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  Today we’ll be tackling a spiritual heavyweight of a topic. One of the most frequently asked of all my FAQs… *drumroll please* ‘What beauty products can I use to get rid of my stretch marks/eye bags/general zombified demeanour during/after pregnancy?’ (AKA What can I buy as a gift for my pregnant or new Mum?) Heaven knows why anyone would want my opinion on beauty picks, seeing as my leading look for AW17 is a […]

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Insomnia hit me like a truck – more mentally and physically drained than I thought possible. And I’m not alone. More of us than ever before are finding it harder to switch off and get the rest we need, and it has a knock on effect on our general health, relationships, performance at work and our happiness. (Writing this, I’m sat in a cafe where two ladies are talking across the aisle about how they […]

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vegan blueberry scone thug kitchen

These deliciously quick, seasonal scones are accidentally vegan – by which I mean they stem from a great recipe that just happens to avoid animal ingredients rather than an overly contrived vegan concoction. You’ll be left with a lovely bake that everyone will enjoy, regardless of dietary preference. We’ve been noshing them in the afternoon with a cup of tea, or as a quick grab-and-go breakfast on the way to work. The scones are an […]

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bear wisdom yoga seasons winter

I don’t really like the telly (except the late Bake Off and anything involving living in Alaksa)… but I do like David Attenborough. So last Sunday night I was happy to hear him accompanying a screen full of bleary-eyed, itchy bears crawling out from their Rocky mountain hibernation to go and find a good tree to scratch on. There was a groovy little beat playing and everyone was having a fine time. Even the little […]

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It’s pretty rare these days that you’d go to a yoga class and make it out of the door without the teacher saying Namaste. We’ve definitely taken the traditional Indian greeting under our English yoga wings a lot more readily than other ways of closing class, like  group Om-ing or chanting. It is still pretty rare, however, for teachers to expand on what they actually mean when they say it. I’m (really) often guilty of this myself. It’s […]

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  Long before my love of all things yoga, pregnancy and lycra there was my love of hard science. And – albeit in a veterinary sense – reproduction was kinda my thing! I even taught it at Cambridge. (Yep, actual Cambridge, the one with dreaming spires, Pimms o’clock and really hard exams. Hard to believe when I’m in my unicorn leggings, I know…). My nerd-ish tendencies have had a few consequences: a) If you’ve ever […]

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5 tips to create a simple home yoga practice

Yoga at home is probably one of the most wonderful gifts you can give yourself every day. Even if only for a few minutes, it gives us a chance to check in with our bodies, minds and intuition for as long (or as briefly!) as we want and it really deepens and sustains our practice between classes. Better still, we can do it on our own schedule, we don’t have to drive anywhere and… especially […]

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strawberry and banana smoothie muffin recipe vegan baking

This recipe is adapted from one of my favourite cookbooks ‘The Naughtiest Vegan Cupcakes in Town’ by Melissa Morgan, A.K.A. Ms. Cupcake, no less. She has an impressive vegan bakery in London and an even more impressive hat with cakes on. No joke. It’s great. (Not that I’ve ever met her or the hat in person… but I’d really like to). Credit also goes to Ms. Cupcake for the photo as my last batch was […]

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spring equinox vernal equinox balance yoga

  March 20th was the spring vernal equinox. For a tiny slice of time the earth span completely upright on its axis, day and night were equal in length across the planet, light and dark are matched and yoga teachers across the globe heed the call to talk about finding balance in our lives as well as our Uttitha hasta padanghustasana. Balance is something of a buzzword in yoga. Studios are named after it, teachers […]

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The One Yoga Move We Should ALL Be Practicing…

Posted on February 29, 2016
Category : Philosophy

… is called ahimsa. Ahimsa is one of yoga’s yamas. It might sound like it involves stretching a hamstring, but to practice ahimsa we’re chasing a totally different kind of high. We’re going after those nice warm moments you find yourself getting when you practice yoga and find yourself inexplicably acting a little better towards other people and yourself… even if it’s just for a few minutes after rolling out of Savasana. And yep, it can be practiced just […]

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