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Yoga for Young Children

I’m a huge fan of yoga and I’ve practiced in some way for most of my adult life. When I fell pregnant with my first child, one of the first books I bought was ‘Baby Om’ to learn how I could practice with my newborn. The reality was slightly different to the beautiful, graceful images depicted in the text and there was no mention of dealing with squirming, crying or projectile vomiting. I also hadn’t factored in the menagerie of animals keen to join the fun. This didn’t become part of our daily routine but the intention was there! You are never too young to practice yoga! Baby yoga classes are gaining popularity in the UK and around the world. To find out more about the benefits of baby yoga, check out this blog post from the UK company Blossom and Berry:  https://www.blossomandberry.com/7920-2/ Toddlers and young children can also greatly…

The Magic in the Lamp

One of my pleasures in life is exploring unusual shops and markets: antiques, bric-a-brac, dusty books, shiny objects and other curio all fascinate me and I could spend hours looking for unusual objects and bargains. Not that I ever do. My husband and children can’t think of anything worse so a brief glance is usually all I can manage. I was in heaven in the Colaba Causeway Market on our trip to South Mumbai recently. Sounds, smells and overcrowding assaults the senses; shiny objects glisten tantalisingly and the stall holders are on a mission to sell you something at all costs. At a little antique stall, one item did catch my eye. A small, metal lamp. The sort you could expect a genie to emerge from….with some imagination! I snapped it up, memories surfacing about a concept I’ve read about numerous times about the power of a magic lamp in…