How to Make Your Own Yummy Chai

spiced-chai-teaIf you love chai tea as much as I do then you have probably wondered how to make it…How to:

Boil 1 cup of water, adding one teaspoon of loose black tea (I use South Indian Orange Pekoe), 2 spoons sugar (organic cane), and grate 1 inch of ginger into boiling water.

After mix has boiled for 1-2 minutes and ginger is cooked, add 1 cup milk (whole organic milk is best, 2% and 1% are missing the good fats). Add 3 crushed cardamom and 2 crushed cloves, some saffron if it is available (all crushed in a mortar and pestle). Wait for entire liquid to boil 3 times, and then strain. Yum yum!

Recipe found on this Blog khushyoga.wordpress.com




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Some Kiss We Want ~ Poetry by Rumi

kiss

There is some kiss we want with
our whole lives, the touch of
spirit on the body.

Seawater
begs the pearl to break its shell.

And the lily, how passionately
it needs some wild darling!

At night, I open the window and ask
the moon to come and press its
face against mine.

Breathe into me.

Close the language-door and
open the love window.
The moon
won’t use the door, only the window.
–Rumi. Translator: Coleman Barks

Everyone Loves Samples: Yummy Yoga Sample!

Dog doing shoulderstand yoga pose setu bhanda sarvangasana photo: yogadogz.com This is a sample sequence from thejoyofyoga blog mentioned above! Roll out the mat and try it, I did, and it is YUMMY!

Sukhasana (Easy Pose)
With hands on knees, circle torso. Let head and neck move as well in a way that feels natural
Switch directions
Table
Cat/cow spine in Table
Circle spine in Table, moving torso to left, towards floor, to right, and towards ceiling
Switch direction
Move torso in a combination of steps 5-7
Adho Mukha Svanasana (Downward Facing Dog Pose)
Undulate spine in Downward Dog, pedal heels, twist around. Move in this pose for 5-10 breaths
Tadasana (Mountain Pose)
Virabhadrasana I (Warrior I), right foot forward
Turn to left, Kaliasana (Goddess Pose). In Kaliasana, take your arms into Garundasana (Eagle Arms). Raise your arms and come a bit out of the squat on an inhale, deepen the squat again on the exhale. Move with 5-6 breaths
Virabhadrasana I facing back of room
Vinyasa to right foot forward Warrior I
Turn again to left, Kaliasana with Eagle arms
Warrior I with left foot forward
Complete two more circles (one clockwise, one counterclockwise), substituting Virabhadrasana II (Warrior II) for Warrior I
Garbasana (Child’s pose)
Come onto stomach
Dhanurasana (Bow Pose). Move into Bow rolls: exhale, roll onto one side. Inhale to extend into Bow on your side. Exhale to roll back onto stomach. Inhale to extend into full Bow on stomach. Repeat on other side. Move between full extensions of Bow on both sides and stomach for 1-2 minutes
Parsva Savasana (Half Corpse Pose)
Supta Matsyendrasana (Reclined Twist)
Repeat steps 22 and 23 on other side
Adho Mukha Svanasana
Come to seated
Urdhva Navasana (Upward Boat Pose), keeping knees bent
Lower 1/2 way towards floor and then come back into Boat. Repeat 6-12x, include any movements with the arms that feel natural
Boat twists: with straight arms, point one arm towards back of room, other towards front. Move between twists on both sides, moving with breath
Lie on back, taking legs and arms towards sky. Let arms and legs move any way they like, 30 seconds-1 minute
Garbasana
Ananda Balasana (Happy Baby)
Savasana

Yoga + Basketball: Pro Basketball Players Who Practice Yoga

Yoga + Basketball: Pro Basketball Players Who Practice Yoga

Although many men may still think of yoga as something for women only, it is fast catching on with pro basketball players and male athletes! Check out this list of some of the all time greats who practice yoga regularly and consider yoga essential to their success on the basketball court.

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

20 years in pro basketball. (Many consider Abdul-Jabbar to be the greatest center, maybe the greatest player, in basketball history) “There is no way I could have played as long as I did without yoga. My friends and teammates think I made a deal with the devil. But it was yoga that made my training complete,” he says.

Shaquielle O’Neal

“I’m the worst yoga student in the history of yoga,” says O’Neal. Still has a special mat being made for his gigantic frame and liked the heat and purifying effects of the practice. To read the article CLICK HERE .

Antawn Jamis

Although he first admits he thought of yoga as “feminine”, Antawn began to appreciate yoga when he noticed less wear and tear on his body from regular practice. Watch him talk about the benefits of yoga practice and do some yoga here on YouTube
Kevin Garnett

NBA superstar “I’ve been doing yoga since 1995, and I practice my breathing and focusing exercises before every game.”

LeBron James

“Yoga isn’t just about the body, it’s also about the mind, and it’s a technique that has really helped me,” James said. “You do have to focus because there’s some positions that can really hurt you at times if you aren’t focused and breathing right.” He says that yoga has really helped his back, and he finds the practice mentally challenging. Read more about what some of his favorite poses are HERE WATCH LEBRON TEACH KIDS YOGA HERE

Roll Out! (the yoga mat) Making Home Yoga Practice FUN!

Angela Kukhahn in Warrior 1 pose (Vhirabhadrasana 1) on the beach. Photography by Leelu MorrisThe road to an unsuccesful attempt at a home yoga practice is paved with good intentions and ….oh yeah,… boredom.

I find the thinking part is what kills the mood for me. You know, you start out good, you put the tinkling bells/yoga music on the iPod dock, clear a spot on the floor for your yoga mat, burn the sage to clear the  room of lingering food smells, climb on the yoga mat and then,…well,… thenuh, then you realize, you have no plan.

Maybe you do a couple of half-hearted sun salutes. Then its ‘wait for inspiration to strike’ while breathing in down dog. Which morphs into a having a ‘I-have-no-idea-what-I-should-do-next-now-mini-yoga-panic’. (followed by the mini ‘guilt session’ for freaking out about practicing yoga. You scold yourself with thoughts like how ridiculous you are for freaking out about yoga for god’s sake,… yoga you chastise yourself! I mean yoga is supposed to be relaxing! Uh oh,… you are doing it again! Argh!)

Now things have gotten awkward,….

Out of sheer determination however, you press on and finish the next three postures. Then you hear the phone ring and it may as well be God calling because at this point you are looking for anything to distract you!

It’s okay, you are not alone.

Finding ways to stay inspired on your mat while staying focused on the breath is  a challenge, and I am here to help!

While searching for inspiration the other day I came across thejoyofyoga.blogspot.com This blog is a brilliant little gem! Her motto “ONE YOGA SEQUENCE, EVERY DAY!” Chock full of inspiring sequences and a few brand new poses (“emma” is a new fave of mine) I highly recommend you home practice yoga warriors to check it out! (of course as always exercise caution when trying new poses alone, it is hard to see if you are in alignment) The blogger is a real sweetie and you will enjoy her ‘lil tidbits of advice, humour and the overall joy with which she infuses her online yoga space.

Here is a Emergen-C water toast to your next home yoga practice session, may it be joyful, inspired and fun, fun, FUN!