Leftover pumpkin? - try this pumpkin cake

Friday, 30 October 2015


If you are wondering what to do with all the leftover pumpkin after you have carved the pumpkin lantern you might want to try this recipe.

The problem with sugar free cakes is that they tend to be a little dry.  Adding vegetables however is a way of incorporating moisture.

You will need

250g dairy free spread
30g stevia 
250g rice flour
4 tsp baking powder
egg substitute equivalent of 4 eggs
700g pumpkin puree
2 tsp vanilla extract
2 tsp cinnamon
2 tsp ginger
Coconut cream from a tin of coconut milk to fill and top.

Mix the dairy free spread with the stevia.  

Add the egg substitute, rice flour, baking powder, cinnamon and ginger and mix.  Stir in the pureed pumpkin and vanilla to form a dropping consistency. 

Divide the mixture between two sandwich cake tins and bake at 200 degrees for 30 minutes.

Allow to cool and sandwich together with half the coconut cream. Top with the other half of the coconut cream.

Other halloween recipes you may enjoy:-

'Meatless Monday: Ghoulash'
http://40plusandalliswell.blogspot.co.uk/2015/10/meatless-monday-ghoulash.html

'Pumpkin Cake with Coconut 'Cream' topping'
http://40plusandalliswell.blogspot.co.uk/2014/10/superfood-in-season-pumpkin.html

'Cheesecake' Pumpkin Pie'
http://40plusandalliswell.blogspot.co.uk/2014/10/pumpkin-cheesecake-pie.html

'Meatless Monday: Halloween Special Jack O'Lantern stew baked in a pumpkin' 
http://40plusandalliswell.blogspot.co.uk/2014/10/meatless-mondayhalloween-special-jack.html


Happy Halloween!

Janet x


Recipe Copyright © 2015 40plusandalliswell

Down at the allotment

Wednesday, 28 October 2015

I have some exciting news to share with you - last week I agreed to take on an allotment!!
It is only a quarter plot but plenty big enough for a relative 'newby' to growing. All for the princely sum of £17.50 a year!

In the first few days of having an allotment, I have been touched by the advice I have been given by the other allotment growers and their generosity. 

So let me bring you up to date with what is happening on the allotment. Before I took over one of the allotment users prepared the plot by going over it with a rotivator. This is a machine that turns over the soil. As a result my plot has really fine, loose soil. There is already curly kale growing as well as celeriac and cabbage.  

Kale and celeriac growing

Planting the broad beans, garlic and red onions 

The cabbage growing

Since I have had the plot, I have planted strawberry runners (donated by another allotment grower), broad beans, garlic and red onion bulbs (all donated).


Strawberry runners planted

If you want to grow broad beans, this is the time to sow them. Plant them 2inch deep and 6-9 inches apart (advice from my new friends). If you plant more than one row, leave around 2 foot between rows. Water in. 

To grow garlic, break the bulb into cloves.  Plant each clove 2 inch deep, 6 inch apart. Make sure the pointy end is up, and exposed a little through the soil. Water in. 

To grow red onions, plant the bulbs about 9 inches apart, pointy end up and exposed a little through the soil. Water in. 

Nothing is wasted on an allotment. The outer cabbage leaves go to feed the some chickens and any other waste plant material is composted. Rain water is collected for watering the plants in water butts. 

Look out for more allotment news on this blog!!!

Janet x


Meatless Monday: 'Ghoulash'

Monday, 26 October 2015


Specially for Halloween week, a vegan version of goulash. Goulash is a Hungarian dish which originated in the Middle Ages. Traditionally made with beef, the name of the dish is derived from 'gulyas' which is the word for Hungarian herdsman.  


'Ghoulash'

You will need
Serves 2

1 tbsp rapeseed or olive oil
1 onion, peeled and chopped
2 cloves garlic, peeled and sliced
1 large stick celery
1 carton chopped tomatoes
Bay leaf
1 tsp sweet paprika
1 tsp pink salt or organic bouillon
2 large white potatoes, cut into chunks
1 tin organic black eye beans
Coconut cream to serve (optional)

Heat the oil and fry the onion and garlic until soft , about 3-5 minutes. Add the celery, chopped tomatoes, bay leaf, paprika, salt or bouillon, potatoes and 250ml water.  

Bring to the boil, then reduce the heat to simmer for 30 minutes until the potatoes are soft. Add more water if needed.

Stir in the black eye beans and heat through.  Remove bay leaf before serving.

Top with coconut cream if using. Serve with crusty bread if you wish to mop up the juices.

Enjoy!
Janet x



Recipe Copyright © 2015 40plusandalliswell

This week on Flexiladiesyoga

Sunday, 25 October 2015


In this week's yoga video on my 'sister' blog, we bring awareness to our negative thoughts, gain strength in our bodies in order to strengthen our resolve to let the thoughts go (when the body is strong, so is our mind because of the mind-body connection), and develop a vision of what it will be like when we are free of negative thoughts.

Prepare your body and mind for autumn with these autumn yoga practices on my 'sister' blog. http://flexiladies.blogspot.co.uk/2015/10/autumn-yoga-practices.html

Connect with the rhythms of the earth and gain peace with this autumn walking meditation on my 'sister' blog. http://flexiladies.blogspot.co.uk/2015/10/autumn-walking-meditation.html

Read the story behind Lion Pose and practice this pose to help you be more assertive. It will also tone your face and neck. Please see the link for my 'sister' blog. http://flexiladies.blogspot.co.uk/2015/10/yoga-myths-and-legends-lion-pose.html
This blog post was included in 'The Yoga Travel Tree Daily'- http://paper.li/YogaTravelTree/1390182841?edition_id=c5f1b7d0-7b49-11e5-bdb0-0cc47a0d1605


Crystals for chakra healing - Heart chakra


Your chakras are energy vortexes, where many energy channels meet. There are seven of them arranged in a line down your body and they control not only your bodily functions but your emotions.

In this blog post, I look at how crystals can be used to balance the heart chakra which is located at the centre of the chest.  

When in balance we are compassionate, loving, accepting of others and joyful. Physical signs that this chakra is blocked include blood pressure problems, heart or lung issues or poor circulation.  Other signs of a blocked heart chakra include feeling unworthy, feeling fearful, relationship issues, dwelling on past hurts, or self-loathing.

Crystals for healing this chakra include rose quartz, jade and green tourmaline. 

Rose quartz for heart chakra healing


For healing this chakra sit with a crystal for the heart chakra held at your heart, gently close your eyes and listen to this loving kindness meditation on my YouTube Channel https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PxLGd5wPHYU 

Other blog posts on my blog about crystals-


'Crystals for healing-Headaches including migraine headaches-http://40plusandalliswell.blogspot.co.uk/2015/09/crystals-for-healing-headaches.html

'Crystals for chakra healing - Root chakra'-
http://40plusandalliswell.blogspot.co.uk/2015/09/crystals-for-chakra-healing-root-chakra.html




Be happy, be healthy,
Janet x

Breast Cancer Awareness Month - do not miss your screening appointment

Wednesday, 21 October 2015



October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  


For advice on how to keep your breasts healthy please see 'Love your breasts'-http://40plusandalliswell.blogspot.co.uk/2014/10/love-your-breasts.html on this blog.  On the yoga blog there are some yoga exercises to help maintain healthy breasts. Please see-'October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month'-http://flexiladies.blogspot.co.uk/2014/10/october-is-breast-cancer-awareness-month.html 


Every women in the UK over 50 is entitled to a breast scan every 3 years. These breast scans allow breast cancer to be detected early, even before it can be felt as a lump through self-examination (although self-examination is VERY important between scans. Please see Breast Cancer Care's infographic-https://www.breastcancercare.org.uk/about-us/media/press-pack-breast-cancer-awareness-month-2015/breast-awareness-infographic).  It is also important for women under 50 to examine their breasts regularly. Usually just after a period is the best time as breasts can be naturally lumpy before and during a period. 

Breast cancer affects 1 in 8 of us so I would urge you to take up your offer of a scan. If it is found early, there is a good chance of recovery.  The bottom line is that breast screening saves lives. 

Aren't X-rays dangerous? - the X-ray dosage is low and the risk of breast cancer is greater. I wouldn't encourage you to have unnecessary X-rays but this is the best way we have, at the moment, of detecting breast cancer.

The other issue that puts women off breast screening is the anxiety. I recently had a breast scan and as I was waiting for my turn in the cubicle, I was reading some of the comments by previous occupants of that cubicle. Nearly all spoke of being extremely anxious about coming.  One lady said that she had been putting her scan off for a year. All, however went on to say that the reassurance and friendliness of the staff had made them glad they had overcome their anxiety to attend. The staff are aware of your anxiety, embarrassment and discomfort and in my experience make every effort to put you at your ease.  

Stay healthy, stay happy
Janet x

Meatless Monday:Stuffed Marrow-two recipes

Monday, 19 October 2015

We have such wonderful neighbours. One of my neighbours gave me some marrows recently. Did you know that if you leave courgettes to grow for long enough they become marrows? This week I am making stuffed marrows in two ways, one with a bolognese sauce and one with a bean chilli.   
The stuffed marrow in the first recipe is filled with a bolognese sauce topped with breadcrumbs made 'cheesy' by the addition of nutritional yeast. In the second recipe the marrow is stuffed with a bean chilli which you can make as hot or as mid as you wish.

Stuffed marrow with bolognese sauce


Serves 2-3
You will need

2 small marrow, each cut in half or 1 large marrow cut in half lengthwise then each half cut in two.  
120g dried soya mince
1 tbsp rapeseed oil or organic olive oil
1 onion, peeled and chopped
2 cloves garlic
1 tsp pink salt
4-6 tbsp tomato puree
80g breadcrumbs (I used crumbs made from left over burger buns from 'Meatless Monday-Lentil burgers with walnut burger buns'-
1-2 tbsp nutritional yeast


Scoop the seeds and pith from the inside of the marrows and place in a saucepan. Cover with water and bring to the boil. Boil for 5-7 minutes, pour the water off and place the marrow on a baking tray.  
To make the bolognese sauce place the dried soya mince in a bowl and cover with boiling water. Leave for 10 minutes. Meanwhile heat the oil and fry the onion for 2 minutes. Add the garlic and fry for a further minute. Add the salt, tomato puree, a little water and the soya mince. Cook for 5-10 minutes over a low heat adding more water if needed. Stuff the marrow with the mixture. Mix the breadcrumbs with the nutritional yeast and sprinkle over the bolognese sauce. Place in a pre-heated oven at 200 degrees for 10-15 minutes and serve.



Stuffed Marrow with bean chilli


Serves 2 
You will need

1 tbsp rapeseed oil or organic olive oil
1 onion, peeled and chopped
2 cloves garlic
6 tbsp tomato puree
1/2 tsp chilli flakes or to taste
100g organic brown rice
6 tbsp frozen sweetcorn
1 tsp pink salt
250 ml water
1 can organic red kidney beans
2 tbsp nutriflakes (optional)

Heat the oil and fry the onion for 2 minutes. Add the garlic and continue to cook for a further minute.  
Add the tomato puree, salt, water, chilli flakes, sweetcorn and rice to the pan. Bring to the boil and then reduce heat to simmer. Simmer for 20 minutes, stirring frequently, until all the water is absorbed and the rice is tender. Add more water if you need to in order to prevent the rice from catching.  
Stir in the red kidney beans and stuff the marrow with the bean chilli mixture. Place in a pre-heated oven at 200 degrees for 10-15 minutes. Top with nutriflakes if using.
Serve. 

Enjoy!
Janet x


Recipe Copyright © 2015 40plusandalliswell

This week on Flexiladiesyoga

Sunday, 18 October 2015



In this week's yoga video on my 'sister' blog we are mindful of the breath in some poses that may challenge us and in flowing sequences-http://flexiladies.blogspot.co.uk/2015/10/mindful-of-breath.html
This blog post was included in 'The Yoga Travel Tree Daily'-http://paper.li/YogaTravelTree/1390182841?edition_id=c7cc2710-71db-11e5-bcb7-0cc47a0d1605


Mother Nature is in control as we transition into the autumn. In our yoga practice we must be in control as we transition between yoga poses. Find out how to move with control as we do some yoga transitions on my 'sister' blog-http://flexiladies.blogspot.co.uk/2015/10/mindful-yoga-transitions.html
This blog post was included in 'Yoga Vitality Magazine'-

Read the fascinating story of how the warrior yoga poses got their names. Also tips on practicing the poses. Please see the link below for my 'sister' blog. 
http://flexiladies.blogspot.co.uk/2015/10/yoga-myths-and-legends-warrior-poses.html

Harvesting the onions


There are two ways that you can grow onions - you can grow onions from seed or sets (small onion bulbs grown the previous year and sold for planting).  

This spring we attempted to grow onions from seed. We planted the onion seeds directly in the raised bed as the packet instructed. They did not germinate well. 

I have learned since that onion seeds should be sown in seed trays in Spring. Fill your seed trays about three quarters full then sprinkle the seeds on. Onions have poor germination rates so you need to sow plenty. Fill the trays with soil, water well and cover with cling film. The seedlings need to be warm so keep them where there is a little heat.  When the seeds have germinated, remove the cling film. You can now begin to harden off the plants by placing them outside during the day and bringing the plants in at night. When the shoots are around 5 inches tall, you can plant them out.



My knowledgeable neighbours came to our rescue and gave us some onion plants that were ready to plant out so we do have onions to harvest. You know the onions are ready to harvest when the tops fall over and begin to wither. This means that the plants are ready to store the energy from the tops in the bulb. Pull your onions up by the tops and shake off the soil. Tie them together by the tops and hang them up for up to 14 days to allow the 'goodness' to go into the bulb.  

So often onions get 'lost' in a dish but in this Onion Soup with Garlic Croutons, onions steal the show-at this time of year onions and garlic also provide an immunity boost to ward off autumn sniffles.

Onion Soup with Garlic Croutons

You will need

For the soup
500g onions, peeled and chopped
1 tbsp olive oil
50g dairy free spread
4 garlic cloves
1 tbsp cornflour
1 tsp pink salt 
750ml water
2 bay leaves 
1 tsp sage
1 tbsp cider vinegar

For the croutons
1/2 wholemeal baton
4 garlic cloves, peeled and minced
1 tbsp olive oil

Melt the spread and 1 tbsp oil in a pan and add the onions and sliced garlic.  Cover the pan and cook on a low heat until the onions begin to caramelise. Stir in the cornflour and add the water, salt, bay leaves, sage and cider vinegar.  Simmer for 20 minutes and serve with the garlic croutons.
To make the garlic croutons cut the baton into small squares. Place in a food bag and add oil and minced garlic.  Mix thoroughly then tip onto a baking tray. Bake in a moderate oven for 20 minutes. Serve with the onion soup. 

Enjoy!
Janet x


You may also wish to read the other organic gardening posts from this year:-

'It's spring, the organic fruit and vegetable year begins!'- http://40plusandalliswell.blogspot.co.uk/2015/03/its-spring-organic-fruit-and-vegetable.html





'Organic gardening - The winter vegetable garden' -




Recipe Copyright © 2015 40plusandalliswell


Crystals for chakra healing-Navel chakra

Thursday, 15 October 2015


Your chakras are energy vortexes, where many energy channels meet. There are seven of them arranged in a line down your body and they control not only your bodily functions but your emotions.

The navel chakra is associated with the colour yellow and the element fire.  When in balance you are confident, have clarity of mind and have good digestiion. Out of balance you may be indecisive, fearful, have anger issues, have low self-esteem and digestive issues.  

Crystals for the navel chakra include citrine, tiger's eye and haematite (although black this crystal is yellow and red when powdered).

Try placing your crystal for the navel chakra at your naval as you lie and do the following meditation. It is helpful to record the meditation and play it back to yourself. 

Lie back and allow your body to become relaxed, muscles melting away from the bones. Bring your attention to your breath and without trying to change your breath in any way, just watch your breath as it moves in and out of your body.  As you continue watching your breath, your breath will notice that your breath starts to settle into a smoothe, natural, rhythmical pattern.  Allow a little time for this to happen............

Now sinking below the level of awareness of your breath, imagine you a hot, sunny day and you are on a beach. Picture the scene -the sky is blue, the sun yellow, below the sky there are miles and miles of golden sands and far in the distance a turquoise blue ocean.  
Feel the sand between your toes, a soft, warm breeze against your skin. Hear the seagulls calling, the distant lap of the waves. Taste the saltiness of the air.  
Lie back on the sand and close your eyes.  You feel safe.  As you lie there imagine the golden rays of the sun concentrating on your crystal, filling your crystal with their golden light. Now imagine that golden light entering into your body through your navel. Here the rays destroy any emotions that are no longer serving you - fear, guilt, jealousy, anxiety. Let them go, they have no place in your life. Let your true self shine through: that part of you which is loving, kind, compassionate.

At the end of your meditation, deepen your breath and gently opening your eyes stretch in any way you need to in order to awaken your body.  Turn onto your right side, drawing your knees up and rest there before coming back to seated.
Please make sure that you are fully awake before continuing with your day.


You may also want to try my yoga video on YouTube 'Navel Chakra Balancing To Increase Confidence' - https://youtu.be/QnN8PhRjJZM

Other blog posts on my blog about crystals-




'Crystals for healing-Headaches including migraine headaches-http://40plusandalliswell.blogspot.co.uk/2015/09/crystals-for-healing-headaches.html

'Crystals for chakra healing - Root chakra' 





Be happy, be healthy,
Janet x

Meatless Monday: Chickpea, Squash and Coconut Curry

Monday, 12 October 2015


It is National Curry Week so what better time to enjoy this vegan Chickpea, Squash and Coconut Curry.

Serves 2
You will need

1 onion, peeled and diced
1 tbsp organic olive or rapeseed oil
2 cloves garlic, peeled and sliced
1/2 tsp mustard seeds
1/2 tsp fennel seeds
1/2 tsp turmeric
1/2 tsp chilli (or to taste)
2cm piece root ginger, grated
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 garam masala 
300ml coconut water or water
1 carton chopped tomatoes
1/2 squash (the neck end is easier to peel and dice)
1 tsp pink salt crystals (or sea salt)
1 can organic chickpeas
1/2 can coconut milk
Black pepper to season
Coconut shavings to serve (optional)
Organic brown basmalti rice to serve
4 tbsp sweetcorn

Heat the oil and fry the onion for 3 minutes. Add the garlic and spices and cook for a further minute. Add the coconut water, chopped tomatoes, squash and salt. Bring to the boil then reduce heat to simmer until the squash is tender, about 30 minutes. Stir in the chickpeas and coconut milk. Heat through and season with black pepper. Serve with brown rice and coconut shavings. 

Enjoy!

Janet x


Recipe Copyright © 2015 40plusandalliswell

This week on Flexiladiesyoga

Sunday, 11 October 2015



Being mindful of our bodies has benefits both on and off the mat. See how to get more mindful of your body on the link below-Blog post and yoga video on my 'sister' blog.
http://flexiladies.blogspot.co.uk/2015/10/mindful-of-your-body.html

The following fun meditation on my 'sister' blog teaches us to be more mindful of what we eat. So often we eat while working at our desks, while watching television or while reading and do not really register what we are eating or how much we are eating. In this meditation we give a chocolate our full attention as we eat it and notice how much more satisfied we are with only one.
http://flexiladies.blogspot.co.uk/2015/10/fun-chocolate-meditation.html

If you are interested in yoga myths and legends, you will enjoy this blog post about Eagle Pose on my 'sister' blog. There are also instructions for doing the pose along with modifications. 
http://flexiladies.blogspot.co.uk/2015/10/yoga-myths-and-legends-eagle-pose.html

In the news - United Nations endorses vegan diet

Fruit, vegetables, beans, legumes, grains and alternative milks such as soya milk form the basis of a vegan diet -'Diet focus-the vegan diet' 


The Guardian reported that 'UN urges global move to meat and dairy-free diet'.
http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2010/jun/02/un-report-meat-free-diet
It is thought that by switching to a meat and dairy free diet we can reduce greenhouse gas emissions which in turn will help to slow down climate change.  Animal farming is responsible for around a fifth of greenhouse gases. 


Demand for meat and dairy has increased exponentially with growing population and by meat being produced more cheaply (but at a cost to animal welfare). Climate change is happening right now as evidenced by melting polar ice caps and changes in our weather to a wetter, stormier pattern.  We cannot ignore the issue any longer - we must act - not just the governments but each and every one of us can play our part. 

World population is set to reach over 9 billion by 2050.  Up until now we have coped by increasing production. A local farmer was recently talking about a field which was once expected to produce 4 tons of grain, now producing 100 tons of grain through improved farming methods, better pest control, and better farm machinery. This has not been without cost to the environment. Around half of the grains we produce go to feed livestock. If livestock agriculture was reduced we could feed our expanding populations. 

Now I know that a totally meat and dairy free diet is not for everyone but even omnivores can CUT DOWN on the amount of meat and dairy we consume.  I do not believe anyone 'needs' to eat meat or dairy at every meal.  To consume animal protein at one meal should be fine and how about one meat and dairy free day each week?  There are many 'meatless Monday' ideas on this blog for you to enjoy. Your health will benefit too!

Stay well

Janet x


Crystals for chakra healing - sacral chakra

Thursday, 8 October 2015


Your chakras are energy vortexes, where many energy channels meet. There are seven of them arranged in a line down your body and they control not only your bodily functions but your emotions.

In this blog post we will be balancing the sacral chakra which is located two inches below your naval.The sacral chakra is your pleasure centre associated with creativity, abundance, fun and an ability to adapt to changing circumstances. When out of balance you may have lower back pain, urinary infections, reproductive problems, emotional issues, poor relationships, lack creativity and fun in your life.

Crystals that can help bring balance to this chakra include citrine, amber and orange calcite.

Try placing your crystal for the sacral chakra two inch below your naval as you lie and do the following meditation. It is helpful to record the meditation and play it back to yourself.  

Lie back and allow your body to become relaxed, muscles melting away from the bones. Bring your attention to your breath and without trying to change your breath in any way, just watch your breath as it moves in and out of your body.  As you continue watching your breath, your breath will notice that your breath starts to settle into a smooth, natural, rhythmical pattern. Allow a little time for this to happen............

Now sinking below the level of awareness of the breath, imagine you are taking an evening stroll by a lake. By the edge of the lake gentle waves lap on the bank and the reeds further along gently swish in a soft breeze, together making a pleasantly soothing sound. Sit by the lake and enjoy the peacefulness of it. The sun is starting to go down now casting an orange glow on the lake. Sit down on a bench and enjoy the tranquility.

Now imagine the orange glow on the lake concentrating into an orange light which beams down on your crystal.  As your crystal fills with orange light, imagine the light from the crystal entering into your body, filling your body with orange light. Feel how the orange light imparts joy to your whole being and enjoy this feeling. 

At the end of your meditation, deepen your breath and gently opening your eyes stretch in any way you need to in order to awaken your body. Turn onto your right side, drawing your knees up and rest there before coming back to seated.
Please make sure that you are fully awake before continuing with your day.


You may also like to heal your sacral chakra through yoga. Please see 'Cultivate Creativity' https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hSD-Qwy3A7E





Other blog posts on my blog about crystals-












'Crystals for healing-Headaches including migraine headaches-http://40plusandalliswell.blogspot.co.uk/2015/09/crystals-for-healing-headaches.html




'Crystals for chakra healing - Root chakra' 



Be happy,
Janet x

Meatless Monday: Borsch

Monday, 5 October 2015


Borsch is a central and eastern European dish.  There are many variations of this dish but beetroot is common to them all.  In this recipe I have included red kidney beans to make the dish a more substantial meal.  If you haven't tried it before, please don't dismiss it as just 'cabbage and beetroot soup'.  It is actually really tasty. It also was a good way to use some of our beetroot which we are still harvesting! Please see 'Harvesting the beetroot' - 
http://40plusandalliswell.blogspot.co.uk/2015/07/organic-gardening-update-harvesting.html

Serves 4
1 onion, peeled and chopped
1 tbsp rapeseed/olive oil
2 cloves garlic
300g (peeled weight) beetroot, peeled and chopped
300g red cabbage, chopped
2 medium carrots, scraped and chopped
1 400g carton organic chopped tomatoes
1/2 tsp stevia
1 tsp pink salt in 800ml water
2 bay leaves 
1 can organic red kidney beans
Coconut milk to serve

Saute the onion in the oil. Add the remainder of the ingredients except the beans and bring to the boil. Reduce the heat to simmer for 40 minutes or until the vegetables are tender. Remove bay leaves and blend lightly so that the soup is still chunky.  Stir the beans in and heat through. Divide between bowls and top with a swirl of coconut milk.

Enjoy 
Janet x

Recipe Copyright © 2015 40plusandalliswell

This week on Flexiladiesyoga

Sunday, 4 October 2015



In today's yoga video on the theme of mindfulness, we open our hearts and by balancing the throat chakra, open to our truth in order to become aware of a sankalpa (intention) that we can take off the mat. Also includes a Yoga Nidra meditation. 
Please see the link for my 'sister' blog below.
http://flexiladies.blogspot.co.uk/2015/09/mindfulness-sankalpa.html

In celebration of National Yoga Month I have posted four short yoga videos for people who do not have much time to practice yoga. This week's video on my 'sister' blog is a 20 minute detox. You can find this video, and the links to the other videos in this series on the link below.

This practice was included in 'New Medicine Foundation Daily News'-http://paper.li/NMF_LiveNew/1383752923?edition_id=c50fe850-678a-11e5-8e41-0cc47a0d15fd

This week we look at the story behind yoga Bow Pose and look at ways to modify the pose if you need to. 
Please see my 'sister' blog.
http://flexiladies.blogspot.co.uk/2015/10/yoga-myths-and-legends-bow-pose.html

Fracking - the latest threat to our health and environment


This is an issue that has been worrying me for some time. I live in the East Riding of Yorkshire, 'God's own country' as the locals call it and I can understand why - we have large areas of beautiful countryside.  Now we are at risk in terms of our health and environment.

It speaks volumes that many other countries have BANNED FRACKING. These countries include France. In France fracking contravenes their environment charter which acknowledges that care for the environment and care for future generations are intimately connected. Fracking has also been banned or suspended in Scotland, Germany, Bulgaria, New York state, Washington DC, parts of Canada etc and even Texas where fracking began.

What is fracking?
Fracking involves drilling deep into underground rocks then injecting a mixture of water, sand and toxic chemicals into the rocks and shale in order to fracture them and release pockets of oil or gas.    

What's the problem?  
A large percentage of the chemicals injected into the rocks cannot be recovered. It is possible for these to contaminate drinking water. Added to this fracking can cause minor earthquakes which further increase the probability that chemicals will leach into our drinking water. The fracking companies may even drill under our houses and we are powerless to stop them. This will affect house prices. The industry is 'self regulating'.  Surely an independent body should be the regulators?
It is not only the chemicals that can cause problems, gases may escape, polluting our air and adding to global warming.
I wonder kind of world are we creating for our children and grandchildren?

Who is affected? 
A large part of the north of England has become the 'sacrifice' but ultimately we will all be affected.

What would be a better alternative?
We could get all the energy from renewable resources such as wind power, tidal energy, or solar power, if governments would back them. At the moment, fracking would appear to governments to be the cheaper alternative but I cannot help thinking that this might be 'short term gain for long term pain' in terms of health and environment costs.

What can I do to help?
Write to your MP and MEP expressing your concern
Sign or create a petition
Sign up with Greenpeace-https://secure.greenpeace.org.uk/page/s/fracking-signup or other groups campaigning, for updates on fracking campaigns and ways you can help 
Put up posters in your window at home, at work, in your local community centre or on your local notice board.  
This is a poster created produced by 'Friends of the Earth'-file:///C:/Users/user/Downloads/A4_Window%20poster%20FINAL%20(1).pdf
Join an action group-there are many local action groups. My local action group is 'HEY Frack Off' (Hull and East Yorkshire)

Let's keep a safe world for our children


Janet x