• Stressed-out Elephant in the Room

    Nik Shuliahin What happened to the notion that life and work should be enjoyable and happy experiences? When was the last time you met anybody that is completely at ease yet fully engaged with his/hers existence, work and life? Stress and its effects are now permeating our daily lives to such degree that they are Read More

Category: Lifestyle

The Global Retreat Centre

Since ancient times, retreats have been a way of renewing inner strength and reconnecting with a higher source of wisdom.  In times of personal crises or major life changes, we instinctively feel the pull to retreat deeper within ourselves to find the clarity to make the right life choices. As such, meditation has been used Read More

Choose your Juice

Which fruit juice do you enjoy with your breakfast? Classed as one of your five fruit and vegetable portions of the day which one should you be drinking? As you can see, different juices have different affects. Choose wisely and your body will thank you for it.

Meatless Monday

We’re not suggesting you become vegetarian, simply asking, have you thought about cutting down on your red meat intake? Millions of people around the world have. Read the infographic below to see how you would benefit your health and the world itself by joining “Meatless Monday”. “The Meatless Monday Phenomenon” on Health Perch

Reasons to use Coconut oil

We see these infographics and articles all the time. 11 reasons why you should do something (see below) or 10 reasons this new wonderful discovery is good for you. But are they really? Can you believe what you read or should you do your own research and come to your own conclusions. I believe you should do Read More

Benefits of Coconut Oil – Fact or Fiction?

Let’s take a look at coconut oil and subjectively examine the claims made by this infographic. To view the complete infographic read Reasons to use Coconut Oil. Firstly what is coconut oil? Coconut oil is derived from the flesh of matured coconuts. One tablespoon of coconut oil contains 117 calories, 14 grams fat (combined saturated, Read More

Burnout or Chillout?

Most of us have experienced the feeling of being on ‘overload’ – our energy feels low, problems feel insurmountable and we begin to doubt our abilities.  A weekend away from it all and a good heart-to-heart with a reassuring friend can often put us back on track and help us lighten up. Then, in retrospect, Read More

Be Mindful

Telling people to be mindful seems to be the in thing at the moment (even though the idea has been around for a long time). The dictionary describes mindful as “attentive, heedful and aware”.  When someone says “be mindful” to you or you read that you should “be mindful” what does it mean? Mental Health Read More

Decoding Diets

Finding the right diet for your circumstances can be a difficult prospect. This infographic gives a breakdown of 5 different types of diet that might be suitable for you. Source: eReplacementParts.com

Babywearing

Are you aware of the benefits of babywearing in the first year of your little one’s life Check out this excellent infographic from Close parent detailing the benefits to be gained.  

Homemade Beauty Products

Does anyone make their own cosmetics? I have tried out home made deodorant and found it terribly caustic on my skin however I have made lip balm and lotion bars which have both worked wonderfully and I have eschewed the shop bought lotion and lip balm I used to use. I would love to hear Read More

My Super Demon Life

The other day someone remarked that I seem to organise my day so that I have no time to think and no time for myself. I was a little taken aback by this and decided to look into her statement. I sat and thought about what my day entails, and it goes as follows: 6.45 Read More

Sleep/Obesity Connection

What has getting enough sleep got to do with weight gain? Well, a lot apparently. The amount and quality of sleep that you get every night has an impact on your body and your desire to consume food, especially the bad sort. I know from my own personal experience that sleep can have a huge Read More

Do you feel like hibernating?

As the nights draw in earlier and earlier I don’t believe I am alone in feeling the desire to hibernate. The heating is on, I’m wrapped up in my warm jumper with big fluffy socks on and a good book in my hands. Bliss. Well it is bliss except that I seem to grind to Read More

What is pilates?

Pilates was developed by German born Joseph Pilates in the early 20th century. It was mainly popularised in the United States, where Joseph moved to with his wife in 1923. It also became popular in the United Kingdom where he lived and trained others with his method early in his career. Contrology is the term Read More

What Makes You You?

The things by which we generally define ourselves – appearance, personality, abilities, work, relationships, etc – can all change. Our sense of self can be influenced by what people say, the situations around us and the problems we face. What is it, then, that defines who we are? Much of the unhappiness and insecurity in Read More

Clinical Pilates

Why pilates can be a fantastic rehabilitation tool to stay active longer Joseph Pilates, the creator of Pilates, originally worked with many dancers and individuals that were able to progress through the whole repertoire of challenging exercises. However, in the modern day Pilates has gained a reputation for working with a wider range of clientele, Read More

Yoga Disco

So you thought Yoga was all about quietness and solitary meditation. Well think again. The Lick Yoga Project has a brought a new Yoga concept to Brighton – Yoga Disco. Lick Yoga Project is the first studio to run Yoga Disco classes in the UK. The concept was originally conceived in Norway and Dionne, Lick Yoga’s resident Yoga Read More

Moving Away from Microbeads

Did you know that micro beads in your exfoliant are the poisoning lakes and seas, all so we can have soft, smooth skin? Do we need to use exfoliants that incorporate plastic beads, why not look at the ways in which you can make your own exfoliants with natural ingredients. I personally make a hand Read More

Moisturising the Natural Way

Winter has arrived and with it (finally) a drop in the temperature. Now is the time we start putting our heating on and covering our bodies up to keep warm. If you’re anything like me then you’ll find that your skin becomes drier and more sensitive. I used to use commercial products such as E45 Read More

Online Yoga Classes

Whilst reading a Yoga lifestyle magazine the other day I came across several pages detailing various websites that offer online yoga classes but the one thing they had in common was that a monthly subscription was required to be able to use them. Having already posted about Lick’s “Pay what you can” Yoga classes I Read More

Meditation for Kids

Can meditation help our little ones find strength and comfort in this busy world we live in? I found this lovely album called Awareness Games for Kids on Do Yoga With Me. My eldest (9yrs) tends to get a little het up when he has to do something he doesn’t want to. I wonder if Read More

Cosmic Kids

A few days ago I posted an article about free online classes from Do Yoga With Me aimed at adults. I am also keen to share with you articles about Yoga and Meditation for children. Whilst doing research I came across a wonderful site called Cosmic Kids Yoga and thought I would share it with you. Read More

Chakra Dancing

Dancing Thru the Chakras We all experience energy blocks in the body, causing us to suffer from fatigue, low energy levels, anxiety, lack of confidence, or simply the pressures of everyday life.  Imagine allowing your body to simply release it and let it go. Chakra Dancing isn’t your normal type of exercise class; it’s a Read More

The Many Dimensions of Health and Wellness

How many of you can solve a Rubik’s Cube? I confess that in my youth at school, I could, and quite quickly too, but now I really struggle! The purpose of asking this apparently rather bizarre question is that I have come to liken treating stubborn recurrent injury or life affecting chronic pain to the Read More

The Holstee Manifesto

The founders of the Holstee Manifesto Dave, Mike and Fabian decided together to write down their definition of success so they could reflect back on these definitions when they felt stuck and living by other peoples definition of happiness. Let’s have a look at the definitions they came up with: This is your life, do Read More

Maintain a High Energy Field

  How to maintain a High Vibe Energy Field in Daily Life By Nina Miriam Sell Angel Intuitive™, Meditation Teacher, Reiki Master Teacher, Reflexologist VTCT (www.ninasell.co.uk) It is so easy to get bogged down with stuff and clutter of all sorts in everyday life isn’t it? Whether at meditation classes or healing sessions so many Read More

Spirulina

How much do you know about the superfood – Spirulina? I have tried to put together a summary about Spirulina for you.

Is the western lifestyle making us sick?

The more I read about the western lifestyle the more I find myself asking “Why are we so sick when we have so many advantages at our fingertips?” I have decided to try to figure out if there is an answer to this question and if so, what is it, and can we turn it around. Read More

Dashing Dish

I’m feeling a little bit obsessed at the moment about cake making but at the same time I need to lose a few pounds. So I have been keeping my eye out for sweet treats but using a healthy recipe that can also be good for me (and you). One of my favourites, that I found Read More

Palm oil Debate

This is perhaps a little off topic but I believe that if we are looking into ensuring our health and wellbeing on a day to day basis then the environment we live in and the food we eat is an important element of this. I don’t know about you but I worry daily about what Read More

Vitamins in your food

Do you know which foods give you your essential vitamins? If you know which foods provide you with which vitamins you can work to providing you and your family with a healthy balanced diet. Everything in moderation. Your body will love you for it. “A Guide To Vitamins In Your Food” on Health Perch

The Language of Touch

Olcote Wellbeing embraces the art of Reflexology and Relaxation, helping you cope with the everyday stresses and strains of modern life. Reflexology is an art thought to have originated in China around 5-6,000 years ago and therapeutic techniques were used on the feet to promote good health. The feet are the mirrors of the body Read More

Health and Wellness Coaching

Coaching has been used for many years to help support those learning a new skill or behaviour so that they are able to reach a personal or professional goal.   You may be more familiar with it in the world of sport, business or perhaps in the form of life coaching. However, one you may be Read More

Race to save Ratty as UK water voles face uncertain future

Launch of first National Water Vole Monitoring Programme Once a familiar sight along our waterways, water voles have rapidly disappeared from much of the landscape, experiencing the most serious decline of any wild mammal over the last century. The shocking drop in numbers is due to the release and spread of non-native mink across the Read More

My Yoga Story by Kevin Mitchell

I was brought up in with an Evangelical Church background and always struggled with the idea that, as an individual, I was worth nothing, and owed anything I was able to do to someone other than myself. I had been teaching for about 10 years and was working in, what was then classed as, a Read More

Amazing April!

Hi fabulous peeps! Welcome to another month, a month of amazing opportunities for growth and self-development! Yes it is April already! After a very successful ‘Mind Full, or Mindful’ Workshop which I held earlier this month, I would like to share with all of you two of the power tools that I teach in this Read More

The Road Junky Sahara Meditation Retreat

Join 25 others to spend a week in the timeless Sahara Desert! We’ve been running mediation and yoga retreats in the Sahara Desert in Morocco since 2011 and it just keeps getting better and better. It’s such a pleasure for us to host these events where we watch everyone find their true colours and connect Read More

Holistic Lifestyle – A Journey of Tastes

Two years ago I set out on journey that has taken me to stunning places, off the beaten track, where people that have made a choice to live holistically have opened their hearts and their homes, sharing their happiness, health and good fortune with friends and world travellers alike. I found myself in quite unique Read More

Body and Mind Wellbeing Part 1

Why Body and Mind well beings are important? Good Body and mental health well beings are important to lives of all people and to the communities where they live. It is essential to achieve a healthy, resilient and thriving population. The skills and attributes associated with mental health wellbeing (e.g. self respect, confidence, resilience, tolerance, Read More

Health-related taxes on food and beverages

This press release and link to the full paper is the first out of three documents  that the Food Research Collaboration have released. If you’re interested in the debate about sugar in our diets then this series of papers may be for you. UK Government must face ‘mounting evidence’ and consider a tax on unhealthy foods Read More

More than one way to get that beach body!

I love the gym and spend as much time as I can (usually 10 hours a week!) there. I love the atmosphere, the music and the vibe! But it’s not all spinning bikes, boxing and circuits, I dedicate at least three hours a week to my other passion, Yoga. I love yoga because you don’t just give your Read More

Yoga for Babies

We all know that babies are natural Yogis, so it makes sense to help them enjoy this ancient practice. But, the focus of baby yoga is on gentle stimulation and bonding between parent and baby – not exercise. It’s essentially about the parent and baby connecting with one another, learning to develop trust and confidence, Read More

Meditation in slow motion in the Cilento

An holistic holiday at Donkey’s pace Slow walking in the Cilento, is a form of Meditation that comes naturally, like breathing. It is meditation in motion, in action. Zen does not confuse spirituality with thinking about God while one is peeling potatoes. Zen spirituality is just to peel the potatoes. The ‘Motion’ is the strolling Read More

Baby Massage – A Brief How-To Guide

Why should a new parent massage their baby and what are the benefits of Baby Massage?  There are so many benefits of Baby Massage. It is a traditional practice to: increase bonding and attachment between parents and their babies, to stimulate the babies bodies, body awareness and language development, to provide relief of things like growing Read More

Hypnobirthing

Hypnobirthing combines hypnosis with relaxation and breathing techniques to bring about relatively pain free childbirth. The mum-to-be will attend 4 or 5 sessions during the last trimester together with a birthing partner. This could be her husband or partner, or it may be a friend or relative who is committed to being with her during Read More

Practicing yoga as a newbie mama

My experience – how fitting in yoga while being a mama is turning out for me… My little boy Rio will be two years old in August.  Two years ago I couldn’t have imagined how I’d ever fit in a regular yoga practice while caring for my new little baba, but slowly I made it Read More

Solution Focused Hypnotherapy: Helping to reduce the “Autumn Blues”

As we start to get ready to go back to work towards the end of the holiday season, and the children are getting their uniforms sorted out, then people’s perceptions of stress may start to increase. With the start of autumn just a few weeks away, and with the prospect of the nights beginning to Read More

Superfood for Supermums

Post-natal Nutrition: The Ultimate Guide Ideally, your first, and probably second, drink of the day: COFFEE, nice and hot, probably an extra sugar – you will need the pick-me-up. Lovely toasted bagel, smothered with Nutella, oh and a banana – we must reach our 5-a-day! Snacks, let’s see, what’s handy, small bag of popcorn, some Read More

Why is it important to spend time realigning yourself every day?

You know those moments when you feel completely overwhelmed? When you feel like you are being pulled in numerous directions or that you just don’t seem to be yourself as your emotions feel like they want to burst out of you? In essence, Abraham Hicks would call this type of feeling, emotion and/or situation, ‘swimming Read More

Yoga at School

It is of popular opinion that prevention is much better than a cure and as many yoga instructors would agree; embracing yoga into your daily life from as young an age as possible will help ensure these preventative benefits. It is my soul belief that what can be learnt in the studio becomes transferable into Read More

Relationships

If you were to imagine for a moment what has made you who you are today, you would conjure up an insurmountable number of events, situations, places, culture, values etc. that have contributed to who you are today.  There is no way that we can be reductionist when we discuss human behaviour and who we Read More

The 4th Trimester, life with a newborn – Postnatal Doula Support

When you bring your newborn home, what happens next? There is usually a flurry of phone calls, Skype dates, deliveries, visitors and sometimes an abundance of flowers and food. Gosh, what a treat! If only you weren’t recovering from a major life event, bleeding heavily, trying to establish feeding, and caring for a new, tiny, Read More

Skin so soft!

I don’t know about you, but my skin is becoming even more sensitive as I age. When I was younger I was always ‘one of those children’ who had various allergies, mainly to food or body products. Later when I was studying at university I had a mild stroke, I was in my early twenties. Read More

Get Your Body Ready for Winter

With the speedy and ultra busy modern rhythm of life, many of us have forgotten that our bodies follow the rhythm of Mother Nature. As the winter is coming, tree leaves are turning into beautiful colours as the sap is going down to the roots. The trees are getting ready to stand still and wait Read More

Enjoy the Silence

I’m sure I can’t be alone in craving a bit of silence in my life.  Sometimes the world seems so busy and hectic, bombarded with a constant stream of noise and distractions.  It also becomes habit to switch on the radio or reach for the phone when you find yourself alone for a moment. However, Read More

The benefits of taking Fermented foods in Winter

Leaving for work in the cold frosty mornings, scraping the ice off your car then returning home in the dark wet evening can only mean one thing, yes, winter is upon us. We all know that unfortunately with winter comes coughs colds and sniffles which form from bacteria in the damp air and blowing around, Read More

Five a Day or More?

The Purpose of Fruit and Vegetables We have all heard the phrase of eating five a day. But do most people understand all the reasons why we should eat all these fruit and vegetables? The first most obvious reason is to gain all the vitamins and minerals different fruits and vegetables contain. The body uses Read More

The benefits of visiting a Nutritional Therapist

You wonder why your best friend can eat what she likes, yet the minute you look at that chocolate cake you can feel it on your hips? It may be that her default gene expression setting is one that gives her a brilliant metabolism compared with yours. But don’t give up, all is not lost; Read More

Miracles Happen on your Mat

When I first tried out yoga in 2007, I tried hard to get into it but somehow it didn’t connect. I couldn’t let my body go because my mind was feeling restless. All I kept telling my teacher was that I could not stop thinking about a million things. I found the concept of quietness Read More

What is Colour Therapy?

Colour Therapy is a totally safe non-invasive complementary therapy that uses colour and light to bring  back balance to the mind  and body in order to stimulate deep inner healing. The appropriate  healing colours are administered by a trained therapist and self-administered afterwards. Colour Therapy can be used to alleviate many different chronic problems, including Read More

Life Coach

I always make it clear to my clients that I am a Life Coach and not  a counsellor nor therapist and that they may have to change deeply held beliefs and values to progress in life. But they can be assured that they can choose change and that change is possible. For example a client may Read More

Winter Blues

January is often a struggle for a few reasons and the January blues is rather well known. The Christmas cheer has faded, the weather is cold and the days are still short. End of January sees the days getting longer, yet we still have a couple of weeks to go before Spring wakes up Nature Read More

Am I Good Enough?

According to Carl Rogers the founder of person centred psychotherapy “As no one else can know how we perceive, we are the best experts on ourselves”. Initially I struggled with this concept thinking “how can this be true, I’ve listened to specialists throughout my life and they have never encouraged me to think of myself Read More

Benefits of Placenta Encapsulation

Placenta encapsulation has grown in popularity and is starting to appear more frequently in the media and mainstream conversation.  Many well know women such as Mayim Bialik, Alicia Silverstone and January Jones, have chosen to encapsulate their placentas to support themselves through the 4th trimester. To me the idea that the organ that enables your Read More

Cherished Beginnings – Placenta Remedies

What is a placenta? Well… it’s your baby’s first source of nutrition. The morning sickness that 75% of women experience, is the placenta developing to provide your baby with all the important hormones and nutrition it needs to grow for the next few months. Nowadays, after your baby is delivered the placenta is disposed of Read More

Colour Therapy for Health Benefits

Eddy Klaus Today we take colour for granted. When it comes to colour we place more emphasis on fashion and interior design. But you may be surprised to know that colour as a healing tool has been in existence for thousands of years, but like many of our holistic therapies they have slipped by the Read More

Stressed-out Elephant in the Room

Nik Shuliahin What happened to the notion that life and work should be enjoyable and happy experiences? When was the last time you met anybody that is completely at ease yet fully engaged with his/hers existence, work and life? Stress and its effects are now permeating our daily lives to such degree that they are Read More

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