Learning to reduce stress.

It took me a couple of years after starting out in the restaurant trade, to realise that I had to find a strategy to survive the unrelenting pressure. It was like trying to keep all those plates spinning – no time to stop, a pause, a break would surely have the whole caboodle come crushing … read more

Yoga, food and health.

You might have thought that by now, dietary advice would have been distilled and refined to a unified theory of ‘what’ and ‘how’ to eat. If anything, we are still yoyoing from one piece of advice and research to the next contradictory piece of advice. First, we are told that butter is a definite ‘no … read more

Yoga Nidra

We are pleased to offer this 25 minute yoga nidra practice. Yoga nidra is a total relaxation practice. Yoga nidra is usually translated as ‘yogic sleep’ but like Shavasana (Corpse pose) you experience total relaxation of the body and the mind whilst remaining awake. Yoga Nidra provides the same benefits as meditation. This particular yoga … read more

Touched by a kitten.

We spent two days together and yet this tiny, frail animal touched me deeply. I spent most of those two days with her cradled in my arms, cleaning it with cotton swabs, feeding her from a small pipette. She responded with her little miaows, pressing her paws onto my fingers and purring when she was … read more

The benefits of meditation

Meditation makes us healthier, happier and smarter too! Meditation is currently a very popular topic in health and lifestyle magazines and features. Health services have discovered that it is good at relieving depression (as good as medication – with no side effects) and even businesses are loving it as it offers them happier workers (and … read more

Being vegetarian is not right for everyone.

Ahimsa or non-violence is an important observance for those practicing yoga. In the West where vegetarianism is not the ‘norm’, this can be a challenge, both morally  and physically. So if you are practicing yoga seriously what should you do? My thoughts on this subject are that not everybody is suited to a vegetarian diet … read more

Digestion and Health – 10 things to improve your health

Panagiotis Beckiaris, a herbalist and ayurvedic practitioner came down from Athens and gave us an interesting overview on the importance of the digestive system to our health. Panagiotis believes that many common ailments and conditions such as many allergies, psoriasis, arthritis, lethargy and tiredness stem from poor digestion Here are ten points from his talk … read more

Yoga and Pregnancy

Should you practice yoga when you are pregnant?   Yes, definitely. If you have been practicing regularly then it is beneficial to continue your practice. Many of the poses that you have practiced can still be practiced, possibly with some adjustments to take account of the changing body. An experienced teacher will offer alternatives to your … read more

Food as Medicine

Following on from the post about treating diabetes with a raw food diet and moderate exercise (http://thespiritoflife.co.uk/wordpress/?p=171 ), I received some wonderful news from one of my yoga students. After watching the video ‘Raw for life’ and following a vegan, raw food diet for one month he was able to reduce his diabetes medication by half, stabilise his … read more