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Building mental strength

Building resilience and mental strength to face the ups and downs of life is a long term practice. But how do we go about it on a daily basis?


A bit of this on a daily basis will help. Warrior Pose. Do it once with FEELING.

This is a fabulous article on emotional intelligence based on research of over a million people. It sets the benchmarks for honest appraisal and provides a road map for progress. And taking a truly honest look at yourself isn’t easy.

Emotional intelligence or EI, as opposed to IQ, is a more valuable assessment of people because it evaluates our resilience, positivity and problem-solving capacity. It therefore determines whether we overcome obstacles or allow ourselves to be crushed or depleted by them.


I’ve got some self-improvements to make on the EI front. Thankfully the yogini in me enjoys the process of building awareness and I’m grateful for the illuminators, like the author of this article, who seem to catch our eye at just  the right time, inviting us to harness our willpower and innate ability to grow. It’s always time to get moving 😉

I hope you find it useful.

With Love,



Liv Mitchell

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Liv Mitchell is a senior yoga teacher and freelance writer/editor.


Spring Term 2017

Release the Day – Wednesdays 6:30pm.

This one’s for newcomers, and those with some yoga experience.  A class to release the physical stress of the day, regain balance and perspective. Refocus the mind to enjoy a relaxed evening. Simple vinyasa and breathing. 

Mindful Movement and Meditation 7:35pm

For those with experience. A class that requires the ability to focus strongly and practice with intention.  May include pranayama and chanting. Includes 15 minutes of guided meditation. 

Let’s talk about your needs 0409 473 162.
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Liv Mitchell

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Liv Mitchell is a senior yoga teacher and freelance writer/editor.


Winter Remedies

Nature kindly provides plenty of nutritional medicine for cold and flu season. The overproduction of mucous occurs not just with colds, but through improper diet and food combinations. Many people who suffer sinusitis, asthma and bronchitis can dramatically reduce unnecessary mucous production through a smarter diet.


Warm and spiced winter foods help to open the airways, for example. A plain vegie broth made from winter staples and greens (spinach, kale, silverbeet, rainbow chard, beetroot beet-top leaves, and in particular, cauliflower and celery, makes ideal sipping to help clear mucous. Citrus fruit is a great mucous liquidator, so pick a plump winter grapefruit for breakfast, and squeeze winter’s lemons and limes into drinking water.

On those weary days, when you feel like staying put and bundling yourself into a woolly jumper and bed socks, try this excellent restorative tea from food-for-healing expert, Sam Gowing. You can feel it hugging you from the inside after every sip.

Sam Gowing's Restorative Beet-Top Tea

Sam Gowing’s Restorative Beet-Top Tea

Restorative Tea


1 bunch of beet tops (the leafy, red-stalked end of beetroot)

2 stalks lemongrass

1 large piece of ginger

Handful Vietnamese mint leaves

Kaffir lime leaves (crunched)


Blanch the washed leaves and stems for 5 minutes in boiling water. Add lemongrass, minced ginger and mint leaves. Reduce heat, simmer gently for 30 minutes. Strain and sip as a restoring tea.

Liv Mitchell

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Liv Mitchell is a senior yoga teacher and freelance writer/editor.