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Fun With The Kids In London @ The Weekend

The weather is changing, but that doesn't mean that you have to be stuck in doors.  London is packed with activities this weekend for kids, and for the adult with the inner kid inside! From cupcake making, laughs, harry potter tours to scary Halloween parties it's covered. 1. Harry Potter Tour Around London A magical fun packed bus tour of Harry Potter London film Locations. The 2 ¾ hour luxury air-conditioned mini coach tour includes Harry Potter locations from the latest movie in the series, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, some of which is set in London. This Harry Potter London tour takes in all the film locations and inspirations in the capital including Platform 9 ¾, 12 Grimmauld Place and the sites used for the Leaky Cauldron and is the best way to see the locations dotted around London. Along the way you’ll also see many other familiar landmarks too. On the Harry Potter London Tour you’ll learn how the films were made, discuss the books and get trivia about the magical world of J.K.Rowling’s famous boy wizard. Along the way you’ll have the chance to get off the bus on at least four occasions, stretch your legs, take pictures and see the locations up close. All non magic people are welcome. Tour highlights include * Find the location used as the entrance to the Ministry of Magic in The Order of the Phoenix * Push your trolley through the wall at Platform 9 ¾ * Discover the possible inspiration for Grimmauld Place * See where the Knight Bus squeezed through the oncoming double decker buses in Prisoner of Azkaban * Walk in the footsteps of Hagrid (Robbie Coltraine) and Harry (Daniel Radcliffe) to the entrance of the Leaky Cauldron * Drive past the site where Harry casts a spell on Dudley in the Reptile House of London Zoo in Philosopher's Stone * See the location used for Gringotts Bank (exterior only)

Tickets: Payment required - Adult: £25 Child (3-12): £23 Bus Tour of London

2. Teanies and Crayons This morning session of fun includes: ·Cupcake decorating ·Balloon modelling ·Colouring in ·Real life Fairy Enter the Cupcake Competition for your chance to win tea for two  at The Tea Box! Tickets £5 in advance RSVP here - From 10am 12noon.  Suitable for 2-5yrs old  The Tea Box full menu of food and drinks will be available.  7 Paradise Road, Richmond, Surrey TW9 1RX.  This event repeats monthly on the 4 Sunday until 27 Feb 2014: 27 Oct24 Nov22 Dec.  Event details may change at any time, always check with the event organizer when planning to attend this event or purchase tickets. 3. Comedy Club for Kids Image @ Canada Water Culture Space, 21 Surrey Quays Road, London SE16 7AR.  12.30 to 13.30.  Tickets £7 and £24 for a Family Ticket.  Cracking entertainment for everyone over six years old and under 400 years old (no vampires or Highlanders). They say they have the best comedians from the UK and world circuit doing what they do best… but without the rude bits. Reviews: "A highlight for children… giving them a taste of some of the biggest names in comedy with the fun, rowdy feel of a real comedy club." - The Guardian "The perfect way to entertain the whole family." - Three Weeks 4. Halloween Kids Party  @ Fulham Palace, Bishops Avenue, London, UK.  The Education Centre.  Starting at 10.30 am ending at 13.00.  Telephone+44 (0)20 7736 8140. The party will include party games, dancing, balloons, magic and lots of fun! Plus a Halloween themed craft activity and a PRIZE for the best dressed!!  Price includes squash and a mini snack for the children.  Don't forget to pop into the Drawing Room Café on your way to pick up a coffee and cake to enjoy whilst watching the fun unfold.  Suitable for both boys and girl.  Suggested for 3yrs - 7yrs. Tickets can be bought at 'We Got Tickets' Tickets are £15.00 + £1.50 Booking fee = £16.50.  12 tickets available . All ages   £13.00 + £1.30 Booking fee = £14.30 18 tickets available.  Sibling Discount **applies when two tickets purchased together at £13 each***.

8 Minutes to Give You Energy Every Day

I pretty much practice yoga every day.  I have done so ever since I caught dysentery at a Hotel in Edinburgh.    Yes, dysentery I thought it was a disease from the times of Charles Dickens but this was in 2003.  Ashtanga yoga was my way to get my strength back, from that I grew the practice in breadth and depth to Bikram, Hatha, Kundalini and Vinyasa Flow and eventually teaching; which I love.

The health benefits have been enormous. The focus, self-awareness and energy I have everyday multiplies every area of my life.

I vary my practice dependent on the day and time as a busy working mother of 2.  If I have only 8 minutes there are 4 exercises I do to oxygenate my body, wake up my bones and get the blood to my brain.

Pranayama

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I always say Yoga get’s me at breathing.  This controlled breathing exercise increases your lung capacity delivering oxygen to your organs, and hence revitalising your body in the morning.  It’s also a good exercise before an important meeting or presentation.

Arda Chandrasana Padahastasana

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This posture not only gives quick energy, but also when done right works your stomach, bum, hips, thighs and spine.

Garurasana

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I include this posture because it balances out your hormones, which can impact your balance all day.  I believe it is also why I fell pregnant so quickly!

Ardha Kurmasana

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The stretch in this posture is great for your neck; shoulders, lymph glands and blood flow to the brain.

In India yoga was not necessarily a series, but postures to address different conditions.  A regular practice is of course the best scenario, once you know your practice, body and postures then you can break postures down into their benefits.  This compartmentalisation allows you to do a few postures that give you just what you need when you need it, when you are short of time.

Of course consult your doctor with any new form of exercise.

Yoga Art - Sejz Inn

Post giving birth I now have a yoga room at home.  I discovered Sejz Inn's pieces of Yoga Art and the canvases are just yet another part of my love for yoga.  Yoga is how I get my energy.

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Tuladandasana - Balancing

Tuladandasana - Balancing

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Tuladandasana - Balancing Stick Pose

 

Great bringing yoga and art together, dialogue and asana ...."not like a broken umbrella". Art by Sejz Inn.

Lock The Knee

Lock The Knee

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Lock the Knee

Humorous take on Standing Head to Knee in Digital Artwork. Art by Sejz Inn.

5 Top Tips for Energy Management

How do we better manage our energy in an increasingly busy and hectic world.  There are more rules and regulations in our society which means we have to complete taxes, forms, censuses.  Technology has advanced and enhanced our lives in so many ways, and at the same time we increasingly have more email and messages to deal with.  Kids are great (I Love Mine), and we stretch our time between kids, family and friends.  These are just some of the challenges of modern day life.  So what do we do:

1.  De - Clutter

I am reading a lot currently on mindfulness.  It interests me, but intrigues me as there is never just a one size fits all.  For some people it may be best to focus on one thing and do it well, for others it may be two or three.  My number is five if I ever take on more than five it does not work.  My five are : Husband, Children, Work whatifpa, Learning (Doctorate) and Yoga.  Sometimes people do amazing things multi-tasking.  This may be an unpopular thought in the current trend of mindfulness.  However, just look at the true story of Erin Brockovich she took on a Goliath of a lawsuit.  Yes she went through challenges as she was stretched between her children, her partner and her career; but what a difference she made!

.Erin Brockovich

I had to remove other things from my life because they over zapped my energy.  So sit down and write a list of everything that you do, and include things like your friends or your husband if you are married; after all they are important.  Then think about what is really important to you.  What ever is not important drop it.  It is not a failure to lose it, and in fact can turn into a positive.  When I dropped being Netball captain I had done my turn for 2 years, and moving on left space for another person to breath their ideas and more energy into what is now a flourishing club.  Refine your list until you have what you feel is balance.

2. Your World

Do not live in constant comparison to anyone else.  This is a waste of energy.  It does not matter what anyone else does, says or thinks.  This should not be mistaken for arrogance, but the point is if people are looking for constant gratification from others it only zaps energy.  Everyone has flaws, issues and problems.  Just deal with what you can affect.

3. Exercise

Tony Sanchez

I practice yoga regularly because of it's restorative properties.  There is no best form of exercise.  The secret is to pick something that you love and want to do without having to battle to build up motivation to practice.  I love Tony Sanchez's Yoga because with 2 children I can do it from home, and fit it around my busy schedule.

4. Communicate

Speak to people that can be your friends, or your family if you are feeling affected by an issue.  Bottling up worries or concerns can drain you.

5. Outsource

Outsource chores like cleaning or gardening if you can, so you have the energy to do the things you love.

6.  Utilise Technology

Utilise technology to simplify your life, get things done quickly and surround yourself with the people who give you energy. For example, I love online shopping as it reduces the time I have to spend going around the shops and takes minutes compared to hours.  Long gone are the days when I would spend the whole day "down town shopping."  Now I am happy to be in a nice pub garden where I can do the 11.00am feed for my son, and my daughter can run around playing.  When I do have to go to the shops on the weekend the baby sick, inadequate changing facilities and the difficulty of actually trying clothes on with a toddler is not something that I miss.

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