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Are you sitting comfortably? Massage, medicine & Primrose Hill Yoga March news

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Dear Everyone,

What do most people in the UK spend nine hours a day doing? Sitting! Research shows that adults of working age in England average 9.5 hours per day of sedentary time.

I know many readers probably fall short of nine hours, but modern social norms make it near impossible for us all not to spend a significant part of the day sitting.

The problem is we evolved to be upright and active, and sitting for long periods can damage both our cardiovascular and musculoskeletal health.  I know I am a frequent culprit of ‘slump-asana’; head tilting forward, spine rounding and shoulders drooping.  Unfortunately, our head gains ten pounds in weight for every inch it moves forwards (!), placing a hefty burden on the muscles in the back, neck and shoulders, and increasing the likelihood of future pain or injury.

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An Invincible Summer? Primrose Hill Yoga March News

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Dear Everyone,

“In the midst of winter, I found there was, within me, an invincible summer” (Albert Camus).

Meteorological mid-winter seems to have fallen on the 1st March this year, and with the daffodils caked in snow and the arctic breeze attacking your skin it’s easy to feel down in the dumps as you ponder what happened to spring.

Yet, as Camus (above) argued, some things, perhaps like the weather at the moment, are just a bit absurd and probably not worth getting too miserable about!

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Breath and Postures, but no Goats! Primrose Hill Yoga February News

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Dear Everyone,

From goats to white supremacy, the media seem to increasingly enjoy linking yoga with the bizarre and the extreme on a fairly regular basis.

Yet despite these stories, the number of people attending yoga classes continues to grow. It is estimated there are now around 300 million practitioners worldwide, equal to the entire population of the US, and it’s been lovely to welcome some new faces to classes this January.

Students often ask me what ‘style’ of yoga they are practising when they come to my class. Hatha? Iyengar? Vinyasa? Yin? Restorative? Scaravelli….?

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Green Tomatoes and Pranayama – Primrose Hill Yoga October News

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Dear Everyone,

I’ve finally come to the conclusion that the green tomatoes in the garden are just not going to ripen and that at some point soon the heating really will have to go on.

I know I am not alone in my resistance to change, especially when it mean going from summer to autumn, which, with its lack of Bank Holidays, blustery winds and shrinking daylight can make us feel overworked, flustered and tired.

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