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the mysterious psoas

Inhale on 1, on 2 on 3. Exhale on 1, on 2 on 3. Leg raises can seem a little boring and I sometimes feel a pang coming to that point in the class. I try to encourage students not to throw them away by inviting them to count the breath, close the eyes and …

Bean and Butternut soup

It’s the details of a vision where you can warm your hands when the big picture seems a bit nebulous. A wholesale order of organic pulses, grains, nuts, seeds, dried fruit, herbs and spices has been a sustaining dream over the past two years. And yay, the first order has arrived! Feeding guests tasty, good …

the attitude of gratitude

The open sky at Viveka Gardens gives the perfect opportunity to observe the stars and moon, dawn and dusk, be in tune with the rhythm of the day and feel grateful for the interconnectedness of life The turn of the year, maybe taking stock as well as enjoying good cheer, is a time for gratitude. …

Christmas bliss balls

Here is a basic bliss ball recipe adapted for Christmas when finding a vegan mince pie just seems too difficult. A burst of natural sweetness to share with guests or to finish off a meal. There good minerals in chia and lucuma. You can also add raw cacao and/or maca another time for extra benefits. …

shepherdess pie

This hearty, proteinaceous and wholesome dish has good measures of secret ingredients. Sweet, salty and tangy sundried tomatoes and oregano  bring Mediterranean warmth and digestibility to earthy green lentils and grounding sweet potato. Celery and carrots, organic for the best taste, bring sweetness. You could use ‘normal’ potatoes as is usual in this dish. But …

Liminal: at the edge, in between places, on the threshold Inishmore, one of the Arran Islands, off the very edge of most west Ireland, at summer solstice, the turn of the year. Dreamy and magical. What better setting to practice the state of yoga nidra, going to the edges of dream and deep sleep consciousness with …

nettle power

Nettles surge up with the full shakti of spring and they are known as a tonic because of all the minerals, in particular, they contain: iron, calcium and magnesium.  Just what is needed after a peaky winter when greens from the garden are only catching up through the hungry gap. They’re fantastic in the garden …

celebrate!

I’m so looking forward to a calendar of festivals at Viveka Gardens! Feast days marking the year open the heart to the rhythms of the cosmos. Alignment with nature and connecting with forebears’ practices is so beneficial to the soul in modern times. Food growing, spirit and nature come together in thanks and blessing – …

the yogic breath

To introduce newbies to the yogic breath is both a joy and humbling: this simple technique brings so many benefits. Just this week a new student within fewer than eight breaths said, ‘I can really feel myself relaxing’. The mind’s anxieties take a hold on the muscles. To exhale is to let go physically and …

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