Meditations for Vatas: 4 Healing Techniques for the Wandering Mind


Some people naturally have trouble concentrating, but Vatas especially tend to have a difficult time , I know this for a fact as it’s my primary Dosha!

Vatas have a predominance of air and space, they usually have more trouble grounding themselves than other doshas. Vatas are known to be creative, communicative, changeable, quick, and spontaneous, none of which is particularly helpful when it comes to centering.

In truth, meditation is beneficial even when you don’t think it is. The effort itself is a worthy pursuit, and eventually it does get easier. By witnessing your inner world and bringing your awareness to your thoughts, no matter how random or continuous, you are expanding your consciousness.

Even though you don’t feel completely at one with the universe from a 10-minute meditation session, doesn’t mean it’s not working. A lot of the time what you must deal with most when developing a regular practice are your own personal levels of mental overload. For those with a predominance of Vata, this can be even harder to overcome.

Here are some meditation tools that can help the busy-brained Vata.


Meditative Music or Sounds

There is an array of meditative music and nature sounds that can be found on the web these days. Often used as a sleep aid, these sounds can help calm the Vata mind. Specifically nature sounds are effective in helping you find your centre. If you’re someone who has a hard time sitting still, try filling the silence with beautiful relaxing sounds. Several different sounds can be used to aid in meditation such as chimes, chants, instrumentals, and nature. Explore these options and find one that works best for you. Any sound that puts you in a relaxed mood is good.


Yes, you read that right, colouring! Just as this activity may have calmed you as a child, it can still help you as an adult. Colouring is especially helpful when you pair it with some of my other suggestions. For example, you could colour whilst listening to a nature soundtrack. You can colour any pictures that you want, but I recommend choosing images that incit calm and peace. Also the more detailed the picture the better. This allows your mind to get lost in what you’re doing.

Spend Silent Time in Nature

In general, you should spend as much time in nature as possible. So many benefits come from making a regular practice of being out in the natural world. When it comes to meditation, there’s really no better place. Even if you struggle with closing your eyes and stilling your thoughts with a mantra, you can use some quiet time in nature to help bring yourself to a place of peace.

Find a favorite spot, maybe near water or in an open field, or even in dense forest. If you sit still and observe, you may not need to close your eyes at all. Just be silent and experience your surroundings. This has a very calming therapeutic effect on the mind and spirit. Appreciating the beauty of creation is in effect its own form of meditation. For those whose minds typically run wild, being IN the wild as a silent observer can counteract this tendency.


Chanting has been used since ancient times as a means of tuning into our higher selves. For some, the overactive Vata mind that keeps one from reaching their inner stillness can be quieted with sound. Similar to how you use a mantra in silence, you can chant a mantra out loud. By repeating the chant numerous times, you will eventually zone out. The repetition, much like routine within your lifestyle, can be very effective in balancing Vata. Once you become aware that you’re zoning out, that’s a good time to stop and sit in silence, allowing your mind to be in the calm.

Explore a variety of chants to find the best ones for you. Some people choose Sanskrit terms, while others use affirmations, or simply words that they wish to encourage in their consciousness. Whatever your choice, keep it light; there’s no need to place too much thought into it. Remember the chant is not the focus, so much as the place of stillness that you’re trying to reach.

With enough practice and experimentation, you too can become a powerful meditator and bring balance to your life. Don’t fight your Vata tendencies, instead use them to your advantage. Meditation is an act of letting go. Try these techniques to keep yourself from engaging with those wandering thoughts and you might just be amazed at the ease you will begin to find your centre and inner stillness.

Rachel x

Jennifer Young: Beauty Despite Cancer


I recently had product training with Jennifer Young Skincare and wanted to share with you all about the products and the brand.

Before the training I had never heard of Jennifer Young Skincare but was blown away by their products, treatments and empathy. All their products are made using organic and natural ingredients which have been carefully selected and formulated for women being treated for cancer or who have recently gone through treatment.

I choose to share with you about these products and treatments as it is a subject that hits close to home.

As some of you may be aware I have multiple Autoimmune conditions, including Psoriatic Arthritis. The treatment of which is similar in it’s affects as chemotherapy, in fact one drug I have previously been on is Methotrexate which is a chemotherapy agent and immune system suppressant. At high doses Methotrexate is used to treat cancers that include Breast Cancer, Leukaemia and Lung Cancer. At lower doses it is used for medical abortions and to treat types of autoimmune diseases such as Arthritis. Other drugs used in the treatment of autoimmune diseases such as steroids and anti TNF biological therapies, all have the same affect to hair, skin and nails as chemotherapy. Being a woman and having to deal with changes caused by medication you can see why it hit close to home and why I wanted to share about these products!

One of the things I have found is that at a time when you become even more concerned with your appearance and want help managing changes you are often denied beauty or spa treatments. I have even had to sign a waiver at a spa once just to be able to use the facilities! Rest assured the treatments and products that I am sharing about are specifically targeted at anyone with cancer or like myself living with a chronic condition and will soon be available at Uniquely Organic EcoSpa.

There will be five treatments available:

  • Glowing Facial
  • Indulgent Massage
  • Top to Toe
  • Specialist Manicure
  • Specialist Pedicure

The subtle but key differences with the Jennifer Young treatments are that the therapists touch is lighter, there is an increased standard of hygiene with immunosuppressed clients in mind, suitable for those diagnosed with cancer and in active treatment, fuller consultations to better understand any adaptations needed for client comfort, deeply relaxing and using specially formulated products to target specific skin needs such as dryness or itching.

The products used are suitable for men and women and there are two ranges, Defiant Beauty for use during cancer treatment and Beyond Beauty for use after medical treatment has finished. Both ranges use naturally nourishing ingredients such as shea butter, mango butter, coconut oil, calendula oil, vitamin e and apricot kernel oil.

All products used during treatment will be available to buy and use at home, they will be fairly priced and a little goes a long way so the products last – I can’t wait to experiment and try out even more of the products!

Keep your eyes peeled for the launch date of these very special treatments and products!

Rachel X



Living Nature Bee Venom Mask.


I am currently obsessed with Living Nature’s organic Bee Venom Mask! It combines bee venom with natural botanicals of organic Manuka Honey and certified organic coconut oil to create a mask that plumps, tightens, and reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, giving skin a healthy glow.

It uses a certified organic cotton fibre mask to deliver nourishment and active bee venom, providing a pleasant warming sensation once applied.

It’s formulated for all skin types and has been made from the highest quality ingredients. It is also the perfect anti-ageing treatment, made in New Zealand from 100% natural and organic ingredients.

Living Nature’s Bee Venom Mask is available as a box of six or an individual sachet.

Warning: Not suitable for anyone with bee-related allergies.

Rachel x


Please note I was not paid for any endorsement of this product.

World Book Day & My Upcoming Spiritual Book Group


As today is World Book Day and my Spiritual Book Group starts next week it seemed like the perfect opportunity to share with you about my new group and the books we will be discussing.

Most of the books that I read are about spiritual or personal development and this has been the case now for a while, however they are definitely not the only books that I read! I recently finished ‘The Penguin Lessons’ by Tom Mitchell and utterly loved it!

I have always been a bit of a bookworm, even as a child and decided late last year that I wanted to set up a book group so that I could share my passion for books with others.

My aim for the group is to be able to bring together like minded individuals for an hour, once a month to discuss books that inspire spiritual and personal development in a friendly and informal setting. The monthly meetings will be held at Uniquely Organic EcoSpa and numbers will be kept small, I will also be making a cake to share and cups of tea will be available too!

The first few books I have selected for the group are books that I have recently read and really enjoyed:

Big Magic – Elizabeth Gilbert

Material Girl, Mystical World – Ruby Warrington

The Universe Has Your Back – Gabrielle Bernstein

There are still a few spaces left if you would like to join us next week for a slice of cake, a cup of tea and chat!

Rachel x


The Benefits of Ayurvedic Tongue Scraping


The ancient Ayurvedic recommendation of tongue scraping is often overlooked, but there are many benefits to this daily practice including oral health, physical health, mental and spiritual health. As your mouth is one of the main gateways between your mind/body and the environment, maintaining the health of this connection is crucial to overall well-being.

Scraping your tongue daily removes any build-up, which, if left untreated, can lead to bad breath and may house a significant number of bacteria. This simple practice is a direct way of removing Ama from your physiology. In Ayurveda, Ama refers to any accumulation of toxic residue in the mind-body. This can result from poor diet, poor digestion or can be a sign of an imbalance somewhere in the gastrointestinal system.

From an Ayurvedic perspective, by removing this coating you improve your ability to taste your food, which makes it more satisfying. By increasing your taste reception, not only do you eat less, you also eliminate the need to add more sugar, salt, or excessive spice to the food to make it more flavourful. Many of the beneficial phytonutrients and “body signals” that your food contains are first interpreted by the mind-body upon contact with receptors on your tongue. You want to improve this communication between your food and your body by removing any coating that is interfering with that connection.

Keratin Balance

Western medicine is also beginning to acknowledge that a coating on the tongue is a sign of poor health. According to the American Academy of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology (AAOMP), a coated or hairy tongue is a sign of imbalance of keratin on the tongue. Under normal circumstances, the amount of keratin produced, and the amount that is “knocked off” by eating, is balanced. When the diet is too soft or the mouth is irritated in some way keratin can accumulate. When bacteria grow on this layer of keratin, it can lead to discoloration of the coating, which many people notice.

It’s easy to see how a healthy diet that consists of plant roughage and fibre and where food is not overcooked or too soft, will help maintain this balance. It’s therefore important to get healthy “textured” food in your diet, such as fibre from fresh fruits and vegetables and whole grains, as well as nuts and seeds. While the AAOMP does recommend tongue scraping to address this issue, they also regard the coating as “harmless.” However, when you incorporate an Ayurvedic view of health into this picture, you have an increased awareness of how this coating can ultimately affect many aspects of your physical and emotional well-being.

What Kind of Tongue Scraper to Use

The Charaka Samhita (an early Ayurvedic text) states that “tongue scrapers should be made of gold, silver, copper, tin and brass and should be non-sharp and curved, so as not to injure the tongue”. I personally use a copper scraper, but stainless steel scrapers are widely available and are just as effective.

How to Scrape Your Tongue

The tongue should be gently scraped from back to front for 7 to 14 strokes. The scraper can be rinsed off between strokes if there is a lot of accumulation. Some people might find scraping stimulates their gag reflex, which may indicate that the scraping is too aggressive. If this occurs with gentle scraping then begin slightly more forward on the tongue to avoid the gagging reflex.

A Daily Practice

From an Ayurvedic perspective, tongue scraping should be performed on a daily basis. This ancient practice helps to stimulate the internal organs through energetic connections with the rest of the body, improve digestion by increasing your sense of taste, and cleanse the body by removing Ama and bacteria from your mouth. In addition, it increases clarity of the mind by reducing heaviness and Ama from the head. When your physical and emotional bodies are balanced, it allows you to expand your spiritual awakening as well.

The tongue is the mirror to all the organs of your body and a daily look at your tongue prior to scraping gives you a clue to your general health. In Ayurveda, a good tongue examination is a useful way of evaluating the health of your entire body. When you examine your tongue, it’s an opportunity for self-awareness, where you can reflect on the choices of the last several days, months or even years and see how those choices have affected your health. If a thick coating is noted, you are accumulating toxicity. By noting this, it gives you the opportunity to become more self-aware and make new, healthier lifestyle choices.

Rachel x


A Basic Guide to Meridians.

Following on from one of my previous posts talking about Acupuncture I wanted to share with you a little bit about Meridians and Meridian points as these are what Acupuncturists work with and talk about.



The Chinese discovered the meridian system approximately 3000 years ago. Meridians are an energy force that can be felt but not seen. They can be described as channels of energy, or pathways through which energy moves through the body. They have been described as containing a free-flowing, colourless, non-cellular liquid that may be partly actuated by the heart.

These meridians have been measured and mapped using modern technological methods, electronically, thematically and radioactively. With practice, they can also be felt. There are specific acupuncture points along the meridians, upon which the practices of acupuncture,acupressure and reflexology are founded. In all these techniques, pressure is applied to specific points to clear blockages from the energy channels. These points are electromagnetic in character and consist of small, oval cells called Bonham corpuscles, which surround the capillaries in the skin, the blood vessels, and the organs throughout the body. There are some 500 points that are most frequently used by acupuncturists and therapists practising acupressure and reflexology; each point is worked upon in a definite sequence depending on the action desired.

Meridians are named by the life function with which they are associated. In most cases this name is similar to the name of a body organ with which we are familiar, for example, the liver meridian and the stomach meridian. Chinese physicians can detect imbalances in meridians by feeling the pulses, but this is a sensitive touch and it can take 10 to 20 years to develop proficiency with it.

Meridians are classified yin or yang on the basis of the direction in which they flow on the surface of the body. Meridians interconnect deep within the torso, but therapists work with the part that is on the surface and is accessible to touch techniques. Yang energy flows from the sun, and yang meridians run from the fingers to the face or from the face to the feet. Yin energy from the earth flows from the feet to the torso, and from the torso along the inside of the arms to the fingertips.

Since the meridian flow is actually one continuous unbroken flow, the energy flows in one definite direction, and from one meridian to another in a well-determined order. Since there is no beginning or end to this flow, the order of the meridians can be represented as a wheel. A blockage in any of the meridians will have a knock-on effect on all the other meridians.

When this energy flow in unrestricted, the body harmonises the flow to optimise body functioning. Sometimes, however, the life we lead and the abuses we heap upon our bodies cause stress, and sometimes the stress is so intense or so constant that, in effect, it overloads the circuit, and a blockage occurs this has an effect on all the other meridians.

The six main Meridians  are those that actually penetrate major body organs

  • Liver
  • Spleen
  • Stomach
  • Gall Bladder
  • Bladder
  • Kidney

The other six meridians are situated in the arms and do not actually penetrate specific organs 

  • Lung
  • Large Intestine
  • Pericardium / Circulation
  • Triple  Warmer / Endocrine
  • Small intestine
  • Heart

These 12 meridians can be subdivided into six main meridians that actually penetrate the major body organs and six other meridians that are situated in the arms and do not actually penetrate specific organs.

Closer study of the meridians reveals that the six main meridians are found in the feet, specifically the toes. Thus, massaging the feet is, in actual fact, stimulating and clearing congestion in the meridians. When congestion is cleared, energy is able to flow freely and the body is able to achieve a state of balance.

Rachel x

My favourite vegan pancake recipe.

Since it’s Shrove Tuesday I thought I would share my favourite quick and easy recipe for making light and fluffy vegan pancakes.




  • 5oz / 150g plain flour
  • 2 tbsp caster sugar
  • 2 tbsp baking powder
  • pinch of salt
  • 300ml water
  • 1 tbsp oil


  1. Sieve all dry ingredients together into a bowl and mix.
  2. Make a well in the centre of the dry ingredients, in which you add the water and oil. Mix thoroughly until all blended – folding the mixture will create more lightness.
  3. Heat up a lightly oiled frying pan before dropping the mixture, in small balls, onto the pan. Cook until lightly browned on underside then flip the pancake over and repeat on the other side.


Rachel x




Recipe taken from BBC Good food, no copyright infringement intended.