Even Yogis can have a major mental breakdown.

It´s been a while now. I am very sorry about that. But how can you write inspiring posts, when your whole life is a mess? After the month of December, everything went wrong, now August is over, and I finally have some muse to sit down on my desk and reflect on the past months of my life.

I am still not sure if it is the weird year 2020 itself, that brings so much craziness and sadness to so many of us or if I have a worse year for myself. But the last days of my vacation, traveling a bit through the Netherlands, watching a sunset at the beach, seeing the night sky, and visiting Rotterdam pulled me out a bit out of my rabbit hole.

My dog died very unexpectedly in February, and the whole world was closed down the end of March because of a deadly virus. I work from home most of the time and meet rarely people because I moved to a new place. So being alone, super broke because some crazy people just stole from my bank account, at a new place, without my dog. I even lost my lust to cook and ate just vegan junk food all over.

The only constant line is still my Yoga practice. And my love for music and maybe also my sunshine mind, that always holds me above the deepwater somehow. But now. Today. I felt it again. I am longing to go back to my Ayurvedic routine and healthy decisions. And I also think I finally pulled myself out of that rabbit hole. I am on a waiting list for a street dog from Hungary, and I walked around in nature lately a lot. I started to work out again and move my body regularly.

But – the topic of my text – is that I also understand in general how hard it is for so many of you, to start over with your strenght. To find the strenght and motivation to do something healthy for you and your body and get rid off old routines. (Old habits die hard is a thing, huh?) And that even some healthy living person like me, can have weak moments. I really would love to support and inspire so many of you to find a path to change, what you want to change. Especially in these crazy times, I think – Ayuvreda and Yoga are great tools to help us, to find our center again. (If we lost it or if we never had the feeling that we found it.)

But what is also important to me is, that we take slow steps on our way. Because we struggle enough in our day to day life and our brains are full, maybe in 2020 even our pockets are empty. We lost friends, we maybe even lost loved ones because of a disease and maybe because we didn´t agreed on what is right or wrong about the Covid topic. But what is important to me, what is a wish deep down from my heart, is that we all can pull us out of the sadness and chaos and find peace of mind.

I will start with blogging again regularly and share easy and affordable recipes and will upload Yoga videos, meditations – and maybe we can all thrive together and make the last months of 2020 a bit more magical and peaceful for us.

Because you are worth it. I am worth it.

You are a wonder and everything will be alright at the end.

Where I found my center again….


Holistic Ayurvedic Inspired Christmas Menu

Christmas is just around the corner and you may ask yourself what to prepare this year for you and your loved ones? I always disliked the feeling of being stuffed and sluggish after even the most vegan Christmas Dinner recipe variations. Ayurveda got some creative, delicious options we can prepare easily, without stress and hours at the kitchen. And, believe me – to impress your guests on another level!

Let´s just head directly into the recipes and happy kitchen time for all of you!

Entree

Walnut – Soup with Curry butter and Crispy Parsley Leafs

Creamy, unique and impressive!

Walnuts are rich in healthy fat, which may aggravate Kapha. But the herbs and ingredients balance this inspiring and delicious soup evenly out. The alcohol leaves the dish while it is heated. If you don´t want to use it, take some more soy cream.

Ingredients:

  • 2 Cups of Walnuts
  • ½ onion
  • ½ celery bulb
  • 2 Cups of potatoes
  • 2 Cups of carrots
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • ½ stalk porree (you will only need the white part)
  • 600 ml vegetable stock
  • 200 ml soy cream
  • 200 ml white vine
  • 2 tbsp. lemon juice
  • Salt and pepper

Curry butter:

  • Sesame oil
  • 1 tbsp. maple syrup
  • ½ tsp. Curry
  • 1 hand full of Fresh parsley

Instructions:

1. Chop the walnuts and roast them under medium heat in a saucepan without any oil. Set a half cup aside.

2. Chop the onion, celery, potatoes, carrots in even pieces. Slice the porree thinly and mince the garlic.

3. Heat sesame oil in a big pot and start to fry the onions, the garlic until transculent. Add your veggies and roast on medium heat for about 5 minutes. Add vine, vegetable broth and walnuts and let all cook until soft.

4. Add soy sauce and simmer fort wo more minutes.

5. Blend the soup evenly in a blender or food processor and taste with salt, pepper and lemon juice.

6. In a small pan, start to heat sesame oil with maple syrup and add the curry powder and parsley leafs. Add the other walnuts and spread over the Walnut soup in a bowl.

One of my favorite Christmas recipes this year!

Main Menu

Mashed Chickpea – Potatoes with Thyme Carrots and Hokkaido Patty Stars

Delicious, simple and creative!

Pacifies Vata and Kapha, the chickpeas bring in some light qualities into the earthy,mashed potatoes. Pitta peeps could make the patties in the oven without any oil to make it more digestible.

Ingredients:

Mashed – Chickpea – Potatoes

  • 1 cup chickpeas, soaked overnight with plenty of water and cooked soft – you can also use one can of already soft chickpeas
  • 4 big potatoes or 6 smaller ones
  • 1 parsnip
  • 1 tbsp. chickpea flour
  • sea salt
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • black pepper
  • ½ tsp. turmeric
  • ½ tsp. ginger, powder
  • chopped parsley
  • sesame oil
  • plant milk (Soy or Almond)
  • water

Instructions:

1. Chop and peel the potatoes and bring water to boil in a medium large pot. Add the peeled and chopped parsnip and cook with potatoes until soft, with a pinch of salt.

2. Add chickpeas, chickpea flour, pepper and salt, turmeric and ginger and mash all evenly together.

3. Pour in one cup of water and mash until the whole mixture is getting creamy. Add now almond milk or soy milk, until you become a super creamy consistency and stirr well.

4. Add one teaspoon of sesame oil and start to warm up the potatoe mash.

5. Chop the parsley and serve sprinkled with parsely and fresh pepper.

Thyme Carrots

Pacifies Vata, Pitta and Kapha – an easy to digest side dish with a whole amount of flavors!

Ingredients:

  • 1 kg small carrots
  • sesame oil  
  • 4 cloves of garlic
  • a bunch of fresh thyme or dried thyme
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup  

Instructions:

1. Trim the leafy green stalks off the carrots, and peel them.

2. Heat some sesame oil in a large frying pan over medium heat. Crush the unpeeled garlic with the flat side of your knife and add your garlic to the pan. Change sides after one minute and be careful the garlic don´t get burned.

3. Add your thyme sprigs or dry thyme and pour your agave juice over. Add one cup of water.

4. Add the carrots, season with sea salt and black pepper, and let your carrots be covered evenly with thyme and your liquid.

5. Cover your pan, reduce the heat to medium-low and cook for 15 to 20 minutes until your carrots are soft.

6. Remove the cover, and let simmer for another 5 minutes, until the glaze has reduced. The carrots are going to be sticky and caramelized when they are done.

Hokkaido Patty Stars

Ingredients:

  • ½ Hokkaido pumpkin, chopped
  • 1 potato, chopped
  • 2 carrots, chopped
  • 1 white onion, minced
  • 1 cup cannelini beans, canned
  • 1 cup oat flour
  • 2 tbsp. ground flax seeds
  • 2 tbsp. buckwheat flour
  • 1 tsp. turmeric
  • ½ tsp. coriander
  • ½ tsp. paprika
  • Sesame oil for frying

Instructions:

Serving: Place a small amount of every dish on your plate, drizzle a bit thyme sesame oil and chopped parsley over the plate. A pinch of fresh black pepper is also pretty.

  1. Start to boil the pumpkin with the potato and carrots in a medium sized pot, until soft. Set aside.
  2. Heat oil in a pan and sauté the onion.
  3. Mash your beans with a potatoe masher in a big bowl and add your pumpkin mix to it. Add all the other spices and dry ingredients and mix it evenly together. The misture should be sticky enough and not too wet. Use water or more oat flour if you aren´t sure.
  4. Taste if more spices are needed. When the mixture isn´t that hot anymore, start to make thick and round patties. If you have a huge star cookie stencil, you can start making star patties, use the rest to make another patty at the end. If not, make round patties.
  5. Fry the patties in a medium sized pan, and don´t use too much sesame oil at first. It don´t have to swim in oil, just fry them evenly brown from every side.
The patties can be in a beautiful shape with simply using a cooky stencil!

Dessert

Lavender – Orange – Pudding

Calming, grounding, and all the flavors! Mmmhhh….!

This raw vegan dessert comes along with some interesting flavors and the cashews are balancing the dry and aetherical qualities of lavender a bit to serve Vata, while dates and oranges are gifting Pitta and Kapha with an adventure for your taste buds!

Ingredients:

  • 2 peeled oranges
  • 1 cup of cashews, soaked overnight
  • 1 cup of dates, soaked overnight
  • 1 tbsp. of agave juice
  • 2 tablespoons melted coconut oil
  • 1 teaspoon dried lavender flowers or a drop of lavender oil (natural one!)
  • 1 pinch of organic, orange zest

Instructions:

  1. Blend all the ingredients in your blender or food processor until the mixture is smooth.
  2. Scoop into small, single serving bowls and place in your frigde overnight.
  3. Decorate the pudding with orange zest, and more lavender flowers before serving. Serve at room temperature.

I am wishing you a beautiful, healing, loving Christmas time!

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With warm hearted greetings,

Creamy Tridoshic Beetroot Hummus

Beetroot meets Hummus – and they are such a Dream Team! Find today this easy and delicious Ayurvedic recipe and make your new week grounding and delicious!

I used cooked chickpeas from the day before and also prepared the beetroot one evening before I made the Hummus. So it´s a super quick side dish you can even prepare when you are short on time!

Flamingo pink for good mood food!

That´s all you will need:

Ingredients:

1 small, cooked, peeled beetroot ⠀

2 cups soaked, cooked chickpeas⠀

2 garlic cloves⠀

1 tbsp sesame oil⠀

1 tsp cumin⠀

1/2 tsp ground coriander ⠀

1 pinch ground ginger ⠀

2 tbsp Tahini ⠀

1/2 lemon, juiced⠀

1 tsp seal salt ⠀

1 pinch black pepper ⠀

1 cup of water, maybe more (go slow!)⠀

Parsley and sesame oil as topping ⠀

Black sesame seeds on top are also perfect!

Instructions:

Blend chickpeas, beetroot, tahini, garlic, spices with water in your blender until the consistency gets creamy. You may use more or less water. ⠀

Add Hummus to a bowl and top with minced parsley, a bit Sesame Oil (Kaphas skip that part) and black pepper. ⠀

This hummus is perfect for steamed veggies and Quinoa, as well with gluten free or raw bread! 😋👌🏼

Warming spices and balanced ingredients make this recipe an easy and nurturing side dish with grounding and warming qualities! ⠀

Did you ever tried beetroot hummus? 😋☝🏼⠀

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Have a beautiful start into your new week!

Instagram giveaway with VedaWarrior!

VedaWarrior is combining Ayurvedic wisdom with plant medicine and got some wonderful personalized CBD supplements for you!

As they are launching their new page, we teamed-up for a little contest and giveaway! Find here all the infos and follow up on Instagram!

Entries will close at Midnight on November 20, 2019.⁠

Winners will be announced Sunday Nov 24, 2019⁠

We will be choosing one local NY participant & one nationwide participant (US residents only, we can’t ship out of country…yet!).⁠

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From my heart to yours,

Brace yourself – Winter is right around the corner!

Here are my Top 9 vital substances to stay healthy during the cold season!

Vital substances are the key to a strong immune defense, besides balanced nutrition and lifestyle. Here are 9 key vital substances for the upcoming colder months.

1. Vitamin C

Vitamin C or ascorbic acid is essential for our immune system, if you are lacking in Vitamin C intake, the risk to catch a cold is high. But even when you already caught something – Vitamin C can have a positive impact and will help to reduce the duration and severity!

You can find Vitamin C in fresh fruits and vegetables. Citrus fruits and black currants, Kiwi, Acerola, and Aronia are high in Vitamin C. Sweet bell pepper and cabbage as well.

2. Vitamin A

Vitamin A and carotenoids (which are built in our digestive system and transform into Vitamin A) will keep your skin and mucous membrane healthy and are so a natural defense system against germs. Vitamin A is also building cells of your immune defense system.

You can find Vitamin A and carotenoids in colorful vegetables which are in season. Carrots, sweet bell pepper, broccoli and kale for example. Vitamin A needs also a bit of oil to unfold. Sesame oil and olive oil are perfect for the Winter season.

3. Vitamin D

Vitamin D or also cholecalciferol is one of the most important parts of our immune defense system. Your body can build this incredible vitamin by itself but needs sunshine for it!

You can find Vitamin D in Avocados, mushrooms like champignons, porcini, oyster mushrooms. Vegan butter is also enriched with Vitamin D. Spinach, kale and cauliflower have also Vitamin D amounts.

4. Zinc

Zinc is a mineral that works on many metabolism functions in our body. He is helping the immune system cells to defend our system. Also when you already caught a cold, a proper amount of zinc will help you to get back on track more quickly!

You will find zinc in nuts, different kinds of wheat, brown rice. Buckwheat, corn, oats, and linseeds are zinc supplier!

5. Vitamin E

Vitamin E or tocopherol is THE defense system for our cells and is destroying cell-destroying substances! It inhibits as well as inflammatory processes.

You can find Vitamin E in plant-based oils and seeds and nuts!

6. Vitamin B

The Vitamin B group contains riboflavin (B2), pyridoxine (B6) and niacin (B3). B vitamins are essential for our mucosa and are building a barrier against bacteria and virus infections. Vitamin B 6 also supports the formation of immune cells in our bodies.

You can find Vitamin B in many legumes and leafy greens, vegetables. The more colorful your food, the better for your immune system!

7. Iron

Iron deficiency leads to a decrease in immune cells! Also, our gut bacteria need iron to survive and stay balanced!

You can find Iron in fennel, green vegetables, herbs, and legumes!

8. Selenium

Selenium is a trace element and helps to destroy harmful radicals. Cells with a supportive function to our immune system deficiency are also low when we havenßt enough Selenium in our diet!

You can find Selenium in brazil nut kernels, legumes, mushrooms, and grains.

9. Probiotics and Prebiotics

The main part of our immune defense system is sitting – in our intestines! Our intestinal flora grows billions of microorganisms and needs prebiotics to feed those! Probiotics are helpful to keep the intestinal flora balanced and healthy.

You can find prebiotics in oats, bananas, onions and also in Jerusalem artichokes and barley. Probiotics are in lactic acid foods like Kimchi, Sourkraut, and yogurt. Find my Ayurvedic – vegan Kimchi recipe here: https://fromayurvedawithlove.com/2019/05/09/vegan-kimchi-recipe-from-ayurveda-with-love/

What else will keep your immune defense system strong and balanced?

  • Stay hydrated to keep your mucous membrane healthy. Warm tea, warm water and Nasya oil after Neti cleansing can balance your mucous membrane.
  • Washing hands regularly to reduce germ spreading.
  • Less stress – stress is weakening your immune system. Yoga, self-massages and a balanced time off will be supportive to your immune system.
  • Sports and fresh air are key to a balanced and strong immune system.
  • Air humidity – the air can be dry and crucial to your mucous membrane, a good air humidifier can help out here!
  • Warming spices and warm Food are what your body needs now during the cold season. Find a delicious recipe for hot and warming soup here: https://fromayurvedawithlove.com/2019/03/16/the-period-cure-fho-real/

What is your secret to stay healthy and balanced during the cold season? Let us know in the comment section below!

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with love,

Ayurvedic Chocolate Porridge

When I talk about soul food, I mean exactly food LIKE THAT!

Find here my favorite Autumn Porridge bowl that comes along with creamy chocolate oats and Ashwagandha! Spices like cinnamon and cardamom will keep you warm and cosy during your day, while toppings like almond butter and cashews will help you to ground and nourish yourself.

Ingredients:


★ 1 Cups of Gluten-free oats/Oats, soaked overnight

★ 1-2 Cups of plant milk of choice

★ 2 Tsp. raw cocoa

★ ½ Tsp. Ashwagandha

★ ½ Tsp. Cardamom

★ ½ Tsp. Cinnamon

★ ½ Banana, 1 small apple, frozen raspberries, chias, gojis, cocoa nibs, cashews, almond butter

Instructions:


★ Soak the oats again overnight and add your plant milk in the morning and start slowly to warm it up!

★ Slice your banana, apple and add them into a small pan. Heat them slowly and add raspberries at the end. You can add maple syrup to sweeten it more.

★ Add the spices to your warm oats and mix and stir well for another five minutes. Add maybe more plant milk if needed.


★ Put your oats in a bowl and top with the warm banana and apple slices and raspberries. Add almond butter, gojis, chias and cocoa nibs.

★ Eat and enjoy warm and melting again. Ashwagandha will give your extra energy and takes your stress away!

I hope you enjoy the fall Season as much as I do! And I hope you like this recipe for sure. Please tag us when you tried our recipe on Instagram or Facebook and leave some love in the comment section below!

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With Love,

6 common facts about Ayurveda and TCM

Ayurveda has a history of more than 5,000 years, originated in the Indus Valley region of India. First, it was passed orally from family to family and generation to generation. Later it was recorded in the ancient Vedic books. The knowledge was spread along the silk road and influenced Chinese medicine.

Traditional Chinese Medicine or TCM is originated in China. As the origin of history got lost, written records are available from 2,000 years ago. Acupuncture points history can be followed way back to Stone Age.

As you can see – there must be some similarities between Ayurveda and the ancient way of TCM. Both systems are holistic for sure and see the human as a whole. Let´s have a closer look!

1.) Connections to the tongue

Ayurveda and TCM both use tongue diagnosis. In TCM the tongue is a map to our organs. In Ayurveda, we also use cracks, color, coat of the tongue to have a closer look at the imbalances of our patients. TCM also recommends to brush the tongue and avoid certain drinks or food before having a tongue diagnosis. 

2.) The theory of elements 

Here is another common thing – TCM is separating the body in 5 elements. Ayurvedic theory is separating the body into 5 elements as well. In Ayurveda, we call it Vata (Ether & Air), Pitta (Fire & Water), Kapha (Earth & Water). In TCM it is Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal, and Water. 

And both systems have a similar way to find those elements in the human body. Here is a TCM description: 

  1. Solid structures such as bones, flesh, skin, tissue, and hair represent earth form.
  2. Water forms saliva, urine, semen, blood, and sweat.
  3. Fire forms hunger, thirst, and sleep.
  4. Air takes care of breathing like expansion, contraction, and suppression.
  5. Space takes care of physical attraction and fear.

3.) Pulse Diagnose 

Both Ayurveda and TCM use Pulse diagnose to find imbalances. 

Ayurveda describes the Doshas in our Pulses, while TCM describes 29 different Pulses in the human body. The goal is the same: to have a closer look at the individual and its imbalances to find a unique treatment. 

4.) The causes of illness

In TCM the evils are external in origin but can penetrate deeply into the body, as they do in Ayurveda.

The Six Evils are:

  • Wind
  • Cold
  • Damp
  • Heat
  • Summer Heat
  • Dryness

In Ayurveda Dryness and Wind and everything that is aggravating Vata is the root of 60% of all illnesses. 30% are related to Pitta Dosha and just 10% can be found related to Kapha Dosha. 

5.) Tastes and properties 

TCM describes different tastes in herbs and nutrition as well. Sweet, Spicy, Bitter, Sour, Salty, Astringent and Bland. In Ayurveda, we describe Sweet, Sour, Salty, Pungent, Bitter and Astringent. 

6.) Dietary and Nutritional guidelines 

Just have a look at the common TCM guidelines for eating habits and what should be avoided:

General Eating Habits   

  •   Eat in a calm and relaxed atmosphere and do not rush your meal
  •  Avoid intense interactions at mealtime, including television and reading
  •  Chewing food thoroughly supports spleen qi
  •  Don’t eat meals late at night
  • Avoid overconsumption and excessive fasting

  Avoid:

  •  Raw, cold food, and iced beverages
  •  Excessive dairy
  •  Oily, greasy, and fried foods
  •  Refined sugar and limit overly sweet foods like fruit
  •  Refined carbohydrates
  •  Excessive alcohol intake
  •  Excessive meat consumption

I am sure you can find here all the nutrition facts, you already read about Ayurvedic nutrition!

What do you think? What do you prefer? What do you practice? I would like to read some of your personal experiences in the comment section below! 

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Have a beautiful new week & lovely greetings, 

Monday Motivation Interview – with Balaram Das from Project KRISH – Girl child education and women empowerment

Today´s interview is as I promised – about Project KRISH – which helps to offer education, meals and a safe space in India for underprivileged girls. With love, Pitta drive and compassion a group of Devotees created a beautiful village and started to work their Dharma.

I talked to Balarama Das from Project KRISH and it was one of the most inspiring interviews. Balarama Das and me are connected in another way as well, as we both come from the Hardcore Straight Edge Scene and so this collaboration comes truly from a deep connection and the bottom of our hearts! It is also a talk where you can see how connected all the fields of Yoga and Ayurveda are.

Find out for yourself and get inspired and motivated this Monday!

  •  From Ayurveda With Love means compassion and finding our Dharma in life, so can you tell us what you are compassionate about?

Since I got involved in the HC Punk scene in the early 90s, the compassionate spirit within my heart was gradually reawakened.

Moreover, when I was introduced to the Krishna Bhakti culture, which is the path of selfless love and causeless compassion, the spirit of compassion became considerably manifested.

I’m trying my best to be compassionate to myself, other people, especially the helpless, to animals, to mother earth and other living beings.   

  • Tell us where do you come from, what you are doing and what your plans look like?  Where do you teach/work/heal actually?

 I am from the Philippines and I grew up there. Right now, I’m trying to live here in Vrindavan, India. I came here in 2016. I am working/serving in one NGO which provides free education to the underprivileged girls in the village of Vrindavan.

My plan is to live here in Vrindavan and serve the Brajabasis as much as Srimati Radhika allows.

  • What do you know about Ayurveda? Do you practice it already?

Ayurveda is an ancient secret of living in harmony with each individuals‘ nature of existence. I’m trying to practice it.

  • What are your thoughts about Ayurveda?

Ayurveda is the antidote to modern hyperconsumerist-materialistic-self-destructive lifestyle.

The modern world is pulling out human beings away from their natural environment of quality life. By practicing an ayurvedic lifestyle it will gradually help each individual to uncover their real self and will unmask the artificial and unbalanced impositions.

It is a great science of understanding how the human body works within and without.

  • Do you know which Dosha you are?

I’m predominantly Pitta.

  • How does your perfect morning routine looks like?

Usually, I get up at Brahma Murta hour, about one and a half hours before sunrise, sometimes, earlier than that. I do some basic stretching and recline positions.

Then I drink 1-2 glasses of lemon water with black salt (no sugar). Then I will take a bath. I will do some mantra meditation for a few minutes and will start serving my Govardhan and salagram silas. After that, I will take early morning breakfast, usually fruits/nuts and some nice hot Indian rice porridge. This is my daily morning routine here in Vrindavan.

  • How do you integrate Ayurveda into your day to day life?

I guess I’m unaware that I’m living half of my life in the principle of Ayurveda. I became a vegetarian 20yrs ago and prefer to buy vegetables from local farmers or community markets. Avoiding all the artificial canned or manufactured stuff. Spending more time on meditation and serene environment. Walking, Yoga, cycling, and nature tripping.

Every time I buy stuff, I usually choose natural, fresh and genuine Ayurvedic products. When I get sick, I prepare to make my own medicine from herbs and make an Ayurvedic tea. Since I’m In Vrindavan now, it’s more natural to live it. But I still need to work on some aspects of it.

  • I would like to hear more about the n4s zine! Can you tell us what exactly our zine is about?

I started the n4s zine in 1996. It’s an account of our life (those who are involved in N4S) especially our adventures and travels. When I was involved in the anarchist movement, I usually featured anarchist punk bands and different pieces of information on autonomous movement and collective.

The n4s zine becomes an unofficial manifesto or guide to DIY lifestyle in the local HC punk scene in the Philippines.I stopped writing the zine when I started to take the path of Krishna Bhakti at the beginning of 2000. 

But I realized, if some individuals were inspired by the contents of our zine, then it would be better to encourage them into something positive that will uplift their consciousness and life. So I revived the zine and took it in a new direction and started to feature bands that are Bhakti oriented and into a sober and positive lifestyle. Not just bands, but different individuals that will help inspire other people.

  • You are also involved in a project called „KRISH“ – what is this project all about?

Project Krish is about giving hope to the underprivileged girls of India. Currently, we are working on Vrindavan village. We established a school, the Braj Gopika Vidya Mandal in Nandgaon. This school provides free education, free meals, and free school supplies to poor girls. We also give them weekly skill development training.

Basically, it’s about women empowerment and educating the girl child. You may ask why girls? In India, especially in rural areas, women are still considered the low class. Most of their basic rights are being denied and violated, and they experience tremendous abuse, exploitation, and harassment. Child labor, child marriage, child prostitution, dowry system, violence, poverty; these are some of the problems the young girls of India are facing today.

Most parents prefer to have a boy instead of a girl child. Female infanticide is a very common practice here, they killed the baby girl after birth or even inside the womb. It’s not surprising to see a girl fetus in a trash bin or thrown into the drainage in India…. Our attempt to save the girl child and to make a change is very insignificant, but we need to start somewhere.

These horrible things are not just happening in India, but in other countries too. So we must do something about it.

  • Where can we reach out to you and support this project?

Support our campaign for Girl Child Education and Women Empowerment, please call us at +91 8979999497.

Send your donations here: projectkrish.com/donate/

Visit us at http://projectkrish.com/

Follow us on Instagram:
https://www.instagram.com/projectkrish/

Like and share our Facebook Page:
https://www.facebook.com/projectkrish/

  •  What are your goals the next months according to Project KRISH and your Zine?

 I’m planning to release the next issue of my zine next month and will try to continue writing for the zine so I can regularly publish it.

About Project Krish, we will continue our activities in school whatever we’d started. And we are looking forward to more admissions and expansion. We wouldn’t be able to pursue our goals without the help of our supporters. We only depend on you. So please help us in any way you can. If you can sponsor a girl, please donate. You can also send books and school supplies. If you will visit Vrindavan, you can come to our school and spend some time with the girls, talk to them, play with them, teach them and inspire them. There are so many ways we can do, you can simply share our social media pages. That would be enough. We need to reach more people. Thank you so much.

  • Is there any final quote you find inspiring and want to share with us?

“In a world full of hate, violence, destruction, and degradation; being kind and staying positive is an act of rebellion.” –n4s-

Radhe Radhe, Balaram Das! Thank you so much for finding time for this interview and making the world to a better place.

If you liked this interview, go and also like their Facebook and Instagram page, share their content so spread the project as far as possible to reach many people which could help!

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From my heart to yours,

Namaste,

Krishnaprema

Ayurvedic approved smoothie recipes for all three Doshas!

What can we do to make smoothies a bit more „Ayurvedic friendly?“

As you might know, Ayurveda is not the biggest fan of smoothies because we mostly drink them too cold, don’t use Dosha friendly ingredients, the right season is also a key and with a low Agni we do more harm than good. 

I have got some tips that can make you feel better and let you enjoy those delicious and vitamin packed, alkaline prana foods: 

  • Add ginger, turmeric or cinnamon to boost your metabolism 
  • Use less and more seasonal ingredients 
  • Drink them at room temperature and in the warmer seasons – autumn and winter smoothies could be prepared with a bit warm water 
  • Don’t go crazy with too many mixed fruits 
  • The perfect time for smoothies isn’t the breakfast, it’s the Pitta time around 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. – Agni works here actively! 

Use Dosha friendly ingredients

Vata peeps should use mild, nourishing and heavy ingredients like cashews, banana and mango. Pitta peeps should use sweet and bitter ingredients which are also cooling, Kapha peeps are good with subtle, alkaline and dry ingredients! 

  • Vata

Fruits: pineapple, oranges, mango, peaches, berries, dates, cherries, kiwi, plums, grapes, papaya

Veggies: carrots (I use the juice here), avocado, lemon, beet root

Mix it: almond milk, vata spice mix („Vata Churna“), amalaki powder, maca powder, raw cocoa, cashews

  • Pitta

Fruits: apples, mango, peaches, berries, papaya, pears, apricots, avocado

Veggies: spinach, kale, celery, zucchini, cucumber, basil, coriander, mint

Mix it: coconut milk and water, nuts and seeds, chlorella and spirulina, Pitta Churna

  • Kapha

Fruits: apples, papaya, cherries, berries, grapes, dry fruits, oranges

Veggies: spinach, celery, zucchini, cucumber, basil, ginger, coriander, parsley

Mix it: Soymilk and water, Acai powder, chlorella or spirulina, Kapha Churna

Pro tip for vegans: Amalaki powder is a great replacement for Amla spread, which is hardly available veganized. Mix it with mango, grapes or pomegranate to have all it´s rasayana benefits!

Smoothies can be awesome to nourish children and elderly people as well – children sometimes don´t enjoy eating veggies, elderly people have problems to chew fresh fruits and veggies.

And now – let´s head to my promised recipes!

On my research for this article I have found those delicious smoothie recipes and also tried them all! I am addicted to one already! 😉 Guess which one?

They contain digestion stimulating ingedients – fruits, veggies, spices, herbs. And as described below – water or plant based milk at room temperature. Start to switch your smoothie recipes a bit and minimize any potential harm for your health. Stay balanced, fit and get the best out of your smoothie!

„Purple Smoother“ Smoothie

For all the berry lovers out there!

Ingredients:

1 ripe banana

½ cup of blueberries

½ cup of strawberries

1 teaspoon agave juice

One pinch of cardamom powder

1 cup almond milk

Instructions:

  1. Blend all the ingredients until smooth.
  2. Fill in a jar and top with fresh berries and cocoa nibs!
  3. Close your eyes. Feel gratitude. Taste a sip. Make an „mmmhhhh“ sound.
  4. Day goes on perfectly!

„Mango Tango“ Smoothie

Vibrant green and energizing ingredients!

Ingredients:

1 apple, chopped in pieces without the cores

½ cup fresh pineapple

½ cup fresh mango

1 cup fresh spinach

1 tsp of chlorella or spirulina

1 cup of coconut water

Instructions:

  1. Blend all the ingredients until smooth and vibrant green.
  2. Pour in a jar.
  3. Sit down, watch the birds outside of your window, feel gratitude and take a sip to feel refreshed.
  4. Now you can go on energized with whatever you have done before your smoothie!

„Melonade“ Smoothie

Melonade! No more words needed!

Ingredients:

½ lime, juice

2 cups of watermelon

1 teaspoon of raw, brown sugar or coconut sugar

Instructions:

  1. Blend all the ingredients until evenly mixed.
  2. Fill the smoothie in a glass.
  3. Take a sustainable straw, chill yourself in your hammock into the sun, put on your sunglasses and have a great book close to you.
  4. Sip on that smoothie, make an „mmmhhh sound“ and feel the summer from the head to your tippie toes.
  5. Read a great book and chill!

I hope you will love these smoothie recipes and that they will bring you some delicious selfcare moments this summer! If you don´t want to miss the next upcoming recipes,you can subscribe here:

Feel loved and appreciated!

Yours,

Krishnaprema

 

Digital Detox by accident…and how it was just the best thing that happened to me!

I headed over to Madrid last Friday to have a nice Weekend trip and meet my friend Natty from NCY. I had a super busy week and so I decided already on Tuesday to pack my bag, everything planned, organized – nothing bad could happen. My mom dropped me off at the trainstation in Mainz after work and as I was sitting there, waiting for the train…I realized that I left my smartphone at her car.

Madrid May 2019

Whoops.

No time to rush somewhere and call her, or no possibility to call her (without a phone it´s hard, right! :D) I am a paper loving person and so I had my ticket stuff and hotel reservation printed out in my bag (lucky me)…And the experience traveling in 2019 without my smartphone just begun.

What is a digital detox holiday…?

For sure, nothing I have planned lately. As an long year experienced Yogi and Ayurvedi, I was for sure sitting there and didn´t flipped out…resetting mindset and thought about what is going to be possible and what is not. The trip was still safe and there was just no need to get anxious, Laptop in my bag and besides of haven´t any camera with me, and can´t contact peeps so easily…it was just not a „I have to freak out situation“ for me.

At the trainstation, everyone was looking at their screens….I was looking at the sky and birds and was happy about the beautiful sunny weather…but also sad that I can´t listen to any music now.

In the train. Everyone playing with their Smartphones again. I was sadly listening to some conversations around me and starring out oft he window. I did not even had any book with me.

My mind was running around between „buying a cheap smartphone at the airport and „buying at least a cheap camera for the trip.“ As you can guess….I didn´t found any of those items at the Airport in Frankfurt.

“Okay. Let´s try in Madrid tomorrow morning.” As I said to myself.

Flight went well, pick-up-service in Madrid went well..I booked an super fancy driver for accident and he said it was maybe the best possible situation to forgot my smartphone and don´t be a zombie like the others.

At the hotel everything went well. Getting the laptop out and write my parents, fiancé and Natty that I am here, landed, safe, fine. At least not super analog in a digital world.

The first hours I felt super nervous and it was creepy how often the word smartphone crossed my mind. I would say, I am a conscious person. I am not perfect, but I am on a good way. But I just realized that I am slave to my little smartphone every day in some way.

Being so addicted to something small and let it structure our day, is for sure some kind of unhealthy issue. I was a bit concerned about my own mind and how it reacted to a situation like that. I was even convincing myself that it would be best to have a cheap smartphone to don´t get lost in Madrid. As if we couldn´t live without navigation system in our Hands anymore nowadays.

The benefits of a digital detox….

Exploring Madrid the next morning was awesome. I enjoyed all the busy places, the architecture, went to places I just found by accident. Was getting myself a map at the tourist information and had a nice afternoon in the botanical garden. Without a phone. I felt more free. I felt more confident. I felt more present.

Beautiful museums I found – by accident!

We need more breaks from our phone. We need to be more present in the here and now. We should stop being so distracted all the time by a little device. The time on the phone holds us back from so many great experiences, views, feelings, conversations and creativity.

But for sure – it is also a great way to capture moments, share with friends who aren´t there and stay in contact.

At the end, the daughter of my Hostal´s owner gave me her old Smartphone to take pictures and use the navigation system. It was a healthy way to use my phone, without great connection ist was more like a camera. I explored so much on my own and just let my heart decide where to go.

I wrote like I didn´t wrote in a long time in my diary and felt my passion for art at museums rising so high. Natty and me made it to a meeting anyways, and all together it was such a productive weekend with many impressions and inspiring moments.

I decided to switch off my phone more often now. Digital detox. That´s what we read a lot nowadays about, huh? Switch the phone off. Take some time and walk in nature. Or just sit there and read. Do you still know how it is just to be here, right now? Just be?

“Just be.”

My goal for the rest of this year is “just to be.”

Did you ever thought about a digital detox lately? Let us know in the comments and share your experiences with us!

Namaste! Let´s head over into a conscious week! 🙂

Yours,

Krishnaprema