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Wild about Kerala: doing yoga in India

Want to capture your inner elephant? Our writer heads for the backwaters of south India and unleashes her animal passions with a unique form of yoga

At sunrise I was standing on one leg at the edge of Lake Vembanad in south India, wobbly with jetlag, arms raised to the sky in a “tree” yoga pose while worrying about the potential for Wi-Fi reception in this remote area on the banks of Kerala’s backwaters.

“Relax shoulders?” came the despondent voice of Naveen, a yoga master from the nearby village. Unlikely. I was still on London time, muscles tensed against cold skies, public transport and deadlines. I took a deep breath as a kingfisher’s azure tummy darted from a mango tree and unearthly chanting kicked up from a Hindu festival across the water. Water reeds and white herons float slowly past in front of me, blurring dizzily. I quaver, and tip over on to my yoga mat.

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Fell walking, Cumbria: Howgill Fells – the quiet hills

Lost somewhere between the Lakes and the Dales, the spectacular Howgill Fells are little visited by even the keenest of walkers. Kevin Rushby sets out to find out what they’re missing

In his new monthly column, Kevin Rushby discovers the parts of Britain that fall between the gaps, the areas generally overlooked in favour of their more famous neighbours

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