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Notes on Yoga: The Legacy of Vanda Scaravelli
Notes on Yoga: The Legacy of Vanda Scaravelli
by Diane Long
Edition: Paperback
Price: £13.48

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A liberating read, 12 April 2017
A great book for yoga lovers, this gives the reader (no matter their flexibility or experience) the invitation to explore and learn about their own body without strict guidelines.
Often yoga teaching is very, very exact, which can be comforting in a strange way, as well as restrictive. Scaravelli's approach is to step outside of the rules box and explore how to release tension in the body through yoga - in this way, it has links to Alexander Technique and contemplative meditation. It's not about show-off 'Facebook yoga' (i.e. getting into 'impressive' poses); rather it's a long-term personal exploration of standing and moving without tension. Internal, not external. In this way it's equally terrifying, beautiful, and liberating!
There are many focus points to Scaravelli's approach, however: especially the spine and the subtle muscles around it, and using the body as a whole, rather than component parts.
The meditative side to Scaravelli yoga is all about being fully present with your mind in your body and exploring how to do hatha yoga poses without tension, rather than 'achieving' the full pose. It's easy to unroll the yoga mat, do your 20 poses in the same way you do them each day, and then go to work, without really engaging. Here Diane and Sophy are offering Vanda's invitation to do it differently.


Snappies Tidy-Up Doggie Doo Bags with Tie Handles 20 per pack
Snappies Tidy-Up Doggie Doo Bags with Tie Handles 20 per pack
Offered by Amstar Trading
Price: £3.49

5.0 out of 5 stars A good buy, 9 April 2017
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Great product


Mud, Sweat and Tears: An Irish Woman's Journey of Self-Discovery
Mud, Sweat and Tears: An Irish Woman's Journey of Self-Discovery
by Moire O'Sullivan
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

4.0 out of 5 stars A great book about a ballsy lady, 18 Nov. 2013
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Anyone who wants to achieve anything that seems impossible should read this. A great running book. But don't buy it if you don't like running or mountains or pushing yourself :)


I Give It a Year [DVD] [2013]
I Give It a Year [DVD] [2013]
Dvd ~ Rose Byrne
Offered by FILMNIGHT
Price: £3.73

3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars TRULY AWFUL, 24 Aug. 2013
Don't buy this - it's a terrible film

Minnie Driver is good (but she's only in for 5 mins) - apart from that the film is awful. An hour and a half of people trying to be funny. Cringe worthy.


Pride & Prejudice [DVD]
Pride & Prejudice [DVD]
Dvd ~ Keira Knightley
Offered by Bee-Entertained
Price: £3.93

0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful, 18 Aug. 2013
This review is from: Pride & Prejudice [DVD] (DVD)
A brilliant gorgeous film. I usually loathe Kiera Knightley (as do most women I know) but in this she bizarrely watchable. I've watched this many times and it's always good. :)


No Greater Love [DVD]
No Greater Love [DVD]
Dvd ~ Michael Whyte
Price: £8.19

1 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Nice idea but dull, 23 Jun. 2013
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This review is from: No Greater Love [DVD] (DVD)
I loved the idea of this documentary and couldn't wait to see it, but I'm afraid it is dull, dull, dull.
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Be Awesome: Modern Life for Modern Ladies
Be Awesome: Modern Life for Modern Ladies
by Hadley Freeman
Edition: Paperback

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sanity reigns (Phew), 23 Jun. 2013
This easy-to-read, intelligent book by Hadley is a triumph for sanity. She explains what feminism is (the belief women are humans who deserve to be treated equally, with respect, not murdered twice a week, which is the current UK norm) and what feminism isn't (a tedious weird debate about whether or not women should be wearing high heels and make-up). Of course it's a shame she has to explain this, but it's a relief she has.

Hadley also flies the flag for the singleton, counteracting the patronising view society often has of single women.

Highly recommended for any modern gal who treasures her dignity, identity and independence.


Sticky Wicket: Gardening in Tune with Nature
Sticky Wicket: Gardening in Tune with Nature
by Pam Lewis
Edition: Paperback

6 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An essential read for fans of flowers, butterflies and food!, 15 Feb. 2012
A joy to read and jam-packed with information on creating a garden that looks beautiful and provides pollinating insects with food.

Unless we help honeybees, we won't have wine, chocolate, coffee and fruit!!! Of course this is years away, but honeybees are in decline - they pollinate a third of our food, including grapes (which give us wine!) and cocoa beans (which give us chocolate!)

Sticky Wicket is one of world's most beautiful and most important wildlife gardens.

This lovely book is a bible to any gardener who loves wildlife.

Highly recommended.


A Suitable Boy
A Suitable Boy
by Vikram Seth
Edition: Paperback

6 of 23 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing, 18 Sept. 2011
This review is from: A Suitable Boy (Paperback)
Romantics will be disappointed by this book. At times it is heart-warming and at other times utterly dull. In the end it is an exercise in masochism - both on the reader's part, for slogging it through lengthy chapters on land rights, and on the part of the lead character (Lata). Romantics may stick the book out, relying on Lata to see them through, but in the end she disappoints. Gandhi gave India independence by teaching the country to respect itself. This book is a celebration of women who don't respect themselves - who are submissive and dutiful, rather than following their hearts. Seth at times makes a literal mockery of spirituality - he obviously think it is to do with mantras, profound conversation and rituals. But in the end to be spiritual is to be true, to live through your heart, as Gandhi did. That this book is often held up as a love song to India is the gravest insult. This book is an insult to India and to all that Gandhi achieved for her. I advise women, romantics and anyone fond of India to give it a wide berth. On finishing my copy, I put it straight into the bin.
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Saturn: A New Look at an Old Devil
Saturn: A New Look at an Old Devil
by Liz Greene
Edition: Paperback

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A grail of a book, 28 Dec. 2010
While it might be hard (and daunting) to read about your negative traits, this book makes it bearable! The trials and solutions of each saturn placement are laid out by Liz Greene with terrifying, comforting accuracy. Highly recommended for anyone struggling.


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