Random acts of kindness

Bowl of water for dogs and 'woof' painted on pebble

Today, Wednesday 17th February 2021, is random acts of kindness day. 'Well, that's very nice but so what?' you might think. Evidence shows that not only do acts of kindness make other people feel good but they also make us feel good. Kindness has also been show to reduce stress and improve our emotional wellbeing. … Continue reading Random acts of kindness

Back pain and new ways of thinking about it

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Back pain can be frustrating and limiting, especially if it becomes chronic (ongoing) beyond a few weeks. Recently a few people have asked me for advice, often after an incident has triggered back pain. And the good news is, things will generally get better in a few weeks, with some direct action and a helpful … Continue reading Back pain and new ways of thinking about it

Feel the fear and find a better way to be

Yellow poppy

I don't know about anyone else but sometimes you just get to the point when it all gets a bit too much. I was at that point at 4am this morning! My mind was whirring around, I was mentally drafting blog posts, wondering what do to about planned classes and events, worrying about friends and … Continue reading Feel the fear and find a better way to be

Why recharging ourselves and being resilient are important for our health

Alyson jumping in frosty field

I've been thinking quite a bit about what recharges us, what keeps us well, recently. From personal experience and reading around the topic of stress, it's clear that we all need to have or do 'things that make us feel good', and which are different from what we do most of the rest of the … Continue reading Why recharging ourselves and being resilient are important for our health

Prioritise your wellbeing by going on a retreat

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Going on a retreat can be a powerful way to recharge and reprioritise your health and wellbeing. I've been on a lot of retreats myself in the last 10-15 years and so I'm very excited to be co-running a yoga and meditation retreat in south west Scotland in May 2020. How can going somewhere else … Continue reading Prioritise your wellbeing by going on a retreat

Sharing kindness meditations

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Recently I shared two kindness meditations during a wellbeing day, and have uploaded one of them as an audio track for you to enjoy. It was a real pleasure to contribute towards the successful 'Sharing the Love' day which a fellow yoga teacher Jill organised in November here in Dumfries, and which was a fundraiser … Continue reading Sharing kindness meditations

How massage can help period pain

Towels and flowers in spa setting

A while back a client was coming to me for massages to help her shoulder tension, stress and to feel better. After her first massage she said she felt 10 years younger! She booked a back and shoulder massage roughly every six weeks or so and one time said in the pre-massage chat that after … Continue reading How massage can help period pain

Wellbeing workshops on pain, stress and anxiety

Yoga mats laid out in circle in room

I'm delighted to be offering two wellbeing workshops this autumn in Dumfries. Following positive feedback from the workshop on understanding chronic (persistent) pain, I'm going to be delivering this workshop again, but it'll be slightly longer at 3 hours to allow more time for the practical things. In addition, I'm going to be delivering a … Continue reading Wellbeing workshops on pain, stress and anxiety