Lahari Yoga

Health~Honesty~Equality & Loving Kindness

L A H A R I • Y O G A

We stand for health, honesty, equality,

treating people how

you'd want to be treated, helping those in need,

and loving kindness.

What is Blissology?

Blissology is a style of joyful YOGA that helps you connect to the deep love inside. 

The Blissology symbol really explains the philosophy. The white circle represents the still place inside that fills us with love.   Then there is a series of “part flame and part teardrops” to symbolize that both the great joys and great sorrows that open us up to the love inside of us.  The first flame represents our connection to our bodies, the second to our personal relationships, the third to our communities and the last one is to nature.

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Chocolate chia power balls: gluten, dairy, and fructose free!

 

Ingredients

  • 1 cup ground nuts (any sort, but a mix of almonds and macadamia nuts is my favourite)
  • 3-4 tbsp raw cacao powder (ideally sifted)
  • ¼ cup glucose (also called dextrose) (see notes for alternatives)
  • ½ cup chia gel made by soaking 1.5 tbsp chia seeds in ½ cup water, overnight (see notes for alternatives)
  • 3 tbsp (42g) coconut oil, liquified
  • 10-20 drops liquid stevia (optional)
  • ½ tsp peppermint or vanilla essence (optional)
  • 1 tbsp desiccated coconut for coating
  • 1 tbsp extra cacao for coating

Method

In a medium mixing bowl, mix together the ground nuts, raw cacao powder and glucose powder, using the back of a fork to break up any lumps. If you like dark chocolate, use 4 tbsp of cacao. If you're not sure, use 3 tbsp now, and add more later if you like. 

If you'd like to add some peppermint or vanilla essence, add it to the liquid coconut oil now. 

Add the chia gel and melted coconut oil and mix well with the fork.

Taste your mixture. If you'd like it sweeter, add 10 to 20 drops of liquid stevia. If you're used to eating sugar-free, you may not need this.

Place the coconut and extra cacao into two small bowls or saucers.

Roll your mixture into balls about the size of large, unshelled macadamia nuts, or small walnuts. Roll into the bowls of cacao or coconut to coat. You could also use crushed nuts.

Refrigerate to harden (or eat one right away), and store in the fridge.

This recipe makes about 30 balls. If you don't have company coming, you may want to halve the recipe, though they do keep well for a week or more in the fridge.

Variations and substitutions

This is a very forgiving recipe. You can really vary the ingredients to suit your taste and your pantry cupboard.

If you don't want to wait for your chia seeds to gel, you can use them plain, and substitute glucose syrup, rice malt syrup, or honey (if you don't mind the fructose) for the glucose powder. 

If you want to use the chia gel and don't have any glucose, just use a little less water with the chia (or reduce the whole gel amount by up to one third) and use extra stevia instead.

If you don't have time to roll all those little balls, make a slice instead! Press the mixture into a loaf pan or equivalent, so that it's about 1/3 inch deep. Sprinkle with coconut and press in slightly, if desired. Freeze or refrigerate to harden, then slice into one inch squares. Store in the fridge.

From MindBodyGreen.com

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Yoga University: Sanskrit 101

Asana: Yoga posture. Yoga pose. A physical position in which stability and ease are balanced and maintained.

Ayurveda: The science or knowledge of life. A thousand year old scientific approach to medicine, Ayurveda recognizes differences in individual constitutions and treats each person uniquely.

Bandha: To bind or lock. You may hear your teacher talking about bandhas or locks. A bandha is a muscular hold that enhances subtle energy flow. Here are the three most commonly used bandhas: Jalandhara Bandha, Mulabandha, Uddiyana Bandha.

Chakra:  Subtle energy centers. Wheels of light.

Chandra Namaskar:  Moon Salutation.

Guru: Teacher.  And Sat Guru which means the teacher within, YOU.

Jalandhara Bandha:  Chin lock.  This lock is in the neck and is used to prevent downward loss of spiritual energy especially from the crown chakra. To practice this bring and hold your chin down towards your chest.

Karma: Action. Kriya: A cleansing process.

Mantra: Sacred sound or word or phrase often used as a focal point in meditation.

Mudra: A gesture used to recirculate energy and focus the mind.

Mulabandha: Root lock. By engaging the muscles located in the pelvic floor, energy rises up the spinal column creating core strength. When activated, the practitioner experiences an internal strength that gives support and allows the body to move in correct alignment, with minimal risk of injury. 

Namaste: I honor the light in you and you honor the light in me, when we are both in this light together we are one. (Namaskar used as in Surya Namaskar, Sun Salutation)

Niyama: 5 Lessons or suggestions for how you treat yourself

Om: Universal representation of what is yet to be made manifest. Our potential.

Prana: Life force energy.

Pranayama: Regulated breathing. Using the breath in an organized way to circulate prana in the body.

Sadhana: Practice.

Sanskrit: The ancient language of Hindu scriptures and yoga texts, which is the source of modern Indo-European languages.

Shanti: Peace.

Sushumna: The main energy channel situated inside the spinal column.

Surya Namaskar:  Sun Salutation.

Uddiyana Bandha: Abdominal lock. This literally means "flying up." This lock is used to send energy up. You practice this by drawing your abdominal wall in and up as far as possible toward the spine. This is practiced by concentrating on pulling in your stomach as you exhale and being aware of a firmness below your navel even as you inhale.

Yama: 5 ethical suggestions for how you treat others

Yoga Sutra: The classical work on yoga by Patanjali.  

- See more at: http://yoganonymous.com/what-yogis-say-a-1-5-minute-guide-to-sanskrit#sthash.YF8uLgx2.dpuf
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7 Ways to Stay Warm

Try these simple tips to stay warm and keep your doshas balanced all winter long.

BY Yoga International 

https://yogainternational.com/article/view/7-ways-to-stay-warm

 

According to ayurveda, blustery winds and chilly weather aggravate vata dosha (the humor that governs all movement, including circulation, digestion, and flow of thought), while the cold, damp, heavy energy of the winter season can kick up kapha dosha (the humor that controls weight, lubrication of the joints, and fluid balance in your body).

In winter, increased vata can cause problems like arthritis, irregular digestion, and lack of concentration, while a kapha imbalance can lead to colds and flus, weight gain, and lethargy. Try these simple tips to stay warm and keep your doshas balanced all winter long:

  1. Want to stay warm and energized? Instead of depending on caffeine, which stresses the adrenals, try this ayurvedic tea. Bring 8 cups of water to a rolling boil. Pour it into a thermos with 3 thin slices of fresh ginger, 1/4 teaspoon cumin seeds, 1/4 teaspoon fennel seeds, 2 black peppercorns, and a few mint leaves. Steep for an hour and sip slowly throughout the day.
  2. Treat yourself to a full-body self-massage with warm herbalized oil every morning for 10 to 15 minutes. This practice (also known as abhyanga) improves circulation, while the oil nourishes and protects the skin and tissues.
  3. Savor nourishing hearty grains like cracked wheat, millet, and maize. Cook them with a little clarified butter (ghee), which is flavorful and lubricates the digestive tract.
  4. Counteract the sluggish tendencies of kapha by adding warming spices like black pepper, cumin, ginger, and mustard seeds to your soups, salads, and entrées.
  5. Stick to a daily routine to keep vata in balance.
  6. Exercise for at least 30 minutes four times a week to combat the sedentary energy of kapha.
  7. Above all, spend time with warm, friendly people. Let their laughter and positive energy bring sunshine into your life when it’s dark and gloomy outside.
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What is your Spirit Power Animal?

Do you have a sense of being connected to a particular animal that shares your personality traits? This can have deeper meaning than you realize! 

 

Join us in December 7th to explore this fun topic with Dr. Jane, as we learn to energetically heal ourselves and others.  

Email: lahariyoga.ca@gmail.com to book or simply just drop in! 

 

$49.95 + gst

• includes a signed copy of Dr. Simington's third book

• a free yoga class pass for later use

• a chance to win a $75.00 gift card from External Affairs  

 

See you next week! 

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YOGA UNIVERSITY at Lahari Yoga, St. Albert

Curious about yoga? Want to go deeper, but don't want to go through yoga teacher training?

#YogaUniversity 

We will be offering drop-in classes that cover themes found within the vast and beautiful world of #YOGA. 

Possible topics will include:

• Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras

• Ayurveda: an introduction to this system of health care derived from the Vedic tradition

• History of Yoga

• Subtle Body Theory

• Anatomy and Physiology as they relate to Yoga

• Pranayama and Meditation Theory

• Yoga Philosophy

• Psychology

• Shat Karma (internal and external cleansing practices)

• Pranayama (breathing practice)

• Mudras and Bandhas (energy locks)

• Dharana and Dhyana (concentration and meditation as described in the Yoga Sutras)

• Asanas (yoga postures)

• Pratyahara: kirtan (devotional chanting), mantra yoga and hand mudras

Do you have any specific topics that you are aching to know more about?

Classes start in the new year!!

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My favourite all time essential oil: LEMONGRASS

Lemongrass: Cymbopagon flexuosus

There are over 50 different species of Lemongrass as well as several different chemotypes.

Many of the species are not suitable for internal or medicinal use. So always make sure that you purchase essential oil through both the common name and the genus species!

A chemotype (CT) is a designation that tells you that the species has different chemical constituents. This usually occurs because the plant is grown in a different area under a distinct climate that alters the chemistry.

The oil of lemongrass smells like a lemon and therefore the grass was given the name Lemongrass!

1,780 µTE/100g ORAC: Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity (the antioxidant capacity of a food item).

Lemongrass supports the circulatory system and may support healthy joint and tendon function, heightens psychic awareness, and purifies the mind.

It releases resentment, regret from the “should of” statements and pessimism by transforming these negative energies into positive energies. It allows the left brain to see options, so once the negative energies are released, optimism, courage and hope prevail.

Lemongrass also protects our auric field from electromagnetic energy (TV, computers, radio). So it would be a good one to wear at the airport when our bodies are bombarded with these energies!

Lemingrass corresponds to our yellow Solar plexus chakra.

I love it to bits. 

http://www.experience-essential-oils.com/benefits-of-lemongrass.html

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Stay tuned!!

Our beautiful opening sale drew to a successful close today. We have indescribable gratitude for all of you that have popped in, dropped in, peeked in, and returned for yoga in our happy space!

We have been chatting about the high prices of yoga in general, and really want to offer real, fair, thoughtful prices and predictable, scheduled sales to all of you. 

Therefore, we will be having big sales four times a year, in the Winter, Spring, Summer, and Fall. 

Stay tuned for our big announcement!

What is Vinyasa Flow?

  1. Vinyasa means "breath-synchronized movement," andVinyasa yoga is a series of poses that will move you through the power of inhaling and exhaling. 

    Vinyasamovements are smoothlyflowing and almost dance-like, which explains why it is sometimes referred to asVinyasa Flow or just Flow.

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Yoga Practice or Yoga Practise?

Practice vs. practise

In the main varieties of English from outside North America, practice is the noun, andpractise is the verb. For instance, we would say that a doctor with a private practice practises privately. There is no such distinction in American English, wherepractice is both a noun and a verb, andpractise is not used at all. Canadian English also favors practise as the verb, but practiceappears with relative frequency as a verb (about a third as often as practise).

From: 

http://grammarist.com/spelling/practice-practise/

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Help for Yoga Orphans

Thank you so very much for reaching out to us at Lahari Yoga.

I can appreciate this is a very difficult, sensitive and upsetting situation for all involved during this time of transition at the your home studio. It is my current understanding that the ownership is considering a variety of options for all of their beloved clients.

At Lahari Yoga we will absolutely open our arms, hearts and doors for you to roll out your mat and practice during this time if that is what you decide works best for you. We invite you to simply show up and enjoy your practice.

With much compassion,

Larissa

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Gentle Joe is in the House!!!!

Yin yoga, a classic practice of deep relaxation and delicious nurturing for the muscles, connective tissue, mind, and soul, taught by a giant teddy bear. The force of nature known as Joe Lomnicki is coming to Lahari Yoga to take us on a YIN journey, Gentle Joe style. 

Join us at 6:00pm tomorrow for 90min of awesomeness. 

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