Raw Chocolate and Fruit & Nut Balls Recipes

For everyone that came to the Rocket workshop today and wanted the recipe for raw chocolate and the raw fruit/nut balls, here they are:

Raw Chocolate 100g raw cacoa butter (from organic store or some health food stores) 35g raw caco powder (same shops) 45g (roughly, you might want more, mix it through and taste) dark agave (health foods stores, organic stores, coles health foods in some stores. This is in a bottle and looks a little like maple syrup.) pinch salt (I use pink himalayan salt) splash pure vanilla (not that cheap extract stuff from supermarket)

The trick here is I use a Thermomix where I can set the temperature to 37 degrees C. Raw food you don't heat over 41-ish degrees so you can keep all the enzymes intact. So, maybe if you have a cooking thermometer you can do it that way or just keep your heat really low. Don't melt cacao butter over direct heat, stick it in a bowl over the top of a saucepan of boiling water.

For Thermomix method, cut it into small slices, set on 37 degrees for 20 minutes (make sure it's all melted). Pour in the cacao powder, burst on speed 6-8 (or just mix through if you're on the stove) Continue to stir in Thermomix on speed 1 for 10 minutes @ 37 degrees. (On stove, keep stirring over heat for 10 minutes).

Add agave, salt and vanilla, mix through.

You can do whatever you feel like with your chocolate, mix it through some chopped mixed nuts, spoon onto tray and put in fridge to set, maybe fruit and nuts if you like that combination. For cherry ripes, blend glace cherries (I cheated they weren't fresh) and shredded coconut in blender until cherries are mushed up. Press into a biscuit tray into thickness that you like (cherry ripe thickness) and put in fridge to get a little harder. Once set cut into size of your choice. Do the cherry part before you start doing chocolate so it's ready to dip in. Dip your cherry/coconut bits into the chocolate, let as much chocolate drain off as possible, put onto tray with greased proof paper and put in fridge until you're ready to eat.

Fruit & Nut Balls For these I usually scan the pantry and fridge and see what's available to blend up. It's really that easy, you don't need to worry about what it is and measurements, it's just whatever you like to eat. Very roughly this is what I did: 2 cups dried peaches (could be a mix of dried apricots, apples, etc) 8 x medjool dates with seeds removed (you get these from supermarkets, delis, organic stores. If you're using dried packet ones, soak them for an hour or so to soften) 1 cup almonds (whatever nuts you have or like really, macadamias, pecans, brazil nuts, etc) 1 cup walnuts 2 tablespoons heaped raw caco powder sploosh agave (could be 1/3 cup?? taste to see if sweet enough for you) Blend all of these bits up until mushed like rum balls Soak 1/2 cup saltanas and fold through. Optional extra if you like saltanas Roll into balls, roll through desicated or shredded coconut and put in fridge until you want to eat up. They're better in the fridge unless you like them soft and squooshy. I like them a little harder.    

Rocket Workshops

SATURDAY, 5 MAY 2012 WORKSHOP Time: 1.00-4.30pm [MINIMUM NUMBERS REQUIRED]

Rocket is a blend of the first three levels of the traditional Ashtanga vinyasa. In the workshop we will work through the sequence learning alignment principles, modifications and transitions of poses. This sequence is made up of the standing poses in the Ashtanga Primary Series, Backbends from Second Series and Arm Balances from Third Series. Not forgetting our handstands and forearm balances that just make us feel great. The Rocket sequence is designed to create strength, balance and flexibility of both body and mind.

Suitable for anyone that is practicing Rocket or Power Yoga or if you're just curious and want to know more. Also for those that are worried about arm balances and handstands you will leave feeling less intimidated with modifications.

Cost: $45.00
What to bring: water and towel if you're sweaty
Cancellations: 48 hours notice is required for full refund; no refunds available after that time.
  SUNDAY, 6 MAY 2012 FULL ROCKET CLASS Time: 8.00-10.00am [MINIMUM NUMBERS REQUIRED]
Putting everything you learnt on Saturday together in a class. The full Rocket sequence will be taught today.
Cost: $25.00
What to bring: water and towel if you're sweaty
Cancellations: 48 hours notice is required for full refund; no refunds available after that time.
BOTH SATURDAY AND SUNDAY SESSIONS: $60.00
BOOK AND PAY ONLINE OR AT THE STUDIO [click on the workshops tab once you've loged in]

Rocket Workshop

I am looking at running a Rocket weekend workshop at the end of March. This is where we get to slow it down, workshop the alignment of poses and have a bit of fun. That will be 3 hours on a Saturday afternoon1-4pm. Then Sunday we will put it all together in a 2 hour class from 11am-1pm.

This is a great way to understand the Rocket sequence and get the most out your practice. You don't need to practice Rocket to get something from this workshop. These are general alignment principles which carry into most other poses.

Please register your interest if you'd like to attend.

Getting to Class on Time

Are you that person that's late everywhere you go, or time it so you arrive exactly the time your event is supposed to start!

......and then there's the car accident on the freeway or the busy peak hour traffic that throws your exact timing into a tailspin.

As you know the doors lock when the class starts. If you're not sure what clock I work off....it's the world clock so if you syncronise your watch we'll be working in the same timeframe.

There are a couple of reasons the doors close on time, one is to keep your valuables and the retail area safe (as no one is in the reception area once the class starts) and the other is so you get the full benefits of warming up the body before you go straight into a class.

If you're wanting to come to yoga, please allow plenty of time. If you're new, you'll need to get there 15 minutes earlier to register, if you're a regular, you just need 5 minutes to get in and set up.

In case you are unaware, the gym downstairs is a separate business to the yoga studio and the staff aren't employed by Twisting Peacock Yoga. If you are late, please don't ask gym staff to let you in. It's up to you to get to class on time. Thanks for your understanding here.

Class Bookings

Hi Yogis, it's been a couple of months now since we opened the doors and classes are going well with numbers building every week. The 4pm classes are a little slow though and there will most likely be time changes to that one in the not too distant future. In the meantime however, we need to ensure there's bookings for some of these classes. It's a good habit to get into booking classes online to ensure you have your spot reserved for when classes get full. There's still a way to go for that, so if you're not booking yet, just make sure you're at class before the door locks.

  • Tuesday, 4pm - Hot Yoga
  • Friday, 4pm - Hot Yoga
  • Saturday, 4pm - Rocket
Please note that all bookings must be made online (no phone bookings) up to 4 hours prior to class. Cancellations must be made 4 hours prior to commencement of class also. That means, bookings and cancellations are required for these classes by 12 noon the day of the class. A minimum of 4 people are required to run the class. If you have booked and the required numbers aren't there, I will text or email you. If you aren't on email that day or your phone's not available, please confirm with me before driving in.