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Gluten Free Vegan Chickpea Flour Date Cake

Wow I just made this watering date and almond cake! It was so moist I didn’t even worry about putting icing or cream on it. It is perfect just as it is. This amazing cake was cooked with besan (chickpea) flour. It is just the same as using regular flour, but you need to use both baking powder as well as bi carb soda to get it to rise like ordinary flour. Who would have thought of using chickpea flour in a cake?  I use this flour regularly, but usually for Indian sweets and savour dishes.

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Mantra Breathing (Gauranga Breathing)

The breath is something we deal with, usually unconsciously, from the moment we pop out into this world grasping at the air with a fresh little set of lungs until we whisper our final goodbyes. Without even thinking about it we go about our lives and the breath comes and goes regulated by sensors in the brain telling the lungs when to breathe deeper to get a bit more oxygen or when to slow down or even when to breathe a bit faster1. It is common knowledge in the world of yoga, however,

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Phases of the Moon Sequence

While the influence of the sun is felt strongly in the change of seasons and in the passing of the daylight from dawn till dusk, the influence of the moon is more subtly felt throughout each monthly phase of the moon. From the time of new beginnings of the freshly dawning new moon to the energy charged full moon and then to the slowly waning of the second phase of the moon we may notice a very subtle change reflected in our energy levels. We often replicate this in our asana practice as a slow

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Mishti Doi

Mishti Doi is a traditional Indian sweet that is such a treat to the taste buds that is hard to beat. It is often served on very special occasions because of its very special subtle deliciousness With accessibility to modern ingredients a few of the lengthy steps are able to be omitted such as making our own yoghurt and condensing the milk, not to mention milking the cow and skimming off the cream. Ahhh those were the days!!!! Serves 6 – 8 Ingredients 500g

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What is Tongue Scraping?

What is Tongue Scraping? Jihwa Prakshalana Ayurveda tells us the tongue is the first organ of digestion and the mirror to all the organs of the body. The tongue is an important tool of Ayurvedic diagnosis. The appearance of the tongue reveals the health condition of the entire body. When you look on your tongue, it’s an opportunity for self-awareness. If you see a thick coating of different color, it means you are accumulating toxins from the last several days, months

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Ayurveda Tongue Analysis – Do it Yourself!

According to Ayurveda the tongue is not just an organ of taste only but also a strong tool for diagnosis. Tongue analysis is a part of Ayurvedic diagnosis complementary with pulse, nails, eye, face etc. Tongue is also called a window of the inner system. Ayurveda says, read your tongue and know your health status. It is important to check your tongue regularly to recognize the inner system. Be your own doctor and look your own tongue in the mirror. Your tongue never lies and clearly indicates

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The Nature of the Soul

A flower is by nature soft, sweet and fragrant.  So are we.  We are tender, sensitive living beings, but due to being covered by layers of material elements we appear hard, even to ourselves.  But in the depths of our hearts we are soft: we desire to love and be loved.  To love is the living entity’s happiness, the very nature of the soul.  The rock does not love; matter is dead energy.  A corpse fails to exhibit love because the loving, living being has left the body. I want to

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Discover A Deep, Lasting Happiness That Money Can’t Buy

Money can buy many things, but can it buy happiness? Many of us aspire to live the lifestyles of the rich and famous but are the people we look up to really happy? What can we learn from them about how to find true happiness? Read more in this Q&A with Jagad Guru Siddhaswarupananda. Question: I grew up in a relatively poor family and I always envied the movie stars I watched on TV and read about who got whatever

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Ayurvedic Tips for Reducing Anxiety

Unfortunately, anxiety has become a common experience amongst all age groups in today’s society. As our modern lifestyles become busier (and at times overwhelming) it’s important to have effective strategies in place to help keep us grounded and well. It seems that all of us will feel the effects of anxiety at some point in our lives, which is why it is so important to know the signs and symptoms, as well as some healthy techniques for

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Jam Drop Biscuits

Here’s my favourite biscuit recipe. It’s my favourite not only because they are yummy biscuits but also it’s so easy and adaptable. Sometimes I make them as a treat for the ASMY yoga classes and often get asked for the recipe. So here it is folks! ¾ cup butter (softened – see below for my Mother’s trick of softening butter) ¾ cup rich brown sugar 1/3 cup yoghurt 1 tsp vinegar 1 tsp baking soda 1 ¾ – 2 cups of flour Jam Here’s

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Yoga Techniques for Anxiety

Find deep peace within with these simple yoga practices for Anxiety. Anxiety is all too common. So common in fact that it is showing up more and more even amongst our little children. At my Deep Peace Sessions I see all age groups coming along for a range of reasons from sleep management to anxiety attacks to anger issues and racing minds. Stress

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Swap the Morning Coffee with Yoga Asanas for a Natural High!

Do you drag yourself out of bed each morning stiff and grumpy and head straight for the coffee? Yep that used to be me. I was a complete and utter coffee addict, I couldn’t get through the day without a zillion cups of caffeine to keep me going.  Then one day, on my usual caffeine high, I discovered yoga and meditation, right in the middle of James St, Burleigh Heads, yes it was that easy.  I stumbled upon a sign that said, “Free Meditation Classes”.  I’d always been interested in

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