‘Knowledge is not power, applied knowledge is power’

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‘Knowledge is not power, applied knowledge is power’

What if I told you that you could have limitless energy, robust immune system, strong muscles, bones and a fully functioning organs. You would also have a more positive outlook on life, be emotionally stable and have a sharp mind. By building your health on these solid foundation principles, you will look better, feel good and be able to live your dream.

Every day I get enquiries telling me that the physio, GP, surgeon or sports therapist has told them that they need to fire their core. People come to me who have tried every other surgeon or therapist and they are looking at our techniques as a last resort. My experience is that the body works holistically so just doing movement, physio, osteopathy, naturopathy, acupuncture or seeing a chiropractor will not treat the full condition as it is only looking at one aspect of the body. This is where the quote fits in: ‘Knowledge is not power, applied knowledge is power’. You can have the best and top people treating you in the work but unless you are applying the knowledge and working holistically it does not work.


The foundation principles of the body are divided into six categories, yin and yang. An excess of any of these foundational principles  would indicate an excess of the category it belongs too.

Yin Category

  1. Nutrition
  2. Water
  3. Sleep

Yang category

  1. Thinking
  2. Breathing
  3. Movement/exercise

By improving the six foundational principles, you can improve your health, remove your niggling aches and pains, avoid illness, expensive visits to the doctors and consequential prescription of medical drugs.

So too much thinking i.e worrying, negative (stinking thinking, depressed mood), may indicate a yang dominance, where as too much sleep may indicate a yin dominance and so on.

If someone is yang dominant they lack the yin principles. In other words being yang dominant usually means you’re thinking too much (anxious or stressed), breathing too quickly, (chest breathing as opposed to diaphragmatic breathing or just taking more breaths than average and this means  your moving too much either due to over training, injury, poor postural alignment or a result of a physical labour intense occupation.

It also means you’re probably dehydrated and your quality of water is poor. You are probably also not getting enough quality sleep, rest and relaxation.


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About the Author:

Nisha is a certified Chek practitioner and holistic lifestyle coach.Her journey started when a visiting Laban teacher introduced her to Pilates at Dance College during her first year. It's effects were forgotten but she then re discovered Pilates through Michael King eleven years later whilst running her dance school. Her background spans over 25 years with formal training in classical ballet, modern dance, tap, national choreography, stage production and theatre. Her formation includes Pilates, Thai bodywork, Yoga, GYROTONIC, GYROKINESIS and anatomical studies. Her particular interest is fascia, and the connective lines and movement patterns that allow a full moving structure rather than the isolation of bones and muscles. Her fascination with questioning the traditions of modern medicine and fascination with searching for meaningful answers has taken her in many different directions and has offered her an abundance of opportunities gaining a wealth of knowledge. “I tried many movement modalities and extended my search after experiencing fascia, because of its simplicity in movement. Quickly, I noticed my own body changing as well as the bodies of my own clients. In the last 25 years of teaching I’ve developed a workout unique to Yoga Anatomy". Throughout her studies Nisha has done numerous dissections with Julian Baker and Cery Davies and has the opportunity to take lectures and courses from Robert Schleip, Joanne Avisons, Tom Myers, Matt Wallden, Emma Lane, Gary Carter, Paul Chek, Dan Hellman, Peter Blackaby, James de Silva plus many many more Nishas teaching method promotes reflective self-discovery and provides the requirements to integrate a shift in consciousness for attaining individual goals. She maintains that an attitude of compassion, consistency and joyous humor are excellent components to growth and expanded potential. She welcomes all level of movers from the beginner to the seasoned athlete who have a desire to increase their skill potential, also teachers and students. Her specialties include assisting post rehabilitative individuals, injury prevention for dancers and athletes and advanced movement programs.