Turning to Rain Later…

Well…the snow’s been and gone.  But before it disappeared I managed to get out on my skis for a few hours.  As far as ‘exercise’ goes, skiing is my first love! As a result of skiing, I realised that to get better at anything, you have to be prepared to fall. Even more, not only…

Winter Bathing: To Winter Bathe or Not to Winter Bathe

What’s the Deal with Winter Bathing Winter Bathing…like sunbathing only less warm! I’m enjoying exploring the concept of bathing at the moment. What does it actually mean to say we’re sunbathing and is it good or bad for us? Are there different environments or atmospheres that offer bathing opportunities Is Forrest Bathing nothing more than a…

Forest Bathing: To Forest Bathe or Not to Forest Bathe…

Forest Bathing Compared to sunbathing, Forest-bathing is the new kid on the block.  It’s already gaining a lot of traction in the UK, as a therapeutic tool. But we’re in danger of missing the point.  Whilst it’s being sold as a relaxing mindfulness exercise, really it’s a straight-up case of biological survival. Of course, a walk…

To Bathe or Not to Bathe…

Sunlight Vitamin D is one of 24 micronutrients critical for human survival.  And Vit D deficiency is pretty common due to low sunlight.  Common enough that the NHS offers Vit D supplements for free – Healthy Start. All pregnant and breastfeeding women and young children are at risk of vitamin D deficiency (teenagers, younger women and those from…

Fear not, I am with you

I have a little Ganesha statuette in my yoga room. Noticing it for perhaps the first time, my 4-year-old son asked if it was an elephant.  To which I simply replied, “Yes…that’s Ganesha”. He immediately asked if he was there to protect us. I felt like he was telling me not asking me.   To…

Bear Neccesities

I received the most astonishing message on Facebook the other day… A lady was asking If I could do a shamanic journey or a ceremony for a friend who’d got into a spot of bother. Now it’s not something I’m inclined to do and it’s certainly not something I advertise but she finished her message…

Candy Conscious

We live in interesting times… Times where companies act more like governments than governments?!? It appears Google likes to reward it’s staff whilst factoring in long-term health implications of ‘treats’. Google’s Behavioral Science Team (if our Government wasn’t broke i’m sure they’d have behavioral science teams too!) ran an experiment or two with M&M’s. These…

Spiritual Pride

At the end of one of my yoga classes, I’ll occasionally ask… “How was that?” This is what I hear… My hips feel great I feel recharged I could just go to sleep right now!   After a more intense class, people trip over their words and I can tell they’re in that wonderful ‘yoga…

Beannacht by John O’Donohue

John O’Donohue’s ‘Beannacht/Blessing’ On the day when The weight deadens On your shoulders And you stumble, May the clay dance To balance you. And when your eyes Freeze behind The grey window And the ghost of loss Gets into you, May a flock of colours, Indigo, red, green And azure blue, Come to awaken in…

The Planet is Fine

We’re going away. Pack your shit, folks. We’re going away. And we won’t leave much of a trace, either. Maybe a little Styrofoam … The planet’ll be here and we’ll be long gone. – George Carlin   The unimitable George Carlin kicking us, ‘Save the Earther’s’, where it hurts! Imagining styrofoam as our last mark…

Lignification

Trees get ready for the long winter through a process known as lignification (Latin lignum ‘wood’). The woody tissues and other organs of the plant begin a highly orchestrated process whereby cell walls are strengthened.   Using energy harvested through summer, new growth is hardened to protect from frost, damp & disease. Come the spring…