YUMMY YOGA BLOG

Christmas Sparkle December is all about preparing ourselves for the celebrations ahead and I am so full of Christmas cheer and excitement that I am bursting to share my enthusiasm with you. So, this month, I am thrilled to be able to make not one, not two, but THREE announcements … Firstly: The arrival of the New Autumn/Winter Moodi Collection Your favourite items of clothing, in our wonderful quality fabrics, are now available in beautiful new, rich, gorgeous autumn/winter colours, which I know you will love inspired by a spine-tingling thunderstorm on my travels in Sri Lanka.  You will remember that I am only producing a limited number of each item of clothing, so if you are looking for something that is unusual and little bit different from the clothes everyone else is wearing, then please take a look at the new range including the Moodi 3/4 legging customers love these for hot yoga, Moodi bra with removable bra cups and the cosy Buda funnel neck sweater.

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04 Dec

Kandi and Sparkle for Christmas

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As nights start drawing in and the central heating is switched on, we consciously start to prepare for the colder months. We put extra blankets on the bed and stock up on antifreeze and de-icer for the car, but do we consciously make changes to our diets, exercise and skin care routines that will help counter the effects of the colder, harsher months. In this piece, I want to draw on the experience and knowledge of two of my wonderful friends and fellow contributors to my blogs, Daniel Hatton and Michelle Wilkie. Together, we will share some of our top tips and ingredients that will help us embrace Winter, stay fit and maintain our healthy glow and radiance right through till spring. Firstly We all agree on the need to continue to make plant-based recipes. I will be the first to admit that eating salads in summer is easier, but there are so many interesting and tasty winter vegetables which look and taste fantastic. On my blog 13/10/17, Daniel Hatton, Michelin Star-winning chef and owner of Hattons of Royal Tunbridge Wells, shares his favourite quick and yummy recipe for the winter months ahead: roasted butternut squash with wild rice, hazelnuts and rocket. I am excited to say that more recipes from Daniel will be posted over the next few months.

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31 Oct

Five Things Every Yogini Needs for Winter

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Daniel Hatton Michelin Star Winning Chef and owner of Hattons of Royal Tunbridge Wells shares his favourite quick fast and yummy recipe ideas for winter months ahead. Daniel started his career at 16 years of age at Thackeray’s in Royal Tunbridge Wells before honing his skills in London under Marco Pierre White at Drones of Pont Street, then moving to Gordon Ramsay’s Boxwood Café at the Berkeley Hotel in Knightsbridge. After 6 years in London, he travelled to North America before returning to the South East of England to continue with his love of food by heading up the kitchens at the Hengist and Thackeray’s. Daniel is teaming up with Yummy Yoga Girl to offer you nutritious recipes, helping you take those small steps towards clean eating. The recipe for an autumnal dish of 'Roast Butternut Squash, Wild Rice, Hazelnuts and Rocket' is available for you to create here. Enjoy!

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13 Oct

5 step recipes to keep your skin healthy and glowing this Winter

The Creative Review

I began practicing yoga my final year of university.  I needed a “no brainer” class to fulfill two credits, and yoga seemed like the perfect compliment to my heavy course load. At the end of the 75 minutes class, I remember thinking, “this is ‘it’. I found ‘it’.” ‘It’ being the thing I knew I would do for the rest of my life. There was a sense of belonging within my body and to myself, a welcoming on the mat. The asanas themselves felt familiar, like my body was born to move in a flow and take on the shapes. I wasn’t an “athlete” as a child; team sports intimidated me. I preferred dance and martial arts. I ran and hiked. I liked physical challenges that also expanded my mind. I believe this is what drew me back to yoga even after years of ignoring my body and long hiatus from my practice.

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27 Sep

The yoga teacher who had to disconnect with her mat to discover who she really was.

The Creative Review

Angela Schroeder, Uk based Reflexologist, Himalayan Hatha Yoga Teacher Meditation Teacher and Ayurvedic Masseur talks to me this month about the whys, wheres and hows of bringing inner peace into life. Angela you have such a beautiful and serene energy. Did you always want to be a therapist?  I have been a practitioner of holistic therapies since 2004 following a professional Music and IT Career. I studied under the expert tuition of Nicola Hall at The Bayley School of Reflexology and have since...

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12 Sep

Breathe in to a new kind of business breakthrough

Funky Friday

Yummy Yoga Girl is excited to be part of Wellbeing Live the first dedicated Health and Wellbeing event of it’s size in Kent. The Amazing You Workshop - gaining insights to integrating your yoga practice on and off the mat. Encouraging families to practise yoga together and offering some zen vibes to take home with you and continue moving for a healthy and active lifestyle. There will be plenty going on including talks, demonstrations and a healthy food market. Based in the fabulous setting of Mabledon House, designed by architect Decimus Burton and set in 56 acres of glorious Kent countryside.

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23 Jun

Health and Wellbeing – Live Event 22-23rd September 2017

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Discover how to keep your body moving with this month's yoga pose of the month sequence... We are in constant fluid movement... Allow your body to be your teacher. I love this principle as a mantra for developing my connection with my own body and as a teacher I know when I am in tune with my body this encourages my pupils to find the same connection.

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11 May

3 ways to keep your body moving.

Travel Destinations around the world

Why YYG loves Contenedor Locally sourced organic food and in their words "slow cooked so as the taste compliments our customer’s pallet, bringing out the flavours and enjoyment with each dish served." Reason three Perfect place to treat yourself to a pamper day at the beautiful Aire de Sevilla baths http://www.airedesevilla.com/en To read my Instagram blog and follow more of my adventures on Funky Friday follow me https://www.instagram.com/p/BQn5KsrFnJq/?hl=en

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14 Mar

3 great reasons to go to Seville

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Why YYG loves this pose... It is a great stretch for the thighs groin and psoas and if you extend your arms in this pose it opens the chest and shoulders. A great challenge for the body as a beginner or advanced practitioner.

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01 Mar

YYG Yoga pose of the month

The Creative Review

There is a growing demand for healthy food as our understanding of food develops, yet a lack of options in certain establishments still, with high fat and carb heavy options as the only choice. One ladies vision is set to remodel the world of travel and nutrition for our highest good. Gemma Rodgers has created a solution which she is eager to share with fellow travellers and especially dietary restriction travellers. Balanced Tourist only launched in May this year from an idea to allow healthy habits...

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01 Dec

Gluten free travel made easy…Love travelling? But hate how it just gets in the way your healthy habits? 

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 I am often asked which yoga books have particularly inspired me and this is a little tricky as there have been quite a few. So, I have considered not only those that have inspired me the most, but also those which have had a particular impact on my yoga journey and the ones that I return to time and time again. Therefore, I have narrowed my choice down to three, but with a few extra! Firstly: Yoga Beyond Belief by Ganga White Ganga White is one of the most well-known and respected yogis in the world, but he was considered something of a renegade when he was a pioneer of Flow Yoga back in the 1970s.  When Yoga Beyond Belief was released in 2007, part of its attraction to people with only a passing, casual interest in yoga, alongside those practising more regularly, was the fact that its foreword was written by Sting, one of his most famous pupils.

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24 Oct

Top 3 books to inspire and transform your yoga practise

As a yoga teacher, I am clearly an avid believer in the power of yoga. It is a discipline which allows me to improve not only my physical body and my mental wellbeing, but also to develop my spiritual side, all of which impact on every aspect of my life. As just one example; my focus, my concentration and my ability to be in the present are key skills which I am using daily, not only in my teaching, but in my personal yoga practice, in my relationships and in my business life. Our world is undergoing a period of accelerated change; politically, economically and technologically and with that comes a feeling of uncertainty, a questioning of our place, our role and, ultimately, our sense of self. Yoga allows us to reconnect with our selves, to consciously slow down, focus inwards and inject a sense of calm amongst the chaos and hectic nature of the world around us. It enables us to think clearer by emptying our minds of distractions, to be kind to ourselves and to try and simplify our lives.

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09 Oct

What does yoga mean in a modern world?

Last week, Tuesday 12th Sept to be precise, one of my dreams came true. I was surrounded by boxes, unpacking my first range of yoga clothes. I was excited because this was the culmination of a new adventure for me, where I had to learn every element of the process, from design through to production and, I admit, I loved every minute of it. I had always had a very clear vision of what I wanted my clothes to represent and feel like, but the first step in making this collection a reality was possibly the hardest part. That is, until a chance meeting in a coffee shop one snowy day last winter, where I met Sue Mee Maudsley, a fashion designer and fellow yogi. As we talked, ideas flowed and, at that moment, I knew my dream was going to become a reality and that I had found someone who was going to help and guide me. I wanted my clothes to reflect all the many aspects of innovative and creative individuals. For me, yoga is about self-realization and celebrating your inner self and beauty. So, I deliberately chose uplifting and inspiring colours and patterns which could represent our inner joyful spirit. Of course, yoga is about building core strength and flexibility, so the clothes needed to stand up to the rigours of regular workouts and washing, but I was determined to choose good quality fabrics, ones which would last, which also felt fabulous to wear and fit with my personal values too. I searched for beautiful blends of fabrics that were sustainable, eco-friendly, washable and infinitely wearable. All the clothes can be washed on a low cycle, ie 30 or 40 degrees (delicate wash) and then hung up to dry. They dry overnight, so are ready to be worn again the next day. They are also ideal for packing, as the leggings do not crease and the tops roll easily, especially the Ella.  But all this was still not enough for me...

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25 Sep

The inspiration behind my Kandi Collection of yoga clothes.

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Lead the life you wish to lead Discover more about yoga and how it benefits your body, brain and decision making. Find out just how incredible you are with Natalie's yoga taster workshop at Health and Wellbeing Live this September. Do you live in Tunbridge Wells or surrounding areas? Have you heard about Health and Wellbeing Live? It's a unique 2 day event exploring all that is available for a healthy and happy lifestyle.

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04 Sep

A unique experience waits for you around the corner…

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Building a home practise can seem daunting though this blog we explore how to make it fun and rewarding. Firstly you begin to make the time then you begin to use the time wisely and ultimately reaching true warrior mentorship you begin to flow with time.

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07 Jun

Build your own home practise with the YYG 5-5-5 principle.

The Creative Review

Michelle and I first met in 2013. Strangers from opposite sides of the world, both in need of a little recuperation we found ourselves in Ibiza at a yoga retreat run by Rebekah Fensome and Lara Davies. Synchronicity has bought us together again. I am delighted to be featuring Clear Skin Holistically as part of Yummy Things and The Creative Review. Michelle since our last meeting in sunny Ibiza you have a certain buzz about you can you reveal your secret to us of radiant beauty?  I have always been...

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17 Apr

Clear Skin Holistically

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Fear is excitement without the breath - Fritz Perl Facing the fear is a toughie. Boy do we thank ourselves for it afterwards. In this blog I share how I cured my panic attacks through self awareness and the thirst for inquiry.

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07 Mar

My 5 step journey which cured my recurring panic attacks

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Star quality recipes that offer you the perfect solution to keep healthy and happy this Winter. We are excited to be teaming up again this month with Daniel Hatton of Hatton's of Tunbridge Wells. This time introducing you to the concept of eating raw...

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13 Nov

RIBBONS OF RAW COURGETTES, PECORINO CHEESE, PINE NUTS, ROASTED LEMONS AND ROCKET

Supporting your local community is an imperative part of the YYG ethos Supporting local talent is all part of the reason why I decided to join in and raise the profile of the importance of supporting local brands. I have huge respect too for company owners supporting each other. Customers buy from you when they trust you and your product, with word of mouth being the top way to get business for small businesses. Therefore being with like-minded entrepreneurs with passion and flair for creativity and business is so important when growing a start up business or building upon your established business. I have many women who are thinking of starting up a business ask me how do I keep motivated to which I reply it is all about viewing the business as part of who you are, selling yourself, being honest and integral to your beliefs and values. It's fun and rewarding even the negative parts are only feedback for you to springboard further into your learnings as an entrepreneur and business owner.

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18 Oct

Why supporting local is important to Tunbridge Wells Entrepreneur and owner of Yummy Yoga Girl

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Those of you who are regular readers of my blog will have heard me talk about the FIVE motivators, before particularly in Build Your Own Home Practice with the YYG 5-5-5 principle (07/06/17). However, I want to take this opportunity to expand on each of them and show how they can be so powerful. So,what are the FIVE motivators? FREEDOM INSTINCT VERSATILE EXPANSIVE And CENTRED. The first four words spell out FIVE and I have recently added centred. I will go on to explain why this is a particularly...

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02 Oct

How my FIVE motivators can help you make those changes you know you want to make.

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Buying yoga clothes can be both exciting and a little overwhelming as there is so much choice. So where do you start? What should you be considering? Firstly, with the amazing you YYG recommends that you start with yourself. Yoga, like you, is dynamic, flexible, fun and courageous. It is a journey of self-realization and a celebration of your inner self and your inner beauty. The choice in yoga clothing nowadays means that there is no reason to sacrifice style over quality, drab colour over bold...

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18 Sep

YYG 5 Things To consider when buying yoga clothes.

The Creative Review

Mindfulness is a growing practise in the western world, more and more children are learning yoga and loving there benefits it has on their lives. How else can yoga help holistically as the children grow and face hormonal changes? Mindfulness is a growing practise in the western world, more and more children are learning yoga and loving there benefits it has on their lives. How else can yoga help holistically as the children grow and face hormonal changes? Teenagers often love the challenging postures that yoga offers. My first hand experience is that it helps them build confidence. Many of my pupils too find their concentration improves and they can remain focused at crucial stages of growing up. Yoga can also bring relief, through breathing and relaxing techniques, relieving stress and anxiety during this time and especially as they come to school exams.

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30 Aug

The infectious effects of yoga

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...surround yourself with like-minded people... I have to say those years were some of the best years of my life. As I was meeting and surrounding myself with like minded people and getting to experience my passion every single day! However, in the performing world I found there was so much competition with anxiety and pressure hidden beneath the surface. Gradually the pressure built and I found myself questioning whether the industry was for me. Anxiety is a state many people can relate with. If unrecognised it can manifest itself with undesirable effects on the body. What triggered your decision to take the big leap and set up as a PT? I loved learning about the body. How we individually move. After leaving the acting world I was lost and coincidentally stumbled across a gym in Chelsea that looked very luxurious. I walked in, no qualifications, without a conscious clue what I was doing and asked the boss if I could chat to him about potentially becoming a Personal Trainer and what courses he would recommend.

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25 May

Listen to your body

Travel Destinations around the world

Preparing a 34 day trip to South America took some doing...we researched 7 books, approx 30 hours of google searches, watched the motor cycle diaries to learn of Che Guevara, a series on Pablo Escobar and finally 2 Spanish lessons so we could at least say hello and where is the nearest bank please!

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21 Mar

From Tango to Paseador ‘s learn why the streets of Buenos Aires are bursting with colour

The Creative Review

I first started doing yoga after I read a magazine article in my teens. At the time I was a “slightly stressed, unhappy about my body” teen living in Johannesburg. The pictures of the two girls demonstrating the poses looked so serene. I decided there and then I needed to try out this weird stretchy thing daily. I soon noticed how different I felt, and that was it, I was hooked. Yoga quickly permeated all areas of my life, and teaching was a natural progression from that point forwards.

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07 Mar

How I turned my passion into a business Yogahound