When Yoga meets Fitness…

…it’s a match made in heaven, and you’re in for a treat, even if I do say so myself ;) I am beyond excited to team up with The Natural Edge and offer you an awesome week of yoga, fitness, sunshine, all the food and lots more!

We’ll be taking you to a finca on the Balearic island of Mallorca, amidst lemon and olive groves, far away from the touristy bits.

Our offering includes daily outdoor workouts lead by Simon Jeffries, ex UK special forces, two yoga classes with yours truly, as well as plenty of outdoor activities you can enjoy at your leisure. We have our own swimming pool, and a trip to the beach is on the cards for sure. We want this to be your time, time to take out from your day-to-day life – meaning you can dip in and out of activities as you wish, to make this trip your own. Perhaps some days you fancy a lie-in, or a solo wander across the surrounding land.

All meals are included, and plant-based. We’ll have our own chef, Catherine, who will prepare delicious, home-cooked meals daily.

In terms of accommodation, you’ll be sharing en-suite twin rooms, but don’t worry if you’re planning on coming on your own – we’re only taking a small number of people to keep it personal, and it’s a great opportunity to spend a week doing the things you enjoy, trying new activities and relax with like-minded people.

It’s starting to fill up, so if you want in, secure your space today! Please click here for full details and to register, and then all you need to do is book a flight to Mallorca and we’ll take care of the rest (incl. picking you up from and dropping you off at the airport at no extra charge). Looking forward to seeing you there, truly cannot wait!

Arm Balances or the Art of Flight

Arm balances are an excellent - and ninja - way to build strength in the arms and wrists, but also to improve your proprioception and fine motor skills.

To allow us humans to walk upright and support much of our weight on our two legs, the hip joints are designed to be robust and stable. The shoulder on the other hand is extremely mobile, and therefore requires support from the surrounding soft tissues – muscles, tendons and ligaments.

Because the joint is so unstable, shoulders are prone to pain and injury. This needs to be considered when practising any arm balance, as it’s easy to just collapse into the pose, without considering the necessity of having to lift up through the midline.  Abdominal strength is required in order to stabilise the torso and allow the pelvis and legs to come off the ground to achieve this type of posture. In other words, you’re equally going to have to work those abs in order to take flight.

Crow Pose

Muscles are strengthened in the range of motion in which you work them, so it's good to mix things up and move in different ways to create new movement patterns. Don't get hung up on the end result - focus on the progressions (kramas) along the way and take them as stepping stones paving the way towards where you want to get to. In other words, they're huge achievements in their own right. Never skip the basics!!!