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Yoga Nidra

Yoga Nidra

Yoga Nidra is an ancient meditation technique that connects to the body’s innate healing wisdom. The technique I practice and share is unique and developed by Master Yogi Amrit Desai, called The Integrative Amrit Method of Yoga Nidra. Practicing this very restorative meditation form has for me been transformational, and I am amazed with its subtle yet powerful effects as they continue to unfold — Moment to moment, I feel more rooted in the vast inner Stillness, and much less reactionary, and when I do react, I catch it much quicker. Old conditioned...
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Organizing Spices + Pantry

Organizing Spices + Pantry

As we cleanse our bodies and prepare for Winter, it is nice to also go through your pantry and spices to give back to the Earth what has expired and stock up on items to use in heartier dishes. This can be a fun creative project! Use a label maker for bulk items stored in glass jars like various Grains, Pulses, Teas etc., and for smaller spice shakers use adhesive labels (found at OfficeMax). I hand write the content, but these labels can also be put through a printer. It is a good idea to date bulk items. Store flours in the freezer in freezer zip lock bags and date...
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Beets – to Support Bile Flow

Beets – to Support Bile Flow

Autumn is the season to cleanse from the heat of summer, and prepare the human organism for the heavier denser foods of winter along with, in colder climates, more indoor- inward activities like writing, reading, different arts and crafts. Healthy bile flow is needed to process fattier foods and aid the liver in detoxifying. Beets, especially taken raw, support the flow of bile. Grated beet with a simple vinaigrette of lemon and flax oil tastes great, or slices steamed taken as is or added to salads when cool. Stay in the...
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Gluten Free Zucchini Bread

Gluten Free Zucchini Bread

Celebrating my new living situation, I served dishes inspired from the abundant garden: Tarts loaded with Herbs and Greens, Herbs-Green Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette, Cherry Tomatoes, Hard boiled Eggs and Zucchini Bread. The Zucchini Bread was a big hit! Zucchini Bread Makes 2 9 x 5-inch loaves 4 Eggs 1 cup Sugar 1/2 cup Almond Milk 1/2 cup Coconut Oil, Extra Virgin Cold pressed 1 1/2 tsps. Vanilla Extract 3 cups lightly packed grated Zucchini Zest from 1 small Orange 3 cups Gluten-Free Flour* 1 tsp. each Baking Soda & Baking Powder 1/4 tsp. each Nutmeg &...
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Medicine Balls – You can eat?!

Medicine Balls – You can eat?!

In my last course with Dr. Lad at the Institute of Ayurveda in NM, his assistant Nomi-ji showed us how to make Nut-Date-Treats. I was familiar with the basic recipe, but then she added different Ayurvedic Herbs. I can’t locate her recipe, so I created my own. These are specifically nourishing for females. Nut-Date “Medicine Ball” Recipe: 1 C Walnuts 3/4 C Dates (Medjool) 2 T Shatavari Powder, Tuberous Root, Female Tonic, can be bought at most health food stores 1 t Cinnamon, ground 1/2 t Ginger Powder 1/4 t Cardamom 1/4 Nutmeg pinch Cayenne and Sea...
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Chyote – Refreshing Summer Snack

Chyote – Refreshing Summer Snack

I had seen Chyote around and had even been gifted one last year but I didn’t know how to eat it. Last month I figured it out one way! On the neighboring property the vine grows healthfully. The large pear shaped vegetable looks too heavy for the sturdiness of the vine…they eventually fall to the ground. They are a Refreshing Summer Snack! – Crisp, crunchy and high water content with subtle flavor similar to cucumber. To prepare: I cut away the thick skin and core, cut into thick strips and dip, like they do with green mango in Mexico, in a...
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Spring Cleansing Juice

Spring Cleansing Juice

Yay! Spring is in full effect! I had the wonderful pleasure of visiting with family in Denmark for the month of May. Spring is an excellent time to be in Europe! The air was filled with Spring scents like apple -and plum blossoms, and lilacs.  I fixed up my old bike from 17 years ago and toured the country side. Spring is a natural time to cleanse from the denser/heavier foods of Winter. The extra insulation is no longer needed, instead the body/mind long for lighter foods that naturally appear during this time of year: Chlorophyll-loaded Green Sprouts, Salad Greens and...
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Winter Fruit Salad

Winter Fruit Salad

Catering a party yesterday, the client requested fruit salad for dessert. Eating fruit following a heavy meal is not optimal as far as digestion as fruits digest quickly and will putrefy the food previously eaten slowing down overall digestion, and possible causing gas – yikes! Anyhow, fruit salad is what was served, to counteract any discomfort crystalized ginger was served on the side, mint was added to the salad along with a few pinches of black pepper. I so appreciate the balance of Ayurveda, and that we have so many tools to draw upon – in this case...