FOOD OF HOPE

FOOD OF HOPE

Lunch at Help Refugees Warehouse

No matter our size, age or gender this is what we owe ourselves ...

No matter our size, age or gender this is what we owe ourselves ...

I shared this Rumi quote with my session today

A divine dance appears in the soul and the body at the time of peace and union. Anyone can learn the dance, just listen to the music.


For me Rumi speaks here about compassion and intention, when you listen to your true self “at the time of piece and union” when you truncate yourself from “your to do list”.

“listen to the music” of being human it’s already encoded within you.

This compassion can be to others but particularly I want to focus on compassion for yourself today. I know this word now comes with bows and whistles but what I’m trying to say is it’s kinda like having a relationship with yourself.  Wether it’s taking a walk, gifting yourself with taking time out to do whatever makes you feel alive. It could be going climbing, boxing, whatever this looks like for you? Anything that fills your heart and lets you look inside.

Let’s look at this in the yoga setting: You may feel like you need to be in a particular shape or you don’t allow yourself to come out of the form when it’s not feeling right to you. Or too ashamed to take child’s pose when you really need it? Have you even been there...I have? 

I invite you to join me to create a safe space that welcomes that individuality. This is what makes the session personalised to you.

  • Your choice 

  • Your session that meets you where you are today!

For this to truly work I invite you to join me to change our sessions to allow adjustments and manual assists, as an option.

Therefore before each session you have the choice to OPT IN to having adjustments. Perhaps you don't fancy getting an adjustment today, that’s totally cool with me, so you can have your say with no judgement.

Yoga has gifted me agency when I felt I had no voice. It made me trust in myself and listen to what’s going on inside. If that’s not Yoga then what is? Together we can cocreate this space, for all of us but especially ourselves.

"3 SH@TS To Make You a Better Person"
Sorry to say this one size attitude quick fix, dosn’t fit all. All that stuff is within us and yes that takes more effort. If you fancy side tracking into the cul de sack, that’s fine and perhaps thats what you’re meant to do. Or maybe you stop busying yourself with the crap that doesn't really matter and take the plunge into the shuddering cold uncomfortableness that looking inside you really is... to truly listen to you.

And for me it starts right here on the mat. 
As an invitation to FEEL or maybe EXPLORE the parts of you that are NUMB.
And be ok with that. 


If you fancy a bit of that…check out

Sunday 6 Jan 2019
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17:00-18:30
£13 
Small group session 
HP8
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Privates Tuesdays & Sundays Book Here
£50 - 75 mins

That's all from me today. I hope this letter could be a gentle poke for you to spend time with yourself. Gift yourself some attention and interoception (a fancy word for checking out the feelings inside yourself)

You know I read everything you send back, so feel free to share with me how we can tailor our sessions to truly allow freedom within form and we can inspire each other with new ideas.... and thats why I called my businessYoga Atelier a space to grow and learn and explore together...

Living Like I’m Dying

Living Like I’m Dying

So this happened in the shower for me but dosn’t mean it has to for you…

Jazz Hands Anyone?

Jazz Hands Anyone?

If you work with your hands… watch this life changing video

Teeny Trees Yoga Taster Now At Chilterns Walking Fest And MORE! EVENT

Teeny Trees Yoga Taster Now At Chilterns Walking Fest And MORE! EVENT

3 reasons to get your walking boots on!

 

Yoga Atelier has teamed up with Chilterns Walking Fest  and now offering some explosive sessions for all the family... check it out ...

 

Yarrow + Yoga 

Experience a health tour of East & West. 

Introducing wild medicines from our fields, hedgerows & gardens combined with yoga, easy qi gong & meditation. All brought together in collaboration to support your health and wellbeing.

Session is seasonal and topical and bring you take home tips to use in your day to day.

Forage, stretch, drink tea & learn about you.

All within natures finest surroundings. 

Saturday 19 May

10:00am-12:00am

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Adults £35 NOW get 20% discount here

Kids aged 8-16

All tickets include 20% discount at the Cafe yippeee!

 

Walks are easy and leisurely 

Please bring your own yoga mat, an outdoor blanket for the kids will do the trick!

Outdoor clothing and comfortable layers

Where: Sunnyside Rural Trust, Hemel Food Garden, Two Waters Road, Hemel Hempstead, HP3 9BY 

 

Wild Yoga

Hold onto your unicorns, Wild Yoga is back with a bang! The usual hush hush experiential outdoor yoga experience from Yoga Atelier is celebrating its second birthday in a secret location to unplug and this special one off at Hemel Food Garden.

Join us on your Wild Yoga adventure

Saturday 26 May

10:45am-12:15

90mins

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Kids aged 10-16  

Ticket entitles you to 20% discount at the Cafe!!

Where: Sunnyside Rural Trust, Hemel Food Garden, Two Waters Road, Hemel Hempstead, HP3 9BY early

Walks are easy and leisurely 

Please bring your own yoga mat

Outdoor clothing and comfortable layers.

Please arrive 10mins early

Teeny Trees Yoga Taster

Pack your adventure and picnic blanket! We will we move, balance and create fun yoga games and stories together, all in the beautiful outdoors! Come along to this parent and child yoga exploration session for all the family, and wander and wonder at the world around us….  

Saturday 26 May

9:30am-10:15am

45mins

Kids aged 3-10

all tickets includes 20 % discount at Cafe!!! YIPPPPPEEE!!

Children will need to be accompanied by an adult throughout the session

Please bring a blanket.

Where: Sunnyside Rural Trust, Hemel Food Garden, Two Waters Road, Hemel Hempstead, HP3 9BY

Please arrive 10mins early

An Ode To Wisdom

An Ode To Wisdom

Journey Junkie takes the dusty road down the Rio Grande to Santa Fe… Spurs included! 

      I adore travelling and sourcing interesting pieces of clothing, from old to new, to fun prints and embroidered intricate pieces... I came across this little gem from curators Sita & Anjli Shah of S9 Muses...I wanted to keep it secret ... but the cat is out of the bag...    
  
   
  
    
  
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                            The S9 Muses story    
            

            
               Only 19 months old, S9 Muses launched their website and ecommerce shop in September 2016. Founded by Sita Shah and Anjli Shah – two friends with a knack for style and not being afraid to experiment whilst wearing clothes to suit their personalities – S9 Muses curate collections from new-age, trendsetting, luxury designers who advocate fresh ideas for women from all walks of life.    
            

            

           
         
        

       

    

  


    


  

  


 
   
    
      

        

        

        
          
             
               
                 
                      
                 
                
               
             
          

          
        

      

        

        

        
          
             
               
                 
                      
                 
                
               
             
          

          
        

      

        

        

        
          
             
               
                 
                      
                 
                
               
             
          

          
        

      

        

        

        
          
             
               
                 
                      
                 
                
               
             
          

          
        

      
    
   

  

 




 
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    Images   left to right:  CHARCOAL WITH FUCHSIA EMBROIDERED ORGANZA JACKET ,  GREY HANDLOOM TOP ,  JHUMKA NECKLACES ,  SIX STRING SARI BEAD NECKLACE – SUNSHINE    This is their story      We call ourselves ‘Curators in fashion’ and most of the collections we stock are specifically made for us by designers based in India. We passionately support ethical fashion, and make sure that these values are shared with the designers we work with. We are proud to associate ourselves with these designers; designers who advocate handcraft in all its forms, such as handwoven textiles, organic fabrics and interesting techniques and silhouettes that represent bygone eras in a modern sensibility.    
  
   
  
    
  
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    S9 Muses is all about educating through storytelling and we wanted this to be reflected in everything we do. We hope to offer a different mix of collections that are familiar, yet quirky, and their similarity lies in their production. All handmade, some upcycled, some recycled, adding textures and prints, each with its own story to tell. Our collections are made to be worn daily and evoke that sense of pure satisfaction you get from wearing a beautifully crafted piece.  As Sita says, “Dressing up should always be about making you feel good, regardless of occasion. Build your wardrobe with timeless pieces; garments that have been passed down from generations above and can be passed on to future generations. Let their story unfold.” S9 Muses encourage, “Don’t be afraid of colour; don’t be afraid of prints; for experimentation is always more fun than plain ordinary.”      “The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.” – Eleanor Roosevelt    S9 Muses’ vision is to grow organically, all the while adding new designers to their repertoire; designers who share the same ethos and sensibilities. New collections will be added on a regular basis, showcasing a vast array of techniques used in producing beautiful garments and accessories, whilst ethically supporting the artisans who make the pieces.       What’s in a name?   S9 refers to Section 9, an area in the quaint yet bustling town of Thika, Kenya, where we both grew up. The number 9 is associated with magic, with completion and fulfilment, with wisdom and heaven. We are both romantics and believe in fairy tales. So, from the mystical nine Muses in Greek mythology, symbolising the goddesses of poetry, art and music, came about the apt reference to the term Muses and, there we have it, S9 Muses was born!       “Upcycling. Recycling. Restyling. Repairing. Each garment has a story to tell; let its story evolve.” – S9 Muses.  Special 10% Discount code for you YA subscribers out there  S9SHOP10  Valid 1st April to 31st May 2018  Website:  www.S9Muses.com   Tel.: 07703684453  Email: info@S9Muses.com  Instagram: @S9Muses  Twitter: @S9Muses  Facebook:    www.facebook.com/s9muses   Pinterest:  https://uk.pinterest.com/s9muses/   Join our mailing list:  https://www.s9muses.com/sign-up-to-our-newsletter/    

10 % Discount with ethical clothes brand S9

Secret Wild Yoga Throwback

Secret Wild Yoga Throwback

Hold onto your unicorns, Wild Yoga is back with a bang in April. The hush hush experiential outdoor yoga experience from Yoga Atelier is celebrating its second birthday with 5 more teeming fruitful chapters to get you unplugged and grounded.

As per usual details remain under wraps.  There’ll be 5 sessions running from April 14 to August 11 at a top secret Bucks location to unplug.

Join us on your Wild Yoga adventure

Dates: Sat 14 April | Sat 12 May | Sat 9 June | Sat 14 July | Sat 11 Aug

 See you bright eyed and bushy tailed!

Well ok ... one more exclusive session in collaboration with Chilterns Walking Fest at a different location and one for the whole Family!!

An Odyssey To Heal My Broken Body

An Odyssey To Heal My Broken Body

"The body whispers to you then it starts to scream"

As a teen I suffered horrendous period pains month after month.

Doctors said it was normal and put me on the pill, this already didn’t feel right for me… But what was I supposed to know, after all I’m just a teen... in pain.

After several years of feeling like a marionette to a synthesised hormone, complete with sugar coating. I felt enough was enough and had to do something, as I wasn’t feeling any better. The pain was getting worse.

Each month was filled with dread, as my 24 day cycle was a numbered sentence. How would my body react this time? Would I pass out at work again? I finally was HEARD by a GP and she took her time and run through a bunch of questions. She finally asked me if i’d heard of endometriosis, I said no. After a number of tests I was finally diagnosed.

The more I spoke to women the more I realised there where more of me. Young women suffering everyday… here! Through the pain in a funny kind of way it bonded us.

All this time I was on various hormone treatments, it played with my libido, my periods stopped, my weight and moods where up and down and I remember feeling “I wasn’t a real woman.”  Everything that made me a women was being reformed, regurgitated into a dulled mould.

I wanted to work through things naturally and realised I don’t want to fit in to the cookie cutter of “societies, professional women role”. I never did!

Women don’t function like men, and heres where we’re getting it wrong!

There where 2 catalysts in my life, when I found yoga and when I learnt how the relationship with my body and surroundings, provided me with the chance to change.
It was all there I just had to listen!

I cant be anymore grateful to Alexandra Pope and Sjanie Hugo Wurlitzer a who run Red School.

I was re-educated to listen to my own body. I learnt to chart and respect how each “season” of my cycle had a different characteristic, it made me honour different parts of the cycle instead of fighting against it every month. Naturally stress dissolves, I allow myself to receive.

Here are some transformational teachings from Sjanie and Alexandra.

“It's a challenge to do less! We normally have a foot on the accelerator but our body through our symptoms like PMS or pain is telling you to slowdown.”

“To turn your attention inward...this is your cycle talking here”

“Listen to yourself!”

Not being attached to expectations people have on you, or even worse sometimes your own expectations! “The truth of your own experience, is to be on top of your game”

“You don't fight not sleeping, your natural circadian rhythm. Maybe for a bit you drink coffee, take drugs and stay awake but you soon start to feel crappy and can't sustain it. If you push through cycle by cycle you go out in the world with an empty tank.... Your soul, your energy will suffer. In your 20s you prob won't feel it … but in your 30s and 40s YOU FEEL IT”

"The body whispers to you then it starts to scream"

“Even if you try to slow down 1% in your life, I'm not saying to go to sleep every period. The world we live in is not set up in this way, we have family, work, laundry!”

“It soon makes you pretty uncool as you start to say no to things and do less. However you start to not care what other people think because you're taking care of yourself.”

I learnt that to execute change, it was not the case to just pop a pill now and then… this was a total lifestyle change and I want it more than anything!

Theses no way of sugar coating this one… IT TAKES COMMITMENT. 

BUT THE UNSHACKLING BENEFITS  ENDLESS!!!

EMPOWER YOURSELF and the women around you. Your daughters. Your mother. Your grandmother. Your friends. Your community! Through your menstrual cycle to menopause and beyond. Check out Red Schoo

5 Poses For Your Visit From Aunt Flow

…you can even do in your bed!!

 

5 Poses For Your Visit From Aunt Flo

5 Poses For Your Visit From Aunt Flo

During your time of the month its good to practice a supportive sequence and not like your usual 'yang’ vinyasa or hatha classes, to nourish and honour all thats going on in your body during this time. This short practice helps me month to month to ease bloating and pain, you can play at lengthening the time in any pose, add any other poses you like and even a yummy shavasana at the end.
Use pillows, blankets, cushions, even books as an addition to any props you may have at home. You can even do this in your bed... get comfy!

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Supta Baddha Konnasana
Reclined Bound Angle Pose
5mins
Make this your throne and get comfy, make it higher or lower by using books or blocks under your bolster or more pillows.

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Upavista Konassana
Wide Leg Forward Fold
3 mins
Supporting the lower back by sitting on the edge of a 2” lift of a blanket.

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Paschtimottanasana
Forward Fold
3min
Supported by 2 blocks or books under the bolster.

Balasana
Childs pose
5min
This is my favourite pose when I’m in pain, I put a hot water bottle on my lower belly and a bolster or pillow to hold it in place, and I lye over it, this adds a small amount of heat and pressure on the belly.

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Supta Baddha Konnasana
Reclined Bound Angle Pose
5min
Notice how this pose feels the second time, you can then extend the legs out to a supposed Shavasana.


Hope you enjoy this short sequence as much as I do
and recharge your batteries so you can go out and be YOU!