Open Water Swimming: A Beginners Lesson

I realise I’ve done things independently for so long, sometimes instruction, doesn’t sink in straight away. This is what I discovered after spending an enjoyable hour on Chalkwell Beach with The Open Water Swimming Coach, as he delivered a group beginner lesson in open water swimming. He reminded us of a few of the benefits…

Sea, Sun & Messing About On The River Stour, Dorset

My children are all grown up – my daughter lives in Bournemouth, Dorset – which on a good day, takes around a 2 1/2 hour car journey to reach from our little town close to London. On a bad day, it can take up to 4 hours! My daughter has travelled extensively and lived in…

Explore A Naturist Beach in Studland Bay, Dorset

The weather has been glorious for the last two months in the U.K. so I was really excited to being staying with my daughter in Bournemouth, Dorset for a week. Thoughts of laying on its soft golden sanded beaches and dipping my toes into temperate english waters, whilst being pounded by the sun, always sounds…

Learn To Walk Side By Side With Fear Instead Of Conquering It

One of the things which I’m learning about as I grow older, is the need to be compassionate with myself and others when it comes to fear. I believe the muscle talk which appears in our early twenties for conquering fear, is not always kind or necessary. Don’t get me wrong, there is a need at…

Developing The Art Of Focused Intention Through Yoga

Yesterday morning I was short of time, a busy day ahead. I knew it is good for my wellbeing to begin the day with some form of exercise. One of the elements of working in an overseas drug and alcohol rehab, was the importance given to exercise, movement and meditation first thing in the morning….

Recalibrate Your Brain By Taking Time Out In Nature

“Being in nature allows the prefrontal cortex, the brain’s command center, to dial down and rest, like an overused muscle.”         David Strayer. Cognitive Psychologist.  Yesterday I walked to my Fluid Flow to Restore class at the Yoga Factory. The walk was part of my warm up before flexing. It was the first…

Turn To Wild Swimming To Explore & Increase Wellbeing

I remember when I started wild swimming. The Thames Estuary, kissing the shingled shoreline, in my little hometown of Southend on Sea. It wasn’t considered fashionable or fabulous then – the only people I would see dipping their toes into the salty brine the same as me, were swimsuit clad septuagenarians. For them, it never…