In this newsletter:
- 360° Wellbeing at Breathe-Waterloo
- Chinese New Year of the Monkey 8th Feb
- 100 steps after a meal: an old Chinese proverb
All-round health starts here
An in-depth look at all aspects of health: physical, emotional and lifestyle. This 28-day program to open you up to ways of making positive and sustainable changes in your life
This month I am launching 360° Wellbeing at Breathe-Waterloo.
Habits are often hard to change and can be deeply embedded. Our experience is that if you practice new things for at least 21 days they are likely to become new, healthy, habits. The easier the new routines are and the quicker you observe the benefit, the more likely it is that new healthy habits will become engrained.
The program was devised by Andy Roberts, the founder of Breathe. Andy is a real source of inspiration. I met him 15 years ago in my qigong class at Morley College. He left a high-flying city life to teach yoga, massage and mindfulness, and was one of the first people in the UK to get a masters degree in Positive Psychology. He has gone on to set up Breathe-Australia. His founding philosophy is "to provide people with resources to explore the mind and body connection. As we train our body we train our mind. As we develop love for others, ourselves and learn to focus effectively we also promote optimum physical wellbeing".
I hope that you will also discover the benefits of this program.
Year of the Monkey
This is a good year to break free and take calculated risks and there is nothing more powerful or rewarding than following your heart’s desire
The Chinese New Year of the Fire Monkey starts on 8 February 2016. The Monkey is the 9th animal in the 12-year cycle, and symbolises irrepressible curiosity and creative energy. Though worshipped to some extent by the Buddhists, the Monkey is commonly regarded as the emblem of trickery.
The positive and negative quality of the Monkey Year 2016 culminate in a year that anything can happen. There is little point in storing up goods or planning one’s life. The influence of the Monkey puts everything into flux. Things will get accomplished, but largely through personal and individual efforts. Group movements, such as political upheaval or revolutions, will not make a mark during this year.
This cheeky animal bursts with exuberance, bringing a lightening fast pace and fantastical motivation. The Monkey increases communication, humour and wit, helping us get through stressful times with grace and ease.
Talk is fast and cheep though, so be on the alert for deceptions. With so much mental energy zapping around, everyone needs to re-think their fitness program, diet and health plan. If you don’t have one, you definitely need to instigate some form of regular physical activity this year. The body was designed to move, so honour it! Stress needs to be burned off by swimming, taiji and qigong, team sports, gym, tennis or long walks.
Chinese New Year festivities in London are on Sunday 14th Feb.
Take one hundred steps after eating
Long life and good health are easy to attain with just a few changes to your daily life habits
In Chinese Medicine digestion is one of the most important processes that takes place in your body. Proper rest and movement allows your body to digest food and drinks properly. During the day many people eat at their desks or on their mobile phones, and after dinner we sit and watch television or lie down. These are poor habits that will contribute to many chronic problems.
Generally you should sit down and just focus on eating. Do not watch television or read. Try not to eat in a hurry and focus on chewing your food. Allow your mind to be relaxed. After you finish eating, sit and relax for about fifteen minutes then get up and go for a walk. Try to take a walk in a park or some other relaxing place. You do not need to walk quickly or even have a destination. Just walk and try to take it easy.
Walking soon after a meal encourages your spleen and stomach to digest your food much more efficiently and smoothly. It also allows your intestines to relax and move more smoothly. People who suffer from chronic indigestion, bloating, constipation, fatigue, mild depression and obesity can all see changes in their symptoms.
There is an old Chinese saying: 饭后百步走活到九十九（fan hou bai bu zou huo dao jiu she jiu). This translates as: “One hundred steps after a meal will lead to a life of ninety nine years”.