rosetta roastery’s new roastery & café space opens

We share Cindy Taylor’s – who admits that she “nagged” the team constantly – excitement about the new roastery/café just opened at the Woodstock Exchange. So, what’s it all about?

Rosetta’s slowly but surely approach has resulted in a roastery/café space at the Woodstock Exchange that not only oozes with style but also caters to the coffee enthusiast looking for a little more than just a quick flat white – by all means you can nip in for a quickie if that’s your thing but you’d be missing out on the real deal. Features like the built-in slow brew (pour over) bar, the slow-drip Kyoto and the Mirage Bastone, one of the sexiest machines you’ll see around, show the thought that has gone into creating this coffee haven. And to top it off they’ve brought in Ma Mere Maison’s dangerously delicious macaroons.

For more great images check out Cindy’s blog at I Love Coffee

021 447 4099
Unit AG02, Woodstock Exchange, 66 Albert Road

Images: Cindy Taylor

vintage bike sale at the woodstock exchange on 23 august

On Friday 23rd of August the Bicycle Empowerment Network (BEN) is throwing a party and having a unique Vintage Bicycle Auction. Fourteen fabulous bikes, which have been fixed up and customized in cooperation with Woodstock Cycleworks and Ubuntu Bikes, are up for sale. Plus, there will be there will be live music, beers, braai and bikes from 4pm, with the auction starting at 5 pm.

BEN, the Bicycle Empowerment Network, has been supplying affordable bikes to impoverished communities for the past 12 years. They import used bicycles from overseas and distribute them to low income areas, train recipients of the bikes in safety and maintenance, establish Bicycle Empowerment Centres (BECs) and encourage cities to implement bicycle planning and infrastructure. BEN also assists the planning of events to help promote the use of the bicycle as a form of mobility.

The auction is part of a project to improve the financial sustainability of BEN and aims to do so by selling vintage bicycles to bike shops in Cape Town and to walk-in customers. This will contribute to cover operational costs, subsidizing bicycles to low-income areas and expanding their activities in general.

Check out their website to see the amazing work they do, and head over to the Vintage Bike Sale Facebook event page for details of the sale.

ashtanga lab: working from the ground up with nadia van der schyf

Are you new to Ashtanga? Are you finding the Practice so physically daunting that you’re fixated on either the ‘doing’ or just plain soldiering through it all to get the practice done? Are you old to Ashtanga? Or rather is Ashtanga feeling ‘old’ to you? Is it becoming just another thing to tick off your list at the end of your day or week?

In this workshop you will explore being conscious and responsible on and off the mat. Work with focused intention from the ground up. Using Breath, Dristhti/focus, Bandas/energy awareness. Briefly explore the elements of the yamas & niyamas, all eight of which are what the Physical practice of Ashtanga yoga is based on. Without knowledge, awareness and a constant commitment to the understanding of these you might as well being doing Aerobics. Practice every time you get onto the mat, by bringing awareness of your body in space and inspire you to claim that space, with as much of an open heart as possible.

Nadia van der Schyf first walked into an Ashtanga class in Johannesburg in early 2004. Initially, she was of the opinion that yoga was for bendy wierdos and ashram junkies, having come from a personal trainer and Martial Arts background. But that first class was so damn challenging she knew she had met her match as far as a physical practice was concerned. Luckily for her it turned out to be so much more than that and Nadia has had a regular Ashtanga yoga practice since 2005.

Mostly a self-practitioner, she has been to Mysore twice in 2005-2006 and in 2008 to study with Shri K. Pattabhi Jois (Guruji) and Sharath Jois Rangaswamy at The Ashtanga Yoga Institute. Often referred to as ‘The Ashtanga Yoga Police’ Nadia is dedicated to the traditional practice and teachings of the practice as is still taught at the Ashtanga Yoga Institute today. Although a traditionalist at heart Nadia’s teaching style is often humorous, playful and kind. Nadia continued a modified practice during both her pregnancies, and is most passionate about developing a sustained practice geared toward longevity and service to a higher consciousness.

The workshop takes place from 11am to 1pm on SATURDAY, 28 September. The cost is R200, or R150 for AIR members.

For more info visit their Facebook page or call 073 584 2978.

the lock stock christmas night market

If you’ve been to The Lock Stock market at the Woodstock Exchange on a Saturday, you already know that it’s the place to find homeware, collectibles, fashion, jewellery, gifts and goodies galore. The Christmas Night Market, on from 5pm to 10pm, is no exception. Have a peek below at a few of our favourite goodies, then head to their Facebook page to see even more.