Recipe of the month

Tempeh Bites Prep&Cook time: 45 minutes Servings: 4-8 Ingredients ½ cup raw cashews 1 package of tempeh 1 small handful sun-dried tomatoes 1 tablespoon tomato paste 2 garlic cloves 1 scallion 1 handful Italian parsley 1 leaf of tuscan kale 1 teaspoon cumin seeds 1 tablespoon ground flax seeds 1 teaspoon water 2 tablespoon olive oil 1 teaspoon balsamic 1 teaspoon smoked paprika 1 teaspoon salt Equipment Food processor, two bowls, baking sheet, parchment paper Prep Notes Preheat oven at 375 Line baking sheet with parchment paper. Drizzle olive oil over the paper. Directions Cashews: In a food processor, pulse cashews until they make a mealy consistency. Combining: In a food processor add:

Journey into the Light!

Bibi, can you share your background before you began your practice? Before I began practicing Ashtanga Yoga, I spent 5 years wandering around different yoga studios. I had initially encountered yoga by chance. I was living in the East Village when I first moved to NYC at 21 years old. I was waitressing to pay bills while studying theater with John Strasberg and I was too broke to afford a gym. However, I did not have a great relationship with my body during this time and craved exercise in an unhealthy obsessive way. One day I stumbled upon the studio, Yoga to The People. That was it. I started to spend most of my free time taking donation based yoga classes. I noticed that the only time I c

Clean up your mind!

“Brahmacharya pratishthayam virya labhah.” (sutra 2.18) Upon being established in brahmacharya, there is the attainment of vital energy. Brachmacharya is considered one of the cornerstones of a devoted, truthful yoga practice. Brahmacharya means celibacy, moderation or often interpreted as suppression of the natural instincts, but actual literally meaning ‘being established in divine consciousness’. I was reflecting on the difference between suppression of natural instincts and the word moderation. Suppression is a big word, usually anything that is suppressed or prohibited, will eventually be released with doubled force when an opportunity arises. This opportunity being for example, when y

One step at a time

Ekam- step one - inhale raise your arms. Dwe - step two - exhale fold forward. Trini- step three - inhale head up. Chatuari - step four - jump back. Just like that, one step, one breath at a time, you build a whole structure, a whole practice. 1 simple step, 1 breath, coordinated in 1 movement. That's all it takes to begin something, one step followed by the next. You have a guideline, you have a structure, within that structure there is freedom of prana, or breath aka life force, movement. Within that sealed, outer structure, you find infinite, inner freedom. Who said there can't be freedom within structure? Can there be freedom without structure? True freedom stems out of stability. Stabi

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