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Take Flight – Acroyoga comes to Dumfries

I’m very excited to be hosting two visiting Welsh dragons to Scotland to hold an acroyoga workshop here in Dumfries – possibly the region’s first acroyoga session? During the dark days at the end of the year, when you’re maybe feeling jaded, full of mince pies and bored of shopping, an acroyoga workshop is exactly…

Logo for Back Care Awareness Week

Back care and back pain

This week in the UK (8th to 12th October 2018) is national back care awareness week. Although their focus this year is back pain in older adults, back pain is extremely common in the general population, and around 60% of adults in the UK can expect to have a back problem at some time in…

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Farewell Wales, hello Scotland!

It’s been a little while since I last wrote a blog post, mainly because I have been busy packing, moving and unpacking. Readers of this blog who came to my yoga classes will know that I’ve now left Wales and moved to Scotland, land of my birth. After nearly 20 years in Aberystwyth, 18 of…

Two people receiving a Thai massage

Thai massage for well-being

I recently took advantage of a special offer for a Thai massage by a local therapist who is trained in Wat Po Traditional Thai massage approach from the Wat Po Temple in Bangkok, Thailand. A traditional Thai massage uses no oils or lotions so the recipient remains fully clothed and lies or sits on a…

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4 Pillar Plan book review

People often say “what are you doing for Christmas?” and I will reply: “eating, sleeping, relaxing and doing some exercise”. That may sound indulgent or frivolous, but it’s genuinely true. By December I find most people, including me, are feeling worn out and a bit frazzled and taking time out to restore our balance is…

Study shows different types of meditation have different effects on brain

A new study explores how the type of meditation practices could have different impacts on your brain, leading to varied social, cognitive, or behavioural effects. The research study with healthy human adults in Germany explored three different types of meditation practices: awareness meditation (e.g. mindful breathing, body scans), compassionate meditations (e.g. loving kindness), and perspective…

Research evidence on yoga and health

For those of you who are interested in modern science’s interpretations of the benefits of yoga, I’ve just come across a recently published collection of evidence reviews on yoga and a range of health issues from back pain, asthma, heart issues, falls by older people, cancer and mental health. This collection of links to research…

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International yoga day and summer solstice

It’s International Yoga Day (21st June) and in the northern hemisphere it’s the summer solstice as well. Whilst it was raining in northern India where the Prime Minister of India celebrated the day with an outdoor practice and thousands of people, here in the UK we are having an unusual summer heatwave – in time…