Hatha Yoga Retreat with Kreg

I am interested in putting together a rejuvenating Hatha Yoga getaway in 2015 and would love your feedback on where and when would be your ideal retreat.  I am aiming to conduct a retreat offering:

*daily morning, energizing mixed-level Hatha Yoga and pranayam practices followed by grounding meditation sessions

*daily afternoon gentle Hatha Yoga sessions

*evening cooling pranayam and meditation sessions

*organic, vegan menus in a nature setting

*venue providing access to local activities

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Millet Porridge Recipe: A Nutritious Start to the Day

I have been transitioning away from traditional oatmeal and have discovered a wonderful alternative: Millet Porridge. This simple recipe is packed with nutrient dense, whole food energy.

Millet is a tiny-sized grain that is gluten-free and considered the only alkaline-forming grain. It can be cooked to be fluffy or as a more creamy, mushy texture.   With a nutty flavor, it can be enjoyed in both savory and sweet recipes. Major health benefits include:

*Good source of minerals iron, zinc, calcium, potassium, copper, phosphorous, magnesium, and manganese

*Good source of plant-based protein (15%) including essential amino acids methionine

*High source of dietary fiber

*Rich in B-complex vitamins including niacin, folacin, thiamin, and riboflavin

Millet*Rich in photochemicals including phytic acid, which is believed to lower cholesterol, and phytate, which is associated with reducing cancer risks

Note: millet should be consumed in moderation, especially for those with hypothyroidism conditions

Millet Porridge Recipe:

To enhance the digestibility and absorption of nutrients, it is recommended to soak the millet overnight in water (adding a small amount of lemon or apple cider vinegar with the soaking will further boost digestibility).

In a small sauce pan, add 1/3 cup millet (hulled and soaked) and 1 cup of water. Turn to medium heat and bring to a light boil. Once boiling, turn heat to low and continue cooking (without stirring). Within 3-5 minutes, most of the water will be absorbed. Depending on the texture you prefer, you can add more water for a more mushy texture. Remove from heat before all the water is absorbed. Stir and add additional ingredients to boost flavor profile.

My favorite way to enhance this porridge flavor is by adding raisins and 1 date to the boiling process. I often also add a tsp of grated orange rind. After cooking, I stir in fresh or frozen blueberries and a pinch of cinnamon. I finish it off with sliced banana and unsweetened dried coconut.

Recipe Tips:

*Most recipes suggest using varieties of milk to enhance the ‘creaminess’. I find using water is sufficient creating a soft ‘polenta-like’ consistency. If using a non-dairy milk, I encourage you to use hemp, rice, or coconut milk and to avoid almond milk. Almond milk and overall almond production is a major factor in the decline of bee colonies.

*Many recipes ‘roast’ the millet prior to boiling to enhance the nutty flavor. I do not do this step as I prefer to reduce cooking as much as possible to retain nutritional quality.

*Play with flavors and spices like cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, and orange rind.

*Add raw nuts (cashews, hazelnuts, walnuts) or seeds (hemp, ground flax, sun flower, pumpkin).

*Enjoy with fruit (apples, pears, peaches, berries, bananas,).

*I find adding 1 date in the cooking process offers plenty of sweetness, but you can add additional sweetening like maple syrup or coconut sugar.

Naada Yoga Charity Workshop and Masterclass

I am excited to be presenting a 2nd yoga anatomy workshop and masterclass at Naada Yoga to support the Paper Kite Childen’s Foundation.

Fluid Wrists and Shoulders

Sunday, May 25  4:30-7

Join us as we explore fundamental anatomy and alignment principles aimed to bring intelligence to the wrists and shoulders.  Enhance effectiveness in your yoga practice as we examine loading aspects of the wrists and techniques for reducing shoulder impingement.

logo_CF_tag_colorEvent proceeds to go to the Paper Kite Foundation a non-profit charity working to ensure that basic necessities are available to orphanages in the state of Bihar, India.

WHERE: Naada Yoga, 5540 Casgrain Ave, Montreal QC

NaadaYogaLogoCOST: by donation

PREREGISTER: reserve online www.naada.ca under ‘workshops’

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Keep Your Tea Loose

Drinking herbal teas goes hand in hand for most people striving to optimize their health and wellness practices. Many people are aware that all teas are not created equal and that many tea lines contain pesticides, chemical flavorings and GMO ingredients.  Attempting to improve your tea quality by selecting 100% organic products can still leave you consuming harmful chemicals due to the type of bags with which you are brewing.

As reported from Food Babe’s Do You Know What’s Really in Your Tea? post:

“Many paper tea bags are treated with epichlorohydrin, a compound mainly used in the production of epoxy resins. Considered a potential carcinogen by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health2 (NIOSH), epichlorohydrin is also used as a pesticide. When epichlorohydrin comes in contact with water, it hydrolyzes to 3-MCPD, which has been shown to cause cancer in animals. It has also been implicated in infertility (it has a spermatoxic effect in male rats) and suppressed immune function.”

And for those choosing tea brands using the silk mesh bags, the chemical hazards continue. These tea bags are most commonly made from some form of plastic like nylon, some are made of viscose rayon, and others are made of thermoplastic, PVC or polypropylene. These bags, when exposed to boiling water, have the potential for molecular break down and leakage of harmful phthalates.

Ways to avoid these types of toxic chemicals:

Tea-Strainer*purchase only loose leaf tea

*use a stainless steel diffuser/strainer in glass, porcelain or stainless steel devices

*avoid pre-bagged teas (paper or plastic)

Also consider buying 100% organic teas made from 100% organic flavorings. The term ‘natural flavorings’ has become a vague and misleading term in the market place.  Unless the merchant is able to fully clarify the source of ‘natural ingredients’, avoid these variations of tea products. You can readily buy a basic organic tea and add your own organic flavorings (ie spices, citrus rind).  Finally, consider the source of your organic teas. Although the tea may be labeled ‘organic’, teas coming from other countries may not be as they claim.  Some countries have problems with standards and regulations of ‘organic’ labeling, thus may still contain pesticides and/or herbicides.

Purchasing loose leaf teas greatly reduces your potential exposure to chemicals and toxins.  They are often more cost effective than single serving products.  Loose leaf tea also reduces waste from packaging and makes it easier to throw used leaves in the compost.  Consume mindfully, keep your tea loose.