Crush the Cravings livestream replay

Crush the Cravings livestream replay

Craving is something that affects us all, not just those of us in recovery from addiction. Yoga philosophy tells us that the root of human suffering is to be found in the Kleshas, the 5 Obstacles identified by Patanjali in the Yoga Sutras.  They are Avidya  –...
Crush those Cravings

Crush those Cravings

B&W image thanks to Cristian Newman If you are trying to conquer an addiction or give up something that is harming you (like being on a diet, for example) you will find that there are some powerful voices in your head telling you that you desperately want and...
Cowleys Fine Foods Monthly Mystery Box review

Cowleys Fine Foods Monthly Mystery Box review

Sometimes, as a vegan, it is hard to find a snack that offers great taste, is healthy and not packed with sugar, and gives you a feeling of great satisfaction when you eat it. Martin and Suzie Cowley, of Cowleys Fine Foods, have the perfect answer to this. They create...
Ahimsa (non harming) in recovery

Ahimsa (non harming) in recovery

Addiction is a condition characterised by self-sabotage and self harm.  One of the symptoms used to diagnose is persistence in the behaviour despite the adverse impact on life.  This is true if the addiction is drugs, alcohol, sex, gambling, social media, cigarettes,...
Further study on my Yoga journey

Further study on my Yoga journey

Swami Gitananda, whose teaching I was trained in to gain my Yoga teaching certificate, and my recovery, taught that Yoga is a science.  The ancient Yogis made careful study of the workings of the human mind and body, experimenting with different practices, ways of...
Yoga as a path to recovery

Yoga as a path to recovery

The Yoga Sutras are the first written record of the great tradition of Yoga as practiced by the ancient sages.  These sages would struggle to recognise much of what we practice today as Yoga, and would, I am sure, take a dim view on much of modern Yoga. The Sutras...
Three simple techniques to tackle stress

Three simple techniques to tackle stress

When life stresses you out, what do you do?  Do you have strategies you can turn to to help you deal with  the situation in a healthy, helpful manner, or do you numb the stress away, or lash out at the world? Stress is a very common problem for a huge number of...
The gifts of 3 years of sobriety

The gifts of 3 years of sobriety

Today I am celebrating 3 years of sobriety. THREE YEARS!!! 1096 days since I last woke up with the pain, shame, foggy memories and fuzzy mouth of the morning after. I sometimes look back to how I lived and thought then, and I am amazed that this sober life is my life...