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Oat Bath Soak

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Dream bath with the dream view! Ahhh

Dream bath with the dream view! Ahhh

Yes, you may be used to having them for breakfast, however they have other uses! We all know that oats are high in fibre, particularly beta-glucan which helps to lower cholesterol re-absorbtion, oats are a delicious wholegrain and complex carbohydrate.

While a piping hot bowl of oatmeal for breakfast can keep us going and assists is making us feel fuller for longer, it also contains anti-inflammatory and antioxidants, making it an ideal salve for dry skin.

Ingredients:

1 cup finely ground oats, 2-3 drops a good carrier oil like jojoba, sweet almond, or  hemp.

oatmeal, ready for your bathtub

oatmeal, ready for your bathtub

Method:

After running your bath, scatter the oats and oil in the water, gently mix for a minute or two, until the water turns milky. hop in and enjoy!

Add a few drops of a quality carrier oil like Jojoba.

Add a few drops of a quality carrier oil like Jojoba.

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Breathe, Be Still & Rest

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  • imagesWalk barefoot on the earth each day to ground yourself
  • Enjoy 10 minutes of sunshine each day for a boost of vitamin D
  • Reduce chemicals in your home using natural cleaners
  • Use a shower filter that reduces 99% of chlorine which is toxic when heated
  • Meditate for at least 10 minutes each day
  • Get good quality, deep sleep each nightimages
  • Live with passion
  • Find the positives in situations
  • Laugh and smile for no reason
  • Spend quality time with loved ones, family & friends

Before you reach for the sugar or caffeine hit!

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The food we eat has a direct result on our health and                                                                                                               our emotional life. Sometimes even when weOxgenate your life maintain a generally healthy diet, we can hurt ourselves in other ways. For instance, hands up who does this – when we feel a little tired we look for a quick boost by reaching for caffeine or sugar to “pick up” our mood. But these substances often create “crashes” that leave us feeling worse than we did to begin with. These substances create a roller coaster of high and lows. No balance here!

Take some time and think about whether you really should have that third cup of coffee or biscuit. How about a cup of green tea and an apple.

What about some exercise. Once again, your new found yoga/pilates/good health routine practice practice can help. The next time you need a pick-me-up, don’t automatically reach for that not so helpful dietary crutch. Instead, try a natural stimulant, for example a quick walk in the sunshine, some deep breaths of fresh air, or your favourite yoga/pilates/good health poses like a few sun salutes of spinal twists. Your favourite breathing technique can also assist (in yoga we use can pranayama) can also help oxygenate—and wake up—your body and mind. Go the natural way, your body and mind will thank you.

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You have to start somewhere!

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You’ve heard all your friends talking about yoga and pilates. You’ve seen the differences it has made in the lives and bodies in people close to you—and heard about how it’s helped practically anyone who’s anyone in sport and even in Hollywood. You’re finally motivated to start your own practice, but where? Have a look around your neighbourhood and ask your friends. Most places will let you do an introductory class without signing up long term. Many have casual sessions that you enroll in on the day. There is plenty of information on the web including YouTube videos you can watch and join in. When we travel we take our yoga mats with us as take on luggage. We always have a look around where ever we are and if there is a class we attend. It is fun and you meet some great people. Especially if you make this a habit when you travel overseas. Here in Western Australia Samudra down in Dunsborough is a favourite food and yoga haunt of ours. Locally in Greenwood Bloom welcomes casuals. These are two of many.
Check it out – a new world awaits you! Plus most casual classes you do not nee a BYO mat –

The sooner you start—and stick to—a yoga or pilates routine the sooner you’ll reap the vast benefits of the practice. Your body will thank you. Your mind will thank you. Your soul will thank you.

Deep peace to you on your journey today.

Shiva Rae assisting me in getting into a forearm stand

Shiva Rae assisting me in getting into a forearm stand

Jorn being assisted by Demetri in attaining a good stance

Jorn being assisted by Demetri in attaining a good stance

Yoga at every stage of our lives!

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Vinyassa YogaIs it time for you to take up yoga? A consistent yoga practice supports women physically, emotionally, and spiritually—but adapting your practice to meet your needs is vital. While you can enjoy a challenging yoga regimen at any age, you’ll get the most from a practice tailored to the present—in other words, customized for your stage in life and how you’re feeling on any given day. Taking time to be aware of what’s happening in your life, in your body, and with your emotions is the key to getting the most from what yoga can offer you, all through your life.

Quick guide:

Adolescence: Start off with a dynamic sequence to release energy, then quiet the body and mind with seated poses and forward bends.

Childbearing years: Now’s the time to take up meditation. Studies show that 20 minutes of meditation twice a day lowers blood pressure, decreases anxiety, and improves both sleep and memory.

Perimenopause: Inversions can relieve stress and insomnia; twists can relieve fatigue and depression; forward bends help ease irritability and anxiety.

Postmenopause: Weight-bearing poses may help keep your bones strong and improve joint function. And a consistent asana practice can help maintain your range of motion and flexibility.

a message from the Yoga Journal