The Modern Yoga Bible – Christina Brown – Book Review

 

Ali of Team DC reviewed ‘Modern Yoga Bible’, here’s how she got on:

“If you can fully apply the concept of bringing your mind to the present moment, then you will be free.”

Wouldn’t that be lovely? To feel free of the stresses, and pressures of everyday life?
Christina Brown’s new version of The Modern Yoga Bible, offers a welcome guide to how the practice of Hatha yoga can help you get there.

Whether you’re just starting to dip your toe in with the odd yoga class, or you’re an aspiring yogi, this book could be a worthwhile addition to your book shelf.

Featuring an excellent structure that’s easy to follow, the book starts with an introduction to the key concepts and principles of yoga. This then flows into examples of yoga poses, broken down into types; including ‘Yang’ (active practices), ‘Yin’ (quiet practices), and the Yoga Mind. Linking this all together answers many questions that – if you’re anything like me – you might not have been brave enough to ask when hiding at the back of a new class of bendy people.

If you’re looking to practice at home, there’s also a handy ‘Putting it all together’ section, that suggests 5 themed routines. These are moves you can do together, and tailor to what you want to get out of your yoga session. Whether that’s calmness of mind, or strength of body – there’s something to suit every mood. It’s very flexible – but your legs don’t have to be yet, as there’s a star system to choose your level.

The book itself doesn’t replace the benefit of having a teacher in the room with you. Especially if you’re starting out. It’s not easy to follow the instructions of the book while you learn a position for the first time. Re-reading the section of ‘how to come out’ of a pose, while your head is already upside down, is quite a challenge! But it’s a great tool for getting more out of classes.

This book focuses on the individual, and finding what is right for you. There’s something beautifully supportive in the tone, as if Christina is holding your hand through the steps to understanding and fully experiencing yoga. It breaks down some of the mystery, and shows how it can benefit your personal and professional daily life. It’s OK for you to be just the way you are. We’re all unique, and this is something to be celebrated.

Namaste.

Get your copy here.

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The Best Independent Cafés To Work From In London

Not everyone works in an office. With the laptops and smartphones abound, it is easy to set up shop almost anywhere. However, a coffee shop always tops our list because, well, coffee! Here is a list of the best coffee shops to work in in London. This article originally appeared on Londonist.com


BY CHLOE KOURA

Lattes and laptops are both important when you’re working out of the office. We’ve compiled a list of independent places where you can get both a caffeine and a Wi-Fi fix.

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Macchiato at The CoffeeWorks Project. Photo: spektrograf.

The CoffeeWorks Project in Angel is pretty popular with freelancers; you can stay for a while without feeling you’re outstaying you’re welcome. The independent, family-run coffee house knows what it’s doing when it comes to coffee, offering V60, Kalita and aeropress brews, as well as espressos from their pride and joy Slayer machine. Just make sure you get there early.

96-98 High Street, Islington, N1 8EG (there are also branches in Blackfriars and Leadenhall).

 Quality Italian paninis and pizzas define Finsbury Park’s Exeter Street Bakery — perfect to nibble on while you’re working. The coffees aren’t bad either; grab one of the cushioned benches and settle in for a few hours.

The Arts Building, Morris Place, Finsbury Park, N4 3JG

Vagabond has stores in N7, N4, E1 and E1W.

Grab a flat white whilst you catch up on your work at Vagabond, Holloway. It’s small and cosy, but luckily there are four branches to choose from — all with free Wi-Fi and plug points (although N4’s branch has fewer of these).

105 Holloway Road, N7 8LT and Charter Court, Stroud Green Road, N4 3SG. There are also branches in Whitechapel and Wapping.

Bread and Bean in Archway is a hit with locals and laptoppers alike — even if it offers only one coffee. Nab one of the window seats and choose from a cooked breakfast to soup and salad, to see you through the day.

37 Junction Road, N19 5QU

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The Fear of the Unknown

I went to the David Hockney exhibition at the Tate Britain on Monday for the second time and took my daughter and a friend. I went for the first time a few weeks ago and couldn’t get anybody to come with me; either my friends were busy, had already been, were uninterested or of the ‘I don’t do art’ crowd.

It’s just brilliant and I was gushing about it to someone that night who turned around and said ‘I’m not an art buff but I don’t see the point in looking at a pile of stuff that’s supposed to be worth thousands of pounds. I could have done better myself, it’s like a kid made it’. I’m not an art buff either. For anyone out there who also ‘doesn’t do art’ I want to clear something up, you don’t have to be an expert in anything to be able to enjoy something, but don’t let the fear of the unknown stop you from finding out.


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Make More Time for Yourself

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Organise your schedule―and claim carefree minutes for yourself―in three steps.

By Elizabeth Fenner

1. Step Back (For a Second)

Figure out why you want more free time. “You can’t win a game you haven’t defined,” says David Allen, a productivity expert and the author of the best seller Getting Things Done (Penguin Books, $15, amazon.com). You’ll be more motivated to change if you have a specific goal.
Make a wish list. Write down all the activities that you long to do more of―whether they’re things that make you happy, relaxed, sane(r), or all three. Rank the items in order of importance to you, then pick one or two to focus on. (Once you get the hang of this system, you can address the rest.)

Now write down how you really spend your time. If it’s all one makelunchcarpoolrunaroundlikecrazy blur, keep a detailed diary for a few days. (Want some encouragement―and comfort that someone’s life is as crazy as yours? Check out Reader Time Diaries.) You might be surprised by how little time you spend doing things you love most. The key question to keep asking is, Are you spending your time on the right things?

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Gender Pay Gap: What Every Woman Should Know

4 April was Equal Pay Day. This date signifies the amount of extra time into the following year that a woman must work to earn the same amount her male counterpart earns in 1 year. Today the BBC wrote an article explaining the gap and what it means for all woman. 

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New rules mean thousands of companies are being forced to come clean on the state of their gender pay gaps.

Some have already volunteered the information – with Schroders fund managers taking the plunge as the first FTSE100 company to go public.

The group revealed that fixed pay for its female staff was 33% lower on average than for their male staff, while there was a bonus gap of 66%.

It sounds like a bad start for #GenderPayGap, but Schroders said the figures “may be misleading”.

In line with most companies in the financial services sector, there are fewer women in senior roles at the firm.

The company said: “Our analysis of comparable roles shows that we reward men and women fairly for similar work and that the gap reflects the lower representation of women at senior levels within the organisation”.

If that’s the case, what is the point of these figures? And how should you act on the facts?

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Ask the Etiquette Expert: How Can I Be the Best Personal Assistant?

This article originally appeared on HuffingtonPost.com. It talks about the skills needed to be a great personal assistant, but these traits can be carried over to any job position! 

By Diane Gottsman

I was recently asked to share the qualities that make an assistant invaluable. Though the tips below are written for personal assistants, they can also apply to others in the professional arena.

Business Etiquette for Personal Assistants (and Beyond):

  • Aim to become your boss’s “right arm.” Your goal is to become indispensable. It’s in an assistant’s best interest to learn as much as possible about his or her supervisor’s likes, dislikes, pet peeves, and personal preferences. Not because you are “sucking up,” but because it will be an important guide moving forward to assist you in making daily decisions for yourself, and on his or her behalf. For example, a good assistant knows how to multitask and prioritize multiple projects. If you know your boss likes to have completed projects on her desk in a particular colored folder, make an effort to include those folders in the weekly office supply order so you aren’t caught off-guard when it’s time to put the presentation package together. Rather than leaving a pile of papers on her desk with a sticky note that says, “Sorry, we ran out of folders… “ you will appear prepared and professional. Small details make a big difference.
  • Own your mistakes. It’s an unfortunate truth that we learn much more by our disastrous missteps. The bigger the blunder, the more intense the lesson will be. When you are training, you are expected to have a reasonable number of learning curves; after a certain point in time, there is no excuse for confirming a lunch meeting for Tuesday, when the lunch is scheduled for Thursday. The worst thing you can do is make an excuse. It’s a sign that you are not willing to own your actions, which makes for a less impressive employee. When you make an error, own it, apologize and state a plan of action moving forward.
  • “No surprises.” Your boss should always be the first to know when something goes right or wrong. Hearing it from a coworker, or someone other than yourself, is a sign that you are not being upfront or keeping your boss in the loop. No boss wants an assistant he or she can’t trust. If something critical is materializing with an important client, and you forgot to tell your boss that you received an email about the change, it could be a great disadvantage to you and your career. No boss wants to look as if he or she is ill informed.
  • Keep your boss’s private and professional information to yourself. Working closely with a CEO or other supervisor means that you will be privy to confidential and personal information. It would be highly unprofessional to divulge phone conversations, bank balances, client conversations, recent medical scares, or anything else that would tarnish your credibility as an honest and trusted employee.
  • Take notes. Never be without a notepad and pen. A good boss is always thinking about new and creative ways to run the business more efficiently and create opportunities that will benefit current and future clients. You can’t possibly remember everything; taking notes gives you a reference to look back on later in the day, week or month as new projects start to take shape.
  • Watch and learn. You will gain important leadership skills by simply watching the way your boss conducts his or her day to day business. There is a reason your boss has become a success and you have the unique opportunity to learn from the best. If you are thinking that you have a boss that is “worthless,” “lazy” or “unmotivated,” you are in the wrong job! It’s solely up to you to find a path that will help advance your professional career and challenge you to be your personal best.
  • Keep up with your boss’s calendar. Keep track of his or her schedule in your own personal planner. It reflects positively on you when you know where your boss will be, where she needs to go, and who she plans to meet. Make it a point to compare schedules at least twice a week to keep your calendars in sync. This routine will open the door to further discussions on upcoming meetings, projects and speaking engagements. Use this time to offer ideas, suggestions and highlight your efficiency, creativity and motivation.
  • Don’t stop learning. There will always be something new to learn. Don’t hesitate to ask your boss what else you can do to take the pressure off; research information and facts for the online newsletter, create an updated PowerPoint, or become more efficient at social media.
  • Finally, always be thinking of ways to add to your professional skill set. Your boss will no doubt notice your enthusiasm and commend you for your efforts in the form of a raise when the time is right.

If you’re a personal assistant, you may find my business etiquette posts especially helpful as you work to advance your career.

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The Home Office Is Disappearing—What’s Taking Its Place?

This article originally appeared on Realtor.com. As more and more people work remotely, it turns out that “working from home” is becoming less about actually working from the actual home. 

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I work from home. Not a coffee shop, not a co-working space with free microbrew. I work in a dedicated, IRS-approved workspace with the requisite Ikea desk and drawer of supplies I never use (I mean, who staples anymore?).

And yet, on the days when my husband telecommutes, he sprawls out on the living room couch, laptop perched on his stomach. And an informal poll of others who work from home shows they do so in all sorts of unconventional places, from kitchen tables to beds and any other nook or cranny so long as it’s not an actual office.

So what’s caused the traditional home office to disappear—and what’s taking its place?

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