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Why is the digestive system key to good health?

January 17, 2014

Ayurveda really is obsessed with how we digest and eliminate food. If someone comes to see me with a host of issues, including constipation, this is the first thing to be addressed. The ideal stool is the shape and texture of a ripe banana, in case you wanted to know! What is Agni?  The concept […]

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Honey- Ayurvedic Nectar but does heating make it toxic?

September 26, 2013

Honey is known as ‘madhu’ in the Ayurvedic scriptures, meaning ‘perfection of sweet’.  It is a  fascinating food and medicinal substance due to its intrinsic connection with the honey bee, apis mellifera. One especially controversial view is that one should not heat honey or it becomes toxic. Sadly my bee colony (pictured) did not make it […]

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Yoga for Autumn- warming, nourishing, grounding

September 17, 2013

Dr David Frawley writes: “Half of Ayurvedic treatment is what goes into the body, which is mainly food. The other half is what the body does by way of expression, which is mainly exercise. Asana deals with this.” Asanas reflect an amazing understanding of how the body works and how to release tension at a deep level […]

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Now booking for Autumn Ayurveda and Yoga retreat!

September 17, 2013

Autumn Ayurveda and Yoga retreat 25-27th October After two wonderful retreats at this venue, I will be running another weekend at Pennard House, Somerset, hosted by Adventure Yogi. These weekends are timed at the change of seasons as Ayurvedic wisdom views this as a time when it is very easy to feel out of balance. They […]

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Yoga to balance Pitta dosha

July 24, 2013

Yoga is good for everybody, but needs to be tailored for each and every one of us. This article looks at how Pitta types can tailor their practice. However, as the focus in Summer is on reducing excess heat in the body, these tips can be helpful for all in heat. Pitta types tend to […]

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“Ayurveda Demystified” workshop at Wilderness Festival

June 25, 2013

I am pleased to announce I will be hosting a one off Ayurveda workshop on Saturday 10th August at Wilderness Festival on the beautiful Cornbury estate in Oxfordshire. This is a lovely family and yogi friendly festival, with a “Secret Sanctuary” healing field where the workshop will take place. Ayurveda, a 5000 year old Indian science, […]

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Spring health with Ayurveda

April 8, 2013

During the cold, damp Winter, it is normal for what is termed ‘Kapha dosha’ to accumulate (due to the cold, damp weather and a heavier diet). This means we may put on a few pounds, have some congestion and generally feel a little sluggish. Spring is a time of fresh starts and potential, with nature […]

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New weekly Yoga class in Batcombe, Somerset (3 miles from Bruton)

April 4, 2013

Sivananda Yoga Class in Batcombe After moving to the area 6 months ago, I have been looking for a good venue for a new evening Yoga class.    The new class will be held in the lovely Old School Building in Batcombe, next to the Village Hall on Back Lane. Sivananda yoga offers asanas, pranayama (breathing exercises), […]

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Ayurvedic Home remedies for Spring Health

March 26, 2013

Common Ayurvedic herbs, spices and making simple Ayurvedic home remedies . If you do succumb to a Spring cold help clear mucous by: Eating light, warm, simple foods as you rest. Soup and kitchari are ideal. Avoid dairy products, sweets, fried foods and yeasted bread which increase congestion. Fresh ginger tea is excellent, especially with raw honey […]

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Tempted by the microwave to warm your lunch up?

January 19, 2013

My clients, family and friends have all listened to me on the issue of microwaves. My curiosity was first aroused as a student when I put a light bulb in a bowl of water and put in the microwave and pressed on. The bulb lit up and flickered until I turned the microwave off- my housemate […]

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