About Odette

photo of Odette Rowe in yoga pose- Sat Nam

Kia Ora, I’m Odette Rowe. I’m a Kundalini, perinatal and children’s yoga teacher and a qualified homeopath. For the past 18 years I have taught yoga in the UK, Australia and New Zealand in studios, natural health clinics,  workplaces and artist’s squats.

Now I bring you the Yoga Snug – cosy little classes and workshops in homes, community spaces and studios dotted around the Wairarapa. I’m based in Carterton, and hold classes in two venues there (including my own snug) and also in Featherston and Martinborough.

I have not the slightest interest in tricky poses in spandex. I am instead passionate about people discovering enjoyment and ease as they move their body without pain or anxiety. I love witnessing people cherishing themselves, just as they are so they can be healthy, happy and live out their life purpose.

My aim is to encourage people to see that all their actions and interactions with others has a ripple effect. Changing the world ultimately starts with the dialogue you have with yourself on a daily basis and this quiet revolution starts on your meditation cushion. Come along to a class to stretch and unwind but you might also leave with some seeds or herbal tea.

Weed of the week – Violets

Violets (Viola odorata) are in full flush in August, and would have to be the prettiest weed. I could happily let them romp all over my garden. I put the leaves and flowers in my salads and green smoothies daily for their delicious taste, smell and herbal properties. Miss Violet is rich in Vitamin A and C and supports the liver, gallbladder, digestive and urinary system. If you have a really bountiful patch then you can make the thrill last all year by making your own violet vinegar.

Violet Apple Cider Vinegar

Pluck as many violets as you can into a glass jar. Cover with apple cider vinegar and stir about with a chopstick regularly, ensuring that the flowers sink into the liquid. Cover with a lid (line with paper if it is a metal lid) and leave in a dark spot in your kitchen for two weeks. Keep an eye on it and stir whenever it calls to you. The vinegar will take on the most beautiful rosy glow from the flowers and smell heavenly. Strain using a muslin cloth or soft tea towel into a clean glass bottle and store in a the dark. If you are feeling particularly witchy and want a potent brew, pick on the new moon and strain on the full moon. This vinegar is delicious splashed on salads or added as a few drops to your morning glass of water.