Tuesday, 25 August 2015

YOGIC TONIC TUESDAY - Chair Yoga

Chair Yoga is now something that is being offered at LotusFlowerYoga studio on a Friday morning. If you know me well you will know why this is something that would have been extremely appealing to me as a Yoga teacher. I feel there is a gap in this area for those who struggle to get down and up from the floor. Most yoga practices inevitably begin or end on the floor and for those who can not get to the floor need another option and what better option than a chair. This is not the only reason why I am drawn to this kind of yoga and have a deep passion for it, I actually love teaching these people as I do all my students, I love seeing their faces, posture and mental state change after the session.
 
 
Why bother doing chair Yoga? Huge benefits come along with this Yoga. You may be sitting down but there is so much we can do together. We work on movements that help with arthritis, breathing problems, calming the mind, reducing stress, making friends and much more. Being an attentive teacher and very sensitive I am very aware of students and their needs as individual. We are all on our own journey searching for what I would ultimately say is 'happiness' so why not have some Yoga and guidance to help you along the way.
 
The studio is on the top floor of Magnum but is wonderfully supplied with a lift for those who do not want to take the three floors of stairs to warm them selves up before class - laugh out loud, I take the lift myself so your not alone!
 
Classes run on the Friday morning 10:00-11:00am. The group so far is absolutely wonderful, very warm, friendly people and we would love to welcome more into our class. This is something that I am going to take further a field as I have a deep compassion to share with more people who don't have access or vehicles. If you wish to join our group please get in touch.
 
I have attached a video to get you started!
 
 



Tuesday, 18 August 2015

YOGIC TONIC TUESDAY - Pregnancy Yoga Benefits

Pregnancy Yoga Benefits
After doing Yoga all the way through my pregnancy I knew that it was something I would want to teach when I started training as a yoga teacher. The pure peace I experienced throughout my whole pregnancy and birth was something I can only put down to the yoga. How do I know it was the yoga? Because I was going through a challenging time in life but the yoga just let me take one day at a time and stopped me from thinking and worrying, instead I just stayed connected to the experience of my baby growing and nourishing us both. It was my life saving tool and I know this when I look back.
 
 
 
Pregnancy Yoga is a tool that not only helps the body stay strong but it also helps with the birth and the journey you face once baby is here. Lets list just 5 benefits of pregnancy yoga.
 
  1. Created strength in your body for pregnancy & birth.
  2. Helps prepare you for labour.
  3. Balances both body and mind bringing harmony.
  4. The breath work promotes relaxation as the parasympathetic nervous system kicks in to use.
  5.  A deep connection with your unborn child is created.
Here is a little link about the parasympathetic Nervous system http://www.dummies.com/how-to/content/a-clinical-overview-of-the-nervous-system.html
 
What to expect at a class? Well all classes are different obviously, all teachers have there own unique way of teaching so i can only go of what i do in my pregnancy yoga classes. You do not have to have done yoga before, actually I believe this is a perfect time to begin if you have never done yoga before as its modified for your needs not only because your pregnant but also because you may come with concerns or problems within the body (that you must tell your teacher may i add so she can modify accordingly).  
 
In class you will work through breath work, pelvic floor work, standing postures, seated postures, possibly mantras and mudras and finishing with a beautiful relaxation that can connect you even deeper to your baby and self.
 
To get you started i have attached one of my FREE pregnancy yoga videos to watch. You can subscribe to my channel for any new videos i upload also. I recommend making sure you are given the go ahead from your doctor before doing this video. Do not do this video if you are less than 14 weeks pregnant. And if you have SPD then i would search out a local teacher with knowledge on the topic to do a class with guidance - I only included one modification for this so discourage you from doing it unless you have extensive knowledge on alignment in yoga and your concern.

I hope you do try Yoga if you are pregnancy, don't keep putting it off. If you are already doing Yoga and you are pregnant then I wish you a beautiful birth.

Namaste
 
Thank you for reading <3


Tuesday, 11 August 2015

YOGIC TONIC TUESDAY - Charga Mushroom Powder

 
 Nom Nom Nom
 
Had to share this with you all.
 
I have totally given up Coffee and Tea...Hip Hip harrayyyy to me! This was a very hard job and task to do. But I managed it and wanted to share ways I did it and this fabulous tonic that I found and recreated to taste.
 
It wasn't easy giving up tea and coffee and it has taken me 4 full weeks to actually move away from them. I began by switching my tea and coffee to Organic Rooibos. I would dip in and out as this is a taste I needed to get familiar with and I still have to put a half teaspoon of sugar and goats milk in it to trick my little mind that I am having a cup of tea!
 
After a few weeks I dived back into tea and coffee again when I was out and about with my partner in crime. I couldn't resit to have one. It came to the point where the taste was not tasty at ALL!!! Yack and now I have totally kicked the tea and coffee. I am not being hard on myself, if I wanted to have a coffee I will allow myself but I have not craved at all. I do not believe in diets what so ever! I believe in little steps and changes will make a deeper more fulfilling success of anything we attempt to do.
 
Today in the coffee shop why having a meeting I actually had lemon and ginger and was very please and didn't miss the normal cup of tea. I still had my tea pot and siv making it feel all together like tea but it was healthier cleaner way.
 
I have to admit I do think it has a lot to do with having something hot in my hands and warm to drink. It could be water and I would probably be fine. See even a Yogi can have a very bad habit! I have many more too hehe.
 
 
So on this journey I came across this special healthy brew with many benefits attached to it. Lets list just three.
1. Its said to be an immune booster and supporter
2. Its an antioxidant
3. Promotes Digestion
one for good luck....
4. Promotes healthy skin
 
There are many more benefits on this too, not just the above I state.
 
This little power took some trial and era before I got it to my taste.
Here is the receipt - I hope you give it a go
 
 
You will need / 2-3 people
 
 3 cups of Hot water / Teaspoon / tea bag equivalent of Chaga Powder 
 
 1/4 C Hemp seeds
 
 Organic Vanilla Ice Cream (to taste)
 
 3 Tbsp Cocoa powder
 
1-1/2 tsp Cinnamon
 
1/8 tsp Cayenne powder 
 
Cinnamon stick
 
 
 
To Make  
Boil the kettle
 
 Place all the ingredient in a blender apart from the Ice cream and cinnamon sticks
 
Blend the water with the ingredient's till all creamy looking.
 
Then the ice cream is to add to the top ... oh my goodness...glorious.
 
It has a little kick to it also.
 
You can add to taste. I will be attempting this again with Cashew nuts and coconut sugar so will update when I have given ago. This is going to be my perfect drink when I want something cosy because its raining outside. The top makes it even more snug looking.
 
Let me know if you try it and if you add or change anything and make it even tastier?
 
Namaste Beautiful People xxx