Alex Belcourt

Yoga, Meditation & Ayurveda

Alex Belcourt

Yin Yoga Intensive

I’ll be offering a Yin intensive next year. I’m planning on offering it in both Cheltenham and Worcester. It is unlikely that this is something I will offer again in the near future so if you are interested in deepening your Yin practice, or learning about it with a view to teaching it, come and be immersed. Continue reading »

Taking Refuge

“Our main source for meditation practice is from the Buddhist teachings. The Buddha taught not a religion or a philosophy but rather how to meditate. As a foundation for settling the mind, it is considered important that we acknowledge that we can find sanctuary, a safe harbour within. In Buddhist tradition this sanctuary or refuge Continue reading »

Wage Peace

Wage peace with your breath. Breathe in firemen and rubble breathe out whole buildings and flocks of redwing blackbirds. Breathe in terrorists and breathe out sleeping children and freshly mown fields. Breathe in confusion and breathe out maple trees. Breathe in the fallen and breathe out lifelong friendships intact. Wage peace with your listening hearing Continue reading »

Personal Alchemy, Ayurveda Entwined

A poster on a telephone pole caught the eye of a young spa apprentice back in 1983. Andrea Olivera, Toronto’s resident Ayurvedic Spa virtuoso, was then only 16 and beginning her journey apprenticing in the beauty world at Yonge and Summerhill. The poster that caught her eye was an invitation to hear about Indian Astrology Continue reading »

Indian Bliss

Indian Head Massage or, Shiro-Abhyanga in Sanskrit, is a traditional Ayurvedic body treatment which has been practiced for thousands of years. Originally performed as a preparation for religious pilgrimages or sacred ceremonies, it has become in modern times a potential antidote to stress, tension and hair loss among other things. In Ayurveda, the head is believed to Continue reading »

Anxiety

I developed anxiety when I left home at 18. The first real memory I have of it is on the London underground. I had traveled up from where I lived in Gloucestershire to be in the audience of the then much-loved talkshow Donahue. It was the late summer of 1988. It was past rush hour Continue reading »

Moving Beyond Fear

“Having no fear of walking deep in the woods, or losing myself, I know there will be someone, somewhere to hold my hand and lead me down the path. I simply place my trust in the Universe, knowing every journey ventured provides an important lesson. Now my heart always sees a reason for the pain Continue reading »

Neonicotinoids are the new DDT killing the natural world

A compelling and very informative article by environmentalist George Monbiot in yesterday’s Guardian newspaper shining light on the UK’s part in the growing global chemical and pesticide disaster.  It’s scary.  And it’s not just about the bees.  It’s the soil, the whole natural world on which we depend.  So far I have seen very little Continue reading »

More Than Honey

Bees have been dying in mass numbers around the globe for some years now and this film delves into the sobering thought that bees might be on their way out. The dying off of the bees is an alarm bell with a scary finger pointing at our poisonous agricultural industry. Think this is a film Continue reading »