Ume’s master blender has created two new wonderful fragranced incenses, Labrang and Ta’er, that honour the passionate spirit of ancient cultural exchange for rare, natural ingredients. The incense sticks contain high-grade medicinal herbs inspired by ancient recipes, and combine the finest, precious sandalwood, frankincense and myrrh, and are free from oil, charcoals and synthetics. These are wonderful accompaniments for yoga practice, meditation or simply adding a beautiful aroma to your home. Ta’er £30, Labrang £20
Available from ume-collection.co.uk
This is an incredibly cosy and warm, super-soft fleecey blanket in flame-orange Paisley print. A really luxurious accessory for yoga, meditation and relaxation that offers perfect warmth in restorative poses and extra cushioning or support in your asana practice or meditation. OekoTex 100 certified. This is a perfect treat for yourself or would make a wonderful Christmas gift. Flame-orange Paisley relaxation blanket £38.00 yogabliss.co.uk
A peaceful and deeply relaxing natural candle to calm the mind, stabilise energies that are out of balance and encourage meditation. Available in elegant cream glass jars which burns for over 40-hours and contemporary tins which burn for over 15 hours. Prices start from £7.25.
Available from: stamfordholistic.folksy.com
The ReLax Kit is an excellent device that is used to monitor brain waves, body posture and more, and provides advanced bio-signal tracking so users can check and manage their stress levels. With its ultra-compact bio-sensor and easy-to-use app, the kit can help users gain control over stress. The kit is ideal for anyone wishing to gauge their stress levels in clear and simplified visual forms, and is excellent for yoga and meditation enthusiasts. Highly recommended for those wishing to lower their stress levels.
$47 Available from taipeitrading.com
Spirit attachments, negative thoughts, beliefs, cutting ties, past-life issues are safely released. This is a gentle procedure done remotely. Any negative energy is positively transformed and in the case of spirit attachment, helped to detach and depart safely to their rightful place.
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Spirulina is a microscopic blue-green freshwater plant with the ability to store the sun’s energy, making it one of the most nutritionally dense foods in the world. It helps nourish, support and strengthens the body through over 100 nutrients including a broad spectrum of vitamins, mineral, amino acids, proteins, antioxidants and essential fatty acids. The capsules are 100% organic, ethically sourced and suitable for vegetarians and vegans.
Pukka Spirulina £11.65 nutritioncentre.co.uk
In this beautifully illustrated book, Glennie Kindred inspires us to celebrate and engage with the wild edges of the natural world around us, especially our wild native plants, and to become more fully open to our inherently wild and profound inner wisdom. She explores many different ways to mark and celebrate the seasons, especially outside on the land, which support our ability to adapt and grow for the benefit of the Earth and ourselves. Kindred’s vision of the world is a beautiful one. This is a very special book which ignites a passion to connect with the Earth, and Glennie deserves to be commended for her portrayal of this subject matter.
Letting in the Wild Edges by Glennie Kindred (Permanent Publications) £14.95 - permanentpublications.co.uk
A deeply thought-provoking documentary narrated by John Hurt, which looks at the importance of bees to our survival on the planet, as 80% of plant species need bees to be pollinated – and without bees, there is no pollinisation, which means no fruit or vegetables. Statistics show that over the past 15-years, numerous colonies of bees have been decimated throughout the world, what is known as ‘colony collapse disorder’, and the documentary looks at the combination of factors including pesticides, parasites, travelling stress and the rise of electromagnetic waves as a combination that is destroying the bees’ immune defences. Essential viewing!
More Than Honey (Directed by Markus Imhoof) DVD £12.99 Blu Ray £14.99 available from amazon.co.uk
There are dozens of styles of yoga – some are ancient practices, while other styles are new on the scene. Yoga teacher and author Meagan McCrary, has written an excellent book that provides an encyclopaedia of yoga styles available, whilst digging deeper than just the physical description of the practices to cover everything from the style’s philosophical foundation and teaching methodology to what-to-expect and health benefits. The book includes seven core styles of yoga, plus an additional ten systems contained in the ‘Best of the Rest’ chapter, and also provides resources for finding teachers and classes in the various styles. Highly recommended!
Pick Your Yoga Practice by Meagan McCrary (New World Library) $15.95 - newworldlibrary.com
This delightful book features 30 inspiring personal stories, each contributed by different authors who reveal how some of their darkest moments ultimately led to their greatest blessings, illustrating that synchronicities and miracles can be found even in the most heart-breaking situations. No Mistakes offers simple wisdom and profound insights for anyone dealing with challenging circumstances in their life – whether financial hardship, divorce, or even the death of a loved one – these personal accounts leave no doubt that even in the darkest moments of our lives, a divine hand is at work.
No Mistakes – How You Can Change Adversity into Abundance by Madisyn Taylor, Sunny Dawn Johnston and HeatherAsh Amara (Hierophant Publishing) $16.95 Available from
Gina Bailey’s new book is an invaluable resource for women with Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME) as they encounter the menopause. Having lived with ME since the age of 28, Gina, a hypnotherapist who is interested in alternative therapies, decided to go in search for answers to the question “Is this the menopause or ME?” Two years of research into how the menopause affected the health, relationships and lives of ME sufferers culminated in this educative and reassuring book.
The Menopause and ME (CFS) by Gina Bailey (CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform) paperback £9.99 or e-book £4.58 available from Amazon.co.uk
This excellent documentary took seven years to make, and looks at the Tibetan movement to free Tibet from Chinese occupation, its internal conflicts and contradictions. Combining full HD footage from India, China, Tibet and the US with narration by Dennis Haysbert and an original soundtrack by Philip Glass, Thom Yorke and Damien Rice, this film presents the complexity of the struggle with such emotional impact. The film features amongst others, Richard Gere, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, the 14th Dalai Lama, and some of the most prominent Chinese contemporary artists, and all the key figures of the exiled Tibetan freedom movement.
When The Dragon Swallowed The Sun (Directed by Dirk Simon) £19.99 arrowfilms.co.uk
This excellent book details the teachings on Nada yoga from the Hatha Yoga Pradipika. It offers clear, step-by-step instructions to find and hear the inner sacred sound of Nada. The Practice of Nada Yoga: Meditation on the Inner Sacred Sound by Baird Hersey (Inner Traditions). $16.95 available from innertraditions.com