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Summer reflections

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New Mosque

As Autumn drifts in, it is a good time to reflect on the summer months and allow those memories and lessons to guide you through the winter months.

I was fortunately able to visit Istanbul for a couple of weeks in September. Istanbul is an amazing place. Full of culture, creativity, smells, sounds and atmosphere. It is like no other place a have been in the world.

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The attack on body confidence

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Body confidenceI do not usually rant about things like this but recently I have had a number of clients who have been feeling insecure about their body and buckling under the pressure to try and ‘look good’.

In fact I experienced this myself recently. It was admittedly the first time this year I had braved a bikini, and I was in central London (Hyde Park, Serpentine Lido), so I think most of us would have been a tiny bit conscious! However, as a ‘fitness expert’ a lot of people would attribute that to being body confident 24 hours a day under ALL circumstances. Not true.

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Halo Wipes

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As you may guess, I tend to get quite sweaty throughout the day – one of the few downfalls of having a job which revolves around exercise! I know I am not alone. I know many of you who have non exercise related jobs get a little clammy walking to the bus stop, sprinting to push yourself onto the Tube or after a hard day’s work feel tired and not very ‘fresh’ for your night ahead. With this in mind, when the lovely Halo Wipes team asked me to try out their handbag essentials, I jumped at the chance!

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Blast off body fat in 10 minutes

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With the sunshine finally here, it has probably got you thinking about finally having to strip off our jumpers and jeans. With the sun and the warmer weather (which is great!), for some of us wearing fewer clothes is daunting. Whether it is your arms, tummy or legs, most of us have an area or two where we feel conscious and if truth be told, we would rather not reveal in the public!Holidays are also on our minds as we all know the feeling when on your first day at the beach or next to the pool, you reveal your white wobbly bits and you think everyone around you is looking and being blinded by the sun bouncing off your backside!

The other thing in the summer is that no one really wants to exercise for long periods of time indoors unless the air conditioning is really good. Shorter workouts are more appealing as lets face it, when the sun is out in England, we want to be too as it does not last long!

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Time for you, space to breathe

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Today, as usual, I asked each of my clients and class members, ‘how are you feeling?’. The answer from pretty much everyone was either ‘stressed’, ‘too busy’, or ‘exhausted’. It struck me that around 90% of the people who I had been with for the majority of the day seemed to feel this way. The pace of life is so incredibly fast these days, yet we have exactly the same amount of time per day as our forefathers. Along with the speed of life, the amount and variety of pressures seems to have increased as Society ‘progresses’. There is currently a lot of research being conducted on the impact on our bodies and minds of our 21st century lives. We will not know the full picture for a good few years, however I can see it reflected in the way people walk, how they stand and in their eyes.

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Workouts at Home 5 Tiffany Rothe’s Boxer Babe & Mountain Climber Workouts

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Week 5 – Tiffany Rothe Boxer Babe Workout

This was my final week of my review series on the best home workouts on YouTube. Having followed exercise routines including rolling out, Crossfit, Yoga, Pilates and body weight toning, I thought boxing would be a fun way to finish the series. I found Tiffany Rothe’s YouTube channel which had a range of workouts on it including a Boxer Babe 10 minute workout. Now, ignore the title, do not let it put you off! You learn the 10 minute routine with Tiffany and then repeat it 2/3 more times. We completed the routine 4 times and then followed it up with an additional routine from Tiffany called the 10 minute Mountain Climber Workout and repeated this once (but you could do more if you are really keen!).

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Exclusive preview of Reebok’s Spring/Summer Yoga collection in collaboration with Tara Stiles

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Now you know about Tara Stiles and hopefully can imagine who she is and what she stands for, the Yoga collection Reebok are about to launch in collaboration with her should make perfect sense ton you after reading this review. Reebok Yoga’s aim is to also bring Yoga to the masses and re-educate the general public. They want to bring Yoga into the twenty first century and make it relevant for women today from all walks of life. Many women (so their market research suggests), are put off trying Yoga because of the joss sniffing, chanting, hippy-ish stereotype. If you are not a regular gym goer you probably still have this impression of Yoga, and they want to re-define this picture.

On the other side of the Yoga spectrum, it has actually become very fashionable among the yummy mummies and well-to-do rich folk. This has also made some Yoga communities very exclusive and along with that some what expensive. Again, Reebok Yoga and Tara Stiles want to break down this barrier too and show that you do not have to be in a certain social class to practise Yoga.

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Reebok launches bold Yoga collection with ‘Yoga rebel’ Tara Stiles

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Last Thursday I was invited to attend the special launch of Reebok Yoga SS13 clothing collection in collaboration with Tara Stiles (NYC based model turned Yoga teacher). The day consisted of a morning Yoga class with lovely Tara Stiles in a re-vamped, disused warehouse in Shoreditch, East London. This was followed by lunch and a pampering afternoon at the Sanderson Hotel, London, followed by dinner. Yes, I know what you are thinking, but I did actually have to interview Tara, VP of Reebok Studio Fitness Barbara Ebersberger, and look through the SS13 collection with their head designer – so there was some hard work involved!

As I mentioned earlier this week, the day was absolutely packed so I am going to start with Tara Stiles (part 1) and then review Reebok’s collection (part 2).

As well as the interview, I had the pleasure of talking to Tara throughout the day, and got a great sense of who she is, what she believes in and what she stands for. Tara began life on a farm in the middle of rural America where she enjoyed the outdoors and relished the sense of freedom. Even at this early age she was really active and began to move in what she would later discover was Yoga. It was at University where she was studying dance that a teacher introduced her to Yoga in a more serious way. Before she had chance to evaluate what she wanted to do in life after University, she was offered a modelling job and moved to New York City.

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Preview of Reebok Yoga SS13 collection with Tara Stiles

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Had an absolutely AMAZING day at the preview of Reebok’s first Yoga collection on Thursday. The incredible Tara Stiles has collaborated with Reebok to design this collection which moves away from the traditional designs and colours of Yoga clothing. There is so much to say about the day both in regards to Reebok’s Yoga clothes line and Tara Stiles so I think I am going to split it into two blogs!!

Anyway, just wanted to give you a super quick update so make sure you come back in a couple of days and read the first review which will be on Tara Stiles herself. I was very privileged to have an exclusive interview with her and was able to ask a lot about her work and how she got to where she is today. There are a few words which will give you a taster of the woman herself – authentic, passionate, inspiring and wise.

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Ramona Braganza 321 training instructor’s course

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On Sunday I was at Ramona Braganza’s 321 training instructor’s course in Highbury, London. I am training to be a Master Trainer for her method, so this was my last chance to absorb and take in as many tips as possible from the lady herself before delivering the course with Carrie Dodds (Director of 321 Fitness UK)!! The course was, as always, excellent and full of really genuine people who were there to learn and share.

This particular course is for any instructor or trainer, who wants to offer their clients a robust exercise structure which sheds the pounds and builds lean muscle tone. This method was developed by Ramona primarily on movie sets with Hollywood’s finest such as Scarlett Johanson, Halle Berry, Zac Efron and Jessica Alba to name a few.

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