Monthly Archives: March 2013

Nourish Spiritual Pregnancy

Nourish Spiritual Pregnancy

Today, my husband and I went to see our OB doctor and found out the sex of our baby. It mostly would be a girl! This special thought brings me to this spiritual blog to talk about a very special aspect of pregnancy, which many mother-to-be may ignore or not be aware of: the Spiritual pregnancy.

Beautiful spirit exists in every women who nourish pregnancy

Spiritual pregnancy is a unique experience that is lived by every woman who accepts pregnancy and prepares for motherhood. However not every pregnant women know how to turn it on. Moreover, spiritual pregnancy is easy to be influenced by the culture of society, shaped by what other people do or experts think.

Thus the foundation of spiritual pregnancy starts with self awareness, awareness of our own thoughts, feelings, sensation and intuition. It is not limited to blissful states of positive energy, but includes feeling of fear and uncertainty. Self-awareness can help us to focus on our inner-self, the baby inside us and the connection between mom and baby. It helps make our experience of pregnancy more peaceful as our body grows, emotions change, priority shift, intuition strengthens and our receiving every day as it arrives.

Be aware of your vast inner treasures and how you can express them through your family life. Practice bringing yourself to ordinary activities: playing soothing music in your Continue reading “Nourish Spiritual Pregnancy” »

Pilates: A Complete Workout!

Pilates: A Complete Workout!

Fitness fads come and go, but Pilates has persisted worldwide, increasingly gaining popularity, and is favored by many people and fitness fanatics all over the world. It is by no means your only avenue to achieve your fitness goals; but people use it to complement other forms of exercise, and have found that this not only makes you look leaner and fitter, but also strengthens and protects the body.

 

World of Pilates!

World of Pilates!

Origin of Pilates

Born in 1883, Joseph Pilates was a sick child. He spent a lot of time researching avenues for fitness and body building and developing exercises to overcome his ailments and become stronger. During World War I, he made exercise equipment from springs of hospital beds and used the exercises he developed to help wounded soldiers get stronger and back on their feet. When the influenza epidemic in 1918 claimed thousands of lives, he noted that none of his trainees had died. He eventually moved to New York in 1928 and started what would be the first Pilates studio, which soon became popular with dancers. Almost 90 years later, Pilates remains an effective form of exercise and is now popular worldwide.

strenghten and stretch your whole body

strenghten and stretch your whole body

Pilates is not a magical wand and it certainly needs to be augmented with other exercises. So if you are just looking to lose weight, please remember that you need to complement Pilates with cardio and Continue reading “Pilates: A Complete Workout!” »

It’s that simple!

It’s that simple!

You might have traveled far and you might have gained bountiful success, but it’s the simple things that you will long for always. Think about it! The little things, like looking at the sunlight as it filters through the trees in the morning; the heavenly feel of winter sunlight on your skin; the sweet smell of moist earth after the first monsoon drizzle; the flavors and aromas of homemade food; the comfort of lounging around in well worn clothes…

Pleasure of watching monsson drizzle.

Pleasure of watching monsson drizzle.

Aren’t those things what we really long for? There is something wholesome and comforting about home-cooked food, the kind you eat daily and can even overeat. This is the food that you are close to; there is a pleasure in it that’s coded into your DNA. It’s so soothing that you feel compelled to call hours in advance of reaching home, to have it ready. You can slap it about in any combination you like and even raid the fridge at midnight for second helpings. It’s that simple!

Simple homemade food - looks delicious!

Simple homemade food – looks delicious!

These choices made from the heart are pure and simple but we complicate them. Part of this complexity arises from Continue reading “It’s that simple!” »

Stairway to Heaven!

Stairway to Heaven!

To highlight the sheer magnanimity of your space, you must be smart enough to use your staircase to your advantage. Create a focal point for your room around the staircase with color, material, style and finish. Over and above that, utilize the vacant space under it for storage, service counters and even displays.

designed to perfection!

designed to perfection!

Style fundamentals

If there is a staircase, it has to serve a good purpose. Think storage. Think powder room. Think home office or even play corner. While storage is our favorite raison d’etre for your staircase, we realize the need for some Continue reading “Stairway to Heaven!” »

Sea of Goodness…….

Sea of Goodness…….

They are called marine wealth for no mean reason. Shellfish can do a world of good for you.

The delight of cracking open the crab shell to savor its white flesh in a curry, the thrill of sinking your teeth into a perfectly stir-fried pink prawn, the subtle taste of a lobster linguini or the acquired taste of freshly shucked baked oysters…have you whetted your appetite enough? Join me on a shellfish tour.

Lobsters - larger than life!

Lobsters – larger than life!

Lobsters are loaded with proteins, copper and zinc which boost immunity and prevent loss of vision. They also help in the maintenance of red blood cells and nerve cells. Since they are low in carbohydrates, they are a good option when you are on a diet.

Lobsters are rich in omega-3 fatty acids and are good for your brain as well. Low in cholesterol, they help maintain heart health and prevent conditions like osteoporosis, osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Choose fresh, alive frisky lobsters with their tails curled up. Boil, steam or grill to make them nutritious.

 

 

 

 

Prawns are a power house of protein, which you can feast Continue reading “Sea of Goodness…….” »

5 foods to boost your mood

5 foods to boost your mood

Being a total foodie, food ALWAYS boosts my mood. Sometimes just thinking about food makes me happy 😉 It is no secret that eating right is the key to good health. Studies have now shown that eating certain kinds of food can be especially beneficial to boost your mood. While eating these moods will not shift your mood from sad to ecstatic  but consuming these foods have shown to increase the “happy”quotient in people!

Here are some foods which are great to boost your mood:

1) Walnuts:

Walnuts contain alpha-linolenic acid(ALA) which is a form of omega-3 fat. Studies have shown that omega-3s can help with depression and also boost heart health, brain function and help in prevention of Continue reading “5 foods to boost your mood” »

Art of Gifting…….

Art of Gifting…….

Gifting doesn’t need a lot of time or money, just a little thoughtfulness. Serious gift-givers may invest hours looking for the perfect gift but most of us don’t have the time and sometimes even a budget to match that kind of perfection. So often, we just end up buying generic gifts that may not even be preserved until next year.

 

more style than cash

more style than cash

During this brouhaha of buying a gift, a zealous gift-giver usually assumes that an expensive gift may feel more special. But most times, the receiver feels burdened by a hefty price tag. Although an expensive gift may take you a long way with popularity, it’s a thoughtful gift that would create an impression of a lifetime. It may sound too good to be true but a meaningful gift doesn’t have to cost a lot of money or time. The gift should Continue reading “Art of Gifting…….” »

Flooring

Flooring

Choosing the right flooring can be a daunting task. First, there’s the mind-boggling array of options. Then, there’s the fact that floors make an enormous visual impact on your interiors. On top of that, you have to consider the punishing wear and tear they’ll be subjected to. So you have to decide what kind of flooring will best suit your home’s style and practical needs.

Before you get started, know what’s available in the market, so you get a fair idea of the price points, the finishes and the brands on offer. You can even refurbish your floors without going through the hassle of breaking up the existing layer and installing something new. Simply opt for tile on tile options that you can lay out on the existing surface.

Your choice should depend on a number of factors, like the room’s specific requirements for moisture proof, non-slip, scuff proof, water resistant or another specific type of floor. Consider the traffic that the room experiences – you must consider the durability before you make your choice. Opt for large slabs/tiles for your living areas. This will help lend an expansive feel to your home. Darker colors can look dirty sooner than lighter ones – while unusual colors like blues, pinks and greens add punch.

Wood & Laminate

Woody Wood

Woody Wood

Machined from pieces of timber, wood flooring is available today in a wide range of widths and thickness. It has a life of almost 40 years with the option of polishing every 10 years, which makes it an Continue reading “Flooring” »

The Green-Eyed Monster!

The Green-Eyed Monster!
turn green with envy!

turn green with envy!

Are envy and jealousy two sides of the same coin? Find out for yourself. Answer these two questions for yourself:

You discover your partner has had an affair. Do you:

–  Scream at him, and tell him he is a terrible person

–  Tell your friends, to relieve yourself of the pressure of the hurt

–  Regularly check his phone, emails or browser history

–  Put your rage into your collection of resentments

 

You’re single and your best friend has just met the man of her dreams. Do you:

–  Listen to her enthuse, while sobbing inside

–  Warn her that love can be blind

–  Talk about the freedom of being single

–  Say something critical of her or him

If you said “None of the above,” I’m not sure I believe you. Jealousy and Envy are painful emotions, and when we act them out, we’re trying to get some relief. Of course, none of these behaviors actually provide that relief.

We use the two words interchangeably. They are in reality two distinct emotions, each with their own spectrum of usefulness to destruction. Simply put, jealousy refers to feelings of impending loss of something you have (your partner’s love perhaps) and envy refers to the desire for something someone else has. They are both Continue reading “The Green-Eyed Monster!” »

X-FACTOR

X-FACTOR

It’s the architectural oomph, the je-ne-c’est-quoi in a home that makes you standup straighter and stare. Who doesn’t love to live in a place like that? Some of the aspects that bring on a unique look and the x-factor for a house are added features like swimming pools, sun decks, enhanced natural habitat and landscaping, panoramic views, façade treatment and naturally innovative use of materials.This could essentially be an architectural feature. It could be the way you style your panes or the manner in which your house stands. To enhance the x-factor of your house, flip through international catalogues and architectural journals for some cutting edge ideas.

Aspects like swimming pools and sun decks spell luxury to most city dwellers. Considering that space is an issue, we recommend hints of the actual thing. For instance, plunge pools and loungers on your balcony.

Visual oomph !

Visual oomph !

 

ZONES

In open-plan homes, where space is an issue, we suggest you plan your Continue reading “X-FACTOR” »