Putting your feet up

As soon as my baby is asleep, I close the door to the nursery there’s only one thing I want to do – put my feet up! Instead of going straight downstairs to flop on the sofa, I like to take five minutes to lie down with my feet up the wall. It feels so…

Tighten your tummy

This isn’t about losing weight it’s a pose to help bring your stomach muscles together if they’ve separated as a result of being pregnant. When I first became interested in pregnancy and post-natal yoga, I was lucky enough to enrol on the British Wheel of Yoga’s pregnancy module taught by the totally brilliant Wendy Teasdill….

If you’ve been staring at a computer all day, this is for you

Here are two simple stretches which make a big difference to your neck and shoulders. Perfect if you’ve been staring at a screen or if you’re tense from a stressful day. Neck stretch You can do this stretch standing or sitting which makes it a good one to do at your desk: Make sure your shoulders…

Recognising signs of stress (& what to do next)

Do you find that when something stressful happens it can set the tone for the whole day? I really noticed it this week: I got frustrated on the phone to customer services and it set the tone for the next hour or so. It would have wrecked the whole day if I hadn’t taken the…

Fancy sitting in a different way?

I spend a lot of time sitting on the floor now whether it’s on the carpet playing with my son in the house or at the library singing nursery rhymes. I always sit in the same way – legs crossed – and always my left leg tucked under my right. I’ve been making a real…

Lovely gentle massage for lower back ache

I found myself looking forward to this stretch today as I could feel my back suffering. We had been out all afternoon making the most of the sunshine and I carried my 9 month old son around in his baby carrier. The baby carrier is pretty comfortable and I like using it but we ended…

Shoulder stretch to reduce tension

I love this stretch. I find it works when your shoulders feel hard and tense. I also like that it is one of those stretches where it’s really easy to see that you’ve made some progress. I’m coming back to this stretch a lot at the moment as I’ve got myself into a habit of tensing…

Not feeling so bendy? This will help…

My mother-in-law is in her 70s and remarked with pride at the weekend that she can easily touch her toes. This made me smile for 2 reasons: it’s great she still has this flexibility and her comment reminded me that being able to touch your toes is still one of the classic measures of flexibility…

How to take a breather…

It might sound a bit daft but I thought I’d write about how to relax. This is more of a quick-fix type of relax – ideal for when you want to unwind quickly (as in less than 10 minutes!). It’s something I like to do when I’ve just put my baby to sleep. I find it…