sitting by myself in the yoga room in front of the south window, i have lost all sense of time. the sun has ripened and flamed and taken his leave long (?) ago. the sky is the frozen deep blue of winter; the clouds, streaks and feathers and precipices and peninsulas . . . sounds from the street are softening, fading, as though i am floating slowly away from some foreign tableau of noise and movement and irrelevance, toward some other place . . .
i hear the sharp creaking of the wood floor behind me. again. and again. without turning an ear toward it i smile and think, "oh! welcome! i'm so glad you've come to keep me company!"
nights stay up till dawn,
as the moon sometimes does for the sun.
be a full bucket pulled up the dark way
of a well, then lifted out into light.”
As we transition into colder weather many of us trade our cool and refreshing summertime fruit smoothies for nourishing drinks that are warm and warming.
Here's a GREAT energy drink recipe using turmeric that can become your breakfast, lunch or dinner for the next several months.
or 1 teaspoon turmeric powder
to 12 ounces milk or milk substitute (almond, rice or soy milk)
to 5 dried dates, pitted and coarsely chopped
tablespoon edible almond oil
teaspoon honey (optional)
water and turmeric in a saucepan.Boil
until the turmeric has a paste-like consistency, thick and viscous.(This may take 8-9 minutes at medium boil.
Lower the heat when it begins to noticeably thicken and stir constantly).Add milk or milk substitute.Stir well and bring to a boil.Add dates and low boil for three
minutes.Do not leave unattended!Cool for several minutes.
a blender combine the milk/date mixture, almond oil and honey, and blend. Allow to cool as much as you like or need before drinking -- but try it warm! It's best consumed within 2 to 3
hours of preparation and should be refrigerated if not consumed immediately (but I don't recommend refrigerating it because -- you want it to warm you up!)
once a day, optimally first thing in the morning.When the weather gets too cool to make fruit
smoothies for breakfast, substitute this drink for a warm, nourishing start to
your day.This recipe boosts the immune
system and is an excellent source of protein and iron.
Variation for women: Blend 8 chopped blanched almonds
together with the other ingredients.Almonds help sustain calcium levels, which affect the regulation of the
Variation for men:Add
a pinch of saffron to the tumeric at the very beginning.Saffron helps sustain potency.
Her honesty and directness in her public posts are refreshing.
This one is insightful and thought-provoking, touching on issues that I've turned over in my own mind repeatedly and that I know other yoga teachers have also been contemplating.
My Last Kali Natha Yoga Session ~
Embracing Change and Moving Forward
This will be the last yoga session I will teach. I feel that using yoga classes as a spiritual practice may be doing more harm than good. We show up religiously every week for years and feel we are really doing something profound. But what we are mostly doing is trying to relieve stress from a life lived out of balance (i know because I do it too) . . . we are not really looking for transformation, we are looking more to "take the edge off" so we can keep our unbalanced life going. Jesus said you cannot serve two Masters. I am getting the feeling that Yoga in the west is trying to help us do just that. Get our stress relief from working too many hours in a job we hate, stay with the boyfriend that treats us badly, keep eating the bad food and watching the bad tv, get a little meaning and depth in our life if we can change our name to something more exotic and learn some mantras, be entertained socially, and work on that yoga butt that we have always dreamed of . . . . it is a one stop yoga shop!
Yes, these yoga classes give us a little peace . . . but just enough to keep the lie and dysfunction going. I say this because I do it as well.
I believe I am doing more harm than good for those looking for a TRUE spiritual path and real transformation in their life. Your time and money can be better spent.
For those who came for health and flexibility, you will not be sad as there are amazing hatha yoga teachers in this area to help you. You will be better off in their competent hands.
And for those who were sincerely looking for spirituality, you will not be sad either. If you are wanting real, solid, sincere, grounded and no nonsense spiritual help, meet me at the temple. You will find what you are looking for there.
This session will take us to the end of 2013. Beautiful new changes on the horizon. Lets prepare for the coming year together. Lets get ready for a new year and a NEW LIFE. Lets renew our intention and our spiritual goals. Lets take it to the next level.
Some of you have been coming to see me for over 10 years. Your loyalty, sincerity and dedication humbles me deeply. My desire has always been to serve you and try my best to offer back the beauty of the teachings and experiences i was given while sitting at the feet of my teachers.You have been MY teachers over the years. I have learned so much from the privilege of getting to be apart of your lives . . . your hopes and fears. I have been truly blessed by you. Thank You.
In making this decision, i am keeping with my original desire to serve you in the best way I know how.
I do it out of love.
Change She will and change She must, for that is Her nature.
Jai Ma Kali Ma Ki Jai!
FYI: there may still be Kali Pujas at the Kali Temple and maybe some morning meditation/puja sadhana and hopefully talks from REAL spiritual teachers :)
Stay tuned . . . She is driving the bus . . . I am just going along for the ride!