Archive for the year 2011
|Ghee, aka clarified butter, elixir of the gods
According to to Patanjali (whose yoga sutras are key tenets of the practice), Sharath
noted, there are two different kinds of diseases, those that can be cured by Yoga and those diseases that can be cured by Ayurveda.
Ayurveda, the traditional medicine native to India, has preventative as well as curative value. It’s also hard to ignore while visiting the subcontinent.
Several friends gave glowing reviews about their experiences doing Panchakarma at Dixit Clinic
here in Mysore. Curious, I signed on for the 7-day cleansing treatment based on Ayurveda to ring out 2011 and in 2012.
Panchakarma (Sanskrit for ’5 actions’) is basically a de-tox program, Indian style, relying on several Ayurvedic therapies, including oleation, massage, steaming and purging (there’s more invasive treatment available pending your condition. I asked the doctor to kindly not make me throw up and was grateful that wouldn’t be needed). But this has meant no caffeine and a lot of medicated ghee (clarified butter). For
OK, so it’s not garden weather. It is, however, holiday lights weather!
Check out the display at the Festival of Lights at VanDusen Botanical Garden, 5251 Oak Street, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. It’s open from 4:30 to 9 p.m. each day through January 2, 2012.
The festival uses at least one million sparkling lights wrapped around trees and trellises to transform the garden into a holiday wonderland.
As we head into 2012, many of us will be resolving to lose those few extra pounds, save more money, or spend a few more hours with our families and friends. But there are also some resolutions we can make to make our lives a little greener. Each of us, especially in the United States, can make a commitment to reducing our environmental impacts.
The United Nations has designated 2012 as the International Year of Sustainable Energy for All. Broadening access to sustainable energy is essential to solving many of the world’s challenges, including food production, security, and poverty.
Hunger, poverty, and climate change are issues that we can all help address. Here are 12 simple steps to go green in 2012:
Recycling programs exist in cities and towns across the United States, helping to save energy and protect the environment. In 2009, San Francisco became the first U.S. city to require all homes and businesses to use recycling and composting collection programs. As a result, more than 75 percent of all material collected is being recycled, diverting 1.6 million tons from the landfills annually—double the…
Last night, I arrived in Bangkok after a long journey from Seattle.. I only had one day in Bangkok, so what should I spend my day doing? I asked the owner of The Shanti Lodge (my guesthouse in Bangkok), if he knew of any good walking tours and he replied. “You should go to Koh Kret”. The word Koh, in Thai means island.
I hadn’t really thought of that before I embarked on my expedition, but it didn’t matter. I hopped on the express water taxi near my guesthouse and asked the conductor where I should get off. Once I disembarked, he lead me to a man with a half way buttoned up orange shirt, red eyes and no front teeth.. The photographer, talked to the orange shirted man for a few minutes and finally looked at me and said 600 baht..
My boat man arrived in a totally pimped out canoe, freshly painted red with a badass motor and a 4 foot exhaust pipe. I hoped in and we were off and 20 minutes later we arrived on Koh Kret.
It is beautiful. I arrived at a…
If you only had one New Year’s resolution, it might be to recognize where this statement applies and do something about it. I’m sure it will lead to countless things you cannot even imagine until you start writing them down.
“Iron rusts from disuse; water loses its purity from stagnation.
So does inaction sap vigor from the mind.”
– Leonardo da Vinci.
AND I’d add to this….it also saps vigor from your life.
One of my New Year’s resolutions is to learn how to meditate. Seems like a silly idea, doesn’t it? How hard is it to meditate, after all?
Well, it is hard. To find a secluded place to meditate in complete and relaxed silence, is a challenge. Plus, I’m not able to just turn my brain off. I am surrounded by activity, all day long.
I hear, though, that this activity is not only good for relaxation and spiritual healing, it’s also good for the brain.
The Harvard Business Review reports that meditation can lead to better brain health: “Eight weeks to a better brain,” written by Sue McGreevey reports on this with detailed information on how meditation can influence our brain matter to “make significant improvements in a variety of symptoms…”
She writes, “Although the practice of meditation is associated with a sense of peacefulness and physical relaxation, practitioners have long claimed that meditation also provides cognitive and psychological benefits that persist throughout the day,” says study senior author Sara Lazar of the MGH Psychiatric Neuroimaging Research Program and a Harvard Medical Schoolinstructor in psychology. “This study demonstrates that changes in brain structure may underlie some of these reported improvements and that people are
Here’s a photo journey of some of the fabulous places I hit on my travels in 2011.
Revisted! Shanghai is one of those cities that never fails to intrigue me. This is a city that I’ve visited for business and for pleasure in the last 18 months. No matter what I’m doing while in Shanghai, whether it’s business or pleasure, this gorgeous Asian city never fails to delight me.
Kota Kinabalu, Borneo
John and I kicked off the Chinese New Year with a trip to Kota Kinabalu. We got caught in a heavy rainstorm while driving to the Tip of Borneo and almost got swept away by a flash flood. We visited Mt Kinabau and Poring Hot Springs, and visited the islands in and around Kota Kinabalu proper.
Seoul, South Korea
I went to Korea twice this year. Once in February and once in August. Both trips were work-related, but I couldn’t have asked for more different trips. My February trip was a solo trip, so I had the rare pleasure of exploring the city on my own. That opportunity doesn’t come along very often in…
If you’re looking for a true oasis in the desert, with luxury spa, swimming pool complex that includes a mini-beach for the kids, and an excellent restaurant, the Renaissance Esmeralda Resort & Spa in Indian Wells, California is the place for you.
We booked a special rate that included a “Kids Eat Free” promotion. We enjoyed two meals at the Cava Restaurant, with their fresh, well-prepared menu items and well-stocked buffets.
After driving all day into the wilds of Southern California and Los Angeles, we finally made it to Palm Springs on our Holiday Road Trip 2011. We passed through the glittering lights of swanky downtown Palm Springs, home of movie stars, golf courses, and Sonny Bono, and ventured a bit further to Indian Wells and the Renaissance Esmeralda.
The lobby decor was tastefully simple, and I liked the display of candles in the entryway. The Renaissance Esmeralda was the exact counterpoint to the glitzy,
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