24 March 2011

Quote of the day ...

Greet everyone you meet with a warm smile. No matter how busy you are, don't rush enounters with co-workers, family and friends. Speak softly. Listen attentively. Act as if every conversation you have is the most important thing on your mind today. Look your children and your partner in the eyes when they talk to you. Stroke the cat, caress the dog. Lavish love on every living being you meet. See how different you feel at the end of the day.
Sarah Ban Breathnach (Simple Abundance : A Daybook of Comfort and Joy)

23 March 2011

Quote of the day ...

Those who bring sunshine to the lives of others cannot keep it from themselves.
Sir James Barrie

22 March 2011

Quote of the day ...

Enjoy yourself. These are the good old days you're going to miss in the years ahead.
Author unknown

21 March 2011

New York - Don Corleone and Statue of Liberty.

New York March 11 177, originally uploaded by yogamama.co.uk.

I have lots of classic Manhattan photographs from our recent trip to New York, but here is a classic family photo. My daughter - seen here in her PJ's - clutching a football magazine is re-enacting her take on the Statue of Liberty. My son is doing his interpretation of the New York gangster Don Corleone; wearing his sister's hat, his mother's coat and puffing on an unlit cigar.
Family holidays :-)

Quote of the day ...

The soul would have no rainbow if the eyes had no tears.
Native American saying

Carpal tunnel poses: The yoga mama prenatal yoga iPhone app

20 March 2011

Quote of the day ...

To be at peace in any endeavour, we must release our need to control the outcome.
Diane Dreher (The Tao of Inner Peace)

19 March 2011

Super Perigrine Moon

Perigrine Moon 002, originally uploaded by yogamama.co.uk.

Tonights Perigrine moon appears once every 18 years. It could be 14% bigger and 30% brighter than usual, according to NASA. The moon has an elliptical orbit around the Earth; when the moon seems smaller and more distant, it's on the farthest side (apogee) of its orbit, while the perigee side is about 31,000 miles closer to Earth.

Even this sometimes renegade yogi did not practice or teach Ashtanga on this very special moon day.

London: March 19th 2011

Quote of the day ...

Look to this day, for it is life, the very life of life. In its brief course lie all the realities and verities of existence.The bliss of growth, the splendor of action, the glory of power. And yesterday is but a dream, and tomorrow is only a vision. But today - well lived - makes every yesterday a dream of happiness, and every tomorrow a vision of hope. Look well, therefore, to this day.
Sanskrit proverb

18 March 2011

How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying

Daniel Radcliffe’s musical debut on Broadway. NYC

On my recent trip to New York City, my family and I were lucky enough to go and see this show on Broadway. Daniel Radcliffe gave an amazing performance in his musical debut, playing the character J. Pierrepont Finch. The story of an ambitious young man’s rise (Radciffe) from mail room clerk to vice president of a big company using fairly questionable business practices.

It is a very funny and entertaining show and the 21 year-old Radcliffe has certainly shown that he is more than just a wizard. His singing, dancing and comic timing were spot on. This is a well cast production and I particularly liked the women’s costumes. My whole family loved this show and would happily see it again, so if your in NYC and looking for something that the whole family would enjoy (teenagers in my case), I would highly recommend “How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying”.

We were invited back stage to meet Daniel in his dressing room. What a delightful, unassuming star he is. It’s a rarity to have talent, fame and fortune and remain grounded at such a young age.

“How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying” is on at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre on Broadway, New York.

Fans lining up to see Daniel Radcliffe outside the Al Hirschfeld Theater after the performance

Million Dollar Memo

Originally published on Family Affairs and Other Matters.

I have just been sent details of the most amazing new competition – from the team who brought you the Best Job in the World comes a Million Dollar Memo giving companies and work places around the world the chance to win one million dollars (AUD) worth of incentive travel to Queensland, Australia.

This is one memo you have to read! One minute to read and one million reasons why it’s worth reading.

Great companies are built by great people within them and this competition sees workplaces go head-to-head to compete. It’s a fantastic opportunity to showcase your company and workplace to the world and be in with a chance to win the Ultimate Reward in Queensland, Australia.

SPREAD THE WORD – and quickly – who wants to set up a Limited Company with me so that we can join in??

A dog's life New York style

New York March 11 151, originally uploaded by yogamama.co.uk.

Dogs in New York are obviously very picky about there choice of blooms. This photo was taken in Tribeca, NYC.

Quote of the day ...

One of the most responsible things you can do as an adult is to become more of a child.
Dr Wayne W Dyer

17 March 2011

Pose of the day

To blog or not to blog that is the question? Karnapidasana -Ear pressure pose - looks a bit like the trussed up chicken pose and, therefore, I was not sure about putting it out there :-) Here goes nothing!

Quote of the day ...

If you can walk, you can dance. If you can talk, you can sing.
Zimbabwean proverb

15 March 2011

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13 March 2011

Quote of the day ...

To see the world in a grain of sand and Heaven in a wildflower, hold infinity in the palm of your hand and eternity in an hour.
William Blake

12 March 2011

Quote of the day ...

Look at everything as though you were seeing it either for the first or last time then your time on earth will be filled with glory.
Betty Smith, novelist

11 March 2011

Quote of the day ...

To find the universal elements enough; to find the air and the water exhilarating; to be refreshed by a morning walk or an evening saunter; to be thrilled by the stars at night: to be elated over a bird's nest or a wildflower in spring ... these are some of the rewards of the simple life.
John Burroughs, naturalist

10 March 2011

Quote of the day ...

There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as if everything is.
Albert Einstein

09 March 2011

Quote of the day ...

Gratitude helps you to grow and expand. Gratitude brings joy and laughter into your lives and into the lives of all those around you.
Eileen Caddy

08 March 2011

International Women's Day

If you only do one thing today - watch this - it’s the ‘Equals’ video starring Daniel Craig. Directed by Sam Taylor Wood, written by Jane Goldman and interpreted by Dame Judi Dench.

People ask why we still bang on about women’s rights. As Rosamund Urwin wrote in the Standard last night; when asked by a male colleague “what’s the point of IWD?” she replied “because the other 364 still belong to you”.

Quote of the day ...

The Serenity Prayer
God, grant me: serenity - to accept the things I cannot change; courage - to change the things I can and wisdom - to know the difference.
Reinhold Neibuhr, theologian

From London with Love

Here is a photo of my friend Jemma Forte receiving proof copies of her new book "From London with Love" which will be published by Penguin in July.

07 March 2011

Grazia Book Club Quiz Night

I was invited to join a table of gorgeous, intelligent women on World Book Day for a quiz event hosted by Waterstone's bookshop, in association with Grazia magazine.

A number of authors attended, including: David Nicholls, author of the fantastic book and soon-to-be film "One day"; the hilarious Adele Parks; Emma Kennedy and my good friend and brilliant writer, Jemma Forte, who hosted our table.

I had been told it was an quiz evening of cupcakes and champagne - which is was - and being a prolific reader, I thought I might be able to answer the odd question. In fact, I think I probably only answered two. So it was amazing to discover that our champagne fuelled team "Beloved" (the title of the book by Toni Morrison) won the quiz and walked off with the prize of two cases of wine.

When I say we won, we actually came second as the Grazia team did, in fact, come first. Before anyone started shouting "fixed", the team nobly stood down and - hey presto - the table of glamorous reprobates rushed up to the stage to collect their prize.

Jamie Byng, who runs World Book Day, gave a wonderful quote about authors and books: "I know what I give you, but I do not know what you receive". Which just about sums up the joy of sharing the gift of books.

Quote of the day ...

The courage of life is often a less dramatic spectacle than the courage of a final moment, but it is no less than a magnificent mixture of triumph and tragedy. People do what they must - in spite of personal consequences, in spite of obstacles and dangers and pressures - and that is the basis of all human morality.
John F. Kennedy

05 March 2011

Quote of the day ...

When we speak. we are afraid our words will not be heard or welcomed. But when we are silent, we are still afraid. So it is better to speak.
Audre Lorde

03 March 2011

Quote of the day ...

If there were ever a time to dare, to make a difference, to embark on something worth doing, it is now. Not for any grand cause, necessarily, but for something that tugs at your heart, something that's your aspiration, something that's your dream. You owe it to yourself to make your days here count. Have fun. Dig deep. Stretch. Dream big.
Macintosh computer ad, 1991