New Year, Same You, More Yoga

Ah January…the time of resolutions and vows to make changes to your lifestyle and personality. I find the idea of making wholesale changes to your life as the clock strikes midnight on 31st December kind of absurd. Are we, as intelligent human beings, not mindful of changes that could help us be happier every day of the year? Any guilt led decision is never going to be good for us and lets face it, having a green juice now does not negate the Christmas selection pack we munched through in one sitting. However having a green juice does improve your health right now. And this is where yoga can help us with our attitude to food. Stop feeling guilty for what is past and stop worrying for what is to come.

Making healthy choices can be challenging in the modern world and in my view January is a pretty terrible time for any of these so called cleanses. Guess what, the body knows how to detox itself if you give it the space to do so, but not if you keep filling it with junk food and sugar. See below for my tips on the small changes you can make to feel energised and happy in January. Cleansing is great but in my view leave that until Spring when there are more daylight hours, more seasonal fresh produce and the body intuitively knows its a time of renewal and growth. So accept what happened over Christmas, look back on it fondly and move forward into 2015 knowing you can make changes or resolutions, however small, at any time you choose.


Yoga Classes Spring 2015 and NEW Venue

Classes start back TOMORROW Tuesday 6th January. Please email to reserve your space.

My class schedule for Spring 2015 is now up on my website Classes on a Tuesday night, Wednesday lunch, Wednesday night and Friday lunchtime remain at the same time and at the same venues.

I have two *New Classes* to add to my timetable which will take place atMarchmont St Giles Church. St Giles Church is the home of Soul Shine Yoga. Soul Shine Yoga is a collective of yoga teachers, each with their own unique style. Each teacher is in charge of their own classes. We have a collective website where you can view classes:

These are:

Monday 11am-12pm Vinyasa yoga for beginners (All welcome)

Saturday 10-11am Pregnancy Yoga (Students welcome post 12 week scan).

These classes will begin in January once I have demand from students and have raised awareness. Most of my clients come to class through word of mouth so I would be very grateful if you could share these 2 new classes with anyone you think might benefit and ask them to email me to notify of interest and to book.


Please always let me know by a short email if you are coming to class – you can book in advance, say for the same class for 5 weeks and I will reserve your place.

Where possible I ask that students book in blocks of 5 or more and commit to coming weekly where they can. This is so I can ensure your safe progression with the class as it develops. If you cannot make a class, please let me know by email as soon as possible in advance so someone else can take your spot.

The new classes at Marchmont will take place as 5 week blocks to ensure continuity. Existing students are more than welcome to drop in to these classes.

Healthy Eating Tips
Some of you may have seen my facebook posts about clean and alkaline eating.  Alkaline eating has come to my attention through learning about juicing and in particular green juice. What is alkaline food and why is it so good for you? Alkaline forming foods are those which when combined with your digestive enzymes become alkaline. Broadly vegetables, fruit, nuts, seeds, pulses and wholegrains are alkalising, whilst animal produce, dairy, fizzy drinks, processed foods and sugar are acid forming. Alkalising foods are easier for the body to break down and closer to your blood’s natural PH of 7.3-7.5, meaning the body can run efficiently and with more energy – think of it like putting premium petrol into your very own Ferrari (you my dear are a Ferrari).  This is not to say you should never eat acid forming foods in small amounts, diluted by all the good alkaline they are not going to do you any harm.

With this in mind, here are my tips for healthy eating in January:

  • Don’t try to go cold turkey. Just don’t. Unless you have iron will power it is nigh on impossible. Whatever it is you would like to reduce (caffeine, sugar, meat, dairy) start by cutting back on it each day with a timescale for when you would like to totally eliminate it (say 1-2 weeks).
  • Commit to two alkalising meals a day.
  • Cut back on red meat to 2/3 servings per week. If you are not vegetarian why not try having a vegetarian meal at least once a week.
  • If you eat dairy, enjoy full fat, organic varieties. Don’t eat anything labelled low fat, ever. Essentially these products have the fat stripped out and replaced with sugar and other nonsense.
  • Replace instead of Remove. Its so much easier when you have a healthy alternative to reach for. Love smoothies but your skin doesn’t like too much dairy – replace dairy milk with nut milk. Have a chocolate addiction – replace with dark chocolate or even better raw chocolate.
  • Homemake food where you can. In my view, any meal made from scratch with love is a healthy meal.
  • Enjoy some healthy cooking books and blogs with enticing pictures. Use those books to form your shopping list.
  • Use that shopping list to do your food shop. I like to do my food shop online so I can sit with my cookbooks and create a rough meal plan for the week taking as much time as I need to get the right items. It is such a great feeling to have a fridge full of healthy options and so much easier to make good choices.
  • Eat food that makes you feel happy after eating it. Don’t eat foods that give you guilt, make you tired or bloated.
  • Allow yourself treats or a treat day. Life is too short.  When you do have a treat do NOT feel guilty about it. Consciously decide you want to have the treat and then enjoy every mouthful.
  • Don’t put pressure on yourself to change over night. Its been nearly 2 years since my first foray into clean eating and still I’m making small changes all the time.
  • Listen to the response your body is giving you. Not all healthy foods will make you feel better, try to notice when certain foods make you feel amazing.

If you feel a bit lost or need some extra support drop me an email and I can point you in the direction of some great websites and books.

Green juice and bounce balls

Juicing is an easy way to get more greens at this time of year when salad leaves are less than appealing. Here is my go to recipe for an easy green juice:

Half a cucumber
1 stick celery
handful of spinach or kale
2 granny smith apples
½ inch root ginger
Juice of one lemon (some juicers take whole lemons – check yours and remove skin if need be)

Juice all in that order and drink straight away.

No juicer? No problem –  stick 1 cup almond milk, 1 banana, handful of ice and a handful of spinach in a blender or food processor. Blend, enjoy.

Bounce balls for a lift before Yoga

Blend 1 cup of almonds, 1 cup of walnuts/pecans or a mixture in food processor to a fine crumb. Remove and set aside.
Soak 1 cup of dates (pitted or remove the stones) in hot water to moisten for 10-20 mins). Blend dates in food processor with one tablespoon melted coconut oil.

Throw the nuts into this mixture and blend again. Add 1 tbs raw cacao powder, 1 tbs chia seeds and 1 tbs flax seeds if you have them. Mix again until, mixture becomes gooey and stops turning. Remove and use hands to mould in little bite size balls. Keep in fridge and eat before yoga or instead of chocolate.

Jivamukti Workshop

On Sunday 18th January there will be a rare opportunity for us to learn from an advanced certified Jivamukti teacher Durga Devi in Edinburgh Jivamukti yoga is a physical form of yoga combined with some spiritual aspects and chanting.This class will be great for any of you that have enjoyed my power yoga class. The workshop is being held at Marchmont St Giles Church in the main hall from 2pm-4pm and costs £25.

There will be a social after with nibbles and drinks. For tickets please contact Evelyn at or telephone 07765533440

lululemon community classes

The wonderful ladies at lululemon athletica Edinburgh showroom on Castle Street are continuing to run free yoga classes every Saturday at 10am in 2015. I am teaching a “Love Yourself” special on Valentines day 14th February so get it in the diary. Lululemon is a great community space to go, hang out and talk all things fitness, health and goals related with their inspiring team. Hope to see you there soon!

I wish you all a Happy New Year and hope that whatever it brings you find opportunity for growth and acceptance.  I am so grateful for all of your continued support and look forward to seeing you on the mat very soon. Please get in touch to reserve your space or with any questions.