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Accessories To Aid Your Yoga Practice

As a Yoga Teacher and practitioner, I feel that students sometimes try to avoid the use of props in classes and that there seems to be a stigma associated with them - perhaps people feel like using props is ‘cheating’ or they’re a kind of ‘training wheel’ for beginners. The other obstacle students face, it that sometimes they don’t understand how to use a prop in a particular pose, so they are unaware that this is an option available to them. The truth of the matter is that we use props to support our practise and safely guide our... Read more
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9 Simple Stretches You Can Do From Your Office Chair

These days many of us spend 8 hours or more at work hunched over a desk or computer, only to come home and resume the same position with our phones or tablets to relax. It is no wonder then that the National Health Priority (NHPA) reports almost 80% of Australians suffer from back pain given this modern tendency to sit for long hours with poor posture. We can however start to reverse the effects of inactivity just by including some simple stretches in our day without any fancy equipment or even a lot of space. Many of these stretches can even... Read more
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Fruity Green Protein Shake

Ingredients: Blend the following well for 3-5 minutes: 1 handful of loose spinach leaves and stems (about 1 cup) 1 cup of strawberries 1/2 scoop protein powder (optional) 1/4 cup oats 6 ice cubes 1/2 cup water Other flavour options: Use different berries Omit the protein powder or use different flavours Omit the oats and use banana and grapes to thicken             Nutrition Disclaimer: This recipe is for the general population. It does not cater for any... Read more
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8 Heart Opening Poses to Add to Your Practices

Written by guest blogger: Danique Hanson Our modern day lives have led to heart opening back bends becoming a vital part of our Yoga practice.  We spend long hours hunching over our computers, smart phones, and steering wheels causing us to slouch forward, rounding our shoulders and craning our necks out like a turtle. Incorporating back bends into our practice can help balance out this modern day posture, while allowing us to release the muscles in the front of our body and lengthening our spine. Here are 8 heart opening back bends... Read more
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Apple & Oat Protein Breakkie Bars

Minutes to prepare: 15 Minutes to cook: 40-50 Serves 12 Ingredients: 1/4 cups rolled oats 1 Tbsp. chia seeds 1 Tbsp. ground flax seeds 2 Tbsp. sunflower seeds 1/4 cup toasted almonds, sliced or slivered 1 scoop Vanilla protein powder 1/8 tsp. nutmeg 1/8 tsp. ground cloves 1/8 tsp. all-spice 1/2 tsp. cinnamon 1/2 apple, diced 2 cups of water 1 egg or substitute egg whites 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract 1/2 cup Greek yoghurt (substitution option: pumpkin) Method: Preheat oven to 180 degrees. Prepare your... Read more
yogi Danique in a yoga pose outdoors

3 Reasons to Cultivate a Regular Yoga Practice

Written by guest blogger: Danique Hanson Image credit: Tess Sampson Photography  The list of benefits from a regular Yoga practice is lengthy - from mental clarity to ridding your system of toxins - but here are my top 3 reasons to bring a regular Yoga practice into your weekly routine. It can not only enhance your body, but also your life! Reduce Stress In this modern day we live high stress lives and when our body is under stress the hormone Cortisol is released. An excess of cortisol in the body can lead to all sorts of... Read more
yogi Niikee in a side crow position

Side Crow Position Demonstration

Watch yogi Niikee demonstrate how to do the side crow position. Benefits of side crow: Side Crow pose strengthens the arms, wrists and shoulders, tones the belly and spine, and as a twisting pose, helps promote detoxification of the body. The pose also helps to improve balance and focus and reminds us to approach our practice with a sense of playful curiosity and a willingness to launch ourselves out of our comfort... Read more
yogi niikee in meditation pose

A Breathing Exercise with Yogi Niikee

Last Updated: 15/11/16 Yogi Niikee takes us through a breathing exercise in this video, showing us exactly how to retreat from the daily grind when you step into the studio. Breathing Exercise with Yogi... Read more
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6 Reasons To Try Barre Attack Today

Last Updated: 15/11/16   Barre workouts are designed to give you a long, lean dancer-like physique. Participants get addicted to the challenge of the workout and they especially love the results they achieve. Remember, to achieve optimal results a well balanced eating plan is also an integral part of the plan. Barre Attack is a dynamic fusion of Pilates, Bal­let and Fit­ness.  It’s an all body work­out using the clas­sic Bal­let Barre that attacks those dreaded prob­lem areas — legs, butt, thighs and arms. Renee... Read more

Choc Beetroot & Berry Smoothie Recipe

Last Updated: 15/11/16 Missing your veggie hit lately? This smoothie will make you feel great, all while helping you achieve your daily veg intake. Make this Choc, Beetroot & Berry Smoothie to feel the benefits of all the natural, antioxidant-rich ingredients! Choc Beetroot & Berry Smoothie Recipe Serves 2 Ingredients: 300mL of chilled coconut water 1 small organic beetroot, skin removed, cut into chunks* 1 cup of frozen mixed berries 1 heaped tablespoon of raw cacao powder 1 large handful of baby spinach 2... Read more