Veggie Magnifique wishes you buckets of love for the coming weekend.
If you are wondering how to boost that loving feeling, be you in a relationship or single, here are some suggestions for a magnifique St. Valentine’s Day. We’ve hand-picked three ways to amp up your day: a love-filled activity, a meaningful gift, and – for your eyes only – our secret Veggie Magnifique love potion recipe…
Our top picks:
Alone, or with your love!
Yoga is an excellent practice for getting into a vibration of love and joy. Find a class focused on backbends, which are well known for their heart-opening powers.
For the Parisians among you, the newly opened Caelo Yoga centre in Montorgueil is everything you could wish for in a yoga centre – great community vibe, excellent teachers, central location, and gorgeous, zen-ifying decor.
On Valentine’s Day they are doing two special love-infused workshops. The first one is a yin yoga and yoga nidra workshop called All About The Heart. The second is a Jivamukti Valentine’s special class, with live music. Both workshops last 2½ hours, and they are lead by super lovely teachers.
Valentine’s promises to be a really special, loved-up day at Caelo Yoga!
Address: 55, rue Montmartre, 75002, Paris.
If you’re not in Paris, look out for Valentine’s classes at your local yoga centre, or try this home practice filled with heart-openers:
Does the thought of trying to find the perfect Valentine’s gift fill you with doom? Do you feel under pressure to shell out massive amounts of money to please your partner? Well, guess what – these days, the most meaningful gift you can give is your undivided and loving presence. (Hint: Try turning off your phone for the day!)
In addition to your presence, if you want to give a gift that will really make a difference, then why not plant a tree, or ten?! Donate to a reforestation charity and your euros will be converted into trees planted in areas of the world that are in need of reforestation.
Many different reforestation programmes have ‘sprouted up’ recently. Our favourite is Paris Sème. It’s a play on words – Paris Sème/S’aime – geddit? (S’aimer = to love, sèmer = to sow). The organisation is run by a small group of dedicated individuals, and its aim is to encourage people to gift tree plantations to their loved ones, rather than, um, meaningless tat.
The charity behind the concept is Planète Urgence. They’ve planted five million trees since their beginnings in 2006, but there’s still a lot of work to be done, so why not become part of the solution this Valentine’s Day?
The concept: 1 euro = 1 tree planted in a country in need of reforestation.
The countries your money will go to: Indonesia, Mali, Haiti, and Madagascar.
You choose the number of trees you want to plant, then you donate (tax-deductible) via their secure site. Both you and your gift-ee will receive a certificate with information about the location of the trees you have just planted, and the impact that it will have on the surrounding area.
Fun idea: Once you’ve made your donation, you and your partner could turn your gift into a larger project of a pilgrimage to the place where you planted the trees!
Powerful aphrodisiacs are combined in this special concoction for a healthy and hot Valentine’s evening. Ginger stimulates blood flow, nutrition-bomb açaí provides a boost of energy and gives the potion its beautiful pink colour, and sensual and exotic ylang ylang essential oil uplifts the senses to get you in the mood for love. Accompanied with the highest quality raw chocolate, this beautiful treat is sure to light up your Valentine’s evening!
*Deeeelicious* raw chocolates by Rrraw – Le Grand Cru du Chocolat Cru
I hope this Valentine’s Day, and every day, is love-infused!