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Miso soup reinvented Ⓥ

screen-shot-2016-10-19-at-18-14-22Miso soup is very dear dish to my heart. Hereby the recipe of the version I made the other day.

I understand this is not a typical preparation of a traditional miso soup, but it’s my version and I like it. I sometimes add zucchini, but it gets soft very fast. You can add carrots or any other hard vegetable that you like. You can substitute the TVP with tofu as well (I like to season it and stir fry, not just boil). Enjoy !

Ingredients (2P)

  • Brown rice noodles (or other vegan noodles of your choice) for 2
  • 1 cup of TVP (dry)
  • A few Kombu leaves
  • Filtered water to fill one medium sized cooking pot
  • 1 leek
  • 1 broccoli head
  • 1 tomato
  • 1 cm of fresh ginger
  • 2 tbsp brown rice miso (or other miso)
  • 1 tbsp tamari sauce
  • 1 tsp asafetida
  • Black pepper
  • Coconut oil

Preparation

  1. Clean & wash the vegetables. Cut the broccoli in small florets; the leek in rings; the tomato in small pieces; peel the ginger and slice thinly.
  2. Bring the broccoli florets to boil and simmer for 5 minutes until just slightly cooked and still crispy. Take them out of the water with a slotted spoon. Rinse under cold water, set aside in a separate bowl.
  3. Add the kombu leaves to the  water and let it simmer for at least 15 minutes.
    Optional: add some vegan stock powder
  4. After 5 minutes, add the TVP and let simmer in the stock.
  5. Heat up some coconut oil in a skillet, add the tomato and some tamari until a sauce forms, add black pepper.
  6. After 10 minutes, take out the hydrated TVP with a slotted spoon.
  7. Add the TVP to the skillet and stir fry for about 5-8 minutes.
  8. Add the noodles to the stock and cook according to instructions (generally about 6-8 minutes), stir every now and then to avoid the noodles to stick together.
  9. In the meantime, season the broccoli with some sesame oil, black pepper & tamari and toss in the separate bowl.
  10. Mix the rice miso with some boiling water and tamari and mix well in a separate small bowl.
  11. Once the noodles are done, take out the kombu leaves.
  12. Prepare 2 soup bowls and put 2 tbsp of the miso mixture, then add half of the miso soup and half of the stir fried TVP.
  13. Add the broccoli by dipping it in the soup right before eating it, to avoid the broccoli from becoming too soft.

Om shanti -ॐ शान्ति

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Teaching a yoga and smoothies workshop in Accra (Ghana)

accra-shala-yogaAs written in a previous post, I’ll be travelling to Accra (Ghana) soon, where I’ll teach a charity yoga class on Saturday 29 September (the morning after my arrival with an evening flight, auch), more info here.

img_20131031_090210During the week I’ll also teach a 90′ Sivananda hatha yoga class in a different studio: Accra Shala Yoga, followed by 1 hour workshop to make and taste delicious & healthy smoothies. In Accra there are plenty of amazing fruits, nuts, Moringa powder and much more to create wonderful, filly, yummy smoothies to get a great start of your day. Sign up for the workshop directly with the studio. Please join if you’re around or tell your friends that are there.

Practical details:
Location: Accra yoga shala: Nii Armah Ollenu Street, Accra, Ghana (Airport Residential)
Date / time:  Friday 4 November, from 8:30-11:00
Tariff: 65 cedis
+233 20 527 9284
Email
Facebook event

ABOUT ACCRA SHALA YOGA
Accra Shala Yoga is a bright and spacious studio located at Airport Area. The Shala was built with love by Nieves Lahuerta in her backyard. Nieves ceaselessly continues traveling to both learn and teach, conducting workshops around the world and Teacher Trainings in Accra, Barcelona and Madrid. She is a highly qualified and passionate teacher with more than 9 years, 1500h of trainings accumulated and numerous certifications like Ayurveda and Anatomy, coupled with a background as a nurse. Nieves transmits her learnings from masters such as Sarath Jois, Tomas Zorzo, John Scott and many more. Welcome to experience the energy of Accra Shala Yoga. Enjoy Yoga classes, dance and more. Strong mind. Strong body.

Om shanti -ॐ शान्ति


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Salade liègoise Ⓥ

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This Belgian classic is a very simple recipe as it only has 3 main ingredients. It’s a salad that you eat lukewarm, or warm, as you like.

I never knew about this salad before tasting the vegan version as I don’t eat bacon, never did, so the ‘original’ Belgian classic was not for me. However the vegan version is so utterly delicious that I’m very happy to share it with you. It’s perfect for a rainy autumn day.

Ingredients (2P)

  • 2 large or 4 small potatoes
  • 400g green (string) beans
  • vacon1 package of vegan bacon (160g) – I used De Vegetarisch Slager bacon, you can substitute with smoked tempeh or tofu
  • 1 small red onion or shallot
  • 2 tbsp to 1/2 cup of Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV)
  • salt & pepper
  • coconut oil
  • Optional: fresh parsley

Preparation

  1. Peel the potatoes, cut in quarters & rinse (if you use organic produce, you don’t need to peel them, up to you).
  2. Clean the green beans and rinse them.
  3. Dice the shallot or onion.
  4. Boil potatoes in lightly salted water until cooked through but still firm. Remove, and set aside in a (warm) serving bowl.
  5. Boil green beans in lightly salted water until just cooked but still firm. Drain well and place in the (warm) serving bowl with the potatoes.
  6. Heat the coconut oil in a skillet and fry the shallot and vegan bacon over medium-high heat until crispy.
  7. Sprinkle vegan bacon and onions over the salad. Pour the remaining coconut oil over the salad.
  8. Place skillet back on burner and pour in ACV (you can cut down on ACV according to preference). Bring ACV to boil, then pour over salad. Sprinkle parsley over your salad, season with salt and pepper, and toss well. Serve immediately.
    Alternatively, before serving: stir fry the potatoes, the beans, the bacon, shallot in the skillet and then pour the ACV over it.

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29 Oct. 2016: teaching a charity yoga class in Accra (Ghana)

blissyogaaccraAs I’m a yoga teacher, I love to discover new studios and teachers around the world. During my upcoming holidays in Ghana, I wanted to see if I could teach in Accra & contacted 2 local studios who both replied very positively.

So please come & join my first special class* in sunny Accra, accessible to all levels: beginner, intermediate and advanced yogis.

The class will be a typical Sivananda class: relaxation, Pranayama, Sun Salutations, asanas and final relaxation.

bliss-yoga-accraAbout Bliss Yoga Accra:
If you are looking for one of the most dynamic yoga experiences of a lifetime, look no further! Bliss Yoga has arrived! The Bliss Yoga Accra studio, nestled in Accra’s premier luxury hotel, the Movenpick Hotel, is known for its out of this world, music infused fitness experience with a spectacular view! Globetrotters and hipsters alike, call it their home away from home.

Event Details:
Date/ time: Saturday, October 29th – 10:00am-11:00am
Location: Bliss Yoga Accra, Movenpick Hotel, Emporium Entrance, 1st Floor
Telephone contact: +233 50 9546723
Website
Facebook 

*Donation Based Class: Give What You Can.
All proceeds go to Touch A Life

Om shanti -ॐ शान्ति


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Teaching lots of yoga in October 2016

img_1941Om dear yogins, I’d like to share my October teaching schedule with you as there are quite some extra classes I’ll be teaching this month all over Brussels and Accra 🙂 I’m very happy and humble to continue to share the knowledge of my teachers swami Sivananda and swami Vishudevananda with all of you. Please join 1 or several, or all, classes if you like.

6/10/2106: 6:30PM at the EU Council, Etterbeek
7/10/2016: 7AM  at Sampoorna Yoga Studio, Brussels
8/10/2016: 10AM at Sampoorna Yoga Studio, Brussels
8/10/2016:  11:30AM at Sampoorna Yoga Studio, Brussels
11/10/2016:  7PM at Sampoorna Yoga Studio, Brussels
12/10/2016: 1PM at The Happy Body, Etterbeek
13/10/2016:6:30PM at the EU Council, Etterbeek
14/10/2016: 12:30PMat Sampoorna Yoga Studio, Brussels
15/10/2016: 10AM at Sampoorna Yoga Studio, Brussels
15/10/2016:  11:30AM at Sampoorna Yoga Studio, Brussels
19/10/2016: 1PM at The Happy Body, Etterbeek
20/10/2016:6:30PM at the EU Council, Etterbeek
21/10/2016: 12:30PM at Sampoorna Yoga Studio, Brussels
22/10/2016: 10AM at Sampoorna Yoga Studio, Brussels
22/10/2016:  11:30AM at Sampoorna Yoga Studio, Brussels
27/10/2016:6:30PM at the EU Council, Etterbeek
29/10/2016: 10AM at Bliss  Yoga Studio, Accra (Ghana) => charity yoga class

If you fancy a private or in-company (lunch) yoga class, feel free to drop me an email.

Om shanti -ॐ शान्ति


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2016 Sharad Navratri

Navratri is one of the most celebrated festivals of India. Nav translates to ‘Nine’ and Ratri to ‘Night’ therefore meaning nine nights that are dedicated to the Divine Mother in all of her forms.

The Mother Goddess is said to appear in 9 forms, and each one is worshiped for a day. These nine forms signify various traits that the goddess influences us with. The Devi Mahatmya and other texts invoking the Goddess who vanquished demons are cited.

Navratri Festival Celebrations devotees are welcoming Goddess Durga for nine days. The celebration lasts for nine nights, or as many days. The tenth day is celebrated as Vijayadashami , wherein devotees immerse idols of Goddess Durga into the water. This year Navratri which started on October 1 will be on till October 10, with 11th being Dussehra. It is also known as the Maha Navratri and the most important day.

The nine forms of Goddess Durga is said to symbolise creative energy and the feminine body. Each form of the goddess has its own day dedicated to it. 

 

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Practice yoga cleansing exercises, kriyas

In yoga several cleansing methods (kriyas) are used to help the body get rid of toxins and waste products to, in short, keep the body healthy.

tongue-scraperAyurveda, the ancient science of self-healing, prescribes a daily routine as this plays a very important part in your overall health. This routine includes the cleansing of your tongue, after having examined it. Use a tongue scraper to clean it and also massage the tongue and all it’s correlated internal organs. Try to do this daily and observe the changes in your oral health.

 

jala netiAnother very important practice is jala neti. I wrote a blog post about it some years ago and it’s still very accurate. Obviously the information comes from the great classic Sanskrit manual on hatha yoga: Hatha Yoga Pradipika as well as the ayurvedic science and continues to prove it’s value to human health.
In short, by practicing jala neti daily, you’ll clean the passageways of air in the head and help avoid any conditions of the sinuses, allergies or hay fever. As we’re approaching the flu and cold season, I strongly advise yoga practitioners to practice jala neti cleansing daily. You’ll also feel that your Pranayama will be much easier.

  • If you live in Brussels, pick up a tongue scraper and neti pot at Sampoorna Yoga Studio, they’re inexpensive and will give you great benefits for your health and yoga practice.

Om shanti -ॐ शान्ति