Mango & Pineapple Chia Pudding

Recipe by Olivia Scott

Recipe by Olivia Scott

Tropical Chia Pudding

INGREDIENTS

1 cup (250ml) coconut milk
1 cup (160g/5.6oz) chopped pineapple, plus extra to garnish flesh of 1 mango, plus extra to garnish
1⁄2 cup (125ml) filtered water
1⁄3 cup (100g/3.5oz) rice malt syrup
pinch of vanilla bean powder
1⁄3 cup (55g/1.9oz) chia seeds

METHOD

Place coconut milk, pineapple, mango, filtered water, rice malt syrup and vanilla bean powder in a high-speed blender, and blend on high until smooth.

Place chia seeds in a jar. Pour the blended liquid into the jar over the chia seeds and stir. Make sure there are no lumps of chia seeds at the bottom.

Refrigerate for at least 2 hours to set.

To serve, garnish with extra pineapple or mango.

Serves 2

Recipe by Olivia Scott from Love By Olivia

Personal Assistant Role Available

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We have an exciting opportunity for someone to join the Golden Yogi team. The role available is a personal assistant to Erin, the owner of Golden Yogi, working at the desk in our Takapuna location.

The role is about 20 hours per week.

Applicants must have the following skills;

  • Must love customer service and providing an exceptional experience

  • Attention to detail, organised, maintain a systemised approach to assistant work

  • Experienced computer skills; MS office, email, typing and grammar.

  • Experienced email and phone etiquette

  • Perform full range of secretarial services in a professional manner       

  • Be familiar with the Yoga and Wellness industry

  • Have experience in the coordination, planning, implementation of workshops and events.

  • Excellent self-management skills, including working effectively without direct supervision       

  • Great time management and organisation skills

  • Must have a willingness to learn, work as a team and task manager

  • Must be an excellent communicator and problem solver

Applicants must be available for interviews over the next 2 weeks. Due to the large amount of applications, we will not be able to reply to everyone but we will be in touch if you are shortlisted for an interview.

Please email your CV and cover letter to info@goldenyogi.co.nz

12 Happiness Hacks

Hannah Crerar

Hannah Crerar

Hannah Crerar is a yoga teacher at Golden Yogi studio and shares with us from her blog Hannah Yoga and Soul

DELUSIONAL THINKING

Picture this: You are so dehydrated in the desert. And then you see it – water appears in the distance. This excites you. You keep your eye on the prize… You walk and walk, getting more and more exhausted. Despite the lengths you travel, the destination is always just out of reach. That is the teasing nature of a mirage.

I was deep in thought about us humans and how we are programmed when this image of a mirage in the desert came to mind.

Money, power and status are like the mirage. These “destinations” or “objects of desire” give the illusion that they will fulfil you. But when we desire more, bigger, and better – we are in a constant unfulfilled state, as when we get the pay rise/new car/thousands of likes on instagram – we often end up wanting even MORE, even BIGGER and even BETTER. So we think we have to walk further. Newsflash: it’s an illusion.

What if you just stopped walking towards the mirage? What if you decided to stop where you are? What if you started digging? If you dug deep enough into the earth you would find the satisfaction you were searching for all along! The water lives beneath the surface. And it’s the same with us – everything we are searching for lies within. Of course we know instinctively, water doesn’t float above the ground. It is the same in life – the things we desire most, often cannot be seen. All the goodness we need is WITHIN.

When we realise this, it’s so freeing. The enjoyment we seek in life is far less limited by our circumstance…

HAPPY DAYS

Positive psychology has discovered that the happiest lives are a product of happy DAYS. Unfortunately studies show only a fraction of the population think about happiness as a DAILY requirement. Cliché, but every moment counts.

As promised in the last post – here are a few easy, accessible things we can do to fuel the soul with it’s daily dose of happiness and it all starts withIN:

1 POSTURE = a straight spine creates instant mental clarity, free flow of breath and energy. It provides a feeling of strength, power and centered-ness.

2 SMILING = this little trick causes a release of neuropeptides, dopamine, endorphins and serotonin which work to fight off stress and make you feel good (no need for a prescription or a trip to the pharmacy). BONUS: smiling is attractive AND contagious.

3 DEEP BREATHING = deep belly breathing calms us and activates the parasympathetic nervous system so we are better able to rest, digest and reproduce. Calm energy is good energy to be around. When the body is calm it can do all the healing it needs to do.

4 MOVEMENT = to shift something mentally, a physical shift is very useful. Conscious movement allows stagnant energy in the body to free itself. We live in this body so we may as well move it in ways that feel good. Stretching, running, swimming, jumping – just let the body talk.

5 THE SENSES = one of the quickest ways to get PRESENT is to tune into the 5 senses. Right now, notice what you can see, feel, taste, smell and hear. Being present with your sensations will draw you INTO the moment and out of any future worrying or past dwelling. Make time in your day to delight the senses. This may be through a hot bath, a good song, an ocean view or a hot drink. There is an abundance of ways to consciously connect the outer world with the inner world.

6 CONNECTION = We are hardwired to connect – to see and be seen, to listen and be heard, to feel and be felt. Connection with others is so important and the more personal contact, the better.

7 GRATITUDE = The conscious mind can only hold one thought at a time. An attitude of gratitude will automatically give you something to feel joyful about – no matter how small. Remember success and joy aren’t a simutaneous occurrence, you’ve got to choose to see the positive.

8 AFFIRMATIONS = More powerful than our thoughts are our belief systems – and these lurk well below the surface. Repetition of positive statements and thoughts help to train our brain and reprogramme our belief systems. Louise Hay suggests repeating the thought “I approve of myself” over and over throughout the day. (I can personally vouch for how powerful this can be). Remember you are worthy and loveable so why think otherwise. Read more about how words can rock your life here.

9 GIVING = Deepak Chopra revealed that the quickest way to be happy is to make someone else happy. When we are of service, we feel a sense of purpose. The recipent is happy and we recognise that we have something to offer. Giving is certainly not limited to money and material objects. Give your time, your concern and your stories. There are people out there who need exactly what you have to offer.

10 RECEIVING = Sometimes this can be tricky, particularly if you have grown up learning to block complements, or praise or help from others. When you recognise you are worthy of receiving what you desire, you are opening yourself up to far greater possibilities – when you show the universe you have increased your self worth, it will open the floodgates so that more opportunities roll in. Another plus is that when you receive you are allowing the giver to feel he/she has fulfilled a purpose.

11 MEDITATION/ CREATION/ FLOW STATE = Getting centred or into a meditative/flow state is incredibly healing. There is the traditional seated version of meditation but there are many other ways to tap into this flow state. Whether through painting, singing, cleaning, playing an instrument, playing a game, drinking, joking, dancing, running, writing, cooking or travelling – if you can find some creative outlet in which you can become SO involved – you will find that the outside noise and the ego falls away, and you are able to touch base with the most authentic part of yourself. We are all innately creative and there are a million and one outlets – use them all and have fun!

12 REFLECTION: Take time to focus on how you have evolved overtime. Recognise your likes, dislikes, patterns, behaviour, thoughts and beliefs. Sometimes we have to pause and take stock of everything to get clear on HOW to show up in the next phase of our life.

YOUR TURN

Ask yourself now…What do I DO? What do I LIKE doing? Remember happy lives are a result of happy DAYS so please make the conscious choice to do a little more of what you like and what fills you up from withIN. You are so worth it!!

Hannah Yoga and Soul

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Coconut & Raspberry Bliss Balss

INGREDIENTS

1 cup (140g/4.9oz) sunflower seeds
1 cup (100g/3.5oz) desiccated coconut
1⁄3 cup (50g/1.7oz) chopped beetroot
1⁄3 cup (8g/0.3oz) freeze-dried raspberries
1⁄2 tsp Himalayan sea salt
1⁄2 tsp vanilla bean powder
3 Tbsp coconut oil
2 cups (320g/11.2oz) dates, soaked for 4 hours

COATING
1 cup (100g/3.5oz) desiccated coconut
1⁄4 cup (6g/0.2oz) freeze-dried raspberries

METHOD

Place the sunflower seeds, desiccated coconut, beetroot, freeze-dried raspberries, sea salt and vanilla bean powder and blend until fine. Add the coconut oil and blend until well mixed. Add the dates and blend on low until well combined. Pour mixture into a bowl and set aside.

Place the desiccated coconut and freeze-dried raspberries in a small bowl and mix with your hands, rubbing to combine the raspberry colour with the coconut. Take two tablespoons of the mixture and roll into a ball. Place in the raspberry coconut mixture and roll around to coat completely. Continue to do this until you have used up all the mixture. Store, refrigerated, in an airtight container for up to three weeks.

Makes 12

Creamy Corn, Coconut & Hazelnut Soup

Creamy Corn, Coconut & Hazelnut Soup

Creamy Corn, Coconut & Hazelnut Soup

INGREDIENTS

2 cups (500ml) coconut milk
1 cup (250ml) filtered water
2 cups (400g/14oz) fresh corn kernels
1⁄3 cup (40g/1.5oz) hazelnuts, plus extra to serve
1 tsp dried turmeric
1 Tbsp salt
1 tsp freshly ground black pepper 1
4 sprigs of fresh dill, to serve

METHOD

Place all ingredients except dill in a high-speed blender and blend on medium for 2 minutes. Taste and add salt and pepper to your preference. To warm the soup, pour into a saucepan until simmering.. Pour into bowls and serve with some fresh dill and chopped hazelnuts on top.

Serves 4

Recipe from Love, By Olivia