Manuka Life introduces &Sister

&Sister specialise in producing unique yoga retreats and well-being events. Our philosophy is three-fold: one, to collaborate with leading lights in the well-being world; two, to create unique retreats and events that, three, in turn establish a long-lasting ever-evolving community (an &Sister &Brother-hood).

&Sister grew out of my own life-changing retreat experiences that kept me sane during my stressed-out periods as a lawyer in my 20s, combined with Natalie’s eye for luxurious detail and loving desire to help guide and support her little sis – hence the name!

The idea burst into my mind whilst on a yoga mat several years ago (the best ideas always do!). Natalie and I subsequently set up &Sister in July 2015 and began to plan our first retreat. Natalie and I are passionate about what we do and adore working together. We are usually found in Charlotte’s in Ealing, lattes in hand, plotting our next conceptual retreat experience (while entertaining two toddlers!). The best thing about running our company is the chance to connect with like-minded people, whether they be our collaborators or our retreat guests or in some cases both – like in October 2016 when Sarah Mac, Manuka’s creative director, retreated with us on Indian Summer. Spending time with Sarah on the retreat, specifically chatting on the long countryside walk has led to &Sister now partnering with Manuka Life. In fact, if you are reading this and are tempted to retreat with us, we are offering Manuka Life customers a 30-minute complimentary treatment on any of our upcoming retreats. All you have to do is quote MANUKA30 when you book.

Last chance to enter ManukaLife with &Sister competition

We are so thrilled to be collaborating with Manuka Life, a yogawear and wellbeing brand that we LOVE. Manuka Life has supported &Sister since we were a newly born idea.

We’ve now teamed up to give away the below Spring inspired yoga outfit , sweater, peach tee, and sweat pants, worth £144 to one lucky winner!!

Clieck here to enter the competition to WIN an outfit!


Manuka Life Competiton – Sign up to enter!


SO… is this the best discovery since yoga was introduced to the Western world? We certainly think so!

We absolutely love Manuka Life, the yoga and active-wear brand that creates timeless and unique yoga gear. Check out their new Midas Autumn collection here its a show-stopper and so perfectly comfortable. The sisters have been lounging around and stretching out in Manuka all week and can guarantee you will love it.

We are also really happy to share a 20% discount code with our lovely Poundon House Yoga retreat friends, just enter POUNDON20 when you check out. Happy Friday and happy shopping!


Alicia & Natalie x




Advanced practitioners and teacher’s development retreat with Magda Procner

At the beginning of September we hosted our first retreat for advanced yogis and yoga teachers. The four night / five day immersion with our wonderful and highly experienced yogi Magda Procner focused on the chakras. It was a huge success!

We had eight beautiful yoga teachers bringing their brilliant energy to Poundon House for four days. A lot of fun was had in the shala and on our long country walks. Sophie Glover our fantastic retreat chef spoilt us with breakfast smoothies, delicious big brunches, light delicately flavoured lunches and beautiful vegetarian feasts at dinner, when the group could catch up on all the new philosophy and theory they had covered as well as going over the practice. And, practice we did! Magda led an intense and incredibly deep three hour practice in the morning, each one focused on a chakra and leading up to a peak pose. The afternoon’s were spent (Pukka tea in hand) in the shala or the garden going over the theory, philosophy and sequencing of each class.





Collaboration with wonder-yogi Charlie Morgan

We are super excited to announce our collaboration with wonderful yogi Charlie Morgan. Charlie, based in London is a sought-after teacher, taking classes at The Life Centre, Evolve, Yoga Haven, The Light Centre and Hot Pod Yoga. Charlie will be leading our Autumn Light retreat at Poundon House 4 – 6 November 2016.

We are thrilled to have Charlie leading this unique yoga retreat at Poundon House. Its going to be a peaceful weekend of immersive yoga, deliciously detoxing vegetarian food and relaxing treatments in a beautiful, peaceful setting, sprinkled with lots of fresh country air.
For our Autumn Light retreat at the beginning of November, we combine the wonder of Indian philosophy of yoga with the peace and quiet of a luxury country house. We will embrace the Autumnal season and harness and contain warmth from our retreat for the Winter. We plan this annual retreat close to Diwali, the Indian festival of lights and we bring as much light as we can into the retreat, evening yoga will be candlelit as will our evening meals in the beautiful Yellow Room. The retreat is a fantastic way to last the long stretch between Summer and Christmas

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Hear more about Charlie..

I  have been practicing yoga on and off for 15 years, coming to it initially from a workout perspective. Following a life-changing trip to the Himalayan Yoga Institute in 2011, I decided to leave my job as an Assistant Buyer for The Disney Store and deepen my knowledge of yoga. In 2012, I became a certified teacher in Bali with WLYA – The Wise Living Yoga Academy (affiliated to The Yoga Institute of Santacruz, Mumbai, India – the world’s oldest organized yoga institution) and came back to set up my own studio in Somerset, UK. I now teach group classes at various top yoga centres and corporations in and around London and private one-to-ones. I am also currently the yoga instructor for the Harlequins rugby team. I also teach internationally at resorts and have recently set up a Yoga and Photography company called Sepia Lotus Retreats.

I cater the type of yoga I teach to the needs of each individual. However, my public classes involve an innovative and forever changing style of dynamic vinyasa flow. Although extremely fast-paced at times, I am a perfectionist when it comes to correct body alignment, the synchronisation of movement and breath and the  importance of a sumptuous, meditative relaxation. My classes are down-to-earth, fun, creative and challenging, but at the same time accessible, maintaining the philosophy that ‘yoga is for all’.


‘Don’t let the world change your smile, let your smile change the world’

I have just started my yoga journey and I was so lucky that I met Charlie! From the very first class I loved yoga and Charlie. She is amazing, very sweet and professional. You can really see that yoga is her passion and she certainly knows what she is doing. Each of Charlie’s classes are different, but always wonderful, challenging, fun, with a lot of moves and very cool music. In the end of each class I always leave with the feeling that Charlie made me grow in my practice – both physically and mentally.I have just started my yoga journey and I was so lucky that I met Charlie! From the very first class I loved yoga and Charlie. She is amazing, very sweet and professional. You can really see that yoga is her passion and she certainly knows what she is doing. Each of Charlie’s classes are different, but always wonderful, challenging, fun, with a lot of moves and very cool music. In the end of each class I always leave with the feeling that Charlie made me grow in my practice – both physically and mentally.

Testimonial from one of Charlie’s students



Win win win! Squirrel Sisters competition on Poundon House Instagram



Here at Poundon House, we love discovering new brands. One of our favourites is Squirrel Sisters and their nut-crunchingly delicious coconut cashew bars, beautiful on the outside and on the inside. So, roll-up, listen-up and sit-up! You could win a week’s (five-day) supply of Squirrel Sisters’ coconut cashew bars for you AND a work-out buddy! All you need to do is to follow our Poundon House instagram account, like this Squirrel Sisters image, tag your workout buddy in the comments & make sure you are signed up to our newsletter! It could be you! Deadline, Wednesday 11th May.

Monday mindfulness with Sally-Anne Reynolds

Exciting news – our Monday Mindfulness events with Sally-Anne Reynolds are continuing! The next will be on Monday 9th May at Poundon House.


Monday Mindfulness starts your week in a positive way!

There will be a 1.5hour yoga class with 500RYT yoga teacher Sally-Anne Reynolds in the Poundon House yoga shala followed by herbal teas from our friends at Pukka Teas.

Monday 9th May

9.30am – 11.00am QUANTUM YOGA CLASS with 500RYT Sally-Anne Reynolds 

11.00am -11.30am CHAI & CHATS –  a chance to ask any of those burning yoga related questions!

Tickets £16

Spaces are limited so please book in advance to avoid dissapointment.

Please email to reserve your space


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Poundon House goody bags ‘bursting with goodness’


The Poundon House healthy goody bags on the ‘Winter Glow‘ yoga retreat with Saskia Price were very well received by all out guests, including Martin the Om Yoga Magazine editor! A big thank you to all the amazing brands that contributed. There was delicious raw chocolate from OMBAR (@ombarchocolate), natural deodorant SALT OF THE EARTH (@naturalspringco), NEAT healthy bars, PUKKA vitalise sachets and much much more. See full list of contributors below for ideas of new and established healthy brands. The menus on our Winter Glow were designed by The Detox Kitchen founder Lily Simpson and were completely in keeping with their tag-line ‘where healthy meets delicious’. In addition, The Detox Kicthen provided their beautiful clever-slogan tote bags.

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