Hello beautiful people,
This morning, Joanna and I, bumped into each other at the Farmer’s market in Rive.
At that precise moment, I had a
quintessential question funny question to ask her (but shh…. let’s keep it for another day). She gave the MOST brilliant answer ever (I love my Lady Jo!!)
Back home, this was my lunch…
- mesclun salad
- sun-dried tomatoes
- ice, water
- greener grass (thank you Kate Magic for introducing me to this fabulous superfood)
- salt & pepper (optional)
Not optional : love and fairy dust!
Peace, love and lots of water!
Jivamukti and July highlights of course ;-) Beloved yoginis , yogis and friends, My first jivamukti yoga teacher and my adored mentor, the one and only Lady Ruth is back to Switzerland. Her presence and teachings are precious. I would go to the extra mile to sit at her holy feet. Lady Ruth will be teaching many workshops in Bern and Zurich
- Zurich: Friday, July 10th, 18-21H / Saturday, July 11th, 8.30-11H – More details and registration with Angela Croce http://www.yogaforlife.ch/Workshops/ladyruth.php
- Bern: Sunday, July 19th, 10-13H / Monday, July 20th, 18-21H . More details and registration http://dayayoga.ch/workshops/
I will attend the Saturday one in Zurich and the Sunday one in Bern (places are limited in both studios) Together with Céline and Yogeswari, Lady Ruth will co-teach a Jivamukti Yoga Immersion™ and Retreat in Gstaad, from July 11-18. For more details http://yogeswari.org/immersions.html Last but not least, next Wednesday, July 8th, our beloved Yogeswari will teach a basic and a Jivamukti open class at Dayayoga ( yes, yes, she’s on the schedule). I can’t miss that one too. We are truly spoiled.
Can this July be more perfect?
Peace, Love and more Yoga!
Jeanine and I and are going on a trip, a fully liquid one! You got it, for a month, we will be eating only runny stuff, smoothies or juices.
Now why would we do that?
Not long ago, my birthday was around the corner and was listening to the recording of “An Offering of Leaves” of lady Ruth, I was triggered by what she said about birthdays:
“The way you celebrate, sets the tone for the year to come”
Huh! That made me think what I could wish for…… Happiness, Freedom, Health is all I desire. Not much later I watched the funny and amazing journey of Joe Cross, Fat Sick and Nearly Dead. I thought,” well, if these guys who feed on junk, a lot, and are pretty big can do it…. I can do it!”. That was enough to give me the will to try something out I have always been procrastinating, a fast.
We are not sick, nowhere near to overweight and we actually eat really well. We sometimes give in to gluten, some sugar and rarely processed food. We’re kicking it ALL out! Both we believe that being on an alkalising diet can only do you good, boost your energy level and immune system, cleanse.
But because we really like to chew….. we decided to add smoothies.
HERE WE GO! Our aim is to experiment with food we love in a liquid form, no particular rules are set, but somehow implicit they are, raw, runny, organic…… anytime, how much we want, thicker or more fluid. Hopefully we will make the time to share with you our journey of “Juices and Smoothies” very regularly from our mutual kitchens!
This guy is who I had as an afternoon snack, very similar to the one I made a lot this winter in India
- Half of an avocado
- 2 dried figues soaked
- 1 tb spoon of chia seeds soaked
- 2 tb spoon dried coconut soaked
- 2 very big handfuls of spinach
- 1 small handful of fresh basil
- 1 small handful of fresh coriander (cilantro for you guys in the other side of the pond)
- plenty of almond milk
To your blenders and juicers!
Whoever said « no coffee, no prana » never tried this
Throw all the ingredients in your blender. You may add ice and more lucuma to make a frappucino. More cacao if you feel like you need more. Or make your almond milk thicker (less water) if you want it creamier. It’s a delicious raw, nutrient dense and very energizing drink! Forget about cappuccino and coffee!
Try it and let me know.
Peace, love and prana !
We are doing BOTH*
Today I received two kilos of fresh organic ginger from our dear friend Delphine ,so I juiced it. If you have an Angel juicer, it will only take you 15 minutes to juice that much ginger (makes for more or less 1.5L). More ginger recipes to come…
Then I had
dinner a green smoothie or a salad to drink : 1 cucumber, 1/avocado, a handful of baby spinach and arugula, lemon juice, a teaspoon on white miso, a pinch of cayenne pepper. Delish!
Peace, love and green everything!
* Bear with us, Joanna will reveal the whole jucing/smoothing story soon…
Summer’s in the blender!
Do you also go bananas for berries? Oh boy, when it’s the season, I have as many strawberries as I can, not to mention cherries….. I remember swiss back yards with cherry trees, loaded with the sweet fruit. We would spend afternoons on ladders just eating them off the branches. Our lips would turn purple in no time and our clothes get tinted the with dark shades from the delicate berry, traces of our summer pastime…. heaven to me.
So this is maybe my favourite smoothie, a cacao twist with red berries as ruling flavour. So easy:
- 4 to 5 handfuls of your favourite berries
- a table spoon of raw cacao
- a table spoon of chia seeds
- 2 to 3 table spoons of coconut flakes
- 3 dates
- half of an avocado
- a cup or more of nut milk (I like rice or almond milk)
- soaking water (to add in the blender)
Soak the coconut, chia seeds, dates (if not medjool), with water for at least 15 minutes. I get up in the morning and let them steep a little longer whilst in the shower. Just toss all ingredients together in the blender whizz up and enjoy!
Love, berries and sunshine to you*
Words fails me to express how I feel…
Davidji once said « If you believe in coincidence, then you aren’t paying attention ». And I could quote him again and again; and of course, that’s not the point. It is not about his words but his very presence, his realness and above everything his immense, loving and tender heart.
A few years ago in New-York, as I went to say my goodbyes, I met his eyes filled with tears. He said « already leaving? how I wished we could stay with all of you forever ». Then he cracked a joke. My heart skipped many beats.
And a week after, the doctor looking at my knee MRI’s said « there must be a mistake … » Miracles that even non-believers can witness. And the year after, as I was saying my goodbyes, Davidji went « Nothing to fix? boooring » we laughed. His eyes were the same. Pure unconditional love. All embracing.
During the Wild Woodstock Ashram summer classes, every day there is one hour dedicated to Q&A. Students can ask the teachers any question, about anything : gardening, cooking, art, asana, music, meditation, astronomy, money, relationships, divorce, war, vegetarianism … anything. These moments are unique, precious and indescribable. I always leave Davidji overwhelmed with gratefulness and praying that we could have many more years in his presence. In sanskrit they say « Guru kripa » . The grace-filled ways of the Master. He cuts right through you. Your intellect is challenged but your resistances melt. You surrender. You experience things that you can’t even imagine even existed. It is beyond intellect and it is not blind-faith. You fall in love again and again…. You awaken to the goodness of your own soul. And you begin to see « it » in others too.
We are very fortunate to have found a spiritual practice and teachers we trust. We are blessed beyond belief to have Davidji – a humble living master- in our lives, to be part of the Jivamukti yoga lineage.
« Our true power is the power of friendliness, the power of kindness, the power of One, the power of Love » – David Life
It is all Divine Grace,
What do you eat for lunch? I like to go home for mine. In this small city of Geneva, I very often had the chance of making it back to my place for my break, what ever the job I had. If ever the distance was too great, I took my packed lunch. I believe home made food is very important for your vitality and overall health.
Teaching 3 to 5 yoga classes a day ( I once tried to do 6 because of a hiccup and was just completely useless the next morning), sustaining only on what I prepare, helps me maintain a good energy level to get through my long days and swing my demanding practice consistently. Lately I cut out dinner, my body is demanding less as my daily practice is becoming more refined. It feels like I am feeding more on energy than on material food. Mmmm, interesting for a constantly hungry thin lady…… I must admit I didn’t see that one coming.
However, I still like my big afternoon fix. It nearly always consists in a large salad summer or winter, I will maybe add a warm soup as the weather gets cooler though. My generous bowl is loaded with an abundance of local seasonal goodness. I enjoy them so much I decided to start sharing a few with you.
This marvellous summer day was enhanced with a Mediterranean flavour:
- Green leafy salad
- a handful of grape tomatoes
- 4-5 asparagus shredded with a mandolin (best to have one with a ceramic blade)
- a big cup of cooked pink lentils
- half of an avocado
- sprouted pumpkin seeds
- plenty of freshly chopped basil leaves
Dressing is also a key to enjoying your greens. To me, a rich one to compensate for eating a lot of raw nutrients, Vata being my predominant dosha, is important.
- plenty of olive oil
- some amazing sunflower oil (the one below is the only one I like so far)
- “balsamic apple vinegar”
- A little kelpamar (an organic liquid version of Cenovis, the Swiss version of Marmite or Vegimite)
- Salt and pepper to taste
Swtizerland does have some fantastic products, I am proud of the fact that we emphasise on quality and not quantity. These two guys here below, are really what make this simple dressing so scrumptious. I have never been big on sunflower oil, that said, the one from the sustainable collective “Affaire TourneRêve” is just THE best! This gem of an oil can be purchased at “Les Mangeurs” in les Pâquis or on the farmer’s market. Ask for it….
And this vinegar, we all know of Balsamic Vinegar, but have you ever tasted Apple Balsamic Vinegar???? It is so perfectly sweet and not too acid. This one is from Germany, but it can be found at Alna, the organic store in the centre. Let me know if you try it!
Love, greens and sweet dreams.
Friday Night, no bar, no booze, just a bummer!
Naturally drunk, high on prana.
Friday 12th of June at 21:30 rue des Bains 61
Meet the cook
Here’s what’s cooking:
A funky green salad
Seasonal vegetables tarted up with chestnut flour
Sweet potatoes falafelled
Asparagus, brocolis as well as miso tofu “dans son bol”
Minted green peas hummus
Whole grain rice under a bed of roasted nuts
With happy, dancing hearts!
When you practice seriously daily, you diet becomes more and more refined with time. And the more the diet is refined, the more sensitive you become to refined food, ha!
The Sugar binge does you no favour, the gluten fix make you feel heavy. The alcohol, well, I let you imagine trying to practice early mornings with that still in your system, meat, no need to even think about that. And dairy, that is no help for me either. Forget all the processed crap too.
Basically, if you wish to keep up your daily sadhana, you will naturally be inclined to adopt a clean diet. Lot of greens, legumes and cereal. Nuts, fruits, cold pressed oils and all as organic as possible.
But occasionally, when you’re craving something, it’s good to give in. Frustrations do not serve either. Of course as long as your cravings don’t rule you! Better to keep away from what you are addicted too, until you can enjoy it for what it is.
Though eating gluten makes me feel foggy and heavy the next day, well I will still have it from time to time.
Sometimes you just need a little pasta!…… Here’s my favourite gluten fix “A la Jo” I wanted to share with you:
Whole wheat italian pasta cooked “al dente”
Steamed asparagus for some greens
For the sauce:
- Home made cashew cream
- A good pinch of Safran pistils
- A drizzle of truffle flavoured olive oil
- The zest of a lemon
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Some rice or soya milk to keep it runny
In a pan, slowly warm the cashew cream and first add the safran. Then toss in the lemon zest, salt and pepper. Keep pouring the rice or soya milk in little by little to maintain the moist and last minute add your drizzle of oil. DO NOT BOIL!
Layer all the ingredients on a plate, if you’re an olive oil junkie, add some on top and “Bon appétit“!
Sweet dreams and no dinner!
By samyama on the relationship between body and ether comes lightness like cotton to the body, and the body attains levitation in space.
PYS 3:43 translation by Shri Brahmananda Sarasvati
Our experience of the world is a place filled with all kinds of solid bodies bumping into each other, especially if you take public transportation in any large city in the world today! We are absolutely sure that these other bodies are solid and that they are colliding with our solid body. Another thing that we are pretty sure about is that we are heavy and that the weight of the body will pull us down to the Earth. We worry about falling and dying not about floating away. We are crushed by the weight of it all and we worry about the day when our world will come crashing down around us. Serious things are spoken of as “heavy,” while frivolous things are “lightweight.” Since childhood we have been instructed to fight against gravity, first to stand, then to walk, and so on. Gravity has become our enemy, the seeming cause of one solid thing crashing into another. As many of us age various parts of the body give up the fight against gravity and sag earthward. Our spines round forward as the heaviness of life implodes the heart and lungs.
Well, here is the good news: All these solid bodies crashing into each other really are just an idea that we project onto the world around us. We see it happening because we believe that it happens. Our body and the other bodies that we encounter seem to be solid. We think of that solid person as our self, while we view empty space (actually the main component of the body) as not self. We identify ourselves as solid objects with certain characteristics like shape, color and weight. When we identify with the shape, color and weight of our body we become subject to limitations of strength, flexibility and stamina.
To maintain solidity both body and mind can become inflexible, ignorant, and intolerant. We identify with heaviness and solidity, rather than with lightness and subtlety. Actually, if you squeezed all the humans into one solid lump, with no space, that lump would be the size of a sugar cube – we are mostly empty. On a daily practical level we experience solid bodies moving in empty space, but a better description of what is going on is – emptiness within emptiness.
Many of us experience gravity as a mysterious attractant force that reaches out of the Earth and pulls us toward it. Einstein proposed that gravity is actually the curvature in the space/time continuum caused by the presence of a heavy body like the Earth. For him, it was more like sliding down a rabbit hole, than falling through empty space! Some quantum physicists speculate that gravity may be the universal force that moves through all possible various other dimensions of existence. Perhaps, during a yoga practice where we dance various shapes through gravity, we are actually sending messages to other dimensions as ripples of text in the field of gravity.
Do not mistake gravity for electromagnetism – the real key to understanding levitation. It’s all about the electrons. Each atom that makes up the molecules of your body has a shell of electrons that have a negative charge. When the negative electrons encounter other atoms’ electrons they repel each other, just like two negative poles of magnets. This electromagnetic force is strong enough to resist gravitational pull. The electrons of the atoms on the bottoms of your feet repel the atoms of the floor beneath them. You believe that you are walking on the floor, but actually you are floating slightly above the surface! The electron shell can also be missing electrons, and will share electrons with adjacent atoms – that keeps us attached to things, and holds molecules together.
Bodhi rupam bodhi-sattvam, bodhi-gamyam anamayam.
Param-satyam param-shantam, param-brahma parat-param.
It is the form and essence of intelligence and it is experienced through intuition. It is pure simple and transcendental. It is ultimate reality, ultimate truth and ultimate tranquility; which is called Brahman. It is smaller than the nucleus and greater than the greatest. How can something be smaller than the smallest, and larger than the largest – at the same time? The answer is simple – It is empty.
The atoms that comprise all the molecules that form your body are 99.999999999999…% empty. If you enlarge an atom to the size of a large football stadium the nucleus would compare to the size of an orange on the field while the electrons would be distributed throughout the stadium seating. All the rest is empty space – with the lightness of a fluff of cotton.
June 2015 — David Life
That’s it, it’s workshop time!
We are back with
“One Love Two Teachers and Dinners”
For the Jivamukti yoga fix, Friday the 12th of June meet us at 18:15 at “Yoga de la Fonderie”, get ready to sweat, float and sting!
Then, for a wholesome vegan dinner, we will make our way to a dear friend’s restaurant that will have it’s grand opening on the 8th of June….
“OU BIEN ENCORE”
61 Rue des Bains
Delphine is a dedicated cook who selects her local and sustainable products from the markets with love, sometimes the lady like to add a zest of “je ne sais quoi” from elsewhere for an exotic twist.
She is very serious about making people be happy! So are we…….
Just yoga, just dinner, yoga and dinner?
so booking is mandatory!
This is our last one till fall.
Be there or be square.
I loved the first movie, laughed, sighed and even cried during the second…. if you love life stories, India, films with a dash of British humour, spicy weddings… watch it!
Two of my favourite spirit uplifters is being in nature and hanging out or practising with friends. Most of the summer days, we practice by a river away from the bustling traffic and concrete jungle. Beginning the day surrounded by kind souls I affectionate and being immersed in a lush green scenery, gives me the perfect amount of positive energy to go on with a big bright smile wishing for nothing more than more of these times all day.
At other times, I also go to friends houses in the country, a lovely break from the city. Not long ago, I paid a visit to my sweet workmate Cécile. We swing our Ashtanga Series and then cool off in her gigantic and wild garden, where we share our smoothies, green drinks and breakfast snacks. Cécile is the one who came up with the one above and can’t stop making since I had a sip of this wonder.
So simple, yet so good! Being a complete super food junkie, I can easily handle heavy doses of Spirulina, maybe you wouldn’t like yours as grassy as the one on the picture….. however, this is how the wholesome verdant thirst quencher goes:
– plenty of big chunks of sweet pineapple
– as much Spirulina as you can handle
-parsley with no moderation
-water to make it as runny as you wish
I wish you all a happy weekend loaded with healthy brunches and green shots,
I stumbled upon this recipe and immediately knew what to do: add a tropical twist.
So I replace the apples by a big slice of pineapple.
Yield: 1 serving
- 2 pink lady apples
- 1 slice of pineapple
- 1 lime, peeled
- 1 small handful of basil (about 10 leaves)
- 2 celery stems
1. Put all the above ingredients through a juicer and pour into a glass.
Well, not precisely right now writing this post.
You most likely heard of the “No Poo” trend if you reside in the Uk or USA, I believe Switzerland is not yet familiar with the idea…. we are quit behind here with trends and innovations. No too much stress, nor too much change, nothing really “out there” reason for which there are no really cool affordable vegan restaurants and not many mindful as well as sustainable businesses. People are trying, but let’s face it, we are SLOW. However, this sweet land has its charms.
So the idea of “No Poo” or “No Shampoo” for the untaught, consists in not washing your hair and putting up with it. Everybody knows that the less we clean the scalp, the less sebum it produces, yes, it is a vicious circle, the more you wash the more you need to wash.
The longest I went “No Poo” for, was most likely a month, travelling in remote areas of Africa were water was scarce and I just had to face the fact, that at the time, bearing really long dreads, using 3 buckets of water in order to rinse out shampoo was just not possible. It itched, scratched and got irritated. Not really nice… and to be honest I like the smell of fresh hair, which just isn’t the case when you go “No Poo”.
I have been told you can use “Maizena” to “suck up the grease during the transition”, so your scalp gets use to no being washed….. frankly, I rather use it in the kitchen.
Let’s not beat around the bush, I am “Poo”!!!! So it has been a few years that I have been shopping around to find a “Poo” (sorry, I find this hilarious) that is chemical free, not tested on animals and made by a sustainable brand. During this entire time, I have gone through phases looking like a scare crow , an hysterical 1960’s house wife and at times like if I just had over done chemicals though I have never died my hair…. and finally! The natural perfect shampoos were found!
I AM TOTALLY NAKED! A British mum, founded NAKED after searching in vain a hair way that was ethical and harmless to her loved little one. Even the packaging is mostly organic.
I buy my products from various countries, meaning they are flown over the pond often to reach my letter box, is that wise and ethical? I don’t know. Did you find here in Geneva good, affordable shampoos void of paraben, sulfate and all the nasty things that are just going to damage your hair in the long run and not tested on animals…. let me know!
Right, I’m off too shampoo my post practice hair style away and plat my hair with oil in the India Fashion.
Peace, Love and silky vegan poos*
PS, I started writing this post months ago, and sadly it looks like this British small brand didn’t keep its website up, however, you still can purchase their products on Boots International.
Dear Holy Souls,
Jeanine and I have the pretention of answering the ultimate question:
“What is the Meaning of Life”
During our next workshop at Soluna…….
From 18:30 till 20:30
So if you’re wishing for instant illumination, please be ahead of time with the right token that will get you to Nirvana straight away.
TEASER OF THE EVENING:
The Jivamukti Yoga School of NYC (our mothership) is made number ONE!
Jivamukti is for those who carry their practice through every aspect of their lives – The Culture Trip
Jai JIVAMUKTI !!
Who verily knows and who can here declare it,
whence it was born and whence comes this creation? – Rg Veda
The Rg Veda uses a vernacular that still survives today when an unanswerable question is asked. We shrug our shoulders and say, “Who knows?” – David Life, Excerpt from the May 2015 Focus of the Month
Time and Venue : Soluna Pâquis, May 1st from 18:30-20:30,
*please come 15 minutes ahead of time. Do also register <email@example.com>
We are so looking forward to see all!!
MAY all be happy and free,
Travelling makes people meet, one connects with more souls as on the road because space has been created for the encounters to happen. Not being stuck in a routine, one becomes more open, available, receptive. To the contrary, too busy with work, achievements, family and daily minor tasks, it seems like one gets lost in duties, thinks ahead only, about what needs to be done, purchased, fixed, arranged or organised. And being in the present moment doesn’t exist anymore. As stress kicks in everything must just become efficient, busy people need convenience, comfort, though it is out of our comfort zone that magic happens.
We can get lost, we forget “true life priorities” and are no more receptive to the lovely beings we come across. We eat not paying attention to enjoying and ingesting nutrients of our meal, but more just filling the void of hunger, hunger of our unsatisfied souls. Furthermore we don’t pay attention to the beauties of the common, nature and its wonders.
It’s there, it’s in the background, in other words the decor we live in, which we can’t even notice anymore, minds are too busy, too noisy. But nature is our home, not just the square box one returns to once the day of labour is over. Because we over look it greatly, we forget what impact we have as individuals on it. Do you realise that every thing we eat, we consume, use and throw away has it’s toll on the planet?
The ecological choices of the company that produces your toothpaste, the plastic bag you pick up because you can’t be bothered to carry a cotton one. The low cost shoes you wear, the massively produced clothing that doesn’t care about the chemicals used in its dying process, not to mention the health of its employees. The packaging of your tomatoes, the conditions in which those tomatoes are grown and the list goes on.
I agree, if one would like to be perfect and completely impact less, one should live off thin air in a cave, though a handful of grand individuals I admire make a difference by taking a radical stand through mindfulness. And you? How many times do you not enquire about your actions, purchases, out of convenience or carelessness?
Selfishness, let’s talk about it. As human beings and regarding our responsibility towards the planet, we hide. We are great at that. “Why would my plastic bottle I throw away make a difference anyway?” ” Everybody eats meat, I don’t see how stopping I could make a difference?” ” It’s ok, it’s only one more battery thrown away in the sea of unrecycled rubbish, it won’t be much harm.” But that is where we get it wrong, collectively we can make that change. By caring for others more than just ourselves and close ones. Sadly we hide behind the mass to excuse our behaviour. We blame the collectivity to buy ourself a good conscience, “I am no different than most”, but that isn’t how it works.
Remember that we are all part of this one big thing, the universe. “Our inner selfish desires” are responsible for this huge ecological chaos, not only the politicians and big industries. We buy into to it by supporting them and that is buy consuming their products. Yet we have the strength to make a difference through unity, unity is strength. When are you going to start?
I do understand we can’t all shop at the farmer’s market, spend for one or two on groceries the amount of a restrained budget for a family of 5 members in a month, order online from small designers that are ethical from A to Z, polish tiles and floors or wash clothes with purely organic and biodegradable luxurious cleaning products. But if you knew and you could…. why wouldn’t you? Give me one valid reason beyond your personal interest.
Everything is deeply intertwined, more than you want to imagine, every gesture, word and thought has is consequence for the universe, more than you maybe wish to imagine. But nature heals as well as nourishes us on several planes, emotional, physical and spiritual. We can’t live without nature, though nature will go on without us. Humans are probably some of the most intelligent living creatures on the planet, yet the most stupid too, the only one that has a suicidal attitude. We are killing ourselves and all softly.
Yes we are all connected, related, one, we breath the same air and our actions have repercussions on all. I am not perfect, but I try hard to act with consciousness, that is of course to the limit of my current abilities, understanding and perception of life. I am not judging you, I just wish more of us would think, really think about this mess, face the truth by being honest with ourselves…. could you? Would you please?
Through unity we can make a difference, one has to overlook slightly ones comfort and commit to making a change. Raise that level of awareness, you could be an example, not just a sheep amongst the others.
Because we have gone too far, but I deeply believe it isn’t too late to adjust, adapt….. if you want a change, be the change. Share, care, love, beyond you limited circle, for the postman, the old man who sits on the bench and you ignore, the cashier you forget to respectably greet, the unknown soul on the other side of the planet. Extend this to all the living beings you overlook as well as nature that is the lungs of us all and that without, we couldn’t exist.
I dare you to care.
For Ashtangis, practice rules your schedule. It dictates at what time you are going to sleep, obviously what time you are going to rise, how and when or what you are going to eat. A nutritious but not too heavy diet we need, to feel light enough in order float, or at least try to find buoyancy, yet fatty enough to have sufficient strength to go through all the vinyasas that are numerous in Ashtanga.
For this to happen, the best way to hit the mat is with an empty as possible belly. Dinner is very early or hardly existing since you start practising way before the sunrise, this usually results in having a massive post practice breakfast the next day.
Some mornings, hunger creeps in whilst still in Savasana, that’s when my mind wanders about all the good food I can have to start the day. I scrutinise the fridge mentally, viewing what are the items that are left over and creativity kicks in to come up with a satiating sweet recipe.
A couple of days ago, the smoothie I half dreamt of as letting the system cool off laying in Savasana, turned out to be my new favourite. It’s a pink delight!
If ever you can lay your hands on all the ingredients, try it! Trust me, it is worth it:
- the meat of one coconut (semi hard)
- some coconut water (enough to make as thick or runny as you wish)
- Half a pomegranate (a few grains can be kept to sprinkle them on top)
- As many strawberries as you can handle
- Some papaya
- A couple of dates (enough to sweeten it to your taste, I like to soak them before hand)
- A big spoonful of almond butter (the more the creamier)
- A couple of spoons of ground flaxseeds
I hope you will enjoy this smoothie as much as I do!
Peace, love and Pink Delight
From hot and sticky Mysore
Shivaratri was like “Shiva effect in full swing” for me, as my Sis Jeanine wrote in an email after I told her about my condition…. I have been so sick! A real Delhi Belly, high fever and a cold, all this in 35 degrees celsius!
It has been a few days of fasting and an intense purge, so shed a couple of kilos. But now I’m back to my bubbly self and the kitchen is calling me to prepare sweets just after practice……
I stumbled across this recipe on the blog of Joanna Goddard, smartly named “A cup of Jo“, who reposted it from Culinary Couture. Joanna makes me seriously crack up at times. We are the same age, bare the same name, live miles away from each other and our lives are unquestionably contrasting. However, I love to peak at mid-thirties women blogs from the Big Apple, the stuff Joanna occasionally comes up with is horrendously funny at times…. I’ll let you check that out for yourself.
So here it goes:
1/2 cup refined coconut oil, melted
1/3 cup honey (I used date sirup)
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder (preferring raw cacao, a little less is needed)
2 tbsp. almond butter
Chuck all ingredients in the blender, wiz up, pour onto a small recipient and freeze until it solidifies.
You can sprinkled some shredded coconut on the top if like me you just can’t get enough of it.
Now I am in trouble, I have this tendency of being a chocolate junkie…… this fudge is so delicious it is hard to stop…. I can’t wait for the boys to come home to help me with my plate of yummy goodness before I devour it all.
Post practice hair and happy grin….. I like to think morning is the best time for fatty raw goodness! Ps, don’t forget to finger clean the blender, the exercise of polishing off the sweetness of the recipient is very up lifting.
Where rabies and scab full dogs run around wild, as well as others perfectly groomed are walked on leashes
Where hawkers sell spinach from bags hanging on handlebars of old English styled bicycles and the hardly known broccoli is going stale on shelves of pristine shopping malls
Where women stroll down the neighbourhood in their nighties, whilst others never step out of their mansions or extravagant cars
Where street ear cleaners operate from a plastic stool on the roadside and ultra modern private hospitals are filled with cosmetic holidayers
Where one can nibble anytime of the day or night at freshly cook street food for less than 50 cts and dine in the finest opulent restaurants
Where the latest technology is found as well as produced but still many households are not yet equipped with electricity
Where cows are holy and most won’t eat them but worship them, yet the most bovine leather is produced
Where the crippled have wooden plates splintering in their hands to drag themselves through the dust and distance, whilst some of the latest prothesis are conceived
Where the smell of burning rubbish and urine is covered by divine scents of the finest incens
Where one can drink a cup of tea made from a street stall just as well as sip coffee from an air-conditioned cafe watching the first scene
Where one can draw cash from a distributor but having to step over the still asleep and bed less watchman
Where drunken lads fall over or walk around with dead sneaks around their necks and wealthy business men share the same pavement with sheer indifference
Where one can sleep at his workplace, on the counter or footpath without being bothered or even out of place as well as in the most luxurious palaces ever seen on earth
Where dead corps lie on the ground unnoticed whilst lively children play cricket cheerfully just a couple of meters away
“IN INDIA EVERYTING IS POSSIBLE”
Today and tonight, we celebrate Shiva, the union between Shiva and Shakti.
May you all have a blessed Maha Shivaratri!
Om Namah Shivaya
It’s high season here for Ashtanga in Mysore, Big-time!
The Shala is full, or jam packed should I say?! Waiting time in the morning to get a spot to get cracking with practice is, well, it’s a while. Back in the west, having to show up more or less than an hour before your class starts and spending all that time patiently sitting before getting anywhere near the doorway sounds a little absurd. This is the protocol here and it has a somewhat humbling effect on us all. You know you will get in there at some point.
If you look at the clock at the back of the room, it says 04:15, no not pm, am! Also, the Shala clock is about 20 minutes ahead of real time…. so it is not even 4 really, Prior that time we spent an hour sitting on the ground waiting for the gates to open, not the mention the time at which we get up. ” Why???” You must be thinking…. practicing squatting to open the hips????
Well, only a certain amount of us fit in the room when it is a led class. A small percentage of us get to practice in the lobby or the changing rooms. So, if you want to be in the room, you are going to have do the waiting bit.
Despite the awareness we are supposed to have acquired over the years of practice, there are still a few crafty characters, like in any micro society. Pushing a little too much to get in, arriving last minute and sneaking up the line to not be left stranded spotless or practising next to the toilet. Their Karma, non of my business, just disappointing to see in such an environment.
Then there is also room we have to deal with besides patience. We usually align our mats with hardly any space between them in order to fit as many as possible in one row. Also, you do not want to go off it as you roll back otherwise your foot will most likely be tickling your fellow yogi’s nose at the rear, if not, literally kicking them in the face….
My first practice this year, was a 4’oclok in what we call a spot for “small”. Let’s face it, I am not exactly small, more like one of the tallest girls in the shala. However, I was grateful I was in the main room. The whole series was spent for me, turning around on my mat, left and right, facing one way then the other to try and fit my posture in meanwhile being as considerate as I possibly could to my neighbours who had me under their nose… no, I wasn’t even in a row, nor could I raise my arms in Surya Namaskara. My first mathematical experience was a serious teaching! The positioning had to be calculated a posture ahead to not miss any of it, I had to think fast and still just be in the body.
I smile back home when I teach a class and some get upset because of the number of participants there can be in a class. Trust me, here, if you have an inch between mats, you are lucky. I will never forget one year, when I unrolled my rug and one rolled over it on the left, then another partially covered it on the right. Not even a mat space! I looked, tried to mention my situation, but it was too late, Sharath came in and called out “Samasthiti“! No more time to move, so the lads gave me a look saying “let’s work around this, it will be ok”.
And it was perfect, the best time I ever had! Even at the most hectic times, when we knock each other and the “domino effect” messes up the entire the row, we rolled smoothly, in symphony. We learnt to pay attention to each other, to work together, to become one. You can fight you neighbours energy, or learn to work with it. You choose what you do with it.
This is what India teaches you, not much space, not much privacy, but if you go with the flow, wait patiently, then you will rock on!
This year, my kitchen is tiny, but really tiny. It is the dead end of a corridor, literally. I can barely turn around in this place so small it is! I have moved in to this new flat with my friends Marc & Clive I met last year and it’s a scream. I have the kitchen to myself, cause the boys only make coffee in the morning.
We are all three on the same schedule and I know, my bedroom door opening directly onto the stove, that when coffee is being made, well, I am almost late already and have to get out of bed. I open my door and sleepy heads meet.
So come on in and meet my messy counter top!
I remember India when one could hardly eat anything else then a tali for lunch and dinner, curry was also on the menu for breakfast. I love talis, but when one is travelling for months on end and not accustomed to the food daily, well, one starts to crave the comfort of tastes from back home.
Those days are long gone, now one can have, pasta, quinoa, vegan pizza, veg fritters……SALAD SAFELY, believe or not, though personally I am still very careful of where I have it. Supermarkets have also grown over the place like mushrooms and it is now the turn of health food stores to flourish. No one is challenged out of their comfort zone anymore, I miss those times a little I must admit.
So to make a long story short, you have just about everything here you could wish for as a health freak. As soon as I arrived and moved in, I run errands and stocked the only shelf of what looks like a galley with plenty of goodness and loads of super foods.
Going home after practice is what I prefer, digest whatever is coming up and remain in silence. However I do stop and have a couple of coconuts on my way back, then it’s in the kitchen I go to prepare what probably looks more like an ice cream…….
The other day I was inspired by a green looking smoothie I tried in a new hang out in Mysore, before I stock up, and came up with a similar one but “a la Jo”.
- a big bunch of palak (Indian spinach)
- fresh coriander
- fresh basil
- 2 small bananas
- coconut meet and water
- almond butter
- a few figs (soaked)
- ground flax seeds
- some cocoa nibs to garnish
Don’t ask me about quantities, just measure with your heat.
NOMNOMNOM! There herbs, the crunch of the cocoa nibs and the sweetness of the figs with the coconut twits was a delight!
What do you crave for after practice?
Peace, love and green goodness,
“I need to go home….. I am loosing my prana.”
“I couldn’t take the intensity of her breath.”
“I need my turmeric!”
“You’re breathing like a steam engine.”
“Am I breathing right?”
“To do this practice, one needs a lot of D’s, dedication, devotion, discipline”
– Sharathji in conference, Mysore 02.07.2015
Does this beautiful bright smile ring a bell? Yes, you guessed, it’s the lovely Laruga. Glad I am we had time to catch up a little before her departure, since she was leaving soon after I rolled out of a night train.
This little corner is one of the popular “coconut stands” in Mysore we LOVE! I like to view these side road seats as “a cafe with a view” on daily life.
If you roam phone less here, just sit down for a bit, take a sip, gaze at the scenery and friends will come round to join all hours of the day. Coconuts after practice, coconuts on the way to chanting, coconuts after chanting, coconuts to take away….. coconut in smoothies, we are cuckoo for coconuts!
Chop the top off, squeeze a little lime in it , it’s a coconut “à la Mysore” and enjoy.
So much better than our carton water back home….
Dear lovely beings,
Where has time gone? You tell me…. I have no idea!
When one reaches India, time seems to freeze, one enters a time warp and days, minutes or hours become pretty irrelevant. You better not pay attention to it, nothing happens here like in the West. We are all greatly challenged by the paste of how things unfold on the first travels to the sub-continent, however with experience, on learns to sit back and that everything will unfold perfectly well in due time. And the perfect outcome is most likely not what one expects.
India has swallowed me alive this year.Every journey I feel like I am thrown into a washing machine, on a more or less long cycle, turned upside down and inside out, in other words, washed out. Thankfully before I return, I get ringed out and laid in the sun to dry. As a result I am soft as well as fresh as new.
After a what seemed like an eternal voyage, I was more than delayed 25 hours in Abu-Dhabi, I finally reached Goa and friends. The length of my journey completely threw off my internal clock, as a result I slept, ate and practised when I could for a week. The good lesson of the delay to me was, because I ended spending Xmas flying and in a hotel room, I had no more attachment to the celebration. Again, one of those prejudices…..
The typical no yoga clothes/towel hotel room practice.
I needed to be unplugged lately, catch up with dear friends of previous trips, digest my hard work, which actually is just learning as teaching, connect with new encounters…… I swung in the trees with my hammock most times besides my morning practice in Auroville, red a few marvellous books and had extensive deep and interesting conversations with absorbing entities. Thankful I am to have been totally immersed in the jungle, what a bliss it is to live at the rhythm of nature. I neglected my camera too…. being in the present with no disturbance was sheer luxury in which I indulged.
On the way to Monica’s Shala, green, green, green….
That said, I will try and make up for it this month! I reached Mysore just a few days ago, meaning I am getting up in the middle of the night and sweating buckets in the morning. The heat produced by all the practitioners in the Shala makes it so easy and agreeable despite the night freshness to practice and it feels so good to be here…. I am looking forward to this new chapter ahead of me. More stories and recipes to come! I’ve purchased a new Indian blender….
See you soon.
Love, pranams and…. MASALA DOSA!
I could swear that every year I become slightly deafer because of the loud abuse of honking……
kripa… Grace is when something comes to you that you can’t even imagine existed… Jai Sri Radhe – Shyamdas
Shyamdas-ji graced us with his presence at the jivamukti teacher training in Omega. Of course, I could not guess it would be the last time I would be receiving darshan from him. I am forever grateful to Sharon Gannon & David Life, they keep bringing us in the presence of saints. In the Jivamukti Yoga lineage, we are all incredibly blessed to be a part of this miracle continuously unfolding… It’s all Hari’s grace.
Jai Shri Krishna
Sri Krishna Sharanam Mama
“It’s Sanskrit Pop Music! Did you know Sanskrit was the first Pop Music?!” Bob Thurman, author, teacher and father of my beloved friend Dechen, once said to me, referring to the songs I’d just played for him. “Sanskrit is meant to be sung!”
If you think Sanskrit is not your ancestral language, think again. Sanskrit is the parent language to all Pan-Indo European languages and so basically, first there was no language, and then there was Sanskrit. It was a gift to the world from the Divine and the early Sanskrit writers knew that. Each symbol is designed to represent an aspect of the Divine light that stands in all of us, not just symbolically but also vibrationally. Sanskrit is an “invocational” language, which means the word is the form. By saying the word we “invoke” it to exist. The vibration of the sound isn’t just referencing the Divine. It IS the Divine. So if we sing the words for the Divine, in Sanskrit, we create the Divine around us. First there was the Word and the Word was God.
After teaching thousands of yoga classes at Jivamukti Yoga School in New York City and beginning each class with a Sanskrit chant, I have learned one thing to be universally true. People like to sing. When we sing, we’re usually not angry (well, Johnny Rotten was probably angry). When we sing we can’t be worrying. The whirling fluctuations of our mind, the chitta vritti in Sanskrit, have to stop. Singing makes us feel good. If you haven’t experienced it yourself, you may be surprised to know that hundreds of people in New York City, fresh from a busy day’s work doing all kinds of things, come and sing with a group of strangers. I have heard many students come to me and say how much they love it, that while at first they were wary and worried they ‘d sing badly, they now look forward to it in every class. I say everyone is designed to sing. We all sang in Kindergarten, and when we did we became a pure channel for receiving and transmitting the light of the world. Try to remember what a group of sincere five year -olds singing sounds like. And then know that’s what God hears when he listens to you.
If Sanskrit, like Dr. Thurman says, “was the first Pop Music”, then Krishna was the first Rock Star. Krishna played the flute so beautifully it mesmerized the Gopis (sounds like “groupie” to me!), the young girls who milked the cows. They would drop their milk pails in the dirt and go to Krishna, bathed in divine bliss. It is said that Krishna plays a special song for each and every one of us to call us home to the Lord.
I’m not Indian. I like Rock and Roll. I don’t get as excited to hear the harmonium as I do 4/4 time. The special song that Krishna plays for me sounds like Keith Richard’s guitar. Most especially, the opening riff to ‘Beast of Burden”. It never fails to wash me with bliss. We all have music that calls us, elevates us above the mundane and makes our hearts burst with love. I’m usually called by Keith’s kind of groove.
You would think that makes it a bit awkward to spend time with him in real life, but it doesn’t. He once said to me, years ago when I was more likely to be playing at CBGB than yoga class, “You know Kelly, there’s only one song, and that was the first song and it was written by Adam and Evil. I don’t write songs, I just receive and transmit.”
If its all the same song and Adam and Eve were the first people with language, they probably spoke Sanskrit. So sing your ancestral language, maybe in the way I have received and transmitted the melodies to you, maybe a bit more traditionally. But whatever you do, don’t forget to sing, any way and any language you want. Sound creates form, and when you stop worrying and sing you add positive forms and peace to the world. It has been scientifically proven that the delicate sound of a butterfly flapping its wings affects the stratosphere on the other side of the world. Imagine what happens when you sing loud and strong with a heart full of love. Just like in Kindergarten.
Now treat your soul with this beautiful rendition of the Refuge Mantra and sing along http://www.reverbnation.com/kellybritton/song/4622485-shri-krishna
The end of 2014 is approaching and we will be teaching our last workshop before spring.
This Friday 28th of November from 18:30 till 20:30 at Insens
“ONE LOVE TWO TEACHERS”
Will take you through the focus of the month with heaps of love
and lots of care:
Dinner will follow at Helveg.
Should you join us for the workshop, do book your spot!*
The room is cosy and limited in numbers.
Also drop us an email if you are joining us for dinner:
Peace, Love, Greens and more Love
*Because we can only accept a limited number of participants, please note that your booking is firm and you will be billed for last minute cancelations. Thank you for your understanding.
The place is pretty cosy, so places are limited.We highly recommend booking your spot early. (Tel 022 347 15 15 / Email firstname.lastname@example.org)
See you there!
love, more love, and veggies.
« The ecological devastation of our planet can be traced to a single cause: raising animals for food. So if we stop participating in that animal agribusiness, we stop participating in the devastation of our environment on planet Earth » – Sharon Gannon
We recently watched cowspiracy in the comfort of our home. Here is Marc (not a vegetarian) ’s message about it:
« This is the most important, the most relevant and the most politically charged documentary film of our times. Everyone should watch it. Don’t wait »
Thank you for daring to care,
It’s Sunday, autumn and I am feeling lazy. I swung my practice nearer to noon than morning, had chocolate just after squeezing a lemon……. Oh BOY! I am a total chocolate junkie right now. I’ve been having chocolate before practice for the last couple of weeks, searching for a kick to uplift me throughout it.
In this season the body slows down just as nature goes into some kind of sleep. Trees retract their sap and all nature turns into an explosion of orange, red, rusty colours. I love the sight of it, a little less the chestnuts on the ground as I swish through parks with my bike….
As cold weather arrives, do you also feel like comfort food and sleep? What are you craving for? Rich soups and fried potatoes, chestnuts and pumpkins have been on my menu a lot. I tried making pumpkin soup with apples and safran instead of the classical coconut cream, curry… trust me, the alternative was so good!
Because today is quite chilly, I felt so happy to have taken the decision to not leave the house. Played some of my favourite records, listened to a dozen to times to “Entendre la forêt qui pousse” (hearing the forest grow, very seasonal) from Chapelier le fou. And, after my initial sugar fix, fruits followed a deep core floor practice then I suddenly got so excited at the idea of making my favourite pancakes, simple joys of cooking really uplift my mood.
The recipe I enjoy comes from the Post Punk kitchen blog, Isa is such an inspiration for turning the traditional unhealthy soul food into more ethical and wholesome dishes. These puffy pillow pancake’s will satisfy any serious comfort craving for the authentic american crepe!
I used egg replacer instead of the ground flax seeds and only incorporated one spoon of sugar since I pour more than enough maple syrup of them, also not being a vanilla fan, skipped that. Enjoy!
1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
3 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
2 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup almond milk (or soy milk)
2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar
1 tablespoon ground flax seeds
1/2 cup water
3 tablespoons canola oil
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
Peace, love and sugar*
If you are in town this weekend and haven’t yet made plans…. we have one for you!
Laruga Glaser is in Geneva, lucky we are to have her visit. Laruga teaches internationally and is most of the time on the road, her practice is outstanding and the lady shines from inside out! She is authorised by Sharath Jois, the Mysore Ashtanga Institute “Level II”
Friday 31st of Oct at INSENS 18:00-20:00 60chf
Saturday 1st of Nov at Soluna 9:00-12:00 and 14:00-17:00 130chf
Sunday 2nd of November at Soluna 9:00-12:00 and 14:00-17:00 130chf
FULL WEEKEND 280chf
For more details about the schedule, check the Babayoga’s website on the news page.
I hope to see you there!
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