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It's not just children who need lessons in reflection. Adults need to switch off

Poser: My Life in 23 Yoga Poses, By Claire Dederer

Free the spirit, but don't get carried away

'Feeling good with yoga': The secret of Giggs' success

Ahead of his 600th league game, the United legend tells Ian Herbert of the key decision that prolonged his trophy-laden career

Lives Remembered: Tom Lubbock

Further to your obituary of Tom Lubbock (10 January), Tom's championship of the painter he regarded as Britain's most important Modernist, Wyndham Lewis, will not be forgotten, writes Paul Edwards, Trustee, the Wyndham Lewis Memorial Trust. Encountering the paintings first in reproduction in a public library in his youth, he was overwhelmed: "I had no idea images could be so glutting: the unimaginably gorgeous colours, the unfathomable imagery, the sharp and eliding textures, that electric line drawing." (Independent, 13 February 2005). Tom understood Lewis's work from the inside, sensing its relation to caricature, fascinated also by its almost Jacobean preoccupation with the metaphysical aspects of mortality: Red Figures Carrying Babies and Visiting Graves and One of the Stations of the Dead were two of his favourite paintings; the latter he listed in The Independent as one of the 10 greatest paintings in the UK, devoting a "Great Works" essay to it, as well. Only Tom could have noticed both its allusion to Thomas Browne's melancholy meditation Urn Burial and its more prosaic evocation of the London Underground.

Get fit for the future

Looking for the perfect place to recharge body and soul? Rhiannon Batten reveals how to fulfil your New Year's resolution for less stress — on any budget

Backstage secrets: Performers reveal how they ready themselves for the spotlight

Headstands, wrestling, cups of tea... Five professional performers reveal the backstage rituals they swear by.

My 'eco' paradise: Ruby Wax goes green in Costa Rica

The jungle bursts with wildlife, the hotels recycle their leftovers and the yoga lessons are out of this world

The Thorn in the Heart (PG)

In which the film-maker Michel Gondry – he of the quirky animation and self-reflexive scripts – presents an ambiguous cine-portrait of the family matriarch, Suzette, and her son Jean-Yves.

Joan Smith: This is back-to-basics at its monocultural, muscular worst

Fossilised fish-hooks, as Jennings used to say! I think I've finally grasped the Government's cunning plot for state education! They're going to take us back to the Fifties when every pupil learned poetry by heart, played rugger – except for soppy girls – and was able to recite the kings and queens of England in date order. It's going to be jolly hockey sticks, Britain's island story and absolutely no swearing; the kids will be too tired, anyway, after charging across a muddy playing field all afternoon.

Album: Zen Hoyo, Japan: Liturgy etc (Ocora)

A little bell is struck slowly, then a lower one, then the surrounding silence takes over.

Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives (12A)

Starring: Thanapat Saisaymar, Jenjira Pongpas

Into Eternity (NC)

Try getting your head around this. The Onkalo facility on the west coast of Finland has been designed to keep safe spent nuclear fuel – for the next 100,000 years.

Susie Rushton: Why I fell out of love with Pulp

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Why we all need some peace and quiet

Modern life is becoming increasingly noisy. But if we learn to to spend time in silence, the effects on our mental wellbeing – and our physical health – can be profound. Gerard Gilbert turns the sound down

Cuts could mean Sure Start will soon target only the poorest families

It's a sunny September morning and mothers, childminders and nannies are playing with their children under the shade of a tree. Toddlers shuffle astride wooden vehicles, while two other youngsters are having fun posting plastic balls down long cardboard tubes. This is the start of a new term at Kate Greenaway Children's Centre in Islington, London.

Eat, Pray, Love: Please don't devour this magical memoir

Is there anything worse than a bad film adaptation of your favourite book? Rebecca Armstrong frets over 'Eat, Pray, Love'
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