Pregnancy Yoga Differs from Regular Yoga

I was recently contacted by a pregnant woman interested in joining our Pregnancy Yoga Classes.  She was confused, as the gym she’s a member of said they didn’t offer Pregnancy Yoga but said she could instead join their regular Yoga Class.  “Is Pregnancy Yoga the same as a Yoga class?” she asked.  “No” I replied.  “I thought so,” she said “as otherwise why would it have a different name?” Good question ! As a yoga teacher, I teach both Prenatal Yoga Classes and general Yoga Classes.  Here are some ways Pregnancy Yoga differs from a general Yoga Class: During pregnancy…

Letting go of Entitlement in Relationships

Wisdom lies in finding your own truth – series 3 When you hear a voice inside say that ‘he or she’ doesn’t love you, ask yourself – do you love you? When you hear a voice inside say that ‘he or she’ doesn’t respect you, ask yourself – do you respect you? Entitlement – so much of our communication and interaction with others is based upon this belief.  There are two sides to this coin – both impact upon our behaviour, relationships and feelings of happiness and self- worth.  When I refer to relationships, these can be adult relationships with…

Pregnancy Yoga Classes at Yogalime

At Yogalime, our motto is ‘Give love to you’ and our Pregnancy Yoga Classes are restorative, loving and kind to mums-to-be.  Whilst we move the body in asana (yoga postures) to strengthen the muscles and joints, we also focus on opening and relaxing the body and mind in preparation for childbirth. In Ayurveda philosophy there is considered to be an energetic connection between an unborn child and a mothers heart.  Many of our practices will work with an awareness of this bond and help to nurture this connection. Pregnancy yoga has many benefits, and helps a woman to create a firm foundation for the…

Jineth Bedoya Lima, speaking at Coalica, Global Summit to End SVC, London 2014

Sexual Violence in Columbia’s Internal Child Trafficking Network

“Take care of your daughter, or she will be sold” a phrase reportedly heard in Columbia’s poorer districts.  According to Jineth Bedoya Lima, Sub Editor of Columbia’s National Newspaper, El Tiempo, it’s true. The Global summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict brought Jineth Bedoya to London’s Excel fringe event ‘Coalico’ on Wednesday, where the challenges in documenting sexual violence against children in armed conflict in Columbia were discussed. Jineth, a Columbian journalist who carries out exceptional investigative work is a survivor of sexual violence and the recipient of numerous journalism and courage awards.  She works on the issues of sexual…

Womens Day London 2014

Million Women Rise in London against Male Violence

Today London was home to thousands of women marching across London towards a rally held in Trafalgar square, in solidarity with Europe’s largest women’s march: ‘Million Women Rise’ against male violence in all its forms. The aim of Million Women Rise is to end male violence against women and children.  The campaign believes that solidarity amongst women is key to achieving this objective, as – ‘Unity is strength and the voices of many are louder together, than a single voice.’ MWR describes male violence against women and children as a ‘global pandemic’ which devastates lives, communities and ‘threatens to undermine…

Istanbul Convention, Council of Europe Convention on Preventing and Combating Violence against Women and Domestic Violence

Is the UK closer to ratifying the Council of Europe Convention on Preventing and Combating Violence against Women and Domestic Violence?

On the 4th February 2014, The Joint Committee on Human Rights launched an inquiry into violence against women and girls (VAWG) and has requested evidence from anyone with an interest in the human rights issues raised (within specified categories). This inquiry is being undertaken in consideration to the Istanbul Convention, aka The Council of Europe Convention on Preventing and Combating Violence against Women and Domestic Violence, and the UN Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW). 2 years ago, campaigners called upon the UK Government to sign the Istanbul convention, which they did on 8/6/12, however to date,…