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Feed Your Soul

Feed your soul

“Sometimes we are not fed by food but by the energy in our lives… everything is food… We hunger for play, fun, touch, romance, intimacy, love, achievement, success, art, music, self-expression, leadership, excitement, adventure and spirituality” Joshua Rosenthal, Integrative Nutrition.
When I studied with the Institute for Integrative Nutrition I was introduced to the concept of Primary Foods – the idea that there is so much more in life that nourishes us than what we put into our mouths (secondary food).

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Frogtastic Meditation Assistant

A LIttle Frog

Do you practice in a country where mosquitoes are prevalent? There is often a problem with mosquitoes when you are trying to meditate in Asia. You don’t want to put chemical repellent on your skin or breath in the smoke from a coil so you are left with citronella or your own mini mosquito net which can cause over heating. Not much bigger than my fingernail. I spend most of my time in Asia so was delighted when I stumbled across this amazing species of frog

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Sun Salutations Part 2

Shoulder joint

It seems as though I have seen hundreds of variations on how students raise their arms over their head to begin a sun salutation. Although it’s a seemingly simple act, it’s not really. I don’t want to get really nerdy and say how amazing the coordination is at the neuromuscular level, but that is the case. We take for granted that if we are not consciously choosing to create the neuromuscular patterns, the body just does whatever it needs to, to reach the intended goal. As many of you who are teachers have seen, the body isn’t always so good at choosing the best neuromuscular pattern for the long-term.

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Sun Salutations Part 1

Suryatanjore

There is nothing that seems to cross all boundaries of yoga styles as clearly as sun salutations. Of course there are variations on the theme, but it seems that all styles do them. Sun Salutations put movement through all of the joints of the body and moves it in many directions. Perhaps we have a little difficulty in finding say, a twist, but many movements are represented.

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Superfood Focus: Chia Seeds

chia seeds

These tiny black seeds are pretty incredible when you have a look at what they can do for us, from boosting energy to lowering cholesterol. Here’s why you should consider adding chia to your diet… Nutrition: Chia seeds are rich in protein, calcium, fiber and antioxidants, and for those essential omega 3’s they even beat fish oils and flax seeds. They are the highest plant source of omega 3 essential acids. Digestion:
Chia seeds are super easy for us to digest and don’t need to be ground up like flax seeds. Also, because of their high fiber content they aid digestive issues, the way they bulk up when mixed with liquid helps cleanse the intestines.

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Superfoods Focus: Spirulina vs. Chlorella

Spirulina

David Wolfe, leading authority on superfoods and advocate of raw foods and nutritional healing for many years, calls superfoods the ‘Food and Medicine of the Future’, due to their nutrient dense qualities, compared even to high quality foods like organic fruit and vegetables. To optimize health and vitality, superfoods David suggests, give us the biggest bang for our buck by meeting and exceeding all our protein requirements, our vitamin and mineral requirements, glyconutrient requirements, essential fatty acid requirements, immune system requirements, and so much more.

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What’s The Skinny on Fats?

Fats

Not all fats are created equally as we know. There are good and there are bad. Bad fats can indeed make you fat, not to mention bring on a host of other health problems – high cholesterol, risk of heart disease and inflammatory diseases, to name but a few. Good fats on the other hand are not only good – they should be positively embraced for their amazing ability to prevent or slow down certain health issues, in particular the ones associated with ageing.

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Chaturanga

Chaturanga dandasana

About six months ago, the studio where I teach put out an all-call for teachers to submit their own chaturanga “selfies.”Yeah, not one of us responded.Seriously, who wants that posture picked apart on Facebook by a bunch of arm chair anatomy experts in a slew of unending cues as comments … which will inevitably snowball into a debate about shoulders, pain and injury… until next thing you know, some yoga-asana expat will write a scathing blog about it (and Ashtanga) with your picture as the star witness.

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Pumpkin Pie Fudge

Pumkin pie fudge

Inspired by the Thanksgiving pumpkin pie tradition, I’ve been experimenting lately with some unique ways of enjoying this delicious and nutritious vegetable. Pumpkin is loaded with fiber, cancer fighting antioxidants, potassium and vitamin C, while the seeds are high in tryptophan, an amino acid key to serotonin production – the mood enhancer. And it’s orange. And totally versatile as it can be enjoyed sweet or savoury. What’s not to love about pumpkin!

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Mucus Management

Mucus food table

Thought I’d share a few top tips for those of you in wintery climates and potentially suffering from an invasion of the slimy stuff! We all get it from time to time but right now in the Northern Hemisphere is Kapha season when excess coldness, dampness, heaviness and congestion within the body is much more common.

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