Yoga Playlist II

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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

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Yoga Girl’s London Class

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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

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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

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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

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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

 

 

Donation Yoga Class for Sgt Pepper’s Friends

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Last year, on December 11th, the United Nations declared June 21st to be International Yoga Day. This year marks the very first day of this annual occurrence from here on out.

This is something to be celebrated as it goes to show and prove that people are taking notice of yoga. This traditional practice is keeping up with modern times and being recognized for the value it brings to so many people’s lives.

There are many planned events around the world in preparation for this special day. It also coincides with the Summer Solstice aka the longest day of the year (and the one with the most sunlight!)

Yoga is whatever yoga is for you. It can be spiritual or physical, it can help to restore your health or perhaps allow you to face other challenges in your life. Sometimes people go seeking yoga and other times yoga finds us. It is a journey of oneself but there are times when it brings people together. Yoga does mean “union” after all.

In saying all of this, I wanted to mark this momentous day with a special event. Although yoga has been building up hype in the trendy circles these days, I still believe it is something that should be accessible to all people.

Sometimes it’s difficult to make it to a class or we can’t afford to get into a studio. Maybe you’re even self-conscious about going to a class because you are afraid of being “bad” at yoga or you think it’s important to be wearing the most fashionable gear to wear to class (Note: wearing Lululemon pants won’t allow you to suddenly touch your toes! 😉 ) Sometimes we find it easier to do things when we are doing something for someone else. We can often find ourselves sacrificing our own time, happiness, and even sanity to help others out instead of ourselves.

However self-love is very important. If we don’t take care of ourselves, how are we meant to take care of others? I’m asking you to come and join me for a day of yoga and in doing so, offering a donation to a foundation in the making. The foundation I have chosen is Sgt Pepper’s Friends. Perhaps you are already familiar with this but if not I will fill you in.

This foundation is very new and still very much in the making. It has been started by a yogi named Rachel Brathen who you may know more familiarly as Yoga Girl. Rachel and her team have been working on this for the last few months, which you may have already seen if you follow social media. Sgt Pepper’s Friends is all about helping lost and stray animals come back to health and find their forever homes. It’s about animal rescue across the world.

Although there are too many charities and foundations around the globe to count, this one was important for me because unlike us humans, animals don’t have a voice. We’re fortunate we are able to communicate our struggles and challenges however it’s up to us to be the voice for our furry friends. I have always adopted rescue animals and I think it’s important for there to be more resources to help them out.

So please join me in doing something for yourself while also supporting a wonderful cause! The best thing about this event is it is a donation-based class therefore, you spend what you can afford. And if you’d like to give more to help this foundation, even better!

Also, if there is any other way you think you may be able to help out or support the cause then please don’t hesitate to get in touch. You can contact me here: with any questions or comments. I would love to hear from you!

So go and spread the word! The venue you will be announced shortly and the rest of the details to follow. Be sure to check back on here and across social media for more updates. Book June 21st in your diary and let your friends and family know as well so they can come along and support the union of humans and animals together 🙂

Please click here to donate and support Sgt Pepper’s Friends