How to Balance Your Spring Energy with Breath

Spring is here, awakening within it sparkling new beginnings.  A time to grow, to renew and to discover. A time also that needs balance, steadiness and nurturing, because along with  the freshness of spring, comes the dry, gusty winds, the fluctuations of temperature; interesting but unpredictable. A good time for a grounding, steady yoga asana practice. But let’s not deny the light happy energy of spring. Our arms and hearts open to greet the warmth of the newly grown

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Extended Side Angle Pose

This is a heating pose that has multiple benefits. It is very strengthening for the legs, hips, back and shoulder muscles and strengthens the core as well. Importantly it gives a great stretch to each side of the back which in turn helps to decompress the spine. As we hold this pose and breathe we can feel how the strong base of our feet helps the upper body to be light and open.   Cautions:The easy version of this pose should be adopted by those

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Opening Our Yoga Heart

The heart is the sitting place of the soul. This is where, deep within the body, the living entity resides. For so long we may have built thick protective walls around our heart and have hidden deep within. So soft, so vulnerable.  So lost to the real self. But with yoga practices we can not only physically take that built up tightness away from our chest but also gradually chip away at that stony covering of the heart so the true beautiful self can shine forth with joy. The

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Homemade Ghee

Ghee (often called “liquid gold”) is clarified butter. It is a truly wonderful food which has been used in Ayurvedic medicine and Vedic cooking since ancient times. Not only does it make food taste delicious but it has very impressive health benefits. It has the ability to protect the gastrointestinal tract, can balance cholesterol levels and boost your energy. It is said to reduce inflammation in the joints and eliminate certain allergies. It is even reputed to protect us from various chronic

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Pros and Cons of Hot Yoga

Hot yoga sounds very tempting to me in these cool winter months where every flash of warmth is cherished lovingly. A growing number of people however love hot yoga in all seasons, both in the already sweltering summer months and the icy winter ones. In fact hot yoga is so hugely popular in the US that in some cities it’s very hard to find a normally heated class. Advocates of hot yoga love the heat, the sweat and the stretches. They proclaim a feeling of euphoria after the class and are

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3 Warming Shoulder Stretches for Winter

Before you do your yoga asanas it’s a good idea to do some warming exercises like joint mobilities first to loosen up your joints and increase the heat in your body. This is especially true for the winter months when our bodies tends to stiffen up from the cold. Try these shoulder exercises and see how you warm up, not just in the shoulders but also spreading down your torso, arms and up into the neck. They will help release tension from the neck and shoulders also and you may even find yourself

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Potato Cauliflower Soup

What can be nicer than on a cold winters day to have a bubbly pot of hearty, tasty soup on the stove and some fresh bread warming in the oven.  Try this soup – it’s simple, super easy to make and is pleasantly warm with a tang of deliciousness.   Ingredients2 Tbsp ghee or oil 4 large potatoes – peeled and cubed ½ head large cauliflower or 1 small cauliflower cut into flowerets 1 large brown onion peeled and

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World Yoga Day 2018

Hosted by the Australian School of Meditation and Yoga, Yoga Day Festival is Australia’s biggest, longest running celebration of World Yoga Day. Growing in size each year, Australia’s Yoga Day Festival is rapidly approaching! Now in its fourth outing, the marquee event of the yoga calendar has been a wildly successful engaging, fun, and free/low-cost celebration of the United Nations International Day of

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The Happy Yogi

Yoga is more than a great stretch. Much, much more. Let’s look at some of the wonderful benefits of all aspects of yoga and celebrate this wonderful gift we have been given. The health benefits of yoga asanas are wide ranging.Flexibility is of course the most obvious one. Tight muscles can pull on our joints causing pain and even structural damage. The gentle and consistent stretching of many of the yoga asanas help to loosen up tight muscles and allow for much more freedom

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Roasted Spiced Pumpkin

My daughter who lives in the US serves this dish for Thanksgiving every year. Her friends and family love it. Pumpkins are naturally sweet and this recipe brings out the sweetness and adds a poignant flavour to it. As with so many baked dishes it takes minimal time to prepare, giving you time to get the rest of the meal prepared while it’s baking. If your oven can cook on two or three shelves at once you can even add some more baked dishes and have an easy delicious meal. I suggest adding baked

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Coconut Spinach Wraps

I got the inspiration for this simple way to feed greens to my children from way back in the early 70s when I visited Fiji and stayed amongst the Fijian people. I watched as they hand grated the coconut and squeezed milk from it and was so impressed with their delicious taro leaves cooked in this fresh coconut milk that ever since I’ve been doing my version of it. Cooking with taro leaves is a special skill that I never acquired but I’ve figured that any green leafy vegetable (spinach, silver

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How You Can Prevent Back Pain with Yoga

It is estimated that over a lifetime there’s an 80% chance of developing back pain. Some back pain passes quickly never to be seen again but all too often those niggly little twinges develop into a chronic and costly problem. Of course the logical thing to do is prevention! Most lower back pain that doesn’t come from some congenital problem is caused either by heavy lifting, prolonged sitting, stooping or other poor postural habits, most of which can be prevented and many fixed. For example

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2 Energizing Bandhas for Core Support

Bandhas Bandhas are energy locks. They are ways of holding the muscles, so that energy moves in an upwards direction. They can be performed with strength as in some Pranayama (breathing practices) and Kriyas (cleansing practices) but in asana they are generally very lightly engaged. This not only sends the energy upwards but gives us good posture and supports the internal organs, which are prone to follow the dictates of gravity, especially as we age.  They also support our spine and

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Maple Tempeh

Tempeh is a highly nutritious soybean product. Unlike tofu, tempeh is fermented, which allows for easier digestion. As with tofu, be sure to purchase organic tempeh to avoid GMOs. Consuming tempeh is not only a great way to add healthy soy to your diet, but it also is a way to boost intake of fermented foods and ensure adequate protein intake.  It is vegan and so easy to make. In fact you’re going to love this recipe. It’s: Sweet-spicy  Hearty Protein-packed &

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Beginners Pendant Staff Pose (Lola-dandasana)

Here’s a great pose for desk workers, manual labourers, and anyone who is not gifted with great posture. This pose is an anti-slouch recipe that strengthens our arms, upper back and core while encouraging the upper chest to lift and open, giving the neck a chance to sit firmly on top of the shoulders.   InstructionsFirst adopt Staff Pose by sitting with the legs outstretched. If your back is rounding, sit up on a firm cushion. Reach your arms

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Vegan Brown Rice Patties

When my children were growing up and being difficult about veggies I had to become a little inventive.  I found zucchini, carrot and beetroot easy to disguise in cakes, patties, pizza and pasta sauces and leafy greens went into the blender with pineapple juice or adhered deliciously to the melted cheese on rice pies or pizzas.  And they never complained! These patties combine beetroot, zucchini with brown rice and are great on burgers, sandwiches or become a nutritious part of a main

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A Meditation Ritual that Will Transform Your Life

How can we enjoy the benefits of ancient rituals in our busy modern lives? Ever found yourself captivated by the beautiful meditation ceremonies at a temple? Or dreamed of cultivating your own spiritual practice, but don’t know where to start? I think we’ve all found ourselves, at some point, lingering on the idea of creating space for more sacredness in our lives. But how? With all of our commitments and responsibilities, how do we find the time to

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