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Astala Yoga

Hey hey lovely bloggers!

As some of you may know, I am now a fully qualified yoga teacher. My dream has become true but I am only at the beginning. I’m doing a little market research to find out what classes people want and when. I would be so grateful if you can help me in this by filling out my short survey please.

Much love and Om Shanti Namaste to you ALL xxx

Please click on the link below:

Astala Yoga survey

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La Beauté Naturelle de Coco

Hello Summer and hello gorgeous skin! I’ve gone back to basics and have started to rid my beauty box of all the nasty chemicals that reside in shop bought beauty products. Home made and raw natural beauty products, a thing of the past or the future? Well, judging from all the blog posts and the myriad of information online about natural products, I would say this is definitely due for a revival. And lets hope it’s one that’s here to stay.

First on my list, the all important facial cleanser. Two words: coconut oil. Enough said.

I’d read about the cleansing method on various blogs and thought I’d give it a go, however, most said to combine an oil such as almond or coconut with a carrier oil such as caster oil. After looking into it a bit more and as a girl always on the go I realised this seemed too hard for me to sustain – after all who wants to work out oil ratios just before bed and also risk your face reacting because you’ve put too much of the other thing in etc.

BTW, I have sensitive combination skin so many ingredients wreck havoc with my complexion.

I like to keep it nice and simple – cue – coconut oil. One of the planets most versatile and amazing products of nature. It is most definitely considered a ‘superfood’ and can be used not only for hair, skin, nails, body but can be used as a cooking ingredient, a salad dressing etc. The health benefits are endless, owing many of these to it’s unique combination of fatty acids. It has sublime moisturisng abilities as well as containing anti bacterial qualities and keeps skin looking younger for longer. Just check out the dewy glow from the ILC favourite Miranda Kerr (also a beauty that digs natural beauty products, and coconut oil!).

Anyway, so my method is to simply slather the stuff all over my face, including eyelashes as it makes a perfect eye make up remover. If the oil is a bit too solid, simply warm it either in your hands or in the microwave or on the hob. Rub the oil in circular motions (improves circulation) and then using warm-hot water dampen a clean face cloth and rub the coconut oil off your face. Your face will feel incredibly soft and nourished after this, you may not even need to use a moisturiser.

Done. Ta-dah!

Another fabulous use for your coconut oil is as a body moisturiser. Just massage on to your skin straight from the jar. Perfecto. If you’re into ayurvedic healing and your primary dosha is vata, they say that using oil on your body helps to keep your joints supple (My dosha is vata and as a yoga teacher I can vouch for this much needed remedy at times).

Next on my list of uses for coconut oil – as a deoderant. Not too sure about this but I’ll try and test and of course let you know how it goes.

N.B: you can use any coconut oil to start you off but my recommendation would be to find an organic, raw or cold pressed oil in a glass jar (if possible) since this is a better quality.

I hope my simple tips help you on your own journey to natural beauty.

Peace out and Om Shanti XXX


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New beginners yoga class!!!

Calling all yoginis et al. in the Southend-on-Sea area,

I’m teaching a new beginners class at The King Johns Academy of Art in Benfleet on Wednesdays 8pm-9pm starting this week.

I’d love you to come!

Remember, yoga means union – union of the mind, body and spirit. Yoga is for ALL, yoga is inspiring, creative, and the most loving thing you could ever possibly do for yourself no matter what your shape and size. Yoga is not about being bendy or skinny it’s about reconnecting with yourself and promoting a healthier self from within.

Please message me asap: for the details.

I hope so much to see you there got some fun and much needed relaxation!

Om shanti namasté



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Weekly Mantra

“The secret of health for both mind and body is not to mourn for the past, nor to worry about the future, but to live the present moment wisely and earnestly.” ― Buddha
Photograph taken of a traditional Buddhist painting from a monastery in Thailand.

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Have a great day

An amazing and well executed example of one of the many positive ‘truths’ that yoga is built upon – to give without expecting a return. I mean, it is for a mobile brand and the tag line is ‘giving is the best communication’ but, the positive message is still there.

There’s nothing better than a life-affirming message first thing in the morning.

Now, who can I give something to today…

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Check out the new page ‘Heath + Yoga Binge’. After being off the blogging scene for the summer, thinking my little head off to come up with some new material for you I had an epiphany…today. Yoga!

The new dimension that has been added to I Love Candy is to share with you what I seem to be researching all day. This is yoga, home-made and organic health and beauty products, food, philosophies about life (not too deep, I promise) and just general ways of making things just that little bit better in the most natural way possible.

I’m undertaking a yoga teacher training course you see, so these ways of thinking and interests have developed from that. Anyway, enough. Please have a read, all will become apparent and hopefully make enough sense to lure you in and provide you with different ideas and inspirations to my usual fashion drawl.


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