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7 Best Practises For Yoga Fans

7 Best Practises For Yoga Fans To Do At Home To Celebrate International Yoga Day

Words by Francesca Secolonovo

 

To celebrate the many layers that make up yoga here are 7 practices you can do at home in honour of International Yoga Day.

 

Let’s MEDITATE: Dharana

The goal of Dharana in yoga is the ability to have focused concentration.

A practice you can do is to sit yourself down comfortably, close your eyes and take yourself through a simple body scan. Beginning at the crown of your head all the way down to your feet and simply bring awareness to each part of your body. Noticing any tightness, areas that feel spacious and not judging just noticing what is there. Take yourself through 3 rounds and then allow yourself to open your eyes, ready to start your day feeling connected to yourself.

 

Let’s BREATHE: Pranayama

Taking yourself back to that space where you won’t be disturbed and take yourself through this simple yet potent pranayama sequence. Inhale for 4 –  exhale for 6 – and repeat this for 3-5mins. The extended exhale will help to calm the mind.

 

Let’s MOVE: Asana

When we think of yoga most of us are very familiar with Asana. There are many different forms out there so take the time to find a practice that feels good for you. From Hatha, Yin, Vinyasa, Kundalini and Sattva just to name a few.

 

Self STUDY: Svadhyaya

Yoga is more than what we do on our mats. It’s a way of life and taking the time to read and understand some of the most important scriptures in yoga, and to then reflect them upon our own self-development can help to deepen our view of Yoga and within the way we approach it.

 

Practice GRATITUDE: Santosha

Grabbing your journal and make a list of all the things you’re currently grateful for. Taking the time to focus on what you have rather than what you don’t helps us to maintain a positive outlook on life.

 

Live a life of REVERENCE and DEVOTION: Bhakti

Bhakti is the path of love and devotion. Celebrating the beauty of life. A wonderful activity would be learning a simple mantra and sharing that mantra through singing or perhaps adding a Japa practice to your daily Sadhana (daily spiritual practice).

 

Be Kind: Ahimsa

An essential practise is cultivating the awareness of how can we become kinder towards ourselves. Perhaps celebrating our small wins more, using kinder words towards ourselves, listening to our own emotional and physical needs… The kinder we can work on being towards ourselves on a daily basis the deeper our capacity becomes to meet others in the same way.


Signs You're Getting Healthier

So you've started that 8-week challenge at the gym, and all of a sudden, you're now getting news alerts for Body & Soul, your most prized possession is your gratitude journal, and you've started talking openly in the office about your IBS.

Gone are the days where you would be in the clubs until 4 AM, as you have a strict sleep schedule to stick to since listening to that one podcast. Nowadays, you're in bed early every night having "screen-free" time, treating yourself to a medicinal mushroom and ashwagandha hot cacao whilst re-reading your dog-eared copy of the Power of Now.


Every morning, you start with a shot of apple cider vinegar, some wim hoff breathwork, and a guided meditation before checking who has done what on Strava. You can't let Steve clock more KMs than you, so you give him passive-aggressive kudos and get into your $600 lycra kit.

OK, so maybe you're not quite there yet, but here are some of the signs you're getting healthier!

 


Nut Butter Caramel Eggs

Go ahead, drool. Nobody is judging here. Much like Christmas, calories don't count over Easter. It's a fact. Well, it's not, but we're happy to keep living in denial. Made by Remedy nutritionist Jacqueline Alwill this recipe is the new ultimate Easter treat!


Nut Butter Caramel Eggs

Makes 12 mini eggs

Gluten free, Dairy free, Vegan

Ingredients

  • 150g vegan dark chocolate, broken into pieces

  • 1/4 cup (60g) almond butter
  • 2 tbsp (40ml) maple syrup
  • 1 tbsp (20ml) nut milk


Method

Melt dark chocolate in a heat-proof bowl in the microwave or over the top of a pot of simmering water on the stove, until liquid.

In a bowl, whisk together the remaining ingredients for nut butter caramel until smooth.

Once the chocolate is melted, divide evenly between silicone egg cases and spread around using a pastry brush. Place in the fridge to set for 20 minutes. 

Once set, spoon the caramel into the egg cases. Pop the remaining egg halves and pop on a plate. 

Heat a plate or tray in the oven gently so it's warm enough to hold. Rest one of the cover chocolate halves on the tray, flat side down, to melt the edge slightly. 

Place on top of filled egg half and press to seal. Repeat, one at a time until they're all sealed. Return to fridge to set for 30 minutes. 

Once set, pop out of the cases and enjoy. Store in the fridge or freezer for up to 4 weeks.