I caught up with Nahid de Belgeonne, founder of the Good Vibes fitness brand boutique studios to talk about her favourite yoga and feel good tips. The Good Vibes studio in Covent Garden is actually the one who had me re-discover yoga a few years ago and I loved coming there after work for their FAR infra-red heated studio (which meant comfortable warmth, not Bikram crazy heat) and great classes.
Good Vibes gathers together mindful and inclusive teachers who have an understanding of movement and anatomy. They believe that yoga is a healing practice and offer mindful vinyasa flows as well as yang and yin classes which are a combination of flow and restorative yoga as well as Bliss restorative classes.
As well as yoga they offer Pilates, Power Plates, indoor cycling and other body conditioning classes. Good Vibes believe that fitness should be an everyday part of your lifestyle but that the relaxation is just as important as the action.
Nahid, do you have a morning ritual?
I do 5 minute of mobilisation which means rolling through all of my joints to release synovial fluids, and I practice yoga nidra, a guided meditation for 12 -15 minutes. I also like to drink hot water with lemon juice and turmeric or a cold pressed coffee depending on my needs and I always opt for a protein-packed breakfast which I will have after a class or a personal practice.
Apart from yoga, what’s your best feel good/beauty tips?
I take MSM supplements to increase joint flexibility and cell vitality. The sulfur in MSM helps produceboth collagen and keratin which is also great for skin and hair.
I also have regular acupuncture including facial acupuncture with talented Sam Ma who is a therapist at Good Vibes.
What do you do to prevent stress?
My yoga nidra practice in the morning. It’s a life changer! I have been doing it for so long it comes easy for me now, but I really recommend any kind of audio tapes if you are new. I believe there are also apps that offer yoga nidra sound clips. I am about to record a few so keep your eye on the website!
I also practice 15 minutes of restorative yoga in the evening. I move every day as exercise keeps me on an even keel emotionally.
Whilst we are on the subject of feel good, what’s your favourite holiday destination?
I love Turkey, where East meets West. And I also love Greece, so it’s that part of the world, guaranteed holiday weather. I have been to a few amazing yoga retreats there and I also take groups out to both. The landscape is stunning and the sea is so turquoise and the food is delicious.
Which restaurants do you love in London?
Many! I love Nopi, Honey & Co, Moro and River Cafe just to name a few.
Do you have a favourite yoga pose?
Yes – Half moon, one foot firmly on the ground and one in the air, open for opportunities.
Lastly, what’s happening at Good Vibes in the coming months?
I’ve just come back from a yoga retreat and will be back to Greece next year 18th -25th June. I am also teaching a restorative yoga workshop followed by dinner at Honey & Co on the 10th October. You can book in here.
We offer a series of workshops throughout the year and have opened up the timetable to mindful Jivamukti and Forrest teachers. You can access it all for an amazing intro offer of £40 for 14 days for all classes across both studios, if you are new to us.
Check out www.goodvibesfitness.co.uk for schedules and more info