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Yoga Culture Growth to Over 200 Million People Worldwide

December 31, 2014 by  

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Propelled by the vagaries of the Time Compression Ubertrend — the acceleration of life, yoga is now practiced by 200 million people worldwide, including more than 100 million in India and 20 million in the U.S.
In a time-compressed world, the meditative powers of yoga are now celebrated by an estimated 20 million Americans who practice this 5,000-year-old art, nearly triple the 6 million identified in a 1994 Roper poll. But yoga’s biggest boost comes courtesy of researchers at Duke University who found in a January 2013 study that yoga is a promising treatment for mental illnesses, including mild depression and sleep disorders. lululemon Vancouver-based lululemon athletica, whose wares have been featured on “Desperate Housewives,” opened its first store in Vancouver in 2000. Today, the chain has 254 stores worldwide. Shown above are the company’s popular “Groove Pants.” Here are some yoga market facts:
  • Market size – The economy has impacted the yoga market. A 2008 poll commissioned by Yoga Journal magazine found that the number of people practicing yoga had declined to 15.8 million, from 16.5 million in 2004. four years later, however, in 2012, the magazine found 20 million practitioners.
  • Demographics – Women make


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Black-Eyed Peas and Collard Greens on New Years

December 31, 2014 by  

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  black-eyed-peasThe marriage of black-eyed peas and collard greens has us “Hoppin’ like John” around the New Year’s Day table. As the tale goes – children reared in the South hopped once around the table before eating the dish. One bite of each is said to bring both luck and prosperity in great abundance. . . and two bites brings even more. Don’t know how to cook up some Hoppin’ John? Try one of these southern-rooted restaurants: Improve your fortune by calling ahead to chef Jeff Tunks at his Louisiana fish house-inspired restaurant Acadiana, 901 New York Ave, NW, Washington DC. These healthy-sized quarts of his collards and black eyed peas are $10 a pair. At Bayou Bakery, Coffee Bar & Eatery, 1515 North Courthouse Road, Arlington, Virginia, New Orleanian celebrity chef David Guas will be cooking up fortuitous foods and offering a slow-cooked “Chew Dat” of Black-eyed Peas with Edwards Country Ham, Eight-Hour Braised Collards with Benton’s Bacon, Cider Vinegar & Red Chili Flakes and Corn Bread made from local corn ground at George Washington’s own Gristmill for $12 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday (January 1, 2015).…

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The History and Culture in Moldova’s Chisinau

December 31, 2014 by  

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Backpacking in Moldova: Top 10 Sights in Chisinau. Moldova’s Chisinau (previously known as Kishinev) intrigued me, surprised me and overwhelmed me over a four day period in and out of the city, across the border into Tiraspol, Transnistria and a countryside jaunt to Orheiul Vechi and Butuceni. If you want to travel to Moldova, I’d definitely recommend spending some time in the capital city – I spent three nights there which is ample unless you’re a serious history buff. Chisinau is where you’ll get an insight into the history and culture of the nation. It’s also the biggest city so the easiest place to meet locals and for the socialites out there, it has the best bars in Moldova. Random art in Chisinau, Moldova. Random art in Chisinau, Moldova. The city is pronounced Kay She Naow and I arrived after a night train from Bucharest in Romania ready to explore under grey and wet mysterious skies. Backpacking in Moldova: Top 10 Sights in Chisinau. Here are my personal 12 easy and cool sights to see in Chisinau’s city centre. Street statues in Chisinau, Moldova.

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The Old Mission Snowshoe, Wine and Brew Trail in Michigan

December 30, 2014 by  

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  snowshoeThree enterprises in the heart of Michigan’s Old Mission Peninsula — Jolly Pumpkin Brewery, Brys Estate Vineyards and Bowers Harbor Vineyards – have devised a snowshoe trail that will allow winter visitors to enjoy their wines and craft brews beers and still have time to work off those excess calories. The Old Mission Snowshoe, Wine & Brew Trail will be held on Sundays January 11 through March 1, 2015, weather permitting. The arrangement allows snowshoers to enjoy special pricing on tastings, wine and beer by the glass and lunch (at Jolly Pumpkin). Since because the flagged trail starts at the high point of the Peninsula and works its way downhill, it’s not too much of a strain – and participants who want to buy bottles or cases along the way will be glad to know that their purchases will be delivered to the finish line. No reservations are required. Participants simply check in at the Jolly Pumpkin by 10:45 a.m. Sundays to catch the Brew Bus shuttle to the starting point at Brys Estate.


The Growth of LED Lighting

December 30, 2014 by  

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The opening ceremonies at the Beijing Olympics will always conjure up stunning imagery of 2,008 volunteers drumming in perfect harmony, an event that vividly captured the imagination of viewers worldwide. But if anything, this Olympic event was a coming out party for light-emitting diode, or LED lighting technology.
The opening ceremonies featured a giant 44,000 LED “scroll” that replayed China’s 5,000-year civilization on a canvas 482 feet (147 m) long and 72 feet (22 m) wide. Tiny LED beads were also embedded in the costumes of performers, who fanned out to create a starry sky with dazzling images. Philips Personal Wireless Lighting Philips offers the innovative hue Personal Wireless Lighting starter pack ($200) — three LED lightbulbs that can be wirelessly controlled by your Android smartphone, iPhone or iPad and features energy savings plus the ability to glow in 16 million colors. There’s no question that LED lighting has quickly achieved cult status in the staid $17 billion U.S. lightbulb replacement industry. The Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 contained a little-noticed act. Starting in 2012, light bulbs are to be phased in that feature roughly 25% greater efficiency. This move…

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Muling & Trekking Through the Grand Canyon, a Stunning World Wonder

December 30, 2014 by  

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grand canyon photos I’m always a bit nervous before visiting an attraction with as much hype as the Grand Canyon. I actually willed myself the night before to not feel excited. I didn’t want to feel let down if it wasn’t as spectacular as I was hoping. Remember that sites don’t get named one of the 7 Wonders of the Natural World for nothing, as you’ll see from the photos, although nothing compares to experiencing a place in person. The Grand Canyon of the Colorado River is made up tens of thousands of gorges, all coming together to form one enormous canyon, according to the Grand Canyon National Park service. It was the mighty Colorado River that cut through and sculpted the rock layers, creating the otherworldly scenery we have today. While the uppermost rocks feature sediment from ancient seas, swamps and deserts, the oldest rocks down below were formed within the earth. Above, a Grand Canyon sunrise over the South Rim, taken near the Bright Angel Trailhead. In total, it is believed the Grand Canyon is not even 6 million years old, with the exposed rocks aged at a few hundred million years. Interestingly,…

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The Beautiful and Serene Moments of the Niagara Falls

December 30, 2014 by  

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World wonders. Niagara Falls is one, yet to a person from Toronto, Niagara Falls is like the Grand Canyon is to someone living in Flagstaff.   When you grow up so close to one of the worlds most beautiful natural wonders, you see it often but seeing it so many times makes you take it for granted.   It’s a shame because much like the Grand Canyon, Niagara Falls really never gets old. And for me, they’re more special as I have gotten older. I appreciate them more, love them more, stand there and look at them longer…even the American Falls. I took a trip down to Niagara recently typically in late December, this part of the world is supposed to be snow covered and freezing ass cold. The Falls, icy, sparkly, pristine winter beauties. But these days, the temps are in the 50’s (10-15 degrees Celsius), there’s no snow on the ground and the Falls are flowing freely. I got to Niagara at sunset, my favourite time of the day to see them and stayed into the evening. Enjoy!


7 Curaçao Resort Picks: From Chic & Trendy to Family Style & Convenient

December 30, 2014 by  

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On a recent trip to Curaçao, I had the opportunity to explore and stay at a few resort and hotel properties. Bear in mind that the Caribbean is relatively new for me as I haven’t explored the region as thoroughly as I have other parts of the world, so I won’t be able to give you other island comparisons — yet, that is. It’s all in the details they say and since I pay such close attention to them, I can assure you when a hotel property “gets the details” and it comes out in either service or your room or dining experience, I’ll notice. Let’s take a meander through the island.

Santa Barbara Beach & Golf Resort

On west of the island, roughly a 45 minute drive from the island capital of Willemstad (refer to blown up map at the bottom of this post to get perspective), lies the very remote Santa Barbara Beach & Golf Resort. What makes it so remote is not the fact that its a 45 minute drive from the nightlife and cultural activities of Willemstad, but the fact that it is spread across 27 acres of rare natural preserves. It also…

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