Welcome to the first of series of blog features on Asquith’s Wow Women – an insight into the lives of women we find fascinating and inspirational, and we think you will too. With quick fire questions to get under the skin of what makes these wonderful women tick! We have started our series of Wow Women with a brilliant mother and daughter duo, Vimla Lalvani and her daughter Divia Cadbury.

Divia and Vimla Cadbury in Asquith organic activewear

 

 Vimla Lalvani

Divia and Vimla Cadbury in Asquith organic activewear

Vimla Lalvani has dedicated her life to teaching people the benefits of yoga. Born in Hawaii she travelled to India after graduating and was a personal student of the most influential figure in yoga today, the master, B.K.S. Iyvengar. One of the early yoga pioneers, Vimla has written eight yoga books that have been translated into 20 languages, produced 10 yoga films and was the GMTV Yoga Guru.

In her latest book, Real Yoga: A Pure and Simple Journey, Vimla de-mystifies the spiritual practice by exploring yoga’s ancient roots, promoting its application to modern living and how everyone, regardless of age or ability, can enjoy it.


Yoga or Pilates?

I have been passionate about yoga all of my life

Favourite yoga pose / Pilates move?

I love the Standing Bow as it makes me feel like I am flying through space

Flat white or green tea?

White tea.

Green juice or cocktail?

Pink champagne!

Summer or winter?

I love the hot sun and swimming in the ocean. Nirvana.

City or countryside?

Both. City for the buzz and countryside for meditating.

Dancing or DVD?

All forms of dance especially modern gets me off my chair.

Last meal?

All things Asian

Da Vinci or Di Caprio?

Love both! Da Vinci for my soul and Di Caprio for the heart.

Charlotte Bronte or Caitlin Moran?

Who is Caitlin Moran?

Vogue or National Geographic?

Can’t choose as love the photography.

Angela Merkel or Hilary Clinton?

Angela Merkel is my hero and an inspiration to all women.

What never fails to make you smile?

Beautiful babies.

What character trait do you love in others?

Sympathy and kindness.

What character trait do you loathe in others?

Stingy and greedy people.

What are you most curious about in 2016?

The American Presidential Campaign.

What has been your favourite year so far and why?

2007 as it was the year my first grandchild was born, bringing so much unexpected joy and happiness.

What’s your guilty pleasure?

Dark Chili Chocolate.

If you were Prime Minister what would be top of your agenda?

Putting yoga on the curriculum of all educational institutions.

A single piece of advice to the next generation of women?

To understand that female empowerment leads the way forward to a peaceful future.

Favourite piece of Asquith clothing?

The Blissful Wrap.

What is it about Asquith that you love?

Makes my body look shapely while being ethically conscious.

Who would you most like to see wearing Asquith?

Michelle Obama.

 


 Divia Cadbury

 Dive Cadbury wearing Asquith Organic Activewear

Divia started her career working for master chef Roy Yamaguchi in Hawaii, followed by the TV Food Network in New York, before returning to London. She founded Bonsai, her highly successful catering company, and then Zuma in Knightsbridge in 2002, which won Best New Restaurant and Restaurant of The Year, in successive years. Zuma has expanded successfully to Hong Kong, Dubai, Istanbul, Miami and New York.

Since selling up, Divia has teamed up with the well-known food critic, Fay Maschler, and set up Page One London – a digital restaurant guide which keeps its members in the know about the top 100 restaurants at any given time. She has recently qualified as a nutritionist and is writing a new book about the importance of children’s nutrition and dealing with common ailments holistically.


Yoga or Pilates?

Yoga

Favourite yoga pose / Pilates move?

Headstand so my spine is totally aligned.

Flat white or green tea?

Green tea to detoxify and cleanse.

Green juice or cocktail?

Tequila (the agave nectar from the plant gives no hangover).

Summer or winter?

Definitely summer as I love the warm sun and sea.

City or countryside?

City to energise.

Dancing or DVD?

Apple TV – I take it everywhere with me.

Last meal?

The best sushi in the world at Sasabune, Honolulu.

Da Vinci or Di Caprio?

Da Vinci for his Genius.

Charlotte Bronte or Caitlin Moran?

Charlotte Bronte – I love Jane Eyre.

Vogue or National Geographic?

Vogue for its edge on fashion.

Angela Merkel or Hilary Clinton?

Angela Merkel symbolises modern female power.

What never fails to make you smile?

My three babies coming in to our bed in the morning.

What character trait do you love in others?

Kindness and generosity.

What character trait do you loathe in others?

Disloyalty.

What are you most curious about in 2016?

How the refugee crisis will be solved.

What has been your favourite year so far and why?

2002 – because I opened my restaurant, Zuma, and I met my now husband. It was a big year!

What’s your guilty pleasure?

Cadbury’s Fruit & Nut

If you were Prime Minister what would be top of your agenda?

Educating schools on the importance of nutrition. It makes me so sad that schools STILL feed their pupils rubbish. I would also do more to educate parents and schools about sugar – it is poison!

A single piece of advice to the next generation of women?

To realise that women bring stability and hope for the future.

Favourite piece of Asquith clothing?

Bamboo Hero Tie Pants.

What is it about Asquith that you love?

I love the bamboo collection – it is so soft and the bamboo helps to regulate body temperature so it’s great for working out.

 

Divia and Vimla Cadbury in Asquith organic activewear

Discover our organic yoga tops and organic yoga pants and all of our organic activewear here…

2 thoughts on “Wow Women

Vimla Lalvani and Divia Cadbury

  • I loved reading about these inspiring women!

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  • Absolutely agree .. yoga should be taught in all schools. Better still everyone should practice and then maybe the world would be a better place Just for the record, hero tie pants are my absolute favourite item. All my students love the asquith clothes I wear especially the teal blue set. Please bring this colour back!

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