Sarah & Steph. Founders, Feast and Flow Brunch Club

22 May 2017

Let me tell you all how my Sunday morning started.. 6am: A meow echoes round the flat, Mr C my flat-faced cat is waiting not so patiently outside my bedroom door for his breakie. Fast forward a little, 12pm: I'm at a pilates studio in Shoreditch and somehow sit myself under the aircon which seems to be blowing out heat, not cool! 1.30pm: Google maps freaks out and I go the long way round to my event. 2pm: event has started and google maps is still freaking out. Then I see a sporty looking chick running past in yoga pants, with that we look at each-other and say 'Are you going to Feast and Flow'  - bringing a calmness to each-other we team up and find the place without google and climb to the top of the most stunning building in Shoreditch. As we entered the room a peacefulness engulfed me and then Sunday afternoon really started to shine! After an hour of yoga we were handed a champagne glass of Kombucha, met at the table with the king of goodie bags and tucked into the most divine vegan brunch. Perfect Sunday afternoon sealed! 

This wonderful event was put on by two talented ladies, Steph of MIMOD'S Kitchen and Sarah of Wilde Yoga. This collaboration is a recipe for tingling taste buds and perfecting that chaturanga with the added bonus of meeting some lovely like minded people! Each brunch has a slightly different theme, this months was mindfulness which was incredible when used in conjunction with slightly challenging yoga poses, showing how powerful the brain is when used like this.

After the event we caught up for a little chat so I could pick their brains on how they started it...

How did you come up with the idea to start doing a Yoga and Brunch Club?

We met through mutual friends and had both recently launched our own businesses at a similar time. As my focus for my supper clubs is brunch food, and I had been considering doing a vegan event after becoming really interested in the plant-based way of cooking when living in Sydney last year, it seemed a perfect idea to combine our two growing brands!
It was such a natural fit. We met over a glass of wine - it was quite like a blind date - and instantly just clicked. It's so important to be on the same wavelength when going into business together and we were really lucky to have exactly the same visions, goals and values. I'd worked with a couple of brands going various yoga/foodie pop-ups so to meet Steph and be able to create a monthly event of our own was great.

How do you come up with the themes for each month? Is the next event planned and if so what's in store for us!?

The themes are usually Sarah's brainchild! But they are often influenced by the season and time of year, as I love using seasonal ingredients that are locally sourced, usually from my local farmer's market. For February - given that it was - Valentines we focused on 'Loving Yourself' and in May it was 'Selfless Spring Clean'. The next event's theme is still TBC but expect lots of summery flavours and Sarah guiding you into a lighter, brighter mindset!
I LOVE coming up with the themes. I'm constantly reading and I love sharing the things I learn with everyone who comes to Feast & Flow. As Steph said, the themes tend to have a loose attachment to the seasons as I believe in the seasons of the soul as well as the weather. Everything has its cycle and I love being able to help balance people through yoga, meditation and mindful exercises so that they leave feeling more uplifted and positive.

Those energy balls we had after yoga were absolutely amazing, how do you make them?

Thank you! They're a date and tahini base, sweetened with maple syrup and cashews added for an extra crunch. To make them soak a good handful of dates for 24 hours and then drain thoroughly, squeezing out any additional water. Blend with a heaped tablespoon of tahini and a good handful of cashews and maple syrup to taste. Leave the mixture in the fridge for a couple of hours to firm up and then roll the balls, a teaspoon at a time. Dust in a blend of poppyseeds, flax seeds and shredded coconut.

Where do you sweat, eat and shop in London?

Sweat - I love Triyoga yoga studio or a good run around Hampstead Heath.
Eat - At the moment I'm obsessed with Club Mexicana, they're a street food stall but they've just taken on a permanent spot at Pamela in Dalston. An incredibly inventive menu (not your average Mexican) and utterly delicious.
Shop - Primrose Hill Market. Unsurprisingly my shopping stop is food-related! They have amazing organic produce traders, but my main draw is the burrata from Varley and Crouch, or tomatoes from The Tomato Stall.
Sweat: I do a lot of home practice but love trying different yoga studios around London too. It helps keep things interesting and encourages my body to move in different ways.
Eat: I've recently made the transition to full vegetarian. I've not really eaten meat for a couple of years but now I've cut out all fish too so I'm really enjoying sampling all the different vegetarian and vegan places popping up across London. We are so spoilt for choice it would be a shame not to!
Shop: Most of my work wear/gym gear is either Sweaty Betty or Lululemon. It's expensive but such good quality it washes well and lasts for a long long time. For all my other clothes I'm a sucker for Topshop, Zara, Urban Outfitters and Monki as well as cool little pop-up shops and vintage finds.

Five items you can't live without?

1. My Swell Water Bottle. A private client got me one as a present and it has literally become like my third arm. I'm really trying to reduce the amount of plastic I use and these means I haven't bought a bottle of water in nearly a year. It asks as a flask so my tea stays hot and in the summer it keeps my water super cold. They also plant a tree for every bottle sold - literally the gift that keeps on giving.
2. My Manduka back pack. Some days I leave the house at 6.45am and don't get home until 10pm so I carry my day on my back. It's so amazing, it has a laptop place, a bit to carry your mat, two different pockets and so much room. It allows me to take three meals with me, notebooks and books so I can work in-between as well as Swell (obviously) and my laptop. It's really comfy and doesn't hurt my back or shoulders - literally a saviour.
3. Tisserand Aromatherapy Oils. I use these at the end of every class and the feedback I get from students is great. There are loads of different scents meaning students always get to experience something different. I also like to use them on myself. If I've got a really hectic day of classes and meetings I like to use 'De-stress' to keep me focused and if my heads super cluttered at the end of the day I use 'Sweet Dreams' to help me get to sleep.
4. My phone. I hate to say it but I do rely on my phone so much. If I'm out and don't have my laptop with me it means I can keep on top of my workload easily and I also use it for the music I play in my classes so I'd be a little lost without it.
5. My notebook. I carry this with me everywhere I go and jot down anything that I see or hear that inspires me in some way. I really try to build mindfulness into my classes and by doing this I constantly have new sources of inspiration to hand. It's also where I keep all my learnings - from both on and off the mat - and reading through it when I'm on the move helps keeps me grounded.

1. My Polaroid Camera I got this as a leaving present from my old work, and it's so much fun to go back to the 90s and have instant printed photos! I've now started a little scrap book and it's great to have a whole selection of pictures to look back on that aren't on Instagram or Facebook.
2. Cold-pressed Olive Oil. I have a slight obsession with olive oil and love discovering new oils to use especially if they come from smaller farms. At the moment I'm working my way through a can from Angelina Wines, who have a small vineyard in Italy with just a few olive trees on it.
3. Rimmel Day 2 Night Glam Eyes mascara. Even on days when I can't be bothered to do any makeup, I have to have mascara on. And this one stays on even through a sweaty shift over a hot grill!
4. A good book. This one should really be number one, because other than cooking, reading is my number one love in life. I've just finished Purity by Jonathan Franzen and am now on Margret Atwood's incredible The Handmaid's Tale.
5. My headphones. I do a lot of walking now I'm in London, running from bus stops to tube stops, and I love gettting lost in a podcast. Episodes of Radiolab, There's No Such Thing As a Fish, This American Life and BBC Radio Four's Friday Night Comedy podcast are pretty much always clogging up my phone.

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