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Full Moon Basking

I remember when I lived in Costa Rica, out in nature and in the jungle, I could always see where the moon was, and which cycle she was in. Whether if it was full, dark, waning, waxing…

There was a single road from my house to the main tourist town where I was living about 7-8 years ago, and it was about 8 kilometers of a bike ride. I rode a lot in the evening, because I worked mostly in the night ( fire-dancing) and at that time, it was fun and so easy to go out dancing!

So when I would ride to town and back that’s when I would notice where the moon was. And I remember feeling extremely grateful when the moon was full!!! So much light!! I could actually see where I was going, and avoid all the potholes in the road!

Present day: I live in a suburban type city, and there is a lot of artificial lighting and distractions. Very easy to forget there even is a moon!

Well did you know that there is a huge link to light, and how that effects our nervous system and hormonal balance? You have heard of animals changing their behaviors such as reproduction, hibernation, and migration based on the season. It is believed that animals perceive the change of seasons by the patterns of light and dark.

Scientists still don’t really know what exactly hormones are and what they do, but they speculate that light plays a huge role on our hormonal balance and internal bio-rhythms. For example, many of you have heard about Seattle, Washington and the rise of depression and suicide?!

The reason Seattle is known for SAD is related to geography. Seattle is the most northern-located major city in the USA(outside of Alaska), on a higher latitude than Quebec City, Quebec(at almost 48 degrees north latitude). The northern location means the sun will set much earlier than most locations. I lived in the Seattle area when I was in kindergarten and I remember coming home afterschool and it was still light outside and then it quickly became dark outside(in a period of about 2 hours or so assuming I came home around 2:45 PM or 3PM). The short days followed by a constant cloud cover can drive down serotonin levels.” Low serotonin levels can cause states of depression or sadness.

*One of the reasons I started the Full Moon Practice was for myself so that I could connect once again with the moon’s energy. I knew that being in sync with the moon’s cycle will help bring balance to my sometimes-challenging menstrual cycle. Even when closely living or surrounded by other wombyn when on their cycles, tends to affect our own menstrual cycles, right?!
I know that if my cycle is in balance, I feel overall more balanced and at peace. I truly do believe that our connection with nature is so vital for our health and well being.

Ladies, if you cannot join me on the monthly full moon hikes, then I encourage you to take a stroll through your neighborhood, or sit outside and bask in the full moon light. See if you notice any changes within yourself…and at the least, you will feel much more connected to the world around you. This will increase your awareness of your own sense of self, as well as who and what you surround yourself with, and this will help you to make more balanced choices in your life!

Our next full moon, and hike is tomorrow! Friday, Sept 28th at Del Cerro Park in Palos Verdes. 730pm!

Happy Full Moon!!
Aaaaaaoooooooooooo
Jennyogini

September 28, 2012 0 Comments
squash kitcheri

Basic Kitcheree Recipe

Basic Recipe:

1 cup of rice
1/2 cup of mung beans
31/2 cups of water, 4 if you want it more soupy
1-2 tablespoons of ghee
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp fennel
1 tsp coriander
1/2 tsp of turmeric
A pinch of hing/asofoetida
1/2 tsp of pippali
a pinch or two of rock salt

*Veggies- Green beans, asparagus, kale, chard, spinach, yams, sweet potato, squash, etc.

*Heat Ghee and add herbs ( this helps to pull the medicinal properties from the herbs)
*Add rice shortly after and mix well.
*Add H20 and let it boil.
*Once it reaches boiling point, reduce heat to low and let it continue cooking with the lid on. ( this is when I add all my veggies)
*Let it cook for about 20 minutes, et voila! C’est tout!

If you can’t find the rest of the herbs, start with the cumin, coriander, and fennel! Every time I make my kitcheree differently depending on season and time of day, and this is a great SUMMER mix! YUM

If you don’t have mung beans you can always substitute with yellow or red lentils. And sometimes adding sprouted mung beans can be quite yummy!

I like to also sprinkle sunflower seeds on top of my kitcheree, gives it nice texture and some crunch ( we vata’s do like that!!)

Enjoy!

September 21, 2012 0 Comments
kitcheree

It’s Detox Time!

Have you walked into a health food store lately and noticed that the Master Cleanse has taken over the aisles? Why is it that detox “season” always seems to roll around Fall and Spring?

Well according to Ayurveda, we are transitioning into Vata season. What does this mean? Well, you’ll notice that in the fall and early winter, the weather will change and become much cooler, and even windier. Leaves start to change colors and dry up, and fall to the earth. These environmental changes will start to affect our bodies as well as our minds and emotions. (for we are a microcosm of the great macrocosm!) Our skin may become dry, joints may crackle, and excess wind may put our nerves and minds at risk of feeling flighty and ungrounded. * Also once Fall hits, it seems that time has sped up. The holidaze are here, and that may bring some anxiety for people.

Detoxing is a great way to reset your body and mind, back to a place of balance. Fall and Spring are considered the best time to detox because our bodies are naturally in detox mode, and when we go though a detoxification therapy, we are aiding and facilitating that process to flow more smoothly and easily.

What are signs of toxins in the body?

*feeling heavy, lethargic, fatigue, odor, cloudy and foggy mind, achy joints, digestive system impairement, sexual debility, emotional imbalance, a tendency towards foods that make you feel bad, etc

Sound familiar?!

We all know that when we are feeling healthy and alive, we are able to function better on all levels: mentally, emotionally, physically, at play, at Work, and in our relationships with others

And when we are not, we might feel “stuck” and may not even know how we got there in the first place, or how to get out of it!

WHY I LOVE AYURVEDA AND DETOXING:

I have been an avid cleanser and dieter ( vegan, veggie, candida diet, juicing, raw foods, macrobiotics, etc. YOU NAME IT!!!) The results were not consistent, and if they were, long term use would create some sort of issues. ( maybe I wasn’t meant to do them for so long, according to my constitution) It wasn’t until I learned about HOW Ayurveda approaches detoxification, diet, and nutrition…that I could incorporate that knowledge, and apply it to the other paths that I learned so much from: to create balance in my diet and detoxifying ways.

What I love most about Ayurvedic Detoxification, is that you still get to eat!!! KITCHEREE!!!!!! (A mix of mung beans, rice, herbs, and your favorite veggies!!!)
So cleansing, yet nourishing at the same time! ( We need that when were cleansing! Esp the nourishing part)

There are many other benefits to detoxing and Ayurveda, and I’d love more than anything to share that information with you!

Please join me this Saturday for an amazing Ayurvedic Detox Workshop with, your’s truly! We will talk more into detail of the Ayurvedic process of detoxification, and make kitcheree together!! We’ll also be going over the different body therapies used to aid the body in that process, and how fun it can be!
Korean sauna trip after if anyone is interested!

I look forward to seeing you there!!
So much love!
J

***Check out my schedule on events, or text/call me at 562 338 5255 to reserve your space!

September 13, 2012 0 Comments

Belly dancing Video

I forgot to add that Belly dancing benefits those with PMS, menstrual irregularities or discomfort, cramps, prenatal and postpartum care, constipation, low back pain, and helps to increase fertility!

Enjoy!

September 6, 2012 0 Comments