Sunday, 23 July 2017

Blog Update

(Photo Credit: Jane Beadnell Photography (http://janebeadnellphotography.co.uk/)



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.

Please see below for my latest post!



This week on 40plusandalliswell


Whatever the weather, you can still enjoy this recipe. The barbeque sauce is so moreish and you will probably have some left over which you can enjoy with kebabs, on or on a pizza!
Recipe on my 'sister' blog- http://40plusandalliswell.blogspot.co.uk/2017/07/meatless-monday-tofu-with-vegan.html

'Age reverse - Youthful skin'. On my 'sister' blog I look at natural ways to slow down skin aging- http://40plusandalliswell.blogspot.co.uk/2017/07/age-reverse-youthful-skin.html

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Yoga finishing sequence - receive the benefits

A yoga finishing sequence will release any tension and calm the mind ready for final relaxation.  Don't be tempted to skip final relaxation - it is the most important part of your practice and one in which you will receive the benefits of your practice.  

Below is an example of a reclined finishing sequence.  

Supta padagusthasana variation (release the hamstrings - great after a standing pose sequence) - lie on the mat with your legs outstretched.  Draw your right knee in towards your chest and take hold of your right big toe with your thumb and first finger.  Work towards straightening your right leg,  To modify take a yoga belt ot dressing gown tie around the ball of your right foot.  Breathe out and lift your head and chest towards your leg. To come out of the pose, breathe in and lower, bend your right knee and release your big toe or release the belt. Stretch out the right leg then repeat second side.



Reclined twist (twist out any tension) - lie  with your legs outstretched.  Bend your right knee so that your right heel is close to your right buttock.  Press into your right foot to lift your hips then taking your hips a little to the right, lower your hips.  Take your right arm out to shoulder height or a little way from your body. Breathe in, take hold of your right knee with your lift hand, breathe out, take your right knee to the left.  



Shoulder bridge variation (releases tension in the spine, shoulders and neck, calms the mind for final relaxation) - lie with your knees bent, heels close into the buttocks, arms by your sides.  Breathe in and lift your hips as you take your arms overhead. Breathe out lower your hips bring your arms down by your sides.  Continue to work with your breath for several moves.



Hip circles - draw your knees towards your chest, wrap your arms around your knees and rock gently from side to side.  Take your hands onto your knees and circle your knees, small circles getting larger with each repetition. Reverse direction and start to make the circles smaller once more.


Savasana - stretch out your legs for final relaxation

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Tuesday, 18 July 2017

Qualities cultivated by yoga - curiosity


Please click on the video below to watch, 'Qualities cultivated by yoga - curiosity'-on my YouTube Channel.



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I like to think that I learn something new every day because I am curious about so many things but especially things connected with yoga, wellness and nature.  On a recent break to the Galloway forest area of Scotland, I was so very excited to learn more about red deer - my family fed a herd of them with a ranger who told us so much about them. I was also thrilled to bits to see red kite being fed as we toured the area, and so many of them - it is so very wonderful that they have been brought back from the brink of extinction.  I also was able to tick off my list a nuthatch, a sedge warbler and a reed bunting in the locality.   

We can cultivate curiosity on the mat by coming to our yoga practice with a beginner's mind. Every time we practice even familiar poses such as Triangle and we can be curious as to the sensations we are feeling, the effect they have on the breath, thoughts, energy or emotions and the differences between sides.  On and off the mat being curious anchors us to the present moment so that we are not fretting about the past or worrying about the future and this helps relieve stress. The meditation is one in which we practice being curious about the differences between each of our hands and each of our feet as they relax before allowing soothing waves of relaxation to completely relax us.

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Sunday, 16 July 2017

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This is a vegan version of a takeaway that will even delight your non-vegan friends - healthier too!
Recipe on my 'sister' blog- http://40plusandalliswell.blogspot.co.uk/2017/07/meatless-monday-southern-fried-tofu.html

On my 'sister' blog we explore why we love to be 'beside the seaside', and the health benefits of being at the coast- http://40plusandalliswell.blogspot.co.uk/2017/07/oh-why-do-we-love-to-beside-seaside.html

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Building a home practice-Yoga warm ups, so worth it - standing poses

Standing poses have many benefits from grounding to building focus and concentration. They build strength in the legs, stretch the leg muscles and create flexibility in the hips.  The following sequence will prepare your legs, hips and spine for a standing pose sequence. You will need one or two blocks, possibly two cushions and a yoga belt or a dressing gown tie:-

To start spend a few moments in Hero pose or Easy pose if Hero is too much for your knees with your eyes closed watching your breath.  To come into Hero pose start in kneeling with your knees together and heels apart so that there is space for you to sit back between your heels.  Your feet should be in line with your shins.  Sit back between your heels.  If this is too much for your knees, elevate your hips by placing one or two blocks between your heels (short edge of the block towards your knees).  Top the blocks with a blanket if you need to. Do not let your props force your knees apart.  Your ankles should be tucked in close your hips and your weight evenly distributed over your sit bones.  If your ankles bother you in the pose, a rolled up towel placed under your feet can help.  Rest your hands on your thighs. Some people may benefit from a rolled up towel placed behind the knees.  To come out of the pose come back to all fours, stretch out the right leg pressing back through the heel.  
Repeat with the left leg then come to lying on your back.



Supta padangusthasana - lie on your mat and draw your right knee in towards your chest. If you have lower back issues bend your left leg, otherwise press the back of your left leg into the mat. Take the strap around the ball of your right foot and holding the strap in both hands start to straighten the back of your leg.  Work with the breath with each inhale press through your right heel, with each exhale you may be able to draw your leg closer in. Continue until you find your 'edge' - that place where you feel a stretch but not a strain. Now hold both sides of the strap in your right hand and place your left hand on your left hip. Breathe in and as you breathe out engage your core and take your leg out to the side and up. If you cannot get your leg higher than your hip, bend your knee slightly.  To come out of the pose bend your right knee, breathe out, engage your core and draw your leg back to centre then down on the mat.  Repeat second side then make your way back to seated.



Leg warm up - sit on a block with your legs outstretched.  Bend your right knee and, supporting your leg by holding the back of your thigh with both hands, raise your right foot a few inches from the ground.  Spread and open your toes then curl your toes in towards the sole of your foot.  Repeat several times then circle your ankle one way then the other way several times.  



Circle the knee joint by 'drawing' circles with your foot in the air, one way then the other.  
Release your left hand and circle the hip by 'drawing' large circles with your foot, one way then the other.  



Take hold of the outside of your right foot, lift it up then circle your foot back to the start position. Repeat several times then reverse.



Baddha Konasana - sit on a block, bring the soles of your feet together, close into your body and hold onto your ankles, or if this causes your back to round hold onto your shins. You may support your thighs with cushions to protect your SI joint.



Cat/Cow - with your hands under your shoulders, knees under hips, breathe in lift your head and chest, breathe out tuck your chin and arch your back.  Continue working with your breath. 


Thread the Needle - come back to a neutral spine, breathe in and stretch your right arm up, breathe out as you bend your left elbow, post your right arm under your left and take your head and shoulders to a block or to the mat.  Press into your left hand to deepen the twist. Stay for several breaths then when you are ready to come out press into your left hand and return to all fours.  Repeat second side then stretch out your spine in extended Child pose.  



You are now ready for your standing pose practice.

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You may also like 'Building a home practice- Yoga warm ups, so worth it' and 'Building a home practice-Yoga warm ups, so worth it-twists'.

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Wednesday, 12 July 2017

Qualities cultivated by yoga - equanimity

Please click on the video below to watch, 'Qualities cultivated by yoga - equanimity'-on my YouTube Channel.



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Equanimity is one of the four Brahmaviharas, or 'divine abodes' in Buddhism along with loving kindness, compassion and sympathetic joy.  They represent an ideal way of interacting with others in order to avoid suffering. Equanimity is not indifference but an ability to open the heart to compassion and loving kindness without causing suffering to self. It is often described as 'seeing things as they are' knowing that whether good or bad it will pass.  

In our video this week my intention is to relax the body and calm the mind in order to be better able to 'see things as they are'.  The meditation is one where we practice being with our emotions, whatever they happen to be.  Not turning away from them, pretending they do not exist nor judging them as 'good' or 'bad' but just allowing them.  

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Thursday, 29 June 2017

Yoga and the moon


You will be aware that the moon exerts a pull on the oceans causing high and low tides and if you consider that people are 70% water, the moon must affect us to some extent.  
There is a belief among some yogis that you should refrain from yoga practice when the moon is full.  In fact a full moon affects prana vayu causing an upward movement of energy leading to over-stimulation that can increase the risk of injury and disrupt sleep. A yoga practice at this time should therefore focus on the opposite energy - a grounding practice which encourages the downward movement of energy, apana vayu. Similarly a new moon has weak energy and, because digestive energy may be weak some yogis fast at this time. A yoga practice should be an invigorating one that focuses on prana vayu.  

Try this moon salutation to ground your energy at the time of the full moon. Please see 'Moon salutation'.

You might also like-
'Beginners guide to the vayus'

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Tuesday, 27 June 2017

Becky's new children's e-book- 'Animal Disco'

Our guest blogger, Becky has published another children's  e-book on Amazon. It is called 'Animal Disco' and is an interactive book. 'This picture book gets kids dancing along with some really wild movers and shakers- and busting their own moves too!'- Suitable for children aged 3-8 years. You may want to join in too!!! Please see-https://www.amazon.co.uk/Animal-Disco-Becky-Barnes-ebook/dp/B07217B21G/
Thank you


Qualities cultivated by yoga - non-attachment

Please click on the video below to watch, 'Qualities cultivated by yoga - non-attachment'-on my YouTube Channel.



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Firstly let's be clear - non-attachment does not mean you should not be attached to your family and friends, love the place you live etc. In fact our attachments to other people, especially as children, are necessary for us to flourish. 

What non-attachment does mean is not being attached to a certain outcome for your actions which in yoga is a cause for suffering.  Non-attachment means letting go of control and being in the moment.  In our yoga practice we might work towards a certain pose but our practice should be like a journey we can enjoy and whether we reach the final destination does not matter. All that matters is that we benefit physically, mentally and spiritually from the practice. One of the ways we can cultivate non-attachment is through svadhyaya, self study which creates an awareness of whether you are clinging to a certain outcome, trying to control others etc. We can also cultivate gratitude for what we have.  

In our practice this week we work towards variations of a seated twist, and practice being happy with the variation that suits our bodies, which is of course the one that will be of most benefit to us. In time another variation may suit us better but be in the now. The meditation is one developed from my love of nature.

You may also like the following videos on my You Tube Channel:- 

The Niyamas-Svadhyaya
Mindfulness-Mindful of gratitude
Meditation to cultivate gratitude

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Sunday, 25 June 2017

Building a home practice - warm ups, so worth it - twists


For a practice focused on deep standing twists such as Revolved Triangle, Revolved Side Angle or Revolved Half Moon Balance, your warm up should mobilise the spine in all directions and create some length in the spine.  The neck is the most mobile part of the spine and easy to strain in twists so include some neck releases and if you have any doubts about your neck, keep your chin in line with your chest when you practice deep twists. Below is a sample warm up sequence for standing twists.

Neck releases (all movements of the neck should be slow.  If you come across any tight areas stop and breathe into that area)- sit on a block with a straight spine, your chin level with the floor.  Breathe in and as you breathe out take your chin to your chest, breathe in lift your chin up towards the ceiling.  Breathe out bring your chin down to your chest.  Breathe in and as you breathe out circle your chin to your right shoulder.  Breathe in circle back to centre, breathe out circle your chin to your left shoulder and continue working with your breath. After several movements breathe in come back to centre, then on your next breath in bring your chin back level with the floor. Breathe out drop your right ear to your right shoulder. Hold for several breaths then inhale come back to centre, exhale drop your left ear to your left shoulder. Hold for several breaths then inhale come back to centre.



Back bend/forward bend - place your fingertips on your shoulders, elbows level with the shoulders.  Breathe in, lift your chest and chin, take your elbows back.  Breathe out round forward bringing your elbows together.  Continue for around a minute. 



Lateral stretch -change the cross of your legs.  Have your hands in a yogic grip, fingers of the hands curled around each other.  Inhale lift your left elbow, lower the right elbow opening up the left side of your body, exhale lift your right elbow, lower the left elbow as you open up the right side of your body. Your gaze follows the raised elbow. Continue for a minute.



Seated twist - bring your fingertips to your shoulders, inhale twist to the left, exhale twist to the right and continue for a minute.  
Puppy (lengthen spine) - come to all fours and, keeping your hips lifted, walk your hands forward allowing your chest to release towards the mat. If this is hard on your shoulders, interlace your fingers above your head. To come out of the pose slide your hands back and rest in extended Child's pose.  
Downward Facing Dog variation - when you are ready come to all fours.  Breathe in, tuck your toes, breathe out lift your knees about 8 inch from the mat.  Release your chest towards your thighs to lengthen your spine the start to straighten your legs.  Hold for 5 breaths then walk your feet towards your hands and when your shoulders come over your hands, breathe in, roll up to standing.  



Now you are ready to practice twists.

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This week's Meatless Monday is for 'Sweet red pepper falafel' which can be enjoyed hot or cold! 
Recipe on my 'sister' blog- http://40plusandalliswell.blogspot.co.uk/2017/06/meatless-monday-sweet-red-pepper-falafel.html

There is a meditation for the summer solstice on my 'sister' blog- 
http://40plusandalliswell.blogspot.co.uk/2017/06/meditation-for-summer-solstice.html

People worry a great deal about getting enough protein. On my 'sister' blog we look at how vegans can get complete proteins in their diet. There are also lots of recipe ideas that will give you complete protein! http://40plusandalliswell.blogspot.co.uk/2017/06/the-vegan-diet-and-protein.html This blog post was included in the online paper, Mrs Kathy King's Party Planning Lounge' - http://paper.li/MrsKathyKing/1413770769?edition_id=5ac289c0-580c-11e7-82b6-0cc47a0d1605#/ 

Many of us suffer from back pain at some point in our lives, but for some people back pain can become chronic. On my 'sister' blog I offer some suggestions which may help- http://40plusandalliswell.blogspot.co.uk/2017/06/natural-help-for-back-pain.html This blog post was included in the online paper, 'Yoga Vitality Magazine' - 
http://paper.li/Yoga_Vitality/1336524135?edition_id=42f8cf90-5a08-11e7-82b6-0cc47a0d1605#/

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Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Qualities cultivated by yoga - self-awareness

Please click on the video below to watch, 'Qualities cultivated by yoga - self-awareness'-on my YouTube Channel.



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Yoga increases self-awareness on several levels.  Firstly it increases your awareness of your body in space (proprioception).  Proprioception is an awareness that arises through feedback from sensory receptors in muscles and skin.  Together with the visual system and vestibular system, proprioception helps us balance. This however is not the focus of our video this week.  In the video the intention is to quieten the mental chatter that clouds the 'windows' of our minds so that as the 'windows' clear, we are able to look inside of ourselves and see our true selves which are loving, kind, compassionate and forgiving.  The meditation is one in which we simply watch our breath, observing our thoughts and allowing them to drift away like clouds passing by without becoming involved in their stories.

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Sunday, 18 June 2017

This week on 40plusandalliswell


Salads need not be boring as this Asian inspired quinoa salad shows. Healthy, quick to prepare and delicious, it would make a good packed lunch.
Recipe on my 'sister' blog- http://40plusandalliswell.blogspot.co.uk/2017/06/meatless-monday-asian-quinoa-salad.html

This Sunday is Father's Day. Many commercial aftershaves contain harmful chemicals so why not make this essential oil aftershave for your dad?
Please see my 'sister' blog- http://40plusandalliswell.blogspot.co.uk/2017/06/fathers-day-gift-to-make-aftershave.html

This year we have a bumper crop of strawberries and I do love strawberries! 
On my 'sister' blog there are tips on growing organic strawberries and eating them! 
http://40plusandalliswell.blogspot.co.uk/2017/06/organic-garden-update-harvesting.html

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Building a home practice - yoga warm ups, so worth it

Yoga warm ups gently stretch the muscles and lubricate the joints in preparation for the more challenging poses at the 'core' of the practice.  More than this however, yoga warm ups bring us into the moment, allowing us to leave behind our busy day and be present.  The following sequence is a warm up for deeper back bends.  

Start in savasana, gently close your eyes and take a moment to check out your physical body and allow your breath to settle.  When you are ready gently open your eyes and take a.... 

Full body stretch - take a breath in, raise the arms overhead and press through both heels, moving the prana (life force) around your body then when you are ready to breathe out soften your legs and bring your arms back down by your sides.  Repeat twice more.



Gentle twist (starting to mobilise the spine in all directions)- bend your knees, bringing your heels towards your hips and take your arms out to 45 degrees.  Breathe in and as you breathe out let your knees fall to the right, just as far as they want to go.  Breathe in and centre, breathe out repeat to the left.  After a few repetitions add a warm up for your neck by turning your head in the opposite direction to the knees.  



Pelvic tilts (warms up the spine) - bend your knees and rest your hands on your hip points. Breathe in and curl your pubic bone towards you, flattening your back into the mat, breathe out roll your pubic bone down towards the mat creating a space under your back.  



Pelvic Tilts with Shoulder Bridge (adding a gentle back bend and warming up the shoulders) -  breathe in and curl your pubic bone towards you, flattening your back into the mat, breathe out roll your pubic bone down towards the mat creating a space under your back.   Breathe in lift your hips, take your arms overhead, breathe out lower your hips, bring your arms back over and repeat the sequence three more times.  



Warm up for core (core muscles support the lower back in back bends) - with your knees bent, place your hands at the top of your thigh, breathe out and curl up, tucking your chin and sliding your hands towards your knees. Breathe in to lower back down.  Repeat twice more.  Come to all fours.  



Cat/Cow - with your hands under your shoulders, knees under hips, breathe in lift your head and chest, breathe out tuck your chin and arch your back.  Continue working with your breath for several repetitions.



Lunge variation (stretch the front of your hips and warm up the shoulders) - come back to all fours and bring your right foot to the inside of your right hand, hinge forward (pad the back knee if you need to by folding your mat or placing a cushion under it). Breathe in come up, breathe out, interlace your fingers behind your back, breathe in lift your chest, take your arms up and back. Breathe out to return to start position.  



Extended Child Pose - come to the back of your mat, big toe touching, knees wide. Walk your hands forward and bring your head to the mat, a block or a cushion. Press your tail bone back and stretch forward to lengthen your spine before back bend.  Stay here for a few breaths.  



Now you are ready to begin your back bends.

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Friday, 16 June 2017

Why salute the sun?






We have mentioned before that 'hatha' means sun/moon.  The sun represents the warm, active masculine energy and the moon the cool, intuitive feminine energy.  Hatha yoga seeks to bring about a balance between the two energies which whether you are male or female, you have.  

The Hindus have revered the sun for thousands of years and it's not surprising.  All life is dependent on the sun. Plants use water, which they take in through their roots and carbon-dioxide from the air and using the sun's energy convert these to food in a process called photosynthesis.  Even if you are not vegan, you eat animals that in turn eat plants so ultimately all life depends on the sun.  It is no wonder then that this source of life was revered by the ancients.  Ancient yogis also believed that we are a microcosm of the universe so that for instance your blood might represent rivers etc.  There is some science to back the idea of the body being a microcosm of the universe - we are made up of the same fundamental particles as the universe.  Ancient yogis believed that the outer sun is reflected in us at the heart.  

Surya namaskar, sun salutations, may have originated 2500 years ago to greet the dawn although this is a subject of debate. 'Surya' means sun and 'namaskar' comes from 'namas' meaning to bow down to or adore.  Sun salutations as we know them certainly may be a more modern invention.

Sun salutations have many benefits. They are good to use as a warm up because they stretch all the muscles and lubricate the joints.  They boost circulation and open up the chest to expand the lungs.  This allows more oxygen to enter the body and be delivered to the muscles and brain (when we move into forward fold or downward facing dog) and so sun salutations are energizing. 

Boosting circulation also has benefits for the skin and hair as more nutrients are delivered to them. Forward folds and back bends are calming for the nervous system (they activate the 'rest and digest' part of the nervous system, that is the parasympathetic nervous system) reducing stress which is of benefit to the immune system and the endocrine system. 

Stretching and compressing the abdomen stimulates digestion.  The dynamic nature of sun salutations also 'lights' the digestive fire, agni and helps maintain heart health (after all the heart is a muscle). Sun salutations may also aid weight loss.   

Interestingly there are 12 names for the sun in Indian astrology and there are twelve positions in the basic sun salutations.  For step by step sun salutations A and B please see 'Yoga Pose Gallery'.

Next week we will look at yoga's connection to the moon.

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Tuesday, 13 June 2017

Qualities cultivated by yoga - loving kindness

Please click on the video below to watch, 'Qualities cultivated by yoga - loving kindness'-on my YouTube Channel.


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In Buddhism loving kindness is one of the four Brahmaviharas or 'divine abodes' along with compassion, joy and equanimity which we will cultivate in another video. Loving kindness requires an open heart and is not always easy. If however, we recognise that each of us has the divine light within us, it becomes easier to extend loving kindness to even people who are not kind to us.  When someone is less than kind to you there is probably an underlying fear, worry, or anxiety that you are unaware of. Thinking in these terms, your heart softens towards that person.  

Every day provides us with opportunities to perform small acts of loving kindness to family, friends and strangers. These do not only benefit the recipient but you will find that they increase your own happiness also.  

Our yoga practice is one of heart openers including Puppy pose which is often called 'melting heart' pose - allowing our hearts to melt is often what we need to do to in order to cultivate loving kindness.  

If you would like to practice metta, loving kindness meditation on my You Tube Channel the link is 'Loving Kindness Meditation'.  On the video above however is a meditation on loving kindness based on my own experience.  

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Sunday, 11 June 2017

This week on 40plusandalliswell


In our little village near York it feels like summer has temporarily left us - it's pouring down and cool. Not to worry, this comforting mushroom and white bean stew will cheer any wet weather day!
Recipe on my 'sister' blog- http://40plusandalliswell.blogspot.co.uk/2017/06/meatless-monday-mushroom-and-white-bean.html

Organic garden update - building bean frames and harvesting the winter onions. 
See my 'sister' blog for instructions for building a bean frame of your own! 
http://40plusandalliswell.blogspot.co.uk/2017/06/organic-garden-update-building-bean.html

On my 'sister' blog we look at some natural help for osteoarthritis- diet, exercise and supplements- http://40plusandalliswell.blogspot.co.uk/2017/06/natural-help-for-osteoarthritis.html

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