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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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Ayurvedic Guide to Winter

Now the hot summer and the dry autumn is over, we can take a deep breath, and welcome the winter season. The days are still getting shorter and nights longer. As the temperature drops down, and the cold of winter settles in, we are moving from vata season to kapha season. Autumn and early winter are considered the vata season while kapha season encompasses mid to late winter and early spring. We need to balance vata and kapha doshas during the winter time. Regardless of who you are,

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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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Yoga: Oneness in Love

The word yoga means union. For there to be union, there needs to be objects becoming united. The reality of that union can only be as real, true, or factual as the objects that are being united. If something that does not really exist–in other words, an illusion–is united with something that is real, then that union is also an illusion, unreal. There is no substance to it and it is therefore without value. Yoga means the union of the individual spirit soul, the atma, with the

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Chunky Choc Chip/Carob Cookies

Another one of ASMY’s classic favourites. We often serve these at our programs and get so many people wanting the recipe. So to all those requests, here they are, deliciousness! 1 cup each of plain flour, desiccated coconut, rolled oats 1/4 cup raw sugar 1/2 tsp baking soda 2 Tbsp golden syrup 1/4-1/2 cup each of choc chips, currants/saltans & nuts (optional) 125 grams of melted butter or Nuttalex if you are a vegan Add wet ingredients together

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Chocolate nut tahini bliss balls – (Raw, Vegan & GF)

3/4 cups mixed nuts of choice 1/2 cup tahini 1/4 cup maple syrup 1/4 cup cacao powder (or carob powder) 3/4 desiccated coconut or sesame seeds for rolling Drop vanilla essence Blitz nuts in food processor, not too chunky but avoid making them them into a powder, you want a good texture through your ball. Combine nuts with other ingredients in large bowl and mix well; add more or less coconut depending on how oily tahini is. Mixture should be firm yet

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Tahini Coconut Bliss Balls (Raw, Vegan, Gluten Free)

Don’t we love our bliss balls. So simple,easy and quick to make. You can make them healthy or not so healthy whichever mood you’re in and they taste fantastic. Whenever we serve bliss balls at the centre, we always get so many positive comments and feedback. Chantelle made these a few weeks back and so many people have been asking for the recipe that we decided to add it to our blog. 1/2 cup tahini 1/4 cup maple syrup Around 1 cup of desiccated coconut 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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Shirodhara an Ayurvedic Treatment

Ayurvedic treatments have become very popular these days. Although this ancient practice originated in India, it has helped numerous people all over the world and therefore it is now known as one of alternative healing methods. Ayurveda has been found to be very efficient against different problems associated with stress, cleansing the body and promoting good health. Shirodhara is one of the treatments used in Ayurveda. Its name derives from Sanskrit words Shiro, which means the head and

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Pumpkin Porridge (Congee)

The weather is starting to cool down and the that wintery bite to it, so nows the time to start reducing your raw foods and increasing warming foods to your diet.  This pumpkin porridge aka congee is perfect for a cold winters day to warm and nourish you on the inside.  Get creative and try it a for breakfast, after all isn’t that when we usually eat porridge, in

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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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