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Living the Yoga Lifestyle: Lisbon

November 20, 2018 • By

Yoga & Meditation Lisbon

For a very long time now Lisbon has been in my top ten must see places to visit and last month I was lucky enough to take my first trip. We spent 5 day, 4 nights exploring all the city has to offer. I’m already planning my next trip!

When to Go:

Apparently the best time of the year to visit Lisbon is either early Spring or late Autumn as the heat and prices are both very high June – September. We opted for autumn and were not disappointed with the weather. In the day it reached 31 degrees but at nighttime fell to a lovely 17 degrees. Although 31 degrees is still very hot to be wandering around the city it’s really easy to stay in the shade. Lisbon is famous for it’s winding streets and aside from creating a beautiful landscape they also provide much needed shade.

Yoga in Lisbon

Where to Stay:

We stayed at Hotel Tivoli Avenida Liberdade Lisboa because I wanted somewhere with a pool so we could have one afternoon of lazing around. It’s a beautiful hotel with the most amazing roof bar. Head up there around sunset for the most incredible views of the city and a great cocktail! 

Where to Stay Lisbon

What to Eat:

Eating Vegan is Lisbon was actually really easy. You’ll find with most major cities nowadays there are always vegan cafes and vegan options on the menu. I downloaded Happy Cow, the app that helps vegans find eateries around the globe, I was never more than a few KM aware from somewhere I could eat. A few notable places:

  • Zenith – The ideal breakfast or lunch place for both meat eaters and vegans. They have pancakes, toasts, acai bowls, smoothies and vegan options of most things.
  • Foodprintz – By far one of the best eateries I visited whilst in Lisbon. It’s 100% vegan and hosts yoga classes too. I have to avocado on rye with a green warrior juice and cappuccino.  This place has a lovely, peaceful atmosphere, friendly staff and great food.

Foodprintz Vegan Cafe Lisbon

Juice Cafe Lisbon

Eat Vegan in Lisbon

What to Do:

One of my favourite places was the Botanical Gardens which was like visiting a tropical oasis in the middle of a busy city. The air felt cleaner, there was space to move and space to be still, to breathe, to meditate to relax. It was tranquil and contained the most amazing collection of tropical plants, most I had never seen before. A tropical oasis of clam that is definitely worth the trip.

Surrounding the botanical gardens are cute and kooky shops selling everything from handmade stationary to bags, shoes, jewellery and shampoo. Across the road there is a small tree lined park, in which there is a cafe where you can sit and watch the world go by whilst eating chip butties. Absolute perfection!

Street Yoga Lisbon

If visiting Lisbon for the first time you must take a trip on the funicular that takes you to the top of one of Lisbon’s many hilltops, on which you will find lots of market stalls, sangria and live bands for dancing the night away.

We also took a trip on the oldest tram in the city (number 24) which takes you up to the castle via the little winding streets of Lisbon, it’s classic and you get to see the real Lisbon, complete with washing lines across the roads!

Lisbon really is a wonderful city, it has the perfect balance of ambitious city and laid back cool. It’s charming yet modern. It caters to vegans and there is always something to do or see, even if that means just sitting with a coffee and watching the day pass you by.


Wellness & Lifestyle

How to Have Your Healthiest Autumn Ever

September 19, 2018 • By

Healthy Autumn | Northern Yogi

 

Autumn is officially here as of Saturday 22nd September, just a few days away, and now is time to start making all the necessary changes we need in order to have the happiest, healthiest autumn yet.

It’s not just the leaves that change during the autumn months, we do too, whether we realise it or not. And that change can be good or bad, depending on how we take care of ourselves. I am very much affected by the colder months and, in honesty, it’s not my favourite time of year. So I too will be taking on the necessary changes to help keep a spring in my step.

The changes we need to make may only be subtle but they can help make a huge difference to our mood, health and overall enjoyment of autumn.

Mindfulness in Nature | Northern Yogi

  1. Get Outside!

People naturally stay wrapped up inside when it’s cold and dark outside but just 30 minutes of fresh air each day can significantly boost you up. Try and make some time each day to get out into nature. Find a golden forest and listen to the leaves crunching under your steps, get down to your local park and walk briskly in the seasonal sunshine, spend as much time in nature as possible. Wrap up warm and get outside to enjoy the magic of autumn.

  1. Boost Your Immunity Before It’s Too Late

Unfortunately becoming unwell at this time of year is common place for most people. Colds and flu are stronger than ever so it’s important to make sure your immunity is up to scratch. Remember, even if you catch a cold during AW a good immune system will make your symptoms less and you’ll fight it off faster. Ensure you are getting lots of nutrients from whole foods, fruits and vegetable and then top that up with daily juices. Basically, overdose on goodness! Make big hearty stews and warming soups (vegan of course!). Make sure you are getting plenty of vitamin C and D, the immunity vitamins! Wash your hands often, use tissues to catch germs and get plenty of sleep.

  1. Drink Tea!

As well as getting lots of goodness from food you can stay warm and healthy by getting creative with your drinks. As the temperature drops stay warm with delicious cups of tea; lemon and ginger is immune boosting, chai is super warming, green tea will give you an energy boost and anything with peppermint will keep your stomach feeling fresh.

  1. Take Up A New Hobby

Ever notice your social calendar is a little sparser in the autumn months? Your friends are less willing to make spontaneous trips and people start to watch their bank balance in the run up to Christmas. But staying active and social in the autumn months makes the dark night so much more fun! You can take up a new hobby at home, learn a new skill via YouTube or sign up to an evening course in your local area. Meet new people and spending time doing new things will make the darker months fly by!

Handstands | Yoga Manchester | Northern Yogi

  1. Stay Active!

I know you’ve heard it all before but staying active during AW is the best way to boost your mood and improve your health. It doesn’t matter how you move, just move! Get on your yoga mat and flow through a sweaty Ashtanga practice, creating heat and burning toxins. Go for a run, getting outside in the fresh air and boosting your fitness is a sure fire way to feel great! Book a winter sports holiday and get practising on the indoor slopes. Whatever it is that makes your feel good whilst moving your body, do it!

Nature slows down during the colder months and that includes your body. Ever notice your hair grows sower in autumn and those stubborn few LBS are harder to shift? Your body naturally slows down and preserves everything from energy to fat! Getting your heart rate pumping for at least 30 minutes every day can really help keep you fighting fit in the colder months. Plus, think about how great you will look and feel once Spring rolls around!

If you make these 5 simple additions to your autumnal routine I can guarantee you’ll have your happiest, healthiest autumn ever!