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4 Ways to Reduce Anxiety, Now

Racing heart, shallow breath, dry mouth, jittery stomach, fear, mind swirling with ‘what ifs’, wanting to be somewhere, anywhere, but where you are right now….. Studies suggest that between 1 in 6 and and 1 in 10 of us in western society suffer from excessive anxiety which adversely affects our lives. Some of us will

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New to Yoga? 5 reasons why retreats are for you!

When I chat to people about my love of running yoga retreats, one of the comments I often hear is: ‘I’d love to go on a retreat but I’m not experienced enough at yoga’. I understand! I went on my first retreat by myself just a few months after setting foot on a mat for

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The Relaxation Response – how to feel calmer and sleep better

Anxiety and insomnia are, unfortunately, very common in modern life. We’re constantly on alert from various devices, much of our work involves looking at screens, and few of us take enough time out amongst nature and do enough truly restorative things to redress the balance. It all makes for an overstimulated mind and body, which

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The Four Attitudes

Ah, Christmas. A time of peace on Earth and goodwill to all… which is easy to feel at some times during the festive season, and definitely not at others! Family gatherings are notorious for bringing out the worst in people, and it’s times like these, when we get triggered and slip into old behaviours we

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After The Storm

The storm started innocuously enough. I was busy backing up my computer hard drive and didn’t even notice it had started raining until the hammering on the metal roof became so insistent that I went to look outside. There were rumbles of thunder, but that’s nothing unusual in the Queensland summer – minor storms can

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6 Ways To Hold Onto That Retreat Feeling

So you’re back home after a yoga retreat. You’ve had a week of blissful surroundings, daily yoga and meditation, plentiful massages and wonderful healthy food. You’re feeling great and are keen to make this break a kick-start to some healthier habits, but the retreat glow quickly fades when you’re back to busy daily life with

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General musings

Do No Ham – the musings of a reluctant vegetarian

When I describe myself as a reluctant vegetarian, people often ask ‘why do it, if you’re reluctant?’ It’s a fair question – the only person stopping me from eating meat and fish is me, so if I want to eat it then why don’t I? The answer is that I like the idea of non-violence

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My Real-Life Insta-Story

Hashtags. Who would have thought, 10 years ago, that that little symbol would become such a regular part of life… heck, 10 years ago who even envisaged social media becoming what it has? Whilst I don’t spend hours scrolling, I do quite like Instagram. It doesn’t have the political bent of Facebook and it generally

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