Category: Spiritual

Focus On Yoga & Holistic Therapies Directory

  COMING SOON! The Focus On Yoga & Holistic Therapies Directory is designed to provide therapists, teachers and practitioners a platform on which to advertise their classes and expertise to potential clients. We hope that visitors to the website will find our directory easy to use and thus easy to locate therapists, teachers and practitioners Read More

Ayurveda

Ayurveda, translates as “knowledge of life,” . It dates back some 5,000 years to the ancient Vedic culture in India. It is one of the worlds oldest medical systems that examines physical constitution, emotional nature, and spiritual outlook in the context of the universe. “All About Ayurveda” on Health Perch

Facial Exercises

Facial exercises are routines designed to tone and lift the face up naturally. The exercises aim to stretch and relax the facial muscles, whilst we give a gentle facial massage to ourselves. (1) It is known that during the aging process our muscles have the tendency to become tense and shorten. Facial exercises will help to release this tension Read More

Homeopathy and how it works

  Kindly written by Dr F. Perez at Homeopathy2U Ltd. Homeopathy as a complementary therapy Homeopathy is a complementary therapy that is usually used alongside conventional medical treatments. It aims to treat illnesses with preparations called remedies. These are made from plants, chemicals, minerals, salts and animal substances or even bodily fluids. Homeopathy believes that Read More

What’s your yoga?

You want to take up yoga but are not sure which one would suit you. Try out our little quiz to see which type of yoga would suit you with regards to what you would like to achieve with Yoga.  

What is Naturopathy?

Practitioners of Naturopathy can often be misunderstood. Examine this infographic to discover the science behind the beliefs of practitioners of Naturopathy.

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.  

Vinyasa Yoga: Sun Salutation

Vinyasa or flow yoga is when you synchronize your movements to your breath, and the moves all flow together. Breathing is very important, because you must move from one pose to the next on an inhale or an exhale through the nose. Sun salutations is an important part of the Vinyasa yoga practice. Firstly, it can be a great Read More

Visit to the Hermogenes Institute in Rio de Janeiro

Sandra Pereira’s Recent Visit to the Hermogenes Institute in Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brazil (August 2014) Prof. Jose’ Hermogenes, is considered to be one of the greatest masters of the Brazilian Modern Hatha Yoga and one of the first practitioners of Holistic Medicine in Brazil.  He founded the Hermogenes Institute in Rio de Janeiro, RJ Read More

If I can do it, anyone can

More often than not, when I meet someone new and mention that I teach yoga, people say ‘Oh, I can’t do yoga, I’m not flexible’. I generally say, ‘Well, you’re talking to someone who couldn’t reach past her knees since the age of 12. If I can do it, anyone can’. That’s the short version, the long version Read More

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

Self Healing – Get out of the way

What does it mean to self heal? How does one go about it? Whether you want to heal yourself or others it basically involves the same process, one of intention and feeling. At the end of this article there will be a simple exercise to show you how to interact with healing energies. Healing is Read More

Yoga Teacher Training Course – Not Just For Teachers

If you’re reading this article, you’re probably not new to Yoga. Many of us have already realized the benefits of practicing Yoga on a regular basis. It’s good for our bodies and it’s good for our minds. However, many people think that a Yoga Teacher Training program is only for those who want to teach Read More

Back pain – Is it for real, or is it only in your head?

All articles you read about back pain focus on the same thing – tense muscles and / or a poor physical state. But is this the whole truth? Why did the pain occur in the first place? I’m sure your muscles have not always been tense? Why did they “tense up”? Does your mental state Read More

Eight Limbs of Yoga

Courtesy of Alison Hinks Yoga

Travel & Yoga Retreat: connecting with people, nature, and yourself

If you’ve never gone on a retreat but have travelled many times, why not make your next trip a yoga retreat? That’s hitting two birds with one stone, actually. You get the opportunity to see another place and gain a transformative experience to boot. If you have no idea what yoga is all about, then Read More

Stress – A phenomenon that exists only in your head or a disease that leads to your death?

Is stress something that today’s society exaggerates or is it life threatening? Well, the answer might surprise you. You may be able to control the stress itself and consequently your health and prosperity. How you interpret external signals can be the difference between life and death. To understand how stress affects us as human beings, Read More

Lick

The only 100% yoghurt fro-yo in the World The only 100% fat free fro-yo available in retail Lick was started by two friends whilst still at school. Ky Wright and Owain Williams, pictured, sold their home-made fro-yo from a trike in Tenby, Wales during summer holidays. They expanded to two trikes in year 2, then Read More

Essential Oils

Essential Oils can play a big part in your health and wellbeing. Essential oils are made to heal. Research has shown that certain oils have the ability to affect the central nervous system—meaning they have the power to lower blood pressure, calm you down, or give you an afternoon energy boost. If you are considering a 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

Complementary Therapies for Animals

I qualified as a canine remedial massage therapist over 3 years ago and in that time I’ve seen the demand for complementary animal therapies grow considerably, particularly in the dog world. Next to humans, horses have been the biggest recipients of complementary therapies for many years. Horse owners and riders have understood the need to Read More

Introducing THETAHEALING™

If you are looking for a therapy to really knock your socks off and bring about the dramatic lifestyle changes you have been searching for, then look no further! ThetaHealing™ is a highly effective and powerful alternative to traditional counselling. What is ThetaHealing™? ThetaHealing™ is an extremely powerful emotional healing therapy, focused on breaking and Read More

The Emmett Technique

THE NEW WAY TO EASE PAIN, RESTORE COMFORTABLE MOVEMENT & COMBAT TENSION Judith Johnson, Emmett Practitioner based in South Wales writes: The EMMETT Technique is an unique form of body therapy developed by experienced Australian practitioner, Ross Emmett. This simple method of muscle release works as an effective stand-alone therapy or integrated with all other Read More

Something’s Changing in Brighton’s Yoga Scene

Lick’s ‘pay what you can yoga’ offers teachers and students an affordable and interesting alternative to the norm. Lick is a Brighton based frozen yogurt brand who sell their tubs of froyo all over the UK. Six months ago they moved into a large industrial warehouse space. The first thing Lick did in the warehouse Read More

Back pain – Only in your head, or for “real”? Part 2

Back and neck pain are two ailments that cost society and the individual tremendously each year. Financially for sure, but also mentally, socially and psychologically. Pain is a physical phenomenon, but is this the whole truth? Can we blame all kinds of pain on physical components? In the last article I touched on the phenomenon 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

Winter Survival Guide: Banish S.A.D & body fatigue!

If you are anything like me, summer is our best friend! I love the warm rays on my skin, being able to wear bright, summery clothes as well as feeling physically and mentally healthy! However, as soon as the slightest chill is in the air, I am the first to run to the nearest radiator. 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

Paranormal Investigation

As a child I had a few experiences both spiritual and paranormal which somehow ingrained themselves into me and began my journey on the spiritual path which has lead me to where I am and who I am now. At 31 years old I am a qualified meditation teacher, Reiki practitioner, crystal healer and tarot 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

Yoga and Meditation for Kids

As adults we regularly find the western lifestyle tiring, stressful and hardwork. If we as adults feel like this, how do our kids feel? Is it simply natural progression of our species that has resulted in unruly, hyperactive, inattentive children or is there more to it. Are our children stressed in this fast paced, media orientated 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

New Year, New You! (or is that me?)

Well hello. I am now back at my desk having had a great two week break. Lots of lovely lie ins, plenty of good food and lots of splendid dog walks along the beach and in the woods. I feel refreshed and motivated and raring to begin 2015. Exciting things happened just before Christmas – 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

Meditation for Children part 2

Following on from my post about the meditation album for children. Christie Michael has shared her children’s meditation class technique with us. It gives a great insight into how a meditation class for children might be run. Meditation for children can be a great way for them to learn to relax in the hectic world Read More

The Healing Trust

Are you looking for a Spiritual Healer? Then let me introduce to you the Healing Trust, a pan denominational organisation for spiritual healers in the UK founded back in 1954. About The trust aims to raise standards and awareness of Healing in the UK and overseas. It provides the following: National standards of training delivered by Read More

More Online Yoga videos

I posted a while back about the great site www.doyogawithme.com In my pursuit to find online beginner yoga videos I have come across several more sites that I thought I would share with you. Clare Waldron – By signing up for a free membership you have access to a 30 day yoga course for beginners. The 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

What are Angels?

By Nina Miriam Sell, Angel Intuitive™ A lot of people I encounter in daily life will ask me this question once the topic of Angels has been brought up. This is how I generally like to describe them: Most of us are familiar with Angels being portrayed in human form as breathtakingly beautiful beings of ethereal beauty, rather Read More

Colour, Light and You

You probably learned in school about all light coming from the sun, and that if you shone a light through a prism you would see the full spectrum of rainbow colours.  For me, my knowledge of white light and colour didn’t get developed any further by my formal education. And attending a Church of England 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

SPIRITUALHART – What are attunements and how can they help me

By Dean Kingett, Reiki Grand Master & Teacher I have been working with the spirit world for a number of years, and I created Spiritualhart in order to spread spirits word further through demonstrations and teaching psychic development circles and workshops.  I became interested in the spirit world when I was 12 years old and 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

In the Heavenly Spotlight: Archangel Michael

By Nina Miriam Sell, Angel IntuitiveTM In our Western civilisation, Michael is probably one of the most well-known and well-loved Archangels who works with humanity. As the Archangel of Strength, Protection & Truth, he is one of the Archangels who has been working untiringly for our planet since it came into existence. Being an Angel, Michael still possesses Read More

CBT – Therapy in the Present

“The happiness of your life depends upon the quality of your thoughts” – Marcus Aurelius, Meditations. Many people, when thinking about talking therapies, conjure up an image of the patient lying back on a couch whilst a stern looking therapist asks the patient how he feels about his father. For many, this is pretty daunting 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

Learn Yoga Teacher Training From India’s Best School and Derive Maximum Advantages!

Yoga – the globally recognized Indian art of uniting mind and body activities, to attain eternal peace of mind and best of best healthcare, beckons you. Here is an excellent opportunity for global students to learn, practice, enjoy and attain mastery in the art of Yoga from the Internationally Recognized Yoga School – Rishikesh Yogis Read More

World Capital of Yoga opens up for your getting Mastery on Yoga Teaching!

India is unquestionably the leading nation in spirituality. World is looking up with awe, the contribution of eminent Indian Yogic Gurus in educating and imparting knowledge for world population, to conquer their miseries through spirituality. Here comes an excellent opportunity for you also, to take part in the “Revolution of Peace through Yoga Culture” and Read More

In the Heavenly Spotlight: Archangel Raphael

Raphael (whose name means “God has healed” or “God heals”) is one of my personal favourite Angels. Having chosen a vocation in healing myself he is one of the Archangels who is always with me. As the Archangel of Healing, he is part of every healing session that I actively engage in, whether it is 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

Rishikesh Yogis

Yoga as an Art of Living Life with health and mental peace has been popularized by various Indian Yogic Gurus abroad. The awareness that Yoga not only brings forth physical fitness and makes the body energetic enough to fight  various health-care problems, but also helps in the pursuit of happiness through the combination of the 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

Spring has sprung! But is yours broken?

Yes, spring is certainly in the air and this is the time of year where we all busy ourselves with spring cleaning, tidying up the garden, getting outside and enjoying the fresh air. This is all excellent stuff – but do you ever think about giving your body an overhaul? Do you feel full of 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

Kinesiology

The most holistic therapy I know Kinesiology seems to be the “unknown therapy” as few people have heard of it and many perhaps shun it through lack of understanding. Kinesiology is one of the “less is more” subtler modes of restoring client health. How does Kinesiology work Kinesiology is the only therapy I know where 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

Reflexology: Some ‘Handy’ Tips

Love the summer but end up being like a recluse, not wanting to venture out because of dreaded hay fever? Olcote Wellbeing is always at hand to offer assistance. Reflexology can help with some of the annoying symptoms some of us are experiencing this time of the year. When your immune system overreacts to a 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

Yoga – After Class

Having danced all my life, I was growing ever wary of the injuries and frustrations that came with them. I sought a solution and began my journey towards teaching yoga in 2013. With the intention of showing people a kinder, more inclusive approach to exercise and injury prevention, I knew this was something special right Read More

Instant Emotional Healing with Liz Alexander

Fed up of always feeling tired, anxious and unfulfilled with your life? No matter what you do, you can’t seem to shift this low feeling that hangs over you each day? You certainly aren’t alone if you relate to these feelings because it is estimated that 1 in 4 people will suffer with some form Read More

Disturbing video on facebook is not ‘baby yoga’

Here is an article from Birthlight in response to that awful video: Dear all Birthlight teachers around the world, I picked up a Metro  free newspaper on the tube on my way to Heathrow airport this morning and found a piece by Laura Elvin entitled ‘Facebook: “Cruelty” video is Baby Yoga’. The article explains how 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

In the Heavenly Spotlight: Archangel Raguel – The Friendship Angel

What I love about angels is that once you invite them into your life and allow yourself to connect with them and their energies, they are so easily and wonderfully approachable and love to help us with our everyday tasks. In this particular article I love to share with you how angels can help you 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

Business Stress Release With Solution Focused Hypnotherapy

Cutting down on substantial levels of stress in the workplace isn’t just good sense for business as it has a beneficial effect on employees but it can also help staff morale and improve productivity. Julie Showering, a Solution Focused Hypnotherapy (SFH) practitioner based in Chipping Sodbury, Bristol says, “One of the most common areas that Read More

Overcoming flying phobias with hypnotherapy

If you feel a little uneasy at the prospect of flying away for your holidays, or a little anxious when the boss sends you on a business trip that sees you take to the skies, then Solution Focused Hypnotherapy may be able to help you. Using safe techniques, hypnotherapy can help you to overcome that 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

Maintaining your Home Practise

Getting into and maintaining a home practise can be very daunting to a Yoga newbie but you only have to do a quick search online these days for motivational tips, programmes and guides to help you through. Here are some of my own suggestions; Space Turn off any electrical equipment; this will help you tune 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

Health Benefits of Animal Assisted Therapies and Activities

Animal Assisted Therapies (AAT), Animal Assisted Activities (AAA), Animal Visitations and Pet Therapies are just some of the relatively new “applications” and growing disciplines based on employing animals interaction to improve human health and wellbeing. Levinson’s research “The dog as co-therapist”, published in the US in the 1960s, is generally considered as the origin of 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

FREE “Relaxation” CD helps reduce stress

A Solution Focused hypnotherapist, based in Chipping Sodbury, is offering a FREE hypnotherapy “Relaxation” CD to help new clients to reduce stress and promote feelings of well being. The CD, which lasts for around 30 minutes, uses soothing music and language rich in imagery and texture, to help people to relax and unwind. Voiced by 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

Intuition and the Tarot

Intuition We all have a certain degree of what is called intuition. This may or may not include being psychic as well. Intuition is our innate ability to sense things in the world around us. It is our instinctive or unconscious knowing that has nothing to do with our cognitive abilities of reason and logic. 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

Hamish’s Holistic Healing

My name is Stacey-Adele and I run an animal Reiki business called Hamish’s Holistic Healing. I do both in person and distance Reiki and specialise in reptiles and birds, although I have worked with other animals including dogs and ponies. Animal Reiki uses the same principles as human Reiki although the animals have a greater Read More

Cancer and Colour Therapy

My Journey in dealing with cancer and how I have changed my life with colour therapy I am sure there is no one that has not been touched by Cancer through family, friends or themselves. MY JOURNEY WITH CANCER The purpose of me writing is to introduce people to the holistic/complementary route working along side 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

Indian Head Massage: The Origins and Benefits of Treatment

Indian Head Massage is a holistic therapy, and by that I mean it treats the person as a whole. It helps to heal and balance the Mind, Body and Spirit, helping to achieve ‘Wholeness’ with oneself. Where does it originate? The routine of an Indian Head Massage or Champissage (the Indian word for head massage) Read More

Metatron’s Message

“Mankind is in a time of deep vibrational transformation and divine alignment. Some are consciously aware; others are still in slumber. The human vessel is in the midst of the divine light evolutionary process. You feel this as vibration within your human form/body/vessel. The light of the One (source) frequency works within and around you Read More

Classroom or Online Training?

There are an increasing number of online ‘diplomas’ available these days which are cheap, readily available and in a wide range of subjects, particularly complementary therapies. But do they qualify you to become a complementary therapist? As a provider of face-to-face training you would assume I am biased towards classroom-based training, well, yes, but I Read More

November Mists

Chakra Healing – what causes our chakras to block or become weak? Whenever we’re feeling out of sorts (mentally, physically or emotionally), how often do we consider whether it’s our chakras that are out of balance and need healing? If these energy centres are blocked or weak, it can cause all sorts of negative consequences Read More

HypnoChaKi®

Chakras The word chakra (pronounced Shakrah) means “spinning wheel of light”. The chakras – or “energy centers” – regulate your body’s energy intake and distribution. To remain healthy, your chakras need to be maintained, or balanced, on a regular basis. Negative thoughts and emotional upset due to trauma, abuse, neglect, loss, fear, anxiety, conflict and Read More

The Awakening of the Feeling Body

My integrated practice of “The Dance of Yoga” was born through the process of a natural evolution. My varied and colourful experiences through yoga, dance and energy healing started to teach me and guide me how to deeply listen within. I was so amazed and enthusiastic about the teaching that i heard through my inner 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

Welcome to the Focus On Health & Wellbeing Website

If you have found your way to our website it means you are interested in or already practice/teach Yoga, holistic therapies or alternative medicine. If this is a new foray into the world of Yoga, holistic therapies or alternative medicine you may find it a confusing place. Our aim at Focus On Health & Wellbeing is 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

Multi-Disciplined Treatments with Full Disclosure

As a manual therapist I have had my fair share of treatments, I have been treated by Osteopaths, Chiropractors, Sports therapists and Sports Masseurs, to name a few. A majority of these have been very single disciplined with little if any explanation as to what is being done during the treatment or what is to Read More

Shine OM takes Fitness & Yoga to the Water – Climb on Board!

I have been a big Instagram follower of many a internationally renowned yogi demonstrating and practicing yoga on a paddle board in tropical destinations all around the world. In my youth, growing up in Johannesburg South Africa, sea side holidays to the coast of South Africa were the best times of my life and have Read More

Using Dowsing Holistically

What is Dowsing? Most people connect dowsing to finding water, and think that is its sole purpose. Dowsing is used for finding water but dowsing is a very ancient and intuitive method of finding absolutely anything that is either lost or cannot be seen. For example etheric energy, natural electromagnetic currents (called telluric currents), auras, Read More

Yoga in Universities

Promoting a Holistic Approach to Student Well-being Having spent twenty years in Higher Education, both studying and lecturing in the UK and France, I have gradually gained an in-depth understanding of the student experience. Often this is overwhelmingly positive, providing young adults with a wealth of personal, and ultimately professional, opportunities. Nonetheless, it is important 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

The three stages of my spiritual understanding of all healings & therapies

I’m an energy therapist, and I teach workshops on the type of healing that I am privileged to be able to offer to people. When I was first attuned to Reiki energy healing, it opened in me something that I had never believed possible. I started a thirst for knowledge, I became a sponge for 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

What is fascia?

What is fascia and how can work on fascia help to relieve chronic pain, tension, stiffness and imbalances in our bodies? Fascia is one of the most important and interconnected systems within the body. Until quite recently is was very much ignored within mainstream anatomical and medical thinking. Interest and research into fascia has increased Read More

Canine Psychology – Happy Dog MC

The field of Canine Psychology is often confused with Dog Training and although there are blurred lines between the two fields there are also key differences. Canine psychology focuses on ‘why’ dogs behave the way they do and by discovering these issues it enables owners to understand and connect with their dogs in a more Read More

Benefits of Homeopathic Meso-PRP Regenerative Therapy

Steroid Steroid free injection for Skin rejuvenation, muscular and joint disorders as well as pain management for those who are looking for Natural Treatments. Homeopathic Meso-PRP Regenerative Therapy is a combination of Homeopathic Mesotherapy and Platelet Rich Plasma for optimum results to stimulate healing through injection of one’s own growth factors and injectable homeopathic remedies Read More

Yoga from the inside out

A conversation with the body: using yoga to bypass the brain. In its ancient Indian form, hatha yoga was the physical element of a much broader yogic lifestyle. For many practitioners in the western world today, yoga is only hatha: physical exercise to refresh, stretch and strengthen the body. Going to a yoga class is Read More

How A Game Winning Poker Focus Can Help In Real Life

A game winning focus is not something that comes naturally. For those that have it though it becomes a game winning difference. A cutting edge. Whether you are business person, professional poker player, an athlete or just a person who wants to improve your life, a game winning focus is an essential skill you must 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

Empowerment

The Glasswalk The sound of glass breaking underfoot as you walk slowly across can be scary, even terrifying. The sound is instinctively bad! Walking on glass is something that always raises and eyebrow or two! It is just one of those things that people cannot think of a reason why to do it. It has Read More

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