Yoga Life

Stress: Nurturing Your Vagus Nerve

22 April 2018 | 0 Comments

How stressed are you? Do you even know? Stress is invisible and easy to ignore. But it’s pervasive. Most of us have become so used to living relentlessly busy lives – with time pressures, demands, rushed social interactions, rushed eating – that we don’t even notice how stressed we are.…

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Viva Las Vagus: The Vagus Nerve

08 April 2018 | 12 Comments

Anyone who practises yoga can have no doubt about the power of the mind-body connection. Even non-yogis know that a few deep breaths can calm us if we’re stressed or in an anxious state. But did you know that just one nerve – the vagus nerve – is largely responsible…

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Here Comes The Sun: Vitamin D

01 April 2018 | 4 Comments

Good news! It’s that time of year when we lucky Brits can start synthesising Vitamin D from the sun. Read on if you want to know how long you can sun worship for on a daily basis.

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The Vinegar Tasters

02 March 2018 | 6 Comments

Last week’s post prompted much conversation and debate (both online and in person) which was thrilling. One of my more cultured friends referenced a Chinese print called “The Vinegar Tasters” and I had to confess I hadn’t heard of it. Ready for a whistle stop tour of Eastern philosophy? Read on.

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The Cherry Orchard: Gratitude

23 February 2018 | 14 Comments

As my favourite Chekhov play opens at Bristol’s Old Vic theatre next month I am reminded of a memorable quote from the great Russian playwright: “Any fool can cope in a crisis. It’s this day to day living that wears you out.” I love Chekhov. He examines the human condition with…

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Face yoga

What the…? Face Yoga!?

16 February 2018 | 4 Comments

Fancy looking years younger without invasive surgery? Face Yoga is now proven to make practitioners look more youthful. Get ready to do the Happy Cheek Sculpting pose everyone!

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Mother Nuture

12 January 2018 | 14 Comments

Want to know how to prevent what researchers call “directed attention fatigue” in city dwellers? New research shows how Mother Nature can help.

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The Caffeine Hit

05 January 2018 | 2 Comments

Think coffee is bad for you? Think again. Science has just given your morning fix of caffeine a thumbs up.

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Scientific Resolution

29 December 2017 | 12 Comments

Fed up with New Year’s resolutions that fall by the wayside before the end of January? Here are two scientific methods to help you keep them.

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Where’s the Sunshine?

27 October 2017 | 0 Comments

As clocks go back this weekend I thought I’d take a look at vitamin D, otherwise known as the “sunshine vitamin”. Why is it important and how much of it do we need?

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