Saturday, August 31, 2013

Daily Rituals and Ayuverdic Practices

Someone asked me to share more of my daily self-care strategies. Daily rituals play a large part in my day to day practices. Maybe it's a personality thing or the result of growing up devoutly Catholic, but rituals and candles must be a part of my everyday experience or I feel disconnected and lost.
 
Try as you might it's hard to discredit thousands of years of evidence that a system works. True of yoga. True of Ayurveda.

Here a few of the Ayurveda daily rituals I complete...

Read about the benefits of using sesame oil. It is my main staple oil.

Upon first glance it may seem like a lot, but I assure you as it becomes a part of your morning/evening routine it isn't. It is as simple as brushing my teeth. No real thought included...

Friday, August 30, 2013

Weekend Wishes

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Weekend Wishes
 
copious amounts of tea with cream
hot epsom salt bubble baths
2 deep yoga sessions
work in art journal
clean house/prep for next week
do two art projects with kennedy
balance bills
get deep tissue massage
cook several fab meals and one rich dessert

Congested Days- Yoga and Weight Loss

Wow...as I was writing about yoga...and the peace it provides, my entire 2 page blog post was deleted by blogger. deep breaths... Talk about a life lesson. I can't remember all of what I typed, but here goes what I can kinda remember. :)
This past week has found me congested…unable to sleep…unable to breathe.  Isn’t it interesting when we are sick or unable to do self-care practices it is all we can think about? Well, let me just speak for myself. It’s all I can think about. I’ve had dreams about getting onto my yoga mat again.

As much as I love my kettlebells, love my jumprope, and have tried to learn to love running again, NOTHING sustains me like yoga.. on and off the mat. Now I must warn you, today I am feeling really touchy feely so this post may take on a sentimental tone.

If you are a repeat reader here you know that my daughter is going through some pretty difficult times right now. A new diagnosis of a rare neurological condition that is compromising her spine and overall life and health has emerged and in the wake of this new diagnosis, I had gone through several stages of grief. During the denial phase I picked up running again and felt that I could both literally and metaphorically run from my problems. I wallowed for sure…sat with ice cream and vegan bars while watching late nite bad tv.

In the midst of all of this there was a nagging at my spirit. A nagging at my soul. Reminders of my once daily yoga practice started popping up everywhere. OR I started to notice them everywhere. And as I resumed my MORNING PAGES I was able to reflect deeply on a previous time of struggle in my life and all the daily practices that got me through that time.

Now in all fairness, I have been consciously practicing several of the 8 LIMBS OF the Ashtanga practice for years and years now. I have gone through periods of daily or once monthly asana (the physical postures) practice. Saying that to say I found my way to the mat often if only for my post workout stretching. But, within the past few weeks I have determined that this urging in my soul to return to daily asana practice is a call that won’t go unanswered.
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When I found my way onto my mat a few weeks ago I knew that the progression in my physical practice was compromised. Where I was once flexible I knew that I would find stiffness. I approached my practice with a beginner’s mind and didn’t think I KNEW anything. I lit my candles, lit my incense and went straight into Surya Namaskara A and B. Knowing that my body…my soul knows these postures so well. I told myself to let go of my ego that kept shouting, “But you should do more. Try more!” and I finished up with the closing sequence. At that moment, Kennedy came behind me and rubbed my shoulders. I started crying. Yep. Yoga makes me cry.
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With tears spilling over onto the mat (even BEFORE I could take shavasana), Kennedy said to me “Yoga is good for crying. You twist and bend it all up…then cry it all out. Good job mom.” And the sobs started…The next day I was slightly sore and recommitted to my daily practice.

I know that I have readers who come here and love to see my strength training workouts posted. I can’t say for sure that I won’t be doing those, but I can say that right now my attention and focus is 100% on my yoga practice. This leads me to a great question I have gotten asked very often…Is it possible for yoga to be your ONLY exercise? Can you lose weight and get fit with JUST yoga?

Short answer… Y-E-S. Absolutely.  100% (random weight loss stories). Not a doubt in my mind. (Okay you get the point). Long answer: As you know I promote doing, eating, wearing, living in whatever way makes sense for YOUR life. I like to use my life and my body as my teacher. I have seen and felt what yoga can do. When my daily practice was in full swing, I was fit and trim and because my practice took 1.5-2 hours per day it was my only means of exercise. Yep. A mat, sometimes a DVD, a bottle of water and a towel. Let me tell you something…I was a sweaty mess when I was done. It was amazing. All the teeny tiny muscles get pulled, stretched, detoxified.

Unlike any other exercise yoga makes you SO super aware of the foods you eat. You won’t be scarfing down late nite burgers if you have an early morning yoga practice. With the first twist you will be in agony like no other! So the daily practice and focus on eating foods that make me feel good left me with the most amazing body and sense of self.

So, today as this congestion clears up I made my way onto my mat. Dedicated my practice to God and Kennedy (as always) and got into it. Although I was (and am) stuffy, I found my peace in Adho Mukha Shvanasana (Down Dog) and after a sweaty 25 minutes of practicing, I closed my practice with shavasana and a prayer. I feel the slight soreness in my upper body and have had my second bowel movement of the day at only 12:30pm. I’m yet again remembering all the reasons I love, love, love my at home Ashtanga yoga practice.

Friday, August 23, 2013

 
Weekend Wishes
 
 
taking a few hot bubble baths
drinking copious amounts of tea
buying Kay's new school clothes
movie nite with Kay
two long yoga sessions
spending time art journalling
finding a new novel to start
cooking a few dishes
 
 
I have to make sure that there is plenty of down time as I get Kennedy ready for her first day of 4th grade :) 

Top 25 Raw Vegan Dessert Recipes

I mentioned the other day the Top 25 Raw Vegan Salad Dressing Recipes, but this list has my mouth watering! I am certainly making something this weekend as Kennedy and I celebrate the start of 4th grade next week.

Here is the list that was compiled at Raw Vegan Power.

 
Raw Vegan Dessert Recipe # 1
Blueberry Cake
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Raw Vegan Dessert Recipe # 2
Raw Cupcake Recipe
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Raw Vegan Dessert Recipe # 3
Decadent 16 Layer Cacao & Peanut Butter Raw Cake 
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Raw Vegan Dessert Recipe # 4
Raw Vegan Chocolate Cheesecake
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Raw Vegan Dessert Recipe # 5
Double Chocolate Hemp Brownies
raw vegan desserts

Raw Vegan Dessert Recipe # 6
Fruity Turtle Cake
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Raw Vegan Dessert Recipe # 7
Raw Brownie
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Raw Vegan Dessert Recipe # 8
Raw Chocolate Mousse
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Raw Vegan Dessert Recipe # 9
Green Tea Tart for Two
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Raw Vegan Dessert Recipe # 10
Raw Apple Cream Pie
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Raw Vegan Dessert Recipe # 11
Enzyme Cake Recipe Digestion
Raw Vegan Dessert


Raw Vegan Dessert Recipe # 12
Raw Apricot cobbler Recipe
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Raw Vegan Dessert Recipe # 13
Walnut Pate with Balsamic Figs
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Raw Vegan Dessert Recipe # 14
Plum and Poppy Seeds Cheesecake with Hazelnut Cacao Crust
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Raw Vegan Dessert Recipe # 15
Thick raw lemon bars
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Raw Vegan Dessert Recipe # 16
Raw Apple Pie
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Raw Vegan Dessert Recipe # 17
Raw Lemon Tartlettes
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Raw Vegan Dessert Recipe # 18
Raw Vegan Chocolate Cheese cake
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Raw Vegan Dessert Recipe # 19
Green Tea Pie
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Raw Vegan Dessert Recipe # 20
Vegan Lime “Pie” Dessert
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Raw Vegan Dessert Recipe # 21
Raw Protein Chocolate Pudding
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Raw Vegan Dessert Recipe # 22
Raw Chocolate Coconut Fudge
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Raw Vegan Dessert Recipe # 23
RAW-Vegan Cheesecake with Raspberry Sauce
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Raw Vegan Dessert Recipe # 24
Chocolate Truffles Vegan Gluten Free Raw
Raw Vegan Dessert

Raw Vegan Dessert Recipe # 25
Tiramisu
Raw Vegan Dessert

I don't even know where I am going to start, but a sweet treat is definitely on the menu.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Top 25 Raw Vegan Salad Dressings

In keeping with yesterday's post about getting more raw food in your diet, here is a post I copied from the great site Raw Vegan Power. I like a few of these. I am hard to please when it comes to dressings, but I don't want to continue to buy any. Newman's Own makes a great Balsamic that doesn't have many ingredients, but nevertheless I would prefer to make em myself.

Check these out. They also are connected to some of the coolest raw sites.

Top Raw Vegan Dressing Recipe # 1

Crunchy Green Salad with Lime Avocado Dressing

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Top Raw Vegan Dressing Recipe # 2

Creamy Tri-Pepper Dressing

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Top Raw Vegan Dressing #3

Raw Ranch Dressing

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Top Raw Vegan Dressing # 4
Raw Red Pepper Caesar Salad Dressing
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Top Vegan Dressing Recipe # 5
Raw Vegan Creamy Caesar Salad Dressing
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Top Raw Vegan Dressing # 6
SRV SuperHero Stacker with Lemon-Chia Dressing
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Top Raw Vegan Dressing #7

Creamy Tahini Dressing

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Top Raw Vegan Dressing # 8
Almond Ginger Dressing
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Top Raw Vegan Dressing # 9

Spring Salad with Italian Herb Dressing

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Top Raw Vegan Dressing # 10
Creamy Herb Dressing
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Top Raw Vegan Recipe # 11

3 ingredient pink dressing

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Top Raw Vegan Dressing Recipe # 12
build-a-salad workshop and mango mustard dressing recipe
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Top Raw Vegan Dressing Recipe # 13
Ranch Dressing or Dip
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Top Raw Vegan Dressing Recipe # 14
Avocado Cilantro Dressing
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Top Raw Vegan Dressing Recipe # 15

Raw, Vegan Ranch Dressing Recipe

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Top Raw Vegan Dressing Recipe # 16

Fresh Dill Salad Dressing

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Top Raw Vegan Dressing Recipe # 17

Vegan Ranch Dressing Made from Cashews

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Top Raw Vegan Dressing Recipe # 18

Raw Vegan Roma Tomato and Tahini Dressing

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Top Raw Vegan Dressing Recipe # 19

Raw and Vegan Creamy Salad Dressing Recipe

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Top Raw Vegan Dressing Recipe # 20

Cherimoya Ranch Dressing

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Top Raw Vegan Dressing Recipe # 21

Raw Spinach Walnut Dressing Sauce

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Top Raw Vegan Dressing Recipe # 22

Vegan and Almost Raw Caesar Salad Dressing

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Top Raw Vegan Dressing Recipe # 23

Yeast Free Basil and Garlic Salad Dressing

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Top Raw Vegan Dressing Recipe # 24
Lemongrass Dressing
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Top Raw Vegan Recipe # 25

Creamy Lemony Garlicky Salad Dressing

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