Beginner’s guide to abdominal breathing

Beginner's guide to abdominal breathing
Abdominal breathing is a type of breathing whereby you breathe into the abdomen and appear to fill it with air. What actually happens is that instead of breathing so that your lungs force your shoulders upwards, you push your abdominal area outwards as your diaphragm moves downwards. To perform this type of breathing, you can ...

10 tips for chi kung and tai chi

10 tips for chi kung and tai chi
There are a lot of things to consider when practising tai chi and chi kung. The numerous rules added to the movements and breathing can be quite overwhelming. Here are my ten tips for beginners practising chi kung, tai chi and meditation in general: breathe through the nose – the tip of your tongue should ...

He said, she said

He said, she said
Relationships, whether between friends or lovers, can be a source of joy and happiness but they can also bring stress and anxiety into your life. A badly-phrased sentence or something said in the heat of the moment can lead to bad feelings and result in the conversation echoing around in your head for hours or ...

Can meditation really re-wire your brain?

Can meditation really re-wire your brain?
Yes, according to the latest scientific research! One of the many emails that drop randomly into my inbox mentioned a recent article by Dr. Marsha Lucas, an American psychologist and neuropsychologist describing how meditation can rewire the brain. The article is particularly concerned with how the brain handles relationships but reading between the lines (which ...

The gentle art of weight loss

The gentle art of weight loss
Whenever people want to lose weight, they immediately think about doing some very intense exercise such as running, cycling or aerobics. However, just thinking about leaping around the room or pounding the pavement mile upon mile is enough to make you tired! And while these are very efficient ways of burning fat and something fitness ...

A deeper look into synchronicity

A deeper look into synchronicity
Synchronicity is the moment of two or more events which are causally unrelated happening together to bring meaning and purpose into your life. You can read more about Synchronicity and what it is in my previous article which can be found here: http://eserv.co.uk/irl2/the-magic-of-synchronicity/   The purpose of this article is to take a deeper look into Synchronicity ...

Beating stress with chi kung

Beating stress with chi kung
Problems arise when we are constantly under pressure. Big problems! Our chi stays up, our adrenaline levels stay high, our bodies overwork themselves and exhaustion sets in. Our nervous systems become tired and worn down and cease to function properly. Our energy becomes depleted and our immune systems are no longer able to function as they should so we become prone to ...

The magic of synchronicity

The magic of synchronicity
Synchronicity is derived from the Greek word “Chronos” meaning time and therefore Synchronicity means “in time.” It is otherwise known as Serendipity, “a happy accident” and was originally coined by Carl Gustav Jung, in which he states that Synchronicity is the moment of two unified events, which are causally improbable and unrelated, occurring together by ...

Warm up and stretching for Tai Chi

My warm up and stretching routine for tai chi. I also use it before strength training, rock climbing and general fitness and exercise. Do this for 10 minutes every day and enjoy better flexibility, improved balance and better mobility. Part 1 focuses on warming up the joints – neck, shoulders, spine, hips, knees, ankles, elbows, ...

Confidence and self-esteem – improve your confidence – affirmations for a better you

If you want to improve your confidence and self-esteem, to feel better about yourself and improve your life, then try playing this every day. You may soon experience positive changes in your life. The following statements are used: “I enjoy life.” “I am confident.” “I am happy.” “I can achieve anything I set my mind ...