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This is Downward Dog with a detox twist, literally: Revolved Downward-Facing Dog, also known as Parivrtta Adho Mukha Svanasana. As energising and rejuvenating as its famous cousin, this asana also has the added benefits of stretching the ribcage and abdominal obliques, and bringing a deeper stretch to the hamstrings. The ‘twist’ part also tones and massages your internal, stimulating detox, metabolism and digestion.  Don’t believe us? Try doing this after a rich meal. Your digestion will thank you. 

But that’s what also makes this pose perfect in spring, a time of awakening from the stupor of winter and detoxing and re-energising the body. Start in Downward-Facing Dog and press through the palms and ankles, fingers spread wide, weight distributed evenly between the both hands. Inhale, bring your left hand to the outside of your right ankle, allowing your torso to open to the right. If you can’t reach the ankle, rest your hand on the outside of your right shin or upper thigh. 

Relax the neck and take the gaze under the right side of the body. Hold for 5-10 breaths. Exhale. Inhale and twist back to Downward-Facing Dog. Repeat on the other side and enjoy. 

Revolved Downward-Facing Dog / Yoga XTC via Pinterest

Apr 23
A detoxing downward-facing dog

If you’re over present-buying and tree-decorating (it’s only the 3rd of Dec, just sayin’), spare a thought for #GivingTuesday. Local charity Hackney Winter Night Shelter gives a roof to the homeless during winter. Something offering protection from the cold during these frigid climes? That’s something we can all relate to. And don’t think money’s the only thing you can give - check out the infographic below for ways you can help xx

Infographic / The Family Dinner Tree Project via According to Nina

Dec 4
#GivingTuesday

"‘Limits’ is a relative term. Like beauty, it is often in the eye of the beholder." - Chris Burden

Nov 6
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So you want to go to yoga. So you want to look good. So you want to go somewhere afterwards but you don’t want to carry 100kg x crap with you, nor do you want to rock up looking like you did, in fact, just come from a yoga class. Or perhaps being comfy-like-a-yoga-class is your fashion remit in life. Either way, an outfit to help you stretch in in style. 

  1. Leggings, by Lululemon. A pair of basic black leggings… or are they? Not your basic cotton pair, these high-stretch babies not only feel amazing, they look amazing, and that’s all you want from a pair of leggings, right? Try them on to believe it. 
  2. Yoga vest, by Sweaty Betty. You know those tank tops with straps everywhere that you put on over your head, peer at the straps and think WTH, and then decide you can’t even figure out how to put it on? This is the opposite. Again, the high-stretch fabric makes you look good, while the built-in bra reduces the need for fiddly bits even more. 
  3. T-shirt sweater, by Les Petites. Comfort with a hint of structure and French je ne sais quoi
  4. Cardigan, by Burfitt X Mysore Yoga Paris. As comfortable as a blanket around you, but much more stylish. And doesn’t fall off your shoulders.  
  5. Hooded reversible shearling jacket, by T by Alexander Wang. Should the cardigan not be enough for the frigid European weather, this will most certainly cover it, pun not intended.
  6. Leather backpack, by Marni. Hey. You can’t undo all that great alignment by wearing a one-shoulder bag, can you? (Although guilty as charged *cough* *cough*)

Sep 29

(Source: zanthura, via beautifulpicturesofhealthyfood)

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Sep 20

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Thoughtful Tuesdays: Silence is one of the great arts of conversation
Aug 20

Thoughtful Tuesdays: Silence is one of the great arts of conversation

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Who’s going where tomorrow? 
/ The Coveteur
Aug 19

Who’s going where tomorrow? 

/ The Coveteur

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Bold, brash, youthful and yet feminine: a Raf Simons twist on couture at his new position at Christian Dior/ Vogue.com

Jul 3
Christian Dior fall 2012 couture