ANDREA - a full time Yoga, Pilates and Tai Chi instructor.

I fell in love with yoga over seven years ago, when I got a Nintendo DS and bought a game called Let's Yoga. From then, I began 'playing' yoga everyday, sometimes twice a day. At first, the practice was more physical for me, but after few months I started to really count on yoga to bring me a sense of calm during especially chaotic days. Soon after, I began recognizing the benefits of a regular asana and meditation practice and continued to incorporate yoga daily - not just during times of chaos. I found myself feeling more energized, more compassionate, happier, and with more awareness. Now, I teach full-time and couldn't be happier to do what I love. What began as a physical practice for strength and flexibility quickly became a lifestyle. I teach my students to take their yoga off the mat and apply the principles learned in the class to their lives outside of the studio. I do not only teach my philosophy, I live it.

pondelok 30. júna 2014

Paris Surprise

Sooo.. We've stolen our friend 2 weeks ago and took her to Paris. At first she really didn't know where she is off to or how many people are going with her ;) It was all a big surprise after surprise... We had a great time there and I am sooo happy we took many amazing yoga pics! 





















nedeľa 29. júna 2014

New timetable - 30th June/6th July


Monday
11.30am Fitness Yoga Hitchin 
6pm Pilates Leighton Buzzard 
8pm Power Yoga Dunstable 

Tuesday
5.30pm Pilates cover for Jane in Active4less
7.30pm Pilates DLL

Wednesday
6pm Tai Chi Hitchin
8pm Yoga cover for Jane in Pure Gym 

Thursday
9.30am Pilates cover for Abby in DLL
7pm Hatha Yoga DLL
8.30pm Fitness Yoga HRLC

Friday
9.30am Hatha Yoga DLL
12.15pm Pilates cover in Bannatyne's Luton 
5.30pm Power Yoga Storm Gym
7pm Yoga cover for Jane in Bannatyne' s

Saturday
9.30am Hatha Yoga Hitchin
10.30am Ta Chi Hitchin
12.30pm Power Yoga Dunstable LC
13.30pm Anti Natal Yoga Dunstable LC

Sunday
10am Pilates Bannatyne´s Luton 
12.15pm Yoga Bannatyne's Luton

pondelok 23. júna 2014

Yogic Diet

There is a lot of hype out there when it comes to what to eat. Being environmentally conscious with our food choices seems to be the “in” thing to do right now. Farm-raised fish, hormone-free beef, free range chicken, organic produce, gluten-free, farm to table and vegan restaurants, macrobiotic– the list goes on and on!
Many people often mistake a vegan diet for being the same as a yogic diet.  But what does it actually mean? What is a yogic diet?
Sorting through all the facts, a yogic diet follows some pretty simple rules.  According to yoga guru, Swami Sivananda, the yogic diet should include the following things:

1. A Yogic Diet Should Be Sattvic.

In yogic and Ayurvedic philosophy, there are 3 qualities (gunas) of all things in nature: 1) Raja (hot, spicy, fast), 2) Tama (slow, lethargic, bland), and 3) Sattva (purity, harmony). These 3 qualities are present in all things, but in different amounts, making one quality dominant.
Rajastic foods are hot, bitter, dry, salty, or spicy. They over-stimulate the mind and excite the passions.  In contrast, tamastic foods are bland and include meat, alcohol, tobacco, garlic, onions, fermented foods, and overripe substances.
Sattvic food is the purest diet, the most suitable one for any serious yoga student. It nourishes the body and maintains a peaceful state.  This, in turn, calms and purifies the mind, enabling it to function at its maximum potential. A Sattvic diet will ultimately lead to true health; a peaceful mind in control of a fit body, with a balanced flow of energy between them.
Sattvic foods include:
wholemeal bread
fresh fruit and vegetables
pure fruit juices
milk
butter and cheese
legumes
nuts
seeds
sprouted seeds
honey and herb teas

2. A Yogic Diet Should Be Vegetarian.

“The lion is a great meat-eater, and he is called the king of the jungle. But no animal can match the elephant, a complete vegetarian, for pure strength.”  ~Yogi Bhajan
Fear of protein deficiency is the meat-eater’s main objection to a vegetarian diet. Yet, ironically, meat eaters obtain the worst quality protein from their food – protein that is dead or dying.
Animal protein contains too much uric acid and other toxins to be broken down by the liver; some are eliminated, but the rest are deposited in the joints and tissues, leading to problems such as arthritis and cancer. Uric acid is a toxin that also makes it harder to reach the higher, clear meditative state because it is an irritant in the bloodstream.
Meat is also among the greatest sources of cholesterol, which contributes to heart disease, hardening of the arteries, and senility. Meat takes three days to pass through the digestive system. For optimum health, men need to digest food within 24 hours, women 18 hours.
Nuts, dairy products, leafy greens, and legumes are full of high-quality protein.  Their main residue is cellulose, which is inert, and does not pollute the body. It is readily digestible, utilized by the body quickly and efficiently.

3. A Yogic Diet Should Be Free Of Chemicals And Stimulants.

Choose organic when available, and avoid caffeine, tobacco, alcohol, and artificial sweeteners.  These substances are not healthy for the body, and alter the mind, making it more difficult to concentrate on the Divine.

4. A Yogic Diet Should Contain Fresh Foods.

If possible, always prepare a fresh meal.  Frozen, prepared, packaged and left-over foods should be avoided, only taking in the freshest and the best.

5. A Yogic Diet Should Be At Regular Intervals, 2 Hours Before Asana Practice Or Sleep.

If you train your body to eat at regular times, say at 10 am and 6 pm, it will better utilize its energy throughout the day as it anticipates intake of calories at these times. The body has cycles, and functions best when these cycles are regular and steady. The same goes for our meal times.
Avoiding food 2 hours before exercise or sleep helps the body to function at its best capacity.  Energy for digestion should not be taken away for the purpose of exercise.  Ensuring proper time for digestion before sleep helps to keep the mind clear. Thus, the hormones produced during sleep can be utilized efficiently to repair tissue damage and fight infection, which is ideal, instead of for digestion.

6. Take Time To Fast.

The yogis recommend choosing one day each week to fast.  A fast can be strict, not allowing anything to enter the body.  Or, it can include water and fruit juices.  Whatever you choose, keep in mind that the goal of your fast is to purify the body and mind.
For me, once a week is unrealistic.  I choose to fast on Ekadashi, the 11th day of each lunar month, observed by yogis to be an auspicious day.

7. Practice Ahimsa.

The first of the yoga observances (yamas), ahimsa or nonviolence can be applied to the food we eat. Making environmentally-conscious health choices that do not harm other people, animals, or the planet takes conscious awareness.
I used to buy bottled water because I know it’s important to stay hydrated, and thought it was healthier than sports drinks. Once I began to think about all the pollution I was causing by going through so many water bottles, I invested in a refillable glass bottle instead, which is much more environmentally conscious.
Keep in mind that small, seemingly insignificant changes in the way you eat and live can have big implications. Above all, remember that you are a goddess, and your body is a temple! Keep food choices simple, pure, fresh, and use your best judgement.  Your inner yogi knows best.

nedeľa 15. júna 2014

Timetable - 16th/22nd June

Monday
11.30am Fitness Yoga Hitchin 
6pm Pilates Leighton Buzzard LC CHECK AT THE RECEPTION IF THE CLASS IS ON
8pm Power Yoga Dunstable LC Anne is covering the class

Tuesday
7.30pm Pilates DLL Alex is covering the class
Wednesday
6pm Tai Chi Hitchin
Thursday
7pm Hatha Yoga DLL
8.30pm Fitness Yoga HRLC

Friday
9.30am Hatha Yoga DLL
10.50am Yoga cover Dunstable LC
5.30pm Power Yoga Storm Gym

Saturday
9.30am Hatha Yoga Hitchin
10.30am Ta Chi Hitchin
12.30pm Power Yoga Dunstable LC
13.30pm Anti Natal Yoga Dunstable LC

Sunday
10am Pilates Bannatyne´s Luton 
12.15 Yoga Bannatyne's Luton

A Yogi Bear

Are you saying you are not flexible, so you can´t do yoga? Meh! That´s not an excuse - check out 

this article about a bear practicing yoga

If she can do it - any person can!!! 

Even YOU! :)

pondelok 9. júna 2014

Timetable 9/6 - 15/6 2014

New week - here´s the new timetable (without the private classes)
We are still doing the TWISTS :)

Monday

11.30am Fitness Yoga Hitchin
1pm HRLC Pilates cover
6pm Pilates Leighton Buzzard LC
8pm Power Yoga Dunstable LC

Tuesday

7.30pm Pilates DLL

Wednesday

6pm Tai Chi Hitchin

Thursday

10.40am Yoga cover Dunstable LC
7pm Hatha Yoga DLL
8.30pm Fitness Yoga HRLC

Friday

9.30am Hatha Yoga DLL
10.50am Pilates cover HRLC
5.30pm Power Yoga Storm Gym

Saturday

9.30am Hatha Yoga Hitchin
10.30am Ta Chi Hitchin
12.30pm Power Yoga Dunstable LC
13.30pm Anti Natal Yoga Dunstable LC

Sunday

10am Pilates Bannatyne´s Luton
12pm Pilates cover DL Stevenage