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Lemon Rooibos Tea

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I absolutely love rooibos tea, it’s refreshing and earthy flavour is comforting.and being caffeine-free is a bonus. This is a refreshing summer drink when you need a lift . I made it yesterday and cant wait to drink it again today.

Adapted from a lovely vegan cookbook “eat drink and be vegan” by Dreena Burton.
She makes a hot version as an early morning detox tea, for which you simply use hot brewed Rooibos. Both versions taste fantastic.

Rooibos tea, 1 cup (250 ml) brewed and cooled
Maple syrup 1 tbsp, (15 ml)
Freshly-squeezed juice of half a lemon
Salt, a pinch

Stir maple syrup, lemon juice together in a mug. Fill with Rooibos tea and enjoy on a hot day. Can add ice cubes but I personally prefer it without.
Serves 1.

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101 Yoga Quotes

The word yoga comes from Sanskrit, the language of ancient India. It means union, integration, or wholeness. It is an approach to health that promotes the harmonious collaboration of the human being’s three components: body, mind, and spirit.
Stella Weller

Through the practices of yoga, we discover that concern for the happiness and well being of others, including animals, must be an essential part of our own quest for happiness and well being. The fork can be a powerful weapon of mass destruction or a tool to create peace on Earth.
Sharon Gannon

You cannot do yoga. Yoga is your natural state. What you can do are yoga exercises, which may reveal to you where you are resisting your natural state.
Sharon Gannon

A photographer gets people to pose for him. A yoga instructor gets people to pose for themselves.
T. Guillemets

In theory, practice and theory are the same. In practice they are not.
Yogi Berra

Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built.
Rumi

When the breath wanders the mind also is unsteady. But when the breath is calmed the mind too will be still, and the yogi achieves long life. Therefore, one should learn to control the breath.
Hatha Yoga Pradipika

You cannot always control what goes on outside. But you can always control what goes on inside.
Mr. Yoga

Before you’ve practiced, the theory is useless. After you’ve practiced, the theory is obvious.
David Williams

The most important pieces of equipment you need for doing yoga are your body and your mind.
Rodney Yee

Real Peace is always unshakable… ‘Bliss is unchanged by gain or loss’
Yogi Bhajan

Yoga has a sly, clever way of short circuiting the mental patterns that cause anxiety.
Baxter Bell

Yoga teaches us to cure what need not be endured and endure what cannot be cured.
B.K.S. Iyengar

Change is not something that we should fear. Rather, it is something that we should welcome. For without change, nothing in this world would ever grow or blossom, and no one in this world would ever move forward to become the person they’re meant to be.
Anon

Yoga, an ancient but perfect science, deals with the evolution of humanity. This evolution includes all aspects of one’s being, from bodily health to self realization. Yoga means union – the union of body with consciousness and consciousness with the soul. Yoga cultivates the ways of maintaining a balanced attitude in day to day life and endows skill in the performance of one’s actions.
B.K.S. Iyengar

When you inhale, you are taking the strength from God. When you exhale, it represents the service you are giving to the world.
B.K.S. Iyengar

Yoga is a light, which once lit, will never dim. The better your practice, the brighter the flame.
B.K.S. Iyengar

The yoga mat is a good place to turn when talk therapy and antidepressants aren’t enough.
Amy Weintraub

Yoga is the fountain of youth. You’re only as young as your spine is flexible.
Bob Harper

Meditation brings wisdom; lack of mediation leaves ignorance. Know well what leads you forward and what hold you back, and choose the path that leads to wisdom.
Buddha

Yoga is possible for anybody who really wants it. Yoga is universal…. But don’t approach yoga with a business mind looking for worldly gain.
Sri Krishna Pattabhi Jois

By embracing your mother wound as your yoga, you transform what has been a hindrance in your life into a teacher of the heart.
Phillip Moffitt

Yoga is 99% practice and 1% theory.
Sri Krishna Pattabhi Jois

Sun salutations can energize and warm you, even on the darkest, coldest winter day.
Carol Krucoff

For me, yoga is not just a workout – it’s about working on yourself.
Mary Glover

The beauty is that people often come here for the stretch, and leave with a lot more.
Liza Ciano

Blessed are the flexible, for they shall not be bent out of shape.
Unknown

Vogue and Self are putting out the message of yoginis as buff and perfect. If you start doing yoga for those reasons, fine. Most people get beyond that and see that it’s much, much more.
Patricia Walden

When asked what gift he wanted for his birthday, the yogi replied: “I wish no gifts, only presence.”
Unknown

If I’m losing balance in a pose, I stretch higher and God reaches down to steady me. It works every time, and not just in yoga.
T. Guillemets

Don’t just do something – sit there!
Unknown

Anyone who practices can obtain success in yoga but not one who is lazy. Constant practice alone is the secret of success.
Svatmarama

Yoga is the practice of quieting the mind.
Patanjali

Yoga is the perfect opportunity to be curious about who you are.
Jason Crandell

Yoga is invigoration in relaxation. Freedom in routine. Confidence through self control. Energy within and energy without.
Ymber Delecto

Corpse pose restores life. Dead parts of your being fall away, the ghosts are released.
The Quote Garden

Yoga has a sly, clever way of short circuiting the mental patterns that cause anxiety.
Baxter Bell

Concentrating on poses clears the mind, while focusing on the breath helps the body shift out of fight or flight mode.

Melanie Haiken
Yoga accepts. Yoga gives.
April Vallei

Warrior pose battles inner weakness and wins focus. You see that there is no war within you. You’re on your own side, and you are your own strength.
The Quote Garden

Mountain pose teaches us, literally, how to stand on our own two feet…. teaching us to root ourselves into the earth…. Our bodies become a connection between heaven and earth.
Carol Krucoff

The autonomic nervous system is divided into the sympathetic system, which is often identified with the fight-or-flight response, and the parasympathetic, which is identified with what’s been called the relaxation response. When you do yoga – the deep breathing, the stretching, the movements that release muscle tension, the relaxed focus on being present in your body – you initiate a process that turns the fight or flight system off and the relaxation response on. That has a dramatic effect on the body. The heartbeat slows, respiration decreases, blood pressure decreases. The body seizes this chance to turn on the healing mechanisms.
Richard Faulds

Tree pose grows confidence.
The Quote Garden

Inhale, and God approaches you. Hold the inhalation, and God remains with you. Exhale, and you approach God. Hold the exhalation, and surrender to God.
Krishnamacharya

For those wounded by civilization, yoga is the most healing salve.
T. Guillemets

Chair pose is a defiance of spirit, showing how high you can reach even when you’re forced down.
The Quote Garden

Basketball is an endurance sport, and you have to learn to control your breath; that’s the essence of yoga, too. So, I consciously began using yoga techniques in my practice and playing. I think yoga helped reduce the number and severity of injuries I suffered. As preventative medicine, it’s unequaled.
Kareem Abdul Jabbar

Before you’ve practiced, the theory is useless. After you’ve practiced, the theory is obvious.
David Williams

Anyone who practices can obtain success in yoga but not one who is lazy. Constant practice alone is the secret of success.
Hatha Yoga Pradipika

The body is your temple. Keep it pure and clean for the soul to reside in.
B.K.S Iyengar

Undisturbed calmness of mind
is attained by cultivating friendliness toward the happy, compassion for the unhappy, delight in the virtuous, and indifference toward the wicked.
The yoga sutras of Patanjali

When the breath wanders the mind also is unsteady. But when the breath is calmed the mind too will be still, and the yogi achieves long life. Therefore, one should learn to control the breath.
Hatha Yoga Pradipika

Yoga exists in the world because everything is linked.
Desikashar

Do your practice and all is coming.
Sri K Patthabi Jois

This calm steadiness of the senses is called yoga. Then one should become watchful, becomes yoga comes and go.
Katha Upanishad

Yoga is really trying to liberate us from … shame about our bodies. To love your body is a very important thing — I think the health of your mind depends on your being able to love your body.
Rodney Yee

You can enter yoga, or the path of yoga, only when you are totally frustrated with your own mind as it is. If you are still hoping that you can gain something through your mind, yoga is not for you.
Osho

The Self in you is the same as the Self Universal. Whatever powers are manifested throughout the world, those powers exist in germ, in latency, in you…. If you realize the unity of the Self amid the diversities of the Not-Self, then Yoga Will not seem an impossible thing to you.
Annie Wood Besant

The meaning of our self is not to be found in its separateness from God and others, but in the ceaseless realisation of yoga, of union; not on the side of the canvas where it is blank, but on the side where the picture is being painted.
Rabindranath Tagore

This yoga should be practiced with firm determination and perseverance, without any mental reservation or doubts.
Bhagavad Gita

Yoga is possible for anybody who really wants it. Yoga is universal…. But don’t approach yoga with a business mind looking for worldly gain.
Sri Krishna Pattabhi Jois

Yoga is the perfect opportunity to be curious about who you are.
Jason Crandell

In Karma yoga no effort is ever lost, and there is no harm. Even a little practice of this discipline protects one from great fear of birth and death.
Bhagavad Gita

Yoga is a science, and not a vague dreamy drifting or imagining. It is an applied science, a systematized collection of laws applied to bring about a definite end. It takes up the laws of psychology, applicable to the unfolding of the whole consciousness of man on every plane, in every world, and applies those rationally in a particular case. This rational application of the laws of unfolding consciousness acts exactly on the same principles that you see applied around you every day in other departments of science.
Annie Wood Besant

Yoga is about clearing away whatever is in us that prevents our living in the most full and whole way. With yoga, we become aware of how and where we are restricted — in body, mind, and heart — and how gradually to open and release these blockages. As these blockages are cleared, our energy is freed. We start to feel more harmonious, more at one with ourselves. Our lives begin to flow — or we begin to flow more in our lives.
Cybele Tomlinson

What yoga philosophy and all the great Buddhist teachings tells us is that solidity is a creation of the ordinary mind and that there never was anything permanent to begin with that we could hold on to. Life would be much easier and substantially less painful if we lived with the knowledge of impermanence as the only constant.
Donna Farhi

Yoga does not remove us from the reality or responsibilities of everyday life but rather places our feet firmly and resolutely in the practical ground of experience. We don’t transcend our lives; we return to the life we left behind in the hopes of something better.
Donna Farhi

This yoga is not possible, for the one who eats too much, or who does not eat at all; who sleeps too much, or who keeps awake.
Bhagavad Gita

Karma yoga is a supreme secret indeed.
Bhagavad Gita

In truth, it matters less what we do in practice than how we do it and why we do it. The same posture, the same sequence, the same meditation with a different intention takes on an entirely new meaning and will have entirely different outcomes.
Donna Farhi

If your compassion does not include yourself, it is incomplete.
Jack Kornfield

Through practice, I’ve come to see that the deepest source of my misery is not wanting things to be the way they are. Not wanting myself to be the way I am. Not wanting the world to be the way it is. Not wanting others to be the way they are. Whenever I’m suffering, I find this war with reality to be at the heart of the problem.
Stephen Cope

These days, my practice is teaching me to embrace imperfection: to have compassion for all the ways things haven’t turned out as I planned, in my body and in my life – for the ways things keep falling apart, and failing, and breaking down. It’s less about fixing things, and more about learning to be present for exactly what is.
Anne Cushman

When I started doing asana, the yoga postures, I had a very strong feeling of many unnecessary things dropping away – especially tension and inadequacy.
Patricia Sullivan

When the breath wanders the mind also is unsteady. But when the breath is calmed the mind too will be still, and the yogi achieves long life. Therefore, one should learn to control the breath.
Hatha Yoga Pradipika

Your hand opens and closes and opens and closes. If it were always a fist or always stretched open, you would be paralyzed. Your deepest presence is in every small contracting and expanding, the two as beautifully balanced and coordinated as bird wings.
Rumi

Watch your thoughts; they become words. Watch your words; they become actions. Watch your actions; they become habits. Watch your habits; they become character. Watch your character; for it becomes your destiny.
Upanishads

Beyond meditation there is the experience of now.
Ryan Parenti

Meditation is the dissolution of thoughts in Eternal awareness or Pure consciousness without objectification, knowing without thinking, merging finitude in infinity.
Swami Sivananda

Meditation here may think down hours to moments. Here the heart may give a useful lesson to the head and learning wiser grow without his books.
William Cowper

Thus meditating you will no longer strive to build yourself up in your prejudices, but, forgetting self, you will remember only that you are seeking the Truth.
James Allen

Plant the seed of meditation and reap the fruit of peace of mind.
Unknown

Meditation and concentration are the way to a life of serenity.
Unknown

Your mind is your instrument. Learn to be its master and not its slave.
Unknown

When calm your mind and your senses, you become conscious of your always present inner self.
Unknown

Better indeed is knowledge than mechanical practice. Better than knowledge is meditation. But better still is surrender of attachment to results, because there follows immediate peace.
Bhagavad Gita

Silence is not silent. Silence speaks. It speaks most eloquently. Silence is not still. Silence leads. It leads most perfectly.
Sri Chinmoy

Thoughts can create such a barrier that even if you are standing before a beautiful flower, you will not be able to see it. Your eyes are covered with layers of thought…
Unknown

To experience the beauty of the flower you have to be in a state of meditation, not in a state of mentation. You have to be silent, utterly silent, not even a flicker of thought – and the beauty explodes, reaches to you from all directions…
Unknown

You may think that only you are a prisoner, but other people are also prisoners. You are in a small prison, but others are in the big prison outside. When will they be released? Think that you are a yogi and that you are pursuing your sadhana in this particular place and at this particular moment. Immediately you will experience great joy. If you change your understanding, you will be free in a minute.
Baba Muktananda

Our raga/dveshas make us prisoners to the mental lenses through which we view the world. No matter what actually appears before us, our vision is always skewed, and as a result we suffer.
Leonard Perlmutter

The perennial wisdom of the Bhagavad Gita can teach us how to transform our character, conduct and consciousness to meet the challenges of everyday life.
Leonard Perlmutter

Yoga Science is not just a scholarly pursuit. It is a moment by moment and thought by thought practical guide for living.
Leonard Perlmutter

Enormous possibilities for health and creativity are held captive by your likes and dislikes. Inspecting your desires and attachments to food and making choices intuitively with discrimination will make your spiritual practice and every other relationship more rewarding.
Leonard Perlmutter

Yoga Science teaches us to ‘include all and exclude none.’ If the outer guru, in the form of a person or experience, reflects the Truth and light of the inner guru, the advice is to be heeded and served in thought, word and deed. If a suggestion from the outer guru is not in harmony with the inner guru as reflected by the purified discrimination of buddhi, the advice is to be honored and lovingly rejected with gratitude—for your teacher has just taught you what not to do.
Leonard Perlmutter

Meditation is not what you think it is. It’s a method of accessing unerring wisdom from the superconscious mind so you can experience a happy, healthy and creatively rewarding life.
Leonard Perlmutter

Fear less, hope more; eat less, chew more; whine less, breathe more; talk less, say more; hate less, love more; and all good things are yours.
Swedish Proverb

A lot of exercise is mindless; you can have music or the radio on and not be aware. But if you’re aware in anything you do – and it doesn’t have to be yoga – it changes you. Being present changes you.
Mariel Hemingway

Yoga is a way to freedom. By its constant practice, we can free ourselves from fear, anguish and loneliness.
Indra Devi

Yoga is almost like music in a way; there’s no end to it.

The attitude of gratitude is the highest yoga. ~ Yogi Bhajan

10 steps to a gentle birth

This information from Gowri Motha , an obstetrician who believes in no intervention when a woman births, is priceless.
Leave a woman alone and give her her space and she will birth with no problems
It guarantees a natural labour and delivery. She believes that the physical fitness and diet of a mother before & during pregnancy is what determines the course of labour and postpartum recovery.

Her website is a wealth of information her book. ‘ Gentle birth’ -by Gowri Motha is all you need for pregnancy.

Source : http://www.gentlebirthmethod.com

Cut out bread, pasta and cereals made from wheat.
Eat plenty of pears, apples, peaches, avocados and apricots.
Walk briskly for 30 minutes a day.
First thing in the morning or last thing at night, do 20 minutes of yoga ( ONLY after week 14).
Have lots of cuddles with your partner – your baby will feel whatever you feel.
Dream up a lovely ‘safe place’ to go to in self-hypnosis.
Make your own self-hypnosis tape.
Have a new thought about your baby every day – your first walk together, first bath and so on.
Every day from week 38, spend a short time visualising your cervix opening and thinning.

*Visit http://www.gentlebirthmethod.com for more information*

Quotes

– “Your time on earth is limited, don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma, which is living the result of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of other’s opinion drowned your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition, they somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.” – Steve Jobs

– Don’t take life too seriously. You never get out alive anyway – Elbert Hubbard

– Never be bullied into silence. Never allow yourself to be made a victim. Accept no one’s definition of your life, define yourself. – Harvey S. Firestone

– There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle. – Albert Einstein

– When god pushes you to the edge, trust him fully, because only two things can happen. Either he will catch you when you fall or he will teach you how to fly – Unknown

“Experience life in all possible ways – good-bad, bitter-sweet, dark-light,
summer-winter. Experience all the dualities.
Don’t be afraid of experience, because the more experience you have, the more mature you become.”
― Osho

– “Don’t cry because it’s over. Smile because it happened”

Close your eyes. Breathe .Live with intention. Walk to the edge. Listen to your heart. Speak from your soul. Learn every moment . Eat healthy. Smile often. Appreciate your friends. Play with abandon. Stay innocent . Do what you love. Have no regrets. Practice gratitude. Experience life. Just be.
~ Me

Tofu Mushroom masala

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Adapted from here

Tofu 250 gms
Tomato 2 ripe
Red capsicum 1 small (optional)
Onion 1
Garlic 2 pods
Mushroom sliced
Baby spinach 1 cup
coriander pwdr 1 tsp
Cumin pwdr 1/2 tsp
Tava fry masala or Garam masala- 1/2 tsp
Kasuri methi (dry fenugreek leaves) 1/2 tsp, crushed
Coriander leaves, to garnish
Oil
salt

Tofu is cut into cubes and soaked in warm water for 5 mins. Then drained and shallow fried in 2 tsp oil. keep aside.

Take garlic tomato capsicum and onion and grind to a paste in mixie
Oil in wok, pour puréed mixture. Sauté till oil starts separating. Add the coriander powder, cumin powder and salt.Add mushrooms and baby spinach sauté.
Now add the tofu that’s been shallow fried already, put Garam masala or tava fry masala and add water to get desired consistency. Cover and simmer for 5 mins. Add kasuri methi and fresh coriander leaves and mix well.
Serve with roti or rice.