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Yoga Day

Yoga Day

Did you know there’s an international day of yoga? Well, the United Nations on 11 December 2014, proclaimed June 21st as the International Day of Yoga by resolution 69/131. Yes, they passed a resolution and everything. Yoga, which has been practised for millennia, is one of […]

Beetroot Relish

Beetroot Relish

This is my first time making any sort of preserve. It’s much easier than I imagined. I know I said I might never cook beetroot again – now that I’ve found how good it is raw – but I made this at the end of […]

Spicy Baked Apricots

Spicy Baked Apricots

It’s so cold here. Definitely not salad weather. Although I have been making a brown rice version of the quinoa tabbouleh, it’s cold but I add extra dressing and it’s very filling – important for cold days I feel. When it’s cold like this my […]

Baked Egg and Hot Tomato

Baked Egg and Hot Tomato

Are you a morning person? Do you hop out of bed full of joy and energy ready to greet whatever the world has to offer you? I’m not and I don’t. I often walk into the door frame of the kitchen door as I wander […]

Roots, Bulbs and Leaves

Roots, Bulbs and Leaves

I’m sticking with the roots from the last recipe inspiration post. I love my potato, courgette and onion soup and I’d like to get another creamy potato soup recipe. I’d like to try and add fennel to it if possible. I’ve also been getting a […]

Vegetarian Shepherd’s Pie

Vegetarian Shepherd’s Pie

This is a dairy-rich vegetarian pie. The topping is creamy mashed potato topped with grated cheese that turns into lovely golden brown bubbling patches as it bakes. One of the earliest recipes I added here was a recipe for vegan shepherd’s pie. I made that […]

Vegan Green Tea Brack

Vegan Green Tea Brack

Well, third time’s a charm! This Green Tea Brack still has a fudgy rather than crumbly cake consistency but actually this works well here – and the taste is great. The problem was really the blend of flours. I think I’ve mentioned previously that before I started […]

Gluten-free Mocha Brownies

Gluten-free Mocha Brownies

Last year when I added the recipe Foolproof 4 Egg Food Mixer Mayonnaise I got into a bit of tizzy about what sort of suggestions I could offer for what to do with the leftover egg whites. Most of things that came into my head […]

Green Tea Brack Experiment – Take 2

Green Tea Brack Experiment – Take 2

For this one I substituted coconut flour for the corn meal and quinoa flour. It seemed so gorgeous baked and straight out of the oven – and I was sure I’d cracked it and was on to something really really good – but the taste […]

The Green Tea Brack Experiment

The Green Tea Brack Experiment

I mentioned in my last recipe inspiration post that I was experimenting with a recipe for a vegan green tea brack. I thought I’d add the recipe I first used here because – I liked it. Up until now all the gluten-free baked goods I’ve […]


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Yoga Day

Yoga Day

Did you know there’s an international day of yoga? Well, the United Nations on 11 December 2014, proclaimed June 21st as the International Day of Yoga by resolution 69/131. Yes, they passed a resolution and everything.

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June 21st International Yoga Day and in the Northern Hemisphere it’s also the Summer Solstice – the day with the most daylight. Pixabay image.

Yoga, which has been practised for millennia, is one of those things people either love or can’t see the point of at all. Personally I love it. I think it’s great for grounding you and giving you a much greater sense of control over your body. Also, I love the relaxation bit at the end of a yoga class.

During the relaxation bit the teacher will get you to mentally go around your body letting go of tension or unease. One of the most relaxing sensations I’ve ever had was focusing on my eyebrows separating and feeling the skin on scalp loose as if a breeze was gently flowing under it. It sounds mad. It felt great.

But even though I love yoga I haven’t practised it for a while. Then last week when I heard that June 21st is World Yoga Day I thought about doing a little yoga again. Need me some grounding and focus.

There are plenty of great – and free – yoga lessons you can find online. There’s loads of yoga videos on youtube for example. However, if you haven’t ever done yoga before I’d strongly recommend going for a course of classes. It’s the best way to do yoga and the instructor will correct your alignment if you’re doing it wrong. There are plenty of good teachers here in Dublin; I’ve been to classes at Rani Yoga, Yoga Dublin and Yoga Hub, and they’re all excellent.

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A cat doing downward dog. – Because yoga poses are just what our bodies naturally need to do. Pixabay image.

I’m only looking to do some short yoga practises daily to get back into the flow. So today I decided to sign up for the free 30 day trial on do you yoga – no idea what it’s like as yet but it looks good.

Then when I’ve got a bit more into the swing of things I’d like to work on my chakras so I found these videos on youtube from BrettLarkin Yoga – again I’ve no idea as yet what they’re like but they look good so I thought I’d share a playlist with you here.

Why I decided to share this here is … I love the new theme I’ve chosen for the site and I just had to add some new content to it. And Yoga Day seemed the perfect topic – go with the flow of the good energy.