England’s NHS Chief Executive Simon Stevens is to offer Yoga on the NHS to staff to reduce stress and sick leave.
NHS England has 1.3 million staff and sick leave is currently costing the service £2.4 billion a year.
Simon Stevens said ‘Health professionals needed better support to look after their own health, given the increasing demands being put on them.’
‘NHS staff have some of the most critical but demanding jobs in the country. When it comes to supporting the health of our own workforce, frankly the NHS needs to put its own house in order.’ Stevens continued.
Stevens lost 20kg through a work-based incentive scheme while employed in the US. He then took the job as top dog at England’s NHS and announced his ambition to give the opportunity for the staff here to improve their health. He is a firm believer that the NHS should lead by example as organisations take their employees’ health more seriously.
The announcement follows an investigation which exposed the scale of the fast food culture within the NHS. Burger King, Greggs and 92 branches of Costa Coffee selling muffins and high sugar drinks were among those criticised by health campaigners.
It is simply unacceptable for the NHS to have contracts with companies who do not meet nutritional standards and promote unhealthy eating!
Stevens will pledge to make the food available on NHS premises healthier and announce the creation of a dedicated occupational health service for GPs who are suffering from burnout and stress.
Stevens health revolution includes Yoga, Zumba, sports clubs and promoting cycling to work.
Lets hope Simon Stevens is the man that he claims to be!
Yoga is proven to boost your immunity, help you sleep at night and make you feel happier.
Bloom a Mississippi based brand may be using Algae to produce Yoga mats as soon as next year!
Bloom has worked hard to create a Yoga mat from a suitable algae biomass that doesn’t affect performance.
Bloom are producing under eco-friendly manufacturing companies Algix and Effekt.
Algae doesn’t require any pesticides to grow productively, as it is in abundance globally, and is so far GMO free.
Foams are usually created synthetically which is not sustainable nor is it eco friendly.
Algae produces 80% of the worlds oxygen
Algae can live in boiling water
Algae can live in snow
Algae can be used to make dynamite
Algae can be turned into bio-fuel powering cars and planes
Thanks to global warming the algae population is increasing
Algae is now used to produce the foam in Yoga mats, footwear and other gym products.
Once harvested, the algae is drained, dried and turned into polymer-like pellets. Then it is mixed with other materials to create the Bloom foam. Depending on what it is to be used for, the foam can be as much as 60 percent algae, which will reduce the demand for petroleum based ingredients.
Over the last year, 15 million people regularly participated in yoga in the US. They spent more than $27 billion on yoga products. Over the last five years, spending on yoga products has soared almost 90%. The average annual increase of the number of people who practice yoga is expanding at a rate of 20% making Yoga mats a lucrative business.
Bloom Algae Yoga mats will come in colours other than Green!
Yoga Girl Rachel Brathen has relased her first book. At 26, Rachel Brathen appears to have the perfect life, but it hasn’t always been that way…
The Yoga Girl has over 1.5 million Instagram followers!! Posting pictures of her inpressive yoga postures in exotic places. She is now living in The Caribbean and teaching yoga globally.
However, as a youngster Rachel Brathen was troubled. Her parents broke up at a young age and her Mothers next partner then died in a plane crash. Rachel hit the booze, smoking and stealing.
“I had older boyfriends and started hanging out with the wrong crowd,” Rachel says.
“My mum would try to ground me for months at a time but I’d just jump out of my window,” she says …and if they took my allowance away, I would shoplift even more than I already was.”
After years of abuse Rachel’s mother sought out a Yoga retreat and convinced her to go.
“I don’t know how on earth she convinced me to go but I found myself on a train heading north. I didn’t admit it at the time but I was terrified!’
The retreat transformed her life and when she returned home she decided she needed to be around like minded people and flew out to live in Costa Rica.
Then on a holiday in Aruba she met Dennis who had a surf shop on the Island. They fell in love. Rachel moved in at age just 21 and began building something amazing. A social media sensation with over 1.5 million followers on Instagram.
But more than glamorous shots which can be found all over the internet, Rachel writes very honest and openly underneath her pictures. Talking about suicide attempts and insecurities but also inspiringly about the beautiful things she sees in the world.
“People are looking for something genuine and I don’t hesitate to share the real stuff,” she says. “On social media everyone weighs 100lb, goes to the gym and is fulfilled. But no one’s life is like that really, not even a Victoria’s Secret model.”
Supported Shoulderstand is an intermediate level yoga pose.
How to Perform Supported Shoulderstand
1. Lay flat on your back. Tuck your chin in slightly so the back of your head is on the ground. Point your toes upwards and tuck your arms in down by the sides of your body. Slowly tilt your pelvis upwards so the lower back is on the ground and shift out any weight in the buttocks by gently moving the buttocks to the sides. Then lower to the ground. Now you should be able to feel you are grounded comfortably.
2. Now perform some single leg raises. Inhale lifting your right leg to 90 degrees off the ground or as high as comfortable. Toes flexed and pointing behind you. Then exhale and lower your leg. Repeat this flow 3-5 times and then move to the left leg and repeat this action.
3. Now perfrom some double leg raises. You may want to bring your arms closer to the sides of your body for that extra support in the lower back. Inhale and raise both legs off the ground to 90 degree or as high as possible (no stress or strain), then exhale and lower your legs. Repeat this 3-5 times. Increase with time to 8 reps.
4. Now inhale with a double leg raise this time lifting your buttocks off ground. Then exhale walking your hands down your back untill you are resting on your shoulders. You are now in Supported Shoulderstand. Hold the position for around 30 seconds increasing the length of time as you become more confident. Breath normally with a slow steady breath.
5. To deepen Supported Shoulderstand posture bend and bring your knees to your forehead and walk the hands further down the back. Hold this position and then move back into Supported Shoulderstand by raising both legs back up to a verticle position.
6. To release inhale then exhale and let your knees drop down slowly towards your forehead. Lower your hands to the ground uncurling your back slowly vertebrae by vertebrae to the ground. Then lower your legs together to the ground and relax.
7. Well done 🙂
You can move from Supported Shoulderstand into The Plough.
You can move from Shavasana into Supported Shoulderstand.
Sanskrit name Salamba Sarvangasana
Sa = With, Lamba = Support, Sarva = All, Anga = Limb, Asana = Pose