AuthorPoppy Pickles

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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Autumn Yoga Workshops in London

Autumn Yoga Workshops in London

 

Autumn Yoga Workshops in London
Image Credit: andrea castelli via Flickr.

The summer holidays are over, the conkers are beginning to fall, and we’re beginning to think about putting the heating on – it’s time to embrace the beautiful season of Autumn!

Autumn is a transitional season, which takes us from the relaxing warmth of summer to the crisp cold of winter. Transitions can be a time to re-think our routines and take advantage of the seasonal change to make changes of our own. (more…)

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Yoga Dating – not for the faint-hearted!

Yoga Dating - not for the faint-hearted!

Picture the scene. There are people sweating in a darkened room, contorted into uncomfortable positions, their faces red, their muscles screaming.  What, we ask ourselves, could be more conducive to a romantic liaison? Er…Welcome to yoga dating!

So, yes, yoga dating is a thing. Being a single person looking for love and living in London these days is not easy. If you haven’t hooked up at Uni, then the chances of snaffling the perfect partner quickly leave you with online dating options, which are, frankly, a confusing emotional maze. (more…)

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RIP Maty Ezraty – a Force for Good in the Yoga World

RIP Maty Ezraty - a Force for Good in the Yoga World

Maty Ezraty, yoga teacher, co-founder of YogaWorks, and the creator of a rigorous teacher training programme that has trained tens of thousands of yoga teachers round the world, has died aged 55, while teaching in Tokyo, leaving many shocked and stunned at her loss.

Maty was an innovative teacher who combined the two main forms of yoga  – Iyengar yoga and Ashtanga yoga  – and merged them into a less dogmatic form that had a huge influence on the vinyasa flow-style yoga practiced throughout the world today. (more…)

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Two Female Yoga Teachers You’ve NEVER Heard Of

Two Female Yoga Teachers You've NEVER Heard Of

Yoga has become a huge part of British popular culture, but back in the 1950s and 60s, it was an exotic and ‘foreign’ activity. We’ve all heard of the male teachers who brought about the popularisation of yoga in the UK – world-famous figures, such as B. K. S. Iyengar and Sri K Pattabhi Jois – but did you know that there were two female yoga teachers who played a crucial part? We didn’t either!

So, let’s play our part in celebrating the role of women in yoga and the history of yoga in this country. (more…)

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