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What Is Macramé? And The Types of Macramé Knots Macrame is a crafting technique made by knotting threads or cords in a geometrical pattern to produce various decorative items including textiles. In simple words, it’s the art of tying decorative knots with your hands. The only tool required is a mounting ring to keep the item in place while working. Macramé can be used to make a variety of things ranging from macramé plant holders and macramé wall art to jewellery, purses, and even clothing items. Inexpensive supplies like cotton twine, jute, hemp, or yarn are used to create both functional and aesthetic pieces. This art form has gained popularity in recent years with crafters and artists coming up with innovative and creative ways to take macrame beyond the basic plant holder and wall art. Origin of This Fascinating Knotting Technique Macramé, believed to have originated in the 13th century, comes from the Arabic word ‘migramah’, which translates to ‘fringe.’ It was long crafted by sailors, especially to cover anything from knife handles, bottles to parts of ships. The craze for macramé faded, to regain popularity again during the 60s and 70s as a means to make wall hangings, articles of clothing, macramé curtains, bedspreads, small jean shorts, tablecloths, macrame for plants, and other furnishings. This age-old practice has been in and out of popularity for thousands of years. However, macramé is here to stay because of its contemporary patterns that have revitalized the historic knotting techniques. Basic Tips That You Should Know Before you Get Started         It’s very important to equip yourself with good supplies. You’ll need a pair of scissors, a macrame cord and a measuring tape to cut cords.         Popular choices for cords are cotton, Jute, and wax, but for a beginner, a hemp cord is recommended as it’s easy to undo.         Use double half hitch macrame knots in your patterns as it helps to unknot faster simply by pulling the anchor cord instead of unknotting them one by one.         To keep the ends from fraying, tie a knot at the end of the cord or use clear nail polish on the ends of the cords to stiffen it.         Always add a little bit more length to the cord before cutting it to avoid running out. It’s awful to run out of macrame cord when you’re almost done.         The key to a polished look for your piece is uniform knotting and spacing, hence practice your techniques and you’ll be well on your way. Different Types of Macramé Knots Knotting is the key to macramé and there are numerous macramé knots to try from. Let’s take a look at the most commonly used knots in macramé.  Half Hitch Knot: This is one of the simplest and versatile knots used to create wavy patterns in macramé wall art. The working cord passes in front and then loops around the filler cord, passing it through the loop created by the working cord. Step 1: Pass the end of the rope up through the ring from below. Step 2: Bring it down and behind the remaining end or standing part of the rope. Double Half Hitch Knot: The double half hitch is the knot that takes your work to the next level by helping in creating different structures and shapes in macrame. Knots can be tied vertically, horizontally, diagonally or in a free form. Step 1: Form a clockwise loop around the pole, with the working end of the rope on top. Step 2: Bring the working end through the loop. Step 3: Get the working end down and to the left and loop it under the standing end. Step 4: Pull the working end through the loop just formed tightly. Step 5: Slide the knot along the standing end up to the post.   [caption id="attachment_10734" align="alignnone" width="612"] Green Color, Garden Decoration, Macrame And Nature Decor[/caption] Larks Head Knot: The Larks Head Knot also known as the cow hitch is one of the most frequently used decorative knots in Macrame. Using the Larks knot you can make some beautiful macramé earrings and attach cords in macramé beads. Step 1: Take both ends of the cord and join them together, folding the cord in half. Step 2: Push the folded loop over and behind your dowel. Step 3: Pull the ends up and secure a lark's head knot through the loop. Square Knot: The Square knot is one of the most common and important decorative knots used in Macrame.  Many variations and patterns can be made using this knot alone or in combination with other types of Macrame knots. The square knot is made in two parts. Step 1: Start with two Lark’s Head Knots. Step 2: Take the outer left cord and cross it over the two middle cords. Step 3: Place the outer right cordon on top of the left cord and under the two middle cords. Step 4: Loop it through the hole on the left side and pull tight. Step 5: You have now completed one side of a half square knot.    Spiral Knot: The spiral knot is a square knot used to tie repeatedly to form a spiral that twists down to create a beautiful DNA spiral. This technique is generally used when creating plant hangers. Step 1: Start out by bending the left working cord and cross it over the filler cords. Step 2: Then take it under the right working cord. Step 3: Pass the right working cord behind the filler cords. Step 4: Then pull it through the loop created by the left working cord. Step 5: Keep pulling on both cords repeating the above steps until the desired length. Macramé art began as a necessity in ancient history, but now it has new meanings with positive impacts. From strengthening your hands and arms to therapeutic effect on health, the macramé project can be calming to the mind, body, and spirit. Try these simple knots and you will be surprised with yourself as it makes some gorgeous patterns.   

Chances are pretty good that you’ve heard of the term HIIT workout. But what is HIIT exercise? What does HIIT stand for? As the name suggests, HIIT (High-Intensity Interval Training) workouts consist of short periods of intense exercise that takes your cardio workout to another level. This HIIT for beginners workout is a great form of exercise to include in your routine as it pushes you beyond your comfort zone. It is a form of interval training where you are working at a very intense level and then backing off for a slower recovery period, followed by another round of high intensity. This strategy saves a lot of your time as you don’t have to work out as long as you would if you were keeping a steady pace. HIIT workouts have been gaining popularity rapidly as it helps burn a high number of calories in a short period of time. [caption id="attachment_11447" align="alignnone" width="300"] HIIT workout helps you reach a healthy goal source: greatist.com[/caption] How to Go About It? HIIT workout involves interspersing short bursts of intense exercise with rest periods that can get you fit fast. The intensity of the exercise means that HIIT workout can be as short as 20–25 minutes. Though the duration is short it provides equal or better benefits in comparison with longer periods of other workouts. No classes or equipment are required for this type of training. People can use their preferred form of exercise using just their body weight. Bodyweight exercises include press ups, burpees, jumping jacks, squats, situps and much more. Keep reading on to find out more about HIIT workouts. Different Levels of HIIT Workouts HIIT programs are created at different levels for a reason. We all come in different shapes and sizes and need to train according to our body type. Consider your lifestyle, your current physical abilities and what your body can do before deciding on a training plan. Here are three levels you need to understand before starting. Beginners (10 Minutes) Hiit for beginners is an entry-level workout where each move ideally lasts for 20 to 30 seconds. This is followed by two minutes of active recovery which may involve walking, freewheeling or complete rest. Repeat this HIIT workout three times, and you’re done. Intermediate (20 Minutes) Intermediate is a category that the majority of the population falls into. At this level you have already completed the HIIT for beginners program where you have learnt to build strength and endurance. Here you will increase the intensity of your workouts and learn more techniques of exercises. Advanced (30 Minutes) This intense workout takes your workout to the next level. Advanced HIIT workout is recommended for people who are already in good shape and exercising regularly. Here each form is performed for 45 seconds non-stop as hard and fast as you can with a 5 second rest period in between.  Repeat this for a total workout time of 30 minutes. Why HIIT Workouts Are Catching Up Fast? An estimate of 30% of people worldwide is not physically active. The main reason cited for this is not having enough time to exercise. If this is the reason, then a dedicated HIIT for beginners routine is the right choice for you. Studies show that a HIIT workout burns 25-30% more calories than any other form of exercise. One of the biggest advantages of HIIT is that you can get maximum benefits in a minimal time. According to a 2016 study published in the journal PLoS One, HIIT's quick pace helps to reap all the benefits more efficiently than low impact exercise. Let’s take a look at 5 top reasons to know why HIIT home workouts are catching up fast. Burns More Fat Faster HIIT is the best exercise to engage in when you want to burn away those stubborn fats. This high-intensity workout leads to an increased rate of fat oxidation as well as excess post-exercise oxygen consumption, which occurs when your body recovers from its oxygen-deprived state during the HIIT exercise. You burn fat nine times faster after HIIT workouts than you do after a regular workout due to increased oxygen consumption. Also do keep in mind that what you eat will also be responsible for 80% of your success or failure. [caption id="attachment_11453" align="alignnone" width="300"] HIIT Workouts and their benefits[/caption] Source: xplorerlife.com Increases Metabolism In addition to increased fat burning and more muscle preservation, HIIT workouts stimulate the production of your human growth hormone. HGH is responsible for increased caloric burn and also slows down the ageing process which is an added benefit. Due to the intensity of the workout, HIIT workout can elevate your metabolism for hours after exercise. As a result, additional calories get burnt even after you have finished exercising. [caption id="attachment_11451" align="alignnone" width="300"] HIIT increases metabolism[/caption] Source: wallpapercave.com Healthy Heart A healthy diet and exercise are essential for a healthy heart. Coronary artery disease is often described as clogging of arteries which can lead to heart attacks but with HIIT workouts the VO2 peak increased by 17.9 per cent. These results show that HIIT can improve heart health and help to prevent and reverse the symptoms of stable coronary artery disease. This high-intensity workout pushes you to extreme training which yields extreme results. Regulates Blood Sugar Levels Research has shown that people suffering from pre-diabetes or type-2 diabetes can benefit significantly from HIIT training because this workout actually increases glucose metabolism and insulin sensitivity, which in turn, helps to regulate blood glucose at healthy levels. This is great news for people living with diabetes, making a huge difference in their lives. People who aren’t diabetic can also benefit from this, as regulating blood sugar levels helps to maintain energy levels. [caption id="attachment_11449" align="alignnone" width="300"] HIIT exercises help you make your heart healthy[/caption] Source: prodd8.planetfitness.com Workout Anywhere If you don’t enjoy going to the gym, then Hiit workouts are the thing for you. It gives you the flexibility to get an effective workout in a place of your choice, be it while travelling, or when you are simply pinched for time and space. You don’t need any equipment to get started – running, biking, jump squat, push up all work great for HIIT workouts. These workouts can be modified based on the time and space constraints you have and still enjoy the benefits to their fullest. [caption id="attachment_11452" align="alignnone" width="300"] Source: womenshealthmag.com[/caption] Simple Tips On How To Do HIIT Workouts For Beginners Before you get started it’s a good idea to have some basic knowledge about HIIT for beginners. HIIT workouts are great for a lot of reasons—they’re short, they’re effective, and you can do them from anywhere without any equipment. Here are a few tips that you must consider when including HIIT in your overall fitness journey. Warm Ups A Must Warming up and stretching before any workout is the most important thing you can do. It’s especially important to warm-up before HIIT because of how high-impact the workout can be. You’re pushing your body to its potential, so it is important to make sure that your muscles are ready for that. [caption id="attachment_11450" align="alignnone" width="300"] HIIT is good for cardio[/caption] Source: stylist.co.uk Keep it Simple It’s always good to keep it simple and focus on forms of exercise that work your entire body when you’re new. Choose a simple one to start off with and designate time to complete each exercise. Complete all exercises with no rest in between; take a short rest once they’re all completed, then repeat. Don’t Overstrain HIIT workouts make you push yourself beyond your physical limits. Don’t go all out on your first try, gauge what your body is capable of handling, and push your limits only when you are ready. If you’re performing too many HIIT sessions each week, then you are definitely overtraining. https://cece.travel.earth/experience/fitness-for-all-reasons-and-seasons/ Fuel Well Make sure your body is properly fueled before a workout, especially for a beginner. Keep yourself hydrated by drinking plenty of water. It is also advised to load up on the proper nutrients before you workout so that your body has all the energy to burn. [caption id="attachment_11446" align="alignnone" width="300"] Source: bustle.com[/caption] HIIt For Beginners Workout To Do At Home With HIIT, your workout period of time is going to be really short with easy recovery periods. Here you will be pushing yourself a level higher than you would. For a beginner, the most important thing is to do the moves right. For faster execution, do not compromise on the quality of the forms. Here is a 15 minutes effective HIIT for beginners workout that focuses on the full body rather than specific areas.         Warm-up before you start.         Set your timer for 50 seconds for each exercise and rest for 10 seconds after each exercise.         Start with jumps or jumping jacks which are good HIIT cardio exercises.         Then move on to the arms with push-ups or triceps dips.         Move to another minute of cardio with high knees or jump rope.         Squats or lunges or jump lunges to boost the energy in your legs.         End the cycle with crunches or plank position, a good exercise for abs.         Repeat the entire cycle two more times. HIIT workouts are becoming popular for all the good reasons. There are endless HIIT workouts for beginner, intermediate and advanced levels, so there is something for everyone to choose from these fitness levels. There are many ways to do HIIT for beginners, so pick one that suits you and get to it. If you have or suspect you have a medical problem, contact a professional healthcare provider before you start.  FAQs On HIIT For Beginners: Q: Is HIIT training good for beginners? A: HIIT workout is great for all levels. For a beginner it's best to start with 10 minutes of HIIT and move to longer workouts as your fitness improves. Q: How many days a week should I do HIIT workouts? A: Two to three days a week is an effective amount of workout, there's no need to do it every day. Q: What is HIIT good for? A: HIIT workouts are good to lower body fat, blood sugar, heart rate and blood pressure. Q: Is HIIT effective for weight loss? A: Yes, HIIT workouts are extremely effective for weight loss. Q: What Type of Training Methods Use HIIT? A: Any type of cardio workout like, running, stair climbing, rowing, or jumping rope can use HIIT. Q: How many calories do a 10 minute HIIT workout burn? A: An average person may burn about 150 calories with a 10-minute interval workout.    

There is no doubt that art and craft are fun activities for children of all ages. Apart from seeing it as a fun activity, have you ever wondered what art and craft can do in child development? Experts say that this activity is the most significant way to help kids grow and develop. Art and craft activities play an important role in the holistic development of children as it involves the mind and body. Unfortunately most of the school curriculum takes art and craft for granted as they follow the formal education setup. As parents and teachers we should all be aware of the importance of art and craft in child development. It’s never too late; come let’s take a look at the list of various benefits of this fun and exciting activity. Here Are A Few Important Benefits Of Art And Craft For Kids There are countless benefits of art and craft for kids. Today, many parents resort to technology in order to keep their kids engaged and entertained. But the below-listed importance of art and craft for kids is sure to make you think twice! Improves Motor Skills Art and craft for kids activities generally require them to use both hands. From drawing to cutting to tearing, kids use their fingers to handle art materials. These simple activities help to strengthen the muscles and this in turn will help them develop their motor skills. The quicker their fine motor skills develop the more they can do things on their own, like tying their shoes, eating, dressing, and much more. [caption id="attachment_12288" align="alignnone" width="642"] Source: ncw.co.uk[/caption] Brings Out Creativity Creativity comes from thinking, exploring, discovering, and imagining. When it comes to kids there are no limits to their imagination. Art and craft is a great way to turn those endless imaginations into something creative. Doing something creative lets children explore different options and express their feelings. It also stimulates mental growth in children by providing opportunities for trying out new ideas, new ways of thinking. [caption id="attachment_12284" align="alignnone" width="612"] Source: istockphoto.com[/caption] Arithmetic Development Basic mathematical skills like counting, sorting, recognizing different shapes and sizes can be taught through art and craft activities for preschool children. Art and craft for kids integrated lessons can explain abstract concepts, create memorable visuals, and help bridge the gap between classroom lessons and real-world applications. To excel in math, one needs good problem-solving skills which art and crafts activities can help with. [caption id="attachment_12289" align="alignnone" width="612"] Source: istockphoto.com[/caption] Expands Vocabulary Art and craft activities are vital not only for the development of fine motor skills and visual processing skills, but they are also an amazing way to expand essential vocabulary. Through these activities, kids will learn the names of different shapes, patterns, shades of colors, and figures. These skills stimulate expressive language and carry over into a multitude of other activities that will be important to give a head start in school. [caption id="attachment_12286" align="alignnone" width="697"] Source: mentalfloss.com[/caption] Builds Self-Esteem Studies have shown that art and craft for kids give them a sense of pride and achievement, which in turn builds confidence and self esteem. They also get a sense of satisfaction from making something on their own. Trying something new can end up in making mistakes. But this is the safest way to discover that it’s okay to make mistakes. Even small things like waiting for paint or glue to dry, helps them develop patience. [caption id="attachment_12285" align="alignnone" width="698"] Source: creativeartworksblog.wordpress.com[/caption] Parent-Child Bonding Art and craft are a great way to strengthen the parent-child bond. Today both parents and children are so consumed with technology that they have no time for each other. Crafting can be a great idea to break that and have some quality time with family. You get to discuss different ideas, what you feel and care about while crafting. With art and craft you get to spend quality time with your kids and at the same time, you are creating memories that can be cherished for a lifetime. [caption id="attachment_12290" align="alignnone" width="698"] Source: educareinfo.org[/caption] Helps In Socializing Art classes can be a great place for kids to make friends. Being together with other children with similar interests gives the child the opportunity to interact and socialize. Art is an equalizer, kids will approach one another with great interest to see what the other has drawn or made. Interacting with other children gives kids the opportunity to socialize and build friendships. This helps the child understand the world around them better. [caption id="attachment_12287" align="alignnone" width="698"] Source: redtri.com[/caption] Spreads Awareness Apart from being a tool to explore and express, art and craft for kids are an excellent source of spreading awareness to young minds from a very young age. From emotional awareness to social and environmental, art has the power to bring one closer to their own selves. This helps the kids express themselves in a more positive and productive way. Art and craft has always come in handy to bring a change or to stand for something you believe in. [caption id="attachment_12292" align="alignnone" width="698"] Source: sheknows.com[/caption] Keep your children occupied with these amazing story telling workshop for kids Keep Away From Screen Time Last but not the least, art and craft for kids helps keep them away from screen time. Technology is a wonderful thing to have but it can also be quite addictive if not used in moderation. Getting the little ones to participate in art and craft activities is a healthy way to keep them occupied. Creating art using paper, clay, sand, or any other materials gives children a space to learn, experiment and stay occupied without being glued to gadgets. [caption id="attachment_12291" align="alignnone" width="620"] Source: gathered.how[/caption] The importance of art and craft is far more than what has been mentioned. With all these benefits, it’s very important to infuse art and craft for kids in their day to day lives to add fun and ensure success across all aspects of lives. It is the responsibility of the parents and teachers to make sure that every child has access to art, both in and out of school.

What is Upcycling? Many people know and understand what recycling is all about, but there are still some people who have not heard of upcycling. So what is upcycling? Upcycling is the act of turning unwanted items or old things into something new. This is achieved without breaking the product down into its raw materials. With this technique, one can reduce waste and improve the efficiency of resources used. In short, a great way to make beautiful things with a higher value, than what it previously was. With just a little bit of imagination and creativity, we can avoid throwing things, not in use and give them a new life. [caption id="attachment_11096" align="aligncenter" width="700"] Source: hgtv.com[/caption] How Upcycling Is More Than Just A Trend As the name suggests, upcycling lifts the value of the product. Here waste is looked at as a resource. Apart from reducing waste, the importance of upcycling projects can be understood better by breaking them down into two – environmental and personal benefits. Environmental Benefits: It is a known fact that littering is pretty bad for the environment. Upcycling is at the top of the ladder when it comes to the environment as your trash doesn’t go anywhere, it stays with you. This not only keeps materials out of landfill but also reduces the number of resources needed to manufacture new materials. This, in turn, helps to conserve natural resources. Personal Benefits: Reworking an old item and bringing it to life is a super creative skill to have. It helps to save on how much we spend on items that we use every day. Some people are so good at it that they eventually make their livelihood through upcycling projects. It also saves the hassle of finding ways to dispose of trash. There’s a certain level of satisfaction in knowing that you’ve done something great for the planet and for yourself. Check out our interesting online art workshops Difference Between Recycle And Upcycle The terms ‘upcycling’ and ‘recycling’ are used interchangeably but they are actually non-related and very different from each other. Let’s take a look at a few points on upcycling vs recycling to know what makes the two so different from each other. Recyclables are sorted and then broken down to create new materials, but upcycling involves taking a waste item and working on it to make it useful again. Upcycling converts material into something of greater value than it originally was, whereas recycling converts material into something of roughly the same value as it originally was. During the recycling process, there will be some energy consumed to break the waste materials by which pollutants are created, however, with upcycling, there are no waste materials which in turn results in no pollution to the environment. Turn Your Trash Into Treasure With Upcycling! It’s great fun creating something new out of old stuff. With so many upcycling projects online to take inspiration from, there are dozens of ways to create your own unique piece. Most of these upcycled things come out cooler than they initially were. To help you get started, we have come up with budget-friendly and good-for-the-planet upcycling ideas that can give new life to your trash. Upcycling Your Old Clothing: With a little bit of imagination, your old clothing can be transformed into things like face masks, tote bags, cushion covers, pillowcases, shopping bags and much more! Those torn jeans can be transformed into a pair of shorts or a denim skirt. Adding embroidery details or changing the color of the fabric can create something that looks new. A dash of creativity can revive your tired wardrobe. Upcycling Your Old Furniture: The good thing about upcycling old furniture is that there are no limits to what you can create. From turning an old ladder into a display bookshelf to turning an antique leather trunk into a table, the options are endless. Plan ahead and ensure you have the right tools and equipment needed for the job. Upcycling has become the most important interior design trend in recent years. [caption id="attachment_11091" align="aligncenter" width="700"] Source: loveproperty.com[/caption] Upcycling Your Beauty Containers: Little cosmetic glass jars can be transformed into just about anything. From hanging planters to bathroom holders, small simple ideas will do the trick. You can change the color by painting the outside of the jar with a funky color or go with plain glass if you prefer to keep it simple. All you have to do is remove the label and let your creativity do the rest. [caption id="attachment_11094" align="aligncenter" width="700"] Source: naturalinstinct.com.au[/caption] Upcycling Your Electronic Waste: There are a whole lot of things that you can do with your old motherboards, television sets, chargers, CDs, headphones, etc. You don’t have to be a DIY expert to make the most out of your old electronic waste. From jazzing up your clutch with old CDs to building your own mac aquarium with old television, you will be surprised by the different ways you can repurpose your old electronics. [caption id="attachment_11092" align="aligncenter" width="700"] Source: indiatimes.com[/caption] Gift your loved ones a DIY candle holder made from Resin Upcycling Your Kitchen Tools: If you have a kitchen overstocked with things that you just never use, there are wonderful ways to up-cycle them. From wall-hanging artworks to lighting, cool clocks with baking trays to empty wine bottle showpieces, there’s something for just about everything in your kitchen. Through ingeniously clever ways you can now up-cycle everyday items beautifully, finding them a new purpose and new life. [caption id="attachment_11090" align="aligncenter" width="700"] Source: wonderfulengineering.com[/caption] The best thing about upcycling is the sense of accomplishment that you get when you transform a broken object into something amazing. Some of these crafts are very basic and look out of this world when they are finished. Start seeing everything around you with an upcycling eye and make something special to give to a friend or donate to charity. Are you ready to experiment with upcycling projects at home? If you’re already one, do share your upcycling techniques with us in the comment box below!

We all know that working out can keep us healthy and powerful physically. But how many of you know that exercise can also keep you mentally healthy? Exercise is not just about physical strength and muscle size, there is much more to it. Research shows that people who exercise regularly have better mental and emotional wellbeing, leading to lower rates of mental illness. Even if you’re not suffering from a mental health problem, regular physical activity can still offer a great boost to your mood and mental well-being. With significant changes to our daily lives due to the pandemic, it has become even more important to concentrate on our mental health now. Come let’s add more mental health exercises to our daily routine for a healthy mind and body! [caption id="attachment_12074" align="alignnone" width="600"] Source: telifport.com[/caption] What Mental Health Exercises Can Do To Our Mind When it comes to exercise everyone is aware of the physical benefits of exercise, but what about the mental health benefits? The below listed benefits of exercise on mental health will motivate you to tie up your shoelaces and head outside to boost your body, mind, and spirit. Relieves Stress One of the most common benefits of exercise on mental health is it aids to reduce stress levels. Increasing your heart rate can actually increase the production of neurohormones, a chemical that can moderate the brain's response to stress. Decreases Depression And Anxiety Exercise is scientifically proven to be a mood lifter. This in turn decreases symptoms of depression and anxiety. Physical activity releases endorphins, which create feelings of happiness and excitement. Studies have shown that even moderate exercise throughout the week can help with depression and anxiety. Improve Self-Confidence Regardless of a person’s weight, size, gender or age, exercise can elevate a person's self-confidence. From losing weight to improving endurance, there’s no shortage of physical achievements that come about from regular exercise. All these achievements help to boost one's self-esteem. Sound Sleep Exercise helps regulate your circadian rhythm, our bodies’ built-in alarm clock that controls when we feel tired and when we feel alert. Exercise increases body temperature, which can have calming effects on the mind, leading to sound sleep. Boosts Brain Power Cardiovascular exercise creates new brain cells that improve overall brain performance. A tough workout increases levels of BDNF - the brain-derived protein in the body, believed to help with decision making, higher thinking, building intelligence, strengthening memory and learning. Best Mental Health Exercises To Look Out For Yoga One of the best exercises for mental health is Yoga as it integrates the body and the mind. Yoga looks like it works only on the surface level but actually, it starts working from within. Breathing is like a superpower when it comes to mental health exercises in Yoga. Taking long deep steady breaths in Yoga is a way of cutting through all those negative and destructive thoughts. The continuous focus on the breath brings one into the present moment and instigates a parasympathetic response from our nervous systems that helps us calm down. Walking The simplest, most accessible and most affordable exercise of all is walking. While walking you get time to think, re-think, analyze, understand, and process. You will be amazed to know that something so simple can have such an impact. A small walk with nature can be of huge benefit to mental health, for best results avoid the treadmill. Moving your body, in an effortless and enjoyable way provides a calming effect, which helps facilitate mood regulation. Cycling There's nothing quite like free-wheeling down a hill on your bike, feeling the wind in your hair blow your worries away. Cycling is that kind of mental health exercise that pulls one into the present moment leaving all the worries behind. Use your motor skills to allow thinking processes to run smoothly, while they burn off anxiety and keep the mind healthy via their pedals. Dancing Even if you’re not feeling on top of the world, dancing can make you happy. Getting into the rhythm can help loosen yourself as long as you're enjoying the session. Dancing not only relieves stress and makes you focus on the present, but it also improves posture. That makes a big difference when it comes to self-confidence. Other studies show that dance helps increase levels of the feel-good hormone serotonin, and helps develop new neural connections, especially in regions involved in executive function, long-term memory, and spatial recognition. Resistance Training Resistance training is an exercise that involves pushing or pulling against some kind of force, whether that’s dumbbells, free weights, bottles of water, weights machines or even your own body weight. There are a host of ways by which resistance training can have a positive effect on mental health. These mental health exercises improved memory, lower anxiety, better sleep, improved cognition and a chance of battling depression and chronic fatigue.  Try out our Yoga for beginners to achieve a sense of calm and peace. Martial Arts Or Boxing Hitting a punching bag or kicking in martial arts is not only a great way of working up a sweat but also a fantastic way to release stress and anger. Punching and kicking movements is an outlet for aggression that can be both empowering and healing. The intensity of these mental health exercises helps with a good supply of mood-boosting endorphins. Boxing and martial arts can help build self-control and confidence all of which are incredibly valuable for boosting your own emotional well-being. Make mental health exercises a part of your everyday activity, as it is worth it. The list of activities mentioned on this page can serve as a good place to start but do remember to figure out what type of exercise best suits your lifestyle and mentality. Everyone has different interests and needs; it may take some time to find the right one.  Do what is most enjoyable for you, as ultimately it’s your mental health that matters.

Yoga is considered an all-around exercise to take care of our body, mind and soul. With the virus becoming the center of our lives, online yoga has emerged as the most sought after form of workout in the pandemic. Keeping the current scenario in mind, Yoga practitioners are now shifting their yoga studio for online classes as a way to protect the health of themselves and their students. Online teaching has become a new form of learning and teaching. For many, an online class is an easier path than practicing yoga in the classroom. Some yoga teachers have created podcasts, webinars, and other resources to help their students move to online mode. But everyone has this big question on their mind - Is Online Yoga better than classroom yoga? Few Good Reasons To Take Up Yoga Classes Online Easy Access The convenience of taking a yoga class whenever you want to is one of the biggest advantages of yoga classes online. All you need is an internet connection, and it takes only a few seconds to get started. Yoga classes online give one the liberty to take classes from anywhere and at any time. Time Saver Generally, people travel from one location to another to attend classes. It can be quite challenging to finish up chores or wrap up from work to reach a yoga studio on time. However, with online yoga classes, a lot of time is saved as there is no walking or driving to and from the studio. Flexibility With learning yoga online, one can work at your own pace. There is no hard and fast rule that you need to practice yoga at a particular time every day. It gives the flexibility to practice yoga from the comfort of your home, office or even when you are on the go. Money Saver Money spent on class fees, fuel, parking and other transportation-related expenses can be easily saved by joining yoga classes online. In addition to this, you will be able to save a lot on course material as everything is hosted on the web. Variety Online yoga offers suitable options to choose from as per your needs. There are numerous yoga videos available online so that you don’t need to do the same routines over and over again. These options may not be available in your classroom yoga daily routine. Expert Trainers An online class allows one to get trained from a wide range of expert trainers to specialized online yoga teachers, some of whom you would never have dreamt of practicing with. You also get an opportunity to choose your own teacher. [caption id="attachment_10699" align="alignnone" width="1200"] Fitness online. Young fit girl at home on the floor doing exercises, stretching warm-up and uses a video fitness lesson on the Internet.[/caption] Complete Privacy There are many who are not comfortable doing yoga in a room full of people, hence they find it difficult to focus. If you are new to yoga and feel a little self-conscious with classroom yoga, then beginners online yoga are best to start off with. Dress Code Many people with classroom yoga tend to be very conscious of what they wear. They feel different from the other people in the class or worry about not wearing the right clothes. With online yoga, there are no worries as no one is going to judge you for wearing an old shirt or tight-fitting clothes. Family Affair Online yoga courses can be practiced from the comfort of your home, giving more time to spend with your family by encouraging everyone to practice together. Your parents, partner and kids too can join in to make it a family affair. Connect with Yourself Classroom yoga helps to develop a connection with the world outside but with offline yoga you are able to connect and understand more about yourself. As soon as you commit yourself to online classes, you will feel transported into the present self and start enjoying your body and soul. At Your Own Pace If you want to master your posture or concentrate on a particular asana, then yoga classes online give you that freedom. If you are having trouble balancing, or want to take the support of the wall, stop where you want to and continue later. You can rewind the video and start all over again is possible only with yoga classes online. [caption id="attachment_10700" align="alignnone" width="2500"] Image Source: theyogiwanderer.com[/caption] Practice More Often With classroom yoga one tends to spend a lot of time getting things together rather than on the yoga mat. For many, this means not able to get to yoga classes as desired. It saves you a lot of time on hand and can be utilized to practice yoga as often as you’d like. Online Community For many people today, building and fostering communities online is the primary way of engaging and interacting. It allows you to connect with teachers, students and yogis from all over the world. There are no barriers, no boundaries, just the union that makes yoga so virtually special. Virtual Classes It allows you to practice live-streamed classes from the comfort of your own home. Having a teacher practice alongside you during a live class will enhance the experience. From getting personalized tips from your teacher to watching recorded classes later to correct yourself are the added benefits of live classes.   No doubt 2020-21 has been and is a tough year! The silver lining between all this is our ability to continue our yoga practice via online classes. It is useful not just during the pandemic, but at other times as well, especially for people with financial constraints or for people who live in rural areas where yoga in the classroom is not available. Studies show that it is feasible to offer virtual yoga classes even for people with chronic pain or health-related problems.  Now with yoga classes online literally at your fingertips and various online options available, there is every reason to embrace yoga in your daily life. Whether in a studio or through a computer screen, yoga brings peace and positivity!      

Being in control of one’s life is perhaps the most important ingredient to living a happy and healthy life. Taking care of your mental health is just as important as taking care of your physical health. Mental health and physical health is important at every stage of our lives, be it childhood, adolescence, adulthood or old age. We often think of our mind and body as separate, but the truth is, they are interrelated. Physical health problems significantly increase our risk of developing mental health problems, and vice versa. It’s very important to pay attention to both our physical and mental health, as this can help us achieve overall health and wellness. Daily Simple Activities To Boost Mental And Physical Health! Fortunately, there are plenty of things that we can do on a daily basis that can have a big impact. Follow these simple tips to elevate mental and physical health to enjoy life better. Eat Healthy Just like the other organs in our body, our brain too needs nutrients to stay healthy and function well. There is a strong connection between what we eat and how we feel. Try to eat a balanced diet as certain mineral deficiencies, such as iron and vitamin B12 deficiencies, can give us a low mood. Eating healthy always refers to having a healthy attitude toward food. Enjoy what you eat, try new foods and try not to obsess over food. Exercise Every Day Apart from the physical benefits, exercise has a significant effect on your emotional health and well-being. Daily workouts will help avoid unwanted weight gain, help stay in good shape, and lower risk of numerous health issues. Get your heart rate up for a few good minutes and stimulate the muscles to see incredible changes, both physically and mentally. Regular exercise helps to produce endorphins, a feel good chemical. Make it a point to be physically active for at least thirty minutes a day.   Avoid Smoking, Alcohol And Drugs The above three will do more harm than good in the long run. Excessive drinking and smoking can cause harm which has a direct impact on mental health and physical health. Excessive drinking for prolonged periods can leave you with a thiamine deficiency that can lead to severe memory problems, confusion and coordination problems. Always keep in mind to use them in moderation. Addiction to drugs can impair or even destroy the “happiness” receptors. Say no to drug use as it leads to mental disorders. Stay Connected It's important to have strong, healthy relationships with family and friends as they can help you deal with the stresses of life. Staying connected is important not just for your self-esteem, but also for providing support when you're not feeling too great. Besides connecting with family and friends, try to get involved with your community or neighborhood. Phone calls and social networks have their place, but there’s nothing better than catching up with someone face-to-face. Keep Active Being active not only gives you a sense of achievement but also releases chemicals in your brain that make you feel good. Regular activities can have a positive impact on your mental health and physical health. Keep yourself active at work by taking a short walk or climbing stairs. Activeness helps eliminate low mood, reduces stress, increases alertness and alleviates symptoms of anxiety and depression. Get Enough Sleep One of the most important tips for mental health is to get enough sleep. Sleep regulates the chemicals in our brain that transmit information. These chemicals are important in managing our emotions and mood. If we don't get enough sleep, we can start to feel dysfunctional or stressed out. For better sleep, put away your gadgets one hour before you go to bed. Reduce Salt And Sugar Intake Reduce your salt intake to about one teaspoon per day and sugar to less than 10% of total energy intake. Prepare meals with less salt, avoid salty snacks and choose low-sodium products. Your sugar intake can be reduced by limiting the consumption of sugary snacks, candies and sugar-sweetened beverages. Using these two ingredients wisely helps in weight management and reduces risks of chronic diseases, which in turn will help you lead a healthier life. Regular Health Check-Ups Prevention is always better than cure. Regular health check-ups can help identify health problems before they start. Diagnosis at an early stage gives a better chance of fighting the disease off without any complication. This will help to reduce the frustration you feel from various sources, to manage your emotions better and keep your mind at peace. Click here to know more about being mindful about your habits De-stress Sessions Apart from meditation and breathing exercises, there are plenty of other simple ways to reduce stress. Try listening to soothing music, reading a good book, soaking in a hot tub or playing with your pet can help you relax. Doing something you enjoy for a few minutes can go a long way toward beating the stressors of everyday life. Relaxation response releases body chemicals that relieve stress and may improve immune function. Ask For Help Everyone goes through rough patches. But it’s important to recognize when you're not feeling good. If things are getting too much and unable to cope; then ask for help. There's nothing to be ashamed of in asking someone for support if you're feeling low or stressed. Asking for help is a sign of strength; do not consider it as weakness. Help could be from a family member, friend, counsellor, primary care doctor, or mental health professional.   People who are physically and mentally strong have the ability to cope with difficult situations and maintain a positive outlook in life. So, what are you waiting for? Go ahead and try these tips for mental health and physical health and please write down the ones that helped you in the comment box below.  

In the past few years, the interest in Painting with coffee among artists and art lovers has increased significantly but you will be surprised to know that coffee painting dates back to centuries ago. The art of painting with coffee is known as arfé, which comes from the combination of two words art and café. All you need is coffee, water, brushes and paper to create some beautiful monochromatic paintings. Painting with coffee for beginners is an interesting and easy to do art that is created simply by adding coffee to water. Some artists even boil the coffee to get dark concentrations of coffee. Once your know-how, you can make different shades and use coffee to paint. Painting is generally associated with the use of oil, acrylic and watercolour, but now with so many paintings with coffee ideas, you can add coffee to your art list too. [caption id="attachment_12385" align="alignnone" width="300"] Painting with coffee techniques Source: lbb.in[/caption] Painting with Coffee Tips And Tricks For Beginners This art was developed when an artist spilt coffee on his canvas accidentally. For someone who loves coffee, the very idea of painting with coffee can brighten up your day just like a sip of coffee. This popular beverage with an intoxicating aroma has turned out to be a very versatile medium of art. Let’s take a look at some painting hacks to make it easy for you to start. Keep Things Ready Before you start make sure you have all the materials like palette, brushes, pencil, clean water, paper and coffee powder ready to complete your painting with coffee. Make sure to buy different size brushes and watercolor paper. Always keep tissue paper handy to blot out excess coffee and don’t forget to spread out some newspaper on the table before you start. [caption id="attachment_12390" align="alignnone" width="300"] How to do painting Source: youtube.com[/caption] Sketch Before You Paint Before starting to paint with coffee, think about what you are planning to paint. You could sketch out the design that you intend to create. Use a graphite pencil to lightly draw your design onto the surface that you are going to paint on. Once you are done with sketching, you will have more clarity on what shades to mix. [caption id="attachment_12387" align="alignnone" width="300"] Painting with coffee tips and tricks Source: skillshare.com[/caption] Creating Different Shades You can use both instant and regular coffee as paint. Instant coffee is great for painting for beginners since all you have to do is dissolve some instant coffee in water. To create your masterpiece, you’ll need different shades. Use a mixing tray to mix lighter to darker coffee shades. Less coffee with more water will give lighter shade and more coffee with less water will give darker shade. Add coffee powder in different quantities to the mixing tray and dilute it with water. Generally two or three shades are enough to create a painting. [caption id="attachment_12389" align="alignnone" width="300"] Painting art Source: youtube.com[/caption] Click here to experience a freshly brewed painting with Cece Streams Application Of Paint Always begin painting with the lighter shade. It is very important to let your coffee layers dry completely before applying the next layers of coffee mixture. Painting on wet layers will lead to mixing up of colors which may be difficult to control. When the lighter shades are dry, start painting the darker ones by mixing slightly darker than the previous one by adding more coffee powder. [caption id="attachment_12388" align="alignnone" width="300"] Painting with coffee ideas Source: wikihow.com[/caption] Protect Your Artwork Over a period of time all paintings accumulate dust if not protected well and may also change the look of your painting. When you have created your masterpiece, leave your painting to dry and then apply a coat of varnish to protect your painting from dust. Framing it and putting it under the glass will give it a complete and professional look. Material Needed For Painting with coffee         Paper or Canvas         Pencil         Black Pen         Coffee Powder         Natural Bristle Brushes         Palette         Varnish         Water         Tape or Glue Coffee Painting For Beginners - A Step By Step Process If you're familiar with watercolors, then painting using coffee will come to you quite easily. Best paintings can be done on both paper and canvas. It is so much fun to learn coffee painting as it’s a great medium to work with. Here we will take you through step by step instructions on how to paint a coffee cup: Step 1: Put some coffee powder on a palette. Mix the coffee powder with water using a flat brush and wait for it to dissolve. Step 2: For a dark hue, mix the coffee powder with little warm water and for the light hue, mix it with more water. Keep adjusting the quantity of powder and water to get different shades. Step 3: Use a tape to stick your art paper so that paper doesn’t move while painting. Step 4: Use the wet in wet painting with coffee technique to create the background. Add coffee drops until you get a light tone coffee paint texture to form your background. Step 5: Draw an outline of a coffee cup with a pencil after the background has dried. Step 6: To make it more realistic, paint at random places with different hues for a different texture. Step 7: When you are done, outline with a black pen to give definition to the painting. I am sure this guide to painting for beginners will turn your morning cup of fresh coffee into amazing art. Go get yourself some coffee and brushes to create your own aromatic professional painting creations. I am sure you are going to enjoy this experience! FAQs on Painting with Coffee for Beginners: Q: What coffee is good for coffee painting? A: Espresso or Instant coffee is best for coffee painting. Q: Can I mix coffee with acrylic paint? A: Yes, you can mix coffee with acrylic paint to make an abstract pour painting. Q: What makes coffee painting different from other paintings? A: The texture you get with coffee mixtures cannot be matched with any other technique. Q: Is coffee painting hard? A: The texture of coffee is a little challenging, but it’s easy if you are used to water coloring. Q: What paper do I use for coffee painting? A: Watercolor paper is best for coffee painting.

This fantastic skill lets you transfer your ideas onto a paper in the most fun way. Sketching refers to a quick freehand drawing, focusing on the most important parts of a subject. The best thing about sketching is that they usually blend in while you continue to build upon the concept of your drawing. Here, we have gathered some helpful sketching tips and techniques for beginners to help you get started with your sketching journey. Ten Amazing Sketching Tips For Beginners       Always start with simplified basic shapes and forget about details until later.       Position your hand away from the tip of your pencil and move your entire arm as you draw, not just your wrist.       Place a sheet of paper under your hand when shading to avoid smudging.       Don’t use your finger to blend, instead use a blending stick to blend the graphite for a natural look.       Develop your observational skills and hand-eye coordination by drawing what you see.       Use harder sketching pencils for lighter lines and softer pencils for darker lines.       Choose a paper with a “tooth” for added texture.       Always work from light to dark, else the dark graphite can get stuck on your blending stick and mix in with your lighter areas.       Keep your outlines light if you are sketching real-life objects. However, if you’re drawing a cartoon, this tip doesn’t apply.   Practice every single day to get those creative juices flowing. Homes of Famous Artists You Can Visit Around The World Easy To Learn Sketching Techniques For Beginners Hatching & Cross-Hatching Hatching & cross-hatching are at the top of the list of techniques you should learn and are often used together. They are very common sketching techniques that can be used to add depth and texture to your sketches through shading. Hatching involves drawing lines along the main line of your drawing to create shadow and depth. The closer the lines, the darker the shading will appear. Cross-hatching is a series of lines similar to hatching, but going in the opposite direction and are placed over the first set of hatching lines. [caption id="attachment_12662" align="aligncenter" width="700"] Source: thepostmansknock.com[/caption] Stippling Technique With this technique, one can add shading and depth by using small dots. When you place a lot of dots close to one another, it appears darker, when you put them farther apart, it appears lighter. To ensure that your dots show up and make a better impact, keep the dots closer. It is best to use softer graphite for this effect, as it comes out better. You can either use them with great care to add controlled gradations in your drawing, or you can use them roughly to add more texture to your drawing. [caption id="attachment_12666" align="aligncenter" width="700"] Source: pinterest.com[/caption] Scribbling The use of random movements across the paper to create uneven and abstract lines, generally without even lifting the pencil off the paper is called scribbling.  These sketching ideas for beginners can be very effective when used properly to create sketchy artwork. Random movements across the paper will result in a somewhat deconstructed image, and the more irregular lines created closer together, the darker it will appear. [caption id="attachment_12664" align="aligncenter" width="700"] Source: youtube.com[/caption] Circling This technique helps to control the tone your pencil produces by simply adjusting the amount of pressure you place on it. To create smooth transitions you can make small circular strokes that give you a more blended appearance. It’s important to note that you shouldn’t make small circles with perceptible lines. Instead, move the pencil around in a circular motion when adding pressure. For this approach, a duller pencil works best. [caption id="attachment_12667" align="aligncenter" width="700"] Source: wallpaperaccess.com[/caption] Shading & Blending This is one of the most popular techniques used among pencil artists to give a cleaner shading element to your drawing. This effect can be achieved in a number of ways. You can blend simply by angling your pencil to utilize the wider edge, creating thicker lines that create the appearance of shadows and shading. Then, roll up a piece of paper to blend and this will give your sketch a smoother appearance. [caption id="attachment_12665" align="aligncenter" width="700"] Source: youtube.com[/caption] Learn everything you need to know about Warli art with our online workhop Creating Highlights Just like adding shading to create depth and shadows to your sketch, you can also create highlights. Highlights are usually created at the highest point of an object where it is closest to the light source. It helps to add extra details and shows where the light is coming from. Create highlights by adding various amounts of white to your object using a white pencil. Another way to achieve this effect is by using an eraser to remove some of the shadings to create lighter areas to indicate the presence of brightness. [caption id="attachment_12660" align="aligncenter" width="700"] Source: bequette.design[/caption] Rendering This sketching for beginners’ technique is sure to take your drawing to the next level. Rendering is essentially an approach where you apply graphite to the paper surface and then remove some of it with the eraser to add the highlighting effect. This is an ongoing process of applying and removing the graphite that finally gives you a very soft and almost blurred effect. [caption id="attachment_12663" align="aligncenter" width="700"] Source: akersarchitecturalrendering.com[/caption] Things to Keep In Mind While Choosing And Using Sketching Books         Always pick unlined books, so that you can enjoy sketching without any background distractions.         A spiral-bound book is best as the pages seem more individual, you can fold it and have a hassle-free surface to draw on.         Look for perforated pages in spiral-bound books to avoid messy edges and it also allows you to remove pages easily.         Draw on only one side of the page as it is very common to have a pencil imprint on the back of the facing page.         Use thick paper books as it allows you to erase mistakes easily and they're nice to draw on too.         Sketchbooks with hard covers are convenient for use as they are more durable than paper covers.   We hope you enjoyed these beginner sketching tips and techniques. Do let us know which is your favorite in the comment box below.

Rich in heritage Indian classical music is one of the oldest forms of music in the world, with its roots in various areas such as ancient Vedic hymns, tribal chants, devotional temples, and folk music. Ancient Indians were deeply impressed by the spiritual power of music, and it is out of this that Indian classical music was born. So, for those who take it seriously, classical music involves single-minded devotion and lifelong commitment. But one thing is for sure no matter what the level of your commitment is learning or even listening to Indian classical music is a rewarding experience.  Language Of Indian Classical Music Learning Indian classical music is very much like learning a language. Just like how you learn basic grammar and vocabulary while learning a language and then eventually construct sentences, in Indian classical music once you have learned the basic notes, you are introduced to ragas (which are like musical themes), and then you are encouraged to start improvising and making your melodies. With this knowledge, musicians can improvise melodies in a raga and create spontaneous music which is an inexhaustible source of delight.  [caption id="attachment_11468" align="alignnone" width="1024"] Source: cntraveller.in[/caption] What Is A Raga?  To put it across in the easiest way a raga can be thought of as a scale – a musical theme created by choosing a specific set of notes from within an octave. The power of music lies in its capacity to move us and communicate with our deepest emotions through the moods it creates. Different sets of notes evoke different moods and inspire different feelings. All Indian classical music performances are presentations of one raga and artists choose a raga, which is the musical equivalent of a color scheme, and proceed to paint a musical picture based on that raga for the audience. Each rāga is an array of melodic structures with musical motifs, considered in the Indian tradition to have the ability to "color the mind" and affect the emotions of the audience. About five hundred ragas are known or known of (including historical ragas) today. Sometimes ragas die out if people stop performing them, but then new ragas are born all the time hence the number of ragas tends to fluctuate. Traditionally each raga has emotional significance and symbolic associations such as with season and mood.  [caption id="attachment_11467" align="alignnone" width="800"] Source: classcentral.com[/caption] Let's Take A Look At The Primary Ragas In Indian Classical Music Raag Bhairav A sampurna raga, Bhairav has performed traditionally in the morning as well as the beginning pieces in concerts. According to Indian classical vocalist Pandit Jasraj, Bhairav is a "morning raga, and solemn peacefulness is its ideal mood." It is grave in mood and suggests seriousness, introversion, and devotional attitude. Considered to originated several centuries ago, the origin of this raga is disputed. According to some musicians, Bhairav raga was the first raga that originated from the mouth of Lord Shiva while some musicians argue that Bhairav raga originated from the mouth of Lord Surya. The raga however is extremely vast and allows a huge number of note combinations and a great range of emotional qualities from valour to peace. Raag Malkauns Believed to have been created by goddess Parvati to calm Lord Shiva,  when he was outraged and refused to calm down after Tandav in a rage of Sati's sacrifice, the raga is known to have a soothing and intoxication effect. According to Indian classical vocalist Pandit Jasraj, Malkauns is a raga that is "sung during small hours of the morning, just after midnight.  It is vast and profound, best performed in the lower pitch ranges at an extremely contemplative pace in the small hours of the morning, just after midnight. Raag Deepak Believed to be created by Lord Shiva, there is a myth that singing this raga will create fire. The raga was performed by Tansen in the court of emperor Akbar. Legends speak that Tansen lit up lamps by singing the Deepak Raga. This raga is nearly extinct but it does have 5 types and three of the variants exist in  Bilawal, Poorvi, and Khamaj thaats which are parent scales in Indian classical music.  Raag Megh Megh is the Sanskrit word for cloud and this raga is known to be played or sung during  Monsoon. Sung as an invitation to rain, it's one of the oldest raga’s there is. When Govardhan was on Lord’s Krishna’s finger, Lord Shiva generated a Damru sound to protect him and that sound is known to be the Raag Megh.  Raag Shree Traditionally been associated with Shiva, the basis of Raag Shri has been steeped in the traditions of mainstream Indian Classical music. Siri Raag is serious and thought-provoking in nature and creates an atmosphere where the listener is led to heed the advice given therein. As a listener, you are made aware of the truth of the message and with this ‘education is given the strength to face the future with both humility and the ‘gained’ knowledge. Raag Hindol An ancient raga associated with the season of spring, the Hindol Raag is usually sung during the first half of the day. The singing of this raga is accompanied by an instrument such as a santoor and the raga revolves around the note of Teevra Madhyam. The raga is mainly used while composing pure classical genres of music like Khayals.  Also, Go Through Our Musical Matrix Stream Where You Find A Variety Of Music From Classical To Bollywood The List Of Raga’s Is Endless When it comes to raga’s the list is close to inexhaustible. The older ones are not getting used much and musicians are creating new ones, whose origins are of course related to the older ones. If we would talk about all the raga’s in Indian classical music trust me when I say I won't have enough space here. So here’s hoping just talking about the most primary ones has awakened a curiosity in you to learn more about them.   

The trend of mixing drinks with simulating liquors and spirits to create cocktails started way back in the 1800s. Since then our palate has been graced with many unique and delicious cocktails. The origins of the word cocktail have been debated. The first written mention of a cocktail as a beverage appeared in The Farmers Cabinet, 1803 in the United States. The first definition of a cocktail as an alcoholic beverage appeared three years later in The Balance and Columbian Repository (Hudson, New York) on May 13, 1806. Traditionally, types of cocktails and their ingredients included spirits, sugar, water, and bitters, however, this definition evolved throughout the 1800s, to include the addition of a liqueur. Over the years cocktail making has blossomed into a creative art form that bartenders and mixologists over the world seek to master.  Mixologists focus on understanding the types of cocktails to create unique recipes. Because anyone can make a Margarita with practice but it takes a true master to create one’s own concoction. By understanding the different cocktail types and what makes them perennial favorites mixologists can branch out on their own with their new creations.  Here Is A List Of Types Of Cocktails You Should Try Short Cocktails Short cocktails are the ones with higher content of alcohol as they are prepared without diluting the ingredients. This type of cocktail has an alcohol volume of 100 ml and it's usually shaken or stirred and served in a rock glass. The most revered kind of cocktail usually consists of liquor and a mixer with a simple garnish. Some examples of short cocktails are Old Fashioned, Negroni, and Martini as well.  [caption id="attachment_10317" align="aligncenter" width="700"] Image Source:thewhiskypedia.com[/caption] Learn to make the perfect cocktail crafts with our online workshops Highball Cocktails Tall and elegant, traditional highballs contain only two ingredients, usually with an emphasis on the mixer. It's composed of an alcoholic base spirit and a larger proportion of a non-alcoholic mixer, often a carbonated beverage. These can be as potent as the server wants them to be, but if you are looking for a cocktail that you can slowly sip on these are an ideal choice. Highballs are also an excellent disguise for teetotalers who prefer not to disclose what’s in the glass. Some highball cocktails include Gin & Tonic and a Cuba Libre.  Blended Cocktails These cocktails require more specialized equipment to make. When a cocktail recipe calls for you to 'blend with ice, all ingredients and ice are placed into a blender, and it's blended until a smooth even consistency is achieved. Cocktails like Cosmopolitan however require to be shaken to have an even blend. Frozen cocktails, including fruity Daiquiris and Pina Coladas, also fall into this category and are perfect for summer. The best part about a blended cocktail is that minus the alcohol and you have a delicious mocktail.  Hot Cocktails If you are looking for a drink that would warm you up, hot cocktails are the perfect option on a cold day. These cocktails are often made with hot or boiling water and sometimes include lemon juice, lime juice, cinnamon, or sugar to improve the taste. Many of the drinks in this category have old-world roots and are ideal as winter drinks. These can be served up at holiday parties but these may not be available easily because not every neighborhood watering hole has the ingredients on hand.  7 Must-Try Popular Cocktails From Around The World Tiki and Speciality Cocktails Served usually in Tiki bars, these fruity, frothy cocktails with exotic names transport you to a beach on a tropical island paradise, which might explain their lasting popularity. These often rum-based cocktails are colorful and lavishly garnished. Another distinctive feature about these cocktails is these Polynesian marvels are served in novelty mugs shaped like Easter Island's stone heads, carved idols, or lengths of bamboo. Some of the most popular cocktails are the Mai Tai, the Fog Cutter, and the Singapore Sling.  Shooter Cocktails Not all cocktails are meant to be sipped away. A shooter, or shot, is a small serving of spirits or a mixed drink typically consumed quickly, often in a single gulp. It is common to serve a shooter as a "side" to a larger drink. Though they are as complex as their more sophisticated relatives Shooter cocktails have a sense of fun about them. Shooter cocktails have a sense of whimsy about them and mixologists typically cater to a younger, more adventurous crowd.  Healthy and Smoothie Cocktails Who says cocktails have to be just a vice? By blending a spirit with healthy ingredients such as fresh fruit and yogurt, a cocktail can be just a halo of good health. Mixologists these days are also investing in creating vegan versions of these drinks where ingredients like cream and milk are skipped. Spirits like Gin match well with subtle vegetable drink recipes, or a bright Citrus smoothie can easily be transformed into a fresh fruit margarita with tequila.  Non-alcoholic Cocktails Though alcohol is a must in all cocktails, being at a bar doesn’t always come with an intention of consuming alcohol, hence mixologists are catering to this crowd. Many existing recipes can be turned virgin and there are always new recipes being created. There are however some classic mocktails like the Shirley Temple a light, sweet mixture of grenadine, soda, and lime to create a sparkling cocktail.  Check out our interesting online cooking classes So, next time you are looking for an evening out with a vivacious drink, order a cocktail based on what you would like to experience rather than the type of alcohol you love. You can transport yourself to a beach with a blended cocktail or enjoy an episode of Sex in the city with a Cosmopolitan, or if you just want to nurse your sore throat enjoy a hot cocktail there are plenty of options out there. Which of these types of cocktails is your favorite? Let us know in the comments section below.

It's hard to find someone who doesn't have a craving for cakes. A sweet food made from flour, sugar, and other ingredients is a favorite not just among children but also adults. Traditionally cakes were baked for birthdays and weddings. However, with the wide range of options and innovative cake recipes, you really don’t need an occasion to have one. From corporate parties to holidays and get-togethers to personal cravings, it’s an all-time hit. We all have our favorites, no matter what your preferences are. Here are some unique and irresistible different types of cakes to try that are sure to make your celebrations memorable for a very long time! Top 10 Types Of Cakes Trending Now……..A Must Try! Pinata Cake Pinata cake also called the 'Smash' cake is the new food trend that is going viral, that packs a sweet surprise inside every cake. The inside of the cake has a hollow center which is used to fill with gifts, and to hold your favorite goodies such as macaroons, chocolates, and cupcakes, which come as a sweet surprise. The idea behind the Pinata cake is to make the cake-cutting process exciting and unique while keeping people guessing as to what really is packed inside it. Geode Cake Geode cakes are stunningly decorated layer cakes meant to mimic the natural rock formation by cutting out pieces of the finished and frosted cake and then filling the cavity with edible crystals which are made of rock candy or isomalt shards. The crystals are then painted with multiple colors to emulate the look of real geodes themselves. Although it might seem like a lot of work, it’s actually not. Pull Me Up Cakes Some trends get hot like a bun in the oven. Pull Me Up also called the Tsunami cake is one of those which has been making waves online these days. This new baking trend has the cake surrounded by a see-through plastic sheet that is slowly pulled up to release an explosion of chocolate all over. This trend is absolutely mouth-watering with chocolates, and different flavors splashed all over the plate. People are going gaga over this absolute delish!  Check out our Online Baking Classes for Beginners Layer Cake A layer cake also known as a sandwich cake consists of multiple stacked sheets of cake, held together by frosting, jam, icing, or any other filling. The best part about this style of cake is most of the cake recipes can be made into layer cakes. Most basic layer cakes are of two layers, however, there are these top-rated; piled-high layer cakes like the decadent tower of German chocolate layer cake or a rainbow layered cake. Baking and serving these types of cakes is a lot of fun and is sure to be the star of the show. Fondant Cake Of all the different types of cakes, the fondant cake is the most trending as the fondant sheet allows for making interesting designs on the Cake. The play dough-like sugar paste can be rolled out and draped over a simple or sculpted cake to give an absolute finish to a designer cake. It is usually kneaded until they are very silky and pliable and can be used to create a smooth seamless finish on cakes in any color. Fruit Cake This is one cake that is so good to be made all year, not just during the Christmas season. Fruits are soaked in black tea overnight and mixed with cake batter for a rich herbal flavor throughout the batter. For those who want their fruit cakes to have a boozy flavor, you can mix the candied fruit and raisins with a little alcohol and let it macerate for a day or two. The chewy bits of fruit and dash of brandy make these fruit cakes a real treat. Make your life a little more colorful with these types of cakes.  Flourless Cake This cake excludes flour, making it less cakey and fudgier in texture. These types of cakes are perfect for people who are looking to avoid gluten as there’s an absence of flour in the batter. They are made airy from the egg whites that are whipped and then folded into the batter. Easy to make with just three ingredients, served with ice cream or whipped cream, or simply dusted with icing sugar. You can enjoy a rich but not too sweet cake that’s absolutely delicious! Upside-Down Cake In these types of cakes, the toppings are placed at the bottom of the pan, hence they are called upside-down cakes. This classic version of the butter cake is traditionally made with pineapple but can also be made with fruits like plums, peaches, blueberries, or pears. The toppings are placed on the bottom of the pan, often with butter and sugar, and then topped with cake batter. After cooking, the cake is flipped back right-side-up, so that the fruit is facing up. Vegan Cake  Vegan cakes have been introduced as an alternative to making cakes without eggs, dairy butter, or dairy milk. There are several types of plant-based substitutes like banana or flax-seed for eggs, non-trans fat margarine or oils for butter, and plant milk for milk that can be easily replaced. These types of cakes with alternative ingredients create an equally delicious but completely vegan cake. Bundt Cake These types of cakes are baked in a distinctive ring-shaped pan with a hollow center, to give a doughnut shape.  The bundt pan allows the cake to be in contact with the edges of the pan, and therefore allows heat to be transferred more evenly. Generally found in only one flavor, is inspired by a traditional European cake known as Gugelhupf. These easy-to-make fluffy cakes are baked with basic kitchen staples and topped with a simple vanilla or chocolate glaze.  Experience “YUM” With Australia’s Most Loved Desserts. Bet you are craving these mouth-watering quirky cakes. Double the surprise and celebrations with these hot trending cakes every one is talking about and don’t forget to share your favorite with us.