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Yoga Chill Club

8th July 2019

The all new, delicious YOGA CHILL CLUB has officially started!

Fed up of all the trendy bendy fast-paced yoga classes that happen around the city at the moment?

Don’t feel like a sweaty workout but more of a work-in?

Want to find a small group community based class where everyone is friendly and chatty and welcoming?

Want to find a session where you can connect with your own body and mind in a gentle way?

Want to find a class that includes gentle movement, breath-work, guided deep relaxation/meditation and offers a cuppa and a snack after and a place to sit for atleast 5 extra minutes?

LOOK NO FURTHER!! THE YOGA CHILL CLUB HAS YOUR BACK!

Limited to 11 spaces each week, join us as we journey in together.

Yoga Chill Club Tuesdays 7pm, pophub 41 Whitcomb St, London WC2H 7DT

 

How do you start your day?

How we spend the first moments when we rise can have a huge impact on the rest of our day!

In yoga and ayurveda it is advised to clean the mouth and tongue when waking before drinking any liquids. This is done using a metal tongue scrape to remove any build up that has occured over night. This helps to reduce “ama” which is the accumilation of toxins.

After you’ve scraped your tongue and given your mouth a rinse, it’s best to start with warm to hot fluids.

Starting the day with cooled hot water with a slice or squeeze of lemon is said to stimulate the “agni” which is your digestive fire! It basically starts to get the digestion in motion.

STRETCH AND SWAY:

Whilst the kettle or pan of water boils, take the opportunity to press your feet firmly into the ground reach your arms up in the air and have a big stretch. Relax the hands down by your sides and then sway and twist from side to side; waking up the spine gently.

Once the water is heated, pour over a slice of lemon.

Find a comfortable seat, inhale the scent and steam from your cup.

Take 30 seconds to take a couple more deep breaths and then pick ONE small thing you are grateful for.

Have a beautiful day!!

Festive greetings

25th December 2018

For any of you in the middle of a stressful and emotionally-draining holiday season, I hear you, it’s a tough one sometimes!
The JOY you felt as a kid is very different as an “adult” with responsibilities. It becomes about finding the right gifts, hours cooking in the kitchen and for some us family disagreements or the memories and grief of lost ones.
Acknowledge that you are not alone this time of year, (please do reach out if you need a chat or a virtual hug!!)
Take some “DOWNTIME”
Find time (even if its 30 seconds in the loo) to allow yourself to feel all the energy around you (good and bad) and EMBRACE it.

RITUALS
Those tiny things you do to help you have a great day; lighting a candle or incense and setting an intention, deep breathing practise, taking time to make your morning cup of tea, meditation or gentle movements of your body. Whatever you usually do, try to still incorporate these rituals during the festive season (it’s when you’ll need them most).

Continue with any practice you have no matter how big or small. Simply sitting and taking 3 deep breaths before you start roasting the potatoes will help keep you in check for the day.

THANKFUL
Practise gratitude for the things that happen today, the tiny gifts you receive, being present with family or friends or your cat. The wonderful gift of having a FULL stomach! The ability to move, think, feel, breathe, touch, see, hear, taste etc.

RECHARGING EXERCISE: Keeping your inner light lit

Once the bellies are full, and the dishes washed and everyone is drifting off slowly on the sofa. Take the time to recharge yourself. Take a few breaths and sit up nice and tall. Imagine a warm glowing light at the centre of your heart. With each inhale the light spreads, gradually filling your entire body. Then imagine the light going beyond yourself and spreading to those you hold dear. Gently bring your attention back to yourself, in this room on this day. Take 3 deep breaths, gently open your eyes and smile.

Other tips and tricks for the busy festive season:

-Drink warm to hot fluids and sip throughout the day. (ginger keeps the digestive fire going and camomile soothes the mind and body.

-An eye pillow is one of the best investments you’ll ever make! (filled with flaxseed and sometimes lavender, the weight surrounds your eyes, temples and forehead like a gentle cuddle). If you don’t have one, a woolly thick sock does the trick!

-Three deep breaths can be done anytime and anywhere.

Wherever you are and however you do or don’t celebrate this festive season, I wish you all the peace and happiness you deserve.

Winter oat face cleanser

6th December 2018

 

How are you nourishing yourself during the colder months? I truly believe that the secret to healthy glowing skin is not just what you put on it, but what you put inside your body, how you move and how you breathe. Along with a heathy balanced diet, plenty of hydration from water and fruit it is also important that we take a look at the ingredients we expose our skin to. During the winter, our skin needs an extra bit of care. Try this simple winter face routine for a little extra glow.

For this natural and gentle face cleanser, we are using ground oats/ oat flour.

Oats aren’t just great for porridge, they make a wonderful cleanser that doesn’t strip the skin of its natural oils.

Place a cup of oats in a blender and make into a powder (or buy oat flour if you wish).

Splash and soak your face with warm water to soften the skin.

In the palm of your hand add a spoon of the oat flour and mix with warm water to make a paste.

Gently press into your face and slowly massage in.

Rinse off with warm water and leave the face damp. (you can also spritz with some rose water here if you have that on hand)

With the tip of your fingers massage in some almond, sesame or olive oil. (apply on damp skin for better absorption).

Take 2 deep breaths, send yourself some love, have a great day!

Cacao date snack bites

6th February 2018

I made these little snacks for a retreat recently and they were a big hit! Only a few ingredients, really easy to make, no added or refined sugars and totally delicious!  

Want to know how to make these delicious treats?

Take around 10 soft dates. Rinse them and then place in a bowl.

Take out the stones and break the dates in half. Cover with hot water (enough to just cover them).

Measure 1 cup of oats and place in a DRY blender or grinder with 1 heaped tablespoon of cacao powder. (The blender must be completely dry!)

After blending the oats and cacao it should look like flour / powder:

Place this in a bowl. Now put the dates with the water they are soaked in, into the blender. Pulse until a thick chunky caramel consistency.

Add this date sauce to the oat flour…

And mix. Use your hands to form a dough with the mixture like this…

Break into small pieces, roll into balls and cover with coconut or cacao.

Say a little prayer of gratitude before serving to loved ones. Enjoy!

Healing cacao elixir

5th February 2018

 

| F l o w e r s & C a c a o |

After running a retreat this weekend with my dear friend Janey, I am spending time recharging. Fresh colourful flowers always give me a boost of energy and I made this delicious elixir to boost emotional well-being.

This drink is a great all rounder for women’s health, all the herbs are also suitable for men.

All the ingredients are optional and can be left out if you can’t find them 🙂

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Ingredients:

1 heaped tsp cacao

1/2 tsp shatavari

1/4 tsp ashwaghanda

A pinch of vanilla

1/4 tsp maca

1 mug-ful oat milk

1tsp almond butter

A tiny pinch of cinnamon and cardamom.

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Method:

Gently heat 1 mug of your choice of milk and then place in a blender with all the above ingredients and whizz up to a frothy consistency. Sweeten as needed.
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Say a little prayer of gratitude / thanks before serving.

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How do you recharge after an event or long week? Let me know if you make this super delicious drink!