Tuesday 7 July 2009

Autumn yoga holidays

If you haven't yet booked a holiday this year - or you fancy an autumn break with a difference - you might be interested in a week's holiday at a yoga centre in Turkey that I've just been sent some details about.

The holidays are in September and October, when the days are still warm, dry and sunny in Turkey and the sea is still quite warm too. Apparently Turkey is quite cheap to visit at that time of year. Flights there cost around £120 and a week at the yoga centre is £415 inclusive, which seems pretty reasonable to me.

Yoga styles on offer include Astanga, Flowing yoga, Hatha and Iyengar, with Thai yoga massage, Shiatsu and hiking. Between classes you can enjoy swims and visits to authentic local Turkish baths.

Offered through Yoga Turkey, the one-week yoga holidays are at venue near Bodrum, in a part of south-west Turkey famous for its clear, warm waters, mountains and pine forests. As well as expert yoga tuition, the holidays allow plenty of time to simply enjoy the surroundings.

Yoga Turkey has a vegetarian menu, but this year it is also offering some raw food dishes, as well as traditional salads, which sound nice even for someone like me who normally cooks their food. The raw food on offer includes norimaki California roll with avocado and sauerkraut; no-cook chocolate cake with cashew cream and raspberries; and chocolate, date and apricot truffles with orange oil and brandy. I'd certainly be willing to give them a try.

The holidays also offers an afternoon at the local market identifying and buying Mediterranean edible wild plants, such as nettle, dock, sow thistle, wild asparagus and samphire, and chatting with the women who bring them from the mountains. You then get a chance to prepare the wild plants the following afternoon for an evening meal.

For more details, visit http://www.yogaturkey.co.uk/ or http://www.nealsyardholidays.com/

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