Channel purification

Channel purification

Sit nice and tall. Take some time to feel balanced and still. According to Swami Sivananda, if you practise with your spine bent, it’s like bombarding your spine with a hydraulic jackhammer! So let’s try to avoid that! Place the right hand on your abdomen and your left hand on your chest. Inhale slowly through your nose and feel your abdomen move out against your right hand. The left hand, the one on your chest, should remain as still as possible. As you exhale, the abdomen sinks in. The left hand remains as still as possible. Allow your breath to become deep and smooth and focus your attention on the breath touching the nostrils. Feel the warm touch of exhalation and the cool touch of inhalation. Maintain your posture and keep breathing fully through the belly and release your left hand on your left thigh. Make the Vishnu mudra with your right hand. So the index and middle fingers are curled and touch the base of the thumb. If you practise in the evening, bring the ring finger to close the left nostril. Don’t press too hard! Take three breaths, out and in, through the right nostril. Now bring your right thumb to close the right nostril, and release the ring finger. Take three breaths, out and in through the left nostril; release your right hand on your thigh then take three breaths out and in through both nostrils. These nine breaths complete one round of channel purification. Keep the breaths silent, smooth, and equal in length. Do not hold the breath. If you practise in the morning, start breathing...
I believe you

I believe you

Over the past two years, I have had to face a series of MS-related cognitive issues. The best way I can explain it is this: Imagine you have a big plate of spaghettis in a tomatoes sauce in front of you. They look delicious and you’re starving but you are surrounded by a thick fog and you have to use a teaspoon to eat! This is how my brain regularly – but luckily not always- feels. Muddled. Untidy. Slippery. Concepts are hard to grasp. Ideas slither away before I can get hold of them. I try here and there but I feel overwhelmed. Then the pressure builds up and its gets even worse. Working in a busy environment is really tough. People chatting, colleagues asking questions, interrupting to call a meeting are all adding up to the stress of deadlines, reminders, the need to prove yourself. It is exhausting. But the worse is that when I tried to explain it, people refuse to acknowledge it. “Your brain works fine”. “Everybody feels like this”. “You can’t be sure it’s MS”. “You just need to relax”. Even my GP said it was just stress.   And then I met a GP who has MS and told him how I felt. He calmly looked at me and said “I believe you!” I felt the tears well up to my eyes. It was the first time in over two years that someone told me these simple but powerful words. I believe you. It felts as if he was hugging me in a loving embrace.   And I listened to him explain how he...

Useful table

  Here is a list I created with a few food items and their saturated fat content. On the left, I put food I eat but need to monitor and on the right I listed food that I don’t eat (mostly as a reminder).  I find it useful. YES but be aware Saturated fat, in gram YES but be aware Saturated fat, in gram 1 tbsp olive oil 1.9 100 gr tuna in oil 1.09 100 gr small olives 1.4 100 gr tuna in water 0.67 1 avocado 4.3 1 tuna steak baked 1.21 100 gr walnuts 6 1 tuna steak, steamed 0.44 100 gr almonds 3.7 100 gr soy yoghurt 0.26 1 cup almonds 5 100 gr sushi 0.09 100 gr cashew nuts 8 100 gr pumpernickel bread 0.4 100 gr peanuts, dry roasted 7 100 gr white bread 0.7 100 gr pistachio nuts 6 1 cup sorbet 0 100 gr flaxseed 3.7 1 cup soy milk 0.5 100 gr chia seed 3.3 1 cup unsweetened almond milk 0.28 100 gr pumpkin seeds 9 100 gr tofu 0.7 100 gr sesame seeds 7 100 gr tempeh 2.2 100 gr dried sunflower seeds 4.5 NO!!! 100 gr salmon 2.5 100 gr coconut milk 21 100 gr snapper 0.4 1 tbsp coconut milk 3.2 100 gr mackerel fillet, cooked with dry heat 4.2 1 biscuit 2.6 100 gr farmed salmon, cooked with dry heat 4.2 1 bar dark chocolate 30 100 gr smoked salmon 0.9 100 gr dark chocolate 19 100 gr smoked trout 2.1 100 gr ice cream 7 100 gr seabass, cooked with dry heat 0.6 ½ cup...
It’s all about the run…

It’s all about the run…

When I like something, I want everybody to try it. I can’t help it. For many years, I’ve campaigned for yoga and found ways to lure my friends into a yoga class. Be warned! Here comes the next crusade, and this time it’s all about the run. Yes, I’m still on a high after running my first 10K race yesterday but it’s not just adrenaline talking. Running is good for you, if you train properly. And I have the best trainer ever, Peter – so good I’m going to marry him next month but that’s beside the point. Anyway I started to run last September. I was doing lots of yoga but no cardio vascular training and I often felt some fluttering in my chest. I realised I need to strengthen my heart. After my first running attempt, which must have been max 1.2 K, I was short of breath and Peter was a bit worried. He got me to run very short distances for what seemed like eternity. So I ran around the block again and again, slightly afraid that my neighbours would get suspicious. I didn’t think I could ever run more than 3K. But we slowly increased the distance and in November I ran my first 5K. Hurrah! Over the winter, I couldn’t train because of colds and sore throats.Peter had registered me for a run in January but I had to postpone it and eventually cancel it as I didn’t feel I could run more than 5K. But from May onwards, I had an objective: to run the London Vitality 10K race on July 10th for a...
Apple & Berries Crumble

Apple & Berries Crumble

This is THE dessert recipe that helped me stay on the diet! It’s based on the Mini Grain Free Apple Crumbles from Deliciously Ela (see link below). I just added a few more items. I can’t remember how many times I have prepared this recipe and it has always been a success. I serve it with Alpro Vanilla Soya dessert. For one person: 1 red apple A small handful of red berries (I use frozen ones) 1/3 a cup of almonds 2 tablespoons of walnuts 5 dates 1 tablespoon of pumpkin seeds 1/2 tablespoon of chia seeds 3 teaspoons of cinnamon 2 or 3 teaspoons of agave syrup or honey Peel the apple and cut into chunks. Place it apple in a sauce pan with a bit of a boiling water (just to cover the bottom of the pan). Add 1 teaspoon of cinnamon. Put the lid on and boil for 10-15 minutes, until the apple pieces are really soft. Then drain the water. In the meantime, in a separate pan, put the frozen berries with some water and heat it up so the berries are not longer frozen. Remove from the heat, drain the water and add a bit of agave syrup if you have a sweet tooth. While the apple and berries cook, place the almonds, walnuts and pumpkin seeds into a food processor. Blend for a 40 seconds (I use a Vitamix so it goes really fast) or until they break down. I like to leave some chunks in it. Cut the dates in tiny pieces and add them, together with the agave syrup, the remaining...