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True to the name 'Shivam' - consciousness, mindfulness, - we strive to make our items by re-using our existing resources, and natural, organic materials.

Our yoga mat bags are handmade using upcycled, vintage fabrics, while the aromatherapy eye pillows are filled with the healing goodness of organic lavender buds and organic flax seeds. 

We hope to extend and share the journey of these goods as they make their way around the world. From our house to yours.

Namaste.

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Welcome to my blog at Shivam Creations.

Shivam means mindfulness in Sanskrit; this space is about trying to lead a mindful life and the elements that go with it: yoga, healthy living, nature, and the creative forces within each of us.

The Best Home Remedy for Spring Allergies..When Spring Finally Shows Up!

Shivangi Parikh

Hello folks! Sorry for the silence on my end. I feel like I've been hibernating from my blogging duties this year. Life is far from idle though, as little Divya turned 20 months and has been keeping us on our toes! There are also some changes in my professional life, which is taking up more of my time and energy. More on that in another post!

For now, I want to talk about tackling spring allergies. Although, in the US we are far from any sort of Spring season..its been hiding somewhere! In fact, I had written this post in early March and kept waiting for the season to show up so I can post about it. Lol. But let's hope that sunny days are around the corner. In Tennessee where we live, there are some positive signs as trees are filling up and birds are chirping away.

Which brings me back to spring allergies. Years ago, I started developing sinus headaches and stuffiness during this season, and I had no clue why since I didn't have them while growing up in Mumbai. The doctors handed me a nasal spray and allergy relief meds, but those did little to help. My yoga teacher at that time suggested a simple home remedy of using a 'neti pot' for nasal cleansing and that has worked wonders! Nasal cleansing sounds gross and weird but it has been practiced in ancient India for centuries and is an important part of a yogic lifestyle. The idea is to use warm, saline solution to clean your nasal cavities in a natural way, without any chemicals or allergy medicines. Any drainage or sinus blockage will be gone, and your nasal passages will stay clear and open.

This is what a neti pot looks like.

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Some of you may have seen or heard of it, and some of you may look at the contraption and think "What in the world is that and how do you use it". Well, its actually very easy to use once you get the hang of it. The best part is how cost-effective it is...the neti pot usually costs around $10 and you can use regular table salt or sea salt from your kitchen. For a few more bucks, you can purchase special neti salt online or from a natural health food store.

Here is a great video by Ashley from Ashley's Green Life. She explains the process very clearly and effectively. You can also take note of the neti salt she uses.

Isn't it super easy?? I really do hope you will give it a try and not get put off by how it looks. The important thing to remember is to use filtered water that is warm and not hot.

I am not very regular with it either and can go weeks without using it. This post is a good reminder for me too :)

Hope we get to clear skies and happy weather soon!

xoxo, Shiv

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Celebrating Our Strength

Shivangi Parikh

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To all the women around the world who inspire me
To those who fight all odds to get an education
To those who challenge stereotype and bias
To those who stay at home to nurture loved ones
To those who fight corporate battles and injustice
To those who walk miles to fetch food and water
To those who shield the innocent from horrors of the world
To those who suffer in silence
To those who bring joy to all
Happy Womens Day 

xo,Shiv

 

 

Photos by Jessica To'oto'o ; Loren Joseph ; Huyen NguyenAlex LambleyNick ArnotAntonio FranciscoImat Bagja GumilarRen QingTao on  Unsplash

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A Heartfelt Thank You

Shivangi Parikh

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As we wrap up our holiday shopping and planning, I just wanted to take a moment to thank each and every one of you for your support. These are not just empty words, but true heartfelt emotions! As a small business owner working from home I sometimes wonder who out there is really interested in what I have to say, in what I want to create and sell.. and the response I get always amazes me! You guys are truly the best!

This year has flown by fast, and I apologize for being on the quieter side. I just want to squeeze out every hug I can from my baby girl while she lets me! Family is truly important and I am so thankful for having this time and opportunity to spend with my kids. I know there are many parents who have to work multiple jobs to keep things afloat. My sincere wish is that every parent can get some pure golden moments that will stay etched in their memory forever, cause that is all you need.

Hope you can enjoy the holidays for what it is..the spirit of joy and love. Stay warm and blessed. Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and Happy New Year :)

xoxo, Shiv

(p.s. I hope to write another post wrapping up the best of 2017, ha!)

Photo by rawpixel.com on Unsplash

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Holiday Sale: 20% off Our Best Selling Yoga Mat Bags and More!

Shivangi Parikh

Sorry for flashing another holiday sale in your already cluttered social media but it is that time of the year :) Take 20% off when you spend $40 or more at our shop by using code HOLIDAY20 at checkout. For those of you eyeing our best selling yoga mat bags, this is the best deal of the year!

There are other options to choose from as well: handwoven kitchen textiles starting from $9.99, vegan clutches from $25, and our leather tote bags that are on clearance sale.

Offer valid till Dec. 15th or while stock lasts. All my items are made in small batches so don't wait to shop till the last minute ;)

For those who want even more options, head on over to our Etsy shop where items over $35 get 10% off till Dec. 6th.

xoxo, Shiv

Shivangi Parikh

Celebrate Yoga With This 10-Minute Essential Home Practice

Shivangi Parikh

As the world observes International Yoga day today, it is worthwhile to remember that Yoga is not just a commodity for consumption but something more significant - it is a means for self exploration, discovery and eventually, mastery over ones thoughts and actions. Yoga is so much more than just fancy poses. And this day serves as the perfect reminder for us to re-commit toward living a healthier, happier and more wholesome life.

So how does one do yoga? I am always asked this question in various forms: beginners ask because they do not know where to begin, and experienced practitioners ask because they feel they have to set aside an hour to 'properly' practice, which may or may not happen, and it results in them falling out of routine. I say that from experience myself! The answer is something you've probably heard many times- Consistency is key. Just setting aside a few minutes couple of times a week is a good start. You can always build up depending on your time and energy limits for that day.

To get you started, my good friend, and revered yoga teacher Arundhati Baitmangalkar from Aham Yoga has outlined a simple yet super effective 10-minute home yoga sequence just for you! To keep it easy-peesy, she has omitted a lot of jargon and has detailed photos for each step :)

You can just do a couple of Sun Salutations (pose 1) to begin with, and gradually add the other poses one at a time. Remember: Do it slowly with awareness and deep breaths.

Here is Arundhati:

1.   SUN SALUTATIONS/ CLASSICAL SURYA NAMASKAR: This is the most ancient form of Vinyasa. It is a combination of several poses in a pre-set order that will make you strong, flexible and will you energized and refreshed! We recommend anywhere from 3 to 8 rounds daily.


2.   VIRABHADRASANA 2/WARRIOR 2: Such a strong yet gentle hip opening pose. When done right, it releases the lower back, builds endurance and encourages circulation. If you sit or stand for extended periods of time, this is a great pose to do. Hold for 45 seconds to a minute on each side and slowly build up.

Virabhadrasana II/Warrior II

3.   TRIKONASANA/TRIANGLE:  This will give you a full body stretch. Be mindful that arms and legs need to be straight. Touching the floor with your hand is not important. Use a block under your palm to help you, if you cannot keep the leg straight.

Trikonasana/Triangle

4.   ANJANEYASANA/LOW LUNGE POSE: If you sit at a desk all day, this pose is a must. Initially the stretch will be strong on the front of the thigh but as you start to practice regularly and breathe into it, the muscle will start to release and will get stronger, and help the knee and hip get more stable.

Low Lunge pose

5.   PRASARITA PADDOTTANASANA/WIDE LEG STANDING FORWARD FOLD: This is one of my personal favorites. On the left is the preparatory stage and the right is the complete pose. Make sure to master stage 1 before going deeper into stage 2. This pose not only stretches the legs and releases the lower back but also works as a semi inversion.


6.   ADHOMUKHA SWANASANA/DOWNWARD FACING DOG POSE: This pose is famous for the right reasons. Its elongates the spine, stretches out the muscles at the back of the entire body. Allows the heart to rest and works as an inversion in itself. Great pose to recover from fatigue and restlessness.


7.   URDHVA MUKHA SWANASANA/UPWARD FACING DOG: By bring the chest forward, keeping it lifted and open. Our lungs get a nice opening facilitating better breath and circulation. Enhances mood and helps to keep you alert and awake. Also builds arm strength.


8.   BADDHAKONASANA/BOUND ANGLE POSE: would call this the ultimate pose for the hips. It is so simple, that it is often underrated. No matter what you do, make sure you spend at least a couple of minutes in this pose daily. If your knees are super high, sit on a couple of folded blankets to relieve the strain in your groins.


9.   SETU BANDHASANA: BRIDGE POSE: This pose works on opening the chest and shoulders and helps to strengthen the legs and back muscles. Again it’s a pose that is often overlooked but packs a punch. Make sure your knees are not wider than your shoulders in this pose.


10.   SUPTA PADANGUSHTASANA/SUPINE HAND TO BIG TOE POSE: If you need to do one pose in the morning, I would do this one. Part one, works the hamstring and stretches it out. Keeping the lower back at ease and maintaining the knee joint. Part two, builds hip stability and keeps the hips strong and sturdy protecting the lower back all through.


BONUS POSE!

ONLY if you feel comfortable and would like to try to incorporate an inversion in your practice, do try the Shoulderstand Pose. if this seems too much to attempt then build up to it with the Bridge Pose mentioned above.

SARVANGASANA/SHOULDERSTAND: While we refer to the mother of all poses here. Any inversion during your day will be great. Inversions will keep the brain well fed with blood and oxygen giving energy, calm and clarity. These are meant to be learnt under the guidance of a skilled teacher.

So there you have it. A simple yet powerful set of yoga poses to build your home yoga practice. Remember to get your alignment right in all the poses, stay connected with the breath and hold the poses for as long as you comfortably can and then with time you will build the duration of poses. Give these a try and let us know how you did.

--- Arundhati Baitmangalkar

A big thanks to Arundhati who has outlined a lovely and may I add, not-so-scary sequence, for all of us! You can also check out more videos on Aham Yoga YouTube channel. There are detailed explanations and practice sequences.

Here is to celebrate a happy and healthy lifestyle!

Namaste, Shiv :)

 

Shivangi Parikh