#YOGAGIRLS ROCK an interview with Nomad Design Atelier by Elizabeth Ananda



Meet Georgie Olley, the founder of Nomad Design and a healthy food and lifestyle blogger. This Yoga girl rocks both on the mat and in the yoga fashion scene with her beautiful yoga mat bags and other accessories. Below is an interview with Georgie:

1. How has Yoga changed your life and personality? Yoga in it’s entirety has changed my life. It has developed my consciousness of self, it has enhanced the energy I project and has consequently improved how I interact with others. A benefit the asanas have brought is pain relief from a major back problem I have lived with for 12 years.

2. Could you name a difficult situation or a challenge in your life and how Yoga helped in dealing with it? Yeah, the past 18 months have been super tough emotionally. A few very good friends passed away. Namely one of my oldest and best friends Dee. We were very close and he was taken away from us far too soon. Without yoga, my amazing friends and founding a new company – Nomad Design Atlier, which focusses on hand making accessories from ethical and sustainably made textiles – I think the hurdles along the way would have been far harder to overcome.

3. Your beauty tip for all the Yoginis out there: My beauty tip… I swear by Eve Lom’s cleanser to keep my skin sparkling –  I’m not really into make-up, less is more on your face. 2 litres of water a day also does the trick and a 60-70% raw diet (yes, even in winter). It keeps you looking lovely inside and out.

4. Your most recent act of kindness: In all honesty I’m not into pointing out out specific actions of kindness. Giving is so important and it needs to be part of our everyday lives.

5. The last time You were spontaneous… Probably quitting my job, leaving London and starting up my own company. 

6. Your favourite quote at the moment:  ‘People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.’ – Maya Angelou, my heroine.

7. Your favourite Yoga asana or a sequence: SO hard to answer as I like sequences…I’d have to say Camatkarasana – Wild thing. It opens up so much of my heart chakra and the full stretch is amazing. I like to go from Downward Dog to Side Plank to Wild thing and then to into Full wheel.

Anything else You would like to share with the readers: Recipe – My homemade pesto, which I put on everything from poached eggs to pasta.

Almond and courgette Pesto:

(you can keep this raw too it works just as well)

3 tablespoons olive oil

40g slivered almonds

50g blanched almonds

500g courgettes

10 mint leaves

8 sage leaves

1 clove garlic

2 tablespoons chopped parsley

120g grated parmesan

150ml olive oil

salt and pepper to taste


Heat 3 tablespoons of olive oil in a pan and cook the slivered almonds till golden and then remove from the heat.

Chop the courgettes into chunks and and simmer for 8 minutes till ‘al dente’. Remove the courgettes from water. Set the water aside for use later.

When cool pop the courgettes, parsley, mint and sage leaves, parmesan and all the almonds into a food processor.

Process this mixture till thoroughly combined.

With motor running slowly add the 150 ml olive oil and then season with salt and pepper.