Saturday, July 28, 2012

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Orange Beet Salad recipe! Just made it last night sooo good!!!


2 lb (907 g) beets
3 green onions
2 tbsp (30 mL) extra-virgin olive oil
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/4 tsp (1 mL) ground coriander
1/4 tsp (1 mL) salt
1/4 tsp (1 mL) pepper
1/2 tsp (2 mL) grated orange rind
2 tbsp (30 mL) orange juice

Leaving root end intact, trim tops from beets, leaving about 1-inch (2.5 cm) stem. In saucepan of boiling salted water, cover and cook beets for 25 minutes or until fork-tender. Drain and let cool enough to handle. Slip off skins; quarter beets.

Meanwhile, thinly slice green onions; set light and dark green parts aside separately. In shallow Dutch oven, heat oil over medium heat; cook light green parts of onions, garlic, coriander, salt and pepper for about 2 minutes or until softened. Stir in orange rind and juice; boil for 30 seconds or until reduced by half.

Stir in beets; cook, covered and stirring once, for about 4 minutes or until beets are heated through. Sprinkle with dark green parts of green onions.

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

   What is this Stillness that all yoga instructors speak of? First we must learn about Unstillness to understand Stillness. The Below article was written by both mine (Laura) and Shaz's teacher Shakti. We hope it will help all of you to better understand yourselves and the practice of yoga:)
by Shakti Mhi

When you look at people around, rarely do you see human beings in stillness. People are endlessly in motion and this endless motion seems to gain speed every year. We cannot be still. We are on the go, with no breaks. We all know how hard it was to still the body when we first started practicing meditation. Maybe you still struggle with this simple, but yet often almost impossible, action of sitting still.

The legs were falling asleep, the back muscles were aching, we felt itchy everywhere…and much more. Once we were settled with the body we faced even bigger challenges by trying to still the mind. Who said nothing can go faster then the speed of light? We know how fast the mind races when we force it into stillness. We can be in different parts of the world in one moment, we can travel through time in a second, we can move between extreme emotions in an instant.

So why, for most of us, is being still so difficult?

Because nothing, inside or outside us, is still. Every molecule in our body is a trace from the dust of the stars. The stars were born from a powerful explosion known as the big bang. Since the big bang, the universe never stopped moving. Every thing is in constant motion: from the largest objects in space, to the smallest subatomic particles that form our bodies.

We exist in a world that is in continuous motion. Even when you look at an unmoving object, it is an illusion, as it moves with the motion of earth. Space itself keeps expanding rapidly, moving everything within it. As in space, everything in your body is in constant motion. Your muscles, joints, organs, nervous system, blood and cells are all in continual movement.

So here we are, vibrating entities, composed of particles in motion, hovering in an environment in perpetual motion.

If everything from the largest objects to the smallest particles moves constantly, where is the stillness we are trying to achieve on the path of spirituality? Is it possible to reach such a state?

Stillness exists outside of the mind’s dominion, where all concepts cease. Stillness is present where the fragments of reality unite to be the whole picture in no time or space.

In other words, to exit the boundaries of the mind and the universe it shapes, we have to unite with the higher self, the Source of stillness.

Imagine the higher self as a complete picture of a still reality that has been reflected by an infinite mirror. Imagine the immeasurable mirror exploding to endless pieces (each piece is a metaphor for you and me and everything you see around you). Each piece reflects only a fragment of the whole picture. All pieces are in constant vibrating motion towards unification that will bring them into their original state of oneness. Each piece captures the sparkle of the original stillness from the original unbroken reflection of reality. This is the sparkle we are connecting with in our meditation.