Harvest Moon

Contemporary Stretch
6:15 pm - 7:25 pm
December 13, 2018

Did you notice the incredible Harvest Moons last week – beautiful and magical, I couldn’t help but make a wish.

It’s the first of October and even I am ready to admit it’s very Autumnal, having noticed, whilst on my Dog walks, the browning of ferns and the most amazing display of red berries on the Holly trees.

Nature is still providing us with food to eat and store and I know that some of our green fingered DYBO family are gathering their harvest. I’ve found a wonderful looking low carbohydrate fig cake recipe for you to try (at the bottom of this blog)



Class Cancellation!!!

We are lucky to have such a spacious studio at All Hallows for our DYBO classes and experience very little disruption. There is one night a year when the school don’t allow external users and that is this coming Thursday the 4thOctober, so to clarify there will be NO CLASSES ON THE 4THOCTOBER. If you want a good stretch, you can try Barre Fit on Wednesday at 7.30pm or our ‘Late Summer Fitness Yoga’ class on Friday at 6.30pm.


For Dance lovers…

…we still have Dance classes on Monday and Tuesday (and Barre on Wednesday) but how about coming along to our ‘Independance Day’ this coming Sunday, 7thOctober (1.45pm registration 2pm prompt start, finishing at 6pm)

You will love, love, love it!

Lincoln is a dance fitness legend and he and I go back a long way! I’m thrilled to welcome him to our DYBO home. It will definitely be a ‘10 from Len!’

Be quick, ‘cos bookings are closing this week

Click here to BOOK YOUR PLACE TODAY and why not bring a friend!. £38 p/p .


Gut Health (The Microbiome)

As you might know I have been researching and studying The Gut Microbiome (the balance of the bacteria, microbiota, of the gut and skin) over the past 15 months with amazing results being experienced by my clients, family and by me!

Gut health (or lack of) is linked to many diseases and illness including:

Weight gain/obesity

IBS, leaky Gut


Poor concentration

Low energy and mood

Inflammatory and auto immune conditions, Arthritis, MS, ME, Fibromyalgia, Polymyalgia

Some Cancers




Heart disease

Crohn’s disease


Muscle and joint aches and pains

And more !!!

I am happy to organise another free Talk for you, my DYBO family covering the following:


What is the Gut Microbiome?

What does it do?

What happens when it goes wrong?


How can you fix it?

If you are interested in attending (all I ask is that you make a donation to either Phyllis Tuckwell or MacMillan) please let me know.


Fig Almond Olive Oil Cake (Gluten-Free, Paleo)

from Sylvie Shirazi, gourmande in the Kitchen.


Makes, one 8 inch cake.

15 min Prep Time

35 min Cook Time

50 min Total Time



  • 2 Tablespoons/30ml fresh lemon juice
  • The zest of 1 small or half a large lemon
  • ¼ cup/84g honey
  • ¼ cup/60ml extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 large eggs
  • A pinch of salt
  • 1 ½ cups/168g fine almond flour
  • 1 ½ tsp baking powder
  • 8-10 fresh figs, sliced



  • Heat the oven to 350° F. Grease an 8-inch cake pan and line the bottom with parchment paper.
  • In a large bowl whisk together the lemon juice, lemon zest, honey, olive oil, eggs and salt. Add the almond flour and baking powder; whisk again until combined.
  • Pour the batter into the prepared pan and top with fig slices. Bake for about 35 minutes, until the top is golden and center is set. Transfer the cake to a rack and let cool.
  • Run a knife around the edge of the pan, invert cake onto a cooling rack and let cool completely.


That’s it – short and sweet, so…

Remember, no class on Thursday but do try one of our other fab classes to keep maintain your ‘fitness and fabulousness’

You can come to ‘Independance Day’ on Sunday (please book)

Let me know if you would like to attend my free Gut Health talk.

Love ya,

Helen xx

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These are not just any fitness classes but somewhere where you are really made feel part of a club. The stretch class has given me back flexibility that I thought I'd lost forever and the 'DYBO' class is quite simply ‘fantastic’. I hate to miss either.
Anne Wilson, Class member and Head Teacher