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Superfoods Focus: Goji Berries

These gorgeous bright red berries sure pack a punch when it comes to nutritional value. Superfood guru, David Wolfe, describes them as potentially the most nutritionally rich berry-fruit on the planet. Gojis are a powerful antioxidant, a complete protein source, they contain all eight essential amino acids, trace minerals including zinc, iron, copper and calcium, as well as vitamins B1, B2, B6, and vitamin E. They have anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial and anti-fungal compounds.

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Getting Better?

Lotus

In yoga classes we are often learning how to go deeper into poses, learning ways to open the body and how to improve our practice. At the same time we are being told that ‘it’s not about the asana’ and ‘it doesn’t matter how far into a pose you go – be content with where you are now’. How can both of these ideas be right?

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5 Non-Food Tips for Vitality!

Happy Buddha

Eating all the superfoods in world won’t guarantee that you’ll jump out of bed in the morning, full of energy and bounce off the walls with vitality for the rest of the day. My top 5 non-food tips for maximizing your vitality: 1. Sleep, 2. Water , 3. Laughter , 4. Self-care , 5. Movement.

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How to Make Adjustments SAFE

Safe adjusting

Adjustments can be an extremely effective part of the way a yoga teacher communicates with their students. Adjustments can be soft, energetic, enabling and supportive. They should feel GOOD. If an adjustment feels painful or horrible – then something is going very wrong. Here are my suggestions for ensuring your adjustments are safe and effective and compassionate.

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No Meat, No Problem – Protein From Plants

vegetable protein

As a vegetarian yoga practitioner one of my main dietary concerns has always been about getting enough protein. Whilst the majority of people eating a typical western, meat-eating diet need not worry about a lack of protein (quite the opposite, in fact), vegetarians or vegans need to be a bit more mindful. But there are many vegan athletes out there who prove that meat isn’t necessarily the answer. Protein deficiency can show up in a few ways. One common way,…

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Green Is Gold

Veggies

And I’m not just saying that because I’m Irish! Greens in every form are so nutrient rich, you’re instantly on to a winner by adding more of them into your diet. Dark leafy greens in particular. You cannot eat enough of them, unless that’s all your eating of course. Don’t go too wild! Eat a wide variety.

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Top Ten Essential Books for New Yoga Teachers

The Heart of Yoga

Here are my suggestions for the top ten books recommended for newbie Yoga teachers. I’d be very interested to hear other people’s suggestions and ideas…

‘Heart of Yoga’ Desikachar – very beautiful classic intro to yoga. ‘Teaching people not poses’ Jay Fields – great tips on how to find your voice as a teacher.

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Quick, Healthy & Tasty Vegan Nori Rolls

Nori ingredients

Ideal for lunch or a snack, these parcels are protein-packed, loaded with good fats, fibre, vitamins and minerals, filling and ridiculously easy to make. Nori (the edible seaweed used to make sushi) is one of the plant world’s richest sources of protein while also high in fibre, iron and iodine. Leafy greens are full of vitamins, minerals, fibre and antioxidants.

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How Much Water Do I Need?

Water

Our bodies are made up of between 60-75% water and we wouldn’t survive more than a week without it. As they say – water is life. Most people know it’s important yet many are chronically dehydrated and don’t even realize it. So how do you know if you are drinking enough?

Like many things it depends on the individual and a number of key factors such as body type, climate, level of physical activity and current health.

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Growing Up In Backbends

Backbending

I remember as a kid, helping my slightly OCD mom ready our bedsheets to be folded. We would each grab two corners and pull our ends taut, in our efforts to eliminate all the wrinkles and crinkles we could before we began. I kind of think of backbends a little like this lately … as I reach in opposite directions, smoothing out my own bumps and bends, creating the clean length and lines my OCD mom could be proud of. But sometimes it’s confusing. After all, most of us learned to drop back and stand up in a backbend by bending our knees forward to counter our weight as we go back.

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