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Hypermobility and Exercise

Hypermobility and Exercise (or Strength Training) 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 hypermobility. I have to say, I've not come across such a programme (let me know if you do). However, I'd say that it would be good to find a trainer who has overcome the problems associated with hypermobility within their own body.  It is my experience that when it come to hypermobility and exercise, "it's not what you do, but the way that you do it." With this in mind, below are some movement strategies to incorporate into your exercise, sport or movement practice if...

Green Summer Soup

Ingredients 1 white onion roughly chopped 2 tbsp butter or coconut oil (use flavourless organia coconut cooking oil from Biona) 3 cloves garlic sliced 1 huge courgette (if you have a friend with runaway courgettes on their allotment) or 4-6 normal sized ones)  chopped into small chunks Organic veg stock in 1.5 pints boiling water or use fresh or frozen chicken stock 2 cups lettuce (anything but iceberg) or any green leaves that are wilting in your fridge 2 cups organic frozen peas Handful basil or mint leaves Sea salt and pepper Optional toppings; pumpkin seeds, more peas added in at the end, squeeze lemon juice, drizzle of olive oil, spoonful of tahini. Method Add the chopped onion to a large saucepan with the butter or flavourless coconut cooking oil and cook on a medium heat...

Chickpea and Quinoa Buddha Bowl

Ingredients 1 can or half a large jar of chickpeas (chickpeas in jars are more plump ad juicy but much more expensive) 1 cup of quinoa cooked in 2 cups water or stock 2 cups of water or stock 4 cups of kale leaves (finely sliced) Paprika, Salt, Pepper Olive Oil Fresh Squeezed Lemon Juice Tahini Paste Freshly Minced Garlic Marmite (optional) Kalamata Olives Fresh or Sun dried Tomatoes Slices of Avocado Sprouted Alfalfa Pumpkin Seeds Method Heat the oven to 200 degrees C Place the chickpeas in a bowl with a drizzle of olive oil and a half a teaspoon of paprika, and some salt and pepper. Combine to coat the chickpeas Roast the chickpeas on a baking tray in the oven for around 25 minutes. I use a silicone baking tray but you could line an ordinary one with greaseproof paper if...

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 desicated coconut 1 tablespoon of maca powder 2 tablespoon of goji berries, dried apricots, raisins Sprinkling of cinnamon Optional toppings: fresh or frozen blueberries, cacao nibs, pumpkin seeds, a drizzle of local honey. Method In a medium bowl, mash the banana until almost smooth. Place it into a medium pot. Peel the carrot. Using the fine grate hole on a box grater. Place the carrot into the pot with the banana. Add the oats, milk or water, walnuts , linseed, coconut, maca, goji berries...

Online Weekly Holistic Yoga Classes

Welcome to Your Online Holistic Yoga ClassThis 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 throat when you are unable to express something; the butterflies in your belly when you feel nervous or excited; the sinking in heart, the tingling up your spine. These are expressions of the life force energy moving within the chakras. This class visits each chakra from the base upwards and then back down again, using the yoga postures. Enjoy!Payment for This ClassFor now it feels right to offer these classes on...

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Online Weekly Gentle Yoga and Somatics Classes

Welcome to your Online Weekly Gentle Yoga and Somatics ClassThis sequence is about creating a comfortable back. It's a gentle sequence that works to lengthen the spine and activate muscles that support the back such as you glutes and inner abdominals. There are are also poses that relax and release stress held in the back. Supporting your back and spine, supports your overall energy and wellbeing. Donating Towards This ClassFor now it feels right to offer these classes on a donation basis. Some people are quite unaffected financially by the crisis, whilst others have lost all their income, or are on a much reduced income. PLEASE USE THE PAYPAL DONATE BUTTON TO PAY FOR YOUR CLASS.  Thank you so much for your generosity. Each Sunday morning new weekly...

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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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