A Simple Meditation Guide For Beginners: How To Find Inner Peace Through Yoga And Meditation

Many people around Singapore have turned to yoga and meditation so that they can cope with the stressful demands experienced in the millennial mainstream. With a combination of both yoga and meditation, many people find inner peace, immense joy and happiness, allowing them to escape the clutches of a stressful life. By combining a variety of yoga postures, breathing exercises, and deep meditation, a person should find inner peace and cope with this challenging world more with ease.   Below is a handy guide on how people can meditate peacefully while doing yoga. Relax with yoga postures Yoga is the beginning part of the meditation exercise. What follows next is the combination of both the breathing and relaxing of the mind. Tapping into the deep, inner part of the energy is crucial when performing any series of meditation. This allows your body, mind, and breath to come in rhythm, channeling each to the source of life deep within. To begin, start with some stretches and yoga postures to make the body light and stable. Follow this with some deep “ujjayi” breaths before jumping to the next stage.   Calm the mind with breathing exercises After long series of breathing exercises, you should be able to calm your mind. You should start to notice the impulsive episodes of thoughts becoming blurred and vanishing into oblivion. This means the mind is usually devoid of all mundane pattern of thoughts. In the end, you should be able to achieve a more focused and clear mind that can execute tasks faster than before.   And finally, slowly slip into meditation Now because the...

6 Simple Ways to Stop Destroying Your Skin Every Day

If you are like the vast majority of people in Singapore and elsewhere, your daily routine likely causes far more damage to your skin than you ever realized. Throughout your day, you probably undertake several activities that can cause extreme skin damage over time. Thankfully, some added attention to your daily routine and simple precautions often will counteract the debilitating effects your daily routine has on your skin. Here are six ways you likely wreck your skin and how to fix the problem.   Too Much Caffeine If you drink coffee, tea or soft drinks, you likely are taking in too much caffeine every day, and that will dry out your skin and cause premature aging. You don’t have to cut coffee and other caffeinated drinks out of your diet, but you need to moderate your intake and enjoy decaffeinated drinks as much as possible.   Lengthy Hot Showers A hot shower feels great at the end of a long day of work and play. But the longer and warmer your shower, the more damage you do to your skin by flushing out critical oils and nutrients. That can lead to dry, scaly skin. You can keep your showers comfortably warm, but short of generating steam, to help preserve your natural skin oils and keep your skin from drying out.   Ignoring Your Neck Your neck gets more sun exposure than any other part of your body. But like a lot of people, you probably ignore it when you apply face cream and skin moisturizer. Luckily for you, you can buy the best neck cream specifically designed for the...

For Expats: 5 Hobbies to Meet New People and Find a New Passion in Singapore

Considered Asia’s Business and Financial Centre, Singapore is all about the mantra “work hard, play hard.” However, it can be difficult to meet like-minded people outside of work. Instead of hitting up bars at Clarke Quay or swiping right on Tinder, here are 5 hobbies to try out to meet new friends and explore a different side of Singapore. Running – Singapore is a beautifully planned city to explore on foot and running clubs of all types are popping up. You can check out sites like justrunlah.com to find the most scenic running routes and join a running club to meet healthy and fit individuals from all backgrounds. Yoga – Yoga studios are dominating the gym scene and more zen-minded people are coming together at yoga meetups and yoga camps you can easily sign up too. You can simply take yoga classes in Singapore and make connections with the people and the practice. It’s an awesome hobby, not just to meet new friends, but also to adopt a relaxed and clear mindset amidst the hurly-burly of work life. Dragon Boat Racing – Dragon Boat Racing is building up in popularity. Many dragon boat racing clubs are set up to promote a love of outdoors, camaraderie, and a community of friendship and competitiveness all in good fun. Races are usually in beach outside of the city where you get to explore a different side of Singapore. Volunteering – Why not lend a hand and meet new friends at the same time? There are a number of volunteer meetups in Singapore and get introduced to passionate people who want to make...

5 Major Health Reasons Why Losing Weight Is Not Your Ultimate Goal

If you’re planning to go on a diet to lose weight, you probably care more about losing all of that unwanted body fat, rather than getting healthier as your primary goal. Unfortunately, many of us tend to do the same thing. We put too much emphasis on losing weight, without considering our health and the side effects or risks that come with improper dieting. Below are the five important health reasons why losing weight is not your ultimate goal (and what to do instead).   Adequate rest Those who are on an improper diet or crash dieting tend to lose their weight fast, without giving a chance for their body to take a break. This will only make you gain more weight in the long run and eventually exhausts your body. Instead, get plenty of rest and sleep. According to a study, those who received adequate rest and sleep can retain healthy hormonal balance, in turn leaving them less hungry and prevent them from getting cravings or binge eating.   Reduced stress The wrong diet can put a lot of mental strain on you, particularly when you urgently need to lose the weight fast and not eating as much. This makes you ‘hangry’, which means hungry and angry. Instead of simply losing weight by not eating as much, try a more balanced diet that nourishes your body and at the same time doesn’t contribute to any weight gain. Give yourself more time to reach your goal, and reward yourself with a healthy snack whenever you deserve it. The more relaxed you are in achieving your goal, the healthier and...

Do You Have Stomach Cancer? Find Out Before It’s Too Late.

Most people are familiar with the common and harmless gastric issues, such as bloating, abdominal pain and gas. Stomach ache is known to be dismissed as it can fade away with home remedies. However, some symptoms can end up developing into more severe cases, one of which is stomach cancer. Stomach cancer develops slowly over the years and is most of the time ignored until it’s too late.   How do you know whether you have stomach cancer? Here are the 10 most common early signs to look out for: Stomach pain Abdominal discomfort, especially in the upper part Poor appetite Weight loss for no reason Nausea Heartburn and indigestion Vomiting, with or without blood Swelling in your stomach, which might also be due to fluid build-up A sense of fullness in the upper abdomen, especially after eating a small meal Constipation or diarrhea .   However, as you can see, the early signs are hard to distinguish from normal and curable gastric problems. Therefore, if you have identified any persisting combination of these symptoms, the next step is to book a doctor’s appointment for a screening. Some of the tests used to detect stomach cancer are upper endoscopy, endoscopic ultrasound, biopsy, upper gastrointestinal and chest X-rays, and imaging tests, such as CAT scans, PET scans and MRIs. Often, getting yourself checked is the best and safest way to confirm or reassure any doubts. Additionally, if you are concerned about a relative or friend that might have alarming similar symptoms, you can bring them to the National Cancer Centre Singapore so that they can know about stomach cancer and...

Understanding Shoulder Pain and How to Deal With It

  If you live a very active lifestyle, getting injuries such as shoulder pain is completely unavoidable. This injury is quite common to those who are physically active or to those who got involved in an accident. Sometimes, you may even injure your shoulder while performing your normal day-to-day activities. In order to reduce the risk of damaging your shoulders, you need to understand what causes shoulder-related pain and know what to do in case that you get one. What Causes Shoulder Pain?   There are three major bones that make up the shoulder – humerus, clavicle and scapula. These three bones work in harmony that allows us to move our arms in any way we want. But if these three bones get separated from one another, it will immediately cause a great deal of pain, discomfort, and inability to move or rotate the shoulder. This prevents us from functioning properly.   When getting treatment for shoulder problems, a doctor will conduct a thorough physical examination and complete investigation of your medical history. He will then assess the joint mobility and stability in your shoulder by feeling the tenderness of the muscles. An MRI or X-ray will be required to see the extent of damage inside your shoulders. After doing the necessary tests, only then will he be able to determine the right shoulder treatment for you. What Should I do If I Injured My Shoulder?   There are a number of ways to manage shoulder injuries that you can try at home. Some of them are the following: Use an ice pack. Ice will help you control the...