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"Those who have the privilege to know have the duty to act."

- Albert Einstein, Theoretical physicist
 

All posts by Sharda ten Hove

Wholefood

Organic Versus Conventional Food

A recent study from Stanford stated that organic food may not be much healthier than conventional foods. However food analyst Robyn O'Brien (who's TedX… Read more
Social Awareness

What the Health?!

I recently watched the second documentary What The Health, of the makers of Cowspiracy. Again these… Read more
Social Awareness

The Syrian Crisis and what you can do

Please watch this short very clearly explained situation of the Syrian crisis. We were all shocked about the image of the drowned young boy but we can't… Read more
Causes

Fundraising for Orphanage Deenabandhu in India - Help a child have a good night rest!

Anouk Prop, yoga teacher and psychologist originally based in Maastricht, the Netherlands is a dedicated ambassador of Yoga Gives Back the Netherlands… Read more
Sequences

Short energizing yoga morning practice on the beach with Sara Tapia Espinosa

Ahhhh yoga on the beach. Not all of us live in Playa del Carmen but if you go on a beach holiday this summer, take this one with you. Otherwise practice… Read more
Social Awareness

Veganism - Why You Should Make The Switch

Veganism is something that is so weaved into my daily life as I care so much about others (animals and humans, I am not someone who favors one over the… Read more
Business

Hampton Creek - the Food Company which is finding new ways of utilizing plants in food products

Hampton Creek was founded in the summer of 2011 to use technology to make healthier food without trans fats and MSG by using plant based ingredients. Better… Read more
Causes

Doorstep Library - bringing the joy of reading to the homes of deprived families in London, UK

Doorstep Library is a charity that brings books and the magic of reading directly to the homes of children in some of London's most disadvantaged areas.… Read more
Self-Awareness

Loving one, eating the other

In her TED talk, psychologist Melanie Joy, explores the reasons why we are disgusted by the thought of eating golden retriever, but happily enjoy beef,… Read more
Places

Tanya’s - Raw Vegan Cafe in Chelsea, London UK

Tanya's cafe is another perfect raw vegan gift to this increasingly becoming aware city of London. Read more
Social Awareness

Conscious Christmas gifts

Before you run off to the store and buy gifts that will make others happy for a short moment, give this list a read. These gifts will last much longer… Read more
Places

Natura - Vegan / Vegetarian cafe at Goldsmith University, East London

How awesome to come across a university cafe that embodies vegetarianism, veganism and embodies ethical and sustainable consumption. At Natura cafe you… Read more
Interviews

Interview with Kino MacGregor - International Yoga Instructor

Kino MacGregor is an international Ashtanga Yoga teacher, co-founder of Miami Life Center and founder of Miami Yoga Magazine. In September Kino is coming… Read more
Places

The YogaNest - East London Community Wellbeing Studio

The YogaNest is a social enterprise of St. Margaret’s House: a unique community charity providing space, opportunities, and art events all under one… Read more
Causes

ABC - A UK Charity dedicated to helping at risk children and young people in cities across Brazil.

Action for Brazil's Children is a UK Charity Organization supporting grass root community projects (like dance, art, football) to transform the lives of… Read more
Social Awareness

Giving back to Brazil

The whole world has its focus on the Football World Cup of 2014 held in Brazil. But behind the scenes a whole other image of colorful Brazil is kept secretly. Read more
Places

The Gallery Cafe - Vegan/vegetarian Cafe in East London

As one of the social enterprises run by St. Margaret's House (A Community Charity), all profit generated by The Gallery Cafe goes back into the charity.… Read more
Sequences

Aerial yoga, yoga in a hammock - Fly through your yoga poses!

Aerial yoga, yoga in a hammock, gives a complete different dimension to yoga and other bodywork techniques. Read more
Business

The Plastic Bank - Turning Plastic Waste into a Currency

The Plastic Bank is turning plastic waste into a currency that can be exchanged to help lift people out of poverty & transition them into a self-sustaining… Read more
Social Awareness

The Sad Side of the Football World Cup

Football or Soccer World Cups tend to unite people, people come together from different backgrounds to support their country in the World Cup. And that… Read more
Recipes

Super delicious and good for your heart vegan sandwich.

This sandwich is filled with goodness, I used organic wholewheat bread but you can choose any other (glutenfree) option. If you want to go for a raw lunch,… Read more
Places

Lumi Power Yoga - London based Hot Power Yoga Studio

Lumi Power Yoga opened their doors in September of 2013, classes have been filling up quickly as they have been able to put together a team of great yoga… Read more
Wholefood

Raw food by Raw Imagination

Raw Imagination is a new London based family run raw food business currently supplying the organic supermarket Planet Organic to all 6 of their London… Read more
Sequences

Balance in the body - Yoga Sequence with Playa del Carmen based Yoga instructors Alan and Sara.

Join Sara and Alan in this balancing sequence that they recorded for Diaforlife.  Read more
Yoga

Yoga and Veganism

I read more and more about yogis revealing their love for meat and/or dairy which indicates to me the superficial realms where yoga is being led to. Read more
Causes

Centrepoint - The organization helping young homeless people to get their lives back

Centrepoint is a UK based charity organization. Their vision is to end youth homelessness and their mission is to everyday give homeless young people a… Read more
Ayurveda

Panchakarma - an ayurvedic cleansing program

Elisa is a London based yoga instructor and just returned from a Panchakarma retreat in Kerala, India. Panchakarma is a self referral cleansing program… Read more
Sequences

Hip Opener Sequence with Playa del Carmen based teacher, Alan Montaño

Alan is one of the 4 gifted teachers from the yoga studio Yoga District in Playa del Carmen, Mexico. Have a look, or better participate in this hip opener… Read more
Recipes

Organic Vegan Kheer - Popular Indian Rice Dessert

The original Indian dessert is with milk and sugar. Mine is organic, vegan and no sugar. And really very good + super quick and easy to make!  Read more
Places

Morning Glory - Rave your Way into the Day in London, UK!

Morning Glory is a monthly healthy morning rave in London on a soul-shaking mission to turn clubbing upside down and transform mornings into something… Read more
Social Awareness

The Role you play in Global Depletion

“The degradation of our planet is severe, and it’s getting worse". In his book, Comfortably Unaware, Dr.Richard Oppenlander gives readers an acutely… Read more
Places

Yoga District - A Yoga Studio in Playa del Carmen, Mexico

Yoga district is a yoga studio in the beautiful sunny village of Playa del Carmen in Mexico which opened it's doors in January of 2014.  Read more
Recipes

Super quick, easy, naturally sweet, delicious and nutritious recipe with Amaranth

Amaranth is a plant that produces a brightly colored flowery head containing a very large number of seeds and is consumed like a grain. Amaranth plants… Read more
Self-Awareness

My Daily Challenge of Light versus Ego

Even though a connection with something deeper within myself has always been present in my life, this did not automatically mean that I was living a life… Read more
Yoga

Peace begins with a Smile

As I sat in the Amsterdam airport trying to wrap my head around what happened within 11 days of visiting Africa Yoga Project and Kenya, I couldn’t help… Read more
Self-Awareness

What I Am not

One of the most impressive and inspirational books I have read is "I AM THAT" by Sri Nisargadatta, an Indian spiritual teacher and philosopher who lived… Read more
Recipes

Apple, Pear, Apricot and Cinnamon snack for babies

This fruity snack is best to give as a late morning snack because it is an energy booster. Easy and quick to prepare and super yummy both warm and cold. Read more
Yoga

A call to Yoga instructors

Yoga has become so popular over the last years which is a good thing but then the focus led too much on the physical aspect of it. Luckily there are many… Read more
Recipes

Organic Brussels Sprouts veggies for babies

It's the season for brussels sprouts! This gorgeous little cabbages can be perfectly steamed for your baby and they taste even better when steaming them… Read more
Recipes

Oatmeal with brown rice milk, cinnamon and raisins

This super yummie and super healthy easy to make porridge is loaded with proteins, fiber, minerals and antioxidants. Everything you and your little one… Read more
Yoga

Africa Yoga Project - Rewind, Recap: What We’ve Been Up To

The process of stretching one’s body is similar to that of stretching boundaries. Both take patience and determination, an open heart and practice. Africa… Read more
Sequences

Creative Surya Namaskar Sequence with Alessandra Pecorella, Vinyasa Energetic Flow teacher

This creative Namaskar is based on a Mandala ( circular rotation around the mat ) Virabhadrasana 2 and Anjayenasana . A Mandala means a circular pattern,… Read more
Interviews

Interview with Vinyasa Energetic Flow teacher Alessandra Pecorella

Alessandra is a London based Vinyasa Flow yoga instructor and founder of the Aditya Yoga School for Conscious Living, a school that aims to transmit the… Read more
Sustainability

Disposable Diapers and the Environment

Are you expecting? Will you soon be blessed as a mother or father? If so, have you by any chance given thought to what sort of nappies/diapers you will… Read more
Causes

Cool Earth - Protection of the Rainforest

Cool Earth is a charity that does one thing; halt rainforest destruction. There are many organisations trying to do the same thing. The unique thing about… Read more
Recipes

Tsampa - the Tibetan delight

In partnership with the Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization (UNPO), we’d love to share this simple, tasty yet unique recipe: Tsampa, a typical… Read more
Yoga

Asquith London – Comfortable, ethical and sustainable yoga clothing

When practicing Yoga you want to wear comfortable clothing and being a Yogi you also want to be conscious about the production of your outfit as well as… Read more
Business

Asquith - Ethical and Organic Yoga/Pilates/Lounge and Maternity Wear

Asquith London offers contemporary layering in organic cotton, bamboo and Tencel for yoga, Pilates and living in. The clothes are manufactured in two small… Read more
Causes

Africa Yoga Project

Africa Yoga Project is an organization dedicated to delivering all that yoga has to offer to the diverse communities of East Africa.The mission of Africa… Read more
Social Awareness

Paladins On Earth - Sharing Art From The Heart

Paladins On Earth is a project with the potential to touch the lives of people beyond those behind a keyboard. The project aims to provide an opportunity… Read more
Yoga

Yoga Stops Traffick 2013 event with Diaforlife in London on March 10

Yoga Stops Traffick is an annual global yoga event aimed to raise awareness and funds to help stop Human Trafficking in India. Over the past 20 years Odanadi,… Read more

Yoga Stops Traffick event with Diaforlife 2013

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Yoga Stops Traffick event with Diaforlife 2013

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Social Awareness

Philip Wollen – Australian Philantrophist, Vegan and Animal Rights Defender

Philip Wollen is a former vice-president of Citibank. Following his departure from Citibank, Mr Wollen became vegan and is a prominent member of the Animal… Read more
Self-Awareness

The link between Microcosm and Macrocosm

The universe that we now live in, and which is only one of a large number of universes which have been created in the past and are still to be created,… Read more
Places

Meditation Center Bodhisattva Kadampa – Brighton UK

Bodhisattva is a beautiful tranquil meditation center ideally located at walking distance from the beaches of Hove, Brighton and less than an hour by train… Read more
Yoga

The sacred number 108

The number 108 is a significant number in many cultures. It is common in Hinduism, Vedic teachings, Daoism, Buddhism, Jainism, Sikhism, and many yoga practices.… Read more
Yoga

Yoga Stops Traffick - A yoga event to support victims of human trafficking

Yoga stops traffick is a one-day global yoga event created to raise awareness and funds for Indian anti-trafficking organisation Read more
Causes

Odanadi - United against Human Trafficking

Odanadi is an India based NGO (Non Governmental Organization) aiming to combat trafficked and sexually exploited women and children. There are currently… Read more
Places

World Peace Cafe Brighton, UK

The World Peace Cafe in Brighton is a haven of peace where one can enjoy excellent vegetarian food prepared with love. The cafe is run by Alison Boseley… Read more
Yoga

Why Kids Yoga

Having taught yoga to children starting at age 5, I have found that one can't start young enough with practicing yoga. There is so much stimulation going… Read more
Self-Awareness

How to respond to violence

We were all shocked when we read about Amanat, the 23-year-old medical student from Delhi who died after a savage gang-rape on a bus. The story, the images...… Read more
Social Awareness

The Christmas Spirit

Since a few weeks, shops around the world, especially in developed countries, have been decorated for Christmas. We are not here to tell you that Christmas… Read more
Sequences

Yoga Sequence for Grounding and to Lift the Spirits by Esther Ekhart

View the video that Esther made especially for Diaforlife. Esther has over 77.000 followers who have been practicing yoga with her through her videos.… Read more
Interviews

Interview with Esther Ekhart, Yoga instructor

Many yoga minded people have had the opportunity to meet Esther over the years. She has posted numerous excellent Youtube videos meant for yogis from all… Read more
Yoga

Meditation exercise for decision making

We all have to face times in which we have to make decisions that might carry important consequences. We can ask our friends and family for advice but… Read more
Recipes

Pomegranate Health benefits and Delicious Smoothie Recipe

In between September and January it’s the season for the Pomegranate, a superfood. In many cultures this fruit is the symbol for health, fertility and… Read more
Recipes

Raw Vegan Chocolat and Cashew Balls rolled in Coconut

These delicious raw and vegan chocolat bonbons are absolute guilt free delights. They are actually very healthy for you, just don' t eat them all at once!… Read more
Business

Interview Lisa Mundembe-Chuma –  Founder of the online magazine Inspirational Women Connecting

Lisa is the founder of Inspirational Women Connecting, an online career and business development magazine with the purpose to educate and empower women… Read more
Wholefood

Sugary facts

Most of us have heard that white sugar is not beneficial for your body, some even call white sugar a poison. In our world today it is difficult avoiding… Read more
Yoga

Interview Gopala Amir Yaffe, Founder Rainbow Kids Yoga

Gopala is a radiant positive and everlasting youthful yogi who is traveling around the world with his family spreading the message of yoga through teacher… Read more
Places

Good Vibes, A Yoga / Pilates and Fitness Studio in London, UK

Good Vibes is a feel good Yoga/Pilates and Fitness studio, with the purpose to spread positive vibes through exercise. They have 2 studio's throughout… Read more
Wholefood

Green Superfoods - powerful and rejuvenating!

Green is the color of health of wellbeing and nature, of freshness and it's a color that suits your body extremely well. Green veggies, herbs and powders… Read more
Ayurveda

What Does “Having It All” Really Mean and Is It Possible?

There has been a passionate, disorganized discussion over the last few months, on whether or not women can “have it all.” Anne-Marie Slaughter’s… Read more
Recipes

Organic green detox power juice with Kale

Whether you want to get your ultimate boost for the day or you need an extreme detox after a great night out, this green power juice recipe not only tastes… Read more
Places

Triyoga, one of London’s leading Yoga / Pilates centers

Triyoga is a must for all yogi's coming to London. There are 3 studios, one in Camden, one in Chelsea and one in Soho. They offer Yoga and Pilates classes… Read more
Yoga

Interview with LA Yoga Instructor Desi Bartlett

Desi Bartlett is a passionate yoga, fitness and dance instructor who has been teaching health and wellness for over 18 years. She has been named ambassador… Read more
Sequences

Heart Opening Sequence with LA Yoga instructor Desi Bartlett

Desi Bartlett is specialized in pre and post natal yoga. She prepared this sequence especially for mommy's but working to open the shoulders and heart… Read more
Recipes

Red rice with Sugar Snaps, Pistachios and Vegan Sausages with Carrot and Celery Salad

This vegan recipe is easy to make, very nutritious and looks very colorful which stimulates your taste buds! Before getting into the preparation of this… Read more
Places

Inspiral Vegan Cafe in Camden, London

Inspiral is not only a fantastic vegan cafe where you can get the most delicious, healthy and nutritious foods but it is also a shop and a community center… Read more
Social Awareness

Pineapple shaped promises: restoring the balance between planet, people and profit

The Land of Promise, otherwise known as the Philippine Island of Mindanao, is struggling to live up to its name. The island, which boasts an extraordinarily… Read more
Wholefood

Water & Weight, a way of life

Growing up in a large family becomes rare these days. Most parents today have 2 or 3 children at the most. Large families however, are a lot of fun. Having… Read more
Business

Interview with Social Entrepreneur Kayoko Mitsumatsu, founder of Yoga Gives Back

Inspired by Nobel Peace Prize Recipient Dr Muhammad Yunus, Kayoko founded Yoga Gives Back in 2007. Being a dedicated yoga practitioner, she realized that… Read more
Causes

Yoga Gives Back, an organization founded to support impoverished women and children in India

Yoga gives back is a non profit grass roots organization founded in 2007 by Kayoko Mitsumatsu. Inspired by the micro credit model of Nobel Prize winner… Read more
Self-Awareness

Chanting your mantra

Being half Indian, chanting is not a strange thing to me. I remember the chanting of my mother when she was doing a puja (offering) or during the annual… Read more
Yoga

Interview with Noelle Beaugureau, Yoga instructor Los Angeles, California

Noelle Beaugureau is a gifted yoga instructor based in Los Angeles, California. For Noelle, yoga is the journey of understanding the connection to the… Read more
Sequences

Balancing Sequence with Noelle Beaugureau - Yoga instructor from LA, California

Seeing Noelle performing yoga and listening to her way of life which she beautifully transcends in her classes, has been a delightful inspiration. We hope… Read more
Recipes

Spinach Booster Smoothie

This powerful veggie smoothie will give you the perfect boost to start your day! It contains fresh spinach, an absolute power food: this leafy green is… Read more
Recipes

Organic Vegan Summer Salad with Tofu, Veggies and Coconut oil

This delicious salad is easy and very nutritious. Coconut oil is perfect to use during summer because of it's cooling properties. It is also often used… Read more
Recipes

Organic Vegan Cinnamon and Cooked apple oatmeal

Oatmeal is a so called Superfood, it contains high levels of protein and fiber (beta-glucan which has beneficial effects on cholesterol levels) and low… Read more
Recipes

Rejuvenating Coconut Water and Mango Smoothie

It's summer and you need to be sure to hydrate yourself enough. Coconut water is a natural isotonic beverage (contains similar concentrations of salt and… Read more

Rejuvenating Coconut Water and Mango Smoothie

It's summer and you need to be sure to hydrate yourself enough. Coconut water is natural isotonic beverage (contains similar concentrations of salt and… Read more
Recipes

Creamy avocado smoothie - nourishing for body and mind

Avocado is an extremely healthy fruit, because of its nutrient contents such as vitamin K, potassium, dietary fiber, folic acid, vitamin B6, vitamin C,… Read more
Sustainability

Reduce the use of plastic!

I recently read that Americans use two and a half million plastic bottles every HOUR! And this is only one country we’re talking about. If we want to… Read more
Wholefood

Suggestions for a Healthy Digestion

Dr Swami Shankardev Saraswati is a western medical doctor, yoga therapist, author and teacher. He integrates western mind-body medicine and psychotherapy… Read more
Places

Yogabarn, fabulous Yoga and Wellness Center in Ubud, Bali

The Yogabarn is a beautiful yoga school and wellness center with two studios ideally and quietly located amidst terraced rice paddies yet still in the… Read more
Sequences

Spinal Meditation technique to enhance the flow of Prana

There are all sorts of ways to get in your spine, one of them is a meditation technique that will stimulate the flow of Prana (Life energy) which will… Read more
Social Awareness

Olympia Crowdfundia: ready, set, fund!

I think we’ve all been in the situation where we’ve chipped in $10 with a bunch of people for someone’s birthday to get them their long awaited new… Read more
Yoga

An introduction to Yogastrology, it’s all in your spine!

At Yogastrology, we combine yoga wellness practices with astrology, attuning ourselves with universal power by aligning our practices with the cyclical… Read more
Business

Sarah Backhouse: tv host, producer, speaker and sustainability expert

Sarah Backhouse is founder and host of Future360, an online digital media platform that creates video content around clean technology. Her mission is to… Read more