Here are my Tips to Overcome Back Pain
Nov13

Here are my Tips to Overcome Back Pain

Back pain can be so debilitating! A few months ago I explained the basic principles behind lower back issues and I thought I would continue that theme. I have had a lot of great feedback and this month’s blog is all about your back health. Because of our sedentary, seated lifestyle, a lot of us have lower back pain or discomfort, tight hamstrings, tight hips and so on. All leading to poor mobility in the hips area and the lower back....

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This is Alzheimer’s
Oct12

This is Alzheimer’s

The doctor announced nonchalantly that Dad had Alzheimer’s. And as if it wasn’t enough, it was already at an advanced stage. How could I not have known? A couple of years ago, he said he didn’t know where Malaysia was when I told him I was flying to Paris via Kuala Lumpur. I remember being surprised, considering Dad was well read and familiar with geography yet, when we don’t want to see something, we find all kinds of excuses. I sat...

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Snakes, Ladders & Parenting
Sep11

Snakes, Ladders & Parenting

Snakes & Ladders and keys… I am sure, as mums, we all can feel like we are playing a game of snakes and ladders with our children: roll the dice, move forward, up to a ladder or fall down a snake’s back. I am talking about the morning routine…we all know the one, that one when every single thing that could go wrong has gone wrong… The morning alarm didn’t go off (notice how I’m not taking responsibility for this, I forgot to...

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This is why yoga works
Aug10

This is why yoga works

This is why yoga works for improving core strength. For a long time I was very confused about what core strength truly meant. In yoga classes, the cue “engage your core” didn’t mean anything, as I had no idea what to do or not do, which muscles to engage etc. Even more confusing was the idea that I had to keep my belly soft while engaging my core. So I started looking into it and came across a booklet ‘Functional Pilates‘...

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13 Reasons Why and the Acrobatics of Parenting
Jul03

13 Reasons Why and the Acrobatics of Parenting

There are many, many yoga related topics I could write about. But today my mind was hijacked by the controversial Netflix series “Thirteen Reasons Why” and writing about what true core is seemed really unimportant today. For those of you who don’t know, the show is about a teenager who decides to take her own life. It’s a controversial show because some say that it normalises suicide, and even makes it glamorous. Certainly, I...

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‘Days of Future Past’ or Reflections on Childhood
Jun05

‘Days of Future Past’ or Reflections on Childhood

Strange days, here we come! It’s interesting how life has this way of throwing things at us that we are not ready for. Last July I had to fly back to France – an emergency with my parents, during which and quite unexpectedly, I had to find a retirement home for them. On my last day, I went to see them in their “new” home then went back to their “old”, now empty home with a heavy heart, proceeded to empty the fridge, clean out...

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‘The Eyes Have It’ or the practice of meditation
May04

‘The Eyes Have It’ or the practice of meditation

One thing I love to do to enrich my yoga and meditation practice, is read from various reputable sources and practice by myself and/or guided by a good, experienced teacher. Recently I have had the challenging task of emptying my parent’s apartment and saying goodbye to my childhood, the home my brother and I grew up in. It has been exhausting, both physically and emotionally. Yet, what has kept my head on my shoulders and my...

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Busy? Find Balance among the Chaos with these quick 7 yoga movements
Apr17

Busy? Find Balance among the Chaos with these quick 7 yoga movements

As a mum of (only!) two, there are times when it becomes extremely challenging to keep up with the  frantic pace of a life with kids: a mum often is a professional, a psychologist, a nurse, a taxi driver, a chef and meal planner, a maid, a fairy, a wife and many other roles! Among all this, it becomes difficult to find time to do something for ourselves, let alone find time to do a yoga practice, or practice of anything at all. So,...

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Learning To Love Yourself Through Yoga
Mar06

Learning To Love Yourself Through Yoga

‘Learning to love yourself’ – We’ve all heard it so many times, and especially us busy mums! But what does that mean anyway? It’s all over social media, magazines and self-help books… I had trouble with understanding the concept for many years until I decided I wanted to learn how to do a free-standing handstand (which I perceived it to be a yoga pose completely out of my league and reserved for acrobats). How does that...

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How to make New Year resolutions successful
Feb20

How to make New Year resolutions successful

Most people have a New Year’s resolution yet why it is necessary to wait for the New Year is beyond me but nonetheless every January and February I see it – the yoga studios, gyms and pools are flooded with genuinely well-intentioned souls bringing their body for a workout. Then, halfway through the month, a good quarter has given up … Why is this so? The main problem with these resolutions is that they are not...

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