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How 2020 has Taken its Toll and What We can Do About it

How 2020 has Taken its Toll and What We can Do About it

 

Well, here we go again. Lockdown 3.0. We kind of knew it was coming, but that doesn’t make the news any easier to hear.

But in the Prime Minister’s latest lockdown announcement we heard that “roughly one in 50 people have contracted the virus, higher in some parts of the country, lower in others.” This means that we need to play our part to help those NHS staff and key workers who are working so hard and sacrificing so much to save lives.

But we are still allowed to feel sorry for ourselves, as any tentative plans we’d made for the next couple of months and a new year go down the drain – again.

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Poppy Pickles

Yoga Around the House – How to Fit in a Practice this Christmas

Yoga Around the House - How to Fit in a Practice this Christmas

With Christmas being anything but normal this year, it’s important that we keep upbeat.

Back in March many of us thought that we would go into lockdown and come out the other side and back to normality. But eight months later this is very clearly not the case.

Whether it’s down to government mishandling or not, this pandemic is still affecting every aspect of our lives.

With this continued uncertainty, and many of us facing a quiet and potentially lonely Christmas, how can yoga help to boost our positivity levels?

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Poppy Pickles

What Dogs and Cats can Teach us about Yoga

What Dogs and Cats can Teach us about Yoga

2020 has not been the easiest.

The world has had to adjust to loss, lockdowns, restrictions, kids at home, job losses, and a whole pile of not-nice things.

But one thing that many people say has got them through this year is their pets. Dog and cats don’t care if we’re in lockdown or not. They just need to be fed, walked and stroked and all is right in their world.

So how can we learn from our canine and feline friends, and take on this great attitude when it comes to our yoga practice?

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Poppy Pickles

Interview: Jonathan Thompson on How to Heal Yourself through Yoga

Interview: Jonathan Thompson on How to Heal Yourself through Yoga

Jonathan Thompson is an Ashtangi, YogaLondon 200-hour teacher trainer, and a deeply sensitive and emotionally intuitive person. Here he talks to us about the impact of his father’s early death, the mutually supportive relationship he has with his mother and how, for him, yoga, coaching, and psychology are all different sides of the same coin. Oh, and he definitely believes in ghosts.

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Poppy Pickles

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. Even when staying indoors – which is likely to be most of us this year! – There are myriad festive endeavours we can do from the comfort of home. 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