Finished your daily sun salutations yet?
We’ve recently moved our Yoga lessons to the outside: In the evenings we’re praticing on the Coccaro and Maizza rooftop terrace, with the sunset all around us and the scent of the sea nearby. On a sunny day like today, early in the morning, there is no better place than Coccaro beachclub, with hardly a soul around, a beautifully calm and relaxing atmosphere down by the sea, our lifesaver Onofrio who gently says Hi and our fabulous barmen Coco, Mimmo and Onofrio behind the bar – for a glass of fruitjuice or some green tea to finish your yoga practice in style…
You’ve sure seen the pile of ALOE products available all over the place. Beside creams and masks and gels you’ll find aloe yoghurt, aloe Muesli, aloe juices – aloe just about everywhere! Hardly anyone knows however that it’s easy to grow pure ALOE in your own natural beauty garden, with plants that are not only beautiful to look at but will – used as pure gel – last for a lifetime! The original plant, also known as desert lilly or Curacoa aloe, comes from Arabia and was already used by Cleopatra to keep her skin fresh and toned…
Coccaro Spa therapist Manuela Donnaloia explains how to harvest, cut and use the famous Aloe Vera plant that is growning all around the masseria. Pure pleasure for the skin that doesn’t cost anything – could it be easier?
Simply cut one of the leaves in slices and press the liquid out. It might seem to be sticky at first but it will dissolve in no time. Keep the aloe vera leaf in the fridge and use it (it doesn’t take more than a new cut to “melk” it again) whenever your skin feels dry or after a day on the beach; relieves even on sore bits.
Oranges!! They boost the immune system, says Liberata from Masseria Torre Coccaro who has spent a lifetime curing colds and other indispositions without using strong medicine right away.
You either squeeze them for yummie orange juice – a glassful a day is perfect to keep you fit all year long – or you prepare them as a salad, pure energy stuff, easy to do and delicous to taste. Peel a handful of fresh, ripe oranges, cut them into slices and use no more than olive oil, vinegar, salt and pepper as dressing. It’s as simple as that: a lean and healthy dessert for all seasons and occasions.
Liberata’s got a few more tips to follow to get you through tough times!
We’ve all had our spring colds: They usually take 10 days, with or without medicine…
Why don’t you try what they do in Puglia, an old home remedy that seems to ease a lot of tension. Prepare an infusion from dry figs, carube fruit and mallow (a small handful each). Let it sim for a bit and strain the mixture through a sieve. Swallow in tiny sips. You can feel your throat getting better instantly!
Fancy some ice cream? Or how about a cappuccino outside, with the seagulls shouting and the fisherman watching from the distance? There’s spring in the air, no doubt about it. Savelletri, 669 inhabitants harbourside village on the adriatic coast, is getting ready for the next summer season. We’re expecting you: Are you ready, too?
The stunning effects of Puglian olive oil, extra vergine, used as a nutrifying mask: Angela from Coccaro Spa in Puglia, Salento, uses the natural product to rejuvenate tired skin in the winter. A few drops are enough to achieve marvellous results! Simple massage movements support the maintenance of radiant skin all year long.
Just to show you how challenging it can be to stand on one leg… Here’s Giuseppe, our Yoga master, practising Vrksasana under the Maizza olive trees. Wishing you all an energizing start of the day!!
Here’s how you can reach the pose:
Stand in Tadasana. Shift your weight slightly onto the left foot, keeping the inner foot firm to the floor, and bend your right knee. Reach down with your right hand and clasp your right ankle.
Draw your right foot up and place the sole against the inner left thigh; if possible, press the right heel into the inner left groin, toes pointing toward the floor. The center of your pelvis should be directly over the left foot.
Rest your hands on the top rim of your pelvis. Make sure the pelvis is in a neutral position, with the top rim parallel to the floor. Lengthen your tailbone toward the floor.
Firmly press the right foot sole against the inner thigh and resist with the outer left leg. Press your hands together in Anjali Mudra. Gaze softly at a fixed point in front of you on the floor about 4 or 5 feet away.
Stay for 30 seconds to 1 minute. Step back to Tadasana with an exhalation and repeat for the same length of time with the legs reversed.
Masseria Torre Coccaro and Masseria Torre Maizza are two five stars luxury resorts of Puglia, Italy. Not two ordinary luxury resorts, but two authentic 500 years old manor houses remodelled with high architectural standards and respect for historical heritage.
Surrounded by centuries-old olive trees, enhanced by exclusive pools (some suites have private ones), Aveda SPA, botanical gardens, the zero impact Coccaro Golf Club, manège, top level restaurants and many other amenities, our ancient estates are like a small town, nevertheless a unique and loving family!
In the center of Puglia we take care of a part of your heart.