I once heard that you can get an idea of how healthy your meal is by the amount of colour on your plate – not fake, manufactured colour but the glorious rainbow of nature. If that rule is anything to go by then this plate comes out top notch, covering the full spectrum of colour from red to violet. It was one of the many excellent dishes that was served on my yoga teacher training course in Mexico.
Before I started my yoga teacher training course, I really didn’t know what to expect. I’d read the syllabus, the schedule and the description, but there were plenty of gaps that couldn’t be filled. What would my fellow students be like? Why would they be doing the course? Would I be the least proficient? How would my body cope with so much yoga? How would it feel to be in retreat for a whole month, cut off from the outside world? The unanswerable questions were plenty.
So, now safely out the other side, here’s a breakdown of my experience…
Last week, Jorge Selarón, a Chilean artist most famous for his tile-covered steps in Rio, died next to his masterpiece. Back in March, we were lucky enough to see Selarón painting on his steps, and he agreed to take part in our superpower interview series. The 215 steps were one of our favourite art pieces we came across in South America. Selarón continually changed the design and invited visitors to contribute tiles from their country, which he eventually added to the steps. He also painted his own tiles, most often with the image of a pregnant woman who sometimes had his head or the head of a fish. Read more
The town of San Pancho in Mexico has stolen our hearts. We live a few minutes from the beach, I teach yoga every morning and we have a charming cottage-like home. One of the best moments of the day is at sunset when a group of friends gather to watch nature’s epic show. This one was particularly spectacular.
This post is dedicated to my Dad who died eleven years ago today.
Salma eats fish for breakfast, Denny drinks whisky and Lorna sits in prayer. I eat cereal, and cake on Mondays. We all like biscuits. They say C2s buy bourbons and live in flats, and C1s earn £30,000+ and eat out twice a week. Averages frustrate me; we’re all exceptions. Read more
Victoria: “What’s snake juice? I don’t want to drink it if the snake had to be killed.”
Friend: “Oh no, it’s just the venom mixed with alcohol. You can extract that without killing the snake.”
Victoria: “Okay then, I’ll have a shot.”
After drinking the shot
Victoria: “How do you make the drink?”
Shanta (owner of the bar): I get a big jar of alcohol and put the snake inside.
Victoria: A dead snake?
Shanta (owner of the bar): No, it’s alive when I put it in the jar. The alcohol kills it instantly. Look, you can see it here… Read more