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February News

Welcome to our February News.

To introduce the new Sacred Yoga Scents range we have decided to give away a beautiful combination of two amazing essential oils in 15mls roll on and also a 12ml essential oil blend.

To ENTER is as easy as having 3 of your Yogi BFF sign up to receive our Monthly News by simply heading to our HOME page and adding some detials.  The WINNER will be notified on Monday 25th February.

Pose for this Month –  Cobra Pose Bhujangasana

Sometimes in a yoga class you can feel that there are a lots of instruction for what appears to be fairly simple poses.  And although they all appear to be minuscule in body movement the final result  is absolutely wonderful.  I urge you to close your eyes focus  only on your body and the words of your guide.  Use your breath to bring you into the pose and once you have come to a space that feels right stay there and enjoy breathing life into your body and then releasing tension, tightness, toxins, outdated thoughts and ides, with each outgoing breath.

So begin by lying face down on the floor, stretch out your legs behind you with the tops of your feet on the floor.  Plant your hands on the floor under your shoulders and your fingers wide, drawing your elbows back into the body.  As you press the tops of your feet, thighs and pubis into the floor, draw the breath in and straighten your arms as you lift your chest from the floor and forward.  Only extending to your ”edge” (as far as you feel comfortable but can feel the stretch) and then release back to the floor with an exhalation.  Fall in love with Cobra as it is part of the Sun Salutation sequence and I know one day you will sent me a note “loving this pose” !!

Some of the benefits of Cobra Pose are:

  • Strengthens the spine
  • Stretches chest and lungs, shoulders, and abdomen
  • Firms the buttocks
  • Stimulates abdominal organs
  • Helps relieve stress and fatigue
  • Opens the heart and lungs
  • Soothes sciatica

Essential Oils with Sharen Turner – Secret Scent Aromatherapy

COBRA pose -Bhujanjasank is renowned for its opening of the heart chakra, Anahata.  So this month we are featuring the OM Blend as part of our Sacred Yoga Scents to be used in conjunction with your yoga practice.

Essential oils are used to enhance the vibration of intention, creating sankalpa, and OM is the mantra or vibration traditionally chanted at the beginning or end of a yoga session.  

The OM Blend contains essential oils of Rose & Bergamot which are used to soften the armour around the heart, opening heart felt desires, vibrating love and compassion.

Cleopatra used to bathe in Rose oil and petals, which is why it is known as the “Queen of essential oils.”  There is no better oil than Rose to connect with the heart. Rose brings comfort and warmth to those who have grown emotionally cold, healing emotional wounds.  Rose oil comes from the steam distillation of the whole flowers, needing 4000kgs of flowers to make 1kg of pure Rose oil, hence the oil being one of the most expensive essential oils.

Bergamot oil used to cheer your heart and soul, releasing blocked emotions. It helps spark that enthusiasm for life again, assists in feeling refreshed and uplifted, regulating emotional turmoil. Bergamot oil is also used in Earl Grey tea produced by cold pressing the rind of the Bergamot citrus plant.

To use, place the OM oil on your heart space and allow your heart to open allowing you to embody the pose of the cobra, shoulders back opening through the chest and opening up your heart, visualising a green light in the centre of chest, allowing it to shine.

 Namaste, Sharen

Yogi Travel Journal – France

FOOD – Everyone has a favourite sweet pastry in France.  Mine is Paris-Brest a traditional French pastry named after an old bicycle race between Paris and the city of Brest in Brittany.

The pastry was created in 1910 by Louis Durand, pâtissier of Maisons-Laffitte, at the request of Pierre Giffard, to commemorate the Paris–Brest–Paris bicycle race he had initiated in 1891.  Its circular shape is meant to represent the wheel of a bicycle and was popular with the riders partly because of its energizing high caloric value.

Made of choux pastry and a praline flavoured cream.

TRAVEL LITE – When you book onto a yoga retreat top of mind is relax, rejuvinate & restore.  So leave at home all those face masks, hair masks, foot bath salts, scrubs and other well being goods as they are all supplied in your Welcome Pack at Pure Heart Yoga Retreat.  Full of beautiful products to use thoughtout your stay including Secret Scent, Neals Yard & a number of traditional French favourites. See

MARKETS – You are spoilt for choice when it comes to fresh produce markets in France.  It is definately the land of wine & cheese!  All markets have their little quirks as to why you love one over another.  I have a favourite and like to get there early for organic fruit and vegetables, joining the already long queue and enjoying the banter as we await our turn.  Then it is onto the cheese stall, boulongerie & fresh seafood for my all time love….fresh sardines.  My Saturday would not be the same without a trip to Niort & once the shopping is complete depending on the seasons a cup of hot coffee or cold rose before I head home with the car full of amazing aromas.

LUNCH – Eating a meal in France can take a long time, be full of lots and lots of conversation and you will consume spectacular food.  The French revere their food which in a lot of instances is very simply prepared and served. A memorable winter lunch, sitting outside in the sunshine, was at Le Bistrot du Marin, on Ile de Re in the small village of Saint-Martin-de-Ré.  A great spot to people watch and enjoy a glass of bubbles with your meal.

Live your life passionately & with gratitude
Love with an open heart and mind
     Let go and embrace the life you were born to live

Beautiful Parts of the World
Top Photo – La Rochelle
Bottom Photo – Boutique on Ile de Re

Recipe this Month – Carrot Cake Bliss Balls

I have become addicted to a book shop near me that has the most amazing recipe books.  My latest read is  ”bliss bites” by Kate Bradley. As I am a fan of Chocolate Bliss Balls, this healthy version still tastes absolutely wonderful and of course, very easy to make.

150 g walnut halves
10 medjool dates
1 large carrot, grated
1 teaspoon finely grated fresh ginger
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnmon
1/2 teaspon freshly grated nutmeg
pinch sea sat flakes
50 g LSA (linseed, sunflower seed and almond mix) or ground almonds
finely grated zest of 1 lemon
1 cup shredded coconut

Easy peasy.  Place all ingredients, except the coconut, into a food process or blender and process until combined.

Take about a talespoon of the mixture at a time and roll into balls then roll in the coconut to coat.  Place in an airtight container, refrigerate or freezer.  These will keep for up to 2 weeks in the fridge and a couple of months in the freezer.

This recipe is from bliss bites by kate bradley – Vegan, gluten and dairy free treats.

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