Author page: Ashleigh Mayes

Seven Ways to Improve Your Mental Health in Summer

Seven Ways to Improve Your Mental Health in Summer

Let’s talk about how you can look after your mental health in summer… Summer’s well and truly on its way and, as the clouds part, hordes of half-naked Britons flock to the streets in search of ice cream and fruit cider. It’s the season of beer-gardens, bikinis and BBQs (although, only the bravest could pull off all three at once hello…

“I’m not Flexible Enough” and Other Yoga Myths Debunked

“I’m not Flexible Enough” and Other Yoga Myths Debunked

It’s time to debunk some popular yoga myths. It’s 5.30am on Saturday (a sentence said by no sane person ever) and I’m standing in Nero waiting to order coffee. I’m awake because it’s time for another yoga teacher training weekend; in a few hours, I’ll be grappling with Sanskrit and jumping up and down on my mat lamenting the day I…

Five Effortless Ways to Detox Your Newsfeed

Five Effortless Ways to Detox Your Newsfeed

Is social media getting you down? It might be time to detox your newsfeed. Ah, social media – you beautiful and complex thing. You’ve wiggled your way into our daily lives, keeping us sweet with likes, lols and LADbible articles (did you know smelling your partner’s farts might actually make you live longer?). We can’t remember a time when you…

Confessions of an Introvert

Confessions of an Introvert

If you’re an introvert – this blog post is for you. Let me set the scene. It’s Tuesday afternoon and I’m walking back to the office after lunch; I push open the glass doors to my building, carefully balancing a coffee in my spare hand, and dash across the reception area into one of the three lifts. On entering the…

Can Negative Emotions Benefit our Yoga Practice?

Can Negative Emotions Benefit our Yoga Practice?

Today, I’m asking can negative emotions benefit our yoga practice? “Today the sun is shining and I am grateful for this beautiful day #sunshine #yoga #goodvibes”. “There’s so much attention given to negative news that sometimes we let that negativity overshadow all of the love in the world #positivevibes #love #yoga”. “Open your heart and see love everywhere. The world is beautiful…

The Myth of #YogaEveryDamnDay

The Myth of #YogaEveryDamnDay

Raise your hand if you have ever been personally victimised by the #YogaEveryDamnDay. I know I have. #YogaEveryDamnDay is the modern-day mantra for the serious yogi and there are hundreds of articles out there telling you how to achieve it; get up earlier, redecorate your yoga space so it’s more white girl basic zen, pray for motivation, generally be a better person… the list…

25 Things I’ve Learnt in 25 years

25 Things I’ve Learnt in 25 years

Now I’m officially in my mid-20s, I feel qualified to give advice (lol). Don’t worry, I’m not talking about boring stuff like changing light-bulbs or fixing a broken fuse (there are usually real adults around to do that stuff). I’m talking about the things that really matter. I don’t know how a mortgage works (I think you need to feed it twice…

Yoga Pants Review (Avoid Camel Toe Like a Pro)

Yoga Pants Review (Avoid Camel Toe Like a Pro)

I’ve had some legging horror stories in my time; as a yogi, it comes with the territory. Seams aren’t usually sun salutation friendly. I’ve been through stuff that would make the most liberal person blush. I’ve endured a two-hour ashtanga class, at a top studio, with tear-inducing camel toe, I’ve had pants split right down the gusset, to a crowd…