The art of being

Living is doing for many of us. We wake up and we start doing. Sitting back and just being is a difficult task for many. So many times it has happened that we intend to just put our feet up and read a book. We start well but within a few minutes, we are up for something or the other. In this respect, I feel practicing yoga, helps bring stability to the mind and body. With regular practice we become more centred and connected to ourselves and as we stay connected we start to be rather than do. Green Goodness Yoga  helps you connect with the right services by educating you and providing you with enough information, so you make the right choice.


Yoga is known for the fantastic benefits it has on the body and the mind, body, soul connection. Most yoga sessions are concluded with a 15 to 20 minutes of breath work. Breathing deeply and correctly improves overall body functioning and most important removes stale and toxic energy that tend to accumulate within the body, due to constant exposure to stress. Constantly doing is also related to too much noise in the head. When we are overloaded with thoughts and our brain is constantly churning ideas and thoughts, we are unable to sit quietly for a prolonged period. Yoga techniques that include chanting of the ‘om” mantra remove the static noise in the head. As you remove the static noise in your head and focus your mind, you’ll find that you’re able to remember things, concentrate, and perform much better.


While yoga connects the mind body and soul  , meditation connects you with yourself and your inner truth. All answers lie within us. When we meditate, we open the channels of communication between ourselves and the spirit. Meditation brings the brainwave pattern into an alpha state that promotes healing. A healed mind is a calm mind, devoid of innumerable thoughts. Once the thoughts cease, the mind can become still. A still mind allows us to be, rather than do. Thus we learn the art of just being.

Green Living

Living with the environment is easy if we just go with the flow. going with the flow is about connecting ourselves to the present moment, of living in today rather than tomorrow or yesterday. Our homes echo who we are, they are an extension of ourselves. We gauge and assess people for who they are, based on how and where they live. Being balanced and connected with ourselves, also, means a balance and connection with nature. Using environmental friendly products, building material, supporting companies that contribute to healing the planet are all parts of an endeavour to connect with nature and show an appreciation for what nature freely gives. Even a simple thing like adding an elevator to an existing home, can be done keeping basic environmental issues in mind. Hiring the right firm is important in this regard. Grant Home Elevators have a vast experience in the design, manufacture, installation and maintenance of lifts.


Be a part of the planet by conserving what is there. Take water for example. It is slowly diminishing. Go easy. If you cannot harvest rainwater or do not have the time to invest in recycling water, try to not waste. Simple acts like turning off the shower or tap when not in use, using a faucet aerator on each faucet etc will save and reduce the carbon footprint.


Going easy on the electricity will also save the water supply. Simple things like air drying clothes in good weather as opposed to machine drying will prevent electricity wastage. Using CFLs or  using “smart” power strips that sense when appliances are off, conserve wastage of power. Conduct a quick energy audit of your home and replace electrical appliances with energy efficient appliances. Turning off all electronic gadgets at night saves energy.


Shift to more DIY products in the house. Cleaning agents are the easiest to incorporate in everyday living. Everyday products like club soda (the bubbles help break down stains by loosening grime), vinegar (the acidity inhibits the growth of bacteria and prevents mold and mildew from forming), and even vodka (a proven germ eliminator) make for fast, cheap, and effective house cleaners. There are many natural recipes for cleaning that can be used on a regular basis.


It is the simple things that make a difference. So go ahead and make some things a part of your daily life.

Easy money management tips

Taking out time to manage money can give you better control over your life. Money is a means of transaction and when you start to see it as a medium of exchange, you will start to manage it better. Many of us have a mortgage, to deal with. Just asking an experienced mortgage broker can help you deal with the whole mortgage payment in a better way. A traditional loan structure will see a very small discount on your owner-occupier, or ‘home’ loan. This means that you’ll be paying nearly equal interest on both loans, but only getting a tax deductible advantage on your investment loan. By bundling your loans with Crown Mortgage Brokers Rate Reducer, you will help dial down the interest rate on a home loan, so you can pay off the principal faster and own your home faster. Plus, as your loan balance reduces every year – so too does your interest rate.


Another way of managing money is to have a budget. A Budget gives you a birds eye view of what you have to spend. It is easy to overlook your spending capacity, when all you have to do is swipe a card. It makes you forget that there may be a previous amount owed that is going on increasing with every payment not made to the credit card company. When you budget, you give yourself a limit to your spending capacity.


The next step is to work on the money owed to loans and credit cards. This is a part of  budgeting. When you see the amount of debt that is owed, you break it up in manageable portions such that you can pay back a certain amount every month. In other words, there is a light at the end of the tunnel. When you know a certain amount has to go in paying back loans and credit card payments, you budget your spend on the basis of the money left over, and not on the initial take home.


A great way to work out your budget is to start by using a budget planner, that will work out the minor details for you. Before you sit down to  budget keep necessary information within reach. Necessary information would be about income generated, bank statement, household and other bills etc. Basically information about money coming in and money going out.

Interesting outdoor pools designs


Swimming is one of the best ways to tone and relax. Nothing beats having a pool in the house, where exercise is just a few steps away. Adding a pool to the house is not a daunting task, if you hire the right people and the right material for the installation of the pool. Fibreglass pools make it easy for installation and maintenance of a pool. Riverina Fibreglass Outdoor Pools  provide top quality benchmark fibreglass pools with a Lifetime Construction Warranty. With these pools you can enhance the landscaping effects with a great range of pavers and borders to create your own environment.

To get started, here are a few backyard pool ideas for setting up a hassle free, stress free relaxation zone in the house:

For a big backyard a tropical theme complete with greenery and tress and a flow pool complete the look. It is fantastic to get the feeling of bliss ,and of course exercise too. If the flow river theme seems too zen, then a wavy pool with tiles or concrete on either side gives a tranquil and modern look.

To get an eclectic pool, adding lighting to the pool makes a different impact and works really well when the pool doubles up as an entertainment zone in the evenings.

For kids in the house a pool that combines a water slide or a fountain on the side, brings in long hours of fun and play for the kids. A slide works better with an elongated design like a basic rectangular pool. For a small round pool it is not the best idea. Classic style pools are great for busy lifestyles. This style has a constant depth & internal side mounted steps to allow flow of the geometric lines.

Roman ended pools bring in a bit of Tuscan elegance to your backyard. This pool combines timeless beauty with simplicity of design to bring a piece of Italy to your home.

Whichever design you opt for, keep the layout in mind. Keep the pool landscape you will opt for, when discussing layout plans. To get the perfect swimming pool layout  identify the strengths and weaknesses of swimming pool shapes that you opt for.