TALES FROM MY YOGA MAT: BREATH

How breath is key... not just in Yoga, but in life in general. Breath is intrinsically linked to our well being. All yoga postures and movement start with a single inhale or exhale. Breath is where our energy and power comes from when we need it, it is also the key to letting go and releasing in certain postures. Read more about how breath helps me reconnect and find some stillness....

When I make it onto my yoga mat, it’s an opportunity for me to connect to myself. Firstly through, my breath… with every inhale, and exhale I feel myself arrive… my body, mind and spirit join together. Sometimes it can be the first time that day, that I am truly present in the moment.

Recently my body has been feeling pretty tired, so naturally I have wanted to do a gentle practice; a few postures, and a bit of stretching to get my body moving and work out any creases. A lot of pranayama (breath work) and always a little mediation and relaxation at the end.

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INSPIRED BY NATURE: FOREST + FOUND

Artists Abigail and Max, from Forest + Found talk about how nature impacts and shapes their work. Find out more about their handcrafted approach and how their work is driven by material and process. Read more on Geoffrey and Grace...

I hope you are all enjoying the ‘Inspired by Nature’ series as much as I am loving putting it together for you, I am super thankful to have interviewed some amazing folk for the series so far, and you can catch up with all previous posts here, but before you do that, please welcome artists Abigail and Max, who run the studio practice Forest + Found.

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A SIMPLE KITCHEN

Plans and inspiration for our simple kitchen: follow us as we update and restore a room that hasn't been touched in over thirty years. Photography credit Stephen Kent

About this time last year I shared this post about our house restoration and some plans for a simple kitchen. We were looking into simplifying and updating it since the space has not been decorated for a good thirty years. Well, shortly after writing that, I was asked to collaborate with British Gypsum on creating an inspirational work space with a magnetic wall (catch up with that here). The work room got all my attention, and the kitchen was forgotten about.

A whole year later and not much has happened. The space was left halfway finished. In fact, you couldn’t even say that. Here’s a re-cap of what we have done so far…

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A SLOW FAMILY LUNCH: FOR THE LOVE OF LINEN

Why a slow family lunch is becoming a tradition in our house and why it’s one of the simple things that recharges me for the week ahead.One of my favourite things to do at the weekend is have a long, slow, family lunch, where we gather around the table, get to spend time together, and enjoy home cooked food.

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HOW TO KEEP WARM & SAVE ENERGY THIS WINTER

How to keep warm and save energy this Winter. A simple DIY for a homemade draught excluder.

It’s been one of the coldest Winters in a long time here. For months I have been wearing two cardigans and drinking lots of hot tea. Our old victorian house is pretty draughty, and it’s really noticeable at this time of year. I have been thinking about all the things we can do to make sure we save energy, and I decided to make myself a draught excluder for the front door in order to keep us all a little warmer.

I recently heard about smart meters, which show you exactly how much gas and electricity you are consuming. They’re a great way to help you be more mindful about your heating and the appliances you use. Plus they also tell you exactly how much energy you use in pounds and pence. That means no more estimated bills, you pay for what you use. It will be so useful to be able to identify times when we are using lots of energy, so we can cut back – a visual reminder that is bound to motivate you to turn that landing light off!

The draught excluder was super simple to make, and no doubt I will be making a few more for the back of the house. I also decided to add some dried lavender to the filling so it will smell lovely too.

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