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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 →

Surfers shoulder

How not to let a niggling shoulder get in the way of your surf trip Every surfer knows that there’s nothing that can quite throw a spanner in the works on a surf trip than the onset of surfers shoulder, otherwise known as swimmers shoulder. On a recent surf trip to Morocco I noticed that every other person seemed to be suffering from varying degrees of discomfort in this area; with the other half suffering from Moroc belly! Don’t let niggling pain in and around your shoulder girdle ruin your otherwise paradisiacal trip away to your dream waves. These tips below for both home orRead More →

Partner SUP Yoga

Paddleboard playtime for the whole family Double the SUP Yoga fun! What’s not to love about Partner SUP Yoga! There’s something about splashing about on a paddle board with your best buddy, family member or spouse that screams ‘I’m free as a child and life is gooood!’ at the top of its voice. Based on the principles of trust, teamwork, communication, and of course connecting through some good old fashioned fun, SUP yoga is a beautiful activity to share with any nearest and dearest. A fantastic way to get kids involved with Stand Up Paddleboarding, building their confidence in the water and giving them plenty ofRead 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 →

Yin yoga for post surf

Post surf Yin yoga routine for a deeper stretch out As a surfer you may be drawn instinctively to stronger yoga practices full of chaturangas, challenging core exercises and focus testing arm balances. And whilst there’s no denying the merit of such practices for improving your surfing, it’s also important to remember the post surf aftercare to release your hardworked muscles and joints. Cue Yin yoga; a style of yoga that uses long held static poses with the idea being that you release not only tight muscles, but also the whole web of connective tissue that wraps around every muscle and bone in our bodies.Read More →

Yoga backbends and what’s stopping you going deeper.

Let’s talk about yoga backbends As someone with a pretty decent range of motion (ROM) in my back thanks to a combination of the bones god gave me, years of surfing which has made my back nice and strong and a very regular yoga practice through my job; you guessed it as a yoga teacher! backbends have always been enjoyable for me. A great pick me up when I need a boost of energy and an easy go to for an insta star pose! But what’s really going on back there in a backbend and why do some people loathe these poses just as IRead More →