Bikram yoga certainly has changed my life, and this is yet another inspiring story of how it has affected someone else. From the students who courageous walk into the room and open themselves up to healing, to the teachers who inspire and give out their energy, to the studio owners who offer a safe and nurturing haven for everyone to come be themselves and create their own empowerment. Yoga is life, here's how it changed mine!
In the mood for something sweet so I came up with a carrot and bell pepper or as we call it in Australia capsicum soup. When I first went grocery shopping in the states and asked for capsicum people were like WHAT?! Then I got in the habit of calling it that, came home to Australia and then had people look at me funny when I called it a bell pepper - can't seem to win! Back to the soup, it has a light sweetness which isn't overwhelming, after I boiled it and had a taste, it featured a very strong carrot flavour so I let it sit for a while, then blended the cashews in with it and suddenly all the flavours combined together and it just worked!
Gregory Colbert’s Ashes and Snow feature film captures extraordinary moments of contact between people and animals as seen through the lens of the artist’s camera on more than thirty expeditions to some of the earth's most remote places. Written, directed, produced, and filmed by Gregory Colbert, it is a poetic field study that depicts the world not as it is, but as it might be—a world in which the natural and artificial boundaries separating humans from other species do not exist. The viewing experience is one of wonder and contemplation, serenity, and hope.
Jim Kallett, a senior Bikram Yoga teacher, who graduated in 1997 during Bikram's 5th Yoga Teacher Training, owner of Bikram Yoga San Diego is hosting a 13 week internet radio talk show where he discusses everything to do with yoga, and how it addresses the fundamental questions and concerns of life. It will focus on some history of Yoga, especially in the West, what is Yoga, current trends and what it means, the practical application of Yoga, proper techniques, safety, effective use, precautions, and the reality. How the proper practice of Yoga is the best, safest, most scientific tool for improving the quality and longevity of one’s life .
The third week focuses on Guest Joseph Encinia.
“Happily, as Yoga has become so increasingly more accessible and practiced by more and more people around the world, I am excited to be able to contribute to the redirection of the discussion of Yoga (especially Bikram Yoga), back to it’s primary principles, to the practice of Hatha Yoga Asana done safely, effectively, and properly. It’s more important than ever….”
Imagine a creamy white chocolate cheesecake with spicy maple syrup oozing out with every bite... Now try to imagine that being healthy. Well it can be done! It was girls yoga lunch date on the weekend and my contribution was dessert, I was originally going to make a dark and white chocolate, then I saw some cinnamon in the pantry, had a craving for it and then decided to go with maple cinnamon and white chocolate. I have to say, it came out really well, if you look at the picture, you can see little pockets of maple all throughout the cake. Very yummy!
Why not? This yoga has so many amazing benefits, here's yet another perspective outlining the many bonuses this therapeutic yoga has to offer.
Yoga isn't just about stretching out the body and gaining flexibility, it's a huge mental and emotional challenge as well. When you face yourself for 90 mins it's amazing all the silent dialogue you can create in your own mind and thoughts you come up with. Part of the meditation is to learn and practice how to clear it all, taking away all the drama, endeavour to reaching a deeper level of self awareness. This article gives a few tips how to clean up your practice, taking away all the extra stuff, and learning how to accept and just be.
Had a look in my fridge today and found some leek and spinach, so soup for dinner. Originally I was going to thicken it up with potatoes but that always sits quite heavy in my stomach, so a lighter substitute was cauliflower. The subtle mustard adds a slight tang to the flavour and I must say I was quite please with the result. Leek is a very underrated vegetable, it's a delicious prebiotic, an inulin rich food that alleviates sugar cravings by nourishing your healthy bacteria.
It's always nice to read and hear of inspirational stories regarding health and overcoming challenges and this article hits the spot. As a Bikram teacher I've seen students working through debilitating diseases as well as overcome mental and emotional hardship. Yoga in all forms is so therapeutic and I speak from firsthand experience, having spent the last 15 years of my life with health problems and not being able to find a cure. Amy nails it with:
"the point I would really like to impress is, that you just can’t quit on life.
It’s not over, you can heal yourself. Just get out there and do something, anything.
Even if Bikram is not for you, no yoga is bad yoga."
I'm not a huge fan of eating for breakfast as I normally have a green juice or smoothie but Mum bought a huge bag of chia seeds the other day so I thought I'd try them out. This chia seed pudding was quick to make, and I tried it for breakfast and it wasn't bad, filling and tasty and wasn't too heavy either.
I made some extra to have as dessert as well :) The bananas and cashews went really well together. I wasn't after something very sweet, so the light creaminess of cashew worked well, and the bananas gave it a sweet taste. You can use any sort of nut milk for this, or if you want something even light try using coconut water instead.
Chia seeds delivers a huge amount of nutrients with very few calories, they were prized by the Aztecs and Mayans for their ability to provide sustainable energy. these little black seeds absorb 10-12 times their weight in water, turning into a gel like consistency and expanding in the stomach, increasing fullness and the providing fiber which also feeds the friendly bacteria in the intestine, boosting the gut health.