Yoga & Meditation

David Swenson Yoga Workshop

November 21, 2017 • By
Yoga Weekend London

Wearing:
KINDFOLK YOGA MAT BACKPACK WITH TWO STRAPS (JUBILEE)

 

I spent this past weekend in London at a yoga workshop with David Swenson (the world renowned Ashtanga yoga teacher for those that don’t know). It’s a workshop I’ve wanted to do for many, many months now but David travels the globe sharing yoga so it’s a challenge practice with him here in the UK.

Fortunately for me he visited Triyoga in London this weekend, which is only about 200 miles from my house (accessible, right!), so I was able to attend this not to be missed workshop!

Saturday kicked off bright and early with a full primary series practise. There were 100 people moving, flowing and breathing in unison and it was magical, and very sweaty. David has this way of teaching that brings a sense of calm to the most challenging of postures. He is relaxed, and in turn makes you more relaxed. He makes this fiery practice kind and accessible. He makes you become even more aware of the breath than ever before and he believes every student is able to achieve their yoga goals.

After morning practise we moved on to ‘flying, floating and jumping through. A workshop that taught us balance, control, patience, strength and how to jump back and through. We spend a lot of time on our hands throughout the entire weekend and David shared his years of yoga knowledge with us, giving us all his tips and tricks to enable us to achieve what we once though was impossible.

Yoga Arm Balance

We spend the next few sessions looking intensely at inversion, headstands, lifted headstands, arm balances and handstands. Every inversion possible! David believe everyone should be given the opportunity to give 2nd and 3rd series a try because it’s fun and yoga should be fun!

He tells incredible stories of Sri K Pattabhi Jois, Mysore, how Ashtanga has changed over the years and what he has learned during his 30+ years of practice. He is approachable and you can ask him the silliest of questions which he will answer with sincerity. He makes the Ashtanga Vinyasa sequence approachable too, not matter which series you practice.

I highly recommend every yoga student take one of David’s workshops, even if you are really new to the practice or don’t practise Ashtanga at all you will still benefit from his teachings. He is hilarious, sincere, kind, and knowledgeable plus knows every yoga trick in the book.

David Swenson Yoga Workshop

David Swenson Yoga Workshop

Thank you to David for sharing his wisdom.


Vegan Food & Recipes

Vegan ‘Meat’ball Sub #WorldVeganDay

November 1, 2017 • By

 

Happy #WorldVeganDay to all the wonderful vegans, and future vegans, who visit this site!

To celebrate this kind and conscious lifestyle choice, I’ve created the Vegan Meatball Sub. Vegans love junk food too! It’s super quick and easy to make, plus it’s filled with guilt free melted cheese. What’s not to love?

Honestly, if you made this sandwich for your non-vegan friends they would be seriously impressed and you will have given them one meat free option to add to their list.

 

The ‘Meat’ball Sub

What you’ll need:

  • Sainsbury’s own brand vegan meatballs (here)
  • Cherry tomatoes
  • Mushrooms
  • Tomato puree
  • Garlic
  • Vegan Spread
  • Vegan mozzarella: I use Violife because it melts well
  • Sub roll

What to do:

Step 1: Cook the meatballs for 15 – 20 minutes (as directed on the packaging)

Step 2: Chop mushrooms and tomatoes

Step 3: Add a little oil to a pan and heat the garlic, tomatoes and mushrooms. Adding a teaspoon of tomato puree towards the end.

Step 4: Slice the sub roll and toast the insides under the grill. This will stop the bread going too soggy.

Step 5: Add the meatballs to the bottom slice of bread, pouring the tomatoes and mushrooms over the top. Then add a few slices of vegan mozzarella and grill until cheese begins to melt. It helps to create a little support structure out of tinfoil as the sub gets a little top heavy under the grill and can spill everywhere (like my first attempt did, cheese explosion!)

Step 6: Drizzle with BBQ sauce and add the top layer of bread

Enjoy!