Posts tagged detox
Vegan Broccoli Soup

broc This warming, substantial soup is a breeze to rustle up - you can have it on the table within half an hour! Delicious with some chunky wholemeal bread slathered in soy margarine...yummy. Powdered stock rather than the real deal is totally acceptable. We recommend Marigold Swiss Vegetable stock powder, which is widely available in decent sized tubs, they also do a reduced salt variety. You will need a blender or hand blender for this recipe. Serves 4. 2 tbsp olive oil | 4 cloves garlic, finely chopped | 4 heads broccoli, chopped into florets | 1 litre stock | salt & freshly ground black pepper | pinch of chili flakes

1. Heat the olive oil in a large, heavy-based saucepan. Add the garlic and fry for 1-2minutes, being careful not to burn. Add a tiny pinch of chili flakes if you're inclined towards a little spice.

2. Add the broccoli and stock. Bring to the boil, cover, reduce heat and simmer for 10-12 mins.

3. Remove from the heat and blend. Return to heat to warm through before dividing between bowls and serving.



New yoga classes at Camyoga

New for 2014 at Camyoga

IMG_5843  A handy breakdown of all our new classes! Over the coming week we'll be profiling our hotly anticipated Forrest Yoga sessions (starting this Thurs) and The Barre (starts next week) right here on the blog. Watch this space...

Central Studio Book here

20:00 - 21:15 Yin Yoga w / Rosalind Southward
20:00 - 21:15    Yoga Basics w / Emma Lindsay
20:00 - 21:15    The Barre w / Amy Holly
12.30 - 13:30    The Barre w / Amy Holly
20:00 - 21:15    Forrest Yoga w / Rosalind Southward
14:30 - 15:45    Yin Yoga w / Jozef Wiewel **new time
16:00 - 17:15    Open Flow w / Amanda Mckenna
10:00 - 11:30    Jivamukti w / Leanne Jones
12:00 - 13:30    Hot 26 w / Louise Banyer
14:00 - 15:00    The Barre w / Amy Holly

Shelford  Book here

18:30 - 19:45 Flow Open w / Amanda McKenna
20:00 - 21:15    Yoga Basics w / Kari Knight ** new time
11:30 - 12:45    Flow Open w / Andrea Price
18:30 - 19:45    Yoga Open w / Margaret Schofield
Book online here
Juicing for Liver Health!

Love Your Liver: Get Juicing!

Fresh_JuiceIt's so easy to overindulge during the festive period, what with the inevitable feasting, drinking and chilling out on the sofa rather than getting outside for some fresh air and exercise. Treats are important - a little of what you fancy really does do you good - but a lot of what you fancy can start to take its toll on sensitive livers.

The liver performs many functions, from storing energy and supporting the immune system, to detoxifying the blood and assisting digestion. When it gets a bit clogged up - a common January ailment - we can experience fatigue, slugishness, irritability and even symptoms of depression.

Raw fruit and vegetables are an amazing tool for cleansing your liver - eat fresh and organic for maximum benefits. Here are our top juicing ingredient tips for liver health this January:

Green Veg: broccoli, spinach, kale

Healthy fats: avocado, coconut, seeds, nuts and extra virgin olive oil

Fruit: Apples, lemons, limes, grapefruit

Alliums: garlic, onion, leek

In addition to juicing, be sure to cut down on caffeine, alcohol and dairy products. Simple!


To help you take care of your liver this January, we're offering BUY ONE GET ONE FREE juices to all of our Gold Members this January!


~ Leafy Greens: Kale, spinach, arugula, Swiss chard, and especially dandelion greens purify the blood and stimulate the liver to produce it’s cleansing enzymes. Dandelion root makes a great liver-cleansing tea. Though not exactly leafy, asparagus and artichoke deserve special mention for their liver-supporting properties.

~ Alliums: Garlic, onion, and leek are powerful liver cleansers. Chop raw garlic finely, squeeze lemon juice over it, and let it sit for at least 30 minutes to prevent potential damage to the digestive tract.

~ Fruit: Apples for their pectin, which binds to heavy metals and draws them out of the body; and lemon, lime, grapefruit, and other citrus fruits for their cleansing properties and vitamin C content.

~ Chlorophyll: Spirulina, chlorella, and the super dark greens.

~ Curcumin: Turmeric, cayenne, and ginger.

~ Brassicas: Broccoli, cabbage, Brussels sprouts, and cauliflower. Especially broccoli sprouts which are particularly high in liver cleansing micronutrients.

~ Healthy Fats: Avocados and cold-pressed extra virgin organic olive (in moderation) help the body produce the liver-supporting HDL (“good”) cholesterol. Walnuts and ground flax seeds are helpful, too.

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The liver is one of the most important and multi-talented organs in the body. It performs more than 5,000 functions, including detoxifying the blood, creating proteins from amino acids, storing energy, supporting the immune system, and assisting digestion. It is the main filtering organ of the body, and all blood flows through it at some point. - See more at:!
What is your Dosha? What does it mean for my Yoga?

Finding Your DoshaIt is all about balance

Ever wondered why you are attracted to a style of Yoga? It might be your dosha! What is a dosha?

Yoga is key for our mind, body, emotional and spiritual wellbeing.  Ayurvedic medicine is  sister to Yoga and from the five elements three dosha's are formed.  They are Vata (air), Pitta (fire) and Kapha (earth and water). They form physical, mental  and emotional characteristics. You are born with a dosha for your mind and for your body.

Your temperment is a good indicator to your dosha, for example if you are lively and enthusiastic by nature and like to change you may be Vata, if you are purposeful and intense and like to convince you may be Pitta and if you are easy going and like to support you may be Kapha. You may be a combination of the dosha's.  If you want to find out more click through this link for the Deepak Chopra Quiz.

Like any super power they are best used for good and not evil! If they become out of balance we can head towards the more negative aspects. To keep them in balance is not always instinctive as we tend towards what can make us more. For example you might be very attracted to dynamic Yoga, perfect.  The watch out is if you find yourself going from dynamic, enthusiastic and kind into aggressive, elbowing your way into class, sighing heavily and snarling at the person who took 'your spot'! time in a restorative class or a more meditative class would help to restore lovely you. If you are cerebral by nature and more sedentary then try Ashtanga and Flow, the dynamic classes will help to energise you. So when you next book into your weekly classes, book into what you love and need!

Get to Know Camyoga Teacher and Teacher Trainer, Louise Lloyd
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Name: louise lloyd Age: 41 Hometown: cambridge Training Background: BWY Foundation Course with Tara Fraser. BSY teaching diploma. Camyoga teaching diploma. (Distinction Ed.) How long have you practiced yoga? 10 years

One Yoga Philosophy that means a great deal to you and why?

Mmmm hard to choose one, I would say that both satya (truth) and ahimsa (non harm) are both something that we could all spend our entire lives learning. If we all worked on just those two the world would be a far better place.

What brought you to yoga? 

Crazy as it sounds, I used to meditate regularly and around 2002 every time I sat to meditate I just kept getting 'teach yoga.' After quite a bit of resistance, and the fact i didn't even practice asana at that time, I eventually gave in and went to my first yoga class and here I am!

What does teaching on the Foundation and Diploma course mean to you?

I love teaching on these days.  Seeing students deepen their own enquiry into yoga is so inspiring whether they are doing the courses for their own interest or to go on to be amazing teachers.


What do you do when you are not doing yoga?

I love spending time with family and friends - usually involving eating nice food and drinking nice wine. I also love being outside, occasionally running (have entered the cambridge half marathon so better be a bit more regular now!) and I have just come back from skiing which I really loved!

What is your favourite yoga pose and why?

Ardha Chandrasana - I love the feeling of being grounded, centered and open and in this pose I feel all of these and truly expanded beyond the physical body.

What is your least favourite yoga pose and why?

I can honestly say I don't have a least favourite pose - there are loads of poses I can't do myself but I get to enjoy them anyway by seeing students practice them with ease.

What is one quality you have taken off the mat and incorporated into your daily life?

Self enquiry - the more I learn about myself the more I can make better choices to become more loving, open and generous. I try to see my own insecurities in life where I may act from a place of fear rather than love - it is a working progress of course! ;-)

An interesting fact about Louise that you may not know is…

Before yoga I rode horses for a living and hold my HGV driving licence as I used to drive a 40ft horse box to competitions - this skill definitely helps parking in the central centre's carpark!

As well as classes and teaching on the Diploma and Foundation Courses Louise also leads workshops and retreats for Camyoga

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