The 21st Century is Making You Fat
By Pat Thomas
Obesity is now officially at epidemic proportions throughout the Western world. New scientific evidence suggests that the time-honoured reasons for weight gain, namely too much food and too little exercise may not be the whole story. Environmental and social factors rife in the 21st century, such as insufficient sleep, overheating of homes and workplaces, and an overuse of prescription drugs may also be to blame. Furthermore, exposure to hormone-disrupting chemicals, known as 'chemical calories', may be making all of us vulnerable to weight-gain. Featuring scientifically-reasoned advice, this book reveals the full story about the obesity crisis our society is facing, and what we can do to improve our own lifestyles and the health of the country on the whole.
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 Paula Grainger
Increasing numbers of people are suffering from stress, anxiety and fatigue caused by lack of sleep, digital overload and our 24/7 lifestyle. In Adaptogens, Medical Herbalist Paula Grainger provides an answer to this modern-day affliction by introducing us to the group of powerful herbal ingredients known as adaptogens..Adaptogens, such as Ashwagandha, Maca, Korean ginseng, Turmeric, Reishi mushrooms, Liquorice, Rosemary and Rhodiola, have been scientifically proven to lower levels of the stress hormone cortisol and prevent adrenal imbalances that can lead to adrenal fatigue and 'burn-out'. Delve into the history and science of these miraculous plants and learn how to maximize wellness using the most easy-to-source adaptogens, incorporating them into your life via delicious smoothies, energy bites and desserts, invigorating teas, tonics and lattes, and wonderful beauty elixirs.
By John Scott
John Scott's Ashtanga Yoga is a step-by-step illustrated guide that takes you through the balanced exercise routines and breathing techniques of this dynamic form. Carefully structured, this course starts with a simple sequence for beginners which, once mastered, provides the foundation for moving on to the next level.- Purify your body with dynamic movement and precise postures- Develop physical and mental strength, increased stamina and greater flexibility- Includes a foreword by Shri K Pattabhi Jois, founder of Ashtanga Yoga- This new edition has been fully revised and updated This essential guide is the perfect introduction to yoga or the ideal gift for those who want to take their yoga practice to the next level.Author John Scott studied with yogi Shri K Pattabhi Jois at the Ashtanga Yoga Research Institute in India, where he qualified to teach Ashtanga Yoga around the world. He has instructed many people in Ashtanga Yoga, including high-profile celebrities Madonna and Sting. John now spends much of his time teaching international workshops and undertaking teacher trainings.
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 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.
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.
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.
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 Complete Pilates Tutor
By Alan Herdman
Whether you are just beginning your journey or have been practising for years, this complete course in Pilates matwork is an invaluable resource, taking you through all Pilates exercises as originally conceived and practised by Joseph Pilates. Also included are pre-Pilates moves which are especially helpful for beginners. All exercises are shown step by step for beginner, intermediate and advanced levels, with instructions on adapting poses with supports such as cushions, blocks and dynabands, and alternative moves for those with special needs along with any contraindications. Careful attention is given to how poses are executed safely and with maximum effect.A fully illustrated chapter details the anatomy and physiology of the human body, explaining its various functions and how each body system works. Advice on setting up your own practice is also included.
The Complete Tai Chi Tutor
By Dan Docherty
Dan Docherty's The Complete Tai Chi Tutor leads you on a spiritual journey towards understanding the key principles and history of the art of Tai Chi.It investigates what is known and unknown concerning the origins and history of Tai Chi, from the ancient texts of Chinese civilization to the 21st century, and explores some key questions on the way. Docherty considers the practicalities of teaching, reviewing the fundamentals and benefits of practice, and demonstrates some highly efficacious but little-known drills, as well as fundamental practice and key Long Form techniques. In addition, he explores the martial and self-defence application of some of the fundamental techniques. Finally, Docherty offers guidance on becoming a Tai Chi instructor and explores areas of tuition, competitions and styles.This illustrated guide offers you sequential directions on key techniques, such as Single Whip, Vanguard Arms and Seven Stars, with descriptions on how to do major form techniques. Moves are clearly demonstrated through the use of step-by-step photography and text. Whether you have some Tai Chi knowledge of if you are looking to become an advanced practitioner, this guide will take your practice to the next level.
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.
Creative Play the Steiner Waldorf Way
By Christopher Clouder, Janni Nicol
Creative Play for your Toddler is the ideal book for modern parents who want their children to develop their creativity and imagination through play. This book teaches you how to let your child develop according to the Steiner theory, which helps children to fulfil themselves naturally and holistically in mind, body and spirit. Each chapter deals with a different element of your child's development and includes an expert summary of Steiner theory and how it relates to children and parents today. You will find instructions for how to make over 20 beautiful toys from natural materials to encourage your child to develop creativity, awareness, confidence and imagination.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
By Guru Dharam Singh Khalsa, Darryl O'Keeffe
Kundalini Yoga is a powerful and transformative spiritual process that works with your body's subtle energy centres and allows you to access your spiritual inner self. Drawing on ancient yogic systems and techniques, Kundalini Yoga helps you to channel your Kundalini energy and empower you on your path to a lifetime of fulfilment.Kundalini Yoga reveals the significance of your birthdate and provides exercises and meditations to work on your yogic bodies and your seven chakras, which will help you to unlock the Kundalini energy within. It teaches you the key components of the practice and guides you safely through the essential steps. The interactive style of the book leads you to your yogic number profile and enables you to choose an appropriate yoga meditation for you. It also helps you to assess which chakra you should currently focus on and recommends a personal yoga practice.