In This Issue
• Geoffrey Gordon •
• The Teacher's Corner •
• Creating Real Love •
• Astrological Tidbits•
• Upcoming Events•
• Vibrant Living Yoga Workshops in Bali and Jakarta •
• Raw recipe: Valentine's Dessert •
Vibrant Living Yoga Weekly Classes
The Yoga Shala Kerobokan, Bali
Vibrant Living Yoga
The Yoga Barn
• March 7 - 9, 2009 •
Vibrant Living Yoga
• May 10 – June 7, 2009 •
Vibrant Living Yoga Teacher Training,
Ubud - Bali
• Oct 18 – Nov 15, 2009
Vibrant Living Yoga Teacher Training,
Ubud - Bali
• Nov 18 – Dec 3, 2009 •
Vibrant Living Yoga Intermediate Module,
Ubud - Bali
|Upcoming Vibrant Living Yoga Workshops in Jakarta
Radiantly Alive returns to Jakarta in March for a three day weekend workshop, March 7-9. Visit Carin Studio for more information, or to register contact (+62) 819 328 33700, or (+62) 816 833700.
Sinfully Decadent Choco Dessert
Courtesty of Russell James's website.
3 cups pecans
1 cup raisins, roughly chopped
1 cup rapadura (optional)
4 Tbsp coconut butter, liquified
1/2 a vanilla pod
2 tsp cinnamon
1/8 tsp Himalayan salt
2 cups cashew butter
2 cups water
2 cups cacao powder or 1 1/2c milled cacao nibs + 1/2c carob powder
1 1/2 grated cacao butter
2 vanilla pods
1 cup agave nectar
Liquify the cacao butter and coco butter by placing them in a warm dehydrator or on a stove. Take cashew butter to room temp.
Process all the dry ingredients in a processor, add coco butter and vanilla. Be sure not to over-process nuts as they will release oil and become 'sludge'.
Press all the ingredients into a 9" springform (or other) pan.
Mix the water, cacao powder and avocados in a blender. In a large bowl add this mixture to the cashew butter and stir well by hand.
Add remaining ingredients - melted cacao butter, vanilla and agave to the bowl and mix again.
When thoroughly mixed, pour the chocolate mixture on the base in the springform and use a spatula to even out the top.
Place torte in the fridge for several hours (or preferably over night) to set. Before removing the springform, run a knife around the edge of the torte to separate it from the pan.
|Radiantly Alive February 2009 Newsletter
one human being to love another; that is perhaps the most difficult of
all our tasks, the ultimate, the last test and proof, the work for
which all other work is but preparation.” -Rainer Maria Rilke, poet.
"And, in the end, the love you take/ Is equal to the love you make." -The Beatles
I’d had in mind to write about cleansing and fasting this newsletter, and then I remembered that Valentine’s Day is here. So, of course, I thought of chocolate (raw chocolate) and love. Then at dinner last night, a young woman told me how she’d come to lose her belief in yoga (and astrology, and feng shui, and energy, and… herself). As you can imagine, this perked my interest on several levels.
Her story was not a happy one, and not pleasant to hear, so I won’t go into details. Suffice it to say that she was duped by a ‘guru,’ and by his followers. Like religions have done for eons, they taught her that she is inherently bad, that she needs him/them to be better, that enlightenment comes through suffering, that she deserves to be punished, and if she works hard enough for them (or gives them what they want in other ways), there might be hope for her.
I’m happy to report that she left these people several months ago, and is now rediscovering her worth and finding value in yoga and ‘spirituality.’ She, and others, are also beginning to speak about their experience, to expose the darkness of that group to the light.
So why this somber story around this Valentine’s day? Because it reminds me of the value and meaning of love. Moment by moment, we are choosing love or fear, and the choice we make makes all the difference in our lives. More on love and relating below....
|New Faculty for Vibrant Living Yoga Teacher Trainings 2009
|Another unique and new component to our teacher trainings: Geoffrey Gordon will be joining both trainings,
leading kirtans and educational pieces throughout the month. Geoffrey,
a true pioneer in both the kirtan community the world music community, has been practicing yoga, meditation and singing kirtan since 1971. His vast contribution to American spiritual music on
recordings, in workshops, kirtans, concerts, and conferences throughout
the world spans over three and a half decades.
Applications are still being accepted for the 2009 Foundation courses (May/June and Oct/Nov), and the Intermediate Module (Nov/Dec). To see a video on last year's training, or for more information, visit our site at www.RadiantlyAlive.com/training.php, or contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
|The Teacher's Corner
Music is a key element of Vibrant Living Yoga classes - it can create atmosphere, inspire our practice and uplift class
energy. We're often approached with questions about playlists that
we've created for yoga classes - below are a few of our current
1. Venice Beach - The Egg
2. Universal Highness - Thievery Corporation
3. Tomorrow Never Knows/Shivaya - Jai Uttal & Pagan Love Orchestra
4. Herculus - Aaron Neville
5. The Mystik Dance - El Hadra
6. Soulshine - Michael Franti
7. Radhe - Wah!
8. Fiesta Fatal - B-Tribe
9. Naive Melody - Shawn Colvin
|Creating Real Love
| Real Love is:
3. Peaceful (not violent)
4. Spacious (allows everyone to be themselves)
I recently listened to an old Anthony Robbins tape, and he spent two full cds talking about the importance of relationships in our lives. The exercises he prescribed were familiar to me – no doubt most of us have listed the qualities we want in a partner. If
you’ve yet to do so, and you’d like to be with a mate that is a great
match for you, write a list of all the qualities you’d like them to have.
When we’re not clear what we want, we tend to get just about anything.
This is especially important in relationship because once we get
involved with someone even a little bit, emotional and/or sexual
hypnosis can set in quickly, preventing us from considering whether we
really suit each other or not. Be creative and thorough. Later you can
refine the list into a shorter list of essentials and a longer list,
with qualities that‘it’d be nice to have’.
Then he took it a couple steps further, to
another exercise that I found very helpful. Once we’re clear about what
kind of person we want to be with, then we list the qualities that we must have in order to be with that person. Interestingly, the odds are pretty high that this list will be similar to what we want in the other. We then rate ourselves.
For instance, ‘how well am I doing on’ (for example) 1) being
physically fit 2) being reliable and trustworthy 3) creating quality
time to spend with the people that are important to me… etc. Everyone’s
list will be different. It’s worth it to invest some time to consider
what’s uniquely true for you.
must be honest with ourselves, and it’s useful to employ a 1-10 scale.
It can be helpful to ask our friends to rate us too. And where we find
ourselves below our standards, we can make a commitment to improve (and
then a plan, and then action).
As Gandhi said ‘Be the change you want to see.’ Or ‘be the person you want to be with.’ Or better yet ‘be the person that the person you want to be with wants to be with.’
Love is certainly not limited to any ‘partnership,’ not to any relationship. Yet we are in relationship all the time:
whether that’s relating to this keyboard I’m typing on, my daughter,
the cashier at the café, the earth, etc. As Rilke said, all of our work
– be that fasting or yoga or psychotherapy – is but preparation.
This Valentine’s day, let’s remember what John Lennon sung; let’s evaluate how much love we’re giving out, and – if appropriate (and who among us couldn’t benefit from loving more?) – take it higher.
Maybe it’s a gift of chocolate, a smile, a hug, a ‘thank you,’ or
whatever comes uniquely from your heart. The more we give, the more
comes back. The more that comes back, the more we give.
|Astrological Tidbits - On Love
| As we move on into 2009 this February, the theme of change and stability continues to be of prime importance. And though this is true all the way through most of 2010, we are in a particularly strong phase of it now. These polar energies may show up
in any aspect of your life, as well as in our collective lives
(certainly it’s apparent in politics now), and in the next month you may especially notice it in your love life.
Just before Valentine’s day (from the 11-13th), you
may find extra sensitivity to other beings, more awareness of their
emotions, and get some psychic clues as to the perfect way to celebrate on the 14th. It’s also an especially good time to create some fantasy, especially if ‘reality’ has gotten too predominate. Another good use of this energy would be to ‘give’ something, to tune into increased altruistic tendencies and help someone else.
he second half of February – especially the 16th through the 19th - is a powerful time for blossoming love.
If you’re in a relationship, you are likely to find things shifting to
another level, and a ripe time for enjoying each other. Those not in a
relationship may find new opportunities arise. These are a great few
days for parties, as we’re all prone to more social enjoyment. Arts may
Talking about love
and relationship – and/or writing poetry or music – flow well February
24-26th. The new moon on the 25th is a great time for letting the
people you care about know it – a heart-to-heart, a poem, a letter.
Remember, the movement of the planets indicates an
energy that is affecting all of us. Far more powerful is how that
particular (and other) symbolism is operating through our individual
charts. Especially pertinent these days is which houses in your natal
chart are now hosting transiting Saturn and Uranus. Learning more about
your chart – on your own or with a qualified astrologer – pays rich
dividends in self-awareness.
“The person who understands themselves can accomplish anything.”
We hope our newsletter provides you with some inspiration or education – that it’s useful. If you’d like to hear about something in particular, or have questions, we welcome your input
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