Happy Holidays!

Thanxmas-greetingsk You All for this year 2016.

Looking forward to seeing you again in January. In 2017, Let’s Make the Rest of Our Life the Best of Our Life ❤

Get ready for yoga to begin the year, and order your yoga pass already in advance to benefit a special rate. Check here the yoga-fees-2017

 

 

 

 

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Changes changes…

dsc01896The year 2016 is approaching the end, and it is time to reflect the past and think about the future. Turning the page to 2017 may feel like a brand new start. How will your year 2017 be? How would you like it to be? It will be what you make out of it.

Those good resolution will last if we commit to them. For sure, there will be sliding and steps back, who said it is easy? But real commitment means we do not give up after some falling back, but continue forward. Good things do not come easy, they take time and patience and are worth it. Imagine new year and new you and keep that image in your mind.

Adding yoga, health and wellbeing to those resolutions is always beneficial and helps balance the busy or hectic life. Maybe you are looking to make the rest of your life the best of your life, or just adding some yoga and self-time… Instead of buying things as presents, give vouchers for good time, experiences and health. Remember yourself when giving presents.

sky-and-sunMake the Rest of Your Life the Best of Your Life

If you are looking into making changes in your life, take a look of the Make the Rest of Your Life the Best of Your Life. There is still place in the pilot group. A good present idea for yourself or a dear person??

Thursday Morning Yoga at Inspiration Yoga from January 12th

Morning yoga class moves to Inspiration Studio in January 2017. First class there will take place after the holiday break, on January 12th. Time will change slightly, class starts at 10.30hrs and ends 12.00hrs. Looking forward to welcoming you there :).

On-line class payments from January onwards

In order to facilitate the organisation of the classes, there will be on-line reservation system from the January onwards.

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Make the Rest of Your Life the Best of Your Life

sky-and-sunHow are you feeling today? Good, well, average, crap? When you think about it, what are the things that make you feel better? Have you thought about that? Did you have a good night of deep sleep? Was your breakfast tasty, or at least nourishing? Are you happy or at least content of your daily life? Are there things you wish you could change?

Would you like to make the rest of your life the best of your life?

I am looking a group of 5-10 people to participate to the pilot phase of my new programme called Make the Rest of Your Life the Best of Your Life.

bench-by-seaIn brief, this programme is about what can we do together to make it happen for you. I can be your coach or guide, but the actual work is up to you. I have a wide variety of “tools” in my toolbox, including such as yoga, modern nutrition, and ayurveda. In addition I work together with other specialists in so-called alternative health. During the first session we discuss and scan your situation. Based on this I suggest you a plan, and then we decide about the rest.

If you are interested, contact me through the contact form or drop me an email to katariinayogi@gmail.com

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Kitchari – Yogic comfort food

Kitchari – the Yogic comfort food

Kitchari or khichadi is a common food in India, and among yogis and ayurvedic communities around the world. It is a good meal to eat all around the year. The mixture of split mung beans and rice make a complete protein, all without any animal protein. Kitchari is especially good for this moist, cold and windy season, as it helps to balance our systems with the combination of herbs and spices. If you want to read more about ayurveda, dosha and balancing your dosha, take your ayurvedic dosha test clicking here.

Kitchari can be made to be a medicine, or just like common food. In both cases it is nourishing and easy to digested. Kitchari also forms a part of ayurvedic detox. As medicine, kitchari is made without veggies, simply split mung dahl and white rice added with spices and herbs. As such is very easy to digest and heals the intestine. When cooked for common meal, vegetables can be added. You can also “play” with the recipe, for example make it out of complete rice and non-split mung beans, or other different kind of lentils. The following recipe has been inspired by the recipe I found at LifeSpa.com.

What do you need:

  • mung dal, i.e split mung beans
  • basmati rice
  • vegetables, such as carrots, sweet potatoes, pumpkin, zucchini, green beans, broccoli… use 1 or two different, on your own liking with the preference of season’s veggies
  • spices, such as turmeric, ginger, cumin, coriander seeds or powder, fennel seeds or powder, fenugreek seeds or powder, mustard seeds, cloves, cardamom, bay leaves, oregano.
  • rock salt or sea salt
  • herbs, such as coriander (cilantro), basil.
  • Ghee or coconut oil
  • Water
  • Large cooking pot

Recipe for kitchari as medicine (for 3-4 meals)

2.5 dl (~1cup) split yellow mung beans (mung dahl)
2,5 dl (~1cup) White basmati rice
chunk of fresh ginger root (2-2.5cm)
1 tsp of Black mustard seeds
1 tsp cumin powder (jeera)
1 tsp turmeric powder
1 tsp coriander powder
1 tsp fennel seeds
1/2 tsp fenugreek seeds
3 cloves
3 Bay leaves
1-2 Tbsp of Ghee (clarified butter), or coconut oil if strictly vegan.
1/2 tsp rock or sea salt
1,6-2,4 l (~7-10 cups) water
1 small handful of fresh chopped coriander

Preparation:

  1. Rinse and soak the split mung dahl for minimum 3-4 hours, or overnight if you have any trouble digesting (meaning if you usually or often get bloated after eating lentils, beans or even fresh vegetables). Soaking them makes them easier to digest, removing hard-to-digest substances. After soaking the water should be clear and the dal has probably more than doubled the original size.
  2. Wash and rinse the rice. The water should be clear. Set the rice and dal close-by aside to wait the next step.
  3. Heat a large pot on medium heat, melt the ghee (or coconut oil) in it and add the spices (except the ginger and bay leaves), and roast for a minute or two. Keep your eyes into the roasting process, so not allow them to burn.
  4. Add rice and dal and stir well.
  5. Add water, salt, ginger and bay leaves and bring to boil.
  6. Allow to boil for some 4-5 minutes.
  7. Turn the heat lower, cover the pot and continue cooking until dahl and rice become soft (about 30-40 minutes). Add water if the mixture gets too dry. The end result can be consistent or soupy, depending on your own preference.
  8. Add the fresh coriander just before serving.

The kitchari as medicine is typically eaten when sick, or while detoxing. During an ayurvedic detox, kitchari is cooked with some vegetables and usually spices and herbs selected for the individual dosha. Kitchari then forms a monodiet, eaten 3 times a day during 4-7 days. This will allow the digestion to rest and remove toxic waste from the intestine and the whole body.

Cooking kitchari for a common meal

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Kitchari with carrots, zuccini and rainbow chard

Follow the previous recipe, play with spices and herbs, use complete rice, or quinoa, use other kind of lentils, add your preferred vegetables and more water towards the end of cooking time.

  • Carrots: 15-20 min from the end
  • Sweet potatoes, pumpkin, green beans: 10-12 min from the end
  • Broccoli, zucchini: 7-10 min from the end.
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Little bit of anatomy…

Body-alignment-anterior-view-e1446819211274Our body is a magnificent system, made out of differently shaped bones, muscles, ligaments, blood, nerves, and many other miraculous things. When all these things are in balance and working well, the body functions perfectly, and we just feel fine. We feel so fine with the body, that sometimes, very often we forget it even exists, and start to neglect it. The moment when malfunction arises at some part, we start to feel unease, tensions, or even pain. From the point of view of the body it is too late when the physical system is already out of balance. And yet, preventing these malfunctions would have been so much easier and less time consuming than healing the pains and sores in the parts that do not work properly together any more.

Body_Alignment_Figure1Talking just about the basic now, the core body and the limbs. Spine, the S-shaped structure of vertebrae is the core of the physical body. The limbs, legs and arms are attached to it via hips and shoulders respectively. When we stand in perfect alignment, our spine is nicely upright, tail bone reaching down (not front or back) and the crown of the head reaching up (not front or back), and the lower back (sacrum) and upper back (chest) and back of the head on top of each other. And the knees and ankles are straight down below. Pelvis is upright (not tilting forward or backwards) and shoulders are both on top of the pelvis and sideways next to the neck (not rounded forward). Try that for yourself and check how it feels.

ideal postureOur modern everyday life takes our body out of it’s natural beautiful and functional balance. Sitting in front of desk or computer studying or working simply kills the upright posture of the human being. This then leads into troubles in lower back, middle back, upper back and shoulders, which leads to problems in legs, arms, neck and head. The physical unbalance also causes troubles in other fields of life, including digestion, breathing, feelings and emotions.

What to do about this? A little bit of movement every day makes a big difference. During a day full of work or studies we can take breaks to respect our body. Stretching the spine, moving and rolling hips and shoulders, rounding the back and opening the chest every ones and a while makes wonders.

Regular longer practices, like once a week, such as walking outdoors, swimming, other sports are good choices, but remember also stretching whole the body before and after. Yoga is a very good choice, because it can be a complete body workout including the stretching. Yoga also works on all the levels of human body.

Yoga XL on Sunday 29 May – Hips, shoulders and face 

hips&shoulders1Are you dreaming on long yoga sessions with no hurry? That kind of sessions with good amount of physical work and breathing, and after all working a nice and peaceful relaxation? And of course also some tea and snacks afterwards?

Follow this link for more information and to join the Yoga XL….  

 

 

 

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Through Yoga I can change….

KatariinaI was interviewed by the TV Brussel a little while ago. With Jin, we spoke about my life, why I came to Brussels, but especially about my life before and after yoga.

The yoga came into my life on a dark moment. In that period my life I had run into a dead end. I had had my second child, I had a deep baby-blues, and had returned to work, too soon to my taste, as I was still breastfeeding my little one. There I was, one day walking on the street, from office to home, and it suddendly came to me “is this my life, the rest of it gonna be the same and the end of it?” At that moment, I felt very lonely and saddened… But I said to myself that it cannot be so. There has to be more. And soon after that moment, I got into my first yoga class. The interview tells the rest.

The point is, with yoga we can change. To change we need the will to change, the commitment and the patience. And believe me, the things do not happen at once, but they do change. The point is, it is never too late to start.

Katariina on TV Brussel

 

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Spring is here, time for cleaning in and out

Spring flowerSpring has finally arrived to Brussels, bringing with it a perfect time for a little housecleaning. Most of us go through the winter months in storage mode, hiding out, staying warm, and eating. That is perfectly OK and normal. After all, we are part of nature, and storing is what nature does during winter months. Gaining a couple of kilos of extra weight comes with it. But now that spring is here it’s time to shed that winter coat and those extra kilos. A spring detox is an excellent way to welcome the new season. The nature is pushing fresh produce, let’s enjoy that.

Spring leafOur bodies do have a cleansing mechanism of their own. Its function is to eliminate and remove both externally acquired toxins, such as preservatives, pesticides, stimulants, and heavy metals, and body’s own metabolic waste products, through the mouth, eyes, skin, colon, urinary tract, and the breath. That works well when we live in clean environment, eat seasonally and natural foods, drink natural water, and keep ourselves physically and mentally active.

However, too much sugar, caffeine, alcohol, and processed foods, smoking, little to no exercise, and stress can slow the body’s natural detox function and instead of eliminating the waste and toxins, they start accumulating to the body. This, over time, can lead to over-acidification of the body, illnesses. According to Dr Hyman many of us probably have symptoms of chronic toxicity that we would not label as being toxic. Just some of the symptoms he mentions are fatigue, joint pain, muscle aches, sinus problems, headaches, constipation, gas, heartburn, skin problems, problems losing weight, cravings, acne, menstrual problems… Read here Dr Hyman’s article.

rucolaAccording to Dr John Douillard, we are in the middle of ayurvedic season of Kapha. Kapha is dominated by elements water and earth. When there is too much of Kapha in the body, we experience it for example with too much mucus, sinus problems, flus or allergic symptoms. In his article, Dr Douillard advices us to do a ayurvedic cleansing and a Kapha-balancing fat-free and mucus-free diet in the spring. This is done eating what nature is offering, including fresh green leaves.

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Ayurvedic detox for spring could be shorter than during the fall. I include here the link to the article on fall detox. One of the protocols that Dr Douillard recommends for the spring is a Short Home Cleanse. It includes a kitchari diet for four days, and boosting the metabolism with ghee (clarified butter).

Detoxing with LifePlus products

Intestinal cleansing with LifePlus products is another way, well adapted to the busy life. Imagine, again, your body as a house. A couple of times a year you need to make a bigger cleaning using abrasive, broom and special purifier.

The LifePlus detox cleanses the intestines from old waste and toxins, and nourishes the good bacteria in the gut. This detox also supports the de-acidification of the body, with pH-balancing minerals.

LifePlus detox PhThere are four products needed, Colon Cleanse (fibers, probiotics and prebiotics, the broom), Paracleanse (herbs, the abrasive), MSM Plus (natural sulfur, the special purifier) and pH Plus (alcalising minerals). Colon Cleanse is taken with a big glass of water 3 times a day, always at least 30 minutes before eating (breakfast, lunch, dinner). The Paracleanse and MSM I take with another big glass of water 15-20 minutes after the Colon Formula. The pH Plus should be taken 1-2 hours after each meal. One thing to remember is to drink a lot of good plain water. I use my Nikken-water, pure and alkaline. During this cleanse, one should drink 3-4 litres of water daily, which makes about 10 glasses. The water keeps the stuff going down the intestines, scrubbing the intestinal wall, and reviving the villi.

If you are interested, do not hesitate to contact me for more information using the form below. If you want to know more on the LifePlus products, ask me or click here to lifeplus.com.

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