Summer Festivals & Events: Kundalini Yoga and Fruit

Summer festivals season is here! That means there’s no exception of workshops, events and retreats in either the Kundalini Yoga world or the Fruit-based nutrition world.

Want fruit and fitness?  Check these out:

Aug. 18-25 is when the Woodstock Fruit Festival in New York starts.  You don’t have to attend for the whole festival and if you can’t attend at all, maybe you can attend the post-fest party on August 28th…here is a link for more information…Aimee and Chris are kinda my faves in the raw fruity world!

Sept. 1-7 Then there is the Raw Fruit Festival in Spain in September, this is a festival on the farm site, with camping, tons of fruit and fitness and outdoor activities.

Sept. 15- 22– Strength, Health and Fitness Week with Dr. Doug Graham in Washington state in September.

So you want yoga events?…Here’s a few choices:

Aug. 19-28 Brazil Yoga, Music and Eco-Adventure Retreat:  I can’t do a better explanation than this:

Aug. 30- Sept. 2 Yoga Hoedown in New Lebanon, NY  music festival and yoga retreat in one

August 30-Sept. 2 Ecstatic Chant, Rhineback, NY With Snatam Kaur, Krishna Das, Ram Dass and many others

Sept. 5-8 Bhakti Fest in Joshua Tree, CA  A Yogic music festival with lots of chanting music.

Sept. 19-22 Pranafest Ashland, Oregon Sept. 20-28 Into The Mystic: Yoga, Music and Irish Culture , Westcove House, Castlecove, Kerry Ireland

Sept. 26-29  Sat Nam Fest East, Waynesboro, PA:: A Kundalini Yoga and music festival…if you can’t go during this time you can also try for the Sat Nam Fest party on Aug. 18th in New York City

Sept. 23-26 Liquidland Festival, Jalisco, Mexico

There are no more summer festivals, but it’s equally awesome… on Sept. 1st a concert with Nirinjan Kaur in Sacramento, CA!

If you’re really fast you can register for the Y.O.G.A for Youth Teacher Training, if you can be in the L.A. area right now:

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Mostly Raw Vegan Spring Menu Plan

This raw vegan spring menu plan was created in April when I was traveling.  Right now I can say I’m eating mostly bananas, then bananas w/ frozen fruit in smoothie form and then sometimes the same thing for dinner or either rice noodles, vegan homemade pizza, potatoes w/ okra, rice w/ okra, green salad, etc.  Breakfast might also be datorade, watermelon or some fruit salad combo w/ peaches & plums.  Tonight I made a quinoa dish for dinner and ate smoothies all day before that.

raw vegan spring menu staple

Fruit salad April 2013.

Grocery List for this week:  Bananas, dates, lettuce, tomatoes, cucumber, potatoes, oranges or pears or berries(whatever can be found), apples, avocado, pineapple, coconut water, carrots, raisins.

Sunday: Breakfast: Banana icecream  Lunch: Salad w/ hemp seeds & citrus & raisin Dinner: beet/cabbage slaw & rice salad w/ citrus & pineapple

Monday:  Breakfast: banana icecream  Lunch: Salad w/ nuts & grapefruit & berries Dinner: cinnamon raisin rice  & beet/cabbage slaw

Tuesday: Breakfast: Banana icecream Lunch: Pine nut hummus w/ tomato/citrus maybe tahini Dinner: Rice in lettuce wraps w/ tomatoes & cooked veg soup (beets, carrots, zucchini)

Wednesday: Breakfast: Bananas & citrus Lunch: Grab & go snackies  Dinner: Potatoes & curry salad

Thursday: Fruit salad Lunch: Dates stuffed with berries & bananas in coconut water Dinner: Curry rice in lettuce wraps

Friday: Bananas in coco water Lunch: Pineapple/fruit in lettuce Dinner: bell peppers stuffed w/ berries & guac & cuke chips

Saturday: banana berry icecream  Lunch: Green salad w/citrus/hemp Dinner: Potatoes & cuke/tomato/citrus salad

Sunday: Mono fruit of choice Lunch: Dates & berries & mint Dinner: apple/cashew butter “sandwiches” Dinner 2: pasta salad

Even though this raw vegan spring menu was created in April, most or all of these meals can be achieved up until mid to late summer in most places.

This is where you can check out more menu plans(tons more):

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Summer Menu Plan Monday

What’s Ripe Where You Are? (Fruit of course) Pt. 2

Update By: smk
Date: July 13, 2013

Ripe fruit, is my favorite thing ever.  Ripe fruit, that was grown where I live and picked fresh that day or a few days ahead of time is even better.  I have moved to a place where more fruit grows compared to where I was living before.

It’s not exactly fruit season here though.  There are melons galore, and I’ve seen huge ones for just $2 on the side of the road.  There are peaches and plums as well as berries.  But I’m not quite in the tropics.  The next few months will be better for variety.

However, I could very happily base 80% of my diet on the four fruits listed above!

Could you base your diet on what’s ripe where you are right now?  What’s ripe in your 100 mile radius, at the moment?

Let’s Play…What Ripe Fruit Is Near You?

I’m in the Southeastern United States.  I really, really enjoy having an abundance of one ripe fruit to mono on as much as possible. So far this year has been bananas and pears for me…neither being domestic.  I really can’t stand to eat conventional produce, so this is organics that I’m talking about.  Naturally grown, farm-fresh stuff would of course do, but I personally don’t have that access at the moment.  So what’s ripe right now?

(Let me daydream for a moment about mangoes……..aaaaaaaaah)

Sliced Mexican mangoes.

Sliced Mexican mangoes. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Okay, so right now…in the Southern U.S.  I can get dates from California.   Apples(that aren’t the bestest, being end of season) from North Carolina, I think or maybe Washington(above California) and some citrus(particularly minneolas) from either California or Florida.

Recently while perusing I saw that there might actually be a possibility of getting ripe persimmons from Indiana.  (I see your shocked faces…or maybe that’s my own shocked face)  In case you didn’t know, persimmons are my favorite fruits and I was pretty sure I dragged out their season as long as possible.   I will be looking into this Persimmons in April idea though and if you know anything about this, please feel free to enlighten me.   This link blew my mind yesterday:

Now since we’ve gotten away from what I can get in my grocery store, let’s talk about some other “exotic fruits”.  I don’t order fruit in the mail much, but I certainly intend to do it more.  Apparently California avocados are ripe.  (I can technically get CA avocadoes probably, but I usually see them from Mexico, and also, avocodos don’t excite me much)

Guavas are in season.  I haven’t had really good guavas, but the pictures look really nice.  Feijoas(pineapple guavas) go up to the top of my list for favorite fruits, but they are not in season.

Kiwi is also in season, and I’ve gotten a lot of them(although the kids ate them and not me), I’m not really sure where they were from though.

Apparently passionfruit is in season, but again, not one of my faves.

Black(chocolate) and Mamey Sapotes are in season right now!  I’m looking into mail ordering these guys. 🙂

Diospyros digyna (Black sapote)

Diospyros digyna (Black sapote) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A bunch of mamey fruit in a market in Tepoztla...

A bunch of mamey fruit in a market in Tepoztlan, Mexico, December 2006 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)









And of course all sorts of citrus fruits are in season right now, but it hasn’t been the best season.  The quantity and variety of domestic citrus has been very low in my grocery stores, so I’m looking into mail ordering some valencias from the Orange Shop in Citra Florida.  I have very fond memories of eating bags of oranges from that shop 5 years ago, when I first started eating a high-fruit diet.

I will never forget the taste and fragrance of the oranges from that fruit stand and I think it’s a good time to spoil myself(and my kids) and renew my love of citrus.  (this has been a disappointing season, see how excited I was with my valencia picnics every morning last year!)

So…that is basically what’s in season right now in the U.S.

I’m patiently waiting for melons and peaches and plums and more tropical fruits to come into season.

What ripe fruit is where you are and what are you sadly saying goodbye to, or excitingly waiving through?

I’d love to have some fruitfull daydreams about it!

~ Sat Nam and May the fruit be with you!

Citrus fruit slices

Citrus fruit slices (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

What I Ate Raw Vegan, Early Spring 2013


bananas (Photo credit: Fernando Stankuns)

As you can see…the last few weeks I haven’t written anything.  I’ve been much higher on the raw vegan fruity spectrum and it becomes more difficult for me during those times to want to write about what I’m doing.  I’m not sure why.  Maybe it’s the blog format.

Anyway, I’m just going to let you know what I’ve been eating this week and how I’ve been feeling. The past couple weeks, I think I had salt maybe 1 or 2 days.  So I’m eating much less salt than usual.  Which is a great thing.

I’ve been eating really simple for the most part and I’ve been eating mostly mono-meals and mostly, like even more than usual…raw vegan.   I may have had potatoes or cooked veggies for about a week, during the past 3 weeks.  I also had some cashew butter recently.

I am low on fruit right now and I am trying to stick to a budget, since I spent a lot this month already. (I bought a lot of nuts which I don’t usually do)  I’m just speculating about what I’ve eaten because I haven’t really recorded all this, but since I’ve eaten really simply.  It’s pretty easy to remember.

Sunkist oranges, bananas, pears, apples, and a...

Sunkist oranges, bananas, pears, apples, and a watermelon. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Sunday: bananas all day, probably a little over 20…haven’t had a huge appetite

Monday: bananas all day; salad at night…ditto

Tuesday: bananas for breakfast & lunch(approx. 18), grapefruit/cucumber/tomato salad, cucumber w/ cashew butter

Wednesday: bananas for breakfast & lunch, soup: cooked broccoli, zucchini, carrots, sweet potato

Thursday: bananas/pineapple, grapefruit/cucumber/pineapple salad, cucumber/cashew butter

Friday: banana/strawberry icecream, salad w/ beets, spinach, who knows what else, salsa & raw vegan hummus w/ zucchini chips

My kids don’t exactly eat what I eat.  They snack on or eat a lot more nuts/seeds than I do.  I actually don’t eat nuts at all. They also require shnazzy exciting meals sometimes, if it was just me, I’d be on some fruit island all the time.

They also prefer to eat potatoes for dinner most nights, because in our house, there are much worse cooked food scents buzzing around, so I give them cooked potatoes or sweet potatoes most nights.  Things have changed a lot this week though, I haven’t really needed to make breakfast or lunch for them.  They’ve been mostly feeding themselves with bananas, apples, kiwis, citrus, dried fruit- and nuts/seeds.

English: Different potato varieties. – The pot...

English: Different potato varieties. – The potato is the vegetable of choice in the United States. On average, Americans devour about 65 kg of them per year. New potato releases by ARS scientists give us even more choices of potatoes to eat. Deutsch: Verschiedene Kartoffelsorten (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

My nose was snotty and I was sneezing a lot on Sunday and Monday I think.  Now I am a tiny bit sniffly.  I think it is from decreasing my salt to zero, but I can’t be sure.  It doesn’t matter…I feel fine.

I did have a slight fever for a very brief period one night.  But I went to sleep and I was fine the next day.  So all in all this is a pretty satisfying way to eat although I tend to love the way I feel a little more without salt and with more fruit and less cooked stuff…also more juicy fruits usually equals more fun…but again, overall, I’m satisfied.

3/4-3/10 High Raw & Fruity Menu

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So, this week, I have a ton of bananas that are ripe.  I won’t go shopping again until the weekend probably, so here’s my menu for the week:


Breakfast: Grab it while you can(meaning get fruits that you want, usually something we only have a few pieces of, make your own fruit combo)

Lunch: Noodles w/ celery, carrots, bell pepper

Dinner: Romaine salad (with tomatoes, oranges, hemp seeds), potatoes


Breakfast: Fruit salad (banana, orange, apple)

Lunch: Persimmons & Cucumber salad

Dinner: Baby spinach salad & sweet potato


Breakfast: Apples & dates

Lunch: Oatmeal & fruit

Dinner: Fruity tacos (napa cabbage), Veg soup


Breakfast: Fruit salad

Lunch: Chopped bananas with coconut water

Dinner: Salad w/ walnuts, grapefruit, pineapple, rice noodles


Breakfast: Bananas

Lunch: Fruit salad

Dinner: Celery w/ dips: seed butter and seed hummus, sweet potatoes w/ raisins & celery


Breakfast: Banana/mango ice cream

Lunch: Noodle soup

Dinner: Cabbage/carrot/seed slaw, Spinach/fruit salad, mashed potatoes


Breakfast: Banana/fruit icecream

Lunch: Oatmeal (apple. banana, cinnamon)

Dinner: Cucumber sandwiches(raw), Slaw, veggie soup

High Carb Vegan Menu Plan

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Wow…it’s been forever since I’ve logged into this blog, but I am really excited about my menu this week and planning to up everything and increase my percentage of raw foods to the tippy, tippy top.  I won’t tell you how much I paid for my durian!  So here is my grocery list for this week:
I bought 1 frozen durian, 10 persimmons, a 40 lb. box of bananas, quite a few loose bananas, 2 bags of pink lady apples, 2 heads of celery, 1 container of okra, 5 oz. baby spinach, a container of 3 romaine hearts, coconut water, italian parsley.


A glimpse of my precious!

Monday is over now so we’ll move on to tomorrow:
Tuesday- fruit salad(bananas, apples, oranges, pineapple), persimmon party(this revolution will be televised on youtube)*, green smoothie(celery, apples, bananas, raspberries), potatoes & okra and a salad with cucumber, hempseeds, grapefuit, tomatoes.

Wednesday- fruit salad, durian, huge salad w/ potatoes.

Thursday- grapefruit/apple/tomato/cucumber salad, banana icecream, oatmeal w/ fruit, fruit burritos.

Friday- apple cereal w/ banana milk, green smoothie(oranges, apples, lettuce), cucumber floats with celery/tomato/avo.

Saturday- get it while you can, pineapple-pasta salad, raw veggie soup, zucchini chips/guacamole.

Sunday- bananas w/ strawberry-date sauce, fruit salad, durian, salad.

Monday will be a who knows day because I’ll be shopping again on Sunday. I hope to find a couple boxes of mangos!

This post is a part of Menu plan Mondays.  If you like/want me to post more menus, meal plans, recipes, and what I actually ate, let me know!

*Stay-tuned for the link or join me at where I will post the video. 🙂

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Fruit Festivals Around The World…

This summer is especially fruity… there are festivals all over and if you’re interested in trying out or maintaining a healthy relationship with fruit there is no better way to emerge in the experience than to attend a festival.

July: 12-14 Fresh Food Festival in Denmark

August: 20-28 Woodstock Fruit Festival in New York, USA

September: 12-16 Raw Fruit Festival in Andalusia, Spain

End of August-End of September hosts 3 different annual fruit-filled events in Sedro Wooley, WA, USA.
The first is Culinary Skills Week in which participants learn how to prepare fruit-centric 811 meals. August 31-Sept. 8

Second is Acro Health & Fitness Week. This event is focused on extensive fitness activities and adventure. 811 cuisine is provided for participants in this event to fuel all the activity.

Third is the Fasting and Feasting Fortnight. During this event those who are interested in fasting are supervised and supported as a group, and then re-feeding takes place with juicy, fruity 811 foods.

For more information visit

Kundalini Yoga for Detox

oficina de kundalini yoga 3

oficina de kundalini yoga 3 (Photo credit: Alex Czajkowski (Amrit))

Whenever we introduce our bodies to more health, our bodies respond by kicking out its defenses, coping mechanisms and stored illness. This is usually not so pleasant, unless you have a great mind-set.

There are however some ways of dealing with the symptoms of detox. Kundalini Yoga helps us to get deeply into the sensations of our bodies.  Through breathing and movements that massage our internal organs and gently loosens up our joints and spine, we are primed up for a release that we can cope with and manage more comfortably.

I know this through experience.  I have felt the heat on my skin and the radiant strength pulling through in the midst of some ugly detox symptoms due to my own desperation to go to my Kundalini toolbox.  The simplest of techniques works for detox and intense kriyas may not be the ideal step in these circumstances.  Spinal Kriya, I believe is one of the best activities to do during an intense detox or cleanse.  All of the traditional Kundalini Yogi warm-ups also work well.  Chanting and any form of breathwork is great…especially alternate nostril breathing.

One thing I want to mention however is that everything is not detox. Sometimes the symptoms we experience are in relation to toxicity entering our bodies rather than being expelled.  In this way we may feel that Kundalini Yoga is failing us, or our bodies are just too toxic and we may as well give up on it and live complacently until we die.

Just because you’re eating raw or more raw foods doesn’t mean that everything you’re eating is high quality or safe for human consumption. There are lots of scams out there in the raw world and the best I can say without going into too much detail(for this blog post) is simple is better.

Just like in the yoga world, certain traditions have endured for good reason. And this is not to say that anything new is fake or fraud, but when it comes to the body our internal conditions need simple maintenance with the natural foods designed for us and that we were designed for. There are no villainous fruits and veggies and there are no elite exotic superfoods that you need for health.

Pili nut and other tropical fruits

How could these be evil? (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

What we need is to listen to, trust and nourish our bodies. We obviously need lots of water, sunshine, sleep, laughter and nutrition in our lives. We also need to trust that the universe is abundant in what we need to survive and not just those who can afford expensive, exclusive products.  Kundalini Yogis are vocally open about raw food nutrition.

In a class I took with Gurmukh she mentioned the superiority of raw food nutrition.  In the same studio, Anahata the studio’s owner had experience with Ann Wigmore’s raw food movement of the 70’s.  My very young yoga teacher trainer Jeffrey was in communication with Gabriel Cousins and included raw foods as a part of his teacher training and his teacher Siri Gian Singh is a raw chef.  I believe I have even heard Yogi Bhajan talk about raw food.

Unfortunately there are also people like David Wolfe going around claiming what Kundalini is, and I’ve gathered there are several others out there getting on the bandwagon just to use the name of Kundalini to sound shnazzy.  This is not to say that eating superfood products is the doom of civilization, but some raw food leaders (who are called gurus strangely enough) recommend an extremely high percentage of “superfood” products, supplements and practically condemn simple fruits and veggies.

So, I believe Kundalini Yoga can really help a person decipher the real healing from the fake.  It can take some time however to shift through it all, if you are connecting to the truth of raw foods and reading the soap opera version of the philosophy.  The same way people can connect to the philosophy of yoga, but are turned off by trendy, shallow commodities.

oficina de kundalini yoga

oficina de kundalini yoga (Photo credit: Alex Czajkowski (Amrit))

I have experienced transitions within my body in adapting my eating patterns to a raw and fruit-centralized style.  However, before I became a fruitalini, I was a nutalini and consumed high quantities of fat and processed superfoods.  I suffered with what I believed was detox for a really long time and was so paranoid about doctors and stuck in the paradigm of “this is so expensive, how can I get help”  that I wouldn’t get help and figure out what was really going on with me.

Once I found the fruitalini way, through 80/10/10 by Doug Graham, I was free from constant pain and detox.  This doesn’t mean my body didn’t cleanse.  It did, and when it did I decided to write this post about how the discomfort was cradled by my Kundalini Yoga practice.

I am not eating 100% raw right now.  I am still cleansing every now and then as I add and subtract from my fruit-focus.  When I cleanse, I get on the floor, with fire breath and spinal twists and my bodily sensations erupt with an action that clearly creates a response to help me “Stay calm and carb up!” or “Stay calm and keep up!”  After 3+ years in the high carb, low-fat raw style, I am a million times more stable in my eating and health.  I know how to be reasonable with my self and enjoy what I’m doing.  I’m ready to challenge myself to up my raw intake again, so it will be fun to share my detox/cleanse days and show what is realistic and helpful during this time.

~~Sat Nam~~And May the Fruit Be With You~~

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Menu Plan Mondays

Next Wednesday I’ll respond with what I actually ate.    Once again I’m linked up with a few hundred menu planning bloggers at

Here’s my meal plan for the last week of June, 2012.

Monday went like this:  Breakfast: Peaches  Lunch: banana/grape/strawberry smoothie  Dinner 1:  Rice/tomato/potato soup & Guacamole/Sonora burger wraps

Tuesday plan:  Breakfast: Watermelon  Lunch:  Banana/berry smoothie  Dinner 1:  Vegan French toast & Pineapple/Green Smoothie  Dinner 2:  Raw vegan cabbage coleslaw w/ hemp seeds & Cauliflower rice (lemon/herb)

Wednesday plan:  Breakfast:  Melon salad  Lunch:  Orange/fruit salad  Dinner 1:  Datorade  Dinner 2:  Cabbage leave tacos w/ Sonora burgers & Yucca/potato soup

Thursday plan:  Breakfast:  Chopped fruit w/ banana mylk  Lunch:  Peach/banana smoothie  Dinner 1:  Rice Salad & Fruity lettuce tacos w/ Quinoa noodle speghetti  Dinner 2: Cereal & Coconut mylk

Friday plan:  Breakfast:  Melon  Lunch:  Banana/fruit icecream  Dinner 1:  Fruit salad & pineapple rice noodles Dinner 2:  Sunflower burgers w/ Jicama fries & gazpacho

Saturday plan:  Breakfast: Cantaloupe Lunch:  Fruit Salad(bananas, cherries, peaches)  Dinner 1:  Potato/carrot salad & fruit frosty(whatever fruit is left) & carrot slaw

Sunday plan:  Breakfast:  banana smoothie  Lunch:  Grocery day, so as we go…

*Snacks as we go, Second dinner is optional