What’s All The Fuss About Barre?

I’ve been planning to write about barre for a while now (I’ve had a draft of this post for about a year) and after having had a 3 month break and trying out a couple of different styles of exercise classes and corporate gym group fitness classes, I’ve come crawling back.

I first started barre 2 years ago, about the time that it exploded as the “it” exercise class in every fitness magazine. However, unlike every other fitness class I have taken in the past, I still love barre two years on – it has well and truly passed the fad stage. It’s never a chore for me to go to a class in my lunch break and I always feel great afterwards. Basically, the jackpot when it comes to exercise!Read More »

Why Singing is Good for You

We all have our favourite singers and styles of music that we enjoy listening to and occasionally singing along to, but did you know that the minute you open your mouth and take part it’s good for you both mentally and physically? Singing provides similar benefits to practising meditation and yoga – it’s good for clearing the mind, breathing and even your core strength! What’s more, this is the case regardless of whether you are a trained opera singer or a tone deaf shower singer!

I used to have singing lessons in primary school and I loved them but stopped when I moved to high school because I didn’t think it was “cool” anymore – so silly! However a bit over a year ago (now I’ve finished university), I began having lessons again and it has made a huge impact on my life, balancing out other activities such as work and challenging my brain in a different way as I improve my skill level! I absolutely love it – singing has had a huge positive impact on my life! So I thought I’d share with you why this might be based on some brief research and hopefully I’ll convince you to sing more too!Read More »

Coconut Oil Hair Treatment

Benefits of Coconut Oil for your Hair

A friend of mine loves to put coconut oil treatments in her hair and sometimes comes out during the day with her hair slicked back into a bun when she has the treatment in. After seeing her a few times with her sleek shiny bun, I thought I would give it a try.

There are so many claims around about the benefits of coconut oil and sometimes it’s hard to know what to believe. I’ve read some pretty big claims, one claim was that coconut oil will prevent or reverse grey hair by regenerating hair cells. I not sure how trustworthy that is but it would be pretty awesome if it were true! Another claim, that seems more reliable, is that coconut oil reduces hair loss (as it has been used for this purpose in India since ancient times). While I don’t know how effectively this works, there seems to be a common theme; coconut oil is good for and rejuvenates hair.

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Feel Good About Christmas Spirit

As all of my friend’s know, I am a BIG Christmas person! I love the whole concept, spending time together, giving, eating, shamelessly singing Christmas carols and seeing which pop star is going to release a Christmas album this year (even though it’s only about once every five years there’s actually a decent one)! Buying myself one special decoration each year, all the Christmas specials on TV and Christmas trees and lights decorating the world! But Christmas can also be a stressful time and seem more like a chore and an expensive one at that! We often lose sight of what it’s all about, despite the barrage of B-grade movies telling us all about it all through December (just so we’re clear, I do not count Love Actually in that class, that is clearly an excellent movie).

Christmas is the perfect season in which to practice mindfulness. Be in the moment and enjoy it for what it is, take out the bits you don’t like and keep what you do! It doesn’t need to be consumeristic and heartless, it can be as it’s supposed to be, a time to enjoy yourself and share a bit of love in the world. So here are a few ideas on how to bring a bit more Christmas spirit into your Christmas!Read More »