Yoga is like a chai tea with my husband on the weekend. Every time created and experienced differently. Sometimes it is truly a hug from the inside out. A cherished moment when everything feels just right. The balance of cardamom, cinnamon, cloves, star anise and black pepper and just the right amount of black tea. The perfect weather and the tea served at just the right temperature to create that special moment to share. So delicious. Some days it’s rushed with so much to do, so little time. More like a job I know I need to check off my list to step forward in the day. When approached whilst thinking about those thousands of things, the chai never tastes nor is experienced in the same way. When approached with gentle care and love, I can feel it spreading warmth across my entire body and soothing the soul.

Over time I have learnt a relationship with yoga can be quite the same. An important ritual but different every time practiced. Some days an effort and some days opening for the heart. Sometimes the feeling of perfect balance but other times, tandasana is even a challenge. It may be approached with different mindsets and as a result you may either soar or feel fear in all directions. If acknowledged and aware, this is all still yoga and all okay.

Just like my chai isn’t always “perfect” and is never the same, yoga and chai will always be an important part of who I am now and what I want to share with others.

The not so perfect chai recipe (as taught by Mahesh- Indore, India)

For two to share

  • 2 tsp good quality black tea leaves
  • 4 cardomon pods
  • 1 star anise
  • 4 cloves
  • 2 thin slices of ginger
  • A pinch of pepper and cinnamon
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 cups water

Place all ingredients in a saucepan on the stove and slowly bring to the boil. Once boiled, allow to simmer for a further 2 minutes. Strain spices from liquid by either using a sieve or by pouring into a coffee plunger. Share into 2 of your favourite mugs or cups. Breathe in the aromas deeply and feel completely relaxed. Sweeten if desired with your preferred sweetener. In India, it’s always served super sweet using jaggery and in very small terracotta cups.

Optional play time: Try adding a broken vanilla bean, a little more or less ginger, rose water or make it caffeine free by using dandelion tea.

~ By Adrienne Niven ~Chai

2017 is here and with it comes a fresh perspective and a new desire to live my authentic self. However, as we welcomed in 2017 and the fresh new year many of us would be thinking….
I should set some goals for 2017….
I should set a New Years resolution…
I should stick to my New Years resolution….

Should is a word that has caught my attention over the last 6-12 months. I have become increasingly aware of how I use it in my language, when others use it and how my behaviour expresses it.

Should is hard wired into our way of being. Since we were little tackers we learnt how we ‘should’ behave and what is expected of us to function like a good little boy or girl. We learnt to either fit into the mould of what is expected of us, or we ran in the other direction and tried to break through of all the should’s as we grew up. And often we learnt that if we didn’t do what we should, we would feel guilty or shameful of our behaviour (consciously and mostly unconsciously).

With all this is mind, ‘should’ can rule our world until we get conscious of it!

Should is associated with feelings and emotions of guilt, shame and expectation of what we are supposed to, need to and have to do. It takes away an element of freedom of choice when we link our statements, questions or behaviours to the word should.

Try to now…. Take a deep breath…. and say out loud the word SHOULD…. connect with the energy of it. Repeat it several times. Add the word I…. I should…… Notice the sensations, feelings and thoughts that come up when you spend time connecting with that word and all its associations.

So this New Year I am committing to letting go of should. Due to my hard wiring it will take time, practice and patience. It will take presence with myself and with others. It will require new language. It will require understanding and kindness towards myself and others. It will take a level of self commitment and to be not ok with pleasing everyone. I may have to let others down, but maybe that will allow me to create a pattern of finally supporting myself more. Putting my needs and wants first. Wouldn’t a more fulfilled, happier and authentic version of ourselves be a greater gift to those around us?

Now reflect back on what you have set for yourself for 2017 and what you really want from the year ahead.

Take the time and untangle yourself from all your ‘shoulds’. Connect with yourself and empower yourself to be and do what will make you a happier, more fulfilled person. I and the team at HYL wish you a wonderful start to the New year filled with new possibilities, desires and choices that empower you to create the life you were born to live!

Here’s a quick exercise for you to give you a little more insight into your own should.
On a blank piece of paper write the headings:

  1. I should
  2. I need to
  3. I have to
  4. I want to
  5. I choose to
  6. I can

Give yourself a time limit of 1 minute for each title and madly write down the first things that come to mind. This can help you highlight expectations you may be putting yourself (or others are putting on you) and it may also remind you of what you really want, what your needs are and what choices you desire to make.

Happy 2017! May it be the beginning of new ways that bring out your authentic self!

Image via @earthspirit

Love and Light.
Bailey x



October 1, 2016

Hello and welcome!

We are very excited to bring you the new Hot Yoga Life website and blog. Through this page we will post updates on the studio, news about our community, healthy recipes, home yoga practice sequences, wellbeing tips and general yogi lifestyle articles. If you would like to contribute to our blog please email

While reflecting on what I should write here in this opening blog post, the reoccurring word that keeps popping up in my thoughts is gratitude.

I opened the HYL studio in February 2015, with the help and support of family and friends, not really knowing what to expect, and what’s come of it is exactly what I had hoped for and envisioned: a beautiful community of likeminded yogis who can gather and practice together in a friendly and welcoming space. I am so grateful for everyone in the community who has come to the studio to try our classes and to those who have made Hot Yoga Life studio their home.

If you or your friends haven’t tried yoga yet and don’t know where to start, come try one of our classes. Yoga can change your life. It has definitely changed mine for the better! Not only are the health benefits amazing, but it has opened my heart and mind to the world of possibility, its allowed me to form a circle of likeminded friends and with common interests and has been a reason to travel and ongoing learning and self development.

I look forward to seeing you on the mat.


Riannah x