Yoga can help
Having lived with Multiple Sclerosis for over 11 years, Maria discovered that Hatha yoga had a positive effect in helping her deal with the ongoing symptoms of the condition, which in- spired her journey to become a Hatha yoga teacher. In this wonderful book, Maria reveals essential advice for those suffering with MS as she shares her experiences from childhood to practising yoga, before guiding the reader through a wide selection of easy-to-follow yoga poses that are designed to help and backed up with meditation and pranayama exercises. Yoga, MS & Me by Maria Hawkes (ShieldCrest) £9.95 shieldcrest.co.uk
Emma Rowlatt shares her knowledge on the powerful benefits of meditation
The purpose of meditation is to promote equanimity. If our mind is peaceful, we will be free from distractions enabling us to experience clarity. I travelled to Varanassi, India, to participate in a Vipassana meditation course. Vipassana translates as; “To see things as they really are.”
To achieve this state of wellbeing, participants are required to undergo a strict ten day meditation schedule, ten hours of mindfulness each day starting at 4.30am every morning. A noble silence is adhered to throughout.
The course left me rejuvenated, more alert and with an ap- preciation of a newly discovered inner harmony. The potent benefits of the course was apparent in the post-course healthy glow radiating from my whole being.
Not everyone has the time nor the funding to commit to such an extreme course of action, which is why I have condensed my learning and produced a series of meditations. The fifteen minute Energise and Motivate guided MP3 is available as a complimentary download from the link below or via my website emmarowlatt.com.
WELCOME TO YOUR NEW WORLD ENERGISE AND MOTIVATE – GUIDED MEDITATION Enter voucher code WKS131
Macca is a South American plant whose root can be dried and turned into a power which has traditionally been used as an aphrodisiac. However, new research appears to show that macca has anti-stress and antidepressant qualities within the brain and could provide a natural mood en- hancer. This organic macca root powder from BodyMe can be added to water, juice or smoothies. It’s gluten-free, suitable for vegans and vegetarians and provides a good source of protein that’s high in fibre, calcium, vitamin B6, iron, potassium, zinc and other minerals.
Winter is here and that means catching the inevitable cold and flu. Potter’s Herbals make a range of tried and trusted herbal remedies that have been blended together based on over 200 years of synergistic experience. The Potter’s Cold & Flu Relief is formulated with elderflowers, peppermint oil, berry bark, hemlock spruce and composition essence to re- lieve fever and the discomfort of colds, chills and sore throats. £6.32 pottersherbals.co.uk
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Matcha is the fine powder of ground premium green tea leaves, used by Buddhist monks for centuries to stay focused and alert during meditation. As a superfood, matcha has many wonderful benefits including boosting memory and concentration, reducing stress and anxiety, promoting young- er looking skin and strengthening the immune system. BLOOM have taken organic matcha to the next level by expertly blending 8 antioxidant-rich tea powders for a wonderfully tasty and healthy drink. Available in flavours including mango, grapefruit and mojioto, the handy fitted spatula means you get 1 gram of matcha every time you fancy a latte, iced tea or tea shot. BLOOM Matcha Tea Powders from £13.80 – £19.80. Available from Harvey Nichols, Selfridges and bloomtea.co.uk
A Mosami wish for happiness
This new and unique collection of jewellery blends style and symbolism to embody positive messages for the wearer. Lovely cheerful Marigold brings a sunny smile all summer long, her vibrant sunshine colour evokes glori- ous sunny days and smiles shared. Wear this gorgeous pendant as a lasting reminder of happy times, or give as a gift to offer a wish for happiness. Marigold is a remind- er to focus on the things that make you happy. To boost wellbeing and focus on the good things in life, practise Mosami’s Happy Day Ritual whenever you wear her. Mosami jewellery is handcrafted and made in ethical sterling silver. To discover Happy Day Ritual and more beautiful pieces visit mosami.co.uk
Meet The Masters at the Body & Mind Clinic
The current health market is so saturated with ingenious ideas and concepts that lead to very expensive trials and errors to improve your health that we have spent all of our time, effort and resources to show you how to keep the best of health easily. Explore the Body-Mind Connection through Function- al Assessments, hands on Medical Therapy, Diet Customisation, Specific Herbal Remedies and Infusions, Functional Laboratory Test- ing and Tissue Analysis. Come and find your ‘Qi Spot’ at the Body & Mind Clinic. Register at bodyandmindclinic.com for free assessments, offers and discounts only at the event.
Hello Fresh is the UK’s leading cook- from-scratch delivery service. They be- lieve that everything positive in life starts with great food and that everyone should have access to the highest quality ingre- dients and the knowledge to cook them. Each week they deliver a chilled box straight to your door containing 3 or 5 new recipes, along with the exact fresh ingredients required to cook them. Busy days don’t need to lead to ready meals and fast food anymore. With Hello Fresh you save time, discover amazing food and cook delicious, healthy meals for the people you love the most in 30 minutes or less! hellofresh.co.uk
Jax Coco is a 100% pure coconut water and its naturally hydrating health benefits make it the ideal accompani- ment to any yoga session. Containing all of the body’s five essential electrolytes it is considered nature’s ener- gy drink. Jax Coco’s unique production process means that the liquid from fresh, young coconuts is ready to be bottled within 2 hours of picking, maintaining the deli- cate taste and essential nutrients to a standard nature intended. Naturally isotonic, free from fat, gluten and cholesterol, Jax Coco is a deliciously simple and enjoy- able way to enhance the health benefits of practising yoga.
£2.05. Available from Ocado and Whole Foods Market. jaxcoco.com
Mirabilia Organic Olive Leaf Tea
These organic artisan teas are hand produced in Abruzzo Italy to an ancient herbal recipe. Available in three delicious flavours, the teas are caffeine and tannin free and extremely high in antioxi- dants. They are also antibiotic, antiviral, antifungal and are proven to regulate blood pressure and cholesterol levels as well as aiding weight loss. They also taste delicious with no residual bitterness, being mellow and refreshing. In producing their teas Mirabilia are regenerating their local community as well as an historic agricul- tural zone, rich in biodiversity and of outstanding natural beauty. £5. Available from oleaft.com or call 020 7221 0187
Teeki yoga pants are the most stylish and comfortable yoga pants on the market, suitable for all shapes and sizes…and they are eco friendly! Made from recycled plas- tic bottles in California, Teeki yoga pants are perfect for yoga, gym, swimming, surf- ing, lounging, dancing, partying and pretty much everything.
Prices start from £29.50 to £55. New styles updated regularly on teeki.co.uk.
5 Things A Yoga Retreat Can Do For You
1 You do lots of yoga (a retreat brings your yoga practice to the next level).
2 You relax and rest (meditation and asanas accompanied by the serene settings help you to slow down).
3 It is a technology detox (at least try to keep your mobile away).
4 You take time for yourself (and are away from your routine, so use the time just for you).
5 You make new connections (meet like-minded people).
Check out our yoga retreats around the world: India, Italy, Morocco, Spain and Turkey. Relax. Recharge. Renew.
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A true mystic
Terton Soygal was a 19th century visionary saint whose mastery of meditation led him to become the revered teacher to the 13th Dalai Lama. Known for his deep spir- itual insight and service to the nation of Tibet, Terton Sogyal’s ability to harness the power of the mind was born of his profound understanding of the Buddha’s teachings while engaging in the world. This is a rare clas- sical masterpiece that shares Sogyal’s essential teach- ings and his wonderful life story.
Fearless in Tibet – The Life of the Mystic Terton Sogyal by Matteo Pistono £12.99 (Hay House) hayhouse.co.uk
The book contains inspirational quotes and 33 beautiful co- lour mandalas that exude a spiritually mindful approach, and are expertly illustrated by Paul Heussenstamm, with black and white drawings for colouring in. Colouring books are becoming increasingly popular as a form of ‘art therapy’, helping people to deal with stress, relax the mind, body and spirit whilst sub- consciously developing self-knowledge and imagination and improving wellbeing. This is a beautiful book that would make an ideal gift.
Colour Yourself Calm: A Mindfulness Colouring Book by Tiddy Rowan, Mandalas by Paul Heussenstamm (Quadrille) £9.99 Available from online retailers and quadrille.co.uk