Diwali (or Deepavali) is the five-day festival of lights from India, celebrated by over a billion people all over the world. The festival, which coincides with the Hindu New Year, celebrates new beginnings and the triumph of good over evil and light over darkness. Like Christmas, many gifts are exchanged between family and friends leading up to Diwali. And though we advocate a life of minimalism, we understand that there are some formalities and traditions which can just be unavoidable. We have therefore prepared a small list of our favourite eco-friendly gifts! And yes, these are plastic-free!
We recently had the privilege of helping Emma furnish her brand new yoga studio in Takapuna. Emma has taken great care to minimise the footprint of Flourish Yoga. And here she shares with us a few tips to make the studio a more environmentally sustainable space.
‘Drink water from a copper vessel to reap its numerous health benefits.’ If you grew up in India, chances are you got this piece of advice from a grandparent, yogi, doctor or Ayurvedic practitioner. Copper is an essential trace mineral that is vital to human health. Our bodies cannot synthesize copper. We need to get it from dietary sources.
An unintended hiatus from yoga is a common experience; life is busy, schedules are tight and it can be challenging to carve out time to get to the studio. And yet we all know that once we get there and find our flow, it is always worth it. So here are five ways that will hopefully inspire you to get back on the mat.
Ayurvedic literature recommends tongue scrapers being made from copper, silver, gold, tin or brass. But why do people still use copper tongue scrapers instead of more modern alloys such as stainless steel? And why does copper reign supreme among all the other metals? Find out about copper's ancient uses from its use in Greece to treat skin infections to its use in Egypt to disinfect wounds and accelerate healing.