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What Every Parent Should Know - Podcast with Dr. Chatterjee & Philippa Perry*

Why do children make us feel irritated at times and why does some behaviour trigger a reaction in us? What happened to us (as children) and how do we pass this on?  Only with knowledge we can make a change. Personal growth work, learning where our behaviour is coming from and SORTING OURSELVES OUT are necessary ingredients for change.

How should we deal with screentime?  Why authenticity is key and many other issues are discussed in this brilliant podcast.   Includes helpful tips on how we can build a better connection to our children (and generally people!). 

*author of 'The Book You Wish Your Parents Had Read (and Your Children Will Be Glad You Did)'

Aubergine & Walnut Ragu Recipe*

200g baby tomatoes
400g aubergines (about 2), cut into 3cm chunks
50g walnuts, roughly chopped
celery, carrot & shallot, rosemary, finely chopped
150g puy lentils, soaked in water for at least 20 minutes, then drained
10g dried porcini mushrooms, rehydrated in warm water for 10 minutes, drained and rinsed (optional)
400g chopped tomatoes
400ml boiling water or broth
5–6 sun-dried tomatoes, sliced
For The Marinade:
30ml olive oil
20ml balsamic vinegar
6 garlic cloves, roughly chopped

Preheat the oven to 220°C/200°C fan/gas 7. Mix the marinade ingredients in a bowl and season with salt and pepper.
Scatter the baby tomatoes, aubergine chunks and walnuts in an oven dish and pour over the marinade. Mix everything together well and bake in the oven for 30–35 minutes until the aubergine and tomatoes have softened and the walnuts have browned, tossing the mixture halfway through.
Meanwhile, heat the olive oil in a large saucepan over a medium heat, add the celery, carrot, shallot and rosemary, season with salt and pepper and sauté gently for 5 minutes until softened. Add the lentils and mushrooms and cook for a further 2 minutes. Add the tinned tomatoes, boiling water/broth and sun-dried tomatoes, bring to a simmer and cook for 15 minutes until the liquid has reduced to a thicker sauce consistency. Add the roast aubergines, baby tomatoes and walnuts and simmer for 5 minutes until the puy lentils have cooked but still have a slight bite to them.

*Source: The Doctor's Kitchen Cookbook by Dr. Rupy Aujla

Why Sleeping In On Weekends Damages Your Health

The news no-one wants to hear but sleeping in causes a social jet-lag that makes you 'fatter, dumber, grumpier and sicker' (quoting circadian biologist Till Roenneberg). Social jet-lag = your sleep and wake times differ between weekdays and weekends and you are effectively moving times zones. Our circadian biology is robust and messing with the body's circadian rythm has negative implications on our health: migraines, heart disease, worse mood, increased fatigue.

Mind-Body Connection & Chakras

There is no separation of mind and body. Everything we see, think and experience has an influence on our physiology - all the experiences, the trauma, the challenges, the joys. Our body remembers. Pain, disease, anxiety, illness might be trauma that the mind has forgotten but the body remembers.

If we are balanced and are able to process, to feel, to grieve, to understand, especially the challenging experiences and traumas - then the experience enters the body, it has a chance to settle, be assimilated and discharged. It releases out of the body.

If that experience carries emotions like guilt, rage, fear, shame, unresolved grieve, and we don’t have the ability to assimilate and discharge, then it has no place to go except stay repressed in our system. It becomes tension.

Traumas = Experiences that are emotionally painful or overwhelm our ability to cope. Our nervous system is overwhelmed and cannot take action against a perceived threat. Trauma can be one event OR could be years of stress or abuse.

These events can impact the physical health and the emotional stability of an individual: During a traumatic event, our nervous system goes into survival mode and sometimes has difficulties to shift back into its normal, more relaxed state. Defence mechanisms in survival mode become chronic pattern & eventually these chronic patterns manifest even if the real threat ceases to exist -> chronic tension is the result.

Chakras are defined as wheel or disk. They are energy centres (not physical entities) and aligned at the length of the spine. There are 7 major chakras, stacked in a column, starting at the base of the spine and ending at the crown of the head. Each chakra absorbs the vibration from our different life experiences and traumas and influences the body in various ways as a result.
For example the first chakra is about survival and safety, it forms our foundation and keeps us grounded and stable; and traumatic events during childhood like neglect, abandonment, etc. (traumas that threaten our survival) can have a negative on it.

The chakras influence our body shape and posture, physical ailments, the way we think and behave.

More on Chakras during the Yin Chakra Yoga, Monday 9th December Part 1 and 16th December Part 2 at 6:30pm