Meet Esther

I’ve decided that our media-driven world needs to reshape the way society views the practice of Yoga and the people who practice it..it’s not just hot, young people performing crazy acrobatics! So I’m countering it by posting what real Yoga looks like with some true Yogins and Yoginis that hail right here in little old Adelaide. Each week I’m asking them the same questions so you all can get an insight as to why Yoga is for everyBODY!

Esther is our rainbow unicorn spiritual warrior, it seems every week she has a new colour aura…or perhaps it’s just her hair🦄 this animal lover began her #yogapractise with me 4 years ago and she is hands-down Cooper’s (the family dog) favourite Go Yogini.

What drew you to begin practicing Yoga?

I initially was drawn to yoga for two reasons; as a way of increasing flexibility and strengthening my body, and as an avenue for self-care.

What is your favourite class and why do you keep a regular practice?

When I first started practising my favourite class was the Jivamukti class because of the diverse range of physical challenges but I really enjoy the spiritual warrior class more now  because of its structured setting and as I get to practice and get better at the same things. I keep regular practice because I enjoy coming to class and seeing everyone, I enjoy seeing my body change and grow and strengthen, and because the structure and routine of regular practice is important to my self-care.

Have the philosophies and/or practical practice of Yoga penetrated your daily life and if you, how?

The practice of yoga has definitely helped with my posture and breathing and the philosophy of yoga has also given me helpful strategies in dealing with daily stress and how I view my place in the world.

In your view is Yoga for everyBODY?

Definitely, there’s something for everyone and something of benefit to everyone.
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Meet Ai

I’ve decided that our media-driven world needs to reshape the way society views the practice of Yoga and the people who practice it..it’s not just hot, young people performing crazy acrobatics! So I’m countering it by posting what real Yoga looks like with some true Yogins and Yoginis that hail right here in little old Adelaide. Each week I’m asking them the same questions so you all can get an insight as to why Yoga is for everyBODY!

Meet Ai

Ai started her practice just over a year ago here at Go Yoga and has really jumped right in. She attends all 3 beginners vinyasa classes almost every week and has just recently started up Spiritual Warrior classes for the disciplined practice they instill. Yet, discipline is not something she is lacking – although a busy mum to the sassy but adorable Minnie (3 years old), Ai is always the first to arrive to class and finds her peace in sukhasana pose while everyone else piles in. Over summer you’ll recognise her as the Frangipani Yogini, petite and exotic with the sweet smelling white flowers in her hair. Read about her Yoga story…

What drew you to begin practicing Yoga?

I was originally drawn to Yoga as I was looking for something to help me de stress and to seek relief from my busy everyday life, especially with my young toddler. I was also in need for inner peace at that time.

What is your favourite class and why do you keep a regular practice?

My current favourite class is the Beginners Vinyasa class, as I would like to learn the basic poses properly before I go onto the more advanced classes. I keep my regular practice to stay physically and mentally fit, and of course to be Happy!

Have the philosophies and/or practical practice of Yoga penetrated your daily life and if you, how?

The philosophy of yoga has taught me to (and continues to) stop comparing myself to others in a negative way, to love and accept myself and to be truly happy with who I am. I am now a much happier person and that means that I am also a kinder person to others as well. Ever since I started practicing yoga, I am much more active and I now have a strong desire to improve my yoga skills.

In your view is Yoga for everyBODY?

Yoga is absolutely for EVERYONE! I am 38 years old and no matter how old you are or no matter how fit or unfit you are, you will find a happy place in every yoga posture. It’s never too late to start. My only regret with yoga is that I did not start much earlier. I am quite sure that I will be practicing yoga until the day my body gives up. Yoga has become that much of a part of my life and my joy.
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Meet Jan

I’ve decided that our media-driven world needs to reshape the way society views the practice of Yoga and the people who practice it..it’s not just hot, young people performing crazy acrobatics! So I’m countering it by posting what real Yoga looks like with some true Yogins and Yoginis that hail right here in little old Adelaide. Each week I’m asking them the same questions so you all can get an insight as to why Yoga is for everyBODY!

Meet Jan

Jan started practicing yoga with me in 2012 for flexibility, relaxation and meditation – she was a regular in my Jivamukti classes for many years. Nowadays she enjoys Beginners Vinyasa classes for breathing and to sustain her flexibility…when she isn’t on nanna duty to her pre-schooler grandkids that is! She is now an active 63 year-old, attends Yoga twice weekly and is a firm believer that all ages can practice yoga.
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Vegan Thai Red Curry with Veggies

Cosy up in front of a movie with this over some aromatic brown jasmine rice for a real treat! You can experiment with the veggies, but eggplant, red capsicum and pak choy is our favourite combination. I like to toss in some pre-marinaded tofu or tempeh at the end of cooking for a protein kick.

Ingredients

1 very large eggplant

2 Tbsp coconut oil (refined is fine, or other oil of choice)

1 medium onion, sliced

1 batch of Thai Red Curry Paste

1 Tbsp light brown sugar (or palm sugar)

1 x 400mL tin coconut milk (at least 65% coconut)

Tamari to taste

1 very large red capsicum, sliced

6 bunches pak choi or bok choy or whatever you wanna call it, stems sliced and leaves just chopped in half

300g bean sprouts

Method

Preheat oven to 180C.

Chop the eggplant into cubes, leave the skin on it’s good for you 🙂 Pop them on an oven tray, drizzle with a little olive oil and sprinkle them with salt. Roast them for about 15- 20 minutes.

Heat the coconut oil in a saucepan then add the onion and saute on a medium heat for a few minutes. Add the curry paste and and continue a few more minutes, then add the sugar and let it caramelise.

Add the coconut milk and bring it to the boil. Stir in the tamari and sliced capsicum, cover and simmer about 5 mins. Mix in the stems of the pak choy and simmer a further 10 minutes. Finally, add the roasted eggplant, pak choi leaves and bean sprouts and simmer a further 3 minutes before adding the fresh basil and coriander leaves.

Remove from heat and serve over brown rice, garnished with extra coriander and basil leaves.

 

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Vegan Thai Red Curry Paste

Fresh, homemade curry paste is super easy to make – why buy the overpriced stuff in jars that contains all those hidden toxic ingredients described as numbers rather than real food? You won’t find flavour 621 on this ingredient list!

Ingredients   

4 garlic cloves

1 small white onion, peeled

20g peeled galangal

20g peeled ginger

4 long red chillies, deseeded

3 kaffir lime leaves

1/2 bunch fresh coriander stems (keep leaves for curry itself)

1/2 tsp turmeric

1 Tbsp ground coriander

1 Tbsp paprika

juice from 2 limes

50mL rice bran oil

Method

Put everything except the oil in a food processor a blitz to form a smooth paste.

Scrape down the sides, add the oil, then blend at a slower speed until it’s all combined and a little creamy.

The paste can be stored in the fridge for a week if you’re not using it immediately (See recipe for Vegan Red Thai Curry Veggies).

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Meet Howard

I taught Howard privately for about 18 months before he retired and his time freed up to join classes at Go Yoga. Well, not strictly privately…his dogs often joined us on the mat too! His cheeky grin, wonderful sense of humour and generous nature mark his popular presence in class with the other students. Here’s a run-down of his Yoga story…
Hi I’m Howard, I used to practice Yoga back in the U.K. When I arrived in Adelaide life was so busy sorting everything out I just didn’t find the time. A couple of years ago I did experience some minor back issues. It was suggested that I try Yoga. I didn’t realise how much I had missed it and the benefits it can bring. I think that Yoga isn’t just about exercising the body it’s also about the mind. I find it helps to bring about a peaceful outlook to life, reduces my stress levels, and helps to see life for what it is, to be enjoyed.
Finding the right class is really important I didn’t realise how many different styles there are. Hatha Yoga and Beginner Vinyasa are the ones that I attend.  I find that attending the class weekly helps to keep my body in good shape. The day after I can really tell a difference. I also like the fact that there isn’t any competition everyone is just at a different stage of their own personal development. Also it doesn’t matter how old you are. I have found being retired (I am 62 years old) just makes it easier for me to attend a class. It’s also a chance to meet some really nice people.
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Meet David

I’ve decided that our media-driven world needs to reshape the way society views the practice of Yoga and the people who practice it..it’s not just hot, young people performing crazy acrobatics! So I’m fighting it by posting what real Yoga looks like with some true Yogins and Yoginis that hail right here in little old Adelaide. Each week I’m asking them the same questions so you all can get an insight as to why Yoga is for everyBODY!

Meet David

Digger David started practicing yoga in his 50s – he is now 70yo and has amazing strength and flexibility, proving it’s never too late to begin a regular yoga practice! He believes all styles of yoga generate benefits, but his favourite classes are #hathayoga and #beginnervinyasa , which he attends twice weekly. He also believes the philosophies of yoga, the breathing and meditation all have positive impacts on his daily life. This humble guy is himself an ex-serviceman and generously donates most of his time now to #legacy , a charity supporting returned servicemen and their families.
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Carrot Cake Bliss Balls

When I first posted a pic of these balls of blissness no one could guess the flavour – the orange isn’t orange peel, nor apricot…it’s carrot! So eat ya veggies!

Ingredients

1.5 cups raw almonds

1/2 cup flaked coconut (plus extra for rolling)

1/2 cup pumpkin seeds

1/2 cup sunflower seeds

1/2 cup flaxseeds

1.5 tsp mixed spice

1/2 tsp ground ginger

2 medium carrots (about 150g), chopped into 4 halves

About 18-20 medjool dates, pits removed

1/4 unrefined coconut oil, melted

Methods

Put the nuts, seeds and spices into a food processor/thermomix and process until finely chopped.

Add the carrots and again process for a few seconds until the carrot is grated and combined.

Finally add the medjool dates and melted coconut oil and process until the mixture comes together in a giant bliss ball!

Roll about 1 Tbsp of the mixture into a ball and optionally roll in coconut flakes, or any ground nuts or seeds to your liking. Repeat to make around 24 – 30 bliss balls. Store at the back of the fridge so the kids can’t find ’em! they will keep for about 2 weeks in the fridge, but they’re suitable to freeze also.

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Raw Peppermint Truffle Bars

Raw peppermint truffle bars

Raw peppermint truffle bars

As a tweenie in the 80s I used to walk to the local deli (milk bar) to buy my favourite peppermint truffle bars for 20c… I wonder if they still sell them, but I bet they’re not vegan.

I tried to make my own by just adding peppermint oil to the standard date/almond/cacao mix, but the truffle didn’t quite work out the right deepness of colour and texture. The next time I included a handful of juicy prunes, yep, prunes. Tasted delicious to me so I coated them in raw “chocolate” and served them up at the autumn ayurveda mini-retreat – perfect little sweet vata pacifier!

Ingredients

Truffles

300g pitted medjool dates

200g pitted prunes

250g raw almonds

1/3 cup (about 60-75g) raw cacao powder

1tsp peppermint oil

Raw chocolate coating

1/2 cup coconut oil

1/2 cup maple syrup

1/2 cup raw cacao powder

Instructions

Grind the almonds into almond meal a food processor or thermomix.

Add the dates and prunes and process until smooth. The mixture will be very sticky, so add the raw cacao and peppermint oil and process until it’s all mixed through.

The mixture will be much more solid now, you should be able to pull it out of your processor with your hands and press it into a 20cm x 20 cm pyrex dish or cake tin lined with baking paper. Freeze for at least 1 hour.

Meanwhile, melt the coconut oil in a small saucepan (or your thermomix) over a low heat together with the maple syrup and raw cacao, stirring until it’s all smooth. Pour about a third of the raw coating over the solid truffle slab, still in it’s container. Return to freezer until set, usually 15-20 mins.

Once set, invert the truffle slab and peel the baking paper from underneath. Place it on a new sheet of baking paper choc-coating side-down and return it to it’s container. Again, cover the truffle side-up with about half of the remaining raw coating in the saucepan, you may need to melt it again over a low heat. Return to the freezer 15-20 mins.

Once set, remove the slab from the tray and slice it into 8-12 rectangular bars. Keeping the bars on the baking paper and spacing them a little apart, spoon-drizzle the third long side of exposed truffle centre with the chocolate coating. Return to freezer, then repeat with the fourth long side.

Keep in the freezer until ready to serve. Or if you’re a choc-mint-a-holic like me and don’t want to share, individually wrap them in a little paper, hide them right at the back of the freezer and eat one each day while the kids are at school!!!!

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Meet Gary

I’ve decided that our media-driven world needs to reshape the way society views the practice of Yoga and the people who practice it..it’s not just hot, young people performing crazy acrobatics! So I’m fighting it by posting what real Yoga looks like with some true Yogins and Yoginis that hail right here in little old Adelaide. Each week I’m asking them the same questions so you all can get an insight as to why Yoga is for everyBODY!

Gary in Fire log pose/agnistambhasana

Meet Gary

Gary began practicing yoga with me as part of a Corporate Yoga class at his workplace in 2009, but joined classes at the studio after wanting more! Back then I had to physically help him out of a pose like agnistambhasana, seen opposite. With dedication his asana practice blossomed and, as you’ll read below, so too did his holistic view on life.

What drew you to begin practicing Yoga?

There are 2 main reasons that drew me to yoga. One was  the need for increased flexibility in my muscles and joints to help me deal with the daily rigours of parenting 4 boys. Secondly, I studied Indian History in Year 11 and 12 looking deeply at the different religions in India. Yoga(not a religion) kept being mentioned with its leaders and teachings which  intrigued me. Its values and beliefs can easily be applied in daily life especially at the fast pace we live with now.

 

What is your favourite class and why do you keep a regular practice?

My favourite two classes are Jivamukti Open and Spiritual Warrior. Jivamukti Open is a fun class where you can work at your own level with breath control. Spiritual Warrior is a more structured class where you follow a set routine each time requiring a bit more discipline. They are both dynamic classes that make you feel  reinvigorated  ready for the day ahead. As a surf boat rower I commit to a regular practice to keep my flexibility and as a primary teacher the meditation and values lessons help keep me thinking  positively in both the classroom and life.

 

Have the philosophies and/or practical practice of Yoga penetrated your daily life and if you, how?

There is always a renewed energy after each session that leads into a positive outlook for the day. The philosophies are important as a wakeup call because you can become so absorbed in your daily life that you forget the little things that make you happy and keep you going, but they also make you think about the bigger picture around the world and how your positive outlook can have a ripple effect with others.

 

 

In your view is Yoga for everyBODY?

Yoga can be for any person, age, shape or size. There are no limits. I would recommend it to anyone who is looking to find an hour to escape the fast paced world they live in and to put a bit of perspective back in their lives.

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