Magical Munkudil, a little piece of paradise
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I am just coming to the end of a six night stay at Munkudil, an Ayurveda Yoga retreat in a rural part of Kerala, South India. The environment here is sublime. The entire place is founded on ecological principles, as well as being incredibly beautiful and, most unusually for India, very peaceful. The climate here is warm and tropical, but there is generally a gentle breeze that comes across the river to cool us. Elephants often visit the river to … Read More

What type of Yoga is it?
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I cannot tell you how frustrating I find this question! I get asked this a lot, and my response is usually ‘its Yoga’. Which is possibly not that helpful. I know that this question is usually asked in compete innocence. There are so many so called ‘types’ of Yoga being offered that it is no wonder people are confused. So I thought I would try to explain things from my perspective. There are five types of Yoga, these are as … Read More

The four laws and moving on
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I am in the habit of keeping random notes on my phone. Today I found this (I have no recollection where it came from). In India, we teach the ‘Four laws of spirituality’ The first law says, ‘The person who is coming is the right person.’ This means, no one arrives in our lives by chance, all the people around us, who interact with us, are here for something , to make us learn and move forward on every situation. … Read More

Ayurveda! Ayur….what?
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The ancient Indian art, Ayurveda, the ‘science of life’ has now become an integral part of how I function from day to day, hour to hour, and seasonally. I use it for my own health and wellness as well as to assist other people. How did this all come about, how did I begin this journey of self care and self discovery? I will try to explain a little about how it all happened for me and why, as well … Read More

An Indian Love Affair
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An Indian love affair, that title will make a few people I know sit up and take interest! But it’s not about anyone in particular, it is about this incredible journey, about falling in love with life again, about maybe for the first time ever in my entire life trusting myself, my own judgement, my own instincts, my intiuition, its about falling in love with myself. It is about being able to say to myself, “yes, you’re doing ok.” I … Read More

Yoga, keeping it real
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I was introduced the other day as ‘A yoga teacher, and a person.’ How refreshing. All to often it can feel that because I teach Yoga I am apart from the regular members of the human race and that I should somehow float just above the ground and glide rather than walk as I am so serene and pure. This is not the case at all. If anything at all I feel that I am more human than most. I … Read More

Feeling ‘deranged’
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Vata derangement, in the world of Ayurveda, is a relatively common phenomenon, It is not something I had ever experienced, until now. Ayurveda is the ancient Indian ‘science of life’, a system that looks at individuals holistically and using the elements to put together individual constitutional types known as ‘Doshas.’ There are three different Dosha types and we all consist of all three, with different amounts of each in every one of us. We often have one dominant Dosha which … Read More

Out into the world!
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At the end of June this year I left the NHS. I had worked there since the age of 18, (I am now 46) when I started my general nurse training. I never subscribed to the pension, I didn’t intend staying…I stayed for longer than I intended but l did leave for a few years here and there in several futile attempts to find an alternative. I guess in some ways thats been a theme throughout my life. If I … Read More