The Yoga Series: Exploring Opposites

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Yoga is a spiritual discipline, a union of the body with the mind and the quietening of the mind. I like Tara Fraser’s definition ‘Yoga treats the whole of you as one interconnected mechanism and therefore prescribes exercises for your eyes, your mental focus, your breathing systems and your emotional […]

Do you have an aim?

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Recently I’ve been feeling a bit restless. I don’t really have a clear goal in mind right now and I feel like I’ve just been drifting a little. I’m certainly have lots of things to do and I’ve far from not busy… but I just feel like I’m missing something. […]

The Yoga Series: On Honesty

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This month I am continuing with the moral and ethical guidelines (Yamas and Niyamas) yogis follow from Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras. We looked at Ahimsa in December, which means to treat yourself and all living things with compassion and kindness. Last month I explored Svadhyaya which is self-study, so looking inwards. This month I wanted to bring […]

Fitness: 5 Reasons You Should Try Parkrun

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Since 2004, the phenomenon that is ‘parkrun’ has been spreading across the country: volunteer-led, free-for-all 5K runs, every week, on a Saturday morning. Edinburgh of course, is no exception. In fact there are now two Edinburgh parkruns – the original at Cramond and a newer one in Portobello. Although my […]

10 Every Day Self-Care Tips

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Last May, my beautiful friend Jen shared the story of how her son Finlay died suddenly from Meningitis. Since then, Jen (and a team of supporters) have worked to found Finlay’s Friends in memory of the kindest he always showed to others. They aim to support other families who experience similar […]

18 Goals for 2018

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Last week I wrote about how underwhelmed I felt to achieve my resolutions for 2017. So for the year ahead I set out simple ideas about what I could do to make my everyday life ‘different’. Perhaps happier, perhaps healthier, perhaps just things that would make the world around me […]