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The Cheeky Yogi ‘Practice What You Preach’ Project

The Cheeky Yogi 'Practice What You Preach' Project

Have you ever wondered what happens to your day? You plan to do something and by the end of the day, you’ve done something entirely different. How does that happen? I had dedicated the afternoon to a simple task – to write this blog. That was pretty straight forward, wasn’t it? Just sit and write, but before I did that, I thought ‘just do one little thing first’. (more…)

Ten Reasons why Spending Time Outside is more Important than Ever in Lockdown 2.0

Ten Reasons why Spending Time Outside is more Important than Ever in Lockdown 2.0

Back in lockdown 1.0, we all threw ourselves enthusiastically into our hour of exercise a day. We tuned in to Joe Wickes, we bought bikes, scooters and trampolines in record numbers. And of course, threw ourselves into the plethora of online yoga classes out there.

This time around the mood is slightly less enthusiastic. We know why we’re doing this – Covid has not gone away – but it feels harder. We’re tired, stressed and there’s only so much Zoom a person can take.

So how can we keep up our spirits this Autumn? Well here are TEN excellent reasons to get yourself outside every single day during this lockdown.

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Poppy Pickles

Restorative Yoga and the Importance of Rest

Restorative Yoga and the Importance of Rest

For some people lockdown has been a great way to increase the amount of exercise we do. For those people working from home, there’s less time commuting and more time fitting in an extra yoga practice.

This has been great, but without the usual pattern of the year, it’s easy to overdo it, because rest days are just as important as exercise days. Without resting the body doesn’t have time to rest and recover, and skipping rest days can lead to exhaustion, burnout, and injury.

As a nation, we’re not very good at resting. No siestas for us! But now the weather is getting properly summery, it’s time to re-think our exercise regime and schedule in those rest days. (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

Trouble Getting to Sleep? Try Adding These 5 Foods to Your Diet

Trouble Getting to Sleep? Try Adding These 5 Foods to Your Diet

Are you a morning person, a night owl or somewhere in between? Your tendency to sleep at certain times within a 24-hour period is regulated by your circadian rhythm, or in other words your body clock, which takes into account things like sunlight and temperature. However, sometimes things can go wrong and it’s just plain hard to fall asleep.

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