Manilla Cycling – 2016 Season


I’ve really enjoyed watching the progress of the Manilla Cycling Team during 2016 and, as one of their sponsors, playing a small part in their continued success.

Adam Brooks, who was promoted from Team Coach to Team Principal in May, has overseen the continuation of the great work done by his predecessor and team founder, Tony McDonagh.  Here’s Adam’s review of their busy 2016.


The team enjoyed a fantastic start to the season, with some outstanding performances in the Velo 29 Croft Winter Series, particularly for the junior riders, with Tom Hill and Ted Kane getting on the podium for the first time and youth rider Alana Prior taking back to back wins.



March continued to be a busy month with a strong team of both senior and junior riders heading to the Tour of Northumberland 2-day stage race.

Will Corbett and Robert Wallace both put in fantastic performances on day 1, finishing within the front group in very challenging conditions. Stage 2, with some particularly tough climbs, was tamed by Will Corbett, riding strongly at the front of the race before attacking on the final lap and taking the stage win and securing the overall victory on General Classification as well.


April started with some amazing performances from the Manilla ladies with Alana Prior taking a great stage win at the Youth Tour of Scotland and Nikki Metcalfe taking 2nd at the Prologue Criterium Series in York. Junior riders Robert Wallace and Ted Kane rounded out April with an excellent 2nd and 3rd place at the Westmorland Tankard Road Race and 1st and 2nd junior prizes.








Moving into May, Nikki Metcalfe continued to fly the Manilla flag in the ladies races, taking 3rd place in three criteriums.

Will Corbett, Robert Wallace and Joel McGlynn began to combine well at the PTR/Speedflex Summer Series with Will taking a 2nd place before Joel recorded a fantastic win for the team a week later.

Joel continued his fine form with an excellent 2nd place at Round 2 of the iMann Trophy in Northumberland, and Robert then closed out May by taking the win at the evening criterium.


June was the month of the Regional Championships, with riders all over the country competing in their home regions and vying for the crowns of regional champion.  Alana Prior stepped up and took the win at Hetton Country Park, making her North East Youth Girls Regional Champion.


Stand-out performances over the summer included youngsters Will Corbett and Alana Prior both taking a number of wins at the Croft Tl Series, with Nikki Metcalfe taking the overall series victory for the ladies. Our Time Trial specialists also began to set some cracking times with an interesting inter-club battle between Craig Carruthers, Nik Parker and Adam Jarps, all setting new PBs along the way. Our female Time Trialist Pam Greer also got in on the action recording a number of victories.








Craig Carruthers won the final Round of the iMann Trophy races in Northumberland, against a quality field of riders, and Will Corbett continued his excellent form throughout July taking numerous podiums in the local criterium series.

Youth rider Alana Prior once again showed her class taking an unbelievable 3rd place and bronze medal at the National Youth Criterium Championships.

As summer came to an end the young junior riders demonstrated their talent with Ted Kane grabbing a podium place in the Speedflex Summer Evening Series. New signing Adam Jarps started his Manilla Cycling career with a superb 2nd place at Ouesburn Valley Cross before putting in a sterling performance a week later, setting the fastest time at the Scottish National Youth Time Trial Championships.

The close of the 2016 season marks the start of an exciting time for the team with the launch of an Under 23 Academy for 2017 to provide a pathway to support the development of young riders to compete at a higher level.

I look forward to watching Manilla Cycling go from strength to strength next season. You can follow their progress at their website, on Facebook and Twitter.

And for the cyclists amongst you, check out my post-ride cool down yoga stretches article from earlier in the year!

With wellbeing wishes,

Chrissie Tarbitt - Integrated Wellbeing



Be More, Do Less


You may well be familiar with the 80/20 rule that’s often bandied about in business circles which states that, for many events, roughly 80% of the effects come from 20% of the causes, but can this principle apply to our daily conflict between “doing” and just “being”? 

Here are my thoughts, in an article first published by Om Yoga Magazine in their October 2015 issue.

During my years in the corporate world, the 80/20 rule (aka Pareto’s law) was often used to determine where we should focus our efforts and, sure enough, it showed that 80% of our sales would come from 20% of our clients.

We can apply this to so many other areas of our lives too. For example, of all the clothes in your wardrobe, you’re most likely to wear 20% of them, 80% of the time (the next time you put on a change of clothes, do a quick calculation – it really won’t be far off!).

So, let me just backtrack a few weeks. I found myself chasing my tail, juggling the proverbial balls in the air and essentially exhausting myself trying to “do” too many things at once.

Fortunately, having spent the last few years learning how to avoid the curse of multi-tasking, I was able to read the warning signs just in time. It was time for a brain break! I gave myself permission to have a day away from all the “doing” and, instead, spent it “being”, walking along the beach, away from my desk and all my digital devices. Just what my soul was asking for.

During this frantic “doing” phase (they come and go) it occurred to me, what if we applied Pareto’s law to our own personal growth strategy?

What if we just spent 20% of our time visioning (aka planning and creating) and 80% allowing (aka surrendering) on the basis that the 20% visioning (causes) will deliver 80% (effects) of what we want to create anyway!

I’m not suggesting that we simply work 2 hours a day and laze around the other 8, but I am suggesting that whenever we find ourselves going around in circles on the same old stuff (remember, our thoughts create our reality – negative in, negative out!), unable to make a decision or agonising over the outcome, then, honestly, just let it go.

You’ve done your planning, all the ducks are in a row, don’t then spend the next 80% of your time trying to figure out the “what ifs”. Move on to the next task or project (or simply take a break!) and keep applying the same principle.

You will soon realise that easing yourself into “allowing” or “letting go” 80% of the time, will preserve your energy and prevent your body from carrying a load of tension it hasn’t asked for; you’ll sleep better and, a real bonus, the anxiety-induced sugar cravings will be kept at bay!

So, the next time you’re in visioning mode, great – see it through to its natural conclusion and then free up the other 80% you would have spent on it, letting go of the outcome and enjoying the emotional, spiritual and physical freedom you’ve just allowed yourself in the process!

With love and wellbeing wishes,

Chrissie Tarbitt - Integrated Wellbeing


Yoga with Chrissie in 2016

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This is just a quick reminder that my yoga classes at the lovely Ocean Physio studio in Woodbury begin again in January.

The first classes of the new term are on Wednesday 20th and Thursday 21st January 2016.

Classes are kept intentionally small (with no more than 10 students) to ensure maximum benefit.  All times are the same as last term.

Spring Schedule

  • Wednesday mornings (60 minutes): 7.15 – 8.15 am
  • Thursday mornings (60 minutes): 9.30 – 10.30 am

Prices are unchanged too. Adult classes are £8 for a 60-minute class or £42 for a 6-week block.

I still have a few available slots for private yoga tuition for individuals or small groups, either at the Woodbury studio or in your own home (where appropriate).

You’ll find the Ocean Physio & Rehab studio at:
Woodbury Business Park, Woodbury, Devon, EX5 1AY.

For class reservations, please call Ocean on 01395 239455. For other yoga or class content queries, drop me a line at chrissie[at]

With love and wellbeing wishes,

Chrissie Tarbitt - Integrated Wellbeing

Cashew Nut Yoghurt

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This incredibly delicious, dairy alternative has become a firm favourite in our household – I can’t keep up with the orders!

This protein (and healthy fats) rich yoghurt is equally at home on your morning home-made Bircher’s Muesli (click here for my easy Bircher’s recipe video) as it is “au natural” with a few blueberries and a dusting of cinnamon or a sprinkling of chopped pecans and a drizzle of maple syrup – yummy!  And it’s an easy recipe too …


I use an American cup measure as so many recipes these days are U.S. ones and it’s easier than trying to convert!

  • 2 cups of unroasted cashews
  • 1 cup of filtered water (add a little more if you prefer your yoghurt a slightly thinner consistency than Greek yoghurt)
  • 3 Tablesoons of maple syrup (vary according to desired sweetness)
  • 1 Tablesoon of pure vanilla essence (or bean pod if you have it) – again adjust to your preferred taste
  • ¼ Teaspoon of probiotic powder (this is necessary to thicken the yoghurt and provides the wonderfully gut-friendly bacteria in the end product)


Soak the cashews in filtered water for about two hours, then drain and rinse.

Add all the ingredients into a high-speed blender, such as a Vitamix or Nutribullet. It needs to be a pretty powerful machine in order to create the totally smooth consistency you need.

Blend for a couple of minutes until your yoghurt has a completely smooth and creamy texture.

It may well warm up during this process which is a good thing as it will speed up the fermenting process.

Add to a pre-warmed dish or storage tub with a firm lid (I use a click and lock type of tub) making sure there is an inch or so room left at the top to allow for some expansion.

Put the yoghurt into a warm place (airing cupboard is ideal if you have one or near a warm radiator). The probiotics will do their thing in 8-12 hours. I usually leave mine overnight (if we can wait that long!), then give it a stir and place in the fridge to cool.

Hey presto! An amazing, home-made fermented yoghurt that will keep in the fridge for up to 5 days (that’s if I don’t tell everyone that I’ve made a new batch!).

Incidentally, this yoghurt doesn’t taste of cashews which is the beauty of these fabulously versatile nuts. More on these little beauties in later posts.


With love and wellbeing wishes,

Chrissie Tarbitt - Integrated Wellbeing

Rest & Restore Workshop

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I’m excited to share with you news of my forthcoming Rest & Restore Winter Workshop.  Join me in this lovely, peaceful, light and airy studio in Woodbury for a morning of “you” time.  

Sunday 6th December: 10.00am – 12.30pm

Ocean Physio & Rehab Clinic, Woodbury Business Park, EX5 1LD


  • 9:45  Arrival.
  • 10:00 – 10:45  Introduction to Mindfulness, Meditation and powerful Yogic breathing techniques which you can easily incorporate into your daily lives to bring about that all important sense of calm and peace just when you need it most!
  • 10:45 – 11:30  I shall then guide you through a gentle yin yoga session which will focus on allowing the body and mind to fully let go.
  • 11:30 – 12:00  Yoga Nidra – deep yogic relaxation.
  • 12:00 – 12:30  Finally, some time to share some home-made, cold-pressed juices and raw, vegan snacks before heading home.

Places are limited to 10 people per workshop so don’t miss out if you want to help banish winter blues or just need to rejuvenate before the busy festive period! 

The cost of the workshop is £25 per person with 50% of the proceeds being donated to Leukaemia Care as part of my various half-marathon sponsorship efforts. Book direct via the secure Eventbrite site here: Rest & Restore Workshop

No previous experience is necessary. I’ll provide mats, blocks and blankets. Please wear appropriate clothing.

I look forward to seeing you there!

With wellbeing wishes,

Chrissie Tarbitt - Integrated Wellbeing

Yoga & Relaxation in Gozo

Michelle Bartolo, Gozo Retreats, Hamlet 1

Those of you considering a yoga retreat or yoga holiday abroad should definitely add the week-long “Inside/Out” retreats with Michelle Bartolo to your short-list.

Set on the beautiful, unspoiled island of Gozo just off the north coast of Malta, the week-long retreats include morning and evening yoga and plenty of free time during the day to chill out and recharge your batteries.

An ideal week to escape the daily grind and relax your mind!

Guests arrive on Saturdays and gather for a vegetarian welcome dinner in the evening. Having flown from the UK to Malta, we took pre-arranged taxi transfers and a short ferry ride over to Gozo to reach the tastefully restored island farmhouse that would be our home for the week. After meeting the ever-smiling Michelle and the four other retreat guests, we were able to take a swim in the private pool before watching the sun go down across the valley from the farmhouse terrace.

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Each day began at 8am with an invigorating 90-minute yoga class, either on the private terrace or in the large sitting room (depending on the weather), followed by a nutritious breakfast and a healthy side-order of laughter as we chatted and shared experiences with each other.

With intentionally small groups and the relaxed, convivial atmosphere that Michelle encourages, breakfasts sometimes extended well past mid-morning!

Guests make their own arrangements for lunch and dinner. Sometimes we ate out, enjoying an evening stroll to nearby villages or going further afield on hired bikes that Michelle can arrange; other meals were taken at the farmhouse where there’s a fully equipped kitchen in which to prepare food purchased at the local store just a short walk away. Some guests hire a car, but taxis are a good alternative for heading into town.

Each evening at 5, Michelle taught a 60-minute restorative yoga class followed by 30 minutes of wonderful guided meditation.

With years of experience teaching across many countries, Michelle’s yoga is a blend of various styles with significant elements of vinyasa flow and kundalini. On our retreat, there were a couple of relative beginners and others who had been practicing yoga for some years. The teaching was intuitive and ensured that everyone enjoyed the class. A great deal of thought had obviously gone into planning the week’s sequences, as the level increased a little each day, allowing us to experience noticeable progress as our bodies responded to two daily classes and our minds quietened, away from the daily grind.

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During the daily free time, massages and other treatments were arranged for those who wanted them, and Michelle took some of us on a couple of guided walks round this delightful island. Towards the end of the week, she was even able to arrange a fabulous half-day aboard a local boat so that we could snorkel and feed the fish in the crystal-clear Mediterranean.

The Gozo Inside/Out retreats run monthly from April to November.

Check out details, pricing and availability at

And you can watch Michelle teach a short yoga sequence at the fabulous cliff-top setting where she takes a sunset class in this video.

I, for one, can’t wait to go back!


With love and wellbeing wishes,


Chrissie Tarbitt - Integrated Wellbeing