Review: Heal – Pete Evans

101 Simple Ways to Improve Your Health in a Modern World

Pete Evans

Pan Macmillan Australia

Plum

ISBN: 9781760782627

 

Description:

So many of us are looking for practical changes we can make to nourish our body, be more active and find meaningful connection – ways to be stronger, happier and healthier, in a fast-paced world.

 

Pete begins with what he knows best – food – and offers suggestions on how to eat and drink in ways that will support your wellbeing. Next, he explores different ways to move and play that are known to positively influence physical and mental health. There are ideas on how to relax your body and mind, including massage and meditation, as well as the best strategies for restorative sleep. Finally, Pete explores activities that promote creativity, self-awareness and connection with other people, which are all essential to emotional wellbeing.

 

With ideas to inspire everyone to make a change in their lives – no matter how big or small – Heal will help you to find the path to your healthiest self.

 

 

My View:

This is Pete Evan being the best person he can be and sharing with you how he does this.

I loved the soft bound cover, the gloriously peaceful images (in fact all the photography here is outstanding) and the joy reading this creates.  This book is full of positive vibes, uplifting.

 

 

Heal – Peter Evan

 Photograph courtesy Ant Ong.

 

Post Script: The Classic Yoga Bible – Christina Brown

The Classic Yoga Bible

The Classic Yoga Bible

Christina Brown

Hachette Australia

Godsfield

ISBN: 9781841813684

 

Description:

Yoga brings not only a suppleness to the body but also a sense of spiritual and physical well-being to those who practice it. Featuring over 170 postures from the main schools of yoga, The Yoga Bible is the ultimate, comprehensive guide to practicing yoga and finding a mental and physical balance in life. The book encourages yoga beginners and experts alike to find a yoga sequence that suits their personal needs and abilities.

 

 

My View:

A great resource for those at any stage of their yoga practice journey.  I have recently (in the past few months) started yoga – I practice with a lovely group of people who are all carrying injuries of various types, yoga poses can be adapted ( lightened) so that most people can participate regardless of fitness. This book defines the poses, has photographic guides to achieving the pose and also lists the Gaze, the Build- Up Pose, the Counter Pose, discusses how to lighten the pose and the Effect of the pose e.g.  centreing, calming, balancing… I love the calming effect and the ability I now have to relax my breathing when under pressure…the section “yoga for destressing” is a must read.

 

“Over time you will find ways to undo less than perfect posture.  With a balanced practice, your week areas will grow stronger, and your tight areas will become more flexible. General vitality and energy levels will improve, and, as you unwind your bodymind, you’ll drop into relaxation more easily. Yoga develops coordination, flexibility, stamina, balance, mental clarity, increased concentration and overall health. Yoga is an all-round life enhancer” p. 28

 

 

 

 

 

 

Om….and the Art of Bread Making

Ommmmmm….there is nothing like bread making to ground you, to relax you, to develop your sense of patience. I am rediscovering the art of relaxation, deep breathing, yoga and…sour dough bread making.

Bread making and in particular using wild fermented yeast (sour dough) is an art that develops your patience and attunes you to the local environment – favourable weather conditions are a must – a too cold a house equals bread bricks 🙂   I am guilty of rushing…and sour dough will not be rushed!

Mother Nature has fooled me into thinking that it is a good time to start making bread – the skies have been blue, the roses are budding, the veggie patch is looking good.

spring garden

But I have been fooled- the sun may shine but it is not that warm (16 degrees maximums this week) and each time I have started the bread making process I have reached a particular stage and then the temperature has dropped and …the yeast has returned to dormancy.

Ferment cover

However I have had some success and have learnt alot this week, about  bread making and fermenting in general thanks to the assistance of Holly Davis’s new book Ferment.   This book provides recipes and lots of information relating to the various methods of fermenting ( Activate, Capture, Steep, Infuse, Incubate and Cure). One of the most useful things I learnt this week was the  “float test” to check if your leaven mix is active and ready to go. Getting this right makes such a difference to the success (or not) of your sough dough bread making.

The Float Test

Successful float test and I was ready for action..then the weather changed…it cooled down, rapidly…my sough dough sunflower and rye loaf became a a delicious sunflower and rye brick 🙂  The crumb is great. The flavour is awesome but it needed a few more degrees of warmth to have risen that bit more …I will not give up, I will just have to wait a few weeks for the temperature to increase a few degrees and all will be fine. I’ll let you know how I get on.

sunflower and rye bread

Back to the deep breathing exercises….Ommmmmm…..