This week Gloria is in Nottingham visiting Alison Knox.

When you think of somebody who says they are involved with angels you may immediately think of someone who is…..well….different. Alison, who is a down to earth Northern lass from the North West is perhaps not the person you might expect her to be.

In addition to the Angels, Alison has become a beekeeper and she also officiates as a Celebrant.

She is a fascinating person with some very interesting stories to tell. You can find her website here:

And on Facebook:

Alison Knox

Emotional eating is this week’s subject. Listen to Rachel Swann talk about why diets don’t work and how to eat mindfully.

Rachel is an Emotional Eating and Body Confidence Coach based in Leeds. Her personal experience of making the connection between her emotions and how she used food as a coping mechanism has led her to support others.  She has a background in hypnotherapy, counselling and Reiki among other skills.

Rachel Swann

Rachel recommends the book Body Respect by Linda Bacon and Lucy Aphramor:

This week yoga teacher Samuel Fong Brooks talks us through how he went from personal trainer to co-owner of Leeds Yoga Studio. Sam’s open and honest account describes his personal journey and how yoga supported him.

Sam references some people and sources who have helped him;

Reggie Ray

Ram Dass

Vajrayana Buddhism

Krishna Das


Leeds Yoga hosted the recent STV get together, check out the FB page to see the video

Sam’s website is:



STV view: Paul has been to yoga on and off for three years. He has to spend a lot of time driving and over the years this took its toll on his lower back. “I’d get out of the car after a two hour drive it was taking me 10 minutes to stand up straight. The first time I went to yoga it felt like my back was just really pleased to be stretched in all the right places.

I’ve predominantly done Ashtanga yoga and am usually one of only two guys in the class out of twenty. I think it’s kind of funny really that guys are usually less flexible than girls, yet it is the girls who have figured out that yoga is the way to develop better core strength and be more supple. I do one class every week now, but would like to do two. The relaxation section of the class is also really cool. Different teachers have different approaches. Some do full guided meditations, others just leave you there quietly at the end of a class to relax and de-stress.

“I think most guys think that yoga isn’t a workout, but they are wrong. After a 75 minute class I’m usually drenched in sweat. The poses often have different options so often when you master one, there is a modification that intensifies it.  It is also a great way to become a bit more mindful about your body, and tune in a bit more to what is going on. In fact yoga, mindfulness and meditation all feel linked to me.”

Sam Fong Brooks

This week we hear from Sharon Lock, one of only two qualified PSYCH-K® Instructors in the UK. Sharon talks through her journey, personal story and how she became first a homeopath and then discovered PSYCH-K®.

She brings one of our favourite books with her, Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert, and reads a short section about fear which is one of the best descriptions of overcoming your/our own fears.



Sharon lock

Mindfulness, relaxation, coping with stress, we are getting chilled out this week on STV.

Our guest is Kamila Hortynska who is a clinical psychologist and cognitive behavioural therapist. She tells us about how she discovered mindfulness, and why everyone is doing it. As an avid reader she also gives us lots of ideas for books to read.

Not sure what mindfulness is? Don’t worry, Kamila explains and takes us through a practical exercise to follow. So make sure you are listening somewhere you can shut your eyes and stop for a few minutes.