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5 Tips for Becoming More Flexible

By Madya Lila | June 27, 2019

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 …

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Hamstring PNF Stretching

By Madya Lila | June 27, 2019

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 …

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Winter Sweet Potato and Broccoli Soup

By Madya Lila | June 27, 2019

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 …

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Easy Pan-Fried Portobello Mushroom Burger

By Madya Lila | May 27, 2019

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 …

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Stay Well This Winter

By Madya Lila | May 27, 2019

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 …

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Dynamic Extended Mountain

By Madya Lila | May 27, 2019

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 …

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Subtleties in Yoga Breathing

By Madya Lila | April 29, 2019

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 …

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Kids in the Kitchen – Tofu Satay with Peanut Sauce

By Madya Lila | April 29, 2019

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 …

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Vegan Homemade Chocolate Easter Eggs

By Madya Lila | March 29, 2019

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 …

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Accepting and Moving Forward from Life’s Lemons

By Madya Lila | March 28, 2019

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 …

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