After warming up with a herbal tea, we started the yoga session - the time flew by as Sarah guided us through a mix of meditation, gentle stretches, balances and some more dynamic flowing yoga before ending with a blissful relaxation exercise. I've never done a yoga class with blankets and bolsters before - the mix of these props and the longer class length meant that I had the opportunity to really stretch out my stiff muscles and properly sink into a chilled out state by the end rather than just going through the motions with my body and not properly connecting my breath and my brain. The class allowed me to work at my own level as a regular practitioner of yoga but was also suitable for complete beginners.
After the yoga class, we decamped to the next door dining room to re-fuel. Rowena's food is entirely plant-based and vegan - we started with a warming butternut squash soup topped with cashew cream and roasted chickpeas before tucking into a selection of sharing salads. The salads were delicious and so filling, I really wish I could have eaten more of the Mexican-inspired butternut squash dish as it was just so good. We finished with cacao and date energy balls - the perfect lunchtime sweet treat to provide energy for the rest of the day without a mid-afternoon sugar crash.
Check out Rowena's Eventbrite page for upcoming dates and my review of the V-Curious supperclub here.
|Herbal tea in a name-labelled mug - love little touches like this.|
|Blankets and bolsters for a chilled out yoga class.|
|The studio is lit by natural light from the huge windows and was scented by the flickering candles dotted about.|
|Lunch is served!|
|Salads, beetroot ravioli and cashew cream - I love sharing dishes at events like these as it definitely helps get conversation flowing between guests when you're sharing food and passing the dishes around.|
|Butternut squash soup with cashew cream and roasted chickpeas.|
|Mexican-inspired butternut squash salad.|
|Brown rice topped with seeds.|
|Asian-Inspired carrot and cucumber ribbons with sesame seeds.|
|Yum - obviously went in for seconds.|
|Cacao energy balls rolled in coconut flakes for dessert.|