Good Food Good Mood in the News – Free recipes!

Good Food Good Mood in the News – Free recipes!

We are so delighted to present the excellent recent press for our inspirational cookbook

Good Food Good Mood by Lina Bou

Absolutely Mama, March 2018 

Absolutely Mama, May 2018 

Absolutely Mama, May 2018 

Vegetarian Living Magazine, May 2018 

Vegetarian Living Magazine, May 2018 

Vegetarian Living Magazine, May 2018 

Vegan Living Magazine, April 2018 

Families South West Magazine, January 2018 

Happiful Magazine, June 2018 

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Discover nutritional therapist Lina Bou’s recipe for healthy living, with this inspirational cookbook for the modern lifestyle.

Cooking isn’t just about eating the right foods – it’s
about being inventive, having fun and enjoying a healthy relationship with what you eat. Whether you’re looking for tasty brunch ideas, delicious dinners, energizing snacks or mouthwatering sweet treats, Lina shows you how to make simple, nutritious vegetarian meals (suitable for all!) easy enough for anyone to rustle up with the minimum of fuss. There are also suggestions for vegan alternatives, plus recipes free from gluten, dairy and sugar – the most common intolerances. All recipes feature a health-benefit key, indicating at a glance whether they help improve your immunity, boost your energy, balance your hormones, and more. And there’s advice on sensible detoxing, too.

£13.99
ISBN: 978-1-85906-410-8

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‘How to Breathe’ is a solid guide on breathing and the Alexander Technique

‘How to Breathe’ is a solid guide on breathing and the Alexander Technique

Review by Emily Faulkner for AmSAT.

Richard Brennan’s new book, How to Breathe, Improve Your Breathing for Health, Happiness and Well-Being is a solid guide on breathing and the Alexander Technique. It is well organized, clearly written, and comprehensive. The wealth of information is balanced by philosophical considerations and gentle reminders that the purpose is to find balance and ease. The book covers the following (and more):

  • Anatomical explanations of the breathing mechanism
  • Basic principles of the Alexander Technique
  • Common misconceptions related to our breathing
  • How the Alexander Technique can help us improve our breathing mechanism
  • How the Alexander Technique helps us better use our voices
  • And all this is accompanied by a panoply of exercises.

The anatomy of the respiratory and vocal systems will certainly come in handy for me. Brennan includes enough anatomical information to make it accurate, but not so much as to get lost in the details. I was happy to be reminded of some basics, like the fact that the air we breathe in enters the nasal cavity horizontally as opposed to upwards vertically. The sections on anatomy included some experiential exercises like thinking of the diaphragm as a parachute, billowing in the wind.

As someone who has suffered in the past from both hoarseness and asthma, I quite appreciated many of the exercises. In particular, I found it useful to observe the movement of my abdomen, ribs, and upper chest while lying down, sitting, and standing.

These experiences gathered from three positions yielded more observations than had I assumed just one of those positions because I had so much more to compare.

The book is filled with these sorts of wonderful, basic observational exercises, many designed to help us see how our thinking affects our breathing. For instance, what happens when we hold our breath? What happens when we think of our breathing mechanism in a more or less anatomically accurate way? When do we unconsciously hold our breath and what happens when we bring consciousness to that situation?

Brennan also includes the whispered “ah,” some vocal exercises, and some simple standing and sitting movements.

Throughout, Brennan emphasizes the non-doing of breathing. Every section is couched in reminders that healthy breathing is effortless, and this sort of effortless breathing brings calm to every aspect of our lives, emotionally and physically.

If you are well versed in the Alexander Technique, as a teacher or an advanced student, this book is a useful resource, both as a factual reference and as a source of good exercises. If you are less steeped in the Alexander Technique, it’s a well-written and practical guide to the basic principles of breathing and the Alexander Technique, but some of the exercises towards the second half of the book may be a bit dif cult to follow. However, if you’ve got an Alexander Technique teacher to consult, you’ll probably find them quite instructive.

Emily Faulkner (American Center for the Alexander Technique [ACAT], 1999) is a dancer and Alexander Technique teacher in the New York City area. She is a member of the AmSAT Journal team.

How to Breathe

Richard Brennan

Breath is essential for life, but did you know that the way you breathe can be detrimental to your well-being? Poor posture, stress, muscular tension … all can make the ‘effortless’ act of breathing hard work without us realizing. And breathing isn’t just a physical activity; it influences our mental, emotional and spiritual well-being, too.

 

HOW TO BREATHE shows you how to relearn your natural rhythm of breathing to beneficially alter the way you think, feel and act. Packed with breathing techniques to use at home, and featuring groundbreaking methods developed
by the founder of the Alexander Technique, it will help you rediscover how to breathe naturally to improve every aspect of your life. By applying consciousness to the action of breathing, you can become aware of harmful habits – and alleviate common breathing problems in the process.

We breathe more than 20,000 times a day – so why not make sure you do it as efficiently and effectively as possible? This is a book you can’t afford to be without.

Price: £12.99 RRP
ISBN:
978-1-85906-397-2

Richard Brennan is the director of the Alexander Teacher Training College in Galway, Ireland. He lectures extensively throughout Europe and the USA, and has been teaching the Alexander Technique for over 25 years. His previous titles include, among others, The Alexander Technique Manual (listen to the podcast!), Change Your Posture – Change Your Life, and Stress: The Alternative Solution.

Eat Well Look Great in the News

Eat Well Look Great in the News

We are so delighted to present the excellent recent press for our Superfood guide

EAT WELL LOOK GREAT by Dr Sarah Brewer 

The Daily Express 26th Feb 2018
The Mail Online 4th March 2018
The Mail Online 6th March 2018
The Sunday Mirror 11th March 2018
Natural Health Magazine April issue 2018

EAT WELL LOOK GREAT reached no 2 in the Amazon Beauty and Fashion bestsellers list!

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Eat Well Look Great

Dr Sarah Brewer

Most of us have niggling beauty issues, yet just resign ourselves to putting up with them. But we don’t have to!

In EAT WELL LOOK GREAT, Dr Sarah Brewer reveals her nutrition and lifestyle secrets for beating common beauty problems, based on the principles of nutritional medicine. From cellulite and dull hair to bags under the eyes and age spots, discover what you should – and shouldn’t –
be eating to nourish your beauty from the inside out.

There’s also advice on key superfoods to make a part of your everyday beauty regime – as part of your diet and as topical treatments to tone, soothe, zap, refresh and more. Plus you’ll find lifestyle tips and guidance on useful supplements and effective salon techniques, too.

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Eat Well Stay Well – Dr Sarah Brewer

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ISBN: 9781859063989