The majority of the poses are floor based and focus primarily on the lower part of the body (hips, pelvis, inner thighs, lower spine).
If you have a dead plant on your desk take note. The conscious act of replacing it and simultaneously choosing to prioritise self-care could save your life.
There are some simple foundation steps that we can all take; that in fact, I have taken to really set the scene for fully flourishing. I believe that we attract what we think we deserve, at different levels in our thinking.
What happened with these steps is that, progressively, I began to become stronger and stronger in my defences against such shaming attacks. With this I became far more compassionate for myself and therefore for others. I began to experience deep gratitude for my job and deep love for the whole experience, with people I worked with through to the audiences who would turn up to my shows. This doesn't mean to say may I add that I live in a state of complete peace and harmony...
I don't particularly like the word 'wellness'. For me it immediately conjures up images of people drinking overpriced coffee in sweatpants after having spent a fortune on some revolutionary new yoga routine that involves balancing your cat on your head.
At The Huffington Post UK we've made a big deal of raising the importance of remembering to unplug from digital media, recharge the mind and sleep. And there's a good reason - it's not hipster hocus-pocus. Our coverage, which comes under the banner The Third Metric, shows there's bags of scientific evidence that all of these life choices help with an issue that's a stake this Friday morning - good quality decision making. This week Britons will vote in their millions to entrust a few hundred people with the future of the country. We trust them to make the right decisions without even knowing how they reach them. We are trusting our leaders to make massively important decisions on no sleep.
Sleep can: help you lose weight, improve how well exercise works, delay the ageing process, reduce inflammatory markers (helps us avoid pesky illnesses like colds), reduce chronic pain, heal you and make you feel happy and sane, not to mention what it does for your intelligence and productivity. And it's free!
I have had many periods of sleep deprivation during my life, including eight months with my first child; three with my second; a very stressful period at University; living with noisy neighbours and finally marrying a snorer!
People are fed up with negativity. That doesn't mean to say they should clap Happy Happy Joy Joy and walk around with fixed grins on their faces - but we are moving towards a dialogue that places our happiness as a top priority, and politicians would do well to learn from the changing tide. That's why at HuffPost UK Lifestyle, we've decided to dedicate May to the month of happiness.
Their problems are simple - too much time at work, little or no respite from screens and not enough sleep. In both cases, they were taking 'slices' off their sleep to try to get more work done and in the process had plummeted into exhaustion and mental illness.
After a highly successful career in PR, which included the creation of London Fashion Week and the British Fashion Awards, Lynne Franks has become a champion of women's empowerment, sustainable business practices, and social justice issues.
The terrifying financial burdens that come with living in London, the sense of it increasingly becoming a steel and glass playground for the super wealthy, can make us ordinary Londoners feel disenfranchised. The huge pressure to achieve and succeed, if not just survive, leaves little scope for moments of awe and genuine peace in our frantic minds.
Recent research has highlighted how important it is to take a break at regular intervals throughout the day. When a three month survey was undertaken at Sheffield University involving 850,000 people they found that responses, rapid perception and decision-making were better, more effective when people avoided cramming intensively and applied a looser, more relaxed approach.
When you spend time observing your thoughts, you start to realise that that's all they are - thoughts. And then you notice things about them - not just their content, but also their emotional payload, their frequency, patterns in which ones you have when and why.
Blogs and bookshops are full of advice telling us how to manage stress, with techniques to remember, practice and apply. We each know what we "should" be doing to manage our stress levels...
You are not the thinker of your thoughts (that would be the lizard brain), you're the one who hears them. You're the one that's left when all the shitty thoughts about yourself that have been learned (incorrectly) along the way because of the life experiences your brain has been exposed to are stripped away.