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How babies learn to move

Two wonderful videos, created by Feldenkrais teachers, showing how babies learn to move. These patterns of movement are foundations for how we move as adults. Great to explore these in a yoga and dance practice....

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Donna Farhi on video

Wonderful to see Donna practice ... inspiring to see the fluid movement, the integrity of the movement, the breath and stillness ... all present in the practice. Enjoy and be inspired! Lovely music too. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5QQEhsHv6hg  ...

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All About Yoga Mats

All About Yoga Mats

I recently bought ten new mats for my classes here on Waiheke and did what practically every other yoga studio and school does which was buy pvc based mats ... they are relatively cheap and last a while, quite sticky and not hard to clean. I noticed a rather...

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The Blessings of John O’Donohue

Over the last few months I have very much been enjoying the writings and poetry of John O'Donohue. A writer of unique power to me (and many others), John captured a great sense of wonder of the natural world and a deep wisdom and kindness born from a life of studying...

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Lemon Tart Recipe

Lemon Tart Recipe

This Lemon Tart Recipe comes from Waiheke Island, where we live. There's a fabulous delicatessen here called Island Thyme - brilliant food and award winning coffee. A while ago, the NZ Herald weekend paper featured Island Thyme and part of the feature was this lemon...

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Chocolate Brownies (and gluten free too)

This recipe comes from my teacher Donna Farhi's cook book notes, one that she uses to help the cooks on her retreats and trainings. It's fabulous, never fails and very delicious. I borrowed it when we visited her a few years ago and have used it ever since. Enjoy!...

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Mandarin and Almond Cake

I had been trying to find a simple recipe for this cake for a while and then this one appeared in a Sunday Star Times magazine, courtesy of Donna Hay. I love the idea of using the whole mandarin. I'm pretty certain you could use three large whole oranges instead of...

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Live The Questions Now, by Rainer Maria Rilke

Have patience with everything unresolved in your heartand try to love the questions themselves …Don't search for the answers,which could not be given to you now,because you would not be able to live them.And the point is, to live everything.Live the questions...

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For A New Beginning, by John O’Donohue

Then the delight, when your courage kindled,And out you stepped onto new ground,Your eyes young again with energy and dream,A path of plenitude opening before you. Though your destination is not yet clearYou can trust the promise of this opening;Unfurl yourself into...

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For Courage, from John O’Donohue

”...Close your eyes.Gather all the kindlingAbout your heartTo create one spark.That is all you needTo nourish the flame…A new confidence will come aliveTo urge you toward higher ground....”

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Love After Love by Derek Walcott

The time will comewhen, with elationyou will greet yourself arrivingat your own door, in your own mirrorand each will smile at the other's welcome, and say, sit here. Eat.You will love again the stranger who was your self.Give wine. Give bread. Give back your heartto...

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Feeling Stressed? Yoga Can Help

There is little doubt that our modern way of living is stressful. Stress is endemic in our society and is proven to be a major contributing factor to headaches, anxiety, insomnia, back pain, and even life threatening illnesses such as heart disease. Not withstanding...

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Yoga Poem From A Student

Thought I'd share this lovely poem which Penny Holmes, a yoga student, wrote for me - I was really touched. Thanks Penny! I get so excited. Things will be different. He folded the blanket in a way that the spine lay in steps of release. The art of knowing how precious...

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