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 →

Christmas season self care - Tradiational Chinese medicine

Self care at Christmas How to not let the holiday season bring you to a stand still Who doesn’t love Christmas? Well Okay there’s a few grumpy Scrooge’s out there would claim not to, but I for one am not one of those! Maybe passed onto me from my festive fanatic Mum, I need no encouraging come the 1st of December to start popping on the Christmas songs and popping open the bubbles and mince pies. December is the month when our to-do lists can run away with us; battling through the shops in the search for presents, work projects that need completing before theRead 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 →

Meditation for autumn

A meditation for letting go this autumn Meditation for seasonal effective disorder/anxiety/depression/acceptance Close your eyes and take a moment to reflect on the happenings of the summer season, cultivating a sense of gratitude for all the joys of this past season and the experiences that it brought with it. Become aware of your breath and the temperature of the air as it enters and leaves your nose…your lungs…sit quietly without judgement, without expectations, for a few more breaths simply observing the air as it enters and leaves your nose…your lungs. Now welcome your body into this new season of inward looking; into autumn, when weRead More →

Alpine_Retreat_Yoga-river-meditation

Flowing river meditation Breath consciousness, 2nd chakra, letting go of worries, nature visualisation, water element, accepting the flow of life/going with the flow, the senses. Start in a comfortable seated or lying down position, closing your eyes and settling into your breath. Notice the gentle inward and outward flow of your breath as it enters and leaves your body. Notice how your chest and your abdomen gently rise and fall as your breath flows through you. Now imagine that you can see a river in front of you…slowly walk towards the river until you’re standing on the bank of the river, at the river’s edge.Read More →

The 5 Elements in Yoga and Ayurveda

The basic principles of The 5 Elements Everything in the universe is made up of the 5 elements. They are the base from which everything is formed. The building blocks of life. However; no one element is ever perceived in its pure state, instead every entity that exists in our cosmos is made up of a varying combination of the characteristics of the 5 elements. With the 5 elements we experience the crossover of Yoga with its sister science, Ayurveda. Both of these holistic practices interweave and merge in an act of balancing the characteristics of each element in our mental and physical being. UnderstandingRead More →

Breakfast smoothie

In my job as a full time yoga teacher people often ask me how much I practice yoga, what other activities I do to stay in shape and what my diet is like. So as an observational post I’d like to share with you a log of my physical activity, meditation and diet over a 10 day period. Now I’m by no means a yoga purist, I’m not vegan (but do try to have vegan meals throughout the week) and I’m as partial to a glass of wine as the next person. And as you’ll see by my diary below I have a terrible weaknessRead More →

Yoga after knee replacement surgery

Yoga after knee replacement surgery Yoga can actually be a very useful tool in the rehabilitation process after knee replacement surgery. Carried out mindfully and with awareness of your limitations at any given point throughout the recovery period, yoga can help to minimise or even eliminate bad postural habits that you may have had prior to surgery and which may have even been a contributing factor to your knee problems. The range of motion in your knee will depend on various factors including; the range of motion you lost prior to surgery, how long ago the surgery was carried out, and if you’ve been followingRead More →

supported-bridge-pose

Yoga therapy & sequences for colds So that time of year is here again! The kid’s are back to school and with that comes the trailing back home of all manner of bugs and sniffles. Added to that we’re torn between the regulating of our body temperatures with the do we don’t we put the heating on argument and the constant battle of clothing layers coming on and off between fresh natural environments and stuffy heated interiors such as offices and shops. In spite of the tendency to want to crawl under a blanket and do as little as possible at the first sign ofRead More →