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Pumpkin and Tuscan Kale Soup Recipe by Emiko Davies

Winter Warmer - Pumpkin and Tuscan kale soup by Emiko DaviesOur beautiful winter warmer featured recipe is courtesy of Emiko Davies. An avid Iyengar and Bikram yoga practitioner at various times in her life, Emiko is now based in Canberra after spending more than two-thirds of her life living abroad in China, the US and most recently Tuscany, where she spent seven years in Florence. The food writer, photographer and illustrator now juggles being mamma to an active toddler and when not writing for various publications such as The Canberra Times and Wine Companion magazine, Emiko can be found working on her blog where she indulges her thing for good, wholesome, old fashioned cooking and regional Italian cuisine: www.emikodavies.com.

Pumpkin and Tuscan kale soup

Pumpkin and Tuscan Kale Soup Recipe by Emiko DaviesSoup is the warming, comfort meal I turn to most in the winter. It makes good use of hardy winter vegetables, so suitable for slow cooking, where they become sweet, tender and flavourful. This is a very simple vegetarian soup but one that is satisfying and nutrition-packed. Seek out proper Japanese pumpkin, which has a very deep, bright orange and naturally sweet flesh (that will become very soft and falling apart when cooked) with a dark green skin. Tuscan kale, or cavolo nero, with its bumpy, cypress-green leaves, is wonderfully forgiving in soups as it needs to be cooked for a long time to become tender. You can substitute silverbeet if you don’t have Tuscan kale but add it when the pumpkin is halfway through cooking. You could also serve this with some grated Parmesan or Pecorino cheese if desired.

Ingredients

½ whole Japanese pumpkin

1 small bunch Tuscan kale

2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, plus more for drizzling

1 small brown onion, finely chopped

½ celery stick, finely chopped

½ carrot, finely chopped

1 garlic clove, finely chopped

1 bay leaf

salt and pepper

Chop the pumpkin into large chunks, removing and discarding the skin and seeds. Remove the central vein from the kale and then chop the leaves finely. Set aside.

Over low heat, gently saute the onion, carrot, celery and garlic in the olive oil for about 5 minutes or until the vegetables are soft and translucent. Add the bay leaf and season with salt and pepper.

Add the pumpkin and kale and enough water to cover the vegetables. Bring to the boil over medium heat, covered, then lower the heat to simmer until the pumpkin is soft and the kale is tender, about 20 minutes. With the back of a wooden spoon or, if needed, a potato masher, gently break up the pumpkin until it is creamy or slightly chunky, as you prefer.

Serve drizzled with some extra virgin olive oil and extra pepper.


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Meditation 5-Week Course Enrollment NOW Closing – Starts Fri 6 June

Meditation 5-Week Course

Notions that meditation is simply about relaxation or cleansing the mind of all thoughts are common misconceptions. With our busy days and hectic schedules, meditation is surprisingly hard work and it takes a lot of practice to get better. The more you practice and understand the fundamentals, the easier it becomes to stay focused. Progress can be measured by how long a single thought can be focused upon without straying.
Remarkably, for something so exceedingly simple, it can produce an astounding number of health benefits, including stress reduction, improved attention, better memory, even increased creativity, and feelings of compassion and empathy. Eager to learn more, a growing number of scientists are looking into the cognitive effects of meditation, and there are now many documented studies showing that meditation is a very powerful tool.

If you are interested to explore the health benefits of meditation practice, join Angela Baker, and special guest teacher Shirley Campbell (photo left) on our 5-Week Meditation Course, Fridays from 6 – 7PM at CYS, commencing this Friday, 6 June. Places are limited to 10 students. Sign up today.

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Yoga Lunchtime Revolution

Lunchtime Yoga Revolution

Do you eat lunch at your desk?

Do you want to energise, de-stress and feel good?

We challenge you to get out of the office, and do something good for yourself.
If you are working in Phillip or Woden, grab YOGA for LUNCH at our studio. Sign up to classes through our timetable.

The challenge starts Monday 19 May, and ends Friday 13 June 2014.

Running for FOUR weeks, here’s how it works –
1. The student who attends the most number of lunchtime classes by 13 June wins a 20-class pass.
2. Bring a friend for at least four classes, and receive a 10-class pass.

** Log your name each time you attend class in the LUNCHTIME REVOLUTION LOGBOOK at the studio.  Also, log your friend’s name when you come in.

3. Just turn up – no need to pre-register.

The winners will be announced on Monday 16 June.

 


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Yoga for Toddlers and Preschoolers – 10 week course with Suzanna Thell

Toddlers Yoga Teacher - Suzanna ThellJoin experienced DRU yoga teacher Suzanna Thell for a 10-week Yoga for Toddlers and Preschoolers (ages 2-5 years), running from Thursday 1 May 2014 to 3 July 2014 at 11am to 11:45am.

An excellent way to introduce your child to yoga. Suzanna Thell teaches beautiful creative classes which not only introduce your little ones to the asanas – through her gift of storytelling Suzanna introduces mindfulness, calmness, and imagination.

Enrich your day, bonding with your child/children, experiencing the wonderful effects of yoga—stretching your bodies, as well as your imagination, in playful, creative ways.” – Suzanna Thell

The cost is $180 for 1 parent and child, $300 for 1 parent and 2 children, and $400 for 1 parent and 3 children. Sign up by 21 April and get 10% off.

Enrol here.


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Yoga for Primary School Kids – 10 week course with Suzanna Thell

Primary School Kids Yoga Teacher - Suzanna ThellJoin experienced DRU yoga teacher Suzanna Thell for a 10-week Yoga for Toddlers and Preschoolers (ages 6-10 years), running from Thursday 1 May 2014 to 3 July 2014 at 4:15pm to 5:15pm.

An excellent way to introduce your child to yoga. Suzanna Thell teaches beautiful creative classes which not only introduce your little ones to the asanas – through her gift of storytelling Suzanna introduces mindfulness, calmness, and imagination.

Experience yoga to bring flexibility and strength to your body, meditation to bring concentration and focus to your mind; relaxation to bring calm and inner peace to your soul. A fun class to bring balance and joy to your day, to your life.” – Suzanna Thell

The cost is $180 for 1 child, $300 for 2 children, and $400 for 3 children. Sign up by 21 April and get 10% off.

Enrol here.


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Yoga for Teens – 5 week course with Suzanna Thell

Teens Yoga Teacher - Suzanna ThellJoin experienced DRU yoga teacher Suzanna Thell for a 5-week Yoga for Teens, running from Wednesday 30 April to 28 May.

The yoga for teens class is aimed at kids in high school and college. It offers ways to exercise and energise; develop flexibility and creativity; increase concentration and self-confidence; and experience inner stillness.

It also offers skills to help build resilience and techniques to de-stress. Students will feel empowered not only to face challenges but to dream big, as they discover they have all they need within to be the best they can be.

These yoga classes aim to:

* build strength, tone muscles, increase flexibility
* improve postural alignment
* use breathing techniques for stress management
* increase concentration and mindful awareness
* build self confidence & resilience
* encourage deep relaxation & inner stillness

There will be 2 courses per term with terms running as per ACT school terms.

The cost is $82.50 for 5 sessions. Sign up by 21 April and get 10% off.

Enrol here.


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New Meditation Course for Beginners with Angela Baker starts Friday 2 May

Yoga Teacher - Angela BakerIf you have been practising meditation and looking to deepen your practice, or are new to meditation and are curious about the fundamentals of an effective practice and how it can support you to de-stress, relax and focus — join our Meditation 5-Week Course. Enrol before Monday 21 April, and avail of the 10% Early Bird discount.

The next Meditation Course commences on Friday 2 May from 6pm – 7pm. Experienced Dru Yoga teacher, Angela Baker will be running this five-week course. Read more about the course coverage here.

The benefits of meditation and mindfulness practices are extremely well documented these days. Meditation is scientifically shown to increase happiness, well-being and a sense of control. It also is known to reduce stress and the risk of major health issues.

The classes are based on the Dru Meditation style and will leave you feeling refreshed and relaxed, ready to manage life with strength and enthusiasm. Enrol today.

Namaste.


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Prenatal Yoga – 10 Week Course with Monica Anderson

Prenatal Yoga Teacher - Monica AndersonJoin experienced prenatal yoga teacher Monica Anderson for a 10-week prenatal yoga course, running from Monday 28 April to 30 June.

This course is dedicated to providing holistic support to pregnant women, through yoga practice, breath-work, and informative sessions on birth preparation and lateral services, such as doula support and courses that are good to know such as calm birth, and preparing for your first six weeks with bub.

Practising yoga throughout your pregnancy is a wonderful gift that you give to yourself and your unborn baby. Prenatal yoga will help you be in the best possible shape for birth and beyond! From teaching experience, you will also enjoy faster muscle recovery after birth.

Benefits you will enjoy are on all levels – physical, mental, emotional and spiritual. As you practise regularly you will increase your strength, stamina and flexibility. You’ll also find that your yoga helps you deal more effectively with stress and anxiety, as well as appreciating the quiet time you set aside for your yoga practice as a sanctuary for you to connect with the baby growing inside you.

Your body is influenced by the hormone ‘relaxin’ during pregnancy which softens the joints and ligaments in the pelvis and spine. Work to a point where you are getting a gentle and effective stretch rather than aiming to drastically improve your flexibility during this time.

The cost is $165 for 10 sessions. Sign up by 21 April and get 10% off.


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Yoga for Beginners – 10 Week Course with Jen Brown

Yoga Teacher - Jen BrownOur next beginners yoga course with yoga teacher Jen Brown starts on Wednesday, 30 April 2014 and runs for 10 weeks until 2 July 2014. Each class is for an hour from 6:00pm – 7:00pm.

No experience is required. The course is designed for absolute beginners. You will be guided through the fundamental principles with breath, movement and alignment. This class offers a good foundation for you to progress to other classes and yoga styles.

The cost is $165 for 10 sessions. Sign up by 21 April and get 10% off.

Namaste.


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Unlimited 7 Day Yoga Pass for $20

Special offer for new students – Get UNLIMITED 7 Day Yoga Pass for only $20. We are running this promotion until our Grand Opening Day Celebration on Saturday 3 May. Go to our rates page to purchase.


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