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Yoga for Health – Increase Wellbeing and Support Your Energy Levels

Yoga for Health – Regular Practice, Remarkable Results  I first started practicing yoga for health reasons, and this is the main reason I continue to practice. Throughout my childhood and teens, I had difficulty breathing, wasn’t very fit or strong, and had lots of aches and pains in my back, shoulders and neck. In addition,

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what is a flare up and how to manage it

What is a Flare Up and How to Manage One Safely

What is a Flare Up? For most of my life I’ve had flare ups, although I didn’t label them as such. In fact, as with many things, I learnt about flare ups from my students. Students with chronic fatigue and pain would talk about experiencing flare ups of intense pain, often in response to a

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Hypermobility, Yoga and Exercise

A week or so ago I got an email from a student asking about hypermobility and exercise. She was specifically asking if there is an online strength training programme I knew of, designed for people with…

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Green Summer Soup

This soup is ideal to make in the summer, when there is a glut of courgettes and salad leaves that need to be eaten in the fridge. However it makes a lovely quick nourishing soup at any time of the year.

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Chickpea and Quinoa Buddha Bowl – Fast, Healthy and Protein Rich

Chickpea and Quinoa Buddah Bowl Ingredients This chickpea and quinoa buddha bowl recipe is one of my favourite ways to increase my vegan protein intake. It’s so quick, healthy and protein rich, you will be making it again and again. 1 can or half a large jar of chickpeas (chickpeas in jars are more plump

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Superfood Porridge Recipe

  Ingredients (for two portions, adjust according to your appetites) 1 banana mashed 1 medium carrot finely grated 3/4 cup of porridge oats, gluten free preferably 2 tablespoons of broken walnuts 2 tablespoons of freshly ground linseed 1 1/2 cups of milk (plant, or organic dairy, avoid semi-skimmed) or water 1 tablespoon of shredded or

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Yogic ways of challenging oppression

Yogic Ways of Challenging Oppression

Challenging oppression with Yoga could be a new concept for you. Yoga is not a religion or an exercise regime. Yoga offers a collection of practices for living a holistically healthy life. Having a sense of the wholeness of life means that we realise we are part of an interconnected whole, the web of life

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What is Oppression and Why Do I Need to Know About It? Part 1

  Understanding Oppression to Understand How to Create A Better World Photo by Life Matters from Pexels So, what is oppression? A big question. The experience of going through the restrictions of lockdown seems to have caused a collective contemplation. Due to the brutal murder of George Floyd, the group mind, has been called to

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Black Lives Matter

Photo by Ehimetalor Akhere Unuabona on Unsplash Lockdown and a New World We are emerging from lockdown, into a new world. We’ve taken a break, from burning excessive amounts of oil, petrol and aviation fuel. Some of us have put on hold unnecessary buying and consuming. We had to sit at home with fewer distractions

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Weekly Online Holistic Yoga Classes

Welcome to Your Online Holistic Yoga Class This sequence is about connecting to the energy centres along our spine, known in yoga as the chakras. Although seen as a rather new age type concept. chakras are actually a real phenomena that we all experience in our lives. If you think to the lump in your

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Online Weekly Gentle Yoga and Somatics Classes

Welcome to your Online Weekly Gentle Yoga and Somatics Class Back problems are so common in this day and age with us all sitting at our desks for many hours and probably incorrectly. This sequence is about creating a comfortable back. It’s a gentle sequence that works to lengthen the spine and activate muscles that support

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Coronavirus – Holistic Yoga Studio Guidelines

Graphic by Margaret To at at Holistic Yoga Studio is Now Online All Holistic Yoga Studio Classes classes are now online with a choice of Audio Classes which you can listen to without a screen. All you need to do is read the class agreement, find a nice place in your home to practice

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Yoga, Coronavirus and Immune System Health

Photo by Vitalii Pavlyshynets on Unsplash A Yogic Approach to Coronavirus and Immune System Health: Covid-19 Immune system health with Coronavirus is something we all need to take seriously. There seem to be currently two approaches, the  relaxed “don’t worry about it, it will all blow over soon” or the manic bulk buying of hand

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Gentle Yoga with Hanna Somatics

What is Hanna Somatics? Hanna Somatics is a movement therapy invented by Thomas Hanna. Hanna was a student of Moshe Feldenkrais (another movement specialist); who in turn was a student of F.M. Alexander (who devised the Alexander Technique). Hanna Somatics seems at first to be similar to gentle yoga. However the principles are very different, but

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natural winter cough and cold remedies

Natural Winter Cough and Cold Remedies

  Elderberry Plant Photo by Dmitry Bukhantsov on Unsplash Cough and cold remedies for everyone. It’s that time of year, when the temperature drops, the light is fading and we seem to be more susceptible to catching colds, coughs and sore throats. So this come winter why not arm yourself with Nature’s best cold and cough

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Gentle Yoga – An Ideal Solution for Lower Back Pain

Are you looking for a lower back pain solution? Chances are, you have suffered from a spot of upper and lower back pain at some point in your life. In most people, it will heal of it’s own accord. Once the body gets moving again, the muscles relax, release and recover. However, in a growing

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Yoga for Bendy People – Hypermobility and Yoga

The Trouble with Bendy Joints Hypermobility and yoga… Really? Yes. “The trouble with you Julia is that you’re knock kneed, bow legged and flat footed.” Sixteen years ago, this was the blunt conclusion of Jeanette Thomson, a highly experienced osteopath. When I told a student osteopath friend, he said: “it’s impossible to be both knock

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Fascinating Fascia Part 2: Fascia as a Sensory Organ

Fascia is fascinating – find out more here in part w of ‘Fascinating Fascia’. If you haven’t read this article, have a look here. In a nutshell, fascia is a body wide, three-dimensional interconnected web of sliding, fluid filled tissue. It cushions and connects each and every muscle, bone, organ, nerve and blood vessel. Every

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Yoga for Stress Reduction – The Basics

What is Stress? Many people start to practice yoga for stress reduction, and it’s also the reason that many of us continue to practice. Yoga really works to reduce stress and gives us a sense of being able to calm down, relax and sleep better. Stress is a tricky subject for a number of reasons.

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Ayurvedic Breakfast Smoothie

Introducing my new Ayurvedic breakfast smoothie. I’ve been eating in a more Ayurvedic way recently. It is a tricky and I’ve not taken it fully to heart as there are so many food combinations that are not allowed (tomatoes and cucumber, for instance). Life is too short for worrying about that! However, I have noticed

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Fascinating Fascia Part One: What is Fascia?

What is Fascia? When I mention fascia while teaching a yoga class, I’m often asked: “What is fascia?” Fascia is a huge and complex subject. Consequently, I often feel I don’t have the time to answer this question properly. So I’m excited and delighted to finally organise my thoughts into an article about this fascinating

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Kale Salad Recipe

Kale Salad Recipe I have been slow to cotton on to the joy of this kale salad recipe… Such a robust leaf is capable of not wilting in your packed lunch, being sturdy enough to carry filling accompaniments with ease. Not to mention the fact it is super dooper healthy to the max. You can

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Raw Chocolate Recipe

Ultimate Raw Chocolate If you make this raw chocolate recipe yourself, by hand you have full control over the ingredients  and their proportions. In this way you can make a healthy version of this “food of the gods” – tailored exactly to your personal tastes. It’s great to add a smattering of almonds or a

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Linseed Bread Recipe from The Real Meal Revolution

Linseed Bread AKA Banting Bread This linseed bread had changed my life. If you want a quicker easier version then try this one. after years of crumbly unsatisfying gluten free breads, I am loving the light and moist, squishy texture of this bread so much! It does take a bit longer to make though, as you’ll

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Pear and Almond Smoothie Recipe from Always Hungry

I am a smoothie queen. And I love this pear and almond smoothie recipe. When I started to eat according to the high-fat low carb way to help me to balance my blood sugar, I realised I had to give up the morning banana based smoothie ritual. I needed a high-fat low carb smoothie recipe

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Yoga for Hay Fever

Yoga for Hay Fever and other health techniques to help relieve seasonal allergic rhinitis What is Hay Fever? Yoga for hay fever may sound strange, however it works. Hay fever, or seasonal allergic rhinitis, is hugely irritating. Commonly known symptoms are familiar: frequent bouts of sneezing and itchy eyes, nose and throat. Less often mentioned are

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The Yoga of Brexit

Photo by Sandro Cenni on Unsplash We are living in crazy times… As the shock of the EU referendum result reverberates throughout our society a clearer picture of the forces at play in our country, in Europe and on a worldwide scale is revealed. Much of what we see is not pretty… Yet it all

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What is Yoga and What Makes Yoga Yoga?

What is Yoga? You’d think that this would seem a silly question to ask, but many still really don’t deeply understand what it really is. Since the beginning of 2015 I’ve become very skeptical of classical yoga. This marked a deeper questioning of yoga teachings and yoga truths. I began to be less interested in

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Paleo Kedgeree Recipe

I used to like paleo kedgeree made with brown rice, but it is healthier, tastier and quicker to make “cauliflower rice. Try it!! IngredientsFor two generous portions: 1 smallish red onion1 head cauliflower1 fresh tomato cut into 8 segments2-3 of teaspoons of coconut oil1 teaspoon turmeric powder1 teaspoon coriander powder1/2 teaspoon cumin powderSome sea salt2

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