Bending over backwards


Yoga Insight by Yoga student Angela McArdle

I remember my frustrations on the mat, unable to lift my heavy body up in to the wheel pose!

I so wished I that could gracefully curve my spine, raise my hips and see the world from a new perspective.  Others could do it, so why not me?

Then I went on the Namaste retreat to Fermanagh.  A weekend of yoga, meditation and relaxation with Keshav.  I was determined that by the Sunday evening I would have mastered the wheel pose and I did!

I realised that I was being far too ridged and that I just needed to relax in to it.  And to breath into it.

I also realised that whenever I am clear about my intention and then relax and trust myself then I just know that I am capable of achieving anything.

I now always try and set intentions for my practice… On and off the mat.

Angela McArdle

Business Coach

Namaste Kitchen – Pea Soup

Herby Pea Soup

Herby Pea Soup

We aren’t known for following rules in our house and this is true for meal times too.

We often rummage up quite unique, and mostly yummy, dishes using whatever we happen to find in our fridge or store cupboard.

Not all them are worth sharing, but sometimes we do magic up something lovely.

If you like peas, then you’ll love this recipe.


2 Cups Frozen Peas

2/3 Celery sticks  – chopped

1 or 2 Garlic cloves – finely chopped

2 tbsps Rice

Herbs to taste (Thyme, Sage, Rosemary)

Salt & Pepper to taste

Optional – Veg or Chicken stock


Heat a little oil in a medium sized pot

Add the celery and garlic and soften for a few minutes

Add the rice, peas and herbs

Add 4-5 cups of water (depending on how thick you like the soup)

Add veg or chicken stock if desired ( I used 1 tsp of Swiss bouillon reduced salt)

Bring to the boil and simmer for 25 minutes

Blend until smooth

We served this great soup with Spelt bread.

It freezes really well too.


Jennifer Walsh-Rupakheti

Jane Mc Clenaghan from Vital Nutrition says…”Sounds fab. A perfect store cupboard soup. Frozen peas are a good source of protein, making this a slow release meal. Try replacing rice with quinoa for a little added protein boost to make a really low GI dish.”

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Sat 01 Oct 2022 – Bodyrolling Workshop with Jennifer Greenlees

Sat 01 Oct 2022 – Bodyrolling Workshop

with Jennifer Greenlees

10am – 12.30pm


Please book here


Bodyrolling feels fantastic and is great for getting rid of stiffness, aches and pains. To learn how, come along to my next Bodyrolling Workshop 1st October 10-12:30pm at Namaste Yoga Belfast 265A Ormeau Road, BT7 3GG

Bodyrolling combines a great stretch like yoga with a deep tissue massage using the ball. Learn how to roll away stiffness, aches and pains yourself using a ball or foam roller. Leave feeling like you have had a full body massage. Kickstart a new healthy habit you can do for yourself at home or at the gym.

Sometimes we get stiff and sore from working long hours. Perhaps you are spending to much time at your desk or maybe your job is very physical with lots of heavy lifting. Bodyrolling makes fantastic self care as it realigns your body and prevents problems developing due to poor posture or repetitive strain. Great thing is once you have learnt how to roll your body you can do it yourself at home very quickly. I enjoy a bit of body rolling at the end of the day to relax and realign before bed.

If you would like to buy your own ball or foam roller click on this link…

It makes great body maintenance between massages. Keeps the muscles from getting so tight so you are not just relying on your massage therapist or physio for help. It also improves circulation as it rolls through and tonnes your body and is also great for bone density. The list of benefits are endless!

So come along and have a go or if you have already been before but need a kickstart to get back on the wagon again of rolling every day come along.  All equipment provided. Balls and Foam Rollers are also available for purchase. If you cant make a workshop I also have a fantastic online program 30 days of bodyrolling just 15 mins a day to teach you how to roll away stiffness aches and pains yourself at home. Helps you get into the routine of doing it yourself at home.

Looking forward to getting rolling!


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