What’s On in April

What’s On in April . . .


What a wonderful month we had in March. A massive congratulations to everyone who completed the Cleanse + Detox Online Programme and good luck to those who have saved it to do over the next few weeks. I’m excited for April, not least because it’s Easter which means Chocolate but finally after 13 years Simon and I are getting married on the 25th April with a small group of friends and family whilst on safari in South Africa. I promise to share a few pics when we get back! Now, let’s get back to what’s important – Chocolate! I’ve finally found the perfect Healthy Raw Vegan Chocolate Recipe – not only is this amazingly delicious but healthy guilt free chocolate! I’ve bought some cute Easter Bunny Chocolate Moulds to make my Easter gifts. Click here for the recipe – you must must try it! There are a few changes to the class schedule this month with Easter, so please please check the timetable below. See below for workshops this month, including a Beginner’s Yoga Workshop – please share this with any friends and family who are interested in starting the yoga journey as this workshop is the perfect start.

Beginners Yoga Workshop
Saturday 18th April – 14:00 – 15:30
Taunton’s College, Southampton

A comprehensive 1.5 hour yoga workshop to teach beginners all the essential and fundamental aspects of yoga to kick start (or restart) a journey into the wonderful practise of yoga. We’ll cover the key groups of yoga poses which strength and stretch the body; learn slowly and in detail the yoga Sun Salutations and practise yoga breathing techniques for relaxation as well as stamina. You’ll leave this class feeling clear, confident and ready to join a drop in yoga class. This workshop is for total beginners – it will be slow, thorough, relaxed and informal. A great introduction into an amazing practise. To book please email Laura.

Neck & Shoulder Therapy – 2 Hour Workshop
Saturday 18th April – 10:00 – 12:00
Taunton’s College, Southampton

Neck or Shoulder tension and pain? This is the workshop for you! The shoulders require a high degree of mobility and strength to perform day to day activities. As any engineer/designer will tell you, to build something with a high degree of mobility and stability is a tough ask. In this workshop we will look at technical alignment in our yoga poses to strengthen the shoulders and improve mobility, we will focus specifically on engaging the deeper muscles of the middle and upper back to access the shoulder girdle, uncovering the appropriate muscle groups to help support and soften your shoulders and upper back. We will use specific therapeutic stretches and self massage techniques (myofascial release) to release tension and restrictions. To book please email Laura.

Relax & Renew Restorative Yoga Workshop
Friday 18th April – 18:00 – 19:15
Taunton’s College, Southampton

There are just three spaces remaining for this April’s Restorative Yoga Class, the next one is on Friday 8th May. This candle lit restorative yoga class is the perfect way to wind down at the end of the week. In restorative yoga the body is fully supported by a variety of different props so that there is no active engagement of the muscles, instead they get to gently stretch, relax and open into the comfort of the props. Restorative yoga promotes deep rest and relaxation; it is the ideal way to recharge your batteries and is a real treat. To book please email Laura.

Class Timetable:

Please check below for your class and make a note of any weeks the classes are cancelled. Most of the classes are being covered by a lovely selection of yoga teachers whilst I’m away.
I hope you enjoy the variety and what this wonderful teachers have the share.

Whiteley Community Centre – Mondays 5.55pm
6th April – Easter Monday Class Cancelled
13th & 20th April – Class Running as usual with Laura
27th April – Class Covered by Linda Blainey
4th May – May Bank Holiday Class Cancelled

Chilworth Village Hall, Southampton – Tues 11.30am
28th April – Class Covered by Emma Lovell
Class Running as usual with Laura on all other dates.

The Hub, Eastleigh – Tues 5.50pm & 7.00pm
21st & 28th April – Classes Covered by Candice Walley
Classes running as usual with Laura on all other dates.

Eaton Aerospace – Weds 4.30pm
22nd & 29th April – Classes Cancelled
Classes running as usual with Laura on all other dates.

Turnpike Pavillion Hedge End – Weds 6.15pm & 7.30pm
22nd & 29th April – Classes Covered by Kate Colvin
Classes running as usual with Laura on all other dates.

The Hilt, Chandler’s Ford – Thurs 09.30am
23rd & 30th April – Classes Covered by Candice Walley
Classes running as usual with Laura on all other dates.

Taunton’s College, Southampton – Thurs 5.45pm & 7.00pm
2nd April – Class Running as usual with Laura
9th April – College Closed – Class Cancelled
16th April – Class Running as usual with Laura
23rd April – Classes Covered by Helen Portas
30th April – Class Cancelled


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Healthy Raw Vegan Chocolate

Chocolate Workshop

With Valetine’s Day just around the corner, I’m so excited to share this Healthy Raw Vegan Chocolate Recipe. Not only is it delicious but Healthy Guilt Free Chocolate. I have to thank the wonderful Natalie from Rawlesque for teaching me this recipe when she joined my Weekend Yoga Retreat as a guest teacher.

Equipment

  • Glass Bowl
  • Saucepan
  • Scales
  • Measuring Spoons
  • Metal Balloon Whisk
  • Spoon
  • Moulds (ice cube tray, plastic or silicone chocolate moulds, mini cupcake cases)

Ingredients

  • 50g Raw Cacao Butter or coconut butter (or half and half)
  • 25g (3.5 tbsp) Raw Cacao Powder
  • 8g (1 tbsp) Lucuma Powder
  • 20ml (2 tbsp) Liquid Sugar (High Quality Maple Syrup, Agave nectar, Runny Honey)
  • Tiny Pinch Himalayan Salt (brings out the flavour of the chocolate)
  • Anything or nothing from the additional ingredients list

Additional Ingredients

  • Nuts and seeds, any and you can keep them whole of bash them up a bit
  • Dried Fruit, ones that go really well with chocolate are goji berries, cherries, raisins
  • Coconut, desiccate or chips
  • Buckwheaties, sprouted and dehydrated buchwheat grains, gives a lovely crunch
  • Cacao Nibs, broken cacao beans, nice crunch and bitter chocolate flavour
  • Essential Oils, for flavour, only use a couple of drops. Nice ones are peppermint, orange, lemon, lime, rose, geranium, nutmeg, cinnamon, lavender
  • Natural Flavour Extracts, vanilla, coconut, strawberry, almond, cherry
  • Superfoods, green powders (spirulina, chlorella, wheatgrass powder), probiotic powder, maca power etc.

Method

Grate the cacao butter into a glass bowl that will sit nicely over a small saucepan. Put some boiling water in the saucepan and sit the bowel on top. There’s no need to keep the pan on the heat, we don’t want to heat the butter any more than necessary to melt it. It will melt just sitting over the building water. Once the butter has melted whisk in the maple syrup and then the powders and salt. Make sure it is whisked together thoroughly as you don’t want the sugar sinking to the bottom. Then you can add in superfood powders and flavourings etc if you are using them and whisk again.

If you are adding nuts/seeds/buchwheaties/dried fruit it’s nice to put them directly into the moulds then pour your chocolate mixture on top. You can either transfer the chocolate to a jug and then pour into the moulds or just use a spoon. Then fill yours moulds (don’t over fill them) put them in the freezer for 20 to 30 mins to set. Then keep in the fridge. In the fridge the chocolate will last up to one month (but you’ll have eaten it way before this). Recipe fills one average mould. So feel free to double or triple the quantities to make more.

Enjoy!

Lx


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Spring Clean with a Glorious Green Juice or Green Goddess Smoothie

Drinking green slime? Really? Hell yes, I love both a Green Juice and a Green Smoothie and I’d love you to give it a try to. Follow these links for a Glorious Green Juice or the Green Goddess Smoothie. Drinking Green is a magical elixir of youth, radiance, energy and vitality and believe or not they taste really nice!

So what is the big deal? Drinking a Green Juice or Green Smoothie as part of a balanced diet is an amazing way to really amp up your nutrient intake and the high levels of nutrients (especially from a juice) are instantly absorbed into your system giving you an amazing boost of energy. Green juices and smoothies balance blood sugars, supply plant protein, and purge toxins from the body.

There is often a debate about which is better Green Juice or Green Smoothies. I do both but I juice a lot more than I blend. When you use a juicer, all the fibre is removed through the process of squeezing the pulp. Now don’t get me wrong, fibre is great but especially during a cleanse we want to lighten the workload for the digestive system so it can focus on detoxing and healing. When you remove the fibre the nutrients pass directly into the bloodstream, and within minutes the body receives optimum fuel to feed the cells and help restore the immune systems.

However, a smoothie will fill you up and keep you fuller for longer than a juice because it keeps the fibre and you can add proteins and fats such as almond butter. You can add way more ingredients and pack a punch with the addition of superfood powders such as Spirulina.

Give them a try and let me know how you get on!

 


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