What has been going on???

An awful lot has been going on behind the scenes here at Holly’s Harmony Yoga. I am nearing the end of my Ayurvedic Diploma. Almost all of the learning has been done and I have been compiling case studies for my final assessment. Then I will be a fully qualified Ayurvedic Practitioner specialising in Women’s Health and Mental Health. Recently I have started a 12 month deep dive into the philosophy of yoga with Laura Green. I am currently looking into daily, monthly, lunar, seasonal and yearly cycles and how I can embed a morning routine to support me further…

The New Moon

The light from the sun is behind the moon, so the moons surface is not illuminated for us to see. This is the time for intention setting. A time to think about what you want to work towards over the next moon cycle. You may feel like hibernating and going within.  Take this opportunity to slow down.  This is a perfect time to reflect on your dreams and desires whilst taking a bath or on your yoga mat.  This is when you want a nice quiet restorative or yin yoga practice, to work with the feminine moon energies. New Moon…

AYURVEDA’S POPULARITY

I have always been told that I was so lucky growing up and having organic foods my grandad had grown in the garden each day.  My mum attributed my health to it.  I have always fed my dogs well and treated them with herbal remedies.  I read Janey Lee Graces books on how to bring my children up naturally.  Looking at alternative medicines and beauty treatments.  Now my life has led me here and I feel I have found what I have been searching for, the thing which resonates with me.  Ayurveda.  But…. It doesn’t seem to fit into today’s…

AYURVEDA’S HISTORY

Ayurveda was thriving until the British Colonialisation of India.  The Raj led to its heavy decline, where it was almost lost in Urban India and the rest of the world.  Since the 1950’s there have been government reports on how effective it is as a medical system.  The WHO (World Health Organisation) conducted a review of Ayurveda at the turn or the millennium and concluded that it is a “safe, clinically needed form of health care that serves a large proportion of the World’s population.” Since then it has gone from strength to strength in the West.  Since Covid times…

Soooo…. Why yoga?

I had tried yoga on and off over the years. My Nan used to practice yoga and so did my mum.I have struggled with my mental health since my early teenage years so my mum took me along to a class to see if it helped. I personally wasn’t quite ready for it then.During my pregnancies I went as I struggled with pelvic pain and wanted to remain active during pregnancy but in a low impact way.After having children I wanted to exercise and have time to myself for my own sanity. High impact exercise wasn’t for me due to…

Bhramari Pranayama – Bee Breath

Pranayama is breathwork, which we practice each yoga session. The bee breath is perfect for reducing stress, clearing the mind ready for meditation as well as being great if you have a headache or migraine. Place your thumbs on your tragus, the little bit of cartilage in the middle of the ear and press them in. Place the rest of your hands across the top of the head or over your eyes. Inhale through the nose and exhale with the mouth closed, creating a hum like a bee in the mouth. You will feel the soothing vibrations fill your head…

CORE / ABDOMINALS

In a lot of my yoga classes I tell you to engage your core, but that does this actually mean? It means pull in your tummy, bringing your belly button to your spine. This helps support your back. By engaging your core you are activating the: *Rectus Abdominis – vertical muscle between pubis and the fifth, sixth and seventh ribs. *External Obliques – pair of muscles either side of the Rectus Abdominis. Forming a v shape from lower ribs to pelvis. *Internal Obliques – just below the external obliques. *Transversus Abdominis – this is the deepest level of muscles that…

GUDUCHI

Guduchi is translated as “that which protects the body”. It is starting to be recognised in Western Medicine for its cancer treating and protecting properties. It is known as a Rasayanic herb, one that “destroys ageing and disease”. It is a tropical creeper that has heart shaped leaves. It can: -SUPPORT THE IMMUNE SYSTEM especially supporting post-viral fatigue, ME and after cancer treatments by speeding up the repair of the immune system. -NORMALISE GUT FLORA aiding digestion, helping with constipation, diarrhoea, nausea, acid reflux, candida overgrowth and other related issues. -HEAL THE LIVER by regenerating liver tissues -calming to help…

AYURVEDA’S ORIGINS

Ayurveda is the oldest medical system in the world.  It was first documented 5000 years ago in the Indus Valley, same as yoga.  However, it is probably more like 6000-7000 years old as it would have been practiced and spread through word of mouth prior to being documented in the ancient Vedic texts.

The Science of the Moon

The moon has many phases of her cycle but in this series of blogs I am going to focus on the main four. Each cycles takes between 27 and 29.5 days.  Some months have two full moons or two new moons.  This leads to a black or blue moon.  This is quite a rare occurrence hence the phrase, once in a blue moon! The moon is very powerful and controls the tides, so it makes sense that it has a huge influence on us with our constitution being 50-60% water.  The very high and very low spring tides are when it…