Mother’s Day Feature 2021

“Mother is a verb. It’s something you do. Not just who you are.” – Dorothy Canfield Fisher.

We would like to wish everyone a very happy Mother’s Day! Hope you enjoy our Mother’s Day Feature in collaboration with Sakhi magazine.

Alpana Srivastava
Kaveeta Prasad
Sarbani Dhur
Piyali Chatterjee
Ankita Jain
Reeta Josan
Rupa Parthasarathy
Poornima Vamsi
Reetika Bhalla
Arita Duttagupta
Neha Nagpal
Anu Kulkarni
Shilpi Shah
Manjoo Sharma
Shalini Bhalla
Pratibha Bhanushali
Tiya Gorain

happy mothers day 2021

Breath Meditation

Mental Wellness/ Positivity Series

Tip by Natalia Cantwell
(https://linktr.ee/natalia.cantwell)

Simple 5 deep breaths in the morning can change your life. Physical and Emotional Benefits of Breath Meditation:

Reduces stress;
Lowers your heart rate;
Lowers your blood pressure;
Improves diabetic symptoms;
Reduces depression;
Better manages chronic pain;
Better regulates your body’s reaction to stress and fatigue;
Reduces the possibility of burnout for caregivers.

Feel free to participate in our Mental Wellness/ Positivity initiative. #positivitywithempowerednsakhi

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Visit to The Art Gallery of NSW

We recently started a Mental Wellness/ Positivity Series.

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Our tip for today is visit Art Galleries & Museums if they are open in your country and if it is safe to do so. Besides making you feel positive, visiting Art Galleries & Museums have many other benefits too. Art is said to inspire our visual imagination and give us an opportunity to explore our own creativity. You can be mindful of what you are thinking and feeling when you view art and use your awareness to become more visual. Also Museums and Art galleries make us look at the outside world differently. Artists and sculptors use everyday objects to change our perspective of the outside world.

They also inspire new ideas. After all, every piece of art started with an idea. In addition, they improve our knowledge of history and geography. Artists often reference other eras and historical events, and a visit to an art gallery exposes our memory to information about historical periods. Visiting them will let you get a glimpse of history. Museums are not only an ideal way to learn about human history, but also the cultures of different countries. And art often depicts different parts of the world and Art galleries exhibit art by international artists. Seeing art made by our own culture as well as the cultures of others, can help contextualise our place in the world and how the human experience has changed.

Museums and Art Galleries of course offer serenity, relaxation and stress relief too. By staring silently at beautiful pieces and contemplating their meaning, you can reflect on your own life and find peace and tranquility. For some, visiting museums and art galleries can be a spiritual experience.

So if you are looking for an unique and exciting experience, visit Museums and Art Galleries. Take your children too if possible, to expose them to art at a young age and boost their imagination and creativity.

We are sharing photos from our recent visit to the Art Gallery of New South Wales, located in Sydney, Australia.

Writeup & Photos ©️ Empowered Beauties With Brains

If you would like to contribute Mental Wellness/ Positivity tips with photos feel free to email us at empoweredbwb@gmail.com or editor@sakhi.online or post on Instagram and tag us @empoweredbeautieswithbrains & @sakhi.online and use the hashtag #PositivityWithEmpoweredNSakhi
If selected we will feature your tips. If you would like to donate towards our positivity sessions for women, feel free to contact us as well.

Mental Wellness/ Positivity Series

We are starting a Mental Wellness/ Positivity series in collaboration with Sakhi magazine (https://sakhi.online) and will be sharing mental health hacks and tips to feel better/ more positive. Given the situation of the world, most of us need it. In countries with high covid rates, people are depressed due to lockdowns, sickness, death etc. In countries which have managed to control covid for now, many people are still depressed due to their family and friends being stuck in the countries worse off and hence feeling helpless as they can’t visit or help their family and friends. While a lot of things are beyond our control, our mindset is definitely in our control and we can do some simple things to keep ourselves uplifted and boost our mental health. Stay tuned.

If you would like to contribute Mental Wellness/ Positivity tips with photos feel free to email us at empoweredbwb@gmail.com or editor@sakhi.online or post on Instagram and tag us @empoweredbeautieswithbrains & @sakhi.online and use the hashtag #PositivityWithEmpoweredNSakhi
If selected we will feature your tips. If you would like to donate towards our positivity sessions for women, feel free to contact us as well.

Meet Eshwin Prasad

A warm welcome to beauty with brains Eshwin Prasad, who recently joined our platform. She is a Consultant Pharmacist, Educator, Clinical Writer, Actor & Model and is based in Sydney, Australia. This talented gorgeous lady is fast climbing the ladder of success.

“I have a dream of creating a world with no hatred and no suffering, my world is full of love, care, and gratitude. I do not have a sad story, I have an inspiring life story, that has kept me growing and God willing, others will someday get inspired by my story and grow like me.

I was born in a beautiful paradise called Fiji but now, Australia is my home. Fiji is where I was brought up and Australia is where my son is being brought up and I made that choice with great intentions. I am a grateful daughter, grand-daughter, sister, wife, and mum and deep down I feel I have a relation to everyone who is part of this universe.

I enjoy exploring nature, swimming, dancing, reading, writing, yoga, netball, making videos and cooking.

Career wise, I am a registered pharmacist since 2003 and accredited consultant pharmacist since 2010 in Australia. I completed my Postgraduate Certificate in Diabetes Education and Management in 2015. I enjoy my work as a clinical pharmacist, we work with other health professionals daily to reduce medication related harm in aged care. It gives me the opportunity to help people with medication management, while improving their quality of life. My professional satisfaction lies in educating people and other health professionals, regarding medication management.

I was crowned the Cover girl for Curves & Curls International 2019. I also received the Australian Golden Sash Award 2020 – International Personality Award. I have had the honour of being a judge for BSM Mums & Granny’s International Pageant 2020 and Curves & Curls International 2021. I have been on runway for Lavashe Couture Designs and Dream Beauty Boutique. I have been on screen in TV advertisements, short films, and online ads since 2000.

I am a certified Pastoral Carer and volunteer my services at hospitals and nursing homes. I believe in working on myself and making myself the biggest example to make every woman feel proud of themselves in whoever they are and whatever they do. My word for every woman out there – you were born as a woman for a great purpose and do not let anyone undermine your purpose in this world. We can love and this world needs a lot of us.” – Eshwin.

Fashionably Heeled

Check out our ‘Fashionably Heeled’ Issue (Heels themed fashion feature) in collaboration with Sakhi magazine.

Alpana Srivastava
Tiya Gorain
Dee Mukherjee
Poornima Vamsi
Priyanka Indora
Arita Duttagupta
Piyali Chatterjee
Anu Kulkarni
Reetika Bhalla
Manjoo Sharma
Sarbani Dhur
Shilpi Shah
Shantana Deka Dutta

Fashionably Heeled

Supported By:

Light Antana Photography
(www.instagram.com/light_antana)

The Old New Boutique
(https://www.facebook.com/theoldnewfashion/)

Zumba With Anu
(https://m.facebook.com/Anu.kulkarni.001/)

Go Vita Blacktown
(https://m.facebook.com/wellbeingkarma/)

Poornima Vamsi Academy
(https://poornimavamsi.com)

Interview With Entrepreneur Rupa Parthasarathy

Meet our featured beauty with brains Rupa Parthasarathy, founder of Mindkshetra (https://www.facebook.com/mindkshetra/). A beautiful person both inside and outside, she has been touching hearts and lives, and painting the world a shade kinder. Here is an interview with her:

  1. Tell us more about yourself – your hobbies, passions, dreams etc.

Mine is a story that partly reveals itself with my distinctive tongue twister of a last name (always a great conversation starter!). At a glance, it’s easy to unravel my backstory of hailing from an Indian background. And within Australia, the story of my family’s journey to this land at some point. While that holds true, mine has also been a story of facing adversities, finding my feet, exploring my identity, and establishing connections. That’s what interests me about life-stories, there’s so much more than just what meets the eye. I have always held a deep love for stories. Hence, I am invested in life stories; I love telling them, sharing them and nurturing them. I am someone who believes in painting this world a shade kinder. I thrive on making meaningful conversations and connections.

I have a soft spot for my parent language (I prefer using the term parent language to mother tongue, as it’s the language of both my parents) – Tamil (my being lights up, in its presence). I also speak Hindi and other Indian regional languages (which, if I hear beyond my home’s boundaries, always make my head turn quicker than a bird and tugs at my heart with familiarity). I am also an optimist, an intrepid learner, a movie/music buff and a person who enjoys watching endless reruns of DIY home renovation shows.

  1. Tell us what inspired you to start Mindkshetra?

I grew up fascinated with all things creative – sketching, music, dancing and storytelling were some of the pursuits I dabbled in and still do. Drawing from this experience, I understand how self-expression can be used to sort through mental chaos, gain clarity, and nurture physical, psychological, and emotional well-being. Art therapy provides me with an approach to facilitate positive change in a person’s (people’s) lives using creative means.

I founded Mindkshetra to create a place where people can experience some mind space. A place where we can nurture mental health from a wellness perspective, rather than only through an illness perspective. Growing up, I experienced that having conversations, even basic things like feeling overwhelmed or anxious, was always relegated either to occur either behind closed doors or mostly dismissed as something that will pass. So I wanted to create a space where discussions about mental health are facilitated openly. Much like how a consistent effort builds physical fitness, I believe it takes conscious effort to nurture mental and emotional wellness. Given, I have witnessed and experienced the healing powers of artmaking, and I teach creativity as a strategy to build and sustain mental health.

  1. What is art therapy, and how does it differ from conventional psychotherapy?

Art therapy is a therapeutic technique that integrates psychotherapy and creative process to enhance physical, mental and emotional well-being. It is based on the idea that tapping into our creativity by engaging in self-expression can help us gain mental clarity, explore our emotions, develop self-awareness and promote our well-being. As the emphasis is on the creative process of self-expression, no unique artistic ability or talent is required. Artmaking in art therapy courses is playful experimentation with self-expression without having any concerns about achieving perfection.

As human beings, we are complex and unique. There are various factors like our upbringing, culture, heritage, genetics, family, to name a few, that play a role in how we process and react to situations. There are times when we cannot express our thoughts, feelings, emotions only by verbalising them. Art-making provides us with an avenue to externalise these internal workings. Self-expression allows us to view them outside of us, gives some much-needed space to reflect and process them.

  1. What services do you offer at Mindkshetra?

Mindkshetra offers individual consultations, creative art-based wellness workshops for kids and young people, creative workshops for parties, celebrations, art therapy courses for adults and creative wellness and personal development coaching for communities and organisations.

At Mindkshetra, our mission is to support life stories using creativity. The practise caters to a wide range of people. These people have experienced life adversities, mental health conditions, or anyone interested in taking care of their mental hygiene or connecting with their intuition.

Our Practice is based on the philosophy that we can author our life stories through self-awareness. We believe in seeing clients as a whole person – not defining them by their diagnosis, based on the philosophy that we can author our life stories.

Congratulations Anu Kulkarni

We would like to congratulate our model and member Anu Kulkarni, who is the second runner up of the Curves & Curls Pageant and also the winner of Fitness Icon at the Pageant. She is a role model for not only curvy women but to all such women who have endured a lot of trials and tribulations in their careers. She is a survivor of bullying and discrimination at work, that had led to anxiety, stress, depression and mental health issues. She is a true inspiration and here to help others through her journey. We wish her more fame and success and hope that she continues to inspire women with her courage and fortitude.

Curves & Curls Pageant Winner 2021

We would like to congratulate our model and member Dee Mukherjee on winning the Curves & Curls Pageant. She is a role model for curvy women and we wish her more success and fame.

“Gone are the days when there was just one style that was considered beautiful. In this day and age, confidence is the epitome of beauty along with a beautiful heart. If you can manage what you feel is your weakness, please do so, but if you can’t then don’t be hard on yourself. Embrace your imperfections and make them into your strength. Love yourself, you are beautiful! ‘There’s nothing more rare, nor more beautiful, than a woman being unapologetically herself’.” – Dee Mukherjee.

Lace & Grace

Check out our ‘Lace & Grace’ issue (Lace themed fashion feature in collaboration with Sakhi magazine (http://sakhi.online).

Presented By:

Alpana Srivastava & Tiya Gorain

Reetika Bhalla
Manjoo Sharma
Priyanka Indora
Shilpi Shah
Rethika Ravi
Dee Mukherjee
Pooja Sethi
Anu Kulkarni
Piyali Chatterjee
Sarbani Dhur
Arita Duttagupta
Sony Reddy
Reeta Josan

The aim of our fashion features, photoshoots & events, is to empower and uplift women through fashion and make them feel confident about themselves. Another purpose is to provide a platform for women in the fashion industry to showcase their talents, skills and products.