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    YOGI PEACE CLUB NEWS

    PVC FREE YOGA MATS

    PVC FREE YOGA MATS

    There are many environmental benefits of the Yogi Peace Club Yoga mats as opposed to regular PVC yoga mats. Working for a surf company that specialised in rubber footwear for the past 10 years I have learnt a lot about rubber, PVC and plastics. 

    PVC is the single worst plastic according to several health organizations. Greenpeace has been lobbying to stop the use of PVC because of the dioxin produced during its manufacture. Toxic for humans and the environment and unfortunately many yoga mats are 100% PVC. 

    Yoga mats made with PVC can also contain chemicals like phthalates, which are used to make PVC flexible. Phthalates are linked to reproductive issues including shorter pregnancy duration and premature breast development in girls. Phthalates can leach out over time, especially in warmer temperatures like those found in many hot yoga studios. Phthalate particles can also cling to dust, which can be inhaled.

    Yogi Peace Club Yoga mats are made of Luxurious Micro Fibre on top which is heat bonded to 100% natural biodegradable tree rubber/recycled tree rubber. 

    Although research specifically examining yoga mats is limited, studies of other household products made with PVC materials have found that they can emit chemicals that pollute the air. Also, in order to make yoga mats with PVC, potentially harmful chemicals like chlorine gas, ethylene dichloride, vinyl chloride, mercury, and dioxins may be used and released into the environment which can be carcinogenic for the workers. PVC does not readily degrade and when it does it gives off a number of toxic materials. 

     So when shopping for a yoga mat keep these things in mind. Ask your self....What is my yoga mat made of? Is it biodegradable? Are there unnecessary chemicals added to into my mat? Does it smell toxic?

    Some other great features of the Yogi Peace Club Mats include:

    Every mat comes with durable carrying strap. The strap is also excellent for use in your yoga class.

    They are light weight and Great for travelling. They weigh 2.4 kilos. Perfect size for the plane.

    Eco-friendly, biodegradable, recyclable 100% natural tree rubber, water based inks.

    Free from the nasties - latex, silicone, toxic glue, PVC, Chlorine and Phthalates

    The mat has zero odour. No toxic smell.

    Each mat has been designed with alignment in mind. Use the print to position your feet in the correct place each time you are in an asana.

    No more stinky mats. Go to your class with a clean and fresh mat.

    To ecologically re-energise your yoga mat leave in the rain, wipe down and dry in the sun

    The more you sweat the better the grip. Once you get warm the mat becomes grippier. 

    Perfect for Yoga, Bikram, hot yoga, Ashtanga Vinyasa, pilates, and general exercise classes. 

    The extra cushion, rubber stability, and responsive grip can help to reduce injuries .

    BEST OF ALL - DESIGNED BY A YOGI FOR YOGI’S!

    Notes on PVC was Sourced from: 

    Yoga Journal BY MIKE SCHADE  |  MAR 23, 2015 http://www.yogajournal.com

    BEHIND THE SCENES

    BEHIND THE SCENES

    A humid balmy Sunday morning set the scene for some yoga and fun with the Yogi Peace Club Gang. It was such a fun few hours of yoga, sunshine and tropical snacks. I was sneaky and shot some photos behind the scenes on my iPhone 6.

    The latest campaign was shot on location at Bells Beach Torquay Australia. The super talented photographer Tash Craven was behind the camera. Tash is a local talent from the Surfcoast. Her work is beautiful @tashcraven. The always styling Tahnae styled the yogi girls. Chelsea was a gorgeous production assistant with always lots of inspiration and style ideas. Thanks to Henry too!! Yoga Mat Holder! Sam the official videographer captured every moment. Cant wait for the video to come to life that tells the YPC story. His work is inspiring and incredible. 

    Huge and special thanks to the always gorgeous yogis - Yoga Patch, J and Anna for their beautiful smiles and positive energy. If you are ever looking for a Yoga Flow in Torquay you have to go to Yoga Patch @yogapatch my fav Yoga Teacher. Her classes are always exactly what I need. J and I are studying a Diploma of Hatha Yoga together. We have commenced teaching Yin Yang Yoga Classes together which is challenging but very rewarding step to both becoming Yoga Teachers.

    There was lots of laughing, smiles and yoga. So fun to collaborate with such a talented Team. The YPC Gang Rocks! 

    Coloured leggings are by Tevita Lifestyle and all clothing and yoga mats are available on line at www.yogipeaceclub.com

     

     

    WE LOVE ROSES

    TROPICAL ROSE INCENSE JUST IN TIME FOR SPRING
    Introducing two new fragrance packs for Yogi Peace Club - Tropical Florals and Tropical Fruits.
    The Tropical Floral pack includes the stunning scent "Tropical Rose" which is new for this Spring.
    The Tropical Incense has been designed in Torquay and sourced from Thailand. Each incense stick has been hand rolled. The incense uses natural gums, resins and floral ingredients, mixed with raw organic materials to create superb tropical fragrances.
    The formulation that is used in blending are family secrets, that have been passed from one generation to another. It is different from other incense as the fragrance is fresh and tropical. 
    When each stick burns the light tropical fragrance fills the space and makes you feel like you are on holiday.

     

    DELICIOUS ROSE INFUSED VEGAN DESSERTS

    See below the beautiful rose infused recipes from my gorgeous friend at My Beach Kitchen @mybeachkitchen

    RASPBERRY AND ROESWATER CHIA PUDDINGS & PISTACHIO CRUMBLE

    Packed with flavour, energy and goodness these chia puddings literally take moments to prepare and offer a great alternative to your every day breakfast.  They also make a fantastic, healthy snack and the kids will love them.  The addition of the rosewater adds a subtle yet aromatic flavour that will get your taste buds dancing!  I honestly love these and find they provide me with long-lasting energy.  A great healthy energy packed recipe for the whole family.  I will defiantly be making a supply of these to feed the kids after a day at the beach!

    INGREDIENTS

    1 cup almond milk

    ½ cup fresh or frozen raspberries

    2 tsp raw honey

    ½ tsp rosewater

    ½ tsp maca powder

    ¼ cup white chia seeds

    Pistachio crumble

    2 tbsp pistachios, coarsely chopped

    1 tbsp shredded coconut

    1 tsp coconut sugar

    ½ tsp ground cinnamon

    ¼ tsp ground cardamom

    METHOD

    1. Blend the almond milk, raspberries, honey, rosewater and maca in a blender until smooth. Transfer to a serving glass or jar. Stir in chia seeds and then refrigerate for at least 2 hours or overnight. After 20 minutes give it a stir to make sure the chia seeds distribute evenly while they set.
    2. To make the crumble topping, pre-heat the oven to 200°C. Combine pistachios, coconut, sugar, cinnamon and cardamom in a bowl. Sprinkle in a single layer on a baking tray and bake for 4-5 minutes or until golden. Remove from oven and allow to cool.

    Serve chia pudding topped with pistachio crumble

    DREAMY RAW CASHEW NUT BLUEBERRY CHEESE CAKE

     

    Start this recipe a day in advance

    INGREDIENTS

    4 cups soaked raw cashews (soaked over night)
    2.5 cups frozen defrosted Blueberries
    1 cup Lemon juice
    1 tbsp Lecithin (optional)
    1 cup Coconut nectar
    1 tsp vanilla extract
    1/4 tsp Celtic salt
    1 cup Coconut oil

    FOR THE BASE
    2 cup Almonds
    6 Dates
    1/2 cup Shredded coconut
    1 tsp Vanilla extract
    1 tbsp Coconut Oil
    1/4 tsp celtic salt

    METHOD

    This was for a 27cm springform pan and came up about 5cm
    1. To make the base, blend the almonds in a processor into a rough flour, add the coconut and dates and blend. Transfer to bowl and mix in the vanilla, coconut oil and salt and mix well with your hands. It shouldn’t be too moist but should be able to stick.
    2. Brush coconut oil all over the inside of the springform pan.
    3. Press the base mixture evenly over the bottom of the springform, press It down really firm. Place in fridge.
    4. Blend the cashews, lemon juice, coconut nectar, salt, and vanilla in a high-powered processor, blender for 5 minutes, or until the mixture is smooth.
    5. Add the lecithin if using it and 3/4 cup of coconut oil and blend again until well combined, smooth and the lecithin dissolved.
    6. Transfer about 2/3 of the mixture to the spring form (the lemon layer) and smooth it out flat.
    7. Add the blueberries, the other 1/4 cup of coconut oil to the mixture in the processor and blend until well combined.
    8. Pour over the springform and spread flat and smoothly.
    9. Set in the fridge overnight, then decorate with some fresh blueberries and edible flowers

     

     

    I CAN TRY JULY

    Today’s world and Social Media is flooded with imagery that can make you feel connected to a larger community, but at the same time can cause people feel disconnected and even negative. The vision of “I Can Try July” is not about achieving goals, reaching targets or aesthetics - its something more personal, its about trying.

    “I Can Try July” hopes to encourage individuals to try and make small changes each day that help promote positivity, health and happiness. Every day for the month of July for those who participant they are encouraged to try and introduce something positive into their everyday living.

    It is designed to make them aware that sometimes its the small things can assist in the improvement of general health and well being. The way we eat, drink, breathe, exercise, and interact with people. Here are some of the examples and some of the contributors.

    I can try and be a vegan for the day. Recipes and tips for the day and what it means to be a vegan.

    I can try and have an adventure with my friends. Get out and about and explore the world around you. Breathe fresh air and spend time with special people in your life. This photo was taken by a beautiful Torquay local photographer Tash Craven. 

    I can try yoga. My gorgeous Yoga Teacher Yoga Patch will be offering some beginner to advanced yoga poses to try. Patch will provide tips and ideas on how to get in and out of the poses, and the benefits of each pose.

    I can try and be aware of my environment. Brinkley Davies is a marine biologist, vegan, yogi, surfer, traveller. Brinkley is also a founder of Keiko Conservation. Keiko Conservation aims to raise awareness of our oceans and how to protect it. Brinkley hopes to make participants be more aware of what can be done by individuals who care for their oceans and precious environment.

    I can try a new exercise routine for the day. Paulina Ohin is a personal trainer/model from Melbourne that runs Your Body Works. Paulina will providing some exercise tips and what she does on a daily basis to keep fit. 

    I can try and be kind to someone I know or even a stranger. One of the days may be as simple as trying to be kind to someone or maybe to everyone you meet. 

    I can try some positive psychology. Sophie is a Registered Psychologist, MPsychClin Sophie wants to provide some techniques that we can use to assit in building our character strength. She also wants participants to try to change their thinking for the day. Sophie will provide some tips and strategies on how to achieve this. 

    I can try and hug a friend, lover or even a pet. Sometimes we forget how good a hug can feel.

    The “I can try July” project aims to inspire participants to make the month of July a time to try something that will make each day better for themselves, and their environment, and more importantly make them feel happy. For the 31 days of July there will be a social media post made by Yogi Peace Club that explains the post for the day.

    Followers are encouraged to engage and take part by posting their own photo and hashtagging #icantryjuly and @yogipeaceclub. There will be weekly prizes for the most creative posts.

    There will be some amazing people involved in the project that will also give their expertise on different posts. Each of the people involved will have their Instagram account linked in to the post with their “I Can Try” Idea for the day. Each day has a different theme with some unique ideas and tips that the participants can try.

    Hope you enjoy I Can Try July.

    Follow the journey on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.

     

     

    TROPICAL YOGI

    The latest Collection that just landed online is the Tropical Yogi Collection.

    This tropical collection hopes to inspire yoga participants with its creative and innovative designs, unique product offerings with a vibrant tropical vibes.

    The collection introduces the Tie Up yoga top. The Tie Up Top has been designed for the upside down Yogi. Tie at the front or at the back, it won’t expose your tummy when you are inverting upside in headstand or handstand.

    The photos feature two amazing yogi's Yoga Patch and Anna. Hope you enjoy the bold colours, tie dye prints, colour pops and cute top shapes. Take a sense of fun into your yoga practice. Aloha Namaste!