By the time we consider treatment, there’s often already been a significant ‘cost’ – an aspect of our precious health. Whether it’s our sense of inner peace, energy levels or connection with others we often wait for a deficit before we act. However treatment is in reality an investment to grow.
Sometimes we just forget what it’s like to feel good. Much like how after a long winter, we forget what the sun on the skin feels like! I recently treated a patient, and my sense was that he was emerging and finding some joy and wellbeing inside, and his feedback mirrored this.
It’s not always all good in my world either! Just incase it looks like the sun is always shining in my world, I get my challenges too. At these times it’s essential to have your ‘anchors’ – practices which help you find your balance.
Sometimes we push towards what we ‘think’ we need rather than what the deeper intelligence inside our body tells us. (For me, on this occasion it was a beer, burger and ice cream!) Doing things that are ‘familiar’ can connect to something really deeply embedded within us and help reset the body.
Been enjoying Pilates I’ve recently taken up with Josue Nunes at Alma Sana Yoga. Been noticing the beneficial effects on my mind as well as body – that I seem to be able to also hold the core of a idea and the integrity of my mental state better as well as the core strength in my body.
Yoga does much more than work on the musculoskeletal system! It can significantly impact your entire state. When you have physiological imbalances it has the power to alter the associated physical, emotional and mental faculties through it’s impact on the connective tissue on the body.
With my Creative Yoga London brand I used to run all kinds of unique and exciting events with a connection element – like Social Yoga Tuesdays, Singles Yoga, Couples Yoga and Yoga Raves! However in 2015 and 2016 I began progressing my relationship with working at retreats.
Did you know the Heart has an electromagnetic field 5000 times stronger than the brain’s? Often who we think we are is what computes from our brain, but the contribution to our thoughts and feelings from what goes on in the body has a much stronger impact than you think!
In western culture we tend to give much greater precedence to our physical body as the most ‘valid’ aspect of our wellbeing, and often not as significantly recognising the more subtle, but yet equally as important mental, emotional and ‘spiritual’ levels of our pain and discomfort in life. Acupuncture treats all levels of your being.
Understanding two relatively basic concepts, vibration and the chakra system allows a quick and simple way to understand what can seem like the complex dynamics of relationships. We can then learn why we get triggered in unique ways by each person we meet.
Even with modern science there’s much conjecture as to what the mind is and how it works. I explain: How the mind moves between the external & internal senses; How ‘inner chatter’ is created and the origin of the different ‘voices’; Who’s the ‘observer’; Plus 2 meditations!
Looking at our relationship to Yin & Yang and the natural environmental forces that act on us and move us through life. Living in modern day, shielded environments from nature can really skew our awareness and attunement to natural flow and compromise our health. How attuned are you?
Yoga and meditation practice facilitates the alchemical fusion of the Yin and Yang aspects of our being – the conscious fusion of mind and body. These forces often become separated, but when bought together with awareness it has an immense energetic, creative potency!
Our Human state exists on a spectrum from the Yin, solidity, of the body through to the Yang, ethereal nature of our thoughts, and we answer to both forces. When you enter a posture, how driven are you by the Yang force of your mind or the Yin signals from your body?
The Dru Yoga deep relaxation is immensely powerful. Got a spare 20 mins? Try it out, even without the preceding yoga to prime you up this can still relax you to the extreme, to the depth of your being! It’s believed that 20 mins of deep relaxation can equate to 8 hours of sleep
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! 🙂
There probably is no other place on this planet with the same healing energies as Moinhos Velhos. The centre is directly on a synchronicity line and there are thousands of small quartz crystals.
Dru Yoga is graceful and potent, based on flowing movements, directed breathing and visualisation. It deeply relaxes and builds a heightened sense of positivity. Spare 45 mins? Try it out!
Sometimes the obstructions in our life moving forward originates ‘internally’ – within the body itself. Other times it’s due to the ‘external’ circumstances around us, and we need to learn to manage both. I look at the nature of our ‘internal’ state and how it influences how we see the world.
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 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.
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”
5 Elements treatment is particularly powerful as it focuses on the underlying cause of imbalance, rather than symptoms alone. It also focuses on your mental and emotional state, alongside your relationship to your environment and life choices. All of these factors contribute to your health!
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.
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!
Stress – not the most desirable thing in life. We can buffer a certain amount of strain in life, certain amount of 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.
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.
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 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!
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.
Check out my latest Yoga Video, follow along and enjoy this Heart Awakening and activating Sequence. The music you can hear in the background during this sequence is called ‘Elements’ by Jolander Jonken and Joris Vincken, available from www.druworldwide.com.
Check out this great morning yoga sequence with me Richard Brook! Especially geared towards energising the body and mind, follow along and enjoy!
‘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…
“I often say that true achievement is in balancing ALL elements of your life, not just your perception of achieving at work which is a common pattern. It’s the place where you can look across all aspects of your life, social, personal, professional, home and your state of health and wellbeing and think yes, all is well, I am achieving as a well rounded human being!”