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Yoga and Anxiety

In Yoga anxiety is often seen as a rajasic (agitated) state of mind and by what is known in Ayurveda as vata derangement. Sometimes just the slowing down of the mind which accompanies a Yoga practice is enough to reduce anxiety – but sometime we need a more targeted practice. Yoga has many tools to…

Stiff and Aching in the Morning?

Most people wake up feeling a little stiff and tight – then stretch to ease out their body.  Why should this happen? Well when we sleep our spinal discs absorb water and “plump up” which reduces spinal mobility, but also cells called fibroblasts in the fluid between our tissue layers (extra cellular matrix) secrete a…

Prehab – Fixing the Body Before Things Go Wrong!

As strong and fit as we think we are, things can and do go wrong with even the fittest of us.  Everyday living together with the activities and sports we enjoy all take a toll on the body. Prevention as they say is better than cure – in the field of exercise future proofing our…

Anti Aging Tips

Nobody wants to get old, but are there any simple yet practical things we can do that will at least slow down the march of time on our bodies and minds?  Well yes there is – there is a remarkable scientific consensus as to what works.  So here is the list (simplified for the sake…

Pilates and Lower Back Pain

Do you have lower back pain and have tried everything, but still got no relief? Have you read newspaper articles that have given curl ups and twists for lower back pain and ended up in even worse pain? Lower back pain is endemic in our society (it is estimated that 80% of all adults will…

The 5 Tibetan Rites of Yoga

Could 5 simple Yoga exercises really provide a thorough and challenging workout to maintain or health and wellbeing?  Well the famous Five Tibetan Rites of Yoga claim to. The 5 Tibetan Rites are a form of Tibetan yoga said to be more than 2,500 years old, which were first published as “The Eye of Revelation”…

Food Allergies and Intolerances

The Difference Between Allergies and Intolerances The symptoms of both conditions may be very similar and can even confuse the experts, as both cause unpleasant symptoms and inflammation! Generally food allergies are triggered by a protein and cause the body’s immune system to over react – with serious systemic symptoms (maybe life threatening). Food intolerances…

The Dangers of Belly Fat

We all think “fat is fat”, wherever it is in the body and the thus all fat is the “enemy”! Well that is just not true, the real villain of the peace in terms of our health is the deep fat that wraps around our organs. There are two types of body fat – 1….

Depression and Inflammation

The traditional view of depression is that it is caused by a dearth of neurotransmitters in the brain – this in turn leads to lowered levels of serotonin and endorphins in the body (the feel good hormones) – hence depression. However there is an increasing body of evidence that suggests the chronic depression may be linked to…

The Importance of Neutral Spine

As a Pilates and Yoga teacher, the alignment and use of the spine is central to my teaching.  Also a personal trainer the use of the spine is important in helping clients work the correct muscles and avoid injury.  Neutral Spine is the alignment of choice for a healthy spine. A quick definition of neutral spine would…