Lake Tahoe – Squaw Valley

Lake Tahoe, the psychic, clear, aqua blue lake tucked into the Sierra Nevada mountain range. Our adventures to Tahoe has been an unforgettable journey in the summer and winter time. A place to call home as it is a place that welcomes the, adventurers and travelers to its laid back, and pine-scented atmosphere. Lake Tahoe keeps everyone’s interests awakened and holiday vacations active throughout the year.

The nation’s second deeper lake, is Lake Tahoe, California and shares with the other half of Lake Tahoe, Nevada. Attracting travelers from around the world mesmerized by the lake’s beauty and wealth of activities. This area keeps blossoming and embodies the American Dream’s concept of “having it all” Tahoe has it all. Mountain trail hiking in stunning Tahoe City, and to bask on sunny beach in South Lake Tahoe. In winter, shred out on snow-covered slopes of Squaw Valley. In summer, check out the mindful triathlon and yoga festival in Squaw Valley Wanderlust  Festival

 

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Explore the boutiques in Truckee. Try out different gourmet cuisines as you watch the setting sun into the lake in Incline Village… beautiful… we could go on for hours about Tahoe’s offerings. Every place to stay, every vacation rental company, tahoe real estate, attraction, entertainment, restaurant, casino, and native american magic.

love, #krishna

The Evening Recharge Routine

Before bed, wind down with a warm drink. A great suggestion is a boiled cup of milk, it could be almond or coconut milk made with a touch of ginger, cardamom, and sugar.

 

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Hot drink before bed helps disengage the mind from the senses and promote falling asleep easily.

Prepare for sleep by rubbing almond, sesame or coconut oil on your feet, ears, and even head at bedtime can go a long way towards physically relaxing our bodies. It has an incredible, calming effect that Ayurveda recommends for improved sleep.

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deep rest and sweet dreams

love, #krishna

 

 

 

Spicy Aloo Tikki Recipe

 

Aloo tikki, or spiced potato fritters, are to northern Indian what fish and chips is to Britain and Australia. A near ubiquitious street food, best served hot, crispy, and satisfying salty. Substitute ketchup for chutney, and a banana leaf for a twist and it’s a perfect match. Though it must be admitted that aloo tikki is a bit more sophisticated.

Crispy Aloo Tikki is a popular street food chaat in India that can be made in a variety of ways.  Any way you prepare these tikkis, they are sure to turn out great!  They taste especially delicious with mint chutney, or cilantro chutney, tamarind chutney. One of our favorite toppings is minced jalepeno peppers or spiced chola (this recipe for crispy aloo tikki is with spicy chola topping).

Enjoy!

love, #krishna

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Ayurveda for Kids: Bala Tantra

Ayurveda has a specialized branch of Pediatric medicine known as BalaTantra or Kaumarabhritya. This ancient science offers some simple, natural, wisdom to keep kids healthy and happy in today’s fast paced world. Childhood is a tender but wonderful stage of human life. Because the dhatus are still immature, special care during childhood is essential.  The physical development and the mental state during this cycle play a major role in the foundation of the rest of a person’s life.

 

Ayurveda recommends that both parents undergo panchakarma before they wish to conceive a child. This helps to prevent their current state of health vikruti from being passed on to the baby. Once conception is achieved, the mother practices to be relaxed during pregnancy, reading spiritual books, chanting mantras, eating a doshic diet, following a self-care regime, receiving regular abhyanga, practicing gentle and restorative yoga and meditation.

From conception onward, Ayurveda places great emphasis on post partum care for the mother to balance vata and promote vitality and good health in her, as well as to ensure the healthy development of the baby. After birth, both the newborn infant and the mother are to be cared for throughout the first forty days with the utmost attention. Traditionally, these rituals consist of daily oil massage, bathing, and other herbal therapies. Even today in much of rural India and Nepal there is a wealth of wisdom on birthing and infant’s health care that lays in the hands of midwives and grandmothers, even though many restrictions have been placed upon them.

One of the eight branches of Ayurveda like we expressed early is pediatrics (Bala Tantra). It teaches simple natural wisdom to keep our little ones happy and healthy. Kids live in a Kapha period of life no matter what their constitution is. That means that they will be prone to Kapha diseases like cold, cough and other respiratory disorders and sometimes a disease is a call for attention and love in both kids and adults.

Here are a few suggestions to implement Ayurveda in your little one’s daily life.

 

  • Protecting of emotions

Over-stimulation or sensory overload from TV, computer, video games, and commercials leave lasting impressions on kid’s minds. These go deep into the psyche and disturb their life force (prana), affecting emotional and spiritual growth of our loved ones. Since they can’t control themselves it is our focus to protect their delicate sensory organs. Even newborns when being in the room where an adult movie is running can experience thier senses offended.

  • Creative play

Playing with children develops their creativity and imagination, while their souls are satisfied by the love and attention they crave from us. They remember for their life not the plenty of toys and video games bought for them, but a simple game outdoors when you played, bonded and laughed together.

 

  • Consistent routine

Consistency gives a child a sense of security, confidence and reduces stress. Waking up early, going to bed early and eating with nature’s rhythms. While the Sun is on its highest while consuming meals provide good digestive fire which are a strong foundation of good health.

  • Freshly cooked, medicinal meals with herbs and spices

Warm nourishing meals like hot cereal, vegetable soups and kitchari (thin warm dish with rice and green or yellow mung beans) speak well to kids. Such food is highly nutritious and easy to digest. Small pinches of digestive spices like cumin, coriander, fennel, cinnamon, and turmeric clear possible toxins and can ward off common colds, flus, and allergies.

  • Warm oil massage

A daily Abhyanga (warm oil massage) before bath time calms the nervous system and provides a layer of protection from germs. It boosts the immune system and to their intellect as well producing qualities of happiness and healthiness. These few minutes of loving abhyanga enhances the bonding and affection that kids seek.

May the long time sun shine upon you, all love surround you, and the pure light within you, guide your way on.

love, #krishna

 

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Pairing Pasta with Sauce | Bon Appétit

Matching pasta shapes to sauces play a bigger part in sauce pairings. Choosing the right pasta depends on the topping. 

Tubular shapes like penne and ziti are perfect with thick sauces 

Wide, flat pastas like pappardelle are ideal for soaking up creamy sauces, the wider the noodle, the heavier the sauce.

Long, round pastas like spaghetti are best with olive oil- and tomato-based sauces. 

Chunky vegetable sauces absolutely go better with short pastas 

Choosing a pasta shape to suit the nature of your sauce makes a big difference to the finished dish. 

love, #krishna 

Ayurvedic Dincharya 

Jump start your morning with Ayurvedic routines to keep your mind and body in harmony and healthy throughout the day.  In Sanskrit the daily routine is called the Dinacharya. Ayurveda recommends that in order to be optimally healthy tune our bodies to the nature’s master cycle. 

 

Ayurveda recommends splashing your face and eyes with water as soon as you wake up, seven times. An auspicious number in Ayurveda, seven represents the body’s chakras, or energy centers.

Daily routine brings radical change in body, mind, and consciousness. Routine helps to establish balance in our constitution generating  peace, happiness, and longevity. 

love, #krishna  

An Interview With Vinie Kaur: Founder Of Yogi Bath & Beauty Collection 

We were very lucky to speak to Vinie Kaur, founder and CEO of Yogi Bath and Beauty Collection by Vinies Ayurveda™ . 

Yogi caters to people with a busy lifestyle by offering time-efficient and natural beauty products that will keep you feeling uplifted and beautiful. Yogi offers innovative formulations which contain over 30 potent, and effective, hand-picked herbs and plant extracts chosen for their potency. Every step in the preparation of their products is done with appreciation for the enlightening properties that transform your hair and skin.
Vinie Kaur was born to a traditional family in India immersed in ancient wisdom and healing technology. Her parents, Yogi Bhajan, Ph.D. and Bibiji Inderjit Kaur, Ph.D., raised Vinie in a home that integrated ancient Ayurvedic principles into nearly every aspect of their lives. Vinie learned from a young age the inherent healing and therapeutic benefits that are in natural herbs, aromas, and essential oils. Over her lifetime, Vinie has absorbed herself in the study of Ayurveda; she worked mindfully with her father and gained infinite knowledge of the secrets of Ayurveda. In her own journey Vinie believes that “What You Put On is What You Put Within.™”

Your dad was a big influence in your life. Can you tell us about one of your favorite memories?

One of my favorite memories is of my dad cooking. My dad LOVED herbs and spices and actually both of my parents were great cooks. My mom was a world renowned cook. They both looked at food as a healing supplement. When we were in Espanola, New Mexico, my dad would go into the kitchen, where there were hundreds of spices, to create an Ayurvedic meal. My dad opened this, then opened that, threw this in and threw that in, like the wit, wisdom and sorcery of a wizard. Food was always created in no less than an hour. We always had about 50 people around the house and they always knew when my dad was cooking, as it was always a feast! Everything was SPICY, we would all be sweating, we couldn’t breathe, and my dad would say “Good for you! See, this is how it is supposed to be!” 
The aroma, the kitchen, the prana, its aliveness, the energy of happiness, and the healing always created a therapeutic meal. When my dad was cooking everyone would go into the kitchen and say, “Wow this is Yummy Food Time!” These were my favorite meals, such majestic moments. It brings tears to my eyes… such a beautiful time.
What was it that inspired you to create the Yogi Bath and Beauty Collection?

It was through my daily practice that I learned how herbs and oils possess inherent healing and many benefits. When I began to experience the pains of Fibromyalgia, and I turned to Ayurvedic compounds, healing herbs and essential oils for remedies and used them in my daily ritual. I soon began to discover the miraculous healing ways of these elements that are held in the wisdom of the plant kingdom. As I began to heal, I noticed that not only did the herbal medicines and oil applications relieve the pain associated with the illness, but my hair and skin also regained its healthy vibrancy.
As I regained my vitality, I began exploring the vast fountain of health and beauty secrets contained within these ancient, potent compounds of Ayurveda and I started to dive deeper into the knowledge of these healing herbs and oils. I started small by preparing formulations for myself and my family. I was developing a depth of knowledge and there was so much passion in my heart to share this wisdom.

Tell us about the Bhajan Body and Face Oil you created?
Bhajan Body and Face Oil was created from my desire to make one simple product with all of the herbs. Every product I make, I want it to be perfect. Coming up with names for our products is very important to me, we see it as once the name is given, the product has a destiny to be shared with the world. I named this body and face oil “Bhajan” because people who knew my father, can tell that this product has the same smell as him. Every time I see the bottle, I see love, and the aroma is so much like him. I had no intention to create it like that but it evolved by itself that way.
It contains both the vital energy of the plants and the positive energy from which it is created. The carefully selected plants are harvested at different times of the year to maximize their healing effects. The method of preparation combines dedication, love, and integrity with the purity of nature. The unique process of blending and brewing contributes to how well this oil delivers its therapeutic benefits.
How is the Bhajan Body Face and Oil created?
Firstly, premium quality plants are sourced and selected. In Ayurveda, a plant is regarded as containing five sections, each with medicinal value. Depending on the formula, between 1-5 parts of the plant are used, such as root, stem, leaf, flower and seeds. Then the plant is brewed for a number of hours. Over time moisture evaporates as the consistency of the plant changes, revealing the characteristic features of our oil and the radiant beauty that has been contained within it. Then it is bottled for your benefit.
The powerful Raja Restorative Hair Oil nourishes the scalp. Can you tell us how this deep scalp follicle hair treatment came into fruition?
Our products are for humankind and I saw a need for re-growing hair. Raja Restorative became the answer and acts as a scalp rejuvenator.
I find it fascinating that it takes many days to create the Raja Restorative, can you tell us a little bit more about the creation of this product?
It features bhringraj, known in India as the “King of Hair,” and it is also known for its miraculous effects. It helps with common concerns like receding hairline, baldness, dryness, and dandruff. It improves blood circulation in the scalp which helps revitalize hair follicles and promotes accelerated hair growth.

It is made by blending extracts of the bhringraj plant in an oil, similar to coconut oil. And again, as with all of my products, follow the Ayurveda way, where combinations of oils are infused with a combination of herbs. It is placed in a gigantic (heat-resistant) copper pot, as pots made from copper are ideal heat conductors. All of the ingredients are added and then they are slow-cooked for days and periodically stirred with a copper utensil. This slow process assures that the benefit of each ingredient gets infused properly.
Do you have a favorite herb, spice or aroma? If yes, why is it your favorite?

I do not just have one favorite, I have many. I love mixing smells, four or five scents at a time. Triphala, this might be my favorite actually because it is one of the most potent herbal remedies, with amazing healing powers. I also love turmeric. This golden wonder is a favorite because of its wide spectrum of medicinal qualities. It is so powerful. And then there is jasmine, I love jasmine!
By Kelly Krishna Dunn
We were very lucky to speak to Vinie Kaur, founder and CEO of Yogi Bath and Beauty Collection by Vinies Ayurveda™ . Yogi caters to people with a busy lifestyle by offering time-efficient and natural beauty products that will keep you feeling uplifted and beautiful. Yogi offers innovative formulations which contain over 30 potent, and effective, hand-picked herbs and plant extracts chosen for their potency. Every step in the preparation of their products is done with appreciation for the enlightening properties that transform your hair and skin.
Vinie Kaur was born to a traditional family in India immersed in ancient wisdom and healing technology. Her parents, Yogi Bhajan, Ph.D. and Bibiji Inderjit Kaur, Ph.D., raised Vinie in a home that integrated ancient Ayurvedic principles into nearly every aspect of their lives. Vinie learned from a young age the inherent healing and therapeutic benefits that are in natural herbs, aromas, and essential oils. Over her lifetime, Vinie has absorbed herself in the study of Ayurveda; she worked mindfully with her father and gained infinite knowledge of the secrets of Ayurveda. In her own journey Vinie believes that “What You Put On is What You Put Within.™”
Your dad was a big influence in your life. Can you tell us about one of your favorite memories?
One of my favorite memories is of my dad cooking. My dad LOVED herbs and spices and actually both of my parents were great cooks. My mom was a world renowned cook. They both looked at food as a healing supplement. When we were in Espanola, New Mexico, my dad would go into the kitchen, where there were hundreds of spices, to create an Ayurvedic meal. My dad opened this, then opened that, threw this in and threw that in, like the wit, wisdom and sorcery of a wizard. Food was always created in no less than an hour. We always had about 50 people around the house and they always knew when my dad was cooking, as it was always a feast! Everything was SPICY, we would all be sweating, we couldn’t breathe, and my dad would say “Good for you! See, this is how it is supposed to be!” 
The aroma, the kitchen, the prana, its aliveness, the energy of happiness, and the healing always created a therapeutic meal. When my dad was cooking everyone would go into the kitchen and say, “Wow this is Yummy Food Time!” These were my favorite meals, such majestic moments. It brings tears to my eyes… such a beautiful time.
What was it that inspired you to create the Yogi Bath and Beauty Collection?
It was through my daily practice that I learned how herbs and oils possess inherent healing and many benefits. When I began to experience the pains of Fibromyalgia, and I turned to Ayurvedic compounds, healing herbs and essential oils for remedies and used them in my daily ritual. I soon began to discover the miraculous healing ways of these elements that are held in the wisdom of the plant kingdom. As I began to heal, I noticed that not only did the herbal medicines and oil applications relieve the pain associated with the illness, but my hair and skin also regained its healthy vibrancy.
As I regained my vitality, I began exploring the vast fountain of health and beauty secrets contained within these ancient, potent compounds of Ayurveda and I started to dive deeper into the knowledge of these healing herbs and oils. I started small by preparing formulations for myself and my family. I was developing a depth of knowledge and there was so much passion in my heart to share this wisdom.
Tell us about the Bhajan Body and Face Oil you created?
Bhajan Body and Face Oil was created from my desire to make one simple product with all of the herbs. Every product I make, I want it to be perfect. Coming up with names for our products is very important to me, we see it as once the name is given, the product has a destiny to be shared with the world. I named this body and face oil “Bhajan” because people who knew my father, can tell that this product has the same smell as him. Every time I see the bottle, I see love, and the aroma is so much like him. I had no intention to create it like that but it evolved by itself that way.
It contains both the vital energy of the plants and the positive energy from which it is created. The carefully selected plants are harvested at different times of the year to maximize their healing effects. The method of preparation combines dedication, love, and integrity with the purity of nature. The unique process of blending and brewing contributes to how well this oil delivers its therapeutic benefits.
How is the Bhajan Body Face and Oil created?
Firstly, premium quality plants are sourced and selected. In Ayurveda, a plant is regarded as containing five sections, each with medicinal value. Depending on the formula, between 1-5 parts of the plant are used, such as root, stem, leaf, flower and seeds. Then the plant is brewed for a number of hours. Over time moisture evaporates as the consistency of the plant changes, revealing the characteristic features of our oil and the radiant beauty that has been contained within it. Then it is bottled for your benefit.
The powerful Raja Restorative Hair Oil nourishes the scalp. Can you tell us how this deep scalp follicle hair treatment came into fruition?
Our products are for humankind and I saw a need for re-growing hair. Raja Restorative became the answer and acts as a scalp rejuvenator.
I find it fascinating that it takes many days to create the Raja Restorative, can you tell us a little bit more about the creation of this product?
It features bhringraj, known in India as the “King of Hair,” and it is also known for its miraculous effects. It helps with common concerns like receding hairline, baldness, dryness, and dandruff. It improves blood circulation in the scalp which helps revitalize hair follicles and promotes accelerated hair growth.
It is made by blending extracts of the bhringraj plant in an oil, similar to coconut oil. And again, as with all of my products, follow the Ayurveda way, where combinations of oils are infused with a combination of herbs. It is placed in a gigantic (heat-resistant) copper pot, as pots made from copper are ideal heat conductors. All of the ingredients are added and then they are slow-cooked for days and periodically stirred with a copper utensil. This slow process assures that the benefit of each ingredient gets infused properly.
Do you have a favorite herb, spice or aroma? If yes, why is it your favorite?
I do not just have one favorite, I have many. I love mixing smells, four or five scents at a time. Triphala, this might be my favorite actually because it is one of the most potent herbal remedies, with amazing healing powers. I also love turmeric. This golden wonder is a favorite because of its wide spectrum of medicinal qualities. It is so powerful. And then there is jasmine, I love jasmine!
Would you like to share one ancient beauty secret of Ayurveda that has never before been shared with the world?
Rehydrate and rejuvenate your skin with herbs for skin nourishment. The most effective ancient beauty secret is to apply oil to the face and body. By Kelly Krishna Dunn
We were very lucky to speak to Vinie Kaur, founder and CEO of Yogi Bath and Beauty Collection by Vinies Ayurveda™ . Yogi caters to people with a busy lifestyle by offering time-efficient and natural beauty products that will keep you feeling uplifted and beautiful. Yogi offers innovative formulations which contain over 30 potent, and effective, hand-picked herbs and plant extracts chosen for their potency. Every step in the preparation of their products is done with appreciation for the enlightening properties that transform your hair and skin.
Vinie Kaur was born to a traditional family in India immersed in ancient wisdom and healing technology. Her parents, Yogi Bhajan, Ph.D. and Bibiji Inderjit Kaur, Ph.D., raised Vinie in a home that integrated ancient Ayurvedic principles into nearly every aspect of their lives. Vinie learned from a young age the inherent healing and therapeutic benefits that are in natural herbs, aromas, and essential oils. Over her lifetime, Vinie has absorbed herself in the study of Ayurveda; she worked mindfully with her father and gained infinite knowledge of the secrets of Ayurveda. In her own journey Vinie believes that “What You Put On is What You Put Within.™”
Your dad was a big influence in your life. Can you tell us about one of your favorite memories?
One of my favorite memories is of my dad cooking. My dad LOVED herbs and spices and actually both of my parents were great cooks. My mom was a world renowned cook. They both looked at food as a healing supplement. When we were in Espanola, New Mexico, my dad would go into the kitchen, where there were hundreds of spices, to create an Ayurvedic meal. My dad opened this, then opened that, threw this in and threw that in, like the wit, wisdom and sorcery of a wizard. Food was always created in no less than an hour. We always had about 50 people around the house and they always knew when my dad was cooking, as it was always a feast! Everything was SPICY, we would all be sweating, we couldn’t breathe, and my dad would say “Good for you! See, this is how it is supposed to be!” 
The aroma, the kitchen, the prana, its aliveness, the energy of happiness, and the healing always created a therapeutic meal. When my dad was cooking everyone would go into the kitchen and say, “Wow this is Yummy Food Time!” These were my favorite meals, such majestic moments. It brings tears to my eyes… such a beautiful time.
What was it that inspired you to create the Yogi Bath and Beauty Collection?
It was through my daily practice that I learned how herbs and oils possess inherent healing and many benefits. When I began to experience the pains of Fibromyalgia, and I turned to Ayurvedic compounds, healing herbs and essential oils for remedies and used them in my daily ritual. I soon began to discover the miraculous healing ways of these elements that are held in the wisdom of the plant kingdom. As I began to heal, I noticed that not only did the herbal medicines and oil applications relieve the pain associated with the illness, but my hair and skin also regained its healthy vibrancy.
As I regained my vitality, I began exploring the vast fountain of health and beauty secrets contained within these ancient, potent compounds of Ayurveda and I started to dive deeper into the knowledge of these healing herbs and oils. I started small by preparing formulations for myself and my family. I was developing a depth of knowledge and there was so much passion in my heart to share this wisdom.
Tell us about the Bhajan Body and Face Oil you created?
Bhajan Body and Face Oil was created from my desire to make one simple product with all of the herbs. Every product I make, I want it to be perfect. Coming up with names for our products is very important to me, we see it as once the name is given, the product has a destiny to be shared with the world. I named this body and face oil “Bhajan” because people who knew my father, can tell that this product has the same smell as him. Every time I see the bottle, I see love, and the aroma is so much like him. I had no intention to create it like that but it evolved by itself that way.
It contains both the vital energy of the plants and the positive energy from which it is created. The carefully selected plants are harvested at different times of the year to maximize their healing effects. The method of preparation combines dedication, love, and integrity with the purity of nature. The unique process of blending and brewing contributes to how well this oil delivers its therapeutic benefits.
How is the Bhajan Body Face and Oil created?
Firstly, premium quality plants are sourced and selected. In Ayurveda, a plant is regarded as containing five sections, each with medicinal value. Depending on the formula, between 1-5 parts of the plant are used, such as root, stem, leaf, flower and seeds. Then the plant is brewed for a number of hours. Over time moisture evaporates as the consistency of the plant changes, revealing the characteristic features of our oil and the radiant beauty that has been contained within it. Then it is bottled for your benefit.
The powerful Raja Restorative Hair Oil nourishes the scalp. Can you tell us how this deep scalp follicle hair treatment came into fruition?
Our products are for humankind and I saw a need for re-growing hair. Raja Restorative became the answer and acts as a scalp rejuvenator.
I find it fascinating that it takes many days to create the Raja Restorative, can you tell us a little bit more about the creation of this product?
It features bhringraj, known in India as the “King of Hair,” and it is also known for its miraculous effects. It helps with common concerns like receding hairline, baldness, dryness, and dandruff. It improves blood circulation in the scalp which helps revitalize hair follicles and promotes accelerated hair growth.
It is made by blending extracts of the bhringraj plant in an oil, similar to coconut oil. And again, as with all of my products, follow the Ayurveda way, where combinations of oils are infused with a combination of herbs. It is placed in a gigantic (heat-resistant) copper pot, as pots made from copper are ideal heat conductors. All of the ingredients are added and then they are slow-cooked for days and periodically stirred with a copper utensil. This slow process assures that the benefit of each ingredient gets infused properly.
Do you have a favorite herb, spice or aroma? If yes, why is it your favorite?
I do not just have one favorite, I have many. I love mixing smells, four or five scents at a time. Triphala, this might be my favorite actually because it is one of the most potent herbal remedies, with amazing healing powers. I also love turmeric. This golden wonder is a favorite because of its wide spectrum of medicinal qualities. It is so powerful. And then there is jasmine, I love jasmine!
Would you like to share one ancient beauty secret of Ayurveda that has never before been shared with the world?
Rehydrate and rejuvenate your skin with herbs for skin nourishment. The most effective ancient beauty secret is to apply oil to the face and body.By Kelly Krishna Dunn
We were very lucky to speak to Vinie Kaur, founder and CEO of Yogi Bath and Beauty Collection by Vinies Ayurveda™ . Yogi caters to people with a busy lifestyle by offering time-efficient and natural beauty products that will keep you feeling uplifted and beautiful. Yogi offers innovative formulations which contain over 30 potent, and effective, hand-picked herbs and plant extracts chosen for their potency. Every step in the preparation of their products is done with appreciation for the enlightening properties that transform your hair and skin.
Vinie Kaur was born to a traditional family in India immersed in ancient wisdom and healing technology. Her parents, Yogi Bhajan, Ph.D. and Bibiji Inderjit Kaur, Ph.D., raised Vinie in a home that integrated ancient Ayurvedic principles into nearly every aspect of their lives. Vinie learned from a young age the inherent healing and therapeutic benefits that are in natural herbs, aromas, and essential oils. Over her lifetime, Vinie has absorbed herself in the study of Ayurveda; she worked mindfully with her father and gained infinite knowledge of the secrets of Ayurveda. In her own journey Vinie believes that “What You Put On is What You Put Within.™”
Your dad was a big influence in your life. Can you tell us about one of your favorite memories?
One of my favorite memories is of my dad cooking. My dad LOVED herbs and spices and actually both of my parents were great cooks. My mom was a world renowned cook. They both looked at food as a healing supplement. When we were in Espanola, New Mexico, my dad would go into the kitchen, where there were hundreds of spices, to create an Ayurvedic meal. My dad opened this, then opened that, threw this in and threw that in, like the wit, wisdom and sorcery of a wizard. Food was always created in no less than an hour. We always had about 50 people around the house and they always knew when my dad was cooking, as it was always a feast! Everything was SPICY, we would all be sweating, we couldn’t breathe, and my dad would say “Good for you! See, this is how it is supposed to be!” 
The aroma, the kitchen, the prana, its aliveness, the energy of happiness, and the healing always created a therapeutic meal. When my dad was cooking everyone would go into the kitchen and say, “Wow this is Yummy Food Time!” These were my favorite meals, such majestic moments. It brings tears to my eyes… such a beautiful time.
What was it that inspired you to create the Yogi Bath and Beauty Collection?
It was through my daily practice that I learned how herbs and oils possess inherent healing and many benefits. When I began to experience the pains of Fibromyalgia, and I turned to Ayurvedic compounds, healing herbs and essential oils for remedies and used them in my daily ritual. I soon began to discover the miraculous healing ways of these elements that are held in the wisdom of the plant kingdom. As I began to heal, I noticed that not only did the herbal medicines and oil applications relieve the pain associated with the illness, but my hair and skin also regained its healthy vibrancy.
As I regained my vitality, I began exploring the vast fountain of health and beauty secrets contained within these ancient, potent compounds of Ayurveda and I started to dive deeper into the knowledge of these healing herbs and oils. I started small by preparing formulations for myself and my family. I was developing a depth of knowledge and there was so much passion in my heart to share this wisdom.
Tell us about the Bhajan Body and Face Oil you created?
Bhajan Body and Face Oil was created from my desire to make one simple product with all of the herbs. Every product I make, I want it to be perfect. Coming up with names for our products is very important to me, we see it as once the name is given, the product has a destiny to be shared with the world. I named this body and face oil “Bhajan” because people who knew my father, can tell that this product has the same smell as him. Every time I see the bottle, I see love, and the aroma is so much like him. I had no intention to create it like that but it evolved by itself that way.
It contains both the vital energy of the plants and the positive energy from which it is created. The carefully selected plants are harvested at different times of the year to maximize their healing effects. The method of preparation combines dedication, love, and integrity with the purity of nature. The unique process of blending and brewing contributes to how well this oil delivers its therapeutic benefits.
How is the Bhajan Body Face and Oil created?
Firstly, premium quality plants are sourced and selected. In Ayurveda, a plant is regarded as containing five sections, each with medicinal value. Depending on the formula, between 1-5 parts of the plant are used, such as root, stem, leaf, flower and seeds. Then the plant is brewed for a number of hours. Over time moisture evaporates as the consistency of the plant changes, revealing the characteristic features of our oil and the radiant beauty that has been contained within it. Then it is bottled for your benefit.
The powerful Raja Restorative Hair Oil nourishes the scalp. Can you tell us how this deep scalp follicle hair treatment came into fruition?
Our products are for humankind and I saw a need for re-growing hair. Raja Restorative became the answer and acts as a scalp rejuvenator.
I find it fascinating that it takes many days to create the Raja Restorative, can you tell us a little bit more about the creation of this product?
It features bhringraj, known in India as the “King of Hair,” and it is also known for its miraculous effects. It helps with common concerns like receding hairline, baldness, dryness, and dandruff. It improves blood circulation in the scalp which helps revitalize hair follicles and promotes accelerated hair growth.
It is made by blending extracts of the bhringraj plant in an oil, similar to coconut oil. And again, as with all of my products, follow the Ayurveda way, where combinations of oils are infused with a combination of herbs. It is placed in a gigantic (heat-resistant) copper pot, as pots made from copper are ideal heat conductors. All of the ingredients are added and then they are slow-cooked for days and periodically stirred with a copper utensil. This slow process assures that the benefit of each ingredient gets infused properly.
Do you have a favorite herb, spice or aroma? If yes, why is it your favorite?
I do not just have one favorite, I have many. I love mixing smells, four or five scents at a time. Triphala, this might be my favorite actually because it is one of the most potent herbal remedies, with amazing healing powers. I also love turmeric. This golden wonder is a favorite because of its wide spectrum of medicinal qualities. It is so powerful. And then there is jasmine, I love jasmine!
Would you like to share one ancient beauty secret of Ayurveda that has never before been shared with the world?
Rehydrate and rejuvenate your skin with herbs for skin nourishment. The most effective ancient beauty secret is to apply oil to the face and body.
Could you tell us about any future plans for Yogi Bath and Beauty Collection?
Yes, future plans include sharing new products, such as face masks, day and night creams, face and body toners, and much more! Click here to see what is coming soon.
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love, #krishna 

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By Kelly Krishna Dunn 

Activate Your Shakti At SHAKTI FEST

Happy May! This month brings beautiful flowers, sunshine, and Shakti Fest 2017

Into the heart and goddess within. Shakti Fest is happening in Joshua Tree . It has been said that Shakti Fest is like a Spiritual Woodstock at the Joshua Tree Retreat Center.

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Shakti comes from the Sanskrit translation “to be able” We all have the ability to activate the sacred force of primordial cosmic energy. An awesome responsibility! Shakti refers to this powerful life force energy that moves through the entire universe, most often manifesting through the Great Goddess (Maha Devi). The variety of deities embodying Shakti energy are masters of form gifted with the ability to create and destroy the universe with one glance.

A friend to Shakti is Bhakti… Bhakti encompasses the choice to step onto a devotional path of love honoring the divine feminine. It is from this vibrational intention and powerful lineages from many Goddesses and Gods protecting and awakening us, here at this special event.

It is helpful to remember that both men and women embody the feminine essence and energy of Shakti as the ultimate power behind all creation. Although originating within Hinduism, it is appropriate to realize that all the Tara’s of Buddhism also represent this divine feminine energy. Many lineages and traditions share profound respect for the feminine, considered the mother of all seen and unseen realms throughout timeless spaciousness.

love, #krishna

For more information or to book tickets click here

Ayurveda: Healing Science 

Ayurveda embraces a holistic perspective of health, bringing awareness and balance to the energy flow between body, mind, and spirit. 

Contained in Ayurvedic literature are several mythological origins of Ayurveda. The most popular say that the Creator of the Universe, known as Lord Brahma, recalling the science of life to mind, taught it to the great holy beings who walked on the earth during those days. 

When disease began to trouble human beings, the wise sages assembled in the valley of the Himalayas to find a solution to ward off misery. They decided to learn the Science of Ayurveda from the great holy ones. After receiving this knowledge, the sages continued to pass down the science through their oral traditions for thousands of years. 

love, #krishna 


Yogi Tri-Dosha Formulations crafted true to Ayurvedic traditions #yogibeauty