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Yummy – Avacado Toast

ingredients: toast Ezekiel 4:9 ® Sprouted Grain Bread is inspired by the Holy Scripture verse: “Take also unto thee Wheat, and Barley, and beans, and lentils, and millet, and Spelt, and put them in one vessel, and make bread of it…” Ezekiel 4:9 ®

spread ghee on toast
avocado
topped with sprinkle of kosher salt
great for breakfast or a delicious healthy snack
Avocados provide all 18 essential amino acids necessary for the body to form a complete protein. Unlike the protein in steak, which is difficult for most people to digest, avocado protein is readily absorbed by the body because avocados also contain fiber. If you are trying to cut down on animal sources of protein in your diet, or if you are a vegetarian, vegan or raw foodist seeking more protein, avocados are a great nutritionally  to include not merely as an occasional treat, but as a regular part of your diet.
 
Liz’s tips:
ghee should be kept at room temp to keep it soft 
ezekiel bread should be kept in freezer because it is a sprouted grain.

enjoy…..Free Love!
 

What is a Superfood and How it can make you Happy?

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Superfoods are the most potent, super-concentrated, and nutrient-rich foods on the planet.  Extremely tasty and satisfying, superfoods have the ability to increase health and well being while increasing energy, boosting your immune system, enhancing sexuality and elevating serotonin (the happy hormone) in your body.  You ARE what you EAT so put good food in and get optimal health and good energy will flow out.  Food can be a deadly drug or work as medicine to heal and optimize your health.

Here are our top 3 Superfoods
1.  Cacao (Raw Chocolate);  Raw Chocolate balances brain chemistry, builds strong bones, is a natural aphrodisiac, elevates your mood and energy!

2.  Raw Hemp Products:  A perfect Food.  Packed with 33% pure digestible protein, rich in iron, amino acids, and vitamin E as well as omega-3′s and GLA.

3.  Medicinal Mushrooms (reishi, maitake, shitake)  They have been proven effective in healing cancer and a variety of other aliments.

Try this green juice we like to call our “Happy Juice”  will give you a much-needed energy boost and offers more benefits than a cup of coffee.

One handful of spinach and cilantro.  Add 1 cup of Almond Milk.  I teaspoon of Hemp seeds and whatever fruit is in Season. Ice and Blend it baby………….

The Almond milk is high in protein and great for the heart.  It’s wonderful for glowing skin and maintaining a healthy weight.  Spinach is rich in Iron and keeps your body strong, like Popeye.  Cilantro lowers blood sugar, reduces anxiety and facilitates a peaceful sleep.  We all could use a good rest…..right!  What are you waiting for get your juice on…….

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Here are some of Liz’s fav tips:

Tips:
Frozen fruit of the season can replace ice cubes.
If using ice cubes, 5 is enough. 
Hemp seeds can be switched up with chia seeds or flax seeds.
I suggest switching up the greens as well 
You can use kale, mix greens, romaine. 
The vita mix or nutri bullet or ninja blenders work best 

 

Happy Growing Old Gracefully………
su & liz
shivashaktiyogashala.com

Kali Yuga : What’s happening with our World!

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Four Yugas

According to Indian tradition time is divided into four ages. The first age is called Sat Yuga: Sat is truth and Yuga is age so Sat Yuga is the age of truth. The second age is called Treta Yuga and the third is called Dwapar Yuga. The final age in which we are at the moment is called Kali Yuga.

Kali Yuga started some 6000 years ago and lasts for 432,000 years. Dwapar Yuga lasts twice as long, Treta Yuga lasts 4 times as long and Sat Yuga 8 times as long. The four yugas combined are one day of Brahma. After Kali Yuga has finished comes a long period of rest which is one night of Brahma. One day and one night of Brahma combined last about 8.6 million human years. And then a new cycle starts: Sattva yuga, Treta yuga, Dvapar yuga, and Kali yuga and then again and again and again.

In Sat Yuga people were very honest; the whole earth was Mother Earth and all people were family. There was no struggle for life. There was enough time to think good, make laws of conduct, write scriptures and do good things. In Treta Yuga people were honest but Earth did not provide enough food and clothing so they had to spend efforts for it. In Dwapar Yuga the number of people increased, business increased, more territory, more boundaries and small kingdoms started. Then started the final phase which is now, Kali Yuga, the dark age, where small pieces of land have become independent countries. Like Holland, Belgium and England are all very small kingdoms with their own character and their own language. In the Kali Yuga this individualistic feeling increases.

In our society the moral laws are losing their value. People born fifty years ago say that the world has changed a lot and for people born a hundred years ago the world is completely different.

Moral decay: the bull of dharma

Everybody has some natural obligation and this natural obligation is dharma. Dharma is practicing truth in a gentle way. Some therapists and docters don’t mind telling you the truth even if it disturbs you much. Sometimes people lie to make others feel good; like when they say “Oh I am so happy to see you!” it is a lie only to please somebody. Or the plastic smile of an airhostess in an airoplane even when she is angry; that also is should not be done. On the one hand you should be considerate with others but on the other hand you should allow yourself the freedom to express your feelings. Dharma is living without violence in words, thoughts, and deeds. Maybe you can avoid violence in deeds, but sometimes words become violent, or violence enters your thoughts. To get free from violence in deeds, words and thoughts is the essence of Hindu religion, Sanatan Dharma.

Dharma is becoming selfless. There is nothing more against dharma than harming or disturbing other people. Harming others and creating problems for others is guided by selfishness. There is no higher dharma than helping others, thinking about the welfare of others and service to humanity.

Precisely defining dharma is difficult because situations can be ambiguous. In some tribes it is a holy worship to kill a man and sacrifice the body whereas morally and ethically it is a crime. The practice itself is very much against dharma but when it is tradition in that society the followers are not breaking dharma. Violence is really violence when it is done for selfish motives. If you eat a chicken when also fruits and other nice foods are available then you are eating the chicken only for the taste and you are doing something bad. But when you are starving and there is no other food available then it is your dharma to save your life and kill the chicken and eat it. You can eat it to save your life but not for luxury. Sometimes being passive is breaking dharma more than fighting. Like when you see that social injustice is done then you have the obligation to resist and it may imply that you pick up weapons; not for revenge, not because of hatred but to defend justice.

Dharma is represented as a bull because a bull ploughs the fields and helps human life for just a little hay. The bull is a most humble servant and a good friend of man. He helps us and makes our loads light.

In Sat Yuga the bull of dharma stands comfortably on four feet very well without falling down. Following dharma is normal. Promises are kept and if anybody dares to break his promise people make a big fuzz of it. In Treta Yuga the bull stands on three feet. When standing on three feet, keeping balance is not difficult. People are a little selfish and it is no problem to break a promise once in while. In Dwapar Yuga the bull has to stand on two feet; that is easy for humans and penguins but not for bulls. So the bull of dharma performs his balancing act like a clown in a circus. Selfishness increases and breaking your promise becomes acceptable. And in Kali Yuga the bull of dharma stands on one foot. So it becomes very difficult to follow dharma in Kali Yuga. Only exceptional people follow dharma and are true to their words.

Ancient and modern warfare

In the previous yuga wars were different. People fought man to man duels, always at armlength distance, following particular laws. Old people, women, children, and sick people were never attacked. A huge area was selected in the countryside where people from both armies would gather. They would stand on two sides and they could see eachother. Spies would go to the king and his commanders and introduce the opponents saying “There on that chariot with these horses and that kind of flag stands this person from that family.” All fighting occurred only during the day. It was not done to attack the enemies’ camp at night. At night people could visit the camps of their enemies and help them to recover from their injuries. They did not fight their enemies because of hatred but because of principle, because of ego problems.

When gun powder came wars became different everywhere in the world. Suddenly you had the power to hit from a distance without being seen. This made wars more destructive and cruel. Sometimes many countries combine their military and technical power against a small country and do carpet bombing, destroying all resources and creating havoc. And when the war is won they make a contract to rebuild the country for a hundred million dollars. Previously that kind of war did not exist. It could only happen in Kali Yuga.

 

Got Milk – I don’t think so…….

What’s Wrong with Dairy Products?

 

Many Americans, including some vegetarians, consume large amounts of dairy products. Here are eight great reasons to eliminate dairy from your diet.

 

  1. Osteoporosis

Milk is touted for preventing osteoporosis, yet clinical research shows otherwise. The Harvard Nurses’ Health Study, which followed more than 75,000 women for 12 years, showed no protective effect of increased milk consumption on fracture risk. In fact, increased intake of calcium from dairy products was associated with a higher fracture risk. An Australian study showed the same results. Additionally, other studies have found no protective effect of dairy calcium on bone. You can decrease your risk of osteoporosis by reducing sodium and animal protein in the diet, increasing intake of fruits and vegetables, exercising and ensuring adequate calcium intake from plant foods such as leafy green vegetables and beans, as well as calcium-fortified products such as breakfast cereals and juices.

  1. Cardiovascular Disease

Dairy products—including cheese, ice cream, milk, butter and yogurt—contribute significant amounts of cholesterol and fat to the diet. Diets high in fat and saturated fat can increase the risk of several chronic diseases, including cardiovascular disease. A low-fat vegetarian diet that eliminates dairy products, in combination with weight-bearing exercise, smoking cessation and stress management, can not only prevent heart disease, but may also reverse it. Nonfat dairy products are available; however, they pose other health risks, as noted below.

 

  1. Cancer

Several cancers, such as ovarian cancer, have been linked to the consumption of dairy products. The milk sugar lactose is broken down in the body into another sugar, galactose. In turn, galactose is broken down further by enzymes. According to a study by Daniel Cramer, MD, and his colleagues at Harvard, when dairy product consumption exceeds the enzymes’ capacity to break down galactose, it can build up in the blood and may affect a woman’s ovaries. Some women have particularly low levels of these enzymes, and when they consume dairy products on a regular basis, their risk of ovarian cancer can be triple that of other women’s.

 

  1. Diabetes

Insulin-dependent diabetes (Type I or childhood-onset) is linked to consumption of dairy products.  Epidemiological studies of various countries show a strong correlation between the use of dairy products and the incidence of insulin-dependent diabetes. Researchers in 1992 found that a specific dairy protein sparks an auto-immune reaction, which is believed to be what destroyed the insulin-producing cells of the pancreas.

 

  1. Lactose Intolerance

Lactose intolerance is common among many populations, affecting approximately 95% of Asian Americans, 74% of Native Americans, 70% of African Americans, 53% of Mexican Americans and 15% of Caucasians. Symptoms, which include gastrointestinal distress, diarrhea and flatulence, occur because these individuals do not have the enzymes that digest the milk sugar lactose. Additionally, along with unwanted symptoms, milk-drinkers put themselves at risk for development of other chronic diseases and ailments.

 

  1. Vitamin D Toxicity

Consumption of milk may not provide a consistent and reliable source of vitamin D in the diet.  Samplings of milk have found significant variation in vitamin D content, with some samplings having as much as 500 times the indicated level, while others had little or none at all. Too much vitamin D can be toxic and may result in excess calcium levels in the blood and urine, increased aluminum absorption in the body and calcium deposits in soft tissue.

 

 

  1. Contaminants

Synthetic hormones, such as recombinant bovine growth hormone, are commonly used in dairy cows to increase the production of milk. Because the cows are producing quantities of milk that nature never intended, the end result is mastitis, or inflammation of the mammary glands. The treatment requires the use of antibiotics, and traces of these and hormones have been found in samples of milk and other dairy products. Pesticides and other drugs are also frequent contaminants of dairy products.

 

  1. Health Concerns of Infants and Children

Milk proteins, milk sugar, fat and saturated fat in dairy products may pose health risks for children and lead to the development of chronic diseases such as obesity and diabetes and the formation of atherosclerotic plaques that can lead to heart disease. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that infants below one year of age not be given whole cow’s milk, as iron-deficiency is more likely on a dairy-rich diet. Cow’s milk products are very low in iron. If they become a major part of one’s diet, iron deficiency is more likely. Colic is an additional concern with milk consumption. One out of five babies suffers from colic. Pediatricians learned long ago that cows’ milk was often the reason. We now know that breastfeeding mothers can have colicky babies if the mothers are consuming cow’s milk. The cow’s antibodies can pass through the mother’s bloodstream into her breast milk and to the baby. Additionally, food allergies appear to be a common result of milk consumption, particularly in children. A recent study also linked cow’s milk consumption to chronic constipation in children. Researchers suggest that milk consumption resulted in perianal sores and severe pain on defecation, leading to constipation.

 

Milk and dairy products are not necessary in the diet and can, in fact, be harmful to your health. Consume a healthful diet of grains, fruits, vegetables, legumes and fortified foods, including cereals and juices. These nutrient-dense foods can help you meet your calcium, potassium, riboflavin and vitamin D requirements with ease, and without the health risk.

 

 

Excerpted from What’s Wrong with Dairy Products? by Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine
www.pcrm.org

The Raj Retreat in India – 2013

The Raj RetreatSept 20 – Oct 4, 2013

 

The Raj Retreat is a $1500 which includes, accommodation, travel while in India and on Retreat, food/drink, daily yoga & meditation classes, admission to any sites, ect. Everything except your flight to and from India and your spending money. My advice don’t bring much because the shopping in Pushkar and in Raj is outstanding and many of my students end up shipping stuff home and wishing they never brought anything at all:)

It’s $250 to hold your spot
$1250 due by Aug 1, 2013

You can pay, cc’d, cash, or check up to you!

Everyone will arrive on or around the 20th of Sept. I will be at the airport to pick everyone up. We will spend some time in Delhi seeing the sites and some fun night life.

Then we will make our way to Pushkar, this will be our home base and we will spend some time here. You will stay in a nice, clean accommodation (double rooms unless you want a single, then no problem) and eat tasty Ayurvedic food. Pushkar is full of amazing temples, great landscapes, hiking, shopping, yoga, mediation, camel safari, Ayurvedic cooking classes, welcome Chakra dance party and much, much more!

We will then venture to Udaipur, we will do some site seeing and yoga, shopping, eating interesting food, same at all places,…. their are some great big lakes and palaces to visit and it is breath taking!

Then we will go to Jodhpur or as they call it Sun City, it’s the second largest city in Rajasthan and it’s on the edge of the Thar dessert and it’s also amazingly beautiful and full of life.

Then we will travel to the golden city of Jesimer, this is right on the border of India and Pakistan, very safe and incredibly sandy. This is the heart of the desert.

We will then make our way back to Pushkar for a farewell couple of nights and more, yoga and shopping….isn’t life wonderful.

Back to Delhi or as I have seen over and over again, change your ticket and stay a while Your always Welcome in India and I will help you make arrangements if you decide to stay for a while.

I’m leaving in a few weeks to go to India. I’m leading the retreat so I will have more specific’s, video’s and lots of picture’s ect.

Rajasthan is a special place and it’s filled with god, love, culture, great cuisine and the most beautiful landscapes i’ve ever seen, sometimes i sit out side and think….. i am the most luckiest women alive. I hope you ladies will join me, I promise you will never forget India!

let me know if you have any ????

xo su

 

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