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Power of the Pose: Downward Facing Dog

Also known as Down Dog; one of the most common yoga poses which has found its way into Pilates, Barre and general exercise classes. But what is it actually doing for your body? Bone health: While it may not appear difficult, this pose actually requires considerable strength, particularly in the shoulders. Being recognised as weight-bearing exercise means improved bone health in the prevention of osteoporosis. Increased blood flow: As with all inversions (where heart is above head),...

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Connecting mind & body through breath

There is no denying our mind and body are fully connected. When we feel anxious and stressed we frequently experience non-specific aches, pains and tightness in the body. Here’s an easy breathing technique to relieve stress and generally improve your mood. Box or Four-Point Breathing is used frequently by athletes and people who work in stressful and first response situations – police officers, armed forces, nurses etc. Click below for instructions. This can be done anywhere and just a few minutes...

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Strengthening your Will-Power Muscle

Have you ever been in a slump and the making of good wellbeing decisions is just too hard? When the extra glass or two of wine and dessert seems the easiest path. It could be that your will-power muscle just needs a little work. In the same way that muscles strengthen with regular use and fatigue when neglected, will-power will become easier with a little regular devotion. Here are some top tips to strengthen your willpower muscle and...

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Spicy Sweet Potato And Corn Soup

A warming treat on a chilly evening, this soup will have you warmed through and feeling satisfied without heaviness. You'll find it delicious and nutritious because: Sweet potatoes are not only rich in fibre (which is fabulous for supporting a healthy digestive system and aiding weight management), they are also loaded with beneficial antioxidants. Sweet potatoes are especially high in beta-carotene, which is the pigment responsible for their orange flesh. Beta carotene is a powerful antioxidant that can...

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Protecting the largest joint in our bodies

Which one is it?  The knee – the strongest but also the hardest working joint in our bodies. It plays a crucial role in sitting, standing, running and any vertical movement.  Unfortunately most of us have experienced knee pain and injury at some stage. Here are our top tips to keeping your knees healthy. Don’t ignore pain If you have knee pain the sooner you have it assessed the quicker you can begin a plan of...

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Why Yoga?

Yoga is much more than just a good stretch. Here are our 8 top reasons to roll out your mat: Increased flexibility & mobility:  Greater range of motion in your joints makes everyday movements easier Greater muscle strength and tone: You don't need heavy weights to tone and maintain muscle mass Better mental health: Reduced stress and anxiety   Weight reduction: Try a stronger, more active style and speed that heart rate Improved cardio and circulatory...

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Zucchini and Corn Fritters

From the kitchen of Nereda Merrin, here is a delicious, nutritious treat for you to enjoy, perfect as a full meal or a snack. Ingredients: * 1 cup corn kernels * 1 cup zucchini, grated * 2 tsp fresh ginger, finely grated * 1 small red chilli, deseeded and finely chopped * 2 tbsp. coriander leaves, finely chopped * 2 eggs, lightly whisked * 1/3 cup, wholemeal spelt flour * 1 lime, quartered to serve * Extra...

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Meet Theodora…

We're getting to know our Instructors a little better, so we posed our questions to Theodora...

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Eat Screen Free

Eating while you're distracted can lead you to eat faster, feel less full, and mindlessly eat more. Whether this is working on the laptop, watching TV, listening to the radio, or playing a computer game, the type of distraction doesn't seem to matter much. For instance, one research study found that people watching television while eating their meals ate 36% more pizza and 71% more macaroni and cheese. Plus, it seems that the longer the show,...

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Meet Laura…

To help you get to know our wonderful team of instructors, we thought we'd ask Laura a few probing questions...

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