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Online Weekly Holistic Yoga Classes

Welcome to Your Online Holistic Yoga ClassThis week, the theme is cultivating bravery and compassion. We'll focus on moving energy in our heart centre, strengthening at the back and broadening at the front of the heart. This creates the opposite position of a slump (which we can often do in front of the tv or computer screen). By coming out of slump gives us energy, confidence and brings about warm hearted benevolence.It's always important to remember that it's ok to take care of ourselves. In fact if we can give ourselves love, care and compassion, we are far more able to give others these same gifts. Payment for This ClassAs I've yet to set up a way for you to purchase this class though the online...

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Online Weekly Gentle Yoga and Somatics Classes

Welcome to your Online Weekly Gentle Yoga and Somatics ClassThis week, the theme is cultivating bravery and compassion. We’ll focus on moving energy in our heart centre, strengthening at the back and broadening at the front of the heart. This creates the opposite position of a slump (which we can often do in front of the tv or computer screen). By coming out of slump gives us energy, confidence and brings about warm hearted benevolence.It’s always important to remember that it’s ok to take care of ourselves. In fact if we can give ourselves love, care and compassion, we are far more able to give others these same gifts. Payment for This ClassAs I've yet to set up a way for you to purchase this class...

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Coronavirus – Holistic Yoga Studio Guidelines

Holistic Yoga Online All 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 and click play. There is a photo practice guide for each class.  Gentle Yoga and Somatics Audio Class – Listen Anytime – Click Here to Go to the Class NowGeneral Holistic Yoga Audio Class – Listen Anytime – Click Here to Go to Class Now These classes are offered by donation, with a selection of amounts to pay. Please pay according to your ability so that I may continue to offer these classes freely to all.All in-person classes are cancelled. I will be continuing to monitor the...

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Yoga, Coronavirus and Immune System Health

A Yogic Approach to Coronavirus: Covid-19It’s now clear that the 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 sanitiser, toilet roll and paracetamol. The healthy spot is somewhere in the middle of these two. It’s up to each one of us to make some little changes in our daily habits in order to inhibit the spread of the virus. This article is about the positive steps we can take to protect the people who are most vulnerable to the virus and lessen the burden on our NHS.Action in Service of Others – Karma YogaThe actions that we take...

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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 complementary. Hanna Somatics is concerned with improving and maintaining health in the body. It helps us to adapt to what life brings, whether that is chronic health conditions, injuries, stiffness and old age. Funnily enough, these are many of the reasons why people come to yoga class. Finding Centre I’ve always wondered why our bodies don’t revert back to alignment around the central axis. This axis runs though the centre of our skull, ribcage...

Natural Winter Cough and Cold Remedies

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 defenders? You don't have to spend a packet to make sure you have some seriously effective and very natural remedies, right where you need them - in your kitchen, ready for when those bugs start to try to take over your throat, your nose, let's face it...

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Gentle Yoga – An Ideal Solution for Lower Back Pain

Do You Have Chronic Back Pain?Chances are, you have suffered from a spot of 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 proportion of the population, back pain can hang around or re-occur, so that the condition becomes chronic.Release Yourself From the Vicious CircleChronic lower back pain creates a vicious circle in which movement is limited due to pain and restriction. When we (unconsciously or consciously) prevent an area of the body from moving we lessen the blood flow and lymphatic drainage to that place. As a consequence, the area becomes tight and stiff and this can contribute to...

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Yoga for Bendy People – Hypermobility and Yoga

The Trouble with Bendy Joints“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 kneed and bow-legged." However, Jeanette was spot on. Hypermobile people can go too far in the range of motion of their joints. This means hypermobile knees can turn both in and out and even extend backwards further than is usual. In fact, I didn’t (as yet) have any pain in my knees. That's another story! Yet, my neck had seized up entirely, partly due to the stress of completing my university dissertation. Looseness in my joints and...

Yoga for Hay Fever

Yoga for Hay Fever and other health techniques to help relieve seasonal allergic rhinitisWhat is Hay Fever?Hay fever, or allergic rhinitis, is hugely irritating. Commonly known symptoms of this seasonal allergy are: frequent bouts of sneezing and itchy eyes eyes and nose. Less often mentioned are the symptoms of mild anxiety and tension, coupled with a lack of energy and low mood. This comes from the effect histamine has on the adrenal glands. Itchiness and irritation are also a problem. Anti-histamine medicines can help relieve some symptoms, but can make people feel tired. These medicines treat the symptoms of the condition rather than the root cause.What Causes Hay Fever?Theories vary, but current research is showing that hay fever is related to gut health. Without going into...

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