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New Year, new you… YOGA feature!

January 7, 2015

BEGINNERS’ YOGA POSES (& FOR THOSE WHO DON’T BELIEVE IN ‘IT’)

  1. Alternate Nostril Breathing; it makes us feel calm, peaceful and serene, all at once…!
  2. Spins and turns. Just moving your arms around your body or turning around on the spot helps us to rebalance. Those Buddhist Monks had it right all along when they devised the Tibetan Rejuvenation Rites, based on a series of moves which they practiced (religiously!) A combination of bends, twist and balances to make you feel balanced and special…
  3. Wrist and Ankle rotations. Especially for those of us who either walk, stand, sit, use a keyboard or play sport or an instrument (ie most of us). 3 X rotations in each direction, assists blood flow and circulation.

INTERMEDIATE & FOR MORE ADVANCED \ YOGIS

INVERSIONS

  1. I can’t get enough of Reverse Triangles – they make you bendy and focus on the twists.
  2. Back bends (Wheels and Arches); support the root, heart, solar plexus and throat chakras. This is wonderfully releasing whilst strengthening upper arms.

Where to go to practice?

Yoga isn’t always a conventional exercise; it doesn’t have to take place in a studio, on a mat or even indoors. Provided it’s somewhere that allows you to centre and feel comfortable, preferably a peaceful place, you can be as creative as you’d like.

  •  In your garden or in a Park          
  • In London, I enjoy Greenwich, Blackheath and Hampstead Heath http://bit.ly/1tPmhTr

Indoors:

At home

  • I first began my practice whilst seated (and lying \ rolling around) on my bed; on a soft, comfy mattress to support and cushion my self-styled semi-acrobatics (aged 12+). Practicing at home is a great way to continue what you learnt in class during the week…
  • The banisters and stairs; I love to dangle from the banisters, balance and use these for support when doing stretches on the stairs..!
  • In the shower! It’s a unique & peaceful place (no clothes required 😉 ) For a fresher stretch…

At a class with an instructor  http://bit.ly/1s6sfy7

Now almost everywhere inc. The Bishopsgate Institute at Liverpool St, Yoga Studios across the capital, local leisure centres & church halls…

Yoga can take place anywhere you wish!

Send in your photos of Yoga in unusual places… eg up a tree, on scaffolding…

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The Ecology, Environment and Eating your words in London

November 23, 2014

Saturday morning, I casually interviewed our local farmer’s market assistant trader, Jackie, from Whitegates Farm & Nursery. She is every inch a convert to organic gardening and growing but later in life (some might suppose…)  owing to being brought up in a concrete jungle, in Brixton (South London), she said & her accent hasn’t changed… What’s more she hasn’t eaten fresh produce from a supermarket in 4 yrs and buys her toiletries elsewhere, as to find the brands which are free-from SLS.  and she explained that she’s amazed by just how different the fresh produce tastes! She finds it amazing how much better the home-grown carrots taste by comparison to the supermarket ones; “Flavour versus no flavour!”

Since it’s now Autumn, there are a great array of squashes & patty pan (small squashes, masquerading as miniature pumpkins) but a distinct lack of Horesradish, which was due to the weather. The strong-flavoured roots grow far further down into the soil and owing to the heavy rain, it had become very muddy and somewhat difficult to remove, given the time he (the farmer, Mike) now has, since he began to run the stall weekly and has to dig up more carrots too.  This really brought home the whole farm-to-fork concept of gardening.

Consider the alternatives; whereas  the supermarket culture has us examining our veg all year round, here is a farm where many products are grown, seasonally and annually, only to be directly affected by the weather… of course. It’s much  more easy and practical to pull up several bunches of carrots, than to spend the same time pulling up a single horseradish root, for a few pence more…

As a result of her working for the farm,  Jackie’s friends and family have all become more chemically conscious; she is a marvelous example and  activist (with a v.small ‘a’) for all things eco.

Go & visit them for the farm fresh fruit and veg http://www.weareccfm.co.uk (Manor House Gardens)

A round-up of this week’s other activities…

This week it’s all about food relating to community, cost of living and climate change \ the Earth at large, concepts.

Starting on Tuesday – Our monthly London Permaculture Publicity group meeting held at the South Bank, which is looking gloriously festive with lots of new food stall huts, complete with a maze made out of the type of things I’m not mentioning ’til next month, being as it’s not yet even the month of December … it’s all very pretty. Lola & I went on a little walk about; there is a Scandinavian theme bar area, complete with sofas and rugs and all with a great view of the river from upstairs.

Stefan Gates Food Matters Excel

Wednesday: took the DLR over to Food Matters expo at Excel Centre  – in time to join the audience for a panel discussion\debate with Prue Leith CBE, an MP, an Oxford Uni Prof and a food historian. All debating their views on how to eliminate childhood obesity and malnutrition: A combination of free meals for all, school influence, improving school dinners, banning packed lunch boxes and changing legislation. This was excellent to see a panel of such eminent authorities putting their views forward. I thought they were all great if not a little far fetched. I didn’t think any are totally plausable in current UK political climate. What govt. is willing to make cuts to subsidise these proposed desired changes? It was rather like an ‘If I ruled the world’ type of exploration.

Onto another exploration of another kind altogether… ‘feeding 9 million +’ read  the blurb on the board, which looked like the most interesting demonstration of some type of food related cookery. An area of research close to my heart & head for campaigning to reduce\eliminate farming of livestock. This was Stefan Gates, author, tv presenter and weird chef (but in a kind of exciting, very active way…) An adventurer and explorer (as he prefers it). He started out by handing round marshmallows and traditional lolly pops to the gathered audience – the public duly popped them into their mouths and onward he went. We watched as he shared video clips from his travel series where he eats many (revolting) things inc animal penises (in China) then he filled a huge long plastic bag with dry ice and explained that it represented how much methane gas a cow emits throughout  a day\annually; which incidentally, is lots (see above). He explained how reducing our meat consumption might help to reduce this gas and instead, suggests we eat insects… & he & his ‘grub’ chums promptly handed round fried crickets which half the audience tasted, whilst the remaining half (moi y inclu) looked on in silent disbelief…

Next, he proceeded to crush beetles into a pestle and mortar as if to illustrate that we, humans, have eaten insects, just unknowingly. The crushed beetles were added into a big vat of water, which duly turned pink; Cochineal \ E120 \ Red food colouring. And the trick? He explored how this innocent sounding food colouring actually ends up into marshmallows and lolly pops, which the audience had gamely eaten earlier. Except myself, for precisely that same reason…. (& the sugar… & the gelatine…)

Thursday – Monty Don; ‘Down to Earth’.  Sadly, I missed the great Monty Don speak about his gardening career locally this week at Blackheath Halls 😦  His twitter account is full of great joys to read though, so I can recommend that as at least a small alternative…) it sounded v.inspiring from what I could tell by the other tweets… I need to find out what I’d missed.

Friday – a UCL talk on Climate Change by @ClimateGeorge; author of a book entitled (something like): ‘Are our brains wired to deny climate change’ ie I think not, it makes sense for us to be ‘wired’ towards sustainability, I felt.  A long & deliriously comic talk, at times, about how the nation should be discussing this topic, why it isn’t, why it should care more, as seen through the eyes of a fossil-fuel activist (ie focused in this fashion; as his ‘lens’).  He went to Brussels to speak to EUMPs there, before I got a chance to ask him a question about his eating habits re-meat & methane production in general. Met some interesting people at the cloisters afterwards though inc. political editor & film maker.

Despite the style of talk, I’ve since discovered that his wife, Annie, writes an exceptionally lovely blog here: http://kitchencounterculture121.wordpress.com/

With thanks to @hedgehoghugh for connecting us together on this matter 🙂

Meanwhile great news in the ‘News’, well, Time Out (which is the news we’d sometime rather read and isn’t so much that but more up-to-the-minute-London-life info) and The Final Word pg columnist, Giles Coren; not known, I’d have previously thought, for his pro-eco stance in the world but here he is, in an article, debating the nations’ love of …. coffee… and milk!  It’s not one that I can understand, personally, since I detest it; its flavour and that of honey (aka ‘bee vomit’ – reinforces adventurer, Stefan Gates!)

To quote him verbatim; ‘and you don’t even like the taste. So you drown (it) in a pint of hot milk and call it a ‘latte’ and … mope wordlessly to work, suckling like a giant toddler on quantities of warm cow’s milk that are healthy only for other cows,newly born and then only for a matter of weeks, delivering levels of insulin-like growth factor (IGF-1) that in adult humans will grow you at best a fat belly and at worst, it is argued, give you cancer…’  

Whoah! Wow! The restaurant critic that is GC has come out as a cow-caring consumer! 😉 Whatever next..? he’s read enough about the dairy industry to learn that it isn’t all hunky-dory to go consuming milk, willy-nilly and is taking up a gauntlet to educate his latte-loving readers. Well done GC & TO, for almost daring readers to become coffee & dairy-free 😉

Back to the great outdoors and the Burgess Park Glengall Wharf Garden: On Saturday, I cycled and bussed over to Burgess pk (off Old Kent Rd) for the main meeting of the London Permaculture Network. There is a lot going on here at this garden and we held a v.productive meeting to discuss future plans and expansions 🙂

Finally, as if that wasn’t enough, the BBC has a good link to a foraging article here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-30015052

Yoga and Raw Living Foods Workshop Day 3\8\14 Oxford

June 20, 2014

Yoga & Raw Food Workshop Day in Abingdon 

Sunday 3rd August 10am – 4\5\5.30pm

You are invited to be part of a small group to learn new yoga & raw food techniques to enrich your body, mind and soul. The day promises not only to enhance your knowledge and experience of Yoga and raw living foods but also to develop them further, to take away with you in to the following weeks and beyond.

Experience the unique combination of Yoga movement and cleansing, alkalising nutrition.

For both beginners and non-beginners alike, this day offers an opportunity to learn in a small group (max 10 places) on Theresa’s first workshop in Oxford for 2 years.

To take time out of our busy schedules to experience a unique day, specially created by Theresa, in the peaceful surroundings at St Ethelwold’s House, Abingdon, Oxfordshire. We are fortunate to use this delightful venue, complete with its original features; its Hearth (dining area), kitchen and garden overlooking the River Thames. The area is a peaceful\calm\relaxing but vibrant retreat from the bustle of town. It provides an ideal location to re-connect and replenish your body & mind both with Yoga (asana & breath work) and freshly prepared nourishing raw & living plant foods.

For further details of the venue, visit their website here: http://www.stethelwolds.org

This day includes:

2 x 1hr Yoga Workshop with Theresa, to start and complete our retreat day together.

Theresa will guide you through a series of simple Yoga Asana (postures), breathing exercises and relaxation to re-connect to our breath and physical body more than in daily life. This enlivens our spirit, creative ability and our imagination…. The sequences are suitable for beginners and more experienced students alike to improve their current yoga practice. Theresa is a qualified and experienced Children’s Yoga Teacher and has also taught adults on retreats in Turkey and on short business classes in London.

Yoga and fresh raw living foods naturally combine to enhance our inner and outer experience; to help us to flourish internally & externally and re-connect to our inner-selves.

Anti-aging recipes for all to replicate at home, whether busy professionals, for a family or alone.

Sample Summer Menu

Foraging leaves – lime leaves and Pesto dressing

Spaghetti Courgetti & Lentil bolognaise

Juice and herbal teas. Mint \ lemon balm….

Vanilla ice-cream with berry sauce \ mixed berry ice cream \ pie dessert.

Samples: Raw Chocolates

 

Workshop Day Schedule

10 am Welcome and light drinks

10.15 Yoga outdoors if weather permits (or indoors if weather is not fine)

11am Introduction to Raw Foods, nutrition talk and practical demonstration of favourite Kitchen Buddy anti-aging recipes.

11.30am Group lunch preparation

12.30-2pm Lunch

3pm Yoga, relaxation and garden walk lead by Theresa

3.45 Resources & additional info

Kitchen Buddy Raw Food Shop opens -on sale products to purchase  – magazines, raw treats & snacks: chocolates and crackers.

4pm close depart, pack up

(4.30 pm depart after pack up)

Items to bring: Yoga mat, comfortable yoga clothes (to change\or wear during the whole day) a pair of indoor shoes\slippers, aprons, pen, extra spending £.*

*There will be additional raw & yoga related gifts to purchase on the retreat day itself, so please be prepared if you wish to purchase snacks for the week \gifts etc.)

Tickets, booking and payment details

Prices

£95.00 per person 10% discount for groups x5 @ £85.50 each

Concs.(with proof of status) £75.00

A £10.00 deposit per person payable in advance

  • Deposit (or full payment) to be received by Sat 12th July
  • Full payment to be received by Thursday 31st July

Payment by BACS \ Paypal \ Cheque

You will receive a confirmation of your booking by Email (or phone)

Please contact Theresa directly if you need to make any alternative arrangements to the above.

  

 

Events Diary for Spring & Summer 2014 (Eco, Raw Food, Vegan, etc)

June 3, 2014

Kitchen Buddy Nutrition is attending, present at (& occasionally a visitor) at the following events Spring \ Summer 2014

Look forward to meeting you over the coming months at an event or more here…

June

Sat 7th June Doug Graham http://www.meetup.com/northlondon-veganorganic-rawtreat/

Sat 21st St Dunstan’s Fair, Catford. Raw Chocolate Talk & workshop

Sun 22nd Raw Food Pot Luck http://www.meetup.com/northlondon-veganorganic-rawtreat/

Sun 22nd Brian Clements (*TBC) Fresh – Network http://www.fresh-network.com/acatalog/a_day_with_dr_brian_clement_2014.html

July

Fri 4th-Sun 6th V-Delicious & Allergy and Free from Fair at Olympia (online discount tickets)

Sat 5th Goldsmiths Community Day (*TBC)

Sun 6th London Permaculture Festival http://www.londonpermaculturefestival.co.uk

Thurs 17th – Mon 21st Raw Fest www.rawfest.com  (how many times can you spot me in the picture below? 😉 )

August

Sunday 3rd August Yoga & Raw Food Day Workshop TBC (please contact us for details)

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September

Sat 13th Festival of Life http://www.festivaloflife.net

Sat 27th-Sun 28th  (*TBC) VegFest at Olympia.

 

Ecstatic & meditative Dance with Live Music

One Spirit http://www.meetup.com/OneSpirit-Ecstatic-Dance/  Raw & Cooked Vegan Cafe

Urubu http://www.meetup.com/london-ecstatic-dance/  Provides dancers’ complimentary Liquid Love Raw Chocolate Shots

5 Rhythms http://dancingtao.net/home/index.php

 

Get your GLOW on!

March 23, 2014

I walked into one of my favourite health stores in London this afternoon and was greeted by the owner, Steve “Wow! You’re glowing today!” I smiled and suggested that it may have been perhaps that I’d worn my hair up…? (I could think of no immediate difference from any other day.) “No, you’re definitely glowing!” he replied. “Aha! I’ve been collecting wild greens and making tea, soup, eating more fresh fruit & … barefoot gardening…!” I responded. So here’s how to get on a glow, naturally 🙂

Sleep, rest (another hr would be nice…)

Meditiation. My friend Joe announced this week that meditating for just 5 mins can change your whole day.

Barefoot gardening. Gardening in general – hands in the soil (as opposed to our mobile devices – re Satish Kumar’s recent quote in Resurgence magazine) is a good thing. Taking off your shoes and socks, voluntarily and pootling around the lawn and paths on a warm sunny day, is even better 🙂 Grounding through the earth, soil, negative ions, makes for a pleasant 20 mins gardening session weekly \ daily.

Weeds up to your ankles? Find your local hot-spots for naturally wild growing edibles. March brings nettles, cleavers, chickweed, mallow and many more soon & before long there’ll be a multitude to chose from. This involves knowing what, where and how to collect. See other blog posts for info on this weeks’ collection items. Clearly, they have done their job. 2pts Cleavers Tonic = Cleansing to a glow on another level! Lots grow in my local nature reserve, clean alley ways and woodland.

Natural Hygeine and Food Combining. A good food combination makes for easy digestion, greater energy and brighter skin. I began the day with Banana & Pear (& Satsuma end of previous day -post party!). Less is more – choose from a couple of items eg fresh fruit & a fresh fat or even 1 variety eaten alone makes the stomach feel full and replenished. Try blueberries, melon (when warmer) all with lettuce, celery & fennel (when in season) for further weight-loss action.

Fresh Water & healing herbal teas – Chamomile, green, mint, Jasmine, lemon in water. During warmer weather, we must replenish our levels often, with the purest sources possible.

I like to drink a mixture now, of a variety of teas, combined with fresh water, juice, smoothies, coconut water, ‘mocktails’ and nut & seed milks.

Sunshine; well as often as we can get it in the UK – in the mornings this week, I’ve been out to soak up Vitamin D and enjoy the sun as often as possible. Tips – homeworkers, moving the office outside can be a nice way to begin the day & barefoot in the grass. However it’s not always the most plausable or ideal option for us all.

Touch = giving and recieving, in the most harmonious of ways, makes us feel, and feel more human as we’re physiologically and biologically made to enjoy and give, natural (wanted) general or loving touch. Whether at a Tantra festival (as I was yesterday) stroking a strangers brow or in a more intimate embrace; giving and recieving a natural touch is healing on many levels. Recieving a light, gentle stroke across my face or a neck & shoulder massage, makes me feel understood and welcome (in the right circumstances).

Hobbies – spend time in the best way you know how, at that moment. This morning, I browsed round a collection fair and discovered my love for vintage posters, local social history and my old floral & fruit interests re-ignited again 🙂 I purchsed a number of images to show my family and friends and invite their interest into social history in new ways.

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