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Recipes – for a Yogic Lunch

Ahimsa (non-violence) has been referred to in the ancient Vedic texts as ‘Do not harm anything’ and is an important aspect of the code of conduct of a yoga practitioner.  This principle of Ahimsa is challenged by the food chain hierarchy as one has to eat other living beings (whether plants or animals) in order to survive.  In such a situation, a practical approach is prescribed to have a vegetarian diet where harm to living beings (in particular those with more developed senses) is kept to a minimum.

In Ayurvedic terms, a Yogic diet comprises of food which are of a Sattvic (pure) nature such as fresh fruits,  salads and grains.  Hot and spicy or very cold foods are Rajasic in nature and cause excitement.  Fried foods are examples of Tamasic foods which make you feel heavy and bloated.  Such IMG_1557types of foods are to be avoided.  Sattvic foods are those which keep you satisfied and, are energising and refreshing.

 

 

Watch this video which shows a freshly prepared Sattvic Yogic lunch and here are the delicious recipes which go with it.

 

 


Winter Warmer Drink

Here’s a traditional Indian winter warmer drink to make.

All ingredients readily available in Indian grocery stores and leading supermarkets.

It’s a soothing caffeine-free alternative to coffee and tea.

Quick to make and simply delicious.


The Modern Urban Warrior Series – Part 4

Each one of us who lives in a metropolitan city is a modern urban warrior.  Modern lifestyles mean that time has become too short and we keep chasing dreams projected by social media.  This has lead to a reduction in our bearing power – ie the power to withstand when things do not go as one would like.

Part 4: Endurance and Resilience

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The ability to keep going forward even when hard knocks take one two steps back has become increasingly important.  This requires one to be both physically and mentally fit – strengthening the core and channelling mental energy in the right direction rather than letting it dissipate.

 

 

 

Warrior 3 : Virabhadrasana 3

Warrior 3(4) for articleThe qualities of endurance and resilience are illustrated perfectly when doing the Warrior 3 pose.  The pose improves balance, posture, and full-body coordination.  It requires the alignment of physical body and focus of the mind in order to stand on one leg with the arms, back and the extended other leg to remain in a straight horizontal plane.  The intricacies of the pose and how the body and the mind respond to the pose are important observations to make.

Just as it took time to get into the best Warrior 3 on the mat, you know with time and dedication, you can transform the biggest struggles into strengths.  Indeed and just as on the mat, amidst the daily challenges of modern urban living, your inner warrior will rise to the occasion and get you through anything.

 

 

 


The Modern Urban Warrior Series – Part 3

Each one of us who lives in a metropolitan city is a modern urban warrior.  An important quality of such a warrior is humility.

Part 3: Humility

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In a competitive urban environment, it may seem that the only way to get ahead in the rat race is by pushing yourself forward and crushing others.  However, doing this only causes unhappiness and misery.  Instead and to be at peace with oneself, put the needs of others before our own and think of others before yourself.  Perhaps also we need to learn to acknowledge that we may not always be right.

Reverse Warrior : Viparita Virabhadrasana 

We worked on the Reverse Warrior posture to explore humility further.  On one side we reverse-warrior1 for articlereflected on the open palm recalling when we were not so humble in our interaction with other people and the feelings which overcame us then.  On the other side we again reflected on the raised palm recounting occasions when we have been humble and the positive peaceful feelings we were enveloped with then.

So, from a practical off-the-mat perspective, we can practice humility by spending more time listening than talking, giving due credit to others, giving opportunities to others, praising others, seeking advice and admitting when we are wrong, etc.

 


The Modern Urban Warrior Series – Part 2

Each one of us who lives in a metropolitan city is a modern urban warrior.

We continue to explore here the qualities of such a modern urban warrior.

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The cities are getting more and more crowded and competitive.  We meet many different people all the time.  Despite all our differences, how can we all live together harmoniously and not get overly caught up in the daily grind?  By understanding our differences so as to make adjustments and tolerate these differences.

Warrior 2 : Virabhadrasana 2

The Warrior 2 posture wonderfully demonstrates these qualities.                                                                                          warrior 2 picture for article

The arms are moving away from each other and yet we can remain in posture by focusing  steadfastly into the future along the length of the front arm and without looking back.  And breathing into and tolerating the burn in the biceps. The knee of the bent front leg keeps rolling in and out, constantly adjusting, so as to keep its stability over the heel-ankle.

The yogi is able to hold Warrior 2 for many minutes and it is this very same tolerance and adjustment that helps us deal with modern urban living.

 


The Modern Urban Warrior Series – Part 1

Each one of us who lives in a metropolitan city is a modern urban warrior.

What are the key qualities of such a warrior? This note focuses on some of the qualities of such a modern urban warrior and explores them further in the context the warrior yoga postures.

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Part 1: Strength, skill and courage 

The modern urban warrior needs to be strong both mentally and physically, skilful in their chosen vocation and courageously face the fast pace of life in metropolitan jungle.

 

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The Warrior 1 posture demonstrates these qualities.

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You need to have skill to be able to position the knee above heel-ankle and not let it roll in nor out. You need strength to lift the arms above the head as you’re working against gravity. You need to keep the chest open and have the strength to ‘take’ the metaphorical arrows. These arrows may be those fired by the world eg harsh words said to you; or internally created, eg anger, frustration.

The warrior remains calm and collected whilst holding the Warrior 1 pose.  So must we in our daily routines show these qualities, recalling how we are able to show the same qualities on the mat.