As a yoga teacher, Max Strom saw the powerful effects that really using our breath can have. He’s now teaching the benefits to others, including doctors. Breathwork, he says, can release long-held emotions such as fear and grief. The way we breathe is connected to how we communicate and what we feel. In an age when we’re seeing more and more people suffer with anxiety and stress, he believes that cultivating simple methods of really using our breath can transform our lives. And he demonstrates an exercise for us that we can all try.
Two years ago, Josh Quigley woke in the middle of the night, got into his car and drove into a concrete barrier at 80 miles-an-hour. A crippling battle with depression had held this outwardly happy Scottish entrepreneur in a deadly grip. Miraculously, Quigley escaped unscathed. He decided to travel the world as ‘The Tartan Explorer’, […]
Time Surfer In a time when we seem to drown in a wave of busyness, Zen monk Paul Loomans asks the essential: How can I ride the wave instead? A former theatre actor and director, Loomans is the founder of Unravelling Stress in Amsterdam, where he works with individuals and groups to regain a sense […]
Team GB Olympic Athlete When 20-year old Jack Green stumbled over a hurdle during the 2012 London Olympics, his dream and his mind exploded. ‘I couldn’t do one run without feeling awful.’ Green descended into depression, contemplating suicide. During an 18-month break he learned to control his self-destructive perfectionism. ‘I never fell out of love […]
Yoga, Diet, and Sleep Expert Stress is just our perception of a future event. Most often it doesn’t even materialize, says London-based yoga guru and health expert Howard Napper. Napper, a very fit fifty-something, started his own quest after hitting rock bottom as an eighteen-year-old boozing and drugging fashion designer. Through simple lifestyle choices, like […]
Yoga Goddess Some of us have dabbled with the downward dog. Not so many know it can totally sort out your brain. ‘The greatest benefits are not only physical strength but also strength of mind,’ says Australian-born yoga guru Sascha Wyness. London-based Wyness has been practicing yoga since her early 20s and says it has […]
Nutrition Goddess: Yoga Kitchen Food is not just something you put into your body. It’s a philosophy. Kimberly Parsons, naturopath, self-trained chef and author of The Yoga Kitchen, is convinced mental conditions like anxiety and depression can be cured by food and herbs. The Australian surfer chick-turned-health expert moved to London for love and now […]
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