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Now stocking Embrace the Cake

February 13, 2017

A mouth-watering mountain of Rawreos, waiting to be devoured

We are now stocking Rawreos – the delicious brainchild of Embrace the Cake’s founder Beckie Bird. Rawreos are just one of many cleverly named and healthy takes on some of the most popular unhealthy snacks – oreos, snickers and pecan pie amongst others. Naturally, all of the products

Naturally, all of the products are free from refined sugar, dairy and gluten, and packed full of 100% natural ingredients. With only gluten free oats, cashew nuts, dates, coconut oil & nectar, almond milk, vanilla extract and either cacao powder or lucuma powder, these healthy bites pack quite the nutritional punch, leaving you satiated for hours compared to store bought oreos that contain high quantities of fructose sugar, cornstarch and palm sugar, all of which contribute to the dreaded ‘sugar crash’.


The perfect snack with a hot cup of tea or coffee

So how did Beckie come up with this brilliant idea? She tell us – “I set up Embrace the Cake in 2015 after moving back to the UK from New Zealand. I adopted a much healthier lifestyle whilst living in New Zealand and realised I had a real addiction to sugar. With so many wonderful healthy cafes over there it was a great place to start learning about how to fuel my body with real food and cut out the refined stuff! I figured if I wanted to keep eating dessert and treats I would have to experiment and fill them with satisfying whole foods. I documented everything on Instagram and over time became obsessed with creating the most indulgent desserts that were made with simple natural ingredients. Fast forward a year, I moved back to the UK and found a real lack of good quality refined sugar- free treats so decided to follow my dream and set up a business to help others to embrace cake as much as I do!

You can find both the original and salted caramel varieties in our refrigerator. We think they are the perfect healthy snack option to get you through until your next meal.




TÅPPED: why you should try this health elixir now

February 3, 2017


You may have noticed that many of the wellness cognoscenti have swapped their post-yoga coconut water for birch water. But what exactly is birch water? In simple terms, it is pure sap from birch trees. And while it may still be somewhat new to the UK, there is nothing new about birch water. We wanted to know more about this health elixir so we turned to Charlie, our TÅPPED supplier and yogi at PYC, to tell us more about birch water and what makes is so unique.

In Scandinavia and the Nordics tapping trees is a centuries-old springtime ritual, with people enjoying the vitamin and mineral rich birch sap as a cleansing and rejuvenating post winter tonic. Sourced predominantly from the forests of Finland, where TÅPPED works with local farmers and foresters, TÅPPED is the UK’s only birch water to be made with this high-quality Nordic birch sap.


Birch trees

What does this health elixir contain?

Birch water is naturally low in calories with only 4kcals per 100ml. A 250ml carton of TÅPPED’s Pure Organic Birch Water contains a mere 10 calories from naturally occurring fruit sugar. It also contains a long list of vitamins and minerals, including manganese, xylitol, vitamin C, potassium, calcium, natrium, magnesium, zinc, phosphorous, iron, natural fructose, glutamine, amino acids.

Why should you drink this superwater?

Based on our research, some of the stand out reasons include: it removes unwanted chemicals from the body 10 times faster than water, it hydrates faster than water and it has four times less sugar than coconut water. Some studies also suggest that it helps to eliminate cellulite and prevent cavities. While all of these claims have not yet been scientifically proven, our own PYC tests confirm that it tastes great!

We offer TÅPPED in three distinct flavours: Apple & Root Ginger, Original and Bilberry & Lingonberry.





Awaken Your Inner Sun

January 11, 2017
Often students ask me how to develop and maintain a sense of grace and lightness throughout asana practice. My response is always the same; that it is ab-solutely down to the core.

Many paint an incomplete picture of the core, associating the core only to the commonly sought after aesthetic of a well-defined ‘six pack’. In truth, the abdominals form only one of several components that make up the core. The core is essentially the whole central chunk of the body, allowing functional movement in all three planes of motion as well as being a stabiliser and force transfer centre. Imagine your core as the sun and your limbs as beams of light radiating off this centre.
In this workshop, we will approach the core as both a physical and an energetic space. Through dynamic asana practice, we will explore the differences between strengthening and stabilising the core. We will learn to access movement from the core efficiently, cultivating strength that stems from physical integration and connection whilst maintaining a safe and injury free practice. Ultimately, being able to experience the powerful experiences of lightness and being whole.
Discover how to adore the core beyond its aesthetics as we experientially refine our understanding of core strength and stability to safely enjoy playing on the ‘edges’ of practice, exploring individual possibilities whilst respecting limitations. 
Join David for his Core workshop on Saturday, 18th February from 1:30 – 3:30, which is now available for booking. Two hours of dynamic asana and a fair bit of belly laughing. All bellies welcome.
David is a 300-hour certified yoga teacher specialising in Dance-Specific Yoga. Known for his emphasis on graceful yet functional transitions, he empowers students to take ownership of their yoga journey and develop a playful practice to constantly test their limits and explore new perspectives. His classes are liberating to the body, picturesque in the mind and light on the heart. David teaches on Wednesdays at 12:30pm at the Power Yoga Company. Learn more about David by visiting his website 

Yoga for Kids

December 19, 2016


I have been teaching a kids class at the Power Yoga Company for over a year now and the more I teach the more I learn from the children.

When I was asked to write a blog entry I thought for a long time about what I would say, and I couldn’t decide… should I share the benefits of yoga for kids, or my thoughts on the importance of keeping the classes dynamic and fun?  Well yes, I could, but what I really want to talk about is comparison and competition.

As adults we constantly compare and contrast; we measure ourselves against other people, and we are bombarded with so much choice in everything – which brands to buy in the supermarket, what clothes to wear, which route to take to work – in everything we do.  For children life is very different – there is not much choice in their everyday lives, so much is mapped and planned for them. From how to get to school and at what time, their timetables at school, what they eat, to what time they go to bed. The adults in their lives make most of the decisions. But children are still subjected to comparison and competition just as adults are. They compare themselves academically in class, they compete for attention from the adults in their lives, and they measure themselves against their peers in sport.

So what does this have to do with yoga?


Well in yoga there is no competition, there is no measuring or clamour (except when everyone is excited about a yoga game). Instead, everyone is encouraged to do as much as they want to and to make suggestions for the enjoyment of the whole class. The games we play aren’t competitive, they are collaborative.  There is no “I’m better than her” but sometimes there is “I’m better than last week”.

The partner poses we practise are reliant on both children giving it a go and seeing what they can do. Each of us has our favourite breath exercise but there is no prize for the best breathing! Relaxation or Savasana is as important in a kids’ class as it is in an adult one. It is often hard to lie still and let go, to let the mind drift and the body relax, to just be, but the children often tell me it is their favourite part of the class.

It is crucial for children to just be – no hurry, no worry, no comparisons or competition and yoga can supply this. What a gift.


Serena Lillingston teaches yoga for kids aged 8 – 11 years on Wednesdays at 4:45. To find out more about Serena, visit her website.

Nurture your inner self

November 9, 2016


When we feel stressed our body suspends all unnecessary bodily functions that are not essential for survival. Digestion, reproduction, growth and healing stop whilst blood pressure and heart rate increase as the body prepares to fight, flight or freeze. The dilemma for us humans is that we can trigger a stress response from our thoughts alone (just thinking about that impending deadline) and we are not very effective at turning it off.

During moments of stress, the body releases adrenalin and cortisol, and unless we release this tension, it stays with us. So, the tension you experience today could be from a stressful event that occurred five years ago. In this workshop, I will teach you a technique that will release deep chronic tension and discharge the high adrenal and cortisol levels. Through a guided shaking technique focusing on the hips, hamstrings, shoulders and back, our bodies will begin to let go of stored muscular tension – a bit like a massage but from the inside out. Once you have learned how to release your tensions, the workshop will end in a guided relaxation so you leave restored.

This workshop will enable you to handle stress and adversity more effectively by teaching you how to take ‘ownership’ of your recovery and give you some simple tools to switch out of fight or flight and back into resting and digesting.

Join Vicky for her Stress Release workshop on Saturday, 26th November from 1:30 – 3:30, which is now available for booking. It is suitable for all levels and no experience of yoga is necessary.


Since qualifying in 2008 Vicky has studied with many world-renowned teachers such as Rod Stryker, Doug Keller, and Julie Gudmestad. In 2013, she studied with Laura Kupperman on her Yoga for Survivors course and began teaching  yoga for those living with cancer. Vicky teaches regularly at the Power Yoga Company, with classes on Mondays at 11am, Wednesdays at 9:15am, Fridays at 11am and Sundays at 5:15. Learn more about Vicky by visiting her website.

Getting to the Core with Cloudia Hill

October 18, 2016


We often think of the core as being our abdominal muscles, or the ‘six pack’. While this may be aesthetically pleasing, you can still have a weak core even if you are sculpted like a Greek god or goddess.

Our core has three-dimensional depth and functional movement in all three planes of motion but many of these muscles are hidden beneath the exterior six pack that people tend to train more often. These deeper muscles include the transverse abdominals, diaphragm, TVR and pelvic floor. What many people do not know is that the core also includes the gluteus maximus, minimus and quadriceps, which create a trunk from the shoulders through to the knee.

Having a strong core is often referred to as having a ‘snug corset’ wrapping itself right around you, protecting you from knees to shoulders. It is also essential for sports and day to day activities to reduce the impact on our joints and bones, and it makes yoga practice easier and safer.

Very often we are told to strengthen the core if we have bad posture or lower back problems. This means strengthening what we deem the abs but it also requires strengthening the gluteus, lengthening the hamstrings and activating the hip flexors, which are often neglected. To truly create strength and stability in the core, we must concentrate on the front body as well as the sides and the back. This is because strengthening the entirety of the deep core area contributes to improved balance and better coordination and flexibility, which, in turn, will deepen our asana practice and enable us to transition more gracefully and controlled.

This workshop will give you the tools to use on and off the mat to help strengthen and deepen your practice. We will look into common problem areas that we encounter during our practice and develop techniques that you can incorporate into your own practice. This will be followed by a beautifully sequenced class that will strengthen the body, develop focus and balance the mind.

Cloudia’s workshop is on October 29th from 1:30 – 3:30pm and is now available for booking.

Cloudia Hill is a Yoga teacher and Actress in Theatre, TV and Film. She currently works in Studios around London and is Co/Founder of Yogalux.

Calling all Teens in South West London to the Power Yoga Company!

October 10, 2016


The benefits of yoga are endless at every age, but I think most people who practice regularly would agree with me when I say that I wish I had been introduced to yoga when I was a teenager!

Creating a safe, secure internal place, learning to elicit the relaxation response, and connecting with the world around me in a deeper way would have been a precious gift as a teen. Not to mention the other benefits: self-discovery, self-regulation of emotions, balanced moods, less reactivity, physical fitness, improved sleep and healthy body image.

Yoga can also support our teens with the academic demands of being at secondary school – helping to reduce stress and anxiety, enhancing mental clarity, focus and coordination – as well as the extreme social pressures of their online world.

There’s some good evidence to support these ideas. For over three decades, Dr. Sat Bir Singh Khalsa, an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School, has been studying the effects of yoga on health and, more recently, its effects on children and teens. In his research, he has found that almost all of the teens who practiced yoga, as compared with just P.E., reported feeling increasingly resilient, focused, and better able to emotionally handle and deal with stress.

I love being able to watch teens enjoy and benefit from the practice and get to know themselves in a whole new way, and I would love for every teen to give it a go! There are no requirements, you don’t have to be sporty or be able to touch your toes to try yoga. The practice is truly designed for everyone of all ages, gender and ability.


Teen Yoga classes with Sophie Purvis at the Power Yoga Company are every Thursday after school from 5:15-6:15pm. If you have a teenager, are a teenager or know a teenager then spread the word! Girls and boys are welcome between the ages of 12 and 17.  

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