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Journey to Wellbeing Retreat February 21st – March 2nd Sri lanka

Are you looking for a new sense of wellness, energy and inspiration in your daily life?
Prepare to embark on a voyage of self-empowerment, discovery and dream building. On this lifestyle, nutrition and yoga retreat you will learn the mindbody and soul skills you need in order to build emotional and physical resilience. You will release limiting beliefs and habits, addictions and thought patterns to transform yourself into a more authentic and effective human being.

take a peek at our stunning retreat video:https://youtu.be/3BRdHOvpqmU 

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Through the use of yoga, meditation, creative therapy, lifestyle management, bespoke nutrition and movement analysis you will learn how to direct your energy and intention to what you want. Discover your purpose and cultivate your dream to avoid personal/professional crisis.

We will share with you our unique concept of evening Dreamtime, where you will cultivate a clear vision of your true purpose, unlocking the door to your legacy. This retreat is the ideal choice to restore your life’s balance.

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This retreat takes you on a personal journey to discover a new level of wellness: you will learn about the importance of nourishing and hydrating your body, managing stress and enjoying restful sleep, managing the desire to work out with the need to work in – all while relaxing in a stress-free environment.

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Your yoga journey will be dedicated to building a rewarding, nourishing self-practise both on and off the mat. You will develop the motivation, creativity and dedication to practise yoga for yourself at any time, in any place regardless of your knowledge and experience. Delve into the traditional wisdom of Yoga with our yoga philosophy expert Emily, as she shares with you this ancient wisdom and how it can be utilised to reduce stress, quieten the mind, focus your intention and build resilience. Your yoga experience will leave you feeling refreshed, energized and ready to take on the demands of your life once you return home.

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For those of you looking for a fresh, functional way of moving your body, our signature Wild Workouts and Wild Work Ins take full adventure of the sandy beaches, coral reefed shores and crashing waves. Learn how infant development, functional movement patterns and chakra balancing exercises can take your mindbody to the next level.
Your journey will be supported with personal C.H.E.K nutrition and movement analysis, delicious seasonal food, the peace of meditation and mindfulness, and the joyful experience of yoga (where our doors are wide open to beginners as well as those with more experience).

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Feel your worries melt away as you gently rejuvenate your body and refresh your mind.
You will return home with the inspiration and insight to lead a healthier and happier life with renewed clarity and focus, and an empowered understanding of how to actively direct your attention and intention to what you truly want out of life.

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INQUIRIES, INFORMATION AND BOOKINGS VIA: http://www.purebodybalance.co.uk or info@purebodybalance.co.uk

VIEW OUR RETREAT VIDEO HERE: https://youtu.be/3BRdHOvpqmU

 

Join us on January 16th, 6:00pm-8:00pm for a very special performance of Kirtan and Sitar Guided Meditation with international musician/composer, Craig Pruess.

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Tickets are £15.00 with 100% of the proceeds going  The Rainbow Centre, giving an education to children living in the slums of Sri Lankan and Ganda Foundation, creating empowered and sustainable communities in Uganda. Booking via: http://pbbconcert.eventbright.co.uk

Craig Pruess is known as a composer, songwriter, concert and session musician, modern and orchestral arranger/conductor, gold & platinum record producer and sound engineer/sound designer.

Many writers, directors and famous inspirational thinkers have used Craig’s music in their work: Ekhart Tolle, Shiva Rea, Deepak Chopra, to name a few.

He is trained and steeped in three major musical traditions: Indian classical/fusion music, Western classical/contemporary styles, and all aspects of African music.

His diverse music career has seen him excel in record production and musical arrangements for stars such as Massive Attack and The Manic Street Preachers. And feature film soundtrack music scores such as “Bend It Like Beckham”.

This FREE event is an opportunity to sample our new yoga classes and teachers. A chance to energize, nourish and revitalize after the festive season.

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NOTE: a maximum of 2 classes may be reserved per person and 1 treatment slot. Book you place: http://pbbyogaopenday.eventbright.co.uk

INMT Treatment Slots
10:00
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14:00
15:00
16:00

Yoga Class Times
1. 09:00 – 10:00 Aerial Flow
2. 10:30 – 11:30 Boudokon Flow
3. 11:45 – 12:45 Therapeutic Flow
4. 13:00 – 14:00 Foundational Flow
5. 14:15 – 15:15 Classic Flow
6. 15:30 – 17:00 Restorative Flow

About the Classes

Aerial Flow
This class is suitable for all.
In this class you will enjoy traditional Hatha yoga with a soft fabric hammock, suspended a few feet off ground. The hammock is intended to assist alignment, deepen awareness and provide the immediate benefit of spinal decompression.
Max capacity 12

Budokon Flow
Suitable for all except complete beginners.
This is the perfect class for anyone brand new or just getting started with the budokon practice. Combining the Yogic, Martial Arts and Meditation practices of budokon and offering a place to experience the basics such as Rolling Wave, Dancing Dog and Floating Frog!
Max capacity 16

Therapeutic Flow
This class is suitable for anyone except total beginners.
A truly therapeutic approach to your yoga practise. Working with the seasons, the Indian Chakra system and Chinese meridians these classes are designed to stimulate or nourish your organs, glands and hormones depending on the seasons.
Max capacity 16

Foundational Flow
This class is designed for complete beginners and those returning after an extended break.
A slower pace class that helps to build confidence and allows you to focus on alignment and breath as you learn the basic Sun Salutations, Standing and Seated poses.
Max capacity 16

Classic Flow
This class is suitable for intermediate and advanced yogis only.
A strong, dynamic yoga class fusing flowing sequences with strong Ashtanga holds to build core stability and flexibility whilst developing the confidence and strength for inversions and more complicated arm balance poses.
Max capacity 16

Restorative Flow
This class is suitable for all levels, including those suffering with illness and injury.
A nourishing candlelit yoga class that focuses on gently stretching, releasing, opening and balancing the mindbody through supported poses using blankets, cushions and bolsters to deeply rejuvenate the body from cell to skin.
Max capacity 12

Many of our articles are aimed at you the adult, but what about our children’s health. Now if you don’t have children it’s not switching off time. Ultimately the children of today are our future for tomorrow. Do we want a healthy, intelligent, independent, compassionate  generation for the future? Or a sick, dumbed down, co dependant, uncaring society?

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Well as we know by now the foods that go into our body system have the capacity to shape the way we look, feel and act. So that makes it pretty crucial to get our children’s meals right doesn’t it?

 

 

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Once children are at school age is it acceptable to simply put all of our faith into the school system, blindly hoping that school meals pull through for us and offer up tasty, nutritious, natural goodies for children to enjoy?

This article is about taking responsibility and empowering you the parent, aunt, uncle or friend to get educated and supply the children of today with the best, most affordable options for healthy school lunches.

 

FACT – Did you know that ADHD and ADD have been linked to food additives, colours and preservatives as well as allergies to food such as Gluten (the sticky protein found in wheat, barley, oats and rye)?

TIP –  if your child or a child you know is displaying behavioural and/or attention issues start looking at their foods. Eliminate all processed packaged foods, actively avoid e numbers, colour and preservatives’. If no improvement is seen. Try a 21 day Gluten Free Trial, swapping wheat, barley, oats and rye for buckwheat, rice, quinoa and millet.

RECIPE – Lunch Time Patties

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Beef or lamb mince

Fresh herbs of your choice

Sea salt and fresh black pepper

1 egg to bind

                                                                                                 

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  1. Simply mix and roll into 8 balls. Flatten between your palms.
  2. Grill for a few minutes on each side.

Accompany with a fresh salad, or veggie sticks and some homemade ketchup or mayo

 

FACT – Did you know that Childhood Obesity and Type II Diabetes are on the rise and are caused by excess sugar and refined grain products (cereals, bread, pasta, cookies, cakes) in the diet?

TIP – To avoid these health risks reduce the amount and frequency of grain based products in the school lunch box. Swap sandwiches for snack box nibbles (see below), replace conventional cakes with homemade whole grain fruit, nut and cereal bars. Limit grains to one item in the lunch box and aim for at least 2 grain free lunch boxes per week.

 

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RECIPE – Snack Box Nibbles

Contains:

Veggie carrot & red pepper sticks

Hummus

Squares of homemade vegetable and meat frittata

Mixed berries with plain full fat yogurt and local honey

Homemade granola bar made with nuts, seeds, dried fruit, honey and shredded coconut flakes

Have you ever noticed that the stresses of work, life, family and more affect your desire to be intimate with the one you love? Are you feeling old before your time with no drive to fulfil your sexual desires? Or maybe you are feeling guilty, never wanting to commit physically to your partner’s needs? Believe it or not this is incredibly common and has no bearing on gender or age in our clinical experience.

So why does stress have such a huge impact on our sexual desire and function? And what can we do to redress the balance naturally?

It is incredibly important to understand a little about the steroidal hormone pathways in order to truly grasp the concept of what is happening. Think of you steroidal hormone pathway as a family tree; Your tree starts with your Great Granddad, his name is Cholesterol. Cholesterol has to be obtained from saturated fat (eggs, red meat, butter etc). Now cholesterol is needed to run every single hormone pathway whether it is a stress pathway, growth, repair or sex hormone pathway. So if cholesterol is in short supply in the diet due to a low fat or vegetarian diet we will soon have issues producing ALL hormones effectively!

The important thing to know is that when your body perceives a stress; this could be anything from physical pain, emotional bereavement, financial worry, fear, to inappropriate eating patterns (too much, too little, too infrequent) and chemical toxins in your food, water and personal care products. It will drive its energy into producing stress hormones (Adrenaline/Cortisol) to manage the stress. Now the whole time it produces these hormones its attention is directed away from producing growth, repair and SEX hormones!

This can eventually create symptoms such as low libido, infertility, PMS, loss of the menstrual cycle and erectile dysfunction. Along with lethargy, low motivation, low mood and poor immunity (as the adrenal glands become exhausted from constantly producing the stress hormones) which only add to the feeling of disinterest in physical intimacy!

Seven Libido Boosting Tips

1. Plan regular holiday’s or weekend breaks with your partner (if you are in a relationship). This should be away from your home and without anyone else. It is vital to reconnect with each other away from everyday stresses! Don’t set any preconceived notions about HAVING TO have sex. Simply allow yourselves to enjoy each other’s company and act should spontaneity direct you.

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2. Create peace points through your day (they need only be a few minutes long if time is short) to help you manage mental/emotional stressors as they come up. Meditation, music, art and nature are all great ways to release stress. You can get great apps for your phone to prompt you through the day!
3. Focus on Yoga, Tai, Chi, Qi Gong or CHEK Zone exercises to stimulate the sexual organs, sacral chakra / zone 2. This will help to get the internal energy moving again. You can even repeat a positive mantra / affirmation such as “I have strong, balanced sexual desire”, whilst you carry out the movement. Check out our exercise of then month to get you started.

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4. Create more fun in your life. Build more happiness and carefree time into your week. So many of us focus heavily on achieving at work, supporting the family, being a rock for others that life becomes incredibly serious and un-enjoyable. Find a hobby you really love. Surround yourself by people who lift you up rather than drag you down and find things to make you laugh regularly!
5. Cut down or remove processed sugar, caffeine and alcohol. These stimulants will further drive your stress hormone pathway directing energy away from your SEX hormone pathway and further driving your lacking libido.

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6. For women step into your YIN feminine power. Career driven, independent women, single Mum’s and high achievers have become overly YANG/masculine. This pushes the men in our lives further into the feminine role. Try using music and dance to bring out your feminine sexuality.
7. For Men step into your YANG masculine power. Many men have become de-masculinised by overtly strong female partners! Get your YANG back by getting into the gym and enjoying weight based work outs (it needn’t be crazy heavy weights!)

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Staying Focused When Your World Comes Crashing Down…

Life throws some curve balls at you doesn’t it? Just when you think life is plain sailing and things are feeling effortless something pops up to slap you in the face and reminds you not to get complacent! I read a great quote that went something like this: “What defines us is how well we rise after falling”.So what do you do when life gets really stressful, you know that kind of stress that makes you want to eat lots of sugary foods, open that second bottle of wine or slob in front of the sofa for the whole weekend? The kind of stress that makes life look hopeless and leaves you feeling like the victim of a very bad situation!

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Well Adrian and I were certainly tested to the max this last couple of weeks (and it’s not over yet!). Whilst Adrian was miles away on a course we had a huge flood at our clinic. It was incredible and humbling to witness the sheer power of Mother Nature. The water started on the third floor and managed to bring down the ceiling on the second (in our beautiful gym) flooding the treatment room too and washing down into the shop below! Thank God for the amazing Fire Crew and local business owners who supported a flapping teary eyed female (ME) who didn’t have a clue what to do!

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In the aftermath of the clear up Adrian and I have had to regroup and really evaluate the messages in this painful experience so we thought why not share it with you too, perhaps there are some life lessons that will help you feel better supported during your stressful times x in the mean time stay tuned for our new look gym and our re-launch coming soon!

Tip1 – Stick to your Core Values

Do you know what your core values are? Most people have no idea because they have never been taught or guided as to how to define them. At PBB we do this as one of the first coaching sessions with our clients. Getting clear on what values are important to you both in self and others helps you stay true to your needs and wants during even the stickiest of situations.For example at PBB honesty, integrity and compassion are 3 of our core values. So when the pipe burst in the upstairs treatment room flooding the clinic we were certainly tested on these values. Did we look for blame or try to hide behind someone else’s responsibility? Did we hide from the truth in order to save face? No! Because truly none of that mattered, no one was hurt and everything can be repaired in time.

Tip2 – Change Perspective

How you to choose to look at a stressful situation is key to the experience you have and the outcome that prevails. Now I am not for one minute saying this will be easy but let me give you an example.
Let’s say a loved one gets taken into hospital, they are unwell and naturally you are panicking, thinking the worst and worrying about how you will cope if they don’t pull through.
How about if you decide to change your perspective? You look at this as an opportunity to get educated on how you can support the improvement of your loved ones health, you decide to spend more quality time with them and plan the trips and outings you haven’t made time for in the past, you use the opportunity to truly connect with that person sharing how you really feel!

Tip3 – Be Grateful

This is a biggy and may take some thinking outside of the box. Let’s bear in mind that this universe is much bigger than just you and I, that there is energy out there that is more than just the energy we have in our own relatively small circle of existence.
So what if this horribly stressful experience you are going through is there to teach you something bigger than you can see or feel right now? What if this experience guides you down a path that would otherwise never have presented itself to you?
You often hear about people who rise above incredible adversity to do outstanding things. People who survive things like the Tsunami in Sri Lanka, the bombings in London or the Twin Towers in New York. These are extreme examples but think of the inspiration and connection these people bring to the greater community.
Even if you are struggling to see the good in the moment being grateful for the good that will come is an incredibly powerful way of moving from Victim to Conqueror!
Stress management is one of the foundational aspects of achieving optimal health; remember you don’t have to do everything on your own. If you are looking for support simply pick up the phone and book in for a free consult. 01242 254662

Are Your Carbs Making Your Jeans Tight?

 

 

 

The effects on the body of nature’s natural carbohydrates versus man’s processed carbohydrates are polar opposites. In nature, fruit and vegetables provide valuable energy to the body in the form of glucose (sugar). They come with health-promoting vita¬mins, minerals and enzymes which allow the glucose to be used appropriately. They naturally contain their own fibre, fats and proteins, which help the body to regulate the level of glucose in the blood, so that sustained and consistent energy is achieved for both body and mind.

Carbohydrates like fruit and vegetables are essential for the growth and development of the human body and provide a natural sweetness in our diet. Their sweetness indicates their natural state of ripeness and peak nutrient density.

In stark contrast, refined carbohydrates like white flour and sugar are stripped of their nutritional status. Grains in general break down into simple sugars in the body and are hard to digest, cre¬ating inflammation. If you are eating a diet that is high in refined carbohydrates and / or grain, such as cereal, bread and pasta for breakfast, lunch and dinner you will certainly be depleted in many vitamins and minerals and in turn will have impaired organ and gland function.

These types of carbohydrates take more energy out of the body to digest and assimilate than they actually provide, and are known as empty calories. Eating these foods creates a huge burst of glucose into the blood stream which can only fall again. This is the time when most people reach for the cake or coffee to rev them back up. These peaks and troughs cause an enormous amount of strain on the hormonal system, pancreas, liver, adrenals and thyroid gland and can lead to obesity, chronic fatigue, depression, exhaustion and behavioural problems such as ADHD.

Refined sugar, such as white (or even brown) table sugar, originates from sugar beet or sugar cane. Once refined and processed, the sugar is stripped of its naturally high levels of B vi¬tamins, magnesium and chromium. The body no longer reaches nutritional satiety when eating the sugar and so simply craves more and more sugar in a bid to sustain its nutritional needs. This type of sugar and, in fact, grain consumption can be linked to the increasing epidemic of type 2 diabetes and obesity. Obesity and excess stored fat arises due to the liver’s limited capacity to store glucose as glycogen. A daily diet rich in simple sugar will soon fill up the liver’s stores and will then be shuttled out to the body’s cells via the blood stream, to be stored as fatty acids in the buttocks, breasts, belly and hips.

Processed sugar is hidden everywhere and appears in many guises. High fructose corn syrup can be found in processed foods and bottled sauces: sugar is added to meat and poultry, spreads and soups. Its many aliases include fructose, glucose, maltose, lactose, sucrose – basically anything ending in ‘ose’ denotes sugar in your food!

There are still some great natural sugar products out there that you can enjoy in moderation and which actually have health-promoting qualities, including stevia (a herb), coconut sugar (which has a very low glycaemic index (GI) value) and organic raw honey. As far as grains go, I suggest a no-grain diet until you optimise your health and get any blood sugar instabilities and gut pathogens under control.

This may sound scary but there are over 100 grain-free recipes in my book, Meals That Heal – Inflammatory Healthcare & Free From Cooking to get you started.

Excerpt taken from, Meals That Heal – a Beginners Guide to Inflammatory Healthcare & Free From Cooking

 

 

3 Carb Combining Tips:

1. Swap your grains for fresh seasonal fruits and veggies.

2. Always eat your carbs with high quality saturated fats such as butter, ghee, coconut oil or tallow.

3. Accompany your carbs with an organic animal source protein such as eggs, cheese, yogurt, meat, fish or poultry.

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