Finding calm amongst the chaos

Bendy Mamas is back! After going abroad for our first family holiday it’s now time to get back into the routine of naps, baby groups, weaning and domestic chores. It feels like there’s so much to do when you get back from holiday that I always wonder how you ever fitted it all in before…

My end-of-class ritual

Whenever I teach a yoga class or do a practice myself I always end with three final stretches. It’s become a ritual because I find it really works for me to signal it’s the end of the practice. It prepares me to move on to the next thing: whether it’s off to bed or back…

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…

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…