Sunday, 31 January 2016

Little routine for the the Svadhisthana chakra

This second chakra is about movement, flow, expansion, finding the center, your own place in the world and inside you. Allow for graceful movement. Not too tight. Not too slack.

Pelvic tilts

Feet wide on mat, let knees fall to right , head to left.

Bring ankle onto knee, bring arms around the leg.

Side lying twist.

Downward dog.

Bound angle pose. Feet together.

And of course, always lie down in savasana for a while.

Friday, 29 January 2016

Reboot Day

The other day I was telling my daughter how many things I had to do and how many things I wanted to do. I start clearing one end of my desk and get all kinds of fanciful ideas for other projects. Or I see the pile of wool that I plan to knit with and start planning a crafty project. Oh, and there are those clippings of recipes I want to throw but, well......I haven't even used them yet and there might be some recipe in there that becomes the next family secret recipe. And I have decided to take better care of myself this long winter and not allow myself to completely hibernatie inside the house or yoga studio, but take walks and eat quinoa and more beans. This is what happens to me on a slack day. This is not the busy working day.

My daughter said I need a reboot day. So this became my reboot day. I planned to wake up late but I woke up early. Made more pancakes. Read the paper. Cleaned the toilet and sink. Now what is next? I'm still doing it. What's next, what's next. So, I sat down to review what a reboot is for me. No plans, that's for sure. But I wanted something fresh to eat. Hmmmm. A reboot day to me never includes going anywhere with a car. I therefore walked to the grocery store with Don and his backpack (to carry the groceries). We ate well for lunch. And then the reboot. Even then I started to read a book and it wasn't a novel. Good grief! You know, I think this happens to all of us: we get on a roll and can't stop until something stops us like a cold. I used to do "sick" days before I ever got sick but now the reboot day sounds healthier.

I did it, finally. I lay down on my comfy bed and I stayed there for 3 hours. I looked out the window. Slept. Meditated. Snuggled next to Felix. Stretched. I just got up. I feel fantastic!
The reboot has been successful. 

Sunday, 24 January 2016

Little yoga routine for the Muladhara chakra

We are starting a series at the studio this winter; working with the Chakras. 

Here is a little yoga routine for the first chakra, at the base of the spine.
Muladhara chakra. It's about your very root support or foundation, and survival.

Lie down on your mat. Bring your knees to your chest and gently rock side to side. Feel the earth beneath your back. The earth is the element of the first chakra.

Stretch out one leg along the floor. Using a tie or if you can reach your hand to take a hold of the other foot. Stretch the leg towards the ceiling. Breathe here at least 5 breaths. Bring the leg out to side to where it will comfortably go and breathe another 5 breaths. Feel rooted to the earth wherever your body touches the floor. Repeat on the other side.

Standing, sink the feet into the earth.  Breathe out and gently bend your knees (a little). Breathe in straightening a little. Repeat and pay attention to any trembling that comes to your legs.

Chair pose for at least 5 breaths, keeping tailbone lengthening and belly in towards spine.

From standing to a wide legged goddess squat. Breathe and sink into the earth.

Feel how the earth holds you perfectly!

Friday, 22 January 2016

Coconut and Banana Pancakes

I love pancakes when I have time to make them and to eat them leisurely.
These have no flour and no dairy. They are easy and quick. And above all tasty. They come from a U.K. book called Nourish.

2 ripe medium bananas, roughly chopped
4 whole eggs
2 tbsps honey
70 g desiccated coconut
100 g almond meal (one of those little prepakaged bags in the grocery store nut section)
1/2 tsp baking powder
ghee or coconut oil for cooking

Put the bananas, eggs and honey in a food processor and puree until light and fluffy (or use a bowl and a stick blender). Add the coconut, almond meal and baking powder and beat to combine.

Heat up a little oil on a griddle or fry pan. Cook in batches, allowing a biggish spoonful of mix per pancake - too big and they are hard to flip. Cook thoroughly, about 1 1/2 minutes on each side or when little bubbles start to appear on the surface. I keep them in a warm oven while I am cooking the rest.

I love these with a good thick yogurt and some maple syrup.

Sunday, 17 January 2016

Little yoga routine 4

Welcome to my drawings. 

I will get better. I hope.

For this little routine first warm up with chopping wood or rolling shoulders and swinging arms.
Breathe deeply and inhale arms overhead and stretch the most wonderful stretch. Like a big huge yawn. Repeat as many times as you like. Listen to the body.

Warrior 2, side angle pose, hanging forward bend, squat, rest.

A thought to consider for the new year

Sunday, 10 January 2016

Little yoga routine 3

Keep your pyjamas on for this one.......stir your porridge, or brew your coffee.......

Sunday, 3 January 2016

Little yoga routine 2

Lie on back in restorative rest position: legs bent, feet flat on floor.
Breathe deeply. Watch the breaths like the waves at the beach.

Inhale arms up overhead and lift hips and back off floor into bridge pose. Exhale arms and back down. Continue and lift on inhale and lower the body and arms on exhale. Coordinate movement and breath. Explore the spine with your awareness.

Downward dog


Downward dog

From downward dog simply bring the knees close to floor and let them just hover above floor. Knees are bent. Keep the belly lifted. Make sure you can breathe well.

Lie on belly with arms as pillows. Rest. 

Bend right knee and take a hold of the ankle with your right hand. Lift chest and let the leg lift the shoulder. Half bow pose. Repeat on the other side. 

Bow pose. Both sides together.

Child's pose with knees mat distance apart.

Rest in restorative rest position.


Saturday, 2 January 2016

Reclaiming Rest

Time to go inside. Curl up.
Nature does this. Aren't we nature too?
Rest. Renew.
Nurture yourself.

Hot chocolate
2 cups any kind of milk, cow's, almond, soy.....
2 tbsps unsweetened cocoa powder
1 tbsp sweetener, honey, maple syrup, or agave nectar
1/4 tsp cinnamon
Pinch of nutmeg
Pinch of cayenne 

Pour milk in saucepan. Whisk in cocoa powder, spices, and sweetener while it is heating.
Enjoy with a mate.