A recent study from the University of Edinburgh shows how beneficial yoga is for older adults.
Older adults who practise yoga are more likely to be fitter, happier and healthier than those who do not, according to a review of the scientific evidence.
Even if you're an older adult who has never practised yoga before, it's never too late to start. Yoga is likely to improve your physical and mental health as long as it is at the right level for you.
We're looking forward to hosting a one day Wellness Retreat on the 29th of June. Everyone will receive a goody bag.
The lovely people at Weleda have kindly donated some goodies for the bag. Weleda started in 1921, with its own medicinal plant garden, and is today a world-leading manufacturer of holistic natural skin care as well as natural medicines. Thanks Weleda. Why not join us? We still have some tickets available.
We've released our timetable of classes and events from late July to late September. Classes include: Complete beginners on Mondays (6:00 - 7:30pm), Seniors on Wednesdays (1:00 -2:00 pm) and Beginner to Intermediate Levels of Yoga (6:00-7:00 pm), Fast paced weight loss yoga on Saturdays from 9 - 10 am and Restorative Yoga and Meditation from 10:30-11:30 am. We also have our stop smoking in under two hours hypnotherapy session, short courses on managing stress and on developing a healthy body image through yoga and hypnosis. Spaces are limited so early booking is recommended. Please book through our Facebook or Event Brite pages.
Salute to the Sun is a perfect routine that most people can manage if they are shown how to do it correctly. If you have any physical limitations there are easier variants that may be suitable.
Each round has 12 poses (or asanas) and it is usual to do an even number of rounds so that both sides of your body get the same benefits. If you do 12 rounds you will have done 288 poses which is a great result. If done slowly, Salute to the Sun can be used as a form of meditation, if done fast it can be a workout that is hard to beat.
Salute to the Sun is a full body workout, from top to toe, which also has breathing, balance, stretching, core, strength and spinal benefits. Not only that, it burns more calories than other workouts. Calories burned by a 30 minute workout are shown below:
Weightlifting = 120 calories
Back pain is a common issue. In a recent report, military veterans reduced their use of pain killers, and reported less fatigue and better functioning, after a programme of yoga classes.
Yoga and hypnotherapy are different but there is an area of overlap. It has been found that hypnotherapy can also reduce back pain and the need for pain medication. In a recent study it was noted that:
It is concluded that hypnosis may be utilized maximally as an important adjunct to other therapeutic methods in the treatment of low back pain.
If you have chronic pain, appropriate, carefully managed yoga and/or hypnotherapy could make a difference. Please note that we are not doctors but we do work with people with chronic pain.
People with serious health issues, or who are in recovery, or who have never been to a yoga class, sometimes find it hard to take the step to book into a group class. If this is you, one option is to book a free initial meeting, or to consider 1-to-1 classes, until you feel comfortable to be in a small yoga group session.
Please contact Shanti for a confidential discussion.
According to a University of Iowa study of 72,000 people:
Hypnosis is the most effective way of giving up smoking, according to
No only that, research shows that people who use hypnosis to give up smoking are more than three times as likely to still be stopped after 26 weeks. Other research shows a 80-90% success rate for stopping using hypnosis. Not only that, there are no negative side effects of hypnosis as you are using your own subconscious brain to stop, effortlessly.
Hypnotherapy works. For people who really want to stop we offer this guarantee: free follow up sessions in the one year after you have received stop smoking hypnotherapy from us (group or individual), in the unlikely event that you feel you need it.
During hypnosis you will relax out of your conscious state and enter your subconscious state. You will be awake but relaxed. In cases of light relaxation, your brain will operate in the area of alpha brain waves. This is an ideal state for your hypnotherapist to imprint your brain with positive suggestions, including about your body image, self acceptance, and how you treat your body. For example, if your body was a good friend, you would look after it by making sure it received regular, healthy food and appropriate exercise. If it had been bullied you would provide soothing and positive affirmations.
If deeper relaxation is required you will enter a state of theta brain waves. This is sometimes called regression to cause hypnotherapy and can involve the hypnotherapist taking you back to the event that started things (perhaps you were bullied at school). The hypnotherapist can use a variety of techniques to remove the negative effect of that event so that it no longer controls how you live your life now.
Body image issues can affect all kinds of people, including those who are overweight, have anorexia or bulimia, or who are transgender or who have a non-binary identity.
Research shows that hypnosis is very effective for weight loss, whether used as a stand alone treatment or combined with cognitive behavioural therapy ("CBT").
An analysis of many different scientific trials showed that in the group that only received hypnosis (and not CBT):
The average participant receiving some form of hypnosis lost more weight than about 94% of control participants at the end of treatment and about 81% of controls at follow-up.
An analysis of many different trials involving the use of both hypnosis and CBT showed:
The average participant receiving CBT plus hypnosis lost more weight than about 60% of participants receiving only CBT at the end of treatment and about 79% of participants receiving only CBT at follow-up.
In summary, hypnosis is a very effective treatment in producing weight loss and it is a treatment option for obesity.
Think about it …
• Who would you be if you truly believed in yourself?
• How much better would you feel if you just stopped beating yourself up?
• What if you finally got rid of fear, anxiety, self-doubt?
• What if anger and guilt no longer had any power to control you?
• What if you could finally lose the excess weight?
• What if you could reduce or eliminate physical pain – without any of the negative side-effects of drugs?
What if you could start feeling better – physically, mentally, emotionally – right away?
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