What is Tai Chi and why should people learn it?

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Senior Teacher Matthew Ward sheds light on what Tai Chi is and why people should practice it    Invented by Taoist monks, Tai Chi is a martial art developed from the much older health systems of Taoist meditation, Qigong (Chinese yoga) and Taoist Longevity breathing. Today it is used mainly as a health practise and is easily recognised by its slow sequence of movements. The Chinese Government recommends that all older people take up this art and so millions of Chinese people fill parks everyday making it the most popular form of exercise in the world. Practising Tai Chi improves…

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Meet Ellie and Find Out How She Stays Her Healthiest Self.

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About Ellie And Find Out How She Stays Her Healthiest Self. Ellie is the founder of Brighton Pilates. Her Pilates journey started initially from her love of dance and from this stemmed her interest in movement, theory and exercise. Ellie became very passionate about the Pilates method at a young age as she used Pilates to supplement her dance training. It was during her years of studying Dance at Roehampton University that she discovered her love for teaching and the more scientific aspect of dance/movement. It was after graduating at University that she went onto study Pilates at Body Control Pilates…

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Moving Stretch what is it?

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First of all let us take a look at what Moving Stretch actually is – Moving Stretch is a form of resistance stretching which is unique, differing from other stretching techniques, as we concentrate on the actual movement of the stretch while engaging the muscle throughout the whole range of motion. By resisting against the stretch we are not only engaging the muscle, we are also engaging the fascia. Fascia is the dense connective tissue that runs throughout our body making us the shape in which we are. Ideally the fibres in the fascia should be aligned but these fibres…

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All *NEW* Classical Mat Pilates

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Joseph Pilates created the method nearly a century ago. Classical Mat Pilates is a class which stays true to the original principles created by Joe. What can you expect from the above Classical Course? You will learn: The systematic, sequential order of exercises and transitions that focus on flow, which helps to develop endurance and stamina. Start to move through the exercises with the intended dynamic rhythm. Progression occurs once the exercises can be executed with control and precision. You will learn a workout that you can do at home, no equipment is needed. You will improve your mental and…

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The gift of Restorative Yoga from us to you.

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Restorative Yoga, from us to you. I never even used to like seated asanas. What’s the point? Give me a Vinyasa any day. Then I gave Restorative Yoga a go and, to my surprise, dove into a deeply therapeutic practice that moved more mountains than a Tadasana ; ). Now I can’t get enough of deep, slow flowing movement and long held postures. Some days I feel like a bull in a china shop, and it’s on those days I know I need the practice more than ever. Don’t get me started on the benefits of Yoga, I’ll talk your…

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Please help the Children of Syria

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As the news of Aleppo fills our TV screens and newsfeeds it’s hard to not feel effected by it. The absolute devastation to the city, the lives lost and the lives in ruins just breaks your heart. Families, children trying to flee the city, seeing children as young as my niece and nephew walking hand in hand with nowhere to go, babies as young as my son covered in blood just begs you to help. These scenes are appalling and we can’t just sit back and watch. Even if we donate a small amount this way we are showing our…

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Yoga Luxe founded by Kirsty Norton

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Friend and local Yoga teacher Kirsty Norton talks to us about her yoga brand and how it helps to support real people. Yoga Luxe was founded by me, Kirsty Norton, I’ve been a yoga teacher since 1994. In 2015 I was feeling frustrated with some of the bigger yoga brands making so much money and not giving back. So instead of moaning about it, I decided to take it into my own hands. I wanted to create a yoga gift site and collaborate with great human beings doing things they love and at the same time give a percentage back…

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Get your honey fix with these tasty recipes

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As we approach hay fever season it’s a good idea to try fight off the symptoms with the age old solution of honey. Particularly beneficial is a local honey so go check out your local grocery store for a honey from your nearby bee keeper. The following recipes can be integrated into your weekly recipes but for a daily honey intake try to get into a routine of having honey, lemon and ginger water when you wake each morning. Nutty fruit smoothie 120ml water 60g soya yoghurt 75g raspberries 1/4 medium banana 2tbsp walnuts 1tbsp blanched almonds 1tbsp honey ice cubes Blend…

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Ease Hayfever with Chamomile

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 Chamomile tea An antioxidant and antihistamine, chamomile tea also contains flavonoids and acts     effectively as an anti-inflammatory agent. While best taken as a cuppa during the day, chamomile tea can also be used as an eye compress. The compress provides a cooling effect to swollen, red eyes caused by hay fever and reduces irritability considerably. When to take: Daily – as a cuppa, or as an eye compress. Make sure to use a fresh compress for each eye to avoid infection. Making and using a compress: Step 1 – Submerge an instant chamomile teabag in water. Leave it…

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Healthy food for a beautiful you. 30 Day plan

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Since 4th January i’ve been following the 30 day My Escape healthy eating plan. I feel like I’ve lost weight, i feel happier and healthier since all the over indulging at Christmas. The plan provides 30 days of daily meals, shopping lists and exercises to follow. Meals are all dairy free, gluten free, free of processed sugars, no meat and no alcohol. I’ve just finished my 4th week, I’ve been very committed only having the odd coffee and some chicken with a roast (it was the only option, honest) The plan has really helped me to kick my cake and…

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