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Ginger infused, stir fried buckwheat noodles, broccoli & Swiss chard Ⓥ

20170222_203356Last night I wanted to eat something healthy & light, but warm, as it’s still cold & rainy weather. I made a quick & dirty noodles dish that was simply delicious.

Ingredients (3 servings)

Preparation

  1. Boil a pan with water for the noodles. Cook following the instructions (not too long!).
  2. Cut the broccoli in florets, wash. Put in a pan with just enough cold water to not cover the florets, add a pinch of salt & put on the stove to boil. Once boiling, let them simmer for a few minutes (max. 5), drain & rinse with cold water.
  3. Cut the stem & leaves of the Swiss chard, wash and set aside.
  4. Peel & slice the garlic and ginger.
  5. Heat sesame oil in a skillet or wok, add the ginger, stir fry for 2 minutes; add the Swiss chard, stir fry for 3-5 minutes; add the garlic, stir fry for 1 minute; add the broccoli & mix it all together. Add a few tablespoons of the tamari, some salt & black pepper to taste; add the noodles and mix it all together. Add more tamari & sesame oil if necessary.
  6. Serve in a bowl with some kimchi on top.

Use any vegetable you like according to the season or what you have in your fridge or freezer. Alway lightly blanching the hard vegetables before stir frying them. 

You can add a source of protein such a mock meat, TVP or tofu. Season & stir fry it separately before adding it to the noodles.

Om shanti -ॐ शान्ति


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Yoga video tutorial for shoulderstand & plough poses

After the headstand comes Sarvangasana (Sanskrit: सर्वाङ्गासन), the Sanskrit name for the shoulderstand, comes from the word “sarva”, meaning whole. This asana strengthens your entire body; it gives many of the benefits of the Headstand, but here the circulation is directed to your thyroid gland instead of the head and it gives a great stimulation to your metabolism. It’s an inverted pose, with your body resting on your shoulders.

Check out the step by step asana on this page.

=> Check out this short tutorial video of Sarvangasana followed by Halasana:

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A new yoga asana tutorial video available on my YouTube channel

Slowly, but surely I’m taking the time to add voiceover to my yoga videos. Today I’ve uploaded a new asana: Matsyasana or fish pose.

You’ll find more info about the pose on the dedicated page.

The yoga video tutorial:

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My favorite meditation App

screen-shot-2017-02-15-at-15-55-46It sounds counter intuitive: using an App to meditate, but for some it is the tool that really helps to sit and do ‘it’ regularly.

My favorite App for meditation is by far: Insight Timer for Android & Apple phones.

There’s a free and a paid version (not expensive, less than 5€). The advantage of the paid version is that your phone goes on mute during your meditation, so you won’t be disturbed, which I find fabulous.

You can choose to meditate in silence and simply use the App to set the desired timing for your practice, as well as choose how to inform you’re ‘done’: by sounding 1, 2 or 3 bells (different types are possible). You can also use guided meditations and there are thousands, in several languages and for every occasion: I love the yoga for sleep and yoga breathing.

Options: you can keep track of your achievements and connect with other meditators or friends around the world.

So give it a try and kickstart your meditation practice. Once you get the hang of it, you’ll see how it’ll change your day, as it really helps to focus more and be less distracted (my experience).

Om shanti -ॐ शान्ति

 

 

 


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Join my yoga classes in January 2017

AmbikaYoga-profile smallHopefully 2017 has started beautifully for you. I know many people make resolutions for the new year, personally I like to reflect on my favorite people and moments of the year before. I promised myself to take good care of my loved ones and myself, in which ever form that may be.

Yoga can definitely be part of taking good care of oneself. So if you want to simply try a class, renew your practice or continue your ongoing practice, feel free to join one of my classes in this first cold month of the year.

Thursday, 12/01 – 6:30PM  at the EU council (members only) – 90 minutes class
Saturday, 14/01 – 10:00AM at Sampoorna Yoga studio -60 minutes class
Saturday, 14/01 – 11:30AM at Sampoorna Yoga studio – 60 minutes class
FREE Sunday,  15/01 – 4:30PM at Sampoorna Yoga studio – 60 minutes class (open door day)
Thursday, 19/01 – 6:30PM  at the EU council (members only) – 90 minutes class
Saturday, 21/01 – 10:00AM at Sampoorna Yoga studio -60 minutes class
Saturday, 21/01 – 11:30AM at Sampoorna Yoga studio – 60 minutes class
Thursday, 26/01 – 6:30PM  at the EU council (members only) – 90 minutes class

Happy New Yoga Year 🙂

Om shanti -ॐ शान्ति


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My favorite recipe of 2016: warming lentil-coconut soup Ⓥ

spicy-lentil-soupCooking, no actually eating is my passion 🙂 Vegan food obviously. I love to discover new recipes, restaurants, chefs, cook books, … Last year I’ve posted quite a few of my own recipes on this blog, however I forgot to mention one of my favorite recipes of 2016: it’s a delicious, warming, spicy soup by the talented chef Angela from Oh She Glows. It’s remarkably easy to make and requires very few ingredients. Basically it’s my go to recipe when I don’t have time to do grocery shopping or cooking, but want to fill my tummy with some healthy and happy food. I guess I make it once a month. All the guests I’ve served the soup to were really enthusiastic as well.

Discover the recipe & mouth watering pictures on Angela’s blog. Bon appétit !

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Open door day with free classes and chanting at Sampoorna yoga studio

sampoorna_yoga_studio_receptionOn Sunday 15 January 2017, join the traditional Open Doors Day to start the New Year in yoga style! The studio will be open from 10:00 to 18:00. There’ll be several free activities to choose from:

  • FREE 60-minute hatha & yin yoga classes
    • Yin Yoga at 10:30
    • All Levels Hatha Yoga at 12:00, 13:30, 15:00 and 16:30
  • FREE Kids Yoga at 13:30 (4-8 year olds, in French)
  • FREE Mantra Chanting/Kirtan at 15:00.
  • Special offers on yoga passes and products.

And, yes as usual, nice yogic company, sattvic snacks and tea!

FREE of charge. No mandatory pre-registration, just come along!

TIP: It’s highly recommended to take public transport or your / a Villo bicycle to come to the Open Doors! There is a bicycle parking in front.

Info on public transport: how to get there.

Om shanti -ॐ शान्ति