Losing my identity in the jungle

I feel like I’ve been here in Costa Rica for months. In reality it’s only been 5.5 days, and only four of them have been at yoga school, which is where I am now, by a beautiful brook in the jungle inhabited by iguanas, geckos, dragonflies, monkeys, sloths and about a bazillion unseen noisy little…

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Isn’t yoga just a fancy nap?

Call me a massive twat, but I like hard exercise. There’s something so enjoyably primal about a really difficult workout, like being in a fight. It’s kind of unpleasant and it hurts, but you’re being true to your inner animistic self and there’s something satisfying about that. I’ve learnt so much about myself through running.…

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Some Very Clever People have found that yoga actually changes your brain (in a good way)

If you like yoga you probably know that it makes you feel good. But did you know that certain parts of your brain (responsible for memory, decision making and emotions) actually start to measurably grow within 10 weeks of starting a twice-weekly yoga practise? A few months ago a bunch of Very Clever People from…

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It’s official: I’m going to Costa Rica to become a yoga teacher

If you’re an average earner who’s ever spent a very large sum of money in one go with a single, terrifyingly easy click of a computer mouse, you might be familiar with the sensation I’m experiencing right now of sort of wanting to be a little bit sick. Quite a large chunk of this Sunday…

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We’re all really bad at breathing and it’s probably making us crazy

A few years ago I was walking home from work (along the beach at sunset, in summer – it was really beautiful) and I started feeling like I was going to die imminently. I felt strangely light – no mean feat for me at nearly six feet tall, and my body suddenly felt very…otherly. It…

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10 real fears I have about becoming a yoga teacher

I’m not a particularly anxious person but I’m also not as chilled out about life as I’d like to be. Doing anything new is a bit scary because there are so many unknowns, and that’s when your mind (the little bitch) starts to fill in the gaps with terrible possibilities. If you’re in the same…

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I drink quite a lot of wine and eat like the world’s about to end – can I still be a yogi?

Can you still be a yogi if you, like me, enjoy a glass of wine (or two or three) and a bowl (or quite possibly the entire share-size bag) of Kettle Chips on a Friday (and maybe also some other days of the week)? Probably not. A yogi, or yogini (if you’re female), is, according…

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Saturday morning crumpet

It’s Saturday morning, I’ve been to boxing, I’ve had a shower and now I’m eating a crumpet. I always forget how delicious crumpets are.  What I should be doing, of course, is tucking into some poached eggs and a protein shake to fuel my broken muscles but, you know….crumpets. I’m not sure I should be…

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The strange, dark art of running

Running is a strange, masochistic sort of activity. I realised today that I’ve never blogged about it before, which is silly really because I’ve been running (jogging/plodding) regularly for 5 years now.

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One week, one half marathon, no sugar

I’ve made it a week without any sugar!   I literally had children waving bananas and fistfuls of Jelly Babies in my face on Sunday during the Eastbourne Half Marathon and still I remained true to my promise to shun all sugar for Lent. In all honesty I probably should have just had a Jelly Baby…

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