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My Wellness Guide
Posted on 17th November 2016, by Calmia

My Wellness Guide

I am often asked what I do to nurture my own wellbeing. People are keen to know if I practice yoga every day, if I drink coffee and whether I follow a particular diet. While I’m flattered by the intrigue my holistic lifestyle generates, I hope I won’t disappoint when I admit that I don’t have time for yoga every day, I do enjoy a flat-white in the morning and although I eat as clean as possible I don’t follow a particular regime. For me, improving my wellbeing is all about taking a holistic, balanced approach to my mind, body and spirit rather than discipline, guilt or denial. These days, I’m more concerned about the way I feel than the way I look - that doesn’t mean I don’t want to look good, it’s just...
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My Yoga Journey
Posted on 11th November 2016, by Lucy Wakefield

My Yoga Journey

I have been practicing yoga for a long time now, a really long time - 20 years, in fact. It is a journey I began for a number of different reasons. Firstly, I needed a workout that would counterbalance the accelerating pace of my demanding work schedule. Secondly, I was writing more about natural beauty products and organic ingredients, and my research into these alongside complementary therapies was leading me to taking a more holistic approach to my wellness. Lastly, if I’m honest I was seduced by the amazing definition of Madonna’s arm muscles, which at the time were apparently attributed to her daily yoga practice.  I remember my very first yoga class, in minute detail. A strict Iyengar class, where...
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How Yoga Helped Me Cope with Grief
Posted on 11th July 2016, by Lucy Wakefield

How Yoga Helped Me Cope with Grief

Losing someone we love is one of the most difficult challenges we can face, yoga's healing power can help us if surrender to its wisdom. If you have ever experienced the death of someone so close to you and so beautiful that it literally feels your word will never be the same, that your heart is being ripped out of your body, you will identify with the feelings I experienced when my best friend died after a long and cruel fight against breast cancer. From the moment I met, Diane, she felt like the big sister I never had. In fact, people always mistook us for sisters – we not only looked similar, we shared many character traits. We were healthy, sensible, well-organized, had long fair hair and blue eyes....
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Yoga, is it cultural appropriation?
Posted on 23rd June 2016, by Lucy Wakefield

Yoga, is it cultural appropriation?

I, like many who follow yoga news, have recently seen a lot of articles branding yoga for the Western world to be cultural appropriation. I shied away from writing a response to this because of the contentiousness and politicisation of the standpoint. Although as the Creative Director of Calmia, a holistic lifestyle and yoga brand, I believe it is important to offer our viewpoint. We at Calmia have always said we are inspired by the wisdom of the east and respect the true origins of yoga.  Also, I always say that the asanas are just one small part of yoga - the other limbs are probably even more important. If you just do the poses (without the right intention or breathing) in your cool Lycra yoga pants...
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The Great Yoga Pant Debate
Posted on 23rd June 2016, by Lucy Wakefield

The Great Yoga Pant Debate

When I’m not wearing yoga pants, my friends and family always comment on how dressed up I look. If you are getting this kind of reaction too, all I can say is tell your friends to start wearing yoga pants, too, they will never look back. Yoga pants are probably the most comfortable and versatile piece of clothing in my cupboard. They are the one item that you can you pull on and guarantee a mood-shift from stressed to serene. They make you feel more relaxed immediately. They allow you to move freely and confidently while you go about your busy day. You can go to the gym in them, do yoga in them, stretching and exercising comfortably. They are great for snuggling up on the sofa, running errands, chasing...
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Too Busy to be Healthy?
Posted on 23rd June 2016, by Lucy Wakefield

Too Busy to be Healthy?

If your busy lifestyle is getting in the way of your healthy intentions it’s time to rethink your daily routine and try my six health and fitness hacks   I am often asked how I find the time to be so healthy. Simple answer – it takes lot of organization, self-motivation and compromise. We all know by now that living a healthy, active lifestyle is essential and should be one of our top priorities. Only by taking care of ourselves do we stand a chance of being the kind of person we strive to be. But that doesn’t mean it’s easy. Work, in particular, can get in the way of working out—in fact, there is a big paradox going on, and it becomes more obvious the more challenging a job gets. On the one hand, we...
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