Building Nervous System Resilience with Gemstone

The window of tolerance is a concept originally developed by Dr. Dan Siegel, MD to describe the optimal zone of “arousal” for a person to function in everyday life. When a person is operating within this zone or window, they can effectively manage and cope with their emotions. When an individual functions outside of the Window of Tolerance they tendContinue reading “Building Nervous System Resilience with Gemstone”

Complementary Therapy Awards 2022

We are delighted that our Reiki Therapist and Yoga Teacher Julie Shawcross was part of the winning team in this years Pain Management Category. Julie is part of the team at Salford Royal Foundation NHS Trust, led by Janet Cairnie, complementary therapy practitioner and trainer. The team provide complementarytherapy for patients on dialysis at hospitalsContinue reading “Complementary Therapy Awards 2022”

8 Reasons to Start Yoga

Stress Relief The practice of yoga asana (postures) and breathing activates the Vagus Nerve. This nerve counteracts the stress response in the body, lowers adrenalin and cortisol level and instigates the relaxation response. Our classes will teach you ways to relax your body, lower you blood pressure, heart rate and improve digestion, boost immune responseContinue reading “8 Reasons to Start Yoga”

Why is Autumn a good time to do yoga?

Autumn officially began on 22 September with the Autumnal Equinox. Although it is a beautiful and sunny day as I write this, there is the beginning of a chill in the air and the evenings are becoming darker much earlier. Autumn brings an increase in VATA energy, which can make us feel anxious and unsettled,Continue reading “Why is Autumn a good time to do yoga?”

Starting Physical Yoga Practice

The toughest step to make is the first one. If you’re hesitating about giving yoga a try, remember everyone is a beginner at some point. There are many misconceptions about physical yoga practice, here are three. “You have to be flexible” – No you don’t, over time your body will become more flexible but youContinue reading “Starting Physical Yoga Practice”

Beginners Yoga Tips (2)

Breathwork or breath control is one of the foundations of yoga. The Sanskrit term you will often hear for the practice of breathing exercises in yoga, is Pranayama (‘Prana’ -life force/energy, Yama – restrain). These breathing exercises have the ability to quickly increase our energy, release stress, improve our mental clarity, and physical health. ThereContinue reading “Beginners Yoga Tips (2)”

Beginner Tips for Starting Yoga

Thinking about your first yoga class? ( Hopefully with Gemstone on 9th September @ 6pm ). Over the next two weeks we will be sharing some hints and tips, for those of you about to embark on your yoga journey, to help get you started. Yoga is much more than a type of exercise. ItContinue reading “Beginner Tips for Starting Yoga”

Ten reasons to take up Yoga

There are lots of reasons to take up yoga many of which are actually listed on the UK NHS website, which highlights it as a safe and effective way to increase physical activity, especially strength, flexibility and balance. There’s some evidence that regular yoga practice is beneficial for people with high blood pressure, heart disease,Continue reading “Ten reasons to take up Yoga”

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