Bealtaine is an Irish word meaning the month of May. It celebrated on May 1st, at the end of the darkest half of the year, becomes the lighter half of the year and ushers in the beginning of the harvest season
Imbolc marks the beginning of Spring in the Celtic Wheel of the year. It is also called St. Brigid's day. Lá Feile Bríde. Imbolc falls on February 1st. Imbolc (i mbolg- modern Irish) means- in the belly - referring to lambing season, when ewes are pregnant. Imbolc falls roughly half way between the Winter Solstice... Continue Reading →
What is self care? Often people can see self care as being selfish so they don't allow themselves the luxury of it - but it's not a luxury - it makes sense. If you are caring for others in your life in whatever way- mother, father, aunt, uncle, guardian, sister, brother, taking care of those... Continue Reading →
Savasana is the integration phase from all the physical work you have done in practice- to skip it means that you don't receive the benefits of adaptation and integration from your physical work. So if you want to get the most from your workout - you are simply not doing that by skipping Savasana!
An tSamhain or Samhain is an Irish word (pronounced sow - wen) meaning the summers end. It marks on the Celtic Calendar the end of the harvest season and the beginning of winter. It was and is celebrated to welcome in the dark part of the year when the days shorten in light. Celebrated across... Continue Reading →
Concentrate on all the bad things in your life and that's what you see. Concentrate on all the good things in life and ..... you know where I'm going...
What are the elements? The traditional elements of Air, Fire, Water and Earth.To have balance in your life a connection with these elements will see you on the right track. How do you connect with them?
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.
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!
The Solar Plexus Chakra rules our personal power, self confidence, willpower, and autonomy as well as our metabolism.
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.