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How I get Fit? Any Way I Can!

feet on mats at a yoga studio

Yoga is something that is very much connected to your mindset. There’s a man in my current classes who is constantly looking at everyone else, grunting through the tougher poses and packing up before shavasana (rest) is over at the end. Sadly, although he seems to be in better shape than I am and others in class, he’ll never get where he wants to go. He’s missed the point of yoga – it’s about letting go, gently moving where your body allows and not letting ego be in the way….

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Yoga on the Beach: Awesome or Obnoxious?

girl doing yoga on mountain cliff overlooking ocean

It took me ages to settle on the perfect yoga mat. I’m obsessed with the simple Luluemon mats at my London yoga studio, and recently have loved my Cork Yogis mat that also gives back to female empowerment programs. So when someone suggests practicing yoga OFF my mat, I’m none too thrilled. It’ll mess up my whole groove. I won’t know what to do! I’ll slip and fall more than usual! But trying yoga in some different environments has offered some benefits. A change of pace and atmosphere helps rejuvenate…

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Supporting Ethical Brands in the UK: The Decathlon Scavenger Hunt

winners scavenger hunt decathlon

In 24 hours I was leaving to try skiing for the first time in the Alps. All my gear was in the states and I was woefully unprepared for the conditions that ay head of me in Chamonix, France. Friends in London had told me to go straight to Decathlon – I could find everything from ski jackets and thermals to gloves, hats and even sunblock there. Off I went and for under 100 pounds (crazy!) I had everything I needed for the big winter adventure. My WED’ZE ski jacket…

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The Gift Guide for Fitness and Feeling Good

This has been the year of doing things that make me feel GOOD. While many think 2016 was a big pile of garbage (me included), I tried to take this time to reflect, work on my outward self and start tuning into really what has been going on in my mind. Has it been easy? No way. It’s been the hardest year of my life. Despite setbacks, I’m going to make sure I turn the end of this year into a celebration. To honor all the big changes, difficult days…

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How to Enjoy Yoga Outside of Class

At least a hundred times I tried getting into yoga on my own. I’d download videos, pay for subscriptions online to streams and simple study up on poses or stretches. What finally got me into the groove though was investing in myself and joining a full-on studio. The one near my apartment in London is luckily super close, fairly affordable and just the motivation I need to get deep into daily practice. I personally think that dragging yourself to classes, even when you rather have a margarita any day of…

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How Yoga Can Help a Sedentary Lifestyle

black yoga mat eileen cotter wright pure zen

My travel schedule is often hectic and unpredictable. On average I board a plane once a month, and sometimes multiple weeks at a time. However, in between these adventures I am sat on my computer, clacking away and writing posts for clients, blogs and my own websites. If I’m really in the zone, I won’t move for hours, glued to the screen. Recently, I’ve been working on managing self-care better through meditation, eating proper meals and even therapy. But one thing that lacked was my will to MOVE. I’ve always…

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