“Panigrahana and Kalyana – A flavour that was buckled”0 706
Bonded and an embraced journey reminiscences on how “a flavor that was buckled” in a rapport of Two Humans for a Soul affiliation. Yes, I mean Marriage. Elders define marriage as: A connection of Souls, a culture of love, an Aroma: Spice, Regret, Benefits, and Happiness (Childbirth pleasure), privacy, kindergarten joys, parenting and an un-prescribed journey in marriage livelihood.
Culturally and historically, recalling marriage during the primitive age ‘was like an ape taking an apple from the ground, and distributing the fruit to its people’ sounds interesting. Fruit offered not because of lending charity to its family, but, it was a showering love and care for its family. Yes, it was a customary practice and women were treated as (Lakshmi) – a Griha Swamini (a Lords of the House, and priority for them, was family). Primitive day’s discussions between a husband and a wife were a gesture of noble act and kindness that has affection towards each other, a person cries – and a wife/husband wipes each other’s tears with a smile.
The word called “Relationship” in primitive age was a manifestation of a dedicated long-lasting bonding. Marriage was still continuing despite; husband/wife perishes from the earth. A primitive thought of utmost importance was to offer garlands in every path of the journey and in day-to-day and minute to minute conversations.
Ever since science improved, more manners in a relationship started changing. To quote the kingdom dominated era during those days brought more extra-curricular affairs as a culture, where the husband (rather a man/woman) wanted more satisfaction to their wants rather than their needs. In Kingdom, a King arrives – his entry was garlanded with ladies dancing in an embraced process. This pro-activated custom changed the environment and slaved the thought process of human and their desire was taken to a different mode – which perhaps, made thinking changed.
Follow-up and extracting a few tips from the Kingdom era – is what in today’s world we find more cases of divorce, rather than a healthy marriage life. What is defined here today is that a healthy marriage can still take the flavours of primitive thoughts, but with more requirements (today, being Credit Cards, Branded Dresses, Money, Wealth, Properties, two children per couple. Dating apps, and approach of dressing sense, and privacy concept is eliminating a bond, and it is just a paper ritual, called Marriage. They (couples) prefer a more conscious approach and forget their childhood which was full of joy.
When saying TRX what we’re really talking about is a training method called ‘suspension training’. This has started in 1997 when an old Navy SEAL, Randy Hetrick developed a method that allowed for exercising during deployment.
TRX training is about using body weight exercises to develop strength, balance, flexibility and core stability simultaneously. It requires the use of the TRX suspension trainer, a performance training tool that leverages gravity and the user’s body weight to complete the exercises.
What you should know about the workout itself is that TRX is also a form of functional training. And why we like functional training is because the benefits go well beyond your fitness studio. With functional training you don’t just burn fat and build muscles, you also increase your core strength, power and mobility which are needed for virtually every movement of life.
If it’s all about the numbers and/or aim to lose weight, then we have got some good news. A single session of 60-min TRX training at high intensity burns approximately 400 calories. Which is indeed more than what you can expect to burn with all the fancy boutique cycling classes.
And, there’s more to it, we have just the person you can turn to who is also a professional TRX trainer in Sri Lanka.
Q & A
BiZnomics: How did you come up with the idea to start up the breakthrough Studio?
Answer: I have always been a fitness enthusiast. Fitness has been a passion, a hobby, and something I incorporated in my daily routine. I started my fitness journey as a personal trainer a year and a half before I started the Breakthrough Studio. Personal training became tough, I had to commute from Battaramulla where I was residing at the time, to meet about 6 clients a day whom I trained in Colombo. I didn’t see a future in it for me to grow in that area. I wanted to build a brand in fitness using TRX and create a business out of it. Having a little studio meant that I could do just that. And at the same time I could serve more people.
BiZnomics: What qualifications made you the best person for this?
Answer: The biggest qualification I say I have is the love and passion for fitness and TRX. Passion is the biggest qualification you need for anything in life. Other than that I am certified in TRX suspension training, TRX Rip training, and Pre and post-natal training. I also hold a BSc in Food Science and Technology from the University of Victoria, Australia.
BiZnomics: Do you follow a certain morning routine or daily schedule to maximize productivity and well-being?
Answer:I never had time to follow a morning routine, with work. I used to get only 6 hours of sleep on most days, and I love my sleep so, I never had a morning routine as such. My daily routine includes a one hour workout in between work, and on most days quiet time in prayer, and reading the Bible. Also listening to teachings of Prophet Kirby.
BiZnomics: What is the biggest challenge for you as an entrepreneur?
Answer: At the beginning of my career as a coach and an entrepreneur, I used to take 7 classes a day, and that I did for about a year and a half. It was a lot of work although at that time it didn’t feel like that. I couldn’t take time off, I couldn’t cancel classes, I knew that my clients were coming with enthusiasm and they had goals and were eager to achieve them. Therefore there was no time in between. I couldn’t find trainers who were passionate about what they did and who would be a part of the studio, until a few months ago. Now it’s a team of three who trains from 6am to 8pm at the studio. Finding individuals who love their job, the people with a passion to serve as you would to your clients who were also committed to what they do, was a challenge and I think it’s a challenge in any business.
BiZnomics: What did you do before starting up the studio?
Answer: I worked as a Senior Secretary to the CEO at Dialog Telecom. Thereafter for my dad, in our family owned business after which I turned into fitness and worked as a personal trainer.
BiZnomics: What is the most difficult thing about what you do?
Answer: Honestly NOTHING!!! This has been the easiest thing I have done ever, and I have the most amount of fun while at work too!!! I love meeting people from all walks of life, I love being able to have a positive impact on their life. Most of my clients have never worked out before, so it’s interesting for me to watch them enjoying a healthier lifestyle. It’s crazy but no, it’s not difficult at all, and I think that’s because I love what I do, and I have a knowing kind of an assurance that GOD has my back. There is ZERO anxiety and stress, when you realize who you are in God. It has never been difficult, even when I was doing 7 classes a day 5 days a week, it wasn’t impossible, I didn’t hate it, I loved it.
BiZnomics: What type of a person do you think should be an entrepreneur?
Answer: Anyone can if they have the right heart, attitude, passion, determination and the will to do it. BUT one must want it.
BiZnomics: What mantra do you live by?
Answer: I have a few;
See the Goodness of God in Every Situation whether it’s Good or Bad!
No matter how bleak the situation is God’s got my back;
There is blessing in the delay;
Always keep your conscience clean;
I am loved no matter what;
It is what – it is just – do it and get on with it!
It’s a mantra I use when I have to get stuff done and I am whining to myself at times, says Ashanthi laughingly.
Answer: I love being a couch potato and watching Netflix with Haren in my free time.
BiZnomics: What do you do to be motivated?
Answer: Spending time in prayer keeps me motivated. Praying in tongues keeps me energized and motivated. It floods me with ideas and creativity. Motivation to me is supernatural. It’s like a gift that fell on me suddenly and it doesn’t cease. I haven’t done anything to keep developing it as such and that’s why it is not normal. There is a sense of excitement and enthusiasm when I think about the studio. It has always been there since I started the studio two years ago.
BiZnomics: Do you think women feel intimidated in business?
Answer: There is no reason why they should, if it is so. It has nothing to do with another person or the business. They have allowed themselves to become victimized by someone else’s action or by somebody. They need to deal with it if they feel that way.
BiZnomics: What have you learned about mentoring others?
Answer: Still learning! Allow them to make mistakes and let them learn at their own pace, but push them to be good learners than fast learners.
Don’t mentor someone unless they want to be mentored, you need a willing heart;
Listen to their point of view;
Admit your mistakes;
Accept that everyone is different;
Don’t judge anyone;
Allow them to grow, and trust their growth;
Teach them responsibility at work.
BiZnomics: Is this your childhood dream?
Answer: YES, it indeed has been a childhood dream to own a business that I built myself, to start small and make it grow, to be a successful entrepreneur, to do something that would have a positive impact on society. To be where I am, I feel blessed.
BiZnomics: Where do you find courage, confidence and motivation?
Answer: In having a relationship with GOD and learning about him through his word, knowing how much I am loved, and knowing my identity in HIM. The secret of ‘success’ in every area of your life is in the ‘WORD’. That’s why I love the teachings of Wow Life Church. That’s what I am and what I want to become!
Reality television series Junior Masterchef has helped open the eyes of the public to the raw creativity and talent of kids nowadays when it comes to churning out cuisine.
Gone are the days of kids being only known as picky eaters. Today, kids are not only more aware of the culinary world, but with television content showcasing some of the world’s best chefs on their own shows, they’re also picking up great tips and techniques as well.
The same can be said about promising young junior chef, Uleena Udabage, who has shared some of her handpicked recipes in this month’s edition.
Speaking to us on her culinary journey so far, Ulleena says that her passion for the art began at an early age in kindergarten, where cookery classes quickly became her favourite. From, there on her favourite pastime became experimenting with new recipes, and baking. Watching cookery programs on YouTube and television gave her the inspiration to try out newer recipes and techniques and fuelled her passion further.
At the tender age of 10 however, Uleena got the opportunity to participate in an event called the Family Cook-Off organized by a well-known spice brand. At the event, little Uleena became the runner up, just behind a 21-year-old trainee pastry chef. She says that this competition helped her brush off any fears, and get used to taking on challenges.
Following this, she was invited by the Housewive’s Association and St. Pauls Milagiriya to do a cooking demonstration, which she says that as a young 11 to 12-year-old chef, she reveled in the love and attention showered on her by the ladies at the demonstration.
After this, Uleena’s profile grew even further, being featured on MTV’s Family Cook-Off as well.
However, cooking is only one aspect of this young, inspired chef. She also balances her time with her duties as the secretary of the Interact Club, as a senior school prefect, as Deputy House Captain, as a member of the school choir, and as a school Swimmer too.
Her free time she says is best spent, working on her main passion, which involves preparing new dishes and inviting guests over to try them out.
Uleena says that through her hobby, she intends to inspire others out there to begin the journey to achieve their dreams at young age and follow their passions towards success.
She is also a strong believer that everyone has a hidden talent, and that all kids should show the world what they can do and who they are.
Tomato basil bites
Fresh basil leaves
Salt and pepper
Method – Select one size of tomatoes and cut them in half then gentle scop the seeds and fill it with mozzarella bocks. Place a fresh basil leaf on top and add salt and pepper to taste.
Celery peanut butter sticks
Ingredients- fresh celery stalks
Method – Cut the celery stalk into bite-size pieces and fill the gaps with peanut butter (Sweeten peanut butter) place fresh berries of your choice on top.
Cucumber and tuna bites
Ingredients – fresh green cucumber
Tuna salad (tuna, onions, red bell pepper, cherry tomatoes, fresh coriander leaves, lime juice, chickpeas, onions, green chilli, salt, pepper, chilli flakes, olive oil)
Method – Tuna Salad – Chop the red onions bell pepper and tomatoes, fresh coriander leaves green chillies and mix it all in a bowl by adding olive oil chilli flakes lemon juice salt and pepper and finally add the chickpeas, Tuna and mix it well.
Cut thick slices of cucumber and place the tuna salad on top.
Guacamole baguette bites
Ingredients- Baguette, butter, avocado, red onions, green chilli, salt, pepper, cherry tomatoes, lemon juice, honey
Method – Guacamole. in a bowl finally chop up red onions, green chilli, cherry tomatoes and avocado and mix it well until it forms into a paste. Add lemon juice, honey salt, pepper and red chilli flakes.
Cut the baguette into thick slices and toast it in a pan with butter.
Place the Guacamole on top of the toasted baguette and top it off with finely slice cherry tomatoes.
Method – Blend boiled cauliflower milk, melted butter red chili flakes, salt, pepper dried rosemary /thyme.
Boil the spaghetti
In a pan add butter and the cauliflower puree (add milk if the paste is too thick) add the spinach and cook well. Finally, add the boiled spaghetti and serve in a bowl and garnish with parmesan cheese.
rocket leaves, red/yellow bell pepper, green cucumber, green olives, fresh dill olive oil, lemon juice, balsamic vinegar, cherry tomatoes, feta cheese, salt pepper, Dijon mustard
Salmon cooked in garlic oil.
Marinate the salmon with salt, pepper, lemon juice, chicken stock powder dried rosemary/thyme.
Heat olive oil and butter in a pan and once heated add 3-4 cloves of garlic and fresh rosemary then add the marinated salmon and cook well. When serving top, it with a dried cranberry.
Prepare the dressing with olive oil Dijon mustard, lemon juice, balsamic vinegar salt, and pepper. Chop the vegetable green leaves and mix well with the dressing. When serving top it off with dried cranberry and fetta cheese.
When plating place the salad at the bottom and the salmon on top.