End of term party!

It was lovely to celebrate our end of term with a little yoga party today!

Here is the recipe for all those who fancy making the spiced honey cake.  You can make it with the set honey – just warm it up in a ban marie with the oil.

60z plain flour

3oz sugar

1/2 tsp ground ginger

1 tsp ground cinnamon

1tsp mixed spice

1 tsp bicarb soda

8oz honey

4 tbsp veg oil

2 eggs

5 tbsp orange juice

Melt honey + oil pour into all dry ingredients + mix.  Add eggs and oj mix up again.  Pour into lined square tin and bake for about 1/2 hour in oven at 170 – 180.  It is done when risen and a skewer comes out clean.

Makes about 16 small squares. Yummy

 

 

In Beauty May I Walk

A Navajo Poem that may stimulate and revitalise our appreciation of nature given the lousy season it has been…

 

In beauty may I walk

All day long may I walk

Through the returning seasons may I walk

Beautifully will I possess again

Beautifully birds,

Beautifully joyful birds

On the trail marked with pollen may I walk

With grasshoppers about my feet may I walk

With dew about my feet may I walk

With beauty may I walk

 

With beauty before me may I walk

With beauty behind me may I walk

With beauty above me may I walk

With beauty all around me may I walk

In old age, wandering on a trail of beauty, lively may I walk

In old age, wandering on a trail of beauty, living again, may I walk

It is finished in beauty

It is finished in beauty

 

Gratitude

Gratitude – some say it’s the antidote to feeling overwhelmed. As a practice, gratitude can ease stress, boost happiness and even potentially improve health.

If it feels right for you, I invite you to bring gratitude into your yoga practice. It can be a beautiful way to begin or end your time on your mat: thinking of something, or many things, you’re grateful for…

How to do a good OM

Sit comfortably with your back straight.  Lift the ribcage and elongate the spine.

Breath quietly and calmly for a few breaths.

Take a lovely, long deep inhale – expand you ribcage out to the sides of the room.

On the exhalation begin chanting OM – there are 4 distinct parts –

ah

oh

mmm

silence

Pause.

Inhale and exhale.

Chant twice more.  (3 oms a day help you work, rest and play!)

Why do this???

Chanting OM helps you to elongate the breath – this has many benefits including fully oxygenating the tissues of the body and gentle massaging of the heart by the diaphragm.

The sound vibrations help to calm the nervous system.

The single focus helps to clear the mind of daily clutter.

Try it, you might like it!

Ouch! Low Back Pain? Yoga Can Help You

 

In a recent trail led by the University of York and funded by Arthritis Research UK of over 300 people, those offered a 12 week yoga course experienced a 30% greater improvement in back function than those offered GP care alone.

Back pain affects 80% of adults in their lifetime.  It’s the top reason for a visit to the GP and costs the UK over £5 billion a year as 4.9 million working days each year are lost due to back pain.

Half of the test group were given the yoga option received a book and CD as well as 12 weekly yoga classes. The participants were encouraged to practice at home in between classes and continue regularly once the classes had finished. The other half were treated in the typical GP way with a combination of painkillers, manipulation, hot/cold packs and exercise.

Medical Director of Arthritis Research UK Professor Alan Silman said: “We’re delighted that our trial has shown that yoga provides such positive benefits for people with chronic low back pain.  This extremely common condition cannot be managed with painkillers alone and there is an urgent need to have non-drug therapies that sufferers can utilise in their own home.  There are compelling explanations why yoga may be helpful and this trial lends powerful support to the wider use of this approach.”

‘A pragmatic multi-centred randomised controlled trial of yoga for chronic lower back pain’ was published in the Annals of Internal Medicine on 1 November 2011. See www.annals.org for more details.

1 hour Beginners Yoga classes, are suitable for beginners and people with back pain, are held in Tinwell and Preston under the instruction of British Wheel of Yoga Instructor Deborah King – please use ‘contact us’ for more information.

Clear skin shows your inner beauty

Looking after your skin (actually your largest organ) is probably the most important of your daily activities.  It’s not just about using the right shower gel or moisturiser.  We need to nurture our skin by drinking the right amount (of water and wine!), eating the right foods and doing appropriate exercises that can cleanse and detoxify.  Getting in touch with our skin is a great way to reacquaint yourself with your natural beauty so that your inner health shows with your glowing skin.

Our faces tell so much – and the eyes are said to be the windows of our soul!  Stress and worry can show themselves as  lines and embarrassment or anger may cause your cheeks to flush.  So it is no surprise that an imbalance of nutrition or crazy lifestyle will, at some point, reveal itself in your face.

So what is the secret of a supple, glowing, unblemished face?

Besides a healthy diet, lots of fresh air (don’t forget the sun cream) I would say that, if your health allows, inversions are a great way to boost the blood supply to your face.  Inversions – what am I on about?  A simple forward bend or downward dog, held for 3 to 5 breaths constitutes an inversion.  These postures alter the cardiovascular flow – encouraging more blood into the upper part of the torso and head.  (Do not attempt this though, if you have high blood pressure or eye problems.)

Sweating is great too – this encourages the pores to open and flush out the toxins.  Saunas or building up a sweat when exercising, dancing or doing yoga.

Finally – rest and relaxation.  There is nothing better than a good night’s sleep to give you a radiant complexion.  Relaxation exercises can help when taken on a regular basis – reducing the lines around the eyes and easing out any furrowed brows.

In my classes I try to incorporate all 3 of the above suggestions – as I believe a healthy complexion is  a great sign that all is well underneath and vice versa.

 

 

 

Yoga is a great stress buster

Yoga is a system of exercises that deliver total health through the balancing and strengthening of every system in the body.  This helps to prevent illness, injury and limit the effects of aging. Additionally each yoga posture (asana), combines the skills of concentration, patience, determination and self-control, which lead to increased mental clarity and reduced stress.

Yoga is the only exercise in the world that you can do at any age. There is always some posture that will improve your health, mind and soul.

Stress and strain are the causes of all chronic disease.  There is a growing body of eveidence to show that regular ‘de-stressing’ enables the bodies’ natural systems to harmonise and work more effectively – just as nature intended.

Yoga maintains the cell renewal rate, keeping you physically younger.

Without a doubt yoga is the most efficient maintenance’s system for the entire body. In just an hour, every system in the body is stimulated from the bones to the skin, leaving you invigorated and energised.

Do Yoga! Classes are held at Manton Village Hall by British Wheel of Yoga Instructor Deborah King.  Mondays 10 -11 & Tuesdays 6-7.  Please contact to book your place on deb@do-yoga.co.uk or 07973 508547