So I have known for some time of course, the benefits of a yoga-based lifestyle, and often it’s easy to forget that not everybody knows what I know or you know ….

And so when I found this research paper that talks about how telomerase activity and cellular ageing might be positively modified by a yoga-based lifestyle, I thought ‘this be a good share!’


Yoga For Anti-Ageing!

Maybe we need to spend less money on other interventions like face creams and procedures, and more time in yoga … Yay I’m up for that!!  I just wish I started practising yoga in earnest when I was a kid, it’s only in the last decade that I started to really understand the true journey and it’s benefits … and the noticeable cellular ageing appeared!!!!

Telomerase activity and cellular aging might be positively modified by a yoga-based lifestyle intervention.

Kumar SB, et al. J Altern Complement Med. 2015.


OBJECTIVES: Recent studies showed that a brief yoga-based lifestyle intervention was efficacious in reducing levels of oxidative stress and cellular aging in obese men. The objective of this case report was to assess the efficacy of this intervention in reducing the levels of biochemical markers of cellular ageing, oxidative stress, and inflammation at baseline (day 0), at the end of active intervention (day 10), and follow-up at day 90.

DESIGN: Single case report from a prospective ongoing study with pre-post design assessing the level of various markers of cellular aging.

SETTING: Integral Health Clinic, an outpatient facility conducting meditation and yoga-based lifestyle intervention programs for management of chronic diseases.

PATIENT: A 31-year-old man with class I obesity (body-mass index, 29.5 kg/m(2)) who presented to the medicine outpatient department at All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, India, with a history of fatigue, difficulty losing weight, and lack of motivation. He noted a marked decrease in his energy level, particularly in the afternoon.

INTERVENTION: A pretested intervention program included asanas (postures), pranayama (breathing exercises), stress management, group discussions, lectures, and individualized advice.

RESULTS: From baseline (day 0) to day 90, the activity of telomerase and levels of β-endorphins, plasma cortisol, and interleukin-6 increased, and a sustained reduction in oxidative stress markers, such as reactive oxygen species and 8-hydroxy-2-deoxy-guanosine levels.

CONCLUSIONS: Adopting yoga/meditation-based lifestyle modification causes reversal of markers of aging, mainly oxidative stress, telomerase activity, and oxidative DNA damage. This may not only delay aging and prolong a youthful healthy life but also delay or prevent onset of several lifestyle-related diseases, of which oxidative stress and inflammation are the chief cause. This report suggests this simple lifestyle intervention may be therapeutic for oxidative DNA damage and oxidative stress.

You can read it on it’s original journal page HERE.

The Guest House

The Guest House

The Guest House

This being human is a guest house.
Every morning a new arrival.
A joy, a depression, a meanness,
some momentary awareness comes
as an unexpected visitor.
Welcome and entertain them all!
Even if they are a crowd of sorrows,
who violently sweep your house
empty of its furniture,
still, treat each guest honorably.
He may be clearing you out
for some new delight.
The dark thought, the shame, the malice.
meet them at the door laughing and invite them in.
Be grateful for whatever comes.
because each has been sent
as a guide from beyond.

– Rumi

I believe  …

…   we know the truth, goodness, wisdom, it is buried in us all.
We are here to remember.
I love this as a reminder.
You are never alone and you are always alone. You are something special and you are nothing special in the greater scheme of things!
You are pure love and goodness, and have a little or a lot of work to do, to strip back the conditioning …
Either way, that’s all we’re doing’ here , either layering on more sheaths, or working to peel them off
Don’t push away what comes up, it’s sent as a messenger, it’s here to remind you ….

Set aside some time in your day to devote to feeling …
Acknowledge, accept, soft belly, half smile, it’s ok, it’s ok, I love you, I love you ….

Coconut Milk Made Easy

Coconut Milk Made Easy

I’m a bit of a fan of the ol’ coconut!

Even though coconut milk or products are not part of my genetic history (as far as I know!), the food seems to like me, and me it.  There are many health benefits attributed to coconut as food.  Many people still associate it negatively with high fat or cholesterol … and I still get surprised at this … and while I don’t view it as a ‘dangerously’ fattening food, we each have to eat what we feel is right for our individual bodies, as there is no one good thing for everyone.

I am especially fond of drinking young coconuts, the price of which I notice has sky-rocketed recently. I remember them being $2 each when I shopped around, now they’re coming to $3.50 and upwards each … And then there’s the issue of the carbon footprint of importing them … an issue for another post.

Coconut contains high fibre, hydrating qualities, anti fungal and anti-bacterial qualities, and is considered a ‘good’ fat, with the ability to stabilise blood sugars and act as a digestive aid.  Just a few of the documented benefits.

Making coconut milk is simple.  But have you ever looked at some of the ingredients of desiccated coconut?!  Sometimes there are all kinds of weird things in there … I recently bought this brand of desiccated coconut at my local health grocer for $3!  A perfect pantry staple, this is a fab price and I thought it a good idea to buy a few.

If like me, you prefer to eat more plant-based foods,

making coconut milk as an alternative to store-bought cows milk is inexpensive and super versatile, with a good quality desiccated coconut like this in your pantry – try to get one that lists just ‘coconut’ or ‘organic coconut’ under the ingredients statement, with no additives, and you can make as little or as much milk as you need and when you need!  All you need is a high-speed blender, a nut milk bag or fine sieve, and some water!

If I have time, I like to soak it a little in the water to let some more flavour seep out, but you don’t have to – making it on the spot is the point, really.  Other alternatives include flavouring the milk – adding some vanilla; a little salt; a little maple syrup or sweetener of choice, maybe a squeeze of lemon juice …. I find with the concentration of flavour in the desiccation process that it is VERY coconutty and flavouring is not necessary, just optional.

Here’s how I make it:

1 cup of desiccated coconut

2 cups (filtered) water

Blend in a high speed blender

Pass through a nut milk bag or fine sieve

Store in the fridge for about 3-4 days or until it smells a little off!

Reserve the pulp!  I use mine by adding to smoothies, breakfast cereal, sprinkled on salad or added to veggie mash ups.  You can also dehydrate it and use it as gf flour if you like.


Start Here: Self-Compassion

The answer to everything could be SELF-COMPASSION … the results would be proof.

How Did Hitler Rise To Power

“Hitler took advantage of the people’s anger by offering them a convenient scapegoat and a promise to restore Germany’s greatness”


sound familiar?

(also amazing graphics!)

Self-care isn’t apathy …

Self-care isn’t apathy … I’m sharing this article by Mary Elizabeth Williams, because it touches on more than one topic worth talking or thinking about …

You can read the full article at source  HERE

Self-care isn’t apathy: You don’t have to watch the whole Trump horror show

Let’s pace ourselves, America — overdosing on insanity is killing our spirit

Self-care isn't apathy: You don't have to watch the whole Trump horror show
(Credit: CSA-Printstock via iStock)

Nope. I didn’t see it. Not live, as it unfolded, not Friday morning, as the spin kept rolling in. I have my limits, and my limit is voluntarily watching Donald Trump officially accept the Republican nomination for president of the United States. And over the next few months, I promise to not watch a whole lot more.

It’s not that the alarming spectacle that played out this week in Cleveland can be ignored. It’s not that we all don’t have a profound personal stake in the utterly terrifying agenda of Trump ticket. It’s this — you can’t immerse yourself in round-the-clock crazy and not go a little mad yourself. You can’t, as someone wisely said on Twitter recently, “constantly stare at a device that beams nightmares” into your eyes and not wind up “anxious.” And if you, this often bizarre and heartbreaking summer, sometimes decide to choose Pokémon Go over Make America Great Again, I totally get it.

Granted, I have the privilege/curse of working in the media, which means that I get heaping eyefuls of current events in my workday. By the time many of my friends come home in the evening, eager to catch up on the news, I am slumped at my desk and trying to pick my jaw up off the floor. There’s no part of kicking back and taking in even more upsetting words and images at that point that sounds even remotely mentally healthy.

But even if your 9–5 involves piping roses onto wedding cakes, can I still offer a little friendly advice? Pace yourself here. Remember that self-care is not apathy, and that sensory overload isn’t social justice. It’s estimated Americans consume roughly ten hours of media a day. And 33 percent percent of Americans — a full third — say that they follow the news all throughout the day. That is an overwhelming amount of information to take in — especially when a fair amount of that information involves a paranoid yelling person. Last fall, I attended an all-day event for journalists sponsored by the Dart Center, an organization for journalists who cover traumatic events. One phrase one of the event leaders mentioned has stuck in my mind ever since — “We spend our days consuming human distress.” And that is simply not a normal, natural, healthy, or — and this is important — sustainable — state of being. So on Tuesday evening, I was at “Ghostbusters.” The world didn’t need me to watch the trainwreck.

On Friday morning, my Facebook feed was neatly divided between friends who’d watched the Trump show and had a lot to say about it, and those who admitted they couldn’t bear to watch it. One person expressed that she couldn’t, but she was grateful to those who did, to bear witness. As for me, I oscillate between understanding the need to remain vigilant and also feeling pretty played when Trump ridiculously boasts that “Good news is Melania’s speech got more publicity than any in the history of politics especially if you believe that all press is good press!” It often feels like a losing proposition to consider how much the very worst people in the world truly feed off our attention — even when that attention is pure disgust. I remind myself that we do not have a moral responsibility to participate in all of it and we certainly don’t have one to passively look at it. I remember that someone once reminded me, “You don’t need to go to every argument you’re invited to.” You don’t need to go to every political disaster either.

The conservative monsters have now created an unwinnable game for the rest of us. We ignore them at our peril, we watch them at the risk to our emotional well-being. All I can do is try to keep my own scales in balance. That means: going outside in the world and not looking at my phone. Talking to other normal, functioning human beings. Cooking. Listening to music. Hugging my kids. Because those things are not distractions from reality; they’re reality, too. If all I see is madness, all I lose is hope, and hope is the thing I need most right now. And I’m not going to make it to November if all the voices in my head are the enemy’s.


Mary Elizabeth Williams

Mary Elizabeth Williams is a staff writer for Salon and the author of “A Series of Catastrophes & Miracles.”


4 minutes of a break 🙂

Tom Waits Movie

I love his stuff … simple as that … many happy memories of my youth …


Cowspiracy, taken from Youtube .. an interesting educational (?) watch ….,

Love and coconuts,

Lila xo

Multi-Tasking Damages Your Brain

As part of my teacher training in Restorative Yoga, with Judith Hanson Lasater, we were given a number of articles that I found really valuable.  They were research-based articles relating to the rise of chronic stress, insomnia and disconnection that is becoming a bit of a world-wide phenomena, and sadly sort of becoming the new normal.

There was a short one titled “Multi-tasking Not Smart”, and addressed the common presence of multi-tasking in society, and how it can actually lower your IQ.

I’m never sure quite how to raise it with friends and colleagues who talk about how good they are at multi-tasking like they should be patted on the back and applauded!  My initial response in my head is “nooo don’t do that to yourself”!!!  But I usually say nothing as I’m still learning how to present ideas in scientific research without being concerned with sounding like a know-all, haha!  Oh, and actually remembering statistics and things to back my spiel up!!  🙂

And anyway, science, like everything, is ever-changing, so maybe I’m better off practising quietly!

 But I will share here, that way you can follow up on the research yourself if you’re skeptical, or if just reading this doesn’t make some basic sense to you.

For me I do know, that as a way of getting stuff done, I am a CRAP multi-tasker!  I’m not sure if it’s because I’ve read some of this research and that’s now in my head so I don’t want to be good at it, or whether I’m genuinely a poor multi-tasker.

As someone whose equilibrium tends to be easily knocked out of balance if not mindful (hello VATA!), I believe that multi-tasking messes with my head and inner-calm.  Whilst I know I can do it when I need to, and I actually can look like I’m very good at it if I want to, I try to reserve it for necessity rather than making it part of how I do things.

At work – my desk job – I have to do it as part of my role.



I will admit I can get a bit of a buzz out of it,

as it involves dealing with people too, so there is the performance side to it!  But far out, I get completely exhausted by it!!  (More Vata imbalance)

I guess that’s why I really enjoy doing meditative things like colouring in colouring books, yoga practice and mindfulness meditation, things that involve using my hands and focusing on one thing at a time, and practising that.

And it can be quite challenging.

Have you ever been driving along or doing something and had the radio on, only to realise after a while that you really do not like what you’re hearing!  This happens me sometimes – and I’m like “what is this  s h i t  I’m listening to”!!!?  It’s because I’m doing more than one thing at a time – for some of that time I am not conscious of one (or more) of the things, but they still have an effect on me.

Honest admission #2: sometimes it happens vice versa – I’ve got some brilliant audio book or podcast on and I’m not sure if I’ve just gone through a red light because something I just heard was so bloody profound, all perceived reality to date has just fallen away!

So to counteract this kinda stuff, I try to be a bit more conscious.

How?  Well, if I’m going to turn the radio on in the car, I try to do it consciously, not out of habit, and accept that something might have to give along the way!  Or, I might go to punch the radio button on, and then stop to ask why?  Do I need some company?  Am I trying to fill space, or is there something I really want to hear?

What about driving in silence (as if my head would not be like a radio all in itself anyway hahaha!).  Well, sometimes I do it.  And it’s rather pleasant.

Anyway here is an article from Forbes Magazine, talking about how Multi-Tasking Damages Your Brain.  (Warning: It may raise more than one thought in your head at anyone time.)

You’ve likely heard that multitasking is problematic, but new studies show that it kills your performance and may even damage your brain.

Research conducted at Stanford University found that multitasking is less productive than doing a single thing at a time. The researchers also found that people who are regularly bombarded with several streams of electronic information cannot pay attention, recall information, or switch from one job to another as well as those who complete one task at a time.

A Special Skill?

But what if some people have a special gift for multitasking? The Stanford researchers compared groups of people based on their tendency to multitask and their belief that it helps their performance. They found that heavy multitaskers—those who multitask a lot and feel that it boosts their performance—were actually worse at multitasking than those who like to do a single thing at a time. The frequent multitaskers performed worse because they had more trouble organizing their thoughts and filtering out irrelevant information, and they were slower at switching from one task to another. Ouch.

Multitasking reduces your efficiency and performance because your brain can only focus on one thing at a time. When you try to do two things at once, your brain lacks the capacity to perform both tasks successfully.


Read the full article here