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,

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Ayurvedic Transition to Autumn

Preparing your body for autumn

Days are getting shorter, mornings and evenings getting colder…✨

As you might recognized, since the last week of July the mornings and evenings are cooler, and since the beginning of August the days got shorter, sometimes the sun is glowing already golden in the evening hours. Vata season starts exactly around that time of the year and so we are heading into a new season – autumn is close!

Our body starts to get cravings for warm and grounding food by itself and instead of your leafy summer greens, you might think about a bowl of mashed poatoes for lunch instead. Your body is telling you that it is time for a shift and need carbs to build layers of fat in your body.

This change of your metabolism can cause dry skin, especially when your Dosha is Vata! Daily oil massages before bed will keep your skin nourished. I suggest sesame oil or another warm, nourishing oil. The vitality of your skin will fade in autumn and so your sensitive face skin needs extra love and attention!

Get yourself an oil cleanser, fermented foam cleanser and a nourishing toner before you apply lotion onto your skin. It will let your skin look healthy, glowing and not so pale.

How does it come that your skin get dry now so quickly?

Your body protects itself from heat loss and is reducing the blood flow – especially in your legs, arms and skin. But with massages, oil and extra love you can support your skin and body to don´t feel freezy and dried out.

Lifestyle & Nutrition tips for late summer and early fall

Start to wear layers of clothes and warm socks. Keep your body warm at night and if you experience cold feet, wear socks to avoid insomnia. To keep your circulation up, start your morning with dry brushing and a warm shower. Use a nourishing lotion or dry oil. And for sure…the biggest part – change your diet into a fall friendly one!

Your stomach gains now more blood and you will feel a natural cravings for ingredients like garlic, potatos and with a smart nutrition change you can prepare your body for flu season which starts around November.

Prefer now food and recipes with the following ingredients:

Sweet potatoes, potatoes, porridge and overnight oats

Beets, carrots and pumpkin

Mushrooms

Garlic, ginger and onions, turmeric  and salt

Lemons, apples, pears, grapes, plums

Almonds, cashews

Avoid dry food and cold food like:

Walnuts, hazelnuts

Celery, parsley

Asparagus

Cracker, Chips, Popcorn

Granola, Muesli

And last but not least, support your body with herbs!

  • Chyvanprash can help your immune system to stay balanced
  • Ashwagandha is calming your mind
  • Amalaki to cool down your Pitta in late summer and feel more balanced
  • Licorice root – helps you to soothe dryness

I also love to start September with a week of Kitchari cleansing – I mostly eat a big bowl of Ayurvedic porridge for breakfast, Kitchari with warm sesame oil instead of Ghee for lunch and a small bowl of warm soup in the evening. I prefer here soups with vegetables like potatoes, squash and Miso soup! Kimchi Jigae is also something that works for me and my Vata clients as well!

Find here two of my recipes which are perfect for this season:

A warming and nourishing soup:

Start your day with this delicious and grounding porridge:

You can join my free and exclusive Facebook group end of September if you want to detox, lose weight or just want to start a new healthy way of eating and lifestyle! The group is limited to 10 peeps so that I have enough time to take care of all your individual needs!

More infos coming soon,

when you read this, I am already traveling and this blog will be silence for two weeks! 🙂

Have the best time,

From my heart to yours,

Namaste!

Shirodhara – The Third Eye Therapy

When it comes to Ayurvedic treatments, many people are a bit lost in all those terms in a foreign language. Before their busy minds are even open to read a flyer so far, they decide to book a classic massage. I will try to break down some amazing Ayurvedic bodywork treatments the next weeks and also tell you about their benefits and why they are something you should experience at least once a lifetime!

Warm oil is poured on your third-eye-centre to release tension on a deep level


One of those „you have to do this once a lifetime“ treatments, and also highlights of my Ayurvedic Health Coach training, was this sacred and effective healing technique, called Shirodhara, which is best placed right after an Abhyanga massage (which is a full body massage).

Ayurvedic bodywork related to traditional Wellness treatments

Ayurvedic bodywork offers us a great and powerful tool to bring our body, mind, and soul back in balance. Traditional massages, like the well- known Swedish Wellness massages are working also onto a level of relaxation, but more on a physical level.


Ayurvedic treatments are different on that point – they have a massive impact on multiple layers of our body. They have already a long history of emotional – well being, soul connecting elements as well, as physical health benefits like moving lymphatic fluids, helping to release tension in the muscles, releasing toxins – but also helping to open the third eye center, the center of your intuition.

Deep relaxation and outer body experience


The first time I had a Shirodhara, I was spaced out completely! I forgot about the time, about location, about my thoughts. Yes – exactly – my Vata mind was able to shut down completely. I never experienced such a deep relaxation before this treatment in my whole life. Many customers of mine experience similar things and are surprised about the highly effective way to find balance. I literally felt like a monkey in space, but a very satisfied one!

Relaxation is sometimes hard for beginners…


In many relaxation techniques of Yoga and meditation, the first times are crucial to many beginners and people who are highly stressed. The overwhelming day to day lives of so many people with hours of screen time, busy scheduling and problems are giving them a hard time to shut down their minds. They feel often encouraged after trying Pranayama, meditation or Yoga Nidra – because of course – their mind is still noisy and wandering at the beginning.


People which are burnt out and can´t even make the connection to themselves, or even have a negative mindset like „I can´t relax twenty minutes of doing nothing“ are best treated first with a full body massage and a Shirodhara experience.


The direct effect of relaxation kicking in is going to open a new mindset for them towards Yoga and other relaxation techniques. Because sometimes you just need some successful moment to start something new and healthy. Like „Oh wait, I can also relax!“
That they can´t ever relax is something many people believe when they first show up at my practice.

Classic Shirodhara pot
Benefits of Shirodhara:


Shirodhara is also part of any Panchakarma detox program and got many benefits!


At a Shirodhara treatment, a steady flow of warm oil is poured onto your forehead between your eyebrows, which is known as the „Third Eye Centre.“ You might know this from some Wellness catalogs. This practice is not just a „fancy Wellness technique,“ it also can awaken your intuitive self and activate the third eye center.


More benefits are:

  • Treatments at imbalances like headaches and migraines, reducing stress, anxiety, and depression.
  • It can improve your sleep quality, balance your Vata in the best possible way, relaxes your whole nervous system and improve even your cognitive abilities.


This is not just something which can help many people with chronical struggles like migraine, this is also an amazing first step into a more conscious lifestyle. Yoga teachers, health coaches, and meditation teachers can help their clients with Ayurvedic bodywork.

For example –
You have a nice client who is highly successful in his or her job but comes to you to find peace and relaxation. But this person is so stressed out and out of balance, that he or she is already telling you after the second session, how hard it is to change their lifestyle, even when they know it would be better for them.


A tip for visiting an Ayurvedic health coach, doctor or center and getting treatment could motivate them to stay your client and want to work with you!
Sometimes people just need a little step in the right direction to start a more healthy and conscious life.

And I think as health coaches, Yoga teachers, and mindful people, we want that as many people as possible make the experience to live their best life and find relaxation and happiness.
Even better when the little step is such a sacred and wonderful life-changing treatment like Shirodhara!

Let´s dive next week deeper into Abhyanga massages! I booked my next Abhyanga and Shirodhara for the first week in September and will share this experience for sure with you! Hope you enjoyed this little insight and also inspiration if you work with clients!

Have the most beautiful week, from my heart to yours,

Namaste,

My Ayurvedic Self-Love Journey

The day I decided to stop damaging my body through drugs, alcohol, cigarettes and change my lifestyle was a no-brainer.

For sure I had to choose a path where I can wake up in the morning and feel rested, balanced and happy. 

For sure I had to choose health, well-being and less stress caused by stupid decisions and drama.

I was on a very dark side and had all the effects an unhealthy lifestyle could bring – dizziness, sickness over and over again; sleep deprivation, hair loss and an unhealthy skin.

After starting a Yoga teacher training I began to see clear – and after a while, a path of sustainable health made the most sense for me. I was vegan already forever on that point of my life – but you can also live an unhealthy vegan life as you might know! During my YTT I have made the connection with plant based wholefoods and after a while I felt awesome on a SOS-free high carb vegan diet.

I started to practice Yoga regularly, later daily. I worked out a bit to strengthen my body. It had a huge effect on my mind, body and soul.

Why am I telling you that? Because I made a choice. And you can also make choices. Every day of your life you can decide in which direction you want to evolve. Choose the path for a life you desire and you feel awesome with.

You are here on earth for a special experience. Choose a positive mindset. Choose a happy you. Break cycles which obviously don´t make you feel great.

Step out there. And shine. If I can, you can do as well. Commit to your Dharma. I believe in you! 💫🙌🏼

Ayurveda saved my life

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Thank you so much for being with me on my path!

Yours,

Krishnaprema

Ayurvedic Inspired Holistic Summer Recipes

An important topic of Ayurvedic lifestyle is food and nutrition. When it comes to summer, we will feel an increase of Pitta Dosha and can balance here with a specific diet.

In summer it is okay to eat more raw leafy greens to keep Pitta cool and this is also a wonderful side effect to balance Kapha. Light and cool vegetables balance Pitta and Kapha. As it is hot outside, we will not cool out that quickly and can even eat with our Vata dosha more refreshing dishes!

Find also my SOS heatwave tips and hacks here: http://fromayurvedawithlove.com/2019/06/25/ayurveda-sos-guide-to-stay-cool-during-the-heat-wave/http://fromayurvedawithlove.com/2019/06/25/ayurveda-sos-guide-to-stay-cool-during-the-heat-wave/

My Ayuredic summer diet is also Acid/Alkaline balancing – People with a Kapha-Pitta Dosha can also benefit from the recipes I am going to share with you today. I am inspired by plantbased, highcarb, lowfat recipes, which are perfect for summer and Kapha and Pitta friendly!

The recipes are plantbased, gluten-free and have zero oil, less spices and you can find the Ayurvedic tastes for every recipe at the end of the instructions!

I will please your taste buds today with:

  • A delicious and cooling coconut bowl recipe
  • A healthy and grounding potato salad recipe
  • A creamy low fat pasta recipe to feed your soul

I hope you will enjoy every single one of my recipes! I am actually eating them a lot! 🙂

Ayurvedic Meal Plan – High Carb Low Fat inspired

Breakfast

“When life gives you a coconut…make a bowl out of it!“ – Bowl

Refreshing, nourishing and pretty!

Please have this bowl not as the first thing in the morning. Start with a warm fennel tea a half hour before you eat it! Some say coconut joghurt is joghurt and can´t be eaten with fruits, others say it is also a fruit and can be eaten mixed with other fruits. I go very well with my sensitive digestion with coconut joghurt and fruits – try and see how your body is feeling about it! 😊 I think when we don´t eat a bowl like this every morning, we will be fine!

Ingredients:

1 cup of Coconut Joghurt, room temperature

1 ripe peach, cut in pieces

½ banana, cut in slices

1 ripe banana, mashed

1 tbsp blueberries

1 tbsp strawberries

1 tbsp gluten free muesli

1 tsp cashews

1 tsp chia seeds

Instructions:

  1. Mash the banana in a bowl and mix with your coconut joghurt
  2. Cut the peach into peaces and mix under the coconut – banana mix
  3. Slice the banana and then just top everything on your bowl – I always start with the banana slices, go on with the other fruits and sprinkle muesli, cashews, chias at the end over everything!

Pro-Tip: Peaches are Vata pacifying but aggravate Kapha and Pitta. You could replace here with apricot (Kapha and Vata) and Strawberries instead of peaches (Pitta).

You can also skip the banana and cashews when your Kapha is aggravated a lot. 😊

Do you still need a morning routine? Find my article about how-to here: http://fromayurvedawithlove.com/2019/06/30/kick-start-your-day-with-an-ayurvedic-morning-routine/http://fromayurvedawithlove.com/2019/06/30/kick-start-your-day-with-an-ayurvedic-morning-routine/

Lunch

„Potato salad kissed by Mayocado”

Potatoes and Avocado are helpful for losing weight!

Ingredients:

„Potato Salad“

2 big potatoes, cooked, peeled and diced

1 small red onion, diced

2 stalks of green spring onion, diced

2 stalks of green cellery, diced

„Clean Mayocado“

Ingredients:

1 ripe avocado

1 tsp dijon mustard

¼ tsp himalayan salt

½ tsp maple syrup

1 tsp fresh or dried dill, minced

1 tsp lemon juice

1 pinch black pepper

½ cup water

Instructions:

  1. Chop your potatoes into cubes and place in a medium sized bowl. Chop the onion, the cellery and the green spring onions and mix with your potatoes. Set aside.
  2. Peep the Avocado and pull it into another bowl. Mash with a fork until creamy. Mix with mustard, lemon juice, salt, maple syrup, dill and add black pepper and a bit water into your mixture. It should be a creamy consictence which can coat your potatoes evenly.
  3. Mix everything together and top with green spring onions if wanted.

I served black bean patties to it which is also awesome when you have a bbq with your friends! I also love to just have leafy greens underneath the potato salad – so we can feed our taste buds with bitter and astringent!

Pro-Tip: Use warm potatoes and serve also the salad with lukewarm potatoes.

What is Ayurvedic about this recipe? We have here all six tastes according to Ayurveda included:

Sweet – maple syrup, avocado, onion

Sour – lemon

Salty – salt

Bitter – celery, dill

Pungent – celery, onion, dill, mustard

Astringent – potatoes

Dinner

„Soulfeeding Pasta“

Creaminess will let you melt away!

Ingredients:

Gluten-free Pasta of choice

1 cup of spinach, diced

1 red onion, diced

2 cups of cauliflower

2 garlic cloves

½ cup of soaked cashwes

1 tbsp of hemp seeds

1 tbsp lemon juice

2 tbsp nutritional yeast

½ tsp salt

1 pinch black pepper

A bit water

Instructions:

  1. Cook your cauliflower in a bowl or steam it, until soft. Chop in the meanwhile your spinach and onion, heat a bit water in a small pan and start to sautee the veggies. Set aside.
  2. Start boiling water for your noodles and mix all your sauce ingredients in a blender: the cauliflower, the garlic cloves, hemp seeds, cashews, yeast, lemon, salt and pepper.
  3. Mix until creamy. Place your noodles in a bowl and top with sauteed veggies, pour sauce over and mix well.
  4. Enjoy and don´t eat after 6 p.m.! 😉

What is Ayurvedic about this recipe? We have here all six tastes according to Ayurveda included:

Sweet – hemp seeds, cashews

Sour – spinach, yeast, lemon

Salty – spinach, salt

Bitter – spinach

Pungent – onion, garlic

Astringent – spinach

Takeaways:

  • Plantbased wholefoods are perfect to nourish our body, in summer we can help to stay cool with specific foods
  • Ayurveda recommends to eat 6 tastes with every meal – this is not even that hard as you can see!
  • During the Pitta season it is okay to eat raw fruits and cooling foods – important here is to find a balance to not aggrevate one specific Dosha a lot
  • Pitta and Kapha go well without any oil in their dishes – let yourself inspire by delicious SOS-free recipes
  • Start your morning always with warm water, eat never too cold and make the experience that this alone can help your mind-body-soul wellbeing a lot!

If you liked my recipes, let me know in the comment section, tag me in your pictures on Facebook and Insta!

Let´s start into a new week, get nourished and energized! Wishing you all the best!

Namaste!

Yours,

Krishnaprema

Let´s talk about (conscious) Sex!

Erotic is all about energy! How is the principle of erotic and sex working from an Ayurvedic perspective? We will find out today!

Vitality, energy and charisma are qualities we call in Ayurveda “Ojas.” Ojas is our vitality; it is the most etheric metabolism product our organism is able to produce. It is no material we can grab, but it is also not intelligence in it´s purest form. It is what makes us vital, alive. It is the connection between body, mind and soul and the purest form of life energy.

And now ask yourself what makes a human attractive.

Isn´t it the vitality, energy and charisma we find hot?

Ojas as a product of our metabolism is deeply connected to our nutrition

But all that “feeds” us is food. Nice food, a hug, a compliment, or beautiful music, a sunrise we watch on a beach. Whatever we feed to our five senses – our metabolism will process that.

Agni is the principle that breaks down what we eat – the rice, the asparagus, the berries. When our Agni is working well, it will turn the food into subtle qualities. Food and what we feed our senses. In fact: when we eat the right food and our metabolism can work as it´s best, we will have all the Ojas!

Creativity, vitality, optimism and radiance are what people will see when they look at us and find attractive about us.

How is this attraction been created?

Our food will break down in seven Dhatus which are our bodily tissues:

Rasa (Plasma)

Rakta (Blood)

Mamsa (Muscles)

Meda (Fat)

Ashti (Bones)

Majja (Nervous system)

Shukra (Reproductive Tissue)

Shukra is the most subtle form of tissues we have in our body which can create Ojas itself. Let´s say you are high in Shukra – translated that means your libido is high, as well.

When you are a man, you will lose Shukra during the sexual act and ejaculation. The old Ayurvedic texts recommended drinking milk after sex, so that you can build up Shukra ASAP. Today the milk quality is poor so that we don´t recommend that. 😉

The Ayurvedic medicine will teach us that it is important to be sensitive with our Shukra, because it means vitality and influences our whole energy level. The idea of Tantra is to practice sex so conscious, that you don´t lose your Shukra during it.

Does that now mean you are not allowed to have lots of sex or even – no sex?!

It means that you should try to have a conscious way of sex and it depends also onto your Dosha!

Vata constitution is about a low libido, Pitta is about passionate libido, Kapha is high in libido. Kapha Dosha stands for strength, robustness and endurance. When it comes to the amount of sex, the ayurvedic texts recommend also noting age, the seasons and the climate. When it is hot in summer we shouldn´t have as much sex as in the winter season, where we build Shukra throughout vigorous food.

The principle of Brahmacharya, which many Yoga peeps should be familiar with, teaches us to avoid sex. But in Ayurveda it is one of 13 natural needs we have as humans. The avoiding of those needs or the excessive practice of them, are bringing our Doshas to imbalance. Which also means – it could lead to illness!

Finding your own “truth”

It should be our goal to find a balanced life and that can also be very unique. Ayurveda describes this philosophy with two words – Satmya (compatible) and Asatmya (intolerance). Satmya means translated through the old texts “My Truth.” Not everything is good for all people in the same amount!

We try to find out what is the best for us and our organism is going to tell us what is good and bad for us. All the disciplines like Yoga and Ayurveda are helping us towards this step.

Increasing your sexual attraction and libido

Is it even possible through Ayurveda to increase attraction and libido? Sure. The key is to have a conscious relationship with your vitality. Breaking the topic down, from an Ayurvedic perspective, that means:

  • Every kind of energy that you consume, like liquid, food, air, light, experiences can be transformed by Agni in Shukra (the magical life force) and Ojas (the bodily tissues) in the best possible way.
  • Take care of your Agni, eat for your Dosha constitution, eat nutritious, light and not too heavy food, don´t eat late in the day.
  • Everything that you feed your body with, should be “sattva” – the cleaner your food, your experiences, your music, your thoughts, the more Ojas your Agni can produce!
  • The more “tamas” you will consume, the more unhealthy stuff, less Ojas your Agni will rock!
  • Your attraction is your energetic radiance, the vitality and joy you send out there. When you are balanced, you can be truly yourself! And that´s also the secret to a fulfilled sexuality!

Ayurveda is the way about balancing our life in the best possible way, and as you can see it is not as complicated as some old texts may seem to in the first moment. Isn´t a more conscious way of sexuality a beautiful theory, to practice and integrate in our society? All is about performance and bringing the best results nowadays – what when we make a change here?

What are your thoughts on Ayurveda and Yoga and Sex? Let us know in the comments!

Read you hopefully next week and wishing you the best possible day! Namaste!

The perfect Kapha breakfast – let´s get energized!

The last two Sunday´s were all about breakfast ideas and facts for Vata and Pitta Dosha. Today we come to our third Dosha, which is all about Earth and Water!

According to Ayurveda, breakfast is the most important meal of the day. To activate your agni, your digestive fire, your body needs food. Without any breakfast, our body will respond quickly to stress, our blood sugar level is low, concentration won´t come easy and our metabolism need more time to “start.” We will be tired quickly and have binge eating habits for lunch or cravings for sugar and sweets. 

The qualities of Kapha Dosha

Dry and warm ingredients are the key here. They are giving your Dosha the possibility to warm up and get energetic! Fresh ginger, cardamom is helping your digestive fire to work in the right amount.

Kapha Dosha is a Dosha that can go without breakfast and also have coffee – but when you are not super hungry, I would suggest eating later in the morning, but don´t skip the breakfast at all. And also – don´t have coffee on an empty stomach! 😉

Kaphas are sometimes not super hungry and overeat then, avoid that and try to have regular meals.

Always remember the opposites of your Dosha

Airy foods go well for your Dosha, it will make your body feel less heavy and help you to don´t gain weight. Healthy airy foods are mostly steamed veggies like Brussel sprouts, kale and cauliflower – but not everyone likes it savory for breakfast. Raw veggies are also to avoid.

Dried fruits are perfect in your porridge, and there are delicious porridge recipes without any oats – but with Quinoa or shredded coconut! Buckwheat can taste awesome and tiger nuts will be your new best friend.

Fiery foods as ginger, cinnamon, cumin and warming spices are perfect and can be combined with some fruits! Fruits that are warmed up and spiced up make a great combo to porridges. If you are not such a hungry morning breakfast person, warm fruits with spices can be delicious without any grains.

Get inspired by this nourishing and energizing Quinoa breakfast bowl:

The mighty Quinoa Bowl

That Quinoa porridge could make your day!

Ingredients:                         

½ cup of cooked Quinoa (I like the three colored version)

1 cup plant based milk

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1 teaspoon ground cardamom powder

½ teaspoon ground cloves

A pinch of Himalayan salt or sea salt

2 tablespoons of flax seeds

A bit agave juice for sweetness

Toppings:

Chia seeds, blueberries, cacao nibs

Or warm apples and pears with a mix of cinnamon, ground cloves and cardamom

Preparation:

  1. Warm up the plant based milk in a small pot with your spices and let them simmer for a moment on medium heat.
  2. Add Quinoa and let it cook for 10 minutes on medium heat. Stir from time to time.
  3. Put in a bowl and add your toppings of choice.
  4. To make the version of your apples and pears, heat some coconut oil and roast the spices, before you add the fruits. The fruits should get warm but not super mushy!
  5. Enjoy! To save time, prepare everything in the evening, this porridge is easy to reheat as well! 🙂

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Vegan Kimchi Recipe – From Ayurveda With Love

Yes, yes, yes! I have here a Korean approved vegan Kimchi recipe I want to share with you! What about Ayurveda and Kimchi? I will talk shortly about that!

Want to calm your Kimchi cravings? Let´s go!

Do you know about the benefits of Kimchi?

Fermentation is the key

Perfect fermented food is not just delicious, but also healthy to the guts! Vitamins in fermented food stay alive and all the microorganism which are the reason why this tastes so damn good, are helping your digestive system to stay healthy and active!

Now let´s make some Kimchi!

Classic Kimchi is fermented Chinese cabbage with radish, spring onions, garlic, ginger and lots of paprika and if you want it spicy – chili!

Chinese cabbage is a bigger vitamin bomb than kale – I am not lying to you about that! And after that fermentation, the word superfoods get a whole another meaning!

Easy preparation and just a few ingredients

With my 5 simple tricks, your Kimchi is going to be easy peasy made:

  1. You can verify the recipe with the veggies – I just give you here an idea for how it can taste like! Carrots make it more refreshing, you can also add radishes, pak choi and you could also ferment zucchini! You can use less garlic, or more. Find YOUR Kimchi!
  2. The glasses you are going to use should be always being clean and the best thing is to clean them up with hot water before filling the Kimchi in.
  3. Your Kimchi should always have liquid on top, and the liquid will get up in the jar after two days. Just push the Kimchi down in the jar with a clean spoon.
  4. If you don´t like the fermented taste so intense, 2 days of fermentation are okay. I like it 7 days outside and set it in the fridge after that.
  5. My “No-fish sauce” recipe to adding the “fishy” taste is optional – you can do it without as well! (There is also a “No-Fish Sauce” available from the organic brand “Arche.”)

You will need:

Preparation time                           20 Minutes

Time for the whole process        30 Minutes

Ingredients for “No-Fish-Sauce”

1 Tablespoon Miso paste

8 dried Shiitake mushrooms, soaked in water overnight

 Wakame, dried

Nori, dried

Soy sauce for “the taste”

Preparation:

  1. Wash the mushrooms under rinsing water and place them with the dried seaweed in a small pot. Add water to half of the pot (4 cups of water at first). Start to heat the mixture and when the water starts cooking, you add another ½ cup of water to it. So we will keep the Umami flavor in our liquid!
  2. Do it up to three times. Let then simmer on low heat and add the Miso paste and soy sauce to it.
  3. Place aside and let cool it down. I like to prepare it in the evening before making Kimchi. Throughout it´s higher salt content it is also okay to keep the sauce a few days in a jar in the fridge!

Ingredients for your Kimchi

Just try which ingredients serve you the best!

1 small Chinese cabbage

4 teaspoons of sea salt

6 garlic gloves

1 tablespoon of ginger

2 tablespoons of soy sauce

1 small radish

1 small carrot

3 spring onions

1 teaspoon of Gochujang paste

(Alternative: 6 teaspoons of paprika powder (sweet) and 3 teaspoons of chili powder mixed to a paste with 2 garlic gloves and soy sauce)

6 teaspoons of sweet paprika powder

2 teaspoons of chili powder

1 teaspoon of turmeric

1 cup of our “No-Fish-Sauce” or simply water

Preparation:

  1. You will need a big bowl to drain the cabbage in some water. Chop the cabbage in mouth-friendly pieces and add the pieces to a bowl. The water should be a generous amount, so that your cabbage swims a bit. Add the 4 teaspoons of salt to it and let sit for 2 – 4 hours!
  2. In the meanwhile, chop the radish and carrot into thin slices. The green spring onions into thin rings. Set aside. Mince the garlic and ginger and put them separately in a small bowl.
  3. Prepare now the marinade in a mixer. Add garlic, ginger with the sweet paprika powder, the garlic, the soy sauce, the Gochujang paste if you use some and the cup of “No-fish-sauce” and blend it. The texture should be creamy. Set aside.
  4. Rinse the cabbage under water and let dry a moment. Put the cabbage back to the bowl. Add your chopped veggies and mix all. Add now the marinade. Be careful! Use now disposable gloves to massage the marinade into the cabbage-veggie mixture, until all is evenly covered.
  5. Prepare your glasses now with hot water.
  6. Fill the Kimchi in your jars, let space to the top of the jar, the liquid will rise and that can be annoying if the jars are too full. Press the Kimchi a bit, so that there aren´t any space bubbles left.
  7. Set the jars beside; cover it for two days just half, so that a bit air can flow to your Kimchi. After two days, close the jar. Let now sit for more days, when you like it intense. Set in the fridge when you are already happy with the taste! 🙂

Try to eat Kimchi once a day! If you are high in Vata and have struggle with any kind of Kimchi, there is another great Zucchini Kimchi recipe I am going to share the next weeks. Let´s end this post and watch out for my Ayurvedic benefits of Kimchi and how to make Dosha specific Kimchi post! 🙂 It´s a science!

That is how I cut my Kimchi 🙂

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Meet Angela Perger from “The Simple Ayurveda Podcast” – Monday Motivation Interview

There are people who are talking about Yoga and Ayurveda, and people who are living Yoga and Ayurveda. Angela Perger from the “Simple Ayurveda” Podcast is one of the most authentic people I have met around the last year at the Internet. Her simplicity to explain Ayurveda and make it fit into our day to day life is mesmerizing. How she is teaching her kids the Ayurvedic lifestyle is adorable. Her Podcast is like listen to a dear friend while you are having tea together. Her Instagram is full of aesthetic and minimalistic impressions. And just by looking at her, I feel so grounded. Just convince yourself with this Monday Motivation interview…let´s get the week started… 🙂

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

I feel so much compassion for Mother Earth, for plants, for animals and for fellow human beings. I believe dharma is about being our true selves and understanding where we are able to shine our inner light out. I see dharma as a path, rather than something to be achieved. For me, my path has evolved from elementary school teacher to Yoga teacher to mother to someone that shares Ayurveda. I hope to make Ayurveda easy to understand and apply to anyone and everyone’s daily life.  

2. Tell us where do you come from, what you are doing and what your plans look like for 2019?

I was born in Florida and my husband is from New Jersey. We split out our time between the two and currently we’ve been living in an RV with our children, ages 2 and 6, for the past few months in Florida. My plans for 2019 are to continue studying and teaching Ayurveda through various workshops and trainings, both in person and online.  I am also really excited about hosting The Simple Ayurveda Podcast!

3. Where do you teach/work/heal actually?

I started Simple Ayurveda in 2018 as an online resource. After years of teaching continuing education courses for Yoga teachers in person, I am excited to offer them to distance learners. The first session of Simple Ayurveda for Yoga Teachers had students from Canada, the United States and Europe. It was so awesome to connect with like-minded people from around the world. I will offer the course again in September 2019.

4. What do you know about Ayurveda? Do you practice it already?

Ayurveda has absolutely changed my life. After years of trying every diet and healing protocol I could find to heal from diagnosis of ulcerative colitis and a rare liver condition called primary sclerosing cholangitis, Ayurveda has offered not only relief, but a deep understanding of “why”. Rather than feeling like a victim, I feel empowered to be in charge of my own health and well being.

5. What are your thoughts about Ayurveda?

I look at Ayurveda as a lense in which to view life. I don’t think that we have to follow every recommendation perfectly to get the benefits of Ayurveda. I use the principle of like attracts like and opposites to create balance to make everyday decisions. For example, when I am feeling easily irritated I ask myself questions like “Have I been consuming caffeine or other stimulants? Or have I been on my phone too much?” It’s such a gift to be able to get the root cause of any imbalance.

6. Do you know which Dosha you are?

I am primarily Pitta Dosha, although it took me a long time to realize it. For years I thought I wasn’t athletic or competitive enough to fit the typical descriptions. I now see that for me competition shows up more as self-doubt or the need for perfectionism rather than the urge to compete with others. As I’ve become more balanced I’ve gotten better at the physical activities I enjoy like SUP and surfing.

7. How does your perfect morning routine look like?

My morning routine is usually meditation in bed without waking up the kids, tongue scraping and oral care, sometimes Abhyanga followed by a shower and then making breakfast. My perfect morning routine would include Yoga too, but for now that usually happens later in the day.

8. How do you integrate Ayurveda into your day to day life?

One of the biggest ways is through following a daily routine. I try to wake up, eat and go to bed at the same time every day. Another big shift was switching my heaviest meal to noon. Mindful eating practices and paying attention to my Agni are a continual effort.

9. Is there some Ayurvedic practice you would like to try but never had the chance?

I still haven’t tried neti yet.

10. Are you into Yoga or practicing it?

I’ve been practicing Yoga for 11 years. I started teaching Yoga to adults and kids 8 years ago at a campground. Since then I’ve taught it to children in Costa Rica, Mexico, Philadelphia, in schools, preschools, and a studio. I’ve also taught prenatal, mommy & me, Vinyasa and Yin Yoga. I’ve held a daily practice through two pregnancies and believe it’s the most powerful thing any of us can do.   

11. Where do you see yourself in 5 years from now?

I’ve stopped trying to plan out my life, but I definitely see myself teaching Ayurveda and Yoga. I would love to grow Simple Ayurveda into a network of Ayurvedic practitioners with diverse offerings. My kids will be seven and twelve and that’s sort of wild to imagine.

12. What is your greatest weakness? What are you doing to improve it?

I can be impatient (Pitta). I tend to get a lot of ideas and be really excited but then sort of lose interest (Vata). I am focusing on being present and creating boundaries for myself so that I can cultivate a little bit more grounding, sustainable energy (Kapha).

13. How did you find the path you are on right now? Was there a key moment?

There were a few key moments along the way. As an inner city school teacher in Philadelphia I fell in love with Yoga for the stress relief. I signed up for Yoga teacher training with the intention of only teaching to children, never adults. The seed of Ayurveda was planted in that training as well as the confidence to teach adults.

Years later I worked with an Ayurveda health counselor after trying a naturopath, a top university doctor and countless other experts. When the health counselor wanted to refer me to someone with more experience I realized no one could solve my health imbalances for me. I decided to study Ayurveda for myself to get the bottom of everything. Again, I had no intentions of becoming a coach or a teacher but once I felt better I felt like I couldn’t keep the information to myself so I started a website and podcast.

14. How important is meditation to you?

It is essential. I practice every day in some way or shape. Sometimes it’s a walking meditation. Other days it’s a Yin Yoga practice. Many times it’s seated first thing in the morning, still in my pajamas in bed. I don’t believe meditation has to look a certain way.

15. What is your philosophy and spiritual path?

I love the quote by Yogi Bhajan, “Be the lighthouse.” I feel like this sums up my philosophy on life. Our Dharma is to be our true selves. The spiritual path falls into place when our everyday actions line up with our higher selves.

16. What have you done into the last year to improve yourself?

In the past year I have stopped consuming caffeine and alcohol. My energy and emotions are much more even which affects everyone around me. I’ve also worked with an intuitive healer to let go of some ancestral trauma.

17. Who has been your greatest influence?

Over my life it has been the strong women in my family including my mother, grandmothers and aunts. Over the past decade I have had some amazing Yoga teachers.

18. What is your greatest strength?

I have been told my superpower is the gift of transformation- that I can turn any situation into something better.

19. How do you handle stress and pressure?

In the past I had the tendency to feel overwhelmed and run away from it. Through Yoga I am working on patience and surrender. Yin Yoga has been extremely helpful with this.

20. What are your favorite self-care practices and rituals?

I love Abhyanga or Epsom salt baths with essential oils based on my mood or what I need for that day. Some of my favorites are lavender, frankincense, sweet orange, cedarwood and jasmine.

I celebrate the new moon each month with my kids. We use The Wild Unknown Animal Spirit Deck to draw a card and we set intentions/draw pictures for the upcoming moon cycle. Another favorite ritual is creating a vision board inside my planner every year. I love being able to look at it anytime throughout the year.

21. Are you into Wellness?

Yes! Feeling well and happy is the best way to enjoy this precious life.

22. What are your thoughts about the Zero Waste movement and do you also try to reduce your waste?

Simplicity and minimalism have been my gateway into the Zero Waste movement. Although I’ve always cared about the environment (I used my allowance to join the Save the Manatees club as a child), it was really the overwhelm of clutter that led me to reducing my possessions and to stop using shopping as an activity.

Life is just easier when things are simple- a mason jar has so many uses and I don’t need to go out and buy a bunch of different kinds of containers. Cooking and focusing on fresh, organic food has helped me to (mostly) give up the takeout habit that contributes to so much waste. I’m still a work in progress but I believe it’s better for all of us to be doing something rather than giving up because we aren’t doing it perfectly.

As a mother, I work really hard to reduce all of the waste that comes along with everything offered for kids. We skip balloons and goodie bags for parties and ask for no birthday gifts. They still get presents from family, but they don’t need a bunch of stuff from everyone they know. As every parent has experienced, this is a constant struggle but a lesson that I am willing to work on with them for the sake of our earth.

23. Where do you find your ideas for your creative content? Is there also a “outer” life besides posting and blogging, like painting?

I love the beach and simple, neutral colors so my creative content reflects those interests. I feel like it’s important for people to know Ayurveda doesn’t have to look a certain way. At its core, Ayurveda is about connecting diet and lifestyle with nature’s rhythms. It’s about honoring the sacredness of everyday life. I hope that Simple Ayurveda’s aesthetic invokes feelings of easefulness and relatability.

My outer life revolves around being a mother and spending time in nature. I don’t sign my kids up for activities- we spend our free time chasing each other at the park, exploring nature trails, making sand animals at the beach, swimming, cooking, reading and playing.

When I have time to myself I’m either curled up with a book (always nonfiction) or walking at the beach.

24. Where can we find you on Social Media and in the World Wide Web?

On Instagram:

https://www.instagram.com/simple_ayurveda/

The Simple Ayurveda Facebook Community:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/1924000204595413/?ref=group_browse_new

The Simple Ayurveda Podcast is available on Spotify and iTunes.

25. Do you have got a favorite quote you would like to share with us?

“Our journey is about being more deeply involved in life and yet, less attached to it.” ~ Ram Dass

Thank you so much Angela for taking the time to answer in such a beautiful way! Wishing you a nice Mother´s Day on Sunday and a Beautiful week!

Show Angela some love and give her pages a view, tune into her Podcast with a cup of tea and have the best possible start into the new week!

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