Renu Jain – Creating A Green Skincare Business With Heart & Healing Mojo

#MindfulMonday Mindfulness in terms of what she creates and how she does business is what struck me when I met Renu Jain at an exhibition. While these days, there are a plethora of green businesses that create natural and handmade bodycare products, what made Renu stand out was the generosity and heart with which she runs The Healing Earth. She not only sometimes offers some of her product samples as gifts to customers (now, please don’t go expecting one ;-)) in an endeavor

Pari's Wellness & Green Living Concerns

#GreenGalStories Meet Pari. A professional with an alternative career roller-skating towards her 40's, she has two kids in tow, a husband who helps at home, and work that satisfies her but occasionally befuddles her too. Most of her friends are in full-time jobs that leave them no time for themselves or are home makers, who have a full schedule, juggling their kids' classes/their own social commitments/family requirements. Pari likes the idea of living a #healthy life. She al

Kumbaya: Stitching Up Stories

Gora walks on her hands, all the way on the dirt track from her house in the village to the bus stand. She’s lifted up by the conductor and then helped down the bus, when she reaches Neemkheda, where she works as a producer at Kumbaya. Gora, a tribal woman in a small hamlet in Madhya Pradesh, doesn’t have legs but that doesn’t stop her from going to work, where she stitches up a storm on a simple sewing machine. For Saroj, it’s been a story of grit and determination to suppor

6 Ways to Create a Morning Yoga Practice

I’ve been practicing yoga at home for several years and have found that the early morning hours suit me the best. It revs me up - I feel charged with energy, ready to take on the tasks of the day. For you, your ideal time to practice yoga can be in the evening or even mid-day. But if you’re looking to begin an early morning home practice and can’t seem to get down to it, here are some of my tried and tested ways to make it to the mat. Do the prep work the night prior. Lay out

5 Natural Skin-moisturizing Solutions

Our skin is our largest organ, and nourishing it with something that’s actually natural, is one of the best ways to take care of it. There are a host of reasons for ditching commercial body lotion, no matter how expensive or upper crust these might be. But once we ban them from our bathroom cabinet, what do we bring in to moisturize our skin? Here are 5 kinds of oils and natural butters that I use to keep my skin soft and supple. Umm yes, I did say oil and no, these don’t lea

Simple Ideas To Pack In More Veggies In Your Meals

Vegetables are one of the foundations of Indian meals. The ubiquitous curry is paired with rotis or parathas for breakfast, eaten with lentils and rice or chapatis for lunch, and scooped up with phulkas for dinner. But in spite of eating vegetables in the curry form at least once a day, I crave for variety. Variety in the types of veggies I eat and the form in which these are cooked or presented. If you’re anything like me and are looking for different ways to fit in veggies

7 Simple Ways To Stay Hydrated In Summer

Staying hydrated is one of the key ways to stay focused, bump up your mood and energy, prevent headaches and stay healthy overall. With the summers picking up speed, it’s even more essential to drink plenty of fluids to avoid dehydration. Here are some of my favorite ways to stay hydrated all through the year: Simmer up those soups. I love tucking into soups, whether it’s winter or summer. Make some at home with fresh vegetables and lentils, or even chicken or meat, and sip t

Do-It-Yourself Deodorant For Happy Underarms

Till a few years back, I would use a tube of roll-on deodorant to zap down armpit odor during the long summer months. I even used my deodorant stick during the winters because the practical truth is that the more regularly you use a deodorant, the less you’ll be likely to stay away from it. I don’t know if this happens to you, but I would feel sweatier around my armpits if I gave the deodorant a miss any day. Even when I knew about the health risks that these fellas pose, I s