Doubling your daily dose of wellness has never been easier with Egg of the Universe; a yoga studio and living wholefoods cafe in one.
Too busy. Too hard. Too unacceptable. You need only look at the number of health conscious individuals laying their mats in Egg of the Universe’s (EOTU) yoga studio (formally Body Mind Life) at 12.15pm on a weekday to realise: either the people of Rozelle are grossly unemployed, or they’ve uncovered a convenient holistic experience that aligns with a healthy work-life balance. We’re skeptics personally, but we didn’t spend much time deliberating over this one: it’s definitely the latter.
It’s a one-hour heated sesh we’re grateful doesn’t lay the sweat on our brow too heavily. Heated up to 24⁰C, theirs is a comfortable alternative to bikram (which can reach 30⁰C+) that energises the body and activates the digestive juices, readying the stomach for the incredibly edible wholefoods lunch ahead. Conveniently, the entrance to the studio just happens to be at the back of the cafe — so settling under its 30-year-old Chinese elm for post-workout gastronomic indulgence isn’t so much an option as a rite of passage.
The menu is a short and sweet all-dayer that adheres to the wholefoods movement, caters to gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan and raw diets and, above all, prioritises TASTE. It’s the health-cross-enjoyment factor owner Harry Lancaster has upheld from the founding of this venture: "In Europe eating is very much about joy. In the West, it’s a lot of self-denial," he says. “But treating yourself with the food you eat doesn’t necessarily mean denying yourself.” When the space beside the yoga studio (which he and his wife have owned for years) opened up, he began planting the seeds of these culinary beliefs into its grounds. So by May 2013, his “egg” had begun to hatch.
Named after a yoga pose, EOTU is about healthy, well-loved food that tastes incredible. “You can still have cake and coffee, amazing meat and fat,” says Lancaster to our drooling mouths. FYI — the wholefoods movement encourages moderate consumption of good vegetable and (pasture-raised) animal fats — rejoice! “As long as you’re doing it in a balanced way and looking after your gut, you can have all these things.” For that guilt-free chow-down, we’re sure we’ll manage.
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Egg of the Universe is affiliated and co-located with Urban Tonique, a wellness centre offering integrated wellness therapies and coaching, as well as purchasable naturopathic tea toniques, urban oil toniques and fragrant candles. For more information or to book, visit Urban Tonique.
Other principles of the movement include broths/stocks, which are rich in minerals and gelatin for digestion and fermented foods, which are rich in probiotics and promote good gut bacteria... and can be found in EOTU’s humble bacon and eggs. Available as gluten-free, theirs is a mix of Feather and Bone smoked bacon, organic eggs, spelt sourdough, sauerkraut, lacto-fermented ketchup and a pickle juice shot that goes down smooth. “Its idea stems from the German tradition of eating sauerkraut with meat as the sauerkraut helps with digestion,” explains Lancaster.
For something lighter, try the Perfect Circle salad. Inspired by the raw food movement, it’s the poster-boy for raw food on this menu and is a nod to Cafe Gratitude, one of the movement’s pioneers in the US. Eat it with a fork. No, savour the holistic experience and eat the raw and fermented salads, cashew cream, pesto and tahini dip, spread generously across the softly laid crackers. “We activate the crackers by soaking the nuts and seeds overnight,” says Lancaster. “Then we dehydrate them in the oven to ‘up’ their nutritional value.”
Sounds complicated and time-consuming, but Lancaster assures it’s not. To prove it, he offers workshops on everything from detoxing to the ins and outs of concocting a probiotic water kefir that’ll smash that isotonic store-bought drink out of the park. They’re “very easy” to make and take as little as a week to reach drinking state. Time poor? You can always buy it by the bottle at EOTU.
Now, how’s that for ‘easy’?