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3 Tips for a Sustainable Holiday Practice

By Madya Lila | November 22, 2018

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 …

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Salute to the Moon

By Madya Lila | November 21, 2018

Sustain your yoga habit with this easy flow to free up your energy pathways and start or end your day with a soft radiance. Find the video here!     Rising Moon Mountain Pose hands in namaste Extended Mountain Pose Bend to the right then bend to the left Forward Fold Right knee back to …

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Can Yoga Help Fight Depression?

By Madya Lila | October 25, 2018

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 …

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Teriyaki Tempeh

By Madya Lila | October 25, 2018

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 …

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Brahmari Breathing

By Madya Lila | September 28, 2018

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 …

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How to Keep the Mind Focused for Meditation

By Madya Lila | September 28, 2018

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 …

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Happy Salad

By Madya Lila | September 28, 2018

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, …

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Vegetarian Adobo

By Madya Lila | September 5, 2018

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 …

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How to Balance Your Spring Energy with Breath

By Madya Lila | September 5, 2018

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 …

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Extended Side Angle Pose

By Madya Lila | September 5, 2018

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 …

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