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The Coolest Ways to Sweat your Mind & Body in London this Month

Spring is stepping up… Finally we can see the light and shake off the saddest of the seasons with a healthy mind and body by checking out some of London’s most inspired ways to work out this month….

For the blissed out babes… Saturday 11th March | 2:45-4:45pm

DETOX YOGA WORKSHOP with Bess (Frame Kings Cross)

Recover and recharge with the beautiful Bess’s specifically designed yoga workshop. Expect lots of juicy twists, breathing exercises and restorative elements to leave you ready for the week ahead.

This workshop will begin with yin yoga to relax and prepare your body, before warming and detoxifying with sun salutations,twists & breathing exercises. The session will end with blissed out yin yoga to leave you completely restored.

This workshop is open to all levels, offering more advanced postures for the pros and modifications for the beginners and of course it will be lots of fun! Come one come all!

For the Red Priestesses… Sunday 12th March | 4:30-6:30pm

THE SEAT OF FEMININE FIRE-FLAME AND RECLAIM! with Beth (Stretch Broadway Market)

A specifically designed strong physical yoga practice that creates and generates heat, highlighting the seat of the feminine fire within the body.

This strong and transformative practice will be followed by deep relaxation, and meditation.

This awareness is then directed through energetic channels connecting to the heart and mind. The direct experience of this cultivates the insight and clarity to use this fire to purify and burn through that which no longer serves, and confidently and passionately conceive a more vital and energised daily existence.

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For the #girlboss in you…Thursday 16th March | 7.30-9pm

WERK IT  with Katherine Ormerod (FRAME Queen’s Park)

Have a business idea but don’t know where to start? Learn how to grow your side hustle when you work full time by joining Frame in conversation with consultant and editor of WorkWorkWork.co Katherine Ormerod over a glass of bubbles and nibbles.

After a start at MatchesFashion.com, Sunday Times Style and then a freelance stint, she joined Grazia and, later, Lyst while launching a successful editorial and content consultancy on the side. Today, Katherine works full time on WWW and helping brands build out content strategies across social and digital platforms.

How did she know when she could take her side hustle full time? When did she know she was ready? What’s the reality of working for yourself? All will be revealed…

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For the hot mamas… Saturday 18th March  | 2:45-4:45pm

PRE-NATAL PILATES  with Emma Hayward (FRAME Kings Cross)

Join Pilates instructor and Osteopath Emma Hayward for a dynamic flowing pregnancy pilates class with a focus on optimal fetal positioning and birth, followed by a talk about how osteopathy can help prepare your body for birth and beyond.

A dynamic flowing pregnancy pilates class aimed at woman wanting to stay active and comfortable during their pregnancy whilst prepare their bodies for birth. Full of tips and moves to help support your body and baby during labour.

Followed by a discussion about the importance of pelvic and hip alignment on optimal fetal positioning and how osteopathy can help.

For the Chaturanga Chiccas…. Sunday 19th March | 10:00am-1:00pm

TAKE FLIGHT – FROM YOUR PERFECT CHATURANGA with Jennilee Toner (Stretch Broadway Market)

Join Jennilee Toner, international yoga teacher and author of The Perfect Chatuanga: A Comprehensive Guide to the Human Body, through the Practice of Vinyasa Yoga, for this 3 hour DYNAMIC, FUN, INFORMATIVE and PRACTICE-CHANGING workshop!

This workshop includes:

  • Embodied Anatomy lecture on the shoulder girdle
  • Tools and techniques to strengthen, stretch and stabilize shoulder girdle for your PERFECT CHATURANGA
  • Flow practice exploring safe and intelligent transitions from your PERFECT CHATURANGA into fun and challenging arm balances and inversions
  • Cool down with heart and shoulder openers

For the full-body-working-femme fatales… Saturday 25th March | 2:00-3:30pm

ARMS, ASS AND ABS Access all areas workshop with Diane (FRAME Victoria)

The ultimate full body workout neatly packaged into 90 mins! Diane will leave no stone unturned in her quest to whip every area of your body into shape.

I’ll Be There | Fare Healthy Festival | Shoreditch (4th – 5th February)

For the first time ever I have succeeded in keeping January a dry month! #DRYJANUARY SUCCESS! And having felt so good for it I haven’t even poured an Espresso Martini down my throat this morning and convinced myself it was breakfast (as I’d initially been counting down the days to do).

*the fact that I was lucky enough to spend January in India, where alcohol is either out of date, tastes like paint stripper or not available was enormously helpful…

Nonetheless I’m really feeling inspired to keep on the healthy path of sobriety, meaning that instead of ending the grape depression (I’m here all week) by reaching for the nearest class of wine, I’ll be heading to Shoreditch’s Truman Brewery for the third annual Fare Healthy Festival – the UKs first and foremost food, fitness and wellbeing festival.

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Perfectly timed to keep those new year good intentions going, the two-day event will once again inspire, educate, entertain and motivate attendees to eat, move, think, and, as a result, #feelbetter.

Open from 9.30am until 5.30pm, the festival is unique in combining food, fitness and wellbeing, with pop-up restaurants and bars, exercise classes, expert panel talks, cookery demonstrations, a bookstore, alongside a market place featuring over 100 brands.

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Fare Healthy has something for everyone with a series of varied exercise classes including Ballet Barre with Naturally Sassy, the renowned SBC experience with Russell Bateman, and yoga classes from two of my favourite teachers; Michael Wong from Boys of Yoga, and the lovely lady I’m lucky enough to have as amy mindful mentor, Annie Clarke of Mind Body Bowl (pre-order her new book here)

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FARE HEALTHY ROOT TO FRUIT BANQUET

For those more interested in the foodie side of the festival, Fare Healthy is also teaming up with four renowned British chefs to launch the festival’s first ever supper club, ‘A Root To Fruit Banquet’, on Saturday 4th February. The Root to Fruit chefs are pledging to create a meal that use zero-packaging to create a zero waste dining experience.

Chefs cooking on the night will be:

● Tom Hunt, eco chef, food waste activist and chef patron of Poco restaurant
● Gill Meller, head chef of River Cottage and author of new book Gather
● Justin Horne, chef and founder of Tiny Leaf, London’s first zero waste restaurant
● Tess Ward, chef, food writer and author of The Naked Diet cookbook
● Peardrop London, catering company & lunch delivery service set up by chef Rose Lloyd Owen, founder of Fare Healthy

The four course menu will be entirely organic, vegetarian, agro-ecological, 100% British and most importantly, will use ingredients in their entirety, from their roots to their stalks, demonstrating how much of our food is thrown away. Cocktails will be available at the Sipsmith and Jax Coco Bar and Pure ionic water will also be available

Root to Fruit Eating means to eat mindfully, reconnecting with our foods origin and nature in order to value our food, the planet and the farmers who produce our ingredients.

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Fare Healthy was created in autumn 2014, a collaboration between self-taught chef Rose Lloyd Owen and a small selection of chefs, bloggers, and fitness instructors. Since it’s inception and launch event in January 2015, Fare Healthy has amassed a loyal following of fans, and tickets for previous events have sold out in less than an hour.

Tickets are on sale now, priced at £25 per person for the festival and at £50 per person for the banquet. The Root to Fruit banquet begins at 7.30pm.

Becoming a Yoga Teacher | What To Consider..

Perhaps you started a yoga practice to reduce stress, reconnect with yourself, work with an injury – or simply as a form of exercise; and maybe somewhere in between your first downward facing dog and mastering anything from a true sense of stillness to an unsupported headstand, a transformation took place.

The benefits of yoga may have opened themselves up to you naturally – or like me, you might have practiced for years before finally coming to understand what it means to have present mind, to notice the calming feeling that carries through your day – and a new (long overdue) love and respect you have for yourself and your body.

Maybe you have became addicted to the practice. A “yoga junkie” – seeking out classes, workshops, even retreats to deepen your practice and discover more about yourself. You are passionate about the flow. And that passion translates to a desire to learn more, know more, understand more, love more; and spread this  knowledge, understanding and love to yogis far and wide.

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So what to consider?…

  • Accreditation | First you must decide whether training with a school recognised by The Yoga Alliance matters to you – and in my case it absolutely does, so I opted for Yoga London. The Yoga Alliance does not cause the practice to lose its identity and creative flair, but ensures high teaching standards that may be essential to future places of work as a teacher. There is no right or wrong in your personal choice and an unaccredited 2-week course in Goa may be the best option for you. Yoga is about non-attachment and your yogic goals are likely to change and evolve as you progress through our journey, but if eventually becoming a teacher (all over the world) is an ambition then its something to consider…
  • Experience | Like me, you may worry about whether you will be ‘good enough.’ Don’t worry – of course you are! These feelings are natural (and Yoga is for everyone) so with a willingness to learn, you’ll get to where you need to be. At least a year’s experience with a regular practice is advised to help develop your personal practice – but its attitude over ability is what counts.

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  • Motivation | Make sure your decision comes from within you. You may wish to simply deepen your own practice and know that there is the opportunity to teach should you wish to (me at first – the idea of teaching terrified me); in which case you may be pleasantly surprised by the results. You may want to physically improve your own practice and be surprised by the spiritual journey! Again there is no right or wrong, but ethics and intention are an integral part of the yogic lifestyle – and the training comes with a price tag – so consider what you want to get from this investment in yourself – and then let it go 😉
  • Finance | On the subject of price tag, your budget – and commitment to the cost is another key consideration. Let’s hope it’s a given you’re not getting in to this for the money. Still, it’s important to give some serious attention to how you will finance your life (beginning with the training – which can be life long!) as a yoga teacher. Yoga teacher-training courses usually cost around £3,000. Some course providers allow you to pay in instalments making the cost more manageable. A 200hour Teacher Training Course with Yoga London is £3,499 and can be paid at £225 | month over the course of a year – although you do not get your certificate until you are paid up in full

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  • Timing | One of the reasons that I chose Yoga London was because if offers the flexibility of 1-month, 3-month, 6-month and 12-month courses so there is something to suit every need and every path. I opted for a 6-month course to allow me to fit around my full time job (which was tough during extremely busy periods at work coupled with yoga homework and exam revision – but so worth it.) A 6 month course suited me because it kept more momentum that a year course. Each month 2 full weekends (Friday night through to Sunday evening) were spent in training. These are some of the weekends that I will always look back on most fondly. Think about what time you have to commit and what option best suits you – you may wish to ease yourself into a new lifestyle over a year – you may want to head off to Thailand and spend 5 intensive weeks getting qualified!
  • Expectation | Does becoming a yoga teacher still sound like a dream? Well in many ways it is! You get to practice yoga all day every day, doing what you love and getting paid for it, growing as a yogi, meeting wonderful people along the way! But let’s not lose sight of reality: Getting up for classes at 6am before people go off to work, doing the graveyard shift with those who finish late, and of course a lot of weekend work. It’s not all white beaches and penthouse rooftops.  You will need to put the hours in to build your reputation. Yes becoming a yoga teacher is a wonderful life changing experience but that doesn’t change the fact it is often hard work.

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Which school is for you?..

In London there are numerous schools that are Yoga Alliance Accredited offering the foundation 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training so its useful to look at the course prospectus to understand the content covered – and the style taught:

  1. Yoga London Teacher Training 
  2. Vivid Yoga Camden
  3. The Yoga Academy
  4. The Yoga People
  5. Tri Yoga Teacher Training

I opted for Vinyasa Flow at Yoga London because of its balance between philosophy, history, anatomy and physical practice. I also absolutely love Vinyasa Flow and the way it permits and playful, dynamic, challenging way to move your body in an almost dance-like fashion, into stillness. You may want to develop a stricter Astanga practice, or follow the path of BKS Iyenga – these are choices you will have to make.

Yoga London offers a lot of insight into Ashtanga Yoga and The Primary Series, on which our exam sequence was based on, and interestingly enough, while I have opted to take my advanced 500-hour Training with The Yoga People to learn Creative Flow and Sequencing, I am also off to India next month train in Ashtanga Yoga, in the hope of building up a more disciplined, time-honoured practice. – It really is amazing what you will start to learn about yourself, and the ways your goals change, once you begin your Yogic path…

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FRAME Launches Yoga Studio | Kings Cross

Forward-thinking fitness studio FRAME is bending over backwards to give its loyal, shape-shifting Framers a little more of what they want with the launch of the first ever standalone FRAME Yoga Studio.

Located a stone’s throw away from FRAME’s existing studio in Kings Cross, the FRAME Yoga Studio will take their yoga offering to a whole new level with a timetable of varied yoga classes from some of London’s finest teachers. Classes range from Meditation, to well thought-out Vinyyasa sequencing, Rocket Yoga, Mum & Baby Yoga, Yoga for Sports People and Pre-Natal Yoga.

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The shiny new studio will flip the traditional, serious yoga studio on its head with a fun, upbeat atmosphere, whilst still offering strong and mindful practice for seasoned yogis. The Frame Yoga Studio is for everyone, from beginners to pros and even teachers looking to hone their skills.

As always the FRAME Yoga studio is home to impressive bunch of instructors, both FRAME faves and some new exciting faces including Steffy White, Annie Clarke, Michael Wong and Emily Clare-Hill.

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The new studio has 3 changing areas and one loo. To make the studio extra spacious and airy the showers are located one minute away, around the corner at Frame Kings Cross. There are cubby holes and shoe racks to store your belongings during class. Towels and waters available to buy.

Also launching this month is the MOVEYOURFRAME the label! Designed by founders Pip Black and Joan Murphy, the collection comprises everything needed to get you moving in studio through to life in the outside world: clothing, equipment, nutrition and bundles; all crafted with a busy Framer in mind.

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Fusing technical fabrications with fun and functional silhouettes, the 20 piece apparel collection is designed to be mixed and matched to cover all scenarios; a sweaty HIIT class, an ‘at-home’ yoga practice or just a trip to your local for a flat white. Choose from performance wear for higher impact classes, medium support garms for lower impact fun times and lounge-wear for Sundays…

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The FRAME Yoga Studio launches officially to the public on 5th of September and

MOVEYOURFRAME the label will be available to buy online nationwide from September 1st and in all Frame studios across London, cementing Frame as the one-stop-stop for all things health and fitness!

Frame Yoga, Unit 2, Arthouse, 1 York Way, Kings Cross, N1C 4AS

Soul Circus Festival | A Yogini’s Dream

Attracting some of the country’s most sought after yoga instructors, S O U L  C I R C U S Festival, in its first year, is the perfect countryside escape to let your body dance and your soul run free, whether you’re brand new to yoga or an experienced practitioner.

Having just about got a night’s sleep in after putting on our own festival (Varkala Festival) two weekends ago; attending Soul Circus last weekend – a Yoga and Wellbeing festival in the heart of the Cotswolds, with an emphasis on feeling great and ‘putting yourself back together’ – was just what the guru ordered….and a dream weekend for any yogini.

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Offering everything from restorative Y I N classes, uplifting Rocket sessions, G O N G baths, dynamic V I N Y A S A flow practice and soulful Jivamutki; through to Aerial, Acro and D I S C O flow; from sunrise to sunset, Soul Circus privided an extensive program offering something for everyone.

Dreamt up by Broga U.K’s Matt Miller, the yoga-loving California-born former American football and his Co Founders Roman and Ella of Ella and Fleur Hot Yoga, truly succeeded in offering a weekend of tranquillity; giving his guests the chance to re-calibrate with twenty yoga classes taught each day across Friday to Sunday, in three difference ‘experience tipis’ in this lakeside outdoor venue.

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It wasn’t all about the yoga though…

True to their name, Soul Circus fed the soul with a collection of different sounds and experiences including Meditation Classes, bubbling Hot Tubs to ease the muscles, a Gin Bar, a Rude Health breakfast bar, Supper Clubs, Chocolate Masterclasses, as well as having some of Gloucestershire’s finest local and sustainable vendors pitch up to offer interactive dining experience, including plenty by The Core Cheltenham.

And once the yoga was done there was plenty of time to relax with the best in local ales, ciders, wines and special Soul Circus cocktails – a favourite new discovery of mine being Asparagasm, serving beautiful raw cakes, insanely delicious unique Vegan Cheeses, creamy Nut Mylks and their own range of vegan organic beer and wines.

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Whether you swear by a plant-based, vegetarian, gluten|dairy free or cold pressed diet – or are simply a good old fashioned lover of meat – Soul Circus catered for it!.. A refreshing take on the old idea that you have to sup on green juices and avoid meat if you practice yoga, making for a well-balanced wellness festival serving delicuously shameless Chicken Tandoori Wraps and glasses of Prosecco.

As well as food vendors within the festival sites, Soul Circus also host two lunchtime interacting workshops run by Chef Jay Halford on how to live and cook healthy.

And on the Friday night and Saturday night, festival goers had the option of bookings one of two amazing dinning experiences.

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There was also a VIP Tipi hosted by Canadian apparel brand, Kit & Ace, satisfying the senses on a number of different levels including, a Kit and Ace pop up shop, VIP Supper clubs, a Rude Health Breakfast Bar, Evening Cocktail Bar and Outdoor Beanbags for lounging and watching music performances – the best seats in the house…

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Having spent the day, Namaste-ing in the hay, perfecting downward dogs and cultivating Zen; revellers returned to their accommodation with luxury loos and shower facilities.

In the dedicated glamping village, guests found fully furnished bell tents with matting and bedding set up with either two single beds, one double or three single beds.

Thanks so much and N A M A S T E to Soul Circus for having us…