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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.


Spring into Yoga!

I’ve done hard-bodied yoga with a humourless teacher and gently coo-ing classes with a sweet despairing one, flowing postures with an Earth Mother and cocooned myself in the comforting routine and community of one tradition. If you’ve lapsed over winter and are keen to get your mat rolling with a new class this Spring, here are some shopping tips… read more…

Liv Mitchell

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

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Autumn’s Big Ask

red autumn leaves

Last week in class we enjoyed a heart based practice to prepare ourselves for the energies of autumn.

It’s time to come to ground after the fullsome, heady expression of summer. The leaves are falling to Earth, to dry, curl, morph into organic mass and return to elemental form.

Autumn prepares us for the deep introspection of Winter, should we choose to go there. It gives us time to ask the question “What must I release?” as the trees surrender their shelter and the southern hemisphere begins its retreat from exuberance into golden hued afternoons.

So, we worked with breath and movement to open the heart space in practice, the heart being the esoteric place of deepest knowing in order that it might reveal the blueprint. It knows what we need to surrender to move more fully into our whole selves. Should you choose to believe in such things, you might find irrefutable guidance there. And a committed yoga practice will tempt you to believe. It helps to explain the equilibrium and expansiveness, the exquisite peace we sometimes experience in savasana (relaxation) post practice.

We stayed in our postures to build the autumnal strength and stability we need to receive Winter’s revelations. “What safe pattern, place, person, perspective, Belief, must I release to live from my most powerful Self?” It’s wise to prepare for a heart-to-heart. It takes courage to hear and act on those answers. Self-sabotage being the safer route.

Even if we don’t ask the question, its roots crawl beneath our skin, weaving and tangling in discomfort until it finds a way to break through, all gnarly and ready to trip us up as we walk on and stumble, righting ourselves self-consciously,  pretending not to notice.

Liv Mitchell

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

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