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By Zane Yoshida

How To Chill Out When You Get Back To Work

With the New Year starting and many people returning to work after a long break, it can all get a bit much at times. How can you chill out in the office when all you want is to be watching your favourite movie on the couch, taking a swim, or enjoying a long, refreshing winter’s walk?

Whatever it is you’d rather be doing, there’s no need to stress out because of work. Here are a few tips for staying cool in the office:

  • Take frequent breaks

This first one is pretty obvious. Getting snowed under with work and stress is easy if you’re not prepared to walk away every now and again for a break.

There’s a point where trying to plod on will get you nowhere. Either take a walk outside, give yourself five at the water cooler, go kick a ball around, or shoot the breeze with a colleague for 10 minutes…the point is to divert your mind from the cause of the stress. It doesn’t really matter what you choose to do, but music is well-proven to be a great mood changer: try listening to your favourite song a couple of times before returning to your desk.

  • Do a little redecorating

Does your desk area delight you? Or is it just another reminder of how much you hate your job? If the latter then there could be deeper issues at play!

Even so, it’s worth changing things around a bit; put up some new pictures of your family or friends (unless they are the cause of your stress J) or of your favourite holiday destination. There are studies that show that staring at pictures of loved ones reduce pain and stress! Alternatively, pin up your favourite quotes to inspire you or make you laugh. Laughter is a great stress-reliever.

  • Meditate or do breathing exercises

The full health benefits of meditation are only just becoming known. It’s not for everybody but even if you sit quietly and close your eyes for 10 minutes and become more conscious of your breathing it will help relax you.

Shutting out the rest of the world for a few minutes and then returning to it refreshed and with a new perspective will help to calm those negative emotions.

  • Have your favourite brew at hand…

You know where I’m going with this! Whether it’s kava, green tea, coffee, chamomile tea, or Tibetan yak’s hair tea (Ok – I made that one up) it’s important to keep a brew handy for those moments when nothing else will do.

Of course, with the proven relaxing benefits of kava, most people reading this will have a kava shot or maybe even some instant kava at their side ready to mix up for a quick hit to bring tranquillity and calmness to a troubled mind.

Whatever way you choose to de-stress when you return to work, here’s hoping that 2017 will be healthy, profitable, and stress-free for you!

By Zane Yoshida

De-Stressing With Kava As We Head Into 2017!

For many people around the world, it’s been a really testing year. Anxiety-inducing events have arrived seemingly from all angles! De-stressing with kava is a great way to unwind and head into into 2017 with a relaxed, positive mindset, knowing that things will be better in the year ahead.

Let’s face it! There’s been plenty to get pulses racing, debates raging, and tempers rising this year.

From sporadic terrorist attacks throughout the year in Europe to the migrant crisis, the Brexit vote in the UK that still angers many, the ongoing war in Syria, and Trump being selected in the United States. People are voicing a lot of concern for the state of the planet as we head towards the New Year.

Whatever your political viewpoints, or your take on how world events have unfolded this year, there’s one thing certain: worrying too much about it isn’t going to solve anything.

We need to be relaxed, consider things with a clear and calm mind, and then make decisions to make sure that the planet, and all life on it, is better looked after in the coming year and beyond.

So what better time to enjoy kava?

Clarity, relaxation, and de-stressing with kava

Kava has been scientifically proven in clinical studies to help with mild anxiety. Beyond that, just observe the Fijian people in general, or understand how they have used kava for millennia to unwind in social situations, as well as ceremonially, and you get the picture of how kava can help the world.

In fact, just look at the picture above and you’ll get the message 🙂

The last thing we need is another energy drink in this fast-paced, heart-thumping, pulse-racing world of ours. Instead, we must head in the opposite direction and calm down.

Most people use various substances to help them relax – from a cup of coffee, to a glass of wine, to prescription medication, to illegal drugs.

The beauty of kava is that it de-stresses you without major side effects. There is no hangover and the mind does not become foggy – you stay sharp and capable of sound decision-making; and, unless you take too much, your motor skills are not impaired, so you can go about your daily business without too much concern.

So, what better way to deal with whatever the world throws at us in 2017 than with a Taki Mai flavoured kava shot or some instant kava made to perfection with Fijian farmed kava?!

By Zane Yoshida

Kava and Yoga – Partners in Relaxation

One of the places where Taki Mai kava shots and other supplements can be enjoyed is in yoga studios around the world.

Kava and yoga seem to belong together and, though they originate from different parts of the world, both have relaxation and stress-relief benefits that work excellently in tandem.

What is yoga?

Yoga is a physical, mental, and spiritual practice that originated in India. There are many different varieties or “schools” of yoga (such as Kundalini Yoga, Vinyasa, Hatha, Ashtanga) but most focus on achieving moksha (liberation). It is a very disciplined practice that has clear goals, though these vary from school to school. Generally its techniques teach control of the body and the mind, and relaxation.

When practicing yoga, many people speak of clarity of mind, purity of thought and relaxation of the body. The exact origins of yoga are not known but are speculated to date back to pre-Vedic Indian traditions. They are known to have already developed around the sixth and fifth centuries BCE.

Given the above, it is perhaps easy to understand why the ancient tradition of yoga sits alongside the ancient tradition of kava drinking, despite originating on other sides of the world.

Kava and yoga – a modern-day marriage?

Life seems to get more stressful. With all the technology around and the “always on” environments we live in, there seems to be fewer and fewer opportunities to unplug, wind down, and take things easy.

Kava and yoga provide two ways to do that. Perhaps that’s why we are seeing more kava bars and yoga studios set up in the US and elsewhere.

It’s becoming more common to see yoga schools set up that provide a more complete relaxation experience for their clients. For instance the Mystic Water Kava Bar and Wellness Centre, which has centres in Florida, New York, and California. Then there is the Rooted Kava Bar & Yoga Studio in San Diego California.

Kava and yoga are true partners in relaxation – expect to see more of these happy marriages in locations near you soon.

By Zane Yoshida

Modern Lifestyles Need Help With Relaxation

If you’ve done even a little research on kava you’ll know that one of its famed benefits to human health is as relaxation supplements.

Pacific islanders have known it for many centuries; that’s why kava has been central to their culture, their religious and welcoming ceremonies for guests and nowadays to their social gatherings.

But why do we need to relax? What benefits does that bring us, physically and mentally? What are the consequences of over-stressing ourselves?

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By Zane Yoshida

Kava and Anxiety – What’s the Relationship?

It seems like every time you walk down the supermarket aisles, a new relaxation or anti-anxiety drink or supplement has hit the market.

The days of energy drinks are slowly giving way to a more relaxed age of liquid refreshment, but what’s in these drinks and supplements that they can claim to help with relaxation, de-stressing and anxiety treatment? Do they do what it says on the tin?

In particular, what’s the relationship between kava and anxiety? Can kava supplements really help with short-term anxiety?

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How To Chill Out When You Get Back To Work
De-Stressing With Kava As We Head Into 2017!
Kava and Yoga – Partners in Relaxation
Modern Lifestyles Need Help With Relaxation
Kava and Anxiety – What’s the Relationship?