Monthly archive for December 2011

‘Tis the season for… kale

Kale is one of my current food obsessions. Apparently, I share my kale-love with the good folks at Organic Authority (via Yoganonymous). Their article detailing 7 reasons why kale is the new beef warmed my heart and made my day!

Kale is one vegetable that is actually more tasty in the winter when the leaves are darker and sweeter. I always have some on-hand in the refridgerator, and I love discovering new and different ways to prepare it.

Right now, Greek kale salad with lemon-garlic dressing is my fave, but I can’t wait to try Alicia Silverstone’s recipe for kale chips. I have a feeling I may have a new love… ♥

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Daily reminder

“A child is born on that day and at that hour when the celestial rays are in mathematical harmony with his individual karma […]

The message boldly blazoned across the heavens at the moment of birth is not meant to emphasize fate- the result of past good and evil- but to arouse man’s will to escape from his universal thralldom. What he has done, he can undo. None other than himself was the instigator of the causes of whatever effects are now prevalent in his life. He can overcome any limitation, because he created it by his own actions in the first place, and because he possesses spiritual resources that are not subject to planetary pressure.”

~Sri Yukteswar, as quoted by Paramahansa Yogananda in Autobiography of a Yogi

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Yoga help for the holidays

I. Love. Synchronicity.

I’m preparing my class for tomorrow. It’s my birthday, and I get to teach. It’s a gift that I couldn’t have imagined receiving just one year ago. It was about this time one year ago that I sat down and made a list of intentions for the coming year. I wrote them down, said my prayers, and watched things fall into place in such a miraculous way. High on the list… finally get certified to teach yoga. And here I am, one year later, preparing the class I will teach on my birthday.

In gratitude for this wonderful blessing, I wanted to put together a class that honors where I am in my life today while also honoring my students and the spirit of this special season.

We are now 6 days into the 40-day Global Sadhana honoring the Divine Feminine. I am loving connecting with the energy this global community is generating. Each day, I am doing my humble part by finding ways to honor and connect with Mother Earth.

It has been such a powerful practice for me that I wanted to bring that energy into my class this week. The root chakra (muladhara) seemed like a logical place to start. It is the center of physical experience, and its element is earth (its associated shape is the square, which represents the Earth itself).

And then… voilà! This article not only details kundalini practices for developing the root chakra, but also addresses the importance of balancing muladhara during the holiday season.

Thank you, Shakti! Thank you, Ma! I can’t wait to see you at all of my celebrations this year! ♥

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Daily reminder

“He who performs his bounden duty without depending on the fruits of his actions- he is a Sannyasin and a Yogi, not he who is without fire and without action.”

~Krishna, Bhagavad Gita 6.1

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Weekly wisdom from Doreen Virtue

It’s Monday again…Doreen is here to give us some information about the week. This time, she is working with the Archangel Raphael oracle cards. Archangel Raphael is a powerful ally for those who are in need of physical healing… see what insight the cards have to share.

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Daily reminder

“Once you start replacing negative thoughts with positive ones, you’ll start having positive results.”

~Willie Nelson

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Yoga this week

December is here!! This week, I’ll be teaching on Wednesday– my birthday! Such an awesome gift… you know I’m going to make it a special one. Come join the party!

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Daily reminder

“No one else can limit you. If you want to limit yourself, you can. Otherwise the entire resources of the Universe are yours to use.”

~Yogi Bhajan

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When I say Bolo, you say Ram

Hey there, yoga lovers! The birthday train is rolling now… next stop, kirtan in Santa Monica. Kirtan is a call-and-response style of chanting that I find to be so powerful and liberating. Plus, it’s F-U-N, and there is such a great energy at kirtan gatherings.

The video is a kirtan with Dave Stringer and C.C. White- I’m going to see him tonight at Bhakti Yoga Shala! See you there if you are going. If not, I’ll be sure to fill you in later.

Love to all!

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Daily reminder

“You’re the only person responsible for the decision to generate a vibrational match to your desire to be seen as a kind human being, and you can begin to notice when you feel out of sync with that desire: You can cancel an unkind thought in midstream and in an instant decide to be harmonious. You can stop yourself at the moment you’re cursing somebody and elevate your thoughts to kindness.”

~Dr. Wayne Dyer

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