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Beat the January Blues…5 Ways to Get Fit in London

It’s already the second week in January! Apparently the third week of the month (Monday 16th to be specific) is supposed to be the most depressing day of the year. Yikes! That’s when lots of people quit their new resolutions, the weather is grey and cold and everyone realises that they have about £15 to last until payday. Well, I’m an eternal optimist, whatever day it is. So, if you’re looking to boost your mood this month, do some exercise, sweat out that stress and get high on endorphins! Here are a few of my top picks for training in London… Running – There are loads of beautiful places to run in London, it’s the best way to see the city. If you’re looking for a fun crew to join then check out the London Midnight Runners. As the name suggests they are a night running crew. If you’re more of a morning person then check out LDN Bruch Club or Adidas Runners London. HIIT – For a mega tough HIIT workout check out F45. …

Yoga Breakfast with Steffy White & Mind Body Bowl

Earlier this week I went along to an awesome yoga class with my favourite yogi in town, Steffy White. Everyone knows that I am a huge fan of Steffy’s kick ass classes, it’s a great workout for the whole body and the energy was super uplifting. Steffy challenges you to push yourself and to be brave. I’m working on my wheel! After working up an appetite on the mat, we had a delicious breakfast created by Annie [Mind Body Bowl] Annie’s food was even more tasty than it looks on instagram! I even brought some banana cake home for Jude. Thank you girls for a lovely start to the week.

Yoga for Runners

This weekend I was once again in awe of the all those runners that completed the London marathon. Running is very demanding on the body and most runners will experience aches, pains, blisters and sometimes injuries. It is important to protect your body when running regularly and yoga is a great way to strengthen your body. If you are a runner that has never done yoga before, here are 5 good reasons to give it a go ! 1. Increase your flexibility. Sometimes when I get home from a run, I don’t feel like stretching for 10 minutes, but I know that my hips will be sore the next day if I don’t. Improving the range of movement in your lower body can also help to reduce your risk of injuries. 2. Strengthen your core. Yoga is an awesome way to strengthen your core and improve your balance & co-ordination. Strength is key if you want to increase your speed, so yoga could just help you get a new 5k PB. Plus trying to balance upside down is fun! …

Yoga at The Shard.

My yoga journey has reached new heights this week, 800ft above ground to be precise! Yesterday I went to a Yogasphere class at The Shard. The class offers a unique 360 degree view of our capital city at sunrise, not a bad way to start the weekend. I did have to set my alarm for 6am and I tip toed out of the house while the boys were still in bed. When I arrived there was a queue outside the entrance, I was surprised to see so many people there. I felt a bit like a tourist as I queued up to sign in, The Shard is absolutely beautiful and even though the weather was typically British (cloudy with a chance of anything) once we had ascended to the 69th floor, the view was incredible! The 60 minute class was lead by Leo  + Mandy, the energy was very uplifting and refreshing, the kind of yoga that I like. (not too serious). You have to pre book your space in advance and it will cost …

12 Days of Yoga

I’m 12 days in to the prAna yoga challenge. I have been lunging, stretching and breathing deeply each day. I am really enjoying it! This week, I tried Iyengar yoga for the first time. I had a quick chat with the instructor at the end of the class, coincidentally her name was Adrienne too! I told her that I was taking part in a yoga challenge and trying to do some yoga everyday for 30 days. We talked a little bit about yoga’s origins and how recently yoga has become hugely commercial and ‘cool’. She said that ‘When someone begins doing yoga, they need a flexible mind, not a flexible body’ Yoga is for both the mind as well as the body, it’s not about perfecting the perfect pose. However, there’s no denying the physical benefits of practicing yoga. It’s a great way to strengthen your core, improve your posture and sculpt your body. I feel 2 inches taller after an hour of yoga. I can’t wait for next week when I can will be going …

Yoga Playlist

Here is my Yoga playlist. Inspiring songs, ideal for breaking a sweat! Slacks – St South Electric Feel – MGMT Breathe Me – Sia Intro – Alt J Hazey – Glass Animas Strong – London Grammar Stay High – [Habits Remix] Tove Lo Speeding Cars – Imogen Heap Heaven – LAMB Never Mess with Sunday – Ninja Tune XX Lost & Found – Lianne La Havas Seven – Mr Cooper Paradise – Coldplay Luna – Bombay Bicycle Club Hey Now – London Grammar I Need – Maverick Sabre Porcelain – Moby (2006 Digital Remaster) To The Clouds – Xan Leave and Let Go – Navet (Niva Remix

Today’s Essentials

Today is Day 4 of the #TakeTheLeap yoga challenge. I’ve had a really busy week and although my body is feeling tired today, I am actually looking forward to my 30 minutes of yoga. I returned home at 9.30 this morning after taking my son to pre-school, I stepped through the front door and considered what I should do first. Of course the obvious answer would be to clean my kitchen or tackle that pile of laundry, but I’ve decided to abandon my Mummy duties for 30 mins. I’m plugged into Spotify’s Vinyasa Flow playlist & the first thing on my to-do list today is to ‘Salut the Sun’. This yoga thing is really addictive. I’m not sure that I’m even doing all of the poses right, but hey, at least I’m committed. #Day 4 – A for effort!

Day 1 #TakeTheLeap

So today is Day 1 of the prAna yoga challenge. I’m feeling super motivated, I hope that I can keep it up for a whole 30 days. Today I worked on my headstand. Apparently we should all be doing headstands everyday. It’s a great way to improve your upper body strength and work your deep core ab muscles too. During this yoga challenge I have 3 goals. To improve my core strength and posture. To increase flexibly in my back. I have quite flexi legs, but my back is as stiff as wood! To be brave. It’s easy to stick to the poses that feel good. I am going to push myself this month to try the poses that I find most tricky. I’d love to be able to master the ‘Dancers Pose’.

Take The Leap Yoga Challenge

On Monday I will be joining the prAna #taketheleap Yoga challenge. The challenge is to do yoga everyday for 30 days. It can be as little as 5 minutes each day, I am going to aim for 30 mins. I usually only do one class a week, so I am going to try to be disciplined, and challenge myself to make the time for some yoga everyday. I will be sharing my antics here on the blog & on instagram #takethechallenge For more info you can join prAna on Facebook Wish me luck !  

Akasha Wellness Yoga & Pilates Centre.

There’s a new yogi hang out for us Hertfordshire mummies, Akasha Wellness Yoga & Pilates Centre, at the Barley Barn, Wickham Hall. As you know I am a huge fan of Yoga, it’s a workout and therapy combined. Last week I went along to check out their classes. They are currently offering an introductory £5 offer for your first class. Check out the class schedule here. The space is a beautiful, modern, barn conversion. Perfect for an hour of Zen after the school run! I went to a 9.30am Akasha Power class. The class was suitable for beginners/intermediate level, it wasn’t an intense calorie burner but I left the class feeling awake, revived and calm. They don’t have an advanced class on their timetable yet, however they do offer one to one sessions. They also offer ‘reformer pilates’. This is a pilates system that focuses on core strength and is performed on these fancy pilates beds. I am desperate to try this class, it looks brilliant! They have a treatment room and are offering a …