3 million in UK yoga school!

June 15, 2010

We’ve come a long way baby! I am overjoyed to announce that there are now 3,070,000 yogis in the UK (Kantar Media Research.)
That’s 6.2% of the population, up from 5.3% in 2007.
And it’s not just occasional drop-ins – nearly half of the three million claim to be regulars on the mat. Thats an increase of 10% on 2007.
Perhaps this is an indicator that the yoga mat is a refuge from redundancy, food inflation, dodgy M.P.s, etc etc. It’s official: as the yoga dork t-shirt reads…’yoga is our bailout!’
The figures also reveal that yoga remains an upmarket young chick thing – 77% are women, 68% are under 45 and 71% are ABC1, although the biggest gains were amongst the 35-44 group. I hope this means that we’re taking yoga with us as we age and that one day the classes will be full of 90 year olds standing on their heads!


US edition of Yoga School Dropout out now $14.95

April 11, 2010

Yoga School Dropout is now available in the US – the first time a dedicated edition has been available.

I had to self-publish because I kept getting turned down by American publishers who said that American yogis would have no interest in a book by a Brit, and that Americans dont get British irony or our sense of humour. What a load of rubbish! What about the success of The Office in the US, or Bridget Jones? And I have had so many lovely emails from Americans who discovered my book in India or on a trip to London.

Its now on amazon.com and available to order in bookshops.

Please help me spread the word, and let me know what you think of the book!

Om shanti and all,

Lucy x

Claire Missingham yoga class competition

October 16, 2009

The closing date for the free private yoga class with Claire Missingham (with me struggling away in the background) is fast approaching – get your submission in soon!
And did I mention – as if the yoga goddess herself wasnt enough to persuade you…There’s tea and cake afterwards. Yum. I cant wait!
Click on the link below to enter. See you there!

The Handbag and Wellies Book Tour

July 23, 2009

The Handbag and Wellies Yoga Club is out on August 6th.
I will be donning my wellies and filling my handbag with copious helpings of Pinot Grigio for the book tour.
Here’s the back of the tour t’shirt:
7th August 11am – Radio Norfolk
13th August 6.15 for 6.30 – Jarrolds Norwich. This is a ticketed event. To reserve your place please contact:
Customer Services, Floor Two, Jarrold, 1-11 London Street, Norwich NR2 1JF
01603 660 661
19th August 6.45 for 7pm Beccles Bookthrift Bookthrift, 1 Exchange House, Exchange Square , Beccles.
20th August 6.30 Clifton Interiors London Readings from me, singing from Tony award winner Frances Ruffelle, photographs from Jay Scott and Pinot Grigio for all
Clifton Interiors, 168 Regents Park Road, London, NW1 8XN
27th August 6.30 Waterstones Lancaster Marketgate Shopping Centre, 4-6 Cornmarket, Marketgate, Lancaster LA1 1AL

Review of The Handbag & Wellies Yoga club

July 20, 2009

Thank you to blogger Chai & Yoga for a great review!

My new book

July 19, 2009

Handbag and Wellies Yoga ClubThe Handbag and Wellies Yoga Club is the story of the year in which I moved from a tiny London flat to a Norfolk farmhouse; I was in love and hoping to fill my time making jam and babies.

The book is about the search for the things that really matter to us all – love, friendship and the quest for a family of one’s own – exploring the choices that we make along the way, and what happens when life doesn’t go according to plan.

There are now only two weeks to go before the launch. I am feeling excited – at long last the book will be out there – and I am feeling nervous – what will be the response? We’re beginning to get some feedback from the media; Sarah Bennie, Caroline Craig and Katie Johnson have been a crack team on this project – if there was an Oscar for Best Publicity it would go to them. Katie has got me blogging, Twittering and Facebooking and I’ve done interviews with, amongst others, Psychologies, 4FM and the BBC, and I have written for Yoga and Health magazine.

The Daily Mail picked up on the ‘fertility over forty’ angle of the book.

The article attracted over 100 comments – clearly this issue, trying to get pregnant later in life, is an emotive subject and I am hoping that when the book is published it will generate further debate. One of my main reasons for writing the book was to tell younger women not to be seduced by stories of stars giving birth at 45 or by IVF myths – the truth is that many older mums are using donated eggs and not letting on. The chances of getting pregnant at forty using IVF are 10%, decreasing to 4% at 44. So, for the generation of career girls behind me I would say don’t wait – you may look great but you can’t put Oil of Olay Regenerist cream on your ovaries!

Never mind. I am over it now and have accepted where I am at – my husband is fantastic and I am glad that I waited to find him rather than getting married for the sake of it at thirty. OK, so things may not have turned out quite as planned – they never do – but I am happier now than I have ever been and in writing the book I wanted to inspire still single women to keep the faith – I am living proof that there are happy endings over forty!

Besides looking forward to seeing the book in the shops (I’ve just found out that WHSmith Travel is going to be stocking it) I cant wait for the launch parties – one at Jarrolds in Norwich on 13th August (please come along) and one in Beccles on the 19th. I am also working on a London date – watch my blog for further details.

I am hoping for much Pinot Grigio and hilarity, especially if Father Antony Sutch comes – the only man who has ever made me want to go to church. He married David and I last year; he was so funny, making jokes about his girth and not being ‘a natural yogi’, that a recently married Muslim woman said she would like to do her wedding all over again – with Father Antony presiding!

Obsessive career girl!

July 14, 2009

Article about my attempt to revive my ageing eggs with some Olay Regenerist can be found in today’s Daily Mail.
Please have a read, let me know what you think and dont miss all the reader comments – it seems I was not alone in thinking I could get pregnant in my forties!

Launch party at Jarrolds Norwich

June 18, 2009

Please join me for a glass of wine & some yogic musings to celebrate the launch of The Handbag & Wellies Yoga Club at Jarrold Norwich
Thursday 13th August 2009, 6.15 for 6.30pm

This is a ticketed event. To reserve your place please contact:
Customer Services, Floor Two, Jarrold, 1-11 London Street, Norwich NR2 1JF
01603 660 661

Enlighten Up!

May 27, 2009

Am desperate to see this yoga movie in which a sceptical American man called Nick (whose Mum is a shamanic healer and whose father is a lawyer!!) accepts a challenge from a yoga believer – filmmaker Kate Churchill. Kate immerses Nick in yoga, and films him with American teachers and then with gurus Iyengar and Pattabhi Jois in India. I have watched a couple of clips and it looks hilarious – Nick’s transformational progress is not quite what Kate had in mind.
I am trying to establish if its coming out in UK cinemas or whether we will have to wait until the end of the year for the DVD. Anyone know?

Mills and Boon invent the sari ripper

May 4, 2009

Mills and Boon has been mining India to see if they could find some authors of romantic love stories – durr! This is the land of Bollywood – what took them so long?
The winner was an ad agency girl after my own heart – Milan Vohra, 44, set her short story – The Love Asana – in a yoga class.
Shioli, the yoga teacher, has a ‘vibrance that is almost palpable’ and ‘rich dark auburn hair’ which tumbles to her ‘shoulders in careless abandon’.
Suj lays his yoga mat down and fails to understand his teacher’s instructions, leading her to some hands on work.
‘She gently gave his hips an ever so slight nudge to raise them.
“You like the arch, or should I raise my hips some more?” Suj said, staring deep into her eyes. Slowly, as if in a trance, she felt the rest of the room blank out.’
He then asks her which is her favourite asana…she replies that its surya namaskar…'”Its the most complete way to start the day” she rhapsodised.
“I can think of something even better”, Suj drawled under his breath.’
I cant wait to read the finished book – its published this month.