Living The Scandi Life

I’ve just returned from the most restful break in Norway that culminated in the life changing decision to give up my 18 year career in publishing to teach yoga and write freelance. The Scandinavians really know how to live. My friend’s lovely husband wisely told me the tale of the visiting Coca Cola executive who was appalled by the fact that everyone was finished by 4.30pm on a Friday and off home to cosy up Hygge style. Wikipedia describes Hygge as ‘a Danish and Norwegian word which can be described as a quality of cosiness and comfortable conviviality that engenders a feeling of contentment or well-being’. It was all the rage last winter, with everybody and their granny embracing it and w

Yoga For Anxiety

ANXIETY is the pits. It’s certainly something I’ve had more than a few ropey moments with over the years. Whenever I’m anxious, stressed or feeling a bit emotionally off-balance, my yoga mat has saved me. Ironically, it’s when we’re like this that we feel least like doing anything active, but this is when we need yoga most. The Asanas of your practice are designed as a series of moves to prepare the body and mind for meditation. Concentration and breathing through the poses will slow down a tense body and, as we slow down physically, the mind also settles and calms… Try this little ten minute sequence to soothe frazzled nerves and mood swings. Start off lying on your tummy, resting the side

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