• Why practice yoga?

    Earlier this year, I embarked on a new challenge: 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training. I have been practicing yoga for many years now, and I wanted to take my practice to a deeper level, and explore teaching. Having spent 4 weeks teaching on a Women’s Empowerment programme in Kerala, India, last October, although I thoroughly enjoyed the food (and wrote about…

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    Fort Kochi: A food guide

    Whittle Away has been pretty quiet recently, but I certainly have not been whittling away! I have spent the month of October and the beginning of November in India. This has been an absolute dream come true. Traveling to India has been a trip I have wanted to do since I was a child. It is the land of beautiful…

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    Into the Woods: A guide to the outdoors for the non-outdoorsy

    ‘The weather’s nice, why don’t you go play outside?’ – Mum, circa 1995 The dreaded words. It didn’t matter the time of year, I hated playing outside. Yes, I know, I was a strange child… What child doesn’t like playing out when it’s sunny? Well, the child who hated the cold and who, at the slightest hint of sunshine breaking…

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    Self-Care Series, Part 2: The Power of Daily Habits

    Today I’m going to share with you some of the habits and routines I have put in place to take care of my mental health. In Part 1, I talked about what self-care means, why it is important and challenged some stereotypes which I feel have been associated with this ‘buzzword’ recently.   I believe that self-care doesn’t have a…

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    My dream life: The power of dreaming and why ‘follow your passion’ is bad advice

    It may be stating the obvious, but I hope if you have got as far as reading this article you will have noticed that a big theme of this blog self-development. And the self-help genre is full of books which encourage you to chase your dreams, go after your passion, live your best life… But what if you don’t know…

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