27 April 2012

"HAPPY" by Roko Belic

Here is a clip of a film by Academy Award nominated director Roko Belic, entitled HAPPY
HAPPY takes us on a journey from the swamps of Louisiana to the slums of Kolkata in search of what really makes people happy. Combining real life stories of people from around the world and powerful interviews with the leading experts in happiness research, including Ed Diener, Sonja Lyubomirsky and Nic Marks, HAPPY explores the secrets behind our most valued emotion.

What makes you happy?

Happy - A Documentary Trailer from Wadi Rum Films on Vimeo.

25 April 2012

Eka Pada Adho Mukha Svanasana Tri-pod down dog

Someone told me recently that they were a regular Ashtanga yoga practioner, and they had a daily primary series practise. She was somewhat surprised when I told her this pose is NOT part of the primary series....Great pose but not in primary-funny how some teachers will throw in a few extra poses, and not mention to their students this is not part of the traditional sequence.

Swami G Charmundi Hills Mysore

Swami G Mysore, originally uploaded by yogamama.co.uk.

Swami G is to be found living in a cave in Charmundi hills Mysore India. He has lived in the cave for 17 years-A wonderful gentle wise man. When I asked him if I could take a photograph of him-he agreed and then asked me if he could take one of me too-I roared with laughter when he pulled out an iphone ( or similar)...the modern day swami :-)

22 April 2012

20 April 2012

Turtle Boy

Please watch this moving documentary;
Neil Bulstrode is an amazing plastic surgeon who is both a friend, and a work colleague. He and his fellow professionals are changing peoples lives with their amazing surgical skills.

Turtle Boy: A Bodyshock Special

 In a tiny hamlet in Colombia, six-year-old Didier has struggled with a huge burden: a rare condition called a Congenital Melanocytic Nevus: a giant mole that grew so much that it covered 40% of his body. It resembled a shell, and Didier was nicknamed Turtle Boy. There was a chance it could turn malignant. And Didier's mother Luz struggled with an additional burden: guilt. In this superstitious society, there was a belief that Didier's growth was a result of being conceived during an eclipse, which meant Luz and her family had to live apart from the rest of the village. Luz longed to be free to have her son baptised, to take him to school and see him grow up like any other boy. But there was no way she could raise the money for an operation; until a local news crew broadcast a story on Didier, resulting in the money being raised. The procedure would be complicated and dangerous, and even if it was successful the recovery process would involve a complicated series of skin grafts. This extraordinary film traces Didier's story: a story of cutting-edge medicine, a mother's love, and a brave six-year-old's fight to be released from his burden.

 TV on 25th April, Channel 4 at 10pm.



16 April 2012

Benefits of baby massage

The benefits of baby massage • Massage is the most natural and instinctive form of caring for a baby. A new-born baby experiences the world through his senses, such as touch, smell, taste, sound and vision. These senses are developing gradually, but from the moment of birth the baby already understands the language of touch. • Massage helps to create a unique bond between the parents and the baby. • Gives confidence for first time parents. • Relaxes both the baby and the mother/father. • Mothers who suffer from post-natal depression feel more positive when they experience their baby’s response to the massage. • Massage helps parents to be aware of their baby’s body and the developmental changes they going through. • Regularly massaged babies develop their motor skills quickly. • The general benefits of massage, such as improved circulation, healthy skin, strong immune system, applies to the baby massage as well. • As a baby relaxes during a massage their muscles relax, which in return can help easing colic pain and constipation. Baby massage is highly therapeutic. It can help with several ailments throughout early childhood. For more details contact Hajni

03 April 2012

The PinkPower Walk 2012

Yoga Mama is a proud sponsor of The PinkPower Walk 2012. This 16-mile event raises funds for two breast cancer research charities: Breakthrough and The Caron Keating Foundation. This year's walk will take place on Sunday 13th May.We have extended the closing date to the 7th of April. Places are still available and the event organisers hope that this year's walk will see the million pound fundraising target broken. Take some positive steps to help eradicate Breast cancer For more information about participating, sponsoring or donating, go to:

Eddie Stern about Ashtanga yoga

I really like what Eddie says about the practise being joyful-we have enough intensity in our lives without making our yoga practise intense too