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It took 5 modes of transportation to get to the Ashram in Grass Valley California. It started with a Lift Ride to an airplane to a local bus to an Amtrak and finally a peaceful man picking me up in a car from the Amtrak station to get to the Ashram. I was SO excited to be attending an Ayurvedic hands on course called: Food is Medicine. For the next 7 days I would be living a strict ashram lifestyle and receiving my Ayurvedic Cooking Certification! Yee Haw!
Oh boy was it beautiful there. When I arrived I set up my tent. No computer or cell phone for 7 days! I did turn my phone on a couple times to check in with family but other than that kept the phone off the rest of the time.
This is a pooja ceremony that was taking place. The indian man was offering things to the fire like: ghee, bananas, and flowers. He chanted for 5 hours! What an amazing experience. As soon as I got there I began electronically cleansing right away. Isn’t that terrible that I even had to say that? The ashram schedule goes like this…
5:30am Wake-up bell
8:00am Asana & pranayama class
10:00am Organic vegetarian brunch
11:00am Karma Yoga (opportunity to serve the Ashram)
12:00pm Ayurvedic Lecture and Cooking
6:00pm Organic vegetarian dinner
10:30pm Lights out
It was an amazing week, as you can see! It was so beautiful to be with people who were interested in the cooking area of this indian healing system. Everyone in the course was so happy to be there and so gracious. Bharata was so knowledgeble about Ayurveda, it was mind blowing. He answered all of our questions so calmly. He was so relaxed and confident in the kitchen. It was unbelieveable how easygoing he was while 10 students were in the kitchen watching him and he had a small time frame to get the meal ready by. I now know about ayurvedic spices and how to use them. These are skills I can carry with me for life.
Not only was the course amazing, but also the experience living at the Ashram. I have began praying before I eat and just being more concious of food in general. Its so easy to just throw things in your mouth with out even thinking about it. The schedule of only eating twice a day really put into perspective of how much we don’t need! I strongly recommend going to the Sivanvanda Ashram Yoga Farm in Grass Valley California. Here is there website… http://www.sivanandayogafarm.org/
You can even check out Bharat’s next workshops on the farm!
I used to buy chai in a box and mix it with skim milk… That sounds absolutely atrocious now. It’s unbelievable what people will buy these days because they need a quick fix. Chai tea concentrate is so sweet but the spices are to die for. Ayurvedically, its most benefical to take your time and make everything from scratch. Most of the time this is the healthiest way to go! Starting from scratch allows us to know what we are putting in our food. Today, I’ve given you a warming chai tea recipe that is so easy! To make it ayurvedically, I chose a decaf tea, if you want to add caffenated black tea then go ahead! Hope you enjoy.
I’m sure you’re aware that last night was the Blood Moon solar eclipse. Today is actually the full Moon. When the Moon is full and has super bright light it affects the waters gravitational pull on the earth. By this I mean that it affects the rivers, lakes and oceans. The Moon’s gravitational forces are strong enough to disrupt this balance by accelerating the water towards the Moon. This causes the water to ‘bulge.’ As the Moon orbits our planet and as the Earth rotates, the bulge also moves. The areas of the Earth where the bulging occurs experience high tide, and the other areas are subject to a low tide.
Not only does the Moon affect the earth, but it also affects the water within the body! The human body is 65% water. When the Moon reaches its full phase and new phase, its gravitational pull combines with the sun for the greatest gravitational effect. This period of increased effect lasts about 24 hours, thus leading to an increase of water in the human body. This is explains why you feel bloated around your period. According to Ayurveda, a woman’s natural rhythms are kept and preserved by her monthly menstrual cycle that occurs with the new moon. At this time, menstruation is set in motion by the sun absorbing energies from the earth, which in turn draws the menstrual waste from the body. When the use of contraceptive pills and other birth control devices do not tamper with a woman’s monthly cycle, harmful foods and activities, and disruptive sexual activities, her cycle remains in harmony with the new moon.
Shakti-prana is the force that moves through the reproductive system and keeps a womans creative energy flowing. Women tend to lose their relationship with the lunar cycle, So every full Moon I recommend cleansing. It allows the body to focus only on the menstruation cycle. There so many women out there who have issues with an irregular, light, heavy or halted periods. Fasting on the full Moon allows the digestive system to take a break and revitalize our shakti-prana flow. If you have menstruation issues, cleansing on the full Moon can bring you back into a regular period and aid in pre-menstrual symptoms.
As women, we should honor our cycle, for blood carries the divine mother of potential for bringing new life and birth! It is a sign that we are aligned with the elements of nature. It is also a time to let go of old habits and set new intentions. Cleansing in congruence with the moon restores your hormonal balance and recalls natural rhythms of shakti-prana!
How to Cleanse
Results of the cleanse…
After the cleanse you will feel lighter and happier. Ready to take on the new cycle of 28 days.
Om Namah Shivaya.
“A woman should keep her separateness, should save all her feminine qualities and purify them. In this way she is going, according to her nature, towards enlightenment. Of course once you are enlightened, you have gone beyond the discrimination of sexes. Beyond enlightenment, you are simply human beings. But before that… Be proud of your qualities. Increase them, refine them because they are the path towards godliness. Man is not in a better position than woman as far as religious experience is concerned.”
Oh boy, this recipe is amazing. I can’t wait for you all to try it. If you are bored with your daily oatmeal or with breakfasts in general, this is one to get excited about. Breakfast is important, it gets your agni buring. We should break our fast in the morning with something warm and gentle on the digestive system. Since we are approaching fall (Vata season) it is best to eat warming foods that help balance excess Vata present in our external environment. Vata intensifies in fall and winter when the leaves fall, plants recede into the earth and wind leaves us dry and cold. We are likely to experience Vata imbalances in the fall such as; anxiety, fatigue, and excessive dryness. This recipe will ground you and stick to your bones to last you till lunch time.
Well I am about to leave for a week a 7-day cooking certificate course, learning Ayurveda’s principles of six tastes and three constitutions to build recipes for restoring health and balance. I will learn theory and hands-on practice learning cooking, spices, and herbs. It is taught by an experienced Ayurvedic practitioner who understands food as medicine. The aim is to understand a thorough foundational knowledge of how Ayurveda helps apply Food as Medicine. The course is in Grass Valley, California. I will be camping and practicing yoga and meditation in the Sivananda Ashram Yoga Farm! I’ll be sure to bring you all back loads of wonderful Ayurvedic cooking tips. Hari Om my friends:)
When I was a kid beets aways seemed disgusting to me. Now I love them in juices, cooked dishes, and enticing salads. It wasn’t until the other day that I was scrolling through Pinterest when I saw this beautiful bright pink hummus. I immediately wanted to create a version of my own. By the way, I was ecstatic when I blended this up to see the color of this hummus. I got really excited, like so excited that I jumped up and down. That’s how you know you love food.
Beets have a special place in Ayurveda. They are tridoshic, which means they are suitable for all dosha types, so you can cook them for your entire family. Beets provide antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and detoxification support to our bodies. These colorful root vegetables contain powerful nutrient compounds that help protect against heart disease, birth defects, and certain cancers, especially colon cancer. Though the iron content of red beets isn’t high, it is of the finest quality which makes it a powerful cleanser and builder of blood. This is the reason why beets are very effective in treating many ailments caused by toxic environments. Similar to carrots, Ayurveda advises that beets are cooked. So eat your beets!
So excited! I figured out how you can print my recipes right off my blog! Slowly getting the hang of this blogging thing. Now print it off or you can write it down like they did in the old days and keep it in your recipe box!
I enjoyed this wonderful dish with some good friends, Ila and Justin. My dear friend Ila made this beautiful peach salad and avocado dressing to accompany. Justin made some loose leaf hibiscus tea. Unfortunately I didn’t get a picture of his tea…but you can imagine.
“We can’t talk about our own health without understanding our place in our environment, because in order to fulfill our potential we have to live in the context of our surroundings. We have to know our place in the ecosystem of which we are a part, and this means living ‘consciously’: being aware of nature and how it affects us and how we, in turn, affect nature.”
― Sebastian Pole, Discovering the True You with Ayurveda: How to Nourish, Rejuvenate, and Transform Your Life
I’m sure some of you have been wondering what Ayurveda is. What is all this talk about Vata, Pitta and Kapha!? Well in Ayurveda everyone is made up of the elements; air, space, earth, water and fire. All of us have all of these elements in us but most of us are predominant in one or two. We are made of 3 constitutions…
1. Vata Dosha — (air and space) Creative; Quick to learn and grasp new knowledge, but also quick to forget, Slender; Tall and a fast-walker; Tendency toward cold hands and feet, discomfort in cold climates; Excitable, lively, fun personality; Changeable moods; Irregular daily routine; High energy in short bursts; Tendency to tire easily and to overexert; Full of joy and enthusiasm when in balance; Responds to stress with fear, worry, and anxiety, especially when out of balance; Tendency to act on impulse; Often have racing, disjointed thoughts; Generally have dry skin and dry hair and don’t perspire much.
2. Pitta Dosha — (Fire and space) Medium physique, strong, well-built; Sharp mind, good concentration powers; Orderly, focused; Assertive, self-confident, and entrepreneurial at their best; Aggressive, demanding, pushy when out of balance; Competitive, enjoy challenges; Passionate and romantic; Strong digestion, strong appetite, get irritated if they have to miss or wait for a meal; When under stress, Pittas become irritated and angry; Skin fair or reddish, often with freckles; sunburns easily; Uncomfortable in sun or hot weather, heat makes them very tired; Perspire a lot; Good public speakers; Generally good management and leadership ability, but can become authoritarian; Subject to temper tantrums, impatience, and anger; Typical physical problems include rashes or inflammations of the skin, acne, boils, skin cancer, ulcers, heartburn, acid stomach, insomnia, dry or burning eyes.
3. Kapha Dosha — (Earth and Water) Energy that controls growth in the body. It supplies water to all body parts, moisturizes the skin, and maintains the immune system. Easygoing, relaxed, slow-paced; Affectionate and loving; Forgiving, compassionate, nonjudgmental nature; Stable and reliable; faithful; Physically strong and with a sturdy, heavier build; Have the most energy of all constitutions, but it is steady and enduring; Slow speech, reflecting a deliberate thought process; Slower to learn, but outstanding long-term memory; Soft hair and skin; tendency to have large “soft” eyes and a low, soft voice; Tend toward being overweight; may also suffer from sluggish digestion; Prone to depression; More self-sufficient; Gentle, and essentially undemanding approach to life; Excellent health, good immune system; Very calm; strive to maintain harmony and peace in their surroundings; Not easily upset and can be a point of stability for others; Tend to be possessive and hold on to things. Don’t like cold, damp weather; Physical problems include colds and congestion, sinus headaches, respiratory problems including asthma, allergies, and atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries).
Food and lifestyle routines are considered the most important medicine. If you come to an Ayurvedic doctor with a complaint, you are more likely to leave with a recipe than with a prescription for pills.
Here is an online quiz where you can figure out your dosha…. http://www.naturesformulary.com/contents/dosha-test
Got some super awesome pics of my trip to Coloradical…. Saw my 2 best friends:)
My best friend in the whole world.
Ghee is a substance, also known as clarified butter. Ghee is made by removing all the milk solids out of the butter. It is another staple of Ayurvedic cooking, and the preferred butter by many chefs as well. Ghee is used as a carrier to help herbs and spices enter the tissues, and it is used to remove blockages. Regular butter “clogs,” and ghee does not. It will help increase the Ojas and is recommended for Vatas and Pittas; Kaphas should use in smaller amounts. Ojas is essential life energy. Ojas circulates throughout the bodily tissues and the heart, sustaining the physical self and bringing clarity to the mind, and balancing emotions. So its time to get your Ghee on! It’s way cheaper to make it at home, rather than buying at the store.
What you need:
1 lb (4 sticks) unsalted organic butter, ideally without added coloring
Cheese cloth or coffee filter or paper towel; coffee filter works best
Wide and shallow spoon
Thick and wide saucepan
Benefits of Ghee…
1.) Flushes old bile
2.) Stimulates the liver to make new bile, so 94% of old toxic bile is not re-absorbed.
3.) Scrubs the intestines of toxins.
4.) Supports the primary source of energy and immunity for the cells of the gut.
5.) Supports the health of the beneficial bacteria in the gut who make butyrate.
6.) Lubricates and softens the hardened tissues of the body.
7.) Pulls stored fat soluble toxins and molecules of emotion out of the body.
8.) Encourages fat metabolism and weight loss.
9.) Supports stable mood and energy levels.
10.) Protects against bad bacteria in the gut.
Here are some photos I took when I went home for a visit.
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The fifth philosophy of Ayurveda is Yoga. It is important to understand that both systems are separate but related healing forms from India. Yoga overlaps into Ayurveda on various levels. Yoga means “union”-the union of the lower self with the higher self. It was formed through the Yoga Sutras of Pantanjali- one of the six systems of Vedic Philosophy (shad darshanas). Ayurveda has accepted Pantanjalis organized yogic discipline through his Sutras for healing purposes. These sub yogic categories prescribed are; asana, meditation, and pranayama.
Ayurveda is one of the four Upavedas or secondary vedic teachings. These Upavedas apply vedic knowledge for the quest of wholeness and liberation. Yoga connects with Ayurveda because it outlines the principles for developing the meditative mind that is the basis of all vedic knowledge.
Ayurveda recommends that one of the best forms of exercise is asana, which is the physical practice of yoga. Exercise is important for circulation in the body every day. Yoga is recommended because you exercise at half your capacity, (unless you’re doing hot yoga which is not recommended) just until sweat comes to the forehead, under the armpits and along the vertebral column. Yoga only uses half the energy necessary for maintenance of physiological functions of vital organs like heart, kidneys, lungs, and liver. Vigorous exercise beyond your capacity may lead to dehydration and can cause constipation. A regular yoga practice is better for the Shleshaka kapha. This is a thick, sticky, liquid oil that is present all over the body and especially in-between the joints. It is important to be gentle physically on your joints because it can aggravate the Shleshaka kapha, leading to arthritis or sciatica.
Asana can be an adjunct for physical therapy for the treatment of diseases that may be prescribed by an Ayurveda practitioner. The yoga asana is a way of bringing awareness into action in a certain position. You learn how to control the mind by stilling the mind, so that perception becomes the self. Yoga brings attention to yourself so you can find value in yourself. Certain poses are names of animals, flowers, structures (lotus, lion, and staff) When you put yourself in these postures you can become these things and there is a communication between the mind, body, and consciousness. Every asana has “siddhi” which creates biochemical changes in the body. It is very important to reintegrate asana and Ayurveda in order to bring out the full healing and spiritual potential in each person.
Meditation is one of the 8 limbs of yoga. Meditation is essential in prescribing a health regimen for clients. Meditation empties the content in the brain, creating space and consciousness that is necessary to live a pure life. With a daily meditation practice you can become aware and let love be the answer. In an effortless state of meditation, the para ojas becomes active. When this happens you realize your true nature, which is PEACE AND LOVE. In Ayurveda this para ojas becomes soma, which releases molecules of bliss throughout the body and throughout your day.
Pranayama is also one of the 8 limbs of yoga. Pranayama is essential to control prana (our energy life force). Different breathing techniques are prescribed depending on your metabolic constitution. For instance, Kapal Bhati breathing helps to improve alertness, concentration, strengthens muscles and helps burn calories. So it is most beneficial for Kaphas who are more on the lazy side. Nadi Shodhana can benefit all constitutions (tri-doshic) and is stimulating and calming.
We must bring yoga into Ayurveda to add a spiritual and physical dimension to Ayurvedic treatments. Ayurveda prescribes the daily regimen and health guidelines for an optimal yogic practice. Yoga provides the spiritual basis to receive the optimal benefits for an Ayurvedic practice. When practicing a daily regimen of cleansing, meditation, pranayama, vedic diet, and asana on a routine schedule in congruence with the sun, moon and cosmic force you will see how yoga and Ayurveda go hand in hand.
Coconut Nectar Sweet Potato Oats
-2 cups of quick oats
-4 cups of H20
-1 Tbsp cinnamon
-1 Tsp nutmeg
-1 Tsp ginger powder
-1/4 Tbsp chai spice
-1 cup of cooked sweet potato
-1/4 cup of coconut nectar syrup
1/4 cup of pumpkin seeds
-1/4 Tbsp chia seeds
Mix all ingredients together and cook of medium in pot for 4-5 minutes. Sprinkle with chia and pump seeds!:) yum yum.
This recipe is so sloppy and beautiful! I wished someone could have enjoyed it with me! That’s the one stinky thing about living by yourself. It’s all right though because I’ll just bring it to work for the next 5 days and everyone I work with looks at me like I’m so weird. Like jenny you’re such a hippie with your food in your mason jar. Lol. Gotta love it. Anyway… this dish rocks the house. Great for the summer time. And if you don’t like tofu, you can substitute the tofu for meat or beans and more beans!
OG (Organic) BBQ and Great Northern Beans with Brown Rice
– 1 cup brown rice
– 8 oz. ORGANIC (very important) tofu
– 2-3 tbsp. nutritional yeast
– 1 cup Great Northern Beans
– ½ cup OG kale
– 1 tsp. lemon juice
– Sprinkle of salt and pep
– ½ avocado
– ½ cup bbq sauce
-1/4 cup diced onion
-1 tbsp. coconut oil
– 2 cups siricha
– ½ cup stevia
– 2 tbsp. apple cider vinegar
– Sprinkle cayenne
Really been trying to slow down when I eat and it’s hard! In Ayurveda it is very important to be in the moment when you are eating. You should try to sit down in a nice environment and only focus on your food and how each bite is nourishing your body. Sometimes I like to take a bite and say out loud, this bite will give me vitality for the day to do good things for others. I know it sounds cheesy but it really makes you realize how lucky you are to even have a beautiful meal that you probably got to choose what you wanted. We take food for granted here in the US. I challenge you to really taste and feel each bite in your mouth and how each taste is nurturing your body. I try to eat outside without my phone or computer. Just me, the food, and the outdoors!
Heaven is right here in the midst of you- Elkhart Tolle
More Pics from the past week:)