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  1. Work on yourself and cultivate personal enquiry when all is well! Take advantage of these good times and good health to set up routines conducive to well-being, cultivate positive relationships, to start meaningful actions or projects and to advance on your journey. When all is well, the bad patterns or habits we all have within us are usually dormant, “under the radar”, present but weak, invisible. It is then much easier to model them towards more virtuous healthy patterns (Ref. Patanjali Yoga Sutra II.4 & 10).
  1. Understand your basic constitution and potentiel imbalances to improve your quality of life and your health. What are you made off? I had a chance to discover Ayurveda and its fundamental principles for the first time while doing a yoga retreat in Bali through several workshops. Thank you Audrey @yoga_school_bretagne. It has been a true revelation to me. It gave me the keys to better understand myself. To understand my excess of anger, my addictions, my “illnesses” also or physical weaknesses. At the time, I often suffered from allergies and redness on the skin. I also had a lot of pain in my lower back. Everything made sense and finally found a logical explanation: an excess of fire. I was finally able to understand the sources of most of my “discomforts / illnesses”. Most importantly, Yoga and Ayurveda were offering me concrete solutions to deal with them. Subsequently I continued to study Ayurveda while continuing to train myself in Yoga, health through Yoga and Yoga therapy, which has greatly helped my health and my family’s in general! It also allows me today to offer courses and workshops on these themes. 
  1. Practice daily. It is wiser to do 15 minutes of conscious breathing every day than a class once a month or an annual retreat! My teacher (Valérie Faneco, @eka_yoga_institute) once gave me this beautiful image from an Indian story: when you walk every day on the grass at the same place, a path is formed and becomes more and more marked . If you only go there every now and then, there won’t be any.
  1. Eka pada: choose your path and stick to it. And thereby choose one or more mentors to guide you and accompany you on this path. It sounds simple and yet it is without a doubt the most difficult essential principle of personal development to maintain today. Especially for people with a vatta tendency. We are constantly bombarded with information, with proposals. It is easy today and very tempting to peck right to left, to try without ever digging, without too much personal involvement, without commitment, against a background of intellectual curiosity. In the past (not so distant yet), we engaged in a “personal development activity” (sports, cultural, associative, creative, etc.) for the year and often much more. We had a lot less options and that could be negative at times of course, but also in a way helped stability, persistence and balance. This is why it seems essential to me to recall this key principle mentioned in sutra I.32 of the Yoga Sutra by Patanjali.

  1. Cultivate “detachment”, “letting go”.
    Learning to “do” with conviction while accepting not to have 100% control over the results of our actions. It is also a principle dear to Patanjali. I choose to mention it here because the education received in our Western cultures goes against this fundamental principle of happiness.
    In short, to be happier, and to stay in good health, Yoga invites us to “do to do and welcome what comes as a gift” versus “do to obtain a result”. To meditate on a daily basis!

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What exactly does “being sick” mean?

From the point of view of Yoga and Ayurveda, maintaining the balance of one’s energies and elements is the keystone of good health. On the opposite, an imbalance (too much or not enough energy, too much or not enough fire, air, water etc. in us) inevitably leads to a “manifestation” also called “disease or illness”. Reading “diseases” or “manifestations” from this standpoint allows us to seek their source for a complete and definitive cure.

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The Yoga & Health teachings have literally changed my life. Why not yours?

I am currently working on the theme of “balance” with my students. Balancing your energies, connecting with the elements within us (doshas), understanding our dominant and weaker elements, and doing your best to keep them in balance. From their feedback on the practices and the questions asked, I realised to what extent the teachings of Yoga and Ayurveda on the notion of balance are still unknown. Yet they are so rich. This is why I wanted to write this article which I hope will make you want to know more and take action to stay or come back in balance and therefore healthy!

Yoga and Health: Balancing Prāna and the Elements in us is a pillar of good health

Balance is a fundamental theme in Yogic and Ayurvedic teachings. Indeed, under their prism, health simply goes hand in hand with Balance (with a capital E!). Be patient and read to the end. I cannot avoid a passage that is a little more theoretical.

The balance of our vital energy (prāna) to begin with.

We must have enough prāna in us, but not too much either. It must be well distributed in the 7 energy centers of our body (chakras). Vital energy manifests itself in 5 forms (the 5 vāyus) which correspond to different regions and functions of the body. If there is an energy imbalance, it is a function of the body that will be affected. We will not go into detail today, however, the study of vāyus (udāna, prāna, samāna, apāna and vyāna) and their experimentation through certain practices are fascinating!

The balance of the elements within us (the balance of the doshas).

Ayurvéda 5 Elements

We are made, just like the universe in which we evolve of 5 elements: the ether which creates the space for the other elements to exist, the air which is associated with the movement, the water with the fluids, the fire with transformation and earth to the concept of density and grounding. We are all a unique combination of these elements. They exist in us in proportions that vary with each other and also evolve over time. They define us physically and are also found in our character. For example a person who has a lot of fire in himself (dominant Pitta Dosha) will often be very willful and will also tend to get angry more easily while a person with a strongly present Air element (dominant Vata Dosha) will often show up. funny and “easy going”, gifted in creative and interpersonal skills, but will also tend to be unreliable and less loyal than a person with Earth dominance for example (dominant Kapha Dosha). This is a vast subject again and the idea here is not to be exhaustive but to give you the angle from the point of view of Yoga and Ayurveda:

🌿 The more you adjust your lifestyle to your basic constitution, the more you will be able to live in harmony (and therefore in health) and to avoid imbalances as much as possible.🌿

What “disease or illness” means through the lens of Yoga and Ayurveda?

Too much, not enough, in short an imbalance (of prāna or of the elements in us) inevitably leads to a “manifestation” also called “illness”.

This manifestation can be mild or more serious but it always indicates an imbalance. It is also good to know, and this is important, that the “manifestations” are generally going crescendo. The body sends us a first signal. If we don’t pick up he sends a stronger one etc.

For example, 1st sign, you are short of breath, feeling oppressed / restricted into the chest. This is a first sign of imbalance because the breath is a reflection of our physical and / or mental state. Fluid, long and powerful, it indicates good health. Jerky, irregular, short, it sends us signals. You do nothing. Second sign, sleep is light, does not allow you to recharge your batteries. You wake up tired. You still don’t do anything. Then it might be a more serious injury. Something that forces you to consult, to take care of yourself, or that put you to bed. And sometimes it’s even more serious. I’m sure you all see what I’m talking about. You may also have once found yourself in a similar situation saying to yourself “I should have seen and listened to the signs before”!

The solutions

Good news! In the language of “Yoga & Ayurveda”, if imbalance = illness, balance = good health.

In other words, it is up to us to take charge of ourselves and act on our daily life, our diet, our relationships etc. to stay in balance and therefore in good health. And Yoga and Ayurveda provide us with a wide range of proposals adapted to the specific needs of each. Let’s practice!

Celine Chambat

Yoga Teacher in Lisbon & Therapist

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5 Key Tips for Cultivating Balance, Good Health and Happiness

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  • Yoga & Ayurveda – Self-Healing and Self-Realization from David Frawley
  • The Yogasūtra of Patañjali I Liberating Isolation from Frans Moor 
  • The heart of Yoga from TKV Desikachar


This pre-recorded 60 min yoga workshop gives you very practical tools that will help you to manage labor.

From mums to mums!

This pre-recorded 60′ yoga practice gives you very practical tools (postures and breathing techniques) that will make your labor easier and faster!

Céline Chambat from Yoga Ways is a yoga teacher & therapist and happy mum of 3. She is specialised in pre and post natal yoga.

“Yoga has been an amazing help to me through my pregnancies, especially the last one who was complicated. I was lucky to encounter amazing teachers who helped me so much and am thrilled to be able to share this incredibly sensible though often unknown or forgotten knowledge to my students”.     

Description of the workshops:

Learn how to prepare for birth with Prenatal Yoga. This special class shows you 3 types of techniques:

Breathing techniques preparing yourself physically and mentally for labor and birth.

Relaxing and connecting postures to release tension during labor while keeping a position that helps the cervix to open


👉 This practice is safe for all trimesters but as usual and even more while pregnant, it’s essential to listen to your body. YOU know better what’s go or not for you. So if you feel pain please stop and tell your teacher! There might be other more suitable postures for you right now. 🌸

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    We teach all-year round prenatal yoga classes, in Singapore, Lisbon and online. Contact us for more details

    Protect your back, Strengthen your Arms & Work hips flexibility.

    As you practice alone with no eyes on you, please pay a special attention to the breath instruction. Moving with your breath ensure your body is supported as you go into the poses. Lastly please ***STOP*** immediately if you experience any sharp pain. No pain no gain does not work here. If you feel pain it means the pose is either no good for you (we are all different!) and/or that you need to adjust it (and therefore need the help of a teacher). This video contains no “extreme” or “strong” poses as it’s meant to prepare and warm up your body.

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    Yogis and friends
    At this time of the year viruses tend to be more aggressive. Especially this year!
    Of course keeping a healthy lifestyle is important: eat well, sleep well, do yoga and smile, laugh, have fun!
    I’d like also like to share with you (especially with my Asian friends) these piece of advise from Juliet Wong (The Natural Clinic). Years back Juliet changed my life by teaching me GrandMa’s natural remedies which are very much part of my life now (and my family too ! Ask my kids about garlic and Manuka honey 😂) . So I am happy to spread the word as much as I can about her knowledge if it can help more people!
    So read the TIPS to boost your immune system from my friend Juliet Wong from the Natural Clinic in Singapore


    Start taking:

    1. High levels of Vitamin C – viruses CANNOT survive in an environment high in Vitamin C. Take 2000 to 3000mg a day (for the whole family!  If anybody gets an upset tummy, just reduce its dose!) FOODS HIGH IN VIT C – Thyme, cabbage, parsley, onions, lemons and limes (oranges if they are grown in Singapore: )
    2. Zinc – children up to 12 years – 8mg, Adults – 15mg.  FOODS HIGH IN ZINC – Ginger, Pumpkin Seeds, Meat ( good quality), Lentils.
    3. Vitamin D3 – 2- 4000iu’s (less for children higher for adults) and get out into the sun!!
    4. Probiotics (multi strain) – 10-50 Billion cells a day (Strong stomach strong  = strong immune system!!)
    5. Manuka Honey ( UMF +15) – 2 tsp a day – one teaspoon in the morning and one teaspoon at night
    6. Essential oils – EOs are excellent to start burning in your room and in your homes!!  Our first point of contact for viruses is our nose.  If you are burning antiviral essential oils around you this will kill off the virus before it enters your system.  

    Also doing inhalations with the oils is a great way to make sure that if there is any virus lurking in your nose, you kill it before it has a chance!! 

    WHICH OILS? – Tea Tree, Lavender, Clove Bud, Lemon, Ravensara and Eucalyptus Globulus – use all or choose three from this list – diffuse in your house, spray into the rooms with a spray bottle and make your own mix (1 Tablespoon of base oil – Olive, Sunflower, Almond – add in a mix of up to 10 drops of the above oils).  

    Rub your mix daily on the spine and the soles of your feet. Concentrating at the top of the spine, behind the back of your head, on the ‘Big Bone (those who have my book it’s acupressure point, Du16 point).

    1. Other herbal tinctures you might want to get and start giving your family- 
    • Oregano oil  (5- 10 drops a day if you have the pure oil – be careful it is super strong!! I would suggest 5 drops in the morning and 5 drops in the evening! OR if you have the pills 500mg 2 x a day)


    • Echinacea – 500mg a day 
    1. Drink lots good quality water!!! Water is crucial for everything but especially to help flush things out of our body!!
    2. Keep good hygiene – washing hands after you have been out and wearing a mask if you are going to crowded places!


    • Juice of one Lemon
    • 1 Handful of fresh Thyme or 1 Tablespoon dried thyme
    • 2 inches of ginger (pounded so juices are released)
    • Manuka honey +15 (to taste but I recommend 2 teaspoons for therapeutic value)
    • 1-Tablespoon Apple Cider Vinegar
    • 1 clove of fresh garlic – (I add this in at night so I don’t smell of garlic all day!!)

    Put the Thyme into a cup or teapot poor hot boiling water on top and let the Thyme sit for 15 minutes.  Remove the Thyme after it has infused into the water, then add in all the rest of the ingredients. Crush the whole clove of garlic at the end and leave all the bits in.  You can double to recipe and drink throughout the day. 

    LASTLY – please do not PANIC– stress lowers our immunity!  And not every fever or flu like symptoms is the coronavirus!  It is also flu season so be vigilant and smart but don’t panic!

    Here is the link to my book, if you want more detailed information: 

    Wishing you all the best in health, love and life!! 

    Juliet Kelly-Wong
    The Natural Clinic