Are you confused about eating fats? There are plenty of natural sources of healthy fats such as a group of fatty acids called MCFA’s – medium-chain fatty acids alsoreferred to as MCT’s medium-chain triglycerides. What makes these good for us? Researchers believe these fatty acids fight against obesity by keeping body fat from accumulating.
Base 2 cups raw almonds 1 cup desiccated coconut 1 ½ cups pitted medjool dates, chopped Caramel 1 cup pitted medjool dates, chopped 1 T melted raw coconut oil ¼ cup filtered water 1 vanilla pod de-seeded/ 1 t Madagascar vanilla extract/ .5 t vanilla powder ½ t himalayan rock salt Minted Chocolate Ganache 4 T melted raw virgin organic coconut oil ½ cup raw cacao powder 5 T raw local honey 2 drops doTERRA Peppermint Essential Oil*(optional) Handful pistachio…
I hear all the time “I cannot afford the time, money or ingredients for raw/wholefoods lifestyle”. Really? If you have time to stand in-line and order an extra skinny-soya-double-shot-frappucino-with-hazelnut-syrup before work and a chicken mayonnaise baguette at lunch-time, then not only do you have the money, patience and time to make a protein-packed smoothie for breakfast, and a hearty nutritious salad for lunch, you also have money left over to start buying the core essentials for your wholefoods larder at home!
Yoga is a state of being in which we experience ourselves as whole and present. To train ourselves in the state of yoga, we include the practice of physical movements for we are physical beings. We experience and express ourselves through a physical body, therefore, every so called spiritual practice must include the body in one way or another to be truly wholesome.
A common question asked by yoga students is ‘where should I feel this’. This is often harder to answer than it might seem.
Firstly bodies are complicated things! The old model of individual muscles moving or restricting a single joint is now largely thought to be too simplistic. The body has come to be seen as a system of inter-connecting or even continuous lines of muscles.
Arm balancing postures and positions such as the Cataranga Dandasana (the push-up) can be very exhilarating. They can energise you by increasing your circulation and they are also good at developing chest, arm and core strength. When done correctly they can really help relieve and prevent back and neck pain and can give direct stimulation to the heart and lungs.
These are my modest and provisional notes on the subject of hypermobility, the issues of flexibility in yoga, being able to sustain a yoga practice and specifically practicing Yin yoga.
When I first taught yoga in 2001, I did not know what hypermobility or being too flexible meant. I remember Richard Freeman saying in June 2005, “the curse of flexibility and the blessing of stiffness”. I didn’t get it at the time.
Many yoga practitioners instinctually know to engage their inner thigh muscles (adductors) in backbends to prevent their knees from falling out to the sides. Let’s examine how we can utilise this action to ignite our core, expand our backward arch and experience simultaneously more stability and spaciousness in backbends. The adductor muscles of the inner thigh are part of our axial core.