Happy International Yoga Day!

Happy International Yoga Day!

Friday, June 21, 2019

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Jo Welch

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  1. Time for "The Big Chop"?
    20 May, 2019
    Time for "The Big Chop"?
    To cut or not to cut, that is the question… I have been thinking about cutting off my hair for a while now. My hair seems to be particularly slow to grow (I have been growing it for the past eight years), so parting with it feels like a big deal (I can’t change my mind and grow it back in a few months’ time). Some days I enjoy spending time choosing how to style it but, I have to admit, there are probably more days when I just scrape it back into a ponytail and forget all about it. So why don't
  2. The power of saying “no”
    31 Oct, 2018
    The power of saying “no”
    Many of us believe that by saying “yes” rather than “no”, we reduce conflict in our lives. But is this true? It might work in the short term. Arguments with others may be temporarily avoided as we desperately scrabble around trying to keep the peace, but in doing this we inadvertently create conflict within ourselves. Conflict that at some point will come out in one way or another. So how do we change our mind-set about using one of the strongest and most important words in our vocabulary? The
  3. Time to dwell on the positive?
    06 Jun, 2018
    Time to dwell on the positive?
    If asked to consider “how is your life?” most of us would probably respond that our lives were ok (maybe even good or better) BUT did you know that our brain is programmed to challenge our first thoughts? The same amazing brain that has evolved over time to keep us safe, to protect us from extinction with super survival skills, is also responsible for our pain and suffering. Our initial, conscious reflections about something are known as explicit memories, that is memories which you can
  4. Managing Stress
    14 May, 2018
    Managing Stress
    Switching us from "fight or flight" to "rest and restore" Yoga is an effective technique for learning to understand and manage stress in our body. What is Stress? Stress is a biological and psychological response experienced on encountering adverse or demanding circumstances. Stress triggers the brain’s amygdala to send messages to the hypothalamus gland, which in turn releases hormones into the central nervous system. Designed as a short term response to overcome a threat, stress has now