Teatime For Yogis

If there’s two things that I love equally and intensely in my life… it’s yoga and tea.

Both are consumed multiple times daily, both are wonderful for my physical and mental wellbeing, and both rituals bring such delicate and elegant joy to my day ❤

I was chatting with my friends at Your Tea recently about the similarities between TCM meridians, prana flow and the chakras. When it comes to alternative and holistic health practices, everything seems to just… fit.

Over the last week I have focused on a few chakra opening poses to get the prana flowing through any blockages occurring along the astral spine (through which the chakra points are placed within the body).

I’ve paired these all with a cup of tea – let me know what you think!

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Pose One: Navasana variation 

Navasana, or the ‘boat pose’ is a wonderful balancing posture engaging your core. I have made this posture more restorative by supporting myself by wrapping the arms around the back of the thighs.

The benefits of this asana include:

  • Strengthens the abdomen, hip flexors, and spine
  • Stimulates the kidneys, thyroid and prostate glands, and intestines
  • Helps relieve stress
  • Improves digestion
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Manipura Chakra (Solar plexus/navel)

This chakra is physically associated with digestion, metabolism, digestive fire; and emotionally with feelings of assertiveness, decision making, risk taking and belly laughs!

By activating our core and maintaining the contact of the thighs to the belly, we are massaging and toning the lower abdominal organs (allowing fresh, nutrient rich blood to be delivered to these areas), as well as strengthening the lower back!

My tea selection for this posture is Energy Tea – to help you kickstart your day and give you the strength and determination to assert yourself in the home or office!

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Pose Two: Utthan Pristhasana (Lizard Pose)

Every yogi’s favourite love/hate relationship: hip openers! The hips and pelvis are home to Svadisthana (the sacral chakra). Here in these tight hip flexors and glute muscles we store so much tension and plenty of emotional baggage! Long, deep holds are necessary to work deeper into these areas in order to achieve a great release. Try warming up with a vinyasa flow before settling in for some Yin style stretching 🙂

Svadisthana Chakra (Sacral chakra)

Svadisthana chakra is a place of vulnerability, creativity, and compassion. Emotional traumas can be stored here, so don’t be alarmed by feelings that pop up that you might have been unprepared for. Be brave and face these feelings, be mindful and observe them without judgment. These is also where we connect sensually with others and foster loving kindness (towards ourselves, and all beings).

My tea recommendation? Well, we ladies go through a lot, and sometimes we need a helping hand. Your Tea’s Fertility Tea can assist with hormonal or reproductive issues, and help you restore balance to your natural cycle.

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Pose three: Salamba Sirsasana (supported headstand) 

If you are a brand new yogi, please practice this under the guidance of a yoga teacher!

Supported headstand along with various inversions allows us to calm the mind, reducing stress, anxiety and depression. It can be therapeutic for sinus troubles, infertility, headaches and insomnia. When practiced correctly it can be very restorative and relaxing!

Visuddha Chakra (Throat Chakra)

Visuddha is our centre of self expression, of speaking up for ourselves and communicating effectively. Opening up the chakra in this asana can assist us in being more open and honest, more creative, and assists us to self-actualise. Balancing visuddha improves thyroid health, neck and jaw issues, and reduces stress.

To assist further in the lymphatic drainage and youth restoring properties of this asana, pair it with a cup of Anti-C Tea to boost your revitalisation for the day!

Don’t forget to finish up with savasana and a lovely cup of Sleep Tea!

I hope you enjoy these combinations, please comment below and let me know what you think, and what your favourite chakra balancing postures are!

Lexie x

As always, please practice safely and under supervision of a yoga teacher where needed. This is not a paid post – I just really love tea!

 

Coconut Curry Noodle Bowl

Lately I have been craving anything warm and full of vegies – in particular curries and stirfries! I stumbled across this recipe from Pinch Of Yum and knew I had to try it out!

I made this for Sam & I when he had a full-blown flu and I had the warning signs of one, for an extra nourishing nutrient boost. We also have been enjoying my warming Ginger Elixir every night. Sam usually has a slice of lemon instead of adding maple syrup, the sweet tooth is not as strong in that one 😉

To make this recipe low FODMAP friendly I did have to make a few subs, including having to make my own red curry paste.

I adapted the curry paste recipe from Cook Like A Cave Woman, and this made enough curry paste to make the Curry recipe twice over (which I did this week – I’m obsessed).

Low FODMAP, DF + DF Red Curry Paste adapted from here 

  • 1/4 cup shallots (green part only)
  • 1 thumb size piece of ginger, sliced
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 tbsp chilli powder
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 3/4 tsp ground coriander seeds
  • 1/4 tsp organic ceylon cinnamon
  • 1 tsp himalayan salt
  • 1/4 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp organic raw sugar
  • 4 tbsp coconut cream
  • 2 tbsp fresh lime juice

I added all ingredients to my NutriBullet and blended well until combined! It made about 4 1/2 tablespoons of paste.

I then moved on to make my Coconut Curry! Here’s what you’ll need:

For the curry:

  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • 2 shallots (green part only), sliced
  • 1 tbsp fresh ginger, minced
  • 2 tbsp homemade curry paste (as above)
  • 1 x 400ml can of coconut milk
  • 1/2 Sue Shepherd Vegetable Stock
  • 3 tsp organic raw sugar
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce OR coconut aminos

To complete the curry:

  • 1 x 400g packet Pandaroo Brown Rice Noodles (you can find these at Woolworths in the Asian food section, and they are delish!)
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil OR garlic infused olive oil
  • 1 cup chopped broccoli florets
  • 1 cup grated carrot
  • 1 cup chopped purple cabbage
  • sesame seeds for topping
  • a few handfuls of fresh basil to stir through at the end – this is optional.
  1. To prep your noodles, boil some salted water. When it reaches the boil, add the noodles and slightly reduce the heat. Make sure you stir them as they cook!
  2. For your sauce, heat the coconut oil in a large pan or wok. Add the shallots & ginger, stir fry for 3-5 minutes. Add the curry paste and stir fry for 1 minute. Then add the coconut milk, sugar, soy sauce, and vegetable stock. Simmer for 15-20 minutes, stirring often. This should thicken slightly. Whilst you’re simmering – get chopping!
    -Because I’m a slow chopper, and I used this time for cleaning up time too, my sauce is usually done simmering by the time I’m ready to cook my vegies. I transferred the sauce to a bowl to save using another pan to stirfry the vegies, plus it’s extra tasty to cook your vegies in a nice saucy wok!-
  3. Heat the oil over medium high heat and add the chopped vegies. Stir fry for about 5 minutes until the broccoli goes bright green. Add the noodles and toss around in the pan with the vegies. Add the sauce and toss together until just combined. If you cook it too long at this point, the noodles might get too sticky.

Serve topped with sesame seeds, a squeeze of lime and some basil leaves.

 

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Notes; I have also tried this recipe with GF pad thai rice noodles, so if you can’t find brown rice noodles they will do the trick! I used garlic infused olive oil on the vegies for a bit of extra flavour. Coconut oil works just as well 🙂 I am obsessed with fresh basil, and as I had a whole bag of it, I mixed the whole lot through! The original recipe called for fish sauce and chilli sauce, which I chose not to use as I didn’t have a low FODMAP alternative in my pantry.

I bought my produce from the Jan Powers Farmers Market last Saturday morning. The vegies were bright and beautiful! I’ll definitely be making it my regular produce run 🙂

Let me know if you tried this recipe & what you thought of it!

 

 

Lexie x

Core Reformer by Raw Pilates

Beautifully appointed in a freshly renovated space, you’ll feel like you’re stepping into your own private world of Pilates!

Last Saturday I had the pleasure of visiting Rachel’s boutique Pilates Reformer studio in Graceville.

Beautifully appointed in a freshly renovated space, you’ll feel like you’re stepping into your own private world of Pilates!

We soon got to work on a core routine that has my abs feeling a bit delicate days later! Rachel has a knack for customising your workout to your personal goals and fitness level. You can complete a challenging workout without feeling overwhelmed or overworked.

The space only caters for intimate group classes, so you can expect a consistent level of attention at each and every class.

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Located on aptly named Central Ave, Raw Pilates is walking distance to cafes and coffee shops, making it the perfect Saturday morning routine. Grab a friend, have an all over body shaping workout, then relax with a coffee!

 

 

 

Click here to book your class!

Top: Lorna Jane
Leggings: Lululemon
Sports Bra: Kmart

 

Lexie x

March on

Mid way through the month of March I was complaining that I “never had time to read” now that I was an adult.

As a child and through my teenage years I was constantly devouring book after book at every waking moment. I remember Mum would often lament her own lack of reading time.

I thought the notion of “not having time to read” was unimaginable. And then… I grew up. Full time work, part time study, exercise, housework and more now fill my days, and like nearly every other privileged person on the planet I have a hideous Facebook addiction that consumes my spare moments.

I decided to commit myself to slowly replace my online time with quality reading time, and to conquer at least one book per month.

I have begun my challenge with The Queen’s Necklace by Alexandre Dumas, and although I didn’t complete it within the month as planned, the simple pleasure of once again making reading a regular habit is enough of a win for one day 🙂

If you’ve found yourself in a similar situation, or have some reading recommendations for me, please leave a comment below!

 

Happy reading,

Lexie x

 

Body Appreciation Post Pt I

Everyone has their insecurities… I know I certainly have a few up my sleeve. But intermittently, I am able to rein these in and remember to be grateful to have a healthy, active, and functional body – when it chooses to behave itself, that is!

One body part I have always been okay with, are my hands.

 

 

I’ve often struggled with feeling too tall, or having bigger feet than all my high school girlfriends, or feeling a bit too clumsy with my big hips. But I never minded having long, lanky hands!

These hands have held my friends and family close, have stroked my dog Lacey when we said our final goodbye, they’ve reached the piano and flute keys (yet never mastered the guitar) and they have guided my horse Sarah safely when I would ride in the afternoon sunshine. Nowadays these hands of mine have become essential to my everyday adult life in the workplace and in my home, they support me in my yoga practice, and they carry my groceries so I can cook and nourish my body.

Essentially my hands facilitate the nourishment of my body, my heart, and my mind.

Many of us don’t realise how lucky we are to have our health, it is so important and one day, it could be all that you have.

Day by day I learn to appreciate a little bit more about myself, it’s a hard task to unlearn all that we have been bombarded with by advertisements and television programmes that suggest that there shall forever be room for improvement.

But we must start somewhere!

Please share your body appreciation in the comments below… and don’t forget to love yourself ❤

 

Lexie x

Matcha Green Tea Power Smoothie

…taking a tentative sip, I discovered that this drink had a delightful light flavour and was very refreshing!

I’ve recently moved into the city and closer to my work, which leaves me with much more free time in the mornings. To be honest, I usually use this time really productively by laying in the one spot on the couch for an hour slowly sipping my coffee and scrolling through Facebook and Instagram… 😉

Today I decided to make myself a healthy little green smoothie for breakfast and actually do something with my spare time. I’ve been getting back into the habit of making myself a Matcha tea in the mornings sometimes instead of a coffee for a bit of an antioxidant boost. But this morning I decided to incorporate my Matcha hit into my smoothie instead!

  • three large handfuls baby spinach & rocket mix
  • 1/2 cup chopped pineapple
  • 1 maple water or 1 cup purified water (this is Low FODMAP friendly – if you’re not following FODMAPs you could use coconut water)
  •  1 tsp maca powder
  • 1/4 tsp matcha tea (I recommend Panatea or Kenkotea ceremonial grade)
  • 1 inch frozen banana, chopped
  • 1 small sprig fresh parsley, chopped
  • 2 small sprigs of fresh mint, chopped

I gave this a good blitz in the Nutribullet until it looked green and creamy.

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Ta-da!

Then, taking a tentative sip, I discovered that this drink had a delightful light flavour and was very refreshing!

Give it a try and let me know what you think! I’d love to hear your variations on this recipe 🙂

Lexie x

Fresh & Raw Wellbeing Smoothie Delight

For an easy brekkie on the go, I’ve been whipping up this light and delightful vanilla & cinnamon smoothie!

Cinnamon & Maca are my super-foods of choice for my morning smoothie – they have a terrific array of benefits which include hormone regulation. I have had success with clearing up my skin and reducing PMS by increasing my Maca powder intake.

Here’s how to make your own 🙂

You’ll need:

• 1 1/2 cups unsweetened vanilla almond milk
• 1 1/2 tbsp Vanilla & Lucuma Paleo Fermented Protein Powder from Amazonia
• 1/4 tsp organic Ceylon cinnamon
• 1 tsp organic raw Maca powder
• 1 tsp organic maple syrup
• 1/2 a banana

Using a blender, combine all ingredients throughly, serve with an extra sprinkle of cinnamon & enjoy!

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I sipped mine while I flipped through this utterly gorgeous copy of Wellbeing mag! I couldn’t walk past this beautiful cover art.

What’s your favourite smoothie recipe?

Lexie 😘