I’m still buzzing from a very exciting yoga gathering I attended in London last night. My yogi friend Gabby Hales, who I met on a yoga India retreat, requested someone come and take photos of her yoga class and meal offering. I jumped at the opportunity because I had heard about Gabby’s fabulous idea of combining a yoga class with fab music and delicious food via her Facebook page, and she also featured in the Evening Standard.
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The magic of the Secret Yoga Club, is that instead of rolling up your mat, perhaps uttering a quick goodbye to fellow yogis at the end of a yoga class, you actually spend an evening getting to know the people who were breathing and stretching on the mats next to you over a healthy meal. But Gabby has also taken it a step further, she seeks out quirky fun spaces that can host both yoga mats and a meal to add to the experience. And as an extra bonus, during relaxation, a musician comes along to sing/play music making for a whole new yoga expereice.
Held at the Townhouse in the trendy Spitalfields, we made our way through the goregous building, past the antiques to beautiful space with a skylight where Gabby taught a moving, flowing, blissful class. With detailed isntructions and fine tuning adjustments, she guided us through an hour practice, always bringing us back to our breath. When the chilled class music stopped during relaxation, melting into the floor became even more blissfull as musician Robbie Boyd serenaded us with his guitar. And wow, what a voice!
After class, we headed for a dining room in the adjoining building where a hearty and healthy vegetarian fare, cooked by Nina Parker from ‘Nina Ice Cream & Cake’, was prepeared and served. Nina is currently working on a book which will be published next May, and were lucky enough to get a meal made from the recipes which will feature in the book. The food fare was soupe au pistou,fresh asaragus with tarragon dressing and then the cherry on the icing, finishing up with rhubarb strawberry tart served with honey lavender ice cream. Amazing!
I left felling so blissed out with a full belly and my body happy from doing a much needed yoga class, I didn’t even mind the late 90 minute journey back home to Oxford. How lovely to spend an evening doing yoga with live music, meeting new people and eating such amazing food in a fabulous setting.
For tickets and future event information, see www.secretyogaclub.co.uk/ or contact Gabby at firstname.lastname@example.org
Find out about the very talented Nina and her delicious cooking at www.ninaicecreamandcake.com
And if you haven’t yet heard of the Robbie Boyd band, you should… www.robbie-boyd.com
I’m left feeling inspired by these lovely people.
Tempted to go… act quickly because Gabby’s event sell out super quick.
Enjoy the photos from the event yogis.