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Staying mindful in daily life: An observation

Balancing asanas can bring an amazing sense of freedom, strength and discipline but can be challenging – mostly for the mind. We pick a point to focus on but then the mental commentary starts, and rattles us!

Quite often we hear a lot of utterances of annoyance and frustration around us at this part of the practice too. Digging a bit deeper, this reveals a lot about our mental commentary or sense of ‘ahimsa’ (non-violence) toward ourselves, not just in practice,` but also in daily life. Practicing Ahimsa is one of the foundations of a well rounded yoga practice, and bringing our awareness to how this can be tested helps us develop not just our practice but also our inner peace and resilience. 

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A calming and warming chai recipe..

Try this spiced and sweet chai to stay warm and energised as we approach the end of Autumn and the start of Winter..  ​​​​​​​

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups filtered water

  • 4 green cardamom pods (crushed)

  • 2 whole cloves

  • 1 whole star anise pods

  • 1 cinnamon sticks or 1 tsp ground cinnamon

  • 1 tsp whole fennel seeds

  • 1 tsp grated fresh ginger
 (optional)

  • 1 cup almond, rice or seed milk

  • Raw organic sugar or Sucanat 

Directions
:

1. In a large saucepan, boil water over high heat….

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Upayoga samstha - ayurvedic guidelines on how to eat

Ayurveda reveres fire or agni - it is the metaphor for all metabolic functions in the body. Agni plays a vital role in our digestion, perception, taste, touch, hearing, sense of vitality, mental clarity and alertness. When agni and the functions it supports are balanced it brings about a beneficial state of health. We are sharper, clearer, more energetic and strong and feel more cheerful, confident and optimistic. When agni is imbalanced we typically feel an imbalanced state of health – heavy, slow, congested, sluggish, dull and experiencing frustration, anger, and fear.
 

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Coconut sago pudding

We have a few good weeks of summer left, so lets celebrate with sweet and light summer dessert!

This is a traditional Sri Lankan dessert, Sago pudding – made with sago and coconut milk and spiced with cinnamon. It is cooling and sweet so is excellent for calming the hot and fiery pitta dosha that flares up in summer.

Kapha dosha can be aggravated with the cooling and sweetness so anyone trying to manage kapha please consume only small amounts. It can be taken warm to manage vata dosha and the softness and sweetness can soothe a dry vata imbalance but again, small portions are best.

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