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Rise Up Rise Up

13 February
2014

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Rise Up, Rise Up, and get back on track! 

After throwing myself head first into 2014 with an almighty launch, last week presented somewhat of a knock back. I got sick! (insert dramatic theme tune here)

Now I'm not going to get all 'man fluey' on you, however, I have to say that I haven't felt quite so dreadful in a very long time. Having to cancel my classes and basically spend the week at home was not only frustrating, but actually pretty un-motivating too. I had only just got into the swing of my new fitness regime and was really seeing progress when suddenly I had to sit on the sofa for a week, and do nothing!

As always, I took this as a lesson to learn from. I had the time to ponder and realised I had to be knocked a little, I actually needed this to happen. It occurred to me that everytime I get a wave of motivation, in many areas of life but, especially when it come to fitness, I throw myself into it head first and of course, inevitably run out of steam and it simply fades away. This time however, when it was taken away from me without my choosing, I craved it. I actually tried to find ways to fulfill not only my working needs but active. One evening (with a temperature), I attempted to do a little yoga, so not to 'lose' what I had achieved in the last weeks. This behaviour was very foreign for me, and I'm not going to lie, I found it all very odd, but what it taught me was how much my body had enjoyed these new healthy changes to my world. It yearned for it, even when I was sick, in fact, probably even more so when I was sick.

Previously when I was sick it was a great excuse to sit on the sofa and eat what I wanted, all rules went out the window when I had a sick pass. This time however, I took the all healthy approach, and recovered in no time feeling great. It also made me realise how important these new healthy habits are in my world and has allowed me to appreciate them, enforcing them as habits that will definitely stay.

 

So if you're feeling under the weather, try these healthy ways to beat the lurgy:

  • REST.. and don't feel guilty about it. If you need to sleep SLEEP, if you need to lie down, DO IT! Your body needs it and you'll only get better if you listen and do as it says. 

 

  • VITAMINS. So we all know we need Vit C when we're sick, however there are better ways to go about this intake other than guzzling orange juice from a carton. EAT your vitamins - they'll hold much more nutrients than the juiced variety. And it's not just in fruits, but veg too! 
  • BLUEBERRIES. Make sure you up the blueberry intake, they are bursting with powerful antioxidants that help boost immunity. Why not add a handful to you breakfast in the form of a shake, with yoghurt & granola or if you need that little treat there are always some yummy blueberry pancakes. 
  • GARLIC. Your housemates may not love you for it, but eat as much garlic as possible. I made sure I had a garlic filled meal at least once a day, as well as taking garlic supplements every morning. Well if it keeps the vampires away it must be able to scare off the bugs too!

 


  • GREEN TEA (and black and white.. really any tea, but green is my favorite!) Not only is this great for a sore throat and warming you up when you have the shivers, but it also contains antioxidants known as catechins, which are thought to have flu-fighting properties. So grab the tea bag, pop the kettle on and drink up! 

 

  • DARK CHOCOLATE. Yep chocolate is a great cure for colds and flues, but only the dark kind I'm afraid. So before you go grabbing a Kitkat, aim for something at least 70% or over. This way it will be full of polyphenols, a great antioxidant to help fight off those bugs, as well as containing zinc as an added bonus. Don't over do it, but a few small squares won't do you any harm. Also sucking on a small square it great for sore throats and if you've lost your voice. 

 

 

  • MANUKA HONEY. It really is the answer to almost every ailment in my house - if in doubt, grab the Manuka honey! It boasts antibacterial powers, the potency of this depending on the rating it has (10+ and so on), and was therefore predominantly used for treating wounds. However, it is now a regular household item and can also help with digestion and building immunity. It will also give you a much needed energy boost when you haven't been feeling well. I like to add it to hot water, fresh lemon and ginger for a yummy morning drink, but make sure the water is boiling and has cooled a little so as not to destroy the healthy bacteria. Manuka honey is also the most effect treatment for a sore throat and lost voice. When I was performing regularly and often losing my voice, eating Manuka honey off a spoon became a regular ritual before a gig, and it definitely helped keep those vocal chords in tact. 
Get Better Soon!!
Namaste, 
Tash xx 

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What's going on..

4 February
2014

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Are you ready London Yogis? It's time to get moving, stretching, running & relaxing... there is just SO MUCH GOING ON! What are you waiting for?? 

This year I decided to ramp up my fitness. As much as I love my daily yoga practice I realise that there was an element of being in my 'comfort zone' inside of that - it is time to shake things up a little and get a sweat on! So as part of the new mixed up fitness & health regime, I'm enjoying my yoga as well as: hot yoga, running, RealRyder (spinning), Pilates and personal training sessions.

Don't get me wrong... I am always a yogi at heart, through and through, and I'll never feel quite as natural lifting those weights or spinning on a bike, however it feels amazing to be challenging my mind and body in different ways. I'm amazed at the results of combining different fitness styles and methods, using my body in a variety of ways. Not only do I already feel stronger in general, but it's also having a really positive effect on my yoga practice too - with a stronger core, my arm balances are finally feeling a little lighter - result! My cardio has definitely been ramped up too, allowing me to move from a more heartfelt space on my mat. The most shocking of all is my improved flexibility, which is the one thing I wasn't expecting from my other workouts, however it seems that alongside my regular yoga, my body can recover quickly and the flexibility can actually be enhanced! 

Now as many of you know I'm always the most physically driven yogi, however my energy and clarity is definitely also getting a work out at the same time. The dedication it takes to go for a run in the cold, or push through another set of burpees, is very empowering, and knowing I've been able to do it feels incredibly rewarding at the end - and then it's off to my yoga mat to get that relaxing balance. 

Check out the best new ways to sweat... 

With this new inspiration I've been spending a lot of time looking into various ways to sweat, challenge myself and work out. So in case you've missed out on these hot new trends.. here are a few of the hottest! 

I've already tried many of these and will be spending the next few weeks trying and testing them out.. and of course filling you in along the way.. I CAN'T WAIT!

.. and of course let me know if you'd like to join me :-)

 

 

  • RealRyder @ Lomax -  Indoor cycling that takes spinning to a whole new level. These bikes steer, lean and feel like an actual bike making this a full body workout! For an extra challenge make sure you ask your instructor for the weighted vest.. and then get ready to pedal!
  • Barrecore - An intelligent, integrated workout combining interval training, and stretching of all the major muscle groups. I haven't made it there yet but will be heading there in the next few weeks.. want to join me? I'm excited! 
  • Barry's Bootcamp - From what I hear it's intense, amazing and addictive - Heading there next week! Come back to see how I get on. 
  • Pilates - I've been enjoying Pilates for a few years now and LOVE it! It works beautiful alongside yoga and also offers a great connection to the body, offering toning and lengthening to the whole body. Great for helping posture and back problems as it focuses on strengthening the core. I personally love the reformer, however there are some great teachers out there who mix things up a little. I'm currently trying out a few and will let you know where to find the top notch Pilates in London. 
  • Run Run Run! - It's free, it gets you outside in the (if you're lucky) sunshine, it's social if you find a run buddy and once you get the hang of it, it feels GREAT! I love running as its an easy one to fit in depending on how long you have, you don't have to go anywhere, just pop out the door and go! My only recommendation is to get a good set of trainers, make sure you have a good running form and pick some lovely locations to help boost the nature factor. Check out run routes near you here
It's gonna be a fun few weeks.. I can't wait!
Tash x 

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