Holly Hood Yoga

Holly in Yoga pose
Chai spiced chocolate porridge
December 12, 2016

It’s festive spice time of year! This chai spiced chocolate porridge is pure Christmas magic to keep you warm and nourished all morning.

It’s important that spices like cinnamon, cloves, and ginger feature in our diets more at this time of year. They help support our digestive health, have antibacterial qualities and boost our immune system to help keep Winter colds at bay.

On the flip side it’s also the time of year when alcohol and sugary foods also feature more in our diets. Eating well to support your health and also enjoying some mulled wine and a mince pie need not be mutually exclusive. Eating mindfully, being aware of every bite, every flavour, often means you are less likely to overindulge. One mince pie is likely to remain one mince pie rather than two or three.


Chai spiced chocolate porridge

Serves 2

100g oats and/or flakes (I use a mix of porridge oats, rye flakes and barley flakes)
350ml nut milk (or cow’s milk)
1 tbls maple syrup
1 tbls cacao powder (you could also use cocoa, but the raw form has more depth)
1 tsp ginger
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/4 tsp ground clove
1/4 tsp ground cardamon
Grated satsuma peel, to taste

  1. Place all ingredients in a saucepan and leave to soak for 15 minutes if just using porridge oats, and up to 1 hour if using additional flakes. This allows the oats to be more easily digested.
  2. Gently heat until warmed through. Do not overheat, and especially do not bring to the boil, as this can destroy some of the good properties of the ingredients
  3. Top with more grated satsuma peel and enjoy!

You can change the amounts of spices to taste, and also the amount of milk depending on how loose you like your porridge. Sultanas or dates are also a nice addition and will plump up nicely if you put them in to soak

Chakras – resources and further reading
February 27, 2016

Hi yogis!

In our classes over the past few weeks we’ve been exploring the seven main chakras in the body. I know this has stirred interest in some of you who are keen to know more so I’ve put together a few resources for you, if you’d like to learn more.


Chakras are located in the subtle body. They are spinning wheels of energy that are created when energy pathways come into contact. Our seven main chakras sit along the length of the body and are often represented as symbols and colours. See my beautiful diagram for energetic locations (not to scale :-)

IMG_6670Although chakras are located in the subtle body, they have baring on our physical body, as well as our mental and emotional state. Energy should pass freely through these places, but for various reasons we may experience imbalances meaning that energy cannot flow freely through the body.

There are many ways in which we can explore any imbalances, and work at bringing our bodies back into balance. It is through yoga asana (yoga postures) and meditation that we can work to bring balance to each energy centre. Other practices of balancing could include using the healing power of crystals, essential oils and colours or visiting an energy healer or Reiki practitioner.


I’ve gathered together some online resources for you, as well as a couple of books that I’ve found inspiring for exploring the chakras. Happy reading!

  • The 7 chakras for beginners, great for an introductionMind Body Green
  • A collection of chakra articles, and yoga poses, great to explore moreYoga Journal
  • Chakra balance questionnaire, 56 questions and indication of under/over active chakras. I’m happy to talk about any practical things you could do to help balance any areas that are identified for you Eclectic Energies
  • Book – The Chakras Made Easy by Hilary H. Carter a simple and practical introduction to chakras. I have used some of the chakra meditations from this book in class
  • Book – Eastern Body, Western Mind by Anodea Judith a beautiful book that delves deeply into self healing

Please do contact me if you have any questions, either on here, by email or after class.

Holly xx

Sun salutation juice
August 31, 2015

The ultimate rainy bank holiday accompaniment. Who needs UK sunshine when you have it in a glass?! After waking up with a few rounds of sun salutations this juice will put some extra zing in your step.

This delicious recipe serves two people and the addition of the sweet potato, and the skin of the orange and lemon makes it so creamy and full of extra goodness.



  • 1 small pineapple (skin removed)
  • 1whole orange (with skin)
  • 1/2 lemon (with skin)
  • 2 sweet potatoes (with skin)

Juice away!

For the pineapple and sweet potatoes I had the juicer setting on low to get even more juice out, and the setting on high for the orange and lemon.

Enjoy :-)

Holly x




The Weekend Zen, 27th – 29th November
August 28, 2015

There are just a few days left of the early bird discount on our rejuvenating Winter retreat at Little Gayles in East Sussex. Join us at this idyllic, rural venue for a weekend of dynamic yoga, yin and restorative yoga, workshops and a pyjama party!

I am so exciting to be co-hosting this weekend with the lovely Ché Dyer. We can’t wait to practice with you!

Get in touch via the contact page if you’d like to book, or would like further details.