RECIPE: Brown Rice Cashew Casserole~

Here’s a yummy recipe for any day but especially good for Thanksgiving and group meals~

Brown-rice-on-a-spoon

1 cup Brown Rice
3 cups water
2 cups soy milk-unsweetened
1 onion –large pieces
4 pieces of whole wheat or multi grain bread 2 tablespoons soy sauce
1 teaspoon sage
1 teaspoon celery salt
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup olive oil
2 cups raw cashews (buy the pieces)
1/2 cup parsley

  1. Cook rice. Boil 3 cups water-add rice and cook for 20minutes. Turn off heat, keep covered to steam done.
  2. Meanwhile, in a food processor: chop up bread, transfer into a large bowl. (If you don’t have a food processor, chop in small pieces)
  3. Repeat with nuts, adding to same bowl
  4. Repeat with parsley, adding to same bowl
  5. Repeat with onions, adding to same bowl
  6. Mix all ingredients together, including rice. Put in glass baking dish and cover with foil.
  7. Bake about 1hour at 400 degrees. Halfway through, mix and return to oven.

RECIPE: Raw Apple Pie~

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  • 3 CUPS ALMONDS (I USE ROASTED UNSALTED)
  • 5 DATES – PITTED
  • 1 tsp. VANILLA

 

  • 4 APPLES
  • ½ CUP RAISINS
  • 4 DATES – PITTED
  • CINNAMON
  • ½ tsp. VANILLA

 

CRUST

  1. Add Almonds to Food Processor and chop til small.
  2. Add pitted dates and vanilla and process til mixture binds.
  3. You can add a Tablespoon or 2 of water if needed
  4. Spread Mixture out into pie plate and press firmly along the bottom and sides
  5. Refrigerate for about 30 minutes to set the crust.

 

FILLING

  1. Quarter and core apples. You can leave skins on.
    Put in food processor using the shredder/grater attachment.
  2. Move the apples to a bowl and squeeze out the excess juice into a glass. Drink it :)
  3. Chop the raisins and dates in the processor. Add shredded apples, cinnamon and vanilla. Don’t over process or you’ll have applesauce~
  4. After mixing, return to a bowl and mix a bit by hand to make it a consistent mixture.
  5. Add apple mixture to pie crust and refrigerate for an hour or more.

Great with Whipped Cream or Ice Cream.

Enjoy~

Yoga Gems: March 2016

My love affair with Yoga continues:

I’m so happy to have come to that place where I don’t have to be knocked around by every mishap, every plan gone awry.  Not to say I never get frazzled, annoyed, thrown off guard.  Probably many times a week, maybe even every day, but the way my body, mind and heart respond to the experience has dramatically changed over the years since yoga is an integral part of my everyday life.  The breath!  It is the key, bringing me back to center, an anchor, bringing a pillar of strength to my being.

Taking one long deep breath can bring me back to center, quiet the mind and bring me to a place of focus.  Sometimes when my mind is full of information, worry, planning, I can’t remember things, I can only access the first letter of a word or name I am trying to think of.  I begin to feel tense and blocked.  If I come back to my breath and simply notice it, lengthen it, notice the temperature, where it is in my body, my body and mind settle and things start to flow.  So simple, but yet, I often forget.  But I am fortunate to have the resource to remind myself; I call it remindfulness :)

shauna meditating “Emotions come and go like clouds in a windy sky.  Conscious Breathing is my anchor.” ~Thich Nhat Hanh

RECIPE: Mung Beans & Rice

To warm you inside and out, try this Mung Beans and Rice recipe, sometimes known as Kitcheri.  It is cleansing and detoxifying, and most importantly delicious!!  It is a traditional dish from India, and similar to dishes made in Afghanistan, Egypt, Nepal and other countries~

You can vary the ingredients to your liking, adding grated ginger to be more energetic and spicy, leaving out the curry spices to make it more subtle or by varying the vegetables you include~

Also, I make my own Garam Masala when I have all the spices I need;
coriander, cumin, turmeric, black pepper (cinnamon-cloves-nutmeg-just a little of these)

This has been a staple in my family’s diet for many many years and is still a favorite of my kids who are in their 30s!

I hope you enjoy it and feel the comfort and yumminess of this meal~

Peace, Love and Healthy Eating,
~Shauna

~MUNG BEANS AND RICE~

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 large onion
  • 2 stalks celery
  • Garam Masala
  • Olive or vegetable oil
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1 tbs. butter (optional)
  • 1 cup mung beans
  • 1 cup basmati rice
  • Bragg to taste
  • Tamari to taste
  • 2-3 tbs. nutritional yeast
  • 1 large carrot
  • 1 large zucchini
  • Salt and pepper to taste

MASALA

  1. Add oil to pan and then spices
  2. Stir and put flame on low
  3. Add chopped onion and celery
  4. Cook about 10 minutes
  5. Add 3 cloves of chopped garlic and stir
  6. Cover and let sit

MUNG BEANS & RICE

  1. In a large pot boil water.
  2. When water is boiled add mung beans.
  3. Bring back to boil/lower heat and cook for 20 min.
  4. Add chopped carrot after about 10 min.
  5. Add chopped zucchini after about 15 min.
  6. After 20 min., add rice
  7. Stir once/lower heat and cook 10 min. uncovered
  8. Turn off heat after 10 min. and wait another 10 min.
  9. Add Masala, Tamari, Bragg, Yeast, Salt, Pepper
  10. Taste and adjust seasoning to your pleasure.

Enjoy~

Bringing Balance To Your Life

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In thinking about the New Year, I wanted to move beyond making a list of what I

would do or not do. While I think having goals is helpful, I feel concerned that I

sometimes create too many expectations, creating tension in my life.

Moving towards creating balance is my focus, being mindful of my habits and

shortcomings, while maintaining a sense of balance in my outlook towards myself

and others. Looking towards balance brings comfort and clarity, without a lot of

pressure. Returning to my breath, my center~

We spend a lot of time clinging to what we love and pushing away what makes us

uncomfortable. If we can find a balance between the two and soften our

expectations, we create less suffering in our lives.

I have begun to notice the ups and downs of my days and weeks as beautiful clouds

in the sky, passing by, without attachment, and it brings more balance to my days.

Tree Pose is a beautiful expression of balance; the sense of hovering in the center

and bringing our body and mind back to focus. It takes our full concentration and

sincerity to find balance in Tree Pose; or even to try to steady ourselves.

Try Tree Pose with your branches facing down in an upside down ‘V’ bringing more

of a broad foundation to your tree. Then slowly begin to raise your arms to a ‘T’,

palms facing up and perhaps eventually lifting them to the sky. Feel your center,

your strength, a sense of grounding yet reaching towards your hopes and dreams.

May all beings experience balance in life and feel a sense of stability, strength and

calm~

RECIPE: Yummy GF/V Chocolate Chip Cookies

DRY INGREDIENTS

  • 1/2 cup almond meal or almond flour
  • 1 1/2 cup gluten-free rolled oats (or any oats if you’re not sensitive)
  • 1/2 cup thinly sliced almonds
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar or sugar of your choice
  • 1/4 cup shredded unsweetened coconut
  • 3 tablespoons mini dark chocolate chips (or finely chopped chocolate)
  • 2 tablespoons sunflower seeds
  • 2 tablespoons sesame seeds
  • 2 tablespoons chia seeds
  • 3/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp fine grain sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda

WET INGREDIENTS

  • 1 tablespoon ground flax + 2 tablespoons water, mixed together
  • 1/4 cup “drippy” raw almond butter (or other all-natural nut butter)
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup pure maple syrup
  • 1 tsp vanilla

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Preheat oven to 350F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Whisk together the ground flax and water in a small mug and set aside so it can gel up.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together all of the dry ingredients.
  4. In another medium sized bowl, stir together the wet ingredients, including the flax ‘egg’ until thoroughly combined.
  5. Add the wet mixture on top of the dry mixture and stir well until combined. This will take quite a bit of stirring until all of the dry patches of flour are gone.
  6. Portion small balls of dough (just smaller than golf balls) onto the baking sheet, spacing them a couple inches apart. I flatten them before baking
  7. Bake cookies for 13-15 minutes until light golden brown on the bottom. Cool on the baking sheet for 5 minutes before transferring to a cooling rack until completely cool. The cookies will break apart easily until cooled, so be careful.

 

Enjoy~

 

Welcoming a New Season~

“The soul should always stand ajar, ready to welcome the ecstatic experience.” ~Emily Dickinson

It’s funny, owning a yoga studio makes it feel like there are multiple “new years” — the actual one on January 1st & the beginning of a school year. That’s when many of our kids return, families get back from vacation, the season starts to shift, and summer comes to a close~

With the start of our new season, we’re flowing with the changes and have made some adjustments to our schedule. We’re fortunate to have many of our teachers returning, but we also have some new ones! Here are some words they’ve offered:

Sarah Fishman: Yoga 101 (Mondays, 12:30pm) & Vinyasa Flow Level 1/2 (Wednesdays, 8:15am)

“I love teaching because it gives me the opportunity to make yoga and its complexities less complicated and more accessible to anyone with the courage to show up and unfurl his or her mat.  Whether it’s the principles or nuances of alignment and anatomy, or the simple truths inherent in the healing power of breath, gratitude, humility and forgiveness, my hope and intention is that everyone will learn something new or experience an increase of awareness in each and every class.”

Sandy Kavalier: Vinyasa Flow Level 1/2 (Mondays, 8:15am – starts Sept. 14th)

“I love everything about yoga: the way it makes my body feel, the way it makes my mind calm down and the way it opens my heart to deeper feelings of connection. When I began practicing flow yoga, I had no understanding of the actions and alignment of the poses and developed tendonitis in my elbow and knee issues from poorly aligned poses. I wasn’t breathing or using my core.

Now, I’m an anatomy geek and enjoy sharing the benefits of the poses and safe alignment.  You will find all of these elements in my classes: Breath, core, alignment, learning, growing and safe challenges that will help you feel healthy, stronger and more flexible.”

Aymi Ayala: Beginners Yoga (Sundays, 7:45am & Candlelight Mixed Level Flow, Mondays 7:45pm)

“When I began my yoga practice I immediately felt a shift in every aspect of my life. I have always loved to teach! Before teaching yoga I worked as a preschool teacher and also tutored. My love for teaching lead me to obtain my 200hr yoga teacher certification. I wanted to share the gift of yoga with all of those around me. Today I am lucky enough to teach both adults and children.”

Anne Tager: Senior Yoga (Mondays, 2pm)

“I am excited to be teaching senior yoga at SSY this Fall.  Teaching seniors has long been an interest and focus for me.  I am inspired by the idea that yoga can be adapted to meet the needs of any student, regardless of age or physical limitations.  My aim is to provide my students with a supportive and joyful environment in which to develop a healthful yoga practice.  My classes will focus on the three A’s: alignment, accessibility, and adaptability.”

 

Slow and Steady Wins the Race~

SLOW AND STEADY WINS THE RACE~

I love that I can see yoga bringing steadiness into my being not only in a cumulative way over time, but actually as I practice.  I find that in the beginning of my practice the dialogue is running pretty fast in my mind.  The ups and downs of my thoughts, planning, worrying, take me all over the map and create a bit of anxiety and body tension.  I keep coming back to my breath, move slowly and mindfully through the poses and before I know it I’m feeling steady and more balanced in my body and mind, and there is an absence of the ticker tape of the mind, I am in the zone and it brings calm and a smile to my face~

“Life is short, so we must move very slowly”  ~ Thai proverb

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Back to the Breath~

My love affair with Yoga continues:
I’m so happy to have come to that place where I don’t have to be knocked around by every mishap, every plan gone awry.  Not to say I never get frazzled, annoyed, thrown off guard.  Probably many times a week, maybe even every day, but the way my body, mind and heart respond to the experience has dramatically changed over the years since yoga is an integral part of my everyday life.  The breath!  It is the key, bringing me back to center, an anchor, bringing a pillar of strength to my being.
Taking one long deep breath can bring me back to center, quiet the mind and bring me to a place of focus.  Sometimes when my mind is full of information, worry, planning, I can’t remember things, I can only access the first letter of a word or name I am trying to think of.  I begin to feel tense and blocked.  If I come back to my breath and simply notice it, lengthen it, notice the temperature, where it is in my body, my body and mind settle and things start to flow.  So simple, but yet, I often forget.  But I am fortunate to have the resource to remind myself, I call it remindfulness~
“Emotions come and go like clouds in a windy sky.  Conscious Breathing is my anchor.” ~Thich Nhat Hanh

Coming Back to Center ~

COMING BACK TO CENTER – PRESENT MOMENT

We often live in the cycle of ‘doing’ and spend less time ‘being’.

If we simply take a moment to notice the breath, truly noticing, the coolness as it comes in our nose, the warmth as it comes out the nose or the mouth, the heart lifting as we inhale, and the release on exhaling, we can truly experience a mindful moment and bring calm and awareness to our day and our life~

Paying attention to our life experience without judgment or expectation is a challenge, but so important to cultivate in order to live authentically.  When we push away discomfort, we can create more suffering, rather than noticing with an open heart. Like yoga, mindfulness is a practice we need to nurture, coming back to the present moment, the present experience, settling the wandering mind, quieting for even a moment~Mindfulness~