Posted on 29 March, 2018
Knowing which fats and oils to eat (and which to avoid) has become ever more confusing.
There have been so many different opinions having been expressed over the last few decades.
We thought you'd enjoy reading the section on fats and oils from Keith Squires' fabulous book, Cooking with Love.
View extract from Cooking with Love >
Posted on 18 January, 2018
Keeping on track with your goals and resolutions is a powerful way to ensure you have a great life in the upcoming months. But how do you know if your goals are taking you in the right direction?
Having a sense of purpose about your life is an important key to self-worth. Without direction, life can become one long slog of sleep, food, work and play. But… why are you here? What is the reason for your existence? These are the big questions that have been asked by seekers for millennia.
In the yogic tradition you’ll come... more
Posted on 25 May, 2017
I spent two months at the Dru Yoga Centre in Snowdonia, Wales and I can say those two months were life changing…
As a volunteer I worked in Dimensions health food shop in Bangor and in the accommodation office reception. Working in the health food shop gave me loads of new opportunities to learn new skills and gave me chance to experience a working environment that I hope one day I can reproduce in my own business ventures.
Working in reception gave me another set of experiences. It really helped me build up my confidence and improve my people and communications skills. In general I helped around whenever I could and did a few odd jobs here and there: I worked In the kitchen, I cleaned the pond, I even helped put up Christmas decorations. Everything is quite relaxed and the work is... more
Posted on 17 March, 2017
There are as many weight loss plans and theories as there are people eating!! This health tip looks at – the gut or small intestine (5 metres long). This is the primary area of impact; the place where all your food arrives in preparation for distribution! The more relaxed this organ is, the better our ability to absorb food. The more easily we absorb food, the greater the amount of nutrients that enter the body and the less we need to eat in order for the body to feel nourished and satisfied. In other words – relax and you will naturally eat less!
I believe that as a nation we are suffering from malnutrition. What you might say! Well, even though we eat plenty, due to the stress and tension of the gut, there is an inability to absorb our nutrients. Therefore we eat more to feel... more
Posted on 5 March, 2017
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.
Chyawanprash is made up of around 50 different herbs made into a delicious jam. It can be taken as a warm drink by simply adding warm water, or even better – milk. It has all the 6 tastes within it – so creates a complete balance for... more
Posted on 10 January, 2017
How often do we hear these phrases; ‘whistle while you work' and 'laughter is the best medicine'
These are all phrases we drop into our everyday language, but is there a little bit of science behind such thoughts?
Studies have shown that smiling boosts your immune system by stimulating your body to produce more white blood cells (WBC). Hospitalised children visited by story-tellers and puppeteers who made them smile and laugh had higher WBC counts than children who weren’t visited.
Smiling lowers stress levels and anxiety. When endorphins are released the level of cortisol in your body is reduced. Studies also show that smiling when you are in a stressful situation lowers your heart rate, which will relax you and reduce your unpleasant feelings of stress and anxiety.
Posted on 1 January, 2017
The system of success
In the yoga tradition, there is a system of success known as the 4S's. If you including them as part of your life plan, you will have the key to having an energised, centred, joy filled experience and living within every moment.
Seva – the power of service to others
Sangha – the benefit of association with like minded people
Satsang – the power of sharing and communicating in a way that empowers
Sadhana - The power of a strong personal spiritual practice
Seva – the power of service to others
Making time to help others is a powerful way to super charge your energy levels, balance emotions and enrich one's good karma. When we go the extra mile, somehow providence comes to our aid in unexpected ways, just when we need it. This can take many different forms... more
Posted on 1 November, 2016
This yuletide time of year brings all kind of gifts – the ones we enjoy and the ones that may not be so pleasant. As I walked into the office this morning, there it was right in front of me - a friend, full of cold! Here we go – we enter the flu season – watch out everyone! So what better gift can I give you than to remind you to boost your immune system now! The first thing is to invite you to enjoy the Inner Fire sequence – this will keep your digestive system strong and keep those colds away!
Eight of this season's finest immune boosting foods…
The bright orange cucurbita, a vegetable in the same family as squashes and gourds, is the perfect immune strengthener. Not only does pumpkin blend nicely into desserts, hearty casseroles, stews, soups... more
Posted on 3 October, 2016
This month we have chosen to share one of the most powerful ways to keep your lower back and spine healthy, flexible and aligned. It is called the Sacro-lumbar release. This sequence is best used as a preventative to back pain, rather than when you are in the acute phases of back pain. If you do have an existing back condition, please do go gently and build up your strength and extent of the movements when you are more comfortable.
Eighty percent of us experience some form of back pain during our lives, which can be anything from a dull ache, to a shooting pain and anything in between! Our lumber spine joins the sacrum at L5 and is a very important part of our spinal support. The sacrum consists of 5 vertebra which become fused into one bone during our late teens and the twenties. This... more
Posted on 1 October, 2016
For many different reasons we may find we've gained a little extra weight and we begin to struggle with the extra toxins in our bodies.
One organ that is under stress dealing with this extra load is our lovely liver! It is the most important organ to support the detox process, the break down of unwanted fats, and it lowers cholesterol, so definitely worth looking after!
This video includes specific movement to support and detox your liver, which is also great for "the day after the night before"!
Here are some of my great tips for a healthy liver
drink plenty of water to keep hydrated
mix milk thistle tincture in a glass of water
exercise your body
drink vegetable juices
eat your greens – as this helps to alkalise the liver
eat beetroot and artichoke globes