Blue Topaz ✨✨✨ stimulating one’s self-confidence and ability to learn and to think through complex concepts and ideas. It inspires creativity, increases attention span and helps one achieve perfection in various projects and aspirations. Placed on the throat area , it helps one to communicate, and to make clear distinctions about what one wants in one’s life. Blue Topaz is a stone of peacefulness, calming the emotions and is ideal for visualisation and meditation 🙏. ✨✨✨
I have a wonderful Pregnancy Yoga Visualisation that I would like to share with you when you join my pregnancy yoga class. Here is a little taster...
- AND the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to BLOSSOM.
2 tbs olive oil
3 garlic cloves
15-20 small shallots
1 glass white wine
1 large stick of Cinnamon`
2 bay leaves,
1 can chopped tomatoes
4 balls of Bahari or whole allspice ( you could use a teaspoon of ground whole spice )
2 cups vegetable stock
2 packets of 180 g Whole Chestnuts , roasted, peeled, and vacuum packed
Sautee the onion in the olive oil, add the garlic.
Add the shallots and mix until they are all coated in oil
Tip in the wine and let it simmer for a few minutes.
Add the cinnamon tick ( I used a giant one! ) the all spice, cloves and chopped tomatoes
Add the vegetable stock and the potatoes
Simmer for 30 minutes with the lid on.
After the potatoes are soft you can tip in the ready roasted chestnuts.
Heat through and serve.
Makes a fantastic vegetarian Christmas alternative and is super healthy!
Serve with rice if needed and a big glass of Wine!
Love & Receive
Peridot “the gem of the sun.” opens up the heart area, bringing emotional balance and inner peace. Peridot banishes depression. Cleanses and activates the heart area, it helps expand one’s ability to receive from the Universe on all levels of life.
Did you know? :Placed on the abdomen, Peridot has been utilized as a facilitator for the birthing process, stimulating contractions and assisting the opening of the birth canal, lessening pain.
3 large overripe bananas - Very well mashed
2 cups oats
1/2 cup shredded coconut
1/2 cup pecan nuts chopped
1/2 cup finely chopped dates
1/4 cup slivered almonds
1/4 cup finely chopped apricots
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
Heat oven to 180c. Line baking paper 2 cm above edge of pan.
Mash bananas and add all ingredients into a bowl. Tip onto pan and press evenly.
Bake in oven for 30-35 mins or untill golden.
Cool completely Cut into small bars.
Super healthy - chewy and yummy!
Enjoy and remember to make it with Love!
1 cup oat flakes
2 cups finey chopped dates
1 cup chopped raisins
1 cup mixed nuts-cashew, almonds, walnuts ( you can dry roast these as well- optional)
1/2 tsp ginger powder
1 tsp cardamon powder
1 tbs Ghee
Coconut flakes for rolling your energy balls in
Pan roast the oat flashes in 1 tbsp ghee until they are slightly darker - (remember to never store ghee in the fridge)
Mix all the ingredients together is a large bowl
Roll into small balls by rolling mixture into your hands.
Roll into desiccated coconut
Yummy tasty and super healthy!
This is a great pose for opening up the hips and releasing physical and emotional tension that is stored in the hips. It also releases tension in the lower back and is great for sciatica. To be practiced after you have warmed up the body.
From an all fours position, with hands under your shoulders and knees under your hips, bring your right foot behind your left hand where it feels comfortable and straighten left leg behind you, keeping the hips level as you sink downwards. Keeping the arms straight and opening the chest. Stay here if you are in your second or third trimester or until you feel comfortable to take it further.
Gently lean forwards onto the forearms and make a cushion with your hands resting your forehead on your hands.
If you are in your second trimester and want to take it further you could use a bolster in front of you to rest your head on.
Practice modified versions using props like a folded blanket under the hips- in second and third trimesters
Always listen to your changing body!
Be cautious not to over do it!
1 teaspoon cumin seeds
2 large onions, finely chopped
1 tablespoon grated ginger
3 garlic cloves- grated
1/2 teaspoon turmeric
1/2 teaspoon crushed red chillies
1/2 teaspoon coriander powder
2 green bell peppers sliced
4 ripe tomatoes sliced
225 g Paneer cubed ( I used low fat paneer)
Heat the oil in a saucepan and add the cumin seeds. Let the cumin seeds brown a little, than add the onions. Stir and fry until soft and well blended. Add the rest of the spice powders and fry for a few minutes. Add the peppers and simmer for about 8 minutes. Add the tomatoes and the paneer cheese and cook for a few minutes until soft but not mushy. Garnish with coriander. Serve with brown short grain rice.
This is a super easy and quick Indian curry with all my favourite ingredients and spices.
The great aromas in my kitchen, remind me of my travels to India.
Olive Oil (always)
250g boiled puy lentils
15 ml curry powder
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1 teaspoon ground coriander 1 ground cumin
1 teaspoon turmeric
380g sliced butternut squash
5 tablespoons maple syrup or 2 tablespoons sugar
5 tablespoons tomato paste
1 teaspoon fresh ginger grated
3 cloves garlic
30ml Apple cider vinegar
salt and pepper
Stir fry the onion with the curry powder in oil until soft. Add the butternut with 100ml water cover and simmer until cooked and dry. Add the honey and spices, Mash. Pout the lentils in and mix altogether, cook for a few minutes to combine everything. Put in an ovenproof dish.
Mix the milk and 2 whisked eggs, season with salt and pepper and pour over the lentil mixture. Add the bay leaves on top. Bake at 180 C until set for about 45 minutes. Serve with rice.
" Know you what it is to be a child?
It is to be something very different from the man of today
It is to have a spirit yet streaming from the waters of baptism,
It is to believe in love, to believe in loveliness, to believe in belief.
It is to be so little that the elves can reach to whisper in your ear.
It is to turn pumpkins into coaches, and mice into horses,
lowness into loftiness and nothing into everything.
For each child has his fairy godmother in his own soul.
It is to live in a nutshell and count yourself the king of the infinite space;
It is to see a world in a grain of sand,
and heaven in a wildflower,
Hold infinity in the palm of your hand,
and eternity in an hour."
Francis Thompson (1859-1907)
"My hands are small, I don't mean to spill my milk,
My legs are short- please slow down so I can keep up.
Don't slap my hands when I touch something bright and pretty, I don't understand.
Please look at me when I talk to you. It let's me know you are really listening.
My feelings are tender-don't nag me all day. Let me make mistakes without feeling stupid.
Don't expect the bed I make or the picture I draw to be prefect. Just love me for trying. Remember I am a child not a small adult. Sometimes I don't understand what you are saying.
I love you so much. Please love me just for being myself, not just the things I can do."
- author unknown
Found this and thought it would be great to post.
Why yoga when pregnant? Besides all the physical benefits. Pregnancy yoga also creates a safe space for you to release and let go. Gives you that special time that is needed to connect with your changing body and growing baby. Time becomes precious and now is a great time to connect to these changes that are happening within. Life is about to change and go into a new cycle. Pregnancy yoga classes will help you release the old and embrace the new. Time to let go and grow into a beautiful mother. A female warrior. Time to decide what kind of mother you want to be. By nurturing yourself you are nurturing your baby. This is special time for you and your baby.
Being pregnant and living in the city you forget that giving birth is a natural phenomenon. You are so engaged in fast city living that you might find it difficult to relax and connect with your inner self. Now is the time to take time out and find some space to relax near nature, maybe sitting under a tree, doing a bit of gardening, walking in nature and notice how nature is always playing around you. Trust the flow of nature. This might help build trust and patience within the cycles of pregnancy, birthing, and motherhood. Notice that the birds and the bees just are the way they are. The flow of life just happens, without you being in control of it. You are part of this nature. Nature is part of you.