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This painting holiday in Tuscany should be your next getaway

This painting holiday in Tuscany should be your next getaway

Sleep in a traditional Italian farmhouse and wake up to the stunning Tuscan countryside. This painting holiday’s itinerary will have you dreaming of unleashing your creativity under the Tuscan sun.

by May 23, 2017 Creative holidays, Destinations
Yoga term of the week: Foundation

Yoga term of the week: Foundation

Similar to its non-yoga meaning, your yoga ‘foundation’ is building a strong and solid pose so that the rest of your body is properly aligned. Like in creating a strong foundation for a structure, the rest of your practise hinges on a strong foundation.

by May 23, 2017 Travel, Wellbeing holidays, Yoga dictionary
5 reasons why fitness holidays are better than lying on the beach

5 reasons why fitness holidays are better than lying on the beach

While ‘fitness’ may not jump to mind when you think ‘holiday’, the travel world is changing and fitness holidays continue to grow in popularity. Forget images of army sergeant-like figures yelling “get down and give me 50 press ups!” and focus instead on thoughts of meeting other single travellers in […]

by May 21, 2017 Travel, Wellbeing holidays
Tips for beginner cooks from a French chef

Tips for beginner cooks from a French chef

We recently sat down with French chef, Marlene to chat about her cookery school and her top tips for beginner cooks hoping to improve their skills.

Yoga term of the week: Expansion

Yoga term of the week: Expansion

While a common word in English, in yoga ‘expansion’ has a spiritual meaning. When asked to expand, you are meant to let go of enough unconscious contraction to be completely present and in the moment.

by May 16, 2017 Travel, Wellbeing holidays, Yoga dictionary
Yoga term of the week: Dharana

Yoga term of the week: Dharana

The first step in meditation, Dharana is translated as “holding” or “concentration”. This essential part of meditation involves deeply concentrating on an object while attempting to hold the mind completely steady without wavering. Believe us, it is easier said than done!

by May 9, 2017 Travel, Wellbeing holidays, Yoga dictionary
Chakra – yoga term explained

Chakra – yoga term explained

Welcome to our weekly series dedicated to helping you navigate the confusing lingo of yoga. Beginner or not, this ‘yoga dictionary’ will be here every Tuesday to quench your curiosity about a new, bizarre yogi word. This week’s term: Chakra Referred to as the body’s energy centres, you’ll probably come […]

by May 2, 2017 Yoga dictionary
Baddha Konasana – yoga term explained

Baddha Konasana – yoga term explained

This is the Sanskrit for “butterfly pose” – perhaps once of the most recognisable yoga poses out there. A Baddha Konasana opens your hips and stretches your inner thighs. Spiritually, it is said to improve your mood and stimulate circulation.

by April 25, 2017 Yoga dictionary
How to speak ‘wino’: top wine terms to make you sound like an expert

How to speak ‘wino’: top wine terms to make you sound like an expert

While you’re pretty set if you say anything like, ‘I’m sensing a bit of an oak flavour’ or ‘the legs on this wine are fabulous,’ it sometimes helps to have an actual idea of the wine terms you’re using. Whether it’s just to stop the awkward encounter with the waiter who asks […]

by April 23, 2017 Cooking holidays and wine, Travel
Asana – yoga term explained

Asana – yoga term explained

Asana is most commonly translated to mean “posture.” That means each of the different postures in yoga could also be called an asana.
To add on to that, when you hear your yoga teacher say “asana sun salutations” it is just a certain series of postures done in a sequence called a sun salutation.

by April 18, 2017 Yoga dictionary
Experience your own Big Painting Challenge

Experience your own Big Painting Challenge

The newly-launched BBC One’s The Big Painting Challenge – or as we fondly call it, the Great British Paint Off – follows 10 fresh painters as they compete to be Britain’s newest amateur artistic star. It’s inspiring the nation to pick up their easels and brushes and let their creative spirits free. While the […]

by April 13, 2017 Creative holidays, Destinations, Travel advice
Tantra Yoga explained

Tantra Yoga explained

Empowerment, as a foundation of this practise, is the sense you’ll have leaving a Tantra yoga class or retreat. If you struggle with confidence, this type of yoga can boost your self-image and contentment.

by April 11, 2017 Yoga dictionary
Ayurvedic Yoga explained

Ayurvedic Yoga explained

You’re in for the full-balancing experience with Ayurvedic yoga. If you love the holistic approach in your life, then this is a wonderful yoga option for you.

by April 4, 2017 Yoga dictionary
Acroyoga explained

Acroyoga explained

With so many levels and aspects of Acroyoga, you can find the right teacher and class to suit your style and taste, plus get an idea of healing arts and acrobatics along with your traditional yoga.

by March 28, 2017 Yoga dictionary
Hatha Yoga explained

Hatha Yoga explained

If you’re a beginner, Hatha yoga is not intimidating and is built around equipping you with all of the knowledge and skills you will need to grow in your practice.

by March 21, 2017 Yoga dictionary