25 September 2008

China Launched Shenzhou 7 Successfully!

At nine pm of yesterday, I watched the process of launching Shenzhou 7 on TV. It is wonderful and successful!The Shenzhou 7 spacecraft, China's third manned mission, blasted off atop a Long March 2F rocket shortly after 9 a.m. EDT under clear night skies in northwestern China.
The spacewalk by one of the astronauts is expected to take place either on Friday or Saturday.

The spacewalk is expected to help China master the technology for docking two orbiters to create China's first orbiting space station in the next few years.

The spacewalk could happen either Friday or Saturday depending on how well the astronauts adapt to weightlessness and other physical demands of their environment, according to the China Manned Space Engineering Office.

The astronauts would return to Earth soon after the spacewalk, the office said.
The two astronauts who don spacesuits for the Shengzhou 7 spacewalk will be supported by Russian experts throughout the mission. Only one will actually leave the orbiter module to retrieve scientific experiments placed outside.

One of the astronauts will wear China's homemade Feitian suit, while the other will wear a Russian-made suit.

23 September 2008

Shen Zhou 7 Will Be Launched

Recently, an important event about Shen Zhou 7 is payed attention to by Chinese and people all over the world.Tomorrow, the launch window for China's Shenzhou 7 space mission will open. The mission is apparently slated for liftoff at 9:10 PM Beijing time on September 25. This flight will carry three astronauts for the first time, and include China's first spacewalk.

Shenzhou 7 will carry three Chinese military pilots on a three-day mission that will include the burgeoning space program's first spacewalk.
Zhai Zhigang, a 42-year-old pilot in the Chinese air force, will don a 265-pound indigenous spacesuit for a 40-minute excursion outside the Shenzhou 7 spacecraft. Zhai will be tethered to the ship during the spacewalk, reportedly scheduled for Friday or Saturday on the flight's second day in space.

Chinese state television will provide live coverage of the launch and the groundbreaking spacewalk, officials announced earlier this week.
Shenzhou 7 will be China's third human spaceflight since the nation's first piloted mission in 2003. Two astronauts flew into space on a five-day mission in 2005 to demonstrate the ship's ability to support longer flights.

Chinese Engineers Present New Spacesuit
Chinese spaceflight research specialists have presented a new domestically created spacesuit to be used in spacewalks by the country's astronauts, the China Daily said Thursday.
The spacesuit weighs 120 kilograms, and each model will cost about 30 million yuan ($4.4 million) to produce, the state-run paper said.

"The extravehicular spacesuit is now on board the Shenzhou VII at the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center," the article said.

The Shenzhou VII, China's third manned spacecraft, will be launched on September 25 from northwest China with three astronauts on board.
The first spacewalk by a Chinese astronaut, to be carried out by 42-year-old fighter pilot Zhai Zhigang, will be broadcast live on national television.

22 September 2008

What to Feed Your Dog?

Nowadays, more and more people feed dogs at home, how to make them healthy and strong? what to feed them?

Dog foods come in all shapes, sizes and flavors. Wet dog food is used primarily for those canines with particular taste palettes or as an intermittent treat. For the less discriminating, dog dry food varieties are available. It is not necessarily the delicate palette of a dog that determines what type of food it eats, but rather a combination of its dietary need, availability of the food brand in the area, owner preferences, and financial cost.

Consider the Dog’s Stage of Life
Just like humans, dogs require varying amounts of energy depending on their age. It is important to choose a dog food variety that reflects this. A puppy should be fed a food designed for puppies up until about a year of age. At this time they are developing muscle and bone and require a greater amount of protein and calcium. Most dog food lines have foods available for large breed puppies as well. Larger dogs, such as mastiffs or great danes, tend to grow very quickly which can put a lot of pressure on the growth plates leading to bone and joint problems. Foods designed for large breeds contain the right proportion of energy and protein so as to make sure they don’t grow fast, but grow properly.

Another important transition is going from an adult food to a senior food. Older animals require less energy because their metabolism is slowing and they usually are not as active. Their food should provide enough calories to maintain ideal body weight, but not too much that they become obese.

Regular, Holistic, and Organic Foods

Once those questions have been answered, the dog owner must decide which type of food is best: regular, holistic, or organic food. Those dog foods that are labeled as the “regular” dog food are those that may be readily found on any supermarket shelf. These products are usually made of a lower quality grade food and have less stringent quality controls. Holistic foods are predominantly labeled as such and have a high quality food grade, strict quality control measures on the production of their food, and are fortified with higher quantities of nutrients and minerals. Organic dog foods are comparable to human organic foods. They do not use preservatives or chemicals in their foods, and all ingredients are made locally within the country and are of an organic quality.

As each food has both positive and negative attributes to it, choosing a food is a very personal choice for each dog owner to make. However, there are some recommendations when deciding between these types of food. Dog owners will want to choose a dog food that:

Is appropriate for the age of the dog.
Has the highest nutrients and minerals needed for the dog.
Contains real meat (duck, fish, chicken, lamb) or “meal” within its first 2 ingredients.

Contains the proper protein and fat percentages for the dog’s breed and age. (Walk with your veterinarian for recommended guidelines.)
Does not have any “by-product” as listed as a main ingredient.
Provides easy-to-read feeding guidelines on the package.
Provides a company contact phone number on the package and is readily available to answer any questions or concerns dog owners may have about the product.
Once these questions are answered, you should have a better understanding of the quality of food that is best for your dog. This will help narrow the list to a few specific brands that can then be checked to make sure they meet any health concerns your dog may have.

The most popular choices of dog foods are:
Dry Dog Food. Feeding your dog with dry dog food, usually in small pieces of kibbles, is perhaps one of the most popular choices among dog owners. However, not all dog food brands use high quality natural ingredients. Ensure to read the label of ingredients listed before purchasing any brands of dog food. Here are some guidelines to help you to have some ideas of what the label actually tells you:No Preservative, Artificial Colors and Flavors. Generally, natural dog food contains no preservative, artificial colors and flavors. Consumption of these components may be harmful to your dog’s health if taken in a long run. Avoid those that labeled “chemical additives as a source of flavor”.

19 September 2008

Melamine, The Muderer of Chinese Baby

Several days ago, a child was died of kidney disease. After investigate by quality check department, they found there was Melamine added in the milk power.so baby was killed by the milk in which added Melamine. Melamine is an organic compound that is often combined with formaldehyde to produce melamine resin, a synthetic polymer which is fire resistant and heat tolerant. Melamine is a chemical material, which is clearly prohibited as an additive in processing food. The chemical could make the milk appear rich in protein. Putting melamine in Sanlu milk powder is an illegal act.

As China's baby-formula scandal widens, the country's multibillion-dollar dairy industry is reeling. Consumers, wary of domestically produced milk, are flocking to buy foreign formula and other products, and shares of the country's largest dairy companies are plunging.

So far, 22 companies -- including Olympics sponsor Inner Mongolia Yili Industrial Group Co. and Mengniu Dairy Co., which supplies milk to Starbucks Corp. in China -- have been linked to melamine contamination in baby formula. More than 6,200 babies have fallen ill, many with kidney problems that could lead to permanent damage. On Thursday, the state-run Xinhua news agency reported a fourth death connected to the problem.

Farmers say they haven't heard anything about what might happen to their cows or their milk, which many are throwing away because of slumping demand.

The contamination extends beyond formula to liquid milk, authorities have found. Melamine is an industrial compound used in nonfood products. Its addition to milk can make milk appear to contain more protein to help pass quality testing.

Melamine was found in eight of the 30 Yili products sold in Hong Kong. The government has said it will continue its investigations and provide free medical care to victims.

The dairy industry is a competitive and low-margin business. Farmers sell milk to local dealers who in turn sell it to companies like Sanlu. Authorities say it was the dealers who added melamine to the milk.

The affected companies are scrambling. On Thursday, Yili said in a statement that it has set up a hotline for parents, and that it plans to donate several hundred million yuan annually over five to 10 years to help modernize the industry and develop systems to ensure product quality.

11 September 2008

Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival

Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival is coming, Chinese will have a amused festival.The Mid-Autumn Festival is one of the most important festivities in China, According to Chinese lunar calendar, the 15th day of the 8th month is the exact midst of autumn, so it's called the Mid-Autumn Festival. The Mid-Autumn Festival is an evening celebration when families gather together to light lanterns, eat moon cakes and appreciate the round moon. On that night, the moon appears to be at its roundest and brightest. The full moon is a symbol for family reunion, which is why that day is also known as the Festival of Reunion.

Celebration of the Mid-Autumn Festival
Also known as the "Full Moon Festival," the Mid-Autumn festival falls on the fifteen day of the eighth lunar month. At this time, the moon's orbit is at its lowest angle to the horizon, making the moon appear brighter and larger than any other time of the year. In the Western tradition, it is also called the Hunter's Moon or Harvest Moon. According to the lunar calendar, it is also the exact middle of autumn (which begins in the seventh month and ends in the ninth).

To the Chinese, this festival is similar to the American Thanksgiving holiday, celebrating a bountiful harvest. Compared to many Chinese festivals that are inundated with vibrant colors and sounds, the Mid-Autumn festival remains more subdued. Traditionally celebrated outdoors under the moonlight, people eat moon cakes and gaze at the moon. In modern times, barbecues with families and friends are also common.

Food of the Mid-Autumn Festival
The indispensability of Chinese food is the moon cake.There is this story about the moon-cake. during the Yuan dynasty (A.D. 1280-1368) China was ruled by the Mongolian people. Leaders from the preceding Sung dynasty (A.D. 960-1280) were unhappy at submitting to the foreign rule, and set how to coordinate the rebellion without being discovered. The leaders of the rebellion, knowing that the Moon Festival was drawing near, ordered the making of special cakes. Backed into each moon caked was a message with the outline of the attack. On the night of the Moon Festival, the rebels successfully attached and overthrew the government. Today, moon cakes are eaten to commemorate this legend and was called the Moon Cake.

For generations, moon cakes have been made with sweet fillings of nuts, mashed red beans, lotus-seed paste or Chinese dates, wrapped in a pastry. Sometimes a cooked egg yolk can be found in the middle of the rich tasting dessert. People compare moon cakes to the plum pudding and fruit cakes which are served in the English holiday seasons.

Nowadays, there are hundreds varieties of moon cakes on sale a month before the arrival of Moon Festival.

Legend of mid-autumn festival
Hou Yi ( 后羿) was a great archer and architect, who shot down nine extra suns that had suddenly appeared in the sky and thus kept the earth from being scorched. He also built a palace of jade for the Goddess of the Western Heaven. For this, he was rewarded with a pill containing the elixir of immortality, but with strings attached--he must fast and pray for a year before taking it. His wife, Chang O ( 惯甖), whose beauty was surpassed only by her curiosity, discovered and swallowed the pill and in no time soared to the moon and became a permanent resident there. Upon reaching the moon, Chang O, in dismay, coughed up the pill, which turned into a jade rabbit that, day and night, pounds out a celestial elixir for the immortals.

Another permanent lunar resident of Chinese origin is Wu Kang, a shiftless fellow who changed apprenticeships all the time before disappointing his last master, who was an immortal. From him Wu learned to be immortal himself, but he was punished by being required to chop down a cassia tree in the moon, an impossible mission. The cut in the tree heals completely the same day, so Wu Kang is still chopping away for eternity. Some Chinese crave to drink his cassia blossom wine.

The Chinese believe that the moon is at its largest and brightest, and Chang O at her most beautiful, on the 15th night of the eighth lunar month. They are at least half-right, for at that time most of China is in the dry season and the moon looms brightest. It's also cool then, a perfect time to celebrate the harvest which has just concluded; hence, the Mid-Autumn Festival is also called the Harvest Festival. The festival is a time for family reunions to appreciate the moon and eat moon cakes together. Bathed in bright moonshine and with the company of chrysanthemum and cassia blossoms, poets eat crab meat and moon cake, drink tea and wine, and versify the night away.

Losing Weight, Keep Slender and Healthy

In modern times, People's weight are ascending because of the irrationality of diet and pressure of work.Fatness may cause many disease such as diabetes mellitus.To lose one pound, you must burn approximately 3500 calories over and above what you already burn doing daily activities.

There are non-surgical, natural ways to push your body to lose weight. To say it's easy, however, would be misleading! Losing weight requires a great deal of dedication and perseverance. It must be a lifestyle change, not just a process of following a diet, and the lifestyle changes must be consistent. Read on for some safe, natural ideas for improving your chances at weight loss.

If You're Overweight, Slim Down for Better Health
Overweight people have an increased risk of high blood pressure, heart disease, and other illnesses. Losing weight reduces the risk. This brochure tells you how to lose weight safely.

Ask Your Doctor About Sensible Goals
Your doctor or other health worker can help you set sensible goals based on a proper weight for your height, build and age.

Men and very active women may need up to 2,500 calories daily. Other women and inactive men need only about 2,000 calories daily. A safe plan is to eat 300 to 500 fewer calories a day to lose 1 to 2 pounds a week.

Exercise 30 Minutes
Do at least 30 minutes of exercise, like brisk walking, most days of the week.Yoga is a good choice for you.

The idea is to use up more calories than you eat. You need to use up the day's calories and some of the calories stored in your body fat.

Eat Less Fat and Sugar
This will help you cut calories. Fried foods and fatty desserts can quickly use up a day's calories. And these foods may not provide the other nutrients you need.

Make sure your other foods that day are low in fat and calories.

Eat a Wide Variety Of Foods
Variety in the diet helps you get all the vitamins and other nutrients you need.

Watch Out for Promises of Quick And Easy Weight Loss
Fad diets aren't good because they often call for too much or too little of one type of food. As a result, you may not get important nutrients you need daily.

Remember, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably isn't true.

09 September 2008

Please Save Water in Your Life

Everyone knows that water is important to human and other beings in the earth.Water is a precious resource. Most living things are made up of at least 60% water, including humans who are made up of approximately 70% water. We need water – our lives depend on it.

More than two thirds of the Earth is covered by water but less than 1% is freshwater – 97% is too salty and the rest is ice. It is important that everyone makes an effort to conserve water.

However,we often find water flowing without anybody using. Some people consider it as a unimportant thing, because the water is so cheap. They are optimistic excessively. If every do as this, the water will be used up before long.

Tips for saving water:

1.Install a three-star rated water efficient showerhead. (see showerhead exchange)
2.Take shorter showers.
3.Turn off the sink faucet when brushing your teeth.
4.Install flow control valves to further reduce water use.
5.Insulate hot water pipes. This avoids wasting water while waiting for hot water to flow through.
6.When replacing your old washing machine choose one with a four-star rating.
7.Only wash when you have a full load.
8.Fix any dripping taps or leaking toilet cisterns.
10.When waiting for running water to warm up in the kitchen or bathroom collect it and put it in the fridge or use it to water the garden.

In the garden:
1.Rainwater is better for plants - collect it! Only use mains tap water as a last resort. Watch the weather forecast and save washing-up water for gardening on dry weekends.
2.Water plants in the evening to avoid the water evaporating. Always use a watering can rather than a hose - you can measure more easily how much water each plant receives. A hosepipe left running for one hour will use as much water as most of us need during a whole week!
3.Use a bucket to wash your car rather than a hose.

Dazzling Sink Faucet

The style of sink faucet is various and dizzling in people's home. Any kinds of them show the taste of the host. Today, I will show you the main popular ones to you.

08 September 2008

Make Your Own Mosaic Work

Mosaic has become a modern and fashion element in our life. Not only in bathroom, but also in living room and dinning room, you can find mosaic everywhere. If you can make your own mosaic work that only belong to you, that must be very wonderful and significative.

First, Get an idea in your head of what kind of mosaic you would like to make. Sketch a basic drawing of what you would like it to look like when it finishes. This can be as detailed as you want, but it just has to give you a guide.

Next, head over to your local hardware or floor store and select and buy the tiles you would like to use. This includes color and texture, or anything that you like. You could also go dumpster diving to find old tiles. These should be ceramic. (If your mosaic will be used where it may be subjected to freezing temperatures, the tiles should be porcelain that is frost resistant.) You may want to purchase a tile cutter if you are looking for a dramatic, organized mosaic with square pieces. You should also buy some tile adhesive and cement.

With your safety glasses and protective gloves on, throw your tiles at any hard object, or simply drop them. In order to avoid major scratches, lay a thin comforter over the ground. Or score and cut with the tile cutter. These are great stress relievers and they don't hurt anyone.

Gather your broken tiles into color categories. This will help you when it comes time to actually put them into place.

Now it comes time to make the mosaic. When you have all of your broken tile pieces, lay them out on a piece of cardboard in the design you wish. You may also lay them straight onto the surface that you will decorate. Again, this can be anything at all. Make fancy designs, or you could attempt to make a portrait.

With the improving of mosaic, the material of mosaic become various. Beside the ceramic, glass mosaic, marble, the paper mosaic are becoming increasingly popular! Paper mosaics are obviously a lot simpler and easier to create than ceramic tile, smalti or other tesserae based mosaics as you don't need grout, tile nippers or other heavy tools.

Gift wrapping paper, recycled paper, old postcards and photos, tissue paper, cartoons, painting, newspaper and magazine articles make great tesserae for paper mosaics. They are all easy to find and most people have an existing amount in their houses without even knowing it!

You can cut, rip, burn or manipulate the paper in anyway you please. Treat the process the same as normal mosaic creation. Simply design and color the layout, glue and lay!

Paper will also allow you to create layers and texture (something that tiles do not allow). If you want to create more of a collage then try layering thinner tissue or rice paper over heavy thick paper and seeing the result!

04 September 2008

Tips for Using Radiator at Home

Radiator bring warm to us in winter,but when using radiator, you should be careful and there are some tips for you.Typically radiators are heating device that releases hot stream from a boiler or a water heater. Hot water radiatorsand stream systems produce these ghostly banging sounds if the condense water fails to drain properly. Home radiators have improved over the years since the companies try to manufacture traditional and contemporary designs. There are radiators designs which are always in pace with fresh, new designs that are able to blend in to the ambience of the modern home, with a wide variety of sizes and colours including striking metallic shades.

If the home radiator fails to warm up, there maybe air trapped inside. When this happens you can the vent and let the air to escape by using a tool—a square socket. Try to holding a piece of cloth under the vent and let any excess water to run out as the air is cleared.Another thing that will cause the radiators to malfunction is sludge build-up in the base of the radiator. When this occurs, the radiator will have to be removed and cleaned, however this is will tell you that the radiator needs to be flushed with a clean water, and needs to use a anti-corrosion fluid added to the small pipes and expansion tank to prevent future problems. When you notice pinholes in radiators, be aware as this is a sign of internal damage. A simple isolated pinhole can usually be sealed by a special radiator sealing fluid poured into the system. Nevertheless, this situation implies that most areas of the radiator may be affected by internal corrosion and the entire system needs flushing with radiator-sealing fluid. White paint on the radiator will likely happen because of heat, the solution is to apply a radiator paint that can withstand heat without discolouring.

A leaking radiator hose will cause your car to lose coolant and the engine to overheat. But you can usually fix the leak temporarily so that you can drive to a garage.

Step1:To do this you will need to first drain the radiator; then unscrew the nuts connecting the valve to the water pipe with an adjustable wrench, you may also need to hold the body of the valve with another wrench.

Step2:Next, unscrew the cap nuts holding the valve to the adapter on the end of the radiator. Once you have unscrewed the valve from the radiator make sure you clean the threads thoroughly.

Step3:After cleaning, wrap plumbers tape around the threads of the new valve then screw it into the end of the radiator and tighten with the wrench.

Step4:Next slide the valve cap nut and new olive over the end of the pipe and fit the valve. Using the same method as you did when removing the old valve but in reverse, hold the new valve with your wrench and line it up to the adapter, tighten the cap nuts holding the valve to the adapter and the water pipe. The radiator should now be filled with water and check for any leaks. Tighten nut caps where necessary.

Replacing a hose
You may find that the clamp is stuck to the hose (or the hose to the hose neck) by scale or rust. Don't try to pry it loose - you could damage the connection at either end, causing another leak.
Put some penetrating oil on the clamp.If it's a squeeze or spring-type clamp, squeeze and wiggle it with pliers. It should come loose.For a screw-type clamp, insert the tip of a screwdriver beneath the clamp and gently work it around.If the hose is stuck to the hose neck, twist it from left to right until it is released. If that doesn't work, cut the hose off beyond the hose neck, slit the rest of the hose lengthwise, and peel it off.

03 September 2008

Mosiac Art

Mosaics in the ancient world

goes back some 4,000 years or more, with the use of terracotta cones pushed point-first into a background to give decoration. By the eighth century BC, there were pebble pavements, using different coloured stones to create patterns, although these tended to be unstructured decoration.By 200 BC, specially manufactured pieces ("tesserae") were being used to give extra detail and range of colour to the work.With the rise of the Byzantine Empire from the 5th century onwards, centred on Byzantium (now Istanbul, Turkey), the art form took on new characteristics.Roman images were absorbed into the typical Christian themes of the Byzantine mosaics, although some work is decorative and some incorporates portraits of Emperors and Empresses.In the west of Europe, the Moors brought Islamic mosaic and tile art into the Iberian peninsula in the 8th century, while elsewhere in the Muslim world, stone, glass and ceramic were all used in mosaics.

Medieval to modern mosaics
In the rest of Europe, mosaic went into general decline throughout the Middle Ages. However a flourishing tile industry led to mosaic tiling patterns in abbeys and other major religious buildings.In the 19th century there was a revival of interest, particularly in the Byzantine style, with buildings such as Westminster Cathedral (left) and Sacre-Coeur in Paris.

Modern mosaics
Mosaic is in a healthy state in the early 21st century, despite a tendency for it to be thought of as more the work of craftspeople than artists. Perhaps this is a difficulty in accepting the fact that mosaics often have a dual function, for example as flooring, and also because it is a very accessible, non-elitist form of creativity.

Mosaics arts In our life
Mosaic art is becoming increasingly popular - with a renaissance as an art media, but also in the home improvement industry. Whether you are piecing together mosaic tiles and glass beads for the sheer guilty pleasure of creating a piece of art - or if you are putting your skill to work as a craftsman - mosaic art is certainly a thing of beauty.

Tips for your mosiac tile
1.) Weldbond for indoor mosaics - This stuff is a great all-purpose adhesive for your mosaic tiles and glass beads to stay securely fastened to their base. It is water-resistant, but also water based (no bad fumes), and it dries clear so you won't see any nasty residue on your creation.

2.) Seal outdoor mosaics - The sun, wind, rain and all of the other elements can play havoc with both the mosaic tiles and the tile grout that you use in between them. After your grout has cured for 2 full days, seal the outdoor mosaic with tile and grout sealer from your local building center.
3.) Mosaic material is heavy - Try to avoid using lightweight or breakable material as a base for your design.

4.) Take proper safety precautions - When you build your mosaic with tiles and glass beads, there is going to be some cutting, scraping and possibly breaking involved. You may even need to use tools that break or snap the different pieces to achieve the shape that you want. It is always best to use glass cutting gloves, and use protective eyewear when you do this.

5.) Use thinset for outdoor mosaics - Thinset is a concrete-based adhesive - essentially a sticky concrete - that is the best for outdoor mosaics. Sometimes the basic adhesives can breakdown with the constant battering from the elements - unlike thinset, which is an outdoor application.
6.) Use Leponitt glass mosaic cutters - Leponitt is the number one choice in cutters for cutting glass mosaic tiles, their cutters makes cutting glass tiles easy. Leponitt is preferred by both the craft enthusiast and the professional mosaic artists.

Tips for Saving on Wedding Costs

In morden times, the young is wild about individuation, so they would like to hold a special and wonderful wedding. At the same time, the cost of wedding is going up.How to saving the cost while holding a great wedding?

First, you should make a plan.Set a total budget amount that the parties can afford for the wedding, and live within the budget.If one expense goes over budget, another one must come in under budget by a similar amount Provide some contingency in your budget for the unforeseen.

1.Limit the number of guests. Inviting 150 people instead of 200 automatically cuts your wedding costs significantly.

2.Cut back on clothing costs.We know a smart woman who wore her college roommate's wedding dress,wedding gloves, and even recycled the bridesmaid's dresses from her roommate's wedding for her own wedding. She ended up buying one bridesmaid's dress instead of a wedding dress and three bridesmaid's dresses. Borrow or make a headpiece instead of paying a couple of hundred dollars for one. Men can opt to wear their own, nice suits instead of tuxedos, saving rental costs.

3.Be nontraditional with the food. Not every wedding reception needs to feature sit-down dinner with a fruit cup and full meal.

4.Consider the timing of the wedding. Wedding caterers—the good ones at least—are booked a year or more in advance for Saturdays in June, and often charge more for their services during these busy times. The same caterers in November, however, may be looking for business and willing to give you a break on their costs.

5.Say no to the extras. You really don't need wedding bubbles. Or a picture frame for each guest to take home. You don't need embossed matchbooks or napkins, or elaborate flower arrangements on every table. Keep it simple and you can save significant money.

02 September 2008

Yoga Postures

The yoga postures (Asana) allow us to meditate on the body and gain a profound understanding and knowledge of its nature. Intellectual growth in the mind and strengthening and expansion of neurological connections serve us in the spiritual quest of unity and illumination. Yoga Asana can also be destructive when done without proper guidance. It is easy to hurt the spine and inflammation caused by over stretching over a prolonged period of time can lead to all kinds of problems including physiological imbalance, autoimmune responses, anxiety and much more. Practice light and gently when performing Asana to prevent a negative response. Seek out a good teacher that pushes you harder in meditation than in Asana and your practice will lead to health and illumination.

When holding a yoga posture, make sure you can breathe slowly and deeply, using Dirga or Ujjiayi Pranayama. Go to your edge in the posture, holding where you feel a good stretch and/or your body working, but don‚t feel pain, strain or fatigue. If you have not practiced yoga postures before, please read our beginner's guide.

Doing the Yoga Poses requires you to have your own yoga kit and to study each pose and execute it slowly as you control your body and your mind. Read on and follow our free Yoga Posture animations to discover more about the different Poses in the following sections:

Mountain Pose (Tadasana)The Mountain Yoga Pose promotes the experience of stillness, strength, relaxed power, and immovable stability associated with mountains. This Yoga posture, and coming back to this stillness after other poses, is one of the ways of becoming acquainted with stillness.

Triangle Pose (Trikonasana)In Hindu art, the triangle is a potent symbol for the divine principle, and it is frequently found in the yantras and mandalas used for meditation. The Trikonasana or Triangle Pose concludes the Yoga Postures in our basic session.

Revolved Triangle Pose (Parivrtta Trikonasana)This asana is a contrary twisted Trikonasana and is a good exercise to follow the Trikonasana. The exercise is good for your sense of coordination and sense of balance. You need a lot of concentration and precision to be able to carry it out correctly.

Crescent Moon PoseThe Crescent Moon Pose stretches and strengthens the arms and legs, increases stamina, improves balance and concentration, and can also relieve backaches. If you are suffering from diarrhea, high blood pressure or neck problems, you should take extra caution practicing this pose.

Warrior Pose I (Virabhadrasana I)The Warrior Pose I or Virabhadrasana I improves balance and agility and strengthens your legs, back, and arms. It also targets the chest, shoulders, neck, and abdominal area. Learn how to do the Warrior Pose I in this section.

Warrior Pose II (Virabhadrasana II)This posture strengthens your legs, back, shoulders, and arms, building stamina. It opens your hips and chest, and improves balance. It is called the Warrior in reference to the fierce warrior, an incarnation of Shiva. Learn how to do the second Warrior Pose in this section.

Warrior Pose III (Virabhadrasana III)Warrior Pose III is the third variation of Virabhadrasana. This pose helps improve balance and stability while strengthening your ankles and legs. As with all other poses, make sure to perform it correctly to achieve optimum results. Learn how to do the Warrior Pose III in this section.

Wide-legged Forward Bend (Prasarita Padottanasana)This is a good stretching exercise that reduces the stiffness, tiredness and tension in the muscles in your hind legs. At the same time, the muscles of the back and the neck are thoroughly stretched and you learn to deal with possible stretching aches.

Chair Pose I (Utkatasana I)A strong straight lower back is the foundation of every correct position. In doing the Chair Pose, you strengthen the lower back and the legs and by doing so, you create more space in the chest and belly. Check out this section and learn how it is done.

Chair Pose II (Utkatasana II)Unlike in the Utkatasana I, the Chair Pose II involves bending the upper body from the hip until it becomes parallel to the floor. Learn how to perform the Chair Pose II in this section. You can use our animation as your guide as well as our easy-to-understand steps.

Doing a Standing Forward Bend can completely stretch your upper and lower back as well as your calf muscles and legs. In addition, it can help increase the flow of brain in the brain. Know more about Standing Forward Bend in this section.

01 September 2008

Yoga, A Fashion and Healthy Sports

Now days, a new sports is popular in China, That is Yoga.The word yoga means "union" in Sanskrit, the language of ancient India where yoga originated. We can think of the union occurring between the mind, body and spirit.

History of Yoga
What is Yoga?Today, many people are taking up yoga techniques for physical exercise, and most don’t know the history of yoga. They believe there is nothing wrong with implementing this form of exercise into their daily regiment to promote a more healthy body. However, the practice of yoga is much more than a system of physical exercise for health. Yoga is an ancient path to spiritual growth, and originates out of India where Induism is practiced. The practice and goal of yoga dates back to the Upanishads, written between 1000-5000 BC.

Yoga Benefits
The most important benefit of yoga is physical and mental therapy. The aging process, which is largely an artificial condition, caused mainly by autointoxication or self-poisoning, can be slowed down by practicing yoga. By keeping the body clean, flexible and well lubricated, we can significantly reduce the catabolic process of cell deterioration. To get the maximum benefits of yoga one has to combine the practices of yogasanas, pranayama and meditation.

Regular practice of asanas, pranayama and meditation can help such diverse ailments such as diabetes, blood pressure, digestive disorders, arthritis, arteriosclerosis, chronic fatigue, asthma, varicose veins and heart conditions. Laboratory tests have proved the yogi's increased abilities of consciously controlling autonomic or involuntary functions, such as temperature, heartbeat and blood pressure. Research into the effects of yogic practices on HIV is currently underway with promising results.According to medical scientists, yoga therapy is successful because of the balance created in the nervous and endocrine systems which directly influences all the other systems and organs of the body. Yoga acts both as a curative and preventive therapy. The very essence of yoga lies in attaining mental peace, improved concentration powers, a relaxed state of living and harmony in relationships. Through the practice of yoga, we become aware of the interconnectedness between our emotional, mental and physical levels. Gradually this awareness leads to an understanding of the more subtle areas of existence. The ultimate goal of yoga is to make it possible for you to be able to fuse together the gross material (annamaya), physical (pranamaya), mental (manomaya), intellectual (vijnanamaya) and spiritual (anandamaya) levels within your being.

Tips for Regular Yoga Practice
An excellent resource for the sequencing of yoga postures, this large-format spiral-bound book is divided into 5 levels of sequences: beginner, intermediate, intermediate/advanced, advanced and restorative. Each of the sequences have an easy to follow format of simple black and white drawings in long rows, which are beautifully illustrated. With simple outlines so you can see the pose clearly, and with just the right amount of details to see the expression and action of the pose within the body, these illustrations strike the perfect balance of clarity and detail. The book starts with six modular sequences and four namaskara sequences to be used as interchangeable blocks that can be combined and/or added to other sequences to meet your current needs of depth, time and challenge. The restorative and chair yoga sequences could have been developed a bit further, but still create a well-rounded ending to the book. While the primary intention of this work was to be a home practice guide, this book also serves as a great resource for yoga teachers both for inspiration and for a deeper understanding of how to sequence poses.