It all began with a pair of Sweaty Betty Chandrasana Yoga Leggings. They cost £75, and I wanted them as soon as I laid my eyes upon them. I rang my boyfriend and, in the most wheedling voice I could muster, said, "so there are these leggings I really like. I'll send you a screenshot of them. Just so you can see.
Hot yoga has been a, er, hot fitness trend for a while now, and that's because it's a challenging but fun way to give your muscles a good old stretch, and give your mind a rest from the mentalness of everyday life. If you've never tried it before, the thought of stretching in a very hot room probably seems a bit daunting, so here are some tips to ensure you turn up prepared...
Bali is an Indonesian island located only a couple of hours from Australia known for it's beautiful beaches, rice paddies, and beautiful landscape. As well as being visually pleasing and having lot of sunshine, there's so many different places and things to see and do.
Before arriving at The Mulia, I have to confess I didn't know what to expect, I had heard that it was massive and wondered how a resort so large could pull off a luxury service. On our approach to the resort seeing the building looming in the distance I thought perhaps this wasn't the right fit for The Spa Spy.
I want to be flexible. I really, really do. But I also want to sweat. If I'm going to put my gym kit on, I want to feel like I've had a proper work out, otherwise what's the point? Having said that, I don't want to be reduced to a sniveling wreck on the floor, begging for mercy and water - The Bikram Experience. True story.
Forget about New Year Resolutions that only last until Valentine's Day, London is currently in a fitness revolution that is everlasting. New studios, new styles and new inspirations are encouraging Londoners to ditch the sofa and choose squats instead. Here are just a few things that I love about London's love affair with fitness.
Winter has finally arrived. Fresh air, cold wind and frosty mornings with some areas experiencing a dusting of snow. The days are short. It is difficult to get out of bed on the dark mornings.
Although these came about by mistake, they turned out to be a great healthy snack. If you're looking for something simple to make that still tastes delicious (and happens to be good for you!) try them out for yourself.
Starting your own business, especially when it's something that you love, is exciting but it is also challenging and can be over whelming at times. When you work for yourself you can set your own hours which is amazing and so refreshing but there can also be the danger of working all the hours under the sun in order to make your business a success.
I've always been a firm believer that in order to practice yoga all you need is yourself, your mat, and the willingness to begin. No props, no fancy clothes, not even any music. That has certainly changed over the years and in experimenting with my own self-practice!
Bodies are complicated systems, and they often break down. While we've all convinced ourselves we can fix our complaints with diet, meditation and f**k loads of yoga, the truth is, sometimes we can't.
I teach yoga to help people find a sense of calm in the chaos, to get fit and feel better about themselves and to see things differently. Appreciation and gratitude are as much a part of yoga as the postures, breathing and your mat which is why this little insight has resonated so much with me.
It's Ski Season, which for many means engaging muscles that haven't been used much throughout the year. Any good athlete knows that a strong foundation is key and as with all sports this means preparing not only physically but mentally for the task ahead.
Wrapped up in almost complete darkness with only the blue-white glow of the moon giving off light and for the first time in my life I'm not afraid of the dark. Alone in my little cabin in the woods I breathe in the night and tumble effortlessly into sleep to visit the dream world.
As I freeze the moment with my camera, I am struck by the similarity between yoga and photography. Yoga teaches us to come into the present, to capture each moment. Throughout our practice we learn to use our breath to become more mindful, calm and stable.
The resort has just 50 rooms and six garden villas in a former late-19th-century mansion surrounded by gardens and woodland, with commanding views. Ask for a river view room, or a terrace. The décor is an uber-stylish mix of country retreat meets streamlined modern, all in soft sage, slate grey and fawn.