There are 8 limbs to a full Yoga practice. Each limb is a complete discipline and a life long journey of learning. The 8 limbs are; Yama, Niyama, Ãsana, Prãnayãma, Pratyãhãra, Dhãrana, Dhyãna and Samadhi. In this article we'll look at Dhãrana. In Pratyãhãra when the mind is fully withdrawn from external distractions, you can choose a... Continue Reading →
There are 8 limbs to a full Yoga practice. Each limb is a complete discipline and a life long journey of learning. The 8 limbs are; Yama, Niyama, Ãsana, Prãnayãma, Pratyãhãra, Dhãrana, Dhyãna and Samadhi. In this article we'll look at Pratyãhãra. Each limb of Yoga prepares you for the next one. The Pratyãhãra practice helps to settle... Continue Reading →
There are 8 limbs to a full Yoga practice. Each limb is a complete discipline and a life long journey of learning. The 8 limbs are; Yama, Niyama, Ãsana, Prãnayãma, Pratyãhãra, Dhãrana, Dhyãna and Samadhi. In this article we'll look at Prãnãyãma. The word Prãnãyãma consists of two parts. Prãna and ãyãma. Ãyama means to stretch or... Continue Reading →
While it is good to strive to improve and master a pose, the Yoga is happening on the inside -when you notice your habits and judgements to the obstacles that the pose presents to you. Once you master a pose - there is always another one to challenge you.
There are 8 limbs to a full Yoga practice. Each limb prepares you for the next one. They are all a life path of learning and practice. To have a full Yoga practice all 8 limbs will be incorporated into your life.
You need both Yin and Yang in your life to create balance but it also depends on what other activities you have going on in your life. Too much Yang will lead you out of balance. Too much Yin will also lead you out of balance.
Looking after your immune system is high on all of our priorities right now as the country and world begins opening up restrictions. Your body has already been on high alert since early in the year and in the next few weeks and months it will be tested as you begin interacting with more people.
With social distancing in place never will a smile mean so much and if you are wearing a mask, Smile with your eyes!
Be gentle, move slowly and stay within your limitations, it's not about how far you go it's about the intention to move gently and open up softly. None of these exercises should cause you any pain, if so please stop. Listen to your body. what does it need today?
If you maintain a posture regularly, your body will get better at holding this position to support what you do. This means that if you are sitting for your job, your body adapts to this need to sit for long periods. However, this can also lead to soreness and stiffness when you then get up from your desk or get out of the car you've been driving. You might sit again on the way home on public transport or in the car and then you sit to eat and as you relax at home. Your body as a consequence is trapped in the same movement pattern everyday.
During these difficult times, there is a human cost, an economic cost and many other costs. Within that though there is a light. The compassion of humanity is here. The heart beat of family, friends and community. Not all superheroes 🦸♀️🦸♂️ wear capes. Everyone is playing their part to get through this. Our doctors, nurses,... Continue Reading →
Happy St Patrick’s Day everyone. I’ve always been proud to be Irish 🇮🇪 for many reasons. Not least being immensely proud in the way that for every international tragedy we have always given our support, in whatever way we could to help people to find food, shelter, clothes or medication after the tsunami, earthquake or... Continue Reading →
Altitude Sickness Everest Base Camp Everest Base Camp is one of the top treks in the world. The question of Altitude sickness tends to come up on any expedition to Everest Base Camp. Rightly so - people are curious - Will it happen to me? Will I be ok? There are many things that you’re... Continue Reading →
Non-essential items that will make your Kilimanjaro expedition better. So you’ve followed the gear list, you know exactly what you’re going to wear on summit night, you’ve got clothing, hydration & tent systems organised….. What next? These are some suggestions - that may get you thinking Insulation for your tube on your hydration system- it... Continue Reading →
The Solar Plexus Chakra rules our personal power, self confidence, willpower, and autonomy as well as our metabolism.
Yin Yoga and Restorative Yoga are both floor based Yoga practices that use props. If you looked in the window at people doing these practices, they might look very similar. However, the feelings that the person experiencing the practice would be very different. All types of Yoga will have some similarities. Yang Yoga practices (... Continue Reading →
In order to analyse yoga postures from the perspective of aesthetic versus Functional alignment. I would first like to identify what each means. Aesthetic alignment is based on how a pose looks - in the mirror, to the student or teacher. They are often initiated at the distal areas of the body - for example... Continue Reading →
Traditional ways that meditation is taught would be classed as a yang approach to meditation. Yang methods direct the meditator to have a particular focus in their meditation and to return to that effort, whenever the mind wanders. 4 commonly taught meditation instructions include; Focusing on the breath - e.g. at the point of entry... Continue Reading →
Wind scalped the top of the mountain, blowing others off their feet. There is nowhere to hide on Kilimanjaro from wind.
After multiple flights across the Atlantic we arrive in Cusco to a warm Peruvian welcome and the charming city that is Cusco. It’s my first time for this trek and it’s been in my head for over 20 years - I’m excited and thrilled to be here. Only a few hours later so taken are... Continue Reading →
To stress something is to bear a load on it, stress is the degree of pressure applied - this we can do to our tissues. Tissues are often subjected to stress but no movement occurs. There is no shortening or lengthening of the tissues. Stretching occurs when the stress loaded is in excess of the... Continue Reading →
Preparation is key Before you go on your trip of a life time spend a few moments deciding what’s really important to you. I appreciate the hidden dreams in the recesses of your brain that you’ve been harbouring - secretly or not - for a week- or for years. To ensure you have an amazing... Continue Reading →
Don’t just buy stuff to tick a box for Christmas… It’s that time of year again when families across the world prepare for Christmas. Needless to say there will be a lot of stuff bought. Plastic is one of THE hot topics right now but that will get side lined in the coming weeks. There... Continue Reading →
432hz, 528hz and Solfeggio frequencies Modern music is tuned to 440hz when in 1926 a standardised system came in. Most ancient greek and Egyptian instruments were tuned to 432Hz, Himalayan Bowls, old music - mozart, Verdi. Gregorian Chants are based on the Solfeggio frequencies. Music based on 432 Hz is said to transmit beneficial healing... Continue Reading →
I lead an expedition to Everest Base Camp this April & May. I got a good vibe from this group straight away in Dublin Airport when we met. They all knew each other very well & they’d even met our doc on their training weekend - I was the only “outsider”. They took me into their... Continue Reading →
Chakra means wheel in Sanskrit. The Chakras refer to the energy centres in the body. We have many thousands of them, there are 7 main energy centres in the body. Energy flows through the Chakras, but when they are blocked or imbalanced, there is an effect on our emotional, mental and physical wellbeing, which can... Continue Reading →
Lots of people think that spending money is the main way to spend family time together. It involves paying to keep the kids entertained in whatever form and while that's fun - you can't always do it - also these places are often jammed because everyone else had the same idea. It all comes down... Continue Reading →
This article looks at some of the essential gear and items to have on two of Earth's Edge most popular treks – Everest Base Camp and Kilimanjaro. So you’ve booked the trip of a lifetime to Kilimanjaro or Everest Base Camp – now what? Two things people often worry about are fitness and equipment. Spending... Continue Reading →
Originating in Japan Reiki is an energy healing technique which can allow you to reduce stress, clear your mind and balance body, mind and spirit. It is not a religion or dogmatic in anyway. You do not have to " believe" in Reiki for it to work.
Yoga has many benefits for both training for expeditions and while on expedition itself. Whether you’re off to Kilimanjaro, Everest Base Camp or skiing the Haute Route - Yoga has a place in your pre expedition training and while you’re on the mountain!
Yoga is like ice cream.... With so many flavours to choose from, it can be difficult to decide what style is right for you. Yoga is thousands of years old, so many styles have been developed over the years. Here's a simple short guide (in no particular order) of what some of the Yoga styles have in store for you....
Sound healing has been around for thousands of years and has been used in may different cultures as a form of healing. Just think how music can effect your mood when listening to it as an example. It can move us to tears, lift us out our depths, or raise our spirits for joy, battle or focus.
A sacred space is a space that is free from distraction , to allow yourself to be truly present in the moment. This makes you aware immediately of your place within the universe and the power that comes with that from the universe. Taking the time out to put things in context; reality, humility, contemplation and spirituality. This can be in a dedicated space within your house or taking the time out to make a space that is available to you sacred - this can be inside or outside in nature. It needs to be a conscious process to take us away from the everyday things that distract us from the connection with ourselves.