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Sun Salute Sequence

To gain maximum benefit for the nervous system and the breath we can work the Salute Sequence in such a way that we prepare for deep slow breathing and then send the deep slow breath to all parts of the body while increasing our energy levels and soothing our nervous system at the same time. Start you Salutes with one breath per pose and go through the sequence at least twice like this. This will help to warm up your muscles, open up your joints and prepare the chest and diaphragm for some

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De-stress with Yoga Breathing

Recently a friend confided that he found so many things in life irritating, and his list was extensive. Dripping taps, doors creaking, loud noises, and the list went on and on. The thought struck me to check his breathing and sure enough he belongs to the school of exclusive upper chest breathers. Not an exclusive school it should be noted, most people fall into this category of shallow breathing for one reason or another. Some are so locked up in the lower lungs/chest that all they can

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Haloumi + Quinoa Salad

Now that the weather is warming up, it’s time to bust out the salads! As our focus this month is on relaxation, I have chosen some foods with ingredients that are known to encourage our relaxation response. Haloumi contains tryptophan which helps us to produce serotonin which is a nerve relaxant. Avocado contains potassium which is a powerful stress buster helping to reduce the effects of adrenaline and cortisol. Asparagus is rich in B vitamins which are essential for calming

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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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Teachings Of The Vedas

Delivered as a lecture by His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada on October 6, 1969, at Conway Hall, London, England. Teachings Of The Vedas Ladies and gentlemen, today’s subject matter is the teachings of the Vedas. What are the Vedas? The Sanskrit verbal root of veda can be interpreted variously, but the purpose is finally one. Veda means knowledge. Any knowledge you accept is veda, for the teachings of the Vedas

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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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Karma Yoga: Cultivate Selflessness

The essence of the teachings of yoga scripture and great yoga sages is to encourage as many people in the world as possible to live a life of karma yoga. The word yoga means union of the individual soul (atma) with the Supreme Soul. According to yoga philosophy, everything animate and inanimate—all energy—emanates from God, the Supreme Soul. God and all energy (both animate and inanimate) emanating from the Supreme Soul is known as the Absolute Whole. Each of us, each living

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Enhance Every Part of Your Life with Meditation

Yoga meditation is easy to add to your daily routine, extremely effective, and will help you awaken and cultivate wisdom and spiritual love—the goal of yoga. Regularly practicing meditation enhances all aspects of your life. As you begin to experience mental clarity and relief from stress and anxiety, the challenges of life will become easier to manage. Even if you have a busy schedule, or difficulty staying motivated, once you’ve learned these easy methods you’ll soon be looking forward

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Mantra Meditation & Self Realisation

The practice of mantra meditation  is very simple. But first let me give you a summary of the science of identity, of which mantra meditation is a part. “Science” means “truth”; therefore the science of identity means the truth of our identity. The first question regarding our identity is: what are we in essence? Am I My Body? In today’s world, the most widespread concept is that we are chemicals.

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Three Reasons to Take up a Yoga Practice

1. Physical Well-being – Yoga asanas (poses or exercises) do so many amazing things to your body, I could be here all day explaining just a few of the physical benefits of yoga, but let’s keep this short and to the point. Probably the first thing people think of when the word yoga is mentioned is flexibility or stretching. Unfortunately a lot of people think that they won’t be able to take up yoga because they aren’t flexible, but they are missing the point, yoga actually

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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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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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