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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...

Yogic Ways of Challenging Oppresion

 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 on this planet, and beyond. Yoga in the West is often centred around self care. However, yoga practice in its widest sense is actually much more concerned with the care and wellbeing of ALL sentient beings, the life on the whole of this planet. The work that we do to improve ourselves is actually work that is in service to all our fellow human and sentient beings. This is exemplified by the Shanti Path, or Peace Mantra, one of the most...

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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 WorldThe 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 focus on the subject of racism, in particular, and oppression in general, as an area that needs our attention.As I explained in the Black Lives Matter article, it’s my firm belief that by individually and collectively addressing the problem of systemic oppression, we have a chance of creating “the more beautiful world we all know in our hearts is possible”.In this two-part article (part 2 next week) I will explore what oppression is, why we are all complicit and what we can do about it....

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Black Lives Matter

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 and be with ourselves. It's given us time to pause and reflect. What is really important? What is actually going on? What really matters?The Black Lives Matter movement epitomises everything that we need to realise and change in order to move towards a more just, humane and sustainable world. It is a stark fact, but right now we need to make a leap in our evolution to meet the enormous challenges of the sixth mass extinction. It's my belief that by recognising,...

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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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