Vegan Yogi's Take over the University of Essex | Grace Elizabeth, Colchester, Essex Alternative Wedding and Lifestyle Photographer


If you headed down to the University of Essex this Sunday, it would’ve been hard to miss the hundred of people armed with yoga mats, reusable cutlery and yoga leggings making their way onto the grounds! To celebrate World Vegan Month, the University became host to Essex's first Yoga and Vegan Festival, organised by Yogific. The festival consisted of all-day long Yoga and meditation classes, talks, workshops, classes for children, yummy vegan food and ethical shopping (which we all know I love!) Besides local yoga teachers, teachers from various locations taught on the day, including the lovely Scarlet Pigot, from Ireland and Tara Ubachs, from the Netherlands, along with various teachers heading down fro London and Cambridgeshire.

The most packed class of the day with over 100 attendees (honestly a sight to see!) was 'Yoga for Muladhara: Opening tight hips and hamstrings for Yogic Splits', which was taught by Tara, who came all the way from Arnhem, the Netherlands, to teach at the festival.

There was also a free outdoor vegan food market where you could enjoy a variety of vegan delights from vegan pizzas and burgers to kebabs, sausages and cakes - I may have even tried a few myself! The list of food stallholders included Essex-based BUNA coffee, The Olive Branch, Norwegian Bakers, Bolivian Pastries, Eden Living, Renee's Kitchen (close to us in London) and Sheila's Vegan Kitchen (who travelled from the West Midlands.) The Green Elephant Boutique and The Chakra Project provided a wonderful opportunity to the visitors to buy some beautiful handmade accessories while the vegan chocolate startup, Cococaravan, gave everyone their chocolate fix!

The most wonderful thing about the festival was that it catered for everyone. You could see everyone from children to the elderly, and from beginners to experienced Yogis, all enjoying themselves. Most of the visitors even brought their own bowls and cutlery to reduce waste at the festival (shoutout to my Ecoffee cup which I had to bring with me of course!) The organisation behind the vent, Yogific, received such a good feedback that they have decided to return to Essex soon and make this an annual tradition! As the University of Essex is committed to focusing on mental well being, it looks like the perfect venue for such an event and I am so looking forward to them being back soon!

Thank you so much for having me, Yogific, and I can’t wait to see you again soon!

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Much love,

Grace xo