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Review: Yoga and Brunch

When you need to unwind, recharge and take some much needed me-time - a leisurely Sunday morning of yoga and brunch does the trick. Muddy recharged with Yoga and Brunch at Hartsfield Manor.

THE LOWDOWN

Yoga and Brunch is a regular event held at beautiful venues throughout Surrey. It’s all about ‘me-time’ – dedicating some time to yourself
to pause, relax and reconnect. It’s a laid-back affair, and you’ll need to do very little apart from turn up. Even the yoga mats are there ready and waiting for you.

THE LOCATION

The events are held at different locations throughout Surrey, so as well as taking time out, it’s also a chance to discover some of the beautiful locations within our county. I went to the Yoga and Brunch at Hartsfield Manor, a beautiful Victorian manor house nestled in 16 acres of private grounds in the countryside at Betchworth.

The very first Yoga and Brunch was held at the Hampton Estate in Farnham, and the next event will be at Painshill, the 18th century landscaped gardens in Cobham, on Sunday 12 June.

THE VIBE

It’s relaxed, friendly and easy going. No one is going to tell you to put away your phone, be silent or stay away from the coffee. Almost everyone there has come along on their own, so there’s a bit of saying hi to new peeps and chatting as we sip our drinks before making our way to a mat.

Adriana Salazar is the organiser, a yoga teacher with a passion to share the practice with as many people as she can, and to make it accessible to all levels. She’s super lovely – saying hi as we all arrive just generally making everyone feel comfortable and at ease.

She doesn’t teach the yoga at her own events – choosing instead to invite a different guest instructor along to each event.

At Hartsfield Manor, its Imogen Irving putting us through our bends and stretches, and she too is floating about the room – all lean and lithe – saying hi and checking in to find out if anyone has any injuries or health issues.

Today, as well as the yoga, today there is also a sound bath session with Claire Paphitis, an Ayurvedic consultant and sound healer.

THE YOGA

It’s Sunday morning, and the vibe is very much around relaxing and rejuvenating – and the yoga follows suit. Imogen has a warm and gentle style, that’s also playful and fun. She takes us through a series of familiar yoga movements – delicious stretches, sun salutations, balances, plank – as well as guided relaxation.

It was the perfect Sunday morning yoga class – gentle and not overly strenuous but with just enough to challenge. The one-hour session flew by – and I ended the session feeling rebalanced and realigned. I love a good stretch!

THE SOUND BATH

A complete newbie to a sound bath – I wasn’t entirely sure what to expect, apart from being bathed in sounds. For those like me who aren’t in the know, a sound bath is a mediative experience that takes you to a deep state of relaxation using sound waves. The sound waves can be produced by various sources – chimes, gongs, tuning forks, bowls even the voice.

Claire, who’s also trained in classical music, uses a series of crystal bowls and singing to create sound waves that fill the room and almost feel like they’re enveloping your whole body. The bowls produce a beautiful sound, both soothing and calming. And when Claire’s voice drifted in as well, it was genuinely beautiful. She’s a talented lady, this one!

I’m dreadful at switching off my monkey mind, but lying back on my mat and just taking it all in was really quite soothing and peaceful.

THE BRUNCH

A healthy vegetarian brunch was the perfect way to round things off. I chose the poached eggs with avocado, but there were vegan options that included scrambled tofu as well as pancakes. We had dairy-free smoothies and also a pot of yoghurt and fruit (with a vegan version for those opting for the plant-based menu).

THE MUDDY VERDICT

Good for: Anyone who wants to get off the treadmill of life for just a few hours. Also good for mother and daughter bonding, girlie catch-ups, and also couples.

Not for: If you’re not into yoga… give it a miss.

The damage: Cost is £75 per person or £140 for a couple.

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