Honour your boundaries

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Christmas is a lovely time. Connecting with people, giving gifts and sharing food are great for the soul. The one time of the year which is really about celebration. The downside of it is every year people seem to get a bit flipping crazy. If you feel like Christmas can be totally overwhelming with the amount of spending on stuff we don’t need and over consumption that we all get caught up in, you’re not alone. I personally witness it every year as the studio gets more and more quiet as we we head towards Christmas and people forget about taking care of them selves. Then January turns into a month long hangover of guilt where every body gives up … Read More

How Acupuncture Balances the Six Emotions

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In traditional Chinese medicine and acupuncture, the relationship between health and emotions are extremely important, and when I am diagnosing illness, I always examine the persons emotional balance to help correct any underlying causes which may exacerbate problems. Some people may wonder how emotions can interfere with the physical body, but if you have ever felt angry or stressed and then noticed how neck pain can develop soon after as the anger aggravates ligaments and tendons through the liver organ, you can see the reality of this. The phrase “a pain in the neck” wasn’t just plucked out of thin air. Frustration and anger cause neck pain! The six emotions as detailed in the Nei jing (a classic study of … Read More

Yoga practice not perfection

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One of the cool and fun things about yoga is exploring. Yoga provides a vehicle for constant learning and creates possibilities for trying something new everyday……even if that thing is something you already know, but taking a new approach. Growth is a vital component of human happiness…even if the process can be difficult or a pain in the bum. We’re happy when we’re learning/teaching something, helping someone or making something better – either with ourselves or another. Look in your life where your growing: career, spiritually, financially, relationships, creatively, yoga practice, health, eating better. Whatever it is, it’s ALIVE!! If an area of our life doesn’t have an aspect of growth within it, it can often feel very stagnant. Learning … Read More

Yoga & your relationship with time

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“Yoga doesn’t take time…. It gives us time” We’re living in an age where our relationship with time is changing. We want everything done quickly. Our whole experience of life is speeding up. This is why practices like yoga and meditation are really important to keep us in check….to create the balance and keep us in touch with things that need time to master. In doing something slow because that’s the only way it can be done, a tremendous amount can be discovered. Our experience is deeper, richer and has more layers. By taking time we are open to possibilities. When we rush through our practice we miss the layers of our postures, our body, our being and our experience. … Read More

Why I saw Healers and how that decision changed my life.

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It’s probably been a little over 9 months since I started a conscious ‘healing’ process at Hot Yoga Wimbledon: a studio I have been practicing yoga at for coming onto 3 years and working as a receptionist for a year now. I’ve seen the studio diversify from being a Bikram only space to an accommodating centre for the healing of individuals and by extension our ever growing community south of the Thames. A little about where I was when I started. At the ‘young’ age of 24 I’ve never felt older. Working two jobs and taking care of my slightly younger severely autistic brother had definitely given me a sense of responsibility I had not previously experienced. I come from … Read More

Meditation is the next step

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Most people start running for the hills at the mention of meditation!! It seems to be a four letter word!! I often say if you find it difficult to be still and with yourself, then how is anyone else going to want to be with you? Once you take away all the cliches around meditation it simply boils down to silently sitting with yourself and allowing everything to be as it is. Every emotion, every sensation, every thought. Everything as it is!! We are a creature that is constantly doing, doing, doing and so it a huge shift to suddenly stop and do nothing. But as we start cultivating this space, something happens to us on a deeper and more … Read More

Qigong to aid digestion

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Here are 2 simple and practical steps to transforming food into energy in 10 mins instead of 2-3 hours. (a simple advanced (Qigong) digestion video you can follow) 1. The stomach has no teeth…(so we need to chew more.) Our diet these days seems to conform to the demands of the marketplace and many people tend to eat quick, easy, tasty meals as they rush through life at a hectic pace. This is obvious and yet these days, we often tend to eat too quickly or on the go while multitasking and therefore the stomach receives food without it having been chewed enough. Research also shows that increasing the number of chews before swallowing reduces meal size by up to … Read More

What is Qigong?

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Qigong is an energy practice from China with a 2,000-year history of helping to re-balance the body and mind. It has many other health benefits too. Now you can experience the powerful and liberating effects of Qigong with Alessandro Ferullo, the founder of Flowing Health. Qi (pronounced Chi) means Energy. Energy is naturally flowing in the body and energy permeates all living things. Similar to blood in its function, energy makes any being, (human or animal) feel alive. The Cultivation of Qi, known as Qigong, awakens and improves physical and mental health and has many other health benefits such as re balancing your energy system leading to greater clarity of purpose and mental focus. Qi Gong is a powerful system … Read More

Reasons for a 30 Day Challenge

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A 30 day challenge is 30 classes in 30 consecutive days. With summer not too far away spring is the time to detox ourselves, move more than we did in the winter and fire up our energy. Get ourselves fit and looking great and feeling fantastic! Come on you know you want to!!! Don’t make me have to come looking for you? The mind can say whatever it wants……. The breath says you can!! It will: get you fit help you to lose weight detox your system  strengthen your muscles (ones you didn’t know you had ;)) increase your flexibility give you loads of energy help you to sleep help you to breathe help you to focus calm your monkey … Read More

The final ingredient in a posture is to accept it!!

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For me there is nothing better than being in a room full of people doing their practice, moving and breathing together. I love having classes where the energy is palpable and the air feels electric. With all the ways to do yoga now – U-Tube, Instagram, online- there’s something you only get from being in a room with others that you can’t get any other way. The connection with people brings us into the parasympathetic state and releases feel good hormones like Oxytocin. There is a feeling of support, it makes people nicer and there is chat afterwards. Even if no words are exchanged, being in contact with others makes us feel less isolated and being around people brings back … Read More