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Relaxation: A Spiritual Perspective

For those on the frontline of this pandemic, dealing with exhaustion, grief and distress on a daily basis, it may seem like a distant dream to be able to feel any sense of inner calm and peace at the moment. The body is pumped full of adrenaline and cortisol, the stress response is at an […]

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Preparing a Strong Body

I’ve been collating some useful information coming through about preparing the body to be able to fight the SARS-COV-2 virus as best we can. But lets be clear, these recommendations are actually just a clear message to boost our immune system from within…virus or not. This is something we should be doing all the time. […]

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Reflections on the journey to race day

Guest Blog: Written by Fozia Roked, paediatrician interested in high dependency care, mum, born and bred in Birmingham. Interests: human factors in NHS, baking, war journalism, sports.    6 months ago, we brainstormed ideas for a ladies challenge to raise money for The Olton Project. We had some doubts; how many people would actually sign […]

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The Body on Trauma: Part 1

Trauma is part of life. It always has been. Whereas in the past people developed systems like meditation, yoga, community support and used religions, rituals and natural ways of calming the mind, soothing the nervous system and healing the body, we here in the West have developed a complicated system of over-diagnosing, over-medicalising and labelling […]

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Simple ways to connect with your soul

Easy ways to connect with your soul everyday to make life a whole lot nicer.   A Night-time Reflection Every night just sit back and think of the day. You can do this as you relax on the sofa, in bed or after you pray. Pick out moments of joy and feel them again, with […]

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Move your Body

I’m not anti-gym…no I started there…but my goodness, I ain’t going to stay there…and God forbid, end there! Being within the fitness world and industry and yet far enough out of it to see it for what it is, I can honestly say that we have developed a really warped way of looking at how […]

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Walk amongst the Trees

  There is not much better than a dark,rainy autumn morning for a self-reflective walk in the park. And today was certainly one of those walks. I was just observing the darkness of the sky and thought how my daily movement practice has sustained me through the best of times and the darkest of times. […]

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The Sweetness of Life

Sugar has become the new “bad guy” of our diet replacing our demonisation of fat. While it is true that we need to reduce significantly the excessive levels of refined sugars and carbohydrates we eat, it is unreasonable to deny the need for sweetness in our diet. In Ayuverda it is well recognised that sweetness […]

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Decolonising Fitness: Reclaiming Health

I’m a British Pakistani, a Muslim mum, a middle-aged, brown-skinned, softly curved woman, a fitness professional, an exercise instructor and wellness educator. Where do I fit in this industry of fitness and health? As Women of Colour (WOC) it’s time to have a conversation about the challenges we face and how we could work together […]

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Exercise in Ramadan: an alternative view.

It’s a question that gets asked a lot….”exercise during Ramadan?”  Google it and you will see a hundered posts on the benefits of maintaining your exercise regime (if not a little reduced), the best times to workout, the best type of workout,the best pre workout snack, post workout protein etc etc….hey Ive even written a […]

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