A large majority of mums suffer with acne during and after pregnancy with stress and dehydration making the problem worse. Green People’s organic products contain willow bark to soothe the skin and taget spots. It also has anti-inflammatory properties, regulates sebum production and helps kill the bacteria related to acne. This active ingredient also gently exfoliates the skin and has a keratolytic action, penetrating into follicles and opening blocked pores. Foaming Clear Skin Facewash (£11.95)
This soap-free, daily face wash will keep your skin clean and clear. The gentle organic foaming formulation draws out impurities and fights blemish bacteria. Also contains tea tree extract, green tea and witch hazel to leave skin glowing. Day Solution (£14.95)
suitable for all skin types, this alcohol-free, organic daily moisturiser helps to balance and nurture the skin keeping it soft and beautifully clear. The pineapple extract gently removes dead skin cells and unblocks pores leaving the skin silky smooth and delicately scented with rose geranium. Zap & Clear Serum (£10.95)
immediate spot-zapping action containing black willow bark for a smoother, more refined skin tone. Blends lavender, lemongrass, geranium and tea tree for excellent cleansing, skin healing and antibacterial properties. It also helps to reduce redness and inflammation and minimise the appearance of fine lines. greenpeople.co.uk
This book provides an overview of the Gokhale Method, which uses primal posture and movement to help your re-establish your body’s structural integrity. In eight simple lessons, and with no special equipment and no tedious exercises, you will learn to address the root cause of your pain, with a step-by-step guide to help you re-educate your body and regain the natural, pain-free posture you were born with. This is a wonderful self-help book with over 1100 photos and illustrations. 8 Steps to a Pain-Free Back by Esther Gokhale with Susan Adams (Lotus Publishing) £18.99. Available from Amazon.co.uk
Written by a prenatal yoga teacher and a registered doula, this is a solid plan for managing the mind, body, and spirit throughout the stages of pregnancy and labour. Couples choose an intention that becomes a focal point for embracing a calm state of mind throughout the physical and emotional challenges of childbirth. They’ll also discover what to expect during each stage of labour and how to manage pain, eliminate anxiety with breathing techniques and yoga poses, guidance in drafting a birth plan and a “go to” chapter with checklists to use when the big day arrives. Highly recommended!
The Yoga Birth Method by Dorothy Guerra (Llewellyn Publications) £13.99 pguk.co.uk
Ibiza Yoga, situated in the north of the island is the perfect hideaway. Guests from all over the world come to relax, indulge and lose a little weight in a serene environment with likeminded people. Book yourself a massage or a facial. A 3-minute walk takes you to Benirras beach with its selection of three restaurants and relaxing sun loungers. Ibiza Yoga has a variety of yoga levels and accommodation to suit everyone, ranging from Villa Palmas to Villa Roca and the Pagoda Garden. Yoga and half-board are inclusive in the price. For more information call 020 7419 0999 or visit ibizayoga.com
Carrot Banana Peach has defined the true meaning of a ‘milk wrap’ - introducing a unique garment made from milk fibers. With over 6 feet of self-fabric to wrap around you, there’s plenty of different ways to style yourself. carrotbananapeach.com
This thoroughly detailed guidebook shares practical and easy-to-apply teachings and information to help women experience pregnancy with radiant health and joy. It includes the basics of Ayurveda, yoga, diet, and lifestyle, month-by-month exercises and practices, including meditation, mantra, breathwork, asana, journaling and massage and practical tips to encourage natural labour and delivery backed up with expert guidance on staying healthy and happy in the precious first postpartum weeks. An excellent book by Bachman – a nationally certified Ayurvedic practitioner and yoga teacher. Yoga Mama Yoga Baby by Margo Shapiro Bachman (Sounds True) £15.99 pguk.co.uk
Liz Owen, a yoga instructor who specialises in alleviating back pain, describes the anatomy of the sacrum and the region around it, including the hips and lumbar spine. She discusses both Western and Eastern approaches to understanding back pain, particularly the notion of energy flow, the chakras and how that relates to the sacrum and the many related muscles and joints. Owen provides simple, easy-to-learn sequences of yoga poses for general sacrum health and for specific problems. The last section looks at strategies for sacrum health related to pregnant women and those with fibromyalgia or arthritis. Yoga for a healthy lower back by Liz Owen & Holly Lebowitz Rossi (Shambhala Publications) £18.99 pguk.co.uk
Leeuwen teaches his unique sequences of standing postures, inversions, forward bends, backbends, twists, and pranayama to get you to optimal alignment with ease. Each thoughtfully sequenced practice is meticulously illustrated so that you can keep this book at your side while you practise. Core topics include the role of the skeleton in movement chains and sequences, how to enhance the body’s mobility and deepen body awareness, cultivating a meditation and pranayama practice and instructions and refinement for inversions, standing postures, forward bends, backbends, twists and seated postures. Highly recommended. Yoga: Critical Allignment by Gert van Leeuwen (Shambala Productions) £29.99 pguk.co.uk
This 2-day Wellbeing retreat at Lucknam Park Hotel and Spa Learn will teach the importance of good nutrition for maintaining overall health and vitality under the instruction of experienced nutritionist Katie Sheen. Each of the retreats include 1:1 sessions, group seminars, overnight accommodation, breakfast, lunch and dinner, discussion and a full day cookery course addressing the specific elements of dietary wellbeing.
Choose from the following retreats:
April 7th & 8th – Serenity & Balance;
May 12th * 13th – Vitality,
23rd & 24th June – Mindful eating.
For more information, call 01225 742777
The book was inspired by His Holiness The Dalai Lama, a good friend of Thurman’s and a teacher of Salzberg. It draws on the authors’ many years of collective experience meditating and teaching, combined with ancient spiritual wisdom, psychology and cutting-edge neuro-scientific research. They explain why negative emotions become addictive, and offer a guide to use these unpleasant feelings to become whole and happy. Highly recommended! Love Your Enemies: How to break the anger habit and be much happier, by Robert Thurman and Sharon Salzberg (Hay House) £12.99 hayhouse.co.uk
This inspirational DVD runs for 85-minutes and is divided into 4 parts: chair yoga routine, sofa routine, yoga mat routine and a guided deep relaxation and meditation. It’s suitable for people with arthritis, High Blood Pressure, Low Blood Pressure and other various ailments and shows you how to get fit without injuring joints, relieve stiffness, aches and pains, enhance circulation, improve balance and feel energised. The DVD is also an ideal training tool for yoga teachers who want to teach senior students safely and confidently. QiYoga® for Seniors DVD £14.99 qiyogafoundation.com
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