Calm Cookies (vegan)

If a busy schedule, work deadlines or a general sense of underlying anxiety are leaving you feeling less-than-relaxed, this blend of mood-boosting, deeply calming, hormone-balancing ingredients could lend a helping hand. Even better news is that it all comes in the form of cookies! Chamomile tea is traditionally sipped at bedtime or when you’re in […]

Directing Attention & Developing A Powerful Mind

When we’re young, we tend to require or demand attention from our parents in order to learn and develop. When we’re at school, we require attention from teachers and peers, within the workplace we need attention from whomever might be within a specific team, or perhaps an employer, and of course any healthy relationship (be […]

Accepting Guilt-Free Tiredness & Afternoon Meditations

How many times have you felt tired, exhausted or empty, but refused to let yourself rest? How many times have you felt the need to stop, nap or simply sit, but completely ignored this need in the pursuit of completing your to do list? With instant messaging, overflowing email inboxes, and an ever-demanding work and […]

Living a Life of Longevity: Are We Looking For True ‘Health’ Or Instant Gratification?

  Longevity is not sexy. Moderation in diet, exercise and sleep are what have kept cultures and civilisations in the East healthy for thousands of years, but they don’t necessarily add up to what we in the West currently pursue. The current trends of Crossfit, Paleo, raw vegan and any other ‘extreme’ diet and exercise […]

Yoga Luxe Blog Post: Un-doing Fear & Stress Through Backbends

I have recently joined the wonderful Kirsty Norton at Yoga Luxe to contribute to the monthly blog. Yoga Luxe offers beautiful Yoga gifts, and works with charities in India to ensure each gift gives back to those who helped create it.  For this month’s blog post on how we can literally un-do stress and fear […]

Stress-Busting Over-Night Oat, Rye, Buckwheat & Hemp Porridge

Porridge is a breakfast staple; it’s reliable, relatively quick to make, and there are endless combinations of flavours to try if you get creative. If you’re feeling stressed or low, porridge is also one of the most effective ways to help boost your mood, and stabilise emotions throughout the day. Eat porridge in Winter when […]

Facing Fear to Find Freedom & The Deity Kali

Since Halloween is fast approaching, it seems fitting to write about the fascinating subject of FEAR. Yoga classes all over the Western world will more than likely be concentrating on this particular focus this week, with handstands, arm balances, headstands, and those classic ‘fear-based’ postures, but before all of that – let’s first consider what […]

Bring Your Own Light To The Darkness: Empowering The Body To Heal & Energise Itself

It is well documented within non-western medicine and holistic therapy that the body has the innate ability to heal itself – all we have to do is ignite that ability…. In exactly the same way that the earth maintains a constant state of homeostasis (or ‘balance’), the body will always endeavour to return to full […]

Practice: Parivrtta Prasarita Padottanasana Variation

Parivrtta = ‘Revolved’      Prasarita = ‘Spread’, ‘Expanded’, or ‘Wide apart’      Pada = ‘Foot’      Ut = ‘Intense’      Tan = ‘To Stretch’      Asana = ‘Posture’, or ‘Seat’       This name literally translates as ‘spread out feet intense stretch’ so it does exactly what it says on the tin…. The practice […]

Simple Raw Chocolate Recipe

There’s something about chocolate…. In 2001, the USA totalled about $13.1 Billion in chocolate sales, while in 2011 the UK’s chocolate sales added up to £4 Billion. (Considering the US population is almost 319 million, and the UK’s is 64 million, we seem to like the stuff just as much….) Chocolate companies currently use 40% […]