Wednesday, 25 December 2019

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Over the years I've loved sharing my knowledge of wellness and yoga with you all. I've wanted to share as much as possible, so I have been posting six times a week over the two blogs. However, I'm planning some new and exciting projects to share with you, and to give me the time to work on these, I won't be posting quite as frequently. I'll still be here though, and I look forward to continuing on our wellness and yoga journeys together.

Thank you for your support- sending my love to you all.

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Happy Christmas!

Happy Christmas! 🎀 I hope you have a wonderful time! 

Sunday, 22 July 2018

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My dear friends, I am afraid that last week was my last post on flexiladiesyoga as I have had to admit that the blog is not working.  My views have been falling and I do not even cover the costs.  I will post some yoga posts on the wellness blog but there will be no more on this blog.  It has been a tough decision - it is often easier to continue with something that isn't working than give it up.  I really want to thank you for viewing the blog and wish you every good wish for the future. 

I am just writing this post to make my readers aware that as of August 2019, I will be no longer be accepting donations for this blog.

This week on 40plusandalliswell

Do you ever look in the fridge and think ‘What can I make with that?’ This happened last week when I found an aubergine in the fridge. We also had a glut of courgettes from the allotment so a ratatouille seemed an obvious recipe. Served in the aubergine ‘shell’ it went down well at home - hope you enjoy it too.
Recipe on my 'sister' blog-

You may experience some menopause symptoms in your 40s. This is known as the perimenopause.
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Sunday, 15 July 2018

This week on 40plusandalliswell

We like a rice salad and often try new ways with them. This vegan no mayo coronation rice salad is the result of our latest attempt. It would make a good packed lunch or to make it a more substantial dish, you could add some chickpeas.
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Plastic pollution – we can all do our bit to help reduce it.
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You might enjoy this meal as you are watching the 'World Cup' final !

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Yoga and essential oils - brain

Yoga and essential oils can help create mental clarity, improve focus and concentration and even in the case of yoga help create new neural connections. 

Yoga backbends open up the lungs bringing more oxygen into the body, and inversions and forward bends help bring that oxygen to the brain (the brain actually uses about 20% of the body’s oxygen).  Poses that involve cross-body positioning or movement such as balancing Cat or Eagle Pose can encourage the formation of new neural connections and balances improve focus and concentration. 

Essential oils such as lavender can be used to help you sleep well allowing for the rest and renewal that the brain needs.  Lavender also can help reduce stress and anxiety which creates cortisol which is detrimental to the brain.  Lavender also helps reduce inflammation and inhibits free radical damage.  Peppermint essential oil can improve focus and concentration.  Rosemary, clary sage, basil and peppermint help with mental clarity.

There are several ways you can use essential oils  - you can sprinkle a drop or two at the top of your yoga mat, or you can use a diffuser in the room in which you practice.  You can also use a misting bottle – these are available from essential oil suppliers.  These need to be dark glass – use a few drops of essential oils in a bottle of filtered water. 

Although using essential oils is generally safe, check with your medical practitioner if you have any medical conditions.  This advice is not intended for you if you are pregnant.

Try the following sequence using your chosen essential oil or blend.

Start in savasansa taking a few minutes to let go of your day and allow your breath to settle.

Bananasana – inhale take your arms overhead and shuffle your upper body to the left.  If this feels uncomfortable for your shoulders, hold your elbows and rest your arms on a bolster.  Hold for 2-3 minutes allowing the right side of your chest to open.  Repeat second side. 

Cat/Cow – make your way to all fours.  Inhale lift your head and chest, exhale tuck your chin, arch through your back.  Continue working with your breath.

Dynamic Balancing Cat – come back to all fours.  Inhale stretch out right leg and left arm, exhale bend your right knee and left elbow bringing them together under your body.  Inhale and repeat several times then repeat second side. 

Extended Child Pose – come to the back of your mat, big toes touching, knees wide.  ‘Walk’ your hands forward and bring your forehead to the mat.  Keep your elbows lifted and simply watch your breath.

Dolphin Pose – come back to all fours and place your elbows where the heel of your hand is.  Form an ‘L’ shape with your thumb and first finger on each hand then rest them against the long edge of your block.  Exhale and lift your hips.  Hold for 3 breaths then inhale drop your knees.  Repeat or take an Extended Child Pose between repetitions.

Child Pose – sit back on your heels, bring your forehead to the mat and sweep your hands back to hold your heels.  Alternatively rest your head on your stacked fists. Rest here then when you are ready make your way to standing. 

Intense Side Stretch -  stand towards the back of your mat with your feet at hip distance. Either bring your hands into Reverse Namaste or hold onto your elbows behind your back. Step your right foot forward and level up your hips.  Inhale, lift your chest, exhale come to flat back.  Stay here if you have heart or blood pressure issues otherwise, inhale and as you exhale lower your head towards your right knee.  Stay for 3 breaths then on the inhale come up slowly.  Exhale bend your front knee, inhale step your feet together.  Repeat second side. 

Eagle – stand in the centre of your mat, inhale stretch your arms up, exhale swing your right arm under your left, bend your elbows.  Either bring the back of your hands together or bring your lower left arm in front of your left and join your palms together.  Softly bend both knees and take your right foot to the outside of your left, to the outside of your left shin or tucked behind your left calf.  Find a drishti, a gaze point to help with your balance and hold for a few breaths.  Inhale to release.  

Half Shoulder Stand with wall/Legs up the Wall – bring the short edge of your mat to the wall and sit with your right hip against the wall, your knees bent.  Swing your legs around so that they are up the wall.  Stay here if you have heart issues, blood pressure problems, neck issues or are menstruating, Otherwise roll the bottom of your feet to the wall lifting your hips.  Support your lower back with your hands and stretch out your legs  Do not turn your head while holding the pose for a few breaths.  Exhale release your hands, slowly lower your hips to the floor.  Whether you practiced Legs up the Wall or Half Shoulder Stand, roll onto your right side and draw your knees up towards your chest.  Rest here for a minute then inhale to come up.

Rest in Savasana to receive the benefits of your practice.

Sunday, 8 July 2018

This week on 40plusandalliswell

Last week we made a socca ‘meatball’ pizza using socca as a base. This week we are using socca as a flatbread to serve with kebabs. It certainly feels tropical here in Yorkshire where temperatures are soaring up towards 30 degrees and the kebabs could be cooked on a barbeque!
Recipe on my 'sister' blog-

Happy 4th July to all our American readers!
Here are some vegan burger recipe ideas for your cookout! Enjoy!
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This week in part two of 'The 40plusandalliswell guide to fats and oils' we look at he benefits of fats and oils in the diet.
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