I have been following her yoga journey, and wish I could come to her first big event. Zaz is an amazing yoga teacher and if you check her Instagram account, you cannot be surprised she was featured in the Evening Standard’s “10 Yoga Instagram Accounts You Need to Follow“!
Yoga with Zaz
Having left the world of luxury marketing after 15 years to follow her passion for yoga and to achieve better balance as a mummy of 2, Zaz is growing her yoga business, Yoga With Zaz.
Now over to Zaz:
“I am hugely passionate about the benefits of yoga, and feel it not just in my body, but also in my mind when I don’t have my regular practice.
I’ve often looked at adverts and websites for yoga retreats, and flicked through yoga magazines, looking longingly at pictures of yogis doing their downward dogs in gorgeous locations.
The simple reality though is that I couldn’t justify the cost, and frankly, the juggle and military-style strategic organisation to get childcare cover while my husband is at work, is exhausting to even think about. I began to wonder if other people didn’t perhaps feel the same.
Wouldn’t it be wonderful to be able to have a day to yourself, just one day – so much less difficult to arrange help for with the children then.
A one day is also a bit easier to negotiate with your partner or family to get a day off your mummy-duties, especially if it means you come back recharged and replenished, ready to be the best possible you you can be!
Also, if it were not too far away, it would mean not forking out for expensive flights or hotels either, unless you wanted to stay in a city hotel and have a proper break, but then that’s a choice.
Perhaps if you’re not a complete yoga nut, the idea of giving up a whole week of your holiday allowance for yoga is just too much – dipping your toe in with a day’s retreat could be a way to see if you enjoy it?
And as tempting as it is to escape everything and sit by a beach chanting OM, taking Instagram perfect pictures, surely there is a skill to be gained in finding peace and stillness in our own back yards too?”
One Day Urban Yoga Retreat
“So after a launch event with the Trafalgar Hotel on October 19th during Wellbeing Week, teaching to bloggers and journalists on the rooftop Vista Bar overlooking Trafalgar Square – you don’t get much more urban than that!
On November 12th, we begin to roll out our Urban Yoga Day Retreats. This first retreat will be at a peaceful community centre in the heart of West London beside a beautiful park.”
“We will welcome guests with delicious fresh smoothies, and then to start the day if the weather is kind, we will wrap up and take a walk in the park, focussing on mindfulness, connecting to our surroundings and bringing full awareness to the present.
On our return we will take some time for meditation, guided by myself or my co-host Lisa Lawton. Then we start waking up the body!
A delicious 90 minute vinyasa yoga session, set to rebalance and replenish which I will be teaching. Modifications and variations on poses will be given for all levels, so no matter what your level you can enjoy the practice.
There are always options to pause and reset when needed. After the practice, we will be dishing up food – a delicious organic vegan lunch, freshly prepared by myself and Lisa to our high standards and gourmet tastes, with herbal teas available too.
After lunch we are joined by colleague Nathalie Kealey, of healthy Lifestyle consultancy Value Your Mind, who will be running a workshop for guests on Finding Balance in a Stressful World, providing tips and opportunities to find new way to approach life’s stressful situations.”
“To close the day, Lisa Lawton will lead the group in a truly lush restorative yin yoga session for 90 minutes, where along with the use of props like cushions, blankets, belts and blocks, your body will have time to yield into poses, and leave you ready to float back out into the world!
We have chosen the centre because it is a lovely space, where we both teach weekly classes, and we believe it is important to support a local charity which provides so much for residents too.
There is a small garden, and it is easily accessible from a number of tube lines for transport (District Line – Ravenscourt Park; Hammersmith & City Line, District Line, Piccadilly Line – Hammersmith; Central Line – Shepherds Bush).
Parking is also free in the area on a Saturday, so if you are London-based and would prefer not to go back via public transport, this is also an easy option.
All in all, we hope that our guests enjoy a day to recharge their batteries, and leave rebalanced and replenished.
The cost of the day, inclusive of all classes, workshops, food and drinks is £75. If you would like to share the love, you can book more than one space and pay just £65 per person.”
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