Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Complete Breathing Technique for Stress Reduction!

Complete Breathing (3,2,1  1,2,3)

Here is a simple breathing technique I teach in yoga. Try this and tell us how you feel.

Sit or lie down. Hands may be relaxed by the sides or you may place one hand on the abdomen and the other on the rib cage to check that you are breathing correctly. This is good for beginners to actually feel the area into which they are supposed to be breathing.

Inhaling slowly through the nose, feel the abdomen expand first, then the rib cage, and finally feel the air filling the upper chest. Your abdomen will automatically be drawn in as the ribs move out and the chest expands. Slowly exhale, emptying the lungs from top to bottom. Your shoulders and head should stay essentially in the same position throughout; don’t raise your shoulders on the inhale or slouch forward on the exhalation.  Your inhalation and exhalation should be about the same length of time. Do not hold your breath either at the top or the bottom of the breath, but make the transition smooth. Inhalation is done from the bottom up and exhalation from the top down. Repeat 5 times

Benefit – this is the technique you will probably use most often to combat the tensions and stress in your life. You can use it anywhere, anytime to calm your mind and help quiet physical responses to stress – rapid heartbeat and breathing, and tense muscles. Use this technique to center yourself before your meditation and before asana practice to make them even more effective.

Yoga has started, and the programs are set up until mid June 2015. If you wish to drop in or buy some sessions please inquire with us at 

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

New Yoga Program

Yoga Class Schedule

Tuesday Yoga Classes 7:00-8:15pm (75 minutes)

Starts and Ends: Tuesday Nov 11th – December 16th 2014

6 weeks
Cost $97.50 plus HST $12.70 ($110.20)
Drop in $18.00 cash
Please Email to book your drop in


Thursday Yoga Classes 7:00-8:30pm (90minutes)

Starts and Ends: Thursday Nov 13th – Dec 18th

6 weeks
Cost $111.00 plus HST $14.43 ($125.43)
Drop in $20.00 cash
Please Email to book your drop in



**Buy both rounds up front and receive a 10% discount.

**COAA members receive automatically 10% off any package

**Can’t make a couple classes in one program? BUT have some flexibility? Try buying a few sessions of one package and a few sessions of the other and still save!!

Men, and pre and post natal mom’s welcome, beginner and advance modifications given in class. Our yoga classes include mindful meditation/visualization and breathing techniques, postures (asana’s) and corrections, strengthening and flexibility work.

Location: Clarington Older Adult Center, 26 Beech Ave, Bowmanville

Drop in requests should contact , call or text Lisa at 905-706-7862 to register and check for class availability.

Corporate packages and seminars are available, special semi private or single yoga sessions also available please inquire!

*payment plans available

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Paleo Pancake Recipe

  • 1 1/4 cup blanched almond flour
  • 1/4 cup coconut flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon celtic sea salt
  • 1 cup full fat coconut milk
  • 1 ripe banana, mashed (about 1/2 cup)
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon raw honey (optional)
  • coconut oil, ghee or butter for frying
  • maple syrup and fruit for topping (optional)
  1. Sift together the dry ingredients.
  2. In a medium bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer, whisk together the coconut milk, mashed banana, eggs and vanilla.
  3. Add the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients and mix until well-combined.
  4. Preheat a pan or griddle on medium heat and coat with a layer of coconut oil, ghee or butter.
  5. Pour, or spoon out about two tablespoons of batter to make small pancakes. (They are much easier to manage if you keep them small – You can use your spoon to spread them out a bit.)
  6. Cook the pancakes for 2-3 minutes per side. (I usually end up cooking them longer on the first side than the second.)
Notes about recipe:

1. Serves 4-6
2. Blanched almond flour is better to use than almond meal
3. Baking with coconut flour can be slightly different than other flours, you may need to adjust the liquid ratio to get the right consistency. Make sure the batter is not too thin nor really thick. 
4. We add our favorite chocolate chips. Brand name: Enjoy Life 
You can pick up the chocolate chips or chocolate chunks from Bulk Barn in the health food section (they are in a package not a bulk bin), or Loblaws in the health food section. 

Enjoy and tell us about how you made out!! 
Lisa and Jason