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April 2014

Living Plus Bristol


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It’s not easy to stick with a fitness regime especially after a long and stressful day when exercising is the last thing on your mind. Instead of fitness exercises you are already familiar with, we have this month an introduction to some gentle exercises that are meant to help you to properly relax. Exercise for Effective Relaxation on page 4 will give you some ideas on how to beat stress when you really need it. Don’t miss the chance to go on a one of a kind luxury Yoga weekend retreat in The Brecon Beacons on 25th - 28th April on page 25. Our Reader’s Corner returns this month and we have some free tickets to giveaway for the shows at Vegfest Bristol 2014 on 23rd to 25th May on page 27. Be quick because we will be finalising the winners by 30th April! And if these exciting events don’t take your fancy, we have a new restaurant review on page 12 this month for you to consider if you are looking for a new place to try for dinner. Have a lovely Easter holiday! Emily, Editor

Contents Exercise for Effective Relaxation


Restaurant Review


New Books

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Why does it cost so much to get help


Luxury Yoga Weekend Retreat


Reader’s Corner


Recipe of the Month


Exercise for Effective Relaxation

Finding the Relaxation Exercises That Work for You For many of us, relaxation means zoning out in front of the TV at the end of a stressful day. But this does little to reduce the damaging effects of stress. To effectively combat stress, we need to activate the body’s natural relaxation response. You may already be familiar with exercises for health and fitness but there are exercises you can do to help you effectively relax. It’s not just about matter how many hours sleep you get which relieves your stress but with the right regime, you will be surprised how effective you can be when you truly relax and recharge. There are many relaxation techniques you can practice such as deep breathing, meditation, rhythmic exercise, and yoga. Fitting these activities into your life can help reduce everyday stress and boost your energy and mood. A variety of different relaxation techniques can help you bring your nervous system back into balance by producing the relaxation response. The relaxation response is not lying on the couch or sleeping but a mentally active process that leaves the body relaxed, calm, and focused. Learning the basics of these relaxation techniques isn’t difficult, but it does take practice. Most stress experts recommend setting aside at least 10 to 20 minutes a day for your relaxation practice. If you’d like to get even more stress relief, aim for 30

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minutes to an hour. If that sounds like a daunting commitment, remember that many of these techniques can be incorporated into your existing daily schedule—practiced at your desk over lunch or on the bus during your morning commute. There is no single relaxation technique that is best for everyone. When choosing a relaxation technique, consider your specific needs, preferences, fitness level, and the way you tend to react to stress. The right relaxation technique is the one that resonates with you, fits your lifestyle, and is able to focus your mind and interrupt your everyday thoughts in order to elicit the relaxation response. In many cases, you may find that alternating or combining different techniques will keep you motivated and provide you with the best results. Here are some questions and answers to find out how you react to stress and which relaxation technique may works best for you: Do you tend to become angry, agitated, or keyed up? - You may respond best to relaxation techniques that quiet you down, such as deep breathing or meditation Do you tend to become depressed, withdrawn, or spaced out? - You may respond best to relaxation techniques that are stimulating and that energise your nervous system, such as rhythmic exercise Do you tend to freeze-speeding up internally, while slowing down externally? -Your challenge is to identify relaxation techniques that provide both safety and stimulation to help you “reboot” your system. Techniques such as mindfulness walking or power yoga might work well for you Do you need alone time or social stimulation? - If you crave solitude, solo relaxation techniques such as meditation or progressive muscle relaxation will give you the space to quiet your mind and recharge your batteries. If you crave social interaction, a class setting will give you the stimulation and support you’re looking for. Practicing with others may also help you stay motivated. We have highlighted four basic techniques for you to consider and depending on your individual needs, you can find out which is the right one for you. Relaxation technique 1: Breathing meditation for stress relief With its focus on full, cleansing breaths, deep breathing is a simple, yet powerful,

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relaxation technique. It’s easy to learn, can be practiced almost anywhere, and provides a quick way to get your stress levels in check. Deep breathing is the cornerstone of many other relaxation practices, too, and can be combined with other relaxing elements such as aromatherapy and music. All you really need is a few minutes and a place to stretch out. Practicing deep breathing meditation The key to deep breathing is to breathe deeply from the abdomen, getting as much fresh air as possible in your lungs. When you take deep breaths from the abdomen, rather than shallow breaths from your upper chest, you inhale more oxygen. The more oxygen you get, the less tense, short of breath, and anxious you feel. Sit comfortably with your back straight. Put one hand on your chest and the other on your stomach. Breathe in through your nose. The hand on your stomach should rise. The hand on your chest should move very little. Exhale through your mouth, pushing out as much air as you can while contracting your abdominal muscles. The hand on your stomach should move in as you exhale, but your other hand should move very little. Continue to breathe in through your nose and out through your mouth. Try to inhale enough so that your lower abdomen rises and falls. Count slowly as you exhale. If you find it difficult breathing from your abdomen while sitting up, try lying on the floor. Put a small book on your stomach, and try to breathe so that the book rises as you inhale and falls as you exhale. Relaxation technique 2: Progressive muscle relaxation for stress relief Progressive muscle relaxation involves a two-step process in which you systematically tense and relax different muscle groups in the body. With regular practice, progressive muscle relaxation gives you an intimate familiarity with what tension—as well as complete relaxation—feels like in different parts of the body. This awareness helps you spot and counteract the first signs of the muscular tension that accompanies stress. And as your body relaxes, so will your mind. Practicing progressive muscle relaxation Before practicing Progressive Muscle Relaxation, consult with your doctor if you have a history of muscle spasms, back problems, or other serious injuries that may be aggravated by tensing muscles.

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Most progressive muscle relaxation practitioners start at the feet and work their way up to the face. For a sequence of muscle groups to follow, see the steps below. 1. Loosen your clothing, take off your shoes, and get comfortable. 2. Take a few minutes to relax, breathing in and out in slow, deep breaths. 3. When you’re relaxed and ready to start, shift your attention to your right foot. Take a moment to focus on the way it feels. 4. Slowly tense the muscles in your right foot, squeezing as tightly as you can. Hold for a count of 10. 5. Relax your right foot. Focus on the tension flowing away and the way your foot feels as it becomes limp and loose. 6. Stay in this relaxed state for a moment, breathing deeply and slowly. 7. When you’re ready, shift your attention to your left foot. Follow the same sequence of muscle tension and release. 8. Move slowly up through your body, contracting and relaxing the muscle groups as you go. 9. It may take some practice at first, but try not to tense muscles other than those intended. Relaxation technique 3: Mindfulness for stress relief Mindfulness is the ability to remain aware of how you’re feeling right now, your “moment-to-moment” experience—both internal and external. Thinking about the past—blaming and judging yourself—or worrying about the future can often lead to a degree of stress that is overwhelming. But by staying calm and focused in the present moment, you can bring your nervous system back into balance. Mindfulness can be applied to activities such as walking, exercising, eating, or meditation.

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Here are some key points for mindfulness mediation: A quiet environment - Choose a secluded place in your home, office, garden, place of worship, or in the great outdoors where you can relax without distractions or interruptions. A comfortable position - Get comfortable, but avoid lying down as this may lead to you falling asleep. Sit up with your spine straight, either in a chair or on the floor. You can also try a cross-legged or lotus position. A point of focus - This point can be internal – a feeling or imaginary scene – or something external - a flame or meaningful word or phrase that you repeat it throughout your session. You may meditate with eyes open or closed. Also choose to focus on an object in your surroundings to enhance your concentration, or alternately, you can close your eyes. An observant, non-critical attitude - Don’t worry about distracting thoughts that go through your mind or about how well you’re doing. If thoughts intrude during your

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relaxation session, don’t fight them. Instead, gently turn your attention back to your point of focus. Relaxation technique 4: Yoga and tai chi for stress relief Yoga involves a series of both moving and stationary poses, combined with deep breathing. As well as reducing anxiety and stress, yoga can also improve flexibility, strength, balance, and stamina. Practiced regularly, it can also strengthen the relaxation response in your daily life. Since injuries can happen when yoga is practiced incorrectly, it’s best to learn by attending group classes, hiring a private teacher. What type of yoga is best for stress? Although almost all yoga classes end in a relaxation pose, there are different forms of Yoga classes to suit your different needs. Satyananda is a traditional form of yoga. It features gentle poses, deep relaxation, and meditation, making it suitable for beginners as well as anyone primarily looking for stress reduction. Hatha yoga is also reasonably gentle way to relieve stress and is suitable for beginners. Alternately, look for labels like gentle, for stress relief, or for beginners when selecting a yoga class. Power yoga with its intense poses and focus on fitness, is better suited to those looking for stimulation as well as relaxation. Tai chi Tai chi is a self-paced, non-competitive series of slow, flowing body movements. These movements emphasise concentration, relaxation, and the conscious circulation of vital energy throughout the body. Though tai chi has its roots in martial arts, today it is primarily practiced as a way of calming the mind, conditioning the body, and reducing stress. Making relaxation techniques a part of your life The best way to start and maintain a relaxation practice is to incorporate it into your daily routine. Between work, family, school, and other commitments, though, it can be tough for many people to find the time. Don’t be discouraged if you skip a few days or even a few weeks. It happens. Just get started again and slowly build up to your old momentum! Reference:

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RESTAURANT review Whenever I plan to visit a new restaurant I always try to pick an early weekday night and never going in a group of more than two people for good measure. That is my attempt to ensure you get the best of everything on an average day in the restaurant. This tends to provide an environment with a less busy kitchen, avoid being next to a large table of rowdy guests, a revitalised interior and service staff rested from the weekend break. I tend to think this should leave a smaller margin for anything going wrong. So if disaster strikes in terms of food, service or ambience during my visit; I would avoid to draw a negative opinion and not reaching a point of no return. When I am looking for good pubs and restaurants around town, I am always surprised to find that there are so many hidden gems out there just waiting for me to discover. This time I decided to pick an area I wasn’t familiar with and fortunately enough, I was lucky to find a place that is well worth visiting. Located in Long Ashton, Bird in Hand is a village pub about fifteen minutes drive away from the

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city centre. I have always had a soft spot for country pubs and given this was just a short distance away; I could hardly believe I had not come across this place before. The dining area is cosy and yet comfortable in a traditional setting. The menu had a limited selection which changes daily but it did offered popular dishes you would expect from a gastro pub with a strong emphasis on locally sourced produce. The ambience was relaxed with cheerful, friendly and keen to please staffs. For starters, we ordered the baked hens egg with winter mushrooms (£5.00) which was a lovely and warm treat for the cold weather. The rich flavour of the mushrooms was very delicious and dipping my bread whilst sipping my pint of ale was a thoroughly enjoyable start to the meal. For the mains, we had the Fried Cornish Cod and Chips (£12.00) which was generously sized and well cooked. The fish was fresh and succulent but was a little let down by the overly thick batter. As fish and chips goes, it was commendable and tasty but not quite spectacular.

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down when you encounter it on a menu. This was again served as a generous portion and arrived at the table with a robust beef aroma to tease your expectations. The steak was well cooked as medium rare should be which brought out a wonderful favour and full of freshness. The roast onions was a great accompaniment with the onglet steak but the ox cheek tasted a little over cooked and I felt it did not necessarily contribute anything additional to the dish. We had braised red cabbage (£2.50) and bashed roots (£3.00) as side orders, which were also quite large. As the courses were large, our appetites only allowed us to have one dessert for sharing and we went with the apple & almond crumble with vanilla ice cream (£4.95). After having two good courses, finishing off with something sweet for the palate usually makes a decent conclusion to the meal. However, this was not quite the perfect ending we had hoped for. The apple’s taste was extremely sharp and needed more than the serving of ice cream it came with to sooth the sour sting from my traumatised taste buds. It was not a

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bad dessert but perhaps in our case, it was just a matter of preferred taste? Since our visit, the restaurant had received a Michelin Guide Bib Gourmand recommendation. For our meal, we had good quality food but there was noticeable difference in some of the choices of dishes we had. The more traditional, safer items such as fish and chips, and apple crumble were ordinary and nothing special. Where as the more unique and outstanding in the egg and mushrooms, and the beef onglet was so much more satisfying. Overall, you get very good value for money in the large portions served and there is little reason why you should not give it a try the next time you want to visit someplace new.

Bird in Hand 17 Weston Road Long Ashton, BS41 9LA Tel. 01275 395 222

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Half Yard Heaven: Easy Sewing Projects Using Left-Over Pieces of Fabric Debbie Shore, Paperback RRP £9.99

All of the projects use just half a yard of fabric, making them ideal for using up scraps and oddments left over from other projects or sold off cheaply by your favourite fabric store. All you need is a sewing machine and a basic sewing kit, and in no time at all you’ll be making one of the gorgeous projects in the book. There are twenty-six to choose from, including beautiful bags, aprons, a craft caddy for storing your making kit, padded coat hangers, a chicken doorstop, a handy wash bag, a notice board and numerous other gifts and accessories for you, your family and your home. The basic techniques you need to know are explained clearly at the beginning of the book, and every step-by-step project is accompanied by a fabulous photograph of the finished piece, which will not fail to delight and inspire you.

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Victoria Stilwell, Paperback, RRP £8.99 Victoria Stilwell, America’s favorite no-nonsense trainer, has rehabilitated some of the world’s most difficult dogsand now she’s revealing her scientifically proven behavioral training secrets for you to use at home. Victoria’s all-new training guide shows how positive reinforcement is more effective than other methods: by changing the way your dog thinks, feels, and learns, you can actually encourage your dog to want to behave. With tips and tricks for understanding canine language, harnessing the power of reward-based training, and tapping into dogs’ natural instincts, there are no hopeless cases! So get ready to boost your dog’s confidence, improve your communication, and build your bond with your best friend today.

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Raising Children in a Digital Age: Enjoying The Best And Avoiding The Worst Bex Lewis , Paperback RRP £8.99

Twitter, Facebook, blogging, chat rooms, email, the internet and beyond - for most parents, teachers and youth workers, getting to grips with new technology is a bit of a challenge. But keeping children safe is a much bigger one. As technology changes, and young people grasp it faster than the older generations do, it can be a real struggle to know what to do to help, equip and defend. Dr Bex Lewis is an expert in new technology. She knows how it works, what to do and where to go for the latest information. It is rarely possible to keep young people away from new technology, nor is it wise. This book will enable parents, teachers and youth workers to give young people the equipment they need to get the best out of new technology and to avoid the dangers. becomes an animal-welcoming kingdom.

The Edible Flower Garden: From Garden to Kitchen: Choosing, Growing and Cooking Edible Flowers Kathy Brown RRP £5.99

This title deals with planning, planting and cultivating over 25 edible flower schemes with accompanying recipes. It is an illustrated flower directory provides ata-glance information on over 45 edible flower varieties and their complementary foods. Professional gardening and cooking tips ensure success both outdoors and in the kitchen. It is a stunning visual guide and informative reference to consult and treasure. Flowers have been used for culinary purposes since earliest times: rose petals have been used to perfume cakes for centuries, and the richly scented ‘Parma’ violet was a popular ingredient during the Victorian era. This unique gardening guide and recipe collection offers over 25 planting schemes, with accompanying recipes showing how to use the flowers in the kitchen. You can create a spring planter of violets and primroses, a scented lavender basket, or a striking pairing of sunflowers and nasturtiums, then create tasty dishes and drinks. With gorgeous photographs by award-winning Michelle Garrett, this book will delight both gardeners and cooks alike.

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Park Row TO LET £1,195 pcm + fee Two double bedroom apartment with access to a private balcony. Fantastic location for City as well as University. Secure parking space.

Are you considering selling? Or letting your property? Can I just ask you to consider a couple of things before you make any decisions? Choose your agent with care. We are in a busy spring market here in Bristol with a shortage of stock. You want an agent who lives here, works here and knows this area well. Check too that they have all the relevant industry accreditations. If you are unsure about whether to sell or let, or need both services then definitely consider an agent who can do both under one roof for a seamless service.

Cotham TO LET £795 pcm + fee

A well-presented one double bedroom ground floor apartment in a great location close to BRI, University and City. Available now on an unfurnished basis.

This market place is aggressive. There is a marked shortage of property for sale and for rent at the moment which has an impact on both prices and stress levels. Choose an established agent with experience and a proven track record. It will come as no surprise that I know that the CJ Hole Clifton team can tick all these boxes and will do a great job for you. We have decades of experience between us and the company itself has been selling and letting successfully here for almost 150 years. If you would like some ‘no obligation’ professional advice this spring about the changing value of your property or rental portfolio, we would be delighted to help.

City TO LET £695 pcm + fee

A stylish one double bedroom, furnished maisonette in a quiet cul de sac in the heart of the city. Well-presented and good order throughout.

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TO LET £1,275 pcm + fee

A garage and garden in Clifton. Spacious period hall floor flat with two double bedrooms, stripped floors, basement storage. Must see.

Redland FOR SALE


A lovely six bedroom Redland family home with generous accommodation over four floors. Situated in a leafy, desirable road close to Redland Green, the Downs, Whiteladies and Gloucester roads.

Clifton FOR SALE


A light & airy first floor apartment in an elegant period building. Allocated off street parking & convenient for both the village & Whiteladies Rd.

City Centre FOR SALE £249,950

A cleverly converted duplex apartment in a stunning, historic building situated just off Park Street. Two bedrooms, open plan living space.

Redland FOR SALE £595,000 Guide Price

An exceptional Penthouse apartment offering a generous and stylish interior. Breath-taking views over the city are enjoyed from the extensive private terrace and living rooms from the front .

Clifton FOR SALE


A spacious upper floor maisonette located close to Whiteladies Rd, Clifton Down Shopping Centre, The University & Clifton Triangle. The property is currently let with an annual rent of £18,300. Wth an allocated parking space.

Redland FOR SALE


A top floor flat in Hampton Park which would suit a first time buyer or investor. Two bedrooms, bathroom, kitchen, sitting room and a garage.

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Long Ashton - Guide Price £585,000

Absolutely charming 300 year old grade II listed house situated in the Bristol side of Long Ashton. Packed full of period features such as fire places, beamed ceilings, flagstone floors etc. Three reception rooms, lovely kitchen/diner, four bedrooms, two bathrooms and a self contained 1 bedroom Lodge in the 150 ft long rear garden. Must be seen.

Redland - £435,000

A charming 4 bedroom period family house with flexible accommodation arranged over three floors in central Redland within walking distance of shops and restaurants. Sitting room, kitchen/ diner, utility and bathroom. Upstairs there are four bedrooms and family bathroom. South west facing rear garden accessed via the kitchen. No onward chain.

Clifton - £415,000

Clifton - £479,995

A superb 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom duplex penthouse apartment with balcony, terrace, secure car parking and far reaching views and lift access. lower floor comprises entrance hall, three bedrooms (one en suite) and bathroom. Upstairs there is a lovely light filled triple aspect open plan living/ kitchen/dining area with doors opening onto a large terrace and smaller balcony. A fantastic city pad!

Grade II listed Georgian coach house with accommodation arranged over 4 floors. Recently refurbished in an eclectic design style to retain period character and introduce the best of contemporary living. Ground floor studio/home office. Large kitchen/diner, three double bedrooms and two shower rooms. Courtyard style rear garden. A real hidden gem.

Barrow Gurney - £655,000 A fine four double bedroom detached house with one bedroom annexe offering almost 4000 sq/ft of living space. Galleried entrance hall, three reception rooms, kitchen/diner opening onto a good sized west facing rear garden. Utility, cloakroom, workshop and garage. Situated in Barrow gurney village with convenient access into Bristol. No onward chain.

Clifton - £200,000

A well presented one bed first floor balcony flat in an attractive Georgian property located between Whiteladies Rd, The Triangle and Clifton village. Sitting room with full width balcony to the front enjoying a southerly aspect. Good size double bedroom to the rear. Offered with no onward chain the property is ideally suited to first time buyers or rental market.

Stoke Bishop - £659,950

A 5 bedroom detached family residence in a prestigious location and superbly presented throughout. Two reception rooms, study and kitchenbreakfast room. Utility and cloakroom. A conservatory opens off the kitchen/breakfast room. Upstairs are five bedrooms (master en suite) and family bathroom. Double garage, off street parking and level gardens.

Stoke Bishop - Guide Price £600,000

A sizable three bedroom detached house situated in an extremely private tucked away location just off Stoke Hill. The house offers generously proportioned accommodation (could be four bedrooms) suitable for professional couples, retirees or those seeking privacy and tranquility.

Stoke Bishop - Guide Price £440,000

Coombe Dingle - Guide Price £400,000

A lovely period three bedroom house situated in the highly desirable Sunnyside cottages just off Reedley Road. Porch, living room, kitchen semi open to a dining area ands cloakroom. Upstairs there are three bedrooms and a family bathroom. Garage, parking and lovely garden.

An extended five bedroom detached house with stunning rear garden and elevated views to the front nestled in a popular road backing onto woodland in Coombe Dingle. Well cared for throughout but would benefit from updating in the fullness of time. No onward chain.

Westbury-on-Trym - £499,950 An extended four bedroom 1930’s semi with 80 ft. long rear garden in desirable Abbey Road within walking distance of local schools and shops. Potential to further improve and extend to the incoming owners own tastes.

Westbury-on-Trym - £475,000

An attractively presented three bedroom Art Deco influenced 1930’s semi in a desirable spot within walking distance of Elmlea schools and local shops on Stoke Lane. Two reception rooms, kitchen and cloakroom. Upstairs are three bedrooms and bathroom. Decent size garden, garage and parking.

Why does it cost so much to get help? Most of us have needed help at some point in our lives... Hypnotherapy, CBT, counselling, the list goes on. With the current state of the NHS; receiving this kind of support from your GP can be hard to come by. As the cost of living rises, does the cost of healthy living rise as well? I’m not talking about just the monetary implications, I’m talking about the increase in stress, anxiety, pain, fear, fatigue. This is the true cost of modern living. What if we could do more to help ourselves. What if someone taught you 6 easy steps to help you create and maintain your balance on a day to day basis. Having taken her own inner journey towards health and happiness, and having run her private practice for 8 years now, Loulou Palmer of Essential Awareness knows all too well the cost of living a balanced, happy life. “I learnt a long time ago, before I ever retrained as a therapist; that finding a way to combine strategies and techniques into my daily routine that will assist my wellbeing was essential for my good health. However I hadn’t been given the DIY good health manual at birth, like all of us I had to work it out as I went along! So here is my gift to you, 6 steps to good health and happiness. Which are easy to fit into your daily routine, without having

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* Fears and Phobias * * Anxiety, Stress and Depression * *Low Confidence / Self Esteem * * Learning Disorders * * Polycystic Ovary Syndrome and Endometriosis * These are just some of the conditions Essential Awareness can help you with. Clinics in Bristol, Swindon, & Oxford

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to make a big song and dance about it. And there will still be time for you to have a life!” You can choose one of 2 locations at either Bristol or Oxford, with sessions available at 6pm or 7pm. The investment from you… just 1 hour per week for 6 weeks. It just keeps getting better, the first 20 readers of Living Plus to book their place on the full 6 week course will receive this offer at a massive 50% discount of just £20 per session.

To sign up for your 6 steps to good health and happiness just call Essential Awareness on 0800 8406 123… and snatch up a place before its too late.

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WEEKEND RETREAT Come join a luxury Yoga retreat on Friday 25th to Monday 28th April with Yoga Bristol at the exclusive Felin Newyyd House. Set in the tranquil Brecon Beacons just 90 minutes away from Bristol, this beautiful manor house is a place to relax and inspire.



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Charlotte and Dom are well established teachers bringing yoga to over 300 people per week in the Bristol community. They write and model for leading publications within the UK and USA. Charlotte was selected as Ambassador for Sweaty Betty clothing and organizes inspirational yoga retreats for the ultimate healthy lifestyle. In the retreat, you will be guided through a nourishing yoga practice twice a day to include yogic breathing, postures, deep relaxation and meditation/ positive thinking. Price per person is ÂŁ390 which includes 3 nights luxury accommodation, vegan meals and yoga tuition. For details, please visit or email Charlotte on

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The UK’s biggest vegan event Vegfest UK Bristol is back this May!

Vegfest UK Bristol is a unique hybrid of vegan food and music festival. The 3-day event runs from 23rd to 25th May at the Bristol Amphitheatre with performances, activities and live music all day; And in the evenings the event transforms into a music show with different headliners and DJs performances. The daytime part of the show features over 140 stalls including food, bodycare, accesories, fashion, merchandise and information, 12 specialist vegan caterers - with food from across the globe, all day licensed bar, nutrition & health talks marquee, campaigns and lifestyle talks marquee, cookery demos, kids cookery classes - hosted by Captain James Tea Cook, kids area and activites, cinema with a selection of films, performance Stage all day with live music, 2 large marquees for stalls, and gazebo pitches.

And each of the three evening performances will have its own theme and feature the following headliners: Boney M ft. Maizie Williams, Gwen Dickey’s Rose Royce, Abba Gold, Peter Hook and the Light, Ruts DC, Goldblade, Black Roots, Zion Train

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We have 2 pairs of tickets for each of Vegfest UK Bristol’s evening shows (23rd May, 24th May and 25th May). You can be one of our 6 lucky readers to see this year’s biggest vegan and music event in Bristol for FREE! (with the original value up to £20 for each ticket). As the free tickets are very limited, please also let us know your first and also second choice for the show dates in case you are not able to get the show you want but would like to go see another show instead.

Friday 23rd May - Let’s all have a Disco

Boney M ft. Maizie Williams, Gwen Dickey’s Rose Royce, Abba Gold

Saturday 24th May - Punk

Peter Hook and the Light, Ruts DC, Goldblade

Sunday 25th May - Reggae Black Roots, Zion Train

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with your name, contact number, your preferred shows dates with the email subject line <Vegfest UK Bristol 2014>. Deadline Wednesday, 30th April 2014 For more information, please visit The Vegfest UK Bristol website Tickets are sponsored by Vegfest UK Bristol 2014

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RECIPE of the month Moroccan crusted salmon with an asparagus, rocket and preserved lemon salad

Recipe & photo provided by British Asparagus

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Ingredients (Serves 4)

1tsp crushed Delicatessen cumin seeds 1tsp crushed coriander seeds 1tsp sesame seeds 1 tsp smoked paprika 1 tsp allspice 1 tsp soft light muscovado sugar Small bunch parsley roughly chopped Salt and cracked black pepper 4 pieces of Scottish salmon fillet, scales removed 4tbsp olive oil 2 bundles of British asparagus trimmed 1 preserved lemon, seeds and flesh removed 1 shallot thinly sliced 1 red chilli, deseeded and sliced 2 plum tomatoes cut into chunks 2 handfuls rocket washed 4tbsp Greek yogurt Extra virgin olive oil for drizzling


1. Preheat the oven to 180째c -350째f, gas mark 6 2. In a bowl, mix the cumin, coriander, sesame seeds, paprika, allspice, sugar and parsley. Season with salt and pepper. 3. Sprinkle the mixture all over the flesh side of the salmon and drizzle over the olive oil. 4. Bring a medium sized pan of salted water to the boil. Place in the asparagus and cook for 2 minutes. Drain then cool and set aside.

Asparagus is one of the leading suppliers among vegetables of folic acid. An 80g serving provides 60% of the recommended daily allowance of folic acid, which can help expectant mothers to stave off infection and boost iron absorption. Folic acid is also necessary for blood cell formation and growth and has been shown to play a significant role in the prevention of neural tube defects, such as spina bifida, that cause paralysis and death in 2,500 babies each year.

5. In a hot non-stick frying pan seal the salmon skin side down first, then place in the oven for 6-8 minutes, 6. While you are waiting for the salmon to cook, chop the lemon skin and place in a medium sized bowl. Then add the asparagus, shallots, chilli, tomatoes, rocket and a splash of extra virgin olive oil, season and mix.

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April 2014 - Living Plus Bristol  

A family magazine for Clifton, Redland, Cotham, Westbury Park and Bishopston areas in Bristol, free copies distributed direct to homes libra...