Thursday, 14 June 2012

A sip of something wonderful

You asked for it and we deliver. An ode to the beverage we all seem to love so much + a recipe for my spicy chai to ward off the darkest day or coldest evening….

delicious creamy chai mmmmmm

Brewing up chai is all a bit like potion making for the non magic/adult and there is something about the smell of hot almond milk and spices that just makes you feel amazing.

Its chai time? First and foremost set the scene! I love to make chai for me and someone awesome because lets be honest everything tastes better when you share it. So next time its cold and chilly ask your girlfriend, best friend or yoga buddy over for some chai, roast up some almonds and wrap yourselves up in something warm and make it together. Then drink it together over awesome conversation, watch something inspiring or just soak up some yummy silent stillness. 

Extra for experts: I used to make chai with one of my best friends in my hometown; now that we are apart I periodically mix her up little jars of the spices and send it to her, it makes her cry - in a good way. 

Chill warding off chai for two

1 and a ½ cups of almond milk
2 teaspoons of your favourite black tea (I like Harney and Sons decaf Assam because i like to drink chai before bed and don't want to be awake till 2am)
½ cup of boiling water
2 or 3 peppercorns or a good grind of pepper
2  star anise
1 cinnamon stick broken into two
2 – 3 thin slices of stem ginger
½ teaspoon of mixed spice
Sprinkling of dried orange peel
                   2 cardamom pods (I crush these with a knife before throwing them in)
1 – 2 whole cloves
1 – 2 teaspoons of ginger syrup (I use hakanoa ginger syrup but you can opt for honey or maple syrup this gives the chai some sweetness you can also omit this if your sweet enough.. evidently im not!)

This is a great beginner chai, lots of yummy flavours but nothing too overt or over the top. And all you have to do is put everything in the pan and heat gently for 2 – 3 minutes stirring continuously. Then strain and pour into two mugs. If you want your tea frothy pour from a height into the cups repeatedly this gets lots of air into your chai and makes it feel velvety.

If you love your chai spicy then amp up the star anise to 3 - 4 and the mixed spice to a full teaspoon and add a little powdered ginger along with the stem ginger. If you want richness add a little cocoa or use soy instead of almond milk. Most of all experiment, this is the blend I love but you can adjust the amounts to suit your palette or mood.

Here are some of your chai tips from our we'ar family

 @yogabetty – chilled out chai
“I love a good SPICY chai... Especially over ice! Not sure why but I just love it ;)… I actually make ice cubes out of the chai! This way as it melts it's not watered down :)”

@goodiedo – recommend a great pre made chai (by sending us a package as a gift!)
“this chai on the brew from @clippersteas is amazing! said tea was a gift from the team at @goodiedo what a great day!”

Auckland yoga academy share their own recipe on their site

love chai? love tea? what are your tips or recipe for a cup of chai perfection?

anya @ we'ar 
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Tuesday, 12 June 2012

WE'AR spotlight:

 You may be familiar with Miriama as an actress and television presenter, and WE'AR also is familiar with her in a yogic sense - from Miriama's generosity to humanitarian projects, to dedicated practice and involvement with the yoga community in Auckland. She is also a particular fan of our colour palette and looks fabulous in our designs! This active yogini talks about her love of fitness and yoga, and about some of the projects she has ventured upon while fundraising for Habitiat for Humanity...

 clockwise from top: yoga class at the yoga sanctuary, miriama in triangle pose for les mills body balance, Habitat for Humanity for reconciliation build, stunning Muriwai beach in New Zealand.

How did you become involved with Habitat for Humanity?
I became involved with Habitat for Humanity through my friend Sam Copland. She knew that I was passionate about humanitarian projects and that I also loved traveling so she introduced me to the group and to our team leader Jaclyn Philpott and on 3rd August we are heading to Sri Lanka to build a village.

When did you begin your yoga journey, and what style are you practicing at the moment?
I first began my Yoga journey in 2000. I had been living overseas and traveling a lot but decided to come home to see the first light of the new millennium with people that I loved and cared about aka: family and friends. I then began a regular health and fitness regime again and started trying Yoga classes at Les Mills in Auckland. The teachers there are so thorough and they offer a variety of styles. So I soon caught the "yoga bug" body responded almost immediately. I was then asked to start teaching a class called "Body Balance". It was a new class which incorporates Thai Chi, Yoga, Pilates and Dance. From there I started deepening my practice to the point where I developed 'self-practice'. Over the last twelve years I have tried all types of Yoga ranging from Ashtanga, Mysore, Iyengar, Vinyasa and Anusara. I even got hooked on Bikram Yoga in 2009 when I was living in Christchurch, it was just so cold down there that Bikram was perfect for me. Now I practice at least five days a week without heat. I am still attending Yoga classes at Les Mills because I like the convenience of regular mid-morning classes and all the teachers are great there. Vincent (Yoga Shala) has a strong practice as does Mande White. Andre has a more flowing class which is quite dynamic and Denise brings the lovely flow you need on a Saturday morning with her Vinyasa practice. However, I am really enjoying attending the Yoga Sanctuary. I recently joined the Parnell studio where I attend Adele's classes on Monday and Wednesday nights. Her Anusara style is just so graceful and I feel amazing after it. Denise Ferguson is also a wonderful teacher there, so I try to do her classes twice a week. Then, when Steve White isn't traveling the world doing amazing things, I like to go to his Saturday morning class at The Yoga Sanctuary because has such a strong practice but he has such a light hearted, entertaining approach. We are so lucky in Auckland to have such a wide variety of top level teachers.

What draws you to WE'AR as a yoga wear brand?
Ohhhh where do I start??? It's just so yummy. The great thing about We'ar is it makes you feel good inside and out, which goes hand in hand with a good Yoga practice. The materials feel great to wear and the styles are just so unique that I am always getting asked "where are those pants from" or "where did you get that dress". We'ar is versatile, so I can practice in We'ar on the mat, then head straight to lunch with the girls and even rock into the evening wearing We'ar. It's feminine yet practical, fun but sexy. We'ar always guarantees a great colour palette too NZ we traditionally tend to wear a lot of black... I'm someone who loves to wear colour 'cos it stands out, it just makes you feel it's always a relief to walk into a We'ar store and be greeted by a rainbow of yumminess.

Tell us about "Unity Yoga"
Unity Yoga is a 2 hour yoga class taught by four different teachers whom each have a half an hour segment. I came up with the idea whilst planning my fundraising strategy for Sri Lanka. I wanted to provide an opportunity where people could give and actually be rewarded for their generosity as my way of saying "thank you". I held the first Unity Yoga on Saturday 5 May and am planning another one for mid-June. 
Describe your perfect sunday...
Waking up to my partner's smile and sunshine. Heading to Muriwai beach for a walk, swim, and family lunch. Followed by a hot pool under the stars, before tucking into a nice glass of Central Otago Pinot Noir and home cooked roast.

clockwise from top: tubelicious dress in plant dye blue, grey knitted dress, diy tank and button thru strides...
Miriama loves WE'AR pieces to that can take you through your day - from morning practice to an effortlessly stylish look for evening!

maria @ we'ar

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