Richard was founder of Creative Yoga London which later evolved into Creative Wellness. During this time he created, organised and taught some of London’s most unique classes and events. Seeing a lack of connection between students in the yoga world – at odds with Yoga’s essence of ‘Union’ – he created events with a connection ethos.
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We all love a good natter to our favourite geranium (at least I hope it’s not just me!) the difference at Moinhos Velhos is that the plants can whisper sweet nothings back to you as well! Check out this machine which interprets the vibration of plants as sound so you can see it’s response to your latest chat up line or singing skills 🙂
Richard is a master at Deep Relaxation! (Possibly why he still has such a youthful demeanour! Got a spare 20 mins? Try it out…even without the preceding yoga to prime you up this should still relax you to the extreme! Immense rebalancing and healing can occur when the body is deeply relaxed, a sense of rest at the depths of your being.
One of London’s leading 5 Elements Acupuncturists, Richard has been practising for over 10 years now. 5 Elements treatment is particularly powerful as it aims treatment at the underlying cause of symptoms, rather than symptoms alone. This enables an overall renewal of vitality, more energy, better sleep and improved digestion.
There probably is no other place on this planet with the same healing energies as Moinhos Velhos. This is a place to Purify, Energise, and Regenerate. The centre is directly on one of twelve synchronicity lines which join together at only two places on Earth and there are thousands of small quartz crystals in the ground all around the valley.
Perception is reality. Or so the saying goes. How conscious are you of your own subtle state of perception and the filter through which you see the world? We may recognise when we are in a particularly good or bad mood and how that can skew our thoughts, feelings and actions, but how aware are you of what your usual ‘internal state’ is like?
Dru Yoga is graceful and potent, based on flowing movements, directed breathing and visualisation. Got a spare 45 mins? Check it out! It’s suitable for all. It improves strength and flexibility, builds heightened feelings of positivity, deeply relaxes and rejuvenates your whole being. It facilitates the body to release, no need to push or force.
Richard teaches some exquisite meditations as part of the wonderfully relaxing Dru Yoga. He works strongly with the traditional essence of yoga as ‘union’. When are you ever more whole then when you are connected to all the various levels that make you up as a human being? This meditation allows you to explore wholeness.
Just a week before our end of Nov Yoga and Wellness retreat, and it’s still hot enough in Portugal to be on the beach! The soothing hot sun can work wonders for body, mind and spirit, and Portugal has some stunning coastlines. We always include a beach trip on the retreats, as well as a meal out in town too. Fun is also healthy!
In this wide ranging interview I discuss: Life Purpose in relation to wellbeing, living in tune with natural via Yin & Yang and 5 Elements, simple practices you can integrate into your daily routine and the environment body-mind-connection via your meridians
Sometimes the obstructions in us moving forward in life originates ‘internally’ – within the body itself. Other times it’s because of the ‘external’ circumstances around us, and we need to learn to manage both. This blog focuses on the nature of ‘Internal’ blocks and how they effect our body, emotions and perception of our reality.
There’s often a strange irony for me when I treat and teach people in corporate positions who are walking through my door wracked with stress and the many corresponding complaints that it creates in the body-mind; fatigue, insomnia, digestive problems and strained relationships.
I’ve often written about how we all have a Dao, or path, which in health we follow and all is good, and how sometimes we stray from it. I had something come through my consciousness about how the separation from our Tao, or natural path occurs, and the stages it happens in and how this fits with a Chinese medicine / acupuncture perspective
I taught the UK’s only dedicated Couples Yoga classes. I firmly believe that being truly holistic means bringing quality mindfulness and presence to all areas of your life. Awakening your senses and increasing your sense of embodiment is perfect to practice with your partner!
This life thing isn’t actually as complicated as we make it, only we live in ways that are so imbalanced against what we need as human beings, and separate ourselves from activities which allow us naturally feel good, through the body.
‘We live in a great universal ‘One’. Within that ‘One’ in any given moment you have a place, where in balance your energy meets the world to enable you to be fully whole, to feel at ‘One’. It’s a path of exploration, where our energy will constantly moment to moment lead us and be drawn toward those energies and vibrations which lead to balance and health.
Have you ever wondered about the thought patterns that you experience in your mind? Like everything else they have patterns, here I explain how your thought patterns (or ‘internal dialogue’) relate to the energy of the organs within your body and the condition and calibration of the 5 Elements within you, as identified from a Taoist perspective.
Since the late 90’s I’ve taken part in Sun Moon and Drum Dances. These dances came over to the Western World through a vision that a Native American, Beautiful Painted Arrow Joseph Rael had. At these dances you dance for 2 or 3 days without Food and Water. Sounds extreme?
“Letting go.” If only it was as easy to put it into practice as it is to coin the phrase, which appears with such regularity particularly in natural health and alternative medicine practices. Before I launch into my main topic, and also as an antidote to the over-abundant use of the notion of ‘letting go’ I’ll also add that i’m firmly in the camp of understanding that life is always a balance of yin and yang
In Part 2, we look at the dynamic of understanding your reactions through your body (as opposed to predominately the mental level, where we can misinterpret the gravity of our thoughts) and the importance of practices which integrate the different levels of ourselves.
I had a bit of a difficult time recently with some of the strain of the busy urban lifestyle and following on from it decided to film a video blog about addictions, the relationship to Stress and how we experience addictions on the different levels of the body, mind and spirit. Hope you find some of it useful!
I recently contributed to an article on the symptomatic use of Acupressure points to alleviate Stress and anxiety, here’s a snippet! “It’s also important to keep what you are trying to achieve by pressing a point in its correct context. It’s fundamental to understand that whenever you energetically treat a point on yourself, or anyone
As well as having an acupuncture practice in London and running Creative Yoga London, I also teach, treat and run workshops at Moinhos Velhos, renowned detox centre in the Algarve (rated top 10 in the world by Times Newspaper) as part of their programmes. Part of being healthy is attuning to the energy of the seasons and how they influence our body.
‘The connection with our Heart is our connection with Spirit, it’s home, our home, look into the eyes of another and all shall truly be revealed, the lights shall come on and the spirit shall occupy ones body, the truth will be seen and magic will be the norm, faith will become reality and
I recently treated Mental Health Campaigner Jonny Benjamin. Jonny featured in the national media campaign and Channel 4 Documentary “Finding Mike: The Stranger On the Bridge” about his quest to find a stranger who talked him out of committing suicide on Waterloo bridge.
So for those of you who might be wanting a little bit of help with finding some way with a more holistic way of life, I can be of assistance through my Holistic Wellness coaching business. In my holistic coaching I roll together many threads of my knowledge and experience which will help you to find more balance in your life. It’s tailored to your needs, just like a acupuncture treatment is.
Believe it or not I wrote this while standing in the pub after the last Singles Yoga class, watching everyone around me who’d been at the class having a great time at the social! “Yoga is a sense of unity, which through repeated practice on the mat, starts to permeate through your entire being consciously as being your natural state”
Reasons to have 5 Elements acupuncture treatment. 5 Elements treatment is a vastly holistic treatment which also considers your mental and emotional state, and also your relationship to your environment and life choices.
This fantastic piece of equipment at Moinhos Velhos, (originally from Italian community Damanhur) picks up and interpretes the vibration of a plant as music. So therefore as you interact with the plant, so it changes it’s tune accordingly 🙂
‘People don’t belong to one another they belong to Great Spirit. Sometimes some things we do following great spirit may make another person, their lower selves and personality constraints uncomfortable, the ego wanting to create separation.
People often ask me what do I do, and what do I treat? Well the answer to that, if I could sum it up, is that I do ‘Life Acupuncture’. “Life Acupuncture?” you may ask. See the point is that everything we do in life effects our health, and thus we need treatment which considers all aspects of who we are, and what we do.
For me, long gone are the days of
Massive period of growth going on here, how are you? So as ever with the more seasonal newsletters we try and place our human experience into the context of nature that we so often become disconnected from in our modern urban lives. So Spring is all about growth, around us and within us – as since I always like to remind you – you are part of nature too, even if you sometimes forget!
In my regular appearances so far I’ve discussed the philosophy behind my yoga and wellbeing classes; how acupuncture works and what it can treat; the challenges of the modern urban lifestyle (in particular connection with other people) and the Native America style Sun Moon Dances I attend – where you dance for 3 days without food and water! More on those…
It’s not about trying to change you into something else, just make you more of who you really are’ ‘Energy is constantly, moment to moment, seeking to find balance, to find it’s highest potential’
It’s been a long few weeks since Christmas for me and the Creative Yoga project. We’ve been going through a massive expansion and it’s taken a monster amount of work from me and the team. The events we’ve been running have quadrupled and I’ve been trying to make sure the same thread and essence of connection between people has remained the same, true to it’s roots and development.
We don’t do empty cliches at my yoga business Creative Yoga London, and the whole ‘New Year new you’ thing is something which is readily wheeled out the closet all too often by business’s without really understanding the energetics that are at work!
So it’s coming up to the festive period again (I say again, as the older I get the quicker it seems to come around!) which tends to bring with it a fair few challenges for most of us. So what is nature telling us? It’s a big theme in my acupuncture and yoga work to observe the natural patterns of energy that are going on around us
Autumn and Winter can be the ideal time to receive treatment as at this time, particularly in Western culture, we can become more predominantly out of tune with the energy of the seasons, and what our natural tendency at this time of year would guide us towards.
Having spent a good few weeks in the beautiful abundant settings of Moinhos Velhos in Portugal, this is what I noticed on being very quickly deposited into the ultra urban New York and Philadephia!
Destiny is within, not some distant object or intangible ether matter that is outside of you. It’s who you are, the connection between your Heart, inspiration, willpower, assertion and resources…
Towards the end of a 5Rhythms dance workshop we were asked to write something. Often though after dancing a while, it’s not quite the same as when you normally write something which tends to come more from your ‘head’ or left brain.
Stress – not the most desirable thing in life. We can buffer a certain amount of strain in life, certain amount of stress (and i’d most definately recommend you try and spent your vital energy on excitement rather than overbearing stress) but the longer term consequences are that the body enters into a pattern which sends the natural movement of energy within the internal organs into a state of imbalance. The ‘Yang’ organs which drive you out into the world become strained and…
I often get asked about how I feel the connection events such as Yoga Dating fit against a common viewpoint which often perceives Yoga as an ‘individual’ practice. Well, the fact that it’s often practiced individually has little to do, in my opinion, with what yoga is essentially all about. The essential meaning of yoga is ‘unity’
So the Singles Yoga classes continue to stir up a lot of interest! People are obviously interested in finding more conscious ways to connect with others – even if it challenges some of their preconceived ideas.
So what are the 5 Elements part of? Elements of what? Here Richard Brook talks about how the 5 Elements themselves are also identified as being part of the two phases of Yin and Yang and then goes on to identify what is behind Yin and Yang; Source Energy and your Soul!
When we don’t really have a clear idea of our relationship to Natural forces – such as Yin and Yang and how they effect our physiology, we can often strain ourselves by overly aligning to work. In this blog I also talk about awareness of your ‘Soul calling’ and becoming more tuned into it – and how apparently subtle changes in direction can make you feel much better!
Staying ’embodied’ while meeting another person – I notice often that when we are alone we can hold our presence and awareness in our own body, but when we meet another person that can prove more difficult – we tighten up and our energy can become scattered!
Working from home and using computers and laptops can provide a few health challenges! Richard Brook shares a few tips to stay vibrant. N.B – when mentioning around day light on your retina the suggestion is to open the window – this is because particular spectrums of light that you need don’t pass through glass.
I did a couple of Singles Yoga events with the legend that is leading dating coach Hayley Quinn. Hayley is extremely well known in the Dating Industry and is unique in that she’s a lady who intensively coaches guys as well as women. Part of what she coaches is how to approach women and my blog is about how from an Holistic perspective the radiance of your Heart Energy can influence this and how attractive you are!
Don’t worry I’m not about to get all hippy on you now (I think it’s probably too late for that lol!) I love lots of things about city life and the creative consciousness that it brings, but it’s good not to lose connections with our ‘natural roots’ and the benefits connection with a natural setting can also bring. One of the difficulties of modern living, particularly urban, is that the ‘vibrations’ we often experience around us aren’t ideal.
What I mean by the term Destiny from a Chinese Medicine perspective – Destiny isn’t something which happens to you, it’s something that is inbuilt into you already!
Talking about the overall over-riding intention when I treat which is to return your body back to a state of natural balance that is inherent to you. To maximise your unique potential!
I had a few minutes spare between acupuncture patients so headed to Regents Park for some nature and an impromptu video blog on meditation, including the chance to meditate for a few minutes with me! Suggest you take advantage!
The biggest thing we forget is as human beings we are also part of nature and governed by the same natural laws as it, the same natural forces acting on us as the rest of creation (Like the effects of the seasons for instance) We forget because we spend so much time in our left brain
I recently dug this out from my notes from when I was studying Acupuncture. If you suffer with esteem issues or comparison issues with people around you while studying or working in your chosen profession, then I suggest you substitute the word acupuncturist for that of your own profession! I saw so many people I studied with struggling to recognise their own unique qualities. Do what you Love.
A chat with John Wilson about Native American Style Sun Moon Dance, where you dry fast (no food or water) for 3 days!
I came across some old notes i’d made a while ago around ‘stagnation’ both to do with our physical body and our ‘life path’ Stagnation is the term we use in acupuncture to describe a state where energy isn’t flowing smoothly and freely through a particular meridian or area of the body. Movement can often free up stagnation and make the energy flow more freely, hence why we can sometimes feel better after doing some exercise.
I’m a big fan of dance and movement, its a fantastic way, similar to acupuncture and Yoga to disperse what we think of as energy stagnation and enable the body to work more efficiently (and put a smile on your face) Stagnation can effect us on many levels – from musculo-skeletal and spinal stiffness to contracted muscles to digestive problems – all signs that the body isn’t flowing as efficiently as it should be.
Sometimes we need a progressive relaxation that helps the body to slow down by activating the relaxation response, rather than coming to a shuddering halt where we would be lying still with our mind still racing. This sequence I often use at the start of a yoga class to relax people before we move on to other sequences.
The basics of how acupuncture works, and why I treat points on locations on the body which seemingly have no relationship to the location of complaint, for example why I might treat points on the feet or legs for someone with a Stomach complaint…
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"Richard is a highly skilled and intuitive healer and I would recommend him without hesitation to anyone. I can honestly say that in the short time that I have known him he has positively changed the way I am living my life."