What’s the first thing you do when you get up in the morning?
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In yoga and Ayurveda (sister science of yoga ~ Ayur (life) Veda (knowledge), there are cleansing techniques called shatkarmas (shat- six, karma- action).
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One of these is tongue (jihva) scraping. It is advised to clean the mouth and tongue upon waking before drinking any liquids. .
This helps to clear toxins and bacteria accumulated overnight.
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The simplest of the yoga and Ayurveda cleansing techniques and one I’ve been doing for many years.
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To do this, start by rinsing your mouth with water, then holding the two ends, placing the bend of the tongue scraper towards the back of your tongue, gently press down scraping towards the tip of your tongue.
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Do this a couple of times, rinsing the scraper in between.
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I’d advise a metal tongue cleaner as they will last you forever! .
Make it a ritual, part of your morning routine, and you’ll feel the benefits! .
How do you start your day? Do you use a tongue cleaner? Would you like to include more yoga or Ayurvedic practises in your day? .
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Festive greetings

25th December 2018

For any of you in the middle of a stressful and emotionally-draining holiday season, I hear you, it’s a tough one sometimes!
The JOY you felt as a kid is very different as an “adult” with responsibilities. It becomes about finding the right gifts, hours cooking in the kitchen and for some us family disagreements or the memories and grief of lost ones.
Acknowledge that you are not alone this time of year, (please do reach out if you need a chat or a virtual hug!!)
Take some “DOWNTIME”
Find time (even if its 30 seconds in the loo) to allow yourself to feel all the energy around you (good and bad) and EMBRACE it.

RITUALS
Those tiny things you do to help you have a great day; lighting a candle or incense and setting an intention, deep breathing practise, taking time to make your morning cup of tea, meditation or gentle movements of your body. Whatever you usually do, try to still incorporate these rituals during the festive season (it’s when you’ll need them most).

Continue with any practice you have no matter how big or small. Simply sitting and taking 3 deep breaths before you start roasting the potatoes will help keep you in check for the day.

THANKFUL
Practise gratitude for the things that happen today, the tiny gifts you receive, being present with family or friends or your cat. The wonderful gift of having a FULL stomach! The ability to move, think, feel, breathe, touch, see, hear, taste etc.

RECHARGING EXERCISE: Keeping your inner light lit

Once the bellies are full, and the dishes washed and everyone is drifting off slowly on the sofa. Take the time to recharge yourself. Take a few breaths and sit up nice and tall. Imagine a warm glowing light at the centre of your heart. With each inhale the light spreads, gradually filling your entire body. Then imagine the light going beyond yourself and spreading to those you hold dear. Gently bring your attention back to yourself, in this room on this day. Take 3 deep breaths, gently open your eyes and smile.

Other tips and tricks for the busy festive season:

-Drink warm to hot fluids and sip throughout the day. (ginger keeps the digestive fire going and camomile soothes the mind and body.

-An eye pillow is one of the best investments you’ll ever make! (filled with flaxseed and sometimes lavender, the weight surrounds your eyes, temples and forehead like a gentle cuddle). If you don’t have one, a woolly thick sock does the trick!

-Three deep breaths can be done anytime and anywhere.

Wherever you are and however you do or don’t celebrate this festive season, I wish you all the peace and happiness you deserve.

Join me for a unique yoga experience at the museum of brands in London. Surrounded by temporary exhibitions and iconic displays, I will lead an all levels practice. If you haven’t experienced my teaching before, my main form of teaching is Hatha yoga, focusing on correctly aligning the body to improve general posture, breathing and circulation.

The perfect way to start the new year!

Following the class, socialize in the museum café, relax in the exotic award-winning garden or visit the Time Tunnel, where you’ll find over 20,000 iconic items from the past 150 years exploring how brands shape our world.

Please bring along your own yoga mat and a blanket or shawl.

Tickets can be purchased by clicking here.

Classes take place every Tuesday at 7:45am (from January 22nd). Tickets are released one month in advance.

If you would like any further information or I can be of any assistance, please do reach out to me.

Winter oat face cleanser

6th December 2018

 

How are you nourishing yourself during the colder months? I truly believe that the secret to healthy glowing skin is not just what you put on it, but what you put inside your body, how you move and how you breathe. Along with a heathy balanced diet, plenty of hydration from water and fruit it is also important that we take a look at the ingredients we expose our skin to. During the winter, our skin needs an extra bit of care. Try this simple winter face routine for a little extra glow.

For this natural and gentle face cleanser, we are using ground oats/ oat flour.

Oats aren’t just great for porridge, they make a wonderful cleanser that doesn’t strip the skin of its natural oils.

Place a cup of oats in a blender and make into a powder (or buy oat flour if you wish).

Splash and soak your face with warm water to soften the skin.

In the palm of your hand add a spoon of the oat flour and mix with warm water to make a paste.

Gently press into your face and slowly massage in.

Rinse off with warm water and leave the face damp. (you can also spritz with some rose water here if you have that on hand)

With the tip of your fingers massage in some almond, sesame or olive oil. (apply on damp skin for better absorption).

Take 2 deep breaths, send yourself some love, have a great day!

With life so externally focused on fast-paced survival do you really take the time to truly rest, nourish and recharge yourself?

Often our idea of “down time” is slouching on the sofa, scrolling through Instagram or Facebook and watching TV.

What if you took time to really rest and recharge yourself without external influences?

If we take the time to really nourish ourselves then we are in a better place to deal with what life chucks our way!

By using guided relaxation techniques and dedicated breath-work we directly stimulate the parasympathetic nervous system (also known as “rest and digest”. Therefore decreasing our blood pressure and heart-rate and letting the digestive system do its job. All from laying on the floor in a yoga class!

What a simple concept!

Here are some of my recent workshop attendees @thelondonwellnessstudio taking the opportunity to really rest and restore their bodies and minds with some simple breath-work.

Chair Yoga at your desk

11th July 2018

Stuck in the office all day? Or work from home?

Feeling stiff and achy?

Chair yoga has your back! Seated cat + cow. A simple exercise to combat the strains and tension of sitting at a desk or staring at your phone for too long (guilty!!)
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Seated towards the edge of your chair, feet flat on the ground. Bring your arms out in front of you palms flexed towards you. As you inhale draw the hands towards your shoulders take the gaze up and feel the middle of your back gentle arching, letting the abdomen be soft.
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As you exhale push your hands in front and away from you, tuck the chin towards the chest, squeeze in your tummy and push your back towards the back of the chair.
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Repeat
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Practice slowly and safely, listen to your body and take responsibility for your own movement. Have fun 🙂 ????

Elizabeth teaches chair based office yoga at locations in the UK. For further information or to book Elizabeth for a session please get in touch via the contact page.

What is “Hatha yoga”?

20th February 2018

| H a t h a Y o g a |

Hatha refers to the balance of sun and moon, activity & rest, masculine & feminine, yin yang.

This balancing act neutralises the extremes of rajas guna (movement) and tamas guna (lack of movement) allowing us to enter into the state of sattva guna (balance/mode of goodness) “this state of balance serves as a doorway to our true being, which is beyond the gunas.” ~ integrative yoga therapy.

It is said in the hatha yoga pradipika in the commentary by swami Muktibodhananda (2012) “hatha yoga is to be practised for the sole purpose of preparing oneself for the highest state of raja yoga, i.e. samadhi”.

The word samadhi can be roughly translated to enlightenment, or one who has transcended the gunas/ modes of nature.

So next time you are in your silky yoga pants, remember that yoga is SO much more than just a physical exercise.

If you have any questions please do ask me at a class or comment below 🙂 (this is just a snippet of info into hatha yoga and the gunas.)

Come and increase your sattva guna at yoga classes in Warwickshire:

Weekly yoga classes in Warwick:

Wednesday hatha flow- 1:30-2:30pm

Friday Lunchtime yoga 12:30-13:30pm

The Studio, 21 Old square Warwick, Warwickshire, CV34 4RU

Cacao date snack bites

6th February 2018

I made these little snacks for a retreat recently and they were a big hit! Only a few ingredients, really easy to make, no added or refined sugars and totally delicious!  

Want to know how to make these delicious treats?

Take around 10 soft dates. Rinse them and then place in a bowl.

Take out the stones and break the dates in half. Cover with hot water (enough to just cover them).

Measure 1 cup of oats and place in a DRY blender or grinder with 1 heaped tablespoon of cacao powder. (The blender must be completely dry!)

After blending the oats and cacao it should look like flour / powder:

Place this in a bowl. Now put the dates with the water they are soaked in, into the blender. Pulse until a thick chunky caramel consistency.

Add this date sauce to the oat flour…

And mix. Use your hands to form a dough with the mixture like this…

Break into small pieces, roll into balls and cover with coconut or cacao.

Say a little prayer of gratitude before serving to loved ones. Enjoy!

Healing cacao elixir

5th February 2018

 

| F l o w e r s & C a c a o |

After running a retreat this weekend with my dear friend Janey, I am spending time recharging. Fresh colourful flowers always give me a boost of energy and I made this delicious elixir to boost emotional well-being.

This drink is a great all rounder for women’s health, all the herbs are also suitable for men.

All the ingredients are optional and can be left out if you can’t find them 🙂

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Ingredients:

1 heaped tsp cacao

1/2 tsp shatavari

1/4 tsp ashwaghanda

A pinch of vanilla

1/4 tsp maca

1 mug-ful oat milk

1tsp almond butter

A tiny pinch of cinnamon and cardamom.

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Method:

Gently heat 1 mug of your choice of milk and then place in a blender with all the above ingredients and whizz up to a frothy consistency. Sweeten as needed.
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Say a little prayer of gratitude / thanks before serving.

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How do you recharge after an event or long week? Let me know if you make this super delicious drink!

Yogic Dal Recipe

5th January 2016

In the Bhagavad-Gita, Krishna speaks about the three modes of material nature or gunas; goodness (sattva), passion (rajas) and ignorance (tamas). Everything we do in life can fall into one of these categories or modes. From what we eat, to how we spend our free time. By trying to include more qualities of sattva in our lives, it will enable us to practise yoga and meditation more comfortably.

The qualities of sattva (goodness) are goodness and it brings about happiness, illumination and well-being.

The qualities of rajas (passion) are desire, passion, action, binds with attachment to work.

The qualities of tamas (ignorance) are darkness, laziness and binds itself to forgetfulness and sleep.

For anyone wanting further information about the material modes of nature, I will be covering these topics in our upcoming retreat and also will do a more detailed blog post on this.

The following recipe uses no onion and garlic as they are considered to be in the mode of passion (rajas) and heating which impedes meditation and yoga practise. Please do feel free to use garlic if you want to.

 

Sattvic Yellow Split Mung Bean Dal

Serves 2-3 as a main

Ingredients:

1 cup split mung dal soaked in water for two hours (soaking can also be skipped and cooked for longer)

1 regular sized tomato chopped into chunks (vine/salad etc)

1 inch of ginger grated or finely chopped

1/2 teaspoon mustard seeds

1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds

6 fresh curry leaves (can use dried also)

¼ teaspoon of aesofitida (hing) -you can get this at all Indian grocery stores. If you eat garlic, you can use ½ -1 clove.

¼ – ½ teaspoon fresh ground black pepper

1 dried red chilli

½ tsp salt

Fresh coriander leaves – small handful

Half a lime

 

Method:

Rinse your split mung beans well under warm water (I generally go for 3 rinses total)

Heat a large saucepan and then add 1 tablespoon of oil. Once warm add in the mustard seeds and wait for them to splutter. Then add cumin, hing, curry leaves, chilli, ginger and turmeric (in that order). Fry for a minute to infuse the oil.

Place the washed split mung beans in the pot with the 3 cups water and bring to the boil

Once it starts to boil, turn the heat down to a low simmer and cook, stirring frequently, for about 20 minutes. Add water as needed for desired consistency. Your mung beans should look well-cooked, almost mushy. You can make it as thin or as thick as you like it.

Add in the chopped carrots and tomatoes and cook for another 10 minutes or until the vegetables are cooked well.

Season with salt, pepper, lime and sprinkle in the coriander.

Say a prayer of gratitude before serving with fluffy rice or chapatti.