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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…

Blankets and Blocks for Shoulderstand and Plough

Many Yoga students have difficulty with getting into and maintaining a comfortable shoulderstand (shavangasana) and plough (halasana).  Often there is a feeling of heaviness, the body drops and there is compression/pain in the neck. The major reasons for these inversions challenging Yoga practitioners lies in the upper spine, neck and tight shoulders.  Most healthy adults can…

Quick Upper Body and Arm Workout

Many people think that whilst not happy with the tone or look of their arms or upper body – there is nothing they can do about it because – They don’t want to bulk up and end up like muscle bound geek, or Women (or older men) cannot effectively strengthen their arms and upper back…

Caffeine and Sleep

Of all the drugs available in the modern World, none is more available, cheap and potentially damaging as caffeine.  We consume caffeine in coffee, teas, energy drinks/soft drinks, over the counter and prescription medications.  Yet little is known of the long term effects on our physical and mental health of caffeine! What we do know…

Why Are We Unhappy – A Yoga Perspective

It can be argued that the mind is chief arbiter of all that happens to us – real and imagined.  Indeed it is often said that the whole of an individual’s life journey is a mental journey. So why do so many appear to suffer so much mentally in their lives – this is a…