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Get High with Aerial Yoga

Get High with Aerial Yoga

30 New Road is a narrow, unremarkable terraced house in Whitechapel, a stone’s throw from the Royal London Hospital and the bustle of the street market on the Whitechapel Road. But it's here you'll find Richard Holroyd, former Buddhist monk and now chief flying instructor at Aerial Yoga London. “I was teaching yoga for years and I just couldn’t get my students to understand that this is supposed to be fun,” says Richard. “Then I discovered the swings: now it’s instant”. Swings awaken the child in all of us. If you don’t want to play when you catch sight of the...
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Why We Love Massage

Why We Love Massage

For as long as humans have walked on two legs we have consoled each other with our hands when injured or sad. The kindly touch from other humans soothes our tears and makes our pain more manageable. Massage therapy is the formalised method of a natural impulse but what a proliferation of styles and modalities there are!
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Yoga Through the Ages

Yoga Through the Ages

Yoga for your whole life From baby yoga to chair-based yoga for pensioners: there’s a class for every age and stage of life. When you approach yoga with the right mindset, it’s a truly ‘whole life’ practice that will sustain you throughout the decades. But different times in life call for different types of practice. What suits the hyperactive teenager is no good for the exhausted mother of toddlers, and what engages the retired arthritis-sufferer won’t sustain the driven 30-year-old career-builder. In this article, I want to take a look at yoga through the stages of...
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Cycling Can Change Your Life

Cycling Can Change Your Life

How many times have we heard that doing exercise is good for us?  But easier said than done, right?  I currently work full time as a beauty editor and am also in my fifth year of training as a psychotherapist so it can be hard enough to factor in time to see my friends and boyfriend, let alone some me-time.  As for exercise – are you crazy? Then last November, over a glass of wine, a friend suggested this hare-brained idea of cycling the length of the country - from Lands End to John O’Groats - to raise money for a small school for underprivileged kids in Peru where I...
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How to Control Emotional Binge Eating

How to Control Emotional Binge Eating

Emotionally driven eating is common. I know that from the number of woman who share their experiences with me.  I also know because I once did it. But it's not only women who binge eat, and it can affect all ages.  When you live with emotionally driven compulsive  eating you can feel very alone, isolated with your behaviour, ashamed and invisible. It’s difficult to find the words or the right person to speak to. The guilty secret can eat away at self-esteem, because though it's often referred to as ‘comfort eating’ there  is nothing comforting about this behaviour. Not...
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It's Good for You: High-Strength Fish Oils

It's Good for You: High-Strength Fish Oils

Everybody knows that omega 3 is on the good supplements list. Study after study shows that bodies respond favourably  to the omega-3 fatty acid called DHA, or docosahexaenoic acid, which is found in red meat, egg yolks, and in oily fish such as sardines and tuna. Low levels of DHA are linked to depression, memory loss, visual disorders, and other neurological problems. For this reason, many of us take fish oil capsules. However, not all omega 3 supplements are created equal. Clinical studies use daily doses of at least 3,000mg of DHA and EPA  but if you go shopping...
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Tantric Trance

Tantric Trance

Think of the word ‘trance’ and you think of music, drug-fuelled dance and trippy raves off the M25 in the 80s. Think of the word tantric and you think of sex. Now put the two together and you have yourself a very alternative way to spend your time. It was with this in mind that I blindly followed my friend into a church in Vauxhall on Saturday night. The space was lit with flickering candle-light and the smell of incense was overwhelming.  Various free-spirits festooned the pews, stretching and deep breathing, as if preparing to embark on a marathon of mind, body and...
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Love Your Belly

Love Your Belly

Few of us feel love for our bellies. We squeeze them into Spanx pants or belt them up Clarkson-style; our bellies are viewed as wayward creatures that will embarrass us given half a chance. As Susie Orbach says in her book Bodies: “Bodies are becoming our personal mission to tame, extend and perfect.” The reality of our soft, fallible selves is regarded as out of control and unacceptable. However, tension in the belly is translated into tight tissues, which can inhibit the function of our digestion, our backs and our hormonal flow. Ninety percent of serotonin is...
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Yoga: Meditation for the Restless

Yoga: Meditation for the Restless

It was day two of the yoga retreat. We’d just sat for our second evening meditation, in the profound silence of a candlelit limestone cave, and we were sharing some thoughts about our experiences. Suddenly one of my fellow students, in some distress, burst out, “It’s no use! I’m trying and trying and I can’t do it.  I just can’t empty my mind!” Of all the misconceptions about meditation, this is one of the most common – and probably the most unhelpful. Of course the poor woman couldn’t empty her mind – it’s a contradiction in terms. ‘Mind’ is the word we use for...
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What is Scaravelli Yoga?

What is Scaravelli Yoga?

Once, during a chronically busy phase of my life, I bought a self-help book called “Do Less, Achieve More”. Who could resist the promise of that title? Of course it was rubbish: a doomed attempt to fuse the principles of Taoism with those of free-market capitalism. As with any good pyramid scheme,...
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