Tuesday, November 10, 2009

bali and india bound

i am blessed with an amazing opportunity to serve sri guru and my sadhana..
i have been feeling for a while now that i need a breather from canada and momma life to focus and go inside my studies more.. to really just devote myself to healing and my raw food chef learning extraVEGANza.. so i asked my friend madhava and he invited me to come to bali and help him work on some raw projects, also there is a raw yoga community / teaching center which is like first class and i am totally stoked to be planning a trip to bali in February!!! oh my gosh i'm elated actually, the pictures are incredible, and to have an opportunity to serve my god-brother as he works on setting up a raw ayurvedic chef school would be divine.. i also like that india is so close, i will be working with a  multi level marketing travel company too to make some extra funds as well as teaching yoga, studying yoga (about to take a kids teacher training workshop in vancouver next week) and i'm going to pump out some raw goodies for the local co-op soon soon soon.. i am day dreaming constantly of going, but also have to be present and love my darling daughters and care fro them, as it has been a lot of challenges lately in the home front, attitudes are flaring up and i see how all the changes have affected the little darling kiddies, they miss their dad too, so it will be nice that he is going to come here and spend time with them while i go on my yogi mission, who knows maybe bali is where doors will open to live one day, there are a lot of good opportunities to be with devotees and work with raw foods and yoga scene, just have to stay sincere...

Saturday, November 7, 2009

give it to me raw community saves my day

so i've been blogging here for a week now, i know it will take time, iknow not everyone is going to run and comment, and i know no one may be reading, but it sure feels good to spread your thoughts on the keyboard.. 

i started a blog on my give it to me raw account and was amazed that within like two minutes i sparked a converstion and intellectual dialogue about candida busting and raw food living that proved to rock the waves.. 45 comments and some really good advice and direction..

i'm going to pick up the whole body ecology diet book at the co-op as soon as i can get my hands on a few extra bucks.. it is a good book i read it almost front to back, and i crashed out flat after feeling i didn't have enough support, then i shared it with my raw buddies and they all came pouring out answers and warm fuzzies.. 

so here' s a link in case anyone is reading this blog and wants to check er out.. 

i have been wasting away a lot of hours on line lately and am going to retreat into cleansing yogi cave of wonders only to pop out for some one to give it to me raw.. because that is what i find faith in.. 


Friday, November 6, 2009

this video is soooo cute and funny, my kids keep asking me to watch it over and over and over again..

so i stayed up really late last night, after cholon cleansing i seem to have some energy and desire to study and research cleansing more in depth.. anywho i was reasearching about travellin in india and eating raw.. most of the information is really skeptical becasue of the pollution and toxins and bad bacteria living inside the produce which were fed by poor water conditions.. 
but however, bombay is apparently one of the best places to go to eat raw, and i have read that gabriel cousins says there are sadhus in the himilayas that are eating raw and have for long times.. something to consider if i go to mysore in february.. i will go for the coconuts like crazy for sure.. 

got up early today refreshed, amidst my late night, drank water, and did my primary series practice,  then followed it with some E3Live for breakfast after pranayama, laksmi joined in the yoga practice with me.. primary series  is so invigorating but i also am becoming more and more of my strengths and weaknesses.. trying to find a balance on the left and right so i read the patanjali yoga sutras and light on life by iyengar.. which always puts things into perspective, i opened up the sutras to a text talking about the importance of repetition.. i firmly believe this, even though i do the same practice every day it is never the same, and always expanding, grounding, and uplifting to have that regulation, just like chanting, just like living foods lifestyle.. once you find something that works for you it works!!

i then ventured off to shanti yoga studio, the much talked about yoga studio in town, which didn't quite appeal to me at first when i took a class there months ago while visiting.. mostly because i teach and practice a very specific style of yoga and it isn't even a style, it is traditional.. anyways.. i spoke to the owner for almost an hour and a half, about yoga, life, teaching, seva, running a studio, different aspects, styles etc.. it was kind of intimidating, she's really into anasura yoga, which is interesting but not my path.. and she pointed out that her teachers are all veterans.. and that new teachers are not that high on the list.. she was kind enough though to offer me to teach a mock class next week sometime and she would assess my ability to teach,, ahhh so nervous now.. someone who's been a yoga teacher/practitioner for 25 years.. yikes.. intimidating, but hey you got rolll with it and have faith in yourself so i agreed.. also i was pretty bumbed out that she can't have kids yoga in her studio because of her windows..??? which was really strange.. so i'm going to have to find another space to teach in.. which is good in the long run because i can focus on ashtanga and primary series more, and also kids.. but that could take a lot of time.. so i'm going to keep on going with the raw food busines. and just make as much food as possible, buy as many supplies as possible and go into the raw!
that could take time too, things move really slow in the kootneys...

then i came home, had some pre-soaked bentonite clay which is doing majikal things to my body right now.. and  had a salad, and oh gosh i succumed to eating a raw mango bliss ball.. oh gosh, dats, and mango and peaches are a no no on the candida cleanse, i feel drunk from alcohol now, but maybe it's the clay.. not sure.. got to get regulated that's all iknow... candida is a hard thing to balance, especially when you help in a restaurant that is loaded with cooked this and that and sweets, so the raw sweet i made for them to try out, i brough some home for my kiddies, but then oops i had some.. 
like micheal franti says, its' never too late to start your day over..

There is a yogathon happening about an hour and a half out of town at the Yasodhara ashram on sunday, i don't have a car, so i will ask all my friends with cars if they want to go.. but i probably won't be able to make it.. it looks like an  amazing day.. it's a fundraiser for kids in uganda to get an eco-birthing center (where hiv infection rate from mom to child is like really scarry high) and then they are building a farm and a  school, and helping kids do yoga, which is great..

here's the awesome organization if you want to read more : 
the event is called Off teh Matt and Into the World..

blessings are all around us.. 

my daughters came home for lunch today and said no to pizza after reading some green for life inspiring stories from Victoria Boutenko and her experience as a kid eating raw food and being in public school, she has a really good story about how she told the kids at pizza day why she wasn't eating what they were, the fact that the wheat is made of gmo flour where workers had to wear gas masks, the cheese is like seven years old, and the tomatoes are genetically modified and died red with spray and picked green, that was enough for my kids to say mom can we come home for lunch, and i told them i didn't have money for it, so it worked out.. they  had some cooked food from the krishna restaurant as a treat.. and raw bliss balls.. with salad, they're coming around .. oh gosh i wish i had it in me to home-school, or a million bucks to take them away from public school and into a better alternative, but we just have to deal with what god gave us right now and make the best of it.. which it could be a lot worse, we could be trying to build a school in uganda and have aids.. 

Thursday, November 5, 2009

in the raw

day three of candida busting and balancing

oh it was a good day yesterday, somuch more energy now that i'm past the first day or two.. did primary series with ease, E3Live has kept me rolling along, and the flax crackers with chia.. oohhh yummm.. and i think i over ate coocnut butter, i must have had a quarter cup that stuff is so good, now i'm going to cut back on oils because there is a lot of evidence that high oil intake feeds these sugar bugs too, thank god for stevia.. 

i had the most interesting conversation in the health food store yesterday, so many of us were talking about candida, i think it's a post halloween topic too,

so today i breathe in light and let go of cravings for sugar, it is really chili out, and i think brisk walks in the cold air are going to help me through this.. i was referring to the whole body ecology book and it is a very interesting book i recommend it for anyone interested in balancing the flora and ecology in their temple.. it says that to balance out candida can actually take up to a year!!! I'm going to go for three  months and see how I do.. in the mean time making lots of raw sweets to sell, how bizarre!

I'm not decided on weather i should go to india, and or spain, or take this course.. it looks amazing, i think i will take the course no matter what other choice i make, because i want to become more trained and educated in working with kids and facilitating yoga with kids and  families.. 

i hope today will bring joy and peace 

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

day one of raw candida cleanse

woke up a little light today, must have been that amazing enema experience last night, i felt so light, rejuvenated, and ready to salute the sunshine with bliss..

so today was inspiring, i actually suppressed all cravings for sweets.. I had E3Live for breakfast, and E3Live for snack,  a tall glass of  greener grasses shortly after, -organic high grade organic wheat grass, barley grass, and alfalfa grass... super good stuff.. - it all fueled me to ride my bike in the brisk sunshine and head off to the local Kootney Co-op to talk to the hiring manager. Turns out they all love raw food, and don't have a supplier for their deli! HELLO RAW FOOD GODDESS SUPPLIER HERE I COME!! she was very enthusiastic about my offerings, and especially the potential to do raw pies, cakes and cookies, funny i'm not eating any sweets at the moment, and little nuts> But maybe that is where my inspirational outlet of creativity can pour into.. not eating them, but making them!

next was off to Jaganath's kitchen where i help out in the restaurant once a week, it is a nice atmosphere, krishna conscious family, in need of a little help and tlc, they serve almost all cooked food that i don't desire to eat or serve, but it is nice that they are offering it to krishna and trying to buy organic where possible. Also the woman in charge likes it if i make some raw sweets for the sweet display, which i am not that enthusiastic about all the mouth watering sweet cakes, cookies, and ladhus, which i know are not the highest food i'd like to be offering.. so it was fun to make raw mango coconut bliss balls and see them fly off the plate, everyone loved them.. because raw food is so tasty people just adore the delectables.. even if they don't 'like' raw food, or understand the life changing benefits to a live food lifestyle..

so there i was making raw sweets and not able to eat them, that was my first test.. then i went home and had the nicest yummiest fennel salad with lemon juice and tomato and avocado..

took the girls to town and we went back to the jaganaths restaurant, because they just love to eat there, big treat for them.. and then i sat there drinking water,, and off we were to the sauna and pool! oh the sauna is a great agent for cleansing too.. very complementary, may have to do the sauna more often..

and upon returning home my tummy grumbled and i drank some herbal tea, and made a delicious sprouted sunflower ginger pate and spread it all over nori sheets and made some yummy nori wraps, one of my favorite things.. take a nori sheet some nice salad, any veggies really, kale works, sprouts work, avocado, tomato cucumber, i like radishes in mine, if you want to get real fancy throw in some cayenne pepper... and for desert.. ah yes there has to be some sort of desert.. aloe vera juice and i just couldn't help but take a little coconut butter, by the spoonful, this is proving to be my craving quencher! 

and now i feel amazing, another 100% raw day.. 
the highlight was watching my kids moan and groan for more raw coconut butter, they also loved the raw bliss balls, they're coming around slowly, it's hard to get them off of some of their favorite comfort foods like subji and dhal.. but i think they're pretty stellar kids.. they just love my flax crackers too, i can't get them to stop eating them! so we made more tonight, and i threw in some psyllium fruit leather.. more blogging about our yummy lunches tomorrow..!

Monday, November 2, 2009

cleaning inside and out for prana

Here is a picture of my little booth last summer as Omamma live foods, i've decided to change my name to Prana Foods ~ foods for life ~  The moss street market was where this picture is from, my dear friend Mahatma and I were selling raw dehydrated organic vegan crackers and cookies and balls. as you can see it was very grass roots display, and i was really winging it. People loved our offerings and we sold out every week! I'm working on bringing production back to life after a little rejuvenation time i've been taking...and after moving my kids half way across the province, no more than half way.. all the way... Anyways, I talked to a woman today about a great kitchen space! very exciting.. but first an update on other ways of healing taking place in this temple I call Menaka....

today was a blessed day for my cholon, we had a lovley date with warm water, i feel a great deal of clarity already, i think i'll do enemas three times a week it feels so good to clean out that area> Now enema's and cholonics are a bit different, cholonics go a little further.. here's matt monarch's talk about that if you're interested Enemas Vs. Colonics, Episode #196  he is a great inspiration to me on various subjects.. i particularly like how he animates cholon cleansing.. 

and  if you're nervous of the thought, it's really not that bad at all, its great, it's fantastic, best ever..so far..

 i'm going to start blogging about my candida cleanse that i will be on for six weeks, gabriel cousisn of tree of life and matt monarch inspired me on this adventure after their phone interview about awakening the kundalini, it really hit home to me that i need to fast for a while.. i'll be eating no fruit, no sugar, no startch., no ferments.. darn i love ferments.. I'll be taking in  lots of greens, alkalizing veggies... green juices, e3live, wheat grass, herbs teas, grapefruit seed extract, chagga mushroom, oil of oregano.. enemas and bentonite clay with pysillium... this is going to be major... probiotics are in order..  i  may be doing some quinoa, sprouted and cooked.. but want to stay as raw as possible.. oh and no caffein, dandelion tea is pretty tasty.. and  nettles...
i tried to start a week ago, but crashed flat into dates and banana's, so i did some research, and have a whole plan and regime in place, with some good support too.. I had no idea how major candida imbalance is and how many sympotms i have that all point to candida overgrowth, the key here is finding a balance so i don't eat a whole tray of raw chocolate and a whole bowl of dates.. i would like to see my mind get a bit more clear, and my skin to feel a lot more glowy too, so those are some of the rewards, what to speak of a sparkling immune system and digestive tract... 

so here we go, embarking on a clean the temple inside out adventure, 

i'll be one busy yogi while i'm doing this major cleanse, re- starting my raw food business Prana Food.. and looking to teach yoga here in the koots, oh and there is that blessing of taking care of my darling goddesses.. so busy so full of life, got to pace myself  and get out to those hot springs!

Sunday, November 1, 2009

times are a changin

here we are, another halloween come and gone, it was a fun event, filled with lanterns, and costumes, mountains, story telling at the stone circle, photos were not taken, it was an in the moment evening, we had a pretty witch a god fairy, a pirate and a full moon to guide the way..

i woke up this morning not knowing that the time changed, i woke up feeling very tired, but didn't realize i actually gained an our in the day, how interesting, now it is like four thirty and getting dark, how interesting this winter will be.. i think we'll be going to the pool and sauna a lot to keep the fire alive, and to keep the light inside.. 

so i'm looking at raw recipies, what to offer to the nelson comunity, i'm thinking simple, crackers and nori sticks to start, snacks, sweets to come later, i mean sweets are so well over rated, i'm doing a candida cleanse and i am comitted to two months of no more sugars.. no fruit, no sweets or starch, little cooked grains, like quinoa amaranth, maybe some warming soups, it will be challenging to say the least, but witha  littlel lE3 live, and some herbs i think i'm good to go.. 

I hope the candida busting will help bring some added clarity to my life, and a fixed determination to go to spain and india this coming february. For ten years i've dreamed of india and it is now manifesting before my eyes, the doors are opening, i just have to work hard and stay really clear and focused.

so the times are a changing, this momma is going to take a well deserved break, dad will enter stage left and i'll become a nomad yogi for a couple months, following my dreams .. and hoping to bring the kids along soon after.. One month in the Mysore yoga shala will do this mind and body some good, and i can offer all i learn to all my students, it is going to be very wonderful for my soul, i need this nourishment, as do my kids..