Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Holidays!


Hello everyone! Just checking in from sunny Cumbria and thought I would share a few photos :) 

It seems that we picked a good week to have some time off - the sunshine is here! I have been keeping up my yoga practice while we are away and this afternoon I took my yoga mat out onto the decking to practice as the sun was sinking. Bliss! Until the sun went down that is, then the good old Cumbrian sea wind kicked in. 

I am enjoying my much needed down time with family & I hope you all have a lovely Easter with yours! 

Thursday, 10 April 2014

Life Lately


This pretty much sums up my life lately! I apologise for lack of posts and I hope to be back to a regular schedule soon. I have been busy with work, yoga, getting my yoga study on, working on my website for my up coming yoga adventure, life and my office job in between. 

We are off on a little road trip this weekend down to Devon and then up to Cumbria on Monday for the week. I am looking forward to some much needed time to slow down and spend with family.

If you haven't been to see Divergent yet I urge you to go. We went to a late showing last Friday (to avoid crowds, I don't like crowded cinemas!) and it was amazing. If you love the books you will love the film :) 

Let me know if you have seen it & if you have any book recommendations at the moment. 


Monday, 7 April 2014

Yoga // Have Faith and Breathe Deep


Happy Monday! I have had a little yoga breakthrough and I wanted to share it with you all. Astavakrasana or Eight-Angle Pose is one of those asanas which always looked unobtainable to me. I remember just before Christmas in yoga class Chelan explained the prep poses and how to get into the pose ~ it seemed impossible. 

So last night after a glass of wine and a couple of months of not trying I thought I would give it a go... and what do you know I got into it and held it well. Just to make sure I wasn't fooling myself I got into it again this morning. I am so happy with this. This pose is very much mind over matter. Just breathe and trust yourself ~ anything is possible! 

Thursday, 3 April 2014

Smells like Spring // Ted Baker Treasured Orchid Body Spray


Spring is here! Well kind of. It's been a lot warmer lately which I am loving which means that Spring is well on it's way. Yay! I even went out hacking last night with Matlock for the first time since September. It was the perfect evening with plenty of cantering! So going along with the 'Spring is coming' theme I wanted to share with you my thoughts on the Ted Baker Treasured Orchid Body Spray* which dropped through my mailbox this week. 

My two favourite more luxury bath and body ranges are Soap and Glory and Ted Baker. Their ranges always make perfect presents for family and girlfriends. This year Ted Baker doesn't disappoint with the new Treasured Obsessions collection. The description lists rose, sandalwood, raspberry and vanilla as the key notes but it's not as sweet as it sounds. It's delicately fruity with a quite a strong, spicy undertone (most probably thanks to the sandalwood). Overall, I really love this scent and although it's quite delicate on the skin (as it's a body spray) the scent does linger. One spray is all you need!

The Ted Baker Treasured Orchid Body Spray is £6.00 for 150ml or £2.50 for 50ml ~ available from Boots now and also currently on 3 for 2!

Thursday, 27 March 2014

Tutorial Thursday // Dancers Pose ~ Natarajasana

Hang in there it's almost Friday! Today I am sharing with you a breakdown of one of my favourite yoga poses ~ Dancer's Pose. I am still working on becoming deeper in the back bend but it is a very accessible pose for everyone. Free your hips, open your heart and breathe in the balance.


  • Inhale to up Tadasana, mountain pose.
  • Take your left elbow to your left hip.
  • Grab the inside of your left foot and press your foot back into your left hand. Allow this movement to take you forward into a back bend.
  • Find a spot to focus on. It will help you balance.
  • Keep pushing your foot into your hand. This will lock the pose.
  • Try to drop your tailbone down to release your lower back. 
  • Slowly come back up and release. Shake it out!
  • Repeat on the opposite side.
  • Take a step back and release into downward dog. 
Make sure that your back and hips are open and warmed up before attempting this pose :) Have fun and don't forget to smile. 

Speaking of fun I had a go at filming a time lapse video yesterday morning. An hours yoga transformed into 4 minutes!

 

Wednesday, 26 March 2014

Oh She Glows Cookbook Review


This book has become my food bible, seriously it has! The Oh She Glows Cookbook is the long awaited first book of Oh She Glows blogger Angela Liddon. I am a huge fan of her blog so needless to say I had the cookbook pre ordered months ago! When it landed on my doorstep my initial reaction was that there were so many recipes I wanted to try out, that's always a good sign. 

The recipes in the book are delicious, wholesome, meat lover and boyfriend approved. The recipes are easy to follow and I loved the details and photos throughout. The book begins with a 'natural food pantry' section which I found really helpful when I was looking what I already had in my store cupboard and what I then needed to purchase. There are over 100 recipes in the book and are well balanced throughout. Each recipe also has a little intro which I adore. Angela's personality really shines through in this book. 

If you are looking at adding more vegan meals into your diet I highly recommend picking up this book. I'm not vegan but I do tend to eat more vegetarian dishes and I am loving exploring new recipes through this book. I am looking forward to getting a new blender (yes it has been a long time coming, I am hoping SOON!) so that I can try out the smoothie and juice recipes. 

You can buy the Oh She Glows Cookbook for £12.50.   

Tuesday, 25 March 2014

Fitness Update & a Taking a Leap of Faith


Hello everyone and happy Tuesday :) We bought a new car at the weekend, woohoo! It is a Volkswagen Scirocco 2 litreTDI GT for any car buffs out there. I am excited to drive it but also a little bit nervous as I have not driven anything that powerful before. We shall see how I get on with it, I know Matt is going to have great fun playing with it! However, enough about cars... today I wanted to share with you a fitness update.

Since completing the Bath Half Marathon I have given myself a bit of a running break. Goodness knows I needed it! I have been running once a week with Matt to get him fitter :) It's always more fun to run with friends I think. This weekend myself, Matt & Elaine all took part in the Sports Relief run which was really fun. We had decided to run the 3 mile distance as both Matt and Elaine are beginners with running so it's the perfect challenge to start with. I was so proud of both of them as they ran the whole way, with a little encouragement from me!

As I have not been race training I have taken the opportunity to add even more yoga into my routine. I try to practice everyday even if it is just 15-20 minutes. I think it is important to take the time to stretch out your body and relax your mind. I'm working on a few arm balances and inversions and I can feel myself getting stronger. I am planning on posting a weekly yoga pose on the blog explaining the benefits of the asana and a tutorial so watch this space!

I am also super excited to tell you all (if you haven't guessed or read my instagram) that I am going to be taking my Yoga Teacher Training certification this year. If you live in Bristol or nearby watch out for classes coming your way! I am hoping to be able to share my own experiences to be able to inspire others. Yoga has benefited my life in so many ways and I am excited to be able to spread the light. I am taking a leap of faith and pursuing what I love... Make sure to keep up to date with my blog for updates and launch of my website!
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