AND THE WINNER IS……

Monetta Wilson is 2015 Young Entrepreneur of the Year

Source:http://stluciafirst.com/bay-gardens-and-spice-of-india-dominate-business-awards/

MEEE!!!!!!!!

Thank you to everyone for your support.  I am finally coming back to earth.

Here is my acceptance speech (The first couple of sentences are missing but you get to see most of it):

THANKS AGAIN!!!!

I’m a Nominee: St Lucia Business Awards

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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.

Christianity and Yoga: My View

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My faith is important to me.  I remember looking forward to going to Sabbath School on Saturday to sing about Jesus’ love for me.  As a 4 year old God and his love was very real to me.  It was a comfort to know that God loved me even when I was naughty; which for the record was never because I didn’t like to see my mom sad.

When I was 9 and at the height of my difficult phase (only at school) we revisited the story of creation.  At 9 I thought I new everything. Why are we doing creation.  I know all about creation.  I want to learn about revelation.  But then I learned that the story of creation is not about who tricked who or who was the first to sin.  It was not a blame game like you hear very often from the pulpit.  Instead I learned that the most important thing God did was give me the freedom to choose and whether or not I choose him he still loves me.  Actually there is nothing that I can do that will make God stop loving me.  Coming from a home where my mom loves me no matter what this was an easy concept for me to grasp. It changed the way I interacted with people.  For the first time I realized that I shouldn’t be kind just because it’s the right thing to do.  I should be kind to everyone because God loves everyone just as much as he loves me.

Somewhere along the way I learned that God is omnipresent.  He is everywhere all the time.  One of my favorite explanations said that “Everything is in God and God is in everything”.  In my teens the song “The Jesus in me loves the Jesus in you” became popular.  I immediately saw it as an encouragement to look beyond the differences between us and find that good part of everyone to love.

Fast forward to my yoga training.  I wasn’t sure I should delve into yoga philosophy.  I had heard all about how yoga is devil worship.  After skimming the internet I decided to read the yoga sutras for myself.  After all I had sat in Morals and Ethics class and declared Plato’s “I think therefore I am” bullshit and Kant as crazy.  So I read the yoga sutras believing that my christian education and the bible class that the adults tried to have us banned from was enough of a foundation to judge for myself.  I found things that I agreed with and things that I didn’t.  I came away thinking God loves me and wants me to be happy.  I read my Bible and thought the same thing.  I prayed and listen to my heart (or the Holy Spirit whichever makes you comfortable) and paid the thousands of dollars for my yoga teacher training.

I knew that I would meet resistance when I started teaching yoga in St Lucia.  I knew people would think it was devil worship.  I was ready to deal with it all.  So when I received and email citing this article I was not surprised.  But I was disappointed.  After crafting my response and sending it off I thought that I should put it on here because my some of my clients have been discouraged from taking yoga and when future clients have concerns I can point them to this post.

Here is my response (spelling errors and all): Continue reading

Pure Deliciousness: Cashew cream cheese

I love cheese. Given the choice between cheese and chocolate I would choose cheese.  It was really hard to give up cheese in 2009 but I couldn’t deny the effects of dairy on my body. I haven’t really tried to find any substitute for cheese because I’m not a fan of the over processed vegan cheeses and I don’t tolerate nutritional yeast.

I have been curious about nut cheese for a while but the recipes I saw all look like too much work. Finally I decided that I needed a cheese like spread to go over my flat bread.  I already knew I wanted to use cashews, lemon and cayenne pepper.  I decided to look more diligently because I didn’t want to reinvent the wheel.  I used the following recipes for inspiration:

After a few tries here’s the recipe I came up with:

My Cashew cream cheese

My Cashew cream cheese

Ingredients

1 C raw cashew soaked for 4 hours
1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
1/2 tsp sea salt
2 tbsp lemon juice
3 tbsp water

Directions

Place ingredients in a high powered blender and pulse until creamy, stopping occasionally to scrape the sides.  If you would like a thinner cheese add more water.  You can soak the cashews for longer but I find it starts to get slimy after 6 hours.

Cinnamon Raisin Flatbread with Casheww BreakfastI enjoyed my cream cheese with cinnamon raisin flat bread and spent a few moments in heaven.  This is now one of my favorite recipes.  I hope do make a herbed version very soon.

What herbs so you like in cream cheese?

Rest for the weary: Airport Yoga

In a few short weeks I will be leaving on a jet plan to see my bestie!

It got me thinking about recent trend of yoga rooms in airports and I thought I needed to put together a list to see if I was could visit some of these rooms on my trip.  Without further ado my list of

US AIRPORTS WITH YOGA ROOMS

  1. Chicago O’Hare
  2. Chicago Midway
  3. San Fransico
  4. Burlington
  5. Dallas/Fort Worth

I can’t wait to check out the yoga room at O’Hare.  I may even do a review.

Have you used any of these yoga room?

Please let me know if I missed any.

What would you feed me…Linda?

Monetta:

Looking for a hearty soup to take the bite out of winter? Look not further, Elaine’s friend Linda has you covered!

Originally posted on foodbod:

This week I have a story to tell you before we get onto the lovely recipe below: a story of travel, connections, foodies, family and sharing….

Earlier this month my husband, Graham, and travelled to Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates and stayed with my Mum, who lives there, for a few days. Lovely Linda from La Petite Paniere lives down the road from Abu Dhabi in Dubai; I thought this provided an excellent opportunity to be able to send Linda a little food parcel from me so we started to discuss a handover between Linda and my Mum….

As it turned out, Linda and her husband travelled from Dubai to Abu Dhabi to visit Mum whilst Graham was there and they all got to meet one another! How fabulous is that??? I was SO jealous not to be there, but equally loved how this blog world had brought…

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Christianity and Yoga: My View

Monetta:

This topic keeps recurring, so I thought I would reblog this post.

Originally posted on Live Life Fully!:

*** ALERT: LONG RELIGIOUS WORDS ONLY POST******

My faith is important to me.  I remember looking forward to going to Sabbath School on Saturday to sing about Jesus’ love for me.  As a 4 year old God and his love was very real to me.  It was a comfort to know that God loved me even when I was naughty; which for the record was never because I didn’t like to see my mom sad.

When I was 9 and at the height of my difficult phase (only at school) we revisited the story of creation.  At 9 I thought I new everything. Why are we doing creation.  I know all about creation.  I want to learn about revelation.  But then I learned that the story of creation is not about who tricked who or who was the first to sin.  It was not a blame game like you hear…

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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

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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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