Spirituality & Wellness Diploma

Benefit both on a personal and professional level from this pioneering qualification integrating Spirituality and Health and Wellness.

This is the first Spirituality and Health qualification to be on the Ofqual Register.

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Explore and deepen your spirituality and get a nationally recognised qualification at the same time – two courses for the price of one!!

What could be better! You gain SPIRITUAL ENLIGHTENMENT and WELLNESS COACHING plus you receive a professionally recognised qualification at then of your course!

spiritual growth and wellness coaching

 CI Level 3 Diploma in Practical Spirituality and Wellness.

You will be part of a like-minded and friendly group meeting on 8 weekends
from March to November 2019.

The course is tutored by Martine Moorby, one of the region’s most trusted and reputed wellness and reiki mentors. Entry by application only. Crossfields Institute Level 3 Diploma in Practical Spirituality and Wellness (VRQ) Ofqual Qualification Number: 601/8673/2 Sector Subject Area: Health and social care

The course has received a 5-star rating based on more than 1,000 positive reviews. An explorative course, students learn the answers to some fundamental questions about to become more compassionate on a day-to-day basis and enhance their wellbeing. For instance:
– How do we create time and space for ourselves?
– How do improve our practice of spiritual companionship?
– How can we make better decisions?

personal spiritual growth

In particular, the course demonstrates how ongoing personal development can help us arrive to carefully analyse our situation and rid ourselves of tension and help others to do the same. Students learn the value of slow self-exploration over quick and rash spontaneous and reactive thinking.

Taught by wellness mentor Martine Moorby in Harrogate, this highly beneficial and sought-after course is self-paced,  with 1 weekend a month of personal tuition and workshops over a period 8 months. For just £1,370 payable in 8 easy instalments you can gain personal spiritual enlightenment as well as wellness coaching – plus get the certificate to boost your professional credibility and integrity.

wellness coaching

The course consists of four units

1. PERSON-CENTRED SPIRITUAL PRACTICE
Study and experience the spiritual practices that benefit health and wellbeing. Clarify and implement your own daily spiritual health practice. Appreciate  the diversity of approaches in your fellow learners. How best to support others in developing their own spiritual health practice.

2. SCIENCE AND CONTEXT
The important historical relationship of spirituality and medicine.   The evidence base and science of how spirituality can benefit health. The relevance of all this to your own personal experience and that of your colleagues and clients.

3. DEVELOPING REFLECTIVE PRACTICE
The crucial importance of ongoing honest and emotionally literate self-examination and self-care. This is built on a foundation of mindfulness and the compassionate witnessing of your thoughts and feelings. Implementing your own reflective practice. The mental health challenges that may be linked to spirituality.

4. SPIRITUAL CARE IN PRACTICE
Builds on the knowledge and practice of the other three units.  The fundamentals of giving spiritual support. Whole-body listening, empathy and holding. Leading individuals and small groups into meditation. Risk-assessment and referral. Working in multi-disciplinary community teams.

To enrol in Harrogate visit: Martine Moorby

Signs of a Burnout

Burning the candle at both ends?
5 signs that you may be chronically fatigued because your body is on constant ALERT mode. If you are, here are some steps to reverse the effects.

Are you burning your candle at both ends?

I never believed or paid any attention to people who told me that I’d burn out. “Be careful, you’ll burn out at some stage if you carry on like this!” I thought I could go on forever working like the fury, fitting into other people’s schedules but never stopping to take time out for myself – what  waste of time I would think. If it wasn’t productive, I didn’t do it. Then I stopped and looked at myself. I had been scurrying for so long I had forgotten what I liked to do, what my favourite meal was, how to dress nicely when not at work, how to simply have fun for no reason, I was constantly tired and worried and anxious… does this sound familiar?

What are the signs of a burnout?

Tiredness

An obvious one. Even though you’ve had 6+ hours sleep. You become chronically fatigued even if you have a lie-in or two lie-ins because your body is saturated with free radicals and toxins caused by stress. Your body is unable to let the energy flow freely or the nutrients to be digested properly because your system is on constant ALERT mode.

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Short attention span

You are struggling to concentrate on your work. Your mind flits constantly and is easily distracted. Could be too much caffeine or the hangover, but your fatigued mind needs a proper rest – that does not include flicking through social media for an hour!

Workaholic

Are you constantly pushing yourself to do, do, do because you haven’t achieved what you wanted in life and think that working hard is the answer?

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Emotionally exhausted

Are you feeling empty. Do you feel sad or even depressed? Are you short-tempered when you don’t mean to be. You are drained. Are you retreating into your turtle shell. Can’t face the world?

Low self-esteem

Putting others first. Don’t do nice things for yourself because you don’t think you deserve them. Constantly saying negative things to yourself. You are literally dragging yourself down.

What to do to avoid a crash and burn

Give yourself some love

You need to start respecting yourself and give yourself a break. Recognise your accomplishments. Work smart not hard.

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Try meditation, yoga, breathing classes – release the stress that is clogging up your body. Let it out through exercise, cut back the hours you work, stop, you will be more productive and less stressed!

Me time – chillax

animal cat face close up felineIt may sound obvious but try to cut back on work relax on a regular basis. Your mind and body need to refuel.

Keep a diary of how you are feeling so you can monitor if you are feeling more in charge of yourself again or if you are still experiencing fatigue and anxiety – then it’s time to get some therapy from a professional. It is worth it, because you are worth it.

Create positive daily rituals

A nice slow wake-up before the chaos of the day. If you are not so tired you can get up a little earlier, fit in a little stretch, 10 minutes quirt time to get your head sorted (or stroke the cat or dog), a yummy breakfast, long shower, wear something nice.

Take a walk at lunch, meet up with friends instead of working late, have a nice bath or go for a foot massage. Say nice things to yourself. Create an easy achievement list and a wish list of some treats you can do just because you want to! Repeat 3-5 positive affirmations (things you are grateful for and positive things about yourself) when you get up and before going to sleep. Try aromatherapy with a burner in your room or crystal healing grids… get creative!

Act now before it is too late

Don’t ignore your tired state, it will not simply go away. If you leave it too late your fatigued and over-stressed body will develop other ailments and long-lasting problem or damage. A holiday cannot sort this out, it will simply be a time for your body to let the illnesses in instead of a time to be enjoyed. You need a little holiday time everyday. You need to get the work life balance right. Instate the law of Kintalini into your personal life. Get your chi flowing and develop a more positive attitude about yourself. You don’t have to be perfect. Being happy is much better and more satisfying!

 

 

 

When I Change, the World Changes

Dare to make a difference by adopting just 5 new attitudes for 24 hours. Experience the power of inner peace and a pure positivity. Release your inner – peaceful – warrior.

I had arrived on my own. The last thing I was feeling was adventurous. The Queen Suite at the Cedar Court Hotel, Harrogate was dotted with prospective listeners, certainly not enough to afford a secure hiding place where I could sneak in unnoticed to listen to:

Dare to Make a Difference

an experiential talk by Jane Kay, Brahma Kumaris

My intentions may have been narrow-minded, to while away some time, but the results were mind blowing.

The genteel speaker’s words were thought-provoking and I rose to her personal challenges (see below). When the rickety music player began emitting some poor quality Hindu music I felt sure that the group meditation at the end would be more of a moment for further reflection and relaxation. I did not expect to see the flood of light emanate from Jane Kay to fill the room… was it some kind of technological trickery or an optical illusion? Perhaps I could explain it away with the fact that I was focusing on the centre of her forehead as instructed thereby de-focussing my peripheral vision. Yes, my logical ego-lead head had managed to explain away the phenomenon, but it was stumped when the room was then filled with a purple haze. True wondrous purple everywhere I looked.

Now I was ready to take the dare to change myself, to change the world. Are you?

1) Retain a sense of peace

Regardless of what situation you are confronted with, you should try to retain an intrinsic sense of internal peace. After all, we only get upset or annoyed when others don’t do things the way that we would… just let go of this need for control. Example: If your child does not tidy his/her room, is it worth you loosing your temper? You and the household will suffer and the room will be untidy again next week. Don’t let things bother you; experience how peace will reign.

The challenge is not to complain or criticise for 24 hours

2) Love everyone and everything

This is a hard one. You may meet people you really do not feel any love for, so here is how you manage this challenge: see everybody as a sunflower. Everyone out there is like me and you. We are all doing what we can to get on in life, we’re all different, but all the same too.  Do not judge, you only see a snapshot of peoples’ lives not the whole picture. Like a dirty river does not tell you about the clear bubbling spring and the beautiful lush green landscapes it  has carved through before you now see it muddied and littered.  Remember: be open-minded, see the sunflowers instead of just a limited snapshot.

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3) Be happy all the time

You may already know that this is a challenge. Perhaps if you considered happiness to be more of a choice rather than an accidental emotion you might think differently. If you have a blue balloon to represent your sad emotions and a red balloon to represent your happy emotions and put an equal amount of effort into blowing them up, they would float and last the same, but if you were to put more effort into keeping the blue balloon afloat with negative thoughts the red balloon of happiness would deflate through neglect. Putting more effort into your red happiness balloon will make it soar and your blue balloon of misery will effortlessly shrink and drop. Keep your red balloons full!

red balloons

4) Have pure positive thoughts for others

This may not be as straightforward as the other challenges. Still its message is straightforward: do not be jealous or covet what others have. Do not rob them of their time. Everyone in life has their time to shine. Maybe you have already had yours, maybe it is yet to come. If you see someone else basking in the glorious light of success (whatever form that may be) do not deprive them of this time to be happy and fulfilled, do not wish it were you and think ill of them as a result. Rejoice with them. Be happy for them. Have pure and positive thoughts. Enjoy your time when it comes – and when it does, you will want others to join in with you, not to think you undeserving. Share in the positivity.

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5) Pursue a spiritual path, make wisdom part of your life

I do not think this challenge is meant to be religious, well I certainly do not take it that way as I do not follow a religious faith. It is more about expanding your horizons, letting go of doctrines, habits and ways of thinking that may have been thrown upon you by society or your parents. Let go of this imposed resistance. Let go of this stubbornness that is rooted in your egocentric tendencies. Free yourself from prejudicial traditions and habits that are stopping you from experiencing life as you would like to naturally. Follow the instinct from your “second” brain, your gut instinct. Let go of your ego. Let go of resistance. Embrace all the peace, love, happiness, purity and positivity these 5 “dares” will open up to you and become a force to be reckoned with.

Try these five Dares for just 24 hours, then maybe  for couple of days because you notice how good you feel, then make them part of your life – you may be surprised at how it unnerves others as you can no longer be manipulated.

Dare to challenge your world!

 

 

In Safe Hands

If ever you had to choose somewhere to start your journey of finding inner peace, tranquility and sense of purpose then there is one place you should definitely visit in the town of Harrogate where you are sure to be in safe hands. The Yorkshire Centre for Wellbeing has a past and a future you […]

If ever you had to choose somewhere to start your journey of finding inner peace, tranquility and sense of purpose then there is one place you should definitely visit in the town of Harrogate where you are sure to be in safe hands.

The Yorkshire Centre for Wellbeing has a past and a future you can trust.

Founded in January 1990, it has a longstanding tradition and history as a reputable provider of all things Yoga, Ayurveda and Pilates. When others were still jumping around in legwarmers with bouncy hairsprayed- perms, Anne-Marie had a vision that went beyond the temporary fads of Callanetics and step aerobics, she turned to holistic therapies and wellbeing and she was right. Her staying power is mirrored by the firm role the traditional Indian practices now play in Western society.

Just because the centre has  been advocating the benefits of yoga, massage and other complementary therapies for almost three decades, it does not mean that they sit on their laurels. There are new additions to the team and they have recently refurbished and upgraded their centre. See beautiful photos below:

New relaxing studio
Fabulous new look at the Yorkshire Centre for Wellbeing

Since his return from India James Burford has been a driving force in implementing many of the new developments with his usual dedication and passion.
He is a yogi in the true sense of the word and has  over 5 years in India. He was awarded one of only 2 grants given by the Indian commission to commonwealth students to study in India- impressive, right! I’m sure I’ll be adding him to my Wellness Warriors soon!

All under the same roof (and if you think they have missed something from the world of wellness, I am sure if you asked them they probably are offering it…)

  • Ayurvedic Dietary and Lifestyle Consultation
  • Vibration Training
  • Soundwave Therapy
  • Narl 517
  • The Back Revolution
  • Neals Yard Remedies
  • Astrology Readings
  • Pilates
  • Yoga
  • Tai Chi
    Holistic Therapies

  • Angelic and Star Reiki with Crystal Chakra Balance
  • Spirit Body Balance
  • Consultative Aromatherapy Massage
  • Hot Himalayan Salt Stone Massage
  • Ayurvedic Kansa Wand Massage
  • Mandarin Mother to be Massage
  • Well being or Deep Tissue Back Massage
  • Ayurvedic Head Massage
  • Head and Toe Heaven
  • Reflex Foot and Reiki Rebalance
  • Rose Crystal Revitalising Facial Therapy
  • Stress Soother
  • Relax and Renew
  • Skin and Sparkle
  • Pedicure Therapy
  • Mini Mani or Pedi
  • Eye brow or lash tint
  • Eye brow wax
  • Angel Card Reading

I am sure you’ll agree this firmly rooted yet forward thinking centre for wellbeing is well worth a visit.

Yorkshire Centre for Wellbeing
Yorkshire Centre for Wellbeing

 

Health & Healing Festival

I drew my Angel Card upon entering the Health & Healing Festival held at the formidable Cedar Court Hotel in Harrogate this weekend, and what did I get?

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expectancy | ikˈspektənsē | noun (plural expectancies) the state of thinking or hoping that something, especially something pleasant, will happen or be the case: they waited with an air of expectancy.

Indeed I was not disappointed. My bubbling excitement and “expectancy” as the intoxicating aromas and positive vibes enveloped me was exceeded! Although a small-scale venue compared to some, when you open up the doors to this precious event in Harrogate, you are rewarded with a wealth of knowledge, dedication, motivation, spiritual uplifting, kindness, guidance, beauty and endless opportunities.

Opportunities to improve your health: Aloe Life – pure, natural, nutritious

The Aloe Vera Company
Forever Living Aloe & Healthcare Products

Opportunities to find inner peace: an inspirational talk by Jane Hay, Brahma Kumaris

Brahma Kumaris
When I change, the World Changes

Opportunities to help you on your journey: The Wiccan Lady

The Wiccan Lady - Decorated Besoms
Take Flight! Witches Broom Sticks to brush away negativity

 

Opportunities to feel elated: The amazing Harrogate Rock Choir

Harrogate Rock Choir
Moving, uplifting and inspirational

 

Opportunities to heal:  The Yorkshire Healing Association

Yorkshire Healing Association
Hands-on healing sessions

Opportunities to look  naturally beautiful: Good for you products by Susie Ma, Tropic

Tropic Skincare
Be part of the #greenbeautyrevolution

I shall of course be delving into each of the exhibitors and speakers over the coming weeks – after I have indulged in playing and experimenting with all the magical goodies and insight I acquired at the festival.

That could take a while!

Floral Town of the North

Our streets are paved with petals.

Standing barefoot on the grass in the middle of the stray in the spring surrounded by a sea of crocuses, you are swept away on a breeze ease, freedom and vitality. Against the backdrop of Georgian buildings, you always feel lucky to live in a town like Harrogate. Its amazing floral arrangement are the perfect example of kintalini in action: creating a balanced, vibrant habitat that feed the mind and soul. Such picturesque surroundings are not haphazard, they are the result of careful deliberations and voluntary work to making our town a beautiful place to live in. Many local groups and shop owners work with Harrogate in Bloom and Harrogate Borough Council to make this possible.

A sea of crocuses on the Stray
A sea of crocuses on the Stray Park in Harrogate

Harrogate Borough Council does not just predicate wellness through a balanced habitat, its actions reflect this in many ways: great schools, tidy town, lots of green areas, clean buildings…. but one of the most obvious and visual ways is its support for the Harrogate in Bloom project.

Many of you may well be aware of the In Bloom competitions around the country. They improve our surrounding aesthetics, give people a sense of wellbeing and increase biodiversity, but its more than just pretty flowers.

It is more than just pretty flowers

The In Bloom criteria are looking for responsibility towards the environment and community participation – two boxes that Harrogate’s team ticks. RHS Britain in Bloom judges stated: ‘Harrogate demonstrated that it is still a flawless green town and now works closely with a range of volunteers to ensure that it’s reputation is maintained.’

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Flowers everywhere you go

The council’s parks and open spaces staff, and Harrogate in Bloom, have worked with award-winning garden designer Paul Hervey-Brookes, to design and plant areas in public places that will increase biodiversity and create improved habitats for wildlife. The Nectar Bar planting is particularly attractive to bees and other pollinating insects, including moths.

Living in harmony is the key to wellness.

Reiki Rings

Reiki share harrogate
Drop in to the Reiki share in Harrogate

Are you loving the energy and balance you get from Reiki but have no one to share it with? Fear not there is a place where you can go and the people won’t think you’re cuckoo!

The Harrogate Reikinians are extremely welcoming and growing in number. You can have an interesting chit-chat with like-minded people, share in some distant healing, discover what is in the cards for you right now and perhaps best of all, a free Reiki healing massage at the end from the other practitioners. Powerful stuff!

Whatever your preconception or inhibitions may be telling you, keep an open mind and give join in – the Reiki drumming session is mind-blowing and certainly something to take you away from the “hum-drum” of daily life!

reiki evolution in harrogate

Reikininians from near and far meet up at St Robert’s Centre (near Waitrose) on the first Thursday of every month at 7pm -9:30pm. The formidable and genteel Martine Moorby gently chairs these informal sessions. She is a wonderful source of knowledge and experience should you wish to come along and just find out more about this fascinating practice based on the graceful traditions and beliefs of Taosim, Buddhism and Shintoism.

Have fun and may the force be with you!

Spiritual Haven

Even the seemingly conservative town of Harrogate ingratiates all disciplines.

We have numerous beautiful churches of a whole variety of faiths. We also have our  own Spiritualist Healing Church. Another reason why I am so proud of this town: it embraces the freedom of choice.

Harrogate Spiritual Healing Church
Harrogate Spiritual Healing Church

It is quite the hive of activity. If you visit their website, you will find talks, meetings, readings and much more on a regular basis in this beautiful building in the heaert of town.