A cure for sore hips

Around 7 months pregnant I had such sore hips that sleeping was really uncomfortable. I tried everything, sleeping on two mattresses (didn’t work), sleeping with a pillow under one hip (didn’t work), in fact the only thing that seemed to make any difference was doing this variation of cat pose. practice pregnancy yoga from 16…

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…

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…