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Spring Cleaning Inside and Out

16 Mar


Back in the day when I used to own a television, I loved watching those reality shows about cleaning house. The formula was simple: take one shopaholic packrat, add a professional organizer with a mission to de-clutter, blend in a little backstory, and the result is some pretty engaging television. Engaging, I suppose, because we can all use a little help getting our lives in order.

In my own life, I’ve noticed that it’s easier to keep things tidy on the outside when I’m feeling clean and clear on the inside. On the other hand, when life gets busy and my practice starts to slip and I feel I have no choice but to turn to fast, convenient calories in disposable containers, things tend to get messy on all fronts.

So, to prepare for the first day of Spring, I asked the amazing Malcolm Saunders of the Light Cellar in Calgary, Alberta for a yummy, detoxifying drink recipe for yogis on-the-go and here’s what he came back with:

Super Green Juice

Green Vegetable juice is the best way to re-hydrate, re-alkalinize, re-mineralize, cleanse, and energize. Consume in place of one or all of your meals. This drink allows for easy assimilation and integration of living enzymes and healing phyto-nutrients and helps cleanse the body of old waste materials.

1 cucumber
5-10 celery sticks
1-2 apples or pears
½ bunch green lettuce
3-4 stalks kale

Lemon and ginger juices, as well as powdered herbs can also be included for their cleansing and tonic properties.

Place chopped cucumber in your blender first. Blend lightly to create a watery base.  Add apple or pear and lightly blend again. Add remaining ingredients, blend well, strain through ‘nut-mylk bag’ and enjoy!

As one of my teachers likes to say, once you’ve purified the environment inside, it just doesn’t feel right to trash the outer environment, to disrespect Mother Nature. Perhaps Stephen Harper and the other champions of the Alberta tar sands could benefit from a yoga and raw food regime? I’d make a point of watching that show.

Stay tuned as Malcolm has promised to send us some of his unbelievable superfood trail mix. It’s the best I’ve ever had and I can’t wait to share with you.

Bliss in a Blender

19 Jun

This time last year, I was hanging out in Thailand with my main squeeze. It’s a magical place, Thailand. The people are gracious, the landscape is lush and the cuisine is vibrant, nourishing and utterly fresh. Think mangos and coconuts still warm from the sun; think aromatic ginger, lemongrass and lime leaves; think potent green chilies that whirl up your inner fire. It was pure paradise for a yogini seeking to recharge and renew.

Recently, I asked raw, vegan chef Matthew Kenney for a post-yoga smoothie recommendation and—to my absolute delight— this is the recipe he sent along:

Thai Green

2 cup Frozen Mango
1 cup Young Thai Coconut Meat
1 Date
handful of Spinach
1 teaspoon Spirullina
2 tablespoon Agave
1 tablespoon Lime Juice
1/2 Thai Green Chili (seedless)
pinch salt
1/2 cup Thai Coconut Water
1/2 cup Raw Almond Milk

Blend well, at least 1 minute, until smooth.

I might add, sip slowly while contemplating your next, big adventure!

Pick up one of Matthew’s amazing raw cookbooks online or at your local bookstore. Your body with love you for it.