Random acts of kindness

Bowl of water for dogs and 'woof' painted on pebble

Today, Wednesday 17th February 2021, is random acts of kindness day. 'Well, that's very nice but so what?' you might think. Evidence shows that not only do acts of kindness make other people feel good but they also make us feel good. Kindness has also been show to reduce stress and improve our emotional wellbeing. … Continue reading Random acts of kindness

A twist on trikonasana

Alyson in variation of trikonasana or triangle standing yoga pose

Trikonasana (triangle pose, or more correctly utthita trikonsasna – extended triangle), is one of the 'classic' yoga poses that is depicted in most books on yoga (and now in yoga images and videos online). However, there are several different ways of approaching this posture, and this Yoga Journal article outlines five different styles of yoga … Continue reading A twist on trikonasana

Wild goose chase, migration and being seasonal

Chalk drawn geese on pavement

Recently I went on a wild goose chase. On a bicycle. It actually wasn't as silly as it sounds. Several migratory bird species come to the area where I live every autumn to spend their winter here, where it's a lot warmer than where they come from. A festival is held in early October to … Continue reading Wild goose chase, migration and being seasonal

Environmenstrual week

Images of resuable menstrual products

Whether you are someone who menstruates, used to menstruate or is yet to menstruate, or know someones who menstruates, (so essentially, pretty much everyone!), the environmental impacts of menstrual products may not be something you're aware of. Environmenstrual week in the UK (19-25th Oct) hopes to change that by raising the issues involved, promoting alternatives … Continue reading Environmenstrual week

Back pain and new ways of thinking about it

Info graphic with text about pain

Back pain can be frustrating and limiting, especially if it becomes chronic (ongoing) beyond a few weeks. Recently a few people have asked me for advice, often after an incident has triggered back pain. And the good news is, things will generally get better in a few weeks, with some direct action and a helpful … Continue reading Back pain and new ways of thinking about it

Yoga, cultural appropriation and appreciation

Painting of yoga asana Kukkutasana in Persian manuscript Bahr al-hayat c. 1602

Although cultural appropriation is not new, the term itself has become used in the last 40 years of so, and particularly in the last 5-10 years, within a variety of settings including yoga. As a white, Western, middle-class woman of many privileges (check yours here) who is appalled by repression, oppression, racism and sexim and … Continue reading Yoga, cultural appropriation and appreciation

Relieving lower back discomfort

Cat doing cat posture

It's very common to experience short bouts of lower back pain or discomfort. Often it might feel like a dull ache, not too painful really, but noticeable when you do certain things like getting up out of a chair. In many cases temporary discomfort may be from lack of movement and too much sitting, and … Continue reading Relieving lower back discomfort