After the mindfulness course – what happened next?

I received a letter in the post this morning, written in my own handwriting. I thought for a moment. It wasn't Valentine's Day, so what could it be? It was something I'd written 6 months ago, during the final session of an 8 week mindfulness course. I began the course as I was around 6 month's ...

Yoga & young kids: how, why, what…why?

My Downward Dog pose may be more Wobbly Whippet than Graceful Greyhound, but yoga has been my faithful friend for over 7 years now. I find that even a few minutes here and there aids my ongoing search for serenity (it’s probably lurking under the sofa with all the half-eaten food, and dolls' house furniture). ...

A daily intention to improve your day

"So, does this mean I need to buy you a new ring?" My husband looked suspicious. "Well that's a nice idea", I replied as he retreated with some haste. "But it's not strictly necessary", I added, as the study door closed. Let me explain. I've been experimenting recently with setting daily intentions. Finding life with baby and ...

How full is your cup today?

How full is my cup? My cup is always full. In fact, I currently have five full cups of tea stationed around the flat. I never get the chance to bloody drink them. Or do you mean bra cups? Those particular cups do runneth over. Thanks to a ravenous baby they’re inflated beyond all reasonable proportions. There ...

Why babies make excellent meditation aids

Of late, my meditation practice (such as it was) has, like the rest of me, gone a bit slack. Every day I plan to factor in a little relaxation, a few stretches – something to soothe and refresh my tired, frayed mind. And then, the day whirls by in haze of toddler negotiations, baby feeding frenzies ...

Breathing exercises for young children

I’m walking around the house with feathers in my bra. It’s almost like our own private Mardi Gras. Wait, I might try that out as a rap. Three weeks in to life as a family of four, and the sleep deprivation is beginning to take its toll.  As such, I have been trying to think of ...

The big turn off – AKA Superpowered Sleep!

Last week I embarked on project ‘Superpowered Sleep’. I had an epic, rib-shattering cough and cold, and the additional symptom of excessive whinging led me to suspect I was a victim of man-flu. The lines between night and day were fuzzier than usual but I still managed to focus on ‘superpowering’ my sleep, by which I ...

I am toddler, hear me roar (lion’s breath practice)

‘We're going to be lions,’ I say. ‘Rah,’ says the toddler. This was going to be easy. Keen to see an improvement in our afternoon energy levels, this week for my Parenting Calm project, the toddler and I decided to try a yogic breathing technique called lion’s breath (click here for instructions).Continue Reading...

A two minute trick for instant calm

Our week started slowly. ‘It’s 9.15 on a Monday morning,’ commented my husband, ‘and none of us are dressed. What kind of a working family is this?’ Now if the decade I spent as a home-based wine rep taught me anything, it's that wearing pyjamas at midday is perfectly acceptable, and in no way related to productivity. ...