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How to up your movement sessions to 5 times per week

How to up your movement sessions to 5 times per week

Check in. Listen to yourself. Are you pushing yourself, or does your body carry you forward with a joyful momentum? A habit you can always do is so much better than an ambition you can’t First of all, are you alright exercising 3 times a…

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How to up your movement sessions to 3-4 times per week

How to up your movement sessions to 3-4 times per week

  Can one of those exercise slots be at home? One of them be with a friend or partner? One of them involve relaxation? One of them be ‘babysitting’ (take the child in a buggy?) Is it time for a a challenge? Evaluation time: let’s…

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How to start an exercise habit, 3 times a week

How to start an exercise habit, 3 times a week

My critics might wonder, and laugh, at why I’ve been walking to the gym in my fitness outfit with my headphones on, only to turn tail at the electronic turnstile and walk straight back home. Well, guys, laugh you may, but I’m trying to entrench…

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Sex, drugs and Mindfulness

Sex, drugs and Mindfulness

Philosophy-lover Philip Cowell considers Mindfulness the perfect tool to practice Michel Foucault’s political call for embodiment  Come again? If Foucault said sex isn’t the be all and end all (let’s all do drugs and S&M instead), then mindfulness might be saying the same thing. What?! True,…

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How to find stillness

How to find stillness

 Kate Leismer is not just a fidget. She was so restless, she dreaded the lie-down at the end of her yoga class. Until… Kate Leismer writes:  Quieting the Mind. Quieting the “Me” More than one yoga instructor has pointed out that I have the worst…

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Yoga: how to be good at being bad at sports

Yoga: how to be good at being bad at sports

It’s yoga fortnight on illustratedguidetolife! With some things, like, um, well, sport in general, (and yoga in particular) I’m forced to enjoy being good enough Can you do this posture? RickAstlyassnah Never gonna wrap the back of my knee calf round behind my neck. Never gonna…

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Commit #6: Don’t (just) talk about it, do it

Commit #6: Don’t (just) talk about it, do it

Yogoing to yoga? Yep. Today. This post is my accountability. That’s all I have to say. Nearly Don’t talk about it, it’s a waste of energy There’s a fab part of a Jon Kabat-Zinn audio (Beginning Mindfulness) when he urges us not to talk about…

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How to start a virtuous circle

How to start a virtuous circle

And how to end a vicious circle! There’s one change I need to make for all the others to flow What a virtuous circle. Laura Eades 2014 Dear Laura, There’s one easy thing you can do that will have a profound effect on all your…

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Mindfulness with yoga and creative writing: Speak the plank

Mindfulness with yoga and creative writing: Speak the plank

Creative Writing for Yoga? Mindfulness teachertrainee Philip Cowell leads a workshop in self-kindness, and seeks words for the joy of it I recently ran a workshop I called Creative Writing for Yoga. I have no idea what creative writing for yoga is, and that’s why I…

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Rest without sleeping: how to meditate, and more

Rest without sleeping: how to meditate, and more

The aftermath of an illness left Godelieve van Eekelen with a spell of chronic fatigue. Meditation and walking were key in her recovery Ever been in a situation where you were dead tired but fed up with sleeping? At one point in my life I know…

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