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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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Bringing the Bread Poultice Back

A Fusion of Ayurvedic and Traditional Newfoundland Healing Approaches. [caption id="attachment_1931" align="alignnone" width="4032"] Ingredients for Nana's bread poultice with the addition of tumeric for an ayurvedic touch.[/caption] Imagine a  four year old boy sitting with a laptop. Elmo is teaching him ABCs through an interactive video game. His bare thigh is wrapped in cling wrap to stop a tumeric-milk soaked bread poultice from ruining the sofa below. This is a memory of my son a few years ago, and continues to be a pretty good example of the mixture of modern lifestyle and ancient ayurvedic practice that you might find happening at any given time in our home (in this case there also a definite infusion of NL tradition). Am I grateful to live in a time...

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Creamy Carrot Soup Recipe

Since Easter is just around the corner, and I hear bunnies love carrots, I thought this might be a timely post. I have always loved snacking on carrots. Not so much in the civilized little stick format, but in more of a bugs bunny inspired, whole vegetable nibbling approach. I still do this regularly, but from time to time I deviate from raw, or simple steaming, to yummy carrot soup. I tried a bunch of different approaches before  finally finding the favourite that I am sharing here. The best thing about this recipe, aside from its deliciousness, is that it is so easy to make. The first few recipes I tried had me messing up most of the dishes in my kitchen as I moved from...

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Shakti Books: Night Boat

What is the Sound of One Hand Clapping? This famous paradoxical riddle is one of the many legendary historical zen references in Alan Spence's biography of the illustrious Zen Master, Hakuin. These riddles, or koans, are used to illustrate the limitation of  logical reasoning, and in turn trigger enlightenment when one meditates on them with sincerity, and intensity. Hakuin taught that every life experience was a koan of some form. This story of his life is inextricably  woven into an exposition of zen art and poetry, portrayed against the backdrop of the enchanting Mount Fuji, and the bustling activity of the Tokaido, the famed walkway between Tokyo and Kyoto. The book begins with Hakuin as a scared, spiritually thirsty child struggling with a terror of hellfire and...

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Ayurvedic Cold & Flu Tea

[caption id="attachment_1888" align="alignnone" width="3179"] The ingredients above are staples for many ayurvedic remedies.[/caption] Ayurveda is an ancient mind-body science of living that developed in India. It encompasses a wide range of healthy living instruction that is both preventative and therapeutic. Charaka, the author/compiler of one of the foundation texts on Ayurvedic writes that  "When diet is wrong medicine is of no use. when diet is correct medicine is of no need". [caption id="attachment_1887" align="alignright" width="169"] A mortar and pestle for grinding whole spices.[/caption] This means is that in Ayurveda your pantry is your pharmacy, or your first line of therapy for illness. Like so many ayurvedic health and wellness recipes the cold and flu tea below includes many items that you may already have in your kitchen. To maximize...

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Tokyo Zen Yoga Retreat Spring 2021

Join Bobby late Spring 2021 for two exciting weeks in Japan. Contact Bobby@ShaktiYoga.ca for more details. This life changing exploration of exotic Nippon uses Tokyo as a base to explore the highlights of the city, with day trips to the great Buddha in Kamakura, Tanabata star festival in the region of the elusive Mt. Fuji, as well as an overnight stay in a Buddhist temple. Tea ceremonies, shrines, temples, zen parks, festivals, sumo wrestlers, hot spring baths, culinary delights, and more will be littered throughout your two weeks of Japanese immersion. Bobby lived and worked in Japan for a number of years and is so excited to give you an authentic experience in her favourite city in the world. Forget jumping out of a bus to click...

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Cacao Power Balls

This recipe is just in time for Summer hikes and nibble breaks as you pause to enjoy the iceberg views this year. Date balls are an easy-to-make, healthy, snack choice for a day on the trails. The sweetness of dates allows for the addition of many (even bitter) health boosting ingredients while still maintaining tastiness. You can play around with the recipe below and add whatever super foods you find in your cupboard. This is my 2017 fave. The cacao bits add a crunchy texture that I love! Ingredients: 1 cup walnuts, almonds (or any other nut you love) 1 1/2 cup pitted dates (I only use medjool, but I hear you can soak/boil the others first) 4 tbsp cocoa or cacao powder 1/2tsp salt (Himalayan rock salt or sea...

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