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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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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...

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Fascinating Fascia Part 2: Fascia as a Sensory Organ

In part one of Fascinating Fascia we found out what fascia is. 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 movement within the fascial web affects the web as a whole, due to its biotensegrity structure. Fascia As an Sensory Organ Scientists used to think that fascia was inert, just packing material. Yet we now know that fascia is highly enervated. New research is discovering that there are more sensory nerve endings in the fascia than there are in the eye or the skin. This recent revelation means that fascia may be viewed as...