Holistic Healing

Yoga has been a fitness trend for the past few years, centuries actually if you live in India, but the world too has opened up to yoga a few years back and accepted it as a way of life. The century-old practice includes yoga postures (asanas), breathing techniques (pranayamas) and meditation. Through these, the body, mind and breath come in harmony with each other and that very moment yoga happens. The practice of yoga has immense benefits for not just the body but also the mind so that you enjoy a perfect healthy state of being. The practice of Yoga has various benefits from weight loss, controlling diabetes, better time management, freedom from anger, effective communication to creativity at work. We have found a few yoga options you can try out for a healthier lifestyle.

The Atré Yoga Studio (TAYS)

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TAYS is a playful laboratory where you can experiment with your breath and body. At TAYS, you get to understand your body and open your mind up under the guidance of Yoga professionals. Zubin Atre is the young and highly-motivated owner of TAYS. He is committed to the wellbeing of his students at both the physical and mental realms. A few sessions can help him identify the individual’s specific problems leading him to design tailor-made combinations of yoga postures for his students. Zubin has even shared the wonders of practicing yoga at the workplace, and regularly conducts seminars at business schools, corporate institutions, international organisations and non-governmental organisations. If it’s yoga classes that you’re looking for, then TAYS is definitely the place for you. TAYS offers tailor-made yoga programs designed to suit your specific body requirements and your lifestyle. TAYS offers a unique range of yoga services that are handcrafted and developed by the professionals for the clients, keeping in mind any special requirement you may have. One of them is a 1PM yoga session which gives Shahpur Jat employees the chance to sneak-in some yoga at lunchtime, and the other is Sitar & Yoga at The Atre Yoga Studio, where Zubin Atré silently conducts the session as participants follow the flow to music improvised by Galen Passen on the sitar. Viewers are invited to meditate in silence on the music and movement.

Yogācāra

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If you are in Mumbai, don’t fret, we have a solution for you there as well. Yogācāra Healing Arts started by Radhika Vachani in 2010 at Mahalaxmi, now expands to open a first of its kind Yoga and Ayurveda Wellness Center in Bandra, off Carter Road. Yogācāra offers holistic healing solutions guided by the ancient disciplines of Yoga, Meditation, Ayurveda and Panchakarma treatments. The experience begins with Dr. Ruchi, or a Wellness Consultant who takes the time to understand your wellness and health challenges, lifestyle and needs. Yogācāra then develops a wellness plan to suit your individual needs, and provides you the needed support on a mental, physical and emotional level to help clients heal, and incorporate sustainable changes towards a happier, healthier and more balanced way of living .A very important element added to the wellness services at Yogācāra is the Ayurveda and Panchakarma section, headed by Dr.Ruchi Upadhyay MD, and on their panel of specialists, Dr. Uday and Dr. Madhura Kulkarni, respected and long time practitioners of Ayurveda and Panchkarma, and Founders of “Arogyadham”. Ayurveda is an ancient Indian medical Science based on the premise that the universe is made up of five elements: air, water, fire, earth and ether. These elements are represented in humans as three “doshas” or energies known as Vata, Pitta, and Kapha. Ayurveda stresses a balance of these three elemental energies: Vayu/Vata (air and space-“wind”), pitta (fire & water -“bile”), and Kapha (water & earth-“phlegm”). When any of the doshas accumulate in the body beyond the desirable limit, the body loses its balance and disease manifests. Hence balancing these three doshas in our bodies becomes essential. Both Yoga and Ayurveda go hand in hand for a complete wellness of a person.

So if you haven’t started yet, I suggest you find Yoga at the earliest for a healthier life.

Review: Piccoli Tortini, Mumbai

This week Writer and Blogger Sohini Datta went to check out Piccoli Tortini in Bandra, a luxurious Italian Pasticceria serving tortinis, cupcakes, pastries, desserts, paninis, Italian breads, salads, pastas and a high end, indulgent afternoon tea. They also do a typical Italian meal, well her opinion, read ahead to find out.

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Italian food is as common as burgers in India. Everyone has it and everyone thinks they are a connoisseur of it. Therefore, reviewing Piccoli Tortini in Bandra is ten times more difficult…or so I thought. The patisserie is really small in area size and the cynic in me had her nose upturned till it reached the heavens. In my head, Italian restaurant that boasts of gluten-free, organic food must be sprawling.I will speak about the food more than the décor. The décor is nice…but then I belong to the minimalist generation, ornate is just not my style.With a lot of glass and baroque details, the space was distinctly old school Italian. And while we all agree the ambience goes hand in hand with the quality of food, sometimes one tends to overpower the other. This time, the food took home the gold.

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While I am clearly not a salad or health-food person and believe raw food must not be eaten, the chickpea couscous salad in olive oil being refreshingly light, won my heart. Next up was the orange ice tea, which by the way for some reason is still undiscovered. Think citrus tea….how wrong can it get? Not much. How right can it get? Home run style! I could have had four of those, but I try not to act like a glutton in public.  This was followed by Chicken Ciabatta –slices of chicken mortadella with green olive paste. This was fabulous so not so much my favorite because too much bread during dinner always spoils the appetite. It is the beautiful creamy mushroom sauce fettuccini with roasted shrimps that took us on a direct flight to Italy. Creamy pasta is always almost made wrong, either too heavy or too floury or cheesy. However, Piccoli, use their own home-made gluten free wheat pasta and their sauce was perfectly balanced, leaving no taste bud alone. The mouth was an explosion of flavors…and I might just start drooling again if I keep speaking about it. Most importantly, it was light enough to digest super soon which seldom happens with Italian. Finally, we ended the dinner with what can only be described as a cupcake platter. Vanilla, chocolate and spiced pumpkin cupcakes…I had two of the spiced pumpkin ones because …they deserved to be loved.

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More love was shown to a slice of dense cheesecake (you can choose the topping you like from blueberry, raspberry and some more) and I contemplated buying all of the desserts off the shelves, but decided against.The verdict is that go to the restaurant with a lot of built-up hunger and enough space in your camera for innumerable Instagram photos. Because the food is so good that it can bring out the glutton from the most elegant and cynical of connoisseurs.

Address:Shams Palace, 98 Hill Road,near St Andrews Church, Bandra, Mumbai
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