This week an incredibly instrumental and inspirational guruji in the yoga community transcended this world for another. Through his words, his teachings, and our yoga practice, the spirit of BKS Iyengar will live on forever.
The light that yoga sheds on life is something special. It is transformative. It does not just change the way we see things; it transforms the person who sees. – BKS Iyengar
I am excited to host my first 30-60 day Perfectly PiYo for Summer Challenge beginning on July 7. PiYo uses low-impact (no shoes!), high intensity movements inspired by pilates and yoga-asana, set to a fast pace to get the heart pumping and the calories burning. This revolutionary fitness style works to stabilize, strengthen, and stretch your physique, sculpting longer and leaner muscles. To keep the group personal and intimate I am only accepting 20 people into this challenge. Learn more about the challenge and reserve your spot by sending me a message, or you can click here to enroll now.
This is for all you chocolate lovers who want to treat yourself with guilt free morsels of goodness. I present to you my favorite sweet treat, chocolate covered blueberries. These are not your typical store bought, packed with preservatives, sugar-loaded blueberries. These delicious little nuggets burst will natural blueberry flavor and satisfy any chocolate cravings without inundating your taste buds with sweetness. You will be pleased to know that they have only 4 ingredients and no added sweeteners.
Organic frozen blueberries (or cherries)
Organic coconut oil
Organic dark cocoa
***You can sweeten the chocolate with maple syrup or honey, but I find that the berries are a perfect natural sweetener***
Mix equal parts coconut oil and cocoa and add a healthy dash of cinnamon, stir until well mixed.
Pour blueberries into a bowl and drizzle a tsp of chocolate at a time over them, stirring constantly. The chocolate hardens almost immediately so stir as soon as you pour the chocolate. Keep drizzling and stirring until all of the berries are completely coated.
I usually make a small jar of the chocolate and keep it in the pantry for when I have a craving for these. Make sure not to store somewhere cold or it will harden.
“TRUTH: Experiencing our lives with our physical eyes closed and our minds wide open.”
Too often we go through our lives relying on what see and what we hear, but not on how we feel. We allow our perception of reality to be shaped by what we’ve been told rather than by what we experience. We deny ourselves the opportunity to truly see because our sight has been blurred by preconceived notions of what is real. Close your eyes, feel your heart, and without judgement or doubt outline the pattern of your thoughts. Let intuition guide you, tap into your wealth of knowledge (it’s in there!), and silently observe. Listen, to find your TRUTH.
This mint chocolate chip shake is inspired by Cafe Gratitude’s “I Am Cool” shake. While in Oakland last month, my sister-in-law took me to get one, and I knew then it would be a recipe I had to recreate. It was just too good not to and a total throwback to my pre-vegan days when I could easily and singlehandedly eat a carton of mint chocolate chip ice cream . This one is a spinoff from the ingredients used in the CG original, but it’s still vegan, easy to make, with minty chocolate-y deliciousness.
- I large frozen banana
- 1/3 can coconut milk
- 1 C almond milk
- 3-4 TBS chia seeds
- Several sprigs fresh mint (add to achieve desired minty-ness)
- Pinch of himalayan sea salt
- Ice cubes
- Raw cacao nibs
Combine all ingredients except for the cacao nibs in a high speed blender and blend until desired consistency is reach. Add cacao nibs and blend for a few seconds longer.
*I usually don’t follow recipes, so play around with the ingredient amounts until you’ve reached a flavor that works for you*
Join Julianne Russel and myself for a week of yoga, beaches, hiking, freshwater ponds, waterfalls, self discovery, total relaxation, and healthy, gourmet meals during the first Hana Yoga Retreat.
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Look to this day:
For it is life, the very life of life.
In its brief course
Lie all the verities and realities of your existence.
The bliss of growth,
The glory of action,
The splendour of achievement
Are but experiences of time.
For yesterday is but a dream
And tomorrow is only a vision;
And today well-lived, makes
Yesterday a dream of happiness
And every tomorrow a vision of hope.
Look well therefore to this day;
Such is the salutation to the ever-new dawn!
~Kālidāsa, The complete works of Kalidasa