Hello Chai Lovers,

Some of you might know the word Prana from Prana Chai is fromtheSanskrit word for breath, "life force", or "vital principle". It represents our hope that anyone who is involved with our brand gets a positive influence and maybe for that reason, a lot of yogis have loved Prana Chaifrom the beginning of our journey.

Speaking of Yoga, the United Nations proclaimed 21 June as the International Day of Yoga. The International Day of Yoga aims to raise awareness worldwide of the many benefits of practising yoga. To celebrate and share the love for yoga, we interviewed 5 well-respected yogis in Australia this month.   

Last month, we had a Mother’s Day campaign for the MONTH of MAY to donate for SEVEN WOMEN who are dedicated to supporting and helping to empower marginalised women in Nepal through⁣ education and employment.We have raised AUD $2,427. We are so grateful to all of you who helped make a difference.

We are super excited to share with you that Prana Chai has been nominated for the2019 Business of the Year Award byMelbourne Business Awards. One of our founders Koray Gencel shared the story of Prana Chai with the other nominees. The Award winner will be announced at the November 29th Gala Breakfast.This is such an honour to be recognised by the Melbourne Business awards.

What’s cooking In the kitchen this month?? We have a special treat for our vegan lovers as we makeVegan Sticky Chocolate Chai Babka bunsbyKitch from @soybabie_

So get cosy with your cup of chai and enjoy this month’s edition of Prana Chai insider news.

Love,

Mario, Koray, Vincent and the whole Prana Chai family.

Celebrate International Yoga Day with us

As we mentioned, to celebrate and share the love for yoga, we interviewed 5 well-respected yogis in Australia this month. Please read the stories below and follow their journey. :)   

They are not in a particular order:

Fahima Zard aka Fee 

 

What does yoga mean to you and how did you discover yoga?

For me, Yoga is simply a presence. Movement and breath (used as vehicles) to explore the energy of presence. With this deepened awareness, that is built over time

you start to see patterns of behaviour, you start to understand the difference between your repetitive thoughts and your highest self. I was so thankful when I discovered the practice. I was in my mid-twenties and got free classes at one of the gyms where I taught dance. Originally I started going to just stretch and release after teaching. The practice soon became so much more to me though and I began a journey toward really understanding myself and also a journey towards forgiveness and healing. What a blessing it has been to my life.

Where is your favourite place to practice yoga?

I love a home practice! My sacred space in my living room is where I go the deepest. I can spend hours at a time immersed in breath and movement and literally feel like I travel to another dimension alone on my mat.

What gets you up in the morning?

Coffee!! Just joking! Although I do love a long black. What gets me up in the morning is always the sunrise. It wakes me up every day through my windows and I just love being awoken by the light. It shines in telling me to rise and shine and I always begin my day with a morning meditation.

One failure that grew you the most?

I flew to the US after signing a big contract to film yoga content over there. Unfortunately, I got detained and sent back home as I was mistakenly on the wrong visa. Initially, I was so devastated and couldn’t understand why the universe had taken something away from me that I had worked so long and hard for. Instead of going through a long, tedious process to get back over there I made the hard decision to instead undertake the project all by myself. I have now launched my own online yoga content. It was so fulfilling and rewarding undertaking such a large project predominantly by myself and I’m now really so glad it all unfolded the way it did. Soon I’ll begin filming my second yoga series and will continue filming more and more content every few months. You can find my Yoga Series One at https://vimeo.com/ondemand/lifeoffee

Best advice you were given or you gave to someone?

The advice of my life I received via a Martha Graham quote. She is celebrated as the founder of contemporary dance. The quote below changed my world when I first read it and I’ve never been quite as afraid to share myself with the world.

“There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all of the time, this expression is unique. And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and it will be lost. The world will not have it.  It is not your business to determine how good it is nor how valuable nor how it compares with other expressions. It is your business to keep it yours clearly and directly, to keep the channel open.”

What is one thing that you do that people find strange?

My partner tells me I’m always lip smacking in my sleep lol he says it looks like I’m eating something delicious in my dreams. Luckily he just thinks it’s cute as I go along eating my imaginary dessert while sleeping.

Where can people find you when you are not practicing or teaching?

At the beach definitely or outdoors gardening, hiking or running!

Dustin Brown 

 

What does yoga mean to you and how did you discover yoga?

Yoga is a deep part of my life. My wife Nova convinced me to try a hot yoga class after completing a 30-day challenge herself and after just one class I knew I had found what my body was craving! I fell in love with the yoga practice and it strongly complimented my surfing and Jiu-Jitsu. Yoga has completely changed my perspective to life as well as my relationship with others and myself. It's never-ending and always evolving.Nova and I opened our first yoga studio in Brighton VIC in 2015 and I am now expressing my passions through practicing and teaching yoga every single day. 

Where is your favourite place to practice yoga?

I love practicing at our studios,Warrior One Yoga Brighton + Mordialloc. Both communities are so epic! Our studios are my second home.

What gets you up in the morning?

I have a morning routine that I live by. I start each day with Nova and Ninja (our staffy) cuddles, followed by a movement practice and then a 20-minute meditation. This sets me up for the day!

One failure that grew you the most?

I believe all of the mistakes that I have made along the way are lessons that have brought me to where I am. With that perspective then there are no failures, just opportunities to grow!

Best advice you were given or you gave to someone?

My favourite piece of advice is to trade expectations for appreciation. It's life changing! 

What is one thing that you do that people find strange?

I practiceNauli Kriya every morning!

Where can people find you when you are not practicing or teaching?

I am a black belt in Brazilian so you'll find me at the BJJ dojo rolling every week. I also love to balance out my yoga practice with bodyweight strength and conditioning so you'll find me atPraxis or the Elwood bars. Otherwise at epic cafes in Melbourne drinking a dirty Prana Chai!

Alice Ons

 

What does yoga mean to you and how did you discover yoga?

Yoga to me is a practice that has helped me in so many ways. It has given me a new perspective on life and has been a way for me to connect with myself and others on a deeper level.

I discovered yoga through a friend about 10 years ago.

Where is your favourite place to practice yoga?

Bali has to be my favourite place, Ubud in particular. there is something magical about doing yoga there.  My choice of studio is Radiantly Alive in Ubud

What gets you up in the morning?

I love waking up to the sun shining through my window, and some yoga stretches are a must :)

One failure that grew you the most?

I don’t feel like I’ve failed in anything, everything is a lesson, and we grow from all of our lessons every day.

Best advice you were given or you gave to someone?

The best advice I was ever given was that you should always be yourself because everyone else is already taken.

What is one thing that you do that people find strange?

I take my own water with me everywhere I go I only drink Kangen Water... I’m a real water snob

Where can people find you when you are not practicing or teaching?

Most probably Byron Bay

Masha Gorodilova

 

What does yoga mean to you and how did you discover yoga?

Yoga is a way of life for me. It's like brushing your teeth... daily exercise. I discovered yoga many years ago when I was 14... I am 34 now

Where is your favourite place to practice yoga?

I am a little biased of course, but Happy Melon. The community is incredible. Very strong, supportive and all want the same thing - connection

What gets you up in the morning?

My 10 months old son. No more sleep-ins for me

One failure that grew you the most?

Failures are hard to admit. Lots of things we did when we opened Happy Melon some would call a failure. I call it "an expensive session" We admitted them out loud, apologised, got vulnerable and learned from it.

Best advice you were given or you gave to someone?

Be kind. Sometimes I forget. Especially to myself

What is one thing that you do that people find strange?

I play poker. I love it... I think it's a very smart game. If you have not tried it... do it

Where can people find you when you are not practicing or teaching?

Walking around my neighbourhood with my son Andre and my dog Sancho Bao. We walk at least 2 times a day and all three of us love it

Brooke Elliston 

 

What does yoga mean to you and how did you discover yoga?

Yoga, and especially Tantra, is a pathway to self-realisation. For me, that means: realizing ~ embracing, experiencing, tasting, touching and knowing, the Self ~ this body made of countless tissues of light and the infinite aquarium from which we came.

In a practical sense, this practice challenges me to constantly ask myself, how do I enter this world more fully with an equal balance of passion and non-attachment. Can I be ALL IN, at every moment, even if I don't agree with it, can I accept it? And can I stay true to my desires and dreams, knowing where I feel most called to create and show up and serve, and at the same time be open enough to move with life, without clutching on so tightly that I need my moments to be fulfilled only according to my way.

I came to yoga after experiencing the symptoms of stress and anxiety after 4.5 years as a litigation lawyer. I was getting rashes all over my body, losing sensation in my arms and legs and swelling feeling in my throat. I saw a psychologist who taught me how to breathe into my belly and all the symptoms I'd been experiencing for months disappeared almost immediately. That was my first taste of Yoga and it blew my mind!

Where is your favourite place to practice yoga?

There is a little bungalow in Koh Phangan (KPG), Thailand on a hill called "Beverly Hills" of KPG haha! I have been back to my school in KPG many times and nothing beats that sweet balcony. It backs onto the jungle on one side and crystal island waters on the others...has sent me into many states of otherworldy full body and spirit yesss.

What gets you up in the morning?

Oooh, generalised overexcitement for the day. I have much too much pep in the early hours, to be honest. The flip side is being a real muppet by 8 pm.

One failure that grew you the most?

It's hard to even frame anything in my head as a failure because I actually love challenging and even awkward moments... they lead to the deepest insights and most potent growth spurts!

What I have learned is that every moment, even the small ones(!) is such a window for growth and opportunity. Often it's been the most unseeming moments, or ordinary moments, that have unfolded into the most majestic and grandest of connections (to self and other) and collaborations.

Best advice you were given or you gave to someone?

If you wait until you're ready it's already too late. AND one. thing. at. a. time!

What is one thing that you do that people find strange?

Take a sip of Apple Cider Vinegar with Cayenne from the bottle first thing when I wake up in the morning. Followed by 100% cacao chocolate. Yesss.

Where can people find you when you are not practicing or teaching?

In the ocean, surfing!


Prana Chai Story

Melbourne Business Award: Business Of The Year Nomination

Koray, one of our founders, presented the story of Prana Chai at the Melbourne Business Awards last month - this was such an honour to be recognised by Melbourne Business awards. We genuinely appreciate the MBA for giving us the opportunity to be nominated for such a meaningful award. AND we are grateful for you who are reading this for the continued support & love, without you, we would not be where we are.

Doing More with Chai

Chai . . . It’s not just for sipping. There are countless ways to integrate healthy, tasty chai into your everyday life. Here is one for you:



Vegan Sticky Chocolate Chai Babka Buns

Author:Kitch from @soybabie_  Follow her journey she shares awesome vegan recipes like this on her Instagram.

They have a delicious, crunchy outside similar to a croissant, and the inside is light and fluffy with a sweet and sticky filling.

Ingredients:

  • 30~40g of Vegan blend Prana Chai+ 50ml Water
  • 2 TBSP Yeast
  • ½ tsp Sugar
  • 1 cup Almond milk
  • 1/2 cup of Soy milk
  • 1/4 cup of Rice bran oil
  • 3 TBSP Vegan Butter
  • 1 cup of Spelt flour
  • 1/2 cup of Organic unbleached white flour
  • 5 TBSP Coconut sugar
  • 2 TBSP@loving_earth Vegan hot creamy hot chocolate mix

Method

  • Brew some Prana Chai (about 2 tablespoons) and 50ml of water as you want it quite strong.
  • Get your yeast activating - so 2 teaspoons of yeast in warm water with 1/2 a teaspoon of sugar for it to feed on.
  • Set that aside for around 10 minutes until it has bubbled and foam on-top Preheat the oven to 180 degrees fan forced.
  • Once the yeast is ready, it's time to add almond milk, soy milk and 1/4 cup of rice bran oil. 
  • On the stove top, melt some nuttelex around 3 tablespoons. Leave that to cool then add to your yeast mixture.
  • Add the flour and Incorporate all ingredients until you have a nice dough.
  • Leave it to rise for about 30 minutes. Then knead it on the table. Add some more oil or nuttelex is the dough is dry.
  • Leave it to rise again in a bowl for around 20 minutes.
  • Take your chai mixture and add 5 tablespoons of coconut sugar or raw sugar. Then add 2 tablespoons of@loving_earth vegan hot creamy hot chocolate mix and stir until you have a paste. Add oil of your choice until it incorporates to a spreadable texture.
  • Once the dough is ready and has risen, roll it out flat on a floured surface. Spread the chocolate chai mixture across to the edges and roll up into a log.
  • Chop up into equal sized pieces and place in a greased baking tray.
  • Leave to rise AGAIN (lots of rising and waiting) and then spread some soy milk on top of the dough and bake in the oven!!.

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