Bountiful, Blissful, Beautiful Sat Nam Fest

One of the most powerful archetypes that Yogi Bhajan shared in his lectures was the Ashtabhuja.

The Ashtabhuja is the archetype of woman as Goddess. She represents warmth, heat, energy and her body shines with a radiance like the glowing sun. She has ashta – eight, bhuja – arms.

In her seven hands she holds powerful symbols: a bow and arrow representing wisdom and awareness; the lotus which is a symbol of the feminine; a discus which is like a water wheel when it empties and spills forward creation; a scepter which when thrown is like a lightning bolt to dispel negativity or adversity; and a jar of the divine nectar of life. Her eighth hand holds a mala or prayer beads that give eight Siddhis or spiritual powers and nine Nidhis or treasures.

I was always intrigued by this Goddess of the Universe. She spoke to me and I felt her power every time I even spoke her name.

Let her be alive within each woman. That became my prayer. I knew Yogi Bhajan was asking each woman not to worship the Ashtabhuja, but to embody her.

My prayer on this day and forever is that as women we may embody this divine being throughout actions, words, and thoughts. And let these words of Yogi Bhajan resound in our hearts and spirit as he exalts our true power as a woman.

love, k:)

 

Kelly#3

 

 

 

 

 

Sat Nam Fest West 2018

Sat Nam Fest Joshua Tree is finally here! And it is an opportunity to immerse yourself in the happiness, rejuvenation, and transformation of Kundalini Yoga, mantra music, and creativity as you re-discover your authentic self.

Every year Sat Nam Fest presents a variety of sacred music performances, teachers, workshops, Kundalini Yoga classes, and much more.

See you there!

love, k 🙂

 

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Mercury Retrograde Evening Wish

Mercury retrogrades are a great time to regenerate, review, reset foundations for new projects, and to investigate options.
Focus now in a big-picture way, asking for your soul’s view of your energy and path ahead.

Invite a knowing of what you can put into motion that will help you fulfill your soul’s purpose. Trust that in the asking, the universe will begin sending you the people, inspirations, and situations needed.

Remind yourself daily that you are LOVE, you are loved, and you are on purpose here in this world.

love, k

Natural Products Expo 2018 Anaheim

With more natural brands launching online and more consumers than ever buying healthy and natural products there, too, it makes sense to have a digital presence that is both informative and entertaining. The brands that are strategically winning on social media are those that use multiple platforms to engage fans, show some personality and inspire healthy living through photography, video, purpose-driven campaigns, and, of course, #hashtags.

Check out the top 5 brands that have caught the digital eye of thousands of health enthusiasts and also grabbed our attention leading up to and during Natural Products Expo West 2018.

1. The Stanley Brothers on progress and potential of the CBD industry. The Stanley brothers of Colorado helped put the health benefits of CBD on the public’s radar back when their hemp extract that was high in CBD content and extremely low in THC content, now known as Charlotte’s Web, made headlines because of its apparent effectiveness in helping some children with autism and debilitating seizure disorders.

We caught up with three of the brothers at the CBD Summit at Natural Products Expo West to hear their thoughts about the potential benefits of the flourishing CBD category for the health of people.

2. Chobani LLC, maker of America’s No. 1 Greek yogurt brand and the second largest overall yogurt manufacturer in the U.S., has announced today the members of its Spring 2018 class for the Chobani Incubator. The third and largest Chobani Incubator class to date, with nine food startups, is made up of companies that are disrupting and improving high-potential food categories in the U.S., from new and innovative snack products like simple seed-based bars or peanut butter protein puffs, to healthier energy drink and smoothie options to nutritional foods that can help kids learn to love vegetables.

3. Matchabar when your mission is to bring matcha to the people, which it is for New York-based Matchabar, then getting social to keep fans engaged and motivated to find better energy by drinking matcha is a must. Drinking beautiful cups of an agate green elixir that has caffeine, antioxidants, and amino acid L-Theanine to support a cool, calm, and collected feeling.

4. Natures Path, a brandthat proves breakfast can be beautiful especially by using social media. With fun-stop-motion photography and mandala-style, Natures Path products are pleasing to the eye and the brand blossoms with topics from reducing sugar to organic gardening.

5. Purely Elizabeth, a granola company that just keeps reinventing itself. The new line of Vibrant Oats, which can make a morning superfood bowl an energetic shade of blue, pink or yellow (from natural mix-ins, such as spirulina powder) has become the best- in- the – industry appeal to on-the-go health driven products.

When you’ve got a craving for USDA organic sweet or savoury snacks Natural Products Expo is a social giveaway matches made in heaven.

love, k

Made with LOVE

Food tastes better to people who are told the meal has been prepared with love.

Ayurveda: Sattvic, Rajasic, and Tamasic Foods

You are what you eat. When you are free to live a quiet, contemplative life, a sattvic diet is divinely perfect. For those who wish to maintain a meditative mind but also must live and work in the world, a diet consisting of sattvic and some rajasic foods is best. For those who practice yoga, like Kundalini Yoga or marital arts, rajasic foods are necessary, along with sattvic foods.

For all these lifestyles, tamasic food is best avoided.

Here is a simple breakdown of Sattvic, Rajasic, and Tamasic foods

Sattvic: Equals to clarity and lightness

• Graceful, peaceful, disciplined, intuitive, sensitive.

• Most fruit and vegetables, sun foods, and ground foods.

Rajasic: Forcefulness and will-power

• Active, positive, demanding.

• Stimulating herbs and spices, many earth foods.

Tamasic: Functioning from need and instinct

• Impulsive, dull, angry, confused.

• Meat, fish, poultry, eggs, alcohol, intoxicating drugs.

Vata, Pitta, and Kapha Doshas

Ayurveda, the ancient holistic health sister science to yoga, recognizes that health is a state of balance between the body, mind, and consciousness. In ancient times, food was considered medicine. The principles of healthy eating were well-known and the healing properties of foods and herbs were used to correct imbalances.

One of the most important aspects of the system of Ayurveda is the tridoshas, or forces that generate and maintain physical and mental health:

Vata (air): sustains the body and originates every kind of physical movement in the body. It controls the mind and senses and causes elimination of wastes.

Pitta (fire): responsible for digestion, heat, the digestive fire,and the formation of blood.

Kapha (earth): nourishes and lubricates the body, maintains sexual potency, and lends mental balance to the individual.

To try out a new delicious sattvic dish that balances all three doshas is Mung Beans and Rice. It is a perfectly balanced protein dish, easy to digest and very delicious. Good to make at any time of the year but makes a particularly good winter diet. Here is the recipe when interested.

Ingredients:

4 ½ cups water

½ cup whole mung beans

½ cup basmati rice

1 onion, chopped

3 cloves garlic, minced

¼ cup finely minced ginger root

3 cups chopped vegetables

2 tablespoons ghee or oil

¾ tablespoon turmeric

¼ teaspoon dried crushed red chilés

¼ teaspoon ground black pepper

½ teaspoon coriander

½ teaspoon cumin

½ teaspoon salt

Cooking Instructions:

Rinse the mung beans and rice. Add the mung beans to boiling water and cook until they begin to split. Add the rice and cook another 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Now add the vegetables.

Heat the ghee/oil in a sauté pan and add the onions, garlic, and ginger and sauté until clear. Add the spices and cook 5 more minutes, stirring constantly. Add a little water if necessary. Add this to the cooked rice and beans. You can substitute vegetables as you like, as well as use Bragg Liquid Aminos, tamari, or soy sauce instead of salt. Tastes great with yogurt!

love, k 🙂

Ayurveda Medhya Rasayana Herb

Ayurveda indicates to be mindful about the seasonal changes when using essential oils.

In winter strong, spicy and hot oils such as eucalyptus, thyme or camphor can be the best choices in essential oil that help nurture, balance and harmonize the mind body and spirit bringing forth deep relaxation.

love, k.

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