I love poetry slams! This one sends a powerful message about how we choose to define ourselves. Inspiring indeed!
This article hit home for me: I was diagnosed with Compartment Syndrome at the age of 14 which turned my life upside down. I had operations in both arms, but after a few years the pressure came back and the doctors wanted to keep operating and 'cutting' me up, I decided against it and instead sought alternative therapies. Due to the Compartment Syndrome I developed fibromyalgia, which is simple chronic pain. At my worst I couldn't even pick up a glass cup because the muscles in my arms and shoulders were so inflamed the limbs stopped working.
"Yoga is like music:
the rhythm of the body,
the melody of the mind,
and the harmony of the soul create the symphony of life"
- BKS Iyengar
I love raw desserts but this last week I've had a craving for some baked goodies, so I came up with a dark chocolate brownie and added raspberries to offset the mudcake like texture. This brownie is sticky, gooey and has almost a fudge consistency, not to mention absolutely delicious!
I figured if you're going to have a brownie, it might as well be made from healthy ingredients as well as definitely tasting like it's a decadent treat.
I have an abundance of kale in my garden, in fact, I don't have kale plants anymore, I have small kale 'trees' shaped like a palm with big leaves sprouting from the top.
This means kale is a part of my daily diet, from salads, to juices and smoothies, even my dog eats steamed kale.
This is one of the easiest and simplest salads you can make. All you have to do is combine everything together. The longest part is massaging the kale!
A lot of people find kale hard to chew and a little bitter so the trick to combat that is lemon/lime juice or apple cider vinegar. The acid helps to break down the toughness of the kale and spending a few minutes massaging it in softens and slightly wilts the kale as well as taking the edge off the bitterness.
"I am not what happened to me,
I am what I choose to become"
Carl Gustave Jung
I'm Binny, a full time Bikram Yoga teacher and studio owner that lives in Perth, Australia.
I started this blog to share the things I love the best in the world: being healthy and happy, food (especially raw), yoga, traveling and most importantly, learning how to love and be true to myself.
I suffered from severe digestive problems when I was younger, being gluten and lactose intolerant, and developed compartment syndrome and fibromyalgia in my teens. I have lived with constant pain for over 16 years now.
Over the past 10 years, I've shifted to a mainly plant based diet and realised that being well and healthy is a way of life. I have been teaching Bikram yoga since 2011, in the US and Australia. Due to my health issues I've also had a lot of bodywork done as well as explored alternative therapies.
I've become much more aware of myself as a result of all this - physically, mentally, spiritually and emotionally. Right now I love my life. In my career I love what I do and I do what I love. I have traveled to some amazing places around the world and made lifelong friends. In between working and traveling, I cook up a storm in the kitchen, especially raw desserts, spend time with the people I love the best, which now includes a yoga husband, a mini yogini Estell, and our dog! I try to listen to my body the best I can.
I truly believe that we all have the power and the capabilities to heal our own bodies, to nourish the spirit and seek our own happiness and life's purpose. This my journey...