aims to provide a one-of-a kind experience to their customer infused with trendy natural ingredients delivering quick visible results.
Hair care ambassador Kriti Sanon said, 'I am extremely thrilled to be associating with Naturali haircare range that is infused with modern, trendy natural ingredients which are free from harmful chemicals. I have always been an ardent supporter of the 'no nasties' proposition when it comes to my hair care needs, hence this association came very naturally to me. Everyone knows that natural products are supposed to be good for you, but they are often believed to be slow in giving results. Naturali changes this, as the range has a unique SuperBlend of complementary natural ingredients, that are optimized to give you quick visible results. As a woman myself, I strongly believe that no woman should ever have to compromise especially with respect to her beauty choices. So, it is extremely fulfilling to see a brand that is not only good for you being free from harmful chemicals but also makes you look good.'
Clean beauty products are making inroads and have gained a significant share of the beauty market, with more more people becoming aware of the their benefits. | Photo by Brooke Lark on Unsplash
Bollywood debutante and skincare ambassador Shanaya Kapoor said, 'It is exhilarating to be associated with Naturali Skincare range. It's a brand that I feel complements my personality and I'm sure, just like me, a lot of young women are going to instantly connect with it. It's trendy, unapologetic, true to its claims, and most importantly takes charge. What resonated with me the most was the fresh take Naturali offers on nature-based skincare, the exciting ingredients - Avocado, Tea Tree, Red Raspberry coupled with the free from harmful chemicals promise. As someone who's had to deal with her fair share of skin problems like pimples while growing up, I am certain this range is going to be very useful for girls out there and I can't wait for them to try it out!'
Shashwat Goenka, Sector Head, Retail & FMCG said, 'There has been a paradigm shift in how Indian consumers, especially the younger, more conscious generation, engage with beauty products today. They are looking for a holistic and transparent approach towards beauty and wellness that is result-oriented. However, despite there being a burgeoning rise in the demand for natural beauty products, the personal care 'free from nasties' segment is still underpenetrated in terms of mass, affordable players. And that's where we come in - Naturali, a personal care brand infused with natural ingredients that are efficacious and free from harmful chemicals. The range is also available at pocket-friendly price points to the masses, a first for the segment."
He further added, 'We are very glad to announce Kriti Sanon as the face of the Naturali haircare range while Shanaya Kapoor represents the skincare offerings. We are a new, bold, and trendy brand and we wanted to associate with individuals who could help bring out and advocate these values. Kriti and Shanaya are a perfect choice as both are young, vivacious, and personally, resonates with our natural first proposition.'
The brand is backed by a SuperBlend technology that offers a combination of two modern, efficacious, natural ingredients like Avocado and Charcoal, Moringa and Avocado, Red Onion and Bhringaraj, Tea Tree & Avocado amongst others.
(Article originally published by: N. Lothungbeni) (IANS/ MBI)
Keywords: Beauty, skincare, Kriti Sanon, Shanaya Kapoor, clean beauty
Children are often seen running around singing "London Bridge is Falling", and making a face of sadness when they reach the last line. Most people assume that the Fair Lady referred to in the rhyme is the Queen of England, and the current queen at that. But the history behind this rhyme goes farther back in time than we realize.
Speculation associated with this rhyme has to do with a process call immurement. Immurement was when a person was enclosed in a room with no exit points. This was more an act of superstition than punishment. It was believed to bring sturdiness to the structure if people were imprisoned behind the walls. London Bridge falling down was something that people at the time associated with weakness. But there is no evidence to substantiate the idea of immurement.
The Bridge of yesteryear London Image source: wikimedia commons
A more historical account states that the bridge fell as a result of a Viking attack. Vikings of Norway have a similar set of rhymes that associate their role in bringing down the Bridge of London. They sing of conquest and gold, and blessings from Odin, in Norse, which refers to the Bridge. King Olaf II is credited with this feat.
Most historians, unable to properly supply evidence of the above claims, state that perhaps the Thames River is the reason this rhyme came into existence. The original London Bridge had 19 arches that went deep into the river. This caused difficulty in navigation. The Bridge was taken down and reconstructed to accommodate boats and ships. Perhaps, it was this historical reconstruction that is being sung about. The London Bridge is the only one that directly refers to a historical event, and yet has no plausible evidence to support it.
Keywords: Rhymes, London, Bridge, History, Viking, Immurement
Atop the Vindhyagiri hills in Karnataka, a 57-foot-tall statue stands. This is the statue of Lord Gomateshwara, or Bahubali, as he is known to the local patrons. The surrounding area is filled with temples where each of the many Jain Tirthankaras sits.
Sharavanabelagola is named after a pond that is located at the foothills. 'Bel' in Kannada means white, and 'kola' means pond. This is a sacred water body to the activities of the temples. It is a tourist attraction and a pilgrim destination located 85 kilometres from Mysore, and 145 kilometres from the capital, Bangalore.
The pond that Sharavanabelagola is named after Image source: wikimedia commons
Since the statue is placed at such a great height, pilgrims are made to make a journey to the top of the hill by foot. They are required to climb the stone steps barefoot as an act of piety and devotion. Palanquins are offered only to senior citizens who wish to worship at the temple.
In 3 B.C, when India was ruled by the Mauryan Dynasty, Chandragupta Maurya became a Jain monk and took up residence in the Chandragiri and Vindhyagiri hills. He is supposedly responsible for the establishment of the temple complex at Shravanabelagola, where he lived till he died. Later on, his grandson, Ashoka made some additional changes to the place.
A shop in the tourist section that sells handmade items Image source: wikimedia commons
Every twelve years, a Mahamastabhisheka is conducted, and Jains from every part congregate to witness it. The statue is washed with water, rice flour, sugarcane juice, saffrom, sandalwood paste, gold, and silver flowers, curd, ghee, milk, and turmeric, and all the monks offer special prayers. The surrounding temples and rocks are preserved as archaeological wonders owing to the 800 edicts and inscriptions found here which span 600 to 1830.
Keywords: Shravanabelagola, Jainism, Chandragupta Maurya, Ashoka, Karnataka