The saying, 'life begins at 40', has never been more true as we continue to see exponential increases in how long people are living as well as the retirement age and a shift in what is considered to be 'old age'.
It's Blue Monday, a name given to a day in January (typically the third Monday of the month) reported to be the most depressing day of the year and the worst month for suicides.
Nearly two years ago, I started practising yoga. I intended to write about how it has changed my parenting. On reflection, the benefits are steadily r...
Yoga has given us a model for working with all these apparent conflicts in the human psyche. When we direct our practice at chakra centres, we are working directly with our own internal confusions and misunderstandings - the same ones we see written large across human culture.
My knees felt super sore in Yin Yoga today. I looked around me and everyone else seemed fine, all folded over in Pigeon Pose as if their legs had no b...
I came back to Yoga, experiencing burnout, as a way to quiet my anxious mind, boost my low mood and relax tense muscles. It did that, and so much more. Yoga taught me to let in some acceptance for myself, physically and emotionally. To smile when my tree pose is shaky and to notice, with kindness, if my chest is carrying a tell-tale ball of stress.
In fact, the whole idea of 'detox' is a myth. Our bodies already deal with toxic chemicals in the body on a daily basis, through organs like the liver and kidneys. We also possess an excellent body-wide system, the lymphatic system, that eliminates cellular debris and waste from the body.
Whether it is taking your car to the same garage year after year or sticking to the same plumber, electrician, personal trainer - those who practice yoga work with the yoga teachers they personally judge to be the best.
If we can encourage less active people to become more active we could prevent one in ten cases of stroke and heart disease in the UK, and one in six deaths from any cause. Furthermore, regular physical activity can help to prevent and manage over 20 chronic conditions and diseases, many of which are on the rise and affecting people at an earlier age.
Around supermoons people report more of a feeling of wakefulness, a feeling of being 'supercharged'. The full moon has a reputation for knocking people off balance, stirring emotions leading to 'lunatic' behaviour.
Sunrise on the first day of the retreat was upon us and Mahesh's father appeared in a dazzling white dhoti, to offer puja to our magnificent hand-carved stone Ganesha statue. We laid down beautiful jamkhana rugs in the yoga shala and the aroma of sandalwood incense infused the air.
Take a close look at the world of men's fitness today. It is a great space to spy an inside look at what is happing in larger male issues of identity, self-confidence, gender roles and body image.
The months flew by as we worked against the clock to get the retreat ready for our first guests in May. The workers came back and forth from Bangalore (taking off heaps of time for the numerous Indian festivals that occur every month), but worked from sunrise until nightfall, to finish the remaining masonry and electrical work, plumbing, carpentry, painting, landscaping and clearing of the land.
My parents agreed to visit us in India, once the retreat was almost completed. I was keen to drive them around, so decided to embark upon Indian driving lessons and a test. I had to take my 'provisional test', before I was allowed to sign up for lessons, so went along to the Road Traffic Office in Mysore.
Fear of change is why I think people look to others to fix them. They want to get better, but they don't want to change! How is that even logically possible? Change is uncomfortable, often emotionally so. The familiar is so inviting, it's "home".
You may have worked hard during the warmer months to live healthier and actively and so it requires more effort and willpower to keep going, especially as the hot chocolate, steamy puddings and cosy evenings beckon.