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Fascinating Fascia Part One: What is Fascia?

The video above is of Tom Myers, an anatomist specialising in fascia and the implications for movement and massage therapy. Click through to the video here. 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 subject.If you look at a medical dictionary or Wikipedia, you’ll get a definition something like this:Fascia is a “band or sheet of connective tissue, primarily collagen, beneath the skin that attaches, stabilises, encloses and separates all muscles and internal organs.”This definition alludes to parts of the body...

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Raw Chocolate Recipe

Ultimate Raw Chocolate If you make chocolate 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. Raw cacao is particularly high in minerals especially magnesium. This is the mineral that prevents cramping and aids muscle recovery. Coconut butter is good for metabolism, the thyroid and improving bowel flora. Lucuma is a natural sweetener - the more you use the more creamy and less strong and "buzzy" the chocolate is - remember chocolate contains a fair amount of caffeine. You can add nuts, dried fruits, vanilla essence or powder and other delights to your chocolate - I particularly like geranium and orange with...

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Linseed Bread from The Real Meal Revolution

Linseed Bread AKA Banting Bread This 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 need to whisk the egg whites. Use a hand whisk it's good for your arm strength. However, you will need a high powered blender to freshly mill the linseeds, this doesn't work with ready milled ground linseed from a packet. The freshly ground linseeds give the bread the gluten type softness that is missing from all other gluten free breads.   Ingredients 2 whole eggs 1/2 cup of water 5 tablespoons of olive oil 250g of freshly ground flax...

pear and almond smoothie

Pear and Almond Smoothie Recipe from Always Hungry

I am a smoothie queen. 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 and fast!! Bananas are high in potassium yes, but also pretty high in carbs. They were feeding my high low blood sugar swings and needed to go. It was a blow. :-( So, discovering I could substitute my morning banana based smoothie with pear has been a revelation. Pear is much lower in carbs and helps to keep our blood sugar steady. Try swapping the banana for a pear in your favourite smoothie recipes. Tropical fruits are higher in sugar so avoid them, berries...


Yoga for Hay Fever

Yoga for Hay Fever and other health techniques to help relieve seasonal allergic rhinitisWhat is Hay Fever?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 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. Anti-histamine medicines can help relieve some symptoms, but can make people feel even more whacked out. It is important to realise that these medicines treat the symptoms of the condition rather than the underlying root cause. In this way you will reduce your dependence on medication and improve your overall health.What Causes Hay Fever?Theories vary,...


The Yoga of Brexit

Photo by Sandro Cenni on UnsplashWe 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 needs to be acknowledged and addressed if we are to find a way through to true unity and peace. Yoga and Unity You may ask what all this has to do with yoga… well yoga means “to unite” or “to yoke”. Yoga is about the unification and harmonisation of the forces at play in our bodies, minds and spirits. By balancing our own forces, we are much more able to bring true positive...


What Makes Yoga Yoga?

Photo by Indian Yogi (Yogi Madhav) on UnsplashSince 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 the original texts and to move further away from classical ways of practising asana. So is what I'm practising and teaching now still yoga? What makes yoga, yoga?Bihar School of Yoga Abuse ScandalLast Christmas I learned that Swami Satyananda and several of his colleagues, were part of a prolonged abuse scandal. The matter is currently being investigated by the Australian Royal Commission. Satyananda was one of the most respected, loved and revered "yoga gurus" of our time. I was shocked, disgusted and angry. His actions make a mockery of...


Paleo Kedgeree Recipe

          I used to like this made with brown rice, but it is healthier, tastier and quicker to make "cauliflower rice. Try it!! Ingredients For two generous portions: 1 smallish red onion 1 head cauliflower 1 fresh tomato cut into 8 segments 2-3 of teaspoons of coconut oil 1 teaspoon turmeric powder 1 teaspoon coriander powder 1/2 teaspoon cumin powder Some sea salt 2 smoked mackerel or fresh mackerel fillets grilled Generous serving or chopped parsley and or coriander leaves 2 boiled eggs   Method 1. Put the eggs onto boil; if using fresh mackerel put them under a hot grill 2. Chop the onion and cauliflower to a fine "rice like" consistency in a food processor (don't use a blender). 3. Melt the oil and add the spices and salt, then fry the onion and cauliflower and tomato segments on a low heat...