Tuesday, July 11, 2017

2021 Term 1

Mosman Yoga Co-op Update 

2021 Term 1 classes resume Monday 1st February - Thursday 1st April 2021 inclusive. 

Please contact the teacher prior to attending your chosen class, to check availability.

We look forward to welcoming our existing and new students to a rewarding Term 1 2021.

The Mosman Yoga Co-Op Team.
Building 21 and 23, Cnr Suakin Drive/Best Ave,
Georges Heights, Mosman

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Choc Ball Delights ...

Glenda's chocolate balls have been a talking point at many of the tea gatherings after her Yin Yoga or Divine Feminine events and she's kindly agreed to share her recipe for this super healthy guilt free treat for all occasions and all ages! Enjoy ...

3 cups of pitted dates soaked in warm water for 30 minutes, then drained
7 tbs raw organic cacao powder
3 cups almond meal
1 tsp pure vanilla (not imitation)
3 tbs orange peel grated or finely chopped
Desiccated coconut

Process dates, cacao powder, almond meal and vanilla in a food processor until well blended.
Transfer to a bowl and mix in orange peel.
Sprinkle coconut onto a plate.
Roll a tbs of mixture by hand into a ball and roll in the coconut.
Refrigerate for 1-2 hours and have a ball!! (makes approx 30 balls)

Recipe courtesy of Savour World Cuisine ... caterers for Glenda's 2010 Yoga Retreat in Byron Bay

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

How to cook brown rice

Anyone who's interested in maintaining good health - and most people who practise yoga are - is usually also interested in eating well. I found the following simple and delicious brown rice recipe on the blog Chemo Chic - many thanks to the author, Jessica Jones, for granting permission for us to reproduce it here. Jessica discovered the joys of brown rice while undergoing treatment for breast cancer. She had previously 'hated brown rice all my life. That is, until I learned how to cook it properly. Now I love brown rice. I could eat it every day.'

Jessica's book The Elegant Art of Falling Apart will be published later this year by Hachette Australia. - Sophie

How to cook brown rice:

Use everything organic, if possible.

Half a cup of short grain brown rice.
One cup of water
A handful of sesame seeds
A sprinkling of Umeboshi plum vinegar (from Japanese shops or good health food shops)

Put the rice and the water in a small pan with the lid on. Bring it to the boil then turn the flame right down and leave it to simmer for 25 minutes. Do not take the lid off.

Meanwhile, dry roast the sesame seeds in a frying pan over a low flame. Stir or shake them constantly until they are golden brown because they can burn in a flash.

After 20 minutes or so, check the rice to see if it has absorbed all the water. The rice should be soft but a bit chewy, not mushy. If it is still wet, put the lid back on and leave it for another 5 minutes. Once all the water is absorbed, turn the flame off and let the rice sit with the lid on for another 5 minutes or so. Then stir in the sesame seeds and add a splash of the vinegar.

Monday, April 4, 2011

Nicolette's raw raspberry 'cheesecake'

For the crust
2 cups of macadamia nuts
4 - 6 dates pitted
1/4 cup of shredded coconut
1. Sprinkle dried coconut onto the bottom of 8 or 9 inch dish / pan.
2. In a blender combine nuts and date. press this mixture onto the coconut in the pan.
For the 'cheese'
3 cups of cashews soaked for at lease 1 hour
3/4 cup of fresh squeezed lemon juice
3/4 cup of honey
3/4 cup coconut oil
1tbsp vanilla extract
pinch of salt
3. In blender mix ingredients until smooth.
4. Pour mixture onto crust.
5. Place in freezer until firm.
For raspberry sauce
2 cups raspberries (or strawberries)
4 to 6 dates
Blend together and pour over frozen cake.
I often halve the recipe as it uses so many nuts and make a little cake that fits really well into a 21 cm x 15 cm Pirex dish.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Meet the teacher: Simone Selby

1. Please describe the style of yoga you teach.
I teach a back rehabilitation class that is based on a combination of physiotherapy, Pilates and hatha yoga. The 10-week program addresses a different part of the body each week, e.g. neck and shoulders, sacro-iliac and lumbar spine, abdominals and sides. Each class works on decompressing the vertebral collumn, pelvic floor and deep core muscle strengthening, as these are the basics of alleviating back and neck problems.

2. Why did these disciplines appeal to you initially?
Pilates appealed to me as I liked its emphasis on decompression of the spine and peripheral joints. It also specifically strengthens the core muscles of the spine and abdomen. The latest research into chronic spinal pain shows that the Pilates method helps alleviate pain.

3. Why did you decide to become a teacher?
After suffering 20 years of headaches that resolved following a 10-week Pilates program, I felt a moral obligation to the community to share and teach the pilates method. I have been a practicing physiotherapist for 23 years and am also an acupuncturist. I incorporate education about why problems and blockages occur in the body into the pilates class, so that the students understand how and why the exercises can help them

4. How long have you been teaching, and where have you taught before now/where else are you teaching now?
I have been teaching in the Mosman area for 10 years at various studios. I currently teach Monday and Thursday mornings at Mosman Yoga Co-op and Tuesday evenings in Castlecrag.

5. How does teaching fit into your own practice - has it become part of your practice, has it changed your practice?
I have my own acupuncture clinic and physiotherapy practice in Castlecrag. The knowledge I have gained from teaching Pilates over the last 10 years has influenced my work in that all my clients learn to manage and alleviate a lot of their symptoms using exercise programs on their own. It is wonderful to give people the skills to help themselves.

6. If someone is new to yoga or Pilates, what would you tell them to encourage them to begin practising?
I would encourage all ages shapes and sizes to try the pilates method, especially if they have a history of pain. The classes actually show and teach you how to change postural habits and strengthen the hidden muscles of the core. The classes are challenging in that you are learning to use and connect to muscles that you have never used before, but at the same time the class is relaxing and calming due to the nature of the exercises. The class is not aerobic or jarring, rather flowing, strengthening and centering.

7. Is there anything else you'd like to tell us?
I currently have spaces available in the Monday and Thursday classes in Mosman. Students need to bring a Pilates ball to the Thursday class. I am happy to answer any further questions over the phone on 0421 369 643.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Our beautiful studio

At the Co-op we are very lucky to have the use of two different buildings which formed the rehabilitation hospital for the army during and after World War I. Building 21 contains one studio (Studio 4) which means it's nice and quiet! Building 23 has three studios (Studios 1 to 3) and a wonderful verandah. Above are some photos showing both the verandah and the view we have out to South Head and the ocean beyond. We've had some amazing shows of sunsets, sunrises, storms and the moon over the time we've been at this studio - not to mention the local fauna! We are often serenaded by magpies and witness rabbits hopping by, which is a little surreal when we can see the Sydney skyline very clearly from the car park!