Sunday, 11 February 2018

Hello and welcome!

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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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This week on 40plusandalliswell



This 'vegan sausage, bean and cornbread pie' is a favourite in our house, a really tasty and satisfying supper.
Recipe on my 'sister' blog- http://40plusandalliswell.blogspot.co.uk/2018/02/meatless-monday-vegan-sausage-bean-and_5.html

On my 'sister' blog post we look at one theory of how our bodies age and some steps we can take to help prevent it-http://40plusandalliswell.blogspot.co.uk/2018/02/theories-of-aging-telomere-shortening.html

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Same pose, different relation to gravity - Cobra


Cobra is a great pose for opening the chest.  It improves posture and by encouraging deeper breathing, relieves stress and fatigue.  But if you find lying on your tummy uncomfortable, you can get the same benefits by doing a standing variation.  To practice standing Cobra start in Tadasana, lengthen your spine and move your tailbone down towards the floor.  Interlace your fingers behind your back, inhale and take your arms up and back to open your chest.  Gaze can be straight ahead or up depending on your neck.

You could also practice this variation of Cobra seated in Dandasana or sitting back on your heals.
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Namaste,




Friday, 9 February 2018

Yoga for self-care - calming ‘monkey mind’

Please click on the video below to watch, 'Yoga for self care - calming ‘monkey mind'-on my YouTube Channel.


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We live in a society that regards busy as best.  We are expected to ‘have it all’ and this can lead to us having long ‘to do’ lists that never get fully ticked off and thoughts that flit from one thing to another.  This is often compared to a monkey flitting from tree to tree.  If this situation continues however we can be in a state of constant ‘fight or flight’.  Without a lion to run from the resultant cortisol and other stress hormones which are damaging to our wellbeing.  Long term this may lead to high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes etc.
It is worth taking the time to calm ‘monkey mind’ therefore. You will not only feel better but you will be more productive and resilient.  For our video this week I have chosen sequences and poses that focus our minds so that the ‘monkey’ becomes quiet.
We end the video with a breathing technique that involves counting the length of the inhales, exhales and the pauses between the inhale and exhale, exhale and inhale. 

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Namaste,



Sunday, 4 February 2018

This week on 40plusandalliswell


These vegan chilli tortilla bowls are quick to make, and a few minutes in the oven really brings out the flavour of the tortillas. The tortillas are pressed into the ovenproof bowls so that they take on the shape of the bowls. You can either fill them with chilli and serve in the bowls once they are cool enough to handle or lift the tortillas out of the bowl (they will hold their shape) and place on a plate ready for filling.
Recipe on my 'sister' blog-http://40plusandalliswell.blogspot.co.uk/2018/01/meatless-monday-vegan-chilli-tortilla.html
This blog post was included in the online paper-https://paper.li/VegNewsFeed?edition_id=c7472a80-0507-11e8-8810-0cc47a0d1605#/

Do collagen creams work? In this blog post we look at this question and offer some suggestions for alternatives. 
Please see my 'sister' blog-http://40plusandalliswell.blogspot.co.uk/2018/02/do-collagen-creams-work.html

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Same pose, different relation to gravity – Downward Facing Dog

Downward Facing Dog is a great pose.  It is a semi-inversion that stretches the back of your legs and lengthens the spine.  Some even say it is a ‘resting pose’.  But there are other ways to achieve the benefits of Downward Facing Dog if it is not for you.


Variation at the wall – stand facing the wall with your fingertips on the wall at navel height.  Breathe in and as you breathe out walk your feet back until your hips and shoulders are level, your head between your hands.  Your feet should be hip distance, the outside edges parallel or heels slightly out.  Press your tailbone back. In this variation your head is not lower than your heart so it is better for anyone who has heart issues, high blood pressure, glaucoma etc.  To come out of the pose, inhale walk your feet forward and come up.  As a counter pose, interlace your fingers behind your back, inhale lift your chest as you lift your arms up and back.



Reclined variation – lie with your legs outstretched.  Breathe in and as you breathe out draw your knees over your chest.  Breathe in and lift your heels towards the ceiling as you take your arms overhead.  Hold and breathe pressing away through your heels. When you are ready to come out of the pose, breathe out, bend your knees, take your feet to the floor, bring your arms down by your sides. 



Hope you found a variation that feels good for you.
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Namaste



Wednesday, 31 January 2018

Yoga for self-care - TLC for your nervous system


Please click on the video below to watch, 'Yoga for self care -TLC for your nervous system'-on my YouTube Channel.



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It’s so important these days to take time out to nurture our nervous system. Life is hectic.  We are expected to ‘have it all’ and for many this means taking work home, so that our time to relax is reduced.  This creates stress which impinges on our well being.  

Well done then, for taking time out to give your nervous system some TLC.  In our video this week we start with some sun salutations.  This may seem strange - sun salutations are invigorating aren’t they?  I believe however, that by releasing any tension with sun salutation, we are better able to relax into a restorative practice leading to deeper relaxation. We prepare to relax into a visualisation with Alternate Nostril Breathing which calms the mind by balancing right and left hemispheres.


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Namaste,