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Is Self-Care Selfish?
Posted on 11th December 2017, by Calmia

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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Wellness – too much of a good thing?
Posted on 20th September 2017, by Lucy Wakefield

Wellness – too much of a good thing?

Being obsessed with wellness is a good thing right? Or is it? We all know that obsessing about anything rarely ends well – even if those things are super healthy things like yoga poses or plant milks. Isn’t wellness supposed to be all about feeling positive and seeking balance - not about being perfect at everything health, exercise and nutrition-related? Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying we should stop seeking wellness, far from it, I am more committed than I have ever been to a leading a holistic life and sharing its benefits with others, I just think we might have become too fixated on curating a perfect wellness day for ourselves everyday. Somewhere along the way, amongst all the social media...
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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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