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 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 →

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The 5 Elements and Yin Yoga The five phases, also known as the five elements, or Wu Xing, are the representation of how Qi moves throughout the body in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). Although hard to define according to Western cultures, Qi is often translated as energy; however it is so much more than simply electrical vibrations. Qi is the air that we breath, the food that we eat, the environment we consume and the emotions and thoughts that we experience, all of which combined manifest in the blood and tissues through which it travels of the body. When Qi is travelling freely the 5Read More →

sunset sea

The 5 Elements in TCM: Water Do you have the patience to wait until your mud settles and the water is clear. Can you remain unmoving until the right action arises by itself. ~ Lao Tzu Water is yielding yet all-conquering, all knowing yet often unforgiving, dense and hard or flowing and formless. Dark and cold like the winter which brings rise to its energy; water is introspective in its nature, encouraging hibernation into the deep abyss in order to germinate the seeds of Spring for the Wood element that proceed it. Water is considered the most Yin of all the elements and can beRead More →

8 best YouTube videos for body and mind 2018

Ocean Flow Fitness YouTube favourites from 2018 2018 saw the rise of multi disciplinary coaches and teachers offering a more integral, personalised approach to your health, fitness and wellbeing. The year in which we had more online apps and wrist worn trackers than ever to help monitor our food and fitness journeys, with a whole wealth of virtual studios and resources offering everything from workouts to meditation.   The year of interval training and booty building, mobility madness and animal movement, a love of all things mindfulness, the explosion of the fitness festival, the increasing international popularity and spread of yoga, the year of the vegan,Read More →

Surf stretches for between sets

Surf stretches that you can perform with your board out in the line up Is your mind telling you to stay out catching waves but your body’s beginning to tell you otherwise? Here’s a set of simple stretches that you can perform with your board whilst still out on the water. Take advantage of the lull between sets to give your well used back body, outer hips and upper back a bit of light relief before going for your next wave. For your whole back body; lower back, hamstrings and calves Use your board sideways like a giant float under each armpit and stretch yourRead More →