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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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Farewell 2016 - my favourite rituals for letting go and moving on
Posted on 19th December 2016, by Lucy Wakefield

Farewell 2016 - my favourite rituals for letting go and moving on

As we begin to look back on this year, we realize that so many things can change in a moment, a day and a year. It has been the year that we learnt to take nothing for granted. It may have been unsettling but we can rest assured that some things remain constant including our ability to live lives filled with love, compassion and kindness. Enjoy these beautiful rituals, which will bring closure as they prepare you for the new. NamasteLucy How do you welcome in the New Year? Do you choose to celebrate with a big party, quietly at home with a loved one or perhaps by taking a solitary walk along a windswept beach, maybe you have yet to decide? What unites us, however, is the need to say goodbye to what has...
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How I am planning to fill the holidays with gratitude & joy
Posted on 16th December 2016, by Lucy Wakefield

How I am planning to fill the holidays with gratitude & joy

There are so many reasons to love the holidays, there are even more reasons to be grateful. It’s the time of year to give, share, love and express appreciation for everything we are blessed with. Here’s a few of the ways I intend to express gratitude over holidays – hope you find the suggestions inspiring. Wishing you a wonderful Christmas and a sending you a very big thank you for being part of our Calmia community.   Namaste,  Lucy  What do you love about Christmas? For me, it’s big family meals, mulled wine by the fire, ice-rinks and twinkling fairy lights, wrapping up warm and going for long walks and not having to hurry out of the house every morning to get to school on time. As the year draws to a...
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