When is the Best Time to Set Your Goals? Tips for Effective Goal Setting

Goal setting seems to be all the rage, right? And not just in the workplace, but also in personal lives. More and more we are turning to techniques like goal setting, manifesting and visualisation to steer our lives toward our dreams. And the studies show that goal-setters have a 43% higher likelihood of achieving their […]

It’s time to embrace inconsistency, not habit change.

I have a problem with habit-change books. I can see they are well-intentioned, and it’s a compelling idea that you can make something like working out so easy and consistent that you do it just as easily as you brush your teeth every day. When I first read habit books like Gretchen Rubin’s Better Than […]

The 10 daily health practices that have transformed my energy

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First, a caveat. I LOVE yoga and I credit it for transforming my life in so many ways, and particularly when it comes to my energy levels. As my posture has come into better alignment and I have got stronger through yoga, my energy levels have significantly increased. I’ve also seen my backache disappear, migraines […]

Here’s why I’m not celebrating International Yoga Day

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Inaugurated by the United Nations in 2014, International Yoga Day (IYD) was the culmination of a campaign led by Indian Prime Minister Modi. Unsurprisingly, its political origins have been a source of controversy in the yoga world since its inception. Yet, little has been written about the subject in mainstream yoga publications, and we are […]

How to know if you’re heading toward burnout

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Stress is a word that gets banded around quite freely. When you ask how someone is doing “I’m a bit stressed but I’m fine” is a phrase I hear a lot, or “This is so stressful” when doing a difficult task. You might even consider yourself quite stressed. But how do you know when stress […]

How to reconnect with your yoga practice when you feel unmotivated

Every summer, yoga studios go quiet. As the heat begins to rise, studios here get quieter, and there’s a gentle, quiet buzz to the spaces that I love. I have taught and worked in several studios, and I’m yet to see a studio that thrives on attendance in the summer months. It is partly due […]

How to feel restored and re-energised without getting more sleep

Is anyone else tired of the sleep brigade? I feel exhausted just listening to people telling me that I need to get more sleep! I find it frustrating when I see influencers and podcasters sharing statistics on how important sleep is, because I genuinely don’t believe that it will change sleep behaviour. Generally, prioritising my […]

3 powerful ways yoga can help with anxiety

Yoga is often talked about as a positive tool to help people reduce symptoms of anxiety. Does it actually help? It can, but it’s crucial you find a style and teacher that works for you.

Why is posture important?


In short: posture is important! Here is why it matters, the connection between posture and pain, and how improving your posture can help benefit your body.

Take a walk every day on your lunch break and watch how your career transforms

Melanie looking out at beautiful view of hills

Take a walk every day on your lunch break and watch how your career transforms If I offered you a pill that would make you feel happier, and healthier, improve your ability to concentrate on your work, improve your relationship with your colleagues, and had no negative side effects, would you jump at the chance? […]

How to keep your shoulders healthy when practicing yoga

How to keep your shoulders healthy when practicing yoga The shoulders are the most mobile joint in the body, and in yoga we put a lot of demand on them! It’s important to keep the shoulders healthy in terms of both strength and mobility so we can keep practicing yoga for a long time. Here’s […]

4 ways yoga effectively helps reduce and manage stress

When we put our muscles under load (stress!) they respond by getting stronger to meet that demand. In many ways, the stress in our lives can have the same positive impact. Think about: how often has a deadline pushed you to get work done that otherwise you would never have got around to?

How to choose a yoga mat

How to choose a yoga mat Choosing a yoga mat is one of the most common questions I have been asked as a yoga teacher! There is so much choice available, tonnes of features – do you want Eco-friendly? Alignment markings? Is more expensive really better? Here is a guide to choosing your yoga mat […]