When he came he hadn’t slept well for years. His goal was to figure out why. He had tried everything, but nothing had worked. He brought all his questions, stayed for a second week and did the program again, all the classes included. He stayed on for a third week to implement everything the first two weeks had taught him.  Little did he know that all along he carried all the answers inside his body. Little did he know that the questions that seemed so important would vanish into the morning mist and in the rising sun he couldn’t even remember why he had them or where they had come from.   All the answers were there. Questions became fun and thrilling, not heavy or limiting. We always point out that no one is a better expert at us than own bodies. What we taught him was to listen to his body and understand what both the body and the mind really were and what they were telling him, or trying to.   He came for one week but stayed for three, two doing the program and the third his own thing. He implemented all he learned in his life. Every morning we started with stretching our bodies in yoga and then after a healthy breakfast he would jump on his bike and go to places that would trigger his anxiety. He used all the methods he had learned, and little by little he managed to do all those things that he hadn’t been able to since the traumas of life, as a soldier in the Army (12 years) and as a fire man in the Fire Brigade (11 years).  In the end, he figured it out!   Now it’s just a practice of good habits. He knows what to do. And he knows what will happen if he doesn’t do his healthy practices, too.   He did  this .

When he came he hadn’t slept well for years. His goal was to figure out why. He had tried everything but nothing worked. He brought all his questions, stayed for a second week doing the program again, going to all the classes again. He stayed on for a third week to implement it all. Little did he know that he carried all the answers. Little did he know that the questions that seemed so important vanished like mist in the sun and he couldn’t even remember why he had them.

Feel f Real

Feel f Real

Feel for Real (FfR) is the method we use to get to know our needs, observe and understand them, make friends with them and ultimately love them and the Self they represent. It’s a method we use in all we do, a practice that has long been forgotten and oppressed in our society. Distress and eventually disease is the result of this oppression, and the reason FfR was created. It’s not about being mindful but about being bodyful.

A question from Lollo on her way back to London

She just arrived home after a week of pure healthy living in Thailand at our loved Oshram where the deers, peacocks and butterflies roam freely. The 12 hour flight back to the UK gave her time for reflection and planning. She made weekly schedules and tried to fit in all the things she thought she had to do to stay healthy, realising there wasn’t enough time. How could she possibly become healthy and keep up her "normal life”?

Creativity Arises When Fear is No longer a Reason to Stop.

Creativity Arises When Fear is No longer a Reason to Stop.

If we can jump out of the grip our fear holds on us, we have a greater possibility to succeed. If our expectation of a certain outcome is a driving force and not a limitation, we have a greater possibility to succeed too, as we detach from  “I need to succeed.” The “need” for success becomes a limitation if we are afraid of not succeeding. The frustration a “need” creates in us is not an energy that makes us creative or productive, but rather a block to our energy. Expectation is a driving force if we can work towards the outcome of our expectation while being OK  the actual outcome expected is not delivered.

Aromas for Anxiety, Insomnia, Aging and more

Aromas for Anxiety, Insomnia, Aging and more

The aroma of fresh coffee in the morning kicks the morning blues better than anything else I know of, much, much better than the actual taste. New scientific studies show that aromatherapy is hugely beneficial, but the same olfactory bulb (just above the nose) that can be used to heal us can also be easily fooled by the chemical industry

~ Bum Sitting & Creativity ~

~ Bum Sitting & Creativity ~

If you attended the Spring Retreats in Spain, you may recall we began using the phrase “Bum Sitting” where we once used the word “meditation.” The logic was simple - ditch everything we thought we knew about meditation (it’s been passed down through too many generations and with too much connotative disarray).

The general Bum Sitting technique for creativity is easy. Assume any

Why a man (me) celebrates International Women's Day.

Why a man (me) celebrates International Women's Day.

Why a man celebrates International Women's Day.

Well, that's easy.

First, I wouldn't be here physically had a woman or women not preceded me - in that I was born- and second, I wouldn't be here where I am now intellectually had a woman or women not preceded me - in that I was educated - and third, I wouldn't be here where I am now emotionally

Meditation - the 5th Pillar of Yoga

Meditation - the 5th Pillar of Yoga

Meditation - In latin meditare means to reflect upon, the opposite of trying to silence your thoughts. But there is a huge difference in between having a thought and the thought having you. If there is a thought be with it, and when it passes just be. As opposed to relaxation meditation is done with a very conscious mind, with as much awareness as possible. The more awareness of your being (in time) the deeper the meditation. The form is irrelevant, as long as you can get to the point of awareness. It can be done sitting, while doing something, or with technics like the Zen, Mantra, or Vipassana (awareness of breathing) meditation.

Do you breathe?

Silly question, of course you know that you breathe! Well, not really. We have totally forgotten that breathing is as important as eating, exercise or sleeping for health. In Ayurveda and Yoga it is described as 'life'. It's even the same word in Sanskrit. Life starts with an inhale and it ends with an exhale. All in between is life.