31 Oct 2019

Mind In Haringey - Yoga, Meditation & Mindfulness

My new yoga class has proven to be very popular and I now have a meditaton and mindfulness class too.
In this class we explore the breath, mindfulness techniques, self massage and of course meditation, you dont need to do any stretches or wear any special clothing and this class is generally done seated although you can lie down if you want.
triyoga have very generously donated some yoga mats and we hope to get some more props soon so that we can have a restorative class in the near future.
If you'd like to attend please contact Mind in Haringey and self refer.
They have lots of other activities there too so check out the timetable, even if you want to just have a cup of tea and a natter you can do that too!

29 Oct 2019

Sal Mubarak! (Happy New Year).

Yesterday was Hindu New Year and so I spent the day celebrating with my wife's family and I'd like to take this pportunity to wish a happy (belated) Diwali & New Year to all my Hindu friends, family & clients.
One of the highlights was this poppadom tree at my mother in-laws temple so if you've ever wondered where poppadoms come from now you know!

This week you can find me as follows!

Today

Rethink Harrow
Yoga for mental health (NHS, personal budget only)

Wednesday

triyoga Camden 
Yoga for stress 2.15-3.30
Myofascial massage and yoga therapy clinic from 5-9

Thursday
triyoga Shoreditch 
Vinyasa Flow open. 3.30-4.45

Friday
Mind In Haringey  (contact them to self refer)
12.30-1.30 Yoga for mental health
12.45-1.45 Mindfulness & meditation

Sunday
triyoga Camden
Myofascial massage & yoga therapy clinic 3.30-7.30

Please contact me for a private yoga or massage session or see me at The Workshop Gymnasium at the beautiful Bulgari Hotel Knightsbridge, FitSPace Chelsea or BodySpace Knightsbridge on request.

10 Oct 2019

World Mental Health Day 2019


It’s World Mental Health Day 2019 and this years focus is suicide prevention.
20 years ago a close friend of mine committed suicide and this was the driving factor for me sorting myself out. I felt particularly bad over his death as I knew how lonely he felt, how misunderstood and how isolated he felt but because of my own issues I couldn’t bring myself to ask him round or meet up for a coffee. I remember his cremation so clearly, the room was packed with people standing outside and most in tears, some inconsolable. This was the funeral for a guy who was abandoned by his sisters (who had all been fostered to other families), a guy who never knew his dad and his mum who tried to murder him on several occasions was in secure psychiatric care. He grew up in care homes and I won’t mention the horrors he suffered there. This was a guy who grew up alone, a guy who family wise was completely alone and yet there were so many who loved him, so many who cared and were totally devastated by his passing. We have people who are there for us though sometimes not at the right time or in the right way and even if they are maybe we can’t see it.
I was lucky as Rickys passing showed me this and at that point I vowed to sort myself out, I didn’t want my parents or family to feel about me how I was feeling looking at the coffin of my friend.

We live in times where aggressive and inflammatory language is now the norm, people shouting down anyone with a different opinion from theirs and using bullying tactics to put their point across. We live in a world where people use terms like ‘snowflake’ to intimidate people into silence and to not show their feelings or voice dissent.

We need to be nicer to people, just look around at the homeless people, the people on the street who are clearly suffering from mental health problems and have no services to help them due to the vicious and unnecessary government cuts in recent years.

But there is hope, there are good people out there who will help, community groups and charitable organisations who are having to fill in the gaps left by the decimated NHS.

If you or someone you know are suffering from mental health problems please contact your G.P. for advice and the community mental health team but please also get in touch with your local Mind and Rethink, there may be other local charities to you which may provide counselling or even a group where you can meet for a chat.

We have to stick together as a people, the more the uncaring the world becomes the more caring we have to be.

Rest in peace Ricky Lambert and thanks mate. X


7 Oct 2019

Every Mind Matters

Today sees the launch of a new campaign by Public Health England to raise awareness on mental health.
Have a look at their website and take the quiz here.

25 Sep 2019

Stoptober or Gosober?

This month gives us two very important public health campaigns Go Sober for October and Stoptober.
Macmillan Cancers Go Sober for October urges us to give up alcohol for a month to raise money for cancer research. You can read my blog on how yoga can help with addiction here, to put it very simply if you think it will be hard for you to give up for a month then it's something that you need to do. They have some really nice tips to help you on your journey of sobriety and if you think alcohol is harmless check out the NHS website on the dangers that alcohol use brings.

Stoptober is NHS England's campaign to give up smoking for 28 days. I was a smoker for many years and the first two weeks was awful but then after that much easier and now I cannot believe I used to smoke, it really is a terrible habit. Yoga tells us when working with addiction that we need to break the cycle of addiction with another habit and I'll be posting a video on my YouTube channel later this week with one of the techniques that I regularly use to help addicts deal with cravings.

If you're taking part in either of these campaigns then I wish you all the best and if you're not that's fine but maybe take a moment to think about the effect your smoking and /or drinking has on not only your health but the health and well-being of those around you.

23 Sep 2019

Wrist Pain In Yoga

This is the sensory homunculus, if you dont know what it is check out my blog for triyoga on wrist pain in yoga here!



14 Aug 2019

Global Yoga Therapy Day 2019

Today is Global Yoga Therapy Day!

This is a day where Yoga Therapists worldwide get together to share their skills and experience to help people through the power of yoga therapy.
Yoga therapy is more than just yoga, yoga therapists work with their clients to create a practice that can help them with a wide range of symptoms and conditions such as functional disorders (IBS, Fibromyalgia etc), migraines/headaches, insomnia, addiction, stress/mental health, physical injuries and restrictions and much more.
In a typical yoga therapy session you would be expected to complete a thorough health questionnaire, which the therapist will go through with you. The therapist will then complete a postural assessment and then watch you breathe and then move. After that they will create with you a personalised practice which can include a variety of techniques such as meditation, asana, pranayama and mantra, whatever is needed and whatever YOU feel works. This practice is then scribed (or maybe videod) for you so that you can practice at home at an agreed time.

Come to my yoga for stress class today and every Wednesday @triyoga Camden 2.15-3.30 to experience some of the techniques I may use in a yoga therapy 1-1. Alternatively book in with me before the end of August for a 1-1 yoga therapy session in my triyoga clinics Wednesday and Friday 5-9pm and Sunday 3.30-7.30pm and get a 25% discount!
You can also see me for yoga therapy at Workshop Gymnasium at The Bulgari Hotel and BodySPace Knightsbridge and Chelsea.
There are lots of free resources available online, visit https://globalyogatherapyday.com/ 
and work with esteemed teachers such as Lisa Kaley-Isley (my yoga therapy teacher), Heather Mason, Richard Miller and Gary Kraftsow.
Please follow this link to my YouTube channel for more yoga therapy resources and make sure you subscribe as more videos are coming soon.
Enjoy!

20 Jun 2019

Through conscious movement, conscious breathing and meditation we can elevate ourselves to a higher level of being. 
 
I won't be teaching my Thursday afternoon 3.30-4.45 vinyasa flow class at triyoga Shoreditch today or next week but make sure you come along as I have two exceptional teachers covering in James French (today) and Sylvia Garcia (next week). 
Come and explore how you can change your consciousness in a safe, fulfilling and lasting way.
I'll be back n the 4th of July.

16 May 2019

10 Apr 2019

New Myofascial Release videos for the shoulders & Neck.

Two new videos on my YouTube channel giving you an idea of what to expect from a session with me.




1 Apr 2019

It's Stress Awareness Month 2019!

In honour of this I'll be posting some videos specifically on how yoga can help reduce and manage stress. Keep an eye out for my upcoming blog on yoga for stress @triyoga's website and please let me know how you like my Prana Vayu video below. 


15 Mar 2019

World Sleep Day 2019

Check out my new yoga nidra for sleep. Please like, share and leave a comment to let me know how you get on! 
 


14 Feb 2019

Does Foam Rolling Work?



In a recent study* published in the International Journal of Sports Physical Therapy, 26 (14 female, 12 male) healthy adults completed 3 sessions of foam rolling.

The participants rolled at a rate of 30 rolls a minute for 3 sets with 30s of rest between sets.
Results showed that the control group (who didn't foam roll) had a decreased range of montion (ROM) by 2% and the two groups who foam rolled had an increased range of motion of up to 14%


So to help improve your range of motion after exercise, foam rolling works!

See my youtube vid on how to use a foam roller and get rolling!

The control session consisted of a 5 min warm up on a cycle ergonometer and immediately after this had their passive hip adduction range of motion (ROM) assessed bilaterally using the modified Ober's test. They then sat on a chair for 3 min before being retested.
For the active (AFR) and passive (PFR) foam rolling sessions the procedure was the same with the exception of the participants foam rolling instead of resting.
PFR increased ROM by 11% and AFR by 14%.
The terminology used in this paper is a little unusual as the difference between what they describe as active and passive (AFR & PFR) is that one is rolling the glutes and the other is rolling the ITB. For me active foam rolling is changing the length of the muscle whilst rolling on it e.g. flexing/extending the knee whilst rolling the IT band which I demonstrate on my Youtube video.

*The effect of an acute bout of foam rolling on hip range of motion on different tissues. Hall M, Chadwick Smith J. International Journal of Sports Physical Therapy 2018:13 (4):652-650

10 Feb 2019

I felt twenty years younger! What a lovely testimonial :)

I practice yoga, meditation, dance.... I believe in self sufficiency when it comes down to wellbeing and that through regular practice one should not need to go to a practitioner to be "Fixed" or made feel better... Well... James told me: "Sometimes you just need to relax and let someone else do the work for you", so I did. James will make you feel at ease straight away and make sure of you being comfortable with the treatment all the way through it. I have suffered with back issues for over 20 years and other little pains here and there caused by various injuries, which I would feel particularly in the mornings, and is precisely in the morning after the treatment that I realized how deeply the treatment had affected me! I felt 20 years younger and almost no pain!!! Thank you James!
SL

7 Feb 2019

Core Strength Challenge!

5 exercises, 6 minutes, core strenght challenge, details to follow.
 
One of my regular students 68 years old, what's your excuse?

#yoga #corestrengthchallenge #strong #corestrength

17 Jan 2019

Yoga for stress workshop at triyoga Camden 25-1-19


I'm facilitating a 2hr yoga for stress workshop at @triyogauk Camden on the 25th of January at 7.45pm.

We'll look at how yoga affects the nervous system, the adrenals, your sleep and much more.
Exploring simple and practical techniques from classical asana, vinyasa krama, meditation, pranayama, restorative, yin yoga and yoga nidra.

If there's anything you'd like to explore in this workshop please let me know, it may be insomnia, anxiety, depression, chronic fatigue, tight shoulders, neck/back pain etc.
Yoga works on all levels of being and stress affects all aspects of our health so if there's anything you're worried about come along and see how yoga can help.

Click here for more information and to book your place and I look forward to seeing you there!


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