YOGA : WISDOM





Of all the asanas, the shoulder stand Sarvangasana is my favourite...I do it as part of my practice every day...I wonder if I like it so much because my body needs it.  It is considered to be one of the most beneficial of all asanas...

"It develops feminine qualities of patience and emotional stability...it strives for
peace and bodily health.  It affects the entire body...inverted positions use gravity to pull
the blood flow...the areas that most benefit from the increased circulation are
the heart, chest area and throat.
It is soothing to the nervous system, this is a good pose to practice when one is
feeling stressed, irritated or fatigued.  It is also a superior aid to digestion and
elimination, urinary and menstrual problems.
Mentally, sarvangasana /shoulder stand brings to the practitioner peace, strength,
vigour and longevity."




In the rush of today to find moments to get on my mat are becoming more important to me...you never stop learning during your practice and it slowly changes the way we live our life...everyday I am so grateful to have found the grace and wisdom of yoga...it makes me a better person.




For all yogis whether you are new to the discipline or have been practicing for years...I recommend
Christy Turlington's book Living Yoga...Creating a Life Practice  I first read it many years ago, but it's still one I dip into now and then for her beauty and wisdom.



THANK YOU, ANNA!




What a week I have had and it is all thanks to Anna Murphy fashion director at The Times...in her opinion the 'secret to perfect cashmere' is my little pilling comb I sell for £4.95; I agree with her, it is a fabulous little comb and removes bobbles from both cashmere and other woollens...all cashmere lovers should own one!  Since sourcing this magical little comb I have sold more than I ever dreamed of and this week in one day I sold over 500 and now have many new, lovely customers...I am so delighted...what a surprising week I have had...needless, to say I am now out of stock and have a waiting list for this prized item...please read the full article...


I'm finishing the week with a new website which we have been working on over the last month and more stock and colours arriving at the end of March...please pop across and take a look at my new webstore...I hope you see something you like...






WRAP YOURSELF IN CASHMERE

Cashmere Wrap in Cornflower Blue

I'm delighted with my new cashmere wraps...every bit as luxurious as the oversized cashmere wraps...just a little smaller.  Available in  pretty cornflower blue, delicate ivory, feminine soft barley and classic charcoal grey...wrap yourself in the beauty of cashmere...


Soft Barley


Charcoal Grey


Ivory










FRIDAY FABULOUSNESS



Photo: Ben Hassett

A week that began with my computer crashing...fast forward to Friday and back up and running with a new computer and a lot of catching up to do! Quietly proud of myself for keeping calm through a lot of angst...all that time on my mat is definitely helping.

A little friday fabulousness to begin the weekend...


Bottega Veneta


Haider Ackerman


Chanel


Marni




Victoria Beckham


Jill Stuart



HAPPY WEEKEND



LOVE IS IN THE AIR




I love the work of French photographer, Robert Doisneau...1930s Paris...all taken with his faithful Leica.  A little romance for the Valentine weekend...










HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY





All Photos: Robert Doisneau




THE GRACE OF YOGA

Photo: Elizabeth Messina


As most of you will probably know by now, I have a plethora of yoga books...and I like to read and re-read many of them over and over again, it's strange how you can read a book yet find something different in it every time...this happened when I re-read Bringing Yoga to Life by the acclaimed yoga teacher, Donna Farhi...I'd like to share a little of her philosophy of yoga with you...

"Before you begin your practice, take a moment to reflect on your exceptional
circumstances.  Without this gratitude, no matter what you practice - on your mat
or meditation cushion - you will always be a little sour inside.
With it, the very same practice takes on a sweetness and that sweetness lingers
throughout the day.  There is something very tender about this gratitude:
through it we recognise that life itself, without adornment of elaboration, is a gift.
Simplifying things in this way, we can foster gratitude regardless of
our circumstances.  In the spirit of this gratefulness, let your practice begin."



"We try to establish a harmony between ourselves and the world.
This harmony is expressed when we can sit with elegance, stand erect,
walk with grace, and lie down with ease."



"The experience of stillness within the movement can happen anytime
we become completely merged with the movement itself.  This is not an 
experience we can make happen but one that happens through sustained practice
and through grace.  Eventually, we are not only aware of stillness, we are stillness."







FABULOUS FIFTIES: ANDIE MACDOWELL




Listening to an interview with actress and model Andie MacDowell over the weekend...I thought I'd share her views of age and beauty with you...

AGE...

"I don't think there's any shame in getting older, it's a natural process, it happens to all of us.  I'm happy with where I am right now and I think that's the way it should be...life is a journey and there are all these amazing steps that we go through and periods and times and they're all beautiful in their own way, not one is superior to the other."




BEAUTY...

"Our culture is so driven that beauty is all about youth and that's just a fallacy...it's not true...we're beautiful at all ages, we're just different ages, there's no one time of beauty.  I would say that beauty is an action, it's about being beautiful, it's how you act, how you treat people, how you feel about yourself, your self esteem, feeling your value and your worth...I think that is all about beauty...but it's not a number."


In Yoga magazine she spoke of her love of yoga...

"Yoga's helped everything - it's helped my outlook, how I interact with people, it's made me more conscious, it's helped me be able to focus, make better decisions, think on my feet.  I don't know what I'd do without it.  It's my sanctuary."








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