Ayurveda Spring Clean! Tips for a Healthy Spring

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Spring is upon us and as the seasons change so should our diet and activities. Whilst the winter months ask for more settling and hibernation, Spring is the time to cleanse ourselves of that, making ourselves feel lighter in energy before summer hits.

Ayurveda is all about bringing ourselves in to balance, balancing out the effect of the seasons as well as internal and external influences.

Here are some great tips to help you get started:

1) Add more bitter vegetables, herbs and spices to your diet. In spring we start to strengthen and clean out the liver and Bitter foods are said to help a struggling liver. “Bitter herbs cause a reflexive secretion of gastric juices and tone the muscles of the digestive tract. They also support detoxification by helping the liver process incoming nutrients and filter impurities from circulation.” Nadya Andreeva

Examples of bitter foods are: Turmeric,  Bitter Gould, Spinach, Kale, Chard, Broccolli and Watercress

2) Flush Your System with Liquids In Winter our bodies tend to retain liquids – making us feel heavier, and a bit lazier, so in Spring we want to flush that out. Starting your day with plenty of warm water will help that. Try drinking 750ml of water with the juice of half a lemon or lime each morning before you consume anything else. Your body builds up toxins throughout the night so in the morning, before we add to them we want to cleanse them from the body.

How: Warm water with lemon each morning, and a glass of water one hour before each meal. Sip on Ginger tea to stimulate movement of energy and digestion.

3) Add spice to your Meals Add some spice to meals to help stimulate energy within the body. Spices detoxify your lymph, blood, kidneys and bowels.

Examples are chilli powder, cayenne pepper, mustard seeds etc.

4) Get Moving As toxins are stored in the body, within our muscles, in our fat cells, in our joints we want to exercise all of these things to allow the toxins to be eliminated. The key is to get moving every single day. If all you do is sit – even for just one day, it gives the toxins a chance to manifest and settle within the body.

Allow the energy to move through your body - Come to yoga! If you can’t make it then do 10 rounds of sun salutes at home.

Go for a walk outside at lunchtime and breath in the fresh air.  Walk to work instead of taking the train. There are so many ways to incorporate movement in to your life.

If you don’t think you can do it then join the One Month Transformation happening at Yoga Village in September. You will receive recipes, cooking tips and yoga practice tips to help you stay on track and keep motivation high. For more details click here.

5) Body Brush & Oil Massage Before your shower each day use a natural body brush in circles over your skin to stimulate detoxification within the skin cells. Before bed give yourselves an oil massage using coconut oil or almond oil, again using large circular movements all over the body.

6) Introduce a little more raw food to your diet. Whilst winter is a time for warm food (stews soups etc) in Spring we need to combine those cooked foods with something raw. With each meal add either a small raw salad, or a piece of juicy sweet fruit to create that balance between winter and summer.

7) Get outside and breath! Whilst we don’t want to expose ourselves to too much sun we do need vitamin D to help the energy levels. Try to get 10 minutes of sun each day to help build up after a season of being inside. Breath the fresh air deeply in to your lungs!

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Inspire Your Yoga Practice & FLY! A Masterclass with Jordan Thackray

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DATE: OCT 11, 2014
FROM: 2:30 PM - 5:00 PM
LOCATION: POTTS POINT Yoga Village
 
 
Join Jordan Thackray for a fun workshop to help you create fluidity, confidence and joy within your Hatha Vinyasa practice.
 
This workshop will work with pranayama, meditation and Kirtan to bring joy and fearlessness to your practice.
 
Amongst other things we will explore the following ideas within an asana practice:
 
  • Finding and working with a mantra
  • Allowing yourself to be seen with clarity
  • Clear vision, perspective and creating a more purposeful abundant life
  • How this applies to your yoga practice
When: October 11th 2:30pm-5pm
Investment: $60 (members receive 5% discount)
Location: Yoga Village, Potts Point, 2/20 Darlinghurst Road
 

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Easy Escape - Summer Yoga Retreat with Nadia Rihani

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Weekend Retreat - February 06-08, 2015
Join Nadia Rihani this summer for a weekend of yoga, relaxing by the pool, swimming in the river and eating delicious locally sourced food.
 
Held at Yanada, 90 minutes from Sydney's CBD, this retreat will be a fun and relaxing escape from daily life at home.

Activities
Daily yoga practices will keep you active and challenged, the locally sourced food (mostly grown on site) will keep you nourished and with grounds that offer a pool, amazing walks (it is on the national park) and riverfront access there are enough escapes to keep you occupied whilst chilling out.

Accommodation
The comfortable accommodation is in shared rooms (not dorms), each bed is fitted with plush sheets and pillows, catering to your homely luxuries.
 
Transport
You are responsible for getting to the retreat however a car pool will be arranged for those who do not have access to a car. From Sydney CBD the retreat is 90 minutes by car or by public transport.
 
This retreat will include:
  • 2 Nights Accommodation
  • 2 X Yoga Classes (Suitable for Mixed Levels)
  • 1 X Yoga Workshop
  • 1 X Restorative Yoga Class
  • Daily Meditation
  • All Meals
  • Plus a couple of surprises!
 
Investment
  • $530 Paid in full before 31 December 2014
  • $590 Bookings completed after 31 December 2014
  • Please note that non refundable $200 deposit is required to hold your place.
Book Now

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Raw Sugar-free Salted Nut Butter Cups (Faster than running to the shops to get chocolate!)

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On rainy days like this I have trouble fighting my sweet cravings so rather than walk outside, in the rain to buy something that is full of sugar, I decided to try something for myself. I started following this recipe on the 'Julia & Libby' blog (one of my personal favourites) but I lacked all the ingredients so deviated from the plan. The result was amazing! I used silicone muffin trays but if you don't have them you will need to line a muffin tray with baking paper or cupcake papers.


You'll Need


For the Bottom Layer:

  • 3/4 cup Nut Butter - Any will do. (I used a combo of all natural peanut butter, as well as one I quickly whipped up in the food processor with Almonds, Macadamia and Cashews)
  • 1/2 Cup Unhulled Organic Tahini (if you don't have it then add extra nut butter instead)
  • 1 Tbsp organic Coconut Syrup or your sweetener of choice (e.g. rice malt syrup, Maple Syrup, 8 drops of Stevia)
  • 3 Tbsp melted organic coconut oil


For the Top Layer:

  • 1/2 Cup Raw Cacao Powder
  • 1 Tbsp Organic Coconut Syrup or your sweetener of choice  (e.g. rice malt syrup, Maple Syrup, 8 drops of Stevia)
  • 1/3 Cup Melted Organic Coconut Oil
  • 1/4 Cup Cocao Nibs
  • Sprinkle of Sea Salt

Method:

In a large bowl mix up all the ingredients for the bottom layer except the coconut oil and then when well combined add the melted coconut oil and mix through (it saves time before the coconut oil starts setting).

Place one desert spoonful in each muffin mould and smooth over so it forms a layer rather than a lump. Then place in the freezer while you prepare the top layer.

Clean and dry the bowl and then mix all the ingredients for the top layer (except coconut oil and sea salt) until well combined, then add the melted coconut oil. Mix well and then start moving quickly!

Place one small spoonful of the chocolate mixture in each mould, on top of the nut butter and then smooth over until completely covered. You'll need to move quickly before the chocolate sets in the bowl. Once complete sprinkle a tiny tiny bit of sea salt on top of each one and place them in the freezer to set.

They set in about 15/20 minutes and need to be stored in the freezer so they don't melt...

Let's see how long these last :)

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Master Class with Dan Fanthorpe - Consciousness VS Matter with Guest Teacher

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I am super happy to be hosting my friend and teacher Dan Fanthorpe for a yoga workshop series at Yoga Village Potts Point! Dan has run sell out workshops at Yoga Village for the last 3 years so be quick if you would like to sign up.

Consciousness VS Matter

Asana asks us explore the hidden strengths that lay beneath the play of the mind (duality).

A fun workshop designed to challenge your weaknesses through the energy of Asana & Pranayama.

We will learn how to direct energy of vayu’s, bandha’s & Kryia’s so your practice becomes balanced on all levels.

All welcome

Please bring a towel and water.

Investment: $95

(Members receive 5% discount)

Sign Up!!

About Dan Fanthorpe

Dan has been practicing yoga for over 25 years and teaching for 16 years. He has a background in classical Hatha yoga, including Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga, Meditation and Yoga Therapy.

Dan has been blessed by his teacher to teach the Ashtanga Yoga Method as set out by Sri K Pattabhi Jois and Sharath Jois. He is qualified as a Authrized level 2 teacher.

Dan spends most of his time in Newcastle, but travels back to India each year to spend time with his teacher Sharath Jois at KPJAYI in Mysore, India. Dan also teachers workshops and retreats Internationally.

Dan believes that Yoga works on creating a balanced body to live in and a balanced mind to live with.

Yoga allows us to extract the Dharma (practice) from the Dramas in everyday life.

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