Birthdays are funny ones. They are seen as milestone, a celebration, another year survived. Some dread it some welcome it but the point is it's the time you came into being on this planet. It's your first step, your first imprint. To have witnessed my son's birth makes that so much more apparent and I am starting to understand this complicated thing we call life.
Located in the lesser-visited waters of the Noonu atoll in the north of the Maldives, Sun Siyam Iru Fushi is one of the larger resorts in the Maldives. It's also one of the few that is actually Maldivian-owned and Maldivian-run.
Maintaining a yoga practice whilst on the road and being mama to a little toddler is not easy to say the least but it is possible. Just like that impossible yoga posture it requires patience, courage and a little bit of determination.
Endless research claims having a baby ruins your love life. It may be temporary but post-childbirth you ain't gonna feel at your sexual peak. Scientific boffs reveal mums are worn out (yep), a few pounds over weight (sob) and stuck in a 'bed is for catching up on sleep' rut (hell yeah).
Normally, yoga is seen as being for middle class types trying to find themselves, with a particular penchant for tribal tattoos and herbal teas. However this November, a group of 25 Palestinians have been invited to complete their yoga training in the Canary Islands.
At the moment I am getting ready (physically and mentally) to head off to Bali for a month in September to do my Yoga Teacher Training. Half of me is overwhelmed with excitement and butterflies, and the other half of me is crippled with fear.
It seemed awkward at first, not being in a studio with a real person instructing, but I like that I'm saving money and that I can even do yoga in my pyjamas. For mums, the privacy of home also means unrepentantly ejecting the occasional, embarrassing noise caused by downward dog.
As humans, we all have an ego. The ego is a key psychological component of our personality, represented by our consciousness and the reactions and decisions we make when conscious. In the most basic terms, our ego is behind what we do in life, it's the whole "why we do the things we do".
Yoga is not about money. It never can be, which is why it is wonderful that everyone and their dog is now a yoga teacher. A world full of yoga teachers is a world of conscious conscientious people who are actively trying to make the world a better place.
Maybe it is like the old adage better to have loved and lost than never have known love at all. Except it isn't really lost - according to the Buddhists, I just need to remove the obstacles that get in contentment's way. Happiness is our natural state, maybe I need to stop trying quite so hard, in every direction.
To yoga or Pilates: that is the question. Or it was with me at least. You see I'd always thought of it as a preference. You either do one or the other - right? Never both. They're just too different.
If you are looking to improve your fitness regime, detox or even try a little yoga and fancy a break from the normality of home life, there are plenty of great health retreats in Europe, but before reaching for the wallet here are a few things to consider.
For the detoxification process to work, there is a need to ensure that the right nutrients are utilised. Many detoxification process are not suitable or effective because they lack the appropriate nutrients needed to complete the three phases of the detoxification process.
If relaxing on a sunbed and watching the day go by isn't your vision of a dream holiday, here are seven wonderful vacation ideas to get your blood pumping, adrenaline running, and limbs moving. Sports lovers - read on for active breaks that will quench your thirst for outdoor adventure.
Anyone who knows me well knows that patience is not one of my strongest qualities. From since I can remember I was told "more haste, less speed" on a daily basis at school and I've always wanted things to happen faster.
I believe we all could benefit from simply taking a kinder approach to ourselves. To ask our self what is it that my body actually needs today to feel nourished and loved - and then do that.