Browsing Tag

yoga

Fitness, Travel

Mad To Live: The Stoking of the brains …

June 23, 2017
Processed with VSCO with a4 preset
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
Processed with VSCO with a5 preset
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...
Fitness

My 24/7 Yoga Trainer

April 4, 2017
IMG_2954
I love yoga and I love being outside. So now that spring has sprung and the sun is shining, I’m pretty happy taking any opportunity I can to workout in the parks or my garden. Yoga is something I haven’t ever prioritised but whenever I do it I feel so much calmer, more flexible and restored both mentally and physically. So when FeetUp sent me its nifty yoga trainer I couldn’t resist having a play! It’s super easy and quick to assemble and once it’s ready to go you’ll find that having it in the house is like having your very own trainer with you 24/7 – always looking at you as if to say “Go and do some yoga!” I’ve been loving taking the FeetUp Trainer into my garden and going through all the poses on the poster which comes with it.… Continue reading...
Travel

Life’s a beach: Postcards from Cape Town

March 13, 2017
Poppy Cape Town_-150
Sometimes the picture paints a thousand words so here’s some of me doing what I love best (playing in nature) on the beach in Cape Town.   Outfit One: Sweaty Betty The rest: Lucas Hugh Jewellery: Sophie Lis  Images: Cape To Byron Photography… Continue reading...
Fitness, Health, Travel

Meditation and Yoga Retreat at Epic Sana Algarve

November 1, 2016
IMG_4269
After a summer of indulgence and WEEK-long celebration for my sister’s wedding in Siena I was ready for some down time. The Quarter Life Health Project (see previous posts) had been my saving grace and much needed peaceful interlude preluding summer’s final hedonistic finale which left me well and truly spent! Morning breaks. View from my room. I arrived at Epic Sana Algarve, located on Praia da Falésia beach just 35 minutes from Faro airport, on October 1st for a week of yoga, meditation, beach walks and general bliss. Oh and the opportunity to bask in October’s sunshine and 28 degree celsius heat suited me just PERFECTLY too!… Continue reading...
Travel

The Quarter Life Health Project: The Experience

October 10, 2016
Processed with VSCO with f2 preset
So you’ve heard about the gang, the grub and how I felt before going to TQLHP retreat at Gran Hotel Benahavis, (see previous three posts) but how did it feel to actually be there and what was the experience like? I’ve been sworn to secrecy on sharing the special events that took place during the retreat so the surprise isn’t ruined for future guests, but I will tell you the general gist and how it affected me. The combination of yoga, meditation, workshops, walks, downtime and sunshine all shared with open-hearted and open-minded women was beautiful. There wasn’t a single soul that left the retreat not feeling more relaxed, energised and positive.… Continue reading...
Health, Travel

The Quarter Life Health Project Retreat: The Food

September 20, 2016
F11
“Indulgent, delicious, wholesome and nutrient rich food is very much at the heart of our ethos at The Holistic Health Project.” Happily I found this statement to be true although perhaps “indulgent” is a slight stretch. The vegan gluten-free meals are all masterminded by THHP founder Stephanie and I found myself constantly quizzing her on the recipes, excited to recreate them myself at home. We ate each light and wholesome meal altogether and the buffet style format meant there was always more for anyone who wanted it. The emphasis is on nourishment not deprivation via mainly local, sustainable and organic produce.… Continue reading...
Uncategorized

Quarter Life Health Project: The Gang

September 20, 2016
girls
As the sun set on the first night of the Quarter Life Health Project in Benahavis, ten women in their twenties and thirties gathered with Kundalini yoga teacher Aimee Rai in a circle under the stars to share their stories. Aimee lead the way, sharing how her troubled past riddled with alcoholism, addiction, eating disorders, self harming, depression and severe anxiety had actually turned out to be the blessings which lead her to discover Kundalini yoga, the practise which helped her to gain a life full of balance, health, peace and purpose. Everyone had different motivations for attending the retreat. Some issues were severe and some were just small stumbling blocks which were inhibiting progression in certain areas.… Continue reading...
Health, Travel

Quarter Life Health Project Retreat (Before)

September 13, 2016
IMG_2928
When the invitation came to join The Holistic Health Project for its Quarter Life retreat in Spain I admit I had to think twice about accepting. Despite the alluring descriptions of Kundalini yoga, hiking, meditation and naturopathic (the use of whole and organic foods as medicine – an integral concept of healing in many indigenous societies) vegan cuisine that would be on offer in Benahavis, a mountain village between Marbella, Estepona and Ronda 7 km from the coast, there was something about the following phrase that didn’t sit well with me. “The Retreat for 20/30 something females going through a quarter life crisis” it rather uninvitingly dubbed itself.… Continue reading...
Health

Starbucks UK Teavana Launch

August 12, 2016
Processed with VSCO with f2 preset
We’ve been blessed with beautiful champagne days recently here in the UK and us Londoners have been lucky enough to see the city shimmer in sunlight. When the sun’s shining it’s impossible not to feel an instant spark of energy and positivity. So imagine how elated I felt when last week, standing 155 metres above the ground at Sky Gardens to celebrate Starbucks’ new Teavana iced tea range,  I saw our capital city shimmering in the early morning sunlight. The morning started with a beautiful gentle yoga practise. With a glass panel roof and floor to ceiling windows sunlight streamed in from every possible angle, making  the session feel incredibly special and spiritual.… Continue reading...