Yoga Package for Complete Beginners
We are offering a Zoom based yoga package for complete beginners. Suitable for all ages, levels of fitness, and body types.
Yoga personalised for your needs and available in the comfort and privacy of your own home. In this package Shanti will gently guide you through your very own yoga classes, designed with your needs in mind. She will work with you, and your needs, to provide live online Zoom classes that will help to achieve your objectives, whether this relates to asanas (physical yoga), Pranayama (breathing) yoga, meditation, or relaxation.
The package includes: initial Zoom meeting to discuss your needs (approximately 20 minutes), plus 4 live online 1-to-1 Zoom yoga sessions (up to 40 minutes each), plus email support. Please email to book: firstname.lastname@example.org
Medicine from your garden?
Wellness from your garden?
If you have medicinal, spay free plants, good guidance, and a good recipe, it is quite possible to use your garden as a kind of medicine cabinet. We made calendula oil for a family member who suffers from eczema, and whose body was reacting to years of steroid treatment.
We support allopathic medicine, but there are times when it doesn't help, or when a two pronged approach may be helpful. We have been influenced by the writings of Dr David Servan-Schreiber, and the oral history passed down from Shanti's grandmother, who taught Shanti the wild plants that could heal. Shanti's grandmother's instructions were practical. In a large field of what looked like identical looking grasses, Shanti's grandmother would pick out that one leaf that could heal a sore stomach. There were many other similar lessons too. Have you used traditional medicines?
We offer Yoga Nidra (for sleep or relaxation), Yoga for Beginners, and Breathe Well (Pranayama) through Zoom. Please email Shanti to book, or if you have any questions. We will arrange a time and content to suit you. All time zones are welcome. Or please visit our EventBrite links for more details: https://www.eventbrite.co.nz/o/wabi-sabi-wellness-14925336095
I've been in ❤️ with sourdough bread since I visited San Francisco as a teenager. I couldn't get enough of that tasty sour flavour. Here's our sourdough rye bread. Sourdough starter made from rye flour and water. Then the bread. Not only is the bread full of flavour and goodness, I have enough starter for the next baking session.
Black bean heart shaped tempeh. Just cook and enjoy. Great for vegans, vegetarians, and anyone seeking to increase their plant based diet. Made by Wabi Sabi Wellness.
Tempeh is a traditional fermented soya bean product from Indonesia. Here is our version made from green split peas. It is ready to be cooked and enjoyed. Great as a vegan burger ingredient or for a stir-fry. It is suitable for vegans, vegetarians, and anyone seeking to increase their plant based diet.
11/8/2022 0 Comments
Peter Jackson and Hypnotherapy
Famed film director, Peter Jackson, recently disclosed that he had considered having hypnotherapy so that he could forget Lord of the Rings, so that he could watch it again as if it was the first time. Although Sir Peter didn't go ahead, it's an interesting story which illustrates the power of hypnosis.
4/7/2020 0 Comments
Why Try Hypnotherapy?
Hypnotherapy works! You can feel it!
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?
Remember: “If you don’t look after your body you’ll have nowhere to live!”
We've spent some time researching the impact of yoga on the immune system (very good by the way), and one key point is that there are several research papers that show that the use of nasal irrigation (through a special plastic pot from the pharmacy, or a neti pot, and a saline solution) can make a big difference to how many symptoms people get, and how long those symptoms stay. Some of the research involved Corona viruses (not Covid-19 as it is too new) and the results were promising.
For example, this very recent research from Edinburgh academics shows that nasal irrigation and gargling produced less severe Corona virus symptoms and shorter symptom times. For now New Zealand is in the clear with Covid-19, but this research may also be useful for dealing with colds and flu:
1/6/2020 0 Comments
New Classes Starting Soon
We're taking bookings for in person yoga and hypnotherapy from mid July onwards.
Some of our events are listed here, but please get in touch to discuss your needs. We offer yoga on a 1-to-1 basis or in a small group. We specialise in working with people who have other health needs (for example: breathing issues, cardiac rehabilitation, cancer, depression, substance recovery, trauma, significant weight issues, older adults and people who are unfit and unused to yoga). We are happy to work with your doctor or therapist so that you get the help you need. We use a trauma sensitive approach and we adapt our work to your needs, rather than the other way around. Of course, if you're looking for a high energy approach, we'll happily accompany you to 108 rounds of Salute to the Sun.
We also offer relaxation and regression hypnotherapy for a wide range of needs including anxiety, stopping smoking, reducing drinking, weight management, and stress.
30/5/2020 0 Comments
Pranayama (or breathing right)
Pranayama (or breathing correctly) is central to a well rounded yoga practice. It ranges from simple practices like slowing down your breathing, or counting your breaths in sets of 10, to more advanced practices. What they all have in common is that they lead to better physical and mental health, according to many scientific studies.
29/5/2020 0 Comments
Yoga and Anxiety
This is a question and answer that we agree with:
"Is there an exercise that can boost feel-good chemicals in your brain while reducing anxiety and improving your mood?
As fitness and yoga classes start to reopen we came across this interesting article from the Centers for Disease Control. In the yoga group, no students caught Covid-19, even though their instructor was infected. Other factors may be relevant, and the study isn't definitive, but it does suggest that low intensity yoga is relatively low risk, compared to vigorous group exercises in a confined space. This is reassuring news.
13/5/2020 0 Comments
Yoga and Migraines
New research indicates that yoga and medication provides significantly better relief for migraine sufferers than medication alone. In this study, the people who participated in yoga had a mix of taught classes and practice at home, and the yoga practice included asanas (physical yoga), breathing, and relaxation. One of the study authors noted that:
"the benefit was significantly higher in the yoga group in all areas, including headache frequency, pain, pain intensity, use of medications, and how much migraine interfered with the daily personal life or professional life,"
6/5/2020 0 Comments
Yoga and Depression
There is increasing evidence that yoga may help with depression. In a recent study, discussed on Medscape, it was noted that:
"Yoga appears to improve mood through increased activity of an amino acid neurotransmitter known to influence mood, anxiety, and sleep"
The type of yoga practice explored for this study was a traditional one that combined physical asanas, breathing (pranayama), and relaxation practices. One class per week with shorter home sessions were used.
The lead investigator was Chris Streeter, MD, associate professor of psychiatry and neurology, Boston University School of Medicine, Massachusetts who stated that:
"I think clinicians should consider this as a kind of a 'whole package. It shouldn't be just 'take the pill,' it should be 'take the pill and do some type of stress reduction,' and yoga is certainly acceptable," in terms of doing stress reduction.
Depression is serious. Consulting with your medical doctor is recommended, however, yoga may have an important role to play as part of the package of care.
Please note that we are yoga professionals and not doctors.
27/4/2020 0 Comments
Brain Waves and Yoga Nidra
If you are reading this, your brain waves are in the beta state. Most meditation involves slowing down the alpha brain waves. This usually produces a relaxed mental state and, over time, a greater ability to not be dominated by our thoughts. Very experienced meditators may reach brain waves at the gamma level.
Yoga Nidra is a super charged form of guided meditation. It takes you from the beta state through the theta, alpha, and delta brain wave states. At the delta level, you should not be asleep, but in a state of deep calm and relaxation. Yoga practitioners often say that 1/2 an hour of Yoga Nidra is the same as about two hours of actual sleep. Not only can it help you to sleep better, once the Yoga Nidra session is finished, you are likely to feel a deep sense of calm at the same time as feeling refreshed.
Please ask if you have any questions about meditation or Yoga Nidra, or send a message.
25/4/2020 0 Comments
Why Older People Need Yoga
In an interesting article, Dr Howard Luks discusses the necessity for exercise, especially for older adults. The loss of muscle, and balance, are factors that can increase the risk of serious falls for seniors. If the fall leads to a broken hip, this may accelerate ageing and the loss of independence.
An exercise programme can include aerobic exercise, resistance training, balance training, breath work, and mobility exercises. A properly designed yoga session can provide some or all of these elements at a level that suits the person, their current level of fitness, and any existing disabilities or illnesses. Chair yoga, and adapted asana poses, are commonly used for older people.
Please note that we are not doctors and we recommend that you take medical advice before beginning a new exercise programme.
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.
4/6/2019 0 Comments
29 June Retreat
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.
19/5/2019 0 Comments
Salute to the Sun (Surya Namaskar)
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
12/5/2019 0 Comments
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.
9/5/2019 0 Comments
How to Start
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.
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