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Fitness, Health, Travel

New Zealand (spell)bound

June 14, 2018
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At 6AM on May 5th I landed in Auckland, New Zealand for the first time. From the sky I’d got my first glimpse of the other-worldly Lord of the Rings land, all majestic green mountains and meandering rivers some several thousand feet below. The grey skies and light rain which enveloped my landing signalled Autumn had arrived. Having come from the humidity of Hong Kong and Thailand I imagined I’d have to hot-foot it to buy a suitcase of cashmere. Sundresses and bikinis certainly wouldn’t suffice these new chillier temperatures. But then, just 30 minutes later the sun came out and melted the clouds away.… Continue reading...
Fitness, Health, Travel

My Super Lux Stop-Over at The Siam Hotel, Bangkok

June 13, 2018
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En route to New Zealand I had one very special night at the spectacular The Siam Hotel. It is to Bangkok what The Eden Roc is to Antibes. The grounds extend three acres along the Chao Phraya River, (Thailand’s equivalent of the French Rivera) in Bangkok’s royal Dusit district. And you really do receive the royal treatment here with your very own Butler who will cater to your every desire. Accommodation Images of The Siam Suite where I stayed The Art Deco inspired retreat, offers a spacious suites within the main hotel building, private pool villas (accommodates three) or even the century-old Connie’s Cottage which has been transformed form a traditional Thai teak house to a luxurious modern pool villa for two, whilst retaining it’s historical charm.… Continue reading...
Fitness, Health, Travel

My quest to test the world’s longest zip line: Part I

March 5, 2018
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If you’re based in Britain and anything like me then last week’s “beast from the east” had you desperately dreaming of hot sunshine and palm trees. My destination daydream was Ras Al Khaimah in the UAE, which I visited just before Christmas. I’d been invited to be one of the first to test the world’s longest zip line, scheduled to open in mid-December and I couldn’t wait. However, as you will discover when you read the following posts, things didn’t quite go to plan… Ras Al Khaimah is less well-known than its neighbor, Dubai, but the emirate is aiming to attract one million visitors by the end of 2018.… Continue reading...
Fitness, Health

Temporarily Closed for health maintenance

January 24, 2018
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We’ve all seen that Instagram caption that spread like wildfire over the festive period. “Temporarily closed for spiritual maintenance”. It’s a goodie. To those who took its message on board and stepped away from social media to enjoy precious moments with family and loved ones, I salute you. I’m sure both you and they benefited from the lack of phone interference. Given how beneficial this little caption was, I want to introduce an equally important one… No one wants to be ill. But fit people especially loathe the lethargy and inevitable lull in training that comes with contracting any illness. I’m a prime example.… Continue reading...
Fitness, Health, Travel

Yoga with Sophie Clyde: Ibiza and London

November 13, 2017
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Mental health problems are a growing public health concern. They are prevalent not just in the UK, but around the world. Mixed anxiety & depression is the most common mental disorder in Britain, with 7.8% of people meeting criteria for diagnosis. Encouragingly however, this year has seen a positive shift in addressing the problem with public figures such as the Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry working for the Heads Together campaign, which seeks to combat the stigma surrounding mental health issues, and invite people to speak more openly about their difficulties. It’s well known that one of the best solutions and preventions to stress and anxiety is yoga and meditation – both of which I speak about frequently on my blog and IG.… Continue reading...
Health

An introduction to Transcendental Meditation

October 30, 2017
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Meditation. It’s a buzz word that’s on the lips of populations worldwide. And that’s a great thing. Its been known to lower stress, improve mental clarity and promote overall health to great effect. But what’s not so talked about is transcendental meditation (TM)– and I admit that I’d never heard of it before now. But in the last couple of years especially, I’ve realised the powerful effect that practises like meditation, mindfulness and yoga (check out my Epic Sana Algarve and Quarter Life Health Project posts) can have and so I was fascinated to learn about TM and I hope you will be too!… Continue reading...
Fitness, Travel

Mad To Live: The Stoking of the brains …

June 23, 2017
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So in my last post I told you that founder of MTLR’s  Sophie’s mission is to “stoke your brains out”. Wanna know what this means? Scroll down… http://poppycross.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/IMG_6072.m4v And this my friends, is a flash of what it means to get your brains stocked out. We rode, ran, swam, surfed, hiked, biked, bended, stretched, jumped and it all made us feel PUMPED! I think the best thing about it all – as well as being able to do it all in nature – wast the fantastic, unbeatable feeling of physical capability. Being able to use and move our bodies in so many different ways and to master uncertainties, grow stronger in mind, body and soul – there is nothing like it.… Continue reading...
Fitness, Health, Travel

F Zeen Retreat, Kefalonia

May 26, 2017
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This was a very  special trip. Early one May morning four fitness bloggers including myself gathered together at Gatwick Airport for the first time, unaware that it would be the start of a beautiful friendship between us all. Not to mention the start of four days in paradise. (Scroll to the bottom of this post to find out who these girls are and where you can follow them! They are a true inspiration.) A three and a half hour flight took us in Kefalonia, the largest island of the Ionian Sea and remarkably untarnished by tourists. Its land is lush and its many beaches exotic, uncrowded and completely breathtaking.… Continue reading...
Health

Peace in the city with Jody Shield

February 3, 2017
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In her own words, Jody Shield is “an entrepreneur, author, inspirational speaker, meditation ambassador for Global brand Lululemon, and an intuitive therapist working with 1-on-1 and group clients all over the world.” Jody also works with Global brands, offering self-development workshops, talks and meditation. “I’m dedicated to helping you heal your modern woes and radically transform your life” she says sincerely wearing a snug beanie which spells ‘GRATEFUL’. I’ve just done a 45 minute meditation with her at Shoreditch House. Jody has partnered with the Soho House Group and does regular events and meditations across the houses, as well as other locations (see her website for upcoming events).… Continue reading...