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5 Tips for Becoming More Flexible

You may have noticed that some people are naturally very flexible. They swoop into their lunges with effortless ease, their forward bends are deep folds and their back bends are nearing a full circle. If once, as they might claim, they didn’t have the same degree of flexibility, it certainly didn’t take them long to get it. Interestingly, experts agree, that stretching doesn’t actually make muscles permanently long. They surmise that through a stretching exercise the nervous system is trained

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Hamstring PNF Stretching

Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation (PNF) is a way of stretching, which involves both the stretching and contracting of the muscle group being targeted. It is said to be one of the most effective forms of stretching for the improvement of our flexibility and range of movement. The process is to gently take the target muscle or muscles into their end stretch and hold for 20 – 30 seconds and then engage those same target muscles to resist as you apply some force

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Winter Sweet Potato and Broccoli Soup

Are you lucky enough to have a fireplace? After having had one installed last year I was actually sad when it was too warm to light fires. What can be nicer in the cold winter weather than to sit in front of a fire with a warming cup of soup? Well even if you haven’t got the fireplace at least you can have the soup. This recipe is warming and nutritious. Sweet potatoes are an excellent source of the antioxidant beta carotene (which the body converts to Vitamin A) as well as Vitamin C

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Easy Pan-Fried Portobello Mushroom Burger

Here’s an easy ‘meal in a moment’ which is not only quick but full of nutrition. Portobello mushrooms are especially rich sources of selenium, copper and niacin which are essential for the healthy functioning of the brain, immune system, connective tissue and our energy production. This recipe is for burgers but just as easily the mushrooms can be used as a meat substitute in a main meal.   Ingredients: 2 Portobello mushrooms

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Stay Well This Winter

Now that winter has officially started we can expect a lot of coughing and sneezing going on around us. In fact there’s a high possibility that someone either in your workplace, or at the supermarket, on public transport or even in your family will be inadvertently sharing their germs. But we don’t need to be sitting ducks, there are strategies that work. We have all had precautions ground into us from childhood that we need to wash hands before eating. We also most probably know that

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Dynamic Extended Mountain

This exercise is great to do out in the fresh air first thing in the morning or it can be used as an energy recharge throughout the day. It not only charges us with big fresh lungfuls of oxygen but helps to release tension from the shoulders and chest and assist in strengthening our immune responses. The exercise lends itself to sitting as well as standing so can be performed while at your work desk when your concentration is waning and you need a good wakeup stretch.   Let’s

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Subtleties in Yoga Breathing

This week I made the discovery that simply blocking the ears during a particular breathing pose had an almost opposite result to the same breathing pose done without blocking the ears. The pose is Brahmari, a breathing pose where we repeatedly hum on the outward breath. The traditional Brahmari is to inhale, block the ears and then hum on the exhalation. The simplified version is the same but we don’t block the ears, we simply hum on the outward breath. And the perceived outcomes are

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Kids in the Kitchen – Tofu Satay with Peanut Sauce

Recently I’ve been having my two grandchildren over to help cook the Monday meal. Their mums want me to pass on some of the recipes of the meals they enjoyed when they were growing up. On the menu is vegetarian shepherd’s pie, lentil (or anything on hand) pasties, hunza pie, soy bean patties, healthy pizzas and the list goes on. Tonight, we made the treat I used to make on some of the birthdays – deep fried, battered, tofu kebabs with peanut sauce, brown rice and salad.

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Vegan Homemade Chocolate Easter Eggs

Have you noticed the number of shelves dedicated to chocolate this time of the year? As Easter looms the Easter eggs roll into our shopping trolleys and the Bunnies jump along behind yelling ‘Hey wait for me!!!!’ ‘No!’ I say sternly, ‘this year we will be healthy! Homemade chocolates’ Here’s a recipe that ticks all the boxes – gluten free, sugar free, vegan, preservative and fake colouring free, healthy and best of all yummy!   Homemade

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Accepting and Moving Forward from Life’s Lemons

Good things happen to us in life but as we all have probably found out… bad things happen too.  We lose someone we love, or maybe we lose our income, our health, our ability to do things we love, or we can’t cope with our work load, our responsibilities, our situation in life. The possibilities are endless, but one thing is certain we will all at some time hit a low point. Life’s lemons are inevitable, in fact sometimes life positively stinks! Some who hit this low point get

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Five Tibetan Rites – Yoga Asanas for Clarity

Tradition has it that these 5 poses were adopted by Tibetan monks to keep them strong and living long. Whether that’s true or not they certainly are a great energy booster which bring clarity to the mind. They also keep the back bones supple and the core strong. The recommendation is to start with 3 repetitions of each pose and slowly build up to 21 but never do more than 21. They are a great way to start the day, but I wouldn’t recommend them for your evening practice…much

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Let’s Gain Some Clarity in Our Life – Part 1

Clarity is such a nice word. Conjuring up images of pristine cool clear lakes, blue skies and everything very crisp and beautiful. But a lack of clarity brings images of stumbling along in the dark, tripping over debris and sliding in the mud. Mental clarity is much the same: a clear tranquil mind or a muddled, messy one. Without clarity we forget where we put our keys, we forget people’s names, we forget appointments, not only that but we find it hard to focus on tasks. Our mind seems to go

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The Ultimate Vegan Burger

It’s no secret that a diet rich in healthy foods is good for your brain.  The antioxidants in natural food help to keep the brain vibrant and young. Good oils fight inflammation and the minerals and vitamins provide much needed nutrition. The following recipe is great for healthy oils and other antioxidants:   Ingredients2/3 cup chick peas – mashed 1/2 cup hulled hemp seeds 3-4 tablespoon minced mushrooms 1 tablespoon

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How to Ensure a Happy New Year The Yoga Way

What’s on your happiness bucket list this year? I bet its not hard to make one! But what is hard is to find is a way of keeping unhappiness out of our year ahead. But don’t worry, yoga has the answers! For starters here are three really basic hints from the wise yogis on what to avoid:Longing for something you don’t have Worrying you will lose what you treasure Missing it when it’s gone.Usually these kinds of  worries

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3 Tips for a Sustainable Holiday Practice

Yoga at Christmas time, is there a place for it? Here in Australia Christmas time brings hot, hot summer days and nights, full tummies and days filled with family and friends. Many studios close down for the holidays and our yoga fix is on hold for 2 or 3 weeks. But life doesn’t need to become yoga-less.  In fact it’s a great time to start a sustainable practice that you can do at home starting now and continuing throughout the coming year. To create a sustainable

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Can Yoga Help Fight Depression?

All it takes is an hour or so on your mat on a regular basis to feel uplifted!  In fact many studies using written questions to assess the well being of the participants before and after a series of yoga classes show a huge improvement in their perceived mental health. One study consisting of male veterans with symptoms of depression found that their symptoms were significantly reduced after an eight week program of yoga classes. Another study which used yoga to address chronic and/or

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Lion Pose – Simhasana

Lion Pose invokes a feeling of light-hearted playfulness.  This silly looking pose is also said to strengthen the voice, reduce wrinkles of the face and neck, benefit the thyroid gland and reduce stress.   Let’s try itBegin in a kneeling position and sit back on your heels. Bring your palms to your knees and sit up tall. Inhale slowly through the nose. Exhale through your mouth with a long and strong audible sigh

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