From the kitchen to the deck
As the Retreat Chef, I’m usually knee deep in turmeric, cashews and banana flour while everyone else is on a journey of self-discovery on the mat. However, fresh out of our recent Bali yoga retreat, I’ve decided to embark on a three week Ashtanga Yoga Mysore immersion at the Ashtanga Yoga Bali Research Centre (AYBRC).
The Mat Movement gets fashionable new man-friends
We are excited to have our first featured article in the web journal of men’s yoga clothing brand, So We Flow. The UK based online store offers understated, relaxed and fit-for-purpose clothing for men who move. Tops, pants, shorts and accessories for climbers, traceurs, yogis, calisthenic athletes and men who stroll to the newsagent to get a lottery ticket. We all count.
What is Dupuytren’s contracture?
Dupuytren’s contracture (Dupuytren’s disease) causes one or more fingers to bend inwards towards the palm of the hand. It can affect one or both hands and it sometimes affects the thumbs. Though the disease usually affects one finger most vigorously, the resulting restriction can limit the flexibility of neighbouring fingers and larger areas of the hand. Men are reported to be far more likely to have the disease than women.
Here at The Mat Movement we have played around with making our own kombucha. It’s such a uniquely flavoursome beast and there are many indicated health benefits. It seems hard to get your head around at first but it’s actually very easy once you’ve had a go. We’d highly recommend you give it a whirl.
Over here in Australia, we can’t seem to get away from it. It’s in every single fridge in every single cafe. It appears to be fuelling the entire state of New South Wales and as far as we can see it seems to be doing a fine job.
Our friend, Laura Thomas – a Registered Nutritionist with the Association for Nutrition and a Wellness advocate based in London – helps people sort through the confusing mire of often contrary dietary advice, she helps people sort out their food issues and she helps people feel really REALLY good. Check her out.
She runs a varied nutrition and wellness podcast and in this episode she speaks to Adam and Neil, two of the co-founders of Jarr Kombucha. If you’ve wondered what all the kombucha fuss is about then this is the podcast to answer your kombucha-related questions.
To listen to the hour long podcast, click here.
‘The most beautiful and profound emotion we can experience is the sensation of the mystical. It is the sower of true science. He to whom this emotion is a stranger, who can no longer wonder and stand rapt in awe, is good as dead.’
I’m channeling Russell Brand as I try to remember how he spoke about prayer. It was so eloquent and spot-on and he said something along the lines of prayer being intention. Taking the time to connect to an aspect of you that is bigger than you. To acknowledge guidance, to ask for support, to put yourself to one side and recognize that you don’t have all the answers. To simply put something out there into the world, with intention, gratitude and meaning. For me, prayer is all of these things but it is also inspiration.