Just in Time for Summer: Vegan Hot Dogs

Summer is just around the corner which means outside is a good place to be! Picnics and barbecues abound, but what to take if you’re vegetarian? These delicious, vegetarian hot dogs can be cooked on the barbecue and eaten in a roll with your usual favourite sauces and salad. Or, they are equally as nice fried or baked at home. Feel free to change up the spices to suit your tastes preference. You might prefer a spicier version or maybe you like a smoky flavour. The main ingredients

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Taking Your Asanas Outdoors

Isn’t it lovely that the weather is warming up! In Queensland we have a wonderfully mild winter, and the hardy souls only usually drop swimming for a couple of months if that! Not being very much of a hardy soul I love it when there is a warmth to the atmosphere, while the breeze is gentle and caressing, just before the sun reaches that harsh glare of summer …. It’s the perfect time to take our mat outside and head to the beach. Asanas down by the sea have a wonderfully

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Springtime Refresh with Yoga

Spring is seen as a time to detox; of cleansing away the excesses of winter comfort foods and helping the body reach new heights of energy and freshness. Actually the body is detoxing all the time. That is the liver’s job. However with some simple additions to our health regime we can assist our hard working liver in its tireless toils. Yoga can address the liver’s function in a couple of ways. Firstly if we sit for long periods of time we tend to lose our good posture and round

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Swing into Spring with Superfoods

As winter casts off its cloak of comfort foods to the fresh beginnings of spring we can add the wonderful spring vegetables to our diet like fresh greens and broccoli. Broccoli is a versatile healthy food which lends itself perfectly to cooked veggie dishes, raw salads and even detox health drinks. Its many health benefits make it a great choice for all seasons, however broccoli’s main call to springtime fame is its lightness (low in calories) and high nutrient value. It is reputed to

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Laddu

Because this month is the yoga festive season celebrating the birth of Krishna, of course this month’s recipe has got to be an incredibly yummy exotic sweet that Krishna likes to eat.   There’s a song written by the great saint Bhaktivinode Thakur that describes and lists all the varieties of food that Krishna is offered. Here are some of the sweets that He eats: Sweets made with milk, sugar and sesame, rice flour cakes; thick cooked-down milk; cakes floating in milk; and sweet rice.

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Are Yoga Asanas Spiritual?

One time a student asked, ‘How can I spiritualise my yoga asana practice? Are yoga asanas and pranayam intrinsically spiritual?’ Yoga asanas are not intrinsically spiritual, but they can be. There are many reasons people take to a yoga practice these days. It is well known that asanas help us care for our joints, muscles, bones and nervous system; not to mention our digestion, heart rate and energy levels.  These are all physical benefits of asanas, and used as such these yoga

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Mexican Spiced Tomato Soup

This soup recipe has evolved over many years to make it so scrumptiously nutritious. It’s a great soup for cold weather, so try it as you cosily warm your hands on the soup bowl and enjoy its wintery goodness. Ingredients (serves 4) 2 Tbs olive oil 2 onions chopped 2 ½ tsp Mexican seasoning (Taco seasoning) 3 cloves garlic 130g tin tomato paste 1 ½ c red split lentils 6 c vege stock 2 Tbsp soft brown sugar 1

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Boost Your Immunity with Yoga

You always know winter’s here when people start getting sick! In fact my son and his family are wading their way through a stomach flu while my daughter and her family are immersed in a heavy cold. Ahh the glories of winter when all the germs seem to take hold, defeating our immune systems and crippling whole families. What to do apart from the prop-ourselves-up cold and flu tablets that some swear by? As they say prevention is better than a cure, and it’s a lot less trouble too. Often

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Kapalbhati Breathing

As the weather cools down for the winter months we can use this breath to help warm us up. It also keeps us alert and lifts our energy. Although the strong version is not recommended for people with heart problems, high blood pressure, hernias, reflux or if they are pregnant or menstruating the easier version is a wonderful choice for all. Easy version 1 – this is very beneficial for calming the mind and nervous system and can be practiced by everyone. Sit comfortably

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Celebrating All Things Yoga

Life is full of ups and downs. Let yoga be one of your ups! Yoga in all of its variety of practices including asana, pranayama, relaxation and meditation is such a healthy thing to do and when we are glowing with yoga health we feel great and ready for the world. While many yoga books and teachers make wild claims about the benefits of yoga over the years many reputable studies have been carried out which tend to corroborate many of these claims. Conclusions have been drawn that yoga asanas

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Baked Tofu

In winter we love to eat warming baked food. So while you are baking your potatoes and pumpkins pop some tofu in the over too and you’ve got a great meal. If you’ve ever tried to eat tofu without adding some sort of flavouring you will wonder why people ever bother, but add a sauce and you’ve got a nice addition to a meal. This recipe coats the tofu in tasty peanut butter sauce which soaks into the tofu as you bake it and makes a flavoursome dish. Ingredients 1

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How To Give Her What She Really Wants

5 Ways to Show Mum You Love Her This Mothers Day! Being a mother myself, I like to think that I have some pretty good insights in to what mums really love. You don’t need to go spending lots of money to make her happy (although shoes and bags will never disappoint!). What all mothers crave is downtime. Time where MUM gets cared for, and has a break from doing the caring. A little bit goes a long way for a woman – just one day of spoiling mum can keep her going all year long! Try

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Winter Deep Peace Retreat

Cosy up around the fire, relax and savour the tranquility at the July Deep Peace Retreat.  On this one day retreat  you can experience a deep rejuvenation as you release layers and layers of  tension. Out in the  rolling hills of the Bilambil country side, just 15 minutes from Coolangatta airport our hosts Maladhar dasi and Saratbihari das have artistically woven a beautiful retreat centre that equals anything you’d

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CHIEF SEATTLE’S LETTER

According to the ancient yogic texts the earth is our mother. From the material elements our body is made and these material elements are provided by mother earth. At this time of the year when we honour our mothers lets also spare a thought of appreciation for our mother the earth. And nowhere is that appreciation better expressed than in the following letter said to have been written by an American Indian chief in the 1800’s to the then president of the United States. The

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Shoulder Stand for Restoration

What is a great pose this month for Mums? Gosh every pose is wonderful! Mums need to be strong and flexible and relaxed. Everything that the whole gamut of yoga poses offer in a great class. But some mums are run off their feet managing a family and a house and a job. So what pose incorporates everything mums need in a nutshell? That’s a hard one! But I must say my all time favourite is Shoulderstand. It strengthens the back, the core support muscles and breathing muscles, it relaxes the

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Carob Brownies – a Tasty Treat for Mums

Mums want to be healthy and slim but love to indulge a little as well -I know I know, I am one a mum myself! It’s a juggling act isn’t it! Well good news – here’s a recipe that is BOTH slim & healthy AND a little bit indulgent! Plus it’s low allergen being sugar free, gluten free and dairy free. This recipe is only about 90 calories per slice and is so delicious the kids will enjoy it too (that’s if you want to share haha). Ingredients

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A Personal Journey from a Yoga Mum

Raising Little Yogis – The Life & Times of a Yogi Mum I first discovered the yummy-ness of yoga asanas early in the 1970’s when I was pregnant with my first child. I loved the feeling of moving my body in all directions and the challenges of strength, fitness and flexibility but I wasn’t as attracted to the relaxation and finer aspects of quietening the mind. That came later. First I had to learn not to be ambitious and push myself beyond the limitations that I was born with or had accumulated

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We Even Need Yoga for the Eyes

Sore and tired eyes from too much screen time? Needing to wear glasses to read now that you’ve been eyeing that screen on and off for the last few years? Sure signs that the eyes need some yoga! Although optometrists might say there’s nothing that can be done to improve eyesight, yogis know that strengthening and relaxing the eye muscles helps to improve our vision. Of course there are some conditions that don’t respond but the ones that come from looking at the screen for days, months,

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Eye Exercises

Just like all the other muscles in our body the eye muscles respond very well to a little exercise each day especially if we strain them by spending a lot of time in front of screens. Most people appreciate a few eye exercises popped into their asana class and after learning them often practice them regularly. Throughout all the following exercises keep your eyes relaxed, don’t strain. 1. Clock circles Imagine you are looking at the numbers 1 –

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