Yummy Date Shakes

date shakeThis is one of my favorite go-to meals.  Creamy smooth and perfectly sweet, this shake makes for a filling yet healthy treat.  Here are the ingredients and the recipe…

shake ingredientsIn a blender, combine:

5 Medjool organic dates
1/2 T Hemp Protein Powder
1 T almond butter (plain)
3-4 ripe organic bananas
2 C almond milk
2 or more cups ice

(Portions are approximate.  Feel free to experiment depending on your own personal tastes & desires.)

Mix everything in a blender & enjoy!

*makes 2 large servings

One thing to note:  I’ve tried this shake using a regular blender and while it’s still good, my Cuisinart had a difficult time pureeing the dates completely.  For best results, I recommend using a VitaMix or similar blender for a really smooth and creamy shake.

This recipe was inspired by a shake which my girlfriend turned me onto.  It was offered by a cute little cafe down in the Pacific Palisades.  Drinking my version of it now brings back memories of warm, sunny afternoons filled with smiles and laughter.

I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.  Please let me know if you try it!

What Yoga Is REALLY There to Teach Us

P1040991bwMany people think that yoga is about the physical postures.  They jump around the mat, striving to achieve the “perfect” pose with equal parts athleticism and Cirque du Soleil flair.

They are wrong.

There is a saying out there that goes something like this:

“The pose begins the moment you want to leave it.”

I’m here to report that our yoga practice is NOT about achieving any particular greatness in a posture.  No, our yoga practice begins the moment we struggle, can’t do something, or even fall out of a pose.  That’s the real yoga.  How do we meet these challenges?  How do we react when tested by fear, tension, or stress?

The funny thing about the asana practice is that it shows us a lot about ourselves if only we care to look.  Everything that happens on the mat is a microcosm for life off of the mat.  How you face (and overcome) those obstacles that show up in your practice is generally how you will face and overcome every obstacle.  Knowing this, we can then use our experience on the mat to reprogram ourselves for life.

Yesterday I was dealt some really frustrating news.  Something I have worked hard for is just not meant to be at this moment in time.  The old me – the me prior to yoga – would have spiraled into a really dark place (not to mention a tub of Haagan Dazs) and stayed there for days.  With yoga, however, I feel I have gained a clarity of vision I never had before.  This setback is just a minor blip on the radar.  Truly, it only holds the power I choose to give it.  In the meantime, I will continue to apply myself, work hard, and remain positive.  Just like standing up from a backbend, this too I can overcome.

Sound Bath Sunday

sound bath

I had the pleasure of attending a Sound Bath at Yoga NoHo last night.  It was led by the wonderful Jamie Bechtold Ford.  This was my first time doing anything like this and it was sooooo relaxing!

We laid on the floor, curled up with blankets and bolsters while Jamie played a series of gongs and quartz crystal bowls.  The sounds and vibrations washed over us in waves.  Certain frequencies resonated deep inside of me to the point that I could actually feel my organs.  That was a completely new and odd sensation.  Sure, I’ve felt my organs in the past in terms of pain – upset stomach, menstrual cramps, burning lungs, etc.  But this was altogether different.  It was like at moments, the vibrations were allowing me to F-E-E-L the outlines of my organs from the inside.  I could literally sense where everything was, internally.  I know that doesn’t make much sense, but it’s the best way I can describe it.

The entire bath had a sort of Space Mountain feel to it as the gongs were calibrated to the vibrations of different planets and even an asteroid.  Jamie played for an hour (which felt like 10 minutes) and then we rested in another 15 minutes of silence (which felt like 3).  I left feeling deeply relaxed – much the same as I feel following a really great restorative yoga class.  What a truly lovely way to end the weekend! 

Hello!

Welcome to my brand spankin’ new yoga blog!

I’m so pleased you found your way here.

Rather than bore you with a long introduction, I’ll just say “Hi!” and let you poke around my online endeavors.  Wonderful things continue to unfold, so please check back here often.

My most heartfelt thanks for joining me on this journey.

Namaste