Friday, September 12, 2014

Latest Class Schedule

I will not be updating my class schedule on my blog.  Instead, please visit my website at http://sites.google.com/site/janetyogahut for the latest class schedule update. 

Thank you & have a nice day!

Yoga for Seniors

New update!  I will be going to start Yoga for Seniors classes soon in October at Cheng San Community Club, near Ang Mo Kio Mrt Station. 

These classes will be suitable for senior citizen with age 50 yrs old and above.  In fact any one who is physically weak and find the normal yoga class too tough can consider join too.   It is a gentle and slow pace yoga class at the same time work on your muscles and different of your body to strengthen them and improve the flexibility.

I will be opening 2 yoga for seniors classes on 21/10/14 Tuesday 10am to 11am and 11.15am to 12.15pm.  I will update my website http://sites.google.com/site/janetyogahut with the commence date once Cheng San CC open up their system for registration of these classes.  Please check my website for the latest update.

Thank you & have a nice day and good health!

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Mobile Apps : Carousell

I have just add a new apps name "Carousell" into my mobile phone.  It is a online shopping app based in Singapore.  So you can buy or sell things in Singapore whether used or unused things!

I find it quite convenient and easy to use.  You can list the items that you want to sell very easily.

I have just open an account with Carousell and listed some items to sell.  They have actually created a nice little web page for my items that I am selling.  You may be interested to check it out.  Please find below the little web page they have created for my items.

http://carou.sl/p/6906515

http://carou.sl/p/6906919

http://carou.sl/p/6904925

Have a nice day!

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year 2013!

Wishing everybody have a Merry Christmas & a Happy New Year in 2013 !  All the Best to all of you !

Friday, August 10, 2012

Yoga Posture: Dancer pose (Natarajasana)


Nataraja (nata=dancer; raja=lord, king) is a name of Siva, Lord of the Dance.  Siva is not only the god of mystical stillness, death and destruction, but also Lord of the Dance.  In His Himalayan abode on Mount Kailasa and in His southern home, the temple of Chidambaram, Siva dances.  The God created over a hundred dances, some calm and gentle, others fierce and terrible.  The most famous of the terrible ones is the Tandava, the cosmic dance of  destruction, in which Siva, full of fury at his father-in-law Daksa for killing his beloved spouse Sati, surrounded by his attendants (ganas), beats out a wild rhythm, destroys Daksa and threatens the world.  Siva, as Lord of the Dance, has inspired some of the finest Indian sculptures and South Indian bronzes.

This vigorous and beautiful pose is dedicated to Siva, Lord of  the Dance, who is also the fountain and source of Yoga.

This asana stretches the upper body and developes balance.  This difficult balancing asana develops poise and a graceful carriage.  It tones and strengthens the leg muscles. The shoulder-blades get full movement and the chest expands fully.  All the vertebral joints benefit from  the exercise in  this pose.


Note: Please perform the yoga under the guide of a certified yoga teacher especially for beginner. You are at your own risk and responsible if you perform on your own. Whatever provided here is just act as an information.

Source from Light on Yoga by B.K.S. Iyengar
                     Yoga Mind & Body by Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre

Monday, June 11, 2012

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  • Vaginal Odor Or Vaginal Discharge
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  • Headaches or Constant Migraines
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Monday, April 16, 2012

Yoga Posture: Side of Chest Stretch (Parsvottanasana)


Parsva means side or flank.  Uttana (ut=intense, and tan=to extend, stretch, lengthen) means an intense stretch.  The same implies a pose in which the side of the chest is stretched intensely.

This asana relieves stiffness in the legs and  hip muscles and makes the hip joints and spine elastic.  While the head is resting on the knees, the abdominal organs are contracted and toned.  The wrists move freely and any stiffness there disappears.  The posture also corrects round and drooping shoulders.  In the correct pose, the shoulders are drawn well back and this makes deep breathing easier.

This standing forward bend is excellent for opening both the hip and  shoulder joints.  It provides a strong stretch for the back of the legs and gently contracts the abdominal organs.  Regular practice of Parsvottanasana stimulates and tones the kidneys, an effect you can feel once you are comfortable in the final pose.  The asana also helps to remove stiffness in the neck,  shoulders, and elbows.

Other benefits of the asana includes cools the brain and soothes the nerves.  Relieves arthritis of the neck, shoulders, elbows and wrists.  Improves digestion.  Tones the liver and spleen.  Reduces menstrual pain.



Note: Please perform the yoga under the guide of a certified yoga teacher especially for beginner. You are at your own risk and responsible if you perform on your own. Whatever provided here is just act as an information.


Source from Light on Yoga by B.K.S. Iyengar
                     The Yoga Bible by Christina Brown
                     Yoga The Path to Holistic Health by B.K.S. Iyengar

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Breathing

More than how deep you go in the postures, the essence of yoga lies in the breath.  If you can breathe, you can do yoga.  Get to know your breathing intimately.  Better even than your best friend, know that your breath will always be there for you as you move through life.  Good breathing is reassuring, soothing, and healing.  It will bring your postures alive.  Reconnecting with your natural breath will bring feelings of cleansing, lightness, and clarity.  Holding the breath dulls awareness, creates tension, and impedes the feeling of flowing freedom that yoga brings to the bodymind.  Conscious breathing within each posture keeps the mind alert and lets your practice be exploratory rather than routine.  Conscious breathing with each posture will draw your mind to the present moment.  Distractions are minimized once the mind is reined in and it becomes easier to find the essence of yoga - mastery of the mind and reconnection with yourself.

As your breathing becomes more conscious, you'll find it a useful tool to measure your proficiency in a posture.  Once your breath stays steady, your asana practice moves closer to perfection.  Let your breath be round and smooth during your asana practice.  Should the breath cease to flow naturally and become jagged, jerky or forced, take it as a sign to ease off on the intensity of your practice.  Incorporate Warming Breath (Ujjayi Pranayama) into your posture work.  A warmiing breath is one that stokes the internal fire and warms the system.  The steady, pleasant sound of warming breath provides a point of focus for the mind and  prevents it from dancing away.

If using Warming Breath becomes difficult, or if you feel it creates stress in the system, return to steady natural breathing.  Should you notice that your breath freezes and you forget to breathe out, use circular breathing - a flowing sort of breathing where the breath is not held and there is no long pause between the inhalation and exhalation, or between the exhalation and inhalation.  Remember not to hold your breath in.  Holding your breath is part of the natural startle reflex, and something that happens often as students find themselves in a new and strange yoga position.

Breathing through the mouth is rarely done during yoga practice.  Breathing through the nose filters and warms the air before it enters the lungs.  Let your breathing become intuitive but, in general, inhale when opening or unfolding the body, when you come up out of a pose, when raising the arms, or while twisting the upper back, or expanding the chest such as when bending backward.  Most people find that exhalation comes naturally when moving downward, lowering the arms or legs, bending forward or sideways, or twisting the lower back.


Source from The Yoga Bible by Christina Brown

Monday, January 9, 2012

The Asanas

Yoga asanas are postures that rebalance the body. They bring strength to the weak areas of the body; they bring softness to the tight spots.  They give you a workout, with the added bonus of a work-in.  Not only do they create space in the physical body, they offer a sense of psychic spaciousness.  By freeing up the outer body - the physical body, the muscles, bones, tendons, ligaments, and  visceral organs - asanas build and control the prana, or vital force, of the body's subtle energies - energies that are finer and more subtle than those of the gross physical body that we can see.  Asanas are considered to purify and heal the body as well as those subtle energies.  Hatha yoga is great do-it-yourself preventive medicine.

The first thing people say to me when they discover I teach yoga is, "I'm not flexible enough for yoga." I often tell them, "That's why the rest of us do it!"  Don't let a stiff body be an excuse never to start yoga.  You should just start practicing from wherever you are right now.  Don't judge your practice by how far you can or can't stretch.  Never feel inadequate because you can't hold a pose for long, or because it doesn't perfectly mirror the pose in a picture.  Practice spreading your awareness through your whole body.  More than poise in your posture, seek grace in your breathing.  Just start the journey.  You never know where it might take you.

I use the term "edge" to describe the point at which the strong challenge comes into a pose and where you feel you have reached a new frontier.  It's the point between comfort and  discomfort, when you feel you have reached your limit.  You will find that this point varies from day to day.  You may notice your physical edge is different from your mental edge.  Be flexible and adjust your practice to honor both.  Move slowly as you approach your edge.  As you hover there, your body will eventually release and open and present you with a new edge.  Wait for your inner cue.  Don't rush like a bull at a gate - that would be disrespectful.  Be patient, and wait for your body to let you in.

Stay mentally present while you practice.  Let your mind become absorbed in your work and in the subtle sensations of your body.  Allow your practice to become a sort of conversation with your body.  Be reflective, be respectful, be responsive.


Source from The Yoga Bible by Christina Brown

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Iyengar Yoga Course Retreat in Rishikesh, India

I have just gone for a residential Iyengar Yoga Course in Rishikesh, India.  This is a 10 Days course.  This residential iyengar yoga course is held at the enchanting bank of river Ganga, Arsha Vidya Pitham (Swami Dayananda Ashram) Rishikesh from October 30-November 7, 2011.

Rishikesh, revered by countless millions, has been a home to many spiritual seekers, teachers and ascetics for several thousand years. The ashram, on the banks of the famous Ganga River, is the home and school of our beloved H.H. Swami Dayananada Saraswati. This ashram has been invoked and blessed by many thousands of incredible minds and hearts from all over the world that have come to seek the traditional teaching of the Vedas.

I would like to share some photos of the Ashram, Ganga River and the village of Rishikesh with all of you.  Enjoy!



Temple inside the Ashram




Inside the Ashram

Inside the Ashram

Inside the Ashram

Canteen in the Ashram

Canteen in the Ashram

Yoga hall in the Ashram

Gate to the ganga river from Ashram

View of ganga river from the Ashram

Ganga river outside the Ashram

Ganga river outside the Ashram

Me posing at the Ganga river

View of the Ashram from the Ganga river

Rishikesh, India

Rishikesh, India

Rishikesh, India

Ganga river in Rishikesh, India

One of the bridge over Ganga river in Rishikesh, India







Ganga river in Rishikesh, India




Sunset by the Ganga river of Rishikesh, India

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Yoga Posture: The Warrior III (Virabhadrasana III)


This posture is an intensified continuation of Virabhadrasana I. 

The illustration conveys the harmony, balance, poise and power attained by practising this asana.  It helps to contract and tone the abdomnal organs and makes the leg muscles more shapely and sturdy.  It is recommended for runners, as it gives vigour and agility.

All the movements of this asana improve one's bearing and carriage.  When we stand badly, by throwing  the weight on the heels, we retard symmetrical growth and hamper spinal elasticity.  Standing with the weight on the heels causes the stomach to protrude and lessens bodily and mental agility.  This asana helps one to stand firmly on the soles of the feet, keeps the stomach muscles in and gives agility to the body and the mind.


Note: Please perform the yoga under the guide of a certified yoga teacher especially for beginner. You are at your own risk and responsible if you perform on your own. Whatever provided here is just act as an information.


Source from Light on Yoga by B.K.S. Iyengar

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Recipe: Burfi

This is a traditional Indian milk pudding, often served on festive occasions.


Ingredients
  • 285ml (8fl oz) honey
  • 240g (8oz) butter
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 55ml (2fl oz) milk
  • 110g (4oz) ground nuts: eg. almonds, walnuts, or pistachios
  • 275g (10oz) milk powder

In a saucepan, heat the honey, butter, ground cardamom, and milk over a low heat, stirring to avoid burning, until well blended.  Add the ground nuts, stir to combine, then remove the pan from the heat.  Add the powdered milk slowly, stirring until completely dissolved.  The mixture will gradually thicken.  When it is very stiff, spread in a shallow pan and place in the refrigerator to set.  Cut into diamond shapes, and serve at room temperature.
Makes 30-36 squares


Source from Yoga Mind & Body by Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Yoga Posture: The Warrior II (Virabhadrasana II)



This pose is named after Virabhadra, a legendary warrior.  His story is told by the famous Sanskrit playwright, Kalidasa, in the epic, Kumarasambhava.  Regular practice of this asana helps to develop your strength and endurance.  The steps exercise your limbs and torso vigorously, reducing stiffness in your neck and shoulders.  It also makes your knee and hip joints more flexible.

This pose improves breathing capacity by expanding the chest.  It helps in the treatment of a prolapsed or slipped disc.  It alleviates the condition of a broken, fused or deviated tailbone.  It reduces fat around the hips and relieves lower backache.

This pose helps you build strength, confidence and a feeling of power.  It also tones your legs, hips and thighs.  Through this pose the leg muscles become shapely and stronger.  It relieves cramp in the calf and thigh muscles, brings elasticity to the leg and back muscles and also tones the abdominal organs.

Do not allow the torso to either move right or left or tilt forward.  To guard against this, make sure that your right armpit and your right hip are in a straight line.


Note: Please perform the yoga under the guide of a certified yoga teacher especially for beginner. You are at your own risk and responsible if you perform on your own. Whatever provided here is just act as an information.


 
Source from Yoga The Path to Holistic Health by B.K.S. Iyengar
                      Light on Yoga by B.K.S. Iyengar
                     The Woman's Book of Yoga & Health by Sparrowe Walden

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Yoga Bags Available Now!

These OM series yoga mat bags are expertly crafted with soft comfortable carry straps and roomy zippered pockets.  Quality fabrics and reinforced interior seams add durability to an elegant and practical way to carry your own yoga mat.


Classic Size (72 x 16.5 dia)

Slim profile: fits a regular size yoga mat, hand-towel, wallet and keys.


  • Top draw-string closure
  • Fits up to 8mm yoga mat
  • Roomy exterior pockets
  • 100% cotton fabric, internal lining
  • Lightweight




Large Size (72.5 x 19 dia)
 
Generous size: fits a regular size yoga mat, mat towel, block, strap and personal belongings.


  • Side zipper closure
  • Interior & exterior pockets
  • 100% cotton fabric, internal lining
  • Lightweight

 
There are various colour available.  For more details, you may like to check it out at my website.

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Yoga Posture: The Proud Warrior (Virabhadrasana I)


The Proud Warrior pose is also known as Warrior I. 

Daksa once celebrated a great sacrifice, but he did not invite his daughter Sati nor her husband Siva, the chief of the gods.  Sati, however, went to the sacrifice, but being greatly humiliated and insulted threw herself into the fire and perished.  When Siva heard this he was gravely provoked, tore a hair from his matted locks and threw it to the ground.  A powerful hero named Virabhadra rose up and awaited his orders.  He was told to lead Siva's army against Daksa and destroy his sacrifice.  Virabhadra and his army appeared in the midst of Daksa's assembly like a hurricane and destroyed the sacrifice, routed the other gods and priests and beheaded Daksa.  Siva in grief for Sati withdrew to Kailas and plunged into meditation.  Sati was born again as Uma in the house of Himalaya.  She strove once more for the love of Siva and ultimately won his heart.  The story is told by Kalidasa in his great poem Kumara sambhava (The Birth of the War-Lord).

This asana is dedicated to the powerful hero created by Siva from his matted hair.

In this pose the chest is fully expanded and this helps deep breathing.  It relieves stiffness in shoulders and back, tones up the ankles and knees and cures stiffness of the neck.  It also reduces fat round the hips.

It relieves backache, lumbago and sciatica.  It strengthens the back muscles, tones the abdominal muscles, relieves acidity and improves digestion.  It strengthens the bladder and corrects a displaced uterus.  It relieves mentrual pain and reduces heavy menstruation.


Note: Please perform the yoga under the guide of a certified yoga teacher especially for beginner. You are at your own risk and responsible if you perform on your own. Whatever provided here is just act as an information.



Source from Light on Yoga by B.K.S. Iyengar
                      Yoga - The Path to Holistic Health by B.K.S. Iyengar

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Yogic Power

The entire universe is operating in a very organized manner. The energy that is operating the universe is the basic energy from which all types of energies are derived. That energy is called the Pranic energy. The Pranic energy is keeping the universe and all its animate and inanimate objects "alive". All organic and inorganic cycles are operating based on this subtle energy. All living things are also operating using this subtle energy.


The real secret of using this Pranic energy rests in the Master who is empowering you with this energy through the discipline of Yoga. The Master must have the power to give you the ability to hold Pranic energy over and above the normal level that is needed to sustain life. Only then, will a person be able to utilize this excess Pranic energy to perform miraculous psychic feats like healing and protecting oneself. This power works in everyone regardless of race, religion or nationality. 



Writing Acticle Source from Rajayoga Power Transcendental Meditation Centre

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Earth-Friendly Yoga Related Products

Are you a earth-conscious yoga practitioner?  If you are, I would like to introduce a new range of yoga related products which are made with earth-friendly materials at a cheaper price as compare with the outside market in Singapore.


Eco Flex Earth-Friendly Yoga Mat

These Eco-Flex yoga mats are made from a newly developed and patented TPE (Thermal Plastic Elastomer) foam.  They contain no latex or PVC and they use no toxic materials in production.  Its patterned soft surface provides superb traction to help achieve a grounded feeling in your postures without slipping.  The closed cell construction of these mats prevents absorption of fluids, making it also easy to keep clean.

TPE is a leading earth conscious choice for yoga practitioners. This earth-friendly material is designed to decompose in landfills, leaving behind only water and biodegradable components.


 
Grip Flex Earth-Friendly Yoga Mat Towel 
 
This Grip-Flex Yoga Towel is specially designed to prevent slipping when sweat and is especially light and compact for travel.


Lightweight, super-absorbent, with tiny clear silicone eco nubs that grip the yoga mat, the yoga towel enables you a steadier and more energetic practice. It has the added benefits of putting a hygienic layer between you and your yoga mat, and heightens your awareness of weight distribution between hands, fingers, feet, and toes.

 
For more details, you may like to refer to my website.
 
Practice well and feel good about yourself.  Namaste.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Spicy Pumpkin Cheesecake Recipe

Ingredient
  • Vegetable oil for coating the pan
  • 225g (8oz) digestive biscuit crumbs
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 4 tbsp maple syrup
  • 350g (12oz) tofu, pureed
  • 225g (8oz) cream cheese
  • 225g (8oz) tinned pumpkin puree
  • 1 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 225g (8oz) unrefined cane sugar
  • 3 tbsp flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 2 tbsp light molasses
  • Pinch of salt

For this recipe you will need a 23 or 25 cm (9 or 10in) round springform tin or flan tin.  Serves 8-10.
  1. Position a rack in the centre of the oven and preheat to gas mark 4, 180C (350F).  Coat the tin with some vegetable oil.
  2. Mix the digestive biscuit crumbs, vegetable oil, and maple syrup together, then press the mixture into the greased tin.  Puree the remaining ingredients in a food processor and pour the mixture into the tin.
  3. Bake for 50 minutes.  Leave to cool for 30 minutes, then refrigerate for 5-6 hours or overnight before serving.

Source from K.I.S.S. Guide to Yoga by Shakta Kaur Khalsa

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

What To Do With Tofu

Tofu, one of the most versatile protein foods, has been a staple in parts of Asia for over 2,000 years.  And tofu has been puzzling the Westerners for about 30 years now!  It's no wonder.  More of a texture than a taste, tofu is like a chameleon.  It takes on the taste of whatever is added to it.  So the clue is in knowing what to add, and how to cook tofu.

Also called bean curd, tofu is made by curdling the mild white "milk" of the soya bean.


The wonders of tofu

Tofu is high in protein, low in calories, fats, and carbohydrates, and contains no cholesterol - it's almost a perfect food.  And to top it all, recent medical news shows that soya protein can help prevent heart disease, breast cancer, and prostate cancer, as well as ease menopause symptoms and help in diabetes and digestive disorders.

Whether you want to substitute tofu for the taste and effect of meat or dairy, are lactose intolerant, or want to add soya to your diet because of health benefits, here are some pointers for using tofu:
  • Always rinse tofu before using, and keep any remaining pieces covered and sealed in pure water in the fridge.
  • To minimize any gas-producing qualities, always cook tofu before eating it, and cook it with a dash of lemon juice.
  • Generally, firm tofu is used for slicing and dicing.  Soft tofu is for blending, and used to make sauces and puddings.
  • Taking on the flavour of whatever it is prepared with, tofu is a versatile, as well as healthy, cooking ingredient. 

Source from K.I.S.S. Guide to Yoga by Shakta Kaur Khalsa

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Yoga related product new update in Jan 2011

Yoga Strap



Namaste.

This is a good quality yoga strap at a very affordable price for the same quality you can find in the market.

Visit my website for more details and more other yoga related product too!

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

How do I know I'm meditating?

Phew!  This is a hard one.  Meditation means different things to different people.  To a religious person, meditation may mean contemplation of God, in prayer or study.  To a Zen practitioner, it is entering a space of "sacred emptiness".  To a Transcendental meditator, it could be the mental repetition of a sound to the exclusion of all else.  And that's just for starters.  There are infinite roads to that intangible state called meditation, yet there is a commonality running through all its forms.

What the yogis of old tell us about meditation is that, according to the Yoga sutras, meditation is the process of stilling the thought waves of the mind.  This is rather like a Catch-22 because you can't really try to stop your mind by force.  Like a needy child, it will make such a fuss.  The more you try to stop it, the more it clamours for your attention.

Yogic meditation is the disciplining of the mind until it becomes still.  Although it is not something you can learn to do in a day, the feeling of well-being and peace it creates is worth the time and commitment required.

The process of meditation isn't learned in a day, or even a year.  But if you put in a sincere effort every day, and increase the time you spend in meditation as you continue, you will find welcome changes in your mind and your life.


The Stages of Meditation

As you develop your practice of meditation, you will most likely find yourself moving through progressively deeper levels of stillness.

When you first meditate, you will get drawn into the mind's drama,  then you will realize you've been drawn in.  Little by little you begin to watch the mental activity.  As would a benevolent observer, you just watch the mind.  This is the process of the fifth of Patanjali's eight limbs, pratyahara, or inner focus.

With practice, your mind will eventually settle down and behave itself.  By aligning the breath and the inner focus, you experience one-pointed concentration.  You find that you are able to direct your mind with your will and imagination.  This is the realm of dharana.

The last of the eight limbs of yoga is samadhi, the master realm of total identification with the spirit.  You live as one who is grounded in what is often called higher awareness, or your higher nature.


Saying goodbye to good and bad

Assuming we all have a higher nature, whether we know it or not, anyone with a mind can become awakened to that higher nature.  In meditation, you develop a panoramic awareness of yourself, and everything you judge as good or bad about your life.  In fact, you may find that those things that you label as "bad" are the very motivation for you to meditate - and so they actually have done something very good for you.

Then you can gather up all these so-called negative parts, and instead of trying to throw them away, accept them as teachers.  Try to learn from these teachers.  They are your compost, the fertilizer for the new soil in which your higher nature can grow.

The most important thing to realize is that you are your higher nature.  It is not something unattainable, or outside of you.  Your higher nature is not some angelic being - you are your own angelic being!

Every time you act in kindness, shake yourself out of negative thoughts, do what you know is best for all involved - every time you forgive yourself and others, you are in your higher nature.

And what is wrong with judging yourself as good?  Well, nothing at all, if this analysis comes via neutral-minded self-assessment.  But often we pat ourselves on the back one minute, then pound our heads against the wall the next, because critiquing is based on relative circumstances.  Succinctly, if you puff yourself up, one day you're going to let yourself down.

Meditation goes past this seesaw of judgement, opening your mind into a panoramic mental viewpoint that allows you to remain steady through all of its fluctuations.



Source from K.I.S.S. Guide to Yoga by Shakta Kaur Khalsa

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Hearty Handmade Shop is closed

I am sad to announce that Hearty Handmade Shop is closed with effect from today.  Because my dear neighbour Yan Xian is getting married and will be moving out soon.  She has decided to discontinue with this online shop.  It is sad that we have to part as we have been neighbour for 30 yrs old.  I would like to wish her all the best and happiness be always with her.

We are sorry if we have disappointed anyone of you who are interested to place order with us.  Thank you for your interest in our handmade products and support. 

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Yoga Posture: The Revolving Lateral Angle (Parivrtta Parsvakonasana)

Picture 1

Parivrtta means revolved, turned round or back.  Parsva means side or flank.  Kona is an angle.  This is the revolving lateral angle posture and can also known as cross lateral angle posture.

This pose being a more intensified one than Parivrtta Trikonasana (The Lateral Angle), has a greater effect.  The hamstrings, however, are not stretched as much as in Parivrtta Trikonasana.  The abdominal organs are more contracted and that aids digestion.  The blood circulates well round the abdominal organs and the spinal column, and they are thus rejuvenated.  The asana helps to remove waste matter from the colon without strain.


Picture 2


Beginners may want to bring the hands together in prayer position in front of the sternum (picture 1) instead of extending the arms (picture 2).

This posture encourages the lungs and ribs to expand.



Note: Please perform the yoga under the guide of a certified yoga teacher especially for beginner. You are at your own risk and responsible if you perform on your own. Whatever provided here is just act as an information.


Source from Light onYoga by B.K.S. Iyengar
                      Ashtanga Yoga for Women by Sally Griffyn & Michaela Clarke

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Why Meditate?

Meditation is a state of consciousness that can be understood only on a direct, intuitive level.  Ordinary experiences are limited by time, space, and the laws of causality, but the meditative state transcends all boundaries.  While you meditate, past and future cease to exist.  There is only the consciousness of I AM in the infinite, eternal, NOW.


What is Happiness?

Everyone wants to be happy; this is a universal fact.  Most people believe that some material object will bring this happiness - money, the perfect spouse, the dream job, a new car, a big house with swimming pool - but in truth the list of what would make you completely happy is never-ending.  Each "thing" will please only for a short time, until the novelty wears off.  As long as you think that happiness will come from something outside yourself, you will never be happy.  Happiness, the blissful state, comes from within your own self.  Anyone who believes otherwise is like a person wandering in th desert, constantly disappointed by mirages of water and shade.  Worldly happiness is equally elusive, always just beyond our grasp.  Two famous stories, told below, illustrate the reason why.


Searching for Sweetness

A man went to visit his guru, and when he arrived he found the teacher sitting in the yard in front of a massive pile of hot chilli peppers.  The teacher was eating the chillies, one by one.  Tears of pain were running down his face and he was sobbing "This is terrible", over and over.  When the man asked his guru why he was doing this, the teacher replied, "I am looking for the sweet one".  His actions exemplify the way in which most of us spend our lives.  We should know from past experience that "the sweet one" does not exist, but we continue to search for our happiness in external objects.  However, the sum total of all the pleasures of the physical world are nothing compared to the blissful state of meditation.


Looking in the Wrong Place

Once, an old woman dropped her needle.  A passer-by saw her searching in her garden and offered to help.  After looking for some time without success,  the kindly stranger asked the woman exactly where the needle had fallen.  He was amazed to learn that she had dropped it inside the house.  "Then why are you looking out here?" he asked.  "You will never find it."  She replied that her house was too dark, so she was looking outside, where there was more light.  Most of us are like that woman.  We are looking for our lost happiness where the bright lights are, but it isn't there to be found.


Physical  Benefits

Meditation provides a lasting spiritual rest, which must be experienced to be understood.  Once you can meditate, the time you normally devote to sleep can gradually be reduced to as little as three hours per night, and you will still feel more rested and peaceful than before.  By reducing heart rate and consumption of oxygen, meditation greatly reduces stress levels.  It seems that each part of the body, even down to the individual cells, is taught to relax and rejuvenate.  Meditation helps to prolong the body's period of growth and cell production, and reduces the decaying process.  After the age of 35, our brain cells die off at a rate of 100,000 per day, and they are not replaced, but meditation can reduce this decline, as it changes the vibratory make-up of both the body and the mind.  In this way, meditation can prevent or minimize senility.


Mental Benefits

We each possess vast inner resources of power and knowledge, much of it brought with us from past lives. In meditation, new patterns of thinking come to the surface and develop as we experience a new view of the universe, a vision of unity, happiness, harmony, and inner peace. Negative tendencies vanish, and the mind becomes steady.  Meditation brings freedom from fear of death, which is seen as a doorway to a new name and form.  People who meditate regularly tend to develop magnetic and dynamic personalities, cheerfulness, powerful speech, lustrous eyes, physical health, and boundless energy.  Others draw strength from such people and feel elevated in their presence.  Meditation is only possible when all mental modifications (thought waves) have been stilled, and with this comes mental peace.


States of Consciousness

Waking State

This is the normal everyday state of awareness.  The conscious mind is functioning.  You know that you are awake.  The intellect is working.  You are thinking and reasoning, and you are aware of your physical environment.  Time, space, and causality are in full control in the waking state.


Dream State

Contrary to popular belief, this intermediate state between waking and deep sleep is not a restful state, as mental energy is being expended.  The intellect is not functioning, but there remains some awareness of the physical world.  Regular asana practice will help you to relax at night and enter deep sleep.


Deep Sleep

When the mind is relaxed it will go into the state known as deep sleep.  The mind is blank; there is no awareness of yourself as a separate entity.  The ego identity does not exist.  There is no awareness of "I am doing..." nor of your physical environment, nor even an awareness of your own being.


Meditation

As in deep sleep, neither body consciousness nor awareness of an external physical reality exists.  Nor do time, space, or causality, but in meditation the awareness is transcendental.  It is the continuous flow of one thought of the Supreme, as identification of the individual with the divine.


Source from Yoga Mind & Body by Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre

Friday, November 5, 2010

Fruit Cake Recipe

This is a healthy variation on the traditional rich, fruity cake.


Ingredients
  • 500g (1lb 2oz) mixed dried fruit: eg. raisins, sultanas, apricots, pears, figs
  • 250g (9oz) chopped dates
  • 1 medium apple, cored and chopped
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • seeds of 6 cardamon pods, crushed
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 500ml (16fl oz) orange or apple juice
  • 200g (7oz) plain wholewheat flour
  • 110g (4oz) vegetarian suet
  • 200g (7oz) roughly ground mixed nuts
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • pinch of salt
  • blanched almonds to decorate

Preheat the oven to 160C/325F/Gas 3.  Oil a 23cm (9in) round cake tin.  Put the dried fruit, dates, chopped apple, cinnamon, cardamon, ginger, cloves, and orange or apple juice into a pan, and bring to the boil, stirring to prevent the mixture burning.  Cook, covered, over a low heat until the apple softens and blends with the rest of the fruit (15-20 minutes).  Do not allow to dry out. 

Mix together the flour, suet, nuts, baking powder, and salt.  Add to the cooled fruit mixture, and fold in.  Mix well but do not overstir.  Pour the mixture into the cake tin and decorate with blanched almonds.  Bake in the middle of the oven for 1 1/2 - 2 hours, or until a skewer inserted in the centre comes out clean.  Cool on a wire rack.
Makes a 23cm (9in) round cake.


Source from Yoga Mind & Body by Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre

Saturday, October 23, 2010

A Holistic Approach to Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

  • Several types of food can exacerbate IBS symptoms, including fatty and fried foods, foods containing wheat, carbonated beverages, chocolate, caffeine, and some vegetables including cabbage, broccoli, and beans.  Let your experience guide you.
  • A study found that when IBS patients changed their diet and excluded beef and all cereals except rice-based ones, cut back on citrus fruits, caffeine, and yeast, and used soy products instead of dairy, they had less abdominal pain, fatigue, diarrhea, and constipation.
  • Food additives such as monosodium glutamate (MSG) and the artificial sweetener Aspartame can trigger IBS symptoms.
  • To reduce gas, avoid carbonated beverages, don't chew gum, and watch your consumption of beans, grapes, and raisins.
  • Avoid sugarless gum if it contains sorbitol, a sweetener that can cause diarrhea.
  • Soluble fiber can be very helpful for people with IBS whose predominant symptoms include constipation, and for some people with diarrhea.  Fruits, vegetables, and whole grains are rich in fiber, particularly soluble fiber.  If you start adding fiber to your diet, do so slowly over several weeks and be sure to drink plenty of additional water.
  • If you don't get enough fiber from dietary sources, try psyllium, a natural source of soluble fiber.
  • Avoid insoluble fiber, which is found in bran, eggplant skins, and bell peppers.  It can make IBS symptoms worse.
  • Digestive enzymes are safe and appear to effectively reduce gas.  For those who are vegetarians, health food stores sell enzymes derived entirely from plant sources, such as papaya.
  • Probiotics, essentially natural healthy bacteria like acidophilus in supplement form, appear to be very safe and possibly helpful for IBS.
  • Tricyclic antidepressant drugs like desipramine, typically presribed at one-half to one-third the typical dose used for depression, may help in IBS by modulating pain sensations in the central nervous system.  Since tricyclics are often constipating, this treatment may be particularly useful for individuals whose IBS is marked by frequent diarrhea.
  • People with diarrhea can get symptomatic relief with the antidiarrheal medication loperamide (Imodium).
  • Peppermint is an herb that relaxes the smooth muscle of the bowel wall and can help ease symptoms such as cramping, abdominal distention, and the frequency of bowel movements.  Enteric-coated capsules containing peppermint oil are very safe, don't cause the heartburn of non-coated peppermint oil or peppermint teas, and have been found to be effective.
  • Acupuncture is safe and there is some evidence that it can help with IBS.
  • A randomized controlled study published in JAMA found that treatment with a combination of Chinese herbs significantly improved IBS symptoms.  While both standardized and individualized herbal combinations proved effective in the short term, fourteen weeks after the end of treatment, those who took the personalized prescription maintained greater improvement.

Source from Yoga as Medicine by Timothy McCall,M.D.

Friday, October 15, 2010

Special Handmade Handphone Pouch by Hearty!

Hearty Handmade has received some order for special made handphone pouch for LG Lollipop and mrt card holders recently from Lynn and her friends.  We hereby would like to thank you very much for your support!

If anyone of you out there would love to have your own special mrt card holder or handphone pouch, email me your request and we will special made for you..:-) 

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I would like to share with you the special made items that being made recently as below.  Enjoy!







Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Yoga Posture: The Lateral Angle (Parsvakonasana)



Parsva means side or flank.  Kona is an angle.  This is the extended lateral angle pose.

In the final position, there should be a right angle between the thigh and the leg and the other knee should not bend.  Both the soles should be fully in contact with the ground.

This asana tones up the ankles, knees and thighs.  It corrects defects in the calves and thighs,  develops the chest and reduces fat around the waist and hips and relieves sciatic and arthritic pains.  It also increases peristaltic activity and aids elimination.  It expands the thorax, strengthens the thighs, prevents back pain, and stimulates the intestinal peristalsis.  It create strong bones, flexible joints, youthful posture, and better balance in daily life.


Note: Please perform the yoga under the guide of a certified yoga teacher especially for beginner. You are at your own risk and responsible if you perform on your own. Whatever provided here is just act as an information.


 
Source from The New Yoga for Healthy Aging by Suza Francina
                      Light on Yoga by B.K.S. Iyengar