It's here again; the period of Christmas, it's frenzied consumerism and gluttony may just be the ultimate expression of our attitude to food and health - a crescendo of excess at the end of the year. But how did we get here and how can we find the true meaning of Christmas for our mouths, stomachs and health for the winter ahead?
Yoga poses can often be viewed on first impressions as simply a form of exercise, but in yoga philosophy, these are one on the eight-fold path to moving towards Samadhi or at its most simple, ultimate connection.
When going to a yoga class it is all too easy to simply get caught up in what this can do for us physically, without considering the mental, emotional and psychological benefits. In fact one of the first tenets of yoga as written in the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali - the foundation of all modern yoga - is the intention to balance and settle the mind.
The title of this article is a homage to the seminal quote by Ram Dass, formerly Dr Richard Alpert, the Harvard psychology professor who turned his back on Western thinking to become a yogi and spiritual teacher.