What would you feed me..Monetta? 

Monetta:

I shared one of my all time favorite meals on my friend Elaine’s blog, Foodbod. Head over there to see what it is. It might become one of your favorites too!

Originally posted on foodbod:



This week I bring you a new guest blogger with a dish full of history: when I first introduced the idea for this series, Monetta commented immediately saying she knew what she would make for me…which seemed like too good an offer to miss! Monetta is not a blogger that I know as well as some of you, so what better way to get to know her better than sharing a meal?


So, over to you, Monetta…


I was so excited to cook for Elaine. I knew I wanted to cook this traditional stew and share the story that came with it. I imagine sharing the story while Elaine and I cooked together chopping ingredients and sipping tea or coconut water.

Before I get ahead of myself let me introduce myself. My name is Monetta and I try to advocate living a full and healthy lifestyle on my…

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Yoga Nidra: Best sleep ever

My clients are in love with yoga nidra.  One client said it was the best sleep he ever had and another said it cured her arthritis.  Yoga nidra is a guided relaxation that helps the body and mind relax completely.  It also promotes physical and emotional healing.  To read more about yoga nidra see this Yoga Journal article.

You can use the video above for a 10 minute sample of the guided relaxation.  If you want to try the full 45 minute class visit my sellfy store where you can download the audio for free by sharing the link on social media.  As always your feedback is welcomed.

Have you done Yoga Nidra before?

Pose of the Week: A playlist

I’m not hiding I’m really busy and dealing with a few health issues. I have put a few of my 10 minute minute videos together in a playlist as a 40 minute class. Even though you can do each video on it’s own together they should make a nice class. Keep in mind that these videos were not made to fit together but I am sure that you can figure out the transitions. As always let me know what you think.

Would you like to see more videos?

Kids Yoga is Back!: Sponsor A child

Up dog

Kids yoga is back on a new day and time. Also with a new sponsor a child initiative.

Instead of Fridays at 3:30 to 4:30pm, kids yoga is now on Sundays 4-5pm.  Also there

There are many children who would like to come to yoga but are unable to afford to pay their fees.  Although I would like to give free yoga to all the children in my community it is just not sustainable.  Further I need to buy supplies and keep the building operational.  If you can help by sponsoring a child that would be awesome.  I would even send you pictures of the child you sponsor if you’re into that sort of thing.

If you would like to sponsor a child please feel free to contact me.

Sponsorship costs:
  • $30ECD or $12USD for 1 month
  • $150ECD or $60USD for 1 term
  • $300ECD or $100USD for 1 year
Payments can be made via check, cash or paypal.

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‘Having it easy’ is not the purpose…

Monetta:

I found this very insightful and full of helpful tips to help deal with difficulties.

Originally posted on Yoga & Joyful Living:

An email dropped into my inbox that made me reconsider a few things. It came from the Parmarth Niketan ashram in Rishikesh.

Just a little while ago we were thinking and reading about resolutions. Now we’re reading about how/if we’ve been able to implement those (alas, or not).

And then this, from Swami Chidanand Saraswati:

At this beautiful time of the New Year, it is the time when most people pray that the New Year will be easier, better, more successful than the year which has passed. However, at this time when we pray and make our own resolutions, it is so important to remember the ultimately the purpose of our lives is not just to have things be as easy as possible, nor to be as successful and/or prosperous as possible. The point of our lives is to realize our own true divine nature, to awaken and…

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I’m a Nominee: St Lucia Business Awards

Tripod Pose variation

On Friday I found out that I am a finalist for 2015 Chamber of Commerce Business Awards.  The awards dinner will be held on March 6th and will air live on choice39.tv.  I hope you will watch and send me good luck vibes.  I am really excited about this.  So excited that I took myself out to lunch.  Now I just have to pick out what to wear and what to do with my hair.

The full list of nominees can be found here.

Pose of the Week: Vasisthasana

Side Plank

Vas what? Side plank and it’s many variations.  It’s really great for building core strength.  It has so many variations that almost anybody can do it.

IVasisthasana: Side Plank like to have my students start in plank and lower the right knee (optionally lower the right arm to the forearm).  Then lift the left arm to the sky and open the hips to the side.  If that feels comfortable you can straighten the bottom leg.  As your core gets stronger you can start lifting the top leg and taking other variations.

It’s important that you use your core to hold you up and keep the hips from sinking.  For the story of how this pose got it’s name check out this article.  For more ways on getting into side plank check out the articles below.

As always feel free to ask any questions you may have.

How do you side plank?

Intetntion Setting: New Moon

It’s the first new moon of the year!!!! I am really excited about this.  Every new moon I like to reflect and set intentions.  I like to look back on how my intentions are coming along, how I am supporting these intentions and either recommit to my intentions or set new ones.  If like me you have a strong connection to nature you may feel some of the effects of this new moon.

Mystic Mamma says:

January 20th we welcome the first *NEW MOON* of 2015 in Aquarius!  The collective energy it brings is one that calls for a visionary outlook, courage in the face of the unknown and a willingness to persevere as we step boldly and consciously into the new.

You can read the full report here.

I’ve found that a lot of the intentions that I set at the winter solstice and new year are coming to bear.  I am so grateful for the connections that I’ve made that allow me to grow my business.  I am recommitting to my dreams of Europe, a car and yoga.

2015 Vision BoardTo help you set your intentions I have included my intention setting video.  It also helps me decide what I really want.  What your heart keeps coming back to is that thing you really want.  If you have any questions or would like to have a Skype session for some guided intention setting let me know.

How do you set intentions/ goals?

Sunbutter

I am not deluded, you come to this blog for recipes and lately I have not been delivering.  I still hold on to the delusion that you like the other “lifestyle” and yoga stuff that I post.  I am finally posting a recipe.  I haven’t been making lots of new things in the kitchen because

  1.  I haven’t really been in the mood
  2. I have been really busy
  3. Finances have been tight

sun ButterFor the above mentioned reasons, it’s been a parade of rice and beans, root vegetables and beans and whatever else my mom cooked.  After a serious flare up (fibro, endo, eczema) last week I made some sun butter.

For those of you who do not know sun butter is a peanut putter alternative made with sun flower seeds.  I love peanut butter but it triggers my eczema.  Sometimes almond butter burns my stomach and its quite expensive here.  This sun butter was really easy to make and tasted surprisingly good without any sweeteners.

Ingredients

2/3 cup sunflower seeds
2 tbsp coconut oil
1/4 tsp cinnamon
(optional)

Directions

  1. Place sunflower seeds in blender or food processor and blend till it becomes a fine powder.
  2. Add oil on tbsp at a time and blend until a creamy paste is formed.
  3. Enjoy!

Have you had sun butter? Did you like it?

Pose of the week: Savasana

Monetta:

As my fibromyalgia is flaring up today, enjoy this post from last year.

Originally posted on Live Life Fully!:

Several months ago I prepared this article to use in some promotional material but it was not published.  Their loss is your gain.  Here you have and in depth look at savasana aka corpse pose aka final resting pose.

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शवासन

Savasana

Basic Relaxation Pose/ Corpse Pose/ Final Resting Pose

The stresses of modern civilisation are a strain on the nerves for which Savasana is the best antidote.” B.K.S Iyengar in Light on Yoga

Savasana (pronounced shah-vah-sah-nah) may seem inconsequential and is often rushed or not taken seriously.  Some people fall asleep during this pose or use the time to go over their to do list.  This seemingly easy pose can be quite difficult to master.  When practiced effectively savasana can work wonders for the mind and body.  This pose has the potential to restore balance and calm to the body.  It helps regulate blood pressure and respiration.  It…

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