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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…)

Poppy Pickles

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…)

Poppy Pickles

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…)

Poppy Pickles

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…)

Poppy Pickles

Discover Ayurveda According to Your Learning Style

Discover Ayurveda According to Your Learning Style

The beauty of Ayurveda is that it encompasses every aspect of life so actually, it’s already in your life! To “discover” Ayurveda means to recognize and honour it. Ayurveda can have many beginnings, from curiousity to health concerns that prompt deeper learning. Regardless of your path, Ayurveda allows you to live life from an entirely different perspective. 

To begin, it helps to personalize your experience by getting a better understanding of your predominant dosha. And while your dosha is dynamic, understanding the basic principles will help guide your way.  (more…)

Jaclyn Andrews