Daily Victories – Yoga Poses to Tackle Seasonal Stress
Calling athletes, action seekers, adventure reachers, sofa dwellers, and Saturday morning walkers. We have decided to share with you our favourite yoga poses to tackle seasonal stress. It is important during the colder, busier, more frantic months to keep active, and keep your heart young. Practising yoga is a wholesome and healthy way to do this. You don’t have to be incredibly fit or flexible to carry out the ones listed below. They will help you reduce stress and anxiety and open up the air channels.
Garudasana Pose – Eagle
This pose requires a high level of concentration and balance. Focusing on keeping your balance and not falling over will totally distract your mind from whatever was going on beforehand. Pick a non-moving point in front of you to focus on. The movement loosens up hip and shoulder tension. For a real tension buster, try and move your arms as far away from your face as possible. Tightness in the shoulders is a big tell-tale sign for emotional stresses, notice when this happens and stretch your shoulders and neck as often as you can. Remember to switch legs to feel the twist and reflection on both sides of the body.
Uttanasana – Standing Forward Bend
Uttanasana is superb for silencing a loud thought parade, centre your nervous system and spinal chord and even induce calm, free feelings The sacral chakra is utterly balanced in this posture which can lead to excessive emotional feelings and mood swings when its overstimulated. Although its a simple pose, it can feel almost childlike, simply allow yourselves to hang there and maybe sway side to side if it feels right. Remember your hands don’t have to touch your feet or the floor. Hold onto your elbows if you can’t get low enough and let your head hang – leaving zero tension in the neck. Never push your body to pain when practising yoga. Remember to breathe.
Adho mukha śvānāsana – Downward Dog
You’re essentially trying to turn your body into an upside down V- shape. Tilt your hips towards the ceiling and look up your thighs and as high toward your belly button as possible. Downward dog stretches the entire back line of the body and opens your shoulders. The motion of hanging your head upside down forces the blood to rush to your head and increases endorphins into the brain and aids in detoxification. Lastly, your lowered gaze in this pose centres you with the earth, unleashing a more spiritual and measured way of thinking.
It is important to remember not to feel competitive when it comes to yoga. All our bodies are different, our limitations are different, your arms may be longer than the lady in the splits at the front of the class, or your hips might be more flexible than the gentleman to your right struggling with his downward dog. Yoga makes you feel extraordinary. Embrace that feeling with the people around you.
The OMGTea Team x
Serenity. Bliss. Pleasure. Calm. Composure. Patience. Tranquility. Mindfulness.
Have you found it yet?
What about now?
Did you ever really have it?
Or maybe, it is transiently lost.
Mindfulness has become a battlefield. There are apps, there are books, there are websites, there are even instructor led mindfulness classes. Mindful is an overarching term for being utterly self aware and in some ways, emotional mature and responsible. Practising mindfulness has been found to reduce stress, relieve symptoms of anxiety and triggers your inner computer so you are more likely to complete tasks and reach your goals. Here at OMGTea we want to share our natural calming mindfulness tips with you:
- TIP #1
Doodle, colour or draw. Getting creative releases endorphins and turns those childhood brain cogs that used to draw magnificent castles and dragons. Unleash your inner child and put pen to paper again. Most stationary shops sell adult colouring books, so you don’t need to feel quite so childish.
- TIP #2
Stand up, put your shoes on, (and hopefully your coat) and step outdoors. The outdoor world in which we live in has been subject to much unwarranted negativity since the arrival of 9-5 jobs, bustling cities and stressful lives. “I have to go out”, “I’ve been out all day”, “I had to leave the house at 7am.” The syntax used to describe our beautiful, natural, utterly stress dispersing earth is almost totally negative. You may have been away from your house all day, at the office, on the train, in the shops. But ask yourself this: Have I spent more than an hour outside today? If the answer is no. Take the dog, or a bike, or just your feet and an iPod and go and look around outside where you live. This technique works for city dwellers and country bumpkins alike. Walk, cycle, mosey, browse, wander, watch the sunset in a field and discover the benefits of your newly free mind.
- TIP #3
Outward not inward. When will I get paid? What is my husband getting me for Christmas this year? Have I lost weight? I need to get that new conditioner, my hair is a state.
Pause. Change the ‘me, me, me’. Doesn’t Sally look fabulous this year, maybe I’ll go round and help her with her makeup before her date? He/she has had trouble with her washing machine lately, shall I ask him/her for a laundry date in town? I hope my husband knows how much I loved my present last year. I hope the cashier has a lovely day.
When we start to adapt our thought patterns to positive and helpful notions about other people, it stops our mind from worrying about ourselves and our overwhelming problems. This being said, if you are struggling with a persistent problem in your life, a problem shared is a problem halved. Talk to your loved ones about them and you in equal measure. They will appreciate the extra attention, especially during Christmas.
- TIP #4
Brew it. The art of creating cup of tea is a ceremonious practice in many cultures around the world. Settle into the practice and focus on each step. What colour is the teabag? What does the powder smell like? (We’re hoping clean and green…) What colour is the steam of the kettle? What noise does the kettle make when it hits 100C? How does the porcelain feels against the skin of your lips? What flavours can you taste? Sweet, floral, earthy, savoury? Wether its Matcha, English Breakfast, herbal or even coffee. Do it slow and reap the benefits. Trust us.
- TIP #5
Breathe in. Breathe out. Our breathing can quicken and stifle when we experience panic and worry. This feeling constitutes as the air coming up from our upper lungs instead of our lower lungs and can leave us feeling dizzy, sick and short of breathe. Your muscles tense up, your heart rate quickens, and your blood pressure is heightened. Not ideal. But the good news is, we can switch this up and stop it happening so often.
The 478 breathing technique makes it simple:
- Start by making a loud sound when exhale completely through your mouth.
- Inhale through your nose to a mental count of four.
- Then hold your breath for a count of seven.
- Exhale completely through your mouth to the count of eight.
There you go. Even if you can’t tackle all of them, if they seem overwhelming or if you simply do one, you are already on your way to a freer mind and a reduced stress level to strut into the new year with.
Got any tips? Send them in to firstname.lastname@example.org and have your say on mindfulness with the hashtag #GratefulMe to remind us to be Grateful for the little things everyday.
Disclaimer: We must remind our lovely readers that we are not qualified medical professionals but it doesn’t take a medical degree to prescribe the notion of positive thought. Practise at your own risk.
Ladies Who Launch!
We are so excited to have been featured in Prima Magazines November issue! The article celebrated business women who’s companies are ethical, and help others, and contribute to the British economy. Katherine Swift has been recognised as one of these inspiring women. You can read a sneak peak of the article here. Buy Prima magazine in store today! Thank you to Prima.co.uk x
Love, The OMGTEA Team x
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That festive time of year has come around again – what is your signature gift this year? 🎁
🎄 🎁 ⛄️ 💚
Some years we shoot for socks, others we beeline for bath salts, we might even go crazy for candles. But this year, just because its Christmas, wouldn’t it be great to give the gift of vitality. Instead of writing “don’t eat them all at once” on the £11 box of chocolates from the shop which can’t be named. This could be a reality with our range of life affirming matcha tea products!
How many coffee addicts do you know? And, how many of them can’t start the day until the magic brown elixir? We challenge you to ask these friends of yours to try switching one of their coffees to a matcha inspired drink. 🍵
When you give the gift of matcha – you give the gift of a healthy lifestyle.
Ways in which OMGTEA enhances a healthy lifestyle:
- Matcha green tea is packed full of amino acids, chlorophyl, and dopamine – You will feel happier after one cup, get ready for your uplifting mood boost. Happiness in liquid form, extraordinary for blasting away blue Monday and dark January. 🎄
- Matcha will give you energy. Imagine wanting to get out of your warm bed at the crack of dawn ready to embrace the day! January will be the month to get organised, get healthy and get happy. Not to mention how much the energy will help with the last minute, 24th December rush to M&S to get your uncles novelty socks. 🎄
- Matcha helps you detox. Banish those pesky toxins, and take the time to un-gunk your extraordinary body. Matcha green tea has 137 X the amount of antioxidants than regular green tea. Get tea-toxing. 🎄
- Loose weight! Helps you to burn fat by increasing thermogensis from 8 – 10% to 35 – 43% and lowers LDL cholesterol. Don’t stuff or starve your body by using chemical weight loss aids, go natural and go green. A recent study showed that Matcha increased fat oxidation in women by over 80%! 🎄
The new year is a great time for us to whip ourselves into shape, write our resolutions and make healthy changes for a happier 2018!
We hope it's not too soon to say, Merry Christmas everyone! Love the OMGTEA team x 🍵
Why OMGTEA is the best quality premium matcha: 🍵
We pride ourselves on having the highest quality, organic, premium matcha. Being a specialist matcha brand means our only focus is providing you with that perfect cup of matcha. We have been fortunate to receive lots of awards and award nominations since the business started in 2014 by founder Katherine Swift.
- Shortlisted for Natwest’s Great British Entrepreneurial Awards for ‘Small Business of the Year’
- Winner of the Platinum Janey Loves Award 2017
- Food Matters Live 2017 ‘Innovative Better For You Award’💫 for our Iced Matcha Drink (coming soon)
Finally, we are pleased to announce we have been awarded ‘Great Taste Awards’ on our full range of products- which is unheard of for matcha products!
Grade A – 1 STAR💫
Grade AA- 1 STAR 💫
Grade AAA- 2 STARS💫💫
Grade AAA+- 2 STARS 💫💫
LOVE, OMGTEA X
Turmeric and Matcha together? How many more wacky coffee cocktail concoctions can there be?! This blend may seem far fetched to some. But there are some of you out there who may already be aware of the recently raved-about benefits of turmeric. Turmeric is a superfood that we should all be including in our diets.
- A herbaceous plant from the ginger family
- A deep warm orange powder
- It was first used as ancient Chinese medicine and a dye
- Circumin is the active ingredient in Turmeric that has been found to contain high levels of antioxidants and be a very powerful anti-inflamatory. Anti-inflamation is essential to repairing cells in the body and warning of disease and bugs
- Turmeric is also very successful at reducing age related diseases- much like Matcha!
- A shade-grown, grounded, green tea leaf naturally very rich is antioxidants and amino acids
- When you drink matcha you are consuming the entire leaf; not an infusion!
- One cup of Matcha is equivalent to 10-15 times the nutrients of regular green tea
- Matcha naturally detoxifies and cleanses the body, boosts metabolism and has been proven to assist in fat oxidation
- Matcha naturally keeps you calm, alert and boosts your mood due to amino acid L-theanine
- Matcha has been shown to fight age related diseases such as heat disease, strokes, free radicals, and cancer
TURMERIC & MATCHA LATTE RECIPE 💚:
🍵 1/2 tsp of OMGTea Matcha powder
🍵 1 tsp of ground turmeric
🍵 Oat milk/nut milk/soy milk/animal milk
🍵 A dash of cinnamon – if desired
- Step one: Select your favourite matcha. We recommend our OMGTea Grade A which is perfect for smoothies, yogurts and hot drinks. Then select your ground turmeric and put both powders into your favourite latte cup.
- Step two: Select your favourite milk and heat it up in a pan, then whisk until frothy.
- Step three: Pour a small amount of the milk into the cup until you can make a paste!
- Step four: Mix the paste to ensure there are no lumps and then add the rest of the milk.
- Step five (optional): Create your own latte art on top and sprinkle a dash of cinnamon.
- Step six: Breathe in the smell of creamy matcha and turmeric, feel the goodness in your body and smile.
Share your own matcha recipes with us on Instagram and tag us using #omgmatchatea so we can share them too! 🍃
📷 Photo recipe credit the lovely: Thecraftygentleman.net
ENHANCING YOUR LIFE WITH MOVEMENT, YOGA
Early mornings, late nights, false starts, weekend bites, school runs, playtime funs, cold winter evenings, happy feelings, stretched to the limit, not feeling in it, quiet time, gin and lime – this life can be a pantomime. OMGTea is the extraordinary tea, for our extra-extraordinary lives. Our mission is to make sure everyone feels extraordinary every day, even if that means simply flicking the kettle on…
Use our unique hashtag #extraordinaryme for those moments where you feel mindful of just how extraordinary you are and to follow your own matcha mantra.
The less full-on mindfulness. Starting your mornings with a dose of organic Matcha not only has the potential to liven you up, but truly gives you a release of energy that you can feel flow through your veins. The synergy between the chemicals L-theanine and caffeine resulting in a sustained energy burst that lasts over 4-6 hours without jitters, anxiety or crashes – similar to side effects associated with coffee. L-theanine is an #extraordinary chemical that helps boost alpha brain waves, those that are present in deep relaxation, meditation and concentration. Consequently dopamine, and serrtonin levels are increased resulting in a heighten state of happiness and calm. Here at OMGTea we have coined matcha our ‘Liquid Meditation’. As many of you may know, Matcha was introduced into Japanese culture by the Zen Buddhist Monks over 800 years-ago. They used it to promote the production of the alpha brain waves for a more zen-like state of mind, a more focused way of meditating and a better yoga practise. Does OMGTea help you create your own matcha mantra?
Matcha living is organic living. At OMGTea we believe that life is precious, and we should therefore take the effort to be aware of our actions, their impact on the planet and how our carbon footprint affects the earth. We actively avoid the use of man-made plant fertilisers and nasty pesticides in our crop fields in Japan, all our leaves are hand picked, pruned and weeded. Our powdered matcha tea leaves are 100% organic.
Exercise. Uh- sigh. This word can unleash a world of panic in our minds sometimes. So for the purposes of getting us all up and moving, we’re re-naming it as ‘movement’. We as humans subconsciously move constantly, we move when we first wake up, we move on the way to work, we also move continually when we are sleeping. So why is it so hard to tackle prescribed movement? Exercise is amazing for releasing high levels of endorphins that make you want to shout from the mountain tops about how healthy you feel, but it can be hard to get into the zone to START. Once we have started the movements (our brain telling our body to bend knees, put remote down and get off the sofa, and our muscles obeying) it becomes much easier. The key to engaging in any form of ‘movement’ (he-who-shall-not-be-named) is to just stand up and begin. Within the first five minutes of exercising the endorphin will have already begun to kick in and any anxieties we had about starting will have dispersed and the worries about sliding off the treadmill will be too distracting anyway for you to even notice. So here at OMGTea we are making an effort to START MOVING, especially at times when it seems utterly impossible.
Before our gym sessions, yoga classes, tennis lessons, paddle boarding expeditions, and circuits groups we encourage you to try a cup of matcha. Matcha has been proven to increase sports performance, and no- you don’t have to be Jessica Ennis or Usain Bolt. We are all extraordinary throughout this journey of life, especially when we are making our bodies move like they are supposed to. One cup of matcha will give you a zing of energy that will last over your whole work out, it can also make you perform better! So your 1km run could transform into a 2km run. Last but not least, matcha is a fantastic powder to mix into protein shakes. Matcha has been shown to increase our metabolisms by 4 X the normal rate!
Did you know that 10% of our profits goes directly towards funding ground breaking research into age related diseases? Founder of OMGTea, Katherine Swift set up ‘The Healthy Life Foundation‘ to aid the research into dementia, cancer, breast cancer, secondary breast cancer, heart disease and strokes. The mission of The Healthy Life Foundation is to support scientific and medical research targeted at preventing degenerative disease and extending both human health span and life span and thus improving quality of life nationally and globally. At the heart of all the work we do here at OMGTea (like sending you our high quality, specialist matcha) is this mission linked with our ethos at The Healthy Life Foundation to try and make our lives, healthier and longer. Lets start with a clean, green cup of Matcha.
Where do you get your energy from? Feeling energetic can be hard but we need to make sure it doesn’t become a chore. Having energy feels great, and enables you to accomplish so much more. Channelling that youthful exuberance will improve your work, your personal life, relationships, and will give you that optimal human experience. Try your very own matcha challenge, take a deep breathe, notice the things around you that make you smile, have a matcha tea, latte or smoothie and notice how you may become more thoughtful in the present moment and that giving yourself energy is easy.
Enjoy your life today,
Lets feel extraordinary together,
All our love,
The OMGTea Team