The Power Of Breathing

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As I open my lungs, I take you in.

You wake me up, you calm me down.

Amidst the chaos, you show me stillness and clarity.

As I breathe in, my soul opens up and flows.

As a breathe out, my feet feel the ground and keep me present.

There are so many moments that I forget you but yet not once have you ever let me down.

Always nourishing, healing and strengthening.

I thank you for showing me the gentler side to life.

The slower more detailed essence of life.

Thank you breath for carrying and guiding me through life.

To breath mindfully is to live mindfully.

Breathe

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Sweet Potato Chips – A Healthier Alternative

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Sweet Potato Chips Recipe – A Healthier Alternative 

Portion for five to six people

Ingredients:

6 x Small Sweet potatoes

Garlic and Herb Mix

Black Pepper

Cayenne Pepper

Paprika

Himalayan Salt

Sprig of Rosemary

Cooking Oil (estimate 30 ml)

Baking Tray

Method:

Preheat oven to 180 degrees Celsius

Wash the Sweet Potatoes thoroughly under cold water.

Slice up the sweet potatoes according to preferred size

Coat with oil and spice to your desire. I use a Garlic and Herb mix, Paprika, Cayenne Pepper, Black Pepper and Himalayan Salt. One can also place a sprig of rosemary in the center or sprinkle around.

Lay slices out on a baking tray and bake for about 40 minutes at 180 degrees Celsius until golden.

Nutritional Facts

Amounts per 100 grams of Sweet Potato

Calories 86
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0,1 g

Saturated fat 0 g

Polyunsaturated fat 0 g

Monounsaturated fat 0 g

0%

0%

Cholesterol 0 mg  0%
Sodium 55 mg 2%
Potassium 337 mg 9%
Total Carbohydrate 20 g

Dietary fiber 3 g

Sugar 4,2 g

6%

12%

Protein 1,6 g 3
Vitamin A 283%
Vitamin C 4%
Calcium 3%
Iron 3
Vitamin D 0%
Vitamin B-6 10%
Vitamin B-12 0%
Magnesium 6%

*Per cent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Yoga-Inspiration

 

Explore Yourself with Yoga

I have been practicing yoga for may years now and yet every time I step onto my mat I explore new horizons of the soul. The thing about yoga is that it is not just made up of breath, flow and mastering poses but of self awareness. Awareness of the body and of the mind. I started yoga rather naive as to what I was getting myself into but the more I practiced the more I discovered. I do not know of anybody who has connected with yoga and not become more self aware of their thoughts and actions.

At the very start of practicing yoga I started to break down the ego in order to open up the heart so as to “feel” the asanas more deeply, this is still an ongoing practice as I have picked up bad habits but the point is that it continues to still teach me about myself and how to become a better human. It leaves me with a fresh view on life every time.

Our world is constantly surrounding us with images, commercials, adverts and all sorts that leave us feeling as though that is what we must aspire to be but the truth is we should aspire to be our selves, our true authentic selves and nothing less. This is why I love practicing yoga and continue on this journey of self discovery because with yoga, you cannot practice without the soul being fully present.

I look forward to starting this yoga journal and hope it leaves each one you inspired.

With love, always.

Namaste

Reasons To Love Your A.M Exercise

FotorCreatedExercise is a vital part of one’s life and if it is not then I am sorry to say but you need to re-look at how you expect your body to function at its optimal level when all you are doing is helping it deteriorate. I want us all to create a better relationship with our bodies.

Exercising is not just about looking good or feelin
g good but it is about keeping your body healthy. Keeping it supple and keeping that muscle mass to protect bones and aging. If we do not take care of our bodies then who will? We need to understand our bodies and take the utmost care of this vessel that keeps you alive and capable of doing amazing things.

So to start, I thought I would leave you with a few reasons to consider doing exercise in the morning and how it can help you put your best foot forward.

  1. Become A Better Morning person – happier and will help you wake up

When you do your morning exercise, endorphins are released which as we know leaves us feeling really good. For those who struggle getting up in the morning, if you stick to s regular morning exercise routine and stick to those times then your body will become accustomed to this lifestyle and will naturally start preparing for you to wake up at those times making it easier to get up……

  1. Put Those Hormones To Better Use

Our crucial hormones are elevated first thing in the morning and as the day goes on these hormone levels start to decline. So, it makes sense to use those important hormones such as Testosterone early in the morning when it is at its peak level meaning your get a far more effective workout.

  1. Gym Bunnies Don’t Have To Share

Going to gym at peak hours after work is not always that fun. For those that take their exercise routine very seriously then this can cause some serious interference when you can’t use a certain dumbbell or machine because there is a queue and you don’t have all day let’s be honest. So it makes sense to do this in the morning when it is quiet enough for you to do what you need to do without interference.

  1. Allow Time For Other Priorities

Because you did your exercise nice ‘n early and have the whole afternoon to do whatever else you need to do. Morning exercise will give you at least an hour or two extra in the afternoon to do whatever else is needed.

  1. Better Functioning at Work or School

Exercising helps us with becoming more alert and focused. Overall better functioning meaning that by the time you get to work you are alert and ready to kick ass at your job or at school.

  1. Less Likely To Skip

We all know that come 4pm your energy levels start to take a dip. If you have had a demanding day the chances are that you are more likely to skip that gym session and go straight for dinner on the couch but when you go first thing in the morning your energy levels and functioning is at its best and it should become a morning ritual meaning that you are less likely to skip gym in the mornings.

  1. Increase Your Metabolic Functioning

It is known that exercise in the morning will help boost your metabolic functioning. If you do weight training/ resistance training this will cause your metabolic rate to improve throughout the course of the day.

Never Lose Sight of Who You Are

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2016, what an interesting time for human civilisation. Nowadays we celebrate uniqueness, we embrace the hippies, the hipsters, the nerds, and even the narcissist. I love the freedom but with it one can still feel a little over-whelmed. There is almost too much variety which can leave one a little baffled by their own uniqueness and where or how they fit in.

If you are like me and you feel just so utterly confused at times as to who you are and how you are unique in this vast world well at least you’re not alone and you’re not weird. Maybe just a little bit, but that’s normal now right? Because at the end of the day we are all somewhat strange. We are such complex beings and feeling a bit lost is normal. Perfectly normal. Doesn’t matter the age.

You see we live such fast-paced lifestyles with competition around every corner and to feel like you are in control all the time is very hard and this may be why we tend to lose sight of our true selves. We allow for others to push us around, tell us how we have to always be better, up our game, stand out from the rest and this can lead one astray

It can make us do things that are out of character and make us pretend to be what we are not and the best advice I can give to simply feel the ground again.

Go for that walk on the beach or in the park. Feel nature, not man-made material. Feel fresh air, not Air-con.  Feel your body and fall in love with it. Take time to simply be each day and appreciate. Be humble and less hasty. These simple tricks to slowing down will allow your brain to re-connect and your soul to explore life’s simple things again. I find that always brings me back home to myself and that which is true to me.

I hope this may help you too stay grounded when in need but I do encourage one to try make it a habitual daily practice. Even if for only a few minutes.

May your light shine pure radiance and your soul fall in love with life again.

Namaste.

Humbleness in A World Of Which You Know Nothing

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“Learning something means coming into contact with a world of which you know nothing. In order to learn, you must be humble.” Brida – Paulo Coelho

Going back to the first sentence of this quote; A world of which you know nothing, In my understanding, the unknown world would be our very future and if that is so then it should be of importance for us to find humbleness in living.

This quote by Paulo Coehlo has touched me deeply. I, like many, forget this way of being humble and often act as though I know everything and have control over it all but this is so far from the truth. We don’t know what is to come and pretending as though I know it all will eventually be my own downfall and the same for those alike.

This statement by the talented Paulo is something I think we should all practice to master. There is something very beautiful and calming about meeting a humble person. It is a very good quality to have. When one is humble and at peace with not knowing but simply learning as we go, life becomes a lot easier to cope with. If your ego gets in the way, you will not learn your lesson. If you are humble, you will learn much with an open heart and a type of willingness. For, you see, learning is what makes us better people, the ego makes us shallow.

I no longer want to be blind to lessons my heart refuses to see, I now open up my heart to the breath-taking  unknown moments to come and promise to take them in with much humbleness and peace in order to learn and take in the present moment with more clarity and less ego.

May the humble beginnings begin.

Namaste

“These are the few ways we can practice humility:

To speak as little as possible of one’s self.

To mind one’s own business.

Not to want to manage other people’s affairs.

To avoid curiosity.

To accept contradictions and correction cheerfully.

To pass over the mistakes of others.

To accept insults and injuries.

To accept being slighted, forgotten and disliked.

To be kind and gentle even under provocation.

Never to stand on one’s dignity.

To choose always the hardest.”
― Mother TeresaThe Joy in Loving: A Guide to Daily Living

The Art of Living In the Present Moment

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There is something so beautiful about truly feeling the present moment one is in.

To embrace all those various elements as they pass by through our daily lives can leave one feeling as if life is truly majestic.

We often get so caught up in our heads that we do not allow our minds to simply be and enjoy the very life that is present in us all. We need to stop fearing the negative. Think of how yin and yang work together in harmony creating balance and flow.

I myself can, too, get caught up in every day stresses and fears but as I sit here outside on my porch under the early morning sun, I am reminded of how precious life is and how important it is to embrace the very present we are in. I find myself sitting here so inlove with the morning sun warming my skin from the winter chill. I see the sun lighting up the mist on the hills and this, I find inspiring. I am reminded of how breath-taking life can be and not to let these simple but precious moments of feeling this present life slip by into thoughts that bring no joy and steal this present moment trying to think of a future that neither I nor anyone else actually have control over.

Though, if one is truly in the present then perhaps it could lead us to a very fruitful, fulfilling life that is true to one’s nature and this itself should bring peace about the future, enough not to worry.

You see when you are in the present you are aware of all surrounding elements and this awareness, if embraced positively, will allow one to respond to all circumstances in the best possible way without worry for your head is now clear and focussed on each moment as it comes.

Try it now, feel your breathing. Is it fast or maybe slow? What are your surroundings? What inspires you about your present environment? Is it the warmth? Or simply the music around you. Is there a hustle-and-bustle that you are in the middle of? Maybe it is the silence that is so peaceful and still. Whatever it is simply practise embracing it all. Each and every element of the present moment.

Om shanti shanti om