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How yoga helps me to be a better mum
Posted on 08th March 2017, by Lucy Wakefield

How yoga helps me to be a better mum

 As mothers, we spend so much time taking care of others that it can be easy to forget to take care of ourselves. When I became a mum, I found that I suddenly lacked the time for a lot of basic things … like taking showers and drinking a hot cup of tea... let alone the time to do anything that would nurture my wellbeing….like aromatherapy baths or yoga classes. I had this beautiful baby girl, but also a fledgling business to run and finding the time and energy for my pre-baby ashtanga practice was impossible. I undoubtedly wore rose-tinted glasses in anticipation of motherhood. Of course, I was aware of the impending sleepless nights and all the nappies and feeding that would be involved but I imagined I...
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Get Glowing for Spring
Posted on 01st March 2017, by Lucy Wakefield

Get Glowing for Spring

Blossom on the trees, blue skies overhead. Goodbye winter, hello Spring. I’m embracing these longer, if still chilly, days – enjoying rather than enduring running in the park, drinking more green tea less coffee and eating lighter, rawer and fresher. I’m reluctant to attach the word ‘detox’ to any of these revitalizing rituals. For me, it’s more of a lighten-up, freshen-up transition as we finally emerge from the dark days and stodgy food of winter it just seems the natural thing to do.  I’ve always been cynical about detoxing and the sweeping statements and exhausting regimes that tend to accompany it. I believe wellness is about achieving balance through nourishing and looking after ourselves...
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Home or Studio where I practice yoga
Posted on 23rd February 2017, by Lucy Wakefield

Home or Studio where I practice yoga

If you follow me on Instagram, you will see that I practice yoga all over the place. Not in crazy, high-risk locations like cliff-edges or sky-scraper roof tops, and definitely not in busy public spaces. Anywhere I happen to be, where I can find a peaceful spot for me and my mat - these include classes at the local studios I love and the places I hang out – my home, the park, my parents garden, the gym…At the moment, I’m doing more home practice than classes. My schedule’s too full to commit to one particular teacher and I find myself popping into studios here, there and anywhere I can in search of new inspiration and some always-welcome hands-on adjustment and alignment cues. Having experienced both...
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My Favourite Yoga Mats
Posted on 03rd February 2017, by Lucy Wakefield

My Favourite Yoga Mats

I’m often asked which yoga mat I use and which yoga mats I recommend. To be honest, I don’t have a forever-mat. I’m not devoted to one type and prefer to have a variety to choose from depending on what style of yoga I am practicing. In fact, my friends tease me that while most women dream of filling their cupboards with designer handbags and shoes, I fill mine with yoga mats. I love developing them, choosing the colours, designing the prints, trying them out, breaking them in and end up keeping them for years. They almost take on personalities of their own and certainly have stories to tell of those miniscule increments of progress made upon them, classes they’ve attended and places they’ve...
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6 Easy but Effective Ways I Motivate Myself
Posted on 18th January 2017, by Lucy Wakefield

6 Easy but Effective Ways I Motivate Myself

Struggling to stay motivated and stick with your New Year intentions? You’re not alone; we’re all finding this a long, cold month. The last two mornings, I’ve got up pulled on my running gear only to be defeated by the pouring rain and icy wind. I’ve got a fridge full of fruit and veg waiting to be blended but I really don’t fancy a cold juice. If I’m honest I’d rather just put the kettle on for another pot of hot tea and curl up on the sofa with a pile of magazines. Even yoga has been chilly challenge - it’s really tough getting on the mat when it’s dark when I get up and even dark when I get home. The days are short, my schedule is busier than ever and it’s taking me endless sun salutations to even...
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My holistic rituals to make this a healthy, grounded and fulfilling year
Posted on 05th January 2017, by Lucy Wakefield

My holistic rituals to make this a healthy, grounded and fulfilling year

Make this year healthier and more grounded by filling your life with mini holistic rituals rather than trying to overhaul it with resolutions Last year, my new year’s resolution was to become a ‘swimmer’. I failed hopelessly because I never really tried to succeed in the first place.  Every time, I go swimming it’s with my children and time in the pool is spent playing sharks/mermaids or getting splashed relentlessly. There is no opportunity for lengths or technique tuning. I also hate getting wet and even more than that I hate being cold. Basically, there was no way, I was ever going to willing switch a precious yoga class for a dip in a chilly pool. I made the resolution with good intentions (swimming...
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