Falling off the detox wagon in the most spectacular fashion

After almost a week of fabulous detox – the most intense I’ve ever done (which is not that intense by many people’s reckoning i.e. no enemas etc but certainly no wheat, dairy, red meat, alcohol, caffeine etc) – I have fallen off the wagon most spectacularly, having shared a bottle of utterly sublime Pinot Grigio with The Band, and eaten almost an entire Colcaccio pizza. I was tempted to feel bad but then saw the breathtaking crescent moon this evening and realised that, in the bigger scheme of things, this is hardly a train smash. And I enjoyed every mouthful! Tomorrow is a new day (although with 3 slices left over and a penchant for cold pizza for breakfast, I think we all know how tomorrow is going to start off…).

Invitation to ‘Balance your Chakras – an extended yoga class’

Balance your Chakras – an extended yoga class


with Leli Hoch and Nicci Annette, Certified Yoga Teachers
… Saturday 12 November 2011 | 9-11h30am | Stanford Valley Guest Farm
R 140pp

Imagine – A peaceful setting, overlooking Fynbos. Joy and stillness. Intense yoga practice, quiet breath-work, relaxation. Unwind and relax. And have fun, tea and muffins afterwards.

Chakra is the Sanskrit word for wheel, and these seven “wheels” were thought of as spinning vortexes of energy, arranged vertically from the base of the spine to the top of the head, where we receive, absorb, and distribute life energies.

Each chakra is associated with particular functions within the body and with specific life issues and the way we handle them, both inside ourselves and in our interactions with the world. Through external situations and internal habits, a chakra can become either deficient or excessive—and therefore imbalanced.

In our extended yoga class, we will focus on balancing all chakras through specific asanas (postures), pranayama (breathing exercises) and relaxation.

We teach a gentle Vinyasa yoga, inspired by a variety of powerful, lovely and humorous teachers.

The yoga we believe in is fun. Above all, it is transformative, fascinating, and, at times, a challenging mixture of focused breath, asanas and meditation, a way of holding space and moving through it. We are on that journey ourselves and probably always will be.

Our classes are suited to beginners and intermediate students, to young and old, male and female, to the frenzied urban mind and to the chilled green soul.

We invite you to invigorate your body, soothe your soul and discover a deeper and more profound notion of your Self.

What yoga seeks is union: a union between the body and mind, a union between friends and enemies, right and wrong, hot and cold and light and dark. Helping two forces, forces that at first appear so different, to form a harmonious connection. This is yoga.

About Stanford Valley Guest Farm: http://www.stanfordvalley.co.za/

After yoga you can have a swim in the huge farm dam with a magnificent 360 view or go for a hike on the farm, so come prepared!

Book with Leli 082 350 0253 | info@lelihoch.co.za or
Nicci 078 563 8152 | yogawithnicci@gmail.com

Green it is!

It’s decided: Green for the studio walls, thanks to a great link from my go-to-gal Cath (http://www.colour-affects.co.uk/psychological-properties-of-colours).
“Green = Harmony, balance, refreshment, universal love, rest, restoration, reassurance, environmental awareness, equilibrium, peace.

Green strikes the eye in such a way as to require no adjustment whatever and is, therefore, restful. Being …in the centre of the spectrum, it is the colour of balance – a more important concept than many people realise. When the world about us contains plenty of green, this indicates the presence of water, and little danger of famine, so we are reassured by green, on a primitive level.”

Now, any volunteers to help me paint?

So, here I am!

And so a new day dawns, and I am hoping that this beautiful rain indicates all sorts of wonderful new beginnings, one being the birth of this shiny new blog. I’m so looking forward to getting active on it, but am having all manner of teething problems – and here I thought I was au fait with Tinterweb! Oh well, it’s no doubt just a matter of time and a steep learning curve, and then I’ll be as familiar with it as I am with getting settled on my yoga mat and starting my practice.  Bring it on!