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Vegan Oatmeal cookies


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Cookies are definitely my favourite thing to bake (and to eat)! Ever since my sister and I started baking them at the age of ten I have always preferred the taste of home made cookies. Obviously a little older now but still holding on to that nostalgic memory. I thought I would share my more recent, more grown up and most definitely more healthier version of my homemade cookie.

They are delicious yet substantial, so they fill your tummy up, satisfy you and kill that sugar craving at the same time.

These ones are especially amazing as they are completely vegan friendly, YAY.

Very easy to throw together and only take 8 minutes to bake…

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Edamame + Spinach Hummus (Ve)


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Are you needing more greens in your life but just don’t know how to get them?! We all know the amazing benefits of plants! However sometimes it can be tricky to get as much as we would like into our diet.

By making this spinach and edamame hummus at home you know you are getting all of that goodness and nourishment without having to eat a plate of kale for lunch.

This hummus takes less that 10 minutes to make and is so delicious that you could serve it at a dinner party and people would ask for the recipe…

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Five Christmas gift ideas for yoga lovers


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  1. Yoga Mat

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Every yogi needs a mat. The Manduka Eko Superlite travel mat is especially good if you are a yogi on the go. If you are traveling around or if you are taking classes in London this is a great option. The mat because of its genius design can be folded instead of rolling! If you are taking class after work you can simple put it in your bag with your workout clothes with no hassle at all. (This also helps if you ever need to fit in your suitcase!) It is very thin, but placing it over a mat at the studio makes for the ideal support. P.s. the mat is incredibly grippy so no need to worry about those slipping hands in Down-ward facing dog!

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Warming winter salad


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As the days get shorter and the nights get longer I have this yearning to cuddle up on the sofa with a blanket, a good movie and lots of comfort food. Staying motivated to exercise is harder too! Going outside to run when its 5 degrees and pouring rain is just not quite as appealing as it is in summer.

This makes it then harder to eat well. I love summer foods. I love to eat salads, banana ice cream and fruit…everything which is definitely meant to be eaten on a tropical island not in London, in the wet and cold!

Then the less I move my body and the more heavy food I eat the less happy and energised I become, so it really is a downward spiral…

However we can’t let winter dampen our spirits and stop us from reaching our goals! So to stop S.A.D. from happening I listen to my body and consciously avoid heavy foods and fuel it with yummy, nutritious meals. I make sure what I eat is still warming and tasty so I feel super satisfied for those colder evening.

So here is my favourite healthy warming winter meal. Trust me you are going to want to try this…

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Intro to Yoga: Downward-facing dog


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The final part of my three part series: INTRO TO YOGA. (check out part one and two here if you haven’t already!)

There are a few things I wish that I had been taught when I first started practicing yoga. Hence I made this series as I want to do everything I can to make it a little bit easier for you guys as beginners.

For me personally I had been practicing for a good few years before a teacher finally told me the true alignment I should be in for Downward-facing dog. Then when this happened my yoga practice completely transformed!

So it may seem silly to do a whole post on just one posture. However I really believe the down dog is the basis for everything! It can teach you so much about alignment and I wish I had known how to do the posture correctly when I first started practicing.

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So here it is Adho Mukha Svanasana or “Downward facing dog”…

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Intro to yoga: Yoga Class Virgins


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Part two of the series: INTRO TO YOGA. (check out part one here if you haven’t already)

It can be scary arriving anywhere for the first time and sometimes yoga can be intimidating. I know I was definitely unsure about many things during my first experience of yoga, so I thought I would make the first step a little bit easier…

Yoga can sometimes be serious and yoga can sometimes be A LOT of fun, there are no set “rules”, however some yoga class etiquette is great to know before a first class.

Here are some tips, cautions and hints for when you attend a yoga class, so you feel confident, prepared and comfortable.

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Intro to Yoga: Sanskrit


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Part one of a three part series: INTRO TO YOGA.

This series is for all you newbies out there and perhaps you yogis who just want to get a little deeper into the true wisdoms of yoga. This post will be all about Yoga terminology and specifically Sanskrit.

I thought you guys might like to know some words to help you to get the most out of each yoga class. So here are my ten Sanskrit words I think every yogi should know…

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Travel: BUDAPEST


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My big sister just turned 26. For her birthday I bought her flights to go to Budapest. The summer had just come to an end in London and it seemed like the perfect time to go explore and find a bit of sun before winter truly came.

I love Budapest. The backdrop of the Buda hills, the dramatic river Danube running through the city and the beautiful architecture make it incredibly pretty. The chain bridges give the city a romantic vibe and the Jewish district brings rich history into the streets. It was my second time to the city and all the love I had felt the first time I visited came flooding back. Not to mention Budapest is also super fun, filled with ruin bars, more than 100 thermal baths and lots of sights to see, plus it is really cheap! What is not to love…

Here are some photographs of our weekend in Budapest. At the end you will find a list of the places I would recommend (bars, baths, sights etc.) if you are thinking about taking a trip to this amazing city.

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YOGA: What are the bandhas?


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Yoga can be confusing, especially when you are starting out. Back in the day when I was still a beginner I would attend class, practice for a full hour and a half, then leave and forget everything the teacher had said. I would get so into my meditation/asana practice that I was in my own space, going with the flow and listening for queues, but never truly retaining any of the information I was being told.

I then changed direction and began practicing a lot by myself. Self practice was amazing for me at that time and totally transformed my view of what yoga was. I didn’t even know what any of the postures were called, I just did my own thing and it really worked for me.

Then after a few years I felt like I needed a bit more guidance, energy and motivation. I began attending classes. This time around making the decision to become an active listener, to really show up to class and take in everything my teacher said. This was when I realised I had no idea what the teacher was saying!

There were so many foreign words flying around that it made me feel like I was starting from the very beginning…

Now as a teacher there are certain aspects of the practice which I constantly come back to throughout class. One of the most important and most frequently to come up is the bandhas. I know how intimidating all the different sanskrit names can be and me repeating “engage your bhandas” without you knowing what it is could lead to you to feeling unresolved at the end of class.

Therefore this post is going to be solely on the bandhas. What they are, what their purpose is and how they can improve your personal yoga practice. So when you next get on your mat you know exactly what your teacher is going on about…

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