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Yoga Magic – How yoga helps new mums to be healthy and happy

Mother and Baby Yoga Classes

Postnatal yoga classes give you the opportunity to use your body strongly and safely.

By Qualified Yoga Teacher,  Lisa Valentine

Yoga is amazing. It can deliver both physical and emotional benefits to anyone – and it is particularly beneficial for mothers in the weeks and months after giving birth.

Having a baby changes everything, from fluctuating hormones and a new sleep schedule to how you negotiate your new identity as a parent. Pregnancy and birth obviously take a toll on the mother’s body too, and it’s natural to want to get back into shape, the way we were before we had a baby. But that instinct isn’t always helpful – our bodies are constantly in transition, so it may not be possible to return to exactly the way you were before. Having said that, you can certainly expect to be healthy, vital, and strong again. Continue reading

4 Rules to Being Fit and Healthy in 2017

By Sara Southey, founder of fitness programme The Southey Way

Sara Southey

Sara Southey runs The Southey Way, a new business venture which helps to support men and women become fitter and stronger

Sara Southey runs The Southey Way, a new business venture which helps to support men and women become fitter and stronger enabling them to take on life’s challenges with energy and confidence to live life to the full.  In this guest post, she shares her 4 Rule to being fit and healthy in the hope that it will help you on your journey of fitness, strength and confidence.

The last few months have been stressful for me.  Running 2 businesses, looking after hubby, 2 kids, 4 spaniels (one a puppy!) as well as trying to keep on top of my training.  I was very relieved to go away last week for a break with the girls.

Whilst I was away, I rested.  No work, minimal exercise and lots of sleep.  I gave myself permission to just relax and do what I wanted when I wanted.  This gave me time to reset and rethink how I was going to change things when I got home.  Obviously, the responsibilities were not going to change but I have been able to remind myself that I am human and as such need to remember at all times the priorities of why I do what I do and the balance that is required to do them.

I am sharing these with you as they may help you make your own mind up about your fit & healthy balance and how to achieve it.

So here are my 4 Post Holiday rules for me to be fit and healthy: Continue reading

Yoga: The secret sauce for a perfect pregnancy (and beyond)?

Vicky in her Sweat Studios session. Yoga is a great way to relax and stay fit during pregnancy. It has many post-natal benefits for both mother and baby too.

How yoga helped me through pregnancy, birth and beyond

Yoga is a great way to relax and stay fit during pregnancy. It has many post-natal benefits for both mother and baby too. We talked to Vicky Haynes, aged 34 from Milton Keynes, about her experience and why yoga became the perfect exercise for her, pre and post baby.

As well as providing a great way to keep in shape, yoga offered Vicky some much needed ‘me time’ and a way of relieving stress from work. Vicky was encouraged to give it a go by the whole host of celebrities that swear by Hot Yoga. And, as well as looking to tone up, Vicky hoped that the improved fitness and wellbeing might help her to conceive a child.

Like many people though, Vicky wondered if yoga was too much about chanting and not enough about tangible physical benefits. Would it be too slow to feel like a workout? There was also the worry that it was ‘only for skinny people’. Continue reading