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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…)

Poppy Pickles

Yogi’s Guide: Posture

Yogi's Guide: Posture

I love people watching – I’m a physio, I can’t help it. For me, time waiting for trains is time spent checking out how people stand. Spotting the person with great posture becomes my passion. You know the one who stands tall; elegant, effortless and a delight to watch.

But why don’t we all move that way? And can we change that with yoga?

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Sally Schofield

Prince Charles says Yoga will help the NHS

Prince Charles yoga NHS

Prince Charles, the Prince of Wales, is the oldest and longest-serving heir apparent in Britain’s history, and, perhaps to help pass the time, he has come up with various ways of being controversial. (more…)

Poppy Pickles

How to Stop Feeling SAD this Winter

Stop Feeling Sad By Jen Armstrong

It’s easy to feel SAD at this time of year. And no, I don’t mean actually sad (boohoo), but the mental health condition, Seasonal Affective Disorder. According to the mental health charity MIND, the reasons for why people suffer from SAD during the autumn and winter months is unclear, but a combination of the effects of reduced light levels, a disrupted body clock, low serotonin levels, and high melatonin levels, could all be triggers that set off this condition.

Living in a temperate climate like our own, we can relish the changes of the seasons, and the contrasts that each one brings. For most of us, Christmas means sparkly lights, cosying up by the fire with family, and frosty walks in the low summer sunlight. For others who suffer from SAD, however, winter can be incredibly hard and lonely. SAD can cause serious symptoms, such as changing weight, appetite and sleeping patterns. All these can combine to have a detrimental effect on your physical, as well as your mental health. (more…)

Poppy Pickles

Yogi Mamas: Self-care is not selfish

Yogi Mamas: Self-care is not selfish

There was a time in my life when a 5-minute shower was a luxury. All the other minutes in a day were filled with caring for a tiny bundle. There was definitely no yoga, no green smoothies or relaxing afternoon teas with friends. (more…)

Hanna Skomra