World Mental Health Day

The World Health Organisation recognises World Mental Health Day on 10 October every year. This year’s theme set by the World Federation for Mental Health is suicide prevention.

The following link will take you to a blog on this years theme;

https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/blog/world-mental-health-day-suicide-prevention

The Mental Health Foundation have put together a suicide prevention advice poster;

We all have mental health and our mental health can vary from day to day. It can vary as we move through different stages of our lives and deal with different life events.

Mental Health can often be referred to as emotional health or wellbeing.

Our mental health is just as important as our physical health. Yet people talk much more about their physical health and often shy away from addressing the subject of their mental health. In general people do not like talking about their feelings but it is healthy to be able to know how we are feeling and to talk about how we feel and to communicate this.

Mental Health problems are common, you are not alone. The following statistics are from the Mental Health Foundations website;

As found by the APMS (2014), 1 in 6 people in the past week experienced a common mental health problem.
Anxiety and depression are the most common problems, with around 1 in 10 people affected at any one time.

Take some time to visit the Mental Health Foundation website where there is a wealth of resources https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/

Talk to your friends and loved ones if you are struggling, speak to people and seek help.

Yoga can help us with greater self awareness so that we can become more aware of our triggers. We can become aware of the early signs of stress or anxiety and then we have an opportunity to try and deal with this at an early stage. This may be through breathing practices or relaxation or just taking some time for yourself. Ahimsa – Compassion – directed towards ourselves is a very important part of yoga. Practicing ahimsa is to take care of yourself – both your mental and physical wellbeing.

We all have to learn to live with our minds and we are all dealing with this on a daily basis. Some days it goes well and some days less well. It is something we all experience, when you feel low you are not alone, reach out and talk.

Guest blog – Mollie in Africa!

One of our regular Monday Yoga class members, Mollie, is currently in Africa doing some charity work. She kindly agreed to do a guest blog for us so we could see what she is up to. Its great to see her showing the children some yoga postures!

Here is her guest blog;

Hi I’m Mollie!

I have come out to Africa to do some charity work in a local school and hospital. I have been doing this for 4 years now, helping teach basic hygiene and also some English language and drama.

 

I got into doing this with my grandma as she found the hospital and school and wanted to make a difference and wanted to help improve their lives.

Today was the first day visiting the gorgeous children of Bright Star School. 416 children to be exact!!

We played games, sang songs, played musical instruments and even got time to practice some yoga.

It can be so overwhelming at times when you have 20+ children all wanting to hold your hands. But at the same time they inspire me so much as they are so keen to learn something new and love trying something different. They’re all beautifully mannered and an absolute pleasure to be working with for the week.

Mollie

Yogasmiths Christmas Charity Raffle Donation to Wirral’s Homeless CIC

Thank you to all those who took part in our Yogasmiths Christmas Charity Raffle. As we discussed in class, Christmas and the start of the new year is a great opportunity to practice Karma yoga via charitable giving.
There were many prizes on offer;
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The winner of our top prize, a block of 6 Yogasmiths classes and a box of After Eight mints, was Lisa Shaw from West Kirby;
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We raised nearly £80 from the raffle. We have donated £100 to a local Community Interest Company that feed the local homeless. They are called Wirral’s Homeless CIC. They have a facebook page at;

Wirral’s Homeless CIC

They can also be contacted by email at:

wirralshomeless@hotmail.com

If you would like to donate any money to the group they would be most grateful to receive it and they accept bank transfer of a Paypal. Wonderful local groups like this are dependant on the generosity of others.

Namaste

Paul & Steve

Chilli Avocado, Garlic Mushrooms and Pine Nuts on toast – Vegan

One of the eight limbs of Yoga, Yamas, includes Ahimsa – Compassion. Many Yoga practitioners choose a vegetarian or vegan diet as a way of living a more Ahimsa lifestyle. Compassion for all living beings and compassion for one’s self by eating healthy food. I will occasionally post some vegan recipes on this blog that I have created myself.

Chilli Avocado, Garlic Mushrooms and Pine Nuts on toast – Serves 2

Ingredients:

500g Mushrooms – whatever type you like, I used ordinary white mushrooms but have used mixed forest mushrooms in the past

3 Ripe Avocados

100g Pine Nuts

4 Slices of Brown Bread

1 1/2  Teaspoons of Garlic Granules

3 Tablespoons of Olive Oil

1 Teaspoon of Chilli Powder

1/2 Teaspoon of Smoked Paprika

Salt and Pepper to taste

Method:

Cut in half the avocados and scoop out the inside into a bowl. Mash the avocados with 1 tablespoon of Olive Oil, 1 teaspoon of Chilli Powder and 1/2 teaspoon of Smoked Paprika. Add salt and pepper to taste and feel free to add more chilli if you like it spicier.

Chop the mushrooms and fry in 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a non-stick frying pan over a medium heat for approx 10 minutes until they are starting to brown. Towards the end of cooking the mushroom add the 1 1/2 teaspoons of Garlic Granules and cook for a further few minutes.

Toast 4 slices of bread. Place two slices on each plate and divide the avocado mixture evenly across all slices. Divide the mushrooms evenly on top of the avocado.

Using the same non-stick frying pan used for the mushrooms, place the Pine Nuts in the pan and stir continually until they start to brown and toast. Then evenly divide the pine nuts across the mushrooms. Serve and Enjoy.

Feel free to use less Pine Nuts, I love them and like quite a few!