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 →

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 →

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 →

Yin and yang theory

The Yin And Yang of exercise; and why both are important! Thousands of years ago the ancient Daoists of China evolved a precise and uncomplicated language in which to explain the universe in dualistic terms. This is known as Yin yang theory. Yang is used to describe the outwardly visible, transient, moving aspects of life; represented by masculinity, light, the Spring and summer. Yin on the other hand manifests as those things which we don’t obviously notice, as the solid and dense aspects of life; represented by the dark and feminine, by the autumn and winter. Yin And Yang are ways of thinking about theRead More →

Music singalong at sunset

90 minute yoga playlist Ocean Flow Fitness   Growing up under a lineage of passionate and somewhat accomplished dancers I was always going to have beats flowing through my soul. Ever since I can remember music has been an integral part of my life: from watching my Grandparents majestically whirl around a dance floor ballroom dancing, to sitting on the edges of mum’s secondary school contemporary dance classes when she was teaching. And my own explorations with dance, sound and vibrations from childhood dance classes to teenage hedonistic raves, then experiencing world music in all of its glorious shapes and colours as I’ve travelled aroundRead More →

Food and fitness diary of a yoga instructor

10 Day Food, Fitness & Work diary of a full time Yoga Instructor: 2 Being a full time yoga instructor has so many plus sides; I get to do what I love everyday and share my passion with the world, meeting some amazing souls along the way and helping people to connect with their bodies and minds in a positive way. I also have time in the day that others maybe wouldn’t to pursue my love of outdoor activities such as surfing, Paddle boarding and generally having the opportunity to get out in the fresh air if the weather permits. Office jobs never did suitRead More →

Yin yoga post trekking

Yoga for post trekking The other day when on holiday in Northern Spain I climbed the iconic mountain looking over Bilbao, Pagassari. Now being in pretty good shape; due to being a yoga instructor with an addiction to outdoor adventure sports, I shot up and down the mountain with relative ease in what amounted to a very enjoyable 4 hour trek. The problems started the next day when I woke up with extremely  stiff calves and what felt like the onset of shin splints that left me walking like a robot for the whole day. Kicking myself for swerving my post trek stretch out inRead More →