Have some TAPAS!

self-discipline

“Self discipline is that which, next to virtue, truly and essentially raises one man above another” Joseph Addison. TAPAS (Self-discipline) is the third niyama within Patanjali has 8 different “limbs”. Basically tapas or self-discipline is doing something you do not want to do that will have a positive effect on your life. Self discipline transforms and purifies us and builds the will power and personal strength to help us become more dedicated to our goal. Transformation generally happens when we …

Stop waiting to be content! The art of Samtosha!

contentment

We have a habit of waiting to ‘be ourselves’ until we’ve accomplished this never ending to-do list of things that will make us ‘better’. Well, the truth is – you will always be you, and you can either continue to disregard your awesomeness in favour of reaching towards something you think you’re supposed to be, or appreciate it, love it, and be the best you can be right now! Sounds easy hey… well I know from my own experience it’s …

Clean up your diet! Saucha!

Clean eating

One of the focus points in yoga is the five Niyamas. The practice of Niyama helps us maintain a positive environment in which to grow, and gives us the self-discipline and inner-strength necessary to progress along the path of yoga. Saucha asks us to eat a clean and wholesome diet. It always perplexes me how people are so concerned about the over the counter drugs people take but don’t think twice about the food they put into their body EVERY …

Clean up your act!

cleanliness

‘Where attention goes, energy flow’! This week I have been focusing on The Eight Limbs of Yoga. The sacred texts that shows us that yoga is more than just a workout. This is the history, the to do list if you like for practising yoga in and out of the yoga class room. One of the Eight Limbs talks about five Niyamas which are guidelines about the relationship we have to our-self. The first Niyama is Saucha (Cleanliness). So cleanliness… …

Should yoga teachers be vegetarian? The controversial topic!

Vegetarian

The controversial topic! One of the Yoga teachings (or part of the niyamas of yoga) is Ahimsa or non-harming. This is a very important teaching of yoga that focuses on the non-harming of all beings and anything that is alive and so some say you can’t eat meat without harming another living being. Vegetarians within the field of yoga say that meat-eating inhibits us from achieving deep states of meditation because it negatively affects the energy body. There is a …

My staple foods!

My go to foods!

Lets delve into a Nutritionist’s diet shall we! So my ‘go to’ foods that I always have at home are: 1. Oats. I use them in many meals, porridge, homemade muesli, home made snacks, for power smoothies and more! They can go in heaps of things and here is why they are great: They help lower cholesterol, they fill you up, they have fibre, they have B vitamins so give you an energy boost, they are slow releasing so they …

Vegan Cookie Recipe!

vegan

VEGAN COOKIES OF AWESOMENESS! Yum and Amazing! Especially when you have been on a health kick like me and your near the end and you are craving a cookie with your cuppa!! Makes 6 Ingredients • 2 tablespoons of Vegan chocolate chips • 2 tablespoons Peanut oil • ½ teaspoon Baking powder • ½ cup of Coconut flour • 1 scoop vegan protein powder What to do! Pour the peanut oil into a mixing bowl, along with the coconut flour. …

Yoga for your eyesight

eyesight eyes yoga

This was a question I was asked from one of my friends in the UK.  Can yoga help our eyes.   Myopia or short sightedness Obviously things like performing close range work, sitting in front if range TV electronic devices for long periods of time, and working or reading in poorly lit areas do not help. It is important to take action yourself and take breaks when you can. With short-sightedness the focus of distance objects in front of the …

Manifesting your reality for 2017

yoga, manifest, reality

What do you want to happen in 2017? What is your goal? Are you happy? Are your day to day activities serving you and making you grow as a person? What is reality? It’s anything you want it to be basically. It’s not what you are conditioned to believe by your parents, your friends, your schooling; it’s your personal laws. What your personal laws might be will be different to mine. Your personal laws create your experiences here in earth. …

Yoga in the workplace

Yoga in the workplace

BrightEyes Health works with many companies bringing yoga to work. These sessions run at lunch time, early morning and sometimes after work in the connivance of workplace. Why is Yoga at work so helpful to employees and the employer?! So why is it beneficial to have yoga at work? Well I used to work in recruitment where I spent hours a day at a desk, bending my neck while on the phone selling, and sometimes eating at my desk! I …