Glimpses from around the World

 

Vidyut Jammwal praises vegan diet

Actor Vidyut Jammwal, known for his daredevil stunts and action sequences, attributes his chiselled body to his vegan lifestyle and workout routine. In an ad for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (Peta) India, he appears next to the words “Kick the Meat Habit. Go Vegan.” “When people ask me where I get my protein from, I tell them [I get it from] exactly [the same place that] herbivorous animals like elephants, horses, and rhinos do: plants,” said Jammwal in a statement. “Being vegan helps me keep fit. I love the way I feel,” he added. Jammwal joins a growing list of vegan celebrities, including Kangana Ranaut, Sonam Kapoor, Joaquin Phoenix, Pamela Anderson, Jacqueline Fernandez, Mallika Sherawat, Ayesha Takia, Monica Dogra, and Bryan Adams, to name a few. <<< BACK

 

Vegan zombie movie in production

A zombie thriller, tentatively titled A-44, has begun production in October. Chris Cooney—a horror film buff and 24-year vegan — wrote the script for the forthcoming film in 2009 before starting the popular YouTube channel “The Vegan Zombie,” and penning the subsequent cookbook. Cooney initially wrote the script by hand and revised it to fit a feature-length film after he was approached by award-winning director/writer Brooklyn Hudson. After leaving an unsatisfying career, Cooney started “The Vegan Zombie” as a way to combine his three passions: horror movies, filmmaking, and veganism. In addition to writing A-44, Cooney will play the lead role, alongside several A-list celebrities (including an actor from cult-classic film E.T.) whose names will be disclosed in coming months.

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Nima launches food sensor

Nima, a US based start-up, has launched a peanut sensor, its second product. The sensor is able to detect even the tiniest trace (10 parts per million) of peanut protein. To use Nima, you insert the food into a disposable test capsule, which goes into the device to figure out if there’s any peanut protein in the food. In under five minutes, the Nima sensor will tell you if your food is peanut-free. The device connects to your phone via Bluetooth to enable the app to show your testing history, records of all the packaged foods yo’ve tried and a map of restaurants that Nima has tested for peanuts. To be clear, this sensor is just for peanuts. It does not test for all nuts, but Nima founder Shireen Yates told that the plan is to enable testing for additional nuts in the future. <<< BACK

 

Starbucks launches Vegan Pumpkin Spice Sauce

Starbucks has launched Vegan Pumpkin Spice Sauce across Europe.It’s nearly Pumpkin Spice Latte season, and for vegans, that normally means giving a lot of envious looks during the morning coffee run at Starbucks. However, this is all about to change. Up until now, the Starbucks mix has not been vegan (it’s made with condensed milk). But, Vegan Pumpkin Sauce with Spice Flavouring is now available in a European Starbucks location. The news comes just after Starbucks launched two new vegan cold brew coffee protein smoothies in the United States. A vegan version of the Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte, or PSL as it’s often called, has been in demand for some time. One petition from five years ago gaining the support of over 11,000 customers. A lot has changed for the company in five years, particularly its array of vegan offerings, which used to be minimal. In July, the chain announced that the summer special plant-based Vanilla Bean Coconutmilk Latte was to become a permanent menu fixture. Further, across stores in the U.S. and Europe, the chain has added vegan cookies, wraps, protein cold brews, and even ice cream popsicles made with 3D molds, to its shelves. Around the world, leading food and beverage chains are adapting their menus to include more vegan food options. KFC, notorious for its lack of vegetarian and vegan options, recently debuted vegan chicken in it’s Vietnam locations. Domino’s has added vegan cheeses to its Australian and New Zealand menus. And a growing number of chains are beginning to offer the vegan Beyond Burger that looks, cooks, and tastes just like beef. <<< BACK

 

Face Yoga

Your face is the first thing anyone sees. So it makes sense that we're all a little obsessed with making sure our skin stays as smooth and youthful as possible—including the newly married Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle. The 36-year-old has spoken extensively about her passion for health, fitness, and beauty, from her semi-vegan diet to minimal makeup that showcases her natural freckles. When it comes to her face, Meghan is clearly blessed by genetics, but she reportedly turns to an unconventional method for keeping her cheekbones and jawline firm. "I do facial exercises from one of my favorite aestheticians, Nichola Joss, who basically has you sculpt your face from the inside out," Markle told Birchbox in 2014. "I swear it works, as silly as you may feel. On the days I do it, my cheekbones and jawline are waaaay more sculpted. There’s a reason she is in high demand around awards season when every actress wants to look A-plus." Markle has praised Joss's signature "inner facial," calling it her favorite beauty treatment in another interview with Glamour. "When a muscle holds tension, it breeds toxins, which age your muscles but also have a detrimental effect on the skin. When the skin holds toxins, it can get congested and saggy. So we're eradicating all of that," Joss told Fashion magazine in 2017. "It also stimulates the lymphatic system, so we actually drain the toxins. The lymphatic system works to keep the skin clear and clean, so it's really important to stimulate." <<< BACK

 

Harley-Davidson releases 'soothing' meditation track

Forget waterfalls, forest noises and whale calls, nothing soothes the soul like the rumble of a Milwaukee-Eight engine. That’s the promise of a new campaign by one of the world’s noisiest motorcycle brands, Harley-Davidson. The new spot uses a guided meditation track where the only instrument is the metronomic sound of a Harley ticking over. AdNews took up the Harley meditation challenge and found it disturbingly relaxing. That’s probably because 303 MullenLowe Sydney and Sonar Music used ASMR (autonomous sensory meridian response) recording techniques designed to elicit a relaxing sensation throughout the body. The binaural audio experience begins with a rider going through their pre-ride rituals, before taking off on a 2018 Softail Street Bob. A practicing meditation instructor was cast to narrate their journey. “The boom in mindfulness apps shows the need people have to escape their daily stress. And for a passionate tribe out there, this is the sound of freedom and relaxation,” 303 MullenLowe creative director David Roberts said. Harley-Davidson marketing director Keith Waddell believes this is the next best thing for Harley riders than getting out on their bike. AdNews isn’t so sure. But perhaps after a long and winding road trip up the coast, this might be a neat trick to help Harley heads get a good kip. <<< BACK

 

In-Flight Health

Singapore Airlines has signed a partnership with wellness brand Canyon Ranch. Singapore Airlines has been on a streak lately, announcing the re-launch of some of the world’s longest flight routes, including from Newark (EWR) to Singapore (SIN) in October, and Los Angeles (LAX) to Singapore starting in November. The Newark-Singapore flight, in particular, will take over the top spot in the rankings of longest flights in the world due to a flight time of 18 hours and 45 minutes in one direction (though the return is still a whopping 17 hours and 50 minutes). It will cover a distance of approximately 9,500 miles. The airline also announced that it is partnering with wellness brand Canyon Ranch to bring a focus to passenger well-being, rest and relaxation on its three nonstop flights to the U.S. in particular: from Singapore to Los Angeles, Newark and San Francisco. The Canyon Ranch Wellness Architects, a team of experts on nutrition, exercise and integrative medicine that was assembled in December 2017, will develop science-based strategies to help passengers enjoy improved sleep, better meal choices and new exercises to stay healthy while they pass the time in flight. <<< BACK

 

Tao Porchon-Lynch

Tao Porchon-Lynch, recognized by the Guinness World Records as the “World’s Oldest Yoga Teacher”,turned 100 last month. The world-renowned centenarian from White Plains celebrated her 100th birthday with closest friends at an event space in Westchester. The celebration, over brunch, included dancing and singing. “She’s looking forward to more yoga and dancing and traveling and spending time with friends,” said Susan Upton Douglass, of Scarsdale, who attended the event. A broken hip in February has meant putting her regular classes on hold for the time being, but it has not slowed her down. <<< BACK

 

Domino's adds vegan pizza

Domino's is grabbing a slice of the growing vegan dollar . In New Zealand, The pizza chain is offering vegan cheese pizzas for a limited time, and if there is enough demand vegan pizza could become a permanent item on the menu. Domino's launched its vegan cheese pizza options, responding to what it says is one the biggest trends in food; plant-based, meat and animal product free food. It has paired with Auckland-based company Angel Food to offer their non-GMO, plant-based vegan cheese, which is also cholesterol free, gluten-free, soy-free and nut-free. The company's mozzarella is made from water, sunflower oil, modified pea and maize starch, salt, sugar, mineral salt (calcium phosphate), yeast extract, vegetable gum, acid (citric acid, lactic acid) and colour (carotene).

Domino's general manager Scott Bush said the demand for vegan products has increased considerably over time as the popularity of veganism has grown. He said the company made the decision to add vegan cheese to the menu following a survey on the company's Facebook page in March. "We were blown away by the response to the survey and for this product in general."

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Anushka Sharma flies vegetarian flag

Bollywood actress Anushka Sharma revealed that turning vegetarian was her best decision ever. While campaigning for the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India, Anushka declared that she is a vegetarian and is proud of her choice. The actress switched to vegetarianism over three years ago continues to stick to her choice. "Going vegetarian was one of the best decisions I ever made. I have more energy, I feel healthier, and I'm so happy that no animals had to suffer for my meals," says Anushka. And it's not just Anushka; some more peeps of the B-town choose veggies over meat and the many benefits these greens have to offer. Research shows that people who stick to a vegetarian diet are healthier than the ones who follow a non-vegetarian diet. <<< BACK

 

Meditation helped the Thai boys trapped in the cave

As the world watched with bated breath, and as chaos, with reporters, cameras and security ensued outside the cave, it was a different scene altogether around the trapped boys. Any person, especially a child, would be panic-stricken if left alone for so many days in the dark, cut off from the rest of the world, without food and depleting oxygen levels. But not the heroes of this story. The 12 Thai boys and their coach who were finally found 10 days later after their disappearance, were found in a rather clam state inside the cave.

Turns out that Ekapol Chanthawong, the 25-year-old coach is a former Buddhist monk. He had spent around 10 years living the life of a monk and is well-used to meditating. According to multiple reports, it is this expertise that enabled the trapped boys to remain calm. Aisha Wiboonrungrueng, mother of the youngest boy says that the coach's background definitely helped the boys. She added that it was astonishing that none of them were crying but just calmly sitting and waiting. Reiterating what Wiboonrungrueng said, Chanthawong's aunt said that he would meditate and up to an hour. That probably helped him as well as the kids, she said.

Videos that members of the Navy SEAL unit captured also show that although weak, the boys and their coach were not in despair and were laughing along to jokes made by members of the rescue team.

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Tackling poverty with yoga

Residents in the impoverished village of Yugouliang in northeast China’s Hebei province gather for yoga sessions twice a day. Practicing yoga helps to improve the health of the elderly farmers, most of whom can’t work due to illness. Villagers want to develop tourism and fight poverty by encouraging yogis to visit the village and experience yoga in the countryside. <<< BACK

 

Wakanda Yoga

A yoga school in the US has recently introduced “Wakanda Yoga” — inspired by Marvel’s hit superhero movie “Black Panther”. Yogi Artis Smith says after watching “Black Panther”, he couldn’t get the music and the culture off his mind. “I just went on a binge and started to listening to African drumming for hours and hours,” he said. He later decided to create Wakanda Yoga. His new exercise creation features poses based on a “Kemetic style” associated with ancient Egyptian cultures. “Egyptian yoga. And it comes from Africa. And it’s based on hieroglyphs and teachings,” he said. “It’s an all-levels class that is accessible to the beginner, but also the experienced practitioner will have the chance to move into more advanced poses. There is a brief guided meditation after every class.” <<< BACK

 

Underwater yoga class

An underwater restaurant in the Maldives that offers panoramic views of its tropical marine underworld served as the picturesque milieu of serenity for a group of privileged yogis. Nearly six metres below the surface, at the Hurawalhi Maldives’ 5.8 restaurant -- the world’s largest all-glass undersea restaurant named after its underwater depth in metres -- participants rolled out their mats for what’s being called the world’s first undersea yoga event. During the one-hour vinyasa flow class, yoga instructor Jessica Olie led participants in a unique session performing downward dogs and, perhaps, the fish or dolphin pose, surrounded by schools of colourful, tropical fish swimming in a liquid azure sky. The class is suitable for both beginners and advanced yogis alike. <<< BACK

 

Vegan Tattoo on Face

A 22-year-old English woman has gotten the word “vegan” tattooed on her head. The word is now emblazoned above her right eye, stretching from her right forehead to near the middle of her right eyebrow. Kate Bullen posted a picture of the new tattoo on Twitter, prompting support but also some backlash She added the caption, “Now I don’t need to tell everyone I’m vegan every five minutes.” Vegans are people who do not eat animal products, such as meat, eggs, dairy. Some vegans extend the lifestyle choice into other areas, such as clothing, declining to wear fur clothing for instance. While some people might regret tattooing any word on their foreheads, Bullen said that she doesn’t regret it one bit. <<< BACK

 

Call it ‘Snowga’

If you think achieving the yogi’s perfect balance and inner peace is already hard enough, just try it with frozen toes. During this winter in Canada, when many people were more likely to be waking up over a leisurely cup of coffee, dozens of men and women were plunking yoga mats into the foot-deep snow of Montreal’s Lafontaine Park to do just that. They were taking part in “snowga” — outdoor yoga classes that have been increasingly popping up at ski hills, parks and outdoor carnivals across the United States and Canada. The 45-minute program, designed by Pop Spirit, consists of a sampling of active poses designed to keep participants warm and give them a taste of what yoga is all about. <<< BACK

 

Buti Yoga

Giving a new twist to the traditional form of Yoga, Buti Yoga has subverted everything that people thought they knew about the practice. Fusion of the traditional yoga moves with tribal dance and plyometrics claims to greatly benefit both physical and mental wellbeing. Founded by celebrity trainer Bizzie Gold in 2012, this new form of yoga practice has even found a place in the workout routine of stars such as Jennifer Love Hewitt. It is composed of a variety of different movements, including vinyasa-style yoga, tribal-inspired dancing, and plyometric exercises and is paired with pumping music. Unlike other forms of yoga which are usually considered as soothing, Buti yoga practitioner should surely have a sweat bucket on their side. A number of Buti Yoga fitness DVDs are available online for purchase. <<< BACK

 

Cat Yoga

A yoga instructor in Lewisburg, USA teamed up with a nonprofit for what she thinks is a “purr-fect” way to do yoga. While it may look like an ordinary yoga class, it’s not typical to have four-legged friends cuddling you while you’re in shavasana. But according to Beatriz Benedit, cat yoga is therapeutic. “Mixing yoga with love of cats is something that I’m really enjoying, and I’m grateful that they asked me to be a part of it,” Benedit said. Benedit owns the Lewisburg Yoga Studio, which is directly behind The Scratching Post cat cafe. The studio teamed up with the nonprofit to bring cat yoga to the Susquehanna Valley. “We naturally organically allowed the cats to practice when they wanted to practice with us, be on the mat when they wanted to be on the mat,” Benedit said. <<< BACK

 

‘Plogging’ goes global

They brought us hygge, lagom and fika, but now a new Scandinavian trend is coming, and it couldn’t be more 2018. Hailing from Sweden, ‘plogging’ is a fitness craze that sees participants pick up plastic litter while jogging - adding a virtuous, environmentally driven element to the sport. Plogging appears to have started around 2016, but is now going global, due to increasing awareness and fear over plastic levels in the ocean. The appeal of plogging is its simplicity (all you need is running gear and a bin bag), and the feeling of getting fit while supporting a good cause. By adding regular squats (to pick up junk) and carrying weight to jogging, we can assume the health benefits are increased. Running and good causes have always gone hand in hand - like marathons. <<< BACK

 

Paddleboard yoga

St· Lucia’s five-star sister resorts, Jade Mountain and Anse Chastanet, have added a bold new twist to their wellness regimes – paddleboard yoga. What yoga does for serenity and peace of mind, paddleboard yoga throws in the added dimension of water to completely alter your senses. Water has always been associated with tranquility. Classes are conducted by an experienced instructor, Laura Kai Timmusk, who studied under the tutelage of a pair of legendary disciples of paddleboard yoga technique. Students utilize traditional poses (asanas) while balancing on their boards to transform themselves into a new world spiritual existence. The programme supports Caribbean Tourism Organization’s (CTO) recent healthy living mission for the region. <<< BACK

 

In-flight yoga

Cathay Pacific has teamed up with international Yoga brand, Pure Yoga to launch a new in-flight program focused on healthy traveling. The “Travel Well with Yoga” programme features a series of videos that provide passengers with yoga and meditation exercises and tips. The videos are available in English, Cantonese, Mandarin and Japanese on all Cathay Pacific routes. The entire program is split into six easy-to-follow videos, in which Pure Yoga’s founding teacher Patrick Creelman and senior instructor & co-founder Almen Wong, demonstrate routines designed to improve circulation, enhance joint mobility and relax the mind for a more comfortable flight, that can be done before, during or after the flight. <<< BACK

 

Goat yoga

Due to popular demand, Pingree Farms in the United States of America is bringing back its goat yoga classes, with more classes offered than last year. Animal lovers will be able to indulge in 45 minute classes in a barn-like setting doing yoga poses around a mass of the cuddly, furry critters. After classes, participants are welcome to spend time with goats and shop for wool socks and t-shirts made on the farm, Pingree Farms informed. All merchandise sales and class fees support Pingree Farms, a registered non-profit. The concept of goat yoga is credited to Muskegon native Lainey Morse, who currently resides in Oregon. She operates goat yoga locations in Oregon, New York, Kentucky and Pennsylvania, and is launching a location in Lansing this year. <<< BACK

 

7-year old yoga guru

A seven-year-old Chinese boy who suffered from autism has emerged as the country’s youngest yoga teacher, earning over USD 15,900 by teaching the ancient Indian practice to more than 100 students. Sun Chuyang, or Mike, from Taizhou city in Zhejiang province learned yoga for three years and received a certificate for yoga teaching a year ago. He has earned more than 100,000 yuan (USD 15,900) by teaching yoga, becoming the youngest yoga teacher in China, or perhaps the world. Sun has trained more than 100 students. At the age of three, he displayed a special interest in yoga and after two years, Sun got rid of autism. At the age of six, Sun found employment as he was approached by several local yoga centres to help teach youngsters the ancient Indian practice. <<< BACK

 

Beer Yoga

Feeling a little stressed and looking for a way to get centered and relaxed? There is a new kind of yoga popping up across Canada that may you want to partake in. “We find that by pairing yoga with beer, people can come in and feel a little bit more relaxed and uninhibited,” said Jessica Newman, a yoga instructor with Fredericton’s Everyday Weekend. Newman said beer yoga is a trend that is catching on at microbreweries in the Maritimes and across the country. At a class, it’s not uncommon to hear Newman give an order of, “Now, take a drink,” to her class. Newman’s mantra is “no spillage no spillage.” At the end of class, people are still able to enjoy that final yoga position — they just may be feeling a little more relaxed than usual. <<< BACK