Once In A Blue Moon – Yoga & The Full Moon – Laura Green Yoga

Laura Green Yoga - Natarajasana Dancer's Pose
Laura Green Yoga – Natarajasana Dancer’s Pose

When someone says ‘Once in a Blue Moon’ you know what they mean: rare, unusual, seldom, infrequently. This year it means ‘the end of July’. As on Friday 31st July there is a Blue Moon. A Blue Moon is when there are 2 Full Moons in one month. Let this rare occurrence inspire you. What dreams, hopes, desires would you love to actually manifest in your life? Things that maybe you’ve putting off because they only happen ‘once in a blue moon’? People love to tell us the myriad of reasons why our dreams won’t come true, why we should stay on the straight and narrow and tow the party line – this comes from fear and insecurity. Don’t let your wings be clipped – you only have one life so why not live it? In the words of Marianna Williamson:

 

‘Your playing small does not serve the world
There’s nothing enlightened about shrinking
So that other people won’t feel insecure around you.
We are all meant to shine,
As children do.
It’s not just in some of us;
It’s in everyone.’

 

However crazy this sounds to you and however sceptical you feel, will you do me a favour on Friday?

 

After it’s dark go outside and look up to the Full Moon (even if it’s cloudy!) and share a little secret with the moon. Tell it what dream your heart desires, what you would like to manifest in the next lunar cycle, what first steps you want to take to make things happen for you. If you dare maybe even ask the moon for help – crazy I know but just try it this once for me and see what happens when you harness the power of the Full Moon. If you feel like celebrating with some yoga, try my online Lunar Flow Class which you’ll find in my Online Yoga Studio.


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Yoga Teacher Laura’s Spicy Banana & Raspberry Muffins (Gluten Free + Vegan Option)

Laura’s Spicy Banana & Raspberry Muffins (Gluten Free + Vegan Option)
Laura’s Spicy Banana & Raspberry Muffins (Gluten Free + Vegan Option)

I love baking & I love all things full of gluten – but gluten doesn’t love me, it makes me bloated and tired so where possible I try to avoid it. I’m a good baker (and yes I’m blowing my own trumpet but it’s true I make good cake!) however when it comes to what my Husband calls ‘weird baking’ I have had so many disasters and this makes me sad as the ingredients are expensive and I hate waste. So today, no more following recipes it was time to create my own! And guess what – it worked. These muffins are moist, full of flavour, with a light texture and even better they are made in one bowl and you can mix up a batch in just 30 mins. I was experimenting with these muffins as a delicious treat for guests at my next Yoga Weekend Retreat where we’re Glamping in Surrey.

 

Serves: 8 | Baking Time: 20 mins | Prep Time: 10 mins


Ingredients

2 Medium Eggs (For Vegan substitute for 2 Flax Eggs)

2 Ripe (or over ripe) bananas

3 Tbsp of Honey or Maple Syrup

5 Tbsp Milk (For Vegan substitute with unsweetened Almond Milk)

1 Tbsp Coconut Oil (Can substitute for a vegetable oil)

1 Tsp Vanilla Extract

1 Tsp Baking Powder

1 Cup Ground Almonds

1/2 cup + 2 Tbsp of Coconut Flour (You can experiment with other gluten free flours)

1 Tsp Ground Ginger, and/or Cinnamon, and/or Nutmeg

100g raspberries or blueberries (Optional)

8 Pecans (Optional: Can substitute for Almonds or Walnuts)

 

Method

1) Preheat oven to 190 C then turn down to 170 C when you put the muffins in. (These temperatures are based on a fan assisted oven). Line a muffin or cup cake tin with 8-10 paper liners.

2) In a large bowl mash up your sliced bananas, then add the eggs and stir with a folk to combine. Add the honey, baking powder, vanilla extract, milk and coconut oil and stir.

3) Add grounds almonds, coconut flour, and spices and stir once more until well combined. I like to swap to a wooden spoon for this. The mixture will be quite stiff and thick not like a normal cake batter.

5) Gently stir in the raspberries or blueberries (careful not to break them up too much). Spoon the mixture into the paper cases and top with 1 pecan/muffin (either whole or broken up).

6) Remembering to turn the oven down to 170 C. Bake for 20 – 25 minutes or until a tooth pick or knife inserted into the centre comes out clean and they become somewhat firm to the touch with a little give. You don’t want to overcook them as they will dry out. The juices from the raspberries will keep them gooey in parts.

7) Remove and let rest in pan for 5 minutes. Then cool all the way on a cooling rack. They will keep in an airtight container for a few days or freeze for longer storage.

 


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Teaching Yoga at Festivals

Festivals & Camping?? I never thought I’d see my name at a Festival Line Up.

I’m off to teach yoga at Camp Bestival 29th July – 2nd August. I’ve never been camping or to a festival (mainly because the toilets terrify me). I think the ‘I’ve Got This’ mantra might be needed when it comes to putting up my tent (thank you again Michelle aka Yoga Bunny for the tent!). Let me know if you’re going and come check out the yoga scene! My classes on Wednesday 29th and Thursday 30th July will still be running again thanks to our marvelous cover teachers. Check out the Southampton yoga classes timetable here.

Yoga at Camp Bestival
Yoga at Camp Bestival

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Yoga & Self Care – Asking For Help

When was the last time you asked for help or support?

Through yoga, I have learnt to be strong, independent and capable: my personal Mantra is ‘I’ve Got This’ and this mantra has taken me places I could have never even dreamt of! But last week, I needed to stop, to ask for help and for support. I had to stand up and say ‘I haven’t got this’ – and yes I found that hard to do!
I needed a week to clear some space and halt the overwhelm. Like so many of you I thrive on busyness and my own yoga practise is what keeps me balanced; but after a really busy 7 months I was feeling overwhelmed. A week at home, with lots of yoga, meditation, good food and sleep gave me the self care I needed plus the time to clear much of the To Do list.
I’m so thankful to the wonderful Southampton yoga teachers who stepped in at the last minute to help and support by covering the yoga classes in Southampton, thank you to Linda, Emma, Helen, Kate & Candice.
Laura Green - Yoga Teacher Southampton in Astravakasana - 8 Limb Pose
Laura Green – Yoga Teacher Southampton in Astravakasana – 8 Limb Pose

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Keep Looking Forward – Yoga Lesson’s on Mindfulness in Southampton

The moment has passed. The moment has always passed. For in a blink, a breath, a simple passing second we are on to the next. There is no use, no good to come from hanging on, for languishing in the past. Let go of the moment so as to more fully experience the next. What is the point of dwelling on the past – we don’t get any do overs or any remakes. Whatever happened the past is ALL GOOD – as long as it is in the past. Keep looking forward!

 

The wonderful practice of yoga is a great playing field to explore more the concept of mindfulness and living life in the present. Come and experience for yourself at a Yoga Class in Southampton with Laura Green Yoga. Check out the Yoga Class Timetable Here.

 

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Wedding Photos

Wedding Photos – Just got them from the photographer I promised to share them, so here you go . . . Brought it all back looking at the photos – such a fun day with wonderful family and friends. LX

Laura Green Yoga - Wedding Photos
Laura Green Yoga - Wedding Photos

 


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