Annapurna Diaries (Part One)

Annapurna. The Goddess of the Harvest. This majestic mountain mastiff is circumnavigated by a 230 km trek that climbs a total height of 4656m from the starting point in Besisahar to the pass at Thorung La, teetering on the brink of the Tibetan Plateau. Often voted the best long-distance hike in the world, in Nepal... Continue Reading →

Who said yoga has to be pretty?

What image springs to mind when you think of yoga? Probably a young, skinny woman contorting into strange shapes suspended in Lycra, right? It's moved on from the wacky new age hippy stereotype and now it's totally cool for ‘regular’ and ‘respectable’ people to sport power suit by day and LuluLemon by night. Personally I... Continue Reading →

A Mountain Pilgrimage 

Wake before dawn. The sun has not yet risen on another year, but last night’s music still hangs in the air. Don a jumper for the first time in weeks and straddle the bicycle you can rent for just 40p. Say hello to the cook walking her cow. Say hello to three children riding one... Continue Reading →

Everyday Mindfulness: A Month of Zen

“Emancipate yourself from mental slavery, none but ourselves can free our minds” - Bob Marley I spend my first month in India in a beautiful Zen monastery in the Western Ghats, gazing at the misty horizon and contemplating the beauty of wild flowers. I feel very far from the India most people imagine. For the... Continue Reading →

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