Spilling Into Spring

Spring signifies rebirth and renewal. In the Hindu tradition an auspicious ceremony – Vasant Panchami celebrates the end of Winter and beginning of the warmer months. Vasant Panchami is considered as ‘the beginning of life’ and this day marks the arrival of happiness. There is an acknowledgement that the introspection of Winter is over and we look forward to a …

Prana – Beyond the Breath

Yesterday I watched my son go under anaesthesia. It was a confronting experience to see his natural functions being shut down – his body closer to a coma state than a sleep one – his breathing assisted by tubes and machines. There was no longer consciousness linking him to his breath. His body had been forced into an artificial state. …

Endings and Beginnings on the Yoga Journey

Bringing a little Shiva into your practice… Far from being seen as idols relevant to another time or religion, the Hindu deities have a lot to tell us about here and now! It’s no wonder the modern yoga world has embraced them and made them fashionable – they seem mysterious and representative of a mythology we know little about. Hinduism …

The Ancient Healing Art of Jin Shin Jyutsu

Jin Shin Jyutsu (pronounced jin-shin-jitsu) is an ancient oriental healing art and practical holistic philosophy. Gentle touch is used, similar to acupressure, on key healing points and along energy pathways, to release tension that accumulates and is at the root of dysfunction, disease, and imbalance. When one or more of these paths become blocked, the damming effect may lead to …

The Benefits of Qigong

Qigong (chee goong) is a form of exercise that use simple movements, postures and the breath to increase energy and vitality in the body. It does this by increasing blood circulation and getting free flow of qi through the organ meridians which can become congested when the body is out of balance and unwell. Qi doesn’t have a direct English …

What Is Yin Yoga?

Yin Yoga is a slower, quieter practice of staying for an extended period (3-10mins) in passive postures, whilst softening the muscles around a specific area of the body which provides the focus for our practice. As we soften the muscles in the target area, the joints, ligaments and deep connective tissues (fascia) benefit from a healthy amount of stress, enabling …

Scorpio Full Moon

We are moving through an intense week culminating with the full Moon in Scorpio early on Thursday May 11. This moon symbolizes a turning point where we may come to some big realizations and set intentions for the future! Scorpio is a sign of great intensity and has the ability to reach divine levels of consciousness – a transformative power …

What is Cranial Osteopathy?

Cranial Osteopathy is a gentle form of Osteopathy that looks at the body as a whole and recognises the inter-related nature of all the systems within the body. Despite the name, Cranial Osteopaths do not just treat your head! . Osteopathic philosophy stems from the belief that humans function as a whole – one unit of body, mind and spirit …

The Benefits of Yoga During Pregnancy

Pregnancy is a time of continual change starting from that first moment of conception. Women often arrive at yoga now for the first time as their focus shifts to doing something to assist them through the next nine months. A regular yoga practice is the perfect way to go about processing this life change – learning to relax, let go …

Mindfulness Meditation – Finding Peace With Your Emotions

Emotions are okay – despite what you learned as a child! Many of us were taught as kids that it was not okay to feel strong emotions – high excitement, anger, sadness, fear were all frowned upon. Settle down, be quiet, pull yourself together, we were told. The problem with this is we learn to bottle up our emotions or …