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Home made lip balm

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Home made lip balm

I am in the middle of a little project I call "conscious, mindful living" I will write about soon. Amongst other things, my project involves plastic free living, or plastic free to the extent of my abilities. This means that, if I have a choice, I will choose not to buy anything packaged in plastic no matter how 'inconvenient' that may be for me at that particular moment. So, when I was shopping for a lip balm and a new deodorant I realised both had plastic packaging and decided to look for the alternative. 

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Anxiety and helpful yogic practices

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Anxiety and helpful yogic practices

I remember those times when not everything was on the internet; for more knowledge and inspiration people read books, or were waiting patiently for that first Monday when their favourite monthly magazine filled the newsstands. In those times I really enjoyed flicking through the pages of a crisp new Yoga Journal looking for Julie Gudmestad’s always insightful anatomy article followed by Sally Kempton’s inspiring words of wisdom. I would spend the next few days reading the articles which were, as I recall, both informative and inspiring.

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Be more mindful this Earth Day (and every day)

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Be more mindful this Earth Day (and every day)

Today and this weekend we are celebrating Earth day (April 22-24). Of course, we should be celebrating the wonder and beauty of our home every day, but this weekend we are reminded to do so even more. We should all make a point of spending a day or a full weekend somewhere in nature, reconnecting to our Mother Earth, teaching our children the importance of being in the nature, of loving and preserving our home.

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The yoga of being pregnant

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The yoga of being pregnant

Some of us live such fast pace lives that we don’t have much time in between events to let it all sink in. I was in London this past weekend only to fly to Istanbul less than 24 hours after I came back, taught a class maybe four hours after I landed… So, I took this morning to reflect on these past days. If I don’t do this I am left feeling like some things never happened. It will not be easy to slow down my life at the moment, but what I can do is take some time to sit down and reflect.

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Purple deliciousness

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Purple deliciousness

It’s wild blueberry season and even though I didn’t go look for them in a nearby forest this year, I was happy to buy them at the market. Today after my practice I made his tasty desert I called Purple deliciousness. Apart from being tasty it is super healthy and rich in antioxidants. 
It takes only a few minutes to prepare + 15 min to cool down in the fridge (tastes better when chilled) and voilà!

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The trick is to keep breathing...

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The trick is to keep breathing...

Just a heads up… The title of this post might sound a bit misleading. It’s not another post on yoga or pranayama, but actually on something much less fun – an autoimmune disease called Hashimotos thyroiditis that I was diagnosed with little over a year ago. So, if you’re not into reading about diseases you don’t have, stay tuned for the next one. I promise I’ll pick a happier subject.

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Raw food flirtation

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Raw food flirtation

I lived in Miami for a while and did my teacher training there. One of my teachers was a raw foodist. After attending his workshop on raw food diet, where he gave some very good arguments as to why go raw, I decided to try. So, I stocked up on raw Lara Bar's (cashew cookie!) found few places I could go and have lunch, and visited Saturday's raw food market regularly.

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Why go Vegetarian?

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Why go Vegetarian?

I have been a vegetarian since I was 18, or 19 years old. I never liked meat, so the decision wasn’t a big surprise to my family. As a child, I often pretended I have to throw up after I had to finish the peace of meat on my plate hoping that next time it won’t be on my plate. I was persistent, but so was my mum. 

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