Benefits of the Mediterranean (Greek) Diet

On the island of Ikaria, the islanders often live to a ripe old age. In fact, men on Ikaria are 4 times more likely to reach 90 years old than their American counterparts. Unfortunately, a move to a modern, city based, European way of life has meant a dietary change for many Greeks that is … read more

Summer fruit salad

Those of you who have visited us will have enjoyed Wendy’s fresh fruit salad with thick Greek yoghurt after the morning yoga classes. Apart from the aromatic peaches, fresh figs from our garden and other seasonal fruits, there are two little touches that really lift the flavours of the fruit into the heavenly realm! A … read more

Vlita me avga – Vlita omelette.

Vlita is one of the many ‘greens’ or ‘horta’ that are eaten in Greece. it is commonly known as Amaranth and grows wild as well as being cultivated. It has a firm texture and a delicious slightly bitter taste which i balance by adding onions. Other greens could be used for this recipe such as … read more

Hummus

A staple of any mezé, everybody loves hummus! It is delicious, rich in protein, trace minerals and roughage and chickpeas and sesame seeds have been shown to help reduce cholesterol. It is very easy to make a great Hummus. I always prefer to prepare my own chickpeas, the texture is much better. It seems pointless … read more

Yoga Nidra

We are pleased to offer this 25 minute yoga nidra practice. Yoga nidra is a total relaxation practice. Yoga nidra is usually translated as ‘yogic sleep’ but like Shavasana (Corpse pose) you experience total relaxation of the body and the mind whilst remaining awake. Yoga Nidra provides the same benefits as meditation. This particular yoga … read more

Tomatoes again!

You can tell it’s hot and sunny here in Greece, because I’m thinking of yummy healthy salads again! Tomatoes are a common ingredient in the ‘mediterranean diet’, but what you might not know is that the bodies ability to absorb the antioxidant carotenoids (phytochemicals such as lycopene) can increase by up to 15 times when … read more

Making a Greek salad.

What could be so difficult about making a good Greek salad? Simple ingredients, five minutes to make…and yet, I have had some really bad Greek salads – even in Greece! When I order a Greek salad, the first thing I do is tear a piece of crusty bread and dip it into the salad juices. … read more

The benefits of meditation

Meditation makes us healthier, happier and smarter too! Meditation is currently a very popular topic in health and lifestyle magazines and features. Health services have discovered that it is good at relieving depression (as good as medication – with no side effects) and even businesses are loving it as it offers them happier workers (and … read more

How to Celebrate Spring!

There must be a way to dip into that springtime energy so that we feel more like the spring lamb frolicking for joy in the grassy meadows. ‘Spring is in the air’, the flowers are blooming, the days are lighter and the sun is beginning to shine. We should be feeling on the top of … read more