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How to keep your body cool during summers + Contest

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With summer setting in, it is important to let your body be in balance. With the heat outside, you need to focus on ways to keep your body cool – mentally and physically. Physically we experience a lot of fatigue because of the heat. Apart from keeping yourself hydrated, you will also need some quick tips that has been long recommended by Ayurveda to keep your body cool during summers.

We’ve talked a lot about how to handle summers in our previous posts and in this post we list 3 ways to help you beat the summer heat and keep your body cool during summers. Ready to know more?

1. Eat What is Good for Your Body

Summer tends to increase the heat levels in the body and the last thing that you want is to eat spicy food and rev up the heat levels. You need to eat the right types of foods and also drink a lot of fluids to keep your body cool to combat the summer heat.

Avoid: Foods that are high on spice levels like curries and hot peppers. Limit your intake of excessive salty food as it can dehydrate your skin and cause breakouts. Sour foods can cause too much heat. It is best to avoid foods like cheese and sour cream. Use limited amount of onions, tomatoes, peppers, ginger and spinach in your food. Tone down the spices and use as less as you can.

What to eat: Opt for sweet, bitter or astringent foods because these are cooling for your body. Include warm milk, butter and ghee in your diet. Use the oils of olive, sunflower and coconut for cooking your food as it works wonderfully to control your body heat. Eat lots of fruit! Include ripe fruits like grapes, pineapples, plums and mangoes in your diet as these are perfect cooling foods.  Opt for green leafy veggies and those that are high in water content like zucchini and cucumbers. It is important  to know what to eat on summer days.

Now that you know what to eat, it is also important to eat at the right time and not skip meals! And yes, lets break one myth, you don’t need ice in your drinks to cool your body. Drink water at room temperature to keep yourself hydrated for longer intervals.

2. Some Workouts are a Must!

Because it is hot is no reason to stop exercising. You can choose to workout when it is relatively cooler in summer. Early morning and early evenings are the best time to choose for a work out in the summer. Opt for lighter exercises like yoga or walking. Swimming is another form of exercise that helps to tone your whole body, so if you do have an access to a clean pool, make a splash! Walking early in the morning or evening can also help you connect with the nature and yourself.

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These were some of the tips that we could think of to keep your body cool this summer. We are sure there are more ways that we aren’t aware of! Do you have any of your favourite ways and tips that you can share with us? Go ahead and participate in the how to keep your body cool this summer contest and share your favourite tips and hacks with us on this post. Use the #coolitthissummer hashtag when you answer in the social media.

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10 Benefits of Using a Buckwheat Pillow

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The importance of good night’s sleep cannot be stressed enough, as anyone who has endured a restless night knows all too well! While there are many good habits you can inculcate in your bedtime routine to ensure a good night’s rest, you also need to consider the things that you are using to sleep – especially your pillows.
Having a good pillow doesn’t just feel good; it plays a crucial role in supporting your head, neck and shoulders.

The right pillow is the difference between waking up bright and refreshed or with a terrible pain in the neck. Tossing and turning all night due to pillow discomfort can also lead to broken sleep, and you wake up feeling cranky and irritable.

Due to this, pillows of natural filling are fast gaining popularity, and one example that’s catching everyone’s attention is the buckwheat pillow.

So, What is a Buckwheat Pillow?

Contrary to its name, buckwheat is not a kind of wheat, but a sort of fruit. The husks of the buckwheat seeds are called its hulls and these are what go into filling a buckwheat pillow. Since the number of hulls in a pillow can be made more or less, buckwheat pillows can be customized for personal preference.

Here is a look at some benefits of using a buckwheat pillow.

1.You are assured of a good night’s sleep

The first and foremost advantage of using a buckwheat pillow – you get a good night’s sleep! Thanks to the nature of the buckwheat hulls, they tend to move around and settle themselves into a position that is directly conformed to your body. So you don’t have to toss and turn all night to find a comfortable position. What’s more, the hulls offer some level of noise muffling, so you get your peace and quiet when you need it the most.

2. You wake up pain-free

A pillow that is too firm is harsh on your neck and one that is too soft doesn’t offer sufficient support. A buckwheat pillow cradles your neck and shoulders in the right way, making sure that your spine is held in neutral alignment. By taking all the strain away from your neck, the pillow ensures that you wake up without any headache or pain in your neck and shoulders. What’s more, the correct alignment of your spine can also soothe minor issues in your knees and hips.

3. Your snoring comes down

Regular pillows may feel fine when you lie down to sleep, but eventually flatten out through the night. This may lead you to subconsciously compensate by bending your neck in odd positions. However, buckwheat hulls prevent this from happening, so your head and neck is in an optimum position to breathe freely. The best part is that whether you’re a back sleeper, side sleeper or stomach sleeper, buckwheat pillows can make sure that your body is always correctly aligned.

4. Health Benefits of Buckwheat Pillows – Forget about Dust Allergies

Buckwheat hulls aren’t liked too much by pests, and if they have been properly cleaned and roasted, you can forget about allergies. Properly maintained buckwheat hulls are free from mold and growths and don’t collect dust like pillows with synthetic fillings. Frequent sunning can further prevent any chance of growths.

5. You wake up feeling fresh, even in summer

One of the biggest advantages of using buckwheat pillows is their breathability. Unlike other pillows, the buckwheat hull pillows allow full circulation of air in and out, so the pillows don’t feel ‘stuffy’ even when it’s hot. If it’s a really hot day, all you need to do is freeze the hulls and you get a pillow that’s nice and cool, and which will stay that way all night.

6. Your pillows always smell good

Thanks to the way the hulls move inside the pillow, you can be guaranteed that your pillows will always have enough air circulation to keep them smelling fresh. Besides, the hulls themselves have a pleasing, earthy smell that’s nice enough to relax you, but mild enough to not be offensive. Some pillows also have aromatic oils added to them that enhance your sleep experience.

7. You don’t have to flip your pillow

Regular pillows tend to lose their ‘fresh’ feeling after some hours, due to which you end up waking in the middle of the night to flip the pillow over. But since buckwheat pillows are breathable and have in-built temperature control, they don’t feel ‘stale’. Since the hulls position themselves to accommodate your body’s natural curvature, you won’t even need to wake in the night!

8. You don’t need professional cleaning

With buckwheat pillows, you have just saved yourself lots of maintenance. Buckwheat pillows are usually sold with organic cotton covers, which can be removed and tossed into your washing machine. The hulls just need to be put in the sun for some time to refresh them or to get rid of any light dampness. And even if you spill your coffee or juice on the hulls, it doesn’t matter – you just need to replace the damaged hulls alone.

9. You save money

Buckwheat pillows aren’t just affordable; they are also economical in the long run. They last for ten years or more, and you don’t have to spend lots of money on professional cleaning. The hulls can be replaced whenever you want and you can also add or remove hulls to adjust to your changing needs, without having to buy a brand new pillow.

10. You protect the environment

Buckwheat hulls are a naturally found material, and are renewable. They are completely plant based and you can toss old hulls without worrying about affecting the soil or corrupting water bodies. An Organic buckwheat pillow with a organic cotton cover can be broken down completely, so you don’t add anything more to our already-exploding landfills.

When choosing a buckwheat pillow, always go for the organic versions – for both the cover and fillings. This will ensure that you get the most out of your buckwheat pillow – many years of good sleep and happy nights. These are some of our benefits of using a buckwheat pillow. What are yours?

Fab DIY summer face masks

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DIY summer face masks

Summers are here! It is time to take good care of your skin because the summer causes not just dehydration, but it also damages the skin because of the exposure to the heat and sun.  Summer often gives way to skin issues that include tanning , pigmentation and oiliness. We have listed a few quick fixes for you that will help you battle those skin issues this season, The best part? You don’t have to step outside your home to get these fixes. You can do it right at the comfort of your home and with ingredients available in your kitchen. Get ready to keep your skin healthy and fresh in summers from the comfort of your home with these awesome homemade DIY facemasks.

Almond face scrub for glowing skin

This homemade face scrub made from almonds can add that instant glow to your tired and tanned skin. Use this scrub for at least a fortnight (daily) on normal to dry skin for the best results. If you have an oily skin, use this not more than twice a week.

What you need:

• 3-4 Almonds

• Milk to soak the Almonds.

Making the scrub:

Soak the almonds in milk in the morning and in the night grind it to a fine paste. Apply this on the face and neck and leave it on for at least 30 minutes. Use it as a mask. When dry, wet the mask a bit and rub in circular motions to exfoliate the dead skin. Wash off with lukewarm water. Pat dry gently. Using it as a mask will nourish the face while the scrub will add the extra glow to the skin.

Melon and Cucumber mask 

This is a perfect summer rinse for your face. It helps to cool the skin and lighten the pigmentation and tan to reveal healthier skin.

What you need:

• Cucumber juice 2 tbsp

• Watermelon juice 2 tbsp

• Yogurt 1 tsp

Making the mask:

Mix all the integredients and apply on your face for about fifteen minutes. The juice of the watermelon helps in clearing the skin and acts as a toner. Cucumber juice lightens the skin and the yogurt softens your skin. You can use this mask at least thrice a week for all skin types.

Oatmeal and Tomato Mask

Oatmeal helps to exfoliate your skin gently. In this mask you will need to use oatmeal powder that can be made and stored at home. Blend the oats into a fine powder and store in an airtight container.

What you need:

• Oatmeal powder 2 tbsp

• Tomato juice 1 tbsp

• Yogurt 2 tbsp

Making the mask:

Blend all the ingredients together to make a smooth paste and apply on your face for 20 minutes. When dry, pat it gentlya nd wet it. Use circular motions to let the mask act as a scrub and wash off with cold water. Apply a light moisturizer of your skin feels very dry.

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DIY Recipes for Cough and Cold

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Its the season for flu, cough and cold, But before you head to drugstore to pick up medicines to lessen your illness, try these tested home remedies that work wonders in building up your immunity levels and also in keeping you healthy. We’ve listed a few recipes that can help you boost not just the immunity levels but also keep the cough and flu at bay.
These simple and easy to make recipes can be made at home with ingredients that are readily available in your kitchen.

Carrot Juice

If you are low on immunity, add carrots to your diet Carrots are rich in vitamins and nutrients which help to build immunity to prevent the cold and cough.

What you need

  •  2 carrots
  • Half a glass of water
  • Quarter a teaspoon of honey

Making the juice

 Grate carrots in a blender and add some water in it to dilute it. You can strain it if you want or blend it to the consistency of a thick smoothie. To enhance the taste, add one teaspoon of honey to it. You can consume this juice at least twice a day until you get relief from the cough and its symptoms.

Green Tea or Therapy Teas

Green tea or therapy teas  are infused with the necessary vitamins that build up the immune system that can help to get rid of the virus faster. Honey is also used to reduced the intensity of a cough.

What you need

  • A quarter teaspoon of honey
  • Mug of green tea/ therapy tea

 Making the tea

Let the tea steep for at least 5 minutes before you consume it. Add honey to it if you want it sweetened or else you can consume it directly to ease the congestion.

Pepper Water

 Pepper helps to ease the cough that has mucus and also helps to stimulate the circulation and clear the mucus.
 

Making the pepper water

Boil a cup of water and add a teaspoon of honey to it. Add 4 pinches of pepper powder to this and give it a quick stir and close the lid on the pan. Strain this water and sip it in regular intervals all through the day to reduce the cough and cold.

Turmeric Water

 Turmeric contains a compound called curcumin that acts as an anti inflammatory, anti bacterial and antiviral ingredients that works in combating cough and cold. This is perhaps one of the most preferred recipes over the generations.
 

Making the turmeric water

 Boil a cup of water and take it off the flame. Add 3 pinches of turmeric powder and quarter a teaspoon of carom seeds. Cover and let it steep for 5 minutes. Strain and sip this drink to ease the congestion and cough.
What are some of your favourite recipes to get rid of the cough and cold? Share it with us and we’ll publish the best ones on our social media. 

Recipes for the monsoon

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With the lashing rains and cool weather settling in, its a boon to eat a warm meal. We’ve selected a few healthy an nutritious recipes for the monsoon that will work wonders to building up your immunity levels too. These foods are homemade and not require to be fried or unhealthy for the body.

Recipes for the monsoon

Try these simple and easy to make recipes that you’ll love to experiment this season. They are healing and perfect food for you too! Ready? Go on and make these simple recipes for you and your family.

Golden Milk with almonds

This is one of the favourite recipes that is made in most homes. It is a blend of all ingredients that give not just nutrition, but also help to boost the immunity levels. Include this glass of golden milk in your must-have monsoon routine.

Making the Golden Milk

Bring 2 cups of milk to a boil. Add to this about a teaspoon of freshly ground almonds. You will need to soak and peel the almond skin first before grinding. Let it simmer for a 3-4 minutes on the lowest flame. Take it off the heat, add half a teaspoon of turmeric powder and let it cool a bit. Add a bit of natural sweetener like stevia and mix well. You can add a pinch of nutmeg powder to this for the extra taste!

Tomato Soup

Most of us have grown with a steady diet of tomato soups! This is also one of the most often used ingredients in Indian cooking. However, with the soup, the sole focus in just on the tomatoes, so you get the extra dose of health benefits it has.

Making the tomato soup

Mix together two large tomatoes that have been roughly sliced, one small potato diced and a few cloves of garlic in an open pan with 2 cups of vegetable stock. Cover the lid and let it cook till the ingredients are soft and tender. Cool and blend the contents of the pot till smooth and season with salt and pepper. Garnish with freshly chopped coriander.

Carrot Orange Juice

This is probably one of the most preferred recipes that is loved by kids and adults. Oranges are packed with the goodness of Vitamin C, while carrots are rich in Vitamin A. When combines, oranges and carrots provide a powerhouse of nutrients that are good for you and your body too. Drink this super immunity booster at least once a day in this season.

Making the orange and carrot juice

Squeeze out the juice of 1 orange. Add to this peeled and chopped carrots. Blend these with half and inch of ginger. While this is best consumed like a smoothie with the fibres still in the juice, it is also alright to strain the juice if you like.

Eating right and eating healthy are the two aspects that you must focus on this monsoon. Avoid foods that are deep fried or too oily, they’ll just mess with your stomach. Eat warm meals at regular interval cooked at home. So which recipe are you going to try today?

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Yoga for the Workaholic on International Yoga Day 2018

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Today, on the occasion of International Yoga Day 2018, Omved connects you with some important Yogasanas for the office-goers, especially those with a desk job.

In modern times, a desk job isn’t the most envious one. The latest research suggests that sitting hours together at your work desk can turn out to be even worse than smoking. Long hours spent at your desk can take a toll on your health, as it can wreak havoc on your lower back, hips, and shoulders.

There’s absolutely no doubt that our gadget-centric and non-active lifestyle, surrounded by computers and laptops makes it difficult to keep our wrists, necks, and backs in shape. The reason why many among us today face issues such as backaches, spondylosis, carpal tunnel syndrome etc.

First things first, if you continuously find yourself staring at the computer screen, relax. Become conscious of your surroundings, close your eyes and take a deep breath.

The most important thing to do is, every half an hour, take your eyes off the computer screen and gaze into the far distance. You should make sure not to slouch on your chair. Try to become aware of your posture while sitting erect at all times. Do take a break in between to stand up, stretch out and don’t forget to oxygenate yourself in a purified environ by taking in deep breaths.

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Workstation Basics

Always see that your workstation is set up correctly. Get yourself a good chair with proper backrest, arm rests and support. Your computer screen should always be at eye level or below it, never above the eyes or else it will make them go dry. You can also resort to natural, purely Ayurvedic methods to take care of your eyes by relaxing and de-stressing them regularly.

‘Deskasanas’ or modified yoga asanas to keep you fighting fit at work

Here’s a list of Deskasanas or basic yoga asanas for the busy office executive to practice. While these asanas will help you stay fit and healthy, you can check out these effective ways to de-stress with aromatherapy.

These exercises can be done at regular intervals of 2 to 5 minutes even in the office to keep your wrists in prime shape and prevent stress-related injuries. During each exercise, you need to become aware of your body and breathe consciously.

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Full-body stretch, also known as Tad  Asana or Tree Pose

Exhale to fully empty your lungs. While inhaling back take both the arms up above the head from the sides and join the palms at the top. Then lift the heels, stand on your toes and pull the hands and whole body upward.

Breathe normally during the process. In this asana, all the muscles are stretched in one direction and then later relaxed. This process exercises all the muscles by stretching them upwards and later relaxing.

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Exercises to keep hands, shoulders, and joints healthy

Sit erect on a chair with spine perpendicular to the ground. Stretch both your hands forward in front of you and make strong fists and then relax them by opening. Repeat this round for 10 times at least. Then you can make a strong fist and rotate them clockwise and anti-clockwise 10 times each.

These actions will be a good exercise for your wrists and regular practice can keep carpal tunnel syndrome at bay. You should shake your wrists, arms and rotate your shoulders to loosen them regularly.

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Pawanmuktasana or Abdominal Massage

You should sit straight on a chair with spine erect. Then bend your right leg and raise it. Interlock your fingers to hold your knee. While exhaling pull your knee up to the chest. Stay in that position for 20 seconds before releasing as you inhale.

Repeat the same with the left knee. The benefits of this asana include an improved digestion process, a massage of the internal organs and toning of the muscles of the arms and back.

Ardhamatsyasana

Ardhamatsyasana or the torso twist

Doing the Ardhamatsyasana sitting on a chair has its own benefits. Begin with the feet planted firmly in the ground and the thigh bones pressing into your chair. Begin to inhale while taking your right leg up and cross it to the left side. Then place your right hand straight on the armrest.

Hold your right knee with left hand and press on the abdomen while exhaling. Then start inhaling while taking it up and exhale to bring it down. Repeat the same with the other leg. Always remember to breathe comfortably during the process.

Kapalbhaati

Kapalbhaati or the luminous forehead pose

To begin with sit in a comfortable pose with the spine erect. Take 2 to 3 deep breaths at first. Inhale slowly and deeply to fill up your lungs. Then exhale sharply and forcefully through the nostrils, drawing the belly with each exhalation and producing a puffing sound. Thus when your lungs are fully empty, the inhalation will occur by itself, or passively.

Continue this cycle at a quick pace, one following the other immediately. It is advisable to learn this practice from a yoga teacher. You can safely practice this process from 2.5 minutes to 10 minutes.

Some benefits of Kapalbhaati include an increase in the blood circulation in the brain and removal of blood clots, thereby improving the memory power. It also helps in expelling toxins out of the body.

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While some yogasanas can help you release tension and stress during the workday, you would also do good to try some completely natural therapies to alleviate neck and shoulder pain.

What a better occasion than the International Yoga Day 2018, to add these asanas to your daily routine. They can do wonders by decreasing stress and improving your efficiency at work besides helping you also evolve into a true Karma Yogi.

*Note: While some of these Deskasanas or modified yoga asanas are simple, easy to practice and can be performed anywhere, the authentic asanas must be done under the supervision of a certified yoga instructor. If you’re facing any specific health issues, its best to consult your doctor before you begin.

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Overcome your cravings, this International Yoga Day!

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As promised we’re back with our next article based on cravings and how to gracefully balance them in our lives. On the occasion of International Yoga Day 2018, we take a perspective on Millennials and their food cravings. Across the world, ‘Millennials’, also known as Generation ‘Y’, are a confident lot. They know what they want, seek out the best as per their likings and preferences and stick to their choices. Their food cravings are no different.

While we all know the health benefits of practicing yoga such as improved body flexibility, pain relief, weight loss and more, it is also useful to curb and balance our food instinct. Be it samosas, burgers, vada pavs, pastries, ice creams, chocolates, candies and more, each one of us has craving for a favourite junk food we find so IRRESISTIBLE!!!

It was found in a research that people who do yoga tend to eat more mindfully than those who don’t. People who overeat are in fact tending to their anxieties and not their real hunger. Also according to a different study published by Science Magazine, imagining eating food before actually consuming it can also help curb food cravings.

But hey, be rest assured, today we won’t ask you to visualize eating your samosas, burgers, ice creams and candies to curb your cravings. Instead, go ahead indulge some more, but don’t forget your commitment towards these following yoga asanas too!
Add note: The asanas depicted in this article are indicative only. Please consult a certified yoga instructor to strike the right pose.

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Trikonasana

Trikonasana – (Icecreamasana)

Now with Trikonasana on your side, an extra Scoop won’t do much harm. Practice this asana to stimulate your abdominal organs and strengthen the digestive process.

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Virbhadrasana

Virbhadrasana – (Sweetoothasana)

Having a sweet tooth is a sin no more. Indulge in your favourite sweets but don’t forget to practice the Virbhadrasana as it tones the stomach, back, shoulder and arms, and helps increase circulation.

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Hanumanasana

Hanumanasana (‘ChatpatSamosana’)

Can’t curb your love for samosas??? Then don’t… Eat to your heart’s content and then perform this asana religiously. Besides strengthening the groin muscles, it stimulates the digestive system as well.

 

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Bhujangasana

Bhujangasana (‘Pastryuttamsana’)

The Bhujangasana helps strengthen the spine, chest, and shoulders besides improving digestion. An ideal asana to balance your indulgence after a night out.

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Panchimottanasana

Paschimmottasana (‘Chocolateasana’)

While the Paschimmotasana helps calm the brain and relieve stress, it will also improve your digestion. Go ahead, take an extra silky bite next time!

 

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Shirshasana

Shirshasana – (‘Candymuktasana’)

Known as the King of all yogasanas, the Shirsasana ensures a steady blood flow to the brain. It revitalizes the digestive system, tones the nervous system and helps cure several disorders.

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Adhomukhasvanasana

Adhomukhasvasana – (Laddoomudra)

Celebrate life with a zing of energy. The Adhomukhasvasana calms the brain, increases lung capacity and stimulates abdominal muscles. So, don’t count those laddoos before you make them disappear!

As millennials, we love to enjoy our freedom and celebrate life. So this International Yoga Day, as responsible adults, let’s switch off our restrictive mode and put back the fun in our lives with these effective asanas.

Watch out tomorrow for our list of ‘Deskasanas’ that can help you stay fit and keep office stress at bay.

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International Yoga Day 2018

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International Yoga Day 2018

Swami Vivekananda once stated, “We are what our thoughts have made us…” and someone has rightly added on to it stating that we are the sum of our thoughts, words and deeds. Our thoughts lead to words and they in turn lead to our deeds or actions, including desires and cravings too.

On the occasion of International Yoga Day 2018, Omved takes the opportunity to bring this science of uniting the body, mind, and spirit to the fore. Many of us are aware that practicing yoga has invaluable benefits. Besides uniting the body and mind it teaches us a lot about restraint and fulfillment as well. It ensures a certain harmony between man and nature which is vital for health and well-being.

Why is International Yoga Day celebrated?

The International day for Yoga came into existence when the Honorable Prime Minister of India, Shri Narendra Modi, in his address to the United Nations General Assembly mentioned that Yoga is an invaluable gift to mankind. He stated, “Yoga is an invaluable gift of India’s ancient tradition. It embodies the unity of mind and body; thought and action; restraint and fulfillment; harmony between man and nature; a holistic approach to health and well-being. It is not about exercise but to discover the sense of oneness with yourself, the world and nature. By changing our lifestyle and creating consciousness, it can help in well being. Let us work towards adopting an International Yoga Day.”
He also suggested that it be celebrated on the 21st of June. Following the adoption of a UN resolution, the day was recognized across the world as International Yoga Day.

But why 21st June?

June 21st is the longest day of the year in the northern hemisphere and the shortest in the southern hemisphere and hence has a special significance across the world. If we consider this from the perspective of yoga, the summer solstice marks the transition to Dakshinayana. The first full moon after summer solstice is known as Guru Purnima.
Lord Shiva, who is also known as the first yogi or Adi Yogi is understood to have begun imparting the knowledge of yoga to mankind on this day and became the first guru.

First International Yoga Day

After it was recognized by the UN, theFirst International Yoga Day was celebrated in India on June 21, 2015, at Raj Path. It was organized by the ministry of AYUSH. This Yoga Day was celebrated all over the world with 21 yoga asanas, which were performed by dignitaries from 84 nations and accompanied by our Honorable Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi.

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Guinness Records

The First International Yoga Day witnessed the creation of two Guinness Records. The first being for becoming the world’s largest yoga class and was attended by 35,985 people. The second record was for having the maximum number of participating nationalities, 84.

The International Yoga Day Logo

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So what does the logo symbolize, let’s find out –
First, the folded hands symbolize Yoga, reflecting the union between Consciousness and Universal Consciousness, eventually leading to a perfect harmony between mind & body, man & nature. In the logo, the brown leaves symbolize the earth element, the green leaves symbolize nature, blue symbolizes water, brightness symbolizes fire whereas the Sun symbolizes a source of energy and inspiration. The logo also sums up the thought that Yoga is soul and it depicts harmony and peace for mankind.

 

 

 

This year, Omved aims to celebrate International Yoga Day with one and all, especially millennials! Yet irrespective of age, we’re all subject to different forms of irresistible food cravings – most commonly we love our samosas, burgers, vada pavs, pastries, ice creams and more.  We’ll come back tomorrow with our tips on how you need not suppress your cravings. So keep watching this space!

Check out OMVED’s accessories & aromatherapy products to make it even more special.

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Do you know the true significance of celebrating Eid?

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It was during the month of Ramadan that the first verses of the Quran, holy book of Islam, were revealed to Muhammad. Ramadan, the ninth month in the Islamic calendar, is observed by most Muslims not only as a month of fasting but also as a month of blessing marked by prayer and charity. It focuses on self-sacrifice and devotion to Allah or God.

For most Muslims, Ramadan means more than just abstaining from food, drink and physical intimacy. It is a great opportunity to be with dear ones and purify the mind, body and soul by participating in the Taraaweeh, or night prayers, and Iftaar or fast-breaking meals. It is also a way of life that can be adopted by the younger generation or the millennials to lay the foundation for developing good habits that grow beyond Ramadan.

The Millennials’ essentials

Some suggested essentials that every millennial or youngster could carry along are a Quran, alternatively one can also download an app for it. Again a prayer mat could also figure in your list of essentials and a non-PVC mat made using natural fibres such as Omved’s Yoga Mat would be ideal. Modern and comfortable clothing, accessories such as natural toothbrushes, water bottles can also make for an elegant accompaniment.

Ramadan – a month of Purification

Ramadan is also the month of purity and purification process for Muslims. While fasting is the most important way to cleanse our physical bodies, it is essential to cleanse our surroundings too. One can choose from a range of natural and non-toxic products such as dhoops and incense sticks to purify, cleanse, invite the auspicious, and keep the nearby environment free of negativity

Halal – Not just products, but a perspective!

The term Halal is commonly used in relation to food products, cosmetics, personal care products, pharmaceuticals, food ingredients, etc. that are made without cruelty towards animals or harming any living being. From a socially responsible perspective, Ramadan is not the only time when everyone should opt for vegan products but adopt them as a way of life.

Today socially conscious and PETA certified companies such as Omved are propagating the idea of Vegan products with 100% pure, natural and organic personal care products and therapies.

Eidi – Gift joy and purity

At the culmination of Ramadan, wishing our near and dear ones Eid Mubarak seems incomplete without a gift. No doubt, a ‘Gift’ during the celebrations of Ramadan Eid, also called Eidi, says a lot about the giver. When one gifts Eidi during eid ul fitr, to their loved ones it makes more sense if its 100% natural, pure and pristine in every sense.

To heartily celebrate this momentous occasion with loved ones, you can choose from 100% natural & organic range of aromatherapy products such as Aradhan Dhoop to increase spiritual energy and increase mental clarity, Mangal Dhoop to attract positivity and remove obstacles, Shuddhi Dhoop to cleanse the air of unhealthy microorganisms or the Najarbutti Dhoop to prevent infections and ward off negativity.

 

If reed diffusers are your choice, you can also opt from Omved’s range of reed diffuser oils such as Dharma, Artha, Kama and Moksha. Or if you wish to help someone experience aromatherapy at its best, try Omved’s range of 100% pure, blended essential oils along with a Ceramic or Copper Oil Diffuser.

Eventually, whatever gift you choose, make sure it bears the mark of purity, so besides spreading positivity they will also help you heighten your Eid celebrations.

Omved heartily wishes all its family members Eid Mubarak and hopes this golden tradition of purity will be carried forward by the generations to come.

Dear Women, Can You Proudly Tell People How Old You Are?

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Women’s Day 2018 Special

Why is it that so many women duck the question about their age? In our country, they say – Never ask a woman’s age or weight. Wonder why it’s such a big deal.
On the occasion of Women’s Day, let’s take a look at what may be causing such hesitation about going public. If it’s related to the appearance of wrinkles does it suggest a woman’s diminishing beauty or is it a matter of privacy just as we would not share our personal passwords or social security details with others? The roots could be found deeper and related to our societal conditioning from an early age, longstanding cultural inhibitions, family traditions, etc.

On the occasion of Women’s Day, Omved urges you to shed these inhibitions and proudly ‘own’ your age. Be proud of your glorious years and declare your number from the rooftops and even on social media. What’s the big deal? If you’re still hesitating to own your number, maybe these following tips might help.

You Already Own a Dynamic Persona

While you can’t refute the fact that aging is inevitable and irreversible, your individuality is not. Individuality shall always remain fluid and flawless and is an internal experience of how we see ourselves from within, over time throughout our lives. So if we realize that our individuality is flexible and can be changed, then age is a battle already won.

Beauty is a Matter Beyond Physical Boundaries

We have heard that beauty is not just a physical experience of oneself, but a psychological one too. Since we all tend to think of beauty as a skin-deep issue, here’s some food for thought. Research tells us that perception of what is perceived to be attractive or unattractive is far more complex. And that’s reason why you might hear some ‘beautiful’ women say, “I don’t consider myself as pretty”?

It’s a fact that many actresses across the world have made such statements. Now, the other way around, there are women who don’t fit into the general definition of beauty but are quite confident about their looks. So what makes people feel attractive goes far beyond the physical self since it runs much deeper than the eye can see.

You Can Change How You Physically Feel About Yourself and Age.

Agreed, we can’t stop the physical effects aging has upon us, yet we can still change our experience of aging. No one, not any doctor, dermatologist or surgeon can stop physical changes of aging. There may be ways to look better, take care of your skin and bodies that put things temporarily on hold, at least on the surface. We’re all for that! We’re also for ways we can experience — and even enjoy — our changing looks. If we take care of ourselves, it makes us feel better and we smile more. When we smile, we look more attractive. The sooner we go through an interior process, the better you will feel inside and out.

As They Say ‘Beauty Lies in The Eye of The Beholder’.

We can try and become our own internal ‘eye’, so that we can take control over how we perceive ourselves. So the initiative rests with us and we don’t pass on the power to judge us on others.

After All, Age is Just a Number – and Numbers Are Not The True Measure of Your Perfection.

When it comes to beauty, it’s true that either you can define yourself by your chronological age or choose to ignore it. Your age has little to do with how old you feel and you can define how you want to be at 40, at 50 and onward. You can’t let magazine images define what is beautiful. It’s a fact that some women, in their 20’s feel old too, while others in their 60’s still feel young. It’s up to you to define the age you feel.

So it’s worthwhile to note that while age is an important number, let’s not give it the power to define our persona or how beautiful we are. True, beauty matters to all women, but to those who age beautifully, it matters neither too much nor too little.

Dear Lovely Women, it’s time we reclaimed our beauty and proudly announce our golden age without any fear, doubt or disbelief!

#HerStoryOurStory #OwnYourAge #ProudToBeAlwaysBeautiful #AgeDoesntDefineMe