AuthorPoppy Pickles

Breast Cancer Awareness: How Yoga can benefit your Breasts

Breast Cancer Awareness: How Yoga can benefit your Breasts

In honour of breast cancer awareness month, we’d like to talk about breasts. Understandably, this topic can often be cast in a depressing light, and not surprisingly, breast cancer awareness month is very much focused on the cancer side of things, as opposed to the breast side of things.

But breasts are wonderful! They are unique to each and every individual, and even each breast, as mostly they’re not symmetrical. They have been portrayed in works of art for many hundreds of years, and are venerated as the source of life-giving sustenance.

Many breasts don’t have cancer, which is also wonderful. There are also some heartening statistics on how, even with a breast cancer diagnosis, things are looking up. For example, according to Cancer Research, ‘in the 1970s, 4 in 10 women diagnosed with breast cancer survived their disease beyond ten years, now it’s around 8 in 10.’ (more…)

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Trick-or-Treat your Yoga Practice this Halloween

Trick-or-Treat your Yoga Practice this Halloween

The thing I love about Halloween is the creativity it encourages. Pumpkin-carving, dressing up, making spooky cakes and biscuits and decorating the house with ghostly banners.

When I was growing up Halloween, trick-or-treating and all the sweet-eating it encouraged was very much viewed with suspicion in our lentil-eating household. I was never allowed to get involved in any way. Easter was the only time of year that I might get loads of sweet stuff to eat and even then I remember once (to my absolute horror) getting a carob Easter egg. If you’re wondering, it looks like chocolate and tastes vile. (more…)

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I Was Mugged – Yoga Helped Me

I Was Mugged - Yoga Helped Me

A few weeks ago I was walking through my local park at the innocuous time of 3:35 pm on a Tuesday afternoon. I work from home, our house is on the market and we had a viewing, so I headed to a cafe in the park to be out of the way.

Once in the park, I noticed a youngish man, dressed all in black with his hood up, walking towards me. I smiled at him in my usual friendly fashion and he suddenly moved towards me, lunged at my handbag, which was slung across my body and yelled, “Give me your wallet!” I initially shouted “No!” He then showed me a knife, and I swiftly changed my mind, ducking out of my handbag, and watching as he walked off on a path in the undergrowth. As he was taking my bag I yelled at him, “Why are you doing this?” – twice. I don’t know why I did, it was just instinctive. But I also genuinely wanted to know – it seemed like such a ridiculous thing to do.

A nearby jogger who had seen what just happened came over and stayed with me while a called the police – luckily I had my phone in my hand and he hadn’t taken it – and then began the job of dealing with the consequences of that ten seconds. (more…)

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How Yoga can help your Gut

How Yoga can help your Gut

“Spilling your guts”, “gut instinct”, “listen to your gut” – the gut has long been linked to a deep decision-making process. Amazingly, these sayings are more than metaphors, as this complex organ literally does function as another ‘brain’ in the body. Recent research has found that there are more than 100 million brain cells in the gut, more than in the spinal column and the central nervous system!

As more and more research is done, it seems that the gut is not only important for our physical health but our mental health too. And yoga can play a crucial part in the health of your gut too. (more…)

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Why Meghan and Pippa (Probably) Love Postnatal Yoga

Why Meghan and Pippa (Probably) Love Postnatal Yoga

If you’re reading this because you’ve just had a baby – congratulations! And if you haven’t heard it yet, you and your body will never be the same again.

Your body has achieved the miraculous; it has conceived, grown, protected, fed and then delivered a brand new human into the world. As a sideline, it has grown an organ from scratch (the placenta), pumped 50% more blood round the body, and developed a super-sense of smell, among other things.

But, this nine-month Herculean task of growing and giving birth to a baby wreaks havoc on the female form. Permanent effects of pregnancy on the body can be: bigger feet, bigger all around, a permanently wider vagina, weaker bladder muscles, receding gums, breast sagging, stretch marks and more. But, after that delightful list, we’re here to tell you that this doesn’t have to be a bad thing! (more…)

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