Tag: wellness


By Mona Gill

How to keep your makeup from melting? Especially here in beautiful hot and humid Singapore. Here are my tips and tricks on how I keep it looking fresh all-day long.

Less is more.

Skip the heavy foundations and opt for an oil-free product that won’t be heavy on your skin and clog your pores.

Use a primer.

Primers work wonders in helping to keep makeup on a little longer and helps reduce shine throughout the day. For more of my personal favourite makeups and primers, follow mkglife on Instagram.

Avoid heavy eye shadows

The tip is to stay away from dark colours. As far as possible, use light colours, especially for eye shadows. Even if your eye shadow smudges under the heat, light colours will be less noticeable.

Lip gloss

Make lip gloss your new best friend instead of lipsticks. Lip gloss are wonderful in helping to keep your look light and fresh throughout the day.

Facial mist

I carry a small facial spray/mist and use it whenever I want to refresh my makeup. To give the skin a nice glow, sometimes you can use a dewy setting spray as well.

Waterproof mascara

Use mascara and always use a waterproof mascara. So that you’ll not run the risk of smudges when you perspire.

Choose cream products over powders

Go with a cream product instead of powders. Powders tend to get cakey and will make line and wrinkles more visible in the heat. So therefore, use a cream instead and apply with your fingers for a more diffused and natural look.

Astarism

Proper skin care is crucial in the heat. Astarism facial serum skin care base is my daily must have routine. Just 2 drops of Astarism prior to makeup to prep your skin followed by a light moisturiser and your usual sunscreen and you’ll be all set to last the whole day!

 

About the author:

Mona Gill is a busy mum and an entrepreneur. On top of that, she’s a yoga instructor and skincare expert. Mona is Astavita’s beauty and wellness ambassador. She attributes her stamina to cope with her busy lifestyle and still maintain clear complexion thanks to Astavita Healthy Living Antioxidants and Astarism. Mona extols holistic wellness, keeping a healthy lifestyle and beauty from inside out.  You may follow her on Instagram: mkglife.

By Mona Gill

As a yoga instructor, I often get asked this question “How many calories will I burn during yoga?” My answer is “It depends on the type of classes you practice.”

For myself, I do a variety of classes from Bikram to Hatha and sometimes even a good stretch class. The calories burned will depend on which type of classes you do. For example, a Bikram class may burn around 500 calories as well as other hot yoga classes. A vinyasa flow class can typically burn around 600 calories as it can get challenging with constant movement and can be physically demanding.

One thing to bear in mind though is that we typically burn more calories when we do use larger muscles of the body. For example, when we do a chair pose, squats, warrior poses and lunges, we are engaging the larger muscles of our body and will then burn more calories. A gentle Hatha class can burn around 130 calories to 400 calories. A general rule of thumb to consider in stepping into any yoga class is the intensity of the class, your personal goals, and your intention. I believe it is entirely up to the individual how much you want to challenge yourself in a class.

If you’re already working out or doing some exercises currently, Yoga can be an add on to your current workout program. If you do practice intensely it is a great full body workout, especially with the variety of yoga classes available now, you can even do power yoga using weights and other props.

Whatever classes or workout you go for, I always advise people to practice with care and awareness. It is most important to listen to your body, so that you do not overstretch and injure yourself. Having said that, do keep practicing and stay fit with a healthy diet and adequate rest as well. Till the next post: live well, look good, be happy!

 

About the author:

Mona Gill is a busy mum and an entrepreneur. On top of that, she’s a yoga instructor and skincare expert. Mona is Astavita’s beauty and wellness ambassador. She attributes her stamina to cope with her busy lifestyle and still maintain clear complexion thanks to Astavita Healthy Living Antioxidants and Astarism. Mona extols holistic wellness, keeping a healthy lifestyle and beauty from inside out.  You may follow her on Instagram: mkglife.

 

By Mona Gill

Today I’d like to address this topic because so many of us have this issue. Really, at the end of the day, I always say what you put into your mouth is always going to show up on the surface one way or another. Hair loss is something that concerns me from time to time especially when I do not eat enough and am not very diligent in my hair care regime.

So what causes hair loss and what can you do to help keep your tresses healthy?

  • Skipping meals!

It’s so easy to skip meals especially when we are on the go and do not have a fixed meal plan scheduled. Stock up on nuts as they are so rich in omega 3s and we need that for healthy skin and hair. Try and incorporate more salmon, spinach, goji berries and bananas. These are also foods that are easily available so really, we have no excuses. I’d rather have a banana smoothie than skip a meal as skipping meals causes nutritional deficiencies in the long run and other metabolic issues as well.

  • Stress

If you get too stressed up, it’s really not worth your health. These days I choose to let go. Practicing unattachment helps and find something that helps you eliminate stress. For me it’s yoga and some form of physical activity. So find what works for you and de-stress when you feel the need to.

  • Over-washing our hair

This is a tricky one: over washing dries out our hair and washes out the natural oils our scalp produces but under washing is also an issue as it causes build up and the hair follicles to weaken resulting in hair loss. I reckon every 3 days is a good way to go but if you work-out a lot and sweat a lot, then every 2 days is good enough.

  • Blow-drying

I’m so guilty of this one. It really does damage your hair and causes unnecessary pulling and tugging that causes hair loss. A good way to go would be to air dry your hair and then use a straightener or curler to style your hair. Blow drying wet hair is the worst thing you can do to your hair!

  • Ponytails and buns

Putting your hair up in a tight knot too often can eventually cause your hairline to recede so do change up your style every so often. I like to change my parting often so I don’t recede particularly on one side.

Bonus tip: Recently I found out that neem leaves can be used to treat hair loss and hair issues like dandruff and lice. And it’s simple: Boil the neem leaves, cool and grind into a paste, apply onto hair after shampoo, and rinse.

I have heard of the benefits but I have yet to try it myself. And since this is a DIY I will definitely give it a go and keep y’all posted of the results.

That’s it, easy tips to ensure your tresses are lustrous and healthy. Till the next post, live well, look good, be happy.

 

About the author:

Mona Gill is a busy mum and an entrepreneur. On top of that, she’s a yoga instructor and skincare expert. Mona is Astavita’s beauty and wellness ambassador. She attributes her stamina to cope with her busy lifestyle and still maintain clear complexion thanks to Astavita Healthy Living Antioxidants and Astarism. Mona extols holistic wellness, keeping a healthy lifestyle and beauty from inside out.  You may follow her on Instagram: mkglife.

By Mona Gill

Everyone experiences emotional setbacks at some point in life. And we all know from experience that emotional pain can hurt as bad, if not, worse than physical pain. Due to the duress on our brain when we process negative emotions, this stress may trigger something in our brain that causes us to feel even physical pain.

Negative emotions, if not properly dealt with may affect our ability to relate to others emotionally. Did you know that practicing yoga during times of emotional low can help cope with negative feelings? For a start, yoga quietens the noises in our heads and helps us relax. Just like the body needs rest to recuperate from injury, the mind needs relaxation to release negative emotions.

Through yoga, we can release emotional toxicity whether you are feeling depressed, angry, anxious, disappointed or even confused. Practicing yoga makes us mindful not only of our body but also of our mind. For example, a simple stretch asana during a warm up can expand our range of motion and help our body release emotional pain. Once we’re mindful, we will be able to release the ‘toxicity’ in the mind one by one.

Besides mindfulness, yoga trains us to shift our perspective and thought process. A simple change or movement of our body’s position can send messages to our brain /mind and facilitate a change in perspective. When you change your viewpoint, you’re able to change your mind about the hurt and experience healing.

On top of that, meditation and being aware of our breathing during this difficult /challenging period releases our prata (life-force energy) helping us with the healing process. No matter what you’ve been through, remember: Healing is possible and transformation is necessary for us to move forward in life – to become the better version of ourselves.

Sending love and light,

Namaste

 

About the author:

Mona Gill is a busy mum and an entrepreneur. On top of that, she’s a yoga instructor and skincare expert. Mona is Astavita’s beauty and wellness ambassador. She attributes her stamina to cope with her busy lifestyle and still maintain clear complexion thanks to Astavita Healthy Living Antioxidants and Astarism. Mona extols holistic wellness, keeping a healthy lifestyle and beauty from inside out.  You may follow her on Instagram: mkglife.

By Mona Gill

I tend to get tight and stressed very easily. And the only way I get to let everything go is by coming back to my mat. It is by working through certain postures that help me open, relax and release, letting it all go.

When we do a bind in yoga correctly, we allow our body to relax into the pose and we can hold the pose for longer periods. At first it feels uncomfortable, maybe even slightly painful. As we try and relax into the pose and open up, binding brings about different benefits.

This includes

  • opening of the heart and chest
  • mental balance as it requires focus (You have to be able to try and relax into it as opposed to resisting the pose)
  • massages the internal organs
  • lengthens the spine
  • relaxes tensed muscles

Bear in mind though that not everyone can bind easily therefore props like straps or pillows are recommended for added support. A few types of yoga binds are; bound side angle, dancers pose and bound head to knee.

Binding also promotes flexibility over time so if you are like me, constantly tight from gym and weight workouts, practice binding and eventually your body will thank you.

Be kind to yourself when practicing – never force the pose. Always set an intention, do your best and breathe and release into the pose. That is when you will truly feel and experience the eternal benefits of the pose.

Namaste

 

About the author:

Mona Gill is a busy mum and an entrepreneur. On top of that, she’s a yoga instructor and skincare expert. Mona is Astavita’s beauty and wellness ambassador. She attributes her stamina to cope with her busy lifestyle and still maintain clear complexion thanks to Astavita Healthy Living Antioxidants and Astarism. Mona extols holistic wellness, keeping a healthy lifestyle and beauty from inside out.  You may follow her on Instagram: mkglife.

by Mona Gill

Healthy lifestyle = good nutrition = overall health wellness.

Unhealthy eating habits have contributed to various diseases like heart diseases, obesity, diabetes and even linked to cancer as well as high blood pressure or hypertension. We may not always be able to control the onset of diseases but we can certainly control what we consume by making smart and healthy food choices.

Your health is your wealth! Taking the steps to eat healthy, eat clean and incorporate physical activity into your daily routine is important to maintaining good health.  Physical activity like cardio, HIIT workouts, or even yoga could be helpful in body detox, rebuilding and re-energizing – basically anything that gets your heart rate up for at least 30 mins, 3 to 5 days a week will reduce your risk of diseases. Even mental health like depression can be influenced by our diet according to recent evidence. Overall feelings of wellness and balanced moods can be protected if our diet contain the adequate amounts of nutrients – especially foods high in Omega 3 fatty acids, complex carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals.

Of course, on top of proper nutrition, medication prescribed by a doctor is essential. Medication for mental disorders does at times cause patients to gain weight, thus leading to low self-esteem. Here is where paying attention to nutrition, diet and physical activity all play a part in helping with weight management. Take baby steps when it comes to making changes. Simple changes like reducing intake of fatty food, sugary drinks, as well as eating smaller meals more often. Variety of Orange color fruits and vegetables which are a good source of beta-carotene. Overall, you’ll do well by paying attention to healthy choices.

Nutrition is critical to overall well-being and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. If you look good, you feel good as it does also affect our brain function. Imagine not eating properly and being cranky and “Hangry” (a combination of hungry and angry). Hence, pay attention to what you eat as what you eat, you become. We are our own mirrors so eat a variety of wholesome foods in order to support a healthy lifestyle.
About the author:

Mona Gill is a busy mum and an entrepreneur. On top of that, she’s a yoga instructor and skincare expert. Mona is Astavita’s beauty and wellness ambassador. She attributes her stamina to cope with her busy lifestyle and still maintain clear complexion to Astavita Healthy Living Antioxidants and Astarism. Mona extols holistic wellness, keeping a healthy lifestyle and beauty from inside out.  You may follow her on Instagram: mkglife.

 

By Mona Gill

Do you practice yoga mostly in the studio or indoors? Well, to let you in on a little tip, I have been practicing yoga outdoors lately. I found that I enjoy it a little more as there is just something about breathing in fresh air while practicing. Here are my thoughts on why practicing yoga outdoors is beneficial.

1. It increases your body’s awareness.

When we practice yoga in a studio with mirrors (which we usually do), we can see ourselves and adjust our poses accordingly. In the open, there are no mirrors, so you cannot see yourself. However, without mirrors, you can focus more on your body rather than the reflections from the mirrors. This enhances your practice as it takes more focus on really being present.

2. It boosts your confidence level.

It takes a lot of courage to practise yoga outdoors, in public places, such as in the park or gardens. Especially for those who are shy, this really takes them out of their comfort zone and challenges you to embrace something new. But this is when the real positive changes happen so definitely keep working at it.

3. You will feel more grounded.

When I am practicing alone outdoors, I am more connected to the earth and feel more connected to myself. Without other distractions, I can have a better and deeper practice.

4. Feeling invigorated

Practicing yoga outdoors exposes you to fresh air. When there’s fresh air, it is easier to for the body to relax and be really connected mind, body and soul.

5. Increased sense of well being

When connected with nature, people tend to relax more and hence sense of wellbeing automatically increases! Working out outdoors usually leaves me feeling more refreshed, relaxed and light-hearted.

So, what are you waiting for? Get your mat and take a walk in the park and garden or your favourite open space outdoors and let your outdoor yoga journey begin. Till the next post, keep practicing. Namaste.

 

About the author:

Mona Gill is a busy mum and an entrepreneur. On top of that, she’s a yoga instructor and skincare expert. Mona is Astavita’s beauty and wellness ambassador. She attributes her stamina to cope with her busy lifestyle and still maintain clear complexion to Astavita Healthy Living Antioxidants and Astarism. Mona extols holistic wellness, keeping a healthy lifestyle and beauty from inside out.  You may follow her on Instagram: mkglife.

 

By Mona Gill

I started way back in 2006 in Calgary, Canada. I was looking for a different type of workout and was getting tired of the gym workouts. A couple of friends introduced me to hot yoga and let’s just say I was “hooked” after. It started off as something I added to my usual workouts, then it was me practicing 5 days a week and soon enough it became my lifestyle not just an exercise routine. I never need to force myself to yoga, I just do it like it’s second nature to me. So how has yoga helped in my life so far, read on and you’ll know:

1. Yoga helps pushes me to my limits.

I’m not the most flexible of person but yoga teaches me self-acceptance. Not only that, practicing yoga takes me from self-acceptance to stretching my limits. One of the limits was I never thought I can do a headstand because I always thought my lower body was too heavy. However, through constant practice and learning the technique of engaging my core to help stabilise my body, it was achievable. This reminds me that I do not have to feel limited by my physical self, instead it challenges me to stretch beyond my own mental limitations. Once you realise it, it’s all in the mind. You need to be focused and “in the moment” and envision it happening even if you fall over and over. It builds confidence and self-esteem.

2. Another reason why I practise yoga is that yoga helps me in coping with situations better.

Practicing yoga keeps me from making unhealthy decisions whether it’s to do with food or other areas of my life. It helps me keep my mind healthy especially during times of crisis or stress. We do not have control over all situations but it we can choose how we react and cope. When I feel the need to shut the negative voices in my head, I meditate silently while I practice or even just sitting still and closing my eyes and it gets better.

3. Yoga has enabled me to connect with others.

I find that I am better able to share my knowledge and experiences, especially after taking teacher training courses with Yoga works Canada, Universal Yoga with Andre Lappa and Copper Crow in Singapore. One thing to note though is that you do not have to be a yogi to practice, you just have to find what works for you and your body. Some people prefer yin yoga, some like hatha. Personally my practice has been about inversions as it helps build strength in my core muscles and strengthen my spine for overall stability. Occasionally I like vinyasa for some intense cardio depending on the level of the class.

Bottom line, it is important to also realise that yoga is not about being just physical, it teaches us the quieting of the mind, getting connected mind body soul and being aware of what you need at that point of time in that moment. Till the next post, keep practising!

 

About the author:

Mona Gill is a busy mum and an entrepreneur. On top of that, she’s a yoga instructor and skincare expert. Mona is Astavita’s beauty and wellness ambassador. She attributes her stamina to cope with her busy lifestyle and still maintain clear complexion to Astavita Healthy Living Antioxidants and Astarism. Mona extols holistic wellness, keeping a healthy lifestyle and beauty from inside out.  You may follow her on Instagram: mkglife.

 By Mona Gill

As you may know yoga is a big part of my life and I’m a yoga instructor myself. People practice yoga for many reasons, some for health, others for keeping with the trends. However, today I would like to share the five pillars of yoga developed by the Sivananda school of yoga. Embracing these pillars are fundamental to our yoga practice and helps us maintain an overall balanced and healthy lifestyle.

 1. Right movement

Right movement is very useful for beginners and helps our joints maintain healthy conditions. Yoga provides movement therefore constant practice combined with other exercise helps maintain these healthy conditions based on our body type, age and state of health.

2. Right breathing

It is important to know when to breathe in and out during your practice.  Having the right technique improves mood, lowers anxiety and stress. Therefore, learning the prayanama breath is useful in yoga practice.

3. Right relaxation

Relaxation means the ability to balance activity in your life. Take proper rest when required. This includes resting your emotional and mental state, besides your physical body.

 

4. Right nutrition

You need to eat right to support your yoga practice. Eating is also a form of practice in which you seek balance and not over indulge. Always striving to attain balance therefore mindful eating can support your practice.

5. Right intention

Right intention refers to cultivating a positive attitude. Equally important is the ability to quieten the unnecessary noise in your head during a practice or even when not practicing yoga but in everyday life even it’s just for a few minutes makes a huge difference.

There you have it, the 5 pillars of yoga. Embrace them and you’ll find that yoga embraces you back with much more. Till my next post, keep practicing.

 

About the author:

Mona Gill is a busy mum and an entrepreneur. On top of that, she’s a yoga instructor and skincare expert. Mona is Astavita’s beauty and wellness ambassador. She attributes her stamina to cope with her busy lifestyle and still maintain clear complexion to Astavita Healthy Living Antioxidants and Astarism. Mona extols holistic wellness, keeping a healthy lifestyle and beauty from inside out.  You may follow her on Instagram: mkglife.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bailey The Golden was born in Melbourne, during the Australian wintertime, but quickly adapted to the tropical climate when he moved to Singapore. From puppy-hood, Bailey was given proper
socialisation by his Papa which allowed him to interact with people of all ages, as well as other dogs and cats in the neighbourhood. Bailey also started training for canine obedience competitions, under his Papa’s watchful eye, when he was 7 months old. Being an active pup, Bailey got to run freely in the open grounds of Bidadari Park as a reward after his daily training sessions. To date, Bailey has won eight trophies in obedience competitions.

Bailey, with his winning smile and friendly demeanour, has also had several TV appearances: he was cast in the Subaru XV television commercial with famed dog whisperer, Cesar Millan, and was one of Cesar’s pack of 6 dogs who helped in rehabilitating problem dogs in the ‘Cesar To The Rescue’ TV series on the National Geographic channel. Bailey’s latest media appearance is in the opening credits of Cesar’s new TV show, Cesar’s Recruit: Asia.

Over the past year, Bailey The Golden has embarked on a new mission: that of being an animal assisted therapy dog with Healing Paws, an organisation that uses animals to enhance the lives of those in need. Together with his Papa, Bailey had to be evaluated for his temperament, reactions to situations, commotion/noise and obedience to commands. The volunteer sessions with Healing Paws have won Bailey The Golden even more friends, and a chance to share this golden boy’s sunny disposition.

Can’t get enough of Bailey? You may follow him on facebook (@baileythegolden2013) and instagram (@baileythegoldensg).

 

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