Tuesday, 28 November 2017

NORTH KERALA THE HIDDEN JEWEL IN INDIA'S CROWN

BAREFOOT BEACHSIDE YOGA RETREAT


Escape the winter blues and join us in a little slice of paradise that keeps calling us back year after year!

8 Starry Nights 9 Sunny Days 

Saturday 16th February - Sunday 24th February 2019
Prices from £1250 per person in shared bungalow/room and £1450 single occupancy.

Now booking for 2019 

A dreamy yoga break on the deserted shores of the blood warm Arabian Sea 


Stay in charming, air conditioned Kerala style bungalows overlooking the deserted beach, swimming pool and beautifully tended gardens 








  






WARMING WINTER EVENING DAL

We really love our annual winter yoga holidays in Southern India. With its wonderful climate, warm sunshine, sea breezes, deserted sandy beaches & blood warm Arabian Sea - its very hard not to! Nor do we ever  tire of this region's wonderfully flavoursome, nourishing food. Every year we return to the UK armed with lots of delicious new recipe ideas. However nothing is more comforting in the cold winter months than a good old fashioned no nonsense dal.

For details of our 2018 YOGA RETREAT on the deserted shores of NORTH KERALA, India's hidden gem & more Yogamumma Recipes visit www.elisawilliamsyoga.com




Ingredients


3 tbs high heat oil (eg coconut, olive oil (not extra virgin)
1 tsp cumin seeds
1 tsp  black mustard seeds
1 chopped onion 
2-inches fresh ginger, peeled & minced
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 tsp ground turmeric
1/2 tsp ground coriander 
1/4tsp ground cayenne
1 tsp sea salt
1 tin chopped tomatoes, (drained)
125g (1 US cup) red split lentils, soaked in water
875ml (3.5 cups) water
280g spinach leaves, roughly chopped
2 jalapeƱos/red chillies chopped 

Fresh chopped coriander, naan bread or brown or whit basmati rice to serve

Method

In a large pot, warm the oil over medium-high heat. Stand back as the oil may splatter, add the cumin & mustard seeds & cook until they start to crackle & change color. ( 10-15 seconds)
Add chopped onion, deseeded chopped red peppers/jalapenos, fresh ginger, garlic plus the turmeric, coriander, cayenne & sea salt. Stir 
Pour in drained chopped tomatoes & continue to cook over medium-high heat for about 10 minutes & they break down.
Stir in pre-soaked red lentil with 875ml water & bring to the boil. Reduce heat to a low boil & cook until lentils are soft enough to mash, (approx 30 minutes but maybe longer) Add more hot water as needed until they are thoroughly cooked. Use a spoon or a whisk to mash lentils
Add the spinach & cook until it starts to wilt, (5 minutes approx). 
Serve warm with whole grain naan, white or brown basmati rice & fresh chopped coriander

Monday, 6 November 2017

IMMUNE BOOSTING TIPS FOR WINTER



Now that Autumn has well & truly arrived it's time for us to take some cues from nature.
As nature prepares for the harsher climate & the dormant months ahead we too need
to get more rest. In winter it's important to get more sleep as this is the best way to boost
our immune system.

However some of us really struggle to get a good night's sleep. One way to compensate for
this is by practicing Yoga Nidra. This technique of Yogic Sleep is the state in between sleep
& consciousness. Just a 20 minute guided Yoga Nidra practice each afternoon, can
really help to boost energy levels & the immune system.

Your daily yoga and healing practices do just that. They heal your body as they relax your
nervous system. If you’re constantly in that ‘fight or flight’ state of adrenaline caused by so
much of modern life, you really will burn out too soon. Make sure you roll out your mat and
move, even if it’s just for 10 minutes a day. 

     
Make sure you keep up your '5 A Day'. It's more important than ever to include plenty of
fresh vegetables & fruit in our diet. Warming veggie packed stews, soups &curries
are perfect to boost the immune system. Baked apples, stewed fruits, smoothies &
rehydrated dried fruit & nut compotes are perfect on top of a warming porridge for
breakfast

Cut down on a heavy social schedule & enjoy more cosy evenings at home, reading,
doing something creative, cooking for friends. 
everything in moderation. 

For those that can, winter is the best time of year to go on a much needed yoga retreat. It will help to get through the winter to have somewhere warm & sunny to look forward to. I’m running a 7 night yoga retreat by the beach in North Kerala in late February which is one the most beautiful & unspoilt parts of Southern India. However if you can't afford the time or money for a full blown retreat I also have a number of one day yoga retreats scheduled for the winter months to help recharge the batteries.

Even though it's cold outside it's really important to dress up warmly & get outdoors. We run a walking group with a bunch of West London friends & take turns to plan a walk either in the countryside or even in some of the many fascinating or open spaces in London. Take a look at Transport for London's 'Capital Ring Walk' https://tfl.gov.uk/modes/walking/capital-ring  which sets out a series of walk right around the capital with the start and end points all easily accessible by the tube or London overground.

The winter months are a great time to spend happy times with friends &; family. A bit of laughter & banter help us all to lighten up, even on those darkest gloomiest days.

Keep warm, be happy, stay healthy. Find time to check out our upcoming yoga retreats; London classes by visiting www.elisawilliamsyoga.com