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Yoga and Food

3 Yoga Breaks to 3 of the world's best culinary destinations

If there are two places in the World that I would say offer my favorite foods it has to be India and Italy and if I need a runner up then Turkey is certainly it.

Italian and Indian food both represent the best in almost entirely different ways.

Contrary to the stereo-type of Italians (particularly men) as being handsome, stylish, ego maniacs, Italian food seems to offer an almost ego-less dedication to what tastes best. They are happy to stick with just three or four simple ingredients where simplicity brings the best result.

The first time I visited Rome I was amazed by the layered history you can see in the architechture, disliked the Colosseum, was awed by the ancient temples, managed to completly miss The Vatican and fell in love with the food.

Fresh ingredients seem to be a big part of what makes Italian cooking so successful. Is it in the Sun, the rain the soil the farming techniques?

India does almost the opposite blending multifarious spices and ingredients to make a finally blended flavours that offer harmony combined with tasteful forays into particular flavour signatures, like a beautiful landscape of rolling hills with the odd mountain or river to add definition to tranquility.

Maybe it's a reflection on the infinitely diverse Indian culture that has a multiplicity of beliefs, cultural practices and lifestyles all living cheek by jowl sometimes with little no personal space, combined with an ancient philosophy that has the individual being absorbed into a blissful whole, that allows the Indians to create such masterpieces of cooking.

Being a Yoga practitioner I have to confess to a certain bias towards all things Indian and a par-chant for the fresh and simple. Turkey caters very well for my other leaning in my romance with food and that of vegetarianism.

Although all the countries I have mentioned have a brilliant repertoire in cooking delicious fish dishes they also cater fantastically well for the vegetarian pallet, none more so than Turkey!

Stuffed vine leaves, stuffed vegetables Dolma , delicious wholesome soups like Ezogelin and we cannot forget the world super-star Humus (from the Arabic for "chickpea"). If you start me on Turkish food I literally will not stop all this plus Turkish food also includes one of my favorite food ideas ever that of the Mezze!!

Yoga Explorers are running Yoga breaks to all three destinations Italy, Turkey and India in the upcoming months.

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Yoga and Chocolate!

October 2013

If there are two words that I have waited all my lfe to hear in the same sentence it's yoga and chocolate. Two of my greatest passions in one place at one time surely its too good to be true!

This year Yoga Explorers have managed to time it just right landing one of their breaks right in the middle of one of Europe's biggest and most prestigious chocolate festivals! This inspired young upstart of a yoga travel company started by Jim Tarran founder of the highly esteemed Vajrasati Yoga School and his well travelled T.V producer and yogi partner Jo Thornhill have continued to indulge their dreams and concequently the dreams of a whole host of others who love yoga, good food, beautiful surroundings and this time chocolate by taking a trip to the world reknowed  Locanda del Gallo  in Umbria at precisly the same time as the choc-fest. The Yoga break that runs fro the 19th - 26th October is held in the most beautiful setting, arcres of gardens and woods surround a beautifully restored 11th Century farmhouse, pool and spa. Nearby Perugia, the home of Italian chocolate is hosting Eurochocolate - Europe's chocolate festival from 18th - 27th October 2013. Yoga Explorers have a reputation for inspiring trips that leave people with a new perspective on life, they may have just reached a whole new pinacle this time. Yoga holiday to Umbria with Yoga Explorers

 

 New Year inspirational quote and special offer- 29/12/2011

"Ther's a crack in everything that's how the light gets in'' - Leonard Cohen

Come and have fun in the Sun with £100 off on our Baja Mexico trip to all regular students of Jim Tarran classes.

 

 

 

December inspiration - 16/12/2011

"Against the assault of laughter nothing can stand" - Mark Twain

Come and have fun in the Sun with £100 off on our Baja Mexico trip to all regular students of Jim Tarran classes.

 

 

 

Carpe Diem!

Special deal for regular students - 01/12/2011

 "...Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?" Mary Oliver

Once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, spend a week in this incredible natural environment in Baja, Mexico.

The beech: where you can see: dolphins, whales, pelicans, sea-lions, turtles and hummingbirds.

Accommodated in luxury: with glorious views, delicious food and fantastic service.

With blissful Yoga sessions: Yoga Alliance Senior Teacher and founder of Vajrasati Yoga and Yoga Explorers, Jim Tarran, will take you through movements and breathwork that will leave you centred toned and relaxed, in a superb sea view, comfortable and well equipped studio.

Regular students of Jim Tarran's Brighton and London classes get £100 off until January 1st

Don't miss out!

Act now to make the most of this excelent offer.

 

 

Discount deadline - 28/11/2011

"I was seldom able to see an opportunity until it had ceased to be one".  Mark Twain

Once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, spend a week in this incredible natural environment in Baja, Mexico.

The beech: where you can see: dolphins, whales, pelicans, sea-lions, turtles and hummingbirds.

Accommodated in luxury: with glorious views, delicious food and fantastic service.

With blissful Yoga sessions: Yoga Alliance Senior Teacher and founder of Vajrasati Yoga and Yoga Explorers, Jim Tarran, will take you through movements and breathwork that will leave you centred toned and relaxed, in a superb sea view, comfortable and well equipped studio.

10% off - runs until the end of November.

Don't miss out!

 

 

Iris Murdoch's Dharma- 24/11/2011

The Buddha says, ''Ease is the best foundation for attention'' on reflecting on this over my retreat in Epping forest last week I thought, how can I get behind 'thinking' to the suchness of things?
'Relaxation in relationship to this moment' the answer resounded, 'as it allows the only obstacle to Suchness - self - to drop out of the way'.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              This is beautiful summed up in a quote by the awesome Iris Murdoch, ''The chief requirement of the good life... is to live without any image of oneself.''  Love to all Jim x

 

 

Jim's Blog- woodland retreat - 23/11/2011

Just back from a retreat in the woods just half an hour out of London. I saw deer everyday!  Wonderful!
Daily Buddhist reflections from Venerable Ajahn Viradhammo on CD. I highly recommend his talks, they are really beautiful.

 

Website Launch - 21/10/2011

Can't wait for the new website to launch and go live.

Very excited.

New Website - 21/10/2011

New Yoga Explorers website.

http://www.yogaexplorers.com

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