U Can Yoga in Psychologies Magazine
Healthy Happy Body – Psychologies Magazine
With it’s uplifting, informative and insightful content, Psychologies magazine is and has been one of my favourite publications for many years.
The Dossier theme of the current issue of Psychologies, ‘Healthy Happy Body’ is not only close to my heart, it also ties in with the U Can Yoga ethos. Yoga has played a huge part in helping me find peace with my own body image issues and to find a greater appreciation for the body that I have and all it can do. So, I am excited to be featured in the July issue of Psychologies sharing my story.
Thanks to make-up artist Sadaf Ahmad and photographer Jon Enoch for being so lovely and making the photoshoot so fun 😀
You can pick up the magazine in the shops now or download it via the new Psychologies app – find out more at www.psychologies.co.uk
Cultivate love and affection with Lotus Mudra this Valentine’s
Mudras are symbolic hand gestures that can have an influence on the energies of your body and consequently, your mood. The word ‘mudra’ means ‘sealing in the energy’ in Sanskrit.
Lotus Mudra is the mudra of the heart. You can use this mudra to promote love and affection and also to ease loneliness.
How to practice:
Bring your palms together at your heart centre. Keeping the base of your palms together, fan your fingers out and bring the tip of your little fingers and thumbs to touch to form your open lotus blossom (as pictured). Hold here for four breaths.
After four breaths, close your lotus into a bud by bringing your hands back together with the base of your palms and the pads of your thumbs and all your fingers touching. Then turn your hands (turning palms towards you) placing all the fingernails of both your hands on top of each other, then the backs of your fingers, then the backs of your hands.
From here, turn your fingers in towards you then down. Let your hands hang down for a few breaths.
Bring your hands back to your lotus bud, then open into your lotus blossom.
Repeat this several times.
Get grounded for the party season at the beautiful Tilton House nestled underneath the South Downs on Saturday 7th December. After teaching on a wonderful Autumn Detox Yoga Retreat for Sally Parkes Yoga, I’m very excited to be returning to Tilton House to bring you a blend of energising and gentle hatha yoga classes as part of your health-boosting day.
Tilton House in Firle, East Sussex
The library at Tilton House where we'll practice yoga by the open fire
As well as two yoga classes with me, you’ll enjoy a delicious vegetarian two-course lunch around the kitchen AGA. Plus you’ll have the opportunity to take in the stunning surroundings with a downland walk, breathing in fresh Sussex country air and glimpsing sea views. Or if you’d prefer to stay toasty indoors then you can pamper yourself by booking a massage, or curl-up in one of the sunrooms with a cuppa. (Tea, coffee and fresh fruit are on offer throughout the day). Guest can also enjoy a 15% discount at the Charleston Xmas Shop. Yoga mats and blocks are provided so just bring yourself, and maybe a friend 🙂
It’s a perfect way to recharge before the Christmas season gets into full swing!
The cost is £75 for the whole day and you can find full details and the retreat schedule by clicking here. You’ll also find details of the Wreath Making Workshop at Tilton House on Sunday 8th December if you fancy making a weekend of it.
To book please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
From Thursday 12th September I will be teaching an additional Yoga Energise class at My Fitness Boutique in West Hampstead from 18.15-19.15 every Thursday. You can still join me for Yoga Energise on Saturday mornings from 9.15-10.15am too, so come along to one or both classes 🙂
Set to music, in this upbeat class you will release tension in the body and mind while developing stamina, mobility, focus and flexibility. With a mix of energetic sequences and longer-held postures, you can expect an emphasis on alignment and breath awareness. For schedule and booking info please visit www.myfitnessboutique.co.uk. Come and play!
ALL proceeds go to the Music4Children charity
Join me in Streatham SW16 for a new yoga class. This is donation yoga, so it’s free to attend or anything you can donate whether it’s pennies of £’s goes straight to the fantastic Music4Children charity (learn more about their wonderful work here: http://music4children.org/). The only condition is that you bring your own yoga mat please and a smile 🙂
WHEN: Tuesdays 12.00-12.45pm from 11th June for 6 weeks
WHERE: The Streatham Stables (entrance via The White Lion, 232-234 Streatham High Road, London SW16 1BB)
COST: FREE or donate what you can into the Collection Box each week – ALL proceeds go to Music4Children
ABOUT THE CLASS: With an emphasis on alignment and breath awareness, you will be guided through a mix of energetic sequences and longer-held postures. Release tension in the body and mind while developing stamina, mobility, focus and flexibility. Set to music, this upbeat class will leave you feeling re-energised.
NB – **Bring Your Own Yoga Mat Please**
Hope to see you there! 🙂
**Read on to find out about a special BE LOVE Giveaway Offer**
“Life is so full that we often get caught up in the day-to-day grind and forget about the simple yet powerful truths, such as being love.” – Kyle & Kam-Gi Finch
LA-born BE LOVE creates quality clothing that is both beautiful and inspiring to fulfil their vision of making a difference. They take part of the profit from sales to fund services that impact youth and positively transform the community. Now, Be Love is looking at ways to continue their work in London. They are committed to working with local organisations in a hands-on way, targeting projects focussed on youth education, art, non-violence and community empowerment. Here Be Love founders Kyle and Kam-Gi Finch explain how they took their passion for service and made it their business:
What attracted you to fashion or the art of design? Why a clothing company?
Our intention from the beginning of Be Love was to create a ‘vehicle’ that could help support the community service projects we believe in.
Starting a clothing company seemed like a natural way to do this. We love art and spreading positivity through creative messages. Our goal is to create beautiful, quality clothing that inspires & empowers. The designs & messaging on the clothing affirm and underline everything we believe in…… ‘Love & Truth Shall Prevail’, ‘May All Beings Be Happy & Free’, ‘Be the Change’, ‘Be Love’, ‘Seva’ are just a few of the great Be Love messages and designs.
Be Love is the way we have found to serve in our community and make a difference where we can.
Why the name ‘Be Love’? What does that name mean to you?
The name Be Love serves as a reminder for us that this is what we are meant to be. It’s an active name that implies the need for action in order to realize our full potential & our connection to all.
Life is so full that we often get caught up in the day-to-day grind and forget about the simple yet powerful truths, such as being love.
The messages on our clothing also serve the same purpose, to remind all of us of the things that essentially make us happy.
Where do you see Be Love going? What is your vision or hope for the future of the company?
We see Be Love growing as a brand that stands for service, community empowerment, and gorgeous clothing!
We would like to be a model and inspire other individuals and businesses to put service to the community higher up on the priority list.
As we grow so will our giving. We are really inspired by Paul Newman’s company ‘Newman’s Own’ & his model of giving away all profits.
We envision Be Love being a ‘conduit’ through which money flows. Through Be Love it reaches the organizations and places that will do work of great value.
It is our belief that there are enough resources to go around, and we want to be one of the channels that keeps it all flowing!
We also see our brand growing geographically – Be Love is now being stocked by a number retailers in the UK and Europe. Our vision is to be able to place more focus on that growth and eventually set up service projects in other places, with London being a key location for us.
More about the charities you want to help and how you want to help your community? Which charities and why?
We are committed to working with small organizations with strong track records of service in our community. We want to make sure that the money we raise goes directly to the intended goal so that it makes a real impact.
To start, we have partnered with a grass roots, local organization here in Los Angeles, Alexandria House (a transitional home for formerly homeless women & children) to initiate a transformative community project that has a measurable & achievable goal. We will initiate an after school program for the youth in this inner city Los Angeles community and bring talented teachers (musicians, yoga instructors, photographers, videographers, writers and poets) to provide ‘Art-Shop’ workshops for the kids.
Our initial goal is to raise $25,000 for the after school program at Alexandria House. We will do this by donating 20% of the profit on all shirts sold through our website. This equals $5 on each product sold. Once we reach the funding goal for Alexandria House we will introduce a powerful new project to support.
We will consistently update our customers, as to the progress and effect of each project we support with video, photos, and reports from the field. Additional service projects that we are reviewing will reflect similar values and will be focused on youth education, art, nonviolence and peace studies.
When you design your clothing, what inspires you? How does this process work?
We design much of our graphic art ourselves and also work with various artists whose work we love. It is a good way to keep things fresh. Our way has always been one of collaboration & co-creation with exceptionally talented friends ~ this works beautifully for us.
Its important that our clothing looks & feels wonderful, pieces you can wear at home, out and about, during yoga after yoga. Be Love is a lifestyle brand that is spirit inspired!
Who wears your clothes? Who is the “Be Love” customer or supporter?
Our demographic is huge! It is always such a sweet surprise to see how many different kinds of people (of all ages) love & resonate with our clothes and mission. Essentially the Be Love customer is someone who appreciates beautiful design & quality clothing, someone who is part of the ‘awakening’ and is down with the cause! Be Love is about making a positive difference.
You can learn more about Be Love by visiting their website www.beloveapparel.com
And if you’d like to get in touch with Kyle and Kam-Gi you can email them at
email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org
**SPECIAL OFFER FOR READERS**
Be Love are generously giving away one top to a lucky reader (women’s and men’s styles are available, so guys you are not left out on this one!). To be in with a chance of winning all you need to do is Like Be Love on Facebook and follow them on Twitter. The deadline is 5th May and the lucky winner will be announced shortly after by Be Love via Facebook and Twitter so keep your eyes peeled! Good Luck!” 🙂