At the beginning of each Sivananda yoga class, we sing the Gajananam Dhyana Slokas, it’s the beginning prayer to start the class in peace & harmony, to ask the gods to protect the students and teachers on their yoga journey. It helps to bring the attention of both the teacher and the students entirely to the class and to leave any stress, worries or negativity outside of the classroom.
Youth is a state of the mind. It is not of time or period of life. Utilize well all opportunities. You can make your life sublime. -- Sri Swami Sivananda
I’d been a big fan of smoothies for a long time & have even sent a couple of blenders to the blender graveyard by trying out many blends of (frozen) fruits, veggies, nuts, pulses, seeds, …
After reading the book ‘Crazy Sexy Diet‘ by Kris Carr and attending a healthy living workshop, I bought myself the great gift of a Jazz Max in the spring of 2012. The Jazz Max is a slow juicer that transforms any vegetable or hard fruit into a juice, it doesn’t warm up and hence gets a maximum of nutrients out of your (organic) vegetables and fruits.
I experiment with whatever comes in my bi-weekly organic and local vegetable basket as well as with vegetables and fruits that I happen to have in the house. If your fruits & veggies are organic, all you need to do is wash them and them cut them into the right size to fit them in the juicer. If they aren’t organic, then, peal them and wash them thoroughly before juicing them.
The Jazz Max juicer comes with two different heads, so besides juices, you can use it to make your own nut butter (cashew, almond, macadamia, …) after having soaked the nuts in filtered water overnight, as well as to make oils (almond), baby meals, pumpkin puree and much more.
Some of my favorites juice blends are:
- carrot, apple, ginger
- celery, beetroot, carrot, ginger (apple: optional)
- kale & pear
- kohlrabi, beetroot, carrot, ginger
- zucchini, kale, fresh turmeric
You can add hemp or flax seeds oil to get your daily dose of omega-3 fat.
I love ginger & will probably write an entire blog post on the health benefits of ginger in the near future.
Cheerfulness keeps up the spirit of the one who possesses it, and brings a smile to the lips of others.
Om dear yogis,
From 3 until 23 December I’ll teach 3 weekly yoga classes (exception: no class on Saturday 22 December).
I teach as Ambika Yoga in La Sagesse Intérieure every Wednesday evening from 17:45 for 90 minutes. This is an open class, that means that everyone can attend, whether you are a beginner or intermediate student, click here for more practical information.
On Saturday morning I teach a 60 minute class at the lovely Sampoorna Yoga Studio and on Sunday I teach a 90 minute class at the same place. Both classes are open classes as well, click here for the tariff information of Sampoorna Yoga Studio.
Yoga mats are available in both locations, but if you have your own mat, it’s always preferable to bring it, read more about the importance of having your own yoga mat.
If you have any questions, please send me an email.
Looking forward to welcoming you in class.
Om Namah Sivaya