Bhakti Fest Yoga|Dance|Sacred Music Festival 

Bhakti translates as love and devotion. This fabulous festival is four days of camping in the starry California desert, or spending your stay at Joshua Tree Retreat Center practicing meditation and yoga to live musicians, singing kirtan and dancing barefoot to the likes of MC Yogi and Donna Delory until late at night. 

My whole heart is filled with so much happiness to be at Bhakti Fest
For those who like to keep the yoga and mantra mix going, White Swan Records offers innumerable soundtracks for the yoga of life. 
Coconut Bliss served delicious scoops of pure delight. Cool, creamy bites of salted caramel, ginger cookie, and hazelnut chocolate kept yogi and yogini faces more than relaxed, chilled and happy while vibing to the mystic afternoon beats of Girish. With an eclectic mix of rock, indian and reggae inspired rhythms, every artist set us off into a state of bhavtastic bliss!  

Bhakti Fest as a whole was  awesome. Part of what made it so powerful was that the entire sacred festival revolved around live music. It has been envisioned and talked about how Bhakti Fest is as a spiritual Woodstock, where thousands of people come together, chanting the names of God. 
Krishna Das has said that in India, people understand that God is within. The Hindu images associated with God, deities like Krishna and Hanuman and Ganesha, are symbols of the divine that live in each one of us. Chanting the names of God from any tradition is sacred because each repetition is said to be a seed, and sooner or later, that seed grows.

The seeds of love were certainly sent out with rain showers and rainbows in the early morning sky. It was breathtaking to look at and a rainbow has such a powerful message to convey. Lovely to gather there with a cluster of new friends, sitting on lawn chairs and blankets, singing along with other music artists, everyone dancing and spinning. Fantastic evening concert and such a transforming event @ Joshua Tree Retreat Center

We LOVE Bhakti Fest!! 
love, #krishna 

   

Intuitive Eating: Food Journal

Nutrition therapy is about making changes that improve your relationship with food and your health. Food journals are one of a variety of therapeutic tools used during treatment for an eating disorder. Food journals or logs are also referred to as food records which can take many forms. Some people prefer to write things down free form in a personal notebook while others do best filling out the prepared charts provided by their nutritionist. Many others have gone tech-friendly by using an app on their phone to track info and share it. Regardless of the form it takes, a food journal does much more than track your food. A helpful format for food journals that include the time of day, a description of the snack or meal, the food and beverage intake, setting of the meal and, most importantly, the individual’s thoughts and feelings before, during and after eating.

 

Completing food logs and reviewing them can be a pretty powerful part of the recovery process. Not surprisingly, and perhaps because they can be so powerful, many individuals also experience some resistance to using them. If you’ve ever been encouraged to complete food logs as part of your treatment for an eating disorder but had trouble starting or committing to the process, we thought it might help to know why a nutritionist would recommend doing them and the specific ways in which they can assist in the recovery process.

 

Keeping a food journal provide insights into your bigger picture and provide a way to monitor progress. The journal communicates specific details from each meal, but they also show trends and patterns over the course of the week related to meal times, location, situational triggers and thoughts. Small weekly goals that create momentum towards overarching goals and bigger changes over time takes the pressure off of you to recall from memory the details of your food and symptom use from the past month.

 

Returning to a normal and healthy relationship with food means appropriately responding to hunger and fullness signals. It’s impossible to do that when your signals are broken from chaotic or disordered eating. The best thing to get your digestive system and metabolism back on track is structured eating which means adequate amounts of food with adequate frequency. Food journals aid in structured eating accountability, and structured eating over time sharpens your signals and helps you get to a place of intuitive eating.

love, #krishna

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A Guide to Easy Japanese Home-Cooking

Most traditional Japanese dishes, are steamed rice and miso soup, along with ingredients such as tofu, seaweed, potatoes, or vegetables. Here are a few Japanese food ideas.

California Roll is one of the most well-known sushi rolls served in Japanese restaurants around the world. The ingredients are simple to find such as Japanese mayo, dried seaweed, and sushi rice. Sushi rolls (makimono) can be a great finger food as an appetizer or party food.

When s bowl of rice is served in Japan, it must be accompanied with Miso Soup.  In the US, Japanese restaurants serve miso soup right at the beginning of a meal, but in Japan it’s served with the meal right by its side. Miso soup in the States contain green onion and a few pieces tofu and seaweed, in Japan there are varieties of miso soup with different kinds of miso  a variety of miso soup with different kinds of miso.

Miso is made from soy beans and contains barley or rice, which are steamed, then mixed with a fermentation starter koji and left to ferment for six months up to five years. The longer the fermentation, the richer the miso. The aroma, taste, texture, and appearance of miso all vary by region and categorize miso into three groups:  Shiro Miso (white miso), Aka Miso (red miso), and Awase Miso (mixed of red and white miso). There is no ingredient to substitute for miso.

 

Soy sauce is fermented for several months, it is made from soy beans, wheat and salt. No substitution exists for soy sauce. In Japanese cooking, we would highly recommend to use Japanese soy sauce because we can differentiate Japanese sauce and other kinds of soy sauce.

 

The Japanese believe that when the dish is prepared with fresh quality ingredients, then there isn’t the need to add many flavors. Rule of thumb is not to kill the natural flavor of the food.

 

Simplicity lets the food speak for itself.

 

When preparing each dish and meals, we think about harmony (wa). Ingredients must be in harmony together to make one dish, and that dish must be in harmony with other dishes to make a meal. Color, flavor, texture, are some of the significant elements when considering harmony.

 

Japanese cuisine is one of the world’s healthiest cuisines due to its small portion nutritionally well-balanced, healthy, and light, which is one of the reasons for the longevity of the Japanese population.

 

When interested in cooking Japanese cuisine to live healthy and happily a guide to easy Japanese home-cooking maybe just for you!

love, #krishna

 

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Intuitive Eating: Baking Ballerina 

Baking, I’ve discovered over the years that it brings me joy and the sweetest kind of healing. 

The notion that baking could provide a form of therapy has been around for years, and growing up as being a professional ballerina for the NYC Ballet at age 14 brought upon a very strict food regime. Baked goods was such a “no-no” and have been restricted all my life from these foods. Until recently, it has become even more important to dive into baking and eating foods I naturally enjoy. 

Baking demands exact measurements and ingredients, and doing things at a slower pace can help you feel calmer. Baking also provides a sense of aromatherapy,  the smell of baked goods.. these kinds of scents tend to boost positivity and relaxation. 

Following a recipe is wonderful, but one of the best parts of baking comes with the decorating portion of the project where creativity comes into play. The opportunity to express yourself (yes, even if it’s just with icing) can improve well-being as well as your ability to communicate. 

To baking, 

love, #krishna  

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 

Cherry on Top 

It’s Cherry season in California and California brings sweet cherries for Memorial Day Weekend. 

Cherries contain powerful antioxidants like anthocyanins and cyanidin… Sweet cherries also contain a small amount of quercetin, which is among the most potent in terms of antioxidant activity and a wide range of other health-promoting properties.

If you love California cherries, you’d better get ’em while they’ve got ’em. 

This miniature wonder is Amazing for skin, hair and health. One cup of cherries a day can lead to better sleep and healthy living. 

love, #krishna 

Strawberry Caprese Salad 

Fresh, in-season strawberries arugula and spinach accompany vegan mozzarella cheese in this refreshing salad.


Strawberry Caprese Salad make this simple caprese salad extra special! It is a great salad for spring! 

love, #krishna