Monday, 22 December 2014

Festive Fitness & Yoga Playlist #2

It's getting so close to Christmas now right?! I am excited about travelling home to spend Christmas with my parents up North. It will be nice to have a break although I will be planning details and sequences for my new year yoga workshop and keeping myself busy!

Sometimes it is hard to stay active over the Christmas break so I thought I would share with you some of the ways I stay active and healthy. 

Get outside for a winter walk ~ Although staying inside with a huge mug of hot chocolate can be tempting your body and mind will thank you for getting outside. Personally I love walking, it's become my new favourite form of cardio of late. Wrap up warm, grab your trainers and your headphones and you are good to go. I love walking as it clears my head and doesn't stress and strain the joints as much as running. I have been loving my Enduro Water Resistant Sports Earhook Earphones as they are comfortable, lightweight and the ear hooks are adjustable which is perfect for someone who usually suffers because everything is much too big! 

Yoga, yoga, yoga ~ Need I say more? I make sure to take a lightweight yoga mat with me on my travels so that I can roll it out for some yoga practice while I am away. Yoga is perfect and so easy to fit into your day. You don't need to leave your house to get your sweat on! Plus twists are a perfect way of getting those digestive juices going and detoxifying the body. I love to practice to music so I thought I would share with you my latest yoga playlist which I have been using in my classes. 

  • 10 Law ~ East Forest
  • Intention ~ Earthrise Soundsystem
  • Still ~ Wade Imre Morissette
  • Makyen Ghrir Allah ~ Earthrise Soundsystem
  • Ajnabee ~ Earthrise Soundsystem
  • Jai Ma ~ Wah!
  • Marom ~ Earthrise Soundsystem
  • Nectar Drop ~ DJ Drez
  • Drift ~ Josh Brill
  • Om ~ Nadaka

I use my iPhone for all my yoga classes and my own cardio workouts. For my yoga classes I love using my Minirig speaker as it is portable, the sound is amazing, the battery life is very impressive and they are made in Bristol! 

Drink water ~ It is important to drink lots of water during the winter months. As the weather is cooler it is often hard to remember to drink water but our bodies need it just as much. Even more so if you are celebrating with a glass (or three) of wine over the holidays. One of the best ways I find to get my water intake is to make a huge mug of lemon water first thing in the morning. Squeeze half a lemon into a mug with hot water. Pow. Done. Simple. It's so good for cleansing your system, your skin and immune system will thank you for it!

Do you have any tips for staying healthy and fit over the holidays? 

This post was written in collaboration with Three. All views and words are my own. 

Tuesday, 16 December 2014

Fitbug Orb // Fitness, Sleep & Activity Tracker

There is a craze at the moment when it comes to fitness gadgets. Everyone seems to be selling one, from the Nike+ Fuelband to the Jawbone. I was offered the chance to try out one of these fitness gadgets in the form of the Fitbug Orb

I am a very active person and I live a very active life. I walk daily, I teach yoga and I generally like to keep myself moving so for me one of the most interesting factors was seeing just how much a clock up on a daily basis. I only got the chance to try out the Fitbug for a few days so I feel that I cannot give you a very indepth review but if anyone is interested in a longer term review then I will be more than happy to, just leave a comment below :) 

The Fitbug is effectively a step tracker, it doesn't track my yoga classes although I could manually input these in to the website. I couldn't however add them on my app which was installed on my tablet, I found this a bit of a nuisance. 

The Fitbug Orb comes with all kinds of attachments so you can wear it is numerous ways. You can clip it onto your clothes or wear it as a watch. I chose to wear it as a watch but I found it was in my way a lot. Not to mention the bright pink plastic didn't really go with my boho yoga teacher look! However as I was sent this I didn't get to chose the colour, if I had I would have probably picked a neutral colour. 

The most interesting aspect to the Fitbug Orb is the fact that it is a sleep tracker too. I found it interesting to see how much sleep I got, the quality of the sleep and how many times I woke up during the night. 

The Fitbug Orb also sets targets for you based on your first week of data although I cannot comment on this as I haven't got to this stage yet. 

If you are interested in tracking your fitness the Fitbug Orb is the cheapest on the market at £49.95 so it's worth a go. However personally and in my own honest opinion I wouldn't buy one for myself but I think if you are looking at increasing your exercise and want a visible tracker then this gadget is for you. 

**The Fitbug Orb was sent to me to review. All views above are my own honest opinion.**

Monday, 15 December 2014

A Goal for the Soul

Happy Monday! Today is a little post to let you all know that I am running a yoga workshop in the new year in Bristol. I am super excited to share this with you all and it would be amazing if you could attend! 

Saturday 17 January 2015 2:00pm – 4:00pm at Breathe Bristol

This workshop is exactly what you need to begin the year. We will flow through a strong, grounding & energising vinyasa flow practice, set intentions for the new year & explore the manifestation of dreams! I will share tools & techniques I have used in my own life for the manifestation of a little dream I had this time last year ~ to become a yoga teacher!  It will also be an opportunity to break down advanced poses, giving you a pathway for the logical progression for your own practice. 

As the new moon approaching it is the perfect time to harness this energy, to cleanse and renew ourselves while making space for new intentions to manifest. We spend time reflecting so that we can move forward into the new year feeling restored and energised.
£18 early bird price for bookings before 03 January 2015. £20 thereafter. Open to all levels except complete beginners.
To book and secure your place please email Please note that spaces are limited, to secure your space payment must be made in advance. All payments are non-refundable. Thank you for understanding.
Workshop held: Breathe Bristol, 3 All Saints Court, Bristol, BS1 1JN

Friday, 12 December 2014

Healthy Snacking // Emily Fruit Crisps

Everyone loves a snack and without a doubt one of my guilty pleasures is tucking into crisps while watching a film on a Saturday night, honestly I am so bad I have to limited myself. But a little of what we like does us good right? Today I want to introduce you to a healthier alternative to the humble potato crisp ~ Emily Fruit Crisps

When these landed on my doorstep I couldn't wait to try them. It was mid afternoon when the postman came by so it was perfecting timing. I promptly ripped open and then devoured the Crunchy Apple Crisps. They are full of flavour and super crunchy, not to mention that the packaging is really cute. I must admit I wasn't so keen on the Banana ones, but Matt liked them. 

The crisps are made in a vacuum that preserves all the good things in the fruit while still producing that 'crunch' that we all love. What I loved the most is that there are no nasty stuff in the crisps. No preservatives, no additives, no added sugar, no e numbers and they are gluten free too! 

You can find Emily Fruit Crisps in Whole Foods and Selfridges. 

Monday, 8 December 2014

OM Yoga // Yoga for Travellers

Oh look it's Monday. Boo to the end of the weekend but yay for being that little bit closer to Christmas! During the holiday period we often do a lot of travelling to see family and friends so when I came across the Yoga for Travellers article in OM Yoga Magazine on how to take your practice anywhere I found it interesting.

I like to think I have a strong self practice but sometimes during this super busy time of year it is hard to roll out your mat when you'd rather have a hot chocolate on the sofa. However, trust me when I say that you will feel 100% better if you step up to the mat. My biggest tip and one which is mentioned in the article is to not put unrealistic expectations on yourself. Start with just five minutes, soon those five minutes will grow with your practice.

Long car journeys and sleeping on lumpy mattresses can take a toll on the body, you might also feel out of sorts being out of your regular routine. Your practice doesn't have to be complicated, just see what happens. Twists often feel good and they help to detox the body after eating or drinking a little too much. Which is inevitable during the holidays right?!

Sometimes family can cause stress. Your brother or sister might just annoy you a little bit when you are in close quarters, that aunt who is forever asking when you are getting married might tip you over the edge so rather than blowing steam out of your ears take a step back. I often talk about how we can use the breath as a tool during our yoga practice but we can use it off the mat to diffuse sticky situations as well. Pause. Find a quiet space and just breathe......

Written in collaboration with OM Yoga Magazine. All words and opinions are my own. 

Wednesday, 3 December 2014

Oh hey, I'm back!

I'm currently sitting on my sofa writing this post, just having eaten a yummy lunch of my favourite lentil soup and having taught a fun yoga class this morning...

So yes I am back after my little blogging break. I must admit it wasn't planned but I think it was much needed. I needed to take a step back from the internet world... I was starting to get consumed with having to post on my blogging, post on instagram and be this interesting, fun online yoga girl. I needed to reconnect to myself, to the present moment. Live and enjoy this beautiful little life I have created for myself. And so I did.

I reconnected to my yoga practice and meditation. I have also done some soul searching and healing from the inside. I have been reading a book which has allowed me to open my eyes and be AWAKE that much more. It's what I needed.

Sometimes we just need to take a step back and do some healing for the soul. My yoga teaching journey has been an exciting one but it's also been frightening at times. I unfortunately allowed those doubts to sink into my mind causing me to disconnect slightly with myself. With that those old demons of body image came back to the surface. So hence my need to heal. Yoga and meditation are powerful tools and that's always been something which I have wanted to share with others.

So as we transition into the winter I am finding myself reconnected, happy and keeping on shining! I am so excited by the path that this one beautiful life has taken me down. It's so good to be back and you can expect to see new posts soon, so if there is anything you would like me to share please do let me know. I am also happy to answer any questions you may have for a yoga teacher ;) Leave a comment or send me an email!

Namaste x

Thursday, 6 November 2014

Sweaty Betty // Fitness Fashion Picks for Autumn and Winter

I am finally feeling like I am settling into my teaching schedule after my first month so expect to see some more blog posts coming your way soon. I am also hoping to finally get my YouTube channel off it's feet so if there is anything you would like to see on there leave me a comment :)

Now let's get down to business!

I have been pouring over a few pieces from the Sweaty Betty autumn/ winter range recently so I thought I would share my favourite pieces with you. Now their price point is not for the faint hearted but the quality is amazing. I'll be honest it's all a little beyond my means at the moment as a new yoga teacher but I'll be watching out for sales and hopefully a few Christmas presents coming my way!

I am in love with the Urdhva Reversible Yoga Leggings, the colour is cute, the panelling is flattering and the high waistband makes them a perfect pair of leggings for yoga. And who doesn't love things that are reversible? That's two leggings for the price of one effectively! As the days are getting a lot chiller now and my evenings are often spent in yoga studios the Chaines Legwarmers are very high on my priority list!

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