29 April 2014

Healthy eating: creamy kale chips

Creamy kale chips, another fabulous recipe from Jiva healing. Visit them at www.jivahealing.com.

This recipe is adapted from a recipe from Julie Daniluk, a Canadian nutritionist who specializes in recipes that heal inflammation. They are creamy, cheesy and delicious and packed with nutrients.

  • 1 cup cashews, (soaked 2 hours)
  • 1 cup raw sweet potato, chopped or grated
  • 1 medium lemon, juiced
  • 3 Tablespoons nutritional yeast
  • 1/2 tsp grey sea salt or pink rock salt
  • 2 Tablespoons filtered water
  • 10 cups green curly kale, washed, large stems removed, torn into bite size pieces

Cooking instructions

  • Blend the first 6 ingredients thoroughly until smooth in a good food processor or Vitamix.
  • Pour over kale and coat the kale.
  • Place kale onto parchment paper and dehydrate for about 6 hours.
  • If you don't own a dehydrator then place them in the oven at 65 C (150F) and dry them for about 1.5 to 2 hours.

27 April 2014

Pregnancy Yoga Teacher Training with Yoga Mama - Summer 2014

We are pleased to announce that Yoga Mama will be holding another Pregnancy Yoga Teacher Training course at The Putney Clinic of Physical Therapy in July and August.

About the course

This is an 80-hour course, accredited by Yoga Alliance UK, with a maximum of 15 students per class. There will be six full days of classes, divided over two weekends. Topics that will be covered are:

  • Asana, pranayama (breathing and relaxation techniques)
  • Sequencing pre and postnatal classes
  • The dos and don'ts of pregnancy yoga
  • Propping and assisting pregnant students
  • Pre and postnatal anatomy for yoga
  • Common ailments associated with pregnancy
  • Setting up classes for pregnant students


The course is suitable for both existing yoga teachers who already hold a yoga teaching qualification and trainee teachers. We may also consider applications from midwives and health professionals who have a strong personal yoga practice.

EARLY BIRD OFFER: £695* (if booked before 30th June)

*normal cost of this course is £750

More information and bookings

For more information about this course, visit the Yoga Mama website. To book your place on this course, call us on 020 8789 3881 or send an email to education@yogamama.co.uk.

Gluten free brownies

A recipe from my friends over at Jiva Healing. These vegan black bean brownies are truly divine. As well as being gluten and dairy free, they are packed full of minerals and fibre. They are a wonderful treat and easy to make as well! This recipe has been adapted from The Minimalist Baker.

  • 1 420 gram can (~ 1 3/4 cups) black beans, well rinsed and drained
  • 2 large flax eggs (2.5 T flaxseed meal + 6 T water)
  • 4 T coconut oil, melted (or substitute another oil of choice)
  • 3/4 cup cocoa powder (the higher quality the better)
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup raw sugar, slightly ground or pulsed in a food processor or coffee grinder for refined texture
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • For sprinkling on the top (optional): crushed walnuts, pecans or dark chocolate chips
Cooking instructions:
  • Preheat oven to 180 C or 350 F.
  • Lightly oil a 12-slot standard size muffin pan (not mini)
  • Prepare the flax egg by combining the ground flax and water in the bowl of the food processor. Pulse a few times and then let rest for a few minutes.
  • Add remaining ingredients and puree, about 3 minutes.
  • If the batter appears too thick, add a spoon or two of water and pulse again. It should be slightly less thick than chocolate frosting but not runny.
  • Evenly distribute the batter into the muffin tin and smooth the tops with a spoon or your finger.
  • Optional: Sprinkle with crushed walnuts, pecans or chocolate chips.
  • Bake for 20-25 minutes or until the tops are dry and the edges start to pull away from the sides.
  • Remove from oven and let cool.

Visit the Jiva Healing blog for more recipes.

26 April 2014

Juice fasting retreat with Jiva Healing

Jiva Healing are a wonderful team that I have worked with in the beautiful Littleton Mill in Wiltshire. Here is a weekend they are running in a different location in June. I would highly recommend Jiva Healing as health professionals.

Juice Fasting and Yoga Retreat in Devon, 27 June - 2 July, 2014, now offering a 10% "early bird" discount on single en-suite rooms

Join us for this 5-day detox programme in the heart of the Devonshire countryside. The Old Rectory is a beautifully and lovingly restored venue with a salt-water swimming pool, infrared sauna (superb for detoxing!), dance barn, yoga studio and a fully equipped gym. The rooms are mostly en-suite and luxurious with organic cotton sheets and great beds. This juice fasting detox program is designed to assist the body in eliminating toxins through taking detoxifying herbs, drinking fresh organic juices and fluids, and yoga. Throughout fasting you will be supported by a professional nutritional adviser. Self-administered enemas are done twice daily, and fun and informative classes on nutrition and healthy eating, and meditation are included. Daily yoga classes suited to all levels of experience are part of the program and we will have a team of professional massage therapists on hand to give a variety of treatments, including Foot Reflexology, Deep Tissue Massage, Thai Massage and Organic Facials.The detox will be complemented by walks in the countryside, yoga, meditation and a one-on-one nutritional counseling session. The idea of this retreat is to give you a comprehensive toolkit to start implementing long-lasting and meaningful changes into your life and leave feeling both relaxed and energised.

Click here to see photos of this fabulous venue. At this time we are offering a 10% early bird discount on single en-suite rooms.

Call or email us for more details. Email: jivahealing@gmail.com

Telephone: 0044 7813 200123

A rare interview with Sharath Jois-Ashtanga yoga

Thank you to Dmitry Baryshnikov for sharing.

24 April 2014

Preparation for Lotus position with David Keil

I love these short clips on anatomy- and how to work with injuries from David Keil. Lotus is a pose many people struggle with especially if they have knee pain or tight hips...David says the glutes muscles are playing a big part too, which is why these stretches should help.

Thank you for sharingDavid Keil·

23 April 2014

Yoga quote

"Move a muscle change a feeling"

22 April 2014

K-taping tennis elbow (or yoga injury)

You don't have to play tennis to get tennis elbow. In fact, many yoga practitioners get the symptoms when overloading in chaturanga dandasana and other poses.

K taping is great for helping you work with injuries. In fact, on my last trip to Mysore I taped my injured wrist and I could be spotted around the shala every time I raised my hands above my head (it was a neon pink tape) and it kept me going for my six-week stay.

There are some great videos on how to K tape and this is one that I have used for elbow pain (wrist one to follow).

21 April 2014

Yoga sutra-Asana

Asana is to be seated in a position which is firm but relaxed

Yoga Sutras

17 April 2014

The Om Yoga Show 2014

Yoga Mama will be exhibiting on stand F21 at the Om Yoga Show at Olympia from 24-26 October.

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June antenatal course

Starting Tuesday 3 June, 6:30 - 9pm 

Having a baby in August? Join our Tuesday-evening, midwife-led antenatal course for couples starting on 3 June. The course consists of 5 sessions, with an additional postnatal session.

Cost £295

Receive a complimentary yoga class if booked before the 16th of May. 

More information and bookings 

For more information about the antenatal courses, please visit the Yoga Mama website. Alternatively, you can send an email to midwife@yogamama.co.uk or call us on 020 8789 3881.

Foam roller workshop. Saturday 31 May, 2 - 3:30pm

Foam Roller Workshop with Leslie Abrahams

Saturday 31st  May 2014, 2pm – 3.30pm

Join us for an exciting journey into the benefits and uses of the foam roller. Learn techniques to improve flexibility, function, performance, and reduce injuries, including practical instruction on how to do a selection of exercises.


This workshop costs £30. However, if you book before May 17th, you will receive a £5 discount on this price.

More information and bookings

There are limited places on this workshop, so booking is essential. For more information or to book your space, please call us on 020 8789 3881 or send us an email to info@putneyclinic.co.uk.

More about Leslie Abrahams

Leslie Abrahams: Physiotherapist, Pilates Instructor and Educator. Trained in Physiotherapy, Leslie is also an international Presenter and APPI Pilates Master Trainer, and regularly travels locally and abroad to present to Physiotherapists and other health professionals. He has experience dealing with clients post injury and surgery to functional restoration. He also enjoys challenging his fit clients with higher-level exercises.

16 April 2014

Beginners drop backs against the wall

A useful beginners guide to dropping back.

10 April 2014

Sharath Jois Practices Ashtanga Yoga Advanced A (1999)

Amazing footage of a young Sharath Jois filmed in 1999.
Thank you to Adam Wade for sharing.

08 April 2014

May NCT Talk: Intro to Mum and Baby Yoga

Introduction to Mum and Baby Yoga

with Hajni Varadi, yoga teacher and massage therapist


Tuesday 6th May 2014, 11am to 12pm

Mum and Baby Yoga is a great way to spend time with your baby in a relaxed environment. You can gain confidence in handling you baby and learn how to sooth colic and aid sleep etc. Women can come back into their bodies, and start to stretch out areas that may have become tight during pregnancy or when feeding your baby.

Learn how to soothe yourself and your baby by using rhythm and breathing techniques. Mum and Baby Yoga classes are also a great place to connect with other women who are going through the same experiences as you.

Cost and bookings

This talk is free of charge. Places are limited, so booking is essential. If you would like to attend this talk, please call us on 020 8789 3881 or send us an email to info@putneyclinic.co.uk quoting May NCT talk as the subject.

01 April 2014

The most stylish yoga bag EVER - Agoya tote

I have posted before my love of handbags & of course my love of yoga....these bags by agoya combine the two. I'm currently rolling my mat and shoving it in my hand bag when I'm on the run ...this might be the way to go for me, as these bags/mat carriers are the most stylish I have EVER seen.

For more details about these beautiful hand crafted items contact hello@agoya.cc