30 June 2013

Nancy Gilgoffs London Ashtanga yoga workshops...Humility.

Ive had a wonderful week with Nancy- she came and taught three days of workshops in my studio here in Putney. We had a great time together and I was honoured to have been her assistant during the three days of practice.
We talked about all sorts of things: from the teachings of the Dali lama, discussing ( and practising) pranayama, and even watched a fair amount of the Wimbledon tennis together. I heard lots of stories about guruji and his family, and the early days in Mysore. I feel I have learnt a lot from her on this trip and none of this was about asana.
I have a real sense at the moment that the more I know, the less I know.....this yoga is a lifetime journey and I have only scratched the surface.

Here are some photos.....

27 June 2013

How can an osteopath help with breastfeeding?

If your baby is struggling to breastfeed there is plenty of information and support out there to help you both. You can seek advice online or from breastfeeding groups, lactation consultants, tongue tie specialists and your midwife. Not to mention tips from friends and family! But did you know that these specialists are increasingly recognising the role that cranial osteopaths can play to help your baby feed?

At an appointment your osteopath will check the muscles, ligaments and joints that are involved in feeding. For example osteopaths check to see if your baby can turn their head comfortably to feed from each breast. Your osteopath will look at the jaw movement to check that they can open their mouth wide enough to feed. He or she will also check tongue movement for signs of tongue tie or weak suck. Osteopaths can also give advice on feeding and winding techniques specific to you and your baby.

Cranial osteopathy is a gentle treatment which may improve the way your baby feeds. Here are some signs to look out for which might make you see an osteopath. Does your baby:

  • Prefer feeding from one breast more than the other?
  • Struggle to get enough nipple in their mouth?
  • Make a clicking noise or break their seal when feeding?
  • Come on and off the breast at every feed?
  • Seem uncomfortable during feeds?

Laura Tilson BA(Hons) M.Ost DPO runs a children's clinic at The Putney Clinic on Thursday mornings. Please call 020 8789 3881 or email the Clinic at info@putneyclinic.co.uk for more information.

23 June 2013

Wimbledon tennis and Yoga 2013

I have been doing the warm-ups at Wimbledon tennis qualifiers for many years. Indeed some of the young things I worked with back in the day are now 40+. I have introduced hundreds of people to yoga this way and hopefully a few will have picked it up from "Yoga Mama"

Here is the lovely group from this year's event busting their yoga moves. Many tops sports people now use yoga as part of their training programme and, indeed, many top tennis players use yoga to increase flexibility, strength and mental focus. Who? My lips are sealed.

21 June 2013

Top tips for staying young

by Fleur Borrelli, Nutritionist

Here are some excellent tips to help you stay young.

  • Aerobic exercise
  • Exercise on an empty stomach
  • Eat plenty of vegetables and fruit
  • Avoid environmental chemicals
  • Eat whole foods
  • Live!
  • Laugh!
  • Love!

For more information or appointments, you can contact Fleur at The Putney Clinic of Physical Therapy on 0208 789 3881 or send an email to info@putneyclinic.co.uk or visit our website.

Nutrition and Superfood website: www.nutritionandsuperfood.co.uk
Telephone: 07766 883 522 for a free consultation.

20 June 2013

Fitness and the mitochondria

by Fleur Borrelli, Nutritionist

How effective we are at exercising aerobically all depends on our mitochondria. Mitochondria are little sub-units, known as organelles, inside our cells. These are the power-houses of the cell, the engines, where make most of our ATP which is the body’s energy currency is generated. Apart from producing energy for us, they coordinate other actions such as becoming a skin cell or a muscle cell. They also manage cell death which needs to occur in a way that does not cause collateral damage and can even be beneficial to us.

Our mitochondria are so vital to health that we need to treat them well. They are semi-autonomous and reproduce independently of the cells they live in a way that is very similar to a bug. In fact microbiologists believe that at the beginning of time they might have lived freely as bacteria, until they took up resident in larger cells. They even have their own DNA to produce proteins which help our cells to work.

When we engage in physical activity, they are working away for us so that we can keep on going. A quick sprint down the road will probably not be enough to need them but anything longer and they come into their own. Once we are moving at a slower pace, then we start to use our aerobic system which depends on oxygen reaching the muscles. Glucose, which is the body’s energy source, is broken down in the cell in a series of chemical reactions so that the mitochondria can generate lots of ATP with the help of oxygen. Typically the human body contains less than a hundred grams of ATP at any given time but because of a complex recycling system, we can use up to a hundred kilograms per day.

The more mitochondria we have, the more energy we can make and the fitter we become. Sadly as we age, this becomes more difficult and our poor old power houses become susceptible to free radical attack. If we are under pressure then the demand for energy can be too much for our recycling system and this can affect our stamina and performance. We then have to revert to using another energy system which can cause a build-up of acid and painful muscles. Other things can damage the mitochondria are nutrient deficiencies – particularly the B vitamins, toxins, bacteria and viruses.

One of the ways we can increase our mitochondria is through aerobic exercise. By exercising in this way, we produce free radicals known as Reactive Oxygen Species. It is these free radicals that send signals to the cell to say it needs to adapt to the demands being placed on it by increasing mitochondria and being more energy efficient. We can also help this by exercising on an empty a stomach as the more our cells realise that there are lean times and times of plenty, the more they have to step up to the plate.

For more information or appointments, you can contact Fleur at The Putney Clinic of Physical Therapy on 0208 789 3881 or send an email to info@putneyclinic.co.uk or visit the Putney Clinic website.

Nutrition and Superfood website: www.nutritionandsuperfood.co.uk
Telephone: 07766 883 522 for a free consultation.

06 June 2013

SATYA; Truthfulness.-Astanga Yoga Anusthana

From Sharath's book Astanga Yoga Anusthana.

Satya means being truthful to others both in words and and actions, not telling lies, and following a path that is true and honest.

Speak the truth that is sweet, do not speak the truth that is not sweet. Do not lie to please. This is the eternal dharma

satyapratisthayam kriyaphalasrayatvam ys 2.36

By being truthful whatever action you take will be successful.

05 June 2013

When life gets busy....Child's pose.

My blog has been a bit neglected of late as life is pretty hectic at the moment.

I continue my daily Ashtanga yoga practice (mostly) and come to child's pose when things get busy in my world.

Balasana or child's pose is both relaxing and calming, allowing the back brain to rest towards the front brain, encouraging a restful mind.  While I don't recommend you drop to your knees every time you feel a bit of stress (could make for interesting business meetings), I do recommend finding time for child's pose for quietening the mind, and connecting with the child within.