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Welcome December

1 December

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Yep it's the last month of the year and oh my hasn't it come around so quickly! Well, they say time flies when you're having fun, and 2014 has definitely been a fun one, much of it thanks to you lovely people! 

As I welcome in the final month of 2014 it's so tempting to look forward to 2015 already and get a head start... as it's definitely already filling up and looking exciting, but I am trying to pause! To stop and enjoy this last month and see off 2014 with my full presence and embrace joy of what it is, not rushing through it in a blink. 

Don't get me wrong, I'm the first to admit that it can be a slightly stressful month. With commitments to see everyone from family to those who you 'have to catch up with before Christmas', to getting all the Christmas shopping done, and then there's the copious amounts of food and drink always around (and tempting), it can be a struggle to stay relaxed, calm and healthy. But this year my goal is to embrace this month and all it's fullness. To make the most of everyone's joy, to spend time with those I love, to make Christmas shopping a fun experience (and not last minute) and to take it as an opportunity to get creative with Christmas inspired healthy food. I also aim to make exercising very much a part of my month to keep that balance right, and also know the right times to let it go and just have fun! 

So here's to December everyone.. make it an AWESOME one!

With love & delight,

Tash xxx







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The Grounded Traveler

24 September

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I've been traveling a lot recently, as many of you know, and it has been brilliant! Truly I can't complain and I am grateful every day as it is something I have always wanted to be part of my life and my work, and feel so blessed that it is all now manifesting. However, the truth of it is that it can be a little ungrounding at times. Not only are you not at home and sleeping in your own bed, but living out of a suitcase, a lack of structure and the actual traveling itself can leave me (and maybe you too) feeling a bit 'off'. There always seems to be something unnatural about flying through the air in a plane at ridiculous speeds, to then step off in a new climate, new environment, new time zone.. wow no wonder our bodies and minds get a little confused! 

So from my many years of moving around I have come up with a few little steps that helps me along the way, and may help you too.. 

Tips For The Grounded Traveler  

  • Stay Hydrated - It's tempting to reach for the coffee and sugar, but flying is already extremely dehydrating so I ALWAYS board a plane with at least one big bottles of water (and if I can't find a big one at the airport I buy 2/3 small ones) I know it can be heavy to carry but you will feel a million times better when you land! Oh and go for an aisle seat, with the extra fluid you may need a few extra pit stops to the toilet!
  • Move - Make sure you move around when flying, it really is so important. I recommend getting up for walks and standing at the back of the plane to have a good stretch. At your seat you can move your ankles in circles to help blood flow, and as much as we don't like to be a wriggler and annoy the passengers next to us, a few little adjustments now and then will help circulation and posture. 
  • Travel Mat - The best investment you can make is a travel mat, it folds into your suitcase so it super easy to travel with and it's light. I have the Manduka One, but most mat brands offer them now. And then once you have one.. use it! The first thing you should do when you get to your hotel room and unpack, is get on your mat, even if it's just for a few minutes to stretch out and shake off the plane journey.  You can buy one at
  • Grounding poses -If you're feeling spacey, jet lagged or have that 'plane feeling' then get on your travel mat and do some grounding poses. Asana such as standing poses (Warrior II, Trikonasa) and some seated poses & hip openers (Wide Legged Seated Forward Fold, Pigeon Pose and Supine Twists) will help ground you, leaving you feeling more centered and connected to your new environment. 
  • Sleep with natural light - Let the natural light wake you up to help your body clock adjust. As wonderful as it is to have black out blinds in hotel rooms, it won't help that jet lag at all. So open those blinds and let the suns shine in, it's easy and very effective.
  • Get Outside - When I arrive somewhere new, the first thing I like to do in the morning is go for a run. It gets me out into the fresh air, I can check out the area I'm in, find the local cafes etc and gather by bearings, and the grounding running motion helps me ground into my day. If running isn't your thing then go for a nice brisk walk and take in your new temporary home. 



    Happy Travels!

    Tash xx  

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Rise Up Rise Up

13 February

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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!!
Tash xx 

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What's going on..

4 February

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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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Pick Me Up Shake

1 October

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This morning I woke up feeling a little BLAH...

Stomach ache, hedache, shivery all over.. the usual suspects really :-/ 

Maybe it's the changing weather, maybe it's the bugs going around, whatever it is I didn't appreciate it at 5:30am! So after being snuggled on my sofa for a few hours I decided to mix up some goodness to help pick me up and fix me up! 

So here it is.. my Pick Me Up Shake recipie (and yummy too by the way)

Pick Me Up Shake

  • Banana
  • Apple
  • Organic Whey Protien Powder (I went for vanilla rather than chocolate for  fresher taste - Sunwarrior is my favourite)
  • Chai Seeds
  • Flaxseed with probiotic & Vit D - Great for getting the sunshine vitamins when its getting grey outside (Linwoods is a good make)
  • Clean Greens (Pukka Herbs) - for a good old cleanse in case something nasty is brewing
  • Topped up with a good dose of coconut water 

So there it is.. mix it all up and enjoy the goodness! Pair it with a nice slow restoring yoga practice and some pick me up tunes and you're good to go!

Here's to a brighter day.. Cheers!!


Tash x 

Meditate the City Way - Part 1

12 March

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Dear Yogis, 

Recently people have been asking me how I got into yoga and if I meditate.. the truth is I started meditating long before I started practcing yoga. I was naturally drawn to it from a very young age and would practcie meditation whenever I had the opportunity, often sitting quietly in my room or in the garden and finding my own ways to meditate. The more I practiced the more I fell in love and felt lost without this regular time to sit, reflect and swicth off.

I am a firm believer that you can't 'teach' someone to meditate, you can merely offer guidance and then it is up to the indicidual to practice and find their own way. It is a presonal practice and in my opinion there isn't necessarily one exercise or way to go about it that will suit everyone, it is improtant to find what works for YOU!

With this practice being very close to my heart I would love to offer a few tips and snippets, through a series online, that I find helps me along the way, this being the first one :-) I believe that anyone and everyone can benefit form these practices, you don't have to sit for hours on end or be a super yogi to enjoy it. I hope to offer you small chunks and accessible tools that you can use in your daily life so that you can intergrate these practices into YOUR life easily and successfully.

As I said.. these are only a few of the things that help me practice meditation, so please try it out and play around with it to see what works and what perhaps isn't as effective for you. 

Below is a very basic starting point, aimed mainly at those who struggle to sit quietly, swicth off and start a meditation or maybe like the idea of it but have never tried or don't know where to start...


  1. Find a time of the day that feels appropriate to sit quietly - usually first thing in the morning or just before bed works well. 
  2. Switch OFF! Turn everything off, phone on silent, tv off, anything that might ring, beep, buzz tonotify you that you have something to do.. it can all wait :-) 
  3. Find a comforatble seat. This doesn't have to be corssed legger in the 'meditation' pose, it can be sitting on a chair, against a wall or even laying down, as long as you are comfortable. 
  4. If you struggle to sit in silence then playing soft instrumental music can help. Sometimes sitting in complete silnece and not doing anything when we aren't used to it can atually feel a little uncomforatble, so i highly reccomend investing in some relaxing classical music (Ludovicio Einaudi is a personal favourite) 
  5. Sit comfortaby either with your eyes closed or soft on a spot on the floor on front of you. If you would rather not close the eyes, let your gaze be soft and eye lids heavy.
  6. Relax the whole body, if this is difficult then tense each part of the bodt at a time and on an exhalation let it go and completely relax
  7. Relax your face and jaw, notice your expression and can you let it soften?
  8. Become aware of your breath - notice the movement of breath flowing in and out of the body
  9. Without trying to change or force anything, simply observe the breath and become aware of the subtle movements of the body, the belly and chest moving as your breathe. 
  10. Allow all your attention and focus be on your breath 
  11. As it settles start to think about lenghtening your inhlataions and exhalations, each round becoming a little fuller and slower. 
  12. Stay with this steady breath, letting the mind settle on the rhythmn of the breath for as long as possible
Spend as long as you can with these first few simple steps, practcing it as often as possible and each time maybe sitting with it for a little longer. This will offer time for you to get more used to sitting quitely and even just a few moments of this exercice will start to calm the nervous system, settle the mind and offer clarity and a fresh perspective to your day. 
This can of course be done anywhere, anytime, so if you find this useful then please do introduce it into your day, at work, ont he tube, whereevr possible, just a few moments like this can make all the difference :-)
I hope you enjoy these first few steps. The next phase will be posted in a few weeks to allow time for you to work on this part first :-)
Please let me know if you have any questions.. I am so happy to hear your voices and help you find that calmness you are looking for, so get in touch! 
With much love, 
Tash x 



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