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SRI LANKA, THE WONDER OF ASIA

Sri Lanka, where nature’s beauty remains abundant and unspoilt offers a combination of stunning landscapes, pristine beaches, captivating cultural heritage and unique experiences to the traveller.  Within a compact area of just 65,610 kilometers lie 8 UNESCO World Heritage Sites with a cultural heritage that extends back to over 2,500 years, 1,330 kilometers of coastline – much of it pristine beaches – 15 national parks showcasing an abundance of wildlife, nearly 500,000 acres of lush tea estates, 250 acres of botanical gardens, 350 waterfalls, 25,000 water bodies.

AT HOME YOGA WORKOUT WITH SURIYA NAMASKAR

One of the best aspects of yoga is that you don’t need any specific equipment or a designated space to practice it. Yoga is accessible to everyone; you can practice it anywhere anytime. Although it is great to work with an experienced teacher, sometimes it is just not possible due to financial, personal or geographical restrictions. Good news is that you can get started with a safe home practice with the resources available online, videos and a good book as a guide as long as you are willing to approach it with consistency and commitment.

HOW TO AVOID COMMON YOGA INJURIES

Yoga is not a high-impact sport, but that doesn’t mean injuries don’t happen. Most yoga injuries occur due to overstretch of the muscles involved. When you push your body into a new pose and if it hurts, it is time to release the pose. Never force yourself to go deeper into a pose until you’re ready. Instead, inhale and exhale deeply as your body gently moves into the pose.

IMPROVE YOUR FLEXIBILITY WITH YOGA

Most people exercise to stay healthy, keep fit or simply because it makes them feel good. Many fitness enthusiasts and athletes push themselves to the limit without balancing the strength and stretching of the muscles. If you are a runner, most likely you may notice your muscles are stiff and tight. You can run a marathon but can’t touch your toes? You are not alone.

PRETTY TASTES BETTER

Visual appeal is an essential part of the dining experience as much as the taste of the food itself. Food presentation is truly an art form and professional chefs pay great attention to everything from the arrangement of the food and garnishes to the shape, size and colour of the plate. As with any art form, there is no right or wrong way to plating food, but few helpful tips can get you started and let your creativity guide you as you arrange your dish.

PRANAYAMA – THE ART OF EFFECTIVE BREATHING

Yogic breathing, “ Pranayama” is aimed at increasing vital energy in the body and mind. In Sanskrit, “Prana” means vital energy and “Ayama” means control. With regular pranayama practice you can train yourself to breathe more slowly and deeply reducing your breath rate from an average of about 15- 18 breaths a minute to 4-8 breaths a minute. Reduced breathing rate leads to slowing down the heart rate, lowering the blood pressure, relaxing the body and calming the nerves.

YOGA – AN EFFECTIVE STRESS BUSTER

Do you find yourself complaining that you have too much to do and not enough time, and it gets worse week after week to a point that you feel burnt out and your creative energy and morale plummeted?

If you ask someone “How are you?” the reply could be anything from “I’m ok to I am so stressed” these days. It is all too familiar conversation that you hear so often and you know exactly how it feels; You’ve felt the same way all too often yourself.

WINES OF THUNDER FROM DOWN UNDER

Australian wine makers have done wonders with the Syrah grape, locally known as Shiraz. The grape seems to thrive in the Australian soil and climate, and it produces one of the most robust and flavourful red wines in the world. The signature characteristic of wines made from the Shiraz grape is a kind of black pepper spiciness, which usually is embroidered with layers of black currants, plum, black cherry, cedar, and vanilla-scented oak.

WHAT COLOUR IS YOUR TASTE?

There is an important step between knowing how to taste wine and finding the wines that you like. That step is putting taste into words. There are two hurdles here; coming up with the words to describe what you like or don’t like, and then getting the other person to understand what you mean. Naturally, it helps if we all speak the same language.

JUDGING A WINE BY ITS LABEL

More people choose wines by their labels than anyone would like to admitting it. Novices reach for colourful eye-catching labels, snobs demand famous names. In fact, a wine label reveals a great deal about the flavours in the bottle. You can begin your tasting even before you’ve pulled the cork.

Although each country has its own laws regarding wine labels, basically there are three kinds of labels: varietal-based, terroir-based and sheer fantasy. The information they offer, much of it required by law, overlaps to a large extent, each one reflects a different approach to winemaking.