Are we all addicts?  Russell Brand thinks so!

Are we all addicts? Russell Brand thinks so!

Today Russell Brand’s Recovery book is released.  I should have a copy of it in my hands, but I got my order wrong, and opted for the free delivery out of habit, so have to wait a little longer!  I am really looking forward to reading this book, and will be...
How can Yoga help you beat addiction?

How can Yoga help you beat addiction?

Addiction is a complex problem that affects body, mind  and soul. Yoga is a way of life that can balance and restore body, mind and soul Where addiction creates fear and shame, Yoga can give inner peace and self esteem Where addiction causes negative thoughts and...
Don’t numb the pain, feel it!

Don’t numb the pain, feel it!

All too often we try to block out ‘negative’ emotions. They don’t feel good, so we numb them with drugs, sex, TV, shopping, food, alcohol, gambling etc. Or we channel them into something less than helpful, such as rage against the world. There is...
Just a Juice Please

Just a Juice Please

How to Survive and Savour Socialising in Early Recovery Birds of a feather flock together, as the saying goes.   So it should come as no surprise that if you have been an ‘enthusiastic’ drinker in the past, then you will likely have a social circle that includes a lot...
Choosing not to numb the stress in recovery

Choosing not to numb the stress in recovery

I am having quite a few difficulties in my personal life at the moment.  They are the kind of difficulties that would have, in the past, been perfect excuses to drink in plentiful amounts…..stressful situations that invite numbing of painful emotions are all...

Beating Addiction Through Yoga – Yamas and Niyamas

In this reading of Bent Back Into Shape, Beating Addiction Through Yoga, I am sharing about the Yamas and Niyamas. These are the first two of the Eight Limbs of Yoga, as taught by Patanjali.  The Yamas and Niyamas teach us how to be in the world, how to interact with...
Stress and Addiction from Bent Back into Shape

Stress and Addiction from Bent Back into Shape

Stress is a huge problem across the world, not just for people in recovery.  The World Health Organisation has called it ‘the health epidemic of the 21st Century‘.  Stress is a contributory factor in the 6 leading causes of death in the Western World;...
What is Yoga?

What is Yoga?

An extract from Bent Back into Shape, Beating Addiction through Yoga This is a livestream reading of two chapters from Bent Back into Shape, Beating Addiction Through Yoga. In these chapters I look at what Yoga is beyond the physical ‘exercise’ that it is...