Aromatherapy, Ayurveda, Massage, Nature, Yoga

Ayurvedic Self Massage

In the lead up to Christmas I see many people getting more and more stressed out.  There doesn’t seem to be enough time and there is a lot of rushing around – a definite increase in the Vata Dosha happening here!

Ayurvedic self massage, or Abhyanga, is a powerful part of your daily routine and is particularly helpful to ease the stresses and strains, helping you to feel more grounded and relaxed in the run up to the festive period.  It’s free and it in your hands!

The effects of abhyanga are similar to being saturated with love and can give a deep feeling of stability, warmth and comfort.  Take your time with your self-massage and use your hands with softness and kindness. Allow as much time as possible to do the whole body, this allows the oils to penetrate deep layers of tissue, relieving deeply held tensions.  You don’t have to do the scalp if this feel like too much work – doing the body alone is soooooo soothing.

Also massaging the feet thoroughly before bed is an excellent way to improve the quality of your sleep – pop some socks afterwards to avoid slipping and snuggle down.  This is an excellent way to ground your energy and get well needed rest. Continue reading “Ayurvedic Self Massage”

Aromatherapy, Ayurveda, Massage, Nature, Yoga

Are you feeling SAD? It’s that time of year again…

What is SAD and how does it affect us?

Seasonal Affective Disorder is a kind of season related depression that can occur as the days begin to get shorter and we don’t have as much natural sunlight.

This can lead to…

  • Oversleeping
  • Appetite changes, especially a craving for foods high in carbohydrates
  • Weight gain
  • Tiredness or low energy and low mood

So why is this happening?

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Aromatherapy, Ayurveda, Massage, Thai Yoga Massage, Yoga

Fabulous Fascia..

Fascia is the new buzz word in Bodywork and Yoga now, and rightly so…  And you may have heard of myofascial release (myo = muscle)

Scientists used to think  fascia was just another layer of tissue under the skin and around the organs, muscles,  they didn’t credit it with any great significance.  But now we know so much more about it, and it’s role in our physical and mental wellness.

So it appears that we have a fascial matrix which works in 3D and gives us our structural intergrity – or tensegrity (see what they did there….)

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Ayurveda, Nature, Yoga

Mindfulness Snack!

Try this short Mindfulness practice that I call “Just Listening”

Practice this whenever you feel the need for some mental space,  5 minutes away from the desk, or to enjoy some peace and quiet away from the chattering “monkey mind”

It is simplicity itself and can be done anywhere.  This is me enjoying glorious winter sun today in our lovely Wooler Woodland Park.  I like to practice outside as the sounds of nature are so soothing and,  well…..  natural!

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Ayurveda, Yoga

So what are we doing when we get on our Yoga mat??

I love Olga’s approach to Yoga – to me it makes so much sense. As I get older I have found great value in slowing down, breathing deeply, moving mindfully,  and listening to the messages my body and mind tell me.

Here are some suggestions about what to include in your yoga checklist to get the most out of any yoga practice…

Written by Olga Kabel – Yoga teacher and Yoga Therapist

ShowUp1. Show up:

first physically – literally getting yourself down on your mat, and then mentally, bringing your attention to this moment, to this body.

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