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Start Yoga At Home

Today’s world is fast paced. It’s like someone has pressed the fast forward button on life’s remote control and have forgotten to turn it off. Between demanding jobs, bills, childcare and everything else life may throw at you, it’s always important to hit that pause button.

If you struggle to find time for both exercising and relaxing, yoga is a brilliant option for you! Known for it’s calorie burning, toning and relaxing benefits, this zen sport is super easy to do from your own home.

So put aside half an hour, grab a yoga mat and let’s get going!

Create A Zen Yoga ‘Studio’

To make your yoga experience authentic, I suggest giving a quiet corner of your home a bit of a makeover. As yoga originated in ancient India, bring some ethnic Indian elements into your home through wall hangings, table decor and vibrant color schemes.

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The studio above pays homage to yoga’s Indian roots, whilst remaining in a relaxing, noise-free color palette. The eff0rtless combination of purples, reds and browns is inevitably relaxing, whilst detailed wall hangings make great focal points for any meditation practices.

The fresh plants are great for feng shui! They also remove any air pollution, ensuring that the air of the room is quite literally free from distractions.

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Dress up your wall with a quintessentially Indian print in soothing tones. Our exotic oriental table runner would make a great choice.

For extra comfort, sprinkle some matching pillow covers around your workout area. These may come in handy for some of the trickier positions too!

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If you’re a fan of the outdoors, but not always blessed with the best weather, setting up your yoga haven in front of a large window may be a great option for you.

The at home studio above combines nature and spirituality perfectly, as you have the choice to look both out of the window and at the Buddha. The two large cushions provide comfort and color and fresh greenery once again ensures that the air is fresh during the yoga practice. The curtain hang also adds an Eastern vibe, which compliments the Buddha beautifully.

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Open your curtains, then place two of our elegant dahlia print cushions on either side of the window.

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Fold a saree border table runner over the curtain pole for an added Eastern injection.

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Beginner’s Yoga Positions

Is it just me or are there so many yoga positions that it seems almost impossible to choose a starting point? Luckily, I’ve taken these yoga positions for a test drive and if little, old me, with zero experience, can do them; so can you!

Mountain Pose

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This is a great beginners pose to improve posture and work on your breathing techniques.

Stand up straight with your feet together and shoulders down and relaxed. Inhale deeply and raise your hands upwards until they are above your head, palms facing. Reach as high as you can and hold.

The Warrior

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If you’re after an ankle remedy, this one’s for you! The warrior pose is sure to stretch them out!

Stand with your legs 3-4 ft apart, with your right leg in front. Lift up your arms to the sides, keeping your palms down. Ensure your shoulders are kept down at all times. Do a lunge on your right leg until your knee is bent to 90 degrees. Hold, keeping your focus on your hands, then repeat on the left leg.

Downward Facing Dog

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This position is great for building strength and stretching the entire body when doing yoga at home. It has also been show to improve symptoms of mental illnesses, such as depression, insomnia and stress. If that’s not enough to make you get in this pose pronto, it’s also effective in improving asthma and symptoms of menopause.

Begin on your hands and knees (all fours), then bring your hands slightly forward. Exhale, then draw your belly button into your spine. Push yourself up  by lifting up your hips and back. Keep your knees bent at this time. After you have risen, straighten your knees to make an upside down v shape. Press your shoulder blades down towards your spine. Hold and breathe for as long as you feel comfortable.

Triangle

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This pose is great for correcting any alignment issues of the shoulders and back. It is also great for relieving digestive issues.

Stand with your feet just a little wider than hip width. Turn your right foot out at a 90 degree angle and turn your left foot in. Keeping both legs straight, stretch your right hip down towards y0ur leg. Maintain a stretched spine. Place your right hand just below your knee and pull your left arm up to directly above your shoulder. Gaze to the floor and breathe deeply for ten seconds. Repeat on the other side.

Hope you enjoyed your at yoga at home class! Who knows, maybe one day you will master that crazy upside down thing they do on TV!

 

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DIY Outdoor Meditation Area

Meditation retreats are the new all-inclusive cruises. In today’s fast-paced, post-modern, society, those with blessed bank accounts are switching the glossy, Las Vegas resorts for something a little more zen: the meditation retreat. It seems that the phrase vacation is finally living up to it’s unwinding definition!

Meditation is an easy and relaxing way to escape and alleviate from everyday stresses, and with one in four individuals suffering from mental health issues, it’s time that we all sat down and got our ‘ooooom’ on!

Unless you’re Bill Gates, chances are you can’t escape to a meditation retreat every time your stress levels peak. So why not create your own outdoor meditation area at home?

Whatever your level of building expertise, there’s a DIY outdoor meditation area for you to create in your own home. Time to find yours…

For The First Time DIY-er

If a hammer and a saw are your arch nemeses, this easy to create area is for you! All it takes is a whole lot of patience and some cracking decor….oh yeah, and maybe a ladder.

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The wonderful thing about this meditation mecca is that it takes absolutely zero building skills! Wahoo! Let nature be your structure, and find a tall, sturdy and leafy tree in your back yard.

  1. Let’s start from the top! Take two large, plain white sheets and secure to the center-point of the tree. Take the fabric and create drapes, securing to near-by tall structures of trees to create a shaded cover.
  2. Whilst you’ve got that ladder handy, hang a string of fairy lights underneath the white sheets. I suggest you hang these i the central focal point of the drapes, as they may come in handy for meditation!
  3. Hang two dream catchers or hanging macrames at either side of your drapes, creating a welcoming ‘entry’ to your meditation area.
  4. Take three Arabian velvet table runners and layout consecutively on the ground, creating an Indian-inspired meditation mat.
  5. Dot around colorful, bohemian print cushions and enjoy!

You Will Need

3 x Arabian velvet table runners

2 x Elegant dahlia pillow covers
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2 x hand embroidered brocade pillow covers

2 x exotic oriental pillow covers

2 x large white sheets

2 x dream catchers/ hanging macrames

1 x string of fairylights

 

For The Handyman

With only one timber structure and a whole lot of prettiness, this four poster bed style retreat is ideal for anyone who has a little bit of building knowledge.

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What’s more zen than a four poster bed and fresh air combined? This Meditation area is all about options, with mat-covered floor areas or a make-shift bed both ready for your relaxation techniques. The mini Buddhist shrine on the wall gives in a extra edge of spirituality too.

  1. Let’s get the hardest bit out of the way first! Create a timber four poster bed frame and secure on top of a raised area.
  2. Once secure, hang plants and lanterns from your frame to create a zen atmosphere.
  3. Take an old mattress and adorn with the hand painted floral duvet cover set. Place this under your frame and dot with colorful cushions of your choice.
  4. Decorate the lower-level ground with the hand painted floral table cloth and the hand embroidered table cloth.

 

You Will Need

1 x hand painted duvet cover set

2 x paisley embroidered pillow cover

1 x floral embroidered pillow cover

1 x solid geometric pillow cover

1 x hand painted floral tablecloths

1 x hand embroidered table cloth

1 x single matress

1 x wooden frame

3 x hanging lights

For The Building Guru

Up for a challenge? This curtained gazebo is what meditation dreams are made of! So get yourself a hammer, an array of wood and a builder, if needed, this one is well worth the hard slog!

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Who needs to go to some swanky resort when you could have this in your backyard? It’s fabulous for outdoor entertaining as well as meditation. If you are not a pro builder, entrust your mecca in builder or a handy friend.

  1. Lay down timber boardwalk in the area you wish to have your meditation retreat.
  2. Build a gazebo on top of the boardwalk and adorn with drapey white curtains.
  3. Surround by statement shrubs and plants in stone columns.
  4. Add a stone coffee table to the center-back of your area and dot with vases of fresh flowers.
  5. Add neutral, Moroccan decor and add a few of the floral embroidered pillow cases for comfort.

You Will Need

2 x floral embroidered pillow covers

1 x high quality timber gazebo

White curtains

Timber board walk

1 x stone coffee table

1 x mini table

A variety of adornments

4 x vases of fresh flowers

Have you tried Meditation before? Let me know your techniques in the comments below…

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5 Ways To Make Your Home More Zen

2016: you may be filled with the best technology, travel opportunities and out of this world inventions, but you are making our heads hurt! Between all the emails, phone calls and office- driven Tweets, it seems that switching off from our 9-5 is now harder than ever! And with a whopping three quarters of the population suffering from regular work related stress, leaving behind your work qualms is certainly a must.

It’s time to grab the reigns back on our stress levels! How? Through a little home makeover. With just a few tips and tweaks, turning your home into a more zen abode is sure to make those cortisol levels drop!

So sit back, light a scented candle and ‘oom’ your way through our top tips…

1. Go For Neutral, Earthy Tones
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Just as in nature, harmonization in your home is everything! Neutral and earth tones such as beige, cream and and grey have being scientifically proven to induce a state of relaxation. Continuity between elements such as the furniture, ceiling and floors is very important, so ensure that similar neutral tones are woven throughout your home.

Living Room

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Neutral tones doesn’t have to equate to boring! Play with textures and patterns in a few neutral tones to stop your home appearing clinical. However, take caution! Ensure that your larger pieces of furniture, such as your flooring and sofa, are block colored. A patterned sofa with patterned cushions and wall decor can appear cluttered, which is the anti-thesis of zen.

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Opt for neutral toned cushions in relaxing Moroccan prints.

Floral embroidered pillow cover

Elegant dahlia pillow cover

Bedroom

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Warm golden neutrals ensure that the bedroom is still cosy and welcoming. When choosing a bed, opt for a shape that matches the symmetry of the overall room to create a harmonious balance. A neutral carpet adds comfort whilst acting as a zen-enhancing noise blocker.

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It doesn’t get more blissful then neutral tones and soft, silk fabrics.

Hand embroidered 7 piece duvet cover set

2. Hide Sharp Edges

Feng Shui master Ann Bigley Gallops states that ‘hard table edges are called poison arrows’ and recommends covering them up with soft fabric (Source). When one of these ‘arrows’ faces you, you unconsciously take it’s sharp energy into your body. Ouch! So it’s time to embrace those table runners and table cloths! Luckily, we’ve listed our favorite picks in oh-so-zen tones.

Beige

Hawthorn leaf table runner

Cream

Hand painted floral table cloth

Soft Gold

Saree border table runner

Pink- Beige

Exotic oriental table runner

3. Add Soft Blues & Greens

There’s a reason that spas choose a color palette of soft blues and greens, they are the definition of relaxing! To ensure your room is unwinding, not cluttered, dot a few items of this color in among a room that has a neutral palette.

Living Room

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These soft blue-hued cushions add an understated oceanic vibe to this neutral living area. The slightly Scandinavian vibe of the rest of the room adds to the tones soothing qualities.

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The geometric print pillow cover is cooling and calming in both tone and texture.

Bedroom

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A neutral palette of brown, white and beige is complimented and uplifted by a duck egg chair and pillows. When it comes to the bedroom, less is more with these cool tones. A few pillow cases or a bed runner alone will ensure that the room reserved for love isn’t left too cold.

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Ocean Blue

The ornamental blossom table runner is a calming way to dress up any neutral bed.

4. Incorporate The 5 Elements

The ancient Chinese practice of Feng Shui thrives on the harmonious balance of the five elements: wood, fire, earth, metal and water. Ok, we don’t expect you to have a fire breathing dragon, a magical koi carp pond and a giant fan in your home, but there are some methods that allow you to easily inject the 5 elements into your abode.

Wood

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The easiest element to add by your home, you can add wood, by, well, adding wood! Whether this be through natural branches, or wooden furniture, embrace wood and the vibrant health that it brings.

Fire

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Scented candles are a must! If you don’t like their smokey counterpart, you can also inject the element of fire into your home with red decor. The Arabian velvet table runner is a regal way to inject some fire!

Earth
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The most beneficial way to add the earth element, is through live greenery. As well as encouraging nourishment and knowledge, plants also act as natural air purifiers. And old, dirty air is such a killer when it comes to zen.

Metal

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This ones totally literal! Those who follow feng shui believe that the metal element encourages strength and independence. So grab some metal pots, ornaments and furniture and allow your strength to develop.

Water

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There’s nothing more relaxing than the sound of running water! Embrace this element in all it’s glory with a soothing, indoor water feature. If that’s too expensive, flowers floating in a water bowl is a beautiful addition to any room.

5. Natural Materials

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Wood, marble, stone and bamboo all have highly zen qualities. As well as Being neutral in color, these materials literally bring the freshness and peace of nature into your home. If you’re on a budget, a DIY driftwood ornament can work wonders. Or add an air of bamboo to your kitchen with our shimmering spiral placemats.

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And exhale! I don’t know about you, but I feel zen!

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