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Events: Workshop, Retreat – “July 2012, Yoga and Pilates Retreat”

Yoga & Pilates Detox Retreat, Dorset UK

The Yoga & Pilates Detox Retreat is held in Monkton Wyld Court, a beautiful country house in Dorset a short train ride or drive from London.

Date: Saturday 7th to Saturday 21st of July 2012

Website: http://yogadetoxretreat.co.uk/

Stretch and tone with four hours of yoga and pilates classes each day

Detox and nourish your body with freshly prepared juices and organic, vegan and gluten-free meals made using home grown or locally sourced produce three times a day

Relax and recharge with a one hour Swedish massage, aromatherapy massage or natural facial included and 20% off your next treatment at our day spa

Stayin shared rooms across two floors of the old rectory and enjoy beautiful views of the grounds

Spend free time reading, sunbathing, exploring or just relaxing in the communal areas and surrounding grounds of Monkton Wyld


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Yogi Lifestyle: Yogi You – “New Tricks for Old Dogs, Breaking the Myth, by Pamela Holtzman”


Heres the latest blog from our friend, Pamela Holtzman.



If you feel like an “old dog” – it’s time you learned some new tricks. And I’m not talking about rolling over and playing dead. I’m talking about tricks that make you feel alive and vital rather than atrophied.



Trick one:


Don’t stop! The more you move – the more you’ll move. Stay flexible, strong and work on endurance. It doesn’t matter how you do it. Just exercise in some form for 30 minutes 5-6 days/week. Even if you take 3 -10 minute walks every day. You’re doing it!

Always do some light stretching, when you get up in the morning and before exercising. If you do, you won’t have injuries and will be less likely to have muscle soreness. Think about doing your exercise with intervals, fast-slow-fast (good for the heart).

Exercise increases endorphins (the ‘feel good’” hormone) that decrease pain. Free radicals are reduced through oxygenation, reducing inflammation. Your brain benefits from better circulation and blood flow. Let’s see – joints, heart, lungs, muscles, bone. Pretty much every part of your body will benefit from regular exercise. That’s a good trick.

Trick two:

Live in loving kindness

Work on your relationships. Start with yourself. Soften. Forgive your past mistakes. Become a better person. Treat those you love with care and kindness. Be a love-finder, not a fault-finder. Your heart and your soul will be filled with a feeling of abundance and connectedness. This is essential for good health.

Trick three:


Learn how to slow down. Not because you’re “old”. But slowing down in order to be fully present, mindful, appreciative, and aware of where you are inside and what’s going on around you.

Meditation is focused awareness. It comes with calming and quieting your body and mind. Bringing your focus to your breath takes you out of your thoughts. Breathe in deeply, think “open.” Feel your body opening up and receiving the breath. Breathing out slowly, think “release.” Allowing all the tensions and discomfort in your body to flow out with the breath. As thoughts arise, gently disengage from them, and refocus on the breath.

Twice daily, create a meditation practice for 15 -20 minutes, morning and night. Sit comfortably, spine erect, eyes closed, and breathe slowly and deeply. “Open.” “Release.” Place your mental awareness in “spacious mind.” Quiet your thoughts. There are many kinds of meditation, discover the one that works for you. Do it every day. Don’t worry about “getting it right.” That’s why it’s called a practice.

Trick four:

Feed your brain and body

Eat whole foods. Think of all the colors in the rainbow and eat fruits and vegetables to get the optimal phyto-nutrients, vitamins and minerals, available for a balanced diet.

Trash anything in your fridge or cabinets that are processed, have hydrogenated fats, high fructose corn syrup, or chemical additives. If you want to eat junk food – make it yourself. At least you’ll know it’s fresh and what’s in it. Don’t shop center aisles in the grocery store if you can help it. Stay on the periphery of the store where the fresh foods are. Try farmers markets or international food markets for less pricey fruits and veggies.

Give up “white foods” (white rice, pasta, white breads), and experiment with whole grains. Here are a few simple rules: start with a protein breakfast every day, eat small meals throughout the day (like a baby). This helps metabolism and keeps your energy even throughout the day. Drink 6-8 glasses of water, green tea, or clear broth. (Force yourself – this is really important). Your body is 60% water.

Eating well can become habit forming. The body craves it. The more you live healthy, the more you’ll want to.

So here are some fringe benefits you can expect from regular practice of your new tricks: decreased stress, longevity, good health, no medical bills, increased socialization, flexibility, strength and endurance, and it’s cost efficient!

Sounds too simple? Then why aren’t you doing it? Your life depends on it!

To learn more about a healthy lifestyle program check out: HEALTHY LIFESTYLE Path of Wellness, my recently published book, available on my website: Pamelaholtzman.com.

Here’s to you KID!

Yogi Lifestyle: Eating Well – “Battle of the Beets, by Kate Connell”


Yummy food by our friend Kate Connell!



I knew that I wanted to serve my beets on a bed of mixed greens so I figured the best way to battle the beets was by roasting them.

My first though was roasting beets is so easy! Four easy, foolproof (I promise) steps:

            1. Wash outside of beets + cut off long greens

            2. Place on cookie sheet with some sea salt + extra virgin olive oil

            3. Roast until you can stick a fork through the skins

            4. Peel skins off + eat – preferably with goat cheese

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After I let mine cool I chopped them up and tossed them on a salad with some goat cheese.

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Easy, earthy, photogenic beets.

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The greatest beauty of the beets? Matt said they were delicious!

Originally published here

Yogi Lifestyle: Eating Well – “Crazy Bean Soup, by Kate Connell”


Another great recipe by our friend Kate Connell!



As much as I like to use recipes as inspiration or as strict guidelines when I am stepping outside of my comfort zone and baking, once in a while I like to throw all caution to the wind and dump stuff in a pot and call it a meal.

I’m taking about some crazy bean soup. You’ve heard of it right?


Add it all in.

Kidney beans, cannellini beans, lima beans, cranberry beans, garbanzo beans.

Grab the veggies.

Add some stock.

And lots of this and that. Plus some salt and pepper.

And you have yourself  zuppa.


Crazy Bean Soup

Add a little, a lot, or none of the following to a large soup pot.

Kidney beans

Cannellini beans

Lima beans

Lima beans the size of golf balls


Black eyed peas

Navy beans



Wheat berries

Flax seeds


Tiny pasta of all kinds




Sunflower seeds

Pumpkin seeds





Bring to a boil and then simmer until you are ready to serve. Season to taste.


Originally published here 

Yogi Lifestyle: Eating Well – Acorn, Squash and Leek Soup, by Kate Connell


Another great recipe by our friend Kate Connell!


 have a delicious fall soup recipe for you that includes some seasonal favorites, but first we have a little business to take care of: a brief lesson in leeks.


If you are new to leeks like me, fear not! Leeks are part of the onion family and are mellower than their green onion cousin. Leeks are tri-colored starting with a white base, a yellow middle, and a dark green top. For most cooking purposes you will begin cutting below the green top into beautiful little leek ringlets.

Watch out for sand, as it hides inside the leeks lovely layers. If you are slicing the leek into ringlets then follow up your chopping with a quick water bath so the sand can drain from the vegetable. Otherwise, make sure you spend a few minutes so your leeks are grit-less.

Now that we got the scary stuff out of the recipe, bring on the recipe!

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Acorn Squash and Leek Soup 

2 medium sized acorn squash – any color
3 large carrots
1 leek
1 tbsp butter
2-4 cups vegetable broth (more or less depending on desired consistency)
1/8 c half and half
Sea salt
Black pepper

Begin by roasting acorn squash and carrots in the oven at 400* for 30 minutes. Remove squash and carrots from baking sheet and transfer them to a pan with sliced leeks and butter.

Add broth and half and half to the mixture of chopped vegetables and allow it to simmer until vegetables are cooked thoroughly. Add the broth mixture to a blender or use an immersion blender, and season to taste. Add more broth until you’ve reached your desired consistency.

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Originally published here

Yogi Lifestyle: Eating Well – “5 Pepper Salsa, by Kate Connell”


Yogi London loves this delicious  salsa. It’s amazing with loads of nosh: bean burgers, a salad or in a yummy wrap. Anything!


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When life gives you peppers I think you need to celebrate. When life gives you peppers from someone’s backyard garden? Well, I think you should declare dinner a special holiday. And head straight to the kitchen to make some 5 Pepper Salsa!

5 Pepper Salsa

  • 1 Roma Tomato
  • 1 Jalapeno Pepper
  • 3 Mini Sweet Bell Peppers
  • 1 Serrano Pepper
  • 2 Yellow Bell Peppers
  • 1 Habanera Pepper
  • 1 Lime
  • Scallions
  • How to: De-seed and dice all of the peppers (with the exception of the jalapeno, if you want some spice to the salsa) and add to a mixing bowl with diced scallions and tomato. Mix ingredients together, squeeze some lime on top, and add a sprinkle of sea salt.


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Article Originally Published:  What Kate Ate

Author: Kate Connell

Yogi Lifestyle: Eating Well – “Kate Connell, What Kate Ate”


The YOGI LONDON team are so excited about our new partnership with one of our favourite yoga inspired blogs, what kate ate. We are delighted to start featuring the mouth wateringly delicious recipes dreamed up by our friend, Kate Connell. We’ve already featured one yummy recipe and there are more to come.
Kate lives in the good ol’ USofA. Although not from London, she definitely shares a massive dollop of our YOGI attitude towards nutrition. We were so inspired by Kate’s delicious recipes, which are fun, nutritious, warming and yogified in every delicious bite.
Although originally from Boston, Kate now lives in a Midwestern town with her lovely boyfriend, Matt. The move West inspired Kate to take stock of her life and enjoy the benefits of leading a healthier lifestyle and impressively, she has since qualified to be a yoga teacher!
Contact Kate

Yogi Lifestyle: Eating Well – “Free Petit Pois Cakes”

petit pois cakes

Have your cake and eat it

“C’est  pas vrai!” I hear you scream. Yes, cup cakes are now good for you.

Mother’s tactics to ensure you got your five-a-day: airplane fork tricks, making food faces on your plate and threatening to deny you dessert. These days we can have our cake and eat our veggies, too.

Petit Pois cupcakes may taste sinfully sweet, but the new gluten- and lactose-free range — launching today — is made using grated pumpkin, courgette or beetroot instead of butter. (The vegetables soften rather than stiffen over time, meaning the cakes stay moist longer.)

Chef Harry Eastwood and partner Ashley Maddox flavour the chocolate, vanilla, lemon and orange desserts with 70 per cent coco, real vanilla beans or unwaxed citrus. (Sugar is minimal and found mostly in the thin layer of icing.)

What’s more: the 175-calorie treats taste as good as regular cupcakes.

Free cupcakes – Where? When? How?

Available at Selfridges, 400 Oxford Street, W1A 1AB (08001 234000 or petitpoiscakes.com), £5 for two.

Eastwood and Maddox will be giving out free cakes today (16th March) from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. in the food hall.

Take that, mushy peas!

Yogi Lifestyle: Eating Well – “Lucious Organic, High Street Kensington in West London”

Luscious Organic is a whole foods cafe, delhi and supermarket situated in a convenient spot on High Street Kensington, opposite the Odeon Cinema.

The owners beleive that healthy lifestyles depend on good quality intake to our bodies. They operate a very friendly environment and promote anything and everything health orientated. Here’s info about upcoming workshops which they are hosting .

Their organic deli and café supply fresh, wholesome & delicious organic food. Customers can take lunch or pick up a fresh organic drink on the go. There is a great variety of different brands and foods stuffs on offer; customers can run in for a tea and a piece of cake, or they can do their weekly shop there – you can buy everything from fresh fruit to household cleaning products!

Address: 242 Kensington High St, Kensington, London W8 5ED

Telephone: 020 7371 6987

Website: http://www.lusciousorganic.co.uk/about.htm

Micheal Winner’s positive assessment on the place: http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/life_and_style/food_and_drink/eating_out/winners_dinners/article1625873.ece

Ever wishing to go with the flow I lunched a few days ago at Luscious Organic on Kensington High Street. This was acquired by a Yugoslavian lady, Dragana, who I understand will be appearing as the wicked witch in Humpty Dumpty on ice at some bizarre theatre in the north.

She took over Luscious Organic in 2003 when the previous company went bankrupt. Among her partners are Boy George and a man called Simon Brown, whose book Feng Shui for Wimps was on display above my table.

Dragana certainly made a go of it. The premises used to be empty. Now they’re buzzing. Elle Macpherson shops there. I know that because I was sent Elle’s bill in error. It dwarfed my humble purchases.

That happened once before when Coutts sent me the bank statements of the Monaco consul-general. I never found out who got mine, nor did I care.

Luscious Organic has five tables inside and another six outside (weather permitting). The shelves are full of packets of stuff so healthy I didn’t dare read the labels. They even have organic wine.

Geraldine appeared holding a packet of watercress, then put it back. If she was trying to tell me something, I missed the point.

Greg, the manager, produced the menu. I chose Caribbean vegetable soup followed by Moroccan chickpea and spinach stew, rice and salad. My soup and main course arrived at the same time, but there was no sign of Geraldine’s Provençal lasagne.

The soup was absolutely superb. Very tasty. It said, “I’m not only healthy but nice as well.” The Moroccan chickpea and spinach stew surprised me by also being excellent.

I went to Luscious Organic shortly after eating roast beef and Yorkshire pudding at home expecting just to taste everything for you. But it was so good, I stuffed myself.

Geraldine’s lasagne eventually arrived. It seemed moist and pleasant to me. Greg also offered fresh vegetable smoothies. But I stuck for a large glass of very fresh orange juice.

My table at Luscious Organic overlooked the 1930s Odeon cinema, about to be redeveloped. Thanks to a group of objectors, with me particularly vociferous, the frontage is to be retained. Behind it will be flats and some cinemas.

For dessert Greg plied me with cakes. Orange and almond cake, moist and excellent; then carrot cake with lots of nuts, and an orange and banana cake with icing. That last one was a bit heavy. They have organic coffee and espresso.

Downstairs there’s a clinic open seven days a week offering services which include face reading. As a finale Geraldine took a bottle of pinot grigio “made with organically grown grapes from the living soil”. It was all so healthy I began to feel a bit queasy.