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Turning to yoga? Then you'll love Yarrow + Yoga's outdoor classes, plant foraging and emphasis on healing across Bucks & Herts.

Kathryn Fa, Yoga Atelier

If you’re committed to mining your local Boots every time you feel a twinge or have a tickle, a Yarrow+Yoga spring detox workshop might not be for you. If however, you sometimes think that your overall health could do with a little fine tuning without popping pills, you will do well to trot over the Herts border to Hemel Food Garden for a session with Kathryn Fa.

And if you like the idea of being challenged by doing a downward dog on a mat on slightly uneven grass, sign up now.

Fa is based in Chorleywood, and in addition to these new Yarrow+Yoga workshops, she also teaches yoga classes in studios in Bucks and runs Wild Yoga sessions in secret locations. As with so many good teachers, it was a need to improve and learn about her own health that led her to nutrition and yoga. For the Yarrow+Yoga sessions, Kathryn teams up with nutritionists who specialise in the various subjects including a detox foraging walk, herbal medicine and yoga for allergies, digestion, and strengthening the immune system.

 I’m too emotionally uptight to be let loose on the dandelion leaves, but Muddy Herts editor Sandra is game for a good forage. Off she went basket in hand a few weeks back on a Yarrow + Yoga course, looking for healing plants and she loved it! Did you know, fact fans, that you can eat dandelion flowers? Or that the Romans flogged themselves with nettles? Nettles are one of the highest sources of protein in the plant world. And dock leaves can be rolled up to make wild food sushi.

Hairy bitter cress

After the mooch there was, of course, yoga, in the morning sun. Sandra describes Kathryn as a soulful teacher, and while the movements were subtle, Kathryn had chosen exercises that would aid with the detoxing process (no, not just lying down sleeping though wouldn’t that be nice?)

At the end of the workshop it was time for shots – but don’t get too excited, bar flies – one was wheatgrass and other was made from cleavers. Little green shots of pure health to send the course members back out in the mad bad world more balanced and happy.

As with any workshop, you can of course take away as little or as much as you like, but for those open to the healing power of plants and downward dogs, Yarrow + Yoga is a great start.

The next Yarrow+Yoga workshop is 2 June with Destress & Unwind (YES PLEASE), and 7 July for Love Your Skin. If you can’t wait until then there’s a rather lovely  Teeny Trees Family Yoga taster on Sat 26 May.

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