I love ‘my’ yoga studio, Tree Natural Concept in Umhlanga. It opened in 2015, followed shortly by its health cafe with the motto ‘if it’s delicious, it makes you happy’. (Most of their meals are veggie, too, with an option to add animal protein if you choose. So it gets two enthusiastic thumbs up from Veggie Tots!)
Their new retail outlet takes the brand to the next level. ‘Tree is now a one-stop shop for all things wellness: yoga is a natural way to exercise, our café offers a natural way to eat healthily, and with the opening of our store you can take the experience home with you,’ says Dominique Howard, co-founder with Brett Roux.
Here are some snaps to entice you into the newly revamped space – as if you needed enticing!
The kitchen now uses – and sells – fresh organic veggies from Dave Bartlett of eatyourhome.co.za. Deliveries are on Tuesdays and Thursdays so make sure you pop in. Ask about their veggie box scheme.
Proprietress Dom stocking the shelves. In addition to their boutique line of dried goods, super foods and supplements, they also sell free range eggs, fresh fare from their kitchen (mmm… bread… mmmmmm…. granola….) and a range of organic skin care including Africa Organics, Bare Naturals, and Esse.
The new, hand-crafted (and eponymous) tree which greets you as you walk in. (That’s Dom in the background packing the shelves.)
The studio maintains its aura of peace, calm and playfulness. Mats and yoga gear are available in the new store, too.
The cafe is still one of my favourite places to avoid deadlines (I mean get some time out) or schedule meetings.
The tree manifesto
See you on the mat. Or at the cafe. Or in the store. Anyway, I hope it’s soon.
If you haven’t yet visited Tree (and you seriously don’t know what you’ve been missing) pop in under the Protea Hotel on the corner of Lighthouse and Ridge Roads in Umhlanga Village, Durban. Call 031 561 1169 for more info.