WHO Mental Health Day

Today, and the whole month of October is the official WHO Mental Health Awareness Day dedicated to de-stigmatizing mental health and raising awareness about this huge problem. Every 40 seconds someone succeeds in taking their lives.  At the same time, mental illnesses are the biggest cause of disability and illness in the world. Depression alone is … Continue reading WHO Mental Health Day

Mental Health Is Gut Health

The human gut is lined with over a 100 million nerve cells. 80% of the  information exchanged with the brain starts in the gut.  The main highway for this communication is the Vagus Nerve, referred to as the Yoga Nerve. It has long been known by aware Yoga teachers that many of their students get … Continue reading Mental Health Is Gut Health

I sleep outdoors and do Yoga to just be

When I see the 9,096 visible stars under the background symphony of the jungle noises, or when I contemplate the 602,200,000,000,000,000,000,000 atoms (wow!) in each breath reaching the 40 trillion cells and many more molecules of my stretching body, as I savour a ripe mango, as I float in the Gulf of Thailand listening to … Continue reading I sleep outdoors and do Yoga to just be

Feel the smoke, to stop smoking

Whatever you don't want to do but do anyway, do with awareness. Whatever you don't want to feel but feel anyway, feel with awareness. And finally, whatever you don't want to think but think anyway, think with awareness. When you "get it" for real you'll probably have had enough of whatever it is you don't … Continue reading Feel the smoke, to stop smoking

Meditation – the 5th pillar in Yoga

Meditation - In latin meditare means to reflect upon, the opposite of trying to silence your thoughts. But there is a huge difference in between having a thought and the thought having you. If there is a thought be with it, and when it passes just be. As opposed to relaxation meditation is done with a … Continue reading Meditation – the 5th pillar in Yoga

Rest – the 4th Pillar of Yoga

Rest - Relaxing is equally important for the whole of us (body, mind, and energy). Sleep is one form of rest, but to keep a healthy body and mind we need to meditate/relax too. It's very clear from science to reduce all types of illness and stress. The moral value of being lazy if we rest, in combo … Continue reading Rest – the 4th Pillar of Yoga

Merry Huggings 💚 from Thailand

Why not take the opportunity to see beyond the presents and the indulging food, and hug your loved ones over the holidays. Physical affection is healthy, really healthy, but only if you like those who touch you. When I learnt this I stopped telling my small kids to hug someone they didn’t know, or didn’t … Continue reading Merry Huggings 💚 from Thailand