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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:

Monday:

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

Tuesday:

Breakfast: Fruit salad (banana, orange, apple)

Lunch: Persimmons & Cucumber salad

Dinner: Baby spinach salad & sweet potato

Wednesday:

Breakfast: Apples & dates

Lunch: Oatmeal & fruit

Dinner: Fruity tacos (napa cabbage), Veg soup

Thursday: 

Breakfast: Fruit salad

Lunch: Chopped bananas with coconut water

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

Friday:

Breakfast: Bananas

Lunch: Fruit salad

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

Saturday:

Breakfast: Banana/mango ice cream

Lunch: Noodle soup

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

Sunday:

Breakfast: Banana/fruit icecream

Lunch: Oatmeal (apple. banana, cinnamon)

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

Kundalini Yoga and Ayurveda

I know this is late notice but if you want an introduction to understanding the significance of Ayurveda in relation to Kundalini Yoga click on the link below and sign up for this free web-event. Jai Dev Singh is a great teacher. It has been several years for me, since I was taught by Jai Dev, it was during my yoga teacher training…but I will not forget his presence, he was warm, extremely easy to relate to and great at explaining things. I have no doubt this will be a special and very enlightening event. I am signed up and ready to learn, are you?


http://jaidevsingh.com/subtle-beauty-webcast

Why You Should Go To Sat Nam Fest, Pt. 1

Are you one of those naughty yogis who never sets foot into a classroom or practices with another yogi?

Okay, this doesn’t make you naughty. Doing yoga at all, by yourself, from videos or books or memory, actually makes you pretty awesome…but admittedly we could all use some yogi community every now and then, and the more the better really.

That’s why all these yoga festivals are so important. Those who don’t have a home studio get to experience the community aspect of the yoga environment. This video in particular will help you feel those vibes and hopefully buy a ticket, because it’s much more fun in person. For information on buying a ticket to Sat Nam Fest look beneath the video.

Sat Nam Fest, Sept 13-16 Waynesboro, PN, www.satnamfest.com and use the code SFEMERA for a $25 discount, because you are special. ūüôā

~~Sat Nam and see you there?

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 orgjunkie.com.

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

Sadhana Share Sunday

Sadhana

Sadhana (Photo credit: Roshnii)

 

What did your Sadhana look like today or this week?

What theme are you exploring or what are you gleaning from your practice in your daily explorations?

Can you show your sadhana space, music or mantra?

If you’re teaching sadhana or doing sadhana with others what is the dynamic like?

Even better what did you eat before, during or after sadhana(especially if fruity!)

I’d love to know.

~~Sat Nam

Sound Healing Saturday

Gong plus original leather and wooden stick pu...

Gong purchased in 1850s India in the Ganges valley (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

Sound healing is a big part of Kundalini Yoga. Traditional Kyoga sessions are begun with a mantra called the Adi mantra: Ong Namo Guru Dev Namo

And end with long Sat Nams…the “Namaste” of Kyoga.

Also in a traditional Kundalini Yoga class you will likely engage in some chanting, perhaps gongs and crystal bowls, and your yoga teacher might play guitar, harmonium, tablas or whatever else they may find conducive to the meditative environment.

You might make yogic sounds with your breath(you should anyway), your voice or your body. Kundalini Yoga is not quiet yoga. It can be…we love our silent deep relaxations, which seem long, but when it’s over you wish you could do it longer and realize how active your body and mind are during those silent, still moments. However, sometimes our meditations are loud, and even the kriyas themselves can be loud, or just resounding…that’s a better word.

Even if your class is absent of chanting and mantras, I’ll bet there is a smidgen of sound healing present.

Fridays on Spirit Voyage free music mp3s become available for download.

You have to visit Facebook.com and like Spirit Voyage, then click on the button to unlock the download.

https://www.facebook.com/spiritvoyage?sk=app_106029419487572

On another note 3HO’s Summer Solstice is in full force right now with some amazing yogis making amazing music. It will be followed by Women’s Camp and Youth Camp. You have plenty of time to prepare for another Yogi festival, however. Sat Nam Fest East takes place in Pennsylvania on September 13-16th and if you purchase your ticket(s) with me you get a discount and you might be able to win a free ticket. Use the code: SFEMERA on www.satnamfest.com

 

Do you have a sound healing practice you’re into right now?

Share stories below.

~~Sat Nam

What I Ate Wednesday…Fruitalini-ish

Bucket of raw Abelmoschus esculentus (okra) pods

Bucket of raw Abelmoschus esculentus (okra) pods (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

Unfortunately I didn’t really record this so I’m going off memory. I was cleansing a bit over the weekend so what I remember is:

Friday: Eating fruit all day including, a big banana smoothie for lunch and Cantaloupe for dinner
Saturday: The same, except that I also had potatoes & okra for my second dinner
Sunday: Rice noodles, okra and kim chee for dinner
Monday: Tomato gazpacho(that I blogged about earlier this week but can’t find anywhere now) with celery for dinner
Tuesday: Veggie burger (Earthfare brand) and rice/almond bread for dinner

So…I didn’t really follow my guidelines very well last week. I was low energy, snotty and sneezing, etc. from Thursday-Monday, and I am not quite on a decent sleeping schedule, which knocked me off for sure.

I ate a lot of fruit throughout the week but things became a blur after I got sick and I just can’t remember since I ate so many times, not really sticking to large meals like I normally do.

I will see if I stick to my menu plan more-so next Wednesday.

Summer Solstice Week: Menu Plan Mondays

This past weekend I went to the natural foods grocery store here called Earthfare.¬† When I first went here I was a little shell-shocked at the prices, but now that I’ve been shopping at the regular grocery store for a few months, I realize there’s really not much of a difference.¬† Some things are cheaper, some things are not, and it doesn’t really depend on rather its organic or not.
This Wednesday I’ll respond with what I actually ate last week. ¬† I got a little detox/sick this past weekend as well, so I didn’t buy a ton, a lot of dried fruit/veggies, all sorts of berries, cherries, bananas, cantaloupe and veggie burgers.¬† Once again I’m happy to link up with a few hundred menu planning bloggers at org junkie.

Monday went like this:  Brunch:8  Bananas  Dinner 1:  Potato/okra veggie burgers in lettuce wraps & veggie burger on rice/almond bread  Dinner 2:  Cereal

Tuesday plan:¬† Breakfast: Watermelon¬† Lunch:¬† Banana/berry smoothie or “cereal”¬† Dinner 1:¬† Vegan French toast & Pineapple/Grapes/Green Smoothie(very yummy)¬† Dinner 2:¬† Guacamole wraps & cauliflower rice w/ tomato sauce

Wednesday plan:  Breakfast:  Watermelon  Lunch:  Cantaloupe  Dinner 1:  Banana smoothie  Dinner 2:  Carrot slaw & Yucca/potato soup

Thursday plan:  Breakfast:  Chopped fruit w/ banana mylk  Lunch:  Cantaloupe  Dinner 1:  Rice Salad & Fruity lettuce tacos & raw broccoli/tomato/orange blended soup  Dinner 2: Melon

Friday plan:¬† Breakfast:¬† Melon¬† Lunch:¬† Banana/fruit icecream¬† Dinner 1:¬† Fruit salad Dinner 2:¬† Gazpacho w/ tomato & avocado & steamed broccoli w/ hemp seeds& sweet potato fries for daughter #1 (cause Friday is “fries day”)

Saturday plan:  Breakfast: Cantaloupe Lunch:  Cereal w/ Coconut mylk  Dinner 1:  Raw peach cobbler &  French toast  Dinner 2:  Sonora burgers w/  & gazpacho

Sunday plan:  Breakfast:  Cantaloupe  Lunch: Raw Peach cobbler   Dinner 1:  Banana pudding & raw carrot slaw Dinner 2:  Whatever

*Snacks as we go, Second dinner is optional

*Sunday we’re going to a luau so I’m not sure what I’m going to do about that…I’ll let you know what we do next Wednesday.

Menu Plan Mondays

I like to plan my meals.¬† Especially when transitioning or maintaining a fruit-centric lifestyle without a natural abundance of fruit.¬† In other words, when I shop at the grocery store, I have a hard time keeping my food and meals in check.¬† If I don’t meal plan I get lost in the haze of eating and shopping.¬†¬† Next Wednesday I’ll respond with what I actually ate.¬† I believe this will help me determine where I am and where I need to go with my eating habits.¬†¬† I’m happy to link up with a few hundred menu planning bloggers at orgjunkie.com

It’s still Monday for me(though not technically).¬† I bought groceries tonight and procured 2 pints of strawberries, a pint of blueberries, 6 cantaloupe, 2 watermelons, plums, nectarines, pineapple and organic bananas.¬† I also got iceberg lettuce, cauliflower, tomatoes, avocado, celery and yucca and other things you don’t wanna know about.

Monday went like this:  Breakfast: Watermelon  Lunch: 10 bananas  Dinner 1:  Rice noodles soup w/ lentils Dinner 2:  Pineapple, Sweet potato fries & rice noodles

Tuesday plan:¬† Breakfast: Watermelon¬† Lunch:¬† Banana/berry smoothie or “cereal”¬† Dinner 1:¬† Vegan French toast & Pineapple/Green Smoothie(yum, that sounds good)¬† Dinner 2:¬† Raw vegan cabbage coleslaw w/ hemp seeds & Potatoes (lemon/herb)

Wednesday plan:  Breakfast:  Watermelon  Lunch:  Cantaloupe  Dinner 1:  Banana smoothie  Dinner 2:  Cabbage leave tacos & Yucca/potato soup

Thursday plan:  Breakfast:  Chopped fruit w/ banana mylk  Lunch:  Cantaloupe  Dinner 1:  Rice Salad & Fruity lettuce tacos  Dinner 2: Melon

Friday plan:¬† Breakfast:¬† Melon¬† Lunch:¬† Banana/fruit icecream¬† Dinner 1:¬† Fruit salad Dinner 2:¬† Guacamole wraps & Cauliflower “rice”

Saturday plan:  Breakfast: Cantaloupe Lunch:  Cereal w/ Coconut mylk  Dinner 1:  Raw peach cobbler &  French toast  Dinner 2:  Sonora burgers w/ Sweet potato fries & gazpacho

Sunday plan:  Breakfast:  Cantaloupe  Lunch: Raw Peach cobbler   Dinner 1:  Banana pudding & raw carrot slaw Dinner 2:  Whatever

*Snacks as we go, Second dinner is optional

Describing Kundalini Yoga, Pt. 1

Meditation

Meditation (Photo credit: Gurumustuk Singh)

 

There’s a reason Kundalini yogis don’t usually go the easy route and just say “I practice or teach yoga”. I mean, I’m sure some of us do from time to time, especially when tired, but when we’re on we know we absolutely have to tell the whole truth and that is that we practice Kundalini Yoga.

 

Modern ideas of yoga can be very limited when Kundalini yoga is so diverse and different from what many yoga practitioners experience in their gyms, community centers and Yoga centers. From what I’ve seen Kundalini yoga is usually practiced in more spiritually minded centers and in studios owned by Kundalini yogis themselves.

 

Of course it is also practiced in schools, prisons, hospitals, in homes and parks. You can even occasionally find Kundalini yoga in a gym or yoga studio that offers different types of yoga. But I really want to explain what sets Kundalini Yoga apart.

 

My daughter was an accomplished yoga teacher before she was 2 years old. She led a room full of adult yogis on a regular basis…she knows her Kundalini. So today when she was showing some impromptu yoga to my teenaged cousin my cousin doubted that what she was doing was actually yoga. “I thought yoga was quiet”. My cousin said. “Not our kinda yoga.” I responded. But I don’t know if she understood that I wasn’t talking about my daughters personal brand of spontaneous yoga or a strong lineage of the Kundalini Yoga community.

 

Another time she saw my daughter doing self-professed yoga and responded “that’s not yoga, it’s just running around.”¬† I explained to her that sometimes in Kundalini Yoga we run around in circles.¬† Later she saw my youngest daughter doing breath of fire and questioned, “what are you doing?¬† Oh, you’re doing yoga?”¬† She’s starting to get it.¬† I taught my cousin a KYoga class once, but it was just a beginner’s Spinal Kriya.

 

So what exactly is Kundalini Yoga and what sets it apart from other types of yoga?¬† Well Kundalini Yoga is not the only type of yoga that is mind, body dynamic, but in my experience it is the only one that works as fast as it does.¬† Kundalini Yoga is breath-centric.¬† We don’t just breathe deeply…we breathe in completely, extending the breath and do the same with exhales.¬† We focus our breath on our mudras, or internally, we use only nostril breathing, alternate nostril breathing, and different techniques of using the tongue to manipulate our breath.¬† Most well-known is breath of fire.¬† A type of pranayama that has been insultingly described as hyperventilating, but actually expands the breath capacity and is focused in the belly, rather than the chest, it feels freeing rather than restricting.

 

There are so many aspects to Kundalini Yoga that I cannot write in just one blog post.  But most important to the practice is breath of fire.  You could practice breath of fire in bed, in the car, while walking, while dancing, in the shower, or you could sit down, with legs crossed for 11 minutes everyday to practice it and you will get joyful results.   If you start with the breath it will take you places and that is where I will end this first introduction to Kundalini Yoga.   I will return with the other aspects shortly.

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