Happy New Year! Please check our Yoga and Pilates class schedule for 2015 and see you on the mat soon!
|2 cups wholemeal flour (sifted)
1 can (379g) condensed milk, sweetened
½ – ¾ cup sunflower oil
¾ cup warm water
|½ cup mixed nuts, chopped
½ cup mixed dry fruit
¼ cup fresh fruit (eg cherries or blueberries) small pieces (optional)
|1 tsp ginger powder
1 tsp cinnamon powder
2 tsp vanilla powder
1 tsp bi-carbonate soda
3 tsp baking powder
Mixture of 3 tbsp yoghurt, 3 tbsp milk, 3 tbsp cornflower
Mix all ingredients to a dropping consistency cake mixture.
Line with baking parchment or greaseproof paper a 23cm round cake tin. Grease the lining with sunflower oil.
Pour the mixture into the cake tin.
Pre-heat oven and bake at 180⁰ C for 1 hour.
Cool cake on wire rack.
Apply DiClemente’s Stages of Change Model, as illustrated below, to assess where you are in your Yoga journey.
If you’re at Stages 1, 2 or 7, contact Three Jewels Yoga to find out which classes would give you a taste of yoga.
If you’re at Stage 3, then you’re ready to join in the current Three Jewels Yoga classes.
And of course, Three Jewels Yoga definitely loves seeing you on the mat if you are at Stages 4 and 5!
This May 2014 interview with Guruji running through his life experience with Yoga is enlightening. Indeed Guruji’s liveliness and alertness at 96 are infectious. Also catch his explanation on how props became an essential part of the eponymous Iyengar yoga practice.
It’s often thought that yoga is a few stretches to make us feel good. But to a regular practitioner yoga offers that and much more. Yoga consists of certain spiritual, mental and physical disciplines which originated from ancient India. Yoga has become very popular in the West and London is no exception. Three Jewels Yoga teach yoga in London and their classes provide a modern yet authentic experience of this ancient science.
The season of spring is traditionally the season of revitalisation and growth. As the life-giving power of the sun strengthens in spring, animals and birds wake up from hibernation, trees fill up with leaves and flowers blossom. As spring unfolds, the days get longer and the winter’s chill is replaced with warmer fresher air.
The life-giving power of the sun is greatly respected in yoga. In yoga class, gratitude is shown to the sun by practising the sun salutation (sūryanamaskār). Many yoga postures are named after the shapes of things that they resemble, including plants and animals for example the tree posture (vṛkṣanasa) and lotus posture (padmāsana). Getting into these yoga postures is a reminder of the natural world and we develop awareness of our relationship with other life forms. Similarly, focusing on the breath during the yoga practice teaches us of our connection to each other through the breath.
The yoga postures also have more subtle significance. For instance, the tree posture teaches us to find balance even on windy days. So when we are faced with challenges in life we can remain calm and balanced yet flexible, just like a tree, and not get blown away by the challenges. Practising yoga regularly helps us to become calmer, happier and more alive.
As we enter the spring season and watch nature coming to life, come to experience a fresh, revitalising outlook to life and leave with a spring in your step! See you in class.
*** New classes coming soon – Hot Yoga at Fitness First Islington and evening yoga at Harrow Leisure Centre ***
At Harrow Council’s invitation, Three Jewels Yoga participated in the Harrow Active week-end on 22 April 2014 at St Ann’s shopping centre. Meera led a street yoga class with audience participation. Read more in the Harrow Observer article.