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Teacher Nomination: Colby “Movement and Escape”

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Colby - "Movement and escape"
Colby pursued her Yoga Alliance teacher training in Austin, Texas, USA following University studies, where she first discovered Yoga. She thrives in guiding others to stretch all forms of potential as a Hatha Yoga instructor, Gold-level PiYo Instructor, Group Fitness Instructor, Zumba Instructor, and Lifestyle and Weight Management Coach in association with the European Register of Exercise Professionals, England Athletics and American Council on Exercise.

Colby’s desire to pursue yoga evolved as a natural extension of her life-long love of dance and movement. She loves the transportability of yoga, and teaches for the purpose of sharing opportunities to tap in, return to the core, and savor instantaneous escapes. Extending her desire to promote optimum health, she also co-hosts Lush Escapes, offering retreats which introduce the amazing benefits of raw foods and yoga, empowering participants to integrate simple yet significant techniques to fuel and support their own ambitious lifestyles. Whether you’re new to the mat or a long-time yogi, Colby’s interpretation of Yoga will invite you to discover new ways to de-stress, explore, and celebrate the mind, body and spirit with breath-synchronous postures and relaxation exercises to rejuvenate and energise.

Colby’s encouraging guidance calls upon your own intuition for injury prevention, healing and overall well-being to build upon the health you own today, with every intention that you’ll walk away feeling lighter, stronger, and supported in your journey.

Name of yoga teacher  Colby Hanks
When?  Daily
Style of yoga  Hatha Flow, Restorative, PiYo – Yoga/Pilates Hybrid
Where?  Chelsea, Kensington, Wandsworth, Fulham


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Yogi Lifestyle: Eating Well – “Battle of the Beets, by Kate Connell”


Yummy food by our friend Kate Connell!



I knew that I wanted to serve my beets on a bed of mixed greens so I figured the best way to battle the beets was by roasting them.

My first though was roasting beets is so easy! Four easy, foolproof (I promise) steps:

            1. Wash outside of beets + cut off long greens

            2. Place on cookie sheet with some sea salt + extra virgin olive oil

            3. Roast until you can stick a fork through the skins

            4. Peel skins off + eat – preferably with goat cheese

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After I let mine cool I chopped them up and tossed them on a salad with some goat cheese.

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Easy, earthy, photogenic beets.

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The greatest beauty of the beets? Matt said they were delicious!

Originally published here

Yogi Lifestyle: Drinking Well – “Agave Lemonade” by Gwyneth Paltrow

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We at Yogi London have given up booze for lent. We’re hardly big boozers as yogi Londoners but Lent gave us a chance to completely rid our bodies of alcohol and to enjoy the benefits of a cleaner system. It really gives you much more energy, time and opporunities for exploring new things. Like this delicious lemonade from Gwyneth Paltrow’s blog GOOP (YL review of GOOP and other foodie blogs)

Agave-Sweetened Lemonade

Agave syrup is the sweet nectar of the Agave plant. It is full of minerals and has a low glycemic index, making it far healthier than white sugar. Serve up a tall, cool glass of this lemonade and enjoy without the downward spiral sugar crash afterwards.

TIME: 5 minutes

  • 1/2 cup of freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup light agave syrup
  • 1 quart of water
  • a few lemon slices for garnish, if you like

Mix everything together, adding a bit more of any ingredient, if necessary, so it’s just the right mix of sweet and tart for your taste.

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Events: Day Out – “The Hive Pop-up”

The Hive pop-up


Support the Bees with an interactive pop-up store in Leather Lane


The Robin Collective will be transforming a derelict shop on Leather Lane into a sunny garden, with flowering plants, artificial sunshine and even a giant walk-in bee hive, complete with its own resident swarm of real honey bees.
The Hive will provide all your bee-based needs as well as hosting honey tasting, talks, craft sessions with Etsy, and the usual Robin Collective experimental food and drinks including Royal Jelly Jellies, Bee Venom Cocktails and the honey based beer, Wells Waggle Dance.
Refocusing attention away from the depressing statistics (bees are sadly dying out at a terrible rate), The Hive will celebrate the intelligence, beauty and longstanding bond this humble insect shares with man  as well as its key role within our ecosystem.

It has been estimated (and recognised by the UN) that managed bees contribute an estimated £153 bn to world food production. We have come to believe that our wealth and prosperity can increase independent of the natural world. Bees show that we are more, not less dependent on the services of nature in a growing world population. A recent report from the United Nations Environment Programme states that:

“…of some 100 crop species which provide 90% of food worldwide, 71 of these are bee-pollinated.”

In March there was the BBC Appeal for Bees on Radio 4 and the Jivamukti yoga studio in London ran a satsang (meet up) around the theme of Bee the Change“.

Now The Robin Collective are running a pop-up event near Chancery Lane / Farringdon about bees. It will give visitors ae a chance to interactive with the bees themselves and all of their products. Get involved and support this bee initiative and the declining bee population.


56-58 Leather Lane Market, London, EC1N 7TJ


From 20th March 2011

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Yogi Lifestyle: Eating Well – “Free Petit Pois Cakes”

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Have your cake and eat it

“C’est  pas vrai!” I hear you scream. Yes, cup cakes are now good for you.

Mother’s tactics to ensure you got your five-a-day: airplane fork tricks, making food faces on your plate and threatening to deny you dessert. These days we can have our cake and eat our veggies, too.

Petit Pois cupcakes may taste sinfully sweet, but the new gluten- and lactose-free range — launching today — is made using grated pumpkin, courgette or beetroot instead of butter. (The vegetables soften rather than stiffen over time, meaning the cakes stay moist longer.)

Chef Harry Eastwood and partner Ashley Maddox flavour the chocolate, vanilla, lemon and orange desserts with 70 per cent coco, real vanilla beans or unwaxed citrus. (Sugar is minimal and found mostly in the thin layer of icing.)

What’s more: the 175-calorie treats taste as good as regular cupcakes.

Free cupcakes – Where? When? How?

Available at Selfridges, 400 Oxford Street, W1A 1AB (08001 234000 or petitpoiscakes.com), £5 for two.

Eastwood and Maddox will be giving out free cakes today (16th March) from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. in the food hall.

Take that, mushy peas!

Yogi Lifestyle: Eating Well – “Lucious Organic, High Street Kensington in West London”

Luscious Organic is a whole foods cafe, delhi and supermarket situated in a convenient spot on High Street Kensington, opposite the Odeon Cinema.

The owners beleive that healthy lifestyles depend on good quality intake to our bodies. They operate a very friendly environment and promote anything and everything health orientated. Here’s info about upcoming workshops which they are hosting .

Their organic deli and café supply fresh, wholesome & delicious organic food. Customers can take lunch or pick up a fresh organic drink on the go. There is a great variety of different brands and foods stuffs on offer; customers can run in for a tea and a piece of cake, or they can do their weekly shop there – you can buy everything from fresh fruit to household cleaning products!

Address: 242 Kensington High St, Kensington, London W8 5ED

Telephone: 020 7371 6987

Website: http://www.lusciousorganic.co.uk/about.htm

Micheal Winner’s positive assessment on the place: http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/life_and_style/food_and_drink/eating_out/winners_dinners/article1625873.ece

Ever wishing to go with the flow I lunched a few days ago at Luscious Organic on Kensington High Street. This was acquired by a Yugoslavian lady, Dragana, who I understand will be appearing as the wicked witch in Humpty Dumpty on ice at some bizarre theatre in the north.

She took over Luscious Organic in 2003 when the previous company went bankrupt. Among her partners are Boy George and a man called Simon Brown, whose book Feng Shui for Wimps was on display above my table.

Dragana certainly made a go of it. The premises used to be empty. Now they’re buzzing. Elle Macpherson shops there. I know that because I was sent Elle’s bill in error. It dwarfed my humble purchases.

That happened once before when Coutts sent me the bank statements of the Monaco consul-general. I never found out who got mine, nor did I care.

Luscious Organic has five tables inside and another six outside (weather permitting). The shelves are full of packets of stuff so healthy I didn’t dare read the labels. They even have organic wine.

Geraldine appeared holding a packet of watercress, then put it back. If she was trying to tell me something, I missed the point.

Greg, the manager, produced the menu. I chose Caribbean vegetable soup followed by Moroccan chickpea and spinach stew, rice and salad. My soup and main course arrived at the same time, but there was no sign of Geraldine’s Provençal lasagne.

The soup was absolutely superb. Very tasty. It said, “I’m not only healthy but nice as well.” The Moroccan chickpea and spinach stew surprised me by also being excellent.

I went to Luscious Organic shortly after eating roast beef and Yorkshire pudding at home expecting just to taste everything for you. But it was so good, I stuffed myself.

Geraldine’s lasagne eventually arrived. It seemed moist and pleasant to me. Greg also offered fresh vegetable smoothies. But I stuck for a large glass of very fresh orange juice.

My table at Luscious Organic overlooked the 1930s Odeon cinema, about to be redeveloped. Thanks to a group of objectors, with me particularly vociferous, the frontage is to be retained. Behind it will be flats and some cinemas.

For dessert Greg plied me with cakes. Orange and almond cake, moist and excellent; then carrot cake with lots of nuts, and an orange and banana cake with icing. That last one was a bit heavy. They have organic coffee and espresso.

Downstairs there’s a clinic open seven days a week offering services which include face reading. As a finale Geraldine took a bottle of pinot grigio “made with organically grown grapes from the living soil”. It was all so healthy I began to feel a bit queasy.

Yogi Lifestyle: Eating Well – “Gwyneth Paltrow’s Blog, GOOP”

Check out Gwyneth Paltrow’s blog, called GOOP. It’s a kind of a hostilic, yummy mummy version of Daily Candy. She divides it up into sections,  ‘make, do, go, get, be, see’.

Here are some yoga friendly nutrition posts – vegan, summer salads, brown rice ‘mix up’, vietnamese salad (YUM), meat free chinese dish, detox dishes.

GP also recommends some other cool blogs, listed below. All of them, apart from ‘you are the river’  are foodie websites. Even if the food featured isn’t to your taste, they are a visual and design extravaganzas. We particularly love the design featured in ‘What Katie Ate’, the photography is exceptional.

You are the River

What Katie Ate

Stay at Stove Dad


Canelle et Vanille

Oh Joy Eats

David Lebovitz


Pictures and Pancakes

Matt Bites

Smitten Kitchen

Special Offer: Eating Well – “PowerAcai Supplements”


One- or Two-Month Supply of PowerAçaí Supplements

Acai berry weight loss

As the sun begins to tease us with a brief late-winter appearance the panic sets in — only four months to get the beach body sorted. Avoid the usual dietary pitfalls and check out the latest Hollywood slimming secret with today’s deal.

 Suck in the tum and reach into your pocket for £13 (regularly £49.99) and you’ll get a month’s supply of weight-loss supplements, courtesy of PowerAçaí — or double up for two month’s worth for just £19 (regularly £99.98).

The supplement makes use of an energising blend including African mango, apple cider vinegar, green tea extract, and the main attraction: açaí (pronounced ah-sah-ee) berries — a super-fruit rich in antioxidants which has taken Hollywood by storm. The powerful little berries not only aid in weight loss, but also in the ability to help destroy cancerous cells, balance blood-sugar levels, and improve digestive health. Energy levels will be boosted by this Amazonian wonder-berry leaving you free to shop for swimwear. Today’s deal won’t last berry long, though, so better stock up today.



Yogi Lifestyle: Discussion Point – “What’s in a Yogi Lunchbox?”

The secret to being a glowing London yogi is to develop little habits that give you comfort and joy throughout the often gruelling and stressful city days. One great way of doing this is preparing yourself a packed lunch every day full of sunshine, fresh goodness. It’s a little gift for yourself every lunch time, nourishing yourself and giving yourself the care that you need.

Barley and squash salad

What makes a good packed lunch?

Wholegrain salads are a fantastic as they can be eaten cold, they can be stored for several days in the fridge and they are a cheap way of getting organic, natural ingredients into your diet more regularly. Once you have experimented a bit, you’ll find yourself adapting tried and tested recipes to incorporate seasonal cominations and special offers. It’s a great way of using up that veg box too!

One of my favourites is Bulghur Wheat. You just add some veg and cheese if you’re not vegan, a good swig of olive oil, lemon juice, herbs and toasted seeds. Absolutely delicious!

Try a Squash and barley salad with sun-dried tomatoes, basil, broccoli and pumpkin seeds

Try the Courgette and quinoa salad – with cherry tomatoes, feta cheese and parsley

Share some of your ideas and stories – what’s in your Yogi Lunchbox?!