According to Ayruveda, spring is actually the best time to think about cleansing and detoxing your body… not after Christmas and New Year when you are still effectively in hibernation mode. An ancient Indian philosophy that uses diet, herbal prescriptions, massage and yogic breathing to help you maintain a balanced lifestyle, Ayurveda states that a cleanse as the seasons change prevents the build up of toxins that can cause illnesses and ailments later in the year. So, I’m really excited to hear that wonderful London-based Ayurvedic therapist, Geeta Vara, is hosting a ‘spring clean’ workshop in April, explaining how you can boost your energy, vitality, immunity through simple changes to your diet and lifestyle. The talk will cover the following areas:

  • An introduction to Ayurveda and your doshic constitution
  • The importance of your digestive fire ‘Agni’ in the detox process
  • The benefits of Ayurvedic detoxification and how it differs from other cleanse/detox processes
  • Foods that heal and foods that harm during a detox
  • Tips for a safe detox at home

When and where…
Evolve Wellness Centre
10 Kendrick Mews
South Kensington

Tuesday april 17th | 6:30-8:30 pm

Price: £12 early bird before 7/4/2012 | £15 thereafter

How to book…

click here or call Evolve at 020 7581 4090.


This morning’s little joy came in the unlikely form of an aerobics class (I don’t get out much). I woke up and thought I ought to drag myself off to the gym, but I couldn’t face the drudgery of the treadmill so I checked the class timetable and there it was… Aerobics with Coral. I literally can’t remember how long it’s been since I’ve seen a good old fashioned aerobics class on a gym timetable; it seems to be considered outdated and dull compared to your Zumba, Capo Combat, Body Vive (I have no idea what that is), pole dancing, willPower & grace (yes, that is the name of an actual gym class), ViPR, Kettlebells and Get Fit with Mel B (no, I’d really rather not). So I trotted off with visions of the lovely Jane Fonda in my head, looking all graceful in her fab leotard/legwarmer combos, thinking, ‘That’s the ticket, a bit of gentle exercise is exactly what Sunday mornings are for’. Well I got that wrong. Coral is seriously hardcore, and as a fellow class-goer told me afterwards, has earnt herself the nickname, ‘Bionic Woman’. But, all that jumping around was surprisingly enjoyable, and best of all, the simple steps are easy to follow so you spend more time working out and less time paralysed with panic trying to work out what everyone else is doing, falling over your feet and feeling like a total numpty. I will definitely be going back for more. Might even get myself a leotard. GRAPEVINE!


Anyone feeling knackered? Got that ‘ohhhhhh my god I just want to curl up in a ball and sleep for a week feeling’? And then, when you wake up in the morning, the sheer disbelief as you hear your alarm going off, and utter dread for the coming day as you drag yourself through the necessities of getting ready for work? Well then I highly recommend you go get yourself a copy of Spent by Frank Lipman. An American doctor trained in both Western and Eastern medicine, Lipman realised that the very cultures that seem to run on high stress and exhaustion have no means of dealing with it, and so devised a method from his combined studies that helps restore balance in both body and mind. If you’re really rundown, you might want to consider following his program pretty closely, as it’s really helped me when I’ve been plagued by winter illnesses in the past. But, if you’re just generally stressed and tired then there’s lots of valuable advice to help improve wellbeing… from tips for a really good night’s sleep, to exercises for muscle tension and nutritious recipes to revive and restore frazzled brains and bodies. The best thing about his philosophy is that it’s all about moderation… rather killing yourself at the gym, or putting yourself on a crazy diet. I love his gentle tone and somehow his words seem soothing in themselves; suggestions are even as simple as getting more sunlight and listening to reggae. Now that’s the kind of wellbeing plan I’m after. You can keep your colonic irrigation and your intravenous vitamin drips Simon Cowell, thanks anyway.

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