CBD has attracted a lot of attention in recent years, but one under-explored area of this subject is the unique synergy that can come about through the use of this product: how it interacts with other herbs, and amplifies their healing effects. In our Winter 2020/21 issue, we spoke to Cara Long of Alta CBD to find out more.
Autumn Vibes: The Toasts of the Season
In this instalment of Autumn Vibes – which appears in our just-released Autumn 2018 issue – we picked the best products, events, and positive news that the holistic scene has to offer this season. To get your copy of the new issue, check your nearest stockist or subscribe to have a copy sent direct to your door.
“No spring nor summer beauty hath such grace
as I have seen in one autumnal face.”
The Autumnal, John Donne
Products With Pep
Newly launched Irish brand Chi Fit Tea is an amazing blend. Ten ingredients from Yunnan, the oldest tea region in China, are selected for their unique energy boosting properties and delicious flavour. This tea can also be used to aid slimming in conjunction with the Chi Fitness healthy eating programme.
Squbes are an Irish health food company with a passion for healthy living and nature. Their delicious, gluten-free, cube-shaped granola snacks come in a variety of different flavours: dark chocolate, coconut and sea salt; blueberry, cranberry and vanilla; and caramel, almond and sea salt.
YourBeautyTonic is a unique food supplement that nourishes skin, hair and nails from the inside out. It’s rich in collagen, hyaluronic acid and 14 other nutrients that assist not only skin, hair and nails, but – along with added magnesium bisglycinate, B12 and MSM – are also beneficial for sleep, energy and joint health.
Water is one of the most important substances in the world, and drinking plenty of it on a daily basis is vital to our health and wellbeing. Kangen® Water is alkaline, antioxidant, rich in minerals, purged of impurities, and best of all … it can be made in your own home.
For a takeaway with a difference, check out NKD Pizza’s unique offering: pizza with a crust composed of ten different ancestral grains. Yes, you read that right – ten. By making better, more thoughtful decisions when sourcing their ingredients, they hope to create a healthier pizza. NKD Pizza is based in Rathgar, Co. Dublin.
A Positive Tip
by Corina Bambina
A ‘negative’ emotion is only negative if you resist it, push it away or deny the feeling. Joy can be a negative emotion if you’re not letting yourself feel joy when it comes (maybe because you’re so used to the opposite). Allow emotions to transform and teach you.
Looking for a unique gift idea this autumn? Check out the creations of psychic artist Patricia Hughes, based in Monkstown, Co. Dublin. Her paintings contain roses, mandalas, dancing feet, and other vivid scenes, all inspired by otherworldy themes. If you would like a unique piece of spirit art hanging on your wall, contact her.
087 237 8568
The Time is Now
Never before has there been such a proliferation of entrepreneurs and cultural creatives in Ireland: beavering away, following their passion and contributing to making the world a better place. Psychotherapist Monica Haughey offers monthly forums in Dublin where small groups of women meet to support each other and grow their businesses.
Movement coach Tobias Pintar, based in Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin, runs weekly movement therapy classes aimed at reducing chronic pain. In these classes, he teaches stretching and foam rolling exercises specifically designed to reduce muscular tension levels, for long term pain relief.
Yoga of Life
If you want to take your yoga practice to the next level, look into Living Yoga’s teacher training programme. They welcome qualified teachers from all lineages for one or more modules, and combine traditional yoga studies with contemporary somatics, experiential anatomy, developmental movement, voice work, and applied teaching methodology.
Stores to Restore
Healthy Habits Store in Quarantine Hill, Co. Wicklow, has everything you need to live a healthful, happy, productive life. They run inspiring courses, monthly talks and holiday retreats in exotic locations … and even produce their own vegan and gluten-free wraps, energy bars, onion bread and breakfast cereals. The selection must be seen to be believed!
The Health Beat
Beata’s Health Shop in Killorglin, Co. Kerry, pursues an impressive zero waste policy. All organic nuts, dry fruit, grains and seeds are available loose, with customers encouraged to bring reusable jars or containers. In-house treatments include Lomi Lomi, holistic massage, energy treatments, nutritional consultations, health talks, vitamin and mineral tests, and much more.
Kate Curtis of Golden Spears Healing is hosting a holotropic breathwork workshop from the 5th to the 7th of October in Aghvannagh, Co. Wicklow. The circle will be opened with shamanic drumming, followed by acupuncture sessions. Breathing quickly and deeply for two to three hours will be the method used to go deep within.
Sri Mata Amritanandamayi, known throughout the world as Amma, has served the world for decades, imparting wisdom, strength and inspiration. She has inspired thousands to follow in her path of service to humanity. Receive your embrace from Amma at Citywest Hotel, Dublin, from the 13th to the 14th of October 2018.
Corina Bambina and Kim Kindersley recently began to lead special ceremonies through Chant Breath Dance. Having completed a weekend workshop in Glastonbury, they are coming to Dublin soon. Kim says, ‘when you combine dance, sacred chanting, ritual and breath work, it really heightens the group experience. I can’t wait to share it.’
This autumn, we have many exciting events lined up for Positive Nights. Some highlights include a mini parenting workshop with our regular Positive Parenting writer Anna Cole, an evening of psychic art, a visit from renowned medicine woman Rosie White Elk and lots more … watch this space!
Unwreck Your Neck: The Gentle Movement Workshop Designed to Relieve Spinal Pain
Our modern-day habits can be tough on our spinal muscles. Everyday actions such as hunching over a computer or continually moving our heads down to look at phone screens can take an enormous toll on our backs and necks. Somatic movement educator Deirdre O’Connor is on hand to help with her workshop, ‘Unwreck Your Neck’, which will take place from 1.30 p.m. to 4.00 p.m. on Sunday the 15th of April in the Elbowroom, Dublin 7. Visit the-elbowroom.com to learn more.
These days, we have acquired a lot of bad postural habits that cause us to slouch, deplete our energy, shorten our breath and create tension in our bodies. Common problems that Deirdre witnesses among her clients include clenched jaws, scrunched shoulders and neck compression.
During her workshop at the Elbowroom, Deirdre will teach you how to reverse any bad habits you may have learned, removing painful tension patterns from your body and moving into a way of moving and being that feels light and spacious. Two of the most powerful modalities for pain relief and postural re-setting – Somatic Yoga and Body Rolling – will be used to assist in this process.
Somatic Yoga will wake up your sensory-motor system using natural, sequential and fluid movements designed to re-wire your patterns of muscular tension, effortlessly and without pain.
Body Rolling is a modality that uses your own body weight on small balls to help relieve painful neuromuscular tensions and promote fluidity of movement. The result is a total decompression and elongation of the neck, shoulders and jaw.
Deirdre’s credentials include: Yoga Dip, Yoga Sannyasin, Bihar, DTR movement Dip/Adv, Craniosacral Therapy CST-T Dip, Somatic Movement Educator and Clinical Somatic Ed.
‘Unwreck Your Neck’ with Deirdre O’Connor is taking place at the Elbowroom, 32 North Brunswick Street, Stoneybatter, Dublin 7, on Sunday the 15th of April from 1.30 to 4.00 p.m. Click here for information and booking.