By John Scott
John Scott is the yoga teacher who helped Madonna sculpt her body to its high level of fitness and toned physique. He is also personal yoga teacher to Sting and Trudi Styler. With this book, Scott introduces the principles of ashtanga yoga to a wider audience. Ashtanga is one of the more dynamic forms of yoga, as powerful an exercise as doing an aerobic class. However, the benefits go far deeper than a fitter body. Ashtanga yoga is a movement meditation, where the breath is the key to focusing the mind, balancing the emotions and strengthening the spirit, while toning the muscles and building stamina. Yoga is also a philosophy and discipline for developing patience, inner strength and heightened concentration. Ashtanga literally means "eight stages" - abstinence, observance, posture, breath control, sense withdrawal, concentration, meditation and contemplation. The book's sequence of practice sessions provides the foundations which should allow the practitioner to achieve his or her physical and psychological peak. It starts with a simple sequence for beginners, moving on to breath-synchronized "asanas" that massage inner organs to purify the body.The structured course develops the strength, stamina and flexibility, which should provide progressively deeper therapeutic benefits.
The Book of Ayurveda
By Judith H. Morrison
"The Book of Ayurveda" is a practical, modern, fully-illustrated guide, making this ancient Indian system of health and vitality easy to understand. Ayurveda interprets your constitutional type as a combination of three fundamental energies: Vata, Pitta and Kapha. This unique imprint affects your eating and sleeping habits, digestion, metabolism and moods, as well as your predisposition to particular health conditions.
Acupressure for Common Ailments
By Chris Jarmey, John Tindall
A self-help guide to using the power of acupressure to alleviate common ailments and boost the immune system. With clear instructions, diagrams and a summary chart to make it easy to locate acupressure points, this is an essential guide for the complete beginner and handy reference for the practising therapist. It includes an introduction to the basic concepts of Oriental medicine. In this book you learn to treat health problems including sinusitis, sore eyes, colds and influenza, indigestion, nausea, menstrual pain, sciatica, anxiety and depression. Also learn to treat ailments from arthritis to asthma.
By Stephen Skinner
Your Organic Allotment
By Ian Spence
Allotments have always been popular in the UK but recently their popularity has increased throughout the world. Your Organic Allotment will teach you everything you need to know to create a modern allotment and provide organic food for your family all year round. You will be guided through the decision to take an allotment, shown how to prepare and protect it and discover how to grow all kinds of vegetables, herbs and fruits. You will also learn about crop rotations, how to tackle pests and problems and when to harvest. Your Organic Allotment is the indispensable guide for anyone who wants to grow their own delicious, chemical-free food.
Pilates for Men
By Alan Herdman
Although Pilates has recently become extremely popular, there are few books aimed specifically at men. This book teaches you how to get the most from Pilates by allowing you to structure and pace your own workout. As you progress you can choose from basic, intermediate and advanced workouts, and select exercises according to your sport to develop specific strength in different muscle groups. Pilates for Men also gives advice on how to improve your posture and to avoid aches and pains, and includes a lifestyle section to help you feel good, both mentally and spiritually.
By George Marshall
Reduce your carbon footprint from day 1 - "Carbon Detox" explains the changes each of us can make at home, at work and in every aspect of our lives. From summer heat waves to rising sea levels, climate change affects us all. The main cause is carbon dioxide and our carbon emissions are growing year by year at a frightening rate. However, there is hope. The changes we make now can slow the effects of climate change and preserve the planet for future generations. George Marshall shows you how to carbon audit your life and start reducing your impact today. He also explains how to overcome psychological blocks such as scepticism, fear and feelings of insignificance. This book includes advice on low carbon transport options and holidays and how to create an energy-efficient home. With the help of "Carbon Detox" you will be able to make real differences from day 1.The author's charity will provide extensive cross-promotional support including talks and workshop events. This is the first book to show how the ordinary 'non-greenie' can make realistic and meaningful changes. It is written by an expert author who lives in a low carbon home. It features carbon calculators for the home, transport and food.
The Gaia Complete Reflexology Tutor
By Ann Gillanders
Learn how to practice reflexology with this all-encompassing guide. Discover the origins of reflexology and how it works, then learn through the step-by-step guides how to master a variety of foot and hand reflexology routines. The Complete Reflexology Tutor clearly points the body's reflex points and how best to work them. However, this book is not merely for the beginner. For the more advanced reflexologist, there is practical advice on how to establish yourself as a reflexologist.
By Matilda Lee
The hottest trend on the catwalk is ethical clothing. Top fashion designers and spokesmodels including Katharine Hamnett, Stella McCartney and Bono's wife Ali Hewson are all voicing the benefits of eco chic. But what is this new fad, and what difference can it make to the world? "Eco Chic" gives you the full story on this fashion phenomenon, from which fabrics are harmful to the environment, to how you can create your own eco-friendly fashions through recycling and savvy shopping. You will discover how to spot and avoid garments produced in sweatshops and why supermarket 'fast clothes' make both you and the planet sick. This book will allow you to look great but also feel good about your impact on other people and the planet as a whole.
By Tanmaya Honervogt, Carol Neiman
Learn how to transfer healing life energy onto your family, friends, or even yourself with this easy to use guide. Step-by step instructions will help you discover the power in your hands that will aid you in a variety of daily situations, from the frustrations of modern living to cold and flu ailments. With meditations to suit every personality type, and simple ways to combat the stresses of modern life such as traffic jams and aeroplane travel, this is the ultimate reiki companion for anyone on the go.
By Eilean Bentley
Massage is a holistic therapy that can be used to balance the mind as well as the body. Massage to Go is ideal for anyone who wishes to bring well-being to either themselves or their partner. Eilean Bentley offers advice on how to use massage in the daily routine whether at work, whilst travelling or within a relationship. She offers step- by- step guides for how to massage different parts of the body from the head down to the feet. Bentley believes touch is very powerful and that massage can also contribute to the healing process. She suggests the right gemstones to use for particular ailments along with providing images to locate the pressure points. A must-have tool for the busy person.
By Jonathan Hilton
Stress has become a permanent part of our fast-paced lives, and it takes its toll. Mental and physical pressures wear down our body's reserves and leave us feeling depleted or overwhelmed. "Stress relief to go" offers a range of effective techniques which will show you how to reduce anxiety and find calm in the face of all the stresses of modern life. The author provides exercises to do throughout your day, healthy and creative diets and ways to organise your professional and home life.
Easy Eco Auditing
By Donnachadh Mccarthy
This book provides a step-by-step guide to going green by the UK's leading eco auditor. It explains why going green matters and how to get started, including tips on identifying and overcoming bad habits and coping with feeling overwhelmed. The book breaks eco living down into easily managed chunks including how to change your water usage habits, how to saying goodbye to your rubbish mountain, what you can do to help save and protect your natural environment, green cleaning principles and how to motivate your family, friends and colleagues. With advice on principles to follow both at home and at work and featuring real life examples of the people and businesses Donnachadh has eco-audited, this is the one-stop eco guide everyone must own.
The Blissful Brain
By Dr Shanida Nataraja
What goes on in the brain when we meditate? Are we biologically programmed to need religious and mystical experiences? Can the benefits of meditation be measured? In The Blissful Brain Dr Shanida Nataraja explores the extraordinary research that shows practices such as meditation, tai chi and yoga are not only helpful in reducing stress; they may actually be crucial for good health and optimal brain functioning. From the effects of meditation on blood pressure and depression to the latest insights from brain imaging studies, this book reveals the scientific evidence that proves meditative practices should be at the very heart of our healthcare system.
The Gaia Complete Reiki Tutor
This all-encompassing guide to reiki will inform you of every aspect of this ancient healing practice. Expert reiki master Tanmaya Honervogt explores the history of reiki and its background, then explains how reiki's healing powers work. This comprehensive book also features and extensive list of treatable common ailments, and a section on the spirit-healing qualities of reiki. There are also handy tips and advice for becoming a reiki master starting up a public practice. Covering every aspect of this intriguing therapy, this is an indispensable book for student and teacher alike at every level.
By Paul Peacock
More popular than ever, beekeeping is a fascinating craft that is fun to learn and the perfect antidote to the stress of modern life. This practical guide covers everything a new beekeeper needs to know, from buying equipment to harvesting your very own honey. With clear, step-by-step instructions on handling and checking your bees, helpful tips and advice on keeping them healthy and productive and also featuring a collection of tempting honey-based recipes for you to try, Keeping Bees contains everything a modern beekeeper should know.
Choosing and Keeping Ducks and Geese
By Liz Wright
Ducks and geese make wonderful pets. Not only will they control the insects in your garden and act as handy lawn mowers and watchdogs, they will also provide you with a constant supply of fresh, delicious eggs. With detailed information on over 40 of the most popular duck and geese breeds, this book shows you how to select the right breed for you, what you need get started and how to care for your birds so that you get the best out of them from the very start.
The Gaia Complete Herbal Tutor
By Anne McIntyre
Herbal medicines have been used for many centuries to treat illnesses and restore health, and today herbalism still remains the most widely-practiced form of medicine around the world.Written by a leading Medical Herbalist, The Complete Herbal Tutor provides in-depth knowledge of the practice and theory of herbal medicine, including everything you need to know about its history, how it works, how to grow, gather and prepare herbs, and how to use them to create a herbal prescription. The rigorously-researched and illustrated materia medica contains over 150 herbs, with clear explanations of their properties, active ingredients and the latest scientific developments on their uses. There is also a clear explanation of how herbs can be used to treat each of the body's systems, with advice on using remedies for healing a range of specific conditions. Clear, concise and easy to use, this book is the 21st-century bible for students, professionals and home herb users alike.
The Book of Chakra Healing
By Liz (Simpson) Alexander
The Book of Chakra Healing is a comprehensive guide to the ancient Indian system of chakras. These centres of 'spinning energy' in the body help maintain your physical, mental, emotional and spiritual balance. This book offers practical ways to work on your chakras and shows you how to unblock and rebalance your energy. Understanding chakra healing involves colour, knowledge of ancient myths, archetypes, bodywork, crystals, meditations, visualizations, open questions and affirmations.
The Complete Yoga Tutor
By Mark Kan
Mark Kan, one of the UK's leading yoga teachers, demonstrates how this ancient practice will show you the way to radiant health, mind control and peace within one's self and with nature. This practical guide takes you through the practices of asana (postures), pranayama (breathing exercises), shatkarma (cleansing techniques), mudra (seals), bandha (locks) and meditation, as they were originally conceived. It Explains the true purpose of yoga: to purify and prepare the body for the mastery of the mind and help you understand the nature of the self, through the awakening of the vital energies: the pranas, the chakras and Kundalini shakti.