Our next retreat, 27-29th November

Our next retreat is happening THIS WEEKEND! The beautiful Ridge Farm in Capel, Surrey, is where we’ll be. This idyllic location is set in the stunning Surrey Hills and has some great memories for me (more to follow on that!)As always, I will be posting our daily movements, activities and meals on here.

We have a special guest joining us this weekend aswell. The amazingly talented Sue Darling from TriYoga who trained with Iyengar himself will be with us for Saturday and Sunday. 

There is still room, so if you know anyone that would like to join us then please do get in touch or send them our info! 

Stay well and I hope you enjoy our updates 🙏🏻 

 

Our last day

It’s always a sad day for us all when the last day is upon us. But, our clients will go away rested and recharged after their week of wellness and yoga. And of course a very healthy dose of sunshine. 

We tend to have another nice relaxing day on the last day as most of our clients have early morning flights. So, we had our beautiful yoga class in the morning and evening. We like to take time to reflect over our days sent together and rally take the time to be thankful for everything that we have done.

Our clients all said what a beautiful and rested time they had with us and how they were going to go home with a firmer understanding of yoga and will also continue their practice, which to us is all we ask for.

  
Stay well, until next time.

Ella x 

Day 6 

Another glorious start to the day with a lovely and peaceful yoga class. The weather here in Javea is really quite warm so today our clients wanted a day by the sea. The breeze was lovely and that fresh sea air is always the perfect tonic.

 
After their day on the beach we did some calming and restorative yoga back at the villa. Followed by my superfood salad. Now, when I cook I have a tendency to just ‘throw everything in’ I don’t follow a recipe too much. I’m not sure whether that’s a good or a bad thing…?!

  

Ervyone had a guess as to how many ingredients were in it, even I got it wrong! 14, iceberg, romaine, radish, peas, avocado, broccoli, asparagus, fennel, onion, egg, pumpkin, sunflower seeds, tomatoes and chicory. I did a tahini, olive oil and lemon dressing. Super nutritious and super filling.

Last day tomorrow… 

Why are greens so good for us? And how exactly do they assist detoxification?

Garden of Grace

‘Eat your greens’…yeah yeah you know, your mums have repeated this phrase for generations on generations. You know they are healthy, but has anyone ever told you why?

Now that everyone has jumped on the kale band wagon (and some lucky kale farmers are finally bloody rich!) you may as well know the secret behind the green crazies.

Cruciferous vegetables from the brassica family actually assist in phase I and phase II detoxification pathways in your liver. Detox has become the latest fad word, but fad it is not! Detoxification is more than just a fancy word overused  in health magazines – your body detoxifies every single day through complex processes in your liver where metabolites and waste products are converted to soluble forms, transformed, and then excreted. And that’s right, sulphur containing cruciferous vegetables such as: broccoli, cauliflower, kale, and cabbage increase enzyme production and upregulate these pathways! A…

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Day 5

it quite literally is paradise here! We all wake up and say to each other ‘how glorious’ and that in itself is such a great way to start the day. The feeling of gratitude.

Our yoga practice was simply idyllic as the temperature was perfect with a slight breeze which is always a bonus here. Francesca got us all into some more advanced moves for those who wanted to try as well, which was great.

  
We also offer therapies at our retreats and some of our clients wanted to benefit from these today. Our Arvigo and Rosen Method have proved very popular and we look forward to sharing these amazing therapies with our clients.

After a rest we settled down for some dinner which had a Mexican feel to it! We had black bean burgers, salsa, avocado dip, mango salsa and a sweet corn and courgette spicy salad! It seem to go down very well with everyone having seconds!

  
As it is fiesta time here in Spain, San Juan, we decided to take our clients into the old town of Javea to experience the old traditions that are kept very much alive. The singing and dancing floats paraded past us and we covered in confetti and sweets by the end of it!

Another fantastic day and night!

Until tomorrow…

Day 4

Our clients are really starting to relax now and really getting into the flow of their yoga practice, which is great to see. We often get asked ‘I’ve never done yoga before, can I still come?’ We have two clients on this retreat who have never done yoga before and others that have and we find that the mix works well as yoga really is for everyone. No matter how long you’ve been praticing for.

  

Another beautiful morning yoga class by the sea. It’s really is paradise here and we all feel so blessed to have this as our yoga space. After yoga we always come back to the retreat and have a brunch, this mornings was a beautiful selection of fruits and seeds and my fav overnight oats.

  
Our clients had booked day trips out so we sent the pm on their merry way with fruit salads and pop rotten balls and we bid them a beautiful day.

Until tomorrow…

 

Day 3

Another glorious day here in our little piece of paradise. A beautiful class by the sea to start the day. All our clients took full advantage of the weather and took a day to themselves to spend by the beach and also exploring the local area.

  
My domain is the kitchen! As our retreats are vegetarian, wheat free and sugar free I tend to cook a lot of Lebanese food. I also talk our clients though everything and also offer my recipes for them to take away. 

 
I made some chunky hummus, falafels, vegetable cous cous, baba ghanoush, tabbouleh and some tahini sauce. I love to serve this feast with iceberg lettuce as I tend to use them instead of flour wraps. They’re lighter for you and of course, better for you!

Another lovely had by all.

World Yoga Day celebrations

When we were organising our retreats for the year, we both said how important it was for us to run a retreat to coincide with World Yoga Day. Yoga, for us, is so inspiring and empowering and to be able to share this with our fellow yogis across the world meant so much to us. So, we got together with our local yoga instructors and friends and put on a sequence of Sun Salutations, 21 infact…! 

 
At 7pm, we all started to gather on the beautiful beach in Javea, Spain. We had our retreat guests with us, friends and fellow instructors. Our friend Kate and our very own Francesca ran us through how the sequence was going to go and we began. It was a fantastic 40 minutes. We all connected with each other and on ourselves and to be on the beach with the sound of the ocean in the background was heavenly.

  
After we had completed our 21 sun salutations, we had a moment to reflect on ourselves and others all around the world. To be by the ocean with friends in a group meditation was extremely grounding and a moment I will not forget.

For a bit of a giggle we decided to do a long line downward dog! We all discussed our upper body strength to see who would go where. Luckily I wasn’t the first, but i squeezed in third! We managed to do a line up of 6 of us! Great work team!

 
Thank you to everyone that joined us and also to everyone who celebrated World Yoga Day across the globe.

Namaste 🙏🏻

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Day 1 of our Javea wellness retreat

imageIt’s day 1 of our beautiful retreat and our lovely clients have settled in and feeling the benefits of the glorious weather that Javea is having. We thought it might be quite nice to make this week a week for blogging too so that you can really get a feel for our wellness retreats.

Everyday i will be posting about our meals, trips and/or yoga poses on here for you so you can pretend you’re here with us!

So, sit back and enjoy our retreat and you can plan your trip out next time!

Ella

Medicinal Corner

Every month we will be posting a blog on plants/herbs/flowers which have amazing medicinal purposes. Some will be well known, others a bit more obscure… This month it’s Rosemary!

Rosemary means ‘dew of the sea’, a lovely name referring to where it likes to grow, near the sea!

  

I have seen it tumbling over old stone walls in little Cornish seaside villages, reaching for the sun and displaying it’s pretty, blue flowers in early Spring. It’s an evergreen shrub so stays looking good all year and there are many different types to try. Flower colour varies from very pale to a bright shade of blue. Also there is a choice of an upright variety or one that cascades over a wall or the side of a pot. Keep it in full sun and a well drained soil and it will last for years, giving you plenty of material to harvest in the Spring. Cut the tips of the branches with flowers on and hang up to dry in bunches in an airy place. Now you have enough for the year, but you can pick fresh as well if needed.
Widely used in cooking, Rosemary has a strong flavour, so don’t overdo it! I like to roughly chop vegetables such as peppers, courgettes, onions, garlic or aubergines and add sprigs of Rosemary to the roasting pan. Coat everything in olive oil or coconut oil (using your hands is best!)  and roast in a hot oven for about 30 minutes, delicious, and the smell wafting around your home really gets your appetite going.

Add it to soup, casseroles and bakes, but make sure you chop it very finely as its a woody herb. Use thin branches, stripped of leaves and soaked in water, as barbecue skewers. This gives off the aroma of the herb, chuck the leaves onto the fire too!

A sprig in a mug of boiling water is a lovely infusion to drink, add stevia to taste as it has a ‘piney ‘ flavour if you want to. Also, if you put a couple of slices of fresh ginger root in with it the health benefits increase. It helps with nasal congestion and nausea, cleansing your system and relieving any tiredness.
Rosemary is natures antiseptic and can help ease a number of problems including headaches, sinus congestion (as already mentioned) and Candida albicans, a species of yeast which causes fungal infection.
When ingested it helps with your body’s alkalinity and a Rosemary extract can flush out toxins.

Try a few drops in your bath and afterwards massage into your skin a soothing cream made with coconut oil mixed with a little Rosemary oil. Always test a little first to be sure of no allergic reaction. This will leave your skin feeling smooth and smelling gorgeous!

Rosemary is a truly remarkable herb, valuable as a source of vitamins A, C and B complex and also iron . Who could do without it?

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