If you’re looking for something a little different in terms of your yoga mat, you should check out brogamats. As they say:
founded on the belief that yoga practitioners defy simple categorization, and include people of all all walks of life, all genders, all Lululemon budgets, and all levels of earthy pretentiousness
I love the concept of the quiver of arrows mat which looks like, yup you guessed, a quiver of arrows as you stride into your yoga class:
True to the “bro” tag, brogamats are made extra long and extra thick to take into account the (usually) larger frame of the male yogi. Other fun items in their inventory include the burrito bag to carry your mat, or perhaps the downward facing log mat bag.
Very cool. I want!
You’ve probably never heard of ghrelin, but it’s a hormone produced by your stomach lining when your stomach is empty. Ghrelin tells your brain that you are hungry. It also seems to help you learn and remember.
When you are hungry, you need to focus your entire system on finding food in the environment
Next time you need to learn something new, or perform well on a test, go in slightly hungry and you’ll perform better.
Nir Meiri has developed a light made out of seaweed. Seaweed is essentially an algae and has been used throughout history; as food it is a rich source of iodine, in a medicinal capacity, seaweed has been used as wound dressings and of course, it is used in the health and beauty world as a tonic for the skin in seaweed wraps and as an ingredient in soap. Given its rich history, it is only a wonder that it hasn’t been used more for decorative purposes.
Although I’m the last person to be overly politically correct, the insensitivity of a couple of major supermarkets over mental illness is rather distressing. How anyone thought “mental patient fancy dress costume” and “psycho ward” halloween outfits would not cause offense is beyond me. But given this, I don’t really think we should dwell on the negative too much. Rather, take the opportunity to get more awareness towards mental illness and the very helpful organisations that work with people who suffer from pretty much anything from mild depression through to schizophrenia.
One in four people in the UK are affected by mental illness.
So, without further ado, here are some positive links to mental health charities in the UK:
Mind is one of the foremost charities in the UK that helps people with mental health issues. They
won’t give up until everyone experiencing a mental health problem gets support and respect
Mind provides support and advice to anyone experiencing mental health problems.
The Mental Health Foundation helps people survive and recover from mental health problems through research, campaigning and developing of practical solutions for better mental health services.
Rethink has been working since 1972 to help people with schizophrenia, bipolar and personality disorders to recover and live better lives.
SANE’s vision is
to raise public awareness, excite research, and bring more effective professional treatment and compassionate care to everyone affected by mental illness.
YoungMinds specialises in helping children and young people who suffer from mental and emotional health issues. They deal with tricky issues such as self harm, eating disorders and depression in children and young people.
Nature never ceases to amaze – look at this duck, surfing it’s way around.