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Mothers Day Pamper Half Day Retreat

Hi everyone! What a month April has been .. gotta say that the level of hectic has been a little overboard haha. Feel the same? If so, do I have the chill out that you have been looking for!
3 hours of pure bliss and relaxation. Solus has teamed up with ASMY to bring about the best Mothers Day Pamper ever. Think yoga asanas, massage, reflexology, vego food, guided meditation, relaxation, uplifting kirtan, chai tea .. and more..

Just $35 for one or $60 for two.

Saturday May 7, from 130 – 430pm. Send us an email to book your spot.

Looking forward to blissing out with you!

Yasi

Get Holistic with a Massage and Yoga Combo

To some of us, it seems like the obvious solution, but for many people the idea of combining natural therapies to bring about lasting and effective change rather than reaching for the panadol and anti-inflammatory drugs doesn’t even cross into the hemisphere of the mind. Let’s investigate how simply combining these therapies could save you a lot of pain, time off work or study, and money.

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First of all, pain relief and drugs to ease inflammation have their place. And no, not just in the back of the medicine cupboard, but for when there is acute pain or inflammation and you don’t know what else to try and it’s 3am then yes, take them if you have them. But in the morning call your therapist and book a massage. Then trot off down to your local yoga school and take a class.

The way these two therapies compliment each other is far out. You come in for a massage, we get everything loose and aligned and released and by the end of the session you are feeling great, the pain is lessened, you have more flexibility, you are calm, happy and feeling well… Then depending on your therapist and your condition, an hour, a day, a week or fortnight later, that pain is back, you are feeling tired and lethargic, cranky, tight and miserable. You don’t want to have to shell out for another massage/physio/insert other therapy here, so you head down to the doctor’s office or chemist, take some pills and place a fluffy bandaid over the problem. (This, actually doesn’t heal the part of the body that is affected by the way, it provides Symptomatic Relief only, so eventually, you will find your self back at the massage/physio/hospital most likely worse off then you were before)

Enter yoga. yoga8

You have a treatment, feel amazing then go to your local yoga school (ASMY is my recommendation) and you take an easy or gentle class where you can explain your pain to the teacher and they can ensure you are working safely. You stretch and strengthen the area on a regular basis and boom! Your treatments step down gradually to monthly maintenance, your chemist bill shrinks, your mood improves dramatically and you are moving around pain free.

How does this happen?
Yoga keeps the body mobile and in correct alignment. It works on your posture and strengthens and stretches the whole of the body. It stabilises your core and builds muscle and internally heats and warms the body as well. When coupled with a massage treatment, which gives the initial repair, the yoga asanas can help to maintain this state and improve on it further. It’s like when you take some cheese out of the oven.. if you keep it warm the cheese stays soft and malleable, you can move and mould it easily. If you let it sit on the bench or in the freezer it becomes hard and brittle and does not bend, or flex even though it was so bendy when it was warm.

The same goes for just doing yoga without a massage. Sometimes you need to get in deep and specifically into the muscle or area that is causing the problem, while you can stretch generally, it is difficult to pinpoint a few fibres through yoga asanas. So the most benefit is the combination of both. Try it.

You don’t even need to go every day. A massage weekly to start and yoga a couple of times a week is okay, although chances are you will feel so good after a class that you will be chasing that feeling, and you know what ? That’s fine. Being addicted to feeling your best is okay when you are doing it safely and with your optimal health and well being in mind.

 

 

 

Egg Free Peanut Butter Cookies

At the risk of turning this into a cooking blog, here is another recipe!

As a vegetarian, it is sometimes a bit tricky to bring traditional flavours and cooking methods to the table and last night was no different.. I was heading out to help give a class/ share some kirtan with some  new friends, and at the last minute decided I needed to take something yummy to share. I looked around for something quick to make, (as usual  I had 30mins or less before leaving time) and my eye caught on the peanut butter jar. Hrmmm I’m sure making cookies with this is better than offering the jar to people, maybe!

I don’t eat wheat or sugar,  but I do cook a lot for others, so fortunately there was some of both in the freezer and pantry. Cookies sometimes confuse me because I don’t eat eggs, and they need to be stuck together somehow.. Turns out peanut butter is a great glue! This is what I came up with..

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  • Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup crunchy peanut butter
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 & 1/4 cup self raising flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Method

  1. Preheat oven to 190 degrees C. Line cookie sheet with baking paper
  2. Mix the butter, peanut butter,  brown sugar and milk until smooth and fully combined.
  3. Add the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt to the peanut butter mixture and mix until well blended.
  4. Roll cookies into small balls and spread out on cookie sheet. Flatten with a fork that has been dipped in flour. Bake at 190 degrees C for 10 to 12 minutes.

It’s important to use the fork and to cross press them, this stops them from cracking .. somehow. These cookies resemble shortbread, so they don’t travel that well.. but you will probably eat them before you could pack them into a container anyway. Especially delicious with a glass of creamy milk.

 

 

 

Delicious Goji Berry Bliss Balls

What is a goji berry anyway? This was my question when I came across them in the supermarket recently.. A little investigation turned up that these tiny red berries are a nutritional powerhouse. Packed with all 8 amino acids, protein, iron and fibre as well as many trace elements it’s no wonder this humble berry has finally found it’s way onto the world stage.
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Not only is it good for you, but the health benefits are also amazing, as to be expected from such a well built food the Goji is used to assist with inflammation, bacterial and fungal infections. As a powerful antioxidant it boosts the immune system and increases strength and longevity.

You can get these guys at your local supermarket, and use them dry or soak for a while (use the soaking water in the recipe where possible to retain all the goodness!)

The Delicious Goji Berry Bliss Balls

Ingredients:gojiball

  •  2 tbs Cacao powder
  •  4 tbs goji berries
  • 1 cup almonds or almond meal
  • 1 cup dates
  • 2 tbs coconut oil
  • 4 tbs coconut
  • extra coconut for rolling
  • Please note, these amounts are approximate

 

Method:

  1. Put dates in a small bowl and cover with hot water, allow to soak whilst you measure other ingredients.
  2. Grind almonds to a coarse powder in food processor skip this step if using almond meal
  3. add dates, goji berries, cacao, coconut and coconut oil and blend until combined
  4. using wet hands roll small amounts of the mixture into marble sized balls.
  5. Roll in coconut and enjoy!
  6. Refrigerate leftovers for up to 1 week. (if they will last that long without you eating them!)

And we are live!

Yes it is 9:43pm on a Sunday night and I have just gotten home after a giant weekend of awesome treatments at the Health and Harmony Expo, and a huge fun time at the Mantra Room and what do I find ? That my dear friend Noven has fixed all of the IT things and now you can see my shiny new website 🙂

This makes me feel very relieved and pleased and still a little exhausted  haha!

So please add this blog to your favourites and stay tuned for all of the exciting updates to come, (updates that are hopefully more exciting than this one! ) And browse through the site to find information about me and what I’m trying to do here.

More soon,

Yasi

 

 

 

That took a little longer than expected!

But all good things do right?

Since I posted here back in October so much has happened.. There has been the very almost completion of some yoga asana teacher training, a good month or two where there was kirtan (mantra meditation) almost every night, 2 retreats, Christmas, more yoga classes, meditation classes and the end of some study and of course all of the usual things here at home, with Solus, and the meditation centre. Lots of busy times and lots of awesome learning and forward movement. Not all busy though, as I got to spend 11 days in the forest contemplating and breathing and bending in a place that could have been in a fairytale – this was the view from my front door…

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No wonder the website got put on the back burner! But, here we are, and I have just asked my IT guy to tell me how to run my domain over this blog and then you all will be able to share this blog and my adventures in business and in fun!

Until then!