Author Archives: Archana

About Archana

I'm Indian and Canadian, and many other countries in between. I read comics every morning and believe the world could do with slowing down.

Om, before and after

Om is a remarkable word, sound, utterance. It is a mantra in Hinduism and Tibetan Buddhism, resonating for thousands of years across the universe. There is something powerful in the single syllable, in the vibrations it triggers. Without fail, the … Continue reading

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Why don’t I do more yoga?

The single thing that I crave the most is connection. Or rather, connectedness. To people, to my surroundings, to my true self. It gives me the deepest sense of being, truly being, to feel that I am linked to others, … Continue reading

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Forget the fitness gadgets, what you need is already in your kitchen

I have a monthly calendar, which hangs in my kitchen, next to my fridge. It’s one of those common calendars that hang in any Indian households, called Kalnirnay. I look at it 8-10 times a day, from the morning, when … Continue reading

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Pick a herd that helps you change yourself

Herds. They don’t just describe cattle, they also describe us. Herd mentality, herd behaviour – these phrases exist because they are accurate observations of what we do, following what others are saying and doing, moving along with whatever is the … Continue reading

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The social nature of behaviour change

Is behaviour change individual or social? A lot of stuff I hear about forming new habits is solo stuff: making your resolution, writing it down, creating a routine, monitoring the progress, realising success. It’s all just you. If it’s about … Continue reading

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Sitting with restlessness

We all know restlessness, that feeling of unease. It sneaks up on you like a thief in the night and before you know it, has permeated everywhere. One moment you are cheerful, flowing with life. The next moment, that harmonious … Continue reading

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Imperfect fitness sessions

There are good days, and there are, well, not-so-good days. The important thing is to show up. This is true for life, and it’s true for fitness. (It’s actually the banal things in life that often prove more challenging to … Continue reading

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