younga yoga studio 10 days of tapas

At the end of last year we ran a 10 DAY NEW YEAR INTENSIVE to start the new year off in a wonderful way.

A program where we shared the practice of yoga, good habits, and 10 key lessons that link in with goal setting & yoga philosophy that we've learned over the past decade as business owners. We shared tips and strategies that have helped us achieve some of our yoga, personal, lifestyle & business goals over that time and presented it in a way that would inspire others to refocus for the year ahead.

We were absolutely blown away with the response & feedback we received from those that took part in the program. Many of the participants said it was 'life changing'.

We are still receiving positive feedback more than 9 months later on how this program helped many of the students set their personal & professional direction for the year with amazing results. 

We have already received many requests to run this program again. And just quietly - we are super excited to begin the year in this way again as it is a deeply enriching experience as a teacher to watch your students get so fired up about life balance that they make really big changes for the better. (We'll be sharing some of the amazing stories with you over the coming weeks).

This intensive is designed to help you navigate where you'd like to focus your energy for the year ahead & create a physical & emotional mind map to show you how to get there.

We are planning an even better & more comprehensive course with some surprises that you are going to LOVE and can't wait to start the year off in such a focused & wonderful way with great yogis like you.

So... because this is a once a year event - and because space is so limited, we wanted to give you a heads up on the dates and let you know that registrations will open for this amazing once a year event in the next couple of weeks so stay tuned.

We will be offering a very limited 26 studio places for this program as well as delivering the course online (ideal for those who are travelling or those who want to keep the practices to come back to throughout the year).

More details will be available very soon - so please SAVE THE DATE if you'd love to be part of this once a year offering.


Save the date!

10 Day Intensive :: January 1st - January 10th

In studio course with Deb Young:



What People are Saying About 10 Days of Tapas

Firstly, I wanted to say a huge thank you for putting this course together and sharing it with everyone. I know it must have been a lot of hard work but it was such an amazing experience and something you should be very proud of.  

~ Katrina (online version)


I feel amazing coming out of the intensive. Rejuvenated. I am feeling very healthy and in a great headspace. To have thought about my goals for the year, things I would like to achieve, things to let go of, has been the very best thing for me. I don't remember ever starting a year this way. This is MY year! 

~ Kat (studio version)


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About Deb Young

Deb is the co-founder of Younga Yoga Studio, foodie, keen business chick, mother of two and holds a Honours Degree in Physical & Health Education. She has been teaching yoga for the past 10 years and studied various traditions (Ashtanga, Vinyasa, Anusara, Vipassana). Deb has completed numerous teacher trainings & led retreats both here and internationally.

Deb is also the creator of Stretch & Glow - An online yoga & lifestyle oasis for busy mums in the comfort of their own home.

Deb is stoked to be able to bring together the teachings of yoga philosophy, dynamic vinyasa, daily pranayama & goal setting techniques in a way that will inspire you to seek better life balance heading into 2016.



Amazing Coconut Quinoa Porridge


This is the perfect porridge for the change of seasons, when you want something warming, but not too heavy.


Here is Australia it is right on the start of Spring. We're on the East Coast and the weather has a way of lulling us into a false sense of security around this time of year by offering up beautiful sunny days and hint that summer is right around the corner. The result is that even though we're starting to see the start of summer fruits like juicy mangoes slowly come on - the mornings are still fresh and body slow to wake up.

I taught yoga this morning - my regular 6am class and it was such a struggle to move. It's not unusual for me to feel this way first thing in the morning (my tips for those of you that are trying to establish a morning yoga or workout routine is to have all your things laid out the night before ready to go, then all you have to do is set the alarm and get your feet on the floor). But this morning it was particularly tough. The sun was shining, but everyone felt stiff and slow to move. Even at the end of the practice my body didn't have its usual zing and I'm pretty sure a few of the other early risers felt the same. 

I think this is a common way to feel around the change of the seasons. Yesterday I was in Spring cleaning mode for sure but I spent all day cooking and cleaning and thought that what I really need today is a day working at home, where I can get my bare feet on the deck and some sunshine on my skin. A slow purposefully productive day instead of a day of 'busy'.

Enter this wonderfully creamy, grounding & wholesome breakfast.

Quinoa is packed full of protein and you've probably had it as part of a salad before but did you know that you can also make an amazing porridge with the grain? Although its more expensive than oats - you'll probably find you don't need as much to 'feel full'.


  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 1 1/2 cups coconut milk
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 tsp. vanilla powder or the seeds scraped from 1 vanilla bean
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1 pint (8 oz./250 g) blueberries
  • 1 Tbs. coconut chips or flakes
  • 1 Tbs. crushed pistachios or sunflower seeds
  • 2 tsp. chia seeds
  • 2 tsp. of honey / maple
  • 2 tsp. coconut sugar / maple
  • 1 banana, peeled and sliced
  • Almond milk for serving


In a saucepan over high heat, combine the quinoa, 1 cup of the coconut milk, the 1/2 cup water, 1/2 tsp. of the vanilla paste / essence, and the cinnamon. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to low, cover the pan and simmer until most of the liquid is absorbed and the quinoa is tender, about 12 minutes. Remove from the heat. Stir in 2 tsp. of the honey and the remaining 1/2 cup (4 fl. oz./125 ml) coconut milk.

Meanwhile, in a small saucepan over medium-low heat, combine the blueberries, 2 Tbs. water, remaining 1/2 tsp. vanilla powder or the remaining half of the vanilla seeds, and the remaining 1 tsp. honey. Cook, stirring, until the berries release their juices, about 6 minutes.

In a small bowl, stir together the coconut chips, pistachios, chia seeds and coconut sugar.

To serve, spoon the hot quinoa into bowls. Drizzle with the almond butter and spoon the warm blueberries over the porridge. Top with the banana and sprinkle with the coconut chip mixture. Serve almond milk alongside. Serves 2 - 4

Recipe from Bluestone Lane Collective Cafe, New York.

Whole-food Breakfast Mojitos

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When your day starts with a Mojito and it's whole-food friendly - you can't help but smile!

When Russ and I did our first ever trip to Bali we were travelling there with Milo who was nearly 3 and friends whom we had lived with in Japan. We were so excited to spend some time with our good pal and also have a family holiday with nothing to do but to relax. It was divine. 

We spent our 3 weeks there enjoying daily yoga, luxurious swims and somewhere along the line we also ended up sampling QUITE a few mojitos. In fact - we refer to that first trip as the "Mojito Tour of Bali".

So let's just say that Mojitos have a soft spot in our heart!

So you can imagine my DELIGHT when I discovered a green smoothie Mojito recipe that is whole-foods, alcohol free & healthy!

It's from a great book by Sally Obermeder recently "Super Green Smoothies". I bought the book after thinking that my awesome cooking skills would automatically translate into being good at making smoothies. It. Did. Not.

After spending a pretty fortune covering up bad smoothie experiments with copious amounts of frozen blueberries (it turns out that blueberries can pretty much cover up any failed 'green' concoction) I decided it would be cheaper to follow a recipe.

Here's a recent video I did via Periscope. In the video I'll show you a quick tip for prepping your smoothies for the week plus show you how quick it is to make. Pity you can't taste it through the screen right!

If you aren't familiar with periscope - it's a LIVE streaming app - so there is a little bit of chit-chat and people asking questions/comments that you can't see on the replay - but you'll get the gist and also see one of my time saving tricks for breakfast smoothies (cause I need ALL THE HELP I CAN GET in the mornings).

To catch Russ and I live doing more tutorials on yoga & lifestyle related content download the periscope app for iPhone here or Android here.

Then follow Deb on "DebYoungYoga" and Russ on "RussYoung"

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Mojito Smoothie Recipe

from Sally Obermeder's Green Smoothie Book

1 cup kale

1/2 banana

1/4-1/2 lime with the skin on

1 cup your choice of milk / almond milk / coconout milk + a little bit of flesh

1 tspn vanilla essence

1 scoop At.Health Vanilla protein powder (available at the studio)

handful of fresh mint

sweetener of your choice  maple / agave / stevia


Blend all in  a high powered blender (I recommend the NutriBullet).

Sit back and start your day feeling like you're on the beaches of Bali.