Quinoa Bowl

Quinoa Bowl

Breakfast quinoa bowls are a plenty at cafés these days, but they make a good dinner option too. A cup of cooked quinoa with sautéed kale, roasted cherry tomatoes, yoghurt-tahini dressing, and a few raw veggies and lots of seeds and herbs on top. Yum! So good and healthy! Design your own!

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Steal away to the seaside...

Steal away to the seaside...

I spent some time on the sand this Australian summer and put together this album of some of my favourite beaches. My northern hemisphere friends and followers are always asking me to post more pics of Australia, so this is my gift to you. Take a five minute beach break, and steal away to the seaside.

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Chilli Tuna Ali-Salad

Chilli Tuna Ali-Salad

I have been making this salad for years. It's one of my easy go-to recipes when I want something fresh, raw and healthy. It’s very liver cleansing – carrots, parsley, celery, cabbage, lemon – the same ingredients you would put in a juice! Make a vegetarian version by replacing the tuna with seeds, nuts, or quinoa.

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You are not your thoughts: Coco Morier's mantra

You are not your thoughts: Coco Morier's mantra

It’s not uncommon to come across your favourite actor or musician at a yoga class in LA, and that’s exactly where I met my friend, electro-pop star, Coco Morier. Yoga is good for everyone, including people who write songs for Britney SpearsIcona PopTom Jones, and Wynter Gordon, to name a few in Coco’s bank. She draws inspiration from friends, strangers, books and lovers, and she mediates, hikes and writes gratitude lists.   Here is her stance on self-care. 

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Recipe: pickled jalapeños

Recipe: pickled jalapeños

These pickled jalapeños are addictive! I love them because they're not too spicy, but create enough heat to enhance the flavour of almost anything. They certainly do not belong exclusively to Mexican fare, I use them on cheese platters, salads and tacos. They look very pretty in the jar and make a great gift. 

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She let go

She let go

It's been one of those weeks. Tears, self-doubt and stuck energy have taken hold. Everything I have attempted to write has suddenly become a joke: meaningless words on a piece of paper that will never see the light of day. My yoga teacher read this poem out at the beginning of class. How did she know? In face of everything that is being thrown at me right now, It remains at the back of my mind, inspiring radical trust in the universe no matter what. I hope you can use it too.

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If you see me at yoga and I don’t say hello, don’t be offended.

If you see me at yoga and I don’t say hello, don’t be offended.

If I arrive at yoga and take my place in the back corner of the room near the door, avoid eye contact, or half-smile at you, don’t worry, I am most likely just feeling pretty tamasic (slow, heavy, lethargic). It will pass. Just as nature changes, we too, are constantly in flux: changing and moving towards or away from one of three states. 

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3 Things to Know About Shame and How it Affects Your Relationships

3 Things to Know About Shame and How it Affects Your Relationships

Shame: we will do anything to avoid it. But understanding shame can help turn a painful situation into a deep connection with loved ones. Here are three things to know about shame and how it plays out in relationships.

*This article was written for Elephant Journal and originally published there on 19 June 2014. 

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Naps make you a better yoga teacher: an interview with Anne Van Valkenburg

Naps make you a better yoga teacher: an interview with Anne Van Valkenburg

I hate missing one of Anne Van Valkenburg’s yoga classes. I know that FOMO (that’s fear of missing out for those of us over 30) is usually associated with parties, music festivals, and other social events, but in my case it’s experienced on the rare occasion I allow my life to get in the way of taking one of Anne’s classes. They are that good. I’m thrilled she agreed to share some of her self-care secrets here on Ali Salad (hint: sleep more). 

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Roast organic chicken with herby stuffing

Roast organic chicken with herby stuffing

This delicious organic roast chicken with herby stuffing is a crowd pleaser. When it is carved, the stuffing falls out into the juices in the bottom so you can serve a few big spoonfuls along with the meat (yum)! Use a gluten free bread or quinoa if you are gluten free. It looks great served whole in the middle of a table with lots of colourful sides.

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Secret revealed: Osher Günsberg is quite bad at first kisses

Secret revealed: Osher Günsberg is quite bad at first kisses

It’s hard not to feel a little bit guilty around Osher Günsberg. He is the poster boy for health and discipline; his daily routine includes several kale shakes, a 10k run or 20k ride, yoga, a grain bowl or two, and a great deal of work on a myriad of projects including hosting The Bachelor Australia, recording two podcasts, and exhibiting his photographs.

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Singing really is the best medicine: A concert to benefit the Botshabelo Orphange

Singing really is the best medicine: A concert to benefit the Botshabelo Orphange

Over 300 people spilled into the aisles and onto the floors of the spiritual village of Golden Bridge on Sunday to watch the Golden Bridge Community Choir perform 15 significant songs from around the globe. We opened the sold out show with the song calling for the release of Mandela, Asimbonanga, ‘we have not seen him’ in Zulu, by Johnny Clegg, which was written when no one had seen Mandela outside prison for over 20 years. 

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Never give up and always let go

Never give up and always let go

We lose our way sometimes. But through continuous effort and practice, and by not being attached to a particular outcome, we can get ourselves back on the path to becoming who we really are. Yoga sutra 1:12 teaches us why we should never give up and always let go (even when it's really hard, like today was for me).

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Chocolate almond bliss balls (dairy, gluten and sugar free)

Chocolate almond bliss balls (dairy, gluten and sugar free)

These bliss balls are the perfect combination of sweet and salty. They make for a great bite size dessert after dinner and are great for kids as they are sans sugar. I have used desiccated coconut on the outside but you could also use sesame seeds, or leave them plain chocolate. A combination of all three looks great to serve at a dinner party.

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The Coachella Collection

The Coachella Collection

I've put together a little scrapbook of photos from my Coachella adventure earlier this month. 2014 was an awesome line up and I'm starting with a video of my favourite show of the festival, Disclosure. LOVE them! Other highlights included Flume, The Knife, Lorde, The Magician, Arcade Fire with guest appearance by Blondie, and Pharrell with guest appearance by Gwen Stefani. But it all started with a road trip….

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Roasted red pepper soup

Roasted red pepper soup

This is my favourite soup at the moment. My Aunt made a version of this for me fifteen years ago in Byron Bay and I've been making it ever since. It is so naturally sweet and rather addictive. I use organic chicken stock, but vegetable stock is just as good. So, if you are vegetarian or vegan, you can still make it work. You can roast a chilli with the peppers if you want a bit of spice. Try it and see what works!

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Cultivate contentment

Cultivate contentment

Can we really choose to be content? I think the answer is yes and no. In the beginning we might feel more like the answer is no, but with time, we can see more and more that the answer is yes. We may have to start small, or even pretend a little at first, but then our thoughts become our actions, and with some effort we will be able to find the gift in everything.

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Gluten free orange and almond cake

Gluten free orange and almond cake

I have been making this cake for years and it is always a winner. A friend gave me the original recipe, and I have tried changing it up in various ways over the years. It turns out a little differently each time, depending on the size of your eggs and oranges. I love seeing what will happen and regardless, it always looks impressive and tastes delicious. It’s the best with a cup of tea!

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A few ways you can benefit from therapy

A few ways you can benefit from therapy

Growing is important. And yet, change is scary and uncomfortable. If only we could grow without changing. Change seems hard. We will probably have to say lots of affirmations, start going to yoga, and the gym, and only drink alcohol on the weekends. And we might actually be able to keep that up for a month or so, but will it really lead to becoming better people?

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Welcome to Ali Salad: a blog about life, yoga, therapy, wellness, people and food

Welcome to Ali Salad: a blog about life, yoga, therapy, wellness, people and food

This blog will not really be about me (like this post is), except when I think my experience will be useful in the context of what I’m sharing. You can expect thought provoking articles about what it means to be a human and what I’ve learnt as a therapist, a yogi, a party animal, a pure being, a student, a teacher, a lover, a cook, a singer, and a fellow traveller.

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