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Veganism: Obsessive or Principled?

Veganism: Obsessive or Principled?

With stars like Beyoncé and Jay Z doing couples’ cleanses, and Gwyneth Paltrow being papped  every other day with the diet deity that is cold-pressed green juice, veganism seems to be this year’s must-have accessory. Could it be that this fashion for deprivation, veiled as nutrition, is doing something damaging for our already body-conscious society? A vegan diet was once an ethical life-choice, the preserve of so-called hemp-loving hippies concerned with the moral dilemma of eating produce from sentient, living...
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Kicking the Sugar Habit

Kicking the Sugar Habit

Sugar is more addictive than cocaine, so the The Sugar Detox diet book tells us. We are easily led into obesity and ill health. This book encourages us to take a closer look at the ingredients of our daily intake of food and drink. The devil, we learn quickly, is in the detail. Although the Sugar Detox offers a plan for a month the key to the programme is the initial three day total detox. I started mine after a weekend fuelled by a friend’s birthday, wine and cake. I would advise others to read the book more closely than I did before beginning and get their fridges...
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Can Exercise Make You More Creative?

Can Exercise Make You More Creative?

I’m tangled in the threads of an idea for a story. Everything’s there, but I can’t bring the different aspects of the piece together in a meaningful way. I need to free up my thinking, so I go for a run. After 45 minutes I have worked out what’s missing, where I’m going wrong, and how I’m going to start.For me, running allows thoughts to bounce around my head and sort themselves out. If I don’t have a specific problem to solve, I often find ideas for stories wandering into my mind – some of the best have come while running. There is no definitive answer as to whether...
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What is Iyengar Yoga?

What is Iyengar Yoga?

Bellur Krishnamachar Sundararaja (BKS) Iyengar is the best possible advertisement for the yoga movement he founded. At the age of 95, he still practises regularly; anyone who thinks they are “too old for yoga” should take inspiration from recent photographs of BKS in postures he first learnt ...
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What is Bikram Yoga?

What is Bikram Yoga?

Bikram Yoga is the creation of Bikram Choudhury (b. 1946), who began studying asana at the age of three. At 20 (so the story goes) he was badly injured in a weightlifting accident and despite a grim prognosis from the doctors, managed a full recovery with the help of yoga. Since the 1970s,...
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What Yoga is and Why You Should Try It

What Yoga is and Why You Should Try It

Ask a hundred yoga devotees, and you’ll get a hundred different answers. But most will agree that yoga in the modern world is having a bit of an identity crisis. At one end of the spectrum, it's an ancient system of physical and spiritual discipline, with its origins in the Indus Valley perhaps as long as 5000 years ago. At the other, it's a multi-million pound industry, a wellbeing cliché that's used to sell everything from probiotic yogurts to cashmere hotpants. Yesterday I saw a poster advertising “BoxingYoga™” – just the latest of many attempts to...
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