WellbeingWhen everything comes together Nourishment If you are looking to transform your body to the physique that you always wanted, or maybe to increase your energy levels, perhaps even to improve your emotional state and attitude to others – what you eat will play a critical role in achieving your desire. The problem with today’s western society, where food is widely available with endless options and choices, is that people are living to eat… but should it not be the other way around? We are eating to live…? Food can be a source of pleasure and reward! No doubt, we all love food – however, we need to learn how to eat responsibly, with a consciousness about the quantity and quality of what we are putting inside our bodies. Food is my passion, please let me share and guide with you some ideas and recipes of foods that not only will help you to control your weight, fuel your energy levels, improve your mood, and reduce inflammations – but above all will inspire you to a more energised, happy and healthy eating. Yoga Yoga has 5,000 years of innovation, practice and development! The long and rich history of yoga has influenced almost every sports discipline. It has inspired modern medicine to help people with virtually any health condition; both physical and psychological. It is natural and with none of the side effects seen from most medications. Benefits of yoga include: Increased flexibility Increased muscle strength and tone Improved respiration, energy and vitality Maintaining a balanced metabolism Weight reduction Cardio and circulatory health Improved athletic performance Protection from injury Better stress management Reducing back and neck pain Improving sleeping Helping us to concentrate Empowering a more positive approach to life Meditation You have probably heard about meditation, for example in the context of Buddhism, monks, priests, or martial artists. You, like me, may have been intrigued by it but never really understood the meaning or importance of it. Meditation may at some point have seemed boring and useless to you. The thought of just sitting in one spot, doing nothing, by yourself, in your own world?! I used to think what a total waste of time … How wrong I was! You might not recognise this, but we can be prisoners of our own minds. We are driven and controlled by our own thoughts. Whatever we attempt to do or say we need to analyse, because we are thinking about everything and anything. Mostly about our past and future but usually very little about the present. Research from UCLA shows that on average, we have between 50,000 to 70,000 thoughts and feelings per day. This amount of stress can overload our system, making us more negative and irrational. As we develop and grow, we very often create unnecessary fears and insecurities which create an everyday struggle, and feelings of lack of control of what we do or where we are heading in our lives. We focus on the things that have already happened or are concerned about something that hasn’t even happened yet. To break free from that constant pressure, rush, stress, and fear – from that negative energy you have allowed to take control of your life – we need to give our minds a break. We need to rewire our belief system, our thought process. Meditation can help you rebuild the harmony in your life, to restore the inner peace back into your heart. The inner peace that we used to have, when we were little children before we became self-conscious.