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September 17, 2018

Yoga Collective Newsletter #3

Here’s this week’s Yoga Collective newsletter…

Highlights

  1. Seed cracker recipe
  2. Cork yoga mats on the way (pre-order special)
  3. Spotify yoga playlist
  4. Latest yoga class timetable
  5. Waste-free living workshop, Pataka
  6. Dealing with past trauma, with yoga

 

Seed Cracker Recipe

This recipe is one my lovely sister-in-law shared with me, a few years ago.

Since then, it has become one of my go-to snacks.

It’s delicious, and whenever I feel peckish, I reach for this no-guilt, super-healthy cracker.

Ingredients

  • ¾ cup (100g) pumpkim seeds
  • ¾ cup (100g) sunflower seeds
  • Less than ½ cup (60g) flaxseeds
  • ¾ cup (100g) sesame seeds
  • 3 Tbsp psyllium husks
  • 400 mls water
  • 1 tsp salt

Options for additional flavours

  • Garlic & rosemary
  • Thyme
  • Fennel seeds

(Let me know if you find any other combos that taste delicious!)

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 150C
  • Combine all ingredients in a bowl & let stand for 15 minutes (until psyllium husks thicken)
  • Spread the mixture on a lined baking tray as thinly as possible. (I find a silicone baking mat works best, and I use 2 trays)
  • Bake for about an 1 hr to 1 hr 20 min, checking every 15 mins or so & rotating the trays in the oven.
  • Leave to cool, then break up to cracker size, and store in an airtight container

 

Cork Yoga Mats Are On The Way (Pre-Order Special)

Over the past 2 or 3 weeks, several people have tried our prototype cork-rubber yoga mat.

Thanks for all of the feedback.

Our first shipment is due to arrive at the end of October.

These will retail at $95 per mat. However, if you pre-order now, you can get your mat for just $60 ($35 off).

==> Pre-order your cork yoga mat, and receive $35-off, here

 

Spotify Yoga Playlist

A few people have requested the songs from one of the current playlists, I play during the Revitalise classes.

I have attached a link to “Revitalise 2” on Spotify.

 

Yoga Class Timetable

The Tuesday 6:15pm Beginners Yoga has now become a Revitalise Class.

Here’s the latest timetable.

 

Waste-Free Living Workshop, Pataka

As a community, I think it’s great we’re making increased efforts to reduce the impact on our environment.

This workshop, at Pataka, covers ways to reduce home waste. It looks interesting (please note – I’m not connected with this event).

 

Dealing With Past Trauma, With Yoga

When you engage in a mindfulness practice – whether its meditation, yoga, or whatever – powerful emotions sometimes rise to the surface.

This happens when we have unprocessed energy from past traumas, stored in the subconscious mind, or even certain parts of the body.

Different traumas can build up over time. When there’s enough of it, it can distort your body, or even your personality.

Then, when you engage in a practice like yoga, suddenly unresolved traumas begin to resurface.

I’ve seen this in class. For example, when we’re doing a certain sequence, to open up the hips, I’ve heard of people crying, or having a deep emotional release. And this process can continue for days, or even weeks – it can unnerving!

The natural tendancy is to suppress these feelings, to run away, or to ignore them. But if we do this, we hamper the body’s natural ability to heal itself.

The solution is counter-intuitive: instead of resisting, don’t create a narrative, or judge what’s happening. Simply go with it… whether its sadness, pain, anger, grieving, fear, sorrow… patiently give yourself time.

Try journaling about your experiences. It’s a great a way to engage your subconscious mind. You might be surprised about what comes up.

With this approach, you’ll help remove blockages, and eventually help your body & mind to heal itself.

 

If  you have any questions, please drop them in the comments below.

Otherwise, have a beautiful week ahead 🙂

Cheers,

Lauren McKee

P.S. Invite your friends for a Free Week of Yoga, and receive some cool rewards yogacollective.nz/rewards

 

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