Healing Chick

A health and happiness blog, packed full of natural pick me ups


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Triyoga Camden, the highs and the lows

The new Triyoga Camden studio opened in December last year. The offer: 30 days unlimited classes at £40 for new members. This is what I loved and definitely did not love about my month at Triyoga Camden [hate is a word I prefer not to use].

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  • Think upmarket hippy chic  if you are into Buddha statues and incense you will feel at home here.  The four ample sized studios are well-equipped with good quality, clean yoga mats, straps, blocks and blankets.

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A book review! Treasure Yourself: Power Thoughts for My Generation by Miranda Kerr 

It would be too easy to give this book a bad review for being another book by another supermodel. Yes – the cover is pink and features a pouty Miranda – and the title is a bit naff. But the truth is I like this book. I read TREASURE YOURSELF:  Power Thoughts for My Generation  by Miranda Kerr as a prequel to the more recently published EMPOWER YOURSELF which came out in 2014. Review to follow…

Miranda Kerr clearly wasn’t aiming her book at the academia so to slag it off for being too girly or having slightly larger-than-average print would be unjust. Reading this book was a bit like having a girls night in – minus the wine, ranting about men and girly drama. So really a much more relaxing and soul-nourishing experience.
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No swimsuits allowed: Getting steamy in Germany

Shock. Horror. The sign on the hotel spa door reads FKK Bereich, next to a picture of a swimsuit with a big red cross through it.  That can’t be right – something must have got lost in translation. Perhaps special sauna suits will be provided inside the changing room? No such luck.

Later in the steam room, I find myself sitting opposite a rather large, mature gentleman – naked, manhood fully exposed. Then comes another one. Apparently the towel-wrap isn’t highly thought of in Germany. After the initial shock, I find myself uncomfortable for other reasons. Are they giving me dirty looks because I’m wearing a swimming costume? Yes. It turns out in the German sauna penises are polite and swimming costumes are rude. Freikörperkultur (FKK) is a German movement which translates as Free Body Culture. It is based on a naturist approach to sports and community living and the joy of being nude without any relationship to sexuality. Continue reading

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MSG Dreams

Last night I had the strangest dream. To describe it as psychedelic would be an understatement. Millions of stars danced around a luminous azure blue sky, colliding with each other from all angles. Every star in the universe was a shooting star, not a single star stood stationary. And that was just the start…

Not really being a Chinese takeaway kind of girl, only on the very rare occasion does a stir-fried vegetables and tofu in black bean enter my system. It is not that I am against ordering a Chinese to enjoy in front of the telly (read that how you please) – it is just that sushi or curry will always win. That said, due to a combination of location and laziness, last night was one of those rare occasions. The slightly unwell feeling after finishing my dinner was expected, the night-time adventure quest definitely was not. Putting two and two together upon awakening, a slightly alarmed Googling session ensued.

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Get merry the natural way this winter with natural highs

It’s time to face the inevitable…winter is coming. SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder) affects approximately 2 million people in the UK, and more than 12 million people across Northern Europe. Everyone needs a little helping hand through the colder months, and whilst hot chocolate puds, mulled wine and Sunday roasts most nights of the week might make you feel perkier at the time, the likelihood is that you’ll end up feeling pretty yuck. And potentially enter the New Year ten pounds heavier.

Shorter days and darker mornings mean less daylight, in people with SAD the lack of light is thought to affect the production of the hormones melatonin and serotonin. Unless you’re one of those sporty types, the majority of people also find that they do less exercise in winter, sending endorphin levels plummeting. Walking in the pitch black freezing rain to the gym after work never quite seems to win out against an evening spent snuggled up on the sofa. Continue reading

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Time for some Lazy Yoga

Ayurvedic Yoga Massage, a blissfully lazy experience

Nothing beats that relaxed and rejuvenated feeling you get after a successful yoga class. Emotionally restored and body re-aligned, you could take on the world. That said, sometimes the last thing you feel like doing after a demanding day is a group yoga class complete with headstands and never-ending rounds of sun salutations. That’s where Ayurvedic Yoga Massage  or lazy yoga comes in. I recently had the pleasure of receiving my first Ayurvedic Yoga Massage (AYM) courtesy of Niraj at Bliss Pilgrims. Ayurveda and Yoga are ancient holistic systems of India and as I found out, combining the two makes for a powerful healing experience.
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The Brahma Kumaris: An Introduction

Last night I visited the Brahma Kumaris World Spiritual University (UK) for the first time. The BKWSU (UK) teaches Raja Yoga Meditation as a way of experiencing peace of mind and a positive outlook, providing opportunities to all those who seek to explore their own spirituality.

The organisation was founded in 1936 by Dada Lekhraj, in Hyderabad (at the time part of colonial India now Pakistan). After experiencing intense spiritual visions of understanding Dada Lekhraj set up the organisation under its original name of Om Mandali. Om Mandali consisted of around 400 individuals, who lived together self-sufficiently and devoted their time to intense spiritual study, meditation and self-transformation.

Today the Brahma Kumaris has organisations in over 100 countries, with its headquarters based in Mount Abu, India. Brahma Kumaris became a recognised charity in the UK in 1975. There are currently over 40 local teaching centres across the UK, being funded solely by voluntary contributions. Continue reading