As we use exercise to train our bodies, meditation is a way to train our minds by inducing a state of consciousness where we can observe our thoughts without losing ourselves in the story they present to us. We see meditation as mental hygiene, as it cleanses the mind and calms the nervous system. It gives a sense of relaxation, grounding and “floating” after moving on to our daily activities. It also has health benefits for people with high blood pressure, anxiety or depression. (from my written exam for YTT) I was a non-believer for a long time, until I needed it. At the endRead More →

Two months since we left London. We left behind the stress, the crowds, the tourists and the bloody tube. But we also left the abundance and possibilities that the big city brings. Finding a yoga class in London is trivial, in a small town outside London – not so much. Not for someone so new anyway. As you know I started doing my yoga teacher training(s) and I need to try as many classes and teachers as I can – not only to get hours of practice in the bag, but also to learn tricks and ways of explaining poses. And, right on time, aRead More →

There are many ways to exercise without paying for expensive gym memberships. Free videos, workout dvds, a small home gym and a few other ideas for self care.

Staying healthy can be expensive. Gym memberships can set you back quite a lot and not all of us can afford it. During the summer months it’s not so much of a problem because you can get outside (park gyms are free!), but in winter, it might seem like there’s no way of getting any good exercise in. But that doesn’t have to be the case. There are plenty of low-cost, or even free options for exercising. Here are some of the best ways that you can keep fit without breaking the bank. Workout DVD’s and online programmes You don’t need to pay for expensiveRead More →

At the beginning of September I joined Lesli from Fit and Happy for a 30 days yoga challenge – get on the mat for at least 15 minutes every day. And you know me, when I commit to a challenge, I do it. I didn’t miss any of the 30 days. So what did I do these 30 days? Basic Yoga classes. I’m not a beginner, but because Alin joined me for a few classes I had to choose beginner ones. And don’t regret any of them. With each class I learned new tips and sometimes they were focused on just a few poses thatRead More →

I learned about Fierce Grace and hot yoga from another blog, but although I was curious I was also afraid. For someone who doesn’t handle heat very well, exercising in a hot room sounds dangerous. And not only because my heart might explode, but the warm muscles might trick me into thinking I’m much more flexible than I actually am and end up breaking one because I stretched it too much. A few days ago I was walking the Beagles and passed by the Fierce Grace studio (the Old Street one). Something just clicked so I decided to sign up for a class. For 17£Read More →

Last week I attended a lovely event by WeTrain. Who are they and what do they do? Based in South London, they have small group PT classes (max. 8 people) and they promote exercise as a social activity. Instead of going for a beer with your best friend, you might go for a HIIT session. And I think that’s a great idea. The classes are pay as you go, which is another plus, and all you have to do is get an account on the web or the phone app and you’re all set. The event happened in Brixton and was dedicated to London bloggers.Read More →

When I’m working out at home and don’t have a routine in mind or I’m just too lazy to think about what to do, I have a few websites where I can browse workouts to help me at least get started. So if you’re too lazy to go to the gym or if you just do workouts at home every once in a while, continue reading. OnlineGym4me I found out about OnlineGym4me because they reached out to me to offer me a free 6 months trial. They have Yoga, Pilates, weight loss workouts, mobility workouts, live or recorded. I never tried a live class becauseRead More →

We’ve been very quiet lately. Having the kid for a month took most of our free blogging time, but as you’ve seen, we still had fun and we did some cool sporty things together. Yoga, her first ever 5k and lots of walks with the Beagles. And let’s not forget about food. Even though we asked her many times if she would like some chicken or fish with her food, she said no. She loved our vegan lifestyle and the idea that no animal had suffered in any way really made her happy. Safe to say that she came with 1 piece of luggage andRead More →

If you have an Instagram account and practice yoga, you’re probably one of Kerri’s 1m followers. She comes to London every year for 3 days of workshops and I was lucky enough to get tickets before they were sold out. Here’s some of the things I took away after 9 full hours of yoga wisdom. Day 1 – Strength and Flexibility Your diet influences how flexible you are. For this reason, Kerri has recently become a vegan (and if you’re not a vegan, do know that dairy is a no-no for flexibility). Being a vegan myself, I’m glad that my decision will also have aRead More →