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Repping the VGANG for ETHCS

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Repping the VGANG for ETHCS I remember coming across Ethcs a couple of years ago with my boyfriend, back when they were called Ethics and Antics, in my local vegan health food shop in Exeter. Chris, who helps run the shop Seasons and the cafe Rabbit alongside his mum and grandma, was wearing one of the VGANG classic t-shirts that grabbed my attention. Side note: if you ever find yourself in Exeter I urge you to go and check out Seasons and their cafe Rabbit – which is just a couple of doors down! They’re such a lovely group of people…

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New Ethical clothing brand launches.

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Featuring Brighton girl and regular at Studio iO, Danielle Timms and her new ethical clothing brand. Active Therapy is a luxury ethical clothing brand handmade with organic fabrics. From dance, yoga to high sport the brand aims to give you daily strength. The brand was formed from the love of being active and the joy it can bring (therapy). All garments are handmade locally and fabrics are sourced ethically to create sustainable products. The designer worked in fashion production for many years before completing MA (Master of the Arts) at the London College of Fashion in innovation. This manifested into…

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Helen’s TOP 3 essentials for a yoga practice PART 1

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Breath We all know breathing is part of yoga. But did you know breathing IS yoga. So if there’s one practice you can do on and off your mat all the time, it’s breathe. We breathe in on average 11,000 litres of air a day. We breathe more than we do anything else. If we can learn to breathe well, we can improve our health more quickly than we could by changing our movement, eating, sleeping or living habits. We’re doing it anyway so we may as well do it well. So how do you know if you’re breathing well?…

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Yoga, Travel & Gratitude PT 2

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After completing my yoga teacher training in India, I travelled inland to Hampi, south to Kerala and eventually north to Rajasthan, but in-between these trips I was offered an opportunity to teach daily yoga classes where I was staying in Goa. This was a really beautiful experience, especially being so fresh from teacher training, I got to teach Vinyasa, Hatha flow and even a few Yin classes. My daily life centred around yoga and cake. What a lovely existence. When I returned home in Spring I was excited to plan my next trip and had decided it was the right…

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Yoga, Travel & Gratitude

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Yoga, Travel & Gratitude My first trip with the sole purpose of yoga/AcroYoga/movement was to Greece in September 2016. I only booked a place at a course and my flights a few days before I had to arrive. I had an unexpected week off of work, and suddenly I felt like Greece was the right place to be. Going to Greece was one of my best decisions, a whole week of practice at beautiful Sunshine House, and like every trip since, it opened many doors. I met a wonderful woman called Jenny who was a teacher at a yoga school…

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Yin. Yoga. Love

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Yin. Yoga. Love. By Mary Rose Dias “There is a crack in everything. That’s how the light gets in.” – Leonard Cohen Life is beautiful. And challenging and painful and euphoric and totally crazy. Sometimes agonising. But so, so beautiful. We all have our broken bits. Our cracks. And these bits are our homework, our personal assignments and our life lessons. When we commit to our homework and we show up for ourselves, that is when the magic truly happens. That is when we flourish and really learn to love and show compassion for ourselves and others. I love teaching…

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Why learn to engage your bandhas?

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Why learn to engage your bandhas? You may have been in a yoga class and heard the teacher give the instruction to ‘engage your bandhas’, and been a bit unsure as to what they’re really talking about. So what are the bandhas and how can they help us in our yoga practice? Put simply, the bandhas are internal muscular ‘locks’, which you can voluntarily engage to control the flow of energy within the body, and enhance your yoga practice. Named Mula Bandha (or sometimes Moola Bandha), Uddiyana Bandha and Jalandhara Bandha, the main locks run along the sushumna of the…

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Remedies for Stiff Shoulders & Upper Back Pain

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Remedies for Stiff Shoulders & Upper Back Pain Nowadays, more and more people find themselves sitting for a long period of time. The difficulty to maintain an upright and correct sitting posture makes stiff shoulders and upper back pain become some of the most common problems that people experience. In some serious cases, these problems might even prevent people from getting a good night sleep. If you are one of those people who constantly experience these problems, feel free to give the following simple stretches and home remedies a try! Tools needed: Yoga block – if you do not have…

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The Power of Acceptance

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When I first started practicing yoga, the monkey pose/full splits/hanumanasana was something I wanted to achieve. In addition to attending yoga classes daily, I would work on hip openers and stretches for my hamstrings, quadriceps and calves. I was very eager and desperate to make it happen that I did not realise I was pushing myself too far, until one morning while I was working on the usual stretches, I heard a loud pop at the back of my left leg, which was followed by a sharp pain. The dreadful thought of not being able to walk forever popped into…

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Teacher of the month – Louise Yu

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What is Yoga? Yoga is meditation. Yoga is stretching. Yoga is a good workout. Yoga is relaxing. The above statements are some of the most frequent answers I have come across when a person attempts to explain what yoga is. Etymologically, the word yoga is derived from the Hindu word yuj, which means to yoke or bond and very often it is being interpreted as a “union”. Personally, I believe there is not an exact definition for yoga and it could be interpreted in many ways by different people. When I first started practicing yoga, I thought yoga was a…

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