Friday, 23 August 2013

Yogi Tea

Here at Yoga Breaks in Spain we do all we can to take care of both the physical and spiritual well-being of our guests while they are with us in Spain.

One way in which we do this is to offer a range of yogi herbal teas that revitalise the senses and boost the immune system.

We use these teas as herbs have proven therapeutic benefits, for example:

Sunday, 11 August 2013

From Illness to Bliss – An interview with Nicole Stone Founder of Mind Body Sol Retreats CB

"From Illness to Bliss"   Interview with Nicole Stone published in Natural Health Magazine.

Tell us a little bit about yourself… Where did you grow up and where do you live now?
I grew up in the UK, just outside of London but for the past 10 years, I’ve lived in Spain on the Alicante coast. It’s a very beautiful area with long, sandy beaches set against coast hugging mountains that tumble down to the sea.   The scenery here is always breath-taking & changing with the seasons. For the first time in my life, I live with a sea view & now, I don’t think I could live without it.   When I lived in the UK, I was juggling a full time event management & marketing role, teaching yoga in the evenings, raising a young family & fitting in as much ‘friend & family’ time as my busy schedule would allow.  I’m ashamed to say that when I lived in the UK, my daughter (who was under 2) spent up to 10 hours a day at a childminder whilst myself & my husband worked.

Where do you currently teach and what is a typical day like for you?

Tuesday, 6 August 2013

Happy Feet – Look After Your Feet

I must admit to having shoe envy. I love seeing all the new shoe styles; modern or classic, wedges or heels, flats or sky high but I often wonder what some of them do to your feet.

Kim Kardashian showed us her swollen feet recently; admittedly she was pregnant at the time but ouch!


Your feet take the whole weight of you so if you find they are killing you after a hard day here’s how to keep them feeling and looking fabulous.

If you like to or have to wear heels or pointed toe shoes at work why not vary the heel height over the days and wear sensible shoes to and from work.

Do your shoe shopping in the afternoon. Your feet swell during the day so shoes that you try then should be comfy all day.
Keep your toe nails trimmed and always cut your nails straight across. This helps to avoid ingrown nails.

Manage dry skin, even in winter when nobody is going to see your feet. This will ensure any corns or hard skin areas don't become too painful. A build-up of dry skin is tough to deal with at short notice when summer arrives and can also harbour infections
After buffing with a pumice or foot file apply a specially formulated foot cream
Let your feet breathe whenever you can and take flip flops to the gym, pool or spa to avoid picking up athletes foot or a verruca.

Don’t share nail clippers or foot files and even bath towels, especially if you or someone in your house has a nail fungus or athletes foot.

Walk! Walking is great exercise for your feet as the movement puts the foot through its whole range of motion. Put your comfy shoes on and step it out!
Alternatively, at the end of a hard day on your feet, try these flex and resist exercises.

Sit comfortably with your feet flat in the floor, now lift your leg and gently rotate your ankle through 360 degrees 20 times one way and 20 the other, repeat with the other foot.

Pop a resistance band around a piece of heavy furniture and sit in front of it. Put one foot into the loop of the band just so your toes show through,  now pull back towards you with your toes and you should feel a nice stretch into your heel. Do this 15 to 20 times with each foot.

On a Health Break with Yoga Breaks in Spain you will get a chance to walk, practice yoga and pilates and enjoy the culture of Spain while looking after your feet......

“The human foot is a masterpiece of engineering and a work of art” Leonardo da Vinci