Health & wellbeing

Prana and Pranayama

prana and pranayamaFor many years we have explored the multitude of the physical benefits of yoga, and of course, the very calming effects of meditation. But maybe you, like me, have also heard whispers of ‘energy’ in your yoga class... Or perhaps you’ve felt something that was a little beyond the realm of the ‘normal’ and physical?

Yoga for REAL women (like you and me)

Real yoga for real womenI'm not a ‘size 8 with skimpy shorts and a 6-pack’ kinda girl… In fact I’m a curvy lass of size 18. And, shocking as it may seem to popular social media, I do my yoga and I love it :-) But, I also struggle with maintaining a regular practice and I sure as heaven ain’t going to be standing on my head anytime soon!

Health tips - enjoy a daily health tonic and increased wellbeing

Health tips - Enjoy a daily health tonic and increased wellbeing

Let me introduce you to chyawanprash – an ancient Indian elixier.

The history of chyawanprash

It is believed that the formula of chyawanprash was discovered by the sage Chyawan or Chyavana. He was the first to prepare this tonic, and used it to regain his own youth and longevity. Charak Samhita, the ancient Ayurvedic treatise written by sage Charak in the 4th century BC, contains the first historically documented formula for chyawanprash. According to this ancient text, chyawanprash is "the foremost of all ‘rasayanas’ or herbal formulations.

Doshas in the supermarket - kapha

Kapha types may feel too lazy to shop, but the overpowering need for food will soon change that! They are also naturally hoarders, so cupboards will be kept well stocked of goodies. They will choose a large trolley and slowly start moving through the store, no doubt starting with good intentions as they may be on some sort of weight loss programme.

Explaining the koshas: layer 1 - physical - anamaya kosha

Oh! the joys of looking after the human body! When we are young, it all seems so easy.

We hardly seem to have to do anything to keep the body balanced, and can stay up late, eat and drink whatever we want, work hard and play hard. Well, the news is that Newton’s law of cause and affect influences us all. In other words, there is no getting away with anything. Bad habits will catch up with us at some point! Health is not just the absence of disease, it is also about feeling happy, energised and in love with life. What are the symptoms of great health? Here are a few:

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