Meditation by the poolside !

This year one of the resolutions I made was to spend more time on me – meditating , working out and doing yoga ! As well my usual me time at the local spas and those when I travel …

Given its mid January already I decided to kickstart my meditative journey right here at the Radisson Blu resort and spa in Alibaug. I’ve been planning on embarking on this journey since a friend of mine has been raving about how it has made him a happier , calmer and better person !

Iphone and iPad have apps that help with meditating and the one I have used is an app called the Insight Timer . (It’s free so you should definitely check it out and give it a shot).

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So this morning I woke up and headed to the beautiful poolside along with my headphones and iphone to spend some me-time . It was really refreshing and I promise to do this more often as I found it relaxing , rejuvenating and really easy to do no matter where I am travelling to !

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How many of your resolutions have you started working on ?

Hello 2014 !!

The last year was a wonderful adventure – lots of travel , the Big Fat Indian Wedding , changes , adjustments and of course spending great time with my new and old family ! I am super excited about 2014. My theme for this year is to stay positive and look at the brighter side of everything. I also made a promise to myself to stay calm and learn to believe !

Apart from the above , I have promised to do/be the following :

1. Be cool – patience , calmness & belief are key ingredients to a Happy 2014

2. Get fit – I have never been this unfit in my life and I have promised myself to take up running / walking again ( after almost a year long hiatus ).

3. Meditate – yoga & meditation will be a part of my weekly , if not daily routine.

4. Cook more – I love to cook & try new recipes and the fact that my Mr. Right is a foodie only helps ( I have an ever ready audience to showcase my ahem , skills to)

5. Paint more – Last year I took up painting and made only about 5 paintings and bought 3 wonderful pieces of art ( my 3rd acquisition is a beautiful original ‘Pichwai’ painting from Udaipur)

2014!!!!

6. Try to be a better home maker – be more organised , planned out and work harder towards being a better host and a better wife.

7. Work harder – This year I will be launching a website , it has always been my dream to start something of my own and work on something that I am passionate about so I am super kicked about being able to inch closer to my dream .

8. Eat healthier – after a year of binging and enjoying the good & sinful foods I have promised myself to eat healthier. My friend introduced me to the loose it app during our trip to Udaipur and I started working on the app already !

9. Click more – yes I promise to use my camera more ! Follow me on instagram : @aartickapoor

10. Save more – theme for this year , post a year of wedding expenses & lots of shopping will be to save more and work towards setting out a retirement plan so that I have it ready before I hit the dreaded 30’s !

11. Read more – Running a book club with a friend is a lot of fun ! Especially when the people who are part of it are as excited about meeting up and exchanging notes on books to read as we are ! So I have resolved to read 12 new books this year ! ( totally doable I guess , even if I am travelling). Follow the book club @btbbookclub and Bound Together Bombay (Facebook)

12. Plant more trees ! – Yes I think it is time to plant more trees people ! If we plant a tree every quarter thats 4 trees per person per year ! Maybe it will help reduce the harmful effects of global warming a little.

13. Learn more – I resolve to be more open minded about learning from people around me !

14. Travel more – needless to say I always have this one on my list and I will love to share my adventures through this blog !

15. Write more ! Yes I had a very inactive year last year and I promise to be an active blogger this year !

16. Last but not the least I want to learn a language – I did a bit of French in High School and started off with Spanish , but that did not really go anywhere. So I will sign up for a do it yourself program for Spanish / Italian and try and get the basics of the language in place in 2014 !

What are your resolutions for 2014 ?

Ditch the workout, join the party !

Last evening I had a really fun workout. I signed up for a Zumba class (1.5 hour master class) at a suburban activity centre in Mumbai. The class was conducted by Kelly Bullard and Sucheta Pal. To those who don’t know what Zumbia is, Zumba is a Colombian dance fitness program created by dancer and choreographer Alberto “Beto” Perez during the 1990s. The choreography involves dance and aerobic elements incorporating hip-hop, soca, samba, salsa, merengue, mambo, martial arts, and some Bollywood and belly dance.

The Zumba fever which has affected about 12 million people in over 110,000 locations across more than 125 countries.[5] (source wikipedia)   is now spreading like wild fire in India ( Mumbai). I have friends from across the globe who have been raving about the Zumba way of staying fit, so I was really looking forward to the class.

At first I wasn’t sure what to expect. To be honest I have previously had basic training in Latin American and Ballroom dancing so I thought that it can’t be too different from what I already know. Wrong! Hahaha, I had signed up for a Master class – where most people in the class had been Zumba-ing for a while and some were even instructors. So they already knew what to do and were experts!

I actually have “2 right feet” (if I could say that 😉 that’s how I would describe it) and dancing is my passion so even though the first 30 minutes were a slight struggle picking steps up , once I did I had a blast ! We danced on about 10-15 songs all of them involving choreography inspired by hip -hop, Salsa and Merengue moves. We even danced on “Chammak Challo” and a Punjabi Bhangra version. (Go Punjabiiii! )

Usually men (atleast in Mumbai) don’t sign up for aerobics classes but this is a great option for those who want to “Ditch the work out and join the party”. The guys seemed to enjoy the class as much as us girls did. I had my heart rate monitor on and as per that the class was a 1100 calorie burn class at 75-85% heart rate which is awesome because I actually had a blast while working out. Totally recommend you try this out !

While this was just the start of my Zumba days, I am sure I am going to sign up for many more workshops and try to incorporate this form of calorie burn into my workout atleast once a week.

Do any of you Zumba ? If you know of any good studios/ classes for Zumba in Mumbai (Bandra) please let me know!

#ihatehospitals

I hate doctor visits , I’m one of those people who would die at the thought of being admitted to a hospital…

It is out of this fear that I usually try to live as healthy as I can – take my vitamins , eat healthy and exercise. However I’ve been bestowed with the gift of clumsiness 😦 and I am very accident prone…

Cuts,bruises and falls have been a part of my life and I have had the opportunity of exploring emergency rooms at hospitals in USA , Australia , India , Dubai , Singapore and Malaysia… Not something to be proud of but its just something I do 😦

Last night while playing with the kids (my friend’s neice and nephews are visiting from NYC) I hit my head against some wooden rod (some fancy thing in the building’s lobby) and ended up with a cut and a bump 😦 .

After spending the evening nursing the wound and icing it I retired for the day knowing that today would be a visit to the Holy Family Hospital and that I would be getting a tetanus shot 😦 😦 .

Awful way to start my day ! Its done now , the nurse said it wasn’t a big wound only a shallow cut and a bump that needs icing. If the bump persists then I may need to see a doctor – but I’m hoping it subsides by tonite 😦

I hate hospitals but somehow always end up in the emergency room for some cut or bruise 😦 😦 …

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