In This Issue
• January Bali Retreat •
• NEW! 500hr Intermediate Modules •
• 5 Holiday Tips •
• Yoga Playlist •
• Upcoming Events •
• Raw Recipe: Gingerbread Cookies and Hot Chocolate •
Vibrant Living Yoga
The Yoga Barn
Vibrant Living Yoga Weekly Classes
The Yoga Shala Kerobokan, Bali
• Jan 25 – Jan 30, 2010•
Art of Vibrant Living Yoga
Ubud - Bali
• Feb 1 – Feb 14, 2010 •
Vibrant Living Yoga Intermediate Module,
Ubud - Bali
Plan ahead! Check out more 2010 dates listed on our site.
| HOLIDAY HOT CACAO AND GINGERBREAD COOKIES WITH CASHEW CREME FROSTING
A Christmas treat from childhood, with a raw twist. Make several batches for special holiday events, potlucks, or make several batches to gift to friends and family. Recipes courtesy of GoneRaw.com.
1½ cup walnuts, soaked for 6-8 hours
1 handful almonds, soaked for 6-8 hours
3 dried apricots, soaked for 30 minutes
4 dates, soaked for 30 minutes
1 tablespoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon mix of nutmeg, ginger, cardamon
1 teaspoon honey
1 teaspoon organic orange peel, finely chopped
Put everything except the orange peel in the food processor and process until you get a sticky, paste-like consistency.
Mix in orange peel.
Form into cookies and dehydrate at 100°F for 10 hours or until desired texture. (Optional: no dehydrating required. Press into bars, cookies or balls and refrigerate.)
CASHEW CREME FROSTING:
2 cup Cashews
2 teaspoon vanilla extract or 1/2 bean
¼ cup agave
½ cup water
Process cashews to a fine flour. Add vanilla, agave, and 1/4 cup of water. Blend. Slowly add in rest of water to desired consistency. Let set in the refrigerator.
Sprinkle cookies with cinnamon, raw cacao chips, decorate with frosting as you wish. Serve with hot chocolate!
1 cup almond milk
2 teaspoon raw almond butter
honey or agave nectar to taste
1 tablespoon raw cacao powder
1 thin slice of fresh ginger, chopped
1 pinch of cinnamon
1 pinch of grated nutmeg
1 dash of cayenne pepper or Espelette pepper
Blend everything together in blender until frothy. Garnish with a bit more hot pepper if you like it hot.
|Radiantly Alive December 2009 Newsletter
"If you think you’re enlightened, spend a week with your family."— Baba Ram Das
"Probably the reason we all go so haywire at Christmas time with the endless
unrestrained and often silly buying of gifts is that we don't quite
know how to put our love into words."
- Harlan Miller
holy daze! For those of us who grew up in or live in the West, the
holiday season is well upon us. For some, the holidays are favorite
times, and for others, the most difficult times of the year.
Having just finished two intensive yoga teacher trainings, and just now
reemerging into my ‘normal’ life, I’m excitedly considering what
rituals we’ll create in our family to enjoy the most of this holiday
Whether something you’re looking forward to or something you’re dreading, these once-a-year events are here. Of course, our response to the holidays determines most of what we’ll experience – and it’s worth remembering that what we proactively create directly influences not only our experience, but more importantly, our friends and family around us.
Below you’ll find 5 tips inspired by Yoga philosophy to empower you to create the best and most meaningful holiday season yet.
|January Retreat - A New Year and a more Vibrant You!
|Can you think of an amazing way to start the new year? You don't have to - we already did! Retreats
are one of our favorite events, and we're particularly excited about
this one - because it's been since November 2008 since our last one,
and because Paul Toliuszis will be co-facilitating the six day retreat in Bali, this January 25 - 30, 2010.
A longtime yoga teacher from Miami Beach, Florida, Paul owns the Miami
Yogashala and the creator of South Beach Power Yoga. During the past 18
years of practice, he's founded 2 Yoga Alliance Registered
Schools, conducted 26 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Trainings, and helped
hundreds of people become professional teachers in the global yoga
Immerse yourself in six days of revitalization and breathing life into your intention for a vibrant 2010: find inspiration and strength with incredible yoga with Daniel and Paul, nourish and treat yourself with gourmet all organic living foods
created by Simone Powers, and journey into the magic of Bali. All based
in the lovely and luxurious Anahata Resort, we'll relax, replenish and
reinvigorate ourselves in the tropical paradise of Ubud.
More details, including registration information, is posted on our site. Please enquire for local expat rates. See you there!
|Diving Deeper: The Launch of our Intermediate Modules and Upcoming Module Themes
recently expanded our (now bi-annual!) Vibrant Living Teacher Trainings
and have taken them to the next level...both literally and figuratively. This November we initiated the 500 hour training with the first of many two week modules.
Each of the modules offers a
unique and incredibly rich opportunity for intermediate practitioners
to deepen their personal practice and develop their teaching skills
with some of the world's most experienced teachers and
practitioners. We started with the bar very high – faculty for the
first level two training were Edward Clark, Dave Stringer and Daniel
Aaron (all regulars on our training faculty), as well as Prem Carlisi
and Heather Duplex. We’re thrilled with the program’s development,
having seen great depth and potential for growth in the trainees’
learning and teaching.
Each of the fourteen-day intermediate modules stands alone as a complete experience, and any three of them may be combined to meet the requirements for the Yoga Alliance 500 hour training (prerequisites apply).
Further, each module will feature a specific theme, related to the specialities of the rotating cast of guest faculty, enabling
you to dive deeply into a particular yogic realm through asana,
philosophy, teaching and more, in an intimate environment with
UPCOMING MODULES IN 2010:
*June 18 - July 2: Dedication, Discipline and Devotion, with Dena Kingsberg,
Edward Clark, Daniel Aaron.
*Nov 12 - 26: Edward Clark, Daniel Aaron, Ron Reid and Marla Meenakshi Joy.
More information, including event details, application information and prerequisites, is on our site, or contact us at email@example.com to apply.
|5 Tips for the Best Holiday Season Yet
|Ahimsa - Create as much positive good as you can for others.
My two and a half year old daughter’s favorite new book is all about
filling buckets. In this case, the buckets represent invisible
containers for our good feelings. The book recommends ways to fill
other people’s buckets, i.e. how to help other people feel good about
themselves. Simple things, like telling people you love and appreciate them, work wonders.
Particularly those who help you on a regular basis throughout the year.
A sincere and genuine thank you to these friends (gardeners, mail
handlers, recycling folk, newspaper deliverers) can have powerfully
Satya - Being truthful AND appreciative.
Holiday angst can come from wanting to receive other people’s kindness,
gifts and well-wishing, though feeling obligated or not always feeling
in alignment with what’s being offered. In this instance, enter the
power of the word ‘and.’ ‘And’ is a word that connects two thoughts,
which though they may seem to be in conflict, ultimately are in
harmony. Such as: ‘thank you for the offer of pesticide, larvicide,
homogenized eggnog, and no thank you.’ ‘I appreciate your kindness and
generosity, and I choose to not eat twenty more store-bought,
processed, sugar-ridden cookies and cake.’ ‘Thank you for the
invitation to stay longer past 5:30am, and I’m going home now.’ Okay,
I’ve exaggerated for effect. The point is, though, that we
can keep true to our values while still expressing appreciation. For
most of us, the spirit of the holidays has more to do with being with
the people we care about than what we give/receive or what we consume.
Asteya - Non-stealing or giving more.
While we readily agree on the adage of ‘it’s better to give than
receive,’ we can take this to the next level by giving more upon
receiving. As a kid my mother impressed upon me the importance of
thank-you letters. We can all give more to those who gift us by
offering in returning an enthusiastic and heart-felt ‘thanks’ –
remembering to thank for the intention, the generosity and caring in
the giving, more so than the actual item itself.
Bramacharya - Moving toward God.
The literal meaning of this oft confused word has to do with moving
toward God. Or, if other words work better for you, moving toward
nature or the divine. It can be easy during the holiday seasons to
become swept up in the commercialism and consumerism. Simply
by taking a moment on a regular basis to step back and ask the question
of how the holidays and the rituals we create can move us closer to our
pure nature, we immediately find a bigger perspective and breathe into simple answers.
Aparigraha - How can we share more of what we have.
Every person I’ve met who has dedicated some of their holiday energy,
whether it be their time, work or money, to the upliftment of others,
has raved about the rewards they received from doing so. Regardless of ‘how much’ we have, sharing with others will make us richer.
Some of these tips are general, and require some of your own imagination and intitiative to implement. You can start creating the optimal holiday experience for yourself and your loved ones by simply asking the question ‘how.’ How can I show my family friends my love and appreciation? How can I reach those in need around me? How do we make this holiday season the best one yet?
|Our Latest Yoga Playlist
|Having just completed our 200 and 500 hour Vibrant Living Yoga Teacher Trainings, we have a wealth of playlists from the classes during the last seven weeks. Below is one of our favorites!
- Amrita Flux - Sacred System (Asana 2 - Moving Meditation)
- Track 15 - Nightmares On Wax (Nightmares On Wax CD#2)
- Maha Deva Soulshine - Wah! (Love Holding Love)
- Ego Tripping at the Gates of Hell - The Flaming Lips (Yoshimi Battles the Pink
- Two Become One - Govinda (Erotic Rhythms From Earth)
- Kashi Vishwanath Gange - Krishna Das (Breath Of The Heart)
- Peacetime - G-Corp (Richard Dorfmeister Presents A Different
- Mahatma's Message (feat. Sukhawat Ali Khan) - M.C. Yogi (Elephant Power)
- Sita Ram - Jai Uttal And The Pagan Love Orchestra (Shiva Station)
- Moving Dub-Better Things - Massive Attack (No Protection)
- Mother Nature's Son - The Beatles (The Beatles (The White Album) (Disc Two))
- I Shall Be Released - Bob Dylan (Bob Dylan At Budokan [Disc 1])
- Abscence Of One - Recloose (Erotic Lounge)
- Anybody Seen My Mind - Michael Franti (Songs From The Front Porch)
- Somewhere Over The Rainbow/What A Wonderful World - Israel
|October 2009 200 Hour Teacher Training Recap
|What more can we say - but thank you to those who joined us and supported us this October for the four week training. How inspiring to be surrounded by people committed to raising their own vibration and changing the world. We've posted photos on our Facebook page - come check them out.
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