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Let’s Gain Some Clarity in Our Life – Part 2

If you haven’t read Part 1 you can find it here! Exercise to Feed the Brain In recent times the notion that the brain can’t change has been debunked. It has been discovered that the human brain has the amazing ability to reorganize itself by forming new connections between brain cells. This ability is known as neuroplasticity. The environment in which a person lives,

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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:   Ingredients 2/3 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 it Begin 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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Teriyaki Tempeh

Teriyaki tempeh features grilled skewers of tempeh marinated with spices, grilled and served with a lemon-garlic sauce. Delicious and wholesome, this vegan treat is made from fermented soybeans and is packed with readily available nutrition.   Ingredients 300g tempeh, cubed 1 tablespoon oil or ghee   Spice Paste ½ tsp red chillies 3 shallots chopped 2

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Brahmari Breathing

Studies have found that Brahmari breathing increases the release of nitric oxide in the sinuses, helping to reduce painful inflammation of the sinuses. Other studies have concluded that humming reduces blood pressure and lowers heart rate. You will find the humming sound very restful and calming for the whole nervous system. Focusing on the humming vibration also helps to focus the mind.   Cautions If you feel dizzy stop and go back to your normal

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How to Keep the Mind Focused for Meditation

Here I am sitting down to meditate in a quiet place, I’ve shut off my phone, closed (no …..locked!) the door, I’ve turned the lights down low, I’ve even lit some soothing incense. But…….arghhhh my mind! It’s all over the place, racing along from one thing to another: my plans for tomorrow, what I said to someone, what they said to me, oops I forgot to do something, and on and on. I feel like a hopeless case! Oh I’ll never be able to meditate! But all is not lost.

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Happy Salad

Not only is it important to be calm when we are eating so we can digest well, but we can also eat foods that help to keep us calm. This salad is packed with vitamins and minerals that help to lift our mood, calm us down and promote feelings of well being.  Starring asparagus, walnuts, avocado and spinach –  foods that are rich in folic acid, B vitamins, magnesium and omega 3’s. Here’s why these are great mood busters: Depression has been linked to low levels of folic acid

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Vegetarian Adobo

Adobo refers to a method of marinating and stewing in a mixture of vinegar, soy sauce and spices. It is a warming hearty dish native to the Philippines. When the Spanish settled in the Philippines during the 16th century they witnessed this traditional cooking method and called it adobo which is the Spanish word for marinade.  The adobo method of cooking is a sure way to make your meals deliciously flavourful!   What You’ll Need 300g

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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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