All posts by Matt Devine

3 Powerful Juice Recipes to Help Fight the Flu

Winter is definitely the time of year when the likelihood of catching the flu infection on every train-ride, mall trip or studio yoga class increases considerably.  Below are three easy-to-make juice recipes that I make regularly.  They’re great for the before, during and after effects of the flu as they help to either boost my immune system or, if I’m unlucky enough to come down with a cold,  to speed up my recovery and keep me fighting fit afterwards.

Beat the flu before it gets the chance to beat you!

A strong immune system is your best protection against colds and flus in the chillier months.   Build it up all year round with this infection-busting power juice.   Carrots are a rich source of beta carotene,  which is a powerful antioxidant and,  coupled with the equally strong antioxidant support provided by the phytonutrients in beets,  offers great protection against flu viruses.

 

Ingredients:
1 small beet
3 carrots
8 stalks celery
1 stalk broccoli
2 cloves garlic

 

When you’re struck down with dose

If you do catch a cold, you really just have to let it run its course.  However, you can help to speed up your recovery and to make the symptoms less unpleasant along the way.  I find that a ‘shot’ of combined ginger, lemon and cayenne pepper generally does the trick.  It’s best to drink this juice warm as your body needs warmth when you have a ‘cold’,  so simmer the ginger in water before adding the lemon and pepper.  The lemon is a great addition because it’s high in vitamin C while the cayenne pepper’s strong content of beta carotene helps to ward off any further infection.

Ingredients:
1 ounce organic ginger, simmered in a little water
1 squeeze lemon
1 pinch cayenne pepper

 

Regaining your strength

A really bad dose of the flu can leave you feeling completely wrung out,  even when the aches and pains have subsided.   So to get you back on your feet I suggest an energizing green juice.   The chlorophyll in green plants pumps oxygen into the blood which in turn clears that brain fug and gives your energy levels a much-needed boost.

Ingredients:
1 large cucumber
8 stalks celery
1 handful kale
1 handful spinach
1 handful parsley
1/4 squeezed lemon
1-inch piece ginger

Enjoy and keep well this season!

 

Yoga, Bikram Yoga, Hot Yoga, Yoga Teacher, Yoga for Athletes, Yoga for Weight Loss

Born in Zimbabwe,  Matt Devine is CEO of Muuyu and has been teaching yoga for nearly eight years.  He primarily teaches Bikram or Hot Yoga.   As a former rugby player who needed reconstruction on both his knees, he has experienced for himself the therapeutic benefits of a hot yoga practice on the body.   He believes that part of yoga’s intense ability to heal is regulating one’s sleep patterns, as with longer, deeper sleep more healing occurs,  and better sleep is a regularly cited benefit of hot yoga.

Connect with Matt on Muuyu here.

Bikram Yoga: 5 things to think about when you’re a teacher

Having taught Bikram Yoga now for nearly eight years I have noticed an evolution in my teaching style that, rather than being a replication of the standard Bikram Yoga training, is in fact a reflection of my own personal perspectives on how best to engage students in this style.  Things I now hold important I actually didn’t view as important in the past, and things that I once held as sacred I’ve since dropped from my teaching.

So for any certified teacher beginning their journey as a Bikram instructor here are 5 things that I’ve learned over the years that will hopefully give you something to think about in your classes:

 

1.Dialogue. It’s not important!

The Bikram Beginning Yoga Class Dialogue that instructs the 26 postures and two breathing exercises is a great tool to help any newly graduated teacher to stand up in front of a room and deliver confidence.  However I know teachers to this day that pride themselves on being ‘word perfect’, and yet have the same connection delivering their dialogue as, like I once heard a student describe, “a trainer at Sea World.”

What is important is the energy that the dialogue delivers. If you can genuinely project the fluctuations of energy that are vital in communicating each posture while keeping minds engaged and focused then you can lead your students in a really great class.

2. It’s only yoga!

I have seen teachers jump on the podium and become little Emperors: “Who taught you that? Never do that in MY class!

People are coming to the room with all sorts of issues, trying to heal and get better, and your job as a teacher is to let them find space and compassion, not a box and compression.  New teachers seem to think that this is necessary to be a good teacher.  It’s not.  It says more about you than anything else.

3.Savashana. It is quiet.  

How can you go from “100 percent effort, to 100 percent relaxation” in the floor series if you as a teacher are constantly nattering during rest?  Like music it is the silence between the notes the makes it beautiful and important.

4. Leave the Newbies alone.

New students don’t want to be constantly singled out, especially in their first class.  They just want to fit in and get through it.  Stopping the class and getting off the podium to walk over and correct a student is just bad teaching.  Do it subtly, possibly incorporating the correction into what you are saying during the posture.

5. Be authentic.

Whatever makes you happy. I know some excellent teachers that make me laugh constantly.  I know some excellent teachers who deliver brilliant classes without it being a comedy show.  Whatever your style is it’s got to be you.  And if you are friendly and authentic that’s how your classes will be.

Contact Matt here to request a class in Bikram Yoga.

Yoga, Bikram Yoga, Hot Yoga, Yoga Teacher, Yoga for Athletes, Yoga for Weight Loss

Born in Zimbabwe, Matt Devine is CEO of Muuyu and has been teaching yoga for nearly eight years.  He primarily teaches Bikram or Hot Yoga.  As a former rugby player who needed reconstruction on both his knees, he has experienced for himself the therapeutic benefits of a hot yoga practice on the body.   He believes that part of yoga’s intense ability to heal is regulating one’s sleep patterns, as with longer, deeper sleep more healing occurs, and better sleep is a regularly cited benefit of hot yoga. 

Connect with Matt on Muuyu here.

The Roots of Muuyu

It was back in 2007, whilst doing my teacher training that I registered the name Muuyu.  Being from Zimbabwe, I knew that the tree was a really positive, powerful symbol of stability and peace. It was also only 5 letters, 3 of them the same, and available as a dotcom!  My idea at the time was to create a social network to connect all the great people I met on teacher training, most of whom I still haven’t seen for over seven years.  However, at the same time that I was thinking about this a new platform called Facebook was really starting to take off …so that put an end to that idea!

Following my training I returned to Australia, which was where my family had moved, and it was there that the idea of Muuyu as a live interactive yoga platform, connecting like-minded people, really started to take shape.

My Dad and I were sitting on a bench in front of our house looking out across the sea. We began to chat about family, about staying in touch, and also about this new business idea that was slowly percolating in my mind. He said it was a pity I was going back to China, where I was living at the time, as he had wanted to do my yoga with me.

My first introduction to yoga came from my Dad.  As a child I’d watch him do Richard Hittleman’s Yoga from a book.  This was back in the Seventies in Africa, so waaaaay progressive then!

Talking to him that day outside our home in Australia, everything suddenly became clear to me.  I realized that even though I was living on another continent, I still wanted to be able to connect with my family through yoga. I wanted to be able to do live classes with them, and, in fact with everyone.  I just had to redefine how that connection could happen against the obvious geographical barriers.  That was when Muuyu was born.

I wrote my first business plan in 2008 and tried to find a video conferencing platform that would enable me to realize my vision of live, interactive yoga practice in real time.  But this was 6 years ago and the technology was still way too slow and way too expensive.

So I built my own.

Not me personally, of course, but through connecting with partners and friends who were way smarter than me.

And now, here it is.   I hope you like it.  I think this platform might become really useful to a lot of people, both experienced and new to yoga.

And hopefully our mantra will shape how Muuyu evolves.  And what is that mantra?

Redefine Connection.

Please Enjoy!

A funny thing happens when you put a team of people in a room…

 

Over the last few months – heck, weeks, really! – there have been a lot of changes in Muuyu. We’ve been trying to get to the absolute heart of how we can best deliver everything that Muuyu has to offer to the wider world. You see, Muuyu as an online yoga platform providing live classes in real time to students around the globe is doing something quite unique at the moment. It’s redefining how we connect – to our yoga practice, to ourselves and our bodies, to the world that we’re constantly creating.

Yet it’s a simple idea. Really. I mean, think about it.

Bringing teachers and students together in a live class through the internet – what could be easier and more convenient in today’s world of digital interconnectedness where global travel, either for business or fun, is the norm for so many?

As CEO of Muuyu I’ve always known that a platform like this would be great. Great for teachers because it can liberate them to connect with their regular pupils as well as new students no matter where they are in the world. And great for students because it can give them the freedom of practicing yoga with world-class teachers from the comfort of their own homes or when they themselves are travelling. It is also an answer for those questioning how they might find a way into yoga but for geographical, health or other reasons can’t make it to a local studio class.

Still, it hasn’t always been easy for me to fully express all the benefits of Muuyu to others. Sometimes, when you’re so close to an idea, when you’ve been dreaming, living, breathing this idea for so long, you need other people to reveal all that’s been hiding in plain sight, to ask those questions for which the answers have always been intuitive feelings for you in the past, but which you now need to find a way to express openly.

So that’s what the team at Muuyu has been doing. I could say things like we’re ‘developing our strategy’, or ‘analyzing’ and ‘forecasting’ but mostly we’ve been sitting in a room together talking and questioning and dreaming and laughing.

Because a funny thing happens when you put a group of people together in a room to discuss one idea: a whole host of other ideas start to snowball, ideas that I could never have thought or dreamed of on my own. Crazy, singular and smart ideas that all come back to Muuyu’s main intention, which is to help anyone and everyone do yoga their way, on their time and in their own space. They’ve teased thoughts out of me I didn’t even know I was thinking and brought so much new thinking to the table that I feel as excited now as I was when the idea of creating a connected community of people through an online, live yoga platform first started to come into focus for me.

We’re starting to put real shape on these ideas as well as an action plan in place and we promise to keep you updated each step of the way. We’ve been pretty quiet this last while but that’s all about to change as we’ve a whole host of new possibilities that we want to share.

In the meantime, check out our website, do a class – if you’re a first time user whatever class you chose will be FREE! – and while we’re opening up to you, please feel free to share any ideas with us that you might have about Muuyu.