Usually when people talk about a successful and productive day they mention things like getting a bunch of work done at the office, completing a particularly difficult training session at the gym, or organizing and cleaning the entire kitchen. It isn’t typical for someone to say that they “accomplished a lot” by sleeping in late, listening to some music, taking a nap, and cooking a comfort meal of oatmeal and banana.
My journey with wildlife began in college when I enrolled myself for a wildlife photography workshop. It was just the beginning of my photography career and what better chance would I get to explore both my favourite activities- photography and wildlife exploration.
The Yama and Niyama form a key part of one of yoga’s foundational texts: The Yoga Sutras Of Patanjali. Loosely, the five yama are guidances for interactions with things external to the self, and the five niyama are personal observances to help us live well.
I oftentimes overhear friends and strangers talking about exercise in terms of number of calories burned. The thought being: you must have sweated off hundreds of calories during your boxing class, so it’s totally okay to indulge in a slice of chocolate cake when you get home—right? Not quite.
How often do incessant thoughts go through our minds --- pulling us away from the now?
How much time do we spend on projecting our preconceived images of ourselves unto others?
How do we allow negative emotions to take over our lives?
How many of us go about the day mechanically, leaving us with feelings of being spent?
Before refrigerators, there was salting, spicing, smoking, pickling, and drying. Foods like milk and butter, were preserved and stored in cellars, wells, and cold streams. Meats were dried or smoked. Fruits and vegetables were pickled or fermented. Fast forward a few centuries to World War II: convenience foods and a burgeoning way of preserving (what we now know as processedÅ foods) gained popularity, as the military discovered inventive ways of feeding fighting soldiers.