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Opening Our Yoga Heart

By Madya Lila | July 31, 2018

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 …

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Homemade Ghee

By Madya Lila | July 31, 2018

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 …

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Pros and Cons of Hot Yoga

By Madya Lila | June 27, 2018

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 …

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3 Warming Shoulder Stretches for Winter

By Madya Lila | June 27, 2018

Before you do your yoga asanas it’s a good idea to do some warming exercises like joint mobilities first to loosen up your joints and increase the heat in your body. This is especially true for the winter months when our bodies tends to stiffen up from the cold. Try these shoulder exercises and see …

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Potato Cauliflower Soup

By Madya Lila | June 27, 2018

What can be nicer than on a cold winters day to have a bubbly pot of hearty, tasty soup on the stove and some fresh bread warming in the oven.  Try this soup – it’s simple, super easy to make and is pleasantly warm with a tang of deliciousness.   Ingredients 2 Tbsp ghee or …

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The Happy Yogi

By Madya Lila | May 30, 2018

Yoga is more than a great stretch. Much, much more. Let’s look at some of the wonderful benefits of all aspects of yoga and celebrate this wonderful gift we have been given. The health benefits of yoga asanas are wide ranging. Flexibility is of course the most obvious one. Tight muscles can pull on our …

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Warrior 2 Series

By Madya Lila | May 30, 2018

Based on Warrior 2, this series of movements helps to open the hips and chest. It creates space in the lower back and waist and enhances our breathing. It is also strengthening for the legs, hips, spine and shoulders and feels GREAT. Start in Warrior 2                   …

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Roasted Spiced Pumpkin

By Madya Lila | May 30, 2018

My daughter who lives in the US serves this dish for Thanksgiving every year. Her friends and family love it. Pumpkins are naturally sweet and this recipe brings out the sweetness and adds a poignant flavour to it. As with so many baked dishes it takes minimal time to prepare, giving you time to get …

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Coconut Spinach Wraps

By Madya Lila | April 24, 2018

I got the inspiration for this simple way to feed greens to my children from way back in the early 70s when I visited Fiji and stayed amongst the Fijian people. I watched as they hand grated the coconut and squeezed milk from it and was so impressed with their delicious taro leaves cooked in …

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How You Can Prevent Back Pain with Yoga

By Madya Lila | April 24, 2018

It is estimated that over a lifetime there’s an 80% chance of developing back pain. Some back pain passes quickly never to be seen again but all too often those niggly little twinges develop into a chronic and costly problem. Of course the logical thing to do is prevention! Most lower back pain that doesn’t …

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