Time to Detox

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Post-festival is a tough time. You’ve indulged in eating and bingeing on all the heavy, fattening, high calorie foods. You’re sleep deprived, your skin lacks sheen, your hair feels like straw and for the best part of a week the healthiest thing you’ve eaten are probably the dry fruits. And now you are dreading to step on that weighing scale which you’ve casually hidden under your bathroom cabinet.

So how about some detox to clear up the toxins from your sluggish system. Detoxification is not only about elimination but also abstaining.

According to Ayurveda, short periods of fasting effectively remove toxins and gas from the body, help shed a little weight, clean the palate and improve mental clarity. Fasting also helps the body “desalt”, and balance the high amounts of salt that we end up eating on a daily basis and more so during festivals.

Returning back to reality after a festival can be a tad depressing. After all those late nights and long days you’re bound to feel pretty wiped. With the prospect of returning to work looming ahead make sure you give your energy levels a kick-start by eating the right kinds of post-festival foods. Keep yourself hydrated by having water, green tea or coconut water and avoiding packaged foods, sugary and baked goods.

Carrots, yogurt, spinach and broccoli keep your immune system bolstered and are packed full of antioxidants. Snack on bananas which are naturally high in sugars and eat regular, small meals to keep up your metabolic rate. Eating foods high in B vitamins and vitamin C, such as tomatoes, sunflower seeds and whole grain bread, help fire you up and power you through to the week.

Some form of physical activity such as gentle walks, a short run or yoga is sure to get your body chugging and start its own detox process.

Don’t forget to look after your skin. After the endless late nights spent with family and friends, a part of your post-festival detox should be to give your skin a rejuvenating pampering to help renew skin cells and improve your complexion.

Picking up a bug after a festival is the last thing you want to contend with. Try to protect yourself against getting sick by eating foods that help to strengthen your immune system.

Follow these easy tips and you are sure to give your body some rest to get back on the health wagon, until the next round of celebrations beginning at the end of the year!

Navratri- Worshipping the Feminine Divine

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“Navratri” literally means nine nights.

The worship of the feminine has been the most ancient form of worship, widespread in India. The Indian festival of Navratri is dedicated to the feminine nature of the Divine and is the exploration of the three forms of goddesses namely; Durga, Lakshmi and Saraswati. These three Goddesses are seen as three dimensions of the feminine.

 

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Those who aspire for strength or power, worship forms of Durga or Kali.

Those who aspire for wealth, passion or material gifts worship Lakshmi.

Those who aspire for knowledge, worship Saraswati.

During Navratri most Hindus invoke the energy aspect of God in the form of the universal mother, commonly referred to as Maa Durga who is known to be the remover of miseries of life. Whenever evil and demonic tendencies start becoming dominant in society troubling the pious, the righteous and the spiritual, the divine Energy principle is incarnated to destroy these unrighteous elements.

It is this Shakti (energy) which helps God to proceed with the work of creation, preservation and destruction.

Our worship of Shakti reconfirms the scientific theory that energy is imperishable, it cannot be created or destroyed. It is always omnipresent.

During the nine days of Navratri, the first three days are dedicated to Durga, the next three to Lakshmi, and the last three to Saraswati.

The tenth day, Vijayadashami, signifies the triumph over all these three aspects of life.

Navratri comes four times in a year but the more popular ones are celebrated twice in a year. The Ashwina Navratri, starts at the beginning of winter (between September and October-This year it starts on 10th October till 18 October) and the Chaitra Navratri, comes during the beginning of summer, between March and April. The dates for the festival are based on the Hindu Lunar calendar.

Navaratri is celebrated in different ways throughout India. Some fast, others feast. Some revere the same Mother Goddess in her nine different aspects. To some, Navratri is a cultural and social festival which marks family time, along with the celebration of various performance arts ,dance. etc.

Scientifically speaking, just before the beginning of summer and winter, Mother Nature undergoes a major change. Fasting or abstaining from certain foods during this time is considered beneficial to the body as it prepares to face the seasonal changes ahead.

May MAA DURGA empower you and your family with her nine Swaroopa (forms) namely; Name, Fame, Health, Wealth, Education, Grace, Bhakti (worship) and Shakti.

Happy Navratri!!