DIY Eye Pillows

Eye pillows are a wonderful way to enhance your meditation. They reduce sensory stimulation, relax the tense muscles around the eyes and face, and promote deep relaxation. I use mine for meditation, Savasana, and nana-naps on bright, sunny days. But, for eye safety and hygiene it is best to have your own eye pillow to keep at home, or take to yoga class. For a pillow that is ea..read more

Aim for Balance

Hello Friends, Well it's been a week since we welcomed in a new year, and for most of us the past week has seen our resolutions fall from the heights of inspiration to the middle ground of hesitation to the depths of procrastination. And it's the same thing every year. We could get depressed about it, or block it all out until those final moments of 2016 when it is time t..read more

Butterfinger Crackle

This delish treat is reminiscent of one of my favourite candy bars from Canada.  But, on my recent trip home I tried one and realized that, sadly, gone are the days that high-fructose corn syrup is in any way tasty or enjoyable.  So, here’s a way to get all the butterfingery goodness but with far less sugar, high protein and fibre, and with a satisfying ‘crackle’ owing ..read more

Imperturbability – A Gift To Yourself This Christmas

Thank you all for your wonderful feedback, reflections, and ideas about last month's mention of the Four Virtues.  If you didn't catch the last Messenger, the Four Virtues are one of the key teachings in Patanjali's Yoga Sutras, a powerful text informing the practice of yoga.  The Four Virtues are: The Four Virtues 1.    Friendliness toward the happy ..read more

The Four Virtues

This past weekend in our Canberra Yoga Teacher Training program we took some time to explore some of the philosophies of yoga in the essential text, The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali. Each time I read, study, or share the teachings of the Yoga Sutras I feel as though I am renewing a friendship - the Sutras have been a guide, support, and source of inspiration through my yoga journey..read more

Spicy Chick Pea Patties

Ingredients:

  • 2 300g cans chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 1 cup oats
  • 1 ½ cups yogurt
  • 2 tbsp curry powder
  • 1 egg
  • 3 spring onions, finely diced
  • ½ cup cilantro, finely diced
  • Pinch salt
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • 2 tbsp mango & ginger chutney
Preparations:
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Yoga Biz Tips #9 – What You Can Learn About Business From Nature

It's springtime here in Canberra and all the trees and flowers are in bloom. As I stroll around my neighborhood breathing in the fresh smells of spring, I can't help but think about how nature teaches us so much about our own growth; nature thrives on regular cycles of creation, sustenance, and destruction/transformation - just like we see in our own practice, business, and rel..read more

Spinach Pesto

What to do with all this...spinach?  This month our yogi-garden is bursting with spinach varieties and aside from adding spinach to every dish I cooked, I found another great way to make use of this super nutritious leaf with a pesto variation that is raw, gluten free, vegan, and completely delish! Ingredients: • ½ cup cashews • 1/2 cup to 3/4 cup water • ..read more

What I Learned about Yoga From Wine

I have just returned from my annual sojourn 'home' to Canada and one of the great experiences that I had on my trip was a cycling tour of some of Ontario's best vineyards. I am not a wine buff and know very little about viticulture, but I was fascinated by the science of wines, and in particular the farming practices that are both traditional, and always evolving based on what ..read more

Smokey Corn & Black Bean Salsa

I'm all about the Tex-Mex dishes lately, with their vibrant colours, spicy flavours, and versatility. This is a new fav that can be used as a dip, topping on salad or burrito bowl, and if you don't have fresh ears of corn available you can always substitute canned corn. Ingredients

  • 3 ears corn
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp Spanish paprika
  • ..read more

Grandma’s Red Cabbage

This is one of my favorite ways to use cabbage, a traditional dish that has been passed down through my family and is a staple at big family meals.  This old-school recipe is super easy to make and adds colour, taste, and a bit of digestive support to a main meal. Ingredients:

  • medium cabbage shredded
  • 1 onion finely chopped
  • 1-2 apples diced<..read more

Yoga Biz Tips #6

Yoga Biz Tips #6 This month's tips come from new yoga teacher Gen who has just shared some great insights from her first 6 months as a yoga teacher: Some things I have learnt from this journey:

  • Always oversubscribe classes because you will never have a 100 per cent turn out (ie: 50 inquiries = 15 registered students)
  • When you advertise a class as a ..read more