Mindfulness in mental health awareness week

Last week was Mental Health Awareness Week in the UK (11-17th May) and for 2015 the theme was ‘mindfulness’. People familiar with meditation and yoga may already know about mindfulness, especially as there has been quite a surge in interest in mindfulness in the media, in politics, in business etc in the last few years,…

Stream in a forest

Victory and surrender in one breath

Recently I’ve been really enjoying a combined pranayama (breathing practice) which uses both a strengthening breath and a softening breath. I discovered this in Uma Dinsmore-Tuli‘s book Yoni Shakti which I have just finished (and will write a review of soon), and have used it several times in my own practice and also taught it…

Mindfulness for Health – a book review and reflections

The notion that mindfulness and meditation can help someone deal with pain and physical ill-health might, at first, sound unlikely. How can sitting thinking about something (or not thinking about things) reduce your pain? In ‘Mindfulness for Health: relieving pain, reducing stress and restoring wellbeing‘, the two authors (Vidyamala Burch and Danny Penman), both of…

10 reasons why yoga is good for you

Why bother practising yoga? Well, there are a number of reasons why, and ways that it can improve your life and lifestyle. Here are just a few that I thought of whilst gardening, in no particular order! 1. It can help improve some physical conditions such as lower back problems, stiff and tight shoulders and…