London, Just Breathe

Michael James Wong | Posted 11.09.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Michael James Wong

Living in London is chaos. It's noisy, it's frantic, it's a city that is always moving and always on. For many Londoners these are the joys of the city, but at the same time are the things that can challenge the state of calm and balance in our everyday lives.

Bulls**t About Posture Causes Pain And Suffering

Cheryl Lee | Posted 03.07.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Cheryl Lee

Anyway you look at it, beliefs about stabilising the core in order to get strong, protect the spine and have a good posture are rampant among friends, in communities, in society and in the media. Why on earth wouldn't you follow advice that appears to be endorsed by everyone, everywhere?

Want To Glow With Solar Radiance Even When It's Raining? - How Yoga Can Help

Tara Lee | Posted 02.05.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Tara Lee

Wet weather leaving you sluggish? A little flat? Show some trust in the sun and you'll be amazed by the energy and vibrancy that's beamed your way (bonus points if you can hold your faith when you've just been caught in a freak April hailstorm).

Go Barefoot This Spring to Awaken Your Highest Potential

Jayne Morris | Posted 20.03.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Jayne Morris

I hadn't taken my shoes off and walked barefoot since last summer. But, a couple of weeks ago the sun was shining, the first signs of spring had emerged and I decided to indulge in being barefoot, my favourite method for bringing mind and body present, so that it is possible to hear the deeper stirrings of the soul.

Mind The Gap - How To Find Time In Your Day To Re-energise

David Pearl | Posted 20.09.2017 | UK Lifestyle
David Pearl

The pauses between the conversations. The transitions from one place to another. Scientists tell us that matter is mostly space. In the same way our diaries, even the most intense ones, are actually full of gaps. They may be micro-moments but taken together they add up to huge amounts of empty potential

Breathing Exercises for Young Children

Liz Lowe | Posted 19.05.2017 | UK Parents
Liz Lowe

Lie down (woop!) with your child, and place teddy bears or soft toys on your bellies. Encourage your child to try some abdominal breathing by taking deep inhalations through their nose and and exhaling through their mouth.

Mindful Birthing: Using Mindfulness During Labour

Liz Lowe | Posted 14.04.2017 | UK Parents
Liz Lowe

I had thoroughly prepared for a positive birth experience, but not for one that went so far off plan. It took me a long time to be able to discuss the birth calmly, and even longer to forgive myself for decisions made in moments of panic.

A Two Minute Trick for Instant Calm

Liz Lowe | Posted 23.01.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Liz Lowe

Now if the decade I spent as a home-based wine rep taught me anything, it's that wearing pyjamas at midday is perfectly acceptable, and in no way related to productivity. In this case my husband had in fact been working for an hour, and the toddler and I had half-peeled a banana (it is sometimes related to productivity).

Yes You Are Flexible Enough for Yoga

Katie Leach | Posted 10.05.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Katie Leach

The most common response when I say to people that I'm a yoga teacher and that they should try it sometime is that "I'm just not flexible enough to do yoga". I love the analogy I recently saw comparing it to saying that you're too dirty to take a shower.

How I Survived Being Trapped in a Tube!

Kathryn Lovewell | Posted 28.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Kathryn Lovewell

No matter what your external circumstances, you can take charge of your internal landscape. You can take charge of your response to outer stimuli. You can be liberated in prison (like my mindful stress management students were) or you can be imprisoned in your everyday life.

How to Avoid Killing Your In-Laws, Your Wicked Step-Mother and Even Your Kids This Christmas!

Kathryn Lovewell | Posted 21.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Kathryn Lovewell

With just a few days until the big day, you may be feeling overwhelmed with everything that still needs to be done; underwhelmed, wondering what all the fuss is about for just one day or even, God forbid, full of Christmas spirit! However you're feeling, you may have an underlying rumbling of anxiety.

We're So Connected Nowadays. Or Are We?

Jojo Furnival | Posted 06.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Jojo Furnival

As we sat in the middle of our mats, eyes closed, James asked us to picture our 7 year old selves sitting in front of us. And as we breathed our ujjayi breath (ocean breathing) with mouths open, each of us looked into the quizzical face of our 7 year old selves as they looked back and asked, 'How are we doing? How are we doing as an adult?'

The Mind Is a Fidgety Child

Georgie Bradley | Posted 12.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Georgie Bradley

My Google Chrome has a permanent conga line of dormant tabs open for potential reads, until some of them disappear past the arrow of no return and I eventually 'x' them out of existence. This barrage of information, lying next to me, puts the mind in overdrive.

Breathe Your Way to Better Health

Dr. Nerina Ramlakhan | Posted 08.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Dr. Nerina Ramlakhan

We breathe approximately 25 thousand times per day without thinking about it and yet most of us are getting it wrong, to the detriment of our physical and mental health.

Breathe Here Now

Alan Dolan | Posted 12.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Alan Dolan

Experiencing a deep breath into the abdomen is not only relaxing; it's been scientifically proven to positively affect the heart, brain, digestive and immune system. Once the breath is moving in the abdomen, the upper lungs can be activated so eventually the breath is full, connected and active.

5 Ways to Stay Cool This Summer

Anja Brierley | Posted 08.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Anja Brierley

In Ayurveda summer is associated with Pitta and its qualities of heat and the element of fire. Although we need fire to digest, transform and metabolise, too much fire can literally cause burned-outs, anger, stress, heat rash and heart burn. When the external fire, the sun, is excessively hot we can try to create balance by reducing other sources of heat and embracing cooling practices.

A Simple Meditation For Your Brilliant Mind

Mercedes Ngoh | Posted 23.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Mercedes Ngoh

Meditation is not a religion. Nor is it a tradition involving levitation while sitting cross-legged on the floor pretending to be an all-knowing master of the universe. Meditation, sometimes disguised as boredom, slows our breath, lowers our heart rate, relaxes our mind and provides space for self-exploration while restoring our natural energy.

How to Survive a Panic Attack

Maria Senise | Posted 23.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Maria Senise

Panic attacks come in all forms, all of which suck tremendously. They can be brought on by specific triggers or seemingly come out of nowhere with no rhyme or reason. They can vary from feeling like you're dying to getting the shakes to anything in between. How are you to deal with these potentially debilitating moments?

Spike In 999 Calls For Breathing Problems, As Smog Blankets London

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 03.04.2014 | UK

The London Ambulance Service saw a 14% rise in 999 calls for patients with breathing problems yesterday and is still experiencing higher volumes of ca...

Christmas Survival Tips

Chloe Brotheridge | Posted 18.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Chloe Brotheridge

Christmas is supposed to be the 'most magical time of the year'; but it's often stressful what with family overload, presents to buy, travelling, and eating habits that tend to be chaotic at best

62-Year-Old Hospital Patient Forced To Walk 23 Miles Home

PA | Posted 11.01.2013 | UK

Health officials say they are investigating claims a patient admitted to hospital with breathing difficulties was forced to do a 23-mile journey home ...

Study Suggests Poor Sleep Increases Risk Of Cancer Mortality

The Huffington Post | Sarah O'Meara | Posted 05.09.2012 | UK Lifestyle

Sleep apnoea has been associated with increased cancer mortality in a new study. Over 5,600 patients from seven different sleep clinics in Spain we...

Diving Into the Breathing Ocean

Ariadna Bakhmatova | Posted 25.10.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Ariadna Bakhmatova

To quote the editor of a top Spa magazine, wellness retreats can be one of the best ways to facilitate positive change - physically, emotionally, ment...

Breathe Without Breathing: Scientists Can Keep You Alive By Injecting Oxygen Into Blood

Huffington Post UK | Michael Rundle | Posted 27.08.2012 | UK Tech

Scientists have invented a way to help patients breathe without actually breathing - by injecting oxygen directly into the blood. Patients who are ...

LIFF Coverage: Day Two - Short Film Comp. 1/Breathing/Inbred

Julian Benson | Posted 09.01.2012 | UK Entertainment
Julian Benson

Today was the screening of the first part of the Leeds International Film Festival short film competition. It'll be continuing over the next few days and I'll be there to bring you the my thoughts on the shorts.