Hello everyone, my name is RISHAB PULUGURTA and up to this point of fifteen years of my life, I have always lived by one mantra. “Dream It. Believe it. Achieve it”, and this has taught me how to succeed and achieve my accomplishments. Everyday I am inspired by the environment around me, namely my beloved parents, teachers, and friends. They push me to be better and better every single day, especially my parents. I look up to both of them to one day become as successful and caring as they are.
I began one of the driving influences of my life, Taekwondo, at the young age of 8 years old. This sport has taught me the life skills of respect, self-control, and discipline. Over the years I practiced and refined my skills and then when the time came, I was ready to compete in tournaments of the highest level.
I began competing in Taekwondo tournaments in the 2015 Texas Open Taekwondo Tournament and won 2 Gold Medals. And in the 2015 U.S. Open Taekwondo Tournament in Colorado I won 5 Medals. 4 Gold Medals (1st place) and 1 Bronze Medal (3rd place). This was my first national level Taekwondo tournament. It was a challenging competition with approximately 1200 competitors from USA and 10 countries.
In the 2016 U.S. Open Taekwondo Tournament in Colorado I won a total of 5 Medals. 2 Gold Medals (1st place) and 3 Silver Medals (2nd place). In the 2016 Texas Open Taekwondo Tournament I won 5 Medals. 2 Gold Medals, 2 Silver Medals and 1 Bronze Medal.
In 2017 I competed in two National level Taekwondo Tournaments. The 2017 U.S. Open International Taekwondo Tournament in Colorado and the 2017 AAU Taekwondo National Championship in Florida. In the 2017 U.S. Open International Taekwondo Tournament I won 5 Medals. 2 Gold Medals (1st place), 1 Silver Medal (2nd place), 1 Bronze Medal (3rd place) and the Best Spirit Award. I also competed in the 2017 AAU (American Athletic Union) District Championship and won 3 Gold Medals and 2 Silver Medals. In addition I competed in the 2017 Texas Open Taekwondo Tournament and won 5 Gold Medals.
Nupur Rishi, a high school student, a certified Indian classical dancer, a green belt in Taekwondo but more than that she is passionate about Nature Poetry and Nature Photography. She is the author of the book “Nature in my heart” which is a collection of her inspiring poetic pieces.
She believes that life is all about getting inspired and keeps going on the way to success. But due to harsh life struggles and challenges we sometimes get demotivated and decide to quit. The purpose of this poetry book is to get self motivated by just peeping into the nature around us and listen to their silent stories. The poetry also has original illustrations which are captured by her phone.
She is confident and aspire that these stories of nature which are close to her heart can become a life changer for others and be a guiding torch for others.
She also shares her artistic poetry and photographs through her Facebook and Instagram page “Fantasy Artsy Nupur”.
In addition she is an active
volunteer with “We The
Navigators” and Zbyte.
The stars of the evening, Sushma and Sudiksha, joined Natyanjali Kuchipudi Dance School 10 years ago and have been training under Srimathi Srilatha Suri since then. The Pai sisters have also attended Jai Kishore Mosalikanti’s dance workshops for the past 4 years to help shape their skills.
Sushma and Sudiksha Pai were both introduced to Kuchipudi at the age of 8 and 6 by Guru Srimathi Srilatha Suri. Kuchipudi has had a huge impact on their lives for the past 10 years at Natyanjali Kuchipudi Dance School. Sudiksha is a sophomore at Imagine International Academy of North Texas, and Sushma recently graduated and earned her IB diploma. The Pai sisters are the first in their family to pursue classical Indian dance as an interest and present a Rangapravesa m.
They both have been attending Chinmaya mission for the past 5 years and continue to learn more about their culture and religion. Sushma will be attending Austin College this fall to pursue her ambition of becoming an Orthodontist. Over the past year, Sudiksha has spent countless hours volunteering at her dance school and teaching younger students. They performed at the Irving Arts Center and it was a beautiful, gracious performance. Thanks
Hello Readers, my name is Vijay Warman and I work for my company – Mystic Mandala, located in Plano at 3131 Custer Road (Ste 265) where I guide people on mindfulness practices and many eastern concepts of creating a vibrant energy in the homes of my clients. Along with my team, we also offer Yoga Classes, Sound Healing and many other ancient modalities of healing. Although the advancements in science, technology and communication have made life very comfortable and connected for us, however we as a generation have never been so “disconnected” to ourselves – Life is moving at a frantic pace with no time to sit back and enjoy ourselves, our families and our homes – isn't it so? Our services, our workshops help people reconnect to their true, essential selves. We work on the mind body connection to guide our clients to a happier healthier self. With that intention, we do the bi annual free admission event called the Holistic Festival of life and wellness, or our next big event at the Plano center on 22nd April The Plano Health Fair (www.PlanoHealthfair.com)
What is FENGSHUI?
Feng shui literally means wind water. It is a system, a traditional chinese concept linking the destiny of man to his environment it is a process, a belief system of universal laws considered to govern spatial arrangement and orientation in relation to the flow of energy called chi or life force, and whose favorable or unfavorable effects are taken into account when designing buildings and decorating homes.
Why is feng shui important in a home?
Your home is a place where you come back to rest, to rejuvenate and to relax. It is your safe haven. The quality of your work in the outside world always depends deeply on the quality of your rest. If you are well rested, more energized, then you can do a lot, isn't it? So good Feng Shui in the house will help remove negativity and create a peaceful yet empowering environment. A good feng shui house has to be nourished by fresh, clear and freely flowing energy. There can be no stagnant, old or blocked energy anywhere in the house. Everything around us in life is in constant flow, in constant change and the same energy dynamics apply to our house as well. Stuck, stagnant energy in a specific area of your house will sooner or later express itself in stuck, or completely blocked energy in a specific area of your life.
How does the position of furniture, colors used, and balance impact one's home through the philosophy of fengshui?
Life has a flow, and the philosophy of Feng Shui believes in making sure that one's home has an easy flow. The three major concepts of Feng Shui are the flow of energy, the balance of yin and yang and the interaction of the five elements in the universe namely - fire, earth, metal, water and wood.Each element has its own unique characteristics as to how it is expressed in the world. Each element also plays a vital role in the cycle of life. The placement and design of furniture isn't just a physical matter; it also helps to maintain the balance of yin and yang within the physical, mental, emotional, spiritual, and intellectual realms leading to a healthier life. We lay a lot of importance on not having obstructions in the flow of energy in a house. Hence placement of furniture in the home is of tremendous importance. Just like we have traffic congestion on the roads similarly sometimes we get energy congestion in the home. A good DIY is to make sure that there is room to move around the house. De-cluttering is an importance concept – In Feng Shui we want the entire house to be clutter free and obstruction free.
And once we have worked with the elements and the
physical objects in the house, we consider colors carefully
as in Feng Shui we divide the house into 9 equal parts called
the Bagua. Here, each Bagua or area is designated a certain
color. Now, colors are of equal importance in Feng Shui.
Imagine the associated feelings with a bright red rose or a
beautiful white lily. While the Red rose fills your heart with
love, a white lily fills your mind with peace and serenity.
There are Yin colors in Feng Shui which induce a
gentleness and Yang colors represent the elements of Fire
and Wood elements and provide enthusiasm and positive
energy required to be motivated and energetically charged.