by Fiona Duncan-Steer

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The Alchemist Nottingham

The Alchemist Nottingham

The meaning of the word alchemist translates to a person who transforms or creates something through a seemingly magical process.  This perfectly sums up the entire ethos behind The popular bar/restaurant The Alchemist, where I had the pleasure of visiting recently in Nottingham for a […]

Hilton East Midlands

Hilton East Midlands

Hilton Hotel group have always had a great reputation for doing exactly what they say on the tin, consistent, affordable accommodation with all amenities covered and Hilton East Midlands are no exception, with their fantastic location just four miles from East Midlands airport, this is […]

at1.SPACE + The Sensory Kitchen

at1.SPACE + The Sensory Kitchen

We recently witnessed a full moon and to my discovery many celebrate this through various ceremonies, including the act of yoga and meditation.

Nottingham based at1.SPACE did just that, as I was invited to join in on a Full Moon Ceremony during the evening at the tranquil sanctuary At1 Space based on Triumph Road near the Nottingham University campus.

Owner, Yasmin is a qualified yoga teacher and often hosts yoga based events at the venue alongside running her classes and I have kept my eye on them over the past few months with the intention of attending when able,  so I was delighted to be able to go along and see it for myself this time around…

at1.SPACE well-being centre is spacious, friendly and welcoming, offering a ‘time out’ option to all for an alternative work space, healthy lunch or just a catch up with friends over a juice and having visited several times this past year since they opened for lunch and yoga classes, I can’t recommend it enough for an escape from reality. 

The Sensory Kitchen have also recently joined the A1 Space team and moved in with their amazing concept of healthy, colourful food to awaken the senses.  Owner Zenia; who has a background in the food industry, is clearly passionate about her offerings and cannot wait to get started. 

The Sensory Kitchen will offer an array of dishes on their menu, which will be tried and tested over the next few months to see which gain the best feedback, before refining her menu a little further down the line with the most popular dishes.  They will also host events in their dedicated space, to include food and wine pairings as well as consultations and having recently sampled some of their delights; including the most colourful vegetarian platter I have ever seen,  sweet potato, avocado and pomegranate bites and vegan avocado mousse served in miniature buckets with tiny spades (very imaginative!) at their opening launch, I have to say I am very much looking forward to trying out the menu.

The Full Moon Ceremony was my first and I very much enjoyed the company of the lovely people in attendance.  Yasmin’s one-hour yoga session kicked it off with a salutation to the moon- yoga mats places in a circle facing towards a central point of candles, Buddha’s and prettiness.   We then took a short break with green tea in beautiful cups, before our session with Paulina, learning about the art and benefits of essential oils.  Paulina took us through a blessing whilst we closed out eye’s and relaxed – her voice was just so soothing I almost nodded off!  We were given information about the amazing benefits of oils for health and well-being purposes and were each offered a vegan, dairy free chocolate to awaken the senses.

Finally, we were asked by Paulina to help ourselves to our own gifts from the basket in the centre of the room- each pretty, spotty paper bag had our name on it and contained a handwritten positive affirmation and essential oil blend rollerball which smelt amazing.

Many of us took to rolling the blend onto our pulse points (wrists and behind the ears) to relax us even further as Paulina concluded the session with a poem.

After another short break, we were taken into meditation by the enthusiastic Jodie, who offered to read angel cards to anyone who were interested, with each reading is personal to you and was a nice thing to do within the break. 

Jodie asked us to relax on our backs on our mats, as she took us into a meditation which lasted around twenty minutes and during that time, Yasmin came to us each in turn with hands covered in essential oils to stretch out our necks and shoulders.   Jodie then followed with a short reiki cleanse to conclude the event.

I very much enjoyed my visit to at1.SPACE to experience something new- everyone was lovely, and I felt extremely relaxed and uplifted, ready to climb into bed for a peaceful slumber.

www.at1space.com

The Sleepy Vegetarian

The Hilton Nottingham

The Hilton Nottingham

Nottingham Hilton Hotel (formally the prestigious Victoria Hotel) for those of the generation to remember was my recent ‘home for the night ‘as I visited to experience what facilities they had to offer and I was not disappointed… I decided to take along my mum […]

Saco Nottingham- Beautiful Spacious Self-Catered Apartments

Saco Nottingham- Beautiful Spacious Self-Catered Apartments

Susanna and Peter were very welcoming as the first faces we were greeted with upon arrival at Saco Nottingham, located in the affluent Ropewalk/Park Estate border of Nottingham. It was Peter’s first day in training and he did very well in making us feel welcome […]

Birdhouse Cafe, Nottingham

Birdhouse Cafe, Nottingham

The Birdhouse Café located on the corner of Middle Pavement and Weekday Cross, in Nottingham recently opened its doors with owner Dan Shaw present to offer a warm welcome to those who attended the launch evening.  Dan brings a wealth of experience from his background in retail; in particular for designer brands including Burberry, hence his intention for working with local independents in the retail sector, with the hope of bringing together local businesses to provide a cosy space for work and tea breaks, with free Wifi on offer, as well as USB charging points, they encourage you to want to stay as long as you like.   The café has a contemporary feel with artwork produced by local artists donning the walls and is in a fantastic location for ‘people watching’, with its large glass windows looking out across the popular Lace Market area of Nottingham.  Birdhouse Café’s ethos is really about supporting the local Nottingham business community, housing local produce such as Belvoir sparkling presses and juices, 200 Degrees coffee and delicious homemade cakes all sourced locally and bought to you under one roof.  They also have a no plastic policy and serve their teas and coffees in ceramic mugs in-house and encourage you purchase one of their reusable cups made from bamboo.  The Belvoir juices all come in glass bottles and they even sell’ canned’ water!

Commenting on the VIP event and the café’s launch, Dan Shaw, director of Birdhouse Café, said:

“When it comes to launch events, quite often it’s only the big names that get invited but we wanted to do something to show our appreciation for some of Nottingham’s unsung heroes – the people that go out of their way to give something back to the community. That fantastic spirit is something we are really passionate about at Birdhouse Café, not just for our customers but also down to the suppliers we choose to partner with too.

“We want Birdhouse Café to be a welcoming space for all and we’re really looking forward to working with even more local businesses and local talent to help them get the most out of Birdhouse Café, whether that be providing them with a space to sell their products or showcase their artwork on our walls.”

Birdhouse Café is open Monday-Saturday 8.30am-6pm. 

For more on Birdhouse Café, follow @TheBirdhouseUK on Facebook and Instagram.

Any independent brands interested in exhibiting at Birdhouse Café should email nottingham.cafe@birdhouse.space

SACO Derby Apartments- The Millhouse

SACO Derby Apartments- The Millhouse

Set in a stunning refurbished mill, Saco have converted what was once a mill house into a set of beautiful self-serviced apartments just a short walk from Derby city centre… Located within a private courtyard behind electric gates the security is high and as this […]

Brewery Experience Day- Brewhouse & Kitchen

Brewery Experience Day- Brewhouse & Kitchen

Masterclasses are quite obviously on trend at the moment and due to their vast array of themes they are also extremely popular group activities to undertake- gin making/cocktail making/flower arranging you name it there’s a masterclass for it, all making for perfect team building or […]

All You Yoga

All You Yoga

I’m so pleased to have recently discovered All You Yoga ran by Lee-ann Cordingley.

As a self-confessed, not by any means expert but enthusiastic yogi, I have practised yoga for many years- different types, different classes, different teachers and have enjoyed all experiences, as I find it really helps me to calm my mind and tones my body at the same time- win win!

Lee-ann invited me to one of her themed classes recently based at the John Godber Centre in Hucknall, Nottingham to try out her class- named Lunar Practise, a salutation to the moon as opposed to the sun, which is often a common practise in yoga.

My friend and I went along to the centre which has free parking after 6pm to the rear (very handy as the class starts at 8pm).  The class was full but with still ample space to swing your arms without knocking out your neighbour.  We were asked to bring our own mats which I own, however blocks and other equipment were provided.  Interestingly this was the first time I was asked to use a yoga strap for foot stretches, something that I found immensely satisfying and will buy for myself to continue at home in my own time.

Lee-ann started with a rather loud yoga chant to focus our attention.  Once the practise started, I noticed her very soothing, gentle voice as she explained the moves and each position very well, assisting where necessary.  She gave a very in-depth introduction into what we were to expect from the session and it actually went very quickly, as I must have been in the zone enjoying it all too much.  After our yoga practise we then went into our meditation section of the evening and were told we should put on any additional clothing such as our hoodies, socks etc and cover ourselves in our blankets if we had bought them with us (I had done, as this is one of my favourite parts of any yoga session!) we get to lie back on our mats, close our eyes, breathe deeply and relax…there have been classes I have attended in the past where at this point some folk in the class have actually fallen asleep- I know this because they let out a great big snort.

The meditation part of the program (or savasana) allows you to re-connect with your breathe, your body and yourself after working hard in your practise and positioning.  It is almost like a “well done you deserve this rest and recuperation now.” 

Following our savasana we were then offered the opportunity to write in our journals- a really lovely touch to end a yoga class and something I have not encountered before but really liked. Lee-ann provided us with our own booklets explaining a few main yoga poses, a few tips and techniques on healthy living and there was even space in the back to write about our positive intentions and to doodle and let our minds be free and wander.

That evening I slept like a baby having returned home for around 10pm, I climbed straight into bed in such a relaxed and content state I’m sure I fell asleep with a smile on my face 😊

Namaste.

More information on All You Yoga and the class timetable can be found on their website:

www.allyouyoga.co.uk  

Brewhouse & Kitchen – New Menu

Brewhouse & Kitchen – New Menu

Brewhouse and Kitchen recently opened in Nottingham in the popular West Bridgford area located directly on Trent Bridge over looking the river Trent, so the perfect location for drinks in Summer with a view, local to the vibrant centre of Bridgford and near all of […]