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Yoga & My Kids
Posted on 04th August 2017, by Lucy Wakefield

Yoga & My Kids

There’s a standing joke in our family that even the toys have their own yoga mats. This is actually true. One long, rainy day when we had exhausted all the usual painting/cooking/dress-up games we could think of, Amba (my youngest daughter, four at the time, now six) and I cut up one of my old yoga mats into eight, mini mats and had fun “teaching” a yoga class to her favourite cuddly animals. Unsurprisingly, they were exceptionally good at Downward Dog and we had fun giggling and memory-making along the way. This is typical of how yoga happens at our house. It’s about fun, getting everyone involved at a level they feel comfortable with and letting go of expectations of what yoga should look like. Another...
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What I pack for a yoga retreat
Posted on 28th June 2017, by Lucy Wakefield

What I pack for a yoga retreat

I find packing for any kind of holiday - even one I am really excited about going on - very stressful. What will the weather be like? How can I decide now what I want to be wearing in a week’s time? Will the vibe be more hippie or sport-luxe? Will I be practicing yoga exclusively or should I pack some workout kit too? Will I be expected to dress up in the evening? Should I squish everything into a carry-on or check a suitcase? Should I take my beloved yoga mat in a sling and risk endless security questions or pack a travel mat I can fold in my case? So much to think about…. To minimize the stress, I have created a list to help me pack wisely and lightly. We all know that less is more when it comes to...
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7 ways to stress less
Posted on 08th June 2017, by Calmia

7 ways to stress less

I’d like to think that I’m pretty in tune with my wellbeing needs – I know when I need to slow down, when I need to boost my body with extra nutrients, when I need to nurture myself with yoga, not challenge it with weights and I can detect depletion pretty far in advance of actually running myself down – but recently, despite my usual spidey-senses, I’ve been feeling more emotional and stressed out than usual and it’s building up into an anxiety and low-level wellness concerns and health problems. From not feeling hungry to drinking too much coffee, from over-exercising to late night email checking, my normal balanced routine has become unsettled. The result - mouth ulcers, uncharacteristic headaches,...
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The yoga kit that keeps me flowing
Posted on 17th May 2017, by Calmia

The yoga kit that keeps me flowing

Maybe, you’re ready to start self-practice and need to invest in your own kit of yoga essentials? Perhaps you’ve been meaning to get your own mat for a while and or have been thinking that one of those yoga belts you’ve been using in class to achieve tricky binds would be handy. Coming home after a long day to the welcoming sight of your very own yoga mat nestling in the corner of the room, will fill you with a sense of serenity before you even begin to unroll it and the feelgood satisfaction of having your own wellness tool kit will help keep you motivated and on track for sure. So to help with you decide which products to choose, here is a list of the yoga essentials I’m relying on at the moment to...
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How I finally started meditating
Posted on 10th May 2017, by Lucy Wakefield

How I finally started meditating

I'd like to say that after 20 years of yoga and holistic living that I have discovered the secret of sitting still in silence for 30 minutes everyday and that meditation is part of my daily routine without fail. But that wouldn’t be true and that's not good karma. Over the years I have tried various approaches to achieving mindfulness and I’ve come to conclusion that there isn’t one perfect technique or ideal time of day for me to meditate so I stopped being obsessed with what I thought meditation should look like and started focusing on how I could make it work for me.  For a long time, I tried setting my alarm earlier (according to their interviews that’s what all the successful...
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How to embrace ageing
Posted on 26th April 2017, by Lucy Wakefield

How to embrace ageing

I started my working career in a business that must bear a large part of the responsibility for how we, as a society, view ageing – the world of glossy magazines. Everything was exciting, beautiful and always new – the latest serum, the hottest lip shade, the best anti-ageing treatment. On practically every page, the message boiled down to its most basic essence was basically buy this and your looks and lifestyle will improve. Everything was about denying the ageing process and staying smooth-skinned and looking twenty-five forever - like the models we used in our photo shoots. While this world was very glamorous and seductive – I always knew in my heart-of-hearts, the beauty department wasn’t for me as I...
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