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Twist and Shout: Twists in yoga for back health

13 July 2018 |

It might seem obvious, but sometimes the obvious needs stating. Twists in yoga are one of the best things you can do for your spinal health and mobility. By gently rotating the spine and stretching the muscles along it, twisting postures help maintain and can even improve upon the spine’s…

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Banana Bread: Gluten-Free

06 July 2018 |

With the start of Wimbledon this week and a bunch of bananas rapidly browning on my worktop I thought this could only mean one thing (bear with me here). For, as any even vaguely attentive fan must be aware at this point (given the tendency of the BBC commentators to…

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Unfurling fern

Chasing the Pose: Growth and Progress in Yoga

29 June 2018 |

How do you view progress? Is growth important to you? In our goal-driven society, it’s hard to escape the notion of self-improvement through some sort of progression. It comes naturally to humans to want to perform “better” than we did before. We seem to like tangible markers of where we…

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watermelon salad

Watermelon Summer Salad

22 June 2018 |

Now summer is officially here I feel a celebration is in order. A salad? Oh yes, but not just any old salad. Watermelon salad? Yes please. As you might expect given its name, watermelon is excellent for hydration in the summer months. But it’s more than just water (92% don’t…

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Woman practising Sun Salutations in a field of grass

Sun Salutations: Five Reasons to Love Them

15 June 2018 |

As we are fast approaching the summer solstice in the Northern Hemisphere, I thought this would be a perfect time to consider Sun Salutations (Surya Namaskar). You might have guessed that Surya Namaskar is a practice in honour of the sun. You might also think that it is something that…

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bowl of bright pink beetroot houmous

Roast Beetroot and Garlic Houmous

08 June 2018 |

Did you know that you can freeze houmous? You did? Well excuse me for my ignorance! Because while I love homemade houmous, and have no qualms about making it, the quantities involved are simply too vast for me. Making it seems to end up with catering size portions when all…

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Feet in Yoga Tadasana

Feet Glorious Feet

01 June 2018 |

Consider your feet. Each one has 26 bones, 33 joints and more than one hundred muscles, tendons and ligaments. That’s a lot of moving parts. Are yours all in working order? I know mine aren’t. Years ago I suffered from a painful condition known as Morton’s Neuroma which still occasionally…

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Tree Pose Yoga Balance

Balance: All Things Equal

25 May 2018 |

As I wobbled around in Vrksasana (tree pose) in my yoga class the other day I reflected on how importance balance is in our lives, and how easy it is to get out of kilter, both on and off the mat. Work-life balance, emotional balance, nutritional balance: All these things…

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Three swimmers in a pool

Upekkha: The Freedom in Letting Go

18 May 2018 |

With the anniversary of the Manchester bombing coming up next week I am reminded of what a turbulent and difficult year it has been. That devastating bombing was followed very quickly by another terrorist attack on London Bridge and then the traumatic Grenfell Tower disaster. Here in the UK we’ve…

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Inversions: The Upsides of Down

13 May 2018 |

Love them or loathe them, inversions are an integral part of any yoga practice. An inversion can be any move or activity where you are either fully or partially upside down: a handstand (Adho Mukha Vrksasana), shoulderstand (Salamba Sarvangasana) or a downward dog (Adho Mukha Svanasana) are obvious candidates. For…

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