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Fantastical Fiddleheads

Finally! After years of missing the short two week window that fiddleheads remain curled in the lovely (and tasty) shape that they are named for I finally caught them tentatively rising above the earth! I have loved these deep green coils since I first tasted them in vegetable soba noodle dishes served in the Japanese mountains in springtime. Despite growing up frolicking in fern patches as a child, I had no idea that people ever ate them. My small town ancestors were suspicious of their safety. Which it turns out has some validity since they do need to be a specific kind of fern (the ostrich fern), and even then have to be boiled for 15 minutes, or steamed for 10-12 minutes before they are safe...

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Heart Calming Avocado Pudding

Balance your heart, mind and body with this anxiety soothing, immune boosting, avocado pudding. It just might be the thickest, creamiest and tastiest way fuel your cells this Spring! From an ayurvedic perspective anxiety is an imbalance of vata energy. The rich avocado, almonds, and coconut milk in this recipe work to nourish and soothe the nervous system by grounding overactive vata. Because much of the stress being experienced right now in the time of covid-19 is health related, the spices and sweetener were chosen specifically to support the immune response (cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, honey). And finally, to pack an even more powerful wellness punch, our star ingredient is the adaptogen, ashwaganda. This powdered root provides a normalizing effect on our physiology, further lowering the...

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Shakti Reads: Ikigai

The Japanese Secret to a Long and Happy Life The residents of the small southern Japanese island of Okinawa seem to have found the fountain of youth. It is not that they do not age. They do. In fact more people live to be centenarians here than anywhere else on earth. However, it is the quality as well as the quantity of the years lived that stand out on this idyllic island paradise. Study of the health, happiness, and meaning that these people experience in their lives promises to shed insight on how we could all be living longer, and more joyfully. The key to living as well as Okinawans revolves around a concept called ikigai (or life purpose). It is finding your ikigai...

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Top TWO Yogic Ways to Thrive in Self Isolation

A Yoga Pathway for Keeping it Real When asked yesterday to write a post on yoga for self isolation I immediately began to compile a list of common yoga wellness techniques. I contemplated the use of breathing practices, asana, journaling, meditation, laughter, music, nature walks, and creative pursuits appropriate for this purpose. As I was organizing my thoughts and ranking activities by relevance, I realized that this was an impossible task. How could I possibly know what any one person in isolation needs right now? Of course, I could not. I remembered however that I do know someone who does know. So instead of creating a list of things to do (or not do) in isolation, I thought I would instead introduce you to the person...

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Eight Reasons to do Yoga Online

The recent need to stay inside due to Covid-19 means that many yoga enthusiasts have had to move from studio to online classes.  While it is true that online classes are not the same as the in-studio experience, they do come with some special perks of their own. If you are wondering whether an online class may be right for you, read on for some of the unexpected joys that my students have shared with me since I transferred to a live streaming option. PJs welcome! Tired from all day at work and wish you could change into your pajamas but it is yoga night? No problem. Yoga at home has no dress code. If you are working from home you may have been in...

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Now Live Streaming Covid-19 Update

All Shakti hatha & prenatal yoga classes will be streamed online until approprate to return to studio classes. April-June class registration happening as usual. Click links below to register for: Hatha Mixed Level Yoga - Mondays 7pmPrenatal Yoga - Tuesdays 7pm Birth Preparation for Couples ...

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Calming Adapotgenic Tea

An Elixor to Melt Stress and Help You Sleep Better Whether you need a daytime calm infusion, or a nighttime sleep-ease this warm soothing drink is for you. Most of the ingredients in this mixture of ayurvedic remedies can probaby be found in your kitchen already. Dates, almonds, and healthy oils are easy to find and great options to ease stress and anxiety year-round. However, in the winter months when cold temperatures and dry air bring vata energy even more out of balance, the impact of this beverge is needed even more. For added calming impact I have also added the herb Ashwagandha to this recipe. This is where you may need to leave your house and pop out to your closest health food store. Ashwaganda is also known...

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Hatha Yoga 101

Dates and times are: Jan 6-Mar 23 (12 weeks), Mondays, 7:00-8:15pm A yoga FUNdamentals class. This series is a pre-requisite for every yogi! Apropriate for absolute beginners, and those who would like to revisit the foundations of Yoga. Each week specific poses, and teaching points, will be demonstrated and broken down.  There will be time for questions and personal guidance, and lots of information on how to modify postures to suit your needs. Whether you are an absolute beginner, already a yogi but need a refresher, or have always wondered, "Am I doing this right”, this is the class for you! Click this link to the Shakti Yoga 101 page for more information or to register and hold your space! ...

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Matcha Brain Booster!

[caption id="attachment_1957" align="alignright" width="300"] A frothy cup of matcha with a healthy oil boost![/caption] Whip up this antioxidant rich tea that boasts a healthy dose of brain-fueling oils in less than five minutes to kick start your September. One sip at a time, this super-food combination will help to clear brain fog, get rid of food cravings, and your enhance overall well-being. For some time now I have been wishing that I drank coffee so that I could check out all the bulletproof coffee hype. It only recently occurred to me that I could simply add some of the same healthy oils to my daily matcha to create my own brain blasting drink! [caption id="attachment_1960" align="alignleft" width="168"] Forever grateful for the many beautiful green tea sipping memories and...

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Kabucha & Zucchini Spaghetti

Japanese Pumpkin to Calm the Moving Vata Energy of Autumn My lifelong obsession with pumpkins spans back to my single digit years. I fantasized about growing one as tall as I was, like the pumpkin pictured next to the kid on the seed packet. I never did. I also never even thought about eating one. Maybe the shorter growing season in northern Newfoundland was to blame, but I never saw anyone actually grow a pumpkin. Most families in my little community had a garden to grow potatoes, carrots, cabbage, even some lettuce in the later years, but never pumpkin. In my early 20’s I moved to the west coast and found out that pumpkins, in addition to being carved on Halloween, were also food! I never looked...

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