13/08/17

BAM – the best Bamboo clothing

We have loved the brand BAM for a very long time now. Having followed their journey which began over ten years ago in the garage of their founder David Gordon. We love their values of delivering high quality, comfortable clothing and all the while their production sees that everyone is treated fairly and responsibly. Basically I see them as a company that cares! (more…)

22/07/17

Jilla Active – Yoga Gear

Hearing about a new active wear yoga brand is so exciting. Receiving their beautifully packaged garments through the post is one thing, wearing them to teach and to carry out my own practise is another and to absolutely love them is the icing on the cake.

Jilla active are a British designed active wear company based in London. Olivia and Bridget head up the company and have been so kind to send us a selection of items that all look gorgeous and feel amazing. (more…)

23/02/17

Banana Peanut Butter Flapjacks

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A lovely healthy, guilt free alternative to a flapjack. Tastes a bit like a banana bread but has all the goodness of the oats you’d find in a flapjack. They make a great breakfast alternative and also a great snack for the mid afternoon energy slump. Wheat and dairy too. (more…)

28/11/16

Just Being – Peters Poem

Just Being

                          Sitting,
                      Just sitting
                  On Mother Earth,
                          Secure.
            Absorbing Surya’s rays.

 

                         Listening,
                    Just Listening
            To Terns and Wildfowl and
                Their Soundtrack of
                   Communication.
                          Watching,
                     Just watching
                 As the Tides’ stillness
                             Edges
             Deceptively ever nearer.
                          Waiting,
                      Just waiting
                  As ripples radiate
                         Revealing
                   A hidden Presence.
                        Breathing,
                     Just breathing
                    As Prana’s  flow
                   Ebbs in and  out,
                      Revitalising.
                          Stillness,
                       Just stillness
            As all things ever changing,
                            Flow
                       Transform
                          Into this
                         Moment.
                         and then
                        Changing,
                     Just changing,
                 With no  Beginning ,
                      Never Ending
                        Just Being.

 

09/11/16

chai tea

15027395_1183969888359120_8877152492050546426_nZestlifeSince travelling in India I have always loved chai tea. Whenever I drink it I am always transported back almost twenty years to my first visit there. I remember sitting on a platform in Bombay waiting for my first train across India and being sold cups of wonderfully sweet chai tea while I waited. It was always served in tiny terracotta pots, almost like a shot of tea really and only cost just a couple of rupee a cup, a far cry from the tea prices of Starbucks. Anyway, a very good friend of mine Kate has given me this recipe of her divine chai tea to share. It’s a perfect spice blend to warm the hearts at this cold time of year. (more…)

10/10/16

mushroom soup

14495246_1157677790988330_946871926516649646_nZestlifeAutumn days call for warming soups. Having just been for a fabulously cold swim this morning, all I could think of was making a warming soup for lunch. This recipe is so quick and so simple and great served with garlic bread!

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08/09/16

blackberry cordial

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I have made this divine cordial with elderberries for years and it wasn’t until this year with an absolute abundance of blackberries that my partner suggested we try it out with some blackberries. It is wonderfully sweet, so you only need to use a small amounted diluted with either cold or hot water. We add a few drops to morning smoothies or pour over ice cream for a simple dessert. It will last for months in sterilised bottles. (more…)

05/04/16

Wild Garlic Pesto

11169951_821336297955816_988242792869360404_nZestlifeRamsons other wise known as Wild Garlic make the most quirky flavoured pesto. We started created this recipe last year after learning more and more about foraging and eating from the wild. The leaves start to appear around mid March and the flowers a few weeks following. Make sure you are confident at identifying the plant, (mind you the smell is so strong you can’t miss them), then once you’ve located a patch get harvesting and cooking.

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Why detox with yoga?

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25/02/16

Butter bean & herb dip

1931320_988530101236434_7562845629185671143_nZestlifeI am huge fan of humous and I’ve been looking for a similar high protein dip to serve on our retreats as an option for lunch. It needed to be bean based for the protein but also have a great flavour. I came across this recipe in a newspaper supplement and tweaked it to give it a bit more of a kick. I hope you like it. It’s great served piled high in the middle of large plate surrounded by warm pitta and fresh crudités, such as broccoli, pepper and celery.

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