New Yoga Mats In Stock!

 

New Yoga Mats In Stock!

Check out all of the beautiful & vibrant colours in our new Yoga mats we now have in stock.
A variety in price range, thickness, colours and reversible mats! Let us know which Yoga Mat you would like! We now offer payment plan options to suit your budget. Ask about the details.

April’s Calming and Rejuvenating Wide Legged Forward Fold

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Seated Wide Legged Forward Fold

How to:

  • Begin seated with your legs wide in front of a wall or without a wall
  • Place your hands near your buttocks to open your legs a bit wider coming into a 90 degree angle
  • Press the back of your legs down into the earth drawing your toes toward your face, engaging thighs press out through your heels
  • With your spine long begin to walk your hands out toward the wall or on the floor, not allowing your back to round
  • Take a deep inhale as your lengthen your spine and exhale soften forward
  • As you continue to work deeper either rest the hands on the wall or your sides, or take your peace fingers to your big toes to connect and surrender forward deeper
  • Hold for 3-5 Breathes, gently release helping your knees back in toward the center of your body and extend your legs long into a seated forward fold

 

Pose of the Month- Bow Pose

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Welcome March With A Heart Opener

Bow Pose

Would you like to explore opening your heart?
Follow these steps to creating more space in your heart center.
This pose is fun, offering a few variations to suit your level of practice.

Step- By- Step

– Please warm up with 5-8 Sun Salutations before leading your practice into Bow Pose

– Begin lying face down on your mat, with your arms along the side of your body, palms facing up. As you exhale bend your knees bringing the heels toward your buttocks

-Make sure your knees are hip width apart (not any further apart) Reach your hands back and grab your ankles

-Inhale and lift your heels up away from your buttocks, at the same time lift your thighs away from the floor

-Encourage the tailbone down towards the floor, draw shoulders away from your ears, pressing your pelvis evenly toward the floor, Pressing shoulder blades firmly against your back to create an “open heart”

-Gaze forward, You can offer a slight rocking forward and backward if you would like.

-Keep breathing, don’t forget to SMILE!

-Hold for 3-5 breathes and release, lying quietly for a moment and you can repeat again.

Variations Include

-If you find that bending both knees is too much welcome a variation with one knee bent and extend the opposite arm long in front of you calling this a “half bow” and switch sides

-If reaching your ankles in half or full bow is not possible, welcome a strap to connect to your ankle and perform same steps as above

 

Mint & Chocolate Slice

Mint Slice or Bliss Balls

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My friend Jen from Reactiv8 Fitness shared this yummy chocolate slice recipe and we had to share it with you guys:

“I love Chocolate!!! And I love experimenting in the kitchen. Here is my version of Choc Mint Slice or bliss balls:

  • 1c oats
  • 1c dates (soaked)
  • 1c nuts of choice (soaked) – I use cashews
  • 1/2c coconut
  • 1/4-1/2c Cocoa or cocao
  • 2-3T coconut oil
  • few drops of peppermint essence

Blitz in processor. If making balls, omit 1/4c oats to create a stickier consistency.

Press into tray or roll into balls.

For the top

  • 1/4c coconut oil
  • 2-3T Cocoa or cocao
  • 1T brown rice syrup or maple syrup
  • few drops peppermint essencePour over top, refrigerate and cut when set. Yum!


These yummy treats have a source of good fats and proteins, but also are high calorie. So remember to be ‘treat wise’.”

 

Rosemary & Almond Paleo Loaf

I recently served this rosemary and almond flour paleo loaf at our monthly morning tea after a yoga class. It was such a hit we’ve got the recipe for you here!

Ingredients

1/4 cup chia seeds

1/4 cup ground flaxseeds

1/4 cup raw almonds, roughly chopped + 2tbsp extra to decorate

2 tablespoons rosemary leaves, roughly chopped + extra sprigs to decorate

1 teaspoon Celtic sea salt

1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1 clove garlic, crushed

3 eggs, lightly beaten

1/4 cup almond milk

1 tablespoon olive oil

2 cups almond meal

1/4 cup psyllium husk

Directions

1. Preheat the oven to 190C (170C fan-forced).

2. Combine all the ingredients in a large bowl (except for the loaf decorations) and mix well using a wooden spoon.

3. Spoon into a lightly oiled and lined standard loaf tin (approximately 21cm x 11cm), gently smooth the top, and decorate with the extra walnuts and rosemary.

4. Bake in the oven for 30 minutes, or until loaf is cooked. To check if it’s cooked, insert a skewer into the middle of the loaf. If the skewer comes out dry, it’s done. Cover with foil if the top is browning too much.

5. Cool, and serve the loaf sliced.

November Pose: Balancing Tree

Tree pose, or vrikshasana, is a favourite for balancing and grounding. Elegant and fun, tree pose is great for strengthening inner and outer leg muscles and for grounding us through balance and breathing.

1. Standing in Tadasana (mountain pose), feet side by side, begin to shift your weight onto your right foot and you bend your left knee reaching down and finding you ankle and placing the inner sole of the left foot on the inside of your right thigh.

2. If reaching the thigh is too high you can place the left big toe on the mat and externally rotate the hip, or place the left sole of foot on the inside of the right shin.

3. Taking Caution to NOT place the sole of the foot directly on the inside of the knee. Always aim for above or below the knee.

4. Keeping your hips squared, and taking the gaze forward finding a focus point.

5. Begin to lengthen the tailbone down towards the floor and your press the sole of the left foot into the inside of your right thigh and apply that same pressure back pressing the inside of the thigh into the sole of the foot for more balance and stability.

6. Draw your hands up and overhead bring the palms of the hands together or you can offer the arms out lining up with the shoulders, or take the palms of hands to your heart centre (anjali mudra)

7. Soften your face & gaze forward and hold here for 5-6 breaths.

October Movement Pose: Cobra or Upward Dog

A little something extra for you this month! The steps also include a video for you to enjoy moving alongside with in your home play as part of the sun salutation sequence.

A warming flow, sun salutations are a fun way to bring yoga into your daily life and enjoying a rhythm moving through each pose is a big part of allowing your energy to freely flow too.

How to:

  • Begin in downward facing dog, gently lowering your knees and  entire body prone on the mat
  • Extend your legs back with tops of feet flat on the mat
  • Bend your elbows in towards your ribs, place palms of hands down along side of your chest
  • On an inhalation press through the palms of your hands straightening your arms and simultaneously lifting up your torso, thighs a few inches up off the mat, keeping the thighs firms and in towards one another
  • Press the tailbone toward the pubis and lift the pubis toward the navel. Narrow the hip points. Firm but don’t harden the buttocks.
  • Begin to firm the shoulders against the back, soften the front of the ribs, take the gaze straight ahead or lift the gaze taking the head up and back

Holding here for 5 full breathes, Releasing on an exhalation lowering the torso and legs softening the elbows and lifting back up into downward facing dog.

This Too Shall Pass

I would like to say thank you again to all of my students for your support as I recently took an unscheduled week off.

The longer we live, the more we learn, right?

With time, I have learned a lot about myself and knowing when to put on the brakes and stop whatever it is that I am doing- even if it is teaching my love and passion, and which means tuning in to what my body and emotions are screaming out for (even if it’s not always the most comfortable experience).

It comes down to allowance of self, of acceptance of self and all that makes us who we are…

Allowing whatever feelings that arise within to ‘just be’ that, allowing ourselves to sit with the feelings or emotions and let them be what they are.

At times in my life situations arise that may be considered bad, or good, or sad, and often ignoring these is an easy to trap to fall into to- continuing on with the busy lives that keep us always moving forward.

Somethimes however the fastest and most healing way to move forward from these curveballs is to move through the emotion rather than to push it to the side, only to want to be heard louder and more insistent than before.

Letting it out, in what ever way this looks like is key- having a cry, going for a walk, writing a letter, doing yoga, anything that creates enough space for those emotions to be heard, allowed, and then encouraged to move on through.

For me, I have found huge growth in this area of embracing and allowing the emotions to roll  through rather than trying to control them. Always remembering that this too shall pass.

Moving in our moments, being in the now, and taking time out when we need it can turn rolling with those punches into a beautiful dance with life.

Kale & Quinoa Summer Salad

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Kale & Quinoa Summer Salad,  A go-to for our spring birthday party’s and BBQ’s!

Ingredients

  • 2tbs sesame oil
  • 1 cup kale de-stemmed and diced
  • 3/4 red cabbage shredded and diced (approx. 3 cups)
  • 1 cup cooked quinoa
  • 3/4 cup walnuts, chopped
  • 1/4 cup feta cheese crumbled

Dressing- 1/4 cup chickpeas rinsed and drained combined with 1tbs soy sauce, 2tbs honey, and 1tbs plain greek yoghurt (blend).

To Make

Massage the oil into the kale leaves by hand for approximately 2 minutes. This helps reduce the bitterness and softens the texture of the kale. Add the cabbage, quinoa, walnuts and feta cheese and toss gently to combine.

Add the blended dressing and pour over the salad, toss thoroughly to combine.

Enjoy!

 

Breakfast Smoothie Bowl

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I love the sweet refreshing flavours of this  breakfast bowl, and it’s simplicity means that you can easily create it with your favourite ingredients and seasonal produce.

Ingredients

1/4 cup almond milk

1 frozen banana

1/2 cup blueberries

1/2 tbl spoon of honey

1 tbl spoon chia seeds

1/2 cup of toasted seeds: sunflower, pepitas, almonds

Sliced banana

Sprinkle desiccated coconut

Instructions

Blend milk, berries,  chia seeds, frozen banana and honey. Serve in bowl sprinkled with remaining seeds, sliced banana and coconut.

Enjoy!