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!

 

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

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

Garden Fresh 

Lately my life has been a little hectic, to say the least!

After some car dramas and extra work commitments, I had hardly spent any time at home-sweet-home. I was craving the creature comforts such as my own bed and my own tea mugs!

I arrived home this evening with a giant to-do list, and a small window of time before I needed to bundle myself off for a much-needed sleep.

Earlier on today I paid a visit to the lovely folk at Gold Coast Organic Meats. For $24 I was happily on my way with six Paleo beef rissoles, six Paleo beef sausages, and two gluten free crumbed chicken rissoles.

I cooked a beef rissole for dinner in some virgin coconut oil, and grabbed some fresh pink rosemary and parsley from my herb garden to sprinkle into the pan.

I also popped some Sun Drop tomatoes into the pan after the rissole was done, with some extra rosemary to brighten them up. These tomatoes were store bought, but I have a small plant happily growing that I started from a too-squishy tomato! I love germinating my own plants from food scraps – it’s cost effective and super rewarding 🙂

I plucked some fresh mixed lettuce leaves and Tuscan kale from my garden and dressed it with the warmed tomatoes and some Himalayan salt and black pepper.

My rosemary really made this dish as it was so sweet and flavourful! I originally bought my rosemary plant from Bunnings.

I love keeping food simple, clean and healthy. It doesn’t get more simple than this!

Let me know what edible plants you have grown from cuttings or food scraps in the comments below – I’d love to hear some new ideas.

Lexie x