Health, wellbeing and yoga: 2019 in books and podcasts

The top 10 books & podcasts that have shaped my year   As a yoga teacher and someone who’s hobbies consist almost exclusively of physical pastimes 2019 has been a complicated year for me: Starting with a back injury whilst out surfing on a snowy day in February, I know…I know…I’m mad! Then succeeded shortly after by an endless Groundhog day of hospital appointments, treatments and dreaded letters due to women’s health issues that has consumed the rest of my year. And not forgetting in the midst of all this having to find new venues in which to rehome my business. I think it’s fairRead More →

Christmas cake kefir smoothie recipe

A sweet treat kefir smoothie recipe for winter If you’re like me and you just love all things Christmas, especially the festive season’s treats, then this sweet little superfood smoothie will be right up your street. Inspired by the great British seasonal classic; the Christmas cake, this Kefir smoothie is packed full of fruit, nuts and spices just like its cakier counterpart. But unlike its much denser and sweeter cousin, this smoothies onus is on filling you with nutrient rich antioxidants and flavonoids rather than just fat and refined sugar. It is worth bearing in mind however that whilst the sweetness of this recipe comesRead More →

Kefir Superfood smoothie recipes

Two delicious & nutritious  Kefir Superfood smoothie recipes Kefir has gained a lot of fame recently for its beneficial probiotic forming properties, and quite rightly so! After just a few weeks of regular inclusion of kefir in my weekly diet, combined with other probiotics such as miso and sauerkraut, an aeon of IBS symptoms settled down into the calmest gut flora I’d experienced in years. For those of you who are fans of natural yoghurt then simply drinking this magic fermented liquid may suffice. However it also makes a great base for some delicious superfood smoothies, which has the added benefit of cramming in aRead More →

Metal element TCM Wu Xing

Metal phase in the Wu Xing Cycle & the 5 Elements theory In Chinese Medicine, and in particular what is commonly referred to as Five Elements Theory (Wu Xing), the element of Metal comes to represent a moving away from the outward Yang like energies of the Wood and Fire elements that came before it and the grounded central point of Earth.    In the Metal stage of the Five phases we begin to see a retraction back to the introversion of Yin like energies. As the nurturing and containing warmth of Earth fades leaving in its place that which is contained; a somewhat colderRead More →

Managing anxiety

Managing anxiety with yoga & surf Today on World Mental Health Day I’d like to talk about anxiety. Have you ever seen that meme that goes ‘I do yoga to burn off the crazy’? Well as a yoga teacher and someone who has dipped in and out of bouts of anxiety throughout her life, I could say this rings pretty true for me. But the question is…just to what extent should we be burning off that crazy? I mean, to quote one of my favourite directors Tim Burton ‘one person’s crazy is another person’s reality’ right?   To begin to understand what I’m getting at,Read More →

The brain in our belly; gut health and why it matters

 The brain in our belly; and why we should trust our guts. How often do you actually stop to think about what you’re putting into your body and the effect that this has on your mental as well as your physical wellbeing? Okay the more health conscious of us may consider such things as the calories consumed or the fat or carb content of a meal and how this will impact upon our body appearance or training capabilities, but when do you really think about the impact that your food is having on your emotional state?   The connection between the mind and the gutRead More →

The Earth Element TCM

The Earth Element  Chinese Medicine & The Five Phases    When did you last stop and evaluate what was the centre of your Earth? The places, people and sensations that most ground you, most nourish your body and soul?   Too often in our frantic modern day lives we’re left feeling as if the world is spinning uncontrollably out of our grasp. The modern devices and media which surround us perpetuate a hunger to be constantly fulfilled, to always taste life as sweet, demoting the bitter to something which we should never have to experience, by right we’re told! But the more we search toRead More →

The 5 elements - Fire

The 5 Phases in TCM  Fire Element The heart is the centre from which we beat. The home of our emotions,the place from where we feel life, from where we feel alive!  It is the manifestation of spirit (Shen) within matter (Jing) that propels our energetic life force, our bioelectricity (Qi) around the body via the blood that it pumps.  And just like the fire element which it embodies, the energy of the heart can be both transformational and destructive, it can burn bright or it can burn out, it can be beautifully enigmatic or rampage ferociously out of control…, it can leave you feelingRead More →

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Wood phase – TCM & The 5 Elements   Like the Spring winds that spread the seeds from the blossoming flowers in order that more growth may occur, the Wood element represents all that is moving, developing and outwardardly expanding. A tree is firmly rooted into the earth yet at the same time flexible, with its swaying branches carving their own unique path to the heavens, allowing its fresh green leaves to reach for the sun and be rustled by the winds of change.   It is in this phase of the Chinese Wu Xing cycle that the seeds of creativity that came into beingRead More →