Find all the resources you need to knit a basic scarf in garter stitch or basket weave pattern. Find links to all the basic techniques of knitting such as how to knit, purl, cast on, bind off, etc.
This low lunge yoga pose has all the benefits of a backbend pose and some. It helps to relieve back pain, sciatica and tension in the body. Learn how to achieve the final pose with proper preparation.
The bow pose is an energizing backbend done on your stomach that stretches the entire front of the body. Learn how to do Dhanurasana or Bow Pose correctly and how it improves your well-being.
This seated yoga pose is great for releasing tension in the neck and shoulders. It is stretches the spine and balances both sides of the body with regular practice. The variations have same benefits.
The cobra pose is a prone yoga pose that is energizing and invigorating, with therapeutic effects for asthma and sciatica. Find out the benefits and how to correctly perform this gentle backbend pose.
This standing balance yoga pose is great for improving alignment, calming nerves and strengthening the various muscles. Its therapeutic benefits help relieve sciatica and release tension in the hips.
Duduza (Comfort) Doll is an easy charity knitting project to bring comfort and solace to children in need, especially in Africa. Learn to make one yourself with the free pattern, videos and links.
The reclined hero pose is an intermediate yoga backbend and has many benefits. It is a rejuvenating and energizing pose. Find out the steps to achieve the final position, add into your yoga practice.
The eagle yoga pose can be done in two ways, standing and seated variations. It is great for releasing tension in the shoulders and strengthening the spine and legs. Learn more about its benefits.
Warrior-I or Virabhadrasana-I yoga pose and its other two variations are excellent for strengthening the legs and spine. Learn how to do the Warrior I Pose and improve your concentration and balance.
Practicing yoga is rejuvenating and relaxing to the body and mind. The child yoga pose is ideal for relieving headaches and stress. It helps to stretch the spine and thighs and can be performed by all.
Inverted poses like the shoulderstand, downward dog and the plough pose increase blood flow to the brain and thyroid glands, improve complexion by making it glow and removes toxins. Read more ...
The one-legged king pigeon pose is an intense backbend suitable for intermediate and advanced students. It massages and stimulates the kidney and aligns the pelvis. It stretches the thighs and hips.
The chair pose helps to strengthen the back, legs, thighs and hips, increase heat in the body and improves balance. Find out how to benefit from doing three different versions of this standing pose.
Standing yoga poses can help improve posture, concentration and balance. They stretch, tone and strengthen the muscles all over the body through forward bends, side bends, back bends, and lunges.
Pranayama has been found to have many benefits. Ujjayi pranayama or victorious breath or ocean breath is a very useful technique to purify the respiratory system and calm the mind.
Did you know that when your body gets overheated you could use a yoga breathing technique to bring it to normal? Learn how to do the Shitali or Cooling breath pranayama and reap its benefits.
It is important to achieve balance in our breathing pattern for good health and an alert mind. Alternate nostril breath or nadi shodhana or anuloma viloma breathing technique is one way of doing it.
This pose helps to strengthen the back and relax the neck muscles which is the region of tension because it has to support the head in an upright position. Find out how to stretch and strengthen them.
The Camel Pose or Ustrasana is an intermediate level kneeling backbend yoga pose. It stretches and strengthens the spine, thighs, abdomen and back muscles. It is an energizing and improves posture.
Our legs are the most important parts of the body. They support our body weight, help us walk, run, swim, stand and be active in our lives. Yoga is a great way to maintain muscle tone of the legs.
We can make a positive impact in the world both as individuals and as a group of like-minded people. The change must begin with us and every choice we make affects our fellow human beings, other sentient beings and the planet. We can definitely have a significant impact on alleviating the suffering...
Did you know that tight hamstrings can cause many injuries, poor posture, inhibit movement, and back pain? Learn how to loosen your hamstrings with yoga and improve performance in sports and daily life.
The challenges of our life can cause stress and tension in our shoulders and neck muscles. Find out how to relax and strengthen the shoulders through yoga poses.
The spine is like the trunk of a tree, supporting the entire body structure. Taking care of it and maintaining its strength and flexibility is of primary importance. Find out some of the yoga poses that you can incorporate into your yoga practice.
The hips and buttocks bear the weight or the human body and determine its balance. It is important to strengthen and ensure good muscle tone for easy movement and flexibility in daily life. Learn about some of the yoga poses that can benefit the hip joint and the hip region.
Are you are breathing correctly and using your lungs to their full capacity? Learn about 3 basic pranayama techniques that are a good way to start your practice of yogic breathing exercises.
Regular practice of yoga builds up the body's inner strength and natural resistance, improves muscle tone, and removes toxins. Learn some beginners yoga poses especially for the spine.
Have you noticed that you use one side of the body more than the other? The Mountain Pose in Yoga will help in correcting the alignment and help relieve many ailments when performed with other standing poses.
The half locust and the full locust pose in yoga are both beneficial to strengthen the buttocks, legs and increase energy and circulation in the body. Learn how to perform both the variations.
'Have no designs on becoming Buddha', said Eihei Dogen. Zazen meditation is sitting meditation without being competitive with oneself of others. It is about observing life as it is. Learn how to get started on this style of zen mediation.
In today's fast-paced world, taking time to relax is the greatest challenge. Even if we find time to exercise and do yoga, we rarely find time for complete relaxation. The corpse pose or shavasana, a yogic relaxation technique can be done at any time of day to become rejuvenated. Learn how to...
Many of us take sitting cross-legged on the floor for granted. But, are we in perfect balance and alignment when we sit on the floor? Find out how to sit correctly and for long periods to practice yoga, pranayama, or meditation.
Find out how to clear your head, become alert and gain a bright shining face with the Skull Shining breathing exercise or kapalabhati pranayama. Overcome the limitations of everyday breathing by learning this technique.
Have you noticed that your inhalation and exhalation are of different durations? Find out the advantages of breathing in equal ration duration and learn how to correctly learn the technique of sama vritti pranayama or equal ration breathing.
If you are feeling off centre during the day, here are two meditation exercises you can do to come into the present moment. This will help you deal with any challenge afterwards with a clear and relaxed sense of being. Learn how to meditated in just one minute with a Zen meditation technique and...
Yoga breathing techniques or pranayama are an ancient yogic tradition and can be easily applied to our modern lifestyles. It has many physical and mental health benefits that will help you enrich the quality of your life.
The most important thing about meditation practice is to do it regularly, daily and the greatest challenge is to stay motivated. It takes only two steps to find out the why and how of sustaining ones enthusiasm to practice daily.
Meditation can be practiced by anyone and it is easy to begin a daily practice. Learn about the obstacles and how you can make it easy for yourself to practice a simple form of meditation.
It has been found that practicing mindfulness improves both mental and physical health. Learn in four simple steps on how to understand, accept and be aware of your body and mind.
Each breath taken changes the human body in a way that we do not fully understand. Breathing exercises not only help with physical health but also emotional, mental and spiritual well-being.
Get Organized in three simple steps with the Give Away, Put Away, Throw Away System and see all the clutter disappear. Welcome to a tidy new home or desk as the case may be. Reduces stress by clearing out all the clutter with two simple changes in your habits.
Napier is located by the sea in the Hawke's Bay region and is dubbed the Art Deco capital of the world. Napier was rebuilt in the early 1930s following a devastating 7.8 magnitude earthquake on 3 February 1931. The uniqueness of Napier lies in the fact it reflects the architectural styles of the...
Pink Lentil Soup with Vegetables and Wakame, a sea vegetable is not only healthy but a delicious and wholesome meal. It is very easy to prepare and make within an hour and any combination of vegetables can be used.
Two native birds of New Zealand the tui and kereru are fruit eating birds that help in seed dispersal. Watch a video capturing the two birds in action.
Two simple exercises to do focused meditation. Success in meditation depends on how well a person can concentrate with a single focus on a particular subject or ideal. Meditation begins where concentration ends.
Whole wheat is a popular cereal and is used in breads and other recipes. Here is a quick and healthy recipe to make savoury crepes or dosa with vegetables to provide added nutrition. Find out the health benefits of wheat.
How to learn to Let Go of all those things that are not helpful and allow space to Let Come those things that are beneficial is the secret of dealing with stress and anger. Find out about Meditation to Let Go.
The steam train excursion from Paekakariki to Woodville via the Manawatu Gorge in heritage carriages, some dating back more than a 100 years was an exciting experience. Check out the video and photos and how to book one yourself.
The most important thing is our attitude that determines whether we suffer from stress or transform like charcoal into a diamond under the pressure. Find out what are the signs of stress. Four tips to achieve stress relief by deep breathing, restful sleep and how to wake up refreshed, mindfulness...
Research studies have found how meditation results in growth of brain cells. Here are tips on nutrition, physical and mental exercises and meditation to improve brain health and brain growth.
Regularity rather than duration is the key to success in meditation. Even the simplest form of meditation will help in becoming centred, peaceful and alert through out the day. Read on for some important do's and don'ts when practicing meditation.
Meditation is one of the practices to achieve the integration and perfection of the human being. Find out the steps to reach perfection such as following the eight limbs of yoga such as yama and niyama, dhyana (meditation) yoga and karma yoga, jnana yoga and raja yoga. Learn about the quality of...
The Antarctic ecosystem is unique and the Ross Sea is the least-impacted marine ecosystem in the world. To save and preserve it is our duty towards the future generations.
A guide to simple and easy projects for beginners to knit for charities and get all the practice necessary to become a pro. Check out the various charities that are helping adults, homeless, AIDS orphans, little babies and animals keep warm every winter.
Money gives us the power to make choices, and when we make ethical, sustainable and green choices we help the planet and other creatures. Find out where you can buy such products.
Queenstown, located in the southwest corner of New Zealand, draws around 1.7 million visitors each year. A unique experience to Queenstown is the TSS Earnslaw Steamship Cruise on what is believed to be the oldest working coal-fired steamship in the southern hemisphere.
Explore the underground life of planet earth in these caves formed over millions of years. Waitomo Caves with its limestone formations and glowworms offer many adventure activities like abseiling, caving and black water rafting.
Simple actions go a long way in maintaining good health. Drinking water throughout the day can ensure the well-being of the brain and body. Learn how much water you need per day and how to keep well hydrated.
They are a healthy breakfast option. In this recipe, bananas and water are used instead of eggs and milk. To make it creamier, use soy milk instead of water.
Famed for its temperate climate and high sunshine hours, Nelson region can be explored year round by land, sea and air. A region that has something for everyone from the adventurer, art lover to a wine connoisseur.
The longer a person goes without smoking the healthier the body becomes. Find out about the positive outcomes of quitting the smoking habit to help you support your spouse better. Helpful Tips and links to online resources to motivate you.
Getting into debt is easy, getting out of debt is hard and takes time. The first step is to learn the psychology of money and see what attitude we must develop towards managing it. it is not how much money you make, It is how much money you save
The Canterbury region is situated in New Zealand's South Island. Christchurch City is the gateway to the Canterbury region, one of the most diverse corners of the world. Here you will find sparkling beaches, extinct volcanoes, hectares of flat farmland, vineyards and sky-scraping mountains.
We have to be mindful that we are feeding our bodies with the foods that are best for its sustenance and well-being. This Vegan Recipe Guide is for meat/fish eaters, people who would like to change to a healthier diet to prevent diseases like cancer, diabetes and heart disease, vegetarians and...
The first thing any concerned person can do is to become a vegetarian and then go one step further and become a vegan. The decision to become a vegan has a two-fold purpose: firstly, the Earth's well-being and secondly, personal well-being. Learn more about the ethical and health aspects of your...
It is actually possible to save a great deal of money by adopting a low carbon footprint lifestyle. This can easily be done by making one new change each week, create a strong savings habit and save hundreds of dollars every year.
A child's learning starts even before its birth. How can adults help nurture brain development and provide the opportunities for a child to grow and blossom to his or her full potential. Read more....
There are two approaches one can take when investing in the share market. The ‘active’ way, where an investment is managed to ‘beat the market’ to get better than average returns. The ‘passive' way, where a long-term (15-20 years or longer) approach is taken to achieve ‘average’...
Life is a mysterious thing. We get help from different media such as television programmes, movies, people we meet, and of course books. Many books have come to me at the very moment when I was wondering about what to do next.
The way businesses attract customers has changed with the advent of the internet and websites. It is helpful to know how to write engaging content that will convert browsers into customers. Content Rules is a book that shows you how to do just that.
There are a couple of helpful and free apps that Mac and Windows users can install to help avoid eye strain and dry eye syndrome. Computer Eye Strain is also a common cause for headaches and fatigue.
The Mahatma Gandhi Statue in Wellington, New Zealand reminds us of a great man whose influence has spread far and wide. It was unveiled in 2007 on the International Day of Non-violence as declared by the United Nations.
Just Be. Practice the skill to being present in the now by accepting circumstances as they are. Watch the circumstances change as your mind relaxes and you come up with creative solutions to deal with the situation.
The world’s largest and tallest living things are the redwood trees in California. They have been tried to be cultivated in other countries. In 1901 a grove of Coast Redwoods was planted near Rotorua in New Zealand which now stands as a memorial to the soldiers who died in the two world wars.
New Zealand, an oasis in this troubled world. Its scenic beauty, its amazing views, its vital statistics and a bit about my life here. A bit about its largest city, Auckland.