Summer Cooler

It’s so important for food to LOOK good as well as taste good. Maladhar, the hostess of the Deep Peace Retreats applied her artistry to this simple parfait at the last retreat and wowed us all. “It’s all about colour and freshness” she told us.  ☺ Ingredients Parfait glasses: If you want to feed the multitudes get disposable wine glasses, they are clear and on a stem and look just the part. Thick custard: The bought

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Sitali – Rolled Tongue Breathing

This breathing practice cools the body and calms the mind. It also induces our muscles to relax and is said to help reduce blood pressure and acid stomach.  However those who suffer from low blood pressure and constipation are advised to refrain from the practice. It is also not recommended to do in the winter months. Note: Some people do not have the ability to roll their tongue. These people can perform Seetkari Beathing (see below) for similar results.Sit in any comfortable

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Cooling Asanas for the Hot Summer Months

Summer is a time of heat and humidity especially here in Queensland. Mostly people try to avoid it by either staying in air conditioning or swimming. The really good thing about practicing asanas in summer is that it softens our muscles and helps us ease into stretches with grace, hence the popularity of ‘hot yoga’.  If, however, you don’t like being all hot and sticky in your yoga practice it’s best to get it happening early in the morning before the heat of the day sets in or …

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Health Goals for 2017

Welcome to the New Year everyone! It’s Sami here and I am so looking forward to another awesome year with you guys! Seeing as it’s the beginning of the year, I thought we could take some time to reflect on some goals for our wellbeing. While the majority of the population may be setting health goals around dieting, weight-loss or specific fitness goals, there is an opportunity for the yogi to pursue a slightly different approach to health that supports their spiritual journey. In

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Within Time, Beyond Time – The Journey of the Soul

  From the time of our birth we are chased by time. The saying “Time is money” has 2 meanings.The meaning of that phrase for someone who is operating “Within Time” is, “Why I am wasting time when I could be making money?” But there is a different meaning for a person who is endeavouring to live “Beyond Time” I cannot buy back even a second of time for millions of dollars, therefore time is more valuable than any amount of money, because

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Does Money Buy Happiness?

  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 they wanted, traveled anywhere in the world, and ate at the best restaurants. I was certain living that lifestyle would make me happy. I worked day and night and saved every penny I got, eventually establishing a lucrative business that went public. For years I was caught up in the excitement of enjoying the “high life” I’d always

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Sprouts – The Fast Food Garden

  The possibilities for growing sprouts seem endless, just about anything that is an unprocessed seed will sprout. Some of my favourites are chickpeas, lentils, sunflower seeds, almonds and mung beans. When we consume plants at this stage of their life cycle we’re often getting the greatest concentration of nutritional value and over-all health benefits including but not limited to anti-aging, anti-inflammation, alkalization, anti-oxidation, increased amount of and bio-availability

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Amy’s Chick Pea Dip

  Raw sprouted chickpea dips are a much appreciated addition to our meals.  Here are two recipes I have called on countless times as a wholesome snack, entree, spread or more filling side dish to an otherwise light salad based meal.  It’s one of those things that (if I have some sprouted chickpeas on hand) I can throw together in minutes and serve with whatever is around…bread, salad, raw crackers, corn chips, carrot sticks or fingers. Whatever the occasion, time of day or audience

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Yoga Q & A’s – Easing Pressure in The Lower Back

Arm Garland Pose – Malasana Every now and then heavily pregnant ladies come to our classes wanting to ease the pressure in their backs. This squatting pose helps relieve pressure in the lower back and is also great for opening the hips for an easier birth. Although usually confined to the gyms in the western countries, throughout the Asian countries you will see people squatting while they are cooking, waiting for a bus or even reading. It is suggested that

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Balance Your Dosha With Ayurveda

  The great thing about Ayurveda is that when it comes to nutrition, you generally receive information regarding which individual foods and spices are best for your dosha type, as opposed to a strict or rigid diet. This allows us the freedom to choose meals that appeal to our taste preferences, and we also have the ability to select foods that suit our ethnic and spiritual preferences. Taste is your ‘Key’ to Nutrition Did you know that taste has a

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