Favourite finds for June

THE PLANTPOWER WAY ITALIA
I love everything these two creative beings produce – from podcasts to cookbooks and life journey memoires. I first heard of Rich Roll through The Happy Pear. Rich Roll is an Ultra Marathon runner and his wife Julie Piatt is a spiritual leader and entrepreneur. They are testament to the benefits of leading a whole food, plant based diet. I was already eating mainly plant based when I first encountered them, but I didn’t yet have enough information to feel it was the right choice for the rest of my family. Their first cookbook ‘The Plantpower Way’ gives lots of delicious and surprisingly simple plant based recipes, along with incredibly significant and decisive information about the health benefits of going plant based for any age, the impact agriculture has on the environment, and how easy it is for each and every one of us to make a difference.

Their new book is inspired by their yearly retreats they run in Italy and Julie’s love of Italian food. Browsing through this beautiful book will tickle your taste buds and finally give you the answers to how to make vegan versions of your favourite Italian foods, melty cheese and all!

The Rich Roll Podcast is available on iTunes and The Plantpower Way Italia is available online on Amazon.

VIVOBAREFOOT
I practice the two extreme disciplines for my feet – yoga and running. They relish in times when I roll out my mat, lift and spread my toes, and pay them lots of attention to them in my yoga practice. Then they get a bit of a shock when I wedge them into over cushioned, latest technology runner, and pound the pavement on my morning runs. Leaving them feeling confused, and on more than one occasion, laid up with an injury. Vivobarefoots principle is to reconnect people with their feet and nature. Taking inspiration from indigenous tribes they invented a shoe that gives minimum interference between the soles of the feet and the sensorial experience of the surface we tread on. Our feet were designed to be muscular and supple, and feed proprioceptive signals to the brain to allow the body to move accordingly. Shoes are often over cushioned and narrow fitting which weakens the muscles of our feet and displaces the natural bone structure.

When you first experience wearing your Vivos, you immediately notice you walk with such awareness of ‘walking’ – your stride will change, and your movements will become more fluid as you adjust to finding the support of the reawakened muscles. Walking become a lesson in being in your body and in the present moment. I highly recommend giving this new way of moving a go.

The shoes are available to buy online at Vivobarefoot.

YOGANDHA
I absolutely love these wellness oils. They are created by yoga teacher Sinead Duffy out of such genuine care, extensive research, and deep belief in the many benefits of essential oils. The oils are 100% natural, vegan and handmade in Ireland. I couldn’t decide which of the body oils I loved most so I bought all three, and use them everyday depending on what mood takes me. I use Muscle Soothe after my yoga practice or a morning run to restore tired muscles; Relax after a long soak in an Epsom bath to bring a bit of calm to my day; and Detox in the mornings to wake me up and get the circulation going.

I also incorporate the three rollerballs into the start or the end of my yoga classes to bring Grounding, Balance or Salute (energy) – depending on the theme of my class. Essential oils have been used for thousands of years in yoga and meditation practices to calm the nervous system, bring you into the present moment, and deepen the mind, body and spirit connection,.

The oils are available in The Hopsack, Avoca, Nourish and online at Yogandha.

Ruth Delahunty Yogaru

Favourite finds for May

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RECIPES FOR HAPPINESS
These guys have rapidly become an irish institution and are ambassadors for living a healthy and happy life. While they are vegan, they are very careful to advocate an all inclusive message of ‘eat more veg’. This is their third cookbook and I have anticipated it’s arrival since they announced its launch this May. It does not disappoint! It is jam packed with easy, user-friendly and incredibly tasty dishes. There is lots of the classic recipes from their YouTube channel, like Sheparless Pie and Three Bean Coconut Curry, which are staples in our house. They’ve also been very brave and tackled making vegan hot dogs and chicken nuggets in their ‘I cant believe its not’ section. My favourite section is ‘Fermentastic!’ which gives an intro to the art of fermentation, and simple reasons why fermentation is the king of all food for gut health. The only bread we eat in our house is fermented sourdough. Once you get into the rhythm of it, it becomes part of your routine and a family pet.

I have to admit when I first encountered the lads I found their energy levels a bit scary. But there is no room for the Irishness of softly, softly, heads down when it comes to changing lives and making a difference in the often confusing world of healthy living. They are a testament to staying genuine to who you are and keeping a sharp focus on your mission.

The book is widely available in any good bookshop, online at Amazon and online or click and collect from Eason.

YOGALAND PODCAST
I can’t quite call this a May Favourite Find because I have been listening, and relishing, every single of the 103 podcast from Yogaland since they started! Andrea Ferretti is a yoga writer based in San Francisco, who has over ten years experience with writing and interviewing inspirational yogis for Yoga Journal. With all this knowledge she launch Yogaland, and brings thought provoking weekly interviews with many of the big names in the world of yoga. There is a wide range of yoga related topics, for practitioners and teachers alike. It’s an absolute must, there is no other yoga podcast that comes close to it!

Some of my favourite episodes are her interviews with Jason Crandell, her other half. They go deep into the practice, and particularly as a teacher, I’ve learnt so much from these episodes – these are ones to relisten to a few times with a notebook and pen. Jason has a mind blowingly extensive knowledge of yoga, with a passion for anatomy and alignment as a gateway to a deeper understanding of yoga on and off the mat. I look forward to finally training with him this September in Flow Studio, Belfast.

The podcast is available on iTunes.

CHINA GEL
I first encountered China Gel in a yoga workshop where the teacher rubbed it onto the back of our necks after a long practice and I was hooked! The tingling sensation is both cooling and warming and your muscles simply melt. It is a natural herbal remedy that helps relax your muscles and encourage fresh blood flow – which aids faster recover if you have an injury, or releases any held tension from daily stresses or movement and exercise. It contains seven natural herbs – menthol, camphor, lavender, angelica, ginseng, aloe vera and witch hazel – giving it a invigorating scent and an easily absorbent texture. I use it everyday, after my practice or a run, on any areas that feel tired or have had a deep stretch. I use it with Yogandha oils particularly on my legs to make sure they are restored and ready to run, walk and practice the next day.

China Gel is currently not available in health shops in Dublin. I loved it so much I applied to be a stockist so I could keep using it myself! It’s available in my Yoga Shop in 4oz or 6oz.

Ruth Delahunty Yogaru

Favourite finds for April

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WANDERING INTO WELLNESS – PODCAST
I’m a big fan of The Hopsack in Rathmines, Dublin. Not only is it our biggest health store, but they have an endless wealth of knowledge and huge experience in the field of all things wellness. There’s isn’t a question they can’t answer. Whenever I pop in I usually have an embarrassing long list of questions, from recommendations, to product usage, and they never fail to have an answer. They are incredibly proactive and are a dab hand at spotting a confused customer. They’re also completely on the ball with staying up to date with the ever changing trends in wellness and nutrition.

Hopsack homage aside I was very excited to spot owner Finn Murray and fellow yoga teacher Lydia Sasse, have recently started a new podcast which brings me to my first Favourite Finds for April. I listen to podcasts everyday on my early morning walks. There is some amazing podcasts that I follow but none of them Irish. When it comes to health some of it translates internationally, but when you’re looking to source locally, and get recommendations, this podcast is a very welcome addition. That said, it has plenty to offer no matter where you are living. They have a wealth of knowledge between them and an amazing ability to share so much wisdom in a conversational fashion. They record the podcasts out in different locations in nature to inspire their conversations – birdies singing in the background included. I look forward to listening to lots more captivating topics from this pair and highly recommend you subscribe to their podcast.

The podcast is available on iTunes and YouTube

MOVE TRAIN NOURISH
This is a book I’ve anticipated since the first time I encountered Dominic many, many years ago. He is one of those rare genuinely kind people who wants to help you find a happy and healthy life within your abilities. He is unbelievably well read, and more importantly, knows how to translate this knowledge into his innovative method. Grainne is an inspirational role model. Her ‘fundamentals of wellness’ completely reflect how I strive to live too. Her wisdom on wellness is boundless. She offers many expert tips that I look forward to reading over several times and incorporating into my routine. Her recipes are easy to follow, have simple ingredients and have a ‘eat real food’ philosophy.

Dominic and Grainne start by introducing their three pillars in exercise – mobility, strength and conditioning. I love their refreshing views on the importance of mobility, which is often forgotten in training. Similarly in yoga ‘strength’ is the forgotten element. For any activity to be beneficial for longevity there has to be equal strength and stretch. They believe in a balanced approach to fitness – working hard on the days where you’re full of beans, and doing less on days where you’re tired. In my twenties I trained too hard and rewired my brain to ignore pain triggers, which inevitably left my nursing many injuries. Listening to your body, and being kind to yourself, is something that has taken a long time for me to rebuild and is the cornerstone of their method of training.

I wish them all the best with their well awaited book, 20 years in the making. I recommend you pop out and secure yourself a copy soon. It’s climbing up the top 10 books chart and is selling out fast!

BOSH
These two London based lads, Ian and Henry, are geniuses! They champion the ‘eat more plants’ movement with completely fresh eyes. Not only do they make it look simple, having tried a few of their Instagram recipes, it actually is simple! The recipes are easy to follow and their grasp of flipping plant based eating on its head is spectacular. The first recipe I tried was their very clever ‘Giant Hummus Mezze Traybake’ – where you sandwich tons of fabulous baked veg between wraps and bake it again. It was another level of tasty! I first encountered BOSH on Instagram. They’ve pioneered a new method of simplifying video recipeing, that leaves you drooling over your phone, and is fast becoming a very popular recipe method on Instagram. Wholefood plant based eating is in the middle of an exciting revolution and these guys, and our very own Happy Pear fellas, are leading the way. I can’t wait to get my hands on their cookbook and neither can my kiddies!

They have a huge following on Instagram and YouTube and have their first cookbook coming out on 19th April.

Ruth Delahunty Yogaru

Bloggers community with Vicky Shilling

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CREATIVE OUTLETS
Setting up Yogaru has opened up lots of new avenues for me. It has given me the incentive to ask questions, continue learning and keep sharing. We all have so much to learn from each other and blogging is the perfect platform to make a difference and build a community. You’ve heard of the saying ‘we all have a book in us’, a modern interpretation of that would have to be ‘we all have a blog in us’! What is your essence that you can share? Health Blogger Community have kindly asked me to share a little bit about Yogaru at their next HBCxMeet. Vicky Shilling, writer and recipe developer behind healthy eating blog The Flourishing Pantry, tells us all about who Health Bloggers Community are and how they can help you get started.

Tell us a bit about yourself, what’s your background, what do you do now and how did you get involved with Health Bloggers Community?
For the last 10 years I worked in the classical music industry, organising international tours for orchestras. But in the last 12 months I moved from London to Dublin and am now working for myself doing a mix of event planning, content creation and consulting.

I got involved with the Health Bloggers Community after discovering them online, attending their events in London and being lucky enough to be nominated for, and go on to win, Best Free From Blogger 2017 at the HBC/That Protein Awards. When I moved to Dublin I really missed the get-togethers, and suggested to HBC founder Fab Giovanetti that I have a go at running HBC events in Dublin.

My first event was in November 2017 and I haven’t looked back! It’s been a fantastic way to grow a community and bring together bloggers and brands in Ireland and give something back. I now also act as editor for the HBC Magazine, an online resource stacked with tips and tricks for influencers as well as articles on trends, recipe collections and features from our lovely community.

What is Health Bloggers community and how can it benefit someone who wants to set up a health blog or who has an established blog?
The Health Bloggers Community is a platform for bloggers to share, learn and collaborate with other bloggers & brands. We are a hub for influencers in the food, health and fitness industries and we have an Academy, an online magazine and organise worldwide meet ups, official events and brand partnerships.

For anyone wanting to set up a new health blog the HBC is a great place to start. The Academy offers a free 14 day kick-starter to get you up and running with ideas and tools, and you can join our free Facebook group to share your content and get advice from our community of over 500 members.

For budding or established bloggers HBC events are the perfect way to meet other bloggers and discover new brands who you could collaborate with. In Dublin I’m running a range of events from our classic HBCxMeet format bringing together 40-50 bloggers with 7-8 brands, HBC Photography Workshops and HBCxTalk. If you are a blogger and have an idea for an event you’d like to see please let me know.

What different areas of support do Health Bloggers Community offer?
The HBC tries to cover all areas that bloggers might need support. Using a combination of the Facebook group, the Academy and the HBC Magazine we share articles, answer questions and run online tutorials. We cover topics like using Pinterest to grow your blog traffic, identifying health and wellness trends, giving you content ideas, key dates for your diary, run workshops on photography skills, blog planning or negotiation, figure out the Instagram shadow ban or teach you how to move your blog from hobby to income generator.

We’ve helped bloggers with anything from finding the perfect photographer for new headshots to how to handle a fine for using copyrighted photos. We have a big network and can usually answer your questions, point you to resources or put you in touch with someone that can help.

How does the brand collaboration work?
The HBC isn’t an agency so we’re not in the business of hooking up bloggers and brands. We’re more about tooling up both sides of that equation to work best together and get the most from one another. We do occasionally work with brands to help them with a particular campaign or PR event, where we can lend our experience and bring our community in.

Where do we find out more about Health Bloggers Community and keep upto date with their upcoming events?
Everything you need is on our website. We’re on @hbloggerscom across all social channels where we share our content and events.

To find out when you can next hang out with us in person the best bookmark to have is our events page which is constantly updated with forthcoming events.

I would also recommend that bloggers join our Facebook group to get the best from the community and also follow our Facebook page where you’ll see the latest HBC Magazine articles and events come up.

Any top tips and resources you’d like to add to the Yogaru favourite list?
Recipe websites: I absolutely adore Niki Websters Rebel Recipes – she’s just redesigned her website so it’s even more beautiful and easy to navigate to look through her lovely recipes.
Cook books: One Part Plant by Jessica Murnane – I see that you’ve got Jessica’s podcast on your list already which I am obsessed with!
Mindfulness book: The Four Agreements, A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom by Don Miguel Ruiz – I recently read this and absolutely love the simplicity of the messages it gives for a way to approach life.

If you’re interested in sharing your wisdom and starting a health blog, or have an established blog, join us for the next HBCxMeet on Saturday 31st March, The Dean Hotel, Harcourt Street, 1:00pm - 4:00pm.


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VICKY SHILLING
Vicky is the writer behind The Flourishing Pantry, a blog and recipe collection for people in search of a healthier way to nourish themselves. In an online world that has become increasingly shouty about what to eat, Vicky searches for the answers to great gut health, whilst developing healthy and nutritious meals inspired by her discoveries online. She’s not an expert - she's just like you, trying to make sense of it all and eat well for life. The Flourishing Pantry, was awarded Best Free From & Illness Recovery blog in the Health Blogger Awards 2017.

My list of favourites

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AT YOUR FINGERTIPS
Welcome to the latest addition to Yogaru. In this new Favourites section I’ll be writing reviews and sharing all my health and wellness finds with you. Sometimes you encounter a new book, or a website, that is so inspirational you want to share it with as many people as possible. The more we share, the wider the message of wellness will grow, which is what Yogaru is all about.

To get the ball rolling, below is a list of my favourite websites, books, podcasts and yoga studios. The list will be constantly evolving so make sure you check back to see what’s new. This is all about sharing information and resources so if you have anything to add to the list, or have a product or business that would fit perfectly I’d love to hear from you.

 

WEBSITES

Yoga
gaia.com
yogajournal.com
yogainternational.com
yogauonline.com
yogaalliance.org
elenabrower.com
yogamedicine.com
jasonyoga.com

Yoga anatomy
yogaanatomy.org

Yoga philosophy
sevenwindsyoga.com
eckharttolle.com

Yoga online shop
gaiam.com
yogamatters.com
lululemon.com
sweatybetty.com
yogandha.com
yogarebel.com
essentialoilsandyoga.com

Wellness
headspace.com
annapurnaliving.com
wellfest.ie
mindbodygreen.com
nutritionfacts.org
nutritionstudies.org
srimati.com
richroll.com

Recipes
thefirstmess.com
thelittlegreenspoon.com
deliciouslyella.com
mynewroots.org
minimalistbaker.com
thetinyvegankitchen.com
greenkitchenstories.com
ohsheglows.com
thehappypear.ie
theflourishing pantry.com

 

BOOKS

Yoga
Yoga Mind, Body & Spirit - Donna Farhi
Bringing Yoga to Life - Donna Farhi
The Breathing Book - Donna Farhi
Teaching Yoga - Mark Stephens
Yoga the Iyengar Way - Silva Mehta & Mira Mehta
Perfectly Imperfect - Baron Baptiste
Light on Yoga - B.K.S Iyengar
The Classic Yoga Bible - Christina Brown
The Modern Yoga Bible - Christina Brown

Yoga anatomy
Functional Anatomy of Yoga - David Keil
The Key Muscles of Yoga - Ray Long, MD
The Key Poses of Yoga - Ray Long, MD
The Concise Anatomy of Yoga - Chris Jarmey
Yoga Anatomy - Leslie Kaminoff & Amy Mathews

Yoga philosophy
Bhagavad Gita
Yoga Sutras of Patanjali - Sri Swami Satchidananda
The Heart of Yoga - T.K.V Desikachar

Mindfulness
Wherever You Go, There You Are - Jon Kabat-Zinn
Mindfulness - Mark Williams & Danny Penman
A Life Worth Breathing - Max Strom
The Art of Living - Thich Nhat Hanh

Wellness
The China Study - T. Colin Campbell
How not to Die - Michael Greger, MD
Gut - Giulia Enders
In Defence of Food - Michael Pollan
The End of Illness - Dr David Agus
Neals Yard Remedies
Neals Yard Healing Foods
Neals Yard Essential Oils
The Four Pillars Plan - Dr Rangan Chatterjee

Cookbooks
The Plantpower Way - Rich Roll & Julie Piatt
The Happy Pear - David & Stephen Flynn
The World of the Happy Pear - David & Stephen Flynn
Deliciously Ella - Ella Woodward
Deliciously Ella Every Day - Ella Woodward
A Modern Way to Cook - Anna Jones
A Modern Way to Eat - Anna Jones

 

PODCASTS

The Rich Roll Podcast
Divine Throughline
Yogaland Podcast
New Normal Project
One Part Podcast
Radio Headspace
Feel Better Live More
Talking Tastebuds
Wandering into Wellness
The Doctors Kitchen Podcast
The Vevolution Podcast

 

YOGA STUDIOS

The Yoga Room
My Yoga Body
Yoga Dublin
Yoga Hub
The Elbow Room
Samadhi
Yoga Therapy Ireland
The Yoga Lounge