Most western yogis are situated in a crux during the month of December. The more yoga we do the more aparigraha, a yogic tenet of non-greed, non-attachment, and non-hoarding, takes root. The Yogi’s heart stops associating the feeling of lack with materials need, and starts to associate the feeling of lack with disconnect from the Universal.
While I’m obviously a seasoned seasonal yogidetoxer there is something you should know: I’m also a rebel. And Rebels are Cheaters during a detox. I’ve resisted authority since I can remember. Naturally, my mom was the first victim of my rebellious behavior. I was a stubborn kid with a know-it-all attitude.. and a sharp whippersnapper at that. I didn’t have a complacent bone in my body.
My friend Ross Kamens and I were taking a break on a huge Teton hike. He shared with me his bean muffins. We were talking about ditching flour in baking. Ross is a big time pro chef who has spent the last 2 years in his test kitchen playing with gluten-free alternatives. What has he discovered? Beans.
As yoga is going through a heyday and moms and school teachers usher forth the next wave of enlightenment in the household our resources are getting much better. A posse of my yoga mom + yoga educator colleagues have rolled out some great books, videos, teaching tools and audios. Check them out, and let them know I sent you.
Make sure to scroll down to the amazing teaching tools from Go Grounded. Indy and her friends love the Whale Yoga DVD – it’s our party hit and wind down tool for sleepovers. Giselle’s stories and coloring books make hip birthday party gifts. Amy Saltzman is taking on the teen realm of mindfulness and filling a void that needs more voices. Lisa Flynn’s Yoga 4 Classroom is going straight to my kindergarden teacher. (Yup – Indy wanted to ride the school bus and go to kindergarten until we depart for Mexico… despite all the unschooling talk.
After a few years in my Ayurvedic practice I went to India for 3 months to see what I could learn. During that time I completed Dr. Lad’s Gurukula program in Ayurvedic practice, I spent a few weeks at Krishnamacharya’s YogaMandiram chanting, I sat a Goenke Vipassana Retreat, and I studied Pancha Karma in Kerala. A day didn’t go by that I wasn’t served small batch fermented foods.
First off, I never thought of making raw fudgsicles. Until I decided to try to see what my body was like without dairy. It was part of getting diagnosed with H Pylori – a bacteria that I probably picked up in Mexico. Or India. Or China. Or Peru. Or who knows – maybe in Driggs, Idaho.
In any case, sugar … Read more
Make better waffles – without the heavy feeling of glue expanding in your belly. My kid and I discovered this recipe through trial and error. It’s amazing.
I was 26 years old… raised on the S.A.D. diet. I was a first year student on the way to becoming an Ayurvedic Practitioner. I had horrible seasonal allergies and recurrent migraines.
I elected to do Pancha Karma training as part of my Ayurvedic training. (Pancha Karma the vedic system of detox and disease extraction). In the PK training, I … Read more
In the very beginning of my yoga journey I photocopied the poses from The Iyengar Way. Then, I taped the images to my wall next to where I started my home practice. Having the poses on the wall was a convincing reminder to get on the mat and do the practice. I learned their sanskrit names and the alignment. As my practice advanced, I’d replace the poses I knew with the ones I did not.
The “Cheatsheets” are a series of super helpful pointers to optimize your health. Some are seasonal. Others have recipes or are quick guides. Print and share. You can also leave a comment of other cheatsheets you’d like me to make!
-Cate Stillman Founder of Yogahealer.com