Yoga room with mats on floor

Focused Forrest yoga with Finlay

I recently attended my first weekend with yoga teacher Finlay Wilson (aka Internet sensation the Kilted Yogi) in Glasgow and it was an invigorating immersion into his approach which is predominantly a Forrest yoga practice, and I recognised elements of ashtanga and the props of Iyengar. (On looking into Forrest yoga I see that ashtanga…

3 pieces of chocolate tiffin on plat

Raw chocolate vegan tiffin

This is one of my favourite things to eat. In moderation of course. I haven’t shared a recipe for years and my gooseberry fool post is always popular, so I think it time to do another recipe. The one is an adaptation of various recipes for fruit and nut tiffins (which is different use of…

Alyson standing in tree pose infront of a tree

New year, new yoga class

I’m looking forward to starting my own yoga class in Dumfries from January 21st 2019. After a break of six months from teaching a weekly class (due to moving and other things), it’ll be great to get back into teaching regularly. I’ve enjoyed being able to cover for other local teachers in the interim –…

Two people balancing on each other with sunset in background

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…

River and stone bridge

Yoga classes in Dumfries

When I moved to Dumfries (Scotland) I spent a wee while looking for yoga classes in the town, doing general Internet searches, looking through local directories online, searching Facebook, looking for posters in the town etc, and cross referencing to make sure the info was correct. Having put together a list I then started going…

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…

Person in front of train mural.

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…