Smashing X-boxes – and other tales of living with teens

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This is what an Xbox looks like after it’s been dropped from a first floor window. It happened a year ago and it wasn’t my finest parenting moment. In fact, it was the culmination of years of frustration at the grip of computer gaming on my sons – who were then aged 15 and 13 – and my failure to instill in them what I considered to be a healthy approach to screen-time.

Computer gaming – and our inability to regulate the amount of time they spent on it – seemed to be the cause of almost all our family arguments; homework was being rushed; activities like reading and music were being jettisoned; boys weren’t coming for meals when they were ready; bedtimes were frought; and most of all, the way we were all speaking to each other was horrible. Continue reading

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Beat the flu and boost your immune system with restorative yoga

With news headlines warning us of the spread of the Corona flu virus, now is the time to take steps to boost our immune systems. High on the NHS list of ways to stay healthy this winter are getting good sleep, reducing stress, and eating foods such as berries and garlic. You can find effective help for the first two – sleep and stress reduction – with a practice of restorative yoga.

The roots of restorative yoga are with B.K.S. Iyengar, who helped bring yoga to the West in the 1950s. He invented a style in which we use props to rest and relax in poses longer – sometimes up to 30 minutes. One of his former students, Judith Hanson Lasater, brought restorative practice into the mainstream creating a special teacher certification, which I completed in 2013. I include restorative poses in most of my classes, but also run three-hour purely restorative workshops, which are particularly lovely to do at this time of year.

The next afternoon restorative workshop is on Saturday 22nd February 2-5pm in Streatham Hill. Email Chris to book a place.

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Menopause is normal – and so are female bodies

holiday tattoosYesterday was national menopause day  – accompanied by a slew of press articles, many bossily telling us how to ‘sail through’ this phase of life as if nothing were happening.  The transitions going on in our bodies are often referred to as ‘symptoms’ that need to be ‘treated’. The assumption behind this medicalised approach, presumably, is that there is something wrong with us, that we are ill. But menopause is no more an illness than menstruation, pregnancy, childbirth or breast-feeding.

In fact, all of these phases are just some of the normal parts of a life being human, adult and female. Half the human population goes through menopause – if we are lucky to live long enough – and the transition can last up to 12 years. Menopause is a normal part of being human.

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Midwinter Pause: 3 hours of the deepest relaxation for body and mind

IMAG1601HoIMAG0462w would you like a whole afternoon of deep relaxation and rest for your body and mind combining the healing power of Restorative Yoga and Yoga Nidra?

In these three-hour workshops, experienced yoga teacher Chris Holt will guide you through a series of supported poses and guided relaxation to help you overcome fatigue and renew your sense of wellbeing.

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New to Yoga – 5-week course for March

img_9407_edited-1.jpgThe New to Yoga course will build on the basics of yoga – without the pressure of learning alongside people who have been practising for years! Suitable for complete beginners or those who enjoy a slow, gentle approach.

Book online here.

You have probably heard of the many benefits of yoga – improving flexibility, learning to relax, building strength and feeling better in our bodies and ourselves.  But some of us are put off from joining a class alongside lycra-clad beauties performing amazing physical feats.

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Share & Renewal Retreat for Yoga Teachers

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Lucy invites you to Yoga Najac

Four-day retreat of rest and renewal especially for yoga teachers. South-West France Thurs 13th to  Mon 17th  June 2019,  price: €200.

  • Do you sometimes feel isolated in your work as a yoga teacher?
  • Are you interested in learning from other experienced teachers – but put off by the high cost of some training intensives?
  • Do your own energy and resources need a boost?

If this sounds familiar, you are warmly invited to join Lucy Ackroyd in her beautiful home in south-west France for a four-day sharing retreat, especially devised to meet the needs of yoga teachers.

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Midwinter pause: two yoga workshops to restore and renew

IMAG1601HoIMAG0462w would you like to take a mid-winter pause between the frantic activity of Christmas and New Year? A whole afternoon of deep relaxation and rest for your body and mind combining the healing power of Restorative Yoga and Yoga Nidra.

In these two IMAG0283special mid-winter workshops, experienced yoga teacher Chris Holt will guide you through a series of supported poses and guided relaxation to help you recover from the exertions of the Christmas season, overcome fatigue and renew your sense of wellbeing.

When: Saturday 29 December 2pm-4.30pm OR Sunday 30 December 1pm-3.30pm Continue reading

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