Jude's blog

Liquid Gold Honey from Yogi Bee Keeper Bryan Lang

Many Academy students are enjoying  Bryan's Ponsonby Honey - and describe it as Liquid Gold ! Jude has created a bliss ball with his beautiful honey as a main ingredient! Bryan shares with us why city honey is considered by many honey eaters as being superior to honey...

The Ayurvedic Kitchen Pharmacy-spice up your life

In the early days studying with Guruji in Mysore India (1995), I found myself a regular visitor to the local Ayurvedic doctor in my neighbourhood of Saraswathipuram .Dr Kumar‘s enthusiasm and passion for using Ayurvedic methods to balance one’s constitution and to...

Can Being Too Flexible Be Harmful?

I did not come to the yoga practice at age 30 with a flexible body – in fact – I was stiff and tight in just about every single joint in my body and did indeed spend many years looking around the yoga classroom room marveling that I was the tightest person in the room...

Surviving winter – yoga-style

  The choice seems straight forward: Do you contract flu after flu and pack on a few kilos chomping your way through bread, potatoes and cheese to keep warm? Or will you commit to a yoga regime, devouring a scrummy, yummy, healthy diet? It's a no brainier, right!...

BENEFITS OF STANDING POSES

BENEFITS OF STANDING POSES ( Images of Helen Nicholson - Senior Hatha Yoga Teacher at the Yoga Academy)  Teach us to stand on our own 2 feet. Invigorate heat and strengthen the entire body increasing circulation  and stamina. Corrects spinal imbalances and teach us to...

CHOCOLATE FIG AND SESAME SEED BLISS BALLS

Now Xmas is over and summer is in full swing it is time to be consciously consuming foods full of anti-oxidants and nourishing vitamins and minerals. There is nothing like a post Xmas clean up campaign! It's now or never. So start by easing off the sweeties by...

Super Luscious and Super Healthy Xmas Dessert

The comment: "OMG its divine - are you sure its healthy"  is universally repeated at every Stillwaters Yoga Retreat, that I have served this breakfast/dessert at. Every one asks the same question in 108 different ways! That is how I know its a winner - a wide range of...

10 Yoga quotes that spin my Chakras!!

1. “The success of Yoga does not lie in the ability to perform postures but in how it positively changes the way we live our life and our relationships.”Krishnamacharya 2. “The quality of our breath expresses our inner feelings.” Krishnamacharya 3. “The ultimate goal...

Yoga trend – or practice with a higher purpose?

Interview with Peter by journalist Keith Whitten in September 2015. Seeing Auckland Yoga teacher Peter Nilsson in an advanced yoga pose like Virabhadrasana Two is a jaw-dropping moment. All the more so when you learn that this lithe, flexible 69-year-old man had polio as a child, suffered juvenile osteoarthritis, and in recent years has had both hips replaced.

Yoga for insomnia-my mind works the night shift

Next weekend on Saturday September 5th 1.00pm-3.00pm I am running a 2 hour Restorative Workshop with a theme about how to use breathing exercises to overcome insomnia and self induced worry. I'd love you all to come along and share the teachings of yoga!

Pose pause – blockages stopping you? Get massaged!

It’s a no-brainer that a regular massage has enormous benefits but it is perhaps less obvious that massage can be a key to mastering those yoga poses you struggle with. Everyone has genetic tendencies that lead to mastering some poses with ease: you work on the...

Baked beans

  1 can Ceres cannelloni beans 2-3 cloves organic garlic chopped finely 2x can Ceres Organic Tomatoes 2 Tbsp. maple syrup or rice syrup or honey Small jar organic tomato paste 2 tsps. freshly ground cumin seeds (dry roast in pan till brown then grind in coffee...

Brazil nut and Rocket Pesto

120 g Brazil nuts 50 g pine nuts 50 g Rocket leaves 1 ½ avocados 2-3 crushed cloves garlic 30 g basil leaves Juice of 1 + 1/2 lemons 9 tablespoons olive oil Grind the Brazil nuts and pine nuts till they are completely crushed. Add avocados, garlic,rocket, basil, oil,...

Peter’s yoga story

I damaged my back quite badly when I was 23 – a severe prolapse of my lumbar spine (the L4-L5 joint) - and I was in continual pain for several years. A guy called Stephen Gale had started teaching Iyengar yoga in Wellington and I went along to his class. It gave me...

Want a substitute for eggs?

This is written (with love) for Milica who is allergic to eggs and for Emmy who is a vegan. Adding eggs makes food better but that doesn’t mean we can’t find a substitute for them. I notice a definite compromise in taste and texture but the result is still acceptable....

Holy WOW chai

Serves 5-6 people Ingredients 4-6 Bell Kenya Bold Tea bags or 8 red bush tea bags (spice variety is good too) 2 cups water Pinch white pepper 1/2 tsp freshly ground cardamom powder (optional - expensive) 2-3 inch slice of ginger root (optional) 1 tsp ginger powder (or...

Mindfulness is wise and affectionate attention

I very much like this comment by Jon Kabat-Zinn: [quote] Mindfulness is often spoken of as the heart of Buddhist meditation.  It’s not about Buddhism, but about paying attention.  That’s what all meditation is, no matter what tradition or particular technique is used....

It’s not about the drugs

61 year old Dr Barbara Schaffer graduated from our YA 200 Teacher Training Course in  2010. Here she makes the point that regularly practicing Ashtanga Yoga has had a therapeutic effect on the condition osteoporosis, that she suffers from. It’s not about the drugs:...

Are you a Spiritual Warrior or Spiritual Worrier?

When my first year Teacher Trainees begin to practice Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga and the accompanying Mindful Meditation Practice, five days a week, two hours a session, they begin a trans-formative journey that changes them forever. It allows them to realize their full...

Learning to let go

Article by Sarah Moyes; Yogini, journalist and blogger on Life at Five Foot Two. [quote] I came across a quote recently in a yoga philosophy book by Stephen Cope that really explained it all: “Yoga should come with a warning: these practices will change your life.”...

Idli and coconut chutney

Treats and Tantra featured dish of the day by Jaya. [quote] We had a meet up at Jude and Peter’s house to share our yoga experiences and everyone got some food. I knew I couldn't go wrong with idli and chutney. Idli is full of proteins with the lentil contents in it...