Blog Posted In Holiday

Top 10 Infographics of 2010

By | source: Jan 4th, 2011

How was your Twenty Ten? Mine was pretty sweet. I started a website, got an internship and now you’re reading what I write. Badass eh? But, this year hasn’t been all candies and rainbows. A few people got stuck thousands of feet under the earth’s surface, a massive quake rocked Haiti and we found out the world’s governments are corrupt jerks.

Besides the good and the bad of 2010, we all know one thing, 2011 will be worse. You really think 2011 will be better than this year? The apocalypse is less than two years away now. Things don’t get better before the end of the world. Come 12/21/2012 so many diplomatic cables will have been released, government will be in anarchy. Australia will be sunken miles under the ocean, Mexican drug lords will reign supreme over our entire planet and all of the glass on earth will unexplainably melt. I don’t really know if the glass will melt, but wouldn’t that be such a cool apocalyptic thing to happen?

Aside from man-kind’s demise, good things can happen this year. If you’re in my lovely city of Austin, Texas: my friend is throwing a celebration of the arts south of Town Lake on the 8th of this month. If you’re not in Austin…Come to Austin. We have so much fun stuff to do here! (Also in 2011, I encourage everyone to watch all 6 seasons of LOST. In a row. Let me know if you would like to do this with me.)

All the other data-visualization sites are listing their top infographics of the year, so here are mine:

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Blog Posted In Health, Lifestyle

The 7 Chakras Explained In Pictures

By | source: see below Jun 27th, 2017

Email.  Whoosh.  Facebook notification. Poke. Instagram notification.  Ding.  My life has become a never ending adrenaline rush of alerts, breaking up the day into fragments of cat videos, urgent chats, and pings.  Finding a true retreat away from that chaos has required searching far corners of the earth for calm.

Mindfulness

Growing up in the West, venturing into Eastern philosophy hardly seems natural and may even be counterintuitive.   Mindfulness, meditation, and yoga are all examples of similar practices adopted by Western culture over time.

Research has indicated a reduction in stress levels following mindfulness therapy.  Instilling mindfulness even changes the brain, rivaling the effects of antidepressants in those with anxiety.

In urban areas filled with traffic and urgency, yoga studios have become a popular respite from a long day of work.  Beyond straining to hold yoga poses, yoga at its highest level is a form of mindfulness meditation, listening to your own body and being present with yourself. Few beginners realize that the foundation of yoga lies in the chakras.

Chakras Defined

Chakras were first discussed 2000 years ago in Hindu texts.  Each individual chakra serves as a focal point for energy within the body.  In Sanskrit, Chakra actually means “wheel”, particularly fitting since the chakras amount to a network of connected energy centers throughout the body.

Blocked chakras interfere with functions of the body, leaving the body out of order and potentially causing physical or emotional imbalances.

The 7 chakras

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The above infographic shows an easy breakdown of the 7 chakras in the body.

The 7 chakras are otherwise known as:

  • 7th Chakra: Sahasrara
  • 6th Chakra: Ajna
  • 5th Chakra:  Vishuddha
  • 4th Chakra:Anahata
  • 3rd Chakra:Manipura
  • 2nd Chakra: Svadhisthana
  • 1st Chakra: Muladhara

Colors

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As highly visual people here at Daily Infographic, we appreciate the color representations for each chakra.  The colors mostly follow the colors of the rainbow, inspiring the gemstones that are linked to each chakra.

Having practiced long term yoga and meditation, I personally like to think of this having to do with research showing visualization techniques improving meditation.  Adding colors strengthens our ability to visualize and focus.

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Location and Meanings

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The 7 chakras are aligned in the center of the body from the crown of the head to the pelvis. The influences those chakras have and their corresponding locations make sense intuitively.  As much as we tend to think of our physical and emotional well being as separate, this system brings that relationship back together.

  • Top of the Head: The Crown Chakra = Consciousness
  • Forehead: The Third Eye = Inspiration, Intelligence
  • Throat:  The Throat Chakra = Self expression
  • Lower Abdomen: The Heart Chakra = Love, relationships
  • Stomach:The Solar Plexus Chakra = Self confidence, ego
  • Lower Abdomen: The Sacral Chakra = Emotional identity, creativity
  • Base of the Spine: The Root Chakra = Physical identity, survival

The 7 chakras in the human body and the Get to know your chakras infographics both offer descriptions of the potential impact of a weak or blocked chakras.  Reading through the list can be a bit daunting – Chakras can influence physical maladies ranging from sleep problems, swollen glands, and hearing issues to ulcers, constipation, lower back pain, and even immune disorders.  Emotionally they can influence anger, self-esteem, anxiety, hopelessness, and mood swings, to name a few.

Living a life free of any of the ailments listed would be a tall order – According to WebMD nearly 80% of Americans will experience back pain at some point.  With the increasing use of computers neck and shoulder pain seems increasingly common also, and professionals often try yoga to combat the pain.

Goal of Yoga

Ever caught yourself in a yoga class frustrated by the poses that require Olympic training to hold, unable to stop the thoughts racing through your head?  Yoga is ultimately a practice to find inner peace, though of course many students want to benefit from the physical intensity, improving flexibility and endurance.

Few beginners actually consider the concept of opening their chakras as the basis of yoga.  But yoga was created as a means of balancing the chakras, while challenging the body and mind.

What exactly does it mean to balance the chakras?  We all may have been born with open chakras, but if some of them became closed or inactive, others became overactive to compensate, creating an imbalance.

Take for an example the Sacral Chakra, which is located below the belly button.  It can influence emotions, pleasure, and sexuality.  Problems with this chakra can cause lower back pain, digestive problems, or intimacy issues.

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Pigeon pose, goddess pose, and round angle pose can all help to open this chakra.    The Chakras in the Modern World infographic offers an overview of commonly used poses to open those chakras.

Even Nickelodeon has offered a simplified explanation of opening chakras:

Conclusion

Whether or not you decide to use this theory, the general idea of opening up areas of the body and stretching has a meaningful physical impact. At home you can use this 20 minute full body yoga workout guide.

I do believe in the power of the visualizing goals to achieve them.   If yoga has just become something you do to tick the box, it’s worth spending some time understanding its purpose.  The clarity that comes with it is breathtaking.

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Blog Posted In Contests, Food

Win An Infographic Poster: Daily Infographic Sweepstakes!

By | source: Jun 11th, 2017

This month, we’re celebrating our 7th birthday by giving away a free infographic poster!

Our lucky winner gets “The Charted Sandwich Board” by Pop Chart Lab.  To enter, like or comment on our Facebook sweepstakes post.  The sweepstakes will run from now to Wednesday June 21, 6pm PT with a winner chosen at random. 

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Infographic Poster For Our Winning Fan

“Lettuce introduce you to our most impressive sub-mission yet: A savory chart of sandwiches! Featuring an internationally inspired, mouthwatering menu of nearly 90 hand-drawn heroes, gyros, and much, much more—from the basic Bologna to the revered Reuben to the veritable food-pocalypse that is the gut-busting Gatsby—each enticing edible has been deconstructed into its various components and sorted by primary ingredient, along with notations for country of origin and serving temp. An open-faced love letter to the super-heroes of lunchtime, this delectable diagram makes for delightful decor no matter how you slice it.

Using 100 lb. archival stock certified by The Forest Stewardship Council, this poster is pressed on an offset lithographic press with vegetable-based inks in Long Island City, New York.”

-Poster description from Pop Chart Lab

 

 

Sweepstakes Official Terms and Conditions

This contest is not sponsored, endorsed, or associated with Facebook itself.  All entrants officially release Facebook from liability when entering the contest.  Contestants enter the contest by liking or commenting on the sweepstakes post.  A winner will be drawn at random on June 21 after 6pm PT and announced by midnight.  Winner receives unframed poster.  Each entrant is responsible for monitoring Facebook for prize notification and receipt of other communications related to this sweepstakes.   

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Blog Posted In Tech

Wearable Technology

By | source: Amazon Jun 10th, 2017

With the massive upswing in technological advancement, the time has come to take your favorite tech, entertainment, fitness applications, social media, and all the generosities of the digital age along with you. Amazon.com has complied this descriptive infographic to give you a general idea of  wearable, or “smart”, tech that is available today, including some of its outstanding features.

Smart tech will have you fully integrated with the web and all its benefits throughout the day. Smart glasses allow you watch video’s and movie right on the glasses lens, search google results simply by using your eye, take first person photo’s, and more. Makes me wonder if anyone will be looking where they are going.

Heart rate monitor and blue-tooth trackers can both be found in wrist-worn devices. Benefits run from monitoring distances walked, calories burned, to tracking sleep patterns and training performance. I must admit that I do enjoy the benefits and advantages of technology and all that it brings.  Hopefully one day with all that tech on we can walk right into our flying cars.

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Blog Posted In Animals

Big Thinkers of the Animal World

By | source: Jun 5th, 2017

Thank goodness intelligence doesn’t correspond exactly to size. If it did, I don’t think we would be doing as well as we are. We’re not exactly the biggest creatures on the planet. But, when it comes to true intelligence, it’s us humans that have the upper hand, and much to our advantage.

This infographic shows that you can measure an animals’ intelligence by comparing the ratio of the weight of its brain, to the weight of its body. That being said, it’s easy to see why we associate big animals with being rather “dumb” animals (as the stereotype goes).

What puts us on top of the intelligence list are the extra cortical neurons that we possess. They make up the cortex of the brain. This in turns, puts us atop the intelligence rankings, regardless of our less than impressive, and lanky physical stature. Have a look at the sizes of these 10 deadly animals.    [Via]

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Blog Posted In Lifestyle

What Women Want During Dating

By | source: Meetmoi May 29th, 2017

If there were some kind of manual on dating, it would have saved me years of angst about how to deal with girls.  Girls please don’t take that personally, I just find it very hard to know what you want!  But I bet you feel the same way about guys.  We’re just picking on you today.

At least we have the internet these days, and the benefit of some data gathering.  This dating infographic puts together questions about the various dating situations, in hopes of clearing things up for the guys!

Most women will google a guy before dating, so make sure your online profile is acceptable.  Choosing the perfect venue doesn’t seem to be a big issues, and most are happy to make it to first base on the first date.  What surprised me was that 47% of women want to wait 3-5 months before admitting they have a boyfriend.  So much for being clingy!

Well whatever you ladies do, I am sure you have your reasons. The dating world is often a rather confusing and awkward place, both sexes playing strange and unfamiliar games. To all the ladies reading this, please let us know if girls really do just wanna have fun, and if not, check out this infographic about picturing your big day.

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