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Deb’s Healthy Pancakes (Vegan & Gluten Free)

Deb is celiac and so is Siddha, her 3 year old. In spite this Siddha seems to be the most robust and healthiest of all his friends. Maybe its good genes but also I think a large part of it is his being fed by one of the best cooks around. Deb knows how to craft a meal that appeals to both young and old which is abounding with healthy goodness. When I saw how much Siddha loved these pancakes I thought it was my duty to mankind to post the recipe! Deb uses Teff flour

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Make the Most of Spring

Spring and the weather is warming up! I love it when there is a warmth to the atmosphere and the breeze is gentle and caressing, a little delicate snatch before the sun reaches that harsh glare of summer. Spring is the perfect time to take our mat outside and head for the beach. Asanas down by the sea have a wonderfully calming effect on the mind and even before we start our practice simply being in nature and near the water soothes our nervous system and quietens the mind. In

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Mood Lifting Spring Salad

There’s something about spring and how it uplifts our mood almost instantly.  The earth rejoices as bees start buzzing amongst fragrant blooming flowers. Young seedlings with leaves of green sprout with abundance and luscious juicy fruits are waiting to be relished. This mood lifting spring salad will surely give you the flavour of this new season.  Not only does it have a refreshing taste but also contains potassium rich ingredients that will surely fuel you with energy

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Defy Gravity with Yoga

In our everyday language we talk about being, ‘depressed’,  ‘weighed down’ and  ‘carrying the load of the world on our shoulders’ – all terms we use to describe the feeling of being pulled downwards by gravity when our life gets too much for us. Often our posture manifests this load we are carrying by drooping shoulders, sunken chest and a stoop of the upper body. The stance of the stooper is said to affect our mood. So the slouch may not only be reflecting our mood

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A Yoga Guide to Winter Wellness

In our plans about how to keep well for winter how many of us consider the lymphatic system? Many of us don’t really know what it does! Well here’s some info on how lymph fights off the foreign invaders and some techniques to help it along! Lymph is a pale opaque liquid like that found in a blister on your heel. It flows around the body in channels much like the veins that carry our blood but unlike our blood there is no pumping station for it. If our lymph flow is sluggish then

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Kheer (Sweet Rice)

The festive season is coming up for all Hindus and Bhakti Yogis. All over the world cooks who worship Krishna are thinking of what to make Him on His appearance day. One of my favourites is Sweet Rice, also known as Kheer. It’s a simple dish of boiled down milk with rice and sugar and flavoured with cardamom. The addition of dried fruit, like currants, adds a delicious textural surprise as do a sprinkle

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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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