In this short video filmed at Embody Wellness in Vauxhall I am showing you Saddle Pose.
On an energetic level this yin posture stimulates the Kidney and Urinary Bladder meridians – associated with the Winter season – and also the Spleen and Stomach lines. Here I’m using a bolster propped up on two blocks to provide extra support.
Aim to stay in your Saddle Pose for 1-3 minutes.
Always work within your own range of limits and abilities. If you have any medical concerns, speak to your doctor before practising yoga.
You can join me here at Embody Wellness every week for Sunday Flow & Release (yoga flow + yin yoga) and Friday Flow & Restore (yoga flow + restorative yoga + yoga nidra) 6-7.15pm
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Now that we are very much into the yin time of year I’ve been craving warming food and drink. I have been really enjoying this warming tea that is so simple to make. If you’d like to give it a try for yourself here is the recipe:
4-5 cardamon pods
1 tbsp chopped ginger
Half a cinnamon stick
Warm a teapot with boiling water. Crush the cardamon pods and ginger.
Add the cinnamon, ginger and cardamon to the teapot with 2 cups of boiling water.
Steep for 5-8 minutes before drinking. (Pour through a strainer into your cup.)
Visoka – blissful
va – or
jyotismati – the supreme light
This month in the Northern Hemisphere is the Winter Solstice (Wednesday 21st December) – the shortest day and longest night of the year.
In many ways 2016 has been a tumultuous year around the world. In the midst of uncertain and darker times it can be easy to succumb to fear and forget the light within – the light which Sutra 1.36 reminds us we all possess – which allows us to spread goodness. If you feel unsettled, try this simple meditation to remind you of your inner light which is beyond all fear and worry:
– Take your awareness to your heart centre. Visualise a light there, glowing radiantly.
– Stay here, focusing on this inner light for as long as you can, even if it’s just a minute. Feel that light expanding, radiating throughout your body, until you are filled up with this light. Then feel your light expanding further, outwards into the space around you.
– Don’t be surprised to notice that your breathing has become slower and more steady – a good sign.
As the Winter sets in there are few things better than a warming bowl of porridge.
If you’re a fan of porridge too, then you’ve no doubt tried all sorts of combinations to boost your porridge bowl. One of my current favourite things is to stir in some coconut oil for extra richness and a burst of healthy good fats. I’m also enjoying this Creamy Banana Buckwheat Porridge recipe from Deliciously Ella‘s fantastic blog. So simple, speedy and tasty. Also, if you are avoiding gluten and grains, with this recipe you can have your porridge and eat it too 🙂 In fact, if you are following a gluten-free diet and you’ve not checked out Deliciously Ella’s website and blog already, then I’d highly recommend it for lots of fantastic recipes and ideas.