Entries by Richard Brook

#7 Creative? Hell Yeah!

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.

#1 The Plants Talk Back to You!

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 🙂

#2 Deeply Relaxing!

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.

#3 Acupuncture & Therapies

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.

#4 Moinhos Velhos is Magical

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.

#5 Richard Knows His Stuff!

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?

#6 Potent Dru Yoga

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.

#8 Deeply Meditative

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.

Internal v/s External Energy Blocks

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.

Path of Division – Words of Wisdom

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

Couples Yoga – Try It!

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!

Taoism – Richard’s Words of Wisdom

Taoism

‘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.

The 5 Elements Of Your Mind

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.

Sun Moon Dance

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?

Spiral Walk Meditation – Mental & Emotional Cleansing

“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

Addictions: Part 2

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.

Addictions: Part 1

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!

Acupressure Points to Alleviate Stress & Anxiety

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

Autumn Detox

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.

Finding Mike: The Stranger on The Bridge

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.

Holistic Wellness Coaching

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.

So What is Yoga?

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”

The Singing Plant :-)

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 🙂

What Do I Treat?

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.
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Spring is Coming!

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!

Latest Appearance on Trusseau TV

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…

Who Are You Really? And What Do You Really Need?

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.

It’s Christmas Time!

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

Stress!

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…

Singles Yoga – Is this Yoga? Class Dynamics

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’

Singles Yoga – Social Aspect

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.

5 Elements of What?

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!

Relationship to ‘Work and Soul Calling’

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!

Being ‘Embodied’

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 & Office – Health Tips

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.

Naturally More Attractive – The Power of Your Heart Energy

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!

Nature and Negative Ions

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.

An Ode To Us All….

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.

‘Life Path’ Stagnation & Free Flow

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.

Dance and Movement – Authentic Movement

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.

Dynamic Relaxation with Richard Brook

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.