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Energising Postures

Energising Morning Postures

Spring – we thought you’d never arrive!

With extra sunshine earlier in the mornings, getting up has been that little bit easier, but what about when your body still wants more snooze time?

Take a moment before reaching for the coffee. An energising morning yoga practice can work as a natural stimulant to set you up for a productive day. We explore postures to awaken the body, mind, digestion and nervous system… and FYI, some of these postures can even be done from your bed! Namaste.

1. Child’s Pose. A ‘natural’ posture is a good place to start first thing. This feels great for the body, especially at the beginning of the day, since it’s calming and relaxing. Take time to breath into the back and lower spine and enjoy the wake up effect on your spine.

2. Cat-Cow. A great morning stretch which can help to open up your whole spine. Breathing deeply in this pose will massage your organs as you alternately compress and lengthen the intestines, bringing fresh blood to the cells, which are responsible for healthy gut function. Be sure to lead from the spine and only stretch your neck as far as feels comfortable.

3. Warrior One. Feel powerful, positive and ready to face the day with Warrior One. This posture combines leg strengthening and gentle back bending, bringing energy into the body. Tilt your eyes skyward for a deeper stretch. If you’re feeling especially energetic, move into Warrior Two by bringing the arms parallel to the floor and gazing over your front arm. Maybe even set an intention for the day whilst your feeling strong!

4. Bridge Pose. Back bends are all about unlocking the energy of the spine and nervous system. Lying in a semi supine position with your head below your heart calms the nervous system and open the front of the body. Use your hands under your hips for an extra deep stretch.

5. Cobra. Open. the chest and strengthen the core body with Cobra. This posture can help align the spine and invigorate the kidneys and nervous system. A great one to do from your bed – just throw off your pillows and get ready to start the day!

Fancy seeing the sun rise in a beautiful country while practicing yoga? Check out our FG retreats here.

“Ideal for those looking to escape hectic city life and find greater balance in mind and body.” – VOGUE 

Hot Yoga while Pregnant

Fierce Grace Brixton member, Clare Duggan practiced right up until the day before she gave birth! How’s that for motivation in February?

We chatted to Clare about her favourite postures whilst pregnant and what kept her coming back to Fierce Grace throughout. Did you know that yoga and being healthier, both in mind and body can actually help some women through their pregnancy with minimal discomfort?

Here’s what Clare has to say:

I fell into Fierce Grace Yoga after having been a regular Bikram practitioner for many years at the City studio, which subsequently evolved into a Fierce Grace studio. Having always found the heated practice a good way to keep niggling injuries at bay and enable me to continue to run and partake in more high impact exercise, Fierce Grace in addition offered more class variation making for a more interesting practice with extra benefits.

I couldn’t have been more delighted when Fierce Grace opened in Brixton, as having had my first baby and being on maternity leave, I was unable to get to the Old Street studio easily or quickly so wasn’t anticipating being able to return to practice until I returned to work in the city.
As with my first pregnancy, I practised through the 2nd and 3rd trimesters of my recent pregnancy and am sure this has kept me healthy, sane and able to keep active right up to when my waters broke (on my bike funnily enough) on the 17th January 2017. I had done a Fix class with Lisa Hood that same morning so maybe that hurried the birth along. My daughter Hettie May was born in the wee hours of the 18th January.

The main classes I practised throughout my pregnancy were Fix and Deep Core but that was more to do with the times I could get to class than anything else. I enjoyed the sets as a sequence but some of the postures I found most beneficial over this period were pigeon (all shapes and forms), down dog and dragon pose. I think that was as they were targeting areas where I was experiencing more tightness than usual. I was lucky that the Brixton FG teachers were so supportive and helped with any necessary modifications to my practice and I still had the energy to enjoy and practice regularly.

Providing my 10 week post-baby medical check-up is positive, I’d like to return to Fierce Grace classes again at that point. The main challenge will be timing classes around my daughter’s feed times. She has an insatiable appetite at the moment so we’re pretty much joined at the hip!

It’d be great to try some of the newer classes I haven’t yet had the opportunity to practise and develop my practice further. It may take a little while to stop doing the modifications I’ve been taught whilst pregnant so am sure there’ll be some corrections to be made over the coming months but I’m really looking forward to getting back to full fitness and enjoying a bit of me time, as well as catching up with all the lovely folk who work and practise at Brixton Fierce Grace studio.

 

At FGB, we love having such a variety of members at our studio at all stages of their lives.

We look forward to welcoming Clare back soon!

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More on the benefits of yoga in pregnancy from Michele Pernetta

Forming that habit

It is said that it takes 21 days to form a new habit. No coincidence that our Introductory Offer also lasts for 21 days. It’s almost as if we planned it that way!

We encourage our new members to practice unlimited classes during this Introductory period and make the most of our full schedule. This gives you the opportunity to experience the full spectrum of our Fierce Grace System:series of postures which are designed to compliment each other, building strength, alignment and flexibility.

These 21 days might involve learning to touch your toes, figuring out what time of day suits your practice best, which classes support what you want to achieve or mastering side crow – everyone it different!

At Fierce Grace Brixton we embrace everyone at all stages of their practice, whatever you are working on. Naturally, this is also reflected in our classes: SOB for new members and those with injuries or who want go “go back to basics”; FG for a user-friendly challenge, enjoying the graceful and fluid movement of your body and mind from one posture to next set to music; Classic for concentration and focus – a linear stretch, working deeply on alignment, building a solid base; Deep Core to explore your Yin side, opening up those hips, releasing tension and pressure in joints; FG2 for an explorative expression; Fix for a burst of energy – a “pick me up”; and then Fierce (aka The Beast) for intermediate/ advanced students who want to take their practice to the next level – not to forget late night Deep Core Dark to deeply relax and calm the mind and spirit, ready for the night ahead in preparation for the day ahead.

Here are some tips to forming that new habit: 

1 Pick just one habit to form at a time. Streamlining is key here. It’s tempting to write a long list, but start simple and specific, like ‘I’d like to build my core strength’.

2 Start small. Set a ridiculously small goal to start and your motivation will sky rocket.

3 Forget performance, only focus on starting. Turn off the chatterbox and focus on yourself being in the moment. The FGB staff love Yoga Nidra on Sunday 5.30pm and Tuesday 5pm – it’s the perfect chance to switch off and calm the mind.

5 Have a plan for failure. Everyone has bad days, and just because you fell over in tree pose, don’t mean endgame for your yoga practice. After all, who hasn’t been in a class where a someone has fallen over? Embrace it – it happens to us all.

6 Enjoy yourself and reward your achievement. Work on habits that make you feel good and when it goes well – give yourself a ‘gold star’! Maybe treat yourself to a new yoga mat, clothes for class (I always do a great class with new leggings on!) or something delicious from Brixton Village.

Chances are if you’re reading this – you’ve already begun, but if you’re still thinking about it… we say go for it. Traditionally January is the time to start anew, but February is a month full of love, change and motivation.

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Click here for more on our classes and how they compliment each other.

Classes Explained

Out with the old, in with the new?   

Some people like routine and the same old, same old and some people’s heads are turned by the novelty of new.

As new classes are introduced to the schedule this year, it’s the ideal opportunity to shake things up and build yourself a Fierce Grace hot yoga practice that brings you strength, flexibility, stamina, fitness and joy. But before your head is completely turned by the glitter of the new, we wanted to remind you of the gems at the heart of the Fierce Grace system.

Created as a series of interconnected classes that work together, the classes complement each other, with different focuses, because yoga is about balance.  The balance of strength and flexibility, of focus and relaxation, of fierce and grace.

So if you really want to get the best out of this system of yoga, then ensuring you mix it up by engaging with as many classes as you can is really important.

 

S.O.B.

If you’re new to FGB, we highly recommend S.O.B. Perfect for beginners or those with injuries the class is taken at a slower pace to get to know the poses, learn modifications and there’s the chance to ask questions throughout. It stands for Stiff, Old and Broken, but don’t let that put you off!

 

DEEP CORE.

The cornerstone of the practice, Fierce Grace founder Michele Pernetta suggests that everyone take this class at least once a week; and that anyone new to the practice do at least two or three Deep Core classes before diving in more deeply.

More floor based than other classes, this class is about alignment, helping correct postural issues and using deeeeeeep stretches to juice up the joints and release the muscle groups, all helping bring balance to your musculoskeletal system.

 

CLASSIC.  With a traditional hot yoga class format, this class focuses on alignment and breathing, bringing strength and stability to your poses.  Excellent for building stamina, this class offers an opportunity to think about posture technique as many of them are repeated.

 

FIERCE GRACE.   Combining Hatha, Power and Ashtanga yoga with interval and Core Training for a fully rounded workout that works 100% of the body, this is the heart of the Fierce Grace system and the class around which all other classes are designed. Set to music, it offers strength and flexibility, fitness and relaxation.

 

FG2.  An evolution of the Fierce Grace class, hit up FG2 once you have a handle on Fierce Grace and challenge yourself to the limit of your capabilities.  General level, variations and advanced poses keep you interested, challenged and ever improving.  Excellent for experienced and intermediate alike, this class will help get you ready to tackle The Beast.

 

WILD.  High energy and fast paced, Wild combines Kundalini Yoga, Barre, resistance stretching, HIIT and Super Slow training for strengthening and sculpting.  Core power, stamina and strength, this is a class for the curious to explore how yoga can be combined with other disciplines.

 

THE FIX.  A mix of Classic and FG, this class is short, super charged and super sweet.  Ideal when you want to squeeze a class in but are strapped for time, this class is for topping up your practice.

 

FIERCE.

Aka ‘The Beast’, this class is user friendly Intermediate/ Advanced class. Take practice to the next level, learn developments of poses from other classes and if you’re advanced, we will guide you to new heights!

The Brixton studio teachers are always on hand to give advice, so if you find you struggle with certain classes or have specific goals to achieve, do have a chat with them and keep playing.

Hot Founder Special: Meet Liz

This week we meet one of our Hot Founder members, Liz Popovich. Having regularly practiced hot yoga for six years now, she’s a great example of how yoga can keep you interested, engaged and ever evolving. Her practice today is just as exciting as it was when she discovered the sweaty delights of hot yoga, but she freely admits the variety offered by the Fierce Grace system of connected classes is her idea of bliss.

 

1.What brought you to yoga? How long have you been practicing?

I started practicing about six years ago. I had a back injury and my chiropractor told me that I had to stop using the cardio equipment at the gym, which was my only form of exercise at the time. When I asked what type of exercise I could do, she said: “yoga, but make sure it’s hot yoga!” I was living in Islington at the time, so I did a drop-in class at the City studio. This was before Fierce Grace – it was still the Bikram method – and I remember leaving the class, still dripping sweat even after changing and wondering what just happened to me! I was hooked. I moved to SW4 the next month and joined the Bikram studio in Balham immediately. I practiced six days a week there until the Fierce Grace studio opened in Brixton…

 

2. How have you been finding Fierce Grace?

I was in love with Fierce Grace from the very first class. As soon as the Brixton studio opened, I signed up for an introductory package, and knew I was going to commit to a Founder membership within the first week. The timing was perfect because I had reached the point where I was looking for more variety in my yoga practice. I actually abandoned two other yoga studio memberships to make the change. I find the classes brilliant, the teachers inspiring and the studio so friendly and welcoming. I feel like I belong there.

 

3. How has your practice changed or developed since coming to FGB?

I think I’m much kinder to myself in my practice now. This could be because I’m six years older, or because I’ve dealt with a nagging hip injury/condition, but I feel that I’ve moved beyond a solely physical practice into one that’s more mindful, observant and kind. It feels more comprehensive and much more satisfying this way.

 

4 . What is your favourite class and why?

I have to say all of them – because it’s the variety that works for me. I love the fact that in a given week, I get a mix of FG, Classic and either Core or Fix. For me that’s perfection!

 

5. What do you like doing in Brixton?

People watching. Every day I go there, I say to myself “you don’t see that every day!” Brixton has such a great vibe and colourful people – all you have to do is wander through the village and you’ll be entertained!

 

6. Tell us a fun fact…?

I was able to retire six years ago after being a co-founder of a medical software company. We sold the company and I took the opportunity to retire early after working way too much for the sixteen years I was part of the company. It’s not a coincidence that my yoga life started immediately after retirement – this is what anchors my days now. Bliss!

 

7. Anything else to add…

I am so grateful to all my teachers from FG and before whose generosity and inspiration help to keep me on my yoga journey. I hope to do this for the rest of my life.

 

Thanks Liz! It’s always a pleasure to have you at the studio. x

 

Back to Basics

Practice Evolution with Fierce Grace.

 

Whether you are new to yoga, or hot yoga, or Fierce Grace; or you are someone who has been practicing for a few years, one of the truths of yoga is that your practice is different every time you get on the mat. Class after class your practice changes and evolves. Mood, energy levels, stress levels, different teachers, there are lots of factors that contribute to your practice being a living, breathing, every-changing thing.   But how to evolve more consciously? And how can we help?

 

Well, start by looking at the foundations of your practice. Is it solid? By this we mean paying attention to the building blocks of the poses. Set yourself up properly; even if you think you know how a pose should look and feel, or you have been practicing for a while, listen to the teacher and their instructions for getting into position. You may hear something different.  Use your breath, use your focus and work to your limits, whatever they are that day.

 

Try some of the new classes on the Fierce Grace schedule. They have been created to help you work in specific areas, taking some poses further and breaking down others into different steps. Fly for upper body strength, Deep Dark Core to add a more meditative dimension, FG2 to take some poses into different expressions to keep you challenged, interested and evolving.

 

Go back to some of the old classes in the schedule. We all have our favourites, and the classes we aren’t so keen on. Sometimes we aren’t keen on them because they challenge us in ways that make us physically or mentally uncomfortable. Work through it, man!!! That’s what Fierce Grace means!

 

When you first get back on the mat in 2017, or you step on the mat for the first time, think about your practice. How has it changed? What do you want from it? Fitness, health, flexibility, free heating? Whatever it is you want to get out of Fierce Grace, bring your fierce, bring your grace and remember to bring a towel, appropriate clothing, no aerosols, plenty of water and practice evolution.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Strike a Pose: Paula Cronin explores Side Crow

This month we discover Posture Secrets from FG Teacher Paula Cronin.

Paula is a regular teacher on a Monday morning and evening. She’s the one setting you off for the week ahead with that oh-my-goodness-it’s-so-dark-outside 6.30am FG class. We thank you Paula!

 

Posture: Side Crow – Eka Pada Koudinyasana. (Arm balance or Circus trick?!)

BenefitsArm and hand strengthening. Upper body strength. Balance. Lower spine flexibility.

Side crow was always my nemesis.  It was the one pose I couldn’t do in the whole FG integrated system.  I always figured that it was because of my knee injury or due to my thoracic outlet syndrome.  I tried, but didn’t get it and felt very frustrated in the posture.

However, I first did Side Crow in my FG teacher training.  We were doing one of our many posture workshops, and even though I was really scared (and quite frankly ashamed), I got up in front of everyone to admit this was a posture I had never managed to do.  Then in front of everyone Michele talked me through it: I did everything she said (and it truly is all about the set up), I took my time, and I was in. Not only was I in my first ever Side Crow, but I STAYED in, for like, ages!  I even remember looking up at Michele while I was holding the posture, and mouthing an expletive which could, for the purposes of this piece, be described as ‘Wow!’ I even cried. I will never forget it. 

I see so many students in every FG class struggling in the same way and the chatterboxes in their heads are winning; “this is too hard, I’ll never be able to do this, oh this is for the advanced yogis, I will fall, I will embarrass myself, who do I think I am thinking I can do Side Crow.”  Perhaps unsurprisingly, this is the most “I’ll just sit this one out” posture around. To be honest, I used to do the very same thing as I thought I wasn’t ‘good enough’ to do it, that it was ‘too advanced’ for me.

But the truth is  – everyone can do Side Crow (of course as long as injuries such as wrist strain don’t contraindicate it). 

So it is important to listen to the teacher and follow instructions step by step.  If one step is missed out, the set up is incomplete and it won’t come together.  I see lots of people trying to get into it before setting up properly.  This just causes frustration, disappointment, and a misconceived belief that the pose isn’t for them.

So here we go – The Setup

Firstly, the key part of making Side Crow work – is having the forearms vertical. You are, in a sense, creating an upper arm shelf and moving the weight onto the vertical forearms; a bit like resting on a table or chair. 

– Ground the base of the knuckles down into the floor (like crow claws!)
– Bend your elbows to create a vertical shelf with your forearms to take the weight
– Lift your hips high to drop your knees on top of the elbows
– Look forward
– Lift you legs!
Mindful set up.

Mindful movement.

Successful Side Crow!

So next time you are taking the Fierce Grace class don’t hesitate to ask the teacher to assist in giving it  try – it’s easier done than said!

Stretch into Spring!

Did you miss our Runners’ Workshop last weekend? Maybe you just need a little bit more of a strettttch… Today as we are blowing the dust off our trainers ahead of summer (we defy you, rain!) we have been looking at some of the best postures for those post exercise cool-downs. If you’re anything like us, the journey from hibernation to international athlete is sure going to need a little yoga! Strengthen, improve your flexibility and prevent injury, huzzah!

Warriors (Virabhadrasana)

Work on getting down low into Warriors I and II in order to alleviate tight hips whilst stretching the thighs and glutes. Then transition into Warrior III to lengthen running muscles, strengthen ankles and core and improve balance and posture. And don’t forget to channel your inner Warrior vibes!

Forward Standing Bend (Uttanasana)

Stretch the hamstrings and straighten the spine. Take hold of either elbow and rotate from side to side to release out of the hips and lower back.

If you are warmed up you can take all 10 fingers behind the backs of the heels and bring your forehead to your knees and belly to your thighs; use the inhalation to pull and exhalation to relax the upper body down.

Pyramid Pose (Parsvottanasana)

Strengthen and lengthen the legs. Step one foot back about 1m (front foot facing forward and back foot 45 degrees), inhale and lean forward with the straight spine. Interlace the fingers behind the back or bring them together in reverse prayer as we all do in FG! Little mico-mm adjustments to keep on lengthening.

Garland Pose / Squat (Malasana)

Free up the front and back torso and stretch out the groin and ankles. Keep your feet as close together as possible then as you exhale lean forward and press your elbows lightly against the inside of your knees.

From here, you can always take it FG style into Crow to work on your balance, focus and confidence!

Downward Dog (Adho Mukha Svanasana)

… And breathe… Although this foundation posture can sometimes be a challenge on tired muscles, the yoga favourite Downward Dog is immensely restorative. It’s great for stretching the entire length of the spine and legs. Pull in the belly to simultaneously strengthen the core.

Cobblers’ Pose (Baddha Konasana)

Opening up the groin, hips and inner thighs. With every exhalation take the body a little further forward to release tension in the back.

Seated Wide Angle Forward Fold (Upavistha Konasana)

Similar to Cobblers’ but with your legs straight out, this is a great stretch for the hamstrings and calves. Maintain a straight spine and with every inhalation lengthen up and pull in the belly to keep your front and back core engaged. With every exhalation continue to deepen until you comfortably reach the maximum point of your stretch.

Reclining Pigeon (Sucirandhrasana)

Stretches thighs, groin, hips, psoas and IT band. Deeply stretches glutes preventing sciatica. Increases circulation into these areas and stimulates abdominal organs.
TOP TIP: Relax into this as much as you can and breathe: your body will respond best to the stretch and allow you to open more deeply

Cow-Face Fold (Gomukhasana)

This can be a little tricky to get at first but it is an absolute winner in getting into those deep hip muscles. It works into the IT band and the piriformis, a hard-to-reach muscle in the glutes which gets tighter with exercise such as running. If one or both hips start to come up off the ground you can always use a block. Too much? Stick with Half Cow Face and breathe!

Spine Twist: Half Lord of the Fishes Twist (Ardha Matseyendrasana)

After a long run, twisting that spine can feel incredible! A healthy spine will help with your posture and mobility whilst running. Maximise the benefits by focussing on twisting through the belly rather than just the neck.

You can learn more about these postures in our series of inter-connected classes. To learn more about them look here and you can also book in online.

Enjoy!

The bricks you need to build your body-temple

In our busy 21st century schedules, devoting hours to maintaining a strong and healthy body is a serious hats-off pastime. It would be really great if we could install a high-fives giving machine as you walk out the FGB door. After a Fierce Grace class, your body is singing from the inside out (even if you feel like you could savasana forever). That’s why it is essential to give your body what it needs to repair. In the fitness world, not balancing your nutrition alongside your work-out is like hiring builders to tear down some walls in your house and asking them to rebuild them… without giving them any bricks. And we want strong houses!

Exercise is a physiological ‘stressor’: challenging the body to make it better. Side-effects such as sore muscles and the need for more sleep or food is the body’s way of telling us that we have depleted our fuel resources and that we need to replenish. This pattern of temporary depletion allows our bodies to adapt to the demands being placed upon it. For example, with increased cardio, the body becomes a more efficient respiratory mechanism (#cleanleanbreathingmachine) and with weight training, muscle fibres are broken down to create bigger and better ones. This process, known as ‘re-modelling’, (cue the cloning generation) works best when we are giving the body what it needs. Alongside complex carbs, good fats, minerals and vitamins, protein is a major power-player. All hail the protein!

During exercise, we break down carbohydrate stores and protein structures in the muscles. It is considered best to replenish as close to the end of the work-out as possible as the body is keenly awaiting the arrival of new recruits! Muscles need 10g-20g protein to maximise recovery post work-out.

Humans are protein beings. Protein accounts for about 15% of the average person’s body fabric and mass. It is an essential component of every cell. In fact nails and hair are mostly protein. The body needs protein to repair tissue, to make enzymes, hormones, and antibodies for the immune system; to carry messages within the body, follow instructions and perform basic to complex bodily functions. In a nutshell: protein is essential.

Protein is a ‘macronutrient’ meaning that along with fat and carbohydrate, we need it to stay healthy. Unlike fat and carb, however, the body does not store protein, meaning that we need a constant flow. Recommended daily intake is estimated to be in the region of 56g for men and 46g for women. 7g equates to a large egg, half a cup of lentils, 1 tbsp of peanut butter, 1 cup of milk.

Protein is made up of chains of amino acids which the body absorbs and breaks down to turn into different amino acids. Imagine amino acids made up of letters of the alphabet which the digestive system re-arranges to find the words it wants to spell out.

The fact that protein creates hormones which regulates metabolism makes protein the serious King of the Castle when it comes to health. High levels of sugar and simple carbs can spike our insulin levels. Therefore, it is worth setting yourself up each day with some high protein and fat-rich fuel to maintain optimum blood sugar levels. If you aren’t an egg enthusiast, a sucker for the smoked salmon or a peanut-butter proponent, there are other quick and easy solutions to increase your protein intake and maximise your workout!

This brings us on to one of our favourite recipes!

2 scoops vegan protein powder (available to purchase at FGB reception)
1 tbsp coconut oil (great also for skin and hair)
1 tbsp flax seeds (balances hormones, source of omega 3, reduces inflammation)
1 tbsp chia seeds (fibre, antioxidants, fatty acids)
1 banana
Handful of leafy greens (kale / spinach)
Handful of berries (strawberries, blueberries)

If you are interested in learning more about how you can fuel your practice, come along to our Runners’ Workshop at 5:30pm on Saturday 2nd April. We will be having a pre and post talk where you can ask any questions to Katie Young, who will be delighted to help with your nutritional queries! We look forward to seeing you there. Book now at www.fiercegracebrixton.co.uk/schedule
This workshop is free to members and £5 to non-members

Fierce Grace Brixton goes bananas…

Huzzah! March is here and Spring’s on its way!

For those of you who practiced with us this Monday 29th February, you’ll have enjoyed our free fruit give-away of 29 bananas, 29 apples and 29 oranges to celebrate a whole extra day of the year to practice yoga! We’ve since been feeling a little bit fruity, so this week we are bringing you some sweet facts about your lunchbox favourites:

Useless but nevertheless fun facts about bananas

·      The clever name for the banana is musa sapientum, meaning “fruits of the wise men”… We knew it.

·      Bananas were initially brought to the Americas in 16th century from West Africa by Portuguese sailors – bananas, we had no idea you were so exotic!

·      Bananas gained their popularity at the 1876 Philadelphia Centennial Celebration where they were sold in foil wraps

·      Fyffes, the British Banana supplier, received its first order in 1888.

·      There are almost 1,000 varieties of bananas worldwide, growing in over 150 countries, producing 105 tonnes a year.

·      More than 100 billion bananas are eaten every year globally, making it the 4th most popular agricultural product.

·      In the UK, we average 10kg bananas a year per person, about 100 each and collectively over 5 billion.

·      Uganda is the highest consumer of bananas, with an average of 500 pounds of bananas per person per year. In fact, the Ugandan word for food ‘matooke’ means both ‘banana’ and ‘food’.

·      India and China are the largest producers of bananas.

·      Bananas grow on plants, rather than trees, which are actually classified as a herb, making them the world’s largest herb. They are also classified as berries.

·      Banana plants can grow up to 25ft high with leaves measuring over 9ft long and roots over 100 years old.

·      About 75% of banana’s weight is water, where as apples are made up of 25% air. Both fruits therefore float in water, as do watermelons.

Useful fun facts about bananas

·      The riper a banana gets and the greater the amount of brown spots forming on the skin (the point that most of us aim our ripe bananas at the dustbin), the higher the amount of TNF they contain. Tumor Necrosis Factor is a chemical which has the ability to rebalance abnormal cells within the body, combating tumour cell growth.

·      Full of antioxidants, bananas boost our immune system and increase our production of white blood cells.

·      A low glycemic carbohydrate, they are packed with vitamins and minerals. Our body converts the high levels of the protein tryptophan into serotonin which helps us to relax and maintain a happy mood!

·      The low sodium, high potassium ratio contributes to healthy hearts and blood pressure; Eat your heart out!

·      Rub the inside of a banana skin on a mosquito bite and the natural oils will stop it itching and reduce inflammation. Apply it also to a burn for a speedy recovery or fix it on top of a splinter so as the natural enzymes can draw the offending item to the surface of the skin!
The inside of the peel can also whiten teeth and shine your shoes!

Ultimate banana tip: Peel a banana from the other way up to avoid the stringy bits! GAME CHANGER

Stay healthy and living life with Fierce Grace! x