In focus: The Yoga Body, Our Place and other things we loved

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In focus is a fortnightly, online update on things that the focus team has loved. New places we have discovered, food we’ve enjoyed and events that have made us happy – here’s a glimpse into our lives from the past two weeks.

The Yoga Body, Lola Berry

Nutritionist, yoga teacher and bestselling author Lola Berry has always helped people become the healthiest, happiest versions of themselves. As a non-yoga person I felt this book would be a good challenge … and it certainly was. It took me a few weeks before I felt my body might be ‘engaging’ and that my posture, flexibility and core strength were improving. I’m still battling with the mind-chatter and focusing on being present but I’m going to stick with it.

More than half of the book is dedicated to a fabulous selection of nutritious, tasty recipes including a Thai minced chicken salad, baked broccoli burgers, sweet spud hash browns with haloumi, and chickpea choc-chip cookies (all delicious). There’s also a seven-day Vegan Cleanse – which I have every intention of doing – designed to give your digestive system, liver and kidneys a complete rest. Lola reminds us that “you are what you eat” and that if you choose nutrient-dense food as close to its natural state as possible, then you will feel vital and energetic all day long.

Words: Dee Collins

Q10Plus C Anti-Wrinkle Energy Eye Treatment, Nivea

The new Nivea range is designed to battle tired and dull-looking skin. Three different creams support the skin’s regeneration with the help of a highly effective combination of Q10 and Vitamin C. Q10 is short for ‘CoEnzyme Q10’, an antioxidant that provides cells with the energy to build collagen and elastin (the key to younger-looking skin!)

The Anti-Wrinkle Energy Eye Treatment is our new must-have. Effective and affordable, it’s a great discovery! We found the light, rapidly absorbed formula visibly reduced fine lines and our skin felt smoother.

The special aluminium tube gives the cream a longer shelf life and we love the fact that there’s no product waste!

Our Place opening

The long-awaited container city in Tauranga CBD is finally ready to welcome its first visitors! The official opening party is still ahead, scheduled for the end of August, but the first event, the annual Coffee Festival, has been a great success.

Our Place already has some wonderful vendors locked in, occupying bright and colourful containers, and there are more to come. Spotted so far are Johney’s Dumpling House, Japanese Quarter, East Coast Ice Cream, Southern Fries, Paddington Store and JS Ceramics. Word on the street is our long-time friends Hzp+Co are about to open their first Tauranga pop-up store there as well!

With food, retail, community gardens, live music and workshops, Our Place has brought a vibrancy and buzz back to the CBD.