Shreyas Yoga Retreat

shreyas yoga retreat

Relax and Re-energise at Shreyas Yoga Retreat, Karnataka, India   Shreyas is an Ayurvedic yoga and wellbeing retreat in Karnataka, an hour by car from Bangalore.  It’s a Relais & Chateau hotel offering all the benefits of a traditional ashram without the austerity associated with ashram life.   It’s the place to go when you want […]

Raff Handbags

Raff bags

Raff Fair Trade Handbags I had been looking for a small, sturdy, stylish and comfortable leather backpack for ages when I came across the Hugo backpack from Raff.   I was thrilled to discover a contemporary backpack, that can also be worn as a cross body bag, which has been handcrafted using traditional techniques.  Each […]

Spinach and Cumin Soup Recipe

Shreyas cooking lesson

Shreyas Recipe for Spinach and Cumin Soup Mani, one of the five chefs at Shreyas yoga and wellbeing retreat in Nelamangala, Bangalore, showed me how to make this healthy, nourishing spinach and cumin soup. The food at the Shreyas ashram is vegetarian and is created according to yogic principles so it’s “fresh, light and nutritious”. […]

Maud’s Top 5 Things To Do In Jaipur

wholesale flower market jaipur maud interiors

Maud’s Top 5 Things To Do In Jaipur   Visit Phool Mandi the wholesale flower market Go early, the market opens at 06.00 and watch as local farmers carry in huge sacks bursting with roses and marigolds which are traded in front of you. Later the same day you will see garland makers all over […]

Places to stay: Hotel 47 Jobner Bagh Jaipur

A place to relax hotel 47 Jobner Bagh

Hotel 47 Jobner Bagh Hotel 47 Jobner Bagh was my home from home in Jaipur, India, for a week earlier this year. Described as a luxury guesthouse it’s a delightful, family run, boutique hotel with 11 bedrooms a restaurant and a spa. It’s one of the most welcoming places I have ever stayed and it […]

The Making of a Copper Meditation Bowl

making a copper meditation bowl

Seventeenth century craftsmanship meets modern design     Seventeenth century craftsmanship meets modern design in these copper meditation bowls or urli.  Created by Tambat coppersmiths, as part of an initiative by social enterprise Coppre, each piece is painstakingly handcrafted.  The process is seeded in Tambat tradition and utilises techniques handed down from father to son […]