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Favourite finds for March

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YOGA MATTERS
When I first discovered Yogamatters I was like a kid in a candy shop! Back then, and even now to some degree, yoga product were very hard find. With Yogamatters you will find something for all your yoga needs, on and off the mat, all under one virtual roof. They don’t stop at mats, props and clothes. They stock everything you could possibly think of that goes with being a happy yogi – from meditation accessories, candles, creams, soaps and even teas. They also have a vast collection of yoga books to help you progress along your journey – covering subjects from yoga styles, anatomy and philosophy, to meditation, healthy eating, journals and 108 Asana yoga sequencing cards!

Their knowledge and genuine love of what they do is obvious by the care they take to source suitable products. Each chosen for their quality and unique contribution to their customers yoga experience. As a company they have a strong focus on working with suppliers with strong ethical credentials and sustainability.

Yogamatters make finding your way onto your mat each day easy and pleasurable. Go to their website to browse and shop there extensive 2,500 products. You can also follow them on Instagram to keep keep an eye out for new products and sign up for their newsletter to catch all blog articles, highlighted products and seasonal themes. Complete yogi bliss!

HAPPY PLACE PODCAST
Fearne Cotton is no stranger to us! I only recently stumbled across her podcast and I’m absolutely loving it. Built on the success of her bestseller book ‘Happy’ Fearne interviews a wide variety of guests to delve into what happiness means to them and what we can learn from others to ‘help you unlock your inner happiness’.

Through her guests we also find comfort in shared experiences – good and bad. She is an absolute pleasure to listen to with her guests and always put a spring in my step while I’m out on my Podcast binge morning walks.

The Happy Place Podcast is available on iTunes, Podbean and Acast.

PUKKA HERBS
Pukka has been one of my kitchen staples for many years. Inspired by the ancient Indian wisdom of Ayurveda they help us to simply incorporate these principles into our everyday lives – all this while we happily sip on a delicious cup of Pukka tea! Their mission is to ‘harness the incredible power of nature’ by sharing their passion for the wonders of the health and wellbeing properties of herbs. Each herb has its own unique story and this is as important to them as the end products. They source from the very best growers who have a deep understanding of the journey of the herbs, from seed, to soil, to plant. Sustainability is top of their agenda and through their ‘crop to cup’ data they strive to continue to reduce their carbon footprint.

Over the years I’ve probably tried every Pukka tea and a wide range of their herbal supplement and have loved them all. My favourite teas are Cleanse for an extra glow; Relax in the face of after school mayhem; and Revitalise to replenish my stores after a class. Recently I’m enjoying popping one of their teabags into our morning porridge, as it putter away on the hob, while I settle on my mat for my early morning practice.

I’ve used their Wholistic Turmeric to boost my immune system; the Aloe Vera Juice for gut health; the Elderberry Syrup at the first sign of a spluttery kiddie cough; the Triphala to support me while doing a cleanse; and their Wholistic Ashwagandha when I’m feeling a bit frazzled by life. I’ve also become completely addicted, in a good way, to their new latte range. My favourite being the Ginger Joy. As a non caffeine drinker it’s my morning treat with steaming frothy oat milk.

Lucky for us Pukka Herbs are widely available, you’ll find them in The Hopsack, The Health Store, Nourish, all good health shops and most supermarkets too. You can also shop their full range of teas, supplements and lattes, direct from from their website. Like every good wellness brand they have a wealth of knowledge that they impart to us through their blog articles, well worth a browse.

Ruth Delahunty Yogaru

Favourite finds for January

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ARRAN STREET
As a designer I am naturally drawn to aesthetically pleasing objects in all facets of my life. I have an appreciation of the time that goes into creating a beautiful object, and when it is functional too I get very excited! Arran Street handmade homeware is both. They refer to themselves as ‘architects in clay’ which is a genius explanation of their style of crafting.

Their designs are an admirable balance between simplicity and rustic with a nod to Irish heritage. They are hand-thrown which makes each piece unique in it’s own little way, and yet still has uniformity that clean lines and simple structure require. Each piece is stamped with a signature ‘A’, inspired by the old-Irish A on the Arran Street East street sign. The palette of earthy colours is inspired by the ,location of the studio, tucked away beside Dublin’s Victorian Fruit and Vegetable Market. Soft hues of fruit and vegetables like pink grapefruit, lemon, pomegranate, cabbage, potato, and parsnip. The care and craftsmanship of each piece is obvious to the touch. They are an incredibly tactile objects with a lovely hearty weight. You can feel the story in every textural line.

You can visit their studio and shop on Little Green Street, grab a coffee in their little coffee shop, and see where the magic happens. They also run workshops to share their knowledge and teach you the craft of throwing.

When at home I drink from only one cup and eat from one plate, or one bowl. It adds to the mindful experience of being present while eating – savouring the taste and enjoying the company at mealtimes. Even if I’m the only one who has my own special handmade delph! Arran Street is available from a growing retail list of stockist and online stockists. They also have an online shop where you can buy direct from the studio.

HEADSPACE
Headspace is probably the best known meditation App with the largest library of guided meditations to support you through every eventuality in life. There are thousands of studies that have shown mindfulness meditation can positively impact mental and physical health. Headspace is committed to researching the science behind this ancient practice to understand its far reaching benefits.

I had been meditating for a while before I started using Headspace, but felt I needed a bit of extra guidance and wanted to learn a bit more about different meditation techniques, like noting and visualisation. It is fast becoming the most daily used App on my iPhone. I meditate every morning with Headspace, picking either an individual guided meditation or a themed course. Along with the daily meditations I use it to support specific need like ‘Presentations’ before a meeting or ‘Transforming Anger’ if I’ve blow a fuse with the kiddies and need some ‘headspace’. I’ve even used the ‘Losing your Temper’ meditation on the kids – getting them to sit quietly, listen to the meditation and take a minute after for contemplation. It’s a fantastic parenting tool!

Meditation may not change life events but it does help change your reaction to life events. It helps you stay present and not get caught up in the ‘what ifs’ wheel. The benefits of the practice are far greater than the value of the small amount of time required for your daily practice.

Headspace are currently running a 40% off for a whole year of meditation. Simply go to their website and subscribe. I started with this deal last January and loved it so much I’ve just resubscribed for another year. You can also sign up for a free trial which gives you a few sample meditations.

MOONS YOGA LOFT
Dublin yogis you’re in for a treat! This new boutique studio is a little gem. Created by award winning yoga teacher and public speaker Sinead Mooney (aka Moons). The care and attention to every little experiential detail that has gone into this beautiful little space is both obvious and subtle too. The heating system is a negative ion system which both warms you up from the inside and counteracts the overload of positive charge we pick up from overuse of everyday electrical devices. This beautiful intimate, bright and warm studio is full of love, kindness and happy vibes. Moons radiates the love of the practice and her passion to create a space where her students can experience and own this powerful practice for their unique lives. ‘To not only survive... but to thrive.’

There is a full schedule of classes to choose from, including Slow Flow, Yin, Yoga Fundamentals, Prenatal and weekend workshops. You’ll find me there every Thursday morning for my 9:15am class. Booking in advance is recommended.

To find out more about Moons Yoga Loft and to book classes check out the website. Classes can be booked direct online from MINDBODY or on your mobile by downloading the Mindbody App from the App store.

Ruth Delahunty Yogaru

Favourite finds for November

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SUSTAINABLE CHRISTMAS
This months favourite finds is very topical, covers many of my growing interests in environmental issues, and has the added seasonal bonus of giving plenty of Christmas stocking ideas too. I recently encountered a gem of a little shop called The Sustainable Store in the heart of Blackrock Market, Dublin. Its mission is to ‘bring plastic free and chemical free products to the local folk’, and with the immanent launch of their website, to the national folks too. It’s a little space that packs a punch for a sustainable future. One of those ‘I’ll have one of everything please’ shops! Each product is carefully researched and has to pass a rigorous test for environmental and ethical manufacturing before it qualifies to become a member of the family. They have done all the research for you to make it that bit easier for you to make a difference this Christmas.

JERRY BOTTLE
Eliminating the plastic water bottle is the perfect place to start for anyone who is trying to reduce their single use plastics, and the Jerry Bottle is a classic. Cutting out plastic water bottles from you life and refilling your Jerry Bottle can be one of your New Year’s resolutions! 100% of Jerry Bottle profits go to supplying clean water projects in Tanzania and India with the Waterfall Charity and other organizations striving to provide clean water to those without. Jerry Bottle is passionate about the importance of water. Without it there is no life on Earth.

A SLICE OF GREEN
As we become more health conscious we’re more inclined to bring wholesome home prepared lunches into school and work, unaware that we are undoing some of our good intentions by storing the food in plastic lunch boxes. Plastic is not only bad for the environment, storing food in plastic boxes leeks toxins into the food, particularly hot food. Stainless steel is clean, safe, durable and made to last. These A Slice of Green stainless steel lunch boxes come in lots of different shapes and sizes. Many of the lunch boxes are leak resistant which is definitely a perk when it comes to school lunch boxes.

BAMBU
One of my favourite items is the Bambu spork - for the combination of it’s handy inventiveness and the word ‘spork’! A complete must have and a fantastic stocking filler for anyone who eats food. Incase it’s not obvious it’s a spoon and a fork rolled into one compact little item. Made of bamboo it comes in a cork sleeve making it pocket ready for your weekend market brunching and munching, so you can proudly announce to the vendor that you won’t be needing plastic single use cutlery. Bamboo is the fastest growing species of grass, it can grow a meter a day and doesn’t need to be replanted after harvesting because of its sturdy root system, it requires no fertilizers or pesticides and it guzzles up carbon dioxide. So many reasons to start a spork revolution!

GEORGANICS
Plastic toothbrushes are in the limelight at the moment for their incredible ability to end up on our beaches and in our seas! Each toothbrush takes up to a thousand years to decompose and 3.6 billion plastic toothbrushes are used worldwide every year. Georganics eco-friendly toothbrush is made from 100% biodegradable bamboo with soft and effective charcoal infused bristles. Georganics toothpastes are completely natural and fluoride free formula, made with vegan and organic ingredients. Their packaging is designed to be plastic free, biodegradable and recyclable. They also have a range of oil pulling mouthwashes – following the ancient ayurvedic practice of oil pulling. It is said to reduce harmful bacteria in the mouth and offers a natural alternative to conventional mouthwash. These oils combine coconut oil, which is known for its antimicrobial properties, and other essential oils, to boost its properties and add a fresh after taste.

We generate a huge amount of waste over the Christmas period with our binmen adding extra lifts to keep up with all the extra packaging. This Christmas add a theme of sustainability to your gift giving to counteract the extra load. New good habits are easier to make at the start of a new year. Your new habits can make a big difference for the future.

All of these products, and many more, can be found in The Sustainable Store, Blackrock Market, Dublin. The best way to keep in touch with them is to follow them on Instagram to keep upto date on new products and the launch of their website in December.

Ruth Delahunty Yogaru

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
yogamatters.com
gaiam.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 Sequencing - Mark Stephens
Yoga Therapy - 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
The Inner Traditions of Yoga - Michael Stone

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 Happy Pear - David & Stephen Flynn
The World of the Happy Pear - David & Stephen Flynn
Recipes for `Happiness - David & Stephen Flynn
Deliciously Ella - Ella Woodward
Deliciously Ella Every Day - Ella Woodward
The Plant Based Cookbook - Deliciously Ella
The Plantpower Way - Rich Roll & Julie Piatt
The Plantpower Way Italia - Rich Roll & Julie Piatt
A Modern Way to Cook - Anna Jones
A Modern Way to Eat - Anna Jones
BOSH - Henry Firth & Ian Theasby
Vegan-ish - Holly White

 

PODCASTS

The Rich Roll Podcast
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
The Food Medic Podcast
The Irish Balance
The Yoga Life Podcast by Kevin Boyle
Deliciously Ella The Podcast
Happy Place with Fearne Cotton

 

YOGA STUDIOS

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