Useful information on Dubai before

Dubai Holidays: Useful information on Dubai before coming to this Emirate to avoid (unpleasant) surprises.

In this section the following topics will be discussed:

* Dubai Public Holidays
* Time in Dubai
* Dubai Currency: How much is my money in AED or Dirham?
* Dubai Maps
* Banks in Dubai
* Hospitals
* Education in Dubai
* Dubai Visa Information
* Useful addresses and phone numbers
* Dubai Insurance
* Do’s and don’ts
* Dress code
* Weather in Dubai
* Learn Arabic
* Crime in Dubai
* Electricity and Water
* Television in Dubai
* Shipping goods
* Mail / Postal service

Dubai Public Holidays, Dubai Holidays, Dubai Ramadan, Dubai New Year:

Dubai public holidays are in 2008:

1 Jan New Year’s Day.
10 Jan Al-Hijra (Islamic New Year).
20 Mar Mouloud (Birth of the Prophet).
30 Jul Leilat al-Meiraj (Ascension of the Prophet).
2 Oct Eid al-Fitr (End of Ramadan).
2 Dec National Day.
9 Dec Eid al-Adha (Feast of the Sacrifice).
29 Dec Al-Hijra (Islamic New Year).

Dubai Currency, how much is your money in AED or Dirham?

The official abbreviation AED is often written as DH or Dhs in many shops but that is incorrect and unofficial. The dirham was introduced in 1973 And is sub divided into 100 fils. It has been pegged to the U.S. Dollar since November 1997: 1 U.S.Dollar = 3.67290 dirhams, Or 1 dirham = 0.272264 dollar (rate of may 10, 2008).


All the Business Plan

A business plan is a written description of the future of your business and more importantly, how you are going to get there. It is a document that explains what you are going to do to make your company profitable and how you are going to achieve this. It defines both your business model and your strategies to make this business model work and more importantly profitable.

Normally when a business idea arises, you know what resources and capabilities you have at the start of your business and where you want to go in a certain period, usually in 3 or 5 years. But what is the way to reach that goal? Where to start? How to arouse investor interest? Even, how to get your business off the ground? Everything seems so easy when you have the great money winning idea and concept. It is how you are going to achieve these dreams and get enough money to keep the business going for many years to come.


The Noble Mind

When one searches for something to believe in and when all around you seems to be false and misleading then I recommend taking a closer look at Noble Virtues. Create your own list of Virtues and keep them simple and try to live your life in accordance with those Virtues.

The understanding of Virtues can awaken the Noble Inspirational Leader Within each of us and as such they can be practiced and developed and cultivated within ourselves for our own benefit and that of others. From the idea of Noble Virtues you can then see that blends with Noble Aspirations that can guide and motivate us to become Leaders of Ourselves and then to become Leaders of Others.

The greatest of all Aspirations is to follow a Noble Cause and this is also a component of this simple and yet effective way of becoming a True Leader or a Noble Leader.

Whatever we are attempting to achieve in our life, from the development of skills or of virtues they all have one thing in common. This commonality is that sometimes along the way we become lost and lose our direction or self confidence and when this happens we can see that “The Assassin Within” us is flourishing. When this happens we need to be aware of all the components of our Self Destructive Nature and then we can begin to realign with our objective.

My philosophy for many years has been that of “awakening the noble leader within” because I believe that we are all born with inherent qualities of goodness and nobility but due to our circumstances and social upbringing and influences we can easily lose the way. When the way is lost or simply forgotten then we are overtaken by all the vices of the World and thus we fall easily into so many self destructive ways. As this happens we become sad and disappointed.

Although there are many ways to climb out of this dilemma I believe that essentially we are all looking for the same thing in life. Our lives can be easily affected by lack of certainty about ourselves such as who we are and what we are doing here. We are also affected by our role in society-our jobs and our relationships with others. These external influences if not managed well can be self destructive.

So what is it that we are looking for? Is it peace or is it wealth or is it virtues?

It is my belief that essentially we should strive to acquire a Noble Mind.

With a Mind that is Noble then we can handle all that goes on in the World around us. A Noble Mind is a Mind of Wisdom that can see things as they really are and not as the way they appear to be. A Noble Mind is one that is always calm and peaceful and not affected by the vices and misdirection of the World. You can ask yourself about the way in which your Mind works. Some people will always see the glass half empty whereas others will always see the same glass as half full or even overflowing. What is the difference? What have they discovered that we have not? Is it genetics or their own upbringing? In some instances I think it can be either or both but even then this way of looking at the World has come to them from others.

But how can we achieve this “Noble Mind”? Some might say that it is beyond human capability. Most humans are too apprehensive about their lives and future and see the World as one of struggle and fighting to maintain a place for them. They see it as survival.

And so we can see that essentially it is one of attitude. With the right attitude much can be accomplished but with the wrong attitude then what could be accomplished would not be so easy and may end in failure. Failure creates more failure. Success creates more success and it all begins with the Mind.

And so I say that we should look for The Noble Mind. The Noble Mind that lies within us all. When we are still and composed and at peace then we can look back into this Mind and see that it’s real nature is Noble and this is what we need to find and then to cultivate so that we will never again fall back into the way we were.

Look for the Noble Mind within. When one has discovered and mastered the Noble Mind then no longer do we need to act and pretend our way through life and circumstances. It then becomes the Natural Way for us. Not forcing anything -not thinking about the wrong way or the right way-but just allowing ourselves to follow our Noble Mind.

Of course in order to do this because we are only human we need to practice and cultivate certain ways of living. If we live a life of corruption then we could never have a Noble Mind. If we live a life of deceit or anger or mistrust then we could never have a Noble Mind. So in life we need to follow Noble Virtues and for us our Noble Cause could be simple in that we do not really need to aspire to change all that is wrong in the World but only to find our Noble Mind. When we have found that and can live with our Noble Mind then we will change all that is around us and in so doing have a profound effect on the World.


Why Architectural Drafting Is Common in Architectural Design

For architectural design projects, while there is the emphasis on using 3D models and architectural BIM modeling, the time-tested practice of using architectural drafting and 2D technical drawings is still commonplace in the AEC industry. Architectural drafting has evolved from the drawing board to computer-aided design and drafting (CAD) software programs. Drafting practices help to provide architectural construction drawings that include the technical details of architectural, structural and electrical elements required for the construction of a building. To understand the stage at which architectural drafting takes place, the workflow of a building design lifecycle must be considered.

The basic workflow of an architectural design project starts with the architect creating a conceptual plan which is usually modelled into architectural 3D models and rendered as photorealistic images for marketing and presentation to clients and customers.

Once the conceptual design is approved by the client, the design is then progressed into more detail and shared with other parties such as structural and MEP engineers. The way in which the design is progressed for the ‘design development’ phase by an architect lends itself to two options, either to develop a 3D model with more detail and then create subsequent sheets and details using a 3D tool such as Revit or AutoCAD, or as is still commonplace, to develop the concept design in 2D using more traditional methods. From the conceptual plans provided by architects and engineers, a drafter can convert these designs using CAD software programs to create technical drawings.

Architectural drafting is the process of creating technical drawings which include the floor plan, sections, elevations, detailed drawings and other documents in a construction drawing set (CD Set), which are typically required for the construction of a building.

The difference between Architectural Drafting and Modelling

Architectural drafting refers to creating 2D technical drawings and architectural construction drawings which are mainly used by contractors and consultants on site. Architectural 3D modelling refers to creating 3D models and renders of photorealistic images which are mainly used to present the architectural design for marketing purposes and then progressed from there to create the 2D technical drawings, in effect feeling like an extra stage (the 3D modelling element). The main software used for drafting, to create 2D technical drawings is AutoCAD while modellers use Revit and ArchiCAD to create 3D models and rendered images. Architectural draftsmen need to have basic 2D and 3D software knowledge such as AutoCAD and knowledge of technical codes and drafting guidelines specified by organisations such as American National Standards Institute (ANSI), American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), American Design Drafting Association (ADDA), Public Works Government Services Canada (PWGSC), National Institute of Building Sciences (NIBS), BSI British Standards Institute and Standards Australia Code AS1100. Architectural modellers need to have a deeper understanding of architectural, building and construction concepts and experience with 3D software programs such as Revit and ArchiCAD.

Why Architectural Drafting is still Common in Architectural Design Practices

Architectural 3D models are preferred by architects and designers because they provide a 3D perspective of the conceptual plan of the building; it makes management of project data easier and allows for design changes on the go. However, construction companies that require technical specifications of the architectural project prefer 2D technical drawings and architectural construction drawings because they provide accurate details required for construction, most of the resources involved in construction understand 2D drawings, there are no issues with compatibility of software as compared to when using 3D models and it is a suitable solution to meet the budgetary requirements of a construction project. Some of the reasons why architectural drafting is preferable by several construction companies include:

• Suitable as per construction requirements – In some building projects, 2D technical drawings or architectural CAD drawings are sufficient to complete construction, where additional information that 3D models provide is not required. A construction drawing set (CD set) includes all the floor plans, elevations, sections and detailed drawings required for construction. Technical codes, symbols and other additional information such as the type of material are provided in technical drawings. Therefore, construction companies find 2D technical drawings sufficient to successfully complete construction.

• Availability of technical resources – Not all companies have technical resources to deliver 3D models. While drafting teams are qualified to work on AutoCAD to deliver 2D technical drawings, they may not be qualified to work on Revit to deliver 3D models. In the construction industry, the availability of drafting teams who can provide 2D technical drawings is ample compared to companies that provide 3D modelling services.

• Availability of software – The adoption of new software and practices is gradual and slow in the construction industry. The software used in building projects varies from country to country. Some countries use ArchiCAD and AutoCAD Architecture instead of Revit, therefore leading to the incompatibility of project data. 2D technical drawings in AutoCAD are widely used and compatible making it a preferred option to Revit 3D models.

• Suitable as per cost and budgetary requirements – In most cases, construction companies do not find the need to invest more in 3D models, when drafting solutions provide detailed technical drawings which are sufficient and relevant enough for construction. There is also the added investment in resources that are competent enough to understand and implement architectural 3d models on-site.

While architectural 3D modelling and BIM modelling provide design-related information typically required for architects and designers in the design stage of the building project lifecycle, architectural drafting provides technical drawings that are not just about aesthetics but about high-performance detailing of construction elements. Architectural CAD drawings specifically communicate the design intent and help in the construction of buildings which companies find relevantly sufficient over 3D models. Even as construction companies will need to eventually evolve to combining the use of 2D technical drawings and architectural 3D models until then, the time-tested practice of using architectural drafting and drawing solutions in construction is here to stay.

Kuldeep Bwail is a Director at XS CAD Limited. He has more than 18 years of experience driving brand sales and marketing strategies. He has been actively involved in XS CAD’s Planning, sales, marketing and operations since 2002. He has worked closely with leading homebuilders, architects and contractors in various region like US, UK, Australia and Canada. In qualification – Kuldeep completed BA Honours Degree and also post Graduate in marketing strategy from the UK


Mind and Body Health: 7 Ways to Stay in Shape All Year Round

Losing weight is a task in itself; staying in good shape isn’t much less. Both need a lot perseverance and dedication. Staying in physical shape is important in this modern world’s rather materialistic society. People would want that perfect body shape to flaunt slimming wardrobes such as flattering skirts and those dashing suits. As important as it is to look beautiful on the outside, it is also crucial that people take care of their “inside” as well. A person’s mental health affects his thoughts, his perception in life and how he looks at himself externally and internally.

Choosing the right exercises and activities that you can stick for all seasons is the key to shape up your mind and body. Here are easy fitness tips to help you stay fit, look fabulous and feel healthy all year round.

Find reasons for you to walk an extra mile. Whether you are taking the train, parking your car, or carrying groceries, add several extra steps to your activity so that you give yourself extra walking time. Walking can help you stay fit for the entire year, without the feel of working out. Start a habit of parking your car further away from your office, take a longer route and walk to your destination every chance you get.

Find reasons for you to walk an extra mile. Whether you are taking the train, parking your car, or carrying groceries, add several extra steps to your activity so that you give yourself extra walking time. Walking can help you stay fit for the entire year, without the feel of working out. Start a habit of parking your car further away from your office, take a longer route and walk to your destination every chance you get.

Transform cleaning into an exercise routine. Cleaning your apartment or house can be changed into a full exercise routine when you commit in doing household chores in a short span of time and put all your energy in vacuuming, cleaning, organizing and dusting. Sustained cleaning tasks for at least 30 to 40 minutes can be considered as an aerobic activity and will help you enhance your body sculpting efforts as well.

Stretch at your desk. Stretching is an efficient exercise that will help improve circulation and as well as strengthen your joints and muscle tissues. Research different kinds of stretching exercises for you to perform 10 to 15 minute stretches in the office. Stretching exercises are also efficient ways for you to combat fatigue, especially when your work requires long hours at the computer.

At the end of the day, you deserve a good night’s sleep. Although a lot of people tend to look past sleep as a way of becoming more mentally and physically healthy, it is definitely needed for the body’s growth and development. Without having to do much, sleep lets the mind and body de-stress, relax and rejuvenate. Studies have shown that individuals who lack sleep tend to keep more calories compared to those who practice healthy sleeping habits. A good night’s sleep will always do you a benefit.

Fuel your mind with meditation Meditation eliminates toxic wastes from the mind and body. Take some time each day for you to relax and meditate. Find a quiet corner in your home, take deep breaths and make sure to exhale slowly. Feel the tension break free from your body. Yoga is a famous relaxation technique that will keep your mind and body in shape.

Eat healthy. Nutrition plays a crucial role in overall fitness and well being. Have a well balanced meal everyday with lots of fresh and green produce on it. Keep your brain healthy by eating certain foods such as avocado, salmon, tuna, and nuts.

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Effective Weight Loss Plan

Getting fit and healthy is not new to all of us. Information on how to achieve health and wellness are all over the Internet which is big plus to our needs. However, people are still having difficulties with regards to health especially their battle against weight gain. So instead of taking advantage on improving health through this information, people are still striving to achieve optimum health and fitness.

So to achieve your desired weight without sacrificing your daily lifestyle and health, I will give you the seven habits for highly effective Weight Loss Plan. These seven habits are highly required to adapt your body against weight gain which will help you learn the true essence of losing weight, naturally.

Here is the ultimate list of 7 habits for highly effective weight loss plan:

1. Eat healthy!

Eating a healthy diet for life will not only give you a healthier body but a fitter body as well. Eating more vegetables, fruits and other fiber-rich foods are crucial for your weight loss plan as these foods can burn fats easily. The fiber content fills your stomach tightly, making you feel fuller all the time thus preventing unwanted snacking. The nutrients and vitamins that you will get from vegetables and fruits will also prevent you from developing dreaded diseases like heart disease and cancers.

2. Regular exercise

Regular exercise program is not new to us, but the problem is discipline. If you are not mentally prepared to do a fitness activity on a regular basis, you will certainly not going to lose those extra bulges on your belly. Exercise comes on different forms and that’s what makes this habit a fun one. Any physical activities such as dancing, sports, swimming, walking, jogging, cycling or even your normal morning car wash can all contributes to your exercise routine. So are you tired of having a regular exercise? You decide!

3. A daily dose of meditation

Meditation is a practice that helps relax the mind and body with powerful techniques. Once you focus on meditation, you also applies good posture that constitutes to a fine body figure. Integrating mindfulness as one of your weight loss plan is a sure way to lose weight naturally without too much stress and financial expenditures. Truly, meditation is one sole practice that cannot only give you health and wellness, but also Lose Weight potentials.

4. Avoid bad lifestyles

Lifestyles can either have negative or positive effects on our body, depending of course on your chosen habits. Bad lifestyles such as overconsumption of alcohol beverages, smoking, illegal drug use and many others, will inevitably cause your health to degrade and develop diseases. What is more worse is that, it could lead to obesity as too much alcohol gives high concentration of calories especially beer. So whether you are on a weight loss plan or not, stay out of these bad vices to maintain good health and correct weight.

5. Be sociable and have fun

Did you know that a sociable person is more immune to weight gain? You probably wondering how? Research concludes that being fun and sociable can develop the so called “brown fats” that helps lessen the white fats in the body. White fat constitutes to weight gain while brown fat is usually found in babies. Through sociable interaction, brown fats can be develop and will add as your friendly Lose Weight buddy.

6. Control your cravings

This is one habit that you should successfully apply on your weight loss plan. All across our surroundings, there are different temptations that can lure us out of our weight loss plan. There are sweet foods, junk foods, processed foods and many other products that can ultimately add up to our weight. Applying a strict discipline can give us the right course to weight loss success. Drive your mind into right direction and you will certainly prevent weight gain.

7. Consult your physician, fitness expert or nutritionist

Consulting a fitness expert or a seasoned nutritionist will definitely help your weight loss endeavours. You can definitely depend on their advice as these people are an expert in the weight loss field. Make it a habit that you always visit your doctor for your weight loss concerns.

In summary, these seven habits for highly effective weight loss program can help you out of your weight gain dilemma. Keeping a healthy lifestyle plus a trusted weight loss habits can both overcome any types of weight loss issues.

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7 Ways to Properly Use Testimonials

Every business, whether its based on the Internet or whether it’s a traditional bricks and mortar type of business knows the value of having other people testify to the value of the services or products that you provide.

These people provide a steady stream of referrals which result in additional revenues. However, a disturbing trend is emerging. It’s the overuse of these testimonials on your brochures, advertisements, web pages, products and services that is de-valuing the very nature of testimonials.

For example, I was researching some books that I believe will help clarify some gaps in my knowledge. I boiled the list of books down to three which I thought outlined and addressed the gaps in my knowledge. As I thumbed my way through the first of three books, the very first thing that struck me was the sheer amount of testimonials. This book had over 30 testimonials. That’s right, thirty.

I was dumbstruck.

Instead of actually wanting me to read the book, I put it down. Why? I felt that the author didn’t use the testimonials to their best advantage. By providing such a large list of testimonials, I felt that the author was actually saying, ‘Hey, I really don’t know what I’m talking about, so I have to convince you.’

I was convinced, alright. I was convinced not to buy the book. In order for me to get a better perspective, I stood on the street and asked 50 men and 50 women if they would buy a book based on the amount of testimonials. I gave a range of 3, 7, 10 or 15 or more.

Guess what? The larger amount of testimonials (15) actually turned people off (40 men and 34 women). That’s 80% of men and 68% of women. I’m not saying that this survey was scientific; more research is required; however, since these people were random, unique and different it confirmed that I wasn’t the only one who’s thinking this way.

This brings up an important point. If you have a large amount of testimonials on your website, brochure, book, other product or service, you may actually be de-valuing your product or service.


Large amounts of testimonials seem to provide an almost amateurish atmosphere and diminish the one aspect that you require: credibility. By reducing your credibility you have, you diminish other aspects: trust, belief and willingness to buy.

This informal research demonstrates several key issues.

Here are 7 Ways To Properly Use Testimonials:

1. Keep Your Testimonials Relevant
2. Keep The Number Of Your Testimonials Lower
3. Rotate Your Testimonials
4. Understand What Your Testimonials Are For And What They’re Not
5. Don’t Fake Your Testimonials
6. Don’t Rely Solely On Your Testimonials To Sell
7. Understand That Your Testimonials Make Or Break Your Credibility

1. Keep Your Testimonials Relevant

This seems almost obvious, however, when you read testimonials, they seem to wander away from the product or service. The testimonial is actually about the person (seller) and NOT the product or service. When you have testimonials that are relevant – meaning about the product or service, then that information becomes the deciding factor. What if the person is the product? Certainly, have testimonials that reflect this.

2. Keep The Number Of Testimonials Lower

Having a large number of testimonials robs the powerful effect that testimonials give to your product or service. Keep the testimonials in the rage of 7 to 10. Experiment using the number of testimonials as long as it doesn’t go over 10. That way you maintain credibility and people actually believe what you’re selling.

3. Rotate Your Testimonials

If you consistently use the same testimonials over and over again, your potential clients will begin to wonder if those are the only client’s you’ve ever had. In fact, they’ll begin to wonder the true value of your product or service. By rotating your testimonials, it demonstrates that you have more than one client, you have had someone other that your brother, sister, cousin, wife, mother or father vouch for your product or service.

4. Understand What Your Testimonials Are For And What They’re Not

The purpose of your testimonials aren’t just there as proof that your product or service works. Your testimonials provide a platform to build trust and credibility. That’s why software manufacturer’s offer a 30-day trial. That’s why we provide rock-solid guarantees. Your testimonials work along side a rock-solid guarantee and a free trial. They enhance the effectiveness of each other. In other words you’re easing the pressure from someone having to make a decision that may cost them their job, business or lifestyle. Testimonials are not, should not be used alone and without guarantees.

5. Don’t Fake Your Testimonials

We all know the joke far too well. You see someone in a faded and distant photo saying that the product or service is great. Or my all time favorite is the photo of the blurry check and how much the author made. This is the most blatant and misguided use of using testimonials. This type of enticements only erodes the fact that you’re trying to build relationships, not have a one time buyer who is disgusted with your products or services. Don’t fake testimonials. It’ll save your credibility.

6. Don’t Rely Solely On Your Testimonials To Sell

Whenever I read a book or think about purchasing a product or service and I read their testimonials, I’m often under the impression that the author is relying solely on these testimonials to sell their product or service. It seems that the product isn’t worthwhile -without these testimonials. In fact, the way how testimonials were used actually decreases the value of the product or service to the point where I distrust anything that is made by that company. Use your testimonials to build credibility not diminish it.

7. Understand That Your Testimonials Make Or Break Your Credibility

In our effort to get prospective clients to buy from us, we can go over-board with our testimonials. Your testimonials and the sheer number of them can erode and destroy your credibility even with a rock-solid guarantee. Why? People start to wonder about the truth of your so-called testimonials. They begin to doubt whether or not you’re actually telling the truth. When you use testimonials effectively, you will see more people not necessarily buying from you; you’ll actually see more people requesting information about your product or service. Why? They don’t feel as if you’re making something out to be more than what it is and they’ll actually appreciate the fact that you might say that your product or service may not be for them. What you’re doing is developing a relationship with your prospective clients, who, once you’ve established their trust and don’t abuse it will continue to be loyal customers.

These 7 Ways To Properly Use Testimonials will help you to effectively market your product or service without risking your credibility and reputation. The great strategist, Sun Tzu in his famous book, The Art of War said, “Guard Your Reputation.” Guard your reputation, as if your business life depended on it.

Have you ever wondered how to get testimonials or even how to use testimonials to sell your products or services or to get an appointment to see a decision maker?

E-mail to determine your project requirements and how you can use testimonials to better position your product or service in the minds of your customer or target audience. Call or e-mail today for your no-cost, no-obligation scheduled assessment.

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Vastu Shastra Brings Positive Energy to Your Home

Vastu Shastra is the Vedic study of architecture, which follows certain principles and is aligned with certain beliefs. It is akin to the Oriental belief of Feng Shui. Vastu rests on the conception that every living and non-living thing on Earth has a soul. And souls react to the magnetic forces covering the Earth. By following Vastu principles people believe they stay in harmony with the cosmic energy, thus positively affecting their lives.

Interestingly, Vastu states that matter is made of five basic elements. They are earth, water, fire, wind and ether or vacuum. These elements can be recognized as the basis of many types of beliefs. The already mentioned Feng Shui is one of them, and the other is of course astrology that also has ‘fire’, ‘water’, ‘earth’ and ‘wind’ signs.

So, if one wants a house to aid in the general well-being, health, happiness and prosperity of its occupants, then Vastu Shastra is one of the ways in which this can be done.

Vastu dictates how your house should be built, what direction the doors and windows should open, what are the ingredients that should or should not be used in the construction of certain rooms, and what furniture should be placed where in the house. To sum it up, one can easily leave it upon Vastu to design and set one’s house!

The concepts of Vastu rely on the tenets that combination of aforesaid elements can be made to aid in one’s over all well-being in the world. Hence, advices may range from refraining to use river-mud while constructing one’s puja-room, or placing the bed in the bedroom in a North-South direction. And if a river flows in the vicinity of the house, then what should be the direction of the rooms and doors and windows.

While a number of Vastu instructions can be explained scientifically, some ambiguities remain, which can easily be credited to the long time-difference between the era in which it would have been created and the present age.

As can be seen, Vastu covers a major part of one’s lifestyle. And as it happens with every all encompassing subject, the followers of Vastu are many. Builders take care to follow the advice of Vastu-gurus before finalizing a design for any prospective building, as a considerable number of buyers and clients tend to follow Vastu Shastra.

The ancient science is so popular among some firm believers that it can become a matter of deciding upon the sale or rent of any major architectural construction. This makes Vastu a major mover of market and real estate dealings. All in all, Vastu Shastra is an important moving force in Indian architecture, and major parts of the clientele consider the Vastu-friendliness of the dealing.

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Keys to Powerful Business Blogging

Basic Blogging

Blogging (originating from the conjunction “Web Log”) is a powerful tool to communicate information across the internet. A basic Blog consists of articles written by an individual, company, journalist, or by a Blogging Professional who may be hired to write for any of the aforementioned parties. Blogging Professionals who write anonymously for someone else are sometimes referred to as “Ghost Writers”.

Blogging in a personal context is often similar to journaling, and is casual and open in style. In a business context though, it may or may not be appropriate to remove all barriers in communication. Once a piece of communication is released on the internet, in all reality it may never be taken back. Therefore, having a well developed strategy is essential to avoid costly mishaps for your business.

Think of Business Blogging this way – if you were communicating to someone who had walked into your office and asked for you to give them an explanation about what your company does, what products or services you provide, and why they should do business with you… what would you say? Most likely, you would want to be well spoken, on task, and provide valuable information to that person.

Several things to do not want to do in Business Blogging is to directly criticize the competition, come across as rude or vulgar, or to say something you would regret at a later date. Business Blogging is an essential part of your marketing in today’s world. Because of the extremely low cost of Business Blogging, it should be taken into consideration by every business that wants to be successful.

Strategic Business Blogging

Some businesses have entered in to the process of communicating to their potential constituent base via Blogging, and have become frustrated with the process either because of the time it takes or because they do not see or understand the results that Blogging is having on their business. Rest assured that Blogging always has an effect on your business, and when strategically applied, it can be developed in such a way as to have a positive effect on your overall performance.

Strategic Business Blogging accomplishes the following when done properly:

o It forces you to define and refine your message to the world
o It places the writer in a good practice of communication about the business, product, or service
o It generates content that can be reused in additional contexts
o It creates an ongoing stream of information for your constituent base
o It boosts your exposure on the internet
o It challenges the competition
o It attracts more customers
o It automates your sales process
o It fits any budget
o It is not dependent on equipment, location, or special skill set to produce marketing content

Keys to Success
There are many keys to successful Business Blogging, but several are worth mentioning for their simplicity. Each of the following tactics will produce better results through web exposure for your business. Oddly though, many Business Bloggers fail to understand these simple techniques, and thereby loose the power that blogging can bring to their company.

#1 Know Where To Go
If you wanted to communicate you a quality group of people about your business, you wouldn’t be likely to spend time shouting in the middle of the desert. The same is true with blogging – go where the people are that you want to be your current and future customers.

If you are a Business-to-Consumer based organization, then you should be Blogging where your customers will potentially read the articles you post. For example, if your business made a special calendar booklet for busy stay-at-home moms, the best place to blog would be on a website (or dedicated blog) that is aimed a moms, allows moms to communicate with one another, and allows for the potential of businesses who may have a helpful product to share that product with that online community.

For a Business-to-Business based organization, then the best places to Blog are professional association websites and online communities that cater to the specific industries and professions. If you were a supplier of Soft Drink Dispensing Machines, then participating in a Hospitality and Tourism, or Restaurant Blog website would be a great investment of time.

With the advanced state of Blogging in our world today – it is more than likely that there are online communities that support your local business market, and provide a place for you to communicate with your target geographic market through Blogging.

#2 Describe Who You Are – Every Time

Readers will discover your Blog from an unlimited number of sources on the internet. Because of this, they may arrive with little to no information about who you are and what you do. In order to make sure that each and every reader can understand who is writing the article, it is extremely important to include a small paragraph at the bottom of each Blog with a small company description and your contact information. One format than can be used is the following:

ABC, Inc. is a company that provides XYZ to [Businesses/Consumers] who are looking for the highest quality XYZ in the [Your Location] area. We enjoy helping our clients find exactly the right solution, and would enjoy hearing from you today! [Include Contact Information]

#3 Use Links to Send People to Your Website

It is important to remember that people will be reading your articles on the internet – and therefore they expect to be provided with relevant links to websites that have to do with the topics being covered in your Blog. As a result of this, every Blog you write should include a minimum of two links back to your website embedded into the article itself.
For example if you owned a home-baked cookie business, you would want to create your links in this manner:

Yummie Bakery of Atlanta, GA is proud to announce our latest line of home baked cookies – The Mini Bites. Mini Bites continue the tradition of providing the best in Organic Cookies with the healthy convenience of smaller sizes and on-the-go eco friendly cookie packaging.

Take note that each of the areas underlined in blue is a link to a particular area of the Yummie Bakery website that will provide further information about that particular topic. This is known as Keyword Linking. Nearly every Blogging platform (the website used for Blogging) will allow the writer to create links to any page on the internet. When a search engine reviews your Blog, it will find those links, and will begin to calculate a higher ranking for your company website, and thereby make it easier for people to find you on the web.

#4 Keep It Short and Sweet

People today are very busy and want to feel as if they are getting the most of their time. When it comes to Blogging, people make only take the time to quickly scan your article to see if they want to invest the time to read the rest. Your first sentence should capture the reader’s attention and give them an indication of what the remainder of the article is about. Additionally, if your article is picked up in a search engine, it will be the first few words that appear to give an indication of what the article is about, thus increasing the likelihood that someone will read your article if they find it in a search engine.

Creating Success

Blogging in a business context can be a highly effective method of attracting more customers to your business by providing them with relevant information on the web. With each Blog you write, you will find that the process becomes smoother, the words flow more freely, and the ideas to create success for your business on the web are endless. We look forward to reading your next Blog sometime soon!

Justin W. Burns is a Corporate Web Strategist, Organizational Leadership Specialist, and Conference Speaker and works as a consultant for a variety of national companies who are seeking greater success on the web. Justin is also the Owner/President of, a Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas based Business Coaching and Web Marketing Company.

To schedule Justin to speak at your next event or to learn more about your success on the web, please email or call him at the following address:


Yoga Body, Yoga Spirit: Can We Have Both?

It’s easy to understand why John Friend highly recommends the book Yoga Body: The Origins of Modern Posture Yoga “for all sincere students of yoga.” Because, Mark Singleton’s thesis is a well researched expose of how modern hatha yoga, or “posture practice,” as he terms it, has changed within and after the practice left India.

But the book is mainly about how yoga transformed in India itself in the last 150 years. How yoga’s main, modern proponents-T. Krishnamacharya and his students, K. Patttabhi Jois and B. K. S. Iyengar-mixed their homegrown hatha yoga practices with European gymnastics.

This was how many Indian yogis coped with modernity: Rather than remaining in the caves of the Himalayas, they moved to the city and embraced the oncoming European cultural trends. They especially embraced its more “esoteric forms of gymnastics,” including the influential Swedish techniques of Ling (1766-1839).

Singleton uses the word yoga as a homonym to explain the main goal of his thesis. That is, he emphasizes that the word yoga has multiple meanings, depending on who uses the term.

This emphasis is in itself a worthy enterprise for students of everything yoga; to comprehend and accept that your yoga may not be the same kind of yoga as my yoga. Simply, that there are many paths of yoga.

In that regard, John Friend is absolutely right: this is by far the most comprehensive study of the culture and history of the influential yoga lineage that runs from T. Krishnamacharya’s humid and hot palace studio in Mysore to Bikram’s artificially heated studio in Hollywood.

Singleton’s study on “postural yoga” makes up the bulk of the book. But he also devotes some pages to outline the history of “traditional” yoga, from Patanjali to the Shaiva Tantrics who, based on much earlier yoga traditions, compiled the hatha yoga tradition in the middle ages and penned the famous yoga text books the Hatha Yoga Pradipika and the Geranda Samhita.

It is while doing these examinations that Singleton gets into water much hotter than a Bikram sweat. Thus I hesitate in giving Singleton a straight A for his otherwise excellent dissertation.

Singleton claims his project is solely the study of modern posture yoga. If he had stuck to that project alone, his book would have been great and received only accolades. But unfortunately, he commits the same blunder so many modern hatha yogis do.

All yoga styles are fine, these hatha yogis say. All homonyms are equally good and valid, they claim. Except that homonym, which the cultural relativist hatha yogis perceive as an arrogant version of yoga. Why? Because its adherents, the traditionalists, claim it is a deeper, more spiritual and traditional from of yoga.

This kind of ranking, thinks Singleton, is counterproductive and a waste of time.

Georg Feuerstein disagrees. Undoubtedly the most prolific and well-respected yoga scholar outside India today, he is one of those traditionalists who holds yoga to be an integral practice-a body, mind, spirit practice. So how does Feuerstein’s integral yoga homonym differ from the non-integral modern posture yoga homonym presented to us by Singleton?

Simply put, Feuerstein’s remarkable writings on yoga have focused on the holistic practice of yoga. On the whole shebang of practices that traditional yoga developed over the past 5000 plus years: asanas, pranayama (breathing exercises), chakra (subtle energy centers), kundalini (spiritual energy), bandhas (advanced body locks), mantras, mudras (hand gestures), etc.

Hence, while posture yoga primarily focuses on the physical body, on doing postures, integral yoga includes both the physical and the subtle body and involves a whole plethora of physical, mental and spiritual practices hardly ever practiced in any of today’s modern yoga studios.

I would not have bothered to bring all this up had it not been for the fact that Singleton mentioned Feuerstein in a critical light in his book’s “Concluding Reflections.” In other words, it is strategically important for Singleton to critique Feuerstein’s interpretation of yoga, a form of yoga which happens to pretty much coincide with my own.

Singleton writes: “For some, such as best-selling yoga scholar Georg Feuerstein, the modern fascination with postural yoga can only be a perversion of the authentic yoga of tradition.” Then Singleton quotes Feuerstein, who writes that when yoga reached Western shores it “was gradually stripped of its spiritual orientation and remodeled into fitness training.”

Singleton then correctly points out that yoga had already started this fitness change in India. He also correctly points out that fitness yoga is not apposed to any “spiritual” enterprise of yoga. But that is not exactly Feuerstein’s point: he simply points out how the physical exercise part of modern yoga lacks a deep “spiritual orientation.” And that is a crucial difference.

Then Singleton exclaims that Feuerstein’s assertions misses the “deeply spiritual orientation of some modern bodybuilding and women’s fitness training in the harmonial gymnastics tradition.”

While I think I am quite clear about what Feuerstein means by “deeply spiritual,” I am still not sure what Singleton means by it from just reading Yoga Body. And that makes an intelligent comparison difficult. Hence why did Singleton bring this up in his concluding arguments in a book devoted to physical postures? Surely to make a point.

Since he did make a point about it, I would like to respond.

According to Feuerstein, the goal of yoga is enlightenment (Samadhi), not physical fitness, not even spiritual physical fitness. Not a better, slimmer physique, but a better chance at spiritual liberation.

For him, yoga is primarily a spiritual practice involving deep postures, deep study and deep meditation. Even though postures are an integral part of traditional yoga, enlightenment is possible even without the practice of posture yoga, indisputably proven by such sages as Ananda Mai Ma, Ramana Maharishi, Nisargadatta Maharaj, and others.

The broader question about the goal of yoga, from the point of view of traditional yoga is this: is it possible to attain enlightenment through the practice of fitness yoga alone? The answer: Not very easy. Not even likely. Not even by practicing the kind of fitness yoga Singleton claims is “spiritual.”

According to integral yoga, the body is the first and outer layer of the mind. Enlightenment, however, takes place in and beyond the fifth and innermost layer of the subtle body, or kosa, not in the physical body. Hence, from this particular perspective of yoga, fitness yoga has certain limits, simply because it cannot alone deliver the desired results.

Similarily, Feuerstein and all us other traditionalists (oh, those darn labels!) are simply saying that if your goal is enlightenment, then fitness yoga probably won’t do the trick. You can stand on your head and do power yoga from dawn to midnight, but you still won’t be enlightened.

Hence, they designed sitting yoga postures (padmasana, siddhasana, viirasana, etc) for such particular purposes. Indeed, they spent more time sitting still in meditation over moving about doing postures, as it was the sitting practices which induced the desired trance states of enlightenment, or Samadhi.

In other words, you can be enlightened without ever practicing the varied hatha postures, but you probably won’t get enlightened by just practicing these postures alone, no matter how “spiritual” those postures are.

These are the kinds of layered insights and perspectives I sorely missed while reading Yoga Body. Hence his criticism of Feuerstein seems rather shallow and kneejerk.

Singleton’s sole focus on describing the physical practice and history of modern yoga is comprehensive, probably quite accurate, and rather impressive, but his insistence that there are “deeply spiritual” aspects of modern gymnastics and posture yoga misses an important point about yoga. Namely, that our bodies are only as spiritual as we are, from that space in our hearts, deep within and beyond the body.

Yoga Body thus misses a crucial point many of us have the right to claim, and without having to be criticized for being arrogant or mean-minded: that yoga is primarily a holistic practice, in which the physical body is seen as the first layer of a series of ascending and all-embracing layers of being-from body to mind to spirit. And that ultimately, even the body is the dwelling place of Spirit. In sum, the body is the sacred temple of Spirit.

And where does this yoga perspective hail from? According to Feuerstein, “It underlies the entire Tantric tradition, notably the schools of hatha yoga, which are an offshoot of Tantrism.”

In Tantra it is clearly understood that the human being is a three-tiered being-physical, mental and spiritual. Hence, the Tantrics very skillfully and carefully developed practices for all three levels of being.

From this ancient perspective, it is very gratifying to see how the more spiritual, all-embracing tantric and yogic practices such as hatha yoga, mantra meditation, breathing exercises, ayurveda, kirtan, and scriptural study are increasingly becoming integral features of many modern yoga studios.

So, to answer the question in the title of this article. Can we have both a limber physique and a sacred spirit while practicing yoga? Yes, of course we can. Yoga is not either/or. Yoga is yes/and. The more holistic our yoga practice becomes-that is, the more spiritual practice is added to our posture practice-the more these two seemingly opposite poles-the body and the spirit-will blend and unify. Unity was, after all, the goal of ancient Tantra.

Perhaps soon someone will write a book about this new, ever-growing homonym of global yoga? Mark Singleton’s Yoga Body is not such a book. But a book about this, shall we call it, neo-traditional, or holistic form of yoga would certainly be an interesting cultural exploration.