5 reasons why you can’t touch your toes

Forward folds are such an integral part of yoga practice. Some people effortlessly reach their toes while others feel like their toes may as well belong to someone else. Forward folds are iconic yoga poses. They are found in sun salutes, standing and sitting sequences, and they are a major hip opener in the ashtanga primary sequence. They are accessible and challenging at the same time. But why...

Yoga: One size fits all.

Yoga teacher Maria Odugba is challenging stereotypes surrounding who can practise yoga. Described by the media as ‘plus-size’, Odugba is determined to embody her belief that yoga is for all body shapes and sizes. Her instagram account has 74.7k followers and counting, and is full of inspiring yoga selfies, workouts and posts describing her body-positive attitude. She advocates self-acceptance and...

7 Food Myths Debunked

There are many myths about healthy eating. Marketing, trends, and misinterpreted research often generate confusion and contradictions. Here’s the truth behind seven food myths: “Gluten free products are good for you” Coeliac disease is an autoimmune diseases caused by intolerance to gluten. Only 1% of the population in the UK has coeliac disease. Still, going gluten-free has become quite the...

5 Great Yoga Mats You Can Trust

The hunt for the perfect yoga mat can sometimes feel like a quest for the holy grail. With price, grip, thickness, length, colour, weight, and sustainability all at play in yogi’s minds, choosing a mat can be a daunting affair. And with some considerable price-tags in the mix, you don’t want to get the wrong one. Here are five we think you can trust. Manduka ProLite Yoga Mat Liforme Yoga Mat...

FREE Yoga! The Best Free Yoga Classes in London

There’s an old saying that ‘if you’re tired of London, you’re tired of life’. I happen to agree with this, as London is simply one of the best cities in the world. The ancient history, alongside the cutting-edge culture and a vibrant night life – what more could you want?   Especially at this time of year, when you’ve just been on your summer...

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