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London’s top 10 FREE Yoga Classes Near You

London's top 10 FREE Yoga Classes Near You

Are there any free yoga classes near me? Tucked away in various shops, community centres and parks throughout London, are wonderful places offering completely FREE yoga classes to those in the know.

We’ve put together TEN of the best free yoga classes in London so – just because you’re strapped for cash – you don’t have to be deprived of your weekly, or even daily yoga fix. (more…)

Poppy Pickles

Restorative Yoga – the Lowdown

Restorative Yoga - the Lowdown

Stressed? Busy? Juggling too many balls? Trying to tick off an endless ‘to-do’ list? This seems to be most of us, especially if we’re lucky enough to live in the buzzing capital city of London.

What with work, family, a social life, and the mental load that comes with that trio, it’s easy to let this frenetic ‘get-things-done’ attitude spill over into our yoga practice – ‘Done my morning yoga practice!’ ‘Tick!’ (more…)

Poppy Pickles

Top Tips for Hibernating (just the right amount) this Winter

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Hibernating mammals have got it worked out. Once the golden leaves of Autumn have fallen, they then spend the winter curled up in their cosy cave, re-emerging only when the green shoots of Spring unfurl. Migratory birds do the other sensible thing and migrate to warmer climes – like the swallows to Africa.

What do humans do? Well, the richer ones migrate too, spending six months of the year in their apartment in the South of France. But most of us resort to our usual response, which is to carry on as blooming normal and moan about it. (more…)

Poppy Pickles

Ayurveda: Controlling the Chaos

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There can be so much chaos in our outer and inner worlds. It can be overwhelming, confusing, depressing, and frustrating. And while we cannot fully control what happens outside of us, we can control what happens inside of us.

It is through Ayurveda we are taught how to maintain a healthy mind, body, and spirit. It patiently guides us and opens a gateway to our true nature by honoring our connection to the cosmos and recognizing the different forms and energies which we are comprised. (more…)

Jaclyn Andrews

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