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Acrylic pouring and fluid art can be so satisfying, like yoga.

PAINTING IT OUT HOW TO TURN YOUR RAW EMOTIONS INTO POTENT CREATIVE FUEL

Let go of trying to make a “pretty” painting, and focus on making a “feeling” painting. Your emotions might not look very “pretty” right now, but I bet you have a deep well of powerful fervor just waiting to be tapped and released. This is the stuff great art is made of. Use it.

Brain Yoga Lovers

5 super brain yoga exercises to boost your gray matter

Yoga asanas and pranayama for the brain

Yoga is a science that harnesses the innate capability of the body to improve its powers and functioning. It can act as an instant cognitive boost. It helps relieve stress, which enhances the functioning of the brain. Also, breathing through the left nostril activates the right brain and vice versa. Super brain yoga has also caught on among professionals and educators. It is a short and simple exercise to increase your brain power.

Bhramari Pranayama (Humming Bee Breathing)

  • Helps calm the mind
  • Releases negative emotions like anger, agitation, frustration, and anxiety
  • Improves concentration and memory
  • Builds confidence

Paschimottanasana (Seated Forward Bend)

  • Stretches the spine, helps relieve stress
  • Relaxes the mind by removing negative emotions like irritability and anger

Halasana (Plow Pose)

  • Helps improve blood flow to the brain and calm the nervous system
  • Stretches the back and neck, reducing stress and fatigue

Setu Bandhasana (Bridge Pose)

  • Strengthens and stretches the neck and spine, relaxing tight muscles and improving blood circulation to the brain
  • Calms the brain and nervous system, thereby reducing anxiety, stress, and depression

Sarvangasana (Shoulder Stand)

  • Regulates and normalizes the functioning of thyroid and parathyroid glands, thus improvingthe brain’s functioning
  • Nourishes the brain as more blood reaches the pineal and hypothalamus glands
  • Helps improve all cognitive functions

How to do super brain yoga? 

  1. Stand tall and straight, with your arms on the side.
  2. Lift your left arm and hold your right earlobe with your thumb and index finger. Your thumb should be in front.
  3. Lift your right arm and hold your left earlobe. Your right arm should be over your left arm.
  4. Inhale deeply and squat down slowly to a sitting position.
  5. Stay in this position for 2-3 seconds.
  6. Gently exhale as you rise up again. This completes one cycle.
  7. You may repeat this cycle about 15 times every day.

Meditation

4 ways to beat anxiety

Anxious moments come in everyone’s lives. Some have them more often and some experience it more intensely. Some bodies react to it – binge-eating, momentary paralysis, many others.

Whatever be the scale and frequency of this emotion in your life, there are ways by which you can minimize it and take control.

How to get rid of anxiety?

Meditate

Nurture creativity and enthusiasm

Take the Ayurvedic route

Change your perspective

#1. Meditation for anxiety and stress relief

When you meditate, you give deep rest to your restless mind. Stress activates your stress hormones, making you anxious. Regular meditation lowers these stress hormones and makes you feel relaxed. Moreover, meditation reduces the impressions of past moments of anxiety. Thereby, dwarfing the emotion in your subconscious. After meditation, the only thing you’ll lose is your worries.

However, you need to make sure that you meditate regularly. Every day adds to your confidence and brings you real inner freedom. So give it a shot! Meditation for anxiety relief could be the answer you are looking for.

Mindfulness meditation

Mindfulness meditation is also an effective way to get rid of anxiety. It involves being aware of your emotions, feelings, thoughts without judgment. As we observe our anxiety-building thoughts and feelings, they disappear.

Tip: Try a guided meditation which can help bring awareness to your thoughts and emotions.

#2. Enthusiasm & creativity to cope with anxiety

Channel your anxiety towards creative pursuits. You will find your fear dwarfing in the background. Nurture the enthusiasm in you and wear the creative hat. Enthusiasm drives creativity. You can nurture enthusiasm with regular celebrations. Celebrating charges your energy and drives away anxiety. Simply put, you cannot be celebrating and worrying at the same time! Celebrate small moments of life – one does not have to wait for a big occasion to celebrate something.

Tip: Do a service activity with a group. The enthusiasm to help someone can drive away negative emotions like anxiety. Furthermore, meditation after such activity is deeper and more rewarding experience!

#3. Take the Ayurvedic route

Traditional anti-anxiety medicines pose the risk of side-effects and long-term dependency. However, Ayurvedic alternatives come with minimal or no side-effects. Moreover, the approach of Ayurveda is to tend to the root of a disease and offer a more holistic treatment.

In case of anxiety, Ayurveda points the root as an imbalance of the vata dosha. The balance can be achieved with the implementation of vata-pacifying guidelines.

You are advised to consult an Ayurvedic/Nadi Parikshak doctor for a medical prescription.

#4. Change your perspective

Another way to control anxiety is to change your attitude towards your anxious thoughts.

Whenever an anxiety-building thought hits you, question its validity. Remind yourself that everything is changing. For instance, if a thought like ‘I’m never getting a job’ strikes you, ask yourself what is the evidence? Remind yourself that everything is changing – that the joblessness of today has all the chances to turn into employment tomorrow!

Research shows climate change silencing spots once buzzing with bees

The Canadian PressFebruary 6, 20201 Comment

Research shows climate change silencing spots once buzzing with bees

OTTAWA — Research measuring the effort of climate change on bees suggests they are only half as likely to be found in areas where they were once common.

“Things are just getting way too hot for them in a lot of places, too frequently in the year,” said Peter Soroye, a biologist at the University of Ottawa.

Bees are crucial to agriculture. The United Nations says about one-third of the world’s crops depend on pollinators.

Bees have faced a series of threats for years, including habitat loss, parasites and pesticide use. One 2011 study found that wild bumblebee species had declined by up to 96 per cent and their ranges had contracted by at least one-quarter.

Climate change is also a factor. Soroye and his colleagues, whose research was published Thursday in the journal Science, wanted to tease out its part in the bees’ decline.

Although global warming is usually reported in terms of average degrees per year, climatologists say that’s not how it’s actually experienced. What usually happens is a period of extreme weather.

That’s what hurts the bees, Soroye said.

“Temperatures getting a little hotter every year, most species can probably tolerate that,” he said. “But when you get a week of 40-plus (Celsius) temperatures, this is something that’s really difficult for bumblebees to tolerate.”

Using almost a century’s worth of records and data on 66 bumblebee species from more than half a million locations, the researchers showed a clear correlation — separate from land use or pesticides — between bee population surveys and weather that exceeded their tolerance.

They found a powerful link between population decline and what the paper calls “climate chaos.” 

“Eureka moments don’t usually happen,” said co-author Jeremy Kerr, a University of Ottawa professor. “Usually you see something in your data and you squint a little bit and then you say, ‘That’s strange.’ But this time, everything you could think of totally worked.”

The paper concludes that climate change in North America has resulted in a 50-50 chance that a meadow or a vacant lot that was loud with bees just a generation or two ago still has them. The paper also says their risk of extinction has increased.

Not all changes are losses. Soroye said some areas benefited from the warmer weather and increased their bee numbers.

But the overall trend was down, he said.

Kerr said correlating populations with weather data could be useful to help understand the declining numbers of many other species, especially birds for which long records are available.

“The premise is intended to be transferable. We didn’t build the premise for bumblebees. We built it for any kind of species.”

Not all animals are necessarily in decline from climate change. Butterflies, for example, might not be bothered by hot spells.

“They originated in tropical conditions and they may have greater capacity to tolerate hot weather,” Kerr said.

But the reason for any changes would remain the same — climate.  

“These principles are applicable everywhere,” Soroye said. “We have yet to test that, but that’s what we think.”

Kerr said the study has the added benefit of being immediately useful to beekeepers or wildlife managers.

“If we can manage our habitats to maintain things like microclimates, little habitat buffers like a hedgerow, it has the same effect as putting a shade tree in your backyard on a hot day,” he said. “You can go sit in the shade and so can a bumblebee.”

How to do super brain yoga?

  1. Stand tall and straight, with your arms on the side.
  2. Lift your left arm and hold your right earlobe with your thumb and index finger. Your thumb should be in front.
  3. Lift your right arm and hold your left earlobe. Your right arm should be over your left arm.
  4. Inhale deeply and squat down slowly to a sitting position.
  5. Stay in this position for 2-3 seconds.
  6. Gently exhale as you rise up again. This completes one cycle.
  7. You may repeat this cycle about 15 times every day.
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