Dave Tilston on Mindful Movement

Dave Tilston Yoga Health Room

This week I’m excited to bring you an interview with a highly skilled movement practitioner, Dave Tilston.

Dave is someone I’ve been following on Instagram for quite a few months, and I’ve been really inspired by him. Not just because of the impressive physical feats that he’s been able to master, but also because of his holistic approach to movement and life in general.

Just a little bit of background info on Dave:

Dave joined the Royal Marines at aged 18, where he served for over four years, seeing active service in Afghanistan during 2007/8. He then joined Surrey Fire and Rescue as a Firefighter in 2009, where he continues to work full-time.

In his spare time, Dave has been honing his movement skills.

He’s spent the past six years training in the Filipino Kyusho Martial Arts under Grand Master Angelo Baldissone, earning his black belt last year. Dave is also a proponent of primal movement, circular strength training with clubbells, calisthenics, and yoga – practising diligently 6-7 days a week.

All these disciplines help to compliment Dave’s role in the Fire Service, without hindering free movement. He also shares his knowledge with groups and individuals via personal training sessions, both at home in the South of England, and in workshops all across the world.

I decided to reach out to Dave a few weeks ago, to see if he’d like to share his story with the Health Room audience. He was happy to do so, so I asked him a few questions, and had some really insightful responses that I’d like to share with you today.

So, here we go! I hope you enjoy this interview and take something valuable from it.

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How to Know Which Habit to Start With (When You Want to Change Them All)

By Luke Jones. Connect with him on Twitter.

Habit to start with

Habit changing can be a little overwhelming sometimes, can’t it?

You take a step back to see which areas of your life you’d like to improve, and several things come straight to your mind. It’s almost as if you’ve asked a friend to point out a few of your flaws, and right away they give you a list as long as your arm…

So you want to change your diet, exercise more, meditate, and quit smoking… Great job. But you realise that it’s probably not a great idea to attempt all of these at once. Maybe you’ve tried that before, and found out the hard way that it doesn’t work too well.

This is something I’ve battled with for some time, and I’ve noticed that quite a few Health Room readers are experiencing the same thing.

As some of you will know, when you subscribe to the blog, I ask you to tell me the one thing you struggle with the most when it comes to changing your habits, and then I try my best to help you out with an email back.

This is a recent message from Shelagh:

Hey Luke,

My biggest problem is knowing which habit to start with! Do I do more core work, eat less sugar, cook more from scratch, begin a meditation practise, drink less alcohol… So I get disheartened and then I don’t do any of them!

You’re definitely not alone Shelagh. It’s such a common issue that a lot of people face.

The truth is, I don’t think there really is one true answer as to which habit you should start with, but there are a few ideas we can explore that might help us out.

Let’s take a look.


Gnocchi and Sautéed Veg in a Red Wine Sauce 1

By Luke Jones. Connect with him on Twitter.


Yet another plant powered recipe inspired by meal out…

That’s one of the bonuses of living in the city. Although it’s a little noisy and there’s not a whole load of green space, there’s plenty of good restaurants around that offer pretty affordable vegan meals for us to try now and again.

Last week we headed out to the Cosy Club in Cardiff, for Michaela’s birthday. We’re both getting old, so we went for the sophisticated option – some roasted gnocci in a red wine sauce. Sounds pretty fancy right? It was definitely a lot different to what we’d usually choose (we’re usually simple curry or scrambled tofu kindda people). But it was good!

So we thought we’d have a crack at recreating our own home made version. One that’s maybe a little healthier, and doesn’t cost as much to make…

So we did just that, and here’s what we came up with.


50 Things I’ve Learned Since Adopting a Vegan Diet 7

By Luke Jones. Connect with him on Twitter.


I’ve been eating a plant-based, vegan diet (or whatever you want to call it) for the best part of the last two years now.

No meat, dairy or eggs, and only small amounts of processed foods now and again. And in their place: lots of fresh fruits and veggies, legumes and whole grains, nuts and seeds.

A lot has changed since I embarked on this plant based journey, and I’ve learnt a thing or two on the way. So I thought I’d share a few of those lessons and ideas with you today.

Fifty of them, to be precise.


*To supplement this post, we’re giving away a free one page report: 5 Essential Kitchen Tools for a Successful Plant Based Diet*


Simple Vegan Berry Crumble Recipe 1

By Luke Jones. Connect with him on Twitter.

Simple Berry Crumble Recipe

Desserts typically get a bad rap. Probably because most of them are packed full of things that aren’t that great for you…

Since adopting the plant powered way, I’ve realised that not all treats have to be unhealthy to taste good. Sometimes you can have your cake and eat it too, so to speak. And I reckon our latest Berry Crumble Recipe is evidence enough for that.

It’s packed full of antioxidant rich berries, and topped with a simple mixture of oats and flour. No nonsense, no nasty disease promoting ingredients, and no faffing around in the kitchen for hours.

The crumble is pretty versatile too. You can serve it up as a dessert, or even eat it for breakfast. Go crazy. You make the rules.

As always, if you give it a try, let us know how it goes in the comments section below!