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Revitalise your yoga practice
Posted on 28th February 2018, by Calmia

Revitalise your yoga practice

Keeping my yoga practice moving forward is not always easy. Firstly, my life (yours, too, I’m guessing) is busy so yoga gets squeezed in before school runs, slotted in to spur-of-the-moment drop-ins or sandwiched between story-time and sorting the laundry rather than having the quiet hour or more a day it truly deserves. Secondly, as I often practice at home, I fall into my yogic comfort zone – devoting ample time to the poses I love, rushing through those I am not so confident with. Then, there’s old injuries to take into account and irrational fears that make me wary of trying certain advanced poses. We all have our favourite styles of yoga, beloved poses and preferred times to practice and which is...
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7 Wellness Hacks I Live By
Posted on 01st February 2018, by Lucy Wakefield

7 Wellness Hacks I Live By

Did anyone else find January super long this year? Despite my initial enthusiasm and realistic New Year intentions, it was tough to be upbeat, active and plant-based through five of the Mondayiest Mondays ever. Now, finally it’s short, sweet little February. We’ve been blessed with the energy of the Super Blue Blood Moon and the days are getting just a touch longer. With a sigh of relief, I am settling back into the wellness ways that work for me. Many of you ask me what these ‘wellness ways’ are and how I fit them into my busy day – well, the short answer is that it’s all down to the healthy hacks I rely on to make me feel good from the inside out. The long answer is that I’ve actually spent years honing...
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Changing the way we think about wellness
Posted on 04th January 2018, by Lucy Wakefield

Changing the way we think about wellness

It may only be a few days into the New Year but already some of you may be struggling with the discipline necessary to stick with your strict, ‘new year new you’ plans. We impose such high expectations on ourselves. Go to the gym everyday before work (Seriously? Everyday? That involves getting up at 6am in the dark and having your bag packed with work-suitable clothes, make-up, breakfast-prepped etc?), Give up coffee. (Really? Right now, on in a chilly January morning after a dreadful commute?). Going vegan. (Highly commendable but probably best in stages as you have to learn to shop and cook in an entirely new way). And that’s why I’ve never been a big fan of making resolutions  - basically, we’re...
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Is Self-Care Selfish?
Posted on 11th December 2017, by Lucy Wakefield

Is Self-Care Selfish?

I used to believe self-care was a bit “fluffy”, indulgent even. Even as a firm believer in, and advocate for, the benefits of leading a holistic, mindful lifestyle, for some deep-rooted reasons and my extreme Vata tendencies I’ve never been very good at allowing myself to relax and rebalance. I’ve always prided myself on my ability to cope, my inner strength and my physical stamina but there comes a point (parenting three kids, the highs and lows of running your own business, the busy pace of London life etc) when all the early morning and late nights required to fit everything in, all that pushing myself to the point of exhaustion was no longer paying off. My enthusiasm was wearing thin. My focus wasn’t...
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Is yoga enough?
Posted on 08th November 2017, by Lucy Wakefield

Is yoga enough?

Is yoga enough to improve your flexibility? Definitely. Your mobility? Certainly. Your anxiety levels and sleep quality? For sure. But your cardio-fitness? And your strength? Now, there’s the question. As more of us increasingly rely on yoga for our main, or even sole, workout, are we missing out on the benefits that a more varied exercise routine can offer? And while we appreciate the importance of mixing things up to keep our muscles challenged, whether due to our over-scheduled-diaries, the convenience of home practice or simply our love of yoga, we’re ditching the treadmill in droves for sun salutations. In an ideal world, I would go to a yoga class five times a week, using this as my main workout...
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My holistic guide to glowing skin
Posted on 18th October 2017, by Lucy Wakefield

My holistic guide to glowing skin

It was my birthday recently, which always gets me thinking about the saying “another year older, another year wiser”. Well I’m certainly older and this year I think I may be even a little wiser. Hitting my mid-forties, was a light-bulb moment, for me in terms of ageing. For once, instead of avoiding the question or fudging the answer, I’m actually feeling quite proud of announcing how old I am. I just turned 45 years old, if you’re curious, and I feel I am finally learning that age really is just a number.At 45, I’m as fit as I’ve ever been, I’m certainly stronger, I don’t have cellulite, my nails are strong, my abs are flat and my skin although obviously showing some signs of ageing is clearer and more...
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