Some of you might flinch when reading this title and think “Yoga is not a fashion accessory, thank you very much!” and you are certainly right but what I am trying to hint at is the necessity for less rigidity in our practice in general...Read More
Today I had the privilege to attend a talk on violence against women as part of a two-day event organised by The Thomson Reuters foundation.
The Trust Women Conference saw the gathering of people at the forefront of the issue worldwide: lawyers, members of NGOs, human rights activists, documentary film makers, politicians and journalists...Read More
Every now and again, I indulge into mentioning wonderful people and their lovely products . This blog is a modest gesture to help spread the word about an enjoyable substance highly recommended for its purity. Breaking Bad fans, no, I am not talking about meth… just about incense!
I discovered the brand Ume through its founder Emma Leafe. Also a photographer, Emma launched into bringing back from Asia some of its desirable and enchanting smells. The word “ume” means “plum blossom” in Japanese which evokes a natural and fresh scent.
The match-thin sticks can be deceivingly tiny but - proof that it is all about quality not quantity - the scent is so concentrated that one of these little guys will be all you need to create a lovely atmosphere for your meditation or yoga practice, or add a nice touch to your home. And at £10 a box when shopping online, it is an affordable luxury!
To find out more about Ume, check the following link.
Thanks for some beautiful incense, Emma!
After a pretty busy patch which I am very grateful for, it was time for a little holiday!
Like a salmon (without the reproduction and dying part…), I returned to the source, namely the family holiday house which my grandfather had built an hour away from La Rochelle about four decades ago and is now seeing the fourth generation enjoy the sea air, sun and fresh food.
My grandfather left us 11 years ago but he would be overwhelmed with happiness to know that this house still plays an important part in the life of our extended family.Read More
About a month ago, a group of 15 yogis, the freshly qualified yoga teacher Mary Betteridge and myself got to experience a blissful week at La Finca Paradiso, a magnificent renovated and revamped farmhouse located a 15-minute drive away from Mojacar in southeast Andalusia.Read More
Things have been nicely busy on the yoga and catching-up-with-friends-and-family front, but oh dear, I can’t believe it has been so long outside the blogosphere already!
So let’s get to it, shall we? I hope this little blog will have been worth the wait. Um, no pressure… Anyway, the theme is simple: swaps.Read More
To make up for my absence, here are two blogs written for the Hemsley & Hemsley crew for the month of April and May respectively on two poses inspired by our canine friends, namely Downward Facing and Upward Facing Dog.
You will never look at a dog again in the same way! ;-)
Picture by Nicholas Hopper
I started teaching at Embody Wellness studio when it opened this time last year and I am so pleased we will get to welcome you and have an all-day celebration this Saturday!Read More
Here is how to get into this wonderful forward bend. Beyond its physical benefits, you will enjoy its calming effect on the mind.
Physics has proven that the whole universe is made of vibrations which themselves have frequencies, making it the biggest instrument a musician could dream of. Everything that exists vibrates because atoms, the smallest building blocks of matter, vibrate.
A vibration can be defined as “a rapid oscillation of a particle or elastic solid back and forth across a central position” while a frequency is a rate of vibration.
No, you have not made a mistake, you are indeed reading a yoga blog!Read More
Every month, I will be writing a blog describing a pose for the amazing Hemsley & Hemsley team. As February saw the start of the Chinese New Year, we thought it fit to take part in the celebrations by honouring The Year of the Snake with the Cobra Pose.
I have been invited by Jasmine and Melissa from Hemsley & Hemsley (you will find them on Tumblr too) to contribute to their lovely blog every month, bringing under the spotlight one yoga pose and explaining its benefits as well as how to do do the pose safely.
This month, I decided to pick Salabhasana or Locust pose. Read the blog to find out why and how!
Like so many of us, my year started with my non-friend Flu and let me tell you, I was not impressed. As it is taking a little more time than I thought to shake off the post-sickness-induced lethargy, I have been feeling admittedly a bit blue. Sickness aside, January is often a month synonym of anti-climax after spending time with friends and family over Christmas and New Year.
But after reading the latest blog of my friend Lorna Clansey, I finally woke up from a desire to hibernate and sulk. She is on Tumblr so check her out, it will be give you the incentive to get up and go: http://lornaclansey.tumblr.com/Read More
Now that is a question which many of you probably asked yourselves at some point or another. The answer is luckily complex, which makes for a lifetime of discoveries!
What I am going to write below is therefore, by no means, an exhaustive answer. It is more about sharing and passing on some pointers, which you will have the opportunity to explore at will in your own time and as your yoga practice unfolds.Read More
Here is a little blog I wrote for my friends Jasmine and Melissa from Hemsley & Hemsley.
December can be a pretty hectic month with all the Christmas shopping and parties, so here is a way to slow down and clear your head. Just click on the title and you will be redirected to the right page. Enjoy!
Green soup recipe
More soups to warm your tummies and hearts this winter! This one is especially nourishing thanks to the main protein-packed ingredient mung beans.
You will also need some stock (homemade is best, but if you don’t have time, use a stock pot); 2 onions; 2 carrots; 200g of spinach or greens; 1 medium swede; one bay or laurel leaf; some fresh or crushed chilli; pepper; a lemon/lime; some umami dust to garnish.
Soak your mung beans overnight and cook them the next day for about 30 minutes. Leave them a little tender so that they can finish cooking in the stock. Drain them and put them on the side.
In a big saucepan, put a tablespoon of ghee and throw in the chopped onions, carrots and swede with the chilli. Stir regularly for about 10-15 minutes. Add the stock, mung beans, the bay or laurel leaf, pepper and cover. Once all the vegetables are almost cook, stir in your spinach or greens and simmer until soft.
Remove from the stove to cool down. Then put everything in a blender.
Pour the soup in a bowl and add some freshly squeezed lemon or lime to taste as well as the umami dust. Possibly add some tamari sauce or salt if you taste buds need an extra kick!
I will put my foot right in it and maybe shatter a dream or two in the process, but contrary to what some people might imagine, teaching yoga is not such an easy job.Read More