The dreaded winter is much more than just cuddling under a blanket! As this cold season is approaching, many are beginning to suffer from muscle stiffness and joint pains is increasing. So, I felt there was an urgent need to share some great yoga poses that could help everyone around the world to get rid of their pains and enjoy the winter with no muscle stiffness.
So, here I am, sharing the experiences so that everyone benefits from the simple, yet effective, yoga poses. Let’s get going…
This pose is for those with shoulder pains. Stand straight with your hips width-apart. Hold a strap in both the hands. Sweep both the arms behind your back and pull the shoulders in to grasp the strap with your hands. Keep the hands drawn towards each other and create an opening in the chest allowing the shoulder blades to move toward one another. Breathe in and out as you adjust the shoulders to ease the tension.
2. Yoga Pose: Cobra
This one’s for back pains. Just lie down with your face downwards and your forehead resting on the floor. Keep your hands on either side and draw the legs together, while pressing the top of the feet into the floor. Reach back slowly, while lengthening your legs. Then, press through your hands and draw the elbows close to the ribcage. Lift the head and chest using the strength of the back and slide the shoulder blades backward. Take 5-10 deep breaths and then, gently release to the floor.
3. Yoga Pose: Supported Warrior
Now coming to the pose for the knee pains…Stand straight and place your hands against a wall in line with the shoulders. Step your right foot forward to touch the toes to the wall and bend your elbows as if trying to push the wall.
Step your left foot about 1 feet behind you, while slightly bending the left knee towards the floor. Hold for about 10 to 15 breaths and straighten the left leg slowly while bending the right knee. Hold for 10 to 15 breaths and then step the left foot in front of you to meet the right.
4. Yoga Pose: Wall Plank
This pose is good for relieving the pain and stiffness in the shoulders. Stand facing a wall with your feet hip-width apart. Keep your palms against the wall with your arms extended. Lean forward, slowly letting the body rest on the hands. Keep the arms and the body in a straight line and bend your elbows inching closer till the nose touches the wall. Then, push back slowly to the standing position.
5. Yoga Pose: Butterfly
Yoga has a pose for hip pains as well. Sit on a blanket on the floor and bring the soles of the feet together. Keep your knees wide apart so that the legs form a diamond. Your back should be straight and shoulders relaxed. Breathe in and out as you gently drop the weight of the legs, while allowing the knees to lower to the floor. You may place pillows beneath your knees for support.
Some of these poses may be difficult to practice for those having severe muscle stiffness. But, don’t be disheartened. Yoga has an answer for everything! Until you are fit enough to practice these poses, use the massage balls to eliminate the muscle knots through gentle massage using your own body weight. Just place these balls in the stiff areas and let the gravity take over. This self-healing tool allows you to feel the release of muscles and rejuvenates all areas of the body.
Nothing can be more simple than this! You may continue using the massage balls even after you are able to start practicing the poses for added benefits and to say a permanent goodbye to muscle stiffness.
Whether you’re looking to make a unique statement or display some incredible art, there’s no denying that tattoos are the ultimate in creative expression. The vaping subculture has started to cement its own visual brand-mark in recent years, and with the number of vaping outlets and tattoo parlours both on the increase, it’s not a surprise that vaping often goes hand in hand with bodily embellishments.
Good Times tattoos in London
Location: Soho Best for: Old school designs with punk and rock influences
As the longest running tattoo parlour in the West End, Diamond Jacks specialise in traditional, no nonsense designs influenced by punk and rock ‘n’ roll Americana. Found on an appropriately dubious-looking alleyway featuring music memorabilia-filled walls, both the Sex Pistols and Pete Doherty have been patrons, and owner Darryl Gate’s designs have also featured in Vogue and on This Is England.
Location: Shore-ditch Best for: Tribal and Japanese designs, first timers, serenity and calm
You won’t find any neon signs or memorabilia on the inside of this light, airy and spacious parlour that looks more like a retro hair salon than a tattoo shop, but don’t worry, you haven’t come to the wrong place. Owner Nikole Lowe creates an un-intimidating serene environment which is perfect for first-timers or those who get the pre-tatt jitters. Bohemian, with a distinct feminine edge.
The Family Business
Location: Exmouth Market Best for: Oriental Designs, vintage gangster surroundings, just about everything else
As the name suggests, Mo Coppoletta’s parlour has a focus on classic Mafioso styling, from the vintage swing playlist to the rich red interior and Roman Catholic Iconography scattered around the venue. The artists in situ at The Family Business pool a variety of specialisms and skills including oriental, geometric and contemporary. Expect to find the staff suited and booted, naturally.
Location: Harley Street Best for: realism, art-horror, cover-ups celeb name dropping
Kevin Paul has inked some of the biggest name in modern showbiz including Harry Styles and Ed Sheeran but his big love is dark fantasy horror style design, which he has won awards for. He is also partnered with a laser removal surgery, and wants to set up a clinic specialising in cover-ups for those who didn’t get it right the first time around.
Location: Caledonian Road Best for: Goth glamour, new school, graffiti inks and a no ego approach
If you love gothic opulence, then Jolie Rouge has it in abundance. Take in the impressive candelabras and opulent wallpaper and the parlour’s refreshingly grounded attitude whilst you adorn yourself with a graffiti inspired tattoo that are one of artist Matt-Difa’s specialisms. Pride themselves on doing what other studios turn down and have a great rep within the London tattoo scene.
Being a friend of the earth is not easy in a world full of consumption, energy guzzling and overuse. We live fast, eat fast, produce fast and usually without much thought to the world around us. Thankfully, we’re also living in a time where we are more socially aware of what’s acceptable and what isn’t, meaning our eyes have been opened to recycling and all the benefits that it entails. You should be always assessing how your family is managing its waste, especially as the councils across the country are slowing down the number of times that they want to do collections for household waste and recycling.
Therefore, it’s up to us to make sure we are vigilant about how much packaging we dispose of and how we manage our food waste. Recycling isn’t always easy to do, especially if you’re not sure of the rules of what can go where. If you haven’t ever had a compost heap before, you could find yourself at a loss with how to start one. Wising up to the amount of waste that you use is the key, and we’ve got some brilliant examples of how you can do better with your recycling efforts so that you can give back to the world that is sustaining you.
Less Water. You probably absolutely love the feeling of a long and hot bubble bath. We all do. The thing is, the amount of water you are using in your bubble bath is far more than a hot shower would give you. Swap your leisurely baths for a shorter shower and make sure that you shower with warm water, not hot.
The reason for this is that you use less energy with a warm shower than a hot one. Swap out the bottled plastic water that you’re buying in bulk for a refillable water filter in the fridge, and where you can, buy plastic water storage tanks for the garden. These can collect the rainwater from the sky, so you can water the flowers through the summer months and use less household water.
Buy Recycled. There are a lot of products already on the market that you can buy that are recycled already. This list here can tell you what products you can use around the house from toilet paper to printer paper. Just because it’s recycled, doesn’t mean it doesn’t follow strict procedures for hygiene – so don’t worry!
Food Waste. Recycling your greenery is a great way to feed the earth. Biological nutrients decompose easily and return to the soil outside. Using garden cuttings and kitchen food waste, such as peelings, in an indoor or outdoor composter doesn’t just reduce the smell in the home from the bin, it helps to give back to the land as mulch. Your plants can thrive on this!