Monday, 29 June 2020

Best Yoga Asanas To Relieve Allergy



The last one year has transformed my life completely and Yoga has been a very befitting partner in this journey whether it is weight loss or in combating my allergies. I have never embraced a healthier and fitter lifestyle than this before and honestly my hard work has fairly paid. I have dropped fourteen kgs and am in fact feeling so strong and happy within. Now again I am in that time of the year when my allergies trigger, yes monsoon sees me having repeated bouts of cold and cough every year but this time I certainly feel more resistant having practiced Yoga Mudras for Allergy exhaustively for the past many months without missing them a single day. Consistency is always the key to working towards our wellness.

Yoga Asanas are what I totally rely on for my physical and mental health and they have worked wonders for me especially in these pandemic times when having allergic cough can scare the hell out of you. The best way still is to identify your triggers and stay as away from them as possible. Practicing certain yoga poses also gives relief is seasonal allergies. In this blog post, I bring to you the exact sequence of yoga asanas I do for my allergy with all the necessary details as taught to me by my Guru who is a Yogini for over twenty years now. If you are a beginner, take it slow and as per your body permits. All these asanas can be performed by women, children, and men alike.

1. Brahma Mudra




I slowly begin my practice with Brahmamudra in which it is recommended to sit in a comfortable position preferably Vajrasan or Padmasan with your spine erect. Now look to your right slowly to the count of six breathing in and come back slowly chanting sound Aaa as you breathe out. Now do the same to your left and while coming back chant the sound ooouuu. Next, look up again to the same count gently and while coming back chant eeeeee. Finally, look down and come back making the sound mmmm.

This might induce vertigo in rare cases so practice very slowly and do three cycles.

Benefits of Brahmamudra: This will relieve all the pressure in your neck and spine and will also help open up your lungs and help to remove the toxins from your body.


2. Nadi Shodana



Right breathing practice yogas are highly effective to rid us of all allergens and allergies if done right and consistently. Nadi Shodhana is the best Pranayam to help you if your blocked nose and help release all of the mucus which is bothering you as well as help internal healing. For it sit as comfortably as you can, take your right hand and place your first two fingers at the center of your forehead. Now use your right thumb to gently touch your right nostril and your right ring finger to touch your left nostril. Next, press your right nostril and deep inhale from your left nostril. Now close your left nostril and exhale deeply from your right nostril. Now inhale from right nostril keeping the left closed and then exhale from left nostril keeping the right closed. Repeat this multiple times.

Benefits of Nadi Shodhana: It really helps in clearing and balancing respiratory channels and thus helps to alleviate respiratory allergies that may cause fever, cough, sneezing, or wheezing. It also balances hormones and increases the supply of oxygen in our bodies.



3. Matysasan(Fish Pose)



For this lie down on your mat and place both your hands under your hips, palm facing downward and legs close together. Next lift your chest and head up and gradually drop your head down touching the floor with your chest still up. Stay there till you are comfortable, deep breathing in and out, and then gradually lift your head and then drop your chest and head down slowly. Begin with three repetitions of this highly effective yoga therapy.

Avoid this Asan if you high or low blood pressure, neck or lower back injuries or migraine or insomnia.

Benefits of Matsyasan: It is highly effective in toning the parathyroid, pituitary, and pineal glands and in providing relief in respiratory disorders.


4. Adhomuksyanasan(Downward Dog Pose)



This Asan too has multiple health benefits. For it, get on your hands and knees and then gradually lift your knees to arch your body look like an inverted  V with your feet touching the ground completely and your head below the heart to let the blood flow to your brain and stretch, stretch and stretch. Hold there for thirty to sixty seconds following the same deep inhaling and exhaling pattern followed in all yoga to reap maximum advantage of the Yoga therapy and then gently drop your knees and then your torso. Repeat it three to five times in the beginning. If your nose is clogged, breathe gently through your mouth.

This yoga is contraindicated in pregnancy, diarrhea, and headaches.


Benefits of Adhomuksyanasan: It helps to clear our brain and reduce the sinus pressure to make us feel better during an allergy attack. It stretches our chest and lungs, shoulders, and abdomen and helps relieve mild depression, fatigue, and sciatica. It is also known to be very therapeutic for asthma.



5. Setubandhasan(Bridge Pose)



Next practice the bridge pose. For it, lie down on the floor and bend your knees. Place your arms close to the body such they slightly touch your heel. Now lift your hips and then your chest up as much as you can and hold there for four to eight breaths and then come down and relax. Repeat this too, three to five times initially.

Don’t do this is if you have a chronic injury in knees, shoulder or back.

Advantages of Setubandasan: Bridge pose beautifully stretches our chest and opens up your throat to clear it of all allergies that are troubling it.


6. Balasana(Child pose) 



This is the one of the easiest yoga kriyas even for beginners. In it sit on your heels comfortably with your legs together or apart and then drop your upper body in front with the arms stretched out completely and relax in that position feeling your deep breath. Stay there for around thirty seconds and enjoy your thighs massaging your stomach as you inhale and exhale. Repeat it three to five times. Since this is a counter Asan to help you restore the balance do this towards the end of practice or when you feel tired.

Avoid this Asan if you are pregnant, have diarrhea or knee injury.

Advantages of Balasana: It relaxes your nerves, spine, hips, and chest and relieves all anxiety and stress which often can be triggers to allergies too.


These were some most effective Yoga Asanas for Allergies which have made me feel a lot better. Shared them here with an earnest endeavor that they help you too. Next, I shall bring to you the most effective yoga asans for Weight Loss and to relieve Endometriosis that I practice and have got multiple benefits from.

 Truly Yours Roma

If you like what I write, you can grab the copies of my five published ebooks here: The Fragrance of True LoveDestiny's Favorite ChildDare to Defy The Destiny , Empowered Women Empower Women and To My GrandChild, With Love

This blogpost is a part of #CauseaChatter initiative by Blogchatter 


Saturday, 27 June 2020

5 Tips to choose the best baby lotion

Tips to choose the Best Baby Lotion

Motherhood evokes a million emotions in us. It also gives birth to a fierce desire to give our baby nothing short of the best. This calls for taking the utmost care in the products we choose for him. It is absolutely worth the effort to spend some time researching them before picking up any baby product, for example, a baby body lotion. Harsh chemicals can be baffling to our precious little’s tender and delicate skin. As a mother, I have been very particular about choosing the best baby lotion always, and in this article, I cover some pro tips on how to choose an ideal baby lotion along with my recommendations on the one I prefer.

 

1.  Free from Harsh Chemicals

 

Whatever we apply on our baby’s skin permeates to his blood and unfortunately, many commercial baby lotions have synthetic ingredients, such as silicon, parabens, phthalates, glycerides, dyes, SLS/SLES and artificial fragrances. These may contribute to conditions such as Eczema, allergies, nappy rash, and even SIDS. So our first responsibility is to ensure that the product we are using is 100% free from these harmful substances. We can’t fathom the harm they can cause to our little loves. So stay away from them if you wish to choose the best body lotion for your baby.

 

 

 

2.  Must have Organic Ingredients, Plant-Powered

 

The second most important thing you need to look out for is whether all the ingredients used are organic or not. It will be further better if they are certified organic so that we know that they are genuine are not just mentioned as a marketing gimmick. The right ingredients are so essential in making it the best baby lotion for toddlers.

 

In my opinion, plant-powered baby lotions are the best as they use the strong power of Mother Nature to cater to our infant’s needs as all their ingredients are from plants, essential oils & herbal extracts to soothe our baby’s skin. Look out for ingredients like Shea Butter, Avocado & the richness of Coconut oil, which trust me, are awesome to nourish our tiny human’s fragile infantile skin. Thus pick a 100% organic baby body lotion which is totally natural, powered by nature, and has no artificial substances.

 

 

 

3.  Moisturize and Strengthen baby skin

 

A baby’s skin loses moisture five times faster than a grown-up person. Thus, choosing the best lotion for baby dry skin which makes up for the lost moisture instantly and keeps the baby’s skin moisturized for a considerable period, becomes so vital. A trustable baby lotion must also strengthen his skin against dryness. Personally, I prefer a light and non-greasy formula which is as pure as a mother’s love.

 

 

 

4.  Should be mild and gentle

 

We must also ensure that it is a proper combination of supple and rich plant extracts and oils that are mild and gentle in impact on the tender soft skin of a new-born. It must be the best natural baby lotion and must have undergone exhaustive testing and trials to make them the most appropriate and wonderful product for a baby with zero tolerance for anything going even slightly wrong.

 

 

5.  Calming and relaxing for the baby

 

Please make sure the baby lotion you choose has ingredients like pure essential oils and natural ingredients like Aloe Vera extract and Bees Wax which acts as an emollient and skin soother and thus helps in having a calming and soothing effect on him as you gently massage it on his skin.

 

 

The above points help me choose the best baby lotion always and for the last few years I have been using a brand which is honestly doing a phenomenal job in ensuring all of the above in giving us the best, the most organic, 100% plant-powered products range for our little loves and are absolutely free from toxic chemicals.

 


 

 

I am talking about Mother Sparsh whose products I can now trust blindly based on their wonderful results. Mother Sparsh baby lotion is today the top baby lotion in India. I can so vouch for them with all my heart because it has all pros and no cons for me.

 

I feel so relieved they have lived up to their promise of making their products true to their name ‘Mother Sparsh’ which means the invaluable, serene, and pure touch of a mother. Their plant-powered natural baby lotion has always been my favorite and honestly, I use it too as I have sensitive skin and this is so ideal for normal to sensitive skin types.

 



 

Enumerating crisply why I chose Mother Sparsh Plant Powered Natural Baby Lotion over so many others and recommend it to you all:

 

·      It is an impressive botanical blend of Organic Herbs, Plant Extracts, and Essential Oils all so wonderfully nourishing. Starting from new-borns, I see a great potential of it being used across all age groups. It is undoubtedly a personal favorite of mine.

 

·      True to its name, every droplet of the lotion has the Sparsh of Mother Nature in its purest form.

 

·      It is a plant-powered formula with certified organic ingredients making it one of the most perfect natural baby lotions.

 

 


 

·      It moisturizes and protects baby’s delicate skin and keeps it dryness and itching free which makes it the best baby moisturizing lotion.

 

·      It has IFRA Certified Allergen Free Fragrance which is so desirable as the strong perfume tends to irritate the tender skin of babies. On the contrary, Mother Sparsh baby lotion has a very mild and soothing fragrance.

 

·      It comes in a rectangular dispenser bottle which is extremely comfortable to hold.

 

·      For its quality it is optimally priced at INR 395 for a big bottle of 200ml and is value for money.

 

I earnestly trust that the above tips and recommendations will help you in picking up the best baby lotion for your baby.

 

Do let me know if you have any further questions. Will love to address all your queries to the best of my abilities.

 

 

 

Tuesday, 23 June 2020

How to Self Publish a Book on Amazon KDP



Self Publishing on Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing(KDP) truly gives a writer wings to fly, to fulfill his ultimate dream of becoming an author if he is convinced he has a strong story which needs to be told to the world and the readers will surely accept the same with open arms.


At the time of self-publishing your book you need to have a non-plagiarized, thoroughly-edited, book manuscript and its book cover ready. As an author of 5 books, this has been my biggest learning, the basics need to be set right before commencing on a fruitful journey in the right direction. 



So, if you are ready with a worthy manuscript and you strongly believe it is ready for a global release on an international platform like Amazon, let’s get started with all the steps to self publish it on Amazon KDP.


What are the steps to self publish? 


  First of all, sign up on  www.kdp.amazon.com





  • It will open to your bookshelf which shows you a rectangular book icon divided into two on the left (If this is the first time you are self publishing your book, it will prompt you right on top, to fill your account details where the earnings from the sale of your books will be deposited.Do that)

  • On the right, you can see details and requirements for the book content, book cover, keywords, and ISBN. I would recommend, click on them, and read them thoroughly for better understanding. I am sharing the important points in this tutorial though.


  • Click on the top + kindle ebook sign on the rectangular icon to start the publishing process.

  • It will open up to seek three-page information from you that needs to be filled with great care as it can make or break your book in terms of sales.


  • On page 1, we need to fill our kindle ebook details like the language in which we are writing, the title and subtitle of our book, the edition number if it in addition to an existing book, author name, and contributors if any(in case of more than one authors) and a strong and concrete description of your book which you think will make a reader instantly buy your book.


  • Also, you need to declare you own the rights of the book, fill in selectively chosen keywords (use SEO principles) that suit your book perfectly, along with declaring the category of your book. The best way to do so is to choose the book closest to your book in terms of its theme and genre on Amazon and use its category for yours too, to target the right audience. Take some time doing this as there are over 16000 categories and sub-categories on Amazon and this may turn out to be a little tricky.

  • If it is a children's book, specify age and grade of kids or else leave this part if not applicable. Next select if you wish your book will be available for sale or for preorder to build the buzz.




  • Save this information and you will be automatically be taken to page 2 if you have filled all columns appropriately that are applicable or else it will prompt you to correct it, the software is extremely user friendly and guides you at every step.


The details about the contents of my book



  • On page 2 you will have to upload your book contents. It has four sections, first for your manuscript, then book cover, then the ebook preview section, and finally the ISBN. All of these sections are very important. 



  • It is advisable to go through the content guidelines given below before submission of your manuscript.




  • In the manuscript upload section, you may choose to activate the DRM which is Digital Rights Management of your book depending upon if you want your buyers to lend it to someone or not. 






  • Once you have selected this upload your manuscript in any of the .doc, .docx, HTML, MOBI, ePub, RTF, Plain Text, or KPF formats.  


Regarding the maximum size that can be uploaded, KDP currently supports files of 650 megabytes or less and 8,000 pages or fewer. If you try to upload a file larger than this, it will not convert. If your file is larger than 650 megabytes, consider reducing the amount of audio and video content.


  • Next comes the Kindle ebook cover the requirements for which are laid right there. The approach I follow is I upload the ebook cover I had designed using Canva and if it meets the criteria which it almost always does, it is perfect but if it doesn’t I launch the Kindle Cover Creator which is an excellent free tool by kindle to design your finest book cover on a matter of moments, and upload my cover in it and edit it a bit to suit the requirements. 


  • In the third section of this page, I preview my ebook on the online previewer and download it on my system if I wish to check it one last time again. 


  • Next is the ISBN, kindle books are not required to have an ISBN which is only required if you are going the hardcover version of it. 

  • Now you may save and continue to the most important section of pricing, this is the last and final page before your hit the publish button.



How can I decide the pricing of my book?


  • On the third and final page of your self-publishing process, it asks you whether or not you wish to enroll your book in KDP Select which means that you give Amazon exclusive digital rights of your book for 90 days and you can’t sell its digital copy elsewhere but which also means KDP will pay you for all those who turned a page of your book on Kindle Unlimited and Kindle Lender’s library. Thus the choice of whether or not to enroll becomes very subjective. Your book will still keep selling on KDP normally, KDP Select will just serve it to a larger audience who are enrolled with it for Kindle Unlimited.


  • Next comes the Royalty plans, there are two categories 35% royalty plan and 70% Royalty plan. If you enroll your book in the 70% royalty plan it should be priced above 2.99 dollars but in 35% Royalty plan you can set cost as per your choice. You can also click on KDP pricing support to help you with the costs of the book similar to yours to take a wise call. 


  • Next, you have to select territories or countries where you will like to sell your book or select all if you don't wish to be specific.


  • You may also next choose whether or not you wish to allow lending of your book depending upon the royalty plans you have picked and if it allows you to do so or not.


  • That’s all, hit publish your ebook and it shall be approved in a maximum of 72 hours and you can see it on Amazon for sale. 


Isn’t that simple guys? Heartiest congratulations on taking the leap of faith and becoming a self-published author.


 But if you have any further queries please feel free to connect with me at roma.shobhit.sinha@gmail.com and I promise to get back to you with the answers to the best of my abilities as soon as possible.





Also, recently I had a very useful instalive session in this regard with eminent blogger Noor Anand Chawla on so many vital points you can't afford to miss while writing and publishing a book. Embedded it here for your ready reference. The second Instalive on this topic is there tomorrow, that is on 24th June at 4 p.m. on Instagram here. If this is something that interests you, do join.s



See you soon with more tips on DIRECT PUBLISHING BY ROMA!




Truly Yours Roma

If you like what I write, you can grab the copies of my five published ebooks here: The Fragrance of True LoveDestiny's Favorite ChildDare to Defy The Destiny , Empowered Women Empower Women and To My GrandChild, With Love







Thursday, 18 June 2020

Inspiration Doses from Yours Truly Roma

Life is never a cakewalk. No matter how big a smile we flaunt, it is a bigger challenge to keep ourselves motivated because in the end, we are alone with our thoughts. There is so much going around us these days which breaks my heart for I know the pain, I myself keep hidden within and so I know why you didn’t speak up. No, I don’t share it often but it isn’t easy being an orphan with mum leaving fourteen years ago for the heavenly abode and dad remarrying and having a new family...It’s not that I don’t miss them for they will always be the larger part of me, I am their flesh and blood. I miss putting my head in my mother’s lap and I miss being my dad’s princess but the fact is that I have learned to move on positively ahead of all the dark situations that blur me for some stifling moments which make me weak. 


People say seek help but for me, it has always been about standing up for myself. I had to quit the job I loved in Ikea of Sweden because of the theft conducted by my kid’s nanny in our home when again I thought I was sinking for I saw my dreams shattering but I stood up for myself. Commenced blogging and started a small communication skills academy to give a purpose to my life, to set some goals for myself. It isn’t easy to earn big money in MNCs and then suddenly give up on something you have always wanted to do for the rest of your life and still remain happy and cheerful, the face I always put forth.


Whether it is battling a chronic disease for a decade or being stranded in a faraway unknown state for around three months, it is the self-belief and the power of setting small goals and finding a purpose has helped me immensely and I have strongly stood up for myself.


I just wanted to share it all today as I felt the inner power to fight it, is all in us, if we want to live we need to discover it. Whether we wish to spend this life cribbing or smiling is a personal choice. Tough situations advent in each one’s life. 


I choose to smile and find a purpose in everything good or bad happening around me. Try it, if you will not stand for yourself who will and if, at all you need an ear, I am right here.


I promise you will see the same smile, the day I  will leave for the heavenly abode because spreading happiness gives me ultimate happiness. Whatever little I learn and practice, I find great pride in sharing it with all of you. Whether I am writing a book or am on a healthy weight loss journey, I share it all with you, you are my extended family and I find extreme solace in pouring out to you. It’s just that I hide my pain because I feel if I keep talking about it, I will amplify it and if I get engaged in something more creative and productive I will totally forget it and get absorbed in something that brings internal joy and satisfaction. So, I have deeply believed in being my own guiding light. 


Mindfulness Meditation and Gratitude have kept me grounded and aware of what is possible and what is not, because false expectations can make you crumble. They have helped me immensely in the past years and I have put it all together in the below articles for you all. They will get you a lot of peace and calmness as they have brought to me over the years. 


Mindfulness Meditation Beginners Guide (Vol1)


Mindful Meditation with Positive Affirmations (Vol2)


Mindfulness Meditation for Deep Relaxation, the Cleansing Wind Way (Vol 3)


5 Reasons which transform a heart full of gratitude in an asset


I hope you find them useful and be your own guiding light.


Truly Yours Roma

If you like what I write, you can grab the copies of my five published ebooks here: The Fragrance of True LoveDestiny's Favorite ChildDare to Defy The Destiny , Empowered Women Empower Women and To My GrandChild, With Love

Sunday, 14 June 2020

#BookReviewSeries Healthy Eating for Busy Moms by Dr.Surbhi Prapanna



If at all someone asks me what is my greatest takeaway from these lockdown times, I will say, it undoubtedly is my deep inclination towards eating healthy and staying healthy. If you are a regular here you already know how keen I have been in the past three months on watching out my weight as well as my plate. While I am steadily inching towards my ideal weight, I have been very very cautious about what goes in my family’s tummy and I shall ensure that these worthy lifestyle changes stay with us for the rest of our lives. For this, I ensure that what we are eating also satiates our taste buds so that we don’t get bored of it and start drifting once again to the junk food which means trying out new, more delicious and healthy recipes each day with myriad ingredients rich in diverse nutrients essential to ensure our immunity and good health. Many of these recipes are from Dr. Surbhi Prapanna’s worthy ebook known as ‘Healthy Eating for Busy Moms’ and today it’s my pleasure to review this book for all of you. My 5th book too has released in the same ebook carnival by Blogchatter and it is a pleasure being on this precious journey with her.



About The Book 


The ebook is a collection of 26 easy, healthy, tasty and quick recipes (in A2Z format). The recipes are simple and made with easily available-at-home ingredients. Along with healthy recipes, the book also includes health benefits of different cooking ingredients, healthy eating tips and meal prep ideas. This book will help busy moms (and busy individuals) in maintaining a healthy eating pattern even with a hectic lifestyle and a busy schedule.



About the Author 


Dr. Surbhi Prapanna is a homeopathic therapist by profession and a writer and blogger by passion. She has more than 4 years of professional writing experience and her work had been published on various prestigious online platforms like Momspresso.com, kidstoppress.com, cureJoy.com and shivanaspirit.com.

Health, parenting and creative activities for kids (art, crafts, DIYs etc...) are her niche. And she shares her areas of expertise and parenting experience on her blog Surbhiprapanna.com. She has won so many awards for her academic and professional excellence, but won the “Best parent award” is most precious and satisfying experience of her life.



Number of Pages: 60



Book Cover and Concept 




I feel there can’t be a more beautiful, colorful and appropriate cover for this book. It displays some of the most nutritious ingredients the super mom author has used in her recipes in the book.


As moms, we women multitask the whole day and still don’t get over the guilt that we fed our little ones all the needed nutrients in the right proportion. This book is a deserving solution to this perennial dilemma of ours. It is a worthy handbook which shares some very quick and super healthy recipes along with the benefits of the ingredients along with some exclusive pro tips.


My Take On The Book 


To me, this handbook is a perfect amalgamation of grandma's traditional healthy food khazaana and modern advancement in food sciences in terms of nutrition which the author has blended together optimally to reinvent some extremely beneficial and drool-worthy recipes. 


The variety she has offered will bowl you over in sheer admiration to her endeavor to help people know some unique recipes definitely worth trying anytime and it is appropriately so as she is a doctor so I believe aiding others comes naturally to her. 


I categorically liked the way she shared the nutritional values and health benefits of each of her recipes beautifully for us to understand why we must have it. 


The ingredients, method, and special tips are impeccably laid along with eye soothing pictures in each chapter enticing you enough to try the recipe at the earliest.


Her recipes like amaranth paranthas, barnyard millet khichdi, or a fenugreek thepla to name a few are not only exotic and super power-packed but certainly a treat to our palettes.


All the recipes are super easy and are a boon to super busy moms like me who though don’t like spending much time in the kitchen but wish to pack sufficient nutrition in the food they serve to their loved ones.


Language and Narration


The language of the book is reader-friendly and balanced to make it a very handy tool for one and all. It can be used by anyone across all age groups, kids may need adult supervision though during cooking on the flame.


The narration is very engaging and feels like someone close to you is teaching you to cook some fabulous dishes so full of health and taste. I keep going back to this book when I run out of ideas and that’s what I feel is the victory of this book.


I wish the author many more such works to bring health and goodness to her readers and all the best for her glorious future. 


Download Link


I strongly recommend this book to everyone. You can download a copy here.



Truly Yours Roma

If you like what I write, you can grab the copies of my five published ebooks here: The Fragrance of True LoveDestiny's Favorite ChildDare to Defy The Destiny , Empowered Women Empower Women and To My GrandChild, With Love