Meditation for Trust: Meditation for Brosa

Trust is knowing you will be fine no matter what.

Meditation for Trust: Meditation for Brosa

1. Sit in easy pose.

2. Lift the arms up over the head with the right palm over the left for males and the left palm over the right for females. Thumbs are touching. The palms are down and over the crown area with the elbows slightly bent.

3. Whisper Wahe Guru with the eyes slightly open and gazing at the upper lip.

4. Meditate for 3 to 11 minutes.

love, krishna 🙂

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

ÂĽ cup finely minced ginger root

3 cups chopped vegetables

2 tablespoons ghee or oil

Âľ tablespoon turmeric

¼ teaspoon dried crushed red chilés

ÂĽ 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 🙂

Heart-Opening Sequence for Self-Love

Find Happiness within. Yoga has taught me that every body is meant to be loved and respected as it is now. You are already worthy of love. You are enough. We’re all enough. Your perspective shifts as you spend more time tapping into love and happiness within yourself. Following sequence in yoga is all about fostering self-love because asana opens the heart, increases blood flow to the brain, and invites you to tap into your core strength, increasing confidence, silencing negative thoughts, and alleviating stress.

love, k

Sadhana: Kundalini Yoga

What is sadhana?

When you seek to know about Kundalini Yoga, sadhana is a daily spiritual practice, a self disciple of the mind and body to serve the soul.

Aquarian Age’s motto is “I Know, Therefore I Believe.”

love, #krishnakaurkhalsa

Happy Birthday Krishnamacharya!

Krishnamacharya (the grandfather of ALL yoga that you see out there these days) was born November 18, 1888. If he would be living today he would turn 129!

As an expression of gratitude here are a few things I’ve learned from him, without ever knowing him, and that inspire me daily:

Messenger of Yoga

As a teacher he kept a low profile but that did not mean he stopped propagating the message of yoga, he just did it wisely.  Matter of fact, when A.G. Mohan was to go onto a yoga conference in the 70’s that was the direct advise that Krishnamacharya gave him: “Propagate Yoga Wisely”

He was picky of the students he took on because he knew that they would reflect on him and wanted more than anything to please the wishes of his guru Bramacharya, who asked him to go into the world and propagate yoga. That he did.

Every yoga teacher out there has been influenced by Krishnamacharya whether we know it or not.

He took Yoga seriously and practiced all his life.

Krishnamacharya inspires me to get on the mat everyday. His determined eye gaze seems to pervade all around the place where I practice, I know he is watching!

love, #krishna 🙂

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Mummy Cake Recipe: Halloween Sweetness

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Halloween Vibes!

love, k 🙂

Halloween Tea Party|Chai Tea Recipe

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The Healthy Way

The most healthy way to eat is a way that FEELS good and satisfies you. Because health is so much more than what’s on your plate.

We love that superfoods are multi-taskers—foods brimming with various disease-fighting nutrients, usually without providing too many calories, and delivered in a delicious form. Easy-to-eat, easy-to-find, everyday “super” foods to keep eating healthy simple.

Superfoods are incredibly nutritious, whole foods that offer a wide arrange of essential micronutrients in high quantities, like vitamins and minerals that are needed for our bodies to run smoothly and stay disease-free.

Along with essential nutrients, superfoods can heal because they contain very potent and unique compounds beyond vitamins and minerals that protect the immune system and even kill harmful bacteria in our guts.

These news-worthy compounds like antioxidants, sulforaphanes, and healthy anti-inflammatory fats are just another reason why these foods are so super.

love, #krishna

 

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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