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An Interview with Lolly Stirk: Pregnancy Yoga Legend

An Interview with Lolly Stirk: Pregnancy Yoga Legend

Lolly Stirk is a legendary Pregnancy and Postnatal Yoga teacher, an early advocate of the Active Birth Movement, and founder of Yogabirth, a pregnancy, and postnatal yoga teacher training organization. She currently teaches in Notting Hill, and at Triyoga in Chelsea.

Lolly is such a warm, open person. I had had the great luck of doing her birth preparation course 15 years ago before my son was born. Before the interview even began she insisted that I send a photograph of myself so she could remember me, and amazingly she did. Halfway through the interview, she stopped to ask me about how my births had gone and was genuinely interested, as well as pleased for me that they had been positive experiences.

This proved to me (if it needed proving) that her commitment and passion for supporting pregnant and post-natal mothers is absolutely at the root of all she does. Read on for my interview with her… (more…)

Poppy 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…)

Poppy Pickles
Pregnancy Yoga Guide

Yogi’s Guide: the Sacroiliac Joint

Yogi's Guide: the Sacroiliac Joint

The Sacroiliac Joint, commonly known as the SIJ, is a wondrous thing. We have two of them.  They are the joints that connect our legs to our spine. They are incredibly stable but can also move in all directions. They house the shortest ligament in the body and they are a really common, but often overlooked, cause of back and leg pain. Here’s what every yogi needs to know about how to love your SIJ’s. (more…)

Sally Schofield

Our Favourite Instagram Yoga Accounts

Our Favourite Instagram Yoga Accounts
Image Credit: livnir on Flickr.
Image Credit: livnir on Flickr.

As a social media platform, Instagram is perfectly suited to portray the grace and flow of yoga. Plus it’s also a great way to spread the word about your own yoga business.

However, it’s easy to get sucked into the glossy, styled pictures, and not see the hard work, blood, sweat and tears that gets people there. (more…)