There are various yoga classes around Danderyd - it is very popular here - including the most obvious Villavi, Purusa and Yoga & Inre Balans at Stocksund and Studio Yoga Blå in Danderyd, to mention just a few. Last week I met Michelle Hart who recently moved over from the UK, bringing her yoga expertise with her and starting two new yoga classes in English at Petruskyrkan.
Michelle ia a 200hr Yoga Alliance teacher with 6 years experience of teaching children, adults, as well as pre- and post-natal women. Before moving here, she taught at a variety of gyms, studios and schools in London. While she is here, she continues to train in Yin Yoga and in SUP yoga with Swedish teacher Sofie Ringsten, who teaches at Villavi and Urban Om. You can read more about Michelle on her UK website.
Here in Stocksund, on Wednesday mornings, from 9.15-10.30, Michelle teaches Dynamic Hatha Yoga, which she tells me is a flowing, alignment-based practice. Classes are theme based and aim to strengthen and relax body and mind. A friend that attends reported back that this means reasonably challenging position holding and a really good workout, though with plenty of relaxation at the beginning and end.
Monday mornings' Yin Yoga class (from 9.15-10.30) is a slower-paced, more meditative class aimed at freeing energy channels and bring the student into the present. It is great for stress relief and helps to improve circulation, flexibility within the joins and connective tissue. Both classes are 140kr to drop-in or Michelle offers special rates for 10 classes and whole terms. Contact Michelle on: 0733 593704 and firstname.lastname@example.org
The vision that Ingela has is completely by design, from her café that sits in the middle of the boutique, to the plan of opening a health center. The idea is to bring people and ideas together. Food, mind, body and our environment are building blocks of the foundation to this fantastic place.
The first part of Ingela’s vision has been realized. She serves a selection of raw, vegan and vegetarian items everyday. Her background as a nurse and nutrition advisor lead her to trying different types of food. She stresses the importance of ’living food‘, which is what raw food is. Raw food is not heated past 42 degrees celcius and often not heated at all, as the enzymes will be destroyed. However, she also says that it necessary to have warm food so you do not have to strictly eat a raw food diet in order to feel well. What’s important is the cycle of your food, that it is a living cycle and not full of processes that change the food and take away it’s life, so to speak.
I have eaten at EkoButiken many times, love the food and was dying to take my husband who is a harsh critic. I was floored about how impressed he was. We went for lunch on a Saturday afternoon to celebrate my birthday and both had absolutely wonderful meals, a combination of both raw and warm food. To start with, we were both served a vibrant salad with shredded red beats, sprouts, carrots, and cabbage. Alongside the salad were raw food crackers served with an avocado spread and a very flavourful Brazil nut pesto dip. For our main course, I ordered lovely kale and mushroom crêpes with parmesan cream. It was delicious and all the flavors combined and melted in my mouth. My husband ordered a carrot, coconut cream and ginger soup with a feta cream and olive sandwich on the side. The soup was amazing, bursting with flavor and very hearty and filling. My husband was gracious enough to let me try his soup - it was my birthday after all! We ate our delicious lunch in this cozy and inviting setting, looking out over the changing leaves and had our own interesting conversation about food, life and books. We finished our lunch with tea and as the birthday girl I indulged in a rich and delicious slice of raw tiramisu—not only delicious but full of healthy ingredients!
I can safely say that this unique café and boutique has something for everyone, an inviting atmosphere, a lovely buzz of interesting people and great food—including pancakes for the toughest of young critics on Saturdays! The service is great and personal.
Ingela offers a range of classes, including a raw food cooking class in November, as well as classes on a range of subjects including how your digestive system works. Her vision carefully includes sustainability in our everyday lives as well as taking into account the importance of a good quality of life—not only by the food we put into our bodies but with the people we interact with on a daily basis.
Ingela also offers catering, you can always call and ask if you can arrange a breakfast meeting before opening hours or call on a Saturday and see if she can stay open past 3 in the afternoon. She will eventually be offering evening hours as well.
Watch this space for more exciting things to come!
I'm an English gal with a Swedish husband and children living permanently in Danderyd. These are my thoughts on what is going on around here.
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