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A Lost Voice? by Sarah K

A Lost Voice ?       When I was 10 years old, my youngest brother was born. We’ve always called him Mish Mish. His name is Ahmed. He was born with a mutation of the long arm of a particular gene. It’s the same gene that is affected in people with Williams syndrome, but […]

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2021: A Butterfly Emerges

  Have you emerged yet?                       I wrote a post last year about 2020…a year that changed the world: individually and collectively. It seemed like something BIG was going on – on another level and I thought I had figured it out. I wrote: We […]

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We are all worthy

  A wonderfully authentic exploration of our sense of worthiness by Ginseng Sparrow. Self-worth is s uch a deep and complex part of what many of us believe about ourselves, and yet so simply and expressively articulated. Yes we are all connected and worthy of being here just as we are.   How do you […]

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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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Magical Moments

This post is from an email I sent out to participants of my “Mothers and Daughters Fitcamp” in 2015! I thought I’d share it. Hi Guys, I know a lot of you couldn’t make it this week and thank you for letting me know. I’m actually feeling really overwhelmed this evening because I had a […]

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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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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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The Power of Swimming

  Dip into the cool water Become aware of the temperature against your skin Settle, and start to move, gently cutting through the water Find a steady rhythm in body and breath And soon you begin to to feel it…the flow The external noise subsides, stiffness in the body releases, the stresses of the mind […]

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