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THE EARTH EDITION: TOP TIPS FOR LIVING AND EATING GREEN

MISS EARTH SOUTH AFRICA

MIREESHA NARSAI

she’s fire! TOP WAYS TO REDUCE YOUR WASTE

ECO SKINCARE NATURAL, NON-TOXIC, AND LOCAL

LETS GO VEGAN YJ READERS GET 10% OFF JODY C ONLINE PROGRAMS!

NEW! HOT-26 YOGA POSTURE OF THE MONTH

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AUGUST 2017, ISSUE 6


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MEET THE TEAM CHIEF EDITOR NICOLE JOWETT Nicole Jowett is a Yoga lover, mom to fur children, roller skater, and the Chief Editor and Founder of Yoga Journal. IG: @NikkiJowett

CONTRUBUTORS ZISSY LEWIN

Zissy is the co-founder of Nutreats. She is a writer, fitness enthusiast and recipe developer with a love for fashion. IG: @nutreats | FB: @Nutreats.co.za

HAYLEY ALEXANDER Pre and Post Natal exercise specialist, Yoga and Pilates teacher, and life coach. She also worked as a journalist at Living and Loving magazine, and as a features writer at Complete Yoga magazine.

LARISSA GOVENDER Larissa embraces the holistic concept of yoga-teaching. Always drawn towards the arts and movement, she danced classical ballet for 10 years.  She's also a keen enthusiast of travel, food and fishing. IG: @yogawithlari

ELIZA ROZA Eliza Roza is a Hot-26 Yoga teacher with a Psychology degree, a trained Demartini Facilitator, and has maintained her own yoga practice for over 10 years. Her approach is holistic, dynamic, and layered. IG: yogaplus.co.za | FB: YogaPlusZA | Twitter: yogaplus_za

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EDITOR’S NOTE Plant-based Beauties Three years ago I decided to embark on a meat-free journey, and I never looked back. Which is why Im so happy to feature inspirational plant-based beauties in this months issue. Our cover girl and Miss Earth South Africa 2017, Mireesha Narsai and Pro Vegan Athlete and sports professional Jody Calitz are both proudly plant-based and through their respective social channels make plant-based eating more accessible to everyone! I know both Mireesha and Jody through working on the Meat Free Monday South Africa Campaign, and Im so happy to be able to share more about them in the EARTH issue of Yoga Journal.

INSTAGRAM: @JODYC_MYVEGANLIFE WWW.JODYCALITZ.COM

When I started planning the Earth Issue, it was a total no-brainer that Mireesha should be our cover girl and feature interview. Mireesha shares so many great tips on eating plant-based while traveling, and living a greener lifestyle in her feature interview on page 8. Jody Calitz, who I discovered on social media while working on MFMSA, is one of a growing number of Vegan Pro Fitness Athletes proving that being vegan doesn’t mean that you have to be weak or limited in what you can eat. As a sports professional for more than 20 years, she has expertly designed plant-based eating programs that are available on her website www.jodycalitz.com.

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Natural & Non-toxic Local Skincare BY LARISSA GOVENDER The epidermis is the body’s largest organ. On a daily basis, our skin is exposed to air pollution, sun damage and environmental toxins. In winter, as we turn on the heat indoors, the skin starts to dry out. The colder season brings with it dryness to the skin, especially the face, hands and feet. The skin absorbs 60% of what we put on it and there is no shortage of products on the market today that promise to clean, hydrate and repair the damage. Most of these products however, are composed of synthetic ingredients that might do more harm than good. Local skin care brand SKOON. offers an exciting, bold and blissfully natural range of skincare products that is absolutely free of any toxins. SKOON. provides you with the health-giving properties your skin deserves by combining the best of nature with science. You are offered an uncomplicated collection of exquisitely fragranced, natural products that allow you to blend your own mixes, based on your skin’s daily needs. In the past, you may have sacrificed skin care and anti-aging objectives for “green-washing*” products. Now there is no need to. SKOON products are formulated with natural, organic, naturally derived and natural identical ingredients, sourced with huge effort from all over the world. All of their products are NOT TESTED ON ANIMALS, but on individuals who are ecoconscious, modern and concerned about the environment. As an eco-conscious individual and someone with dry, eczema-prone skin, I gave the SKOON. Dry/ Dehydrated Minipot kit, The Basic 4 Dry Skin, a try. *Green washing is when a company promotes green-based environmental images but actually operates in a way that is damaging to the environment. 6 of 32

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BEAUTIFUEL (Double thick cream)

GEL-TO-MILK (Cleanser and make-up remover)

This rich, double thick cream is made with Organic Rooibos, Honeybush and Marula oil. Lavish your skin with a dollop of double thick, creamy BEAUTIFUEL twice daily or as needed. The smells from this cream were heavenly and my skin was made to feel like velvet. Enrich your cream with 1-2 drops of SKOON concentrates or lighten the intensity with a water based serum.

This cleanser is made with 98% natural and 2% naturally derived ingredients. This fragrance free, creamy cleanser formulated with gel-to-milk technology gently cleanses and conditions while swiftly removing all traces of face and eye make-up, including mascara. Morning and evening, lightly splash your face with lukewarm water and massage a small amount of cleanser into damp skin, taking care around the delicate eye area. Wipe away excess cleanser using a cloth soaked in lukewarm water. My skin was left feeling clean, moisturized and supple as apposed to tight and dry (which it often does feel like). When water is added the creamy gel changes into an oil-rich – but very light – cleansing milk that simultaneously cleanses and conditions your skin.

ROSEHIP C+ (Concentrate)

RUBY MARINE (Overnight hydrating mask) Wake up your skin while you sleep with RUBY MARINE, an overnight moisture boost with Wildflower Honey and Marula Oil. Smooth a generous layer of this overnight hydrating mask on clean or moisturized skin, taking care around the delicate eye area. Leave on overnight. This hydrating mask soothes and hydrates, plumps and softens your skin while you sleep. This product is definitely one I enjoyed including in my winter skincare routine.

Use concentrated drops of Organic Rosehip for rich replenishment of oildry skin. Clinical trials have found Rosehip Oil to be extremely beneficial in tissue regeneration for conditions such as burns, facial wrinkles and the treatment of scars. This potent skin booster also contains bio-available Vitamin C which has anti-aging properties. With SKOON. anything goes. Mix your favorite serum and concentrates together, or simply apply directly on your skin. You can add 1-2 drops of ROSEHIP C+ to your cream (I opted for this). Alternatively, use directly on sun damaged skin or to plump fine, crinkly lines. You can even customize your own blend by adding a drop or two to your favourite moisturizer.

SKOON strives to be as eco-friendly as possible. They are a proud member of Beauty Without Cruelty. Products suitable for vegans are marked with their Vegan friendly logo and their plastic containers are free from BPA. SKOON. does all of its own research and development, and produces all of its products from start to finish in one location. Their own factory in Cape Town ensures high quality every step of the way. With SKOON you get powerfully effective, natural takes on cutting-edge trends in skincare. The next time your old product runs out, use this as an opportunity to substitute with a clean alternative. Remember the importance of giving the ingredients listed in your product a second look and don’t be fooled by “green-washing” claims. In conjunction with a great skincare routine, drink plenty of water to keep your skin well hydrated this chilly season. Shop at www.skoonskin.co.za and follow them on Instagram @skoon.skincare 7 of 32

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MISS EARTH SOUTH AFRICA

MIREESHA NARSAI

she’s fire! BY LARISSA GOVENDER

I recently sat down with Miss Earth South Africa (Fire), Mireesha Narsai, in her sunny hometown of Durban, to chat about all things Earth and Yoga. By formal qualification, Mireesha is a civil engineer. More than this, she is the Child-Welfare Durban and District Ambassador, a plant-based food blogger, and a fitness and yoga enthusiast. Mireesha truly embodies Mahatma Gandhi’s words, “You must be the change you wish to see in the world.” I say this because, when her Matcha-energy-smoothie arrived at our table, she was not impressed by the plastic straw in it. She had specifically requested no straw! Beauty and brains! But more than that, a humanitarian! Mireesha is passionate about leaving the world a better place, one straw at a time. Read on for my Q&A with the passionate earth-child, Mireesha Narsai.

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YOU HAVE BEEN VEGETARIAN ALL YOUR LIFE. I HAVE READ THAT YOU HAVE AN APPRECIATION OF ANIMALS. HOW HAS EATING A PLANT-BASED DIET BEEN OF BENEFIT? Being raised in a vegetarian household, I have never had the craving for meat. I cannot compare my diet to that of a meat-inclusive one. My boyfriend is a meateater and I don’t mind. I feel that a plant-based diet is not for everyone, but my conscience is at ease, which is the biggest driving factor behind my diet. I am left feeling light after I eat, unless the meal includes bread. Eating out has become better than it was in the past. Granted, at times you may be forced to choose between a salad or pasta on the menu, there are places such as the Woolworths Harvest Table that have healthy, tasty and wholesome plant-based foods.

I find myself being more challenged and becoming a better cook because of my plant-based diet.

FROM YOUR INSTAGRAM, I CAN TELL THAT YOU ARE WIDELY-TRAVELLED. YOU RECENTLY RETURNED FROM A TRIP TO EUROPE. IS IT EASY TO ADOPT A PLANT-BASED DIET AND SUSTAINABLE LIVING IN OTHER COUNTRIES? IS THERE ANYTHING SOUTH AFRICANS CAN LEARN FROM THOSE ABROAD? Two years ago I visited Germany, which is leading the way, not just in terms of plant-based diets, but in areas such as recycling and renewable energy. People in Europe are more conscious of the effects of their diets on their bodies and the planet. We can learn a lot by

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“I make it my responsibility to care and act. Once I know that something is amiss, I cannot ignore it. I just have to spread the message around me, in order to communicate what needs to be done.”

adopting what the developed world does. It could even be a few years down the line, but the sooner the better. South African’s don’t have to cut out meat completely from their diets – that is personal choice. But they should definitely consider moving towards more plant-based diets, because it really does have a positive effect on the environment. It’s not just one person’s responsibility. All of us who make up humanity, have to have each other’s back.

YOU DO NOT FIT THE STEREOTYPE OF BEAUTYPAGEANT CONTESTANTS. PART OF BEING MISS EARTH IS TO EDUCATE PEOPLE ON ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES. WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR FAVOURITE MOMENT AS MISS EARTH? After a gala event in Johannesburg at which Miss Earth Water, Wind and Fire had been announced, we were taken to a school where kids put on a performance. There was a little girl from Grade 6/ 7 who came up to me and said, “I love you Miss Fire; you are my role model. I want to be just like you.” Now here I am, my parent’s daughter, a regular human being and this other human being looks at me and says that something I have done has had an impact on her. Somewhere, someone must have had that impact on me, for me to go this way and I’m glad that I can continue the cycle and give back. And if I had that impact on only one person, that is fine. But the more people I impact on, the better. If more people are interested in saving the planet, then we will save it!

THERE IS NO DENYING YOUR FIT PHYSIQUE. TELL ME MORE ABOUT YOUR YOGA JOURNEY. I’ve been doing yoga since before I can remember. From a very young age I was flexible and my grandmother taught me all of the yoga poses. She had my feet over my head, touching my forehead before I even knew what yoga was. My family is very spiritual and we have a lot of books lying around. When I was about

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10, I found a book called Yoga and the Bible. I paged through the book and thought to myself, “Oh I can do that… hmmm so this is yoga.” From high school, through to my first few years at university, I stopped and didn’t really pursue yoga. I got back into it in 2014. I heard about Tree Natural Concept in Durban, a studio that offered hot yoga. I had previously done hot yoga when I lived in Cape Town. Hot yoga was such a rush! I remember the first time I did it, I felt so proud of myself, so proud of my body. So back in Durban, I got on to the hot yoga train. But I crashed and burnt! I would find myself sitting in Child’s Pose (my favorite pose) for most of it, just getting my breath back. It was Anastasia Dellis who suggested I try a normal class. I do yoga at my gym and when I don’t feel like gymming (which is a lot of the time) I do yoga at home. I follow a yoga channel, Yoga with Adriene, I really love her, because most of the time it’s about personal practice. Yoga for me is about centering myself, pulling my mind back to the present moment, because my mind tends to go in a thousand different directions. Focus, and hold your pose! I like to focus on Vinyasa and sometimes Ashtanga, depending on what programs I research and what I feel like doing. I pay special attention to opening the hips, stretching, mobility, flexibility and core strength. I am currently recovering from a back injury so focusing on core strength is a perk I get from yoga. That feeling of being proud of your body after doing yoga has never gone away. I can be in the worst mood, but I wake up every morning and I do some form of yoga. I backbend, and after that second Sun Salutation, I am so glad I got my mat and did something! It’s such a focused way to start your day, being so mindful of your body. Sometimes it’s tough and you can’t be as flexible as you wish. Sometimes your Tree Pose is just your foot on your calf and that’s alright! There were times in a class when everyone else was in Warrior Pose 3, not flinching, and there I was battling! I do know that we shouldn’t measure ourselves against others. This is why I practice by myself so there is nobody to distract me. I will get back into classes when I know it’s just about me and my journey, but for now I maintain a personal practice.

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EARTH IS REFERRED TO AS “MOTHER EARTH” OR “MOTHER NATURE”. DO YOU FEEL A LINK BETWEEN BEING FEMALE AND LOOKING AFTER THE EARTH THROUGH SUSTAINABLE LIVING? Yes, but it doesn’t just stop at sustainability. Being a woman means I have to be there for all other woman. “Sisters I have your back.” This is an extension of taking care of the planet, because the planet has inhabitants. I think the mothering nature is very strong in me. I make it my responsibility to care and act. Once I know that something is amiss, I cannot ignore it. I just have to spread the message around me, in order to communicate what needs to be done. There is the trap of being a certain way because it’s trendy, but for me it’s a lifestyle. I mother my 2 dogs, Zara and Jibran (like Khalil Gibran) and I look after my dragon-fruit seedlings. I am a very “mothering” person. I like taking care of people and things, but mostly taking care of the planet. My conscience will bug me if I walk past a carelessly discarded bottle. I pick it up, because I know the consequences… These things find their way into the ocean and into a turtle’s stomach for example. I can’t have that on my conscience. These poor innocent creatures die because they’re hungry.

Mireesha has plans to complete her masters, implement recycling programs for Child Welfare and further a vegan business venture, Out to Lunch, which she is involved in. How will she accomplish all of this, you may ask? Well, by starting each day with her Surya Namaskar/ Sun Salutations of course. After sitting down to chat with Mireesha there is no doubt that the future has great things in store for this, “determined to change the world” young lady. I cannot help but feel inspired to omit that plastic straw the next time I order a beverage. For delicious plant-based recipes, and more follow Mireesha on Instagram @mireesha, or visit her blog enthrawled.wordpress.com

MIREESHA’S

TOP TIPS For Living A Greener Lifestyle RECYCLE DONT’T USE STRAWS USE YOUR OWN WATER BOTTLE USE GLASS OR STAINLESS STEEL GROW YOUR OWN FRUIT AND VEGETABLES RE-PURPOSE KEEP A HERB GARDEN TRY MEAT-FREE MONDAY


CHASING

Summer BY NICOLE JOWETT

WEAR IT YOUR WAY: MIX AND MATCH SWIMWEAR

Modimal Triangle Top - R 499.95 Modimal Biarritz Bottom -R 549.95 Billabong

You’ve picked your perfect summer Yoga retreat, and now all that’s left to do is pack your bags! This summer we’re all about less is more, minimalism, and traveling light! So with this in mind, we love that with the new Billabong swimwear range you can create a multitude of trend-forward looks with just three tops and three bottoms. From beachy tropical print to a new urban, monochrome take on animal print, how you pair them is up to you! www.theyogajournal.co.za

Modimal Bralette - R 549.95 Modimal Bottoms - R449.95 Billabong


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Sun Temples Triangle Top, R999.95 Sun Temples Bottom, R 399.95 Billabong

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Sun Temples Triangle Top, R999.95 Modimal Bottoms - R449.95 Billabong

Modimal Bralette - R 549.95 Sun Temples Biarritz Bottom - R 449.95 Billabong


TOP WAYS

TO REDUCE YOUR

WASTE BY ZISSY LEWIN

According to Redisa (Recycling and Economic Development Initiative South Africa), South Africa produces 108 million tons of waste per year. 90 per cent of that waste ends up in landfills whilst a tiny 10 per cent of waste is currently recycled. They estimate that if we continue our current rate of consumption and production, by 2050 we will need three planets to sustain our current way of living. Starting your own zero waste journey doesn’t have to be a complete lifestyle shift, there are simple ways to start reducing the amount of waste you produce.


We are lucky to have safe drinking water, which means bottled water is an unnecessary purchase. Instead of buying a bottle of water, invest in a cute water bottle.

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REDUCE THE AMOUNT OF THINGS YOU BUY The easiest way to reduce your waste is to buy less and buy more mindfully. We live in a consumerism society which encourages more. Before making a purchase, consider if it’s something you really want or actually need. The bonus of this is you’ll end up saving more money which you can use towards saving or experiences which are longer lasting and do more for your happiness than stuff.

2 RECYCLE WHAT YOU CAN Find out about your neighbourhood recycling plans and get involved. This can be as simple as filling up a green Ronnie Rabbit bag of paper waste and leaving it outside your house on collection day. Glasses and tins can also be recycled, so find your local depot and make a habit of visiting them monthly to drop of your waste.

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AVOID USING DISPOSABLES Plastic cutlery, plates and cups that are thrown out after one use, contribute to a large amount of waste. Make using them the exception, not the rule. Plus, mealtime feels a lot more special when it served on proper plates.

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SWITCH TO REUSABLE SHOPPING BAGS South African supermarkets started charging for plastic bags years ago in an effort to reduce plastic waste. But how many times have you gone into a shop and not flinched when saying yes to the “would you like a bag with that”? Rather invest in some reusable shoppers you can keep in your car and take out every time you go shopping. Most supermarkets sell reusable bags, but you can also get cute canvas shopping bags from Wellness Warehouse (main picture) from R50.

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SWITCH TO REUSABLE WATER BOTTLES We are lucky to have safe drinking water, which means bottled water is an unnecessary purchase. Instead of buying a bottle of water, invest in a cute water bottle – Consol makes great glass ones, which are affordable. If you want “purified water” set your kitchen taps up with a water filter system or purchase Kuru-Bo activated Charcoal sticks (R235 for a 3 months’ supply) which purify water.

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YOGAJOURNALLOVES

EARTH CHILD EARTH-FRIENDLY PRODUCTS WE LOVE BY NICOLE JOWETT


YOGAJOURNALLOVES

GREEN + KIND More than 1 Billion toothbrushes are thrown away each year, this means they make their way into our oceans and waterways where they become a choking hazard to marine animals. This Green + Kind Biodegradable Bamboo Toothbrush (www.floraandfauna.com.au) is made with charcoal enhanced bristles and bamboo handle, the charcoal in the bristles has detoxing and antibacterial properties to help keep your teeth and gums clean.  Once you are done with this toothbrush it can be put in the composter (the bristles are nylon and are not biodegradable). Another major choking hazard to marine animals is straws, swap out your regular plastic straw for these Green + Kind Reusable Bamboo Straws and cleaning brush (www.floraandfauna.com.au)

SPIRITGIRL This earth loving activewear is made from recycled plastic bottles woven with spandex and custom printed with signature designs, not only eco-friendly, but also super practical, the special COOLMAX® performance fabric keeps you cool and dry. The processing of this fabric reduces the amount of plastic that ends up in landfill and results in an 80% energy saving. Not only does this prevent plastic from ending up in the ocean, but proceeds from ‘I AM WATER’ leggings give towards the I AM WATER Ocean Conservation project. Not only is this product kind, but also long-lasting, thanks to 50% UV protection the bold graphics won’t fade or run. Shop the Spiritgirl Legging, from R950 at www.spiritgirl.co.za.

APOSTROPHE BATH AND BODY Apostrophe soaps are handmade from a blend of high quality oils that are 100% plant based and have been chosen for their healing and nourishing properties.  These factors combined result in a unique Vegan soap that is moisturising, gentle & has plenty of bubbly lather! They are hypoallergenic and aid a variety of skin ailments. Apostrophe Beauty Pack, R250 at www.apostrophebathandbody.com

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YOGAJOURNALLOVES SOUTHERN SOUL, THE SOUL OF AFRICAN WELLBEING Southern Soul's eco cork yoga mat, R168 at southernsoul.co.za, is eco friendly, biodegradable, 5 mm thickness for your comfort and balance and is even more grippier when wet. It's light and easy to carry around with the added health benefits of cork being self cleansing and allergy free. Southern Soul's eye pillows, R68 at southernsoul.co.za, are designed to soothe and relax tired eyes, while the aromatic effect of the essential oils and herbs that are infused in the flax seed help to calm and rest the mind. Pillows come infused with different oils for the perfect meditation session.

CEDARTREEHOUSE BODY BALMS The cedartreehouse Body Balm, R60 at select Yoga studios, is made from a healing and soothing mixture of oils including coconut oil, linseed oil, sweet almond oil, and lavender essential oil. Its available in sandalwood, patchouli and peppermint scent, or order a scent of your choice! The cedartreehouse body balm is a multipurpose product, which can be used for Lip care, Scenting oneself with pure and natural ingredients, Soothing the nervous system by applying to vital points of the the body (can be used by yoga teachers during savasana with yoga practitioners) , treat burns, bites and rashes, and for hand and foot massages or as a daily hand moisturiser. cedartreehouse is stocked at Yogi Bali studio, Bedfordview, Johannesburg and various cedartreehouse market stalls.  To place an order to stock at your yoga studio or health centre or to make a private order contact Kate Ferguson at kateferguson56@gmail.com.

We love the special surprise of a semi-precious stone embedded in every tin of cedartreehouse body balm.

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YOGALIFE

LETS GO VEGAN Jody C is a Plant Based Nutritionist and Holistic Life Coach, specializing exclusively in womens wellness & vitality. She is the creator of the BODY FREEDOM Technique and the LET’S GO VEGAN Program, for women who understand and value the importance of high quality nutrition & who want to rapidly transform their body and health by embracing a plant-based lifestyle! With nearly 20-years experience in the health & fitness industry, she has combined her knowledge, skill, and experience to create online coaching programs & services that transform women’s bodies and lives from the inside out.

YOGA JOURNAL READERS GET 10% OFF ANY JODY C ONLINE PROGRAM USING THE PROMO CODE ‘YOGAJOURNALLOVE’ Visit www.jodycalitz.com for more and follow @JodyC_MyVeganLife on Instagram.

ENTHRAWLED A raw food diet is a plant-based diet that consists mainly of uncooked and unprocessed fruits, vegetables, and grains. The benefits of eating raw include improved skin, weight loss, and prevention of most major diseases due to an increased intake of vitamins and minerals. Those who follow this diet believe that cooking food destroys the valuable nutrients, and therefore eating organic raw foods ensures a higher intake of of nutrients, vitamins, and minerals. Some people choose to eat an entirely raw food diet, others follow the popular “Raw Till Four” diet, and some just try to incorporate raw foods into their diet where they can. For raw food recipes and inspiration, look no further than this months cover girl and Miss Earth South Africa 2017, Mireesha Narsai, who shares her best plant-based recipes, healthy living and exercise tips, and more on her blog, Enthrawled.

“I focus on vegetarian and vegan food that is high in vitamins and minerals.” Visit www.enthrawled.wordpress.com for exercise, healthy living tips, recipes, and more.

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MARK YOUR DIARY OUR PICK OF REVITALISING RETREATS TO SUIT ANY BUDGET AND SCHEDULE!

YOGA BEACHFRONT VACATION 15 - 19 NOVEMBER, AFRICAN PERFECTION GUESTHOUSE

Join Spirals Yoga and African Perfection B&B for a 4 night beachfront Yoga getaway at the world's famous Supertubes beach in Jeffreys Bay. This FULL BLOOM package includes 8 yoga classes which encourage you to slow down as you look back on the year and open yourself up to the beauty of the present moment. Develop a sense of gratitude and calm as you enter the upcoming holiday season. A wholesome breakfast is included each morning and there's more than enough time between sessions to enjoy what the town offers, whether it's surf, shopping, beach horse rides or dining at some of JBay's favourite restaurants. Spaces are limited, R780 per person sharing, R1170 single, per night For more information call 042 293 1401 or email info@africanperfection.co.za

HOLISTIC YOGA HOLIDAY 1 - 8 MAY 2018, WONDERLAND HEALING CENTER THAILAND

Recharge with a 7 night holistic yoga holiday filled with yoga, meditation, nourishing vegan food, Thai and lymph drainage massage,  incredible scenery and the opportunity to totally relax and revitalise. Suitable for every and anybody, from the very beginner to the more serious yoga practitioner. Energise with yoga and nutritious food. Unwind with Yoga Nidra, meditation, massage, sound journey with Tibetan singing bowls, herbal steam sauna and swimming.  Get back to nature with beautiful mountain trails, and forget your cares under the moon and stars, sitting around an open fire surrounded by new friends.  Join us for the ultimate yoga retreat at Wonderland Healing Center in Koh Phangan. 22 of 32

For more information visit reclineyogastudio.com

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PILATES AND SPA RETREAT 25 - 26 AUGUST, CRADLE HEALTH SPA

Whether you’re a pilates newbie or devotee, you can enjoy an all inclusive weekend retreat at Cradle Health Spa in Hartebeespoort from 25 - 27 August 2017. The weekend includes accommodation, all meals, a full body massage, pilates classes with guest instructor Monique Martinengo, and goodie bags. For more information call 076 499 6499, 072 149 1696 or visit pilatesretreats.co.za

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“I loved that each pose had a characteristic associated with it”

THE MAGIC OF KIDS YOGA “The Magic Mat Yoga book is a great tool to use for children’s yoga – in the class as well as at home with your own children. We did the book first and watched the DVD after, which my daughter of 5 enjoyed as there are poses on the DVD which are not in the book. She loved the “secret message” at the end, and said this was her favourite part about the book. She also loved being inside the rainbowcoloured bubble in savasana. Her favourite pose was the peacock – I think seeing the pose on the front cover increases the interest and anticipation of it. From a teacher’s point of view – I loved that each pose had a characteristic associated with it – this brings in the deeper meaning of yoga into the practice which is so important for kids to learn at a young age. We both loved the pictures – it helps children with the visualisation of what they are embodying. It is definitely something we love to read, watch and practice over and over.” – Sarah Thomson, Children’s Yoga Teacher at Yogi Bali in Bedfordview, 064 755 8561.

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6 BEST APPS FOR

TRAVELLING BY PETE REYNOLDS, NEVERSETTLE.CO.ZA

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Personally, I do not believe that technology is a negative thing in and of itself. It really depends on how you use it. Not that you should rely too heavily on things like cellphones, apps, or computers (you should still be able to function if your battery dies), but often they made travel easier and more enjoyable for us.

INSTAGRAM

HAPPYCOW

Free Heard of this one? Haha. This one may seem a bit weird to put in here, but honestly, Instagram has been incredibly useful for us when traveling. We’ve made friends in Seattle, New York, Canada, Germany, Australia and all over the world, as well as organised accommodation through it. You can use tags to see what a place is like, how vegan friendly it is (tip: search #(cityname)vegan), or even to find people who live there and connect with them. Instagram might have actually been the most useful app for us out of this whole list.

$3.99 (website is free to use though) HappyCow is a community-run app that lists vegan, vegan friendly, vegetarian and veg friendly places all over the world. I used to use the website most of the time, but found that the app is just more convenient. We have used it all over the world, and even managed to find a small vegan friendly Rastafarian restaurant called Estrella Negra in the Atacama desert, Chile. You can find things nearby, or you can plan your trips and save places. If you are vegan or vegetarian, I cannot recommend this app highly enough.

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FLAPP Free This is TravelStart’s app. Honestly, because TravelStart lists the total flight cost including all the taxes, VAT and hidden fees, I’ve found them to be the most affordable, most of the time. The app is really easy to use. Obviously, we live in South Africa, and it’s cool for here, but I’m not sure how it’ll be for people outside of the country.

COUCHSURFING Free Couchsurfing is amazing. Basically, you find hosts in locations you want to go, and ask if you can stay with them. We Couchsurfed in Portland, Oregon, USA and Santiago, Chile and both were amazing experiences that left us with incredible memories and life-long friends. The community is really active and really helpful. You can also use filters when looking for hosts e.g. ‘vegan’.

DUOLINGO Free Duolingo teaches you languages in kind of a game style, where you can build up points, get bonus features etc. It’s pretty fun and easy to use. The best is when you get super weird sentences e.g. “The crab does not eat bread” (from when I was trying to learn Spanish). I am currently 1% fluent in German! Apparently Zulu is coming soon, which we’re pretty keen for.

GOOGLE TRANSLATE Free Google Translate works the same way as the site, just in a nicer, more convenient format. I’ve whipped it out more than once in frustrating situations when me and someone else just weren’t understanding each other e.g. when trying to order something without dairy, egg, or oyster sauce in South America.

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PETE AND CARA REYNOLDS are two South African

traveling vegan bloggers who left Cape Town in 2014 to go travelling the world on the smallest possible budget. They document their insights, adventures and misadventures, reviews and vegan recipes on their blog neversettle.co.za and on Instagram @neversettletravel.


DIRECTORY OF YOGA STUDIOS, TEACHERS, PILATES AND MORE

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FEATUREDLISTINGS

THE URBAN ROOM

The Urban Room Yoga studio offers Hatha Yoga classes in an exclusive studio at the Vintage Vista Lifestyle Centre. The space is also available to rent for small workshops, boutique events, and pop-up shops. 1st Floor, Vintage Vista Lifestyle Centre, 799 Old Farm Road, Pretoria East claudine@vintagevista.co.za | 012 991 5455

EARTH YOGA

Friendly and intimate studio located in the heart of Kyalami; close to Sunninghill, Waterfall, Morningside, Sandton, Woodmead and Pretoria. The Suite Life Center, 3 Forssman Close, Kyalami 1684 earthyogastudio.co.za | izelle@earthyogastudio.co.za

YOGI BALI

Yoga Bali offers Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga, gentle flow yoga, Hatha yoga, Parental Yoga, Pranayama, meditation, and barre, private and group classes. 76 Kloof Road, Bedfordview, Johannesburg www.yogibali.co.za | shala@yogibali.co.za

BALANCE YOGA

An intimate studio located in Linksfield, Balance Yoga offers Yin, Hatha, Prenatal Yoga, and Vinyasa Yoga classes. We also offer a Yoga workshop called Yoga 101 Back to Basics. 73 Linksfield Road, Edenvale, Johannesburg balanceyoga01@gmail.com |  082 318 4251

AERIAL YOGA STUDIO

Aerial Yoga® is a fun, challenging workout routine combining aspects of Yoga, Pilates, Aerial Arts and Strength Training designed to increase strength, mobility, balance and flexibility. Vertical Vixen Studio, Lower Level, Northriding Square Cnr Bellairs Drive & Blandford Road, Northriding www.aerialyoga.co.za | aerial@aerialyoga.co.za

YOGA HARMONY

Set in the beautiful surroundings of Cape Connection, in the heart of Menlyn, offering classes from beginners to advanced and wellness therapies. 59 Garsfontein Road, Ashley Gardens, Pretoria East www.yogaharmony.co.za | helen@yogaharmony.co.za

THE SPACE - YOGA AND FITNESS

Urban yoga with a view! THE SPACE is a unique rooftop yoga & fitness studio based in Centurion. An outdoor gym and yoga facility with daily yoga and group fitness. PPS Building, Rooftop, Cnr of Heuwel road & Gordon Hood road, Centurion www.thespaceyogafitness.co.za

340 ON MAIN

A full-service wellness facility offering Yoga, Pilates, Sports Massage, Life Coaching, Meditation and Mindfulness, health cafe and more. 340 Main Road, Bryanston, Sandton 0861 340 MAIN (6246) | www.340onmain.co.za

RECLINE YOGA STUDIO

We offer Hatha Yoga for all levels, beginners to advanced, Vinyasa, Yin Yang, Yoga Sculpt, Yin Yoga, Yoga Nidra, Prenatal yoga classes, meditation and Yoga Therapy. 22 Second Avenue, Swakopmund, Namibia reclineyogastudio@gmail.com www.reclineyogastudio.com

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FEATUREDLISTINGS

NATALIE BOTHA

With over sixteen years teaching and thousands of hours of hands on experience, Natalie is registered as a 200hour Teacher with Yoga Alliance (USA) and is an Experienced 500-hour Teacher Trainer. nbotha818@gmail.com | 072 198 9798

YOGA EXPERIENCE

Your one-stop Yoga destination for Bikram Yoga, Hot Flow, Ashtanga, Iyengar, Vinyasa, and more. Oxford Road Level, Thrupps Illovo Shopping Centre, Johannesburg manager@bikramyoga.co.za | www.bikramyoga.co.za

ELICHIA TRUTER

Elichia teaches beginners to intermediate Yoga and offers a 60 min Hatha Yoga workout, that consists of breath control, warm up, strong movement and a conclusion of the practice with Yoga Nidra. www.rootd.co.za | rootdyoga@gmail.com

KAYA BRYCE

Kaya Bryce teaches Yoga at myUTOPIA and also offers private and group tuition. She specializes in dynamic vinyasa flow paired with music that will inspire, energize and invigorate your practice. info@kayayogact.com | 074 352 4294

ANASTASIA DELLIS

I believe and encourage a mindful practice, I would like to encourage students to play with their edge while providing a safe, encouraging, and non-judgmental environment. www.themindfulmovement.co.za

ELIZA ROZA

Eliza Roza is a Hot-26 Yoga teacher with a Psychology degree. She merges Hot-Yoga and Psychology together using online videos, private yoga classes, public yoga classes, workshops and retreats. www.yogaplus.co.za | eliza@yogaplus.co.za

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IZELLE NAIR

I love practicing with props such as the yoga wheel and silk hammocks. I teach a wide variety of different styles and custom make each class according to the individual that I am working with. izelleyogi@gmail.com | izelleyoga.co.za

LARISSA GOVENDER Yoga with Lari aims to teach yoga that stays true to the yoga discipline/ practise which originated in India. It's about executing simple yet attainable asanas / postures for the benefit of mind, body and soul. www.yogawithlari.co.za | info@yogawithlari.co.za  

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YOGA STUDIOS - JHB INDIE YOGA 3 Quartz Road, Witkoppen X3, Fourways www.indieyoga.co.za ZEN HOT YOGA WORLD Hobart Grove Shopping Centre, Hobart Road and Grosvenor Road, Bryanston zenhotyogaworld.co.za

YOGA STUDIOS - PTA

YOGA TEACHERS - CT

YOGA HARMONY 59 Garsfontein Road, Ashley Gardens, Pretoria East www.yogaharmony.co.za helen@yogaharmony.co.za

LEILA BHOOLA leila.bhoola@vodamail.co.za

LORNA JANE ACTIVE LIVING ROOM Lorna Jane Active Living Room, Menlyn Maine, Pretoria

MONIQUE WESCHTA moniquew100@gmail.com www.backtowellness.co.za

YOGA STUDIOS - CT FITNESS FUSION STUDIO 36 Meyer street, Oaklands www.fitnessfusionstudio.co.za LUNULA YOGA Suite #1 Retire @ Midstream, 1 Madeleine Street, Midstream Estates, Midrand info@lunula-yoga.com MANTRA YOGA STUDIO 219 Brown Street, Wigespruit pureyoga@telkomsa.net 083 458 2098 SUSPENSION YOGA 81b Schooner Road, Lazer Park pureyoga@telkomsa.net 082 441 6952 NAMASTE YOGA STUDIO Shop F10, Ferndale Village Shopping Centre, cnr Main Ave & Oxford Rd Ferndale, Randburg namasteyogastudio.co.za ZEN DEN YOGA STUDIO 7 Allen Road, Bedfordview, 081 043 9731 BALANCE YOGA 73 Linksfield Road, Edenvale balanceyoga01@gmail.com 082 318 4251 WELLNESS IN MOTION Green Park Corner, West Road South, Sandton 011 784 1151

INMOTION YOGA 16 Riverside Terrace, Hout Bay, Cape Town, 7806 www.inmotion-sd.com stephanie@inmotion-sd.com

SARAH BROCK info@suryayoga.co.za www.suryayoga.co.za

LAURA NORTON lauranortonyoga@gmail.com 073 423 5555 LIN MORRIS www.linmorris.com lynette@yogaforsports.co.za  

LORNA JANE ACTIVE LIVING ROOM Lorna Jane Active Living Room, V&A Waterfront

YOGA TEACHERS - JHB IZELLE NAIR izelleyogi@gmail.com izelleyoga.co.za

UNRAVELED YOGA 107 Bree Street, 1st floor, Cape Town maya@unraveledyoga.com www.unraveledyoga.com AIR YOGA STUDIO THE WOODSTOCK EXCHANGE, 66 Albert Road, Woodstock, Cape Town www.airyoga.co.za info@airyoga.co.za YOGA TEACHERS - KZN HELEN GARNER www.helengarner.com info@helengarner.com TARYN COETZEE tarryncoetzee9@gmail.com 079 868 9694 or  081 490 9191 CAMI BARAUSSE yogibearsza@gmail.com  082 577 7663 YOGA TEACHERS - CT LAUREN MENSIKOVAS @yogini.lauren on Instagram lauren@flowingnomads.com

STEVEN HEYMAN www.yogaworks.co.za info@yogaworks.co.za TEGAN BURGER tegan.burger@gmail.com www.teganbyoga.com DAVE GARDNER dfg606@gmail.com davegardneryoga.com CASEY CHIANG chiangcasey@yahoo.com www.zenhotyogaworld.co.za SU-YEN THORNHILL suyent@me.com www.thebodyandmindspace.co.za GERALDINE ANDERSON pureyoga@telkomsa.net 082 441 6952   SHANNA PETERSON www.340onmain.co.za shanna@340onmain.co.za

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YOGA TEACHERS - JHB ALANNAH JONES apj2603@hotmail.com 074 707 0550 HOT YOGA

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HOTPOD YOGA 442 Atterbury Road, Menlopark, Pretoria pretoria@hotpodyoga.com www.hotpodyoga.com C/O 3rd Ave & 6th Street, Linden, Randburg daniela.debruyn@hotpodyoga.com www.hotpodyoga.com PILATES INSIDE-OUT PILATES STUDIO Suite 111-113, Midlands Office Park, Mount Quray Street, Midlands Estate info@midstreampilates.co.za www.midstreampilates.co.za 340 0N MAIN 340 Main Road, Bryanston, Sandton 0861 340 MAIN (6246) www.340onmain.co.za PRECISION PILATES Shop 10 Etienne Lewis Centre, 978 Veda street, Montana Park, Pretoria ppilates@live.com  ppilates.webs.com THE PILATES LOUNGE Corner of Rina van Zyl and Len Brown Street, Garsfontein, Pretoria thepilateslounge@gmail.com www.thepilateslounge.co.za FITNESS FUSION STUDIO 36 Meyer street, Oaklands, Johannesburg info@fitnessfusionstudio.co.za  www.fitnessfusionstudio.co.za

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Yoga Journal Issue 6  

The Earth Edition: Miss Earth South Africa Mireesha Narsai talks eating and living green, our top tips for reducing your waste, and more!

Yoga Journal Issue 6  

The Earth Edition: Miss Earth South Africa Mireesha Narsai talks eating and living green, our top tips for reducing your waste, and more!