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Benefits of yoga and meditation on our mind

I have always been a chubby girl and gaining weight is like a cake walk for me lol. in my pregnancy too, I gained a whooping weight of 20 kgs and I was sure to reduce it after my delivery.

50 days post delivery I started yoga with a very trained and well experienced yoga guru. She helped me gain all the energy and positiveness through her training. In the beginning our aim was to gain strength, calm my self and get fit than loosing weight. Weight loss happened as a bonus. Her training included yoga asanas and meditation.

I gained immense strength both mental and physical through yoga – which  was much needed with an infant.

Yoga and meditation are the two forms of ancient Indian tradition, which emphasizes on a holistic approach to achieve proper coordination between the mind, body and soul to achieve the good values of life and lead a life full of exuberance and vitality.

Yoga and meditation has been associated with each other from the beginning. Both work together to achieve the goal of ultimate unity of the mind-body and soul, which is also referred to as a condition of everlasting happiness. Meditation and Yoga, teaches us ways to detach from the surrounding, both physically and otherwise, which ultimately results in a balance of emotional makeup. When this happens an ultimate calmness sets in, it develops a positive perspective and approach that grants amazing benefits to our body in both physical and mental ways.

Yoga and Meditation- its connection with our Mental Health

Yoga and meditation are phsycology – the practicing of which helps us understand and work with the nature of the mind, the nature of being a human, how emotions and thoughts shelter in our mind, and how they affect the our behaviour.

When we all talk about yoga, we talk about its many physiological benefits like increase in
flexibility and decrease in stiffness of muscles and much more. Very rarely do we ever mention about its many mental, psychological, and cognitive benefits. There has been many studies and researches done to assess the effectiveness of yoga and meditation for brain and mental health—-and the results has come back promising.

Here are some of the most prominent benefits of practicing yoga on our mind:

 Boosts memory and improves concentration

We all have gone through phases of lack of concentration and focus on our day to day tasks. Dharana, a yogic form is practiced for concentration, and is a perfect way to clear mind and control and calm our senses. Meditation teaches us to remove all sorts of static noises from our mind and focus. This helps you to remember things, concentrate better, and perform to
the optimum.

 It helps with anxiety and depression

Involving activities like relaxation, meditation, exercising and socializing, yoga has always
been helpful in reducing depression and anxiety. It has all been possible with yoga by
regulating human stress response mechanism. With capabilities of reducing blood pressures and heart rate and thereby improving respiration, yoga provides the means to deal with anxiety and depression without the aid of nay medication.

 Helps improves your psychological/mental well-being

We often have feelings of carrying excess burdens on our shoulder, feeling highly stressed and tensed. With yogic practice you can definitely throw away those unhealthy feelings. Yoga forms involves concentration on breath and body, that aids soothing of mind and relieve worries. With discharge of stress, tension and psychological burdens one is free of any negative elements and finds optimum psychological health.

 It helps reduce the effects of traumatic experiences

Many among us go through some certain tragic episodes in life like, physical abuses, severe medical conditions or military combats that goes on to develop conditions of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and the ones who suffer from this mental illness frequently experiences nightmares and flashbacks, to name a few of the symptoms. A form of yoga, known as the Hatha Yoga, shown to be effective in reducing PTSD symptoms. Yoga and meditation has shown considerable improvements in people against the ravages of traumaticexperiences.

A Yogic Diet Based on Ayurvedic Principles for Mental Health

A yogic diet practice in applying Ayurvedic principles to keep our body nourished and our mind clear. Most vegetables,  fruits, legumes, and whole grains are considered sattvic, meaning good for mind and body and in contrast foods like onions, meat, and garlic and rajasic foods like coffee, hot peppers, and salt are considered to increase dullness or hyperactivity, and hence to be avoided.

Here are a few principle on which yogic diets are based on:

  •  A yogic diet should be Sattvic (an all vegan diet believed to calm and purify the mind,
    enabling it to function at its maximum potential)
  •  Should be vegan.
  •  Should be free of chemicals and stimulants.
  •  Should contain fresh foods.
  •  Should be at regular intervals, two hours before asana practice or sleep.
  •  Should take out time to practice ashanas and time to fast.

 

After Knowing this immense benefits that yoga has on our mind and soul, I am sure to start practising it again. what do you think about it?

Do you feel stressed, worried and physically ill? Then Yoga and mediation is for you.

 


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My Take on Giving Freedom to Kids

“Children should have enough freedom to be themselves-once they have learned the rules”

quotes Anna Quindlen (an American author).

The question here arises is that do we as parents follow this? Many would say a ‘YES’. But personally speaking its 50% of the ‘YES’. Why so????  Have we ever pondered on this question?  Not deeply.  Yes, but we often compare our childhood with that of our kids. I too am a parent and many a times I tend to compare the situation when I see my growing toddler.

What is freedom?? The answer for this will vary for different age groups.

  • For a child – having ample play time
  • Teenager- having ample friends time
  • Youth- having ample party time
  • An adult- it’s me time and so on……

Do we give this freedom to our kids without setting any boundaries? Do we give the freedom asked without the list of rules and regulations. No we don’t.

Many may or may not agree with me. But we are at fault when we bind our kids with strict disciplinary measures. It’s when you curb the freedom demanded children tend to break the norms set and follow their heart. It’s then that we take strict actions without understanding the reason behind it.

Our childhood was way different than our children . We had lots of play time – playing games like lock n key; kho-kho ; kubaddi; hide n seek; etc… Did we not do well academically? Getting the top rank  always was not the criteria. I don’t remember my parents ever nagging me or my siblings for marks. We were always given a positive motivating reaction. The result was that we kids worked hard on our own and passed out with flying colours. It was our own strive. Was there ‘NO COMPETITION’ then??? IT WAS. But our parents did not let us feel the pressure .  unfortunately today parents give pressure to kids. The world is becoming a competitive one so to occupy a seat here children should be capable of taking pressure and no problem if their FREEDOM IS AT STAKE.

Khevaansh in the park

What a life are we giving to our kids?

Changing with changing times is important but how you change & whether your change is having a positive impact on your surroundings is equally important.  For this parents should have a proper communication system with their kids. Tell them about the changing times; show them how much you trust them but don’t impose your fears and thoughts or for that matter your desires.

Today’s kids have a set time-table to follow , not only in schools but at home too. Once they come back from school they have a time schedule for tv; ipads; play time because they have to go for their classes- swimming/ drawing/ judo/ tennis etc… our child should be an epitome of perfection. Are we so???

Having a rhythm in life is good but a routine with no free time to be in ourself is not a good idea.

Are we giving the freedom to kids to choose an activity of their choice or prioritise the ones they like and we wish too. For that matter, don’t you think kids need that free time to be all by themselves. The outcome is ‘Jack of all traits and master of none’. If we are working parents & feel taxed that we have a list of duties ready when we step home and do not get our own space or me time, imagine how a child’s mind must be getting taxed.

Freedom is something which allows kids to take their own responsibilities.

The art of discipline should be developed from within.

Set boundaries but in a way that kids learn from them. Motivation, communication, trust all play an important role. Give gadgets to your kids and make them understand the pros and cons of its over use. Let the child decide for himself/ herself. ( remember: you cannot use it as a tool. When you give a time limit follow it. But when you have work and you don’t want ur chid to disturb you, you give the gadget then the child loses the significance of the lesson taught and freedom is taken for granted). (Gadget is just an example – I am no gadget mommy BTW)

Allow your growing teens to mingle with their friends but keep a tab on their group. Don’t be so complacent in expressing yourself modern that you feel you don’t need to divulge into your child’s life as you represent a modern time mom. That’s not modernism. Such behaviour gives rise to incidents of kids murdering; committing suicide or molestation; cyber abuse and so on….

Be a Role model

When you are out of the house call up your child/children and inform that you have reached the venue safely. Share few details. In return inculcate the same habit in your child. This way the child will not feel that you are keeping a check on his/her whereabouts and your worry is also sorted. It’s a two way communication.

Similarly discuss your friends with your child rather than asking them about their friends. Children tend to speak on their own. This type of freedom of expression will eventually build the power of thinking and understanding the right & wrong; good or bad.

Keep some family time together to play or dine together or holiday. Remember the idea here is not to give time to kids but to give quality time. Keep your gadgets away and spend time talking ; playing ; swimming with kids. When children see their parents making them feel important they learn to reciprocate. But in today’s time we take our kids for a holiday with their gadgets as we need our space too. So we then can’t complain if our kids want their own space and own freedom and ask us to allow them to live their life the way they wish too. They want freedom.

We need to remember

“It is not what you do for your children, but what you have taught them to do for themselves that will make them successful human beings”.

 


This blog post is a part of #LetsDiscussFreedom Blogathon. I would like to thank Veena from thereadingmomster  for introducing me. I would now like to introduce Alpana from mothersgurukul and suggest you to read her views on the prompt, ‘What Does  Freedom Mean To You’.

 

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My Philosophy of Freedom – What freedom Means to me?

Freedom is such a broad term. Each being on earth has its own kind of freedom.

I never thought of freedom as a term in itself apart from having freedom of choice. But while I was collecting thoughts on writing this post, I realised how freedom had different meaning over the years.

As a child, freedom was all about self rule. I wanted to have my own rules for play time, eating, studying.

As a teenager freedom was all about having my choice. Hanging out with friends without permission, wearing clothes of my choice, making friends of my choice – my mom use to hold me back from making friends with some people 😬

At 20 I had chosen a life partner and I wanted the freedom to hang out with him, marry him. I wanted freedom to work and be self independent. Freedom was about independence then. 💁🏼

Years passed by like this and now I Realise freedom is all about being responsible and taking the responsibility of what you choose.
To me freedom now and even in the past was having my own choice and be responsible for the same.

When one has freedom – He/she takes responsibility and learns in the process.

As a child when my mom asked me to travel alone ti school or nani house –  I got the freedom to travel and in the process I learnt to travel independently.

At 20, When I chose the guy to get married, I knew in future whatever good/ bad happens will be because I chose him. thankfully my days are good. 😂

As a mother, freedom is all about being urself and following ur mommy gut feeling. I recommend to all the new moms, please follow your instincts thats the best teacher and give you the much needed freedom from the world advises. (let me tell you there are 569383). 😴 So when I follow my own thoughts/gut/instincts I am responsible for whatever good/bad happens. Motherhood has taught me a lot in the process.

As a whole being myself, freedom is not having the necessity to rebel 🙅 over anything. Freedom is all about having a rhythm in life and absolutely be in love with it – I am struggling hard to get in to a rhythm.

What are your thoughts on freedom?


This blog post is a part of #LetsDiscussFreedom Blogathon. I would like to thank Veena from thereadingmomster  for introducing me. I would now like to introduce Alpana from mothersgurukul and suggest you to read her views on the prompt, ‘What Does  Freedom Mean To You’.

 

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My Mom Was Right

Since ages, we have been hearing maa hamesha Sahi hoti hai (mom is always right). As a child I grew up hearing this sentence and always thought what crap. But as time passed by I only realised how right she was when she said things.

One patent dialogue by my mom is unforgettable “ Shadi hogi tab pata chalega.” (You will realise when you get married).

I always argued I have always got the best in life and sasural (in laws) is going to be no different. Thankfully, I have the best sasural but that dialogue is still in my mind. Yes, I realise now how a home maker feels. There were times my mom cooked food and we simply said we don’t want to eat because the cooked food was not our taste or we ate out and forgot to inform mom. (By we I mean my brother and me). Now I understand how it feels when my husband or any other family member does that.

Her second favourite dialogue was “Bache bade karna aassan nai.” ( Its not easy to bring up children).

This is like a fact I agree to 6778890% . Yes, motherhood is beautiful but it’s not easy. I realise now how bad my mom might have felt when I argued with her in situations where she was right or disrespected her. I realise it thinking how would I feel if my son would do this to me. Each day of bringing up a child is totally different and in itself a new experience.

You may also like to read Breastfeeding – How to get it right? 

The lesson learnt is no matter what you feel & whatever is your age ; never take your mother for granted & never ever ignore their favourite dialogues coz they come out to be true (LOL) .After all experience counts.

“Wisdom lies in the right use of knowledge” quotes – Charles Spurgeon

This post is a part of a blog train organised by Elina Wadia where 20 Indian moms have some together to write on how their own mothers were right! To read her article on the same topic click here.

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Sesame Ladoos -TIL Ladoos for Makar Sankranti

Makar


Sankranti is the harevest festival all over India. It is the harvest festival which is marked by the Sun’s shifting position. The celebration of Makar Sankranti coincides with many other festivals called the Lohri in Punjab, Pongal in Tamil Nadu and Bhogali Bihu in Assam.

 

Each festival in India has it own delicacies. Like Christmas is incomplete without cakes and brownies, Makar Sankranti is incomplete without sesame Ladoos.

Sesame Ladoos in itself are very healthy. I have tried to make it even healthier by removing the Gud, ghee and added dates instead. And like always this is also a quick recipe.

Recipe:

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup peanuts
  • 1/2 cup sesame seeds
  • 1 cup seedless dates
  • 1/4 tbsp elaichi / cardamom powder

Method:

  • Dry roast peanuts and sesame seeds separately. 

 

  • Coarsely ground them together and then add cardamom powder and dates.

 

  • Mix them well and make balls.

  • Sprinkle some sesame seeds on top and it’s ready.

Isn’t it easy? Try it for your self, your baby and family and let me know how you like it.

Additionaly I may like to share with you that each 100 grams of sesame seeds has 1130mg of calcium content as compared to 120mg in milk. Isn’t this amazing.

You may also like to try Vegan Raw Choclate Brownie. 

Kindly forgive the typos in the post. #momslife

 

 

 

 

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Breastfeeding – How to Get it Right?

Breastfeeding is a beautiful experience and I always wanted to breastfeed my baby. I am thankful to God as I never faced any issues in producing milk. But there are moms who do face such issues.

Each mom who faces issues with producing milk might have googled n number of times to find what can work for producing more milk.

I am no doctor or nutritionist to suggest you what can work for you. But I would like to share what worked for me. This should help you stay positive and give it your best.

  • Talking to the baby:

As soon as I got pregnant with K, I started talking to him. Though I never got any response, it was beautiful time we spent with each other. Post bath when I applied moisturiser on my pregnant belly was the time I never missed talking to him. This is when I kept saying to both the baby and me that s/he was going to be exclusively breastfed for first 6 months of life and post that till we can manage. This doesn’t help produce milk but it made me strong each day and I was more positive.

  • Eating lots of protein:

I had a lot of protein rich food during my pregnancy. My doctor had given me a protein powder which I hated but he warned me saying I will have to be admitted to take protein injections. For God sake, who wants to go and stay in a hospital, I better take my protein powder. This protein powder went on till K was majorly on breastmilk .i.e. till 9 months of life.

Read more pointers here.

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5 parenting learning of this year

 


Its been only 17 months that I have been a mom but parenting has taught me a lot personally. Everyday experiences has helped me improve each passing day in my parenting journey too.

I thought of sharing with you all this years learnings:

1. Be Patient:

All through my life I was an impatient being. Just can’t think of waiting and going slow. I want everything done quick and fast. This cute little baby has taught me you need to be patient to deal with me 🤦🏻‍♀️. I will fall sick, I will throw tantrums and there is no way u can get through this. Patience is the only way out.

2. Be soft:

There are times when I have given up and actually yelled and told my boy, ‘I told you not to do it, why did you?’ This has come back to me as he also yells when he sees us yelling. So to teach him to be soft I will have to be a role model. (Kindly don’t judge me for this #momslife)

3. Spend quality time:

Yes, this is the most important part of life. He has demanded that time from me and now I see to it that I give him minimum one hour of undivided attention to him. I am also trying to have some good quality time with DH.

4. Moving outdoors:

There are days when I feel too lazy and don’t want to step out of the house. But this little guy pulls me to the parks and this leaves me fresh and energetic. He has taught me how important it is to breathe outside air.

You may also like to read COMFORT OR COURAGE – what to choose when travelling with a baby?

5. Follow a rhythm :

Mr.K has a rhythm and does everything everyday around the same time. When there is change he gets disturbed and this has taught me how our body moves into a rhythm and how difficult it is to accept a change.

6. Learning happens with mess:

Over the course of 17 months, I have learnt that children love doing mess and they learn a lot through it. Mr.K loves eating food by himself. This creates a lot of mess but he has almost learnt to eat with spoon. I am sure he will master it very soon.

You may follow us on Instagram or Facebook to witness this.

7. Let them get accustomed to:

Kids love going outdoors. There have been times when we have avoided restaurants and instead ordered food at home. Reason being he never allowed us to sit comfortably and eat. But some recent visits to the restaurants have made me feel that the more often I take him, the more accustomed he will be to the environment. This goes for social gatherings too, the only thing is I have to keep running behind him.

You may also like to read Road trip with babies : Tips and Tricks

What has been your learning this year?

 

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Vegan Raw Chocolate Brownie


It’s the party time of the year. Majority of us ditch the discipline and indulge in chocolates, cakes and stuff thinking we shall start again with the new year.

Some of us try hard to eat healthy but crave the cakes and other sweets.

Here I share with you one extremely healthy, quick and yummy brownie recipe.

It can be given to kids, adults, diabetic people, everyone around you. You may think I am crazy. But I am telling you the fact.

Chocolate Brownie Recipe

Ingredients:

* 2 cups of walnuts
* Half to 3/4th cup of cocoa powder depending on how strong you want the taste
* A pick of salt
* 1.5 cups of seedless dates

Method:

Blend the walnuts, cocoa powder and salt until coarse.

Add dates little by little and blend it until you get dough like  consistency. Add in more dates if you don’t get the consistency.

 

Transfer it to a plate and set to a desired shape. Freeze it for an hour.

 

Warm it in the microwave and enjoy it with vanilla ice cream or just eat it raw.

My son enjoyed it completely. Husband loved it. I can eat 10 pieces at a time.

Go enjoy them Coz it’s a very very quick recipe.

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Review: The Ancient Beauty Products

If you see me now, you may not believe what I am going to say further.

I was always a no make-up person.The maximum makeup that I would apply on my face was a sunscreen and a kajal.

Like every other girl even I wanted natural glow on my face. Though no make up but I would do lot of DIY with natural ingredients at home when I was in college for getting that glow on my skin.

These DIYs are time consuming and I couldn’t live with it. Work commitments and household work took all my time post wedding. Now with my son with me it’s all the more difficult.

But we need something that pampers and makes our skin feel good and healthy . I feel Post delivery it becomes all the more important.

I got a little influenced by my friends who are very much into makeup and started applying basic make up too. But I always wanted something natural, something without chemicals and something that would just be for me, my skin.

And I was lucky enough to have found one such brand.

The Ancient Beauty Products does exactly what I wanted since long.

I received this beautiful pack of products from them according to my skin type.

Please note Dr. Deepti (Founder of Ancient Beauty Prodcuts) asked me my skin type before sending in the products and I receieved the products according to my skin type.

 

About the Brand
The Ancient Beauty range is inspired by the age-old ancient beauty cultures of the world globally & is created from edible ingredients. All products are 100% natural, Eco-friendly & do not contain any artificial colours,chemicals or preservatives.
 
Here is my take on the products I received:

1. The Ancient Japanese Scrub –

This is truly exfoliating. I felt immediate softness in my skin using this. It’s natural aroma left me refreshing.

2. The Ancient Face Wash –

With T zone being oily, I always faced problem in find that perfect a face wash. This came out to the perfect face wash for my skin.

3. The Ancient Fairness –

I need to use this more often to get real results. But even the instant results were too good. I will try to do this regularly and tell you how effective it is when used regularly.

4. The Ancient Illuminator –

The illuminator added shine to my cheek bones. Now who won’t love this. plus a natural product doing this is more happiness.

5. The Ancient Massage Powder –

This is by far the best one. I hardly do facials bcoz of the chemical based creams. But this is my solution. I tried a home spa with this and my skin felt so good. I felt it was actually breathing fresh. The powder actually turned in to such a nice cream. The rose petals added to the smell.

6. The Ancient Satin Body Scrub –

When your sweaty and dirty you need something really good to cleanse your body. The scrub the work. I felt extremely rejuvenated with the body scrub post each bath.

The products are so easy to use unlike my DIYs where I had to collect all the products mix it and bla bla.

This is just rightly packed for me all ready to use. Just mix in water or milk and taddaa the product is ready.

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The products smells natural. One can really feel the naturalness of the product through it’s aroma.

The products came to me in an appealing pack. The Glass bottles made with tight lids make it extremely easy to use.

I have become one of their loyal customers. Shall try on their hair products soonish.

So go ahead girls and grab one pack for you soon. you must try them once and I am sure you will fall in love with them.

You may get in touch with the brand at Facebook, Instagram or twitter.

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Windmill Festival – Save the Date

Are you ready for some fun this December?

Then here you go. 

SAVE THE DATE for the Windmill Festival  is here to add to some fun.

Windmill Festival – ‘India’s First International Children’s Festival’ is back. The second season of the festival is scheduled to be held on December 16th and 17th, 2017 at Jio Garden, BKC in Mumbai. The festival is a joint initiative between Event Capital (a Laqshya Media Group Company) and Tribe Asia. Aimed at children of all age groups, Windmill Festival has something to offer for everyone – from toddlers to teens and even their parents! The festival is co-powered by India Gate Brown Basmati Rice and held in association with Asian Paints Kids’ World (Décor Partner) Avon cycles (Associate Partner), Hypercity (Retail Partner) and Sony YAY!(Happiness Partner).

Festival tickets: Tickets are live on Bookmyshow |
Child – Rs 600 per day
Adult – Rs 300 per day
Free entry for children below the age of 2

You may visit their website for more details here.

 

The two-day children’s festival will see special performances by artist and TV personality Rob and singers Arjun KanungoDarshan Raval, Akasa SinghBhavya Pandit, Vipin Heero and Raaga Trippin. The festival will also include a day care centre, various play areas, a petting zoo, centre for robotics, a curated section for art, craft, science, sport & music workshops, a concert arena, sports arena, and much more; all categorised to suit the needs of different age groups of children. In addition to all these offerings, toons from Sony YAY!, India’s leading kids entertainment channel – Guru Aur Bhole will also be seen engaging with kids at the festival.

Windmill Festival is specially curated for urban families who are always on the look-out for the next opportunity to spend quality time with their children. While the festival has no age limit, the activities are curated to suit the 0-3, 4-7 and 8-14 age group. The key objective of the festival is to give the urban child an outlet to be creative, gain information and get a recreational experience along with an avenue to spend quality time with their parents and friends in an outdoor setting.

Speaking about the genesis of the festival, Mr. Swaroop Banerjee, CEO, Event Capital, said, “The concept of Windmill Festival is something you’ve never seen in India before. We have curated over 50 workshops for children to sample robotics, aeronautics, comic book making, puppetry, storytelling, pottery, charcoal painting and so much more. We want the child to discover his/her innermost passion and work towards developing it. In addition to the workshops, we have a music stage with performances curated for families. We also have a first of its kind petting zoo where children can pet farm animals.”

I am going to be there with my family. Hope to see you all there having some family time.

A big shout out to the Windmill Festival’s community partner JAMMS. Do follow them on social media Facebook, twitterInstagram and become a part of an awesome mommy community.

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