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Sadhana Forest India: Reminiscing

This year kicked off with four weeks spent volunteering at Sadhana Forest India – a sustainable living and reforestation project. It’s nearly the end of another year and I find myself reminiscing.

It was December 2013 in London, grey and cold. After a bout of uninspiring circumstances on the job and relationship front I decided to leave London and spend some time with Mother Nature. I wanted to get back to my roots. I needed to plant some trees. After some online research I decided to volunteer at Sadhana Forest, a project set-up in 2003 by Aviram Rozin on the outskirts of Auroville, Tamil Nadu, India. Sadhana Forest India has three main aims: the reforestation of 70 acres of severely degraded land with the indigenous TDEF (Tropical Dry Evergreen Forest); practicing water conservation techniques and providing environmental education to all.

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Get merry the natural way this winter with natural highs

It’s time to face the inevitable…winter is coming. SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder) affects approximately 2 million people in the UK, and more than 12 million people across Northern Europe. Everyone needs a little helping hand through the colder months, and whilst hot chocolate puds, mulled wine and Sunday roasts most nights of the week might make you feel perkier at the time, the likelihood is that you’ll end up feeling pretty yuck. And potentially enter the New Year ten pounds heavier.

Shorter days and darker mornings mean less daylight, in people with SAD the lack of light is thought to affect the production of the hormones melatonin and serotonin. Unless you’re one of those sporty types, the majority of people also find that they do less exercise in winter, sending endorphin levels plummeting. Walking in the pitch black freezing rain to the gym after work never quite seems to win out against an evening spent snuggled up on the sofa. Continue reading

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Jade facial rollers, the skincare trend straight from ancient China

Jade facial rolling is the new Botox. Apparently every beauty-savvy woman now owns one of these little green gadgets. The idea of incorporating the healing properties of crystals into a daily skincare routine is immediately intriguing.

In ancient China jade was the ultimate symbol of beauty, grace and immortality. Synonymous with wealth and opulence, this beautiful green stone has numerous healing properties. Commonly worn for protection and good luck, jade is also known to balance the emotions, calm the mind and release negativity. Jade can refer to two different types of crystal – Jadeite and Nephrite. The former is a lighter translucent stone, with the latter generally being darker in colour and easier to find. Both stones have similar healing properties. Continue reading

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Time for some Lazy Yoga

Ayurvedic Yoga Massage, a blissfully lazy experience

Nothing beats that relaxed and rejuvenated feeling you get after a successful yoga class. Emotionally restored and body re-aligned, you could take on the world. That said, sometimes the last thing you feel like doing after a demanding day is a group yoga class complete with headstands and never-ending rounds of sun salutations. That’s where Ayurvedic Yoga Massage  or lazy yoga comes in. I recently had the pleasure of receiving my first Ayurvedic Yoga Massage (AYM) courtesy of Niraj at Bliss Pilgrims. Ayurveda and Yoga are ancient holistic systems of India and as I found out, combining the two makes for a powerful healing experience.
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The Brahma Kumaris: An Introduction

Last night I visited the Brahma Kumaris World Spiritual University (UK) for the first time. The BKWSU (UK) teaches Raja Yoga Meditation as a way of experiencing peace of mind and a positive outlook, providing opportunities to all those who seek to explore their own spirituality.

The organisation was founded in 1936 by Dada Lekhraj, in Hyderabad (at the time part of colonial India now Pakistan). After experiencing intense spiritual visions of understanding Dada Lekhraj set up the organisation under its original name of Om Mandali. Om Mandali consisted of around 400 individuals, who lived together self-sufficiently and devoted their time to intense spiritual study, meditation and self-transformation.

Today the Brahma Kumaris has organisations in over 100 countries, with its headquarters based in Mount Abu, India. Brahma Kumaris became a recognised charity in the UK in 1975. There are currently over 40 local teaching centres across the UK, being funded solely by voluntary contributions. Continue reading

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6 Natural Remedies To Make Every Woman’s Life Easier

Being female has its highs and lows. Fortunately, Mother Nature is here to lend a helping hand. Read on to discover 6 natural remedies that every woman needs to know.

1. Majoram for Menstrual Cramps

Sweet Majoram oil is analgesic and anti-spasmodic, making it a perfect natural pain reliever. It can be applied directly to the lower abdomen using a homemade hot compress. Make a relaxing and numbing hot compress by mixing 3 drops Sweet Majoram oil and 3 drops Clary Sage oil to a bowl of very hot water. Soak a piece of sterile cotton cloth or flannel in the bowl, wring out the excess water and place over the lower abdomen. Once the compress has cooled to body temperature, soak and repeat as many times as desired.

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Summer Lifesaver: 10 Natural Sunburn Remedies

Summer is here! Time to fire up the barbie and crack open a few bevvies as our friends down under would say.

While the benefits of sunscreen are well known, it would be socially irresponsible not to mention the dangers of sun exposure at all. To sum it up; make sure to always wear sunscreen of a respectable factor, reapply regularly as per the instructions on the bottle and seek shade during peak hours.

That said, sometimes in life s*** happens and you get burnt. Store bought after-sun creams can be expensive and are often packed with chemicals and parabens. Look after your skin and your purse with these 10 all-natural skin soothing sunburn remedies.

Summer Lifesaver: 10 Natural Sunburn Remedies