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The Five Principles of Yoga

What is Yoga
Yoga is an ancient Indian body of knowledge that dates back more than 5000 years ago. The word “Yoga” came from the Sanskrit word “yuj” which means “to unite or integrate.” Yoga then is about the union of a person’s own consciousness and the universal consciousness. Ancient Yogis had a belief that in order for man to be in harmony...

A Dream of a Drummer: Taiko drummer Jason Seymore raises funds to study taiko in Japan

Musicians dream of making it big by selling millions of records and performing for arenas full of people, but taiko drummer Jason Seymore follows a different beat. Instead of playing for the masses, Seymore plans to teach music to classes by opening his own taiko drumming school. Before he can do that, Seymore must study in the place where...

Santa Fe College Leads the Way

  From Graphic Design to Zoo Animal Technology Santa Fe College prepares students for exciting and rewarding high-demand careers. Santa Fe College located in Gainesville FLA., has been selected as one of the Top 10 Colleges in America by the Aspen Institute for a second time. The College has been recognized in the following four areas: 1) student learning, 2) certificate...

Give yoga a try and discover what it can do for body and mind

Yoga
A central premise in yoga is “everything is connected.” That’s clear when looking at the health and fitness benefits of yoga that have long been reported by practitioners and are now being confirmed by scientific research. 1.  STRESS RELIEF:  Yoga reduces the physical effects of stress on the body by encouraging relaxation and lowering the levels of the stress hormone,...

Japanese culture, food, and excitement at the Orlando Japan Festival

Orlando Japan Festival 2015
The Orlando Japan Festival is an annual event put on by the Japan Association of Orlando, the local Orlando Japanese community, and is one of my favorite events of the year – where you can have a taste of the street food from Japan like takoyaki octopus balls to gyu don beef rice bowls, and of course sushi, all...

The first ever Hello Kitty Convention in the world

On November 2nd, Sanrio celebrated their famous character’s 40th anniversary by hosting the very first Hello Kitty convention in Los Angeles, California. This sold out event featured themed art exhibits, food, workshops, and exclusive products. Yuko Yamaguchi, the main designer of Hello Kitty even made an appearance to give hundreds of lucky ticket holders a personalized autograph! Hello Kitty...

Wah Lum Cultural Center keeps Chinese culture alive in Orlando

Mrs and Mr Tony Leung, Carling Leong, Grand Master Pui Chan, Grandmaster John Leong, Master Lee Siu Hung, Mrs. Lee, and Yin Fong Lee-Pang
(To view the photo album, visit www.facebook.com/asiatrend) The Wah Lum Temple celebrated the opening of the new Chinese Cultural Center and Museum on November 1st with guests and masters all over the States, Hong Kong and England. Traditional Lion and Dragon Dances, Kung Fu, Chinese drumming performed by Wah Lum students kicked off the grand opening of the center. As a steward of the Chinese culture, the...

Asian American Student Achievers Awards

Photo: Justin Chu (To view the photo album, visit www.facebook.com/asiatrend) On November 15, 2014, the Asian American Heritage Council (AAHC) held its annual Asian American Student Achievers Awards at the Orange County Public Library in Downtown Orlando. Although I had participated in the past years as a student applicant, this year, I had the honor to be a co-emcee of this event as well. The...

Orlando City Commissioner Patty Sheehan: Local Profiles in Community and Leadership

Orlando City Commissioner Patty Sheehan at the Dragon Parade Lunar New Year Festival 2014
When Patty Sheehan, encouraged by friends, ran for Orlando City Council the first time in 1996, she narrowly missed a run off by 75 votes. As the late Betty Carter (former Supervisor of Elections) told her, “The only thing that gets politics out of your blood is embalming fluid.” She ran again in 2000, knocked on over 5000 doors, and beat the incumbent, serving as City of Orlando’s District 4 Commissioner ever since. District...

C.T. Hsu + Associates 30th Anniversary Celebration

City of Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer and C.T. Hsu
C.T. Hsu + Associates (CTH+A) is celebrating 30 years of business in Central Florida this year. CTH+A is an Orlando based architectural, planning and interior design firm that has earned a worldwide reputation for exceptional innovate design solutions and highly personalized services. Photos: C.K. Lau (To view the photo album, visit www.facebook.com/asiatrend) The celebration was commemorated with a 30th Anniversary event on October 9, 2014 at its’ offices...
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