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Warm Butternut Squash & Feta Salad, asana of the week, and Spring herbs spotlight!

Posted on March 22 2016

Good afternoon,

The Spring Equinox has arrived (on Sunday). This is a lovely time to reflect, and set intentions for the next few months and for finding balance. Time to get up, and get active! Perfect timing for us as we ready ourselves for the Om Yoga Show next weekend (show specials to come!)! We hope to see some of you there! This week Abbie (who is a medical herbalist!) has selected some of her favourite herbs for spring! See them here!

Yours in Yoga,
Lynda & Abbie

P.S. Last week the link for our blog post within the newsletter broke and we are so sorry! We had a lot of you asking for the link so please see Lynda's 'Chocolate Energy Balls' recipe here!

 

A warm herby salad...perfect for getting into the Spring diet!

This week we wanted to feature another of our little treats! This Warm Butternut Squash, Feta and Basil salad is a great accompaniment for many dishes - our favourites being filo parcels, corn fritters, falafels and it is great for bringing to BBQ's or for pot luck!

For vegans the cheese can be ommitted, or substituted for vegan cheese (ask us if you would like a recipe) - you can also change the herbs (and add spices if you require) to pair the salad with other dishes! The addition of sweet potato, lentils or sweetcorn is also a good combination!

Ingredients:
- 1 good sized butternut squash
- 100 - 200g feta cheese (personal preference)
- 30g fresh basil
- 1 onion (red or white)
- 1-2 garlic cloves

Method:
- Preheat the oven to 180 °C. Peel butternut squash, remove seeds and chop into 1cm cubes. Place on a baking tray with a little oil, and the garlic cloves crushed. Bake for around 30 minutes until soft.
 - Dice the onion ready to fry just before the squash is ready. Shred the basil (stalks are ok, but you can remove them if you like!). Cube the feta into 1cm chunks.
- A few minutes before the butternut squash is ready fry the onion in a little oil.
- Mix it all together (and season if required!).

 

Asana of the week!

Reclining Twist (or Supta Matsyendrasana)!

Wonderful for detox - this twist encourages the flow of fresh blood to the digestive organs, increasing the health and function of the entire digestion system. A reclining twist is great for stretching the back muscles & glutes, massaging the back and hips and lengthening, relaxing and realigning the spine. This asana feels particularly good after backbends such as Bow/Wheel and Camel - it is gentle and can be therapeutic for stress!  

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