Imagine your personal well-being, and energy as a cup brimming with resources. When it's full, you feel motivated, resilient, and ready to tackle anything. But what happens when that cup is constantly being drained? This is what occurs when you don't set boundaries – those invisible, yet powerful, lines that define what is acceptable and unacceptable in your interactions with others.

Have you ever tried meditating? You may have tried a guided meditation class, or found a much-needed sense of calm whilst walking, or even swimming, where it's just you, your mind, your thoughts, and the sound of nature or the rhythm of your heartbeat to keep you company. In today's hyper-connected, LOUD world, if you're like me and thousands of others, you regularly crave any opportunity to find quiet and peace. In this blog post, we discuss the benefits of meditation (in various forms) and how to use this as an antidote to stresses and strains of modern life.

It is widely reported that football stars, golfers, other sporting champions, professional athletes and sports teams incorporate yoga, or Pilates into their training routines to improve flexibility, strength and mental focus and discipline. Healthy, pliable muscles and mobile joints are less prone to injury and a regular yoga practise supports sports performance, and help muscles recover from heavy training.

I recently took up yoga, and the instructor asked me how flexible I am. I said “I can only do Fridays.”

There is nothing like a bit of humour to help us through the day! Let's face it, life can be stressful. Bills pile up, health issues, or the inevitable curve balls means that sometimes the world can feel a little heavy on the heart. But there is one thing that we can always count on, and a powerful weapon in our arsenal to lighten the load: humour!

Science and the scientific community are just about accepting that the physical body and mind are linked. Some would say that the body and mind cannot be separated. What changes the mind, changes the body. What affects the body, affects the mind, and vice versa. In this post, we will focus on the physical body (what we can see and touch), the mind and emotions, and the energy body - what we cannot see or touch, but what we can certainly feel and sense. Read on with an open mind and a sense of curiosity.

Neuroscience, the study of the nervous system, is constantly revealing the remarkable capabilities of the human brain. One such revelation is neuroplasticity, the brain's ability to adapt and change throughout life. This concept challenges the long-held belief that the brain is a static organ, fixed in its structure and function by adulthood. In this blog post, we discuss the incredible capacity of the brain to expand, grow and adapt, and the power of yoga and other activities in boosting brain health and cognitive function. 

As a yoga teacher, my body is my instrument. So, when a sudden, unavoidable fall and consequent back injury left me writhing in pain, it was a very humbling experience. But it also became an opportunity to explore the incredible healing potential of yoga, and of our bodies and minds.

We all have them – our little rituals, quirks, or habits that pepper our days. Perhaps it's that first cup of tea or coffee in your favourite mug that welcomes in the day, a whispered prayer, or mantra before a performance, or a journaling session that helps settle your worries, make sense of the world, or mark your life's progress. These seemingly insignificant actions are more than just habits; they're dedicated rituals, and they hold immense significance, and power in shaping our lives. They can also contribute to our overall wellness. 

John Lennon said, "Count your life by smiles, not tears. Count your age by friends, not years." This opening quote beautifully captures the essence of valuing meaningful connections and joyful experiences over simply counting the passage of time.

Have you ever looked into a stranger's eyes and felt an inexplicable sense of connection? Or maybe you've experienced the warmth of belonging within a group that shares your passions or values. These experiences tap into a fundamental human need: the need for community, connection and a sense of belonging.

Whilst the word "community" might conjure up images of local clubs or social gatherings, its essence goes much deeper. Across cultures and continents, various philosophies and traditions, there echoes a similar sentiment, highlighting the importance of connection, interdependence, and shared humanity.

In this blog post, we'll delve into some wonderful global concepts and examples of community, and unpack the scientifically proven benefits of fostering strong social connections - a crucial aspect of maintaining social fitness and overall well-being.

As we move through our years, aches, pains and twinges are experienced by us all, and are the body's way of communicating movement boundaries and the need to strengthen an area such as the back, hips or knees. Even those very active individuals notice changes in their physical ability and the need to win or prove their prowess is replaced by the simple desire to stay active and mobile. So what are the physical skills we need to age well, healthily, and actively?