Winding my spring

Do you ever wake up in the morning and just think…nope? I don’t want to do today. It’s like being pelted with tomatoes except the tomatoes are actually all the things you have to do to earn a living and stay alive and all of the many seemingly insurmountable tasks involved with that. A few…

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The ‘be outside more’ challenge – 7 different tasks to do in nature and how it could make your life better

We all know instinctively that nature does something good to our souls. After all – we’re animals: we are nature. But being the clever monkeys that we are, we realised at some point a few thousand years ago that building walls around ourselves kept us pleasantly distanced from things like sharp-toothed animals and weather. And…

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I’ve invented a nutritious & delicious vegan milkshake and you have to try it

Some people came out of lock-down with nothing to show but a deepened loathing for society, twitchy screen-eyes and some early symptoms of scurvy. Not me. I put my time to good use and, with the help of a slow masticating juicer, a smoothie making machine and having a long list of more pressing tasks…

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How yoga can help you have more fun in life

At the moment life feels pretty serious, what with all the fears and stresses of the worldwide pandemic, and the way the threat of illness is changing the minutiae of our lives in so many unexpected ways. COVID-19 is forcing us to realise how fragile the systems we base our lives on are, and how…

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10 quickfire reasons why I’m happy to be nearly 30

I’m 30 soon. All my late twenties, 30 has loomed like a cloaked figure on a misty street, one gnarled finger beckoning me to some dark and terrible fate involving wrinkles, grey hairs, dead eggs, big bills, bigger hangovers, new fat deposits and a keener sense of my own mortality. Interestingly, the closer I creep…

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Make friends with inanimate objects, and 5 other ways to beat loneliness

Do you ever feel lonely? Before you curl up in a ball of despair thinking that you’re just a terrible/boring/strange person that no-one will ever want to spend time with, consider the following: 1. Make friends with inanimate objects Who said friends have to be human beings? Who said they have to be alive at…

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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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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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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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