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Sun Salutations or Surya Namaskara to see off the Winter Blues..

Sun Salutations or Surya Namaskara to see off the Winter Blues..
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Sun Salutes are my absolute go to when Kapha stagnation takes hold. Just a few rounds after a walk in daylight can help to lift our mood, especially if you suffer with SAD as i am realizing i do in the Winter months.
 
I can soon get into low vibrational states and find that incorporating some Surya Bedhana. (right nostril breathing) followed by a few rounds of Sun Salutes really helps to shift any stagnant energy and lift my mood.
 
The benefits of Sun Salutations are great, an all around work out, tones the body,helps boost the metabolism, lift the mood, nourishes the organs and glands, is known as a complete Sadhana as it uses all the aspects of movement, breath, meditation and Spiritual practice.
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Followed by Tratak or Candle gazing, this helps to take the fire inward, also really beneficial if you suffer with hot flushes too.
Light a candle and place at eye level. Gaze into the flame without blinking for a little while, close your eyes and focus on the imprint behind the eyes, stay with it until it disappears then open your eyes and look again.
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Surya Mudra is also helpful when Kapha is out of control and weight gain becomes an issue.
Take the thumb and place it over the Ring finger, and hold for 5 mins to up to 30 minutes.
 
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Ooh not so keen on the Winter!! Soups are my saviour.

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I aren’t so keen on the Winter months i must say, born in May i love the Sunshine and all things warm. However, one thing i do love about Winter is Soups!! This morning i decided to move as i have got myself into a Kapha rut, wanting to stay inside and it’s left me feeling a bit stagnant so I got up early today, wrapped up, and got myself out for sunrise in the frost, and actually, i am starting to make friends with Winter mornings, especially the frosty ones..
Here’s an inspiration from today. Enjoy xx
 
Carrot – Parsnip- Ginger Lime Soup.
 
Ingredients
2 tbsp vegetable oil
1 large or 2 medium onions, chopped
500g carrots, roughly chopped
500g parsnips, roughly chopped
1 tsp ground turmeric, optional
1 tbsp ground coriander
40g root ginger, chopped
about 1.4 litres vegetable stock (use gluten-free stock if required)
juice of ½ lemon
12 tbsp natural yogurt, to serve
coriander leaves, to serve
For the crispy ginger (optional)
2 tbsp vegetable oil
2 tbsp shredded root ginger
½ tbsp nigella seeds (or cumin or mustard seeds)
 
The soup keeps for 3-4 days in the fridge or can be frozen.
Heat the oil in a large saucepan or casserole. Add the onions and a pinch of salt, and cook for 5 minutes over a medium heat until starting to soften. Add the carrots, parsnips, ground spices and ginger and stir well to coat. Cook gently, covered, for 10 minutes, making sure the spices don’t catch and burn. This helps to bring out the full flavour of the vegetables.
Add the stock, bring to a simmer and cook for 15-20 minutes or until the vegetables are completely tender. Blend the soup until smooth, then adjust the seasoning and consistency, adding lemon juice to taste and extra water if the soup is too thick. Reheat if necessary.
If making the crispy ginger, heat the oil in a small frying pan and fry the ginger until it’s starting to turn golden and crisp. Add the seeds and cook for another 15-30 seconds.
Ladle the soup into bowls and top with a swirl of yogurt, coriander leaves, and the crispy ginger and seeds if using.
 
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Boost your digestive fire in the run up to Christmas.

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Hello lovely ones….This is a great Ayurvedic recipe to fire up the digestive system pre Christmas food week, it helps to reduce indigestion and support the system when we are overindulging.
 
Raw ginger with salt & lime
INGREDIENTS
Serves 2
  • 5cm (2in) piece fresh ginger, peeled
  • Juice of ½ lime or lemon
  • ½ tsp sea salt
  • Raw Honey
METHOD
  1. Slice the ginger as thinly as possible into a jar or small bowl, squeeze over the lime juice and mix in the salt and honey.
  2. Allow to marinate for an hour or so if you’d like the flavours to mingle or enjoy immediately. Chew and savour a few slices up to 15 minutes before you’d like to tuck into lunch or dinner.
  3. For a quick one-person prep, grate a small amount of fresh ginger onto a spoon, add a squeeze of lime and a pinch of rock salt and chew chew chew!
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What are the benefits of a slower Yoga practice?

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What are the benefits of a slower Yoga practice?

Emerging research suggests several important benefits of slow, mindful movement practices.

Scientists are starting to understand the benefits slow movement has on important
systems involved in the regulation of energy including:

Improves energy.
Improves energy – Metabolism – The Immune System – The Pain Response System
Body Temperature Regulation – Hormones

If you have low energy or feel fatigued or exhausted, slow movement may help reduce fatigue, nourish your body, and improve your energy.

Slow, mindful Yoga trains your nervous system to build resilience, adapt to stressors, develop greater patience, and improve overall health and wellbeing.

Dealing with Chronic Pain?

Perhaps one of the most exciting developments in recent years regarding the benefits of slow movement is in the field of chronic pain.

Chronic pain has baffled the medical community. It is a growing public health problem. But science is starting to understand that slow, mindful movement can begin to unravel pain signals, reduce sensitization, and reorganize the nervous system.

This in turn helps to develop a more functional and accurate connection between
the body and mind so that chronic pain is reduced, this process fosters the “rest and digest” or parasympathetic nervous system response, which is helpful for reducing chronic pain.

Eases symptoms of Depression.

Holger Cramer, a prolific German yoga researcher, suggests that yoga can significantly ease the symptoms of depression. Improves nervous system function Decreases stress hormones Activates attention networks Reduces emotional reactivity Reduces dysfunctional thoughts Enhances positive psychological characteristics Here’s what one of his studies says specifically about the benefits of yoga for depression: Improves nervous system function Decreases stress hormones Activates attention networks Reduces emotional reactivity Reduces dysfunctional thoughts Enhances positive psychological characteristics

Digestion problems?

The Rest and Digest response of the nervous system is essential for digestion. It is a below the-level of consciousness function of the parasympathetic nervous system. Through slow, mindful movement, self compassion, kindness, and prioritizing
self-care, the body can override stress
signals and improve digestion.

Diabetes, Heart Disease, Arthritis?
There is some interesting research suggesting that slow, mindful practice can be beneficial to many chronic conditions. While fast yoga may support cardiovascular fitness, slow yoga practice does something different – it develops “interoceptive awareness,” or the capacity to feel into your body and make good
choices based on a deeper selfunderstanding.

As a culture, we are facing a health crisis from the effects of chronic stress, and the medical system doesn’t have all the answers.

Stress is relieved by learning how to better regulate your nervous system.

Spirituality – Journal Prompts

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This month is Radiant Woman Circle our topic has been Spirituality.
Here are our Journal prompts. Make yourself a nice herbal tea, light a candle, get out your journal, sit down take a breath.❤️ xx
 
Journal prompts – Spirituality.
 
Our spiritual self informs our beliefs about the world, our purpose, our place in the bigger puzzle of life, and more. Spirituality can involve religion, but it doesn’t have to. It’s how we make sense of the world, where we find joy, and what we feel gives our life meaning.
 
What things are you most grateful for right now?
What does spirituality mean to you?
Where does your spiritual streak show up in your daily life?
What do you believe makes the world a better place?
Do you believe you find your purpose or believe your purpose finds you?
Do you believe you have a soul? Why or why not?
What gives your life meaning today?
What leaves you feeling purposeful?
Do you remember your dreams? Are you aware of the symbolic messages they hold for you?
Do you trust your intuition?
How much silence is there in your life for the whispers of intuition to be heard? Do you have a regular Meditation practice? Do you take time to Relax each day?
Which people, figures, or ideas have had the biggest impact on your spiritual life?
How do you define wisdom? Where do you look for wisdom in your own life?
When have you felt most connected to your spiritual side?
Do you believe more in serendipity or coincidence? Why?
What are some of your biggest unanswered questions in life?
For you Spirituality, Soul, what would you like to cultivate over the next month?
Where could you create more soul time?