Tuesday, September 30, 2008
Saturday, September 27, 2008
From the book BEING HAPPY by Andrew Matthews
Friday, September 26, 2008
My husband congratulated me. He seemed to be more excited than I am.
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
Hatha (Physical) yoga was introduced in India in the 15th century. It follows a program of postures (asana) and breath-controlled exercises aimed at achieving physical strength and stamina, as well as building mental concentration, freeing the mind from distraction. The asanas are designed to tone and strengthen all the muscles and joints, improve metabolism, agility and flexibility.
FEELING HOT HOT HOT
“Hot Yoga” or Bikram Yoga which is the IN thing nowadays is a derivation of Hatha yoga. It is a physical yoga that is practised in a heated room. Each session can burn anywhere from 300 to 1,000 calories, so it’s not for the picky and malnourished!
Why the heat?
Firstly, muscles work at their most efficient at 36C. Keeping the muscles warm enables you to stretch more deeply without injury.
Secondly, the heat helps open the pores and rid the body of toxins through sweat. Optimal humidity improves the immune system and rejuvenates the skin as sweating promotes detoxification.
Finally, it helps to thin the blood which in turn would increase the heart rate for a better cardiovascular workout.
THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE UGLY
Many of us treat Yoga as an opportunity to "work" the body, without integrating the sense of spirituality in the yoga practice.
The way I look at it is that yoga is simply a tool for developing connection to the Inner Self. Many people are capable of attaining this connection without the need to perform traditional yogic exercises and meditation. So, who is to say that it is wrong to solely practice Yoga on the physical level?
Many have also raised concerns about Yoga causing lower-back pain, injuries to hamstrings, knee sprains, damaged cartilage, heat related illness and dehydration (especiallly in Hot Yoga).
My view is that heat related illnesses and dehydration can occur in any kind of sports if the participants do not replenish enough fluids into the system.
The best way to prevent injuries from Yoga, is the same as with any other activities, if it feels good, go for it and if it doesn’t, either stop or go get it checked out.
Secondly, anything done excessively can never be good for you, so, moderation is always the key.
IT"S THE FINAL COUNTDOWN
Due to a wide range of yoga available, yoga may mean different thing to different people. If you were to ask a yoga master what yoga is, he would probably talk about spiritual integrity and effective healing powers. The individual who suffers from chronic pain might express yoga as a getaway to a great joy while Andy Murray, the tennis ace would reveal that the hot and sweaty yoga sessions helped him beat world no. 1 Roger Federer.
Personally, I have gotten rid not just the toxins in my body, but also my massseur whom I used to frequent regularly due to my back ache, my orthopaedic surgeon who made so much money from me, now I am not giving him a penny and my aesthetician who kept telling me that the breakouts were caused by the imbalance hormones but still insisted that I saw her every biweekly.
While every school of yoga has its own approach, while people perform yoga for different reasons, the results are the same. It nourishes the body, mind and spirit, intimately connecting the triad to wellness.
So, what are you waiting for?
Friday, September 19, 2008
Tasha knew she had done well at the audition but she also knew that perfection alone doesn't land you a job. It could be that her nose was too big, or the eyes were too intense or the hair was too curly. She has gone through enough to know, to accept and to move on. Life was as usual for her while we tried hard not to mention anything related to the Camp in front of her.
The deadline for registration was fast approaching and the agents still had no good news. Time was running out when suddenly an e-mail came from New York.
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
Sunday, September 14, 2008
Ricky then turned to me and said something that striked the chord....
....And the Jingle Bells filled the air in our humble abode again!
Sunday, September 7, 2008
While I have to think hard (very hard) of our similarities, all the differences just came oozing out I can't even type fast enough.
Tuesday, September 2, 2008
Anguished, I returned home and surfed for the movie's official rating. Funnily enough, I found out that The Motion Picture of America (MPAA) rated the movie as PG-13 for its crude and sexual content. So, what the **** is the Malaysian censor board thinking?