Sitting down all day? 3 stretches to help you through

I’m not naturally a person who is good at sitting still. I notice when I’ve been sitting at my desk all day so I thought these three easy-to-do-at-your-desk stretches might be useful to share. I’ve targeted the three areas that get me when I’ve been sitting down for 8 hours or so: wrists, shoulders and…

Yoga helps with depression and anxiety

I know yoga helps me relax and so many others say the same. But sometimes it is nice to read objective evidence that doing a little yoga when we can really does help. Last month, scientists published research in the journal Archives of Women’s Mental Health showing that yoga can help alleviate depression in pregnant women….

Two easy poses for tight hips and lower back pain

I was asked to write something for hips and lower back pain and have chosen two poses this time. The first is a seated pose and I selected it as it’s fairly easy to squeeze in here and there when you might normally be sitting cross-legged. The second pose I absolutely love and is my…

If your ankles hurt, this is for you…

It’s fairly common for your joints to ache after childbirth. It’s due to hormone levels (isn’t everything?) and the pain can continue way after birth – especially if you’re breastfeeding. My friend Marcela is really suffering from this at the moment and her situation made me think about this easy-to-do anywhere pose to strengthen your ankles….

Been on your feet all day? Yoga for your sole

This is a quick stretch for tired feet. For if you’ve spent all day on your feet and it’s especially good if you wear heels. The best news is it’s easy and works quickly. To start, take off your shoes and sit back on your heels either on a mat, or the floor. If your…

Turning nursery rhymes into yoga

Once a week I go to our local library to sing nursery rhymes with my baby and others. Nursery rhymes are great fun for children (and parents) and they have become an important part of my days. But nursery rhymes can also be easily combined with some light stretching, and exercises for your little ones. From…

Sore wrists? This should help…

I used to get sore wrists when I’d spend all day in front of the computer. I’m not working at a desk anymore but holding my baby in various strange angles (and being too scared to move in case it wakes him up!) has not done my wrists any favours either. I wanted to share…