My Dear Yoga Friends,
Today I just wanted to say hello to you , and since I didn’t have much else to share, I thought I would share a breakfast recipe with you that I have been using for the past few days.
A Healthy Breakfast;
- 1/2 cup unsweetened coconut water, or fresh lemon mixed in water with a pinch of salt and black pepper (no sugar).
- 1 cup fresh mixed seasonal cut fruits
- 1 cup cooked oatmeal mixed with 1/2 teaspoon of honey, 1 teaspoon of chia seeds, 1/2 cup of skim milk (if needed). For extra boost of protein, mix 1 teaspoon of whey protein isolate powder in the milk. You can also drink the powder mixed in water.
- 8 almonds , one teaspoon of walnut or pecan pieces.
- On days when you are extra hungry, add 1 piece of toast topped with a thin layer of no fat cottage cheese, slice of tomato, cucumber and avocado. You can also use olive oil instead of cottage cheese.
- Green tea.
Here are some useful tips for yogic way of cooking and eating.
1. While cooking and eating be grateful to God, and to the person who cooked for you. Say ‘thank you’ from the heart. Praise the cook.
2. While cooking listen to devotional music. Cooking and eating with a devotional and happy mind improves the quality and quantity of prana, and creates a feeling of joy all around. If for some reason your mind is upset, do your yoga practices before cooking and eating.
3. Don’t expect each meal to be of your liking and taste, and if it is not, say to yourself ‘it’s okay’. This acceptance, amazingly, can make a big difference to how the food tastes to you. If something is not right, you can talk about it but without getting upset.
5. Help with cooking, serving and cleaning. Make these a family affair.
6. Consider making a monthly donation to feed at least one needy person for a month. Do more if you can.
On the path of yoga we learn to help, and accept. We practice this in all aspects of our lives. Without this the ‘chitta vritti nirodhah‘ is simply not possible.
My Travel Plans:
I would like to thank so many of you for your persistent and warm invitations to your countries. I don’t consider myself worthy of it but you make me feel so important and wanted. Thank You. I would love to come and share more yoga with you some day but for now, because of personal reasons, I am doing only a limited amount of travelling and teaching.
I have scheduled the following courses for the remainder of this year.
August 21 -27 Riga, Latvia (Therapeutic Yoga Retreat, combined with SSY L1 and L2)
August 29 – Sep 4 Bad Antogast, Germany ( same as above)
October 10 -13 Washington DC (SSY L2)
October – November Canada Ashram (Therapeutic Yoga Retreat) …dates to be confirmed.
A Guru Story: In the early days of the Art of Living, once Guru Ji was conducting satsang at someone’s house in Halifax. The host family had cooked dinner for a certain expected number of people, but many more showed up for satsang than expected. The host family got concerned that there was not going to be enough food for everyone. Guru Ji saw the concern on their faces and lovingly said to them, ”Don’t worry. You just serve the food to everyone with love”. They did. Everyone ate plenty, and still there were leftovers. ”Serving with love brings abundance naturally”, said Guru Ji.
Your Yoga friend,