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Health Matters

How to Practise Tadasana or Samasthiti (in Daily Life as Well as Class)

Samasthiti or tadasana helps us create awareness of our “normal” posture. It can help us realise the habits we have slipped in to, the strength we have lost; the tension we might naturally hold on to in order to try to keep ourselves upright.

Tadasana translates to mean mountain pose whereas samasthiti means “upright” or “equal”. In other words, to establish a sense of power and relaxation in a dynamic yet soft way. Tadasana and samasthiti represent a kind of “proforma” for all the standing poses. What we do in these poses, we try to recreate in most of the other standing postures in some way.

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Mango & Cashew Salad

The original creator of this salad was Neil Perry for the SMH’s Good Weekend magazine. It’s so tangy and delicious that I make it all the time, but I generally never follow recipes to the letter so it always changes a bit depending on what I have. Neil’s original recipe for example was with macadamias but […]

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When you Squeeze, your Organs Wheeze!

The Secret to all Balances….? In a fitness or yoga class situation, if you are instructed to “engage your core” what do you automatically do? Chances are you will tighten and/or squeeze something. Or even a lot of things – and it would take a lot more than a few lines of text here to […]

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Raw Chocolate Organic Fruit & Nut Energy Bites

Finally, here is the recipe for the raw chocolate energy bars I made a few weeks ago as sustenance on an almost 30k walk without having to stop to eat a meal. I wanted to take something that was easy to nibble on the go, wouldn’t feel too filling and contained all the essential ingredients […]

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Building Resilience

“When you have a problem, see if you can find out for yourself why you have a problem“ – SHUNRYU SUZUKI During the 70s and 80s when I was growing up in the UK I don’t remember children’s feelings being indulged at all. At least not in my world. Many of us were told to […]

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