Yoga Playlist II

yoga playlist, yoga music, music for yoga, yoga, vinyasa, savasana, yoga pose, yoga sequence, spotify, yoga class, yoga practice, yoga girl, meditation, yoga flow, upbeat music, playlist for yoga, mellow music, harmonious, august, playlist, summer music

I’ve been listening to the songs listed below over the past month and finally compiled them into a proper playlist. This one has a more mellow and harmonious undertone but still has some lighter tracks at the beginning before winding down and going into a longer savasana.

  1. For What It’s Worth (India Dub)- DJ Drez Ft. Joey Lugassy
  2. Today- Odesza
  3. Get Good- St. South
  4. So Good To Me- Chris Malinchak
  5. Your Wish- Talisco
  6. From Nowhere- Dan Croll
  7. Ohio- Filous Remix- Damien Jurado
  8. You- TCTS, Sam Sure
  9. One More- Elliphant, MØ
  10. Like You Used To- Kidnap Kid
  11. Mama And Papa- Trevor Hall
  12. Degrees Of Light- Taylor McFerrin
  13. Blue Monday- Låpsley
  14. Soak It Up- Houses
  15. Warm- SG Lewis
  16. Chopping The Woods- East Forest
  17. Goat- French For Rabbits
  18. Station- Låpsley
  19. Birds- Purple Ferdinand
  20. Bless The Telephone- Labi Siffre
  21. Arrival Of The Birds- The Cinematic Orchestra

Find the playlist and more over on Spotify

Carrot Falafel with Sesame Seeds

falafel, organic, quick dinner recipes, falafel recipe, vegetarian, gluten free falafel, gluten free, dairy free, sugar free, recipes, meat free, meat free Monday, meat free recipes, packed lunch ideas, portable food, easy dinner recipes

Falafel fan I have not always been but I’ve been playing with lots of different variations lately. These have been one of the best. They’re great for a meat free Monday recipe and in trying to include more plant based recipes in your life.

Usually falafel comes fried but I’ve made these by baking them in the oven and they are so delicious.

They’re free of any flour, frying, or grease but they still have a great crunch on the outside, and are fluffy and full of flavor on the inside.

The yogurt dip tops everything off but you can easily have them without.

They’re also great to make ahead to freeze for a quick dinner in the evening, or perfect for a portable lunch.

Makes 16-20 falafel

For the falafel:

1 tin 400g chickpeas

3 carrots

1/3 cup sunflower seeds

¼ cup cashews

2 cloves of garlic, minced

1 egg, lightly beaten

1 tsp ground cumin

1 tsp ground coriander

1 tsp paprika

¼ tsp turmeric

¼ tsp black pepper

pinch of salt

handful of fresh parsley

4 tbsp sesame seeds

For the yogurt dip:

4 tbsp organic, full fat Greek yogurt (or plain coconut yogurt)

1 lime, juice and zest of

handful each fresh mint and parsley

drop of maple syrup (about ¼ tsp max)

pinch salt

Directions:

  1. Preheat your oven to 350°F. If you wish, lightly toast your nuts and seeds in a frying pan until fragrant and toasted. Add these to the food processor pulsing until you reach desired texture. Set aside.
  1. Add the carrots to the food processor and pulse. Rinse and drain the chickpeas, add alongside the carrots blending until combined.
  1. Add the nuts/seeds back in, garlic, egg, herbs, and spices making sure everything is blended until incorporated.
  1. Pour your sesame seeds into a shallow dish and taking tablespoons at a time of the mixture, form balls, then roll into the sesame seeds until covered. Pop these on a lined baking sheet continuing until all the mixture is gone.
  1. Bake in the oven for 15-20 minutes. Flip them over after the first 10 so they get evenly crispy on the outside.
  1. While the falafel is baking make your yogurt dip by adding the yogurt, lime juice and zest, fresh herbs, and seasoning to a small bowl and whisk together until combined. Serve with the falafel, warm from the oven.

 

 

A Better Brownie

avocado brownies, veggie desserts, black bean brownies, brownie recipes, gluten free brownies, gluten free, dairy free, dairy free brownies, sugar free brownies, vegan brownie recipe, the best brownie recipe, healthy brownies, healthy, delicious brownies, easy brownie recipe

I may or may not have had these for breakfast…

I’m not saying you should be eating brownies for breakfast, but you could probably get away with it with these ones. That’s because they contain the combination of protein, fiber, and healthy fats with the addition of black beans and avocado. Not only do these ingredients create a great texture, they’re providing you with a host of nutrients.

I’ve found that the key to making good, fudgy, chocolaty brownies is in the baking time. There’s a fine line between baking them for too long and too short of a time; that’s why I’ve left a varied baking time as all ovens differ. I find they’re always best baked a little underdone. You want to check the brownies at 10 minutes, then every few minutes until they’re ready. You’ll know when you can smell them, the edges begin to turn brown, and a toothpick in the center comes out almost clean.

I’ve used the best cocoa powder I can find in the brownies but for the chocolate drizzle, I’ve used raw cacao powder. It takes two minutes to make and finishes the brownies off nicely.

As tempting as it is to enjoy these straight out of the oven, they taste really amazing once they’ve been left to cool and are even better the next day. Pop them in the fridge for an even fudgier treat.

Ingredients:

For the brownies:

1 cup black beans, packed

½ avocado

8 Medjool dates, pitted and soaked in hot water for 10-15 minutes

3 tbsp coconut oil

2 tsp vanilla or 1 vanilla bean

1 cup ground almonds

3 ½ tbsp unprocessed organic cocoa powder

1 tsp baking powder

Pinch of sea salt

Optional: Raw cacao nibs

For the chocolate drizzle:

½-1 tsp olive oil

1 tbsp maple syrup

1 tbsp raw cacao powder

Couple of drops vanilla

Directions:

  1. Pre-heat your oven to 350°F and grease an 8 inch baking dish with coconut oil.
  1. Drain and rinse your black beans and add to a food processor. Drain your dates, and add them, blending until they become incorporated with the beans.
  1. Add the rest of the ingredients, blending along the way until everything is combined. Scrape down the side of the bowl if needed to ensure everything is mixed well.
  1. Pour the mixture into your baking dish, smoothing out the top, then pop in the oven for 10-20 minutes.
  1. While the brownies are baking, make the chocolate drizzle by whisking together all the ingredients in a small bowl.
  1. Remove the brownies from the oven allowing them to cool completely before adding the chocolate drizzle and if you like, some raw cacao nibs. Cut into squares and enjoy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Yoga Girl’s London Class

yoga girl, rachel brathen, yogagirl book, yoga girl book tour, yoga girl uk book tour, book tour, uk, london, london yoga class, yoga class, yoga workshop, yoga event, london yoga, yoga evert damn day

Photo taken by: Dennis Schoneveld

I attended Rachel Brathen’s yoga class in London as part of her UK book tour. The class was this past Saturday, but I wrote this posting as soon as I arrived home while everything was still fresh and in my mind:

Words escape me trying to express the immensity of emotions I’ve just come home with after spending the day in London in the build up to Rachel Brathen’s yoga class. Otherwise known as “Yoga Girl”, I have previously mentioned Rachel when speaking about her foundation and the donation class I held.

When you experience something powerful and moving it is generally in the present moment. It is all consuming, intense, and you fully enliven it, ending up feeling like it was all a blur. I can only try to put into words the beautiful class that Rachel had here in London.

A room full of inspired yogi’s, a few whom were even complete beginners having never attended a yoga class before. What a special way to have your very first yoga class and how very brave going into room with so many people!

The energy inside the building was buzzing, it felt electric and when Rachel came to the stage, your attention was immediately drawn to her.

We moved through a magical 90-minute flow class, inhaling, exhaling, and releasing. There is something pretty amazing about 300 people in a room breathing together all at once.

Rachel encourages people to be open and authentic. I agree with her when she said that London is quite a closed up city; people like to keep to themselves, distance themselves from one another. She wanted us to feel rather than be dismissive if we happened to bump arms or legs with our neighbouring friends on the mat. One girl beside me when we began was so hesitant to place her arm on my shoulder and she was quite cold. By the end of the practice, she was looking over, smiling, warm, and open.

When I arrived home, I cried. Stuck emotions, pent up frustration, all sorts of feelings just releasing. All releasing. This is the true beauty of yoga. The yoga that many people fail to look at and tend to miss for they’re trying to focus on all the wrong things: if they can touch their toes, stand on their head, what might make the prettiest Instagram picture.

But the true beauty of yoga is when it’s taken off the mat and it intertwines into our everyday lives. This is when true change and acceptance comes. This is when the magic really happens.

xx

yoga girl, rachel brathen, yogagirl book, yoga girl book tour, yoga girl uk book tour, book tour, uk, london, london yoga class, yoga class, yoga workshop, yoga event, london yoga, yoga evert damn day

Photo taken by: Dennis Schoneveld

 

Yoga Videos

I post a lot of yoga on my Instagram account!

I love to take photos and make videos to use as a visual aide for my own personal practice; it can be really helpful to check your alignment! Sometimes it’s just fun to play around with some vinyasa flow or whatever else comes to me as I get on my mat.

If you don’t have Instagram, you can now find me on YouTube where I’ve recently created a channel. I’d love for you to subscribe so you can see all my future videos.

Happy Weekend! x

Yoga Playlist I

yoga playlist, yoga music, music for yoga, yoga, vinyasa, yoga sequence, spotify, yoga class, yoga practice, meditation, yoga flow, upbeat music, playlist for yogaOne of the great things I really enjoy about yoga is playing around with music. It is a huge part of my personal practice as well as in my classes. I tend to use Spotify to create playlists as I find new songs.

Here’s the first in many playlists to share with you. Hopefully you’ll find some choices that may already be your favorites or some new inspiration you’d like to include in your own practice!

  1. Wake Me- Message To Bears
  2. Coffee- Sylvan Esso
  3. Banana Pancakes- Jack Johnson
  4. Sun Models- Odesza Ft. Madelyn Grant
  5. Farewell To Wendo- Mock & Toof
  6. Bruises- Chairlift
  7. Rihanna- Clean Bandit Ft. Noonie Bao
  8. Bloom- Odesza
  9. Your Soul- Hippie Sabotage
  10. The Last Ones Standing- Tep No
  11. Ruin- Cat Power
  12. Say My Name- Odesza Ft. Zyra
  13. Lebanese Blonde- Thievery Corporation
  14. Mirror Manu- Cashmere Cat
  15. Able To See Me- Hippie Sabotage
  16. The Greatest- Cat Power
  17. Destiny- Zero 7
  18. Harvest Moon- Neil Young

August Workshop

yoga, meditation, yoga workshop, yoga workshop london, london yoga, yoga london, workshops in london for yoga and meditation, meditation workshop, stress relief, bethnal green, east london, east london yoga, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, social media

I’m teaming up with one of my teacher training friends to bring a workshop to you this August.

The workshop will cover both meditation and yoga, making it accessible to all and easy to implement into your life on a daily basis. No previous experience is necessary and beginners are welcome!

In the 3 hours we will include:

Pranayama- Breathing techniques

What is Ashtanga yoga? Discussing the 8 limbs and how they apply to everyday life

Asanas- Ashtanga based, Vinyasa flow sequence with room for modifications, finding proper alignment, demos, and discussion of the bandhas

Incorporating holistic alternatives- acknowledging stress levels & common triggers

Meditation techniques- a focus on the inner self, walking & seated meditation

Tibetan Bowl practice & a taster of Laughter Yoga

The workshop includes some healthy treats and juices/tea to wrap up the day

Please BYOM (Bring Your Own Mat) I do have some extras so please email me at info@stephmatthews.com in advance if you’d like one set aside. Besides that, just dress comfortably, bring a bottle of water if you like, and an open mind and heart!

The date of this workshop will be August 14th 2:00PM-5:00PM

Location: Eastbourne House Arts, Bullards Place, London E2 0PT (nearest tube is Bethnal Green)

Keep the date in mind, book the time in your diary, and follow us on social media for more updates!

You can book online here £30 before August 7th, £35 thereafter

SOCIAL MEDIA DETAILS:

Gabriella White:

Twitter: @gabriellawhite

Instagram: @theculturecave

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/gabriellasyoga

Website: http://www.ercu-world-yoga.com

Steph Matthews:

Twitter: @_stephmatthews_

Instagram: @_stephmatthews_

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/stephmatthewsyoga

Website: http://www.stephmatthews.com