The news has been banished from my home, I have stopped listening to, reading or watching it. The news does not inform me; in fact I feel powerless and diminished by the onslaught of conflict, confrontation and distortion.

What I've found that starts my day on a mellow, amusing note is 15 minutes of Garrison Keiller and his anecdotes from the imagined small town of Lake Wobegon, Minnesota.

Garrison Keiller shares his storytelling genius and subtle, humorous insights into the human predicament in warm radio tones. It's great to start the day with a real treat; his podcasts 'News from Lake Wobegon' are freely available through iTunes.

Here's a short video that I defy you not to feel cheered by.

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I started yoga at the behest of various physios and personal trainers. My initial drivers were flexibility and conditioning - very much in the physical sphere. I run my own company in London and have 2 small children, so the ability to practice at home with a qualified instructor very much appealed and after a couple of internet searches Brighten Up Yoga seemed to offer a reasonably priced solution.

As I progressed through Brighten Up Yoga sessions, a big surprise was the mental and emotional benefits that I began to get. Better sleep, less stress and an awareness of the body and mind that you can apply to a variety of elements of a busy and active life. To be honest these were unintended consequences of my practice, but in actual fact have become the reason I continue in my yoga journey.

For me the ability to practice at home, 1 on 1, is key as I get much more from the session than if I was in a group and it is tailored to my own limitations and strengths.

Practicing with Beth from Brighten Up is now a 'must do' activity in my diary and we schedule weekly sessions up to 3 months in advance.

From a skeptic to a believer in less than 6 months - I can thoroughly recommend Brighten Up Yoga to help you deal with the stresses and strains of life and improve overall wellbeing!

Simon Lodge

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