Friday, 6 January 2017

NEW YEAR NEW YOU


The New Year is a very good time to take stock of ourselves - particularly those of us who suffer from seasonal depression and who struggle with the winter months. There are lots of ways that we can help ourselves through the weeks ahead. Here's a few suggestions you might like to try.


You are what you eat.  Snacking on raw veg, fruits, nuts, seeds and raisins will keep a sugar fix at bay.  Eat avocado's, leafy veg, salads, nuts, grains, Vitamin D, Iron supplements. Stock up with  healthy snacks and keep close by so you won't be  tempted to eat sugary junk foods when you need a boost of energy.

Make a shopping list and get stocked up with the right meal ingredients, prepare your lunch food box for the following day before you go to bed. If you’ve prepared well, you’re more likely to eat well.

Breathe deeply when you're tired or stressed. A few deep conscious breaths help to release tensions and calm the mind. Breathe in for the count of 4, exhale for 6.

Drink plenty of water - 6-8 glasses a day. Our bodies are made of over 80% water therefore replenishing is essential for good health.

Reduce your consumption of caffeine, alcohol and sugary foods and drink. Try drinking herbal teas instead or hot water and lemon.




Smile and relax and make a mental list of 6 things you have to be  grateful for about your life as it is right now. Treat yourself as you would your best friend,  with compassion, kindness and encouragement.

An unexpected act of kindness to a stranger can be uplifting for both you and them - so do something for someone else.

Exercise at least 2-3 times per week. Research has proven that maintaining a regular exercise routine helps beat depression, anxiety and low self esteem, increases life expectancy and combats health conditions and disease.

Make sure you get  out of the office and away from the computer at lunchtime. We need all the sunlight and fresh air we can get during shorter winter days. A brisk walk for 20 minutes will  increase your heart and metabolic rate; increased oxygen will stimulate your brain cells, keep your energy up during the afternoon.

Dry skin brushing - purchased at chemist or health shop. Start the day by using the brush against dry skin, with long sweeping motions. This increases circulation of blood, oxygen and lymph around the body which in turn aides release of stagnant energy, toxins and waste from the body. It feels great and acts as a fabulous morning wake up for the entire system.

Keep a journal, take up a hobby, spend time with people who encourage you.

Book a holiday! We have three fabulous yoga retreats in the sunshine lined up for 2017 in Kerala in India, Mykonos in Greece & Kaba, in Turkey and you don't have to be an experienced yogi to join us on any of them. www.elisawilliamsyoga.comwww.elisawilliamsyoga.com for details.

Get plenty of rest and sleep.

Take up yoga and and practice at least three times per week.

Whatever you do enjoy it and have fun!

Thursday, 28 July 2016

WHY TOURISTS SHOULD NOT GIVE UP ON TURKEY

Listen to the voice in your head and travel!

Kabak the peaceful and remote location for our yoga holidays is one of the safest places on earth!

The polarising effect of the media, political wrangling in far away places, continue to fuel our disproportionate fear of Islamist terrorism. One of the biggest casualties has been the Turkish tourist industry. This is particularly absurd as Turkey is such enormous country with so many beautiful places that have remained unchanged in century's of domestic and global turmoil.



International flights to Turkey are currently at rock bottom prices, tourist numbers are down giving us an even greater incentive to go.

Like France, Turkey is in a period of national emergency, but this has negligible effect on tourists travelling to the coastal resorts. The government's grip on security at airports and transport hubs has never been tighter.

The truth is that the vast majority of Turkey remains as safe as most other countries around the globe. Our statistical risk of fatally slipping on the stairs at home or being struck by lightening are vastly higher than the risk of being put in any kind of harms way in Turkey. 

We have two holidays scheduled this Autumn in Southern Turkey and we have no intention of cancelling them. We believe that there has never been a better time to show our support for Turkey's beleaguered tourist industry, bask in the warm welcome of our lovely hosts and continue to enjoy the tranquility and peace of the Turquoise Aegean coast.




Like most people we are determined not to allow the hateful ambitions of terrorism to instil in us an irrational fear of other cultures, to cause division among people and prevent us from travelling to places in the world we love.

If you would like to join us for Autumn sunshine, yoga, good food, relaxation and a warm Turkish welcome in the beautiful, safe and tranquil village of Kabak high up on Turkey's stunning Turquoise coast then please visit my website for more details.

Prices From £450 per person

To watch a short holiday taster on You Tube



Our upcoming Autumn 2016 Yoga Holidays:
26th Sept - 3rd Oct (5 cabins available)
3rd Oct - 12th Oct (fully booked)

"Be The Change You Wish To See In The World"


To Book contact Elisa on 07885933037 or Email: elisawilliamsyoga@gmail.com

For more details follow the link to my website below


WHY TOURISTS SHOULD NOT GIVE UP ON TURKEY

Listen to the voice in your head and travel!

Kabak the peaceful and remote location for our yoga holidays is one of the safest places on earth!

The polarising effect of the media, political wrangling in far away places, continue to fuel our disproportionate fear of Islamist terrorism. One of the biggest casualties has been the Turkish tourist industry. This is particularly absurd as Turkey is such enormous country with so many beautiful places that have remained unchanged in century's of domestic and global turmoil.



International flights to Turkey are currently at rock bottom prices, tourist numbers are down giving us an even greater incentive to go.

Like France, Turkey is in a period of national emergency, but this has negligible effect on tourists travelling to the coastal resorts. The government's grip on security at airports and transport hubs has never been tighter.

The truth is that the vast majority of Turkey remains as safe as most other countries around the globe. Our statistical risk of fatally slipping on the stairs at home or being struck by lightening are vastly higher than the risk of being put in any kind of harms way in Turkey. 

We have two holidays scheduled this Autumn in Southern Turkey and we have no intention of cancelling them. We believe that there has never been a better time to show our support for Turkey's beleaguered tourist industry, bask in the warm welcome of our lovely hosts and continue to enjoy the tranquility and peace of the Turquoise Aegean coast.




Like most people we are determined not to allow the hateful ambitions of terrorism to instil in us an irrational fear of other cultures, to cause division among people and prevent us from travelling to places in the world we love.

If you would like to join us for Autumn sunshine, yoga, good food, relaxation and a warm Turkish welcome in the beautiful, safe & tranquil village of Kabak high up on Turkey's stunning Turquoise coast then please visit my website for more details.

Prices From £450 per person

To watch a short holiday taster on You Tube



Our upcoming Autumn 2016 Yoga Holidays:
26th Sept - 3rd Oct (5 cabins available)
3rd Oct - 12th Oct (fully booked)

"Be The Change You Wish To See In The World"

To Book contact Elisa on 07885933037 or Email: elisawilliamsyoga@gmail.com
For more details follow the link to my website below


WHY TOURISTS SHOULD NOT GIVE UP ON TURKEY

Listen to the voice in your head and travel.
Kabak the peaceful and remote location for our yoga holidays is one of the safest places on earth!
The polarising effect of the media, political wranglings in far away places, continue to fuel our disproportionate fear of Islamist terrorism. One of the biggest casualties has been the Turkish tourist industry. This is particularly absurd as Turkey is such enormous country with so many beautiful places that have remained unchanged in century's of domestic and global turmoil.
International flights to Turkey are currently at rock bottom prices, tourist numbers are down giving us an even greater incentive to go.
Like France, Turkey is in a period of national emergency, but this has negligible effect on tourists travelling to the coastal resorts. The government's grip on security at airports and transport hubs has never been tighter.
The truth is that the vast majority of Turkey remains as safe as most other countries around the globe. Our statistical risk of fatally slipping on the stairs at home or being struck by lightening are vastly higher than the risk of being put in any kind of harms way in Turkey. 
We have two holidays scheduled this Autumn in Southern Turkey and we have no intention of cancelling them. We believe that there has never been a better time to show our support for Turkey's beleaguered tourist industry, bask in the warm welcome of our lovely hosts and continue to enjoy the tranquility and peace of the Turquoise Aegean coast.
Like most people we are determined not to allow the hateful ambitions of terrorism to instil in us an irrational fear of other cultures, to cause division among people and prevent us from travelling to places in the world we love.
If you would like to join us for Autumn sunshine, yoga, good food, relaxation and a warm Turkish welcome in the beautiful, safe & tranquil village of Kabak high up on Turkey's stunning Turquoise coast then please visit my website for more details.
Prices From £450 per person
To watch a short holiday taster on You Tube

Our upcoming Autumn 2016 Yoga Holidays:

26th Sept - 3rd Oct (5 cabins available)

3rd Oct - 12th Oct (fully booked)

"Be The Change You Wish To See In The World"
To Book contact Elisa on 07885933037 or Email elisawilliamsyoga@gmail.com
For more details follow the link to my website below






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Wednesday, 11 May 2016

YOGA RETREAT TO NORTHERN KERALA

"So why don't we go somewhere only we know" 

Now booking for 2017 our dreamy winter yoga retreat in undiscovered Northern Kerala.
February 18 - 25th. Escape the winter blues and join us in this little slice of paradise!




www.elisawilliamsyoga.com/yoga-in-kerala

Tuesday, 24 November 2015

WAKE UP SLEEPY FEET!

The feet are often overlooked and ignored until something goes wrong – but really they deserve more appreciation.  Where would you be without them?  They carry us around from day to day, provide our support as we go about our business, and are our connection to the earth.  One of our first ways we begin to understand our notion of ourselves as individual beings in when we begin to walk, and have our own independence.   The way we contact the earth through our feet (could be viewed as a metaphor for) says a great deal about how we live our lives and relate to others.
Look at your feet.  Do your toes all clump together?  Do they lack independence?  Begin to separate the toes – gently stretch the skin between the toes, push your fingers between them.  This not only moves them apart, it also stimulates the sensory connections around the toes and helps to wake your feet up, to sensitise them.
Yoga, Exercise, Wake up, Feet, side, view, anatomySee how much movement you have around your heel (Calcaneus).  Pull your heel backwards, and notice whether the heel bone itself will move in relation to the other bones of the midfoot.  Then massage the sole of your foot – press gently into it, and rub along the length of your foot.  This all helps to wake up your feet.  Pull your toes backwards, towards your ankle.  If you have enlarged big toe joints (bunions), pay particular attention to the big toe – stretch it away from the other toes, and turn it, so that the nail faces upwards rather than twisting towards the other toes.
When you’ve finished all this, and your feet feel more alive and ready for action, gently begin to stretch them.  Come onto all fours, tuck the toes of one foot under, and gradually scrape that foot back and away from you, stretching the toes, the sole of the foot and eventually creating more length in the ankle and Achilles tendon.
Yoga, Exercise, Wake up, Feet, side, view, anatomyWhen you’ve done that, tuck your toes under and stretch the front of the ankle and the foot – apparently the front of the ankle often becomes tight and restricted, particularly as we get older, and is a contributing factor in falls.  This area is related to our reflex reactions, and when tight, reduces our proprioception which leads to a lack of balance and potentially falls.  So keep those ankles soft and supple.
Then stand up.  Find a step, or create one with a couple of foam blocks or a large heavy book.  Lean them against a wall.  Place your toes at the top, and gradually, sink the ball of your foot down to the floor, until your toes are bent up, and the rest of the foot is on the floor.  Give all your weight to this leg.  If possible, now begin to gently bend your knee.  This may create a strong stretch through your ankle, calf, Achilles or sole of the foot.  Softly bend and straighten a few times, being careful not to collapse  the inner arch of your foot to the floor.
When you’ve done both legs, take a short walk around the room, just noticing any differences in your feet.  They may feel more awake, and more sensitive.  You may notice that the soles of your feet are more interested in the various textures of the floor, and that you potentially feel more grounded.