I first encountered Rachel and Brian’s ice cream Nobó, which is a clever play on the Irish language (nobó = no cow!), at Marley Park market. I was very taken by their passion and innovation for what they were lovingly creating. As a plantie with plantie ice cream loving kiddies I always kept an eye on where they were popping up and what new products they were launching on Instagram.
I love that their products are so pure with very few ingredients and yet they work! Simplicity is much harder to master, but master it they do. Their award winning ice cream comes in six different flavours. Our family favourites being Vanilla & Coconut and Chocolate & toasted almond. Ice cream can be quite scientific, not enough fat content and it will crystalize, too much fat content and it loses it smooth softness. It took them two years of experimenting before they came up with their basic magic formula. The base of all their flavours is avocado and coconut which gives them a creamy result without dominating the flavour combinations. And as if that wasn’t enough they are also refined sugar free – using honey for a more natural source of sweetness. They also have more recently added a range of five plant based chocolates to their range. Theses disk shaped chocolate bars are reminiscent of what a giant chocolate button would have felt like in your hand as a kiddie – heaven!
Next time you’re treating yourself to some ice cream pick up a nobó and treat yourself to no added nasties too! Nobó is luckily becoming widely available in The Hopsack, The Health Store, Avoca, Centre, Fresh, Nourish and many more! Check out their full stockist list on their website. You can also learn more about their products and order the chocolate direct from their website and follow them on Instagram for updates and new product launches.
Teaching Yoga is one of my favourite yoga books that I keep coming back to. It was the first book I bought after I finished my 200hr teacher training and I not only read it cover to cover but I studied it in depth. It made the transition to teaching those first few nervous classes much easier to navigate as a new teacher.
It gives you a well rounded and very accessible understanding of a wide range of teaching topics such as asana breakdowns, anatomy, yoga history, yoga philosophy, styles of yoga and breathing techniques. It breaks the asana down into families and introduces each section with information about what to look out for and the anatomy of each family. It also gives alignment cues, tips for creating the right environment for your class, and good etiquette to embed into your teaching methods.
It’s a book I would love to see on more teacher training curriculums. If you are about to embark on a teacher training and it is not part of your book list I would recommend you pick it up and get reading. Teaching Yoga is available from Yogamatters, Amazon and all good online bookshops. Mark Stephens has also written other yoga books that I would highly recommend. Two of which are part of my book collection – Yoga Sequencing and Yoga Therapy.
LIFE IN COMMUNE
Life in Commune is the podcast baby of soon to be parents Patrick Beach and Carling Harps. Co-owners of Seattle yoga studio Commune they originally had a podcast called The Breathing Club which concentrated on reviewing yoga books. This new podcast shares their insights into the world of yoga and explores inside takes on the Yoga & Wellness industry, resources for yoga teachers and practitioners, mindfulness and beyond (fantastic Game of Throne episode!).
Patrick Beach is no stranger to Dublin. He headlines the WellYoga tent at Wellfest last year with his fluid vinyasa style called Awakening Yoga. What I love about his creative styleof yoga is how it focusing on building strength as well a fluidity and functional movement. The organic fluidity of the movement in the practice helps you naturally move towards focused introspection. You can practice with Patrick on AloMoves. Patrick and Carling also share a YouTube channel.
Life in Commune is available on iTunes. You can also learn more about Patrick Beach on his website or on Instagram and his Seattle based studio Commune on Instagram. I highly recommend catching a PB class or workshop and for Dublin yogis you’re in for a treat, he’s back with a four day intensive workshop at The Yoga Hub this October!
Ruth Delahunty Yogaru