18Nov2019

The Baya Weaver is widespread in the Indian Subcontinent and South East Asia. Large flocks are found in grasslands, farmlands, scrub and secondary growth. Though widespread, they are not generally migratory and move about locally depending upon food and habitat factors. […]


16Nov2019

India’s gift to the world – Yoga is one of the best ways to keep the body healthy and the mind alert. Here are some simple asana sequences for you to try.


9Nov2019

India’s gift to the world – Yoga is one of the best ways to keep the body healthy and the mind alert. Here are some simple asana sequences for you to try.


8Nov2019

In our previous article we spoke about the beginning of everything; Everything started with the Big Bang. Now we ask ourselves what happened after and if it has an end. Our universe has been there for a very long time. About 13.8 billion years (that’s 9 zeros after 13!), so what happens now? Will our universe be there forever? With all the astronomy we have learned till now we will try to answer a few questions and in the process make new ones.

Let’s start by saying that our universe is like a big balloon with many dots. As we blow air into the balloon, the dots move further apart. Here we present our first case.
For understanding the next part, let’s do a thought experiment. Imagine you have hot water, a plate and a glass. You pour hot water onto both glass and plate. Which water will cool first?

Why?
One way to understand this at basic level is to know that more spread out something is, faster it cools. Now let’s come back to the universe. Our universe which is a balloon is getting big; our dots are moving apart. Therefore, things are spreading apart as our balloon universe is getting bigger and bigger. And from the thought experiment we know that this will make our universe colder and colder. And what happens when you cool things too much? They freeze. This end of universe is called Cold Death.

*Fun Experiment:*
Take a balloon. Draw some dots on the balloon. Now blow air into it. You will see that the dots move apart as you blow more and more air into it.
Treat this as an analogy to the Expanding Universe


7Nov2019

Why may your child be getting angry:

I am going to focus todays topic on children who have difficulty managing emotions such as anger. Neurotypical children and children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Autism, Tourettes typically tend to get angry at times.

Here are certain possible causes for what makes your child angry:

The child may not be getting what he or she wants
The child may be asked to do something that they don’t want to do
Some children may lack social skills such as kids with ADHD and maybe bullied at school
Some other kids may be so disorganised that they forget their homework, get called out in class and eventually get stressed.

I am going to give you certain tips that I use at my clinic to manage anger and help children regulate their emotions.

1. Get your Childs vestibular system working. When we invert our heads for short periods of time in the day like a few seconds we regulate and organise our nervous system. Hanging upside down from monkey bars, trees and a sofa is very calming on the nervous system and can help calm an angry child.

2. Take a magazine and cut out faces of people with different emotions such as anger, sadness, happy faces and calm face. Ask your child questions such as which one of these faces represent anger/ sadness/ joy. Identifying their own emotions helps children to label and identify their friends and other peoples emotions too. This is a good starting point for children to know when and how to approach another person when they express different emotions. It also helps a child recognise the point at which they get angry.

3. Ask the children what makes them angry or upset?
What do they do when they feel angry or upset?
How do they stop being angry or calm themselves down?

4. Practise mindfulness with your children everyday. Ask your child to take 5 deep in breaths every time they get angry. This can be started in children as young as three years of age.

5. Make two cards for your child. In one card write down, ‘When I am angry I can sing a song’, In another write down, ‘When I am angry I can remember a happy time, like the visit to the beach/ fun park’. Put these cards in their pocket everyday. Ask them to reach out to these cards and read them every time that they get angry.


4Nov2019

The Lesser Crested tern is found all along the coastal regions of India,and are widely distributed from the Mediterranean to Australia and parts of the Pacific. They winter to the south of the equator, and are often migratory, coming into the sub continent from Central Asia and the North. They have a distinct black crest, grey rump and yellow – orange bill and are thus identified from their fellow Tern family. […]


2Nov2019

India’s gift to the world – Yoga is one of the best ways to keep the body healthy and the mind alert. Here are some simple asana sequences for you to try.


30Oct2019

Karna and Raju were friends. Well, actually Raju followed Karna everywhere as he was in awe of him. Raju was short for his age and he was always looking up at boys who were tall. Karna was a tall boy and deeply proud of his height. He knew Raju looked up at him and felt rather important about it. He made Raju feel that he was doing him a favour by letting him be his friend. […]