Pomegranate Power Smoothie — with bok choy!

Grace Van Berkum's Pomegranate Power Smoothie

Grace Van Berkum’s Pomegranate Power Smoothie

Thanks to the always inspiring Grace Van Berkum for this super delicious, health-promoting recipe.

Enjoy this powerful, delicious smoothie that boasts substantial health promoting benefits and is great for digestion.

Strawberry and pomegranate phytochemicals have blood pressure-reducing properties, and both have anti-inflammatory effects that may protect against cancer and other chronic diseases. Bok choy is a very rich source of many vital phyto-nutrients, vitamins, minerals, and health-benefiting anti-oxidants.

seeds from 1 pomegranate
1 cup frozen organic strawberries
1 frozen banana
1 stalk of bok choy
juice of 1 fresh lemon
1 serving Sunwarrior Vanilla Protein Powder
2 cups of unsweetened coconut milk

Add ice and blend away.
Power up and drink up!

 

Warriors at Ease Receives Smithsonian Award

Congratulations! On October 29, Warriors at Ease received an award from the Smithsonian Institution as part of the opening gala for the new “Yoga: The Art of Transformation” exhibit.

We are happy for them — and proud to be hosting the Warriors at Ease training in March 2014.

Molly Asebey-Birkholm (Madhavi), co-founder of Warriors at Ease

Here is the email co-founder Molly Asebey-Birkholm (Madhavi) sent to us to share the news:

Dearest friends,

I wanted to share a moment of gratitude with all of you who have been supporters of Warriors at Ease. Last Thursday, Warriors at Ease (represented by co-founder Robin Carnes) received an award from the Smithsonian Institution as part of the opening gala for the new “Yoga: The Art of Transformation Exhibit.” It was a complete surprise when we heard we were receiving the award.

At the awards, Robin told the story of Warriors at Ease and read an excerpt from an email from a service member who came through the yoga and meditation program at DHCC. Once redeployed in Kandahar, he set up a meditation room there and played the iRest Yoga Nidra CD for his fellow soldiers. Even the toughest ones ‘surrendered’ to it.

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Exploring the Sounds of Life with John Beaulieu

John Beaulieu

John Beaulieu, ND, PhD, is a composer, sound healer, counseling psychologist, board-certified naturopathic physician, and Polarity practitioner. A world leader in the use of integrative energy medicine for healing, he is also an author, researcher, and professor.

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Please share what you do in 10-15 words: I teach integrative medicine with an emphasis in sound healing.

Why do you do what you do? I have worked in the healing arts and musical arts for 46 years. I do it because this is my calling in life. It is what I was born to do.

What are you currently fascinated by in your work? I am interested in the neuroscience of sound and how different sounds affect our neural network and enhance neuroplasticity.

How did you come to your path? Any aha moments or key teachers? I began playing the piano at 3 years old. When I was 20, I visited a psychiatric hospital as part of a college psychology class. I just knew I wanted to learn more and work with this type of patient. It did not take me long to integrate music with psychology.

What book(s) are you currently reading? I am always reading the Bhagavad Gita. I have four different translations on my Kindle. I have been reading it for many years and always discover something new. I am always reading research papers. For fun I read James Rollin’s novels.

Have you been to the Yoga Retreat before? I have taught at the Sivananda Ashram Yoga Retreat for more than 10 years. I come back to teach because of the open diversity environment in which all spiritual paths are honored.

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Upcoming courses—filling quickly! Register soon.

January 17 – 23, 2014
The Yoga of Sound and Voice Training
John Beaulieu & Silvia Nakkach

January 11 – 16, 2014
Polarity Therapy & 5 Element Body Work Certification
John Beaulieu, Andreas Ledermann & Brigitta Raimann

The Benefits of Restorative Yoga

Restorative Yoga Teacher Training will be held November 26 – 30, 2013. For details and to register, click here.

Article contributed by Nora Benian (Sundari), Restorative Yoga Teacher.

In this day and age of being constantly on guard due to an overwhelming bombardment of stimuli, when does one have an opportunity to unwind, relax and recharge? It’s no wonder we are all stressed out. For restoration one must relax, but how do we practice relaxing?

Restorative Yoga is a very gentle practice designed to calm the nervous system, deeply relax the body and mind and create overall well-being. It offers simple yet powerful postures and relaxation techniques that can be integrated into existing yoga classes, or used to teach restorative specific classes, but also in healing treatments. Restorative Yoga is a regenerative healing tool that reduces stress and pain by supporting the body’s innate responses towards homeostasis and health.

Through the use of supported yoga postures, breathing and meditative techniques, a profound sense of relaxation infuses one’s entire being which leads to healing. When the body is fully supported, it will naturally relax, releasing deeply held tensions. Relaxation is a state in which there is no movement, no effort, and the brain is quiet.

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October Promotions

There’s still time to sign up for our “Early Bird” discount on any upcoming 2013-14 Teacher Training Course. This special offer will be ending October 31, so be sure to sign up today for any one of our upcoming Teacher Training courses. Check our website for more information and to register.

Lastly, to celebrate the upcoming opening of our high season, we are offering a 20% discount off accommodation rates for any Yoga Vacation Program or Foundation Course held in October. This is valid on any NEW reservation. Call or register today and mention this special offer.

So take a look at our calendar and make plans to come visit us here at the Yoga Retreat!

 

Swami Swaroopananda Q&A: Dispassion Does Not Mean Indifference

SwamiSQ: If one successfully attains vairagya, or dispassion, why would one do anything beyond one’s immediate responsibilities and duties? For example, why did Swami Vishnudevananda feel such a strong need to promote world peace, if he had attained vairagya?

Answer: In the yogic scriptures, vairagya, or dispassion, is described as acting without desire for the fruits of the action. Let’s say, for example, that you are feeding hungry people, that you are feeding a million hungry people a day. Someone might ask, why do you do this? What do you get out of it? When this question came up during a talk yesterday, one person spoke about a smiling child. She said that seeing a smile on the face of a distressed child is a great reward for helping.

But we have to ask the question, “Did you help the child for the smile?” Is that really the reason you helped? I don’t think the person helping the child thought, “I’m helping the child so I can get a smile.” Let’s assume you helped the child, but you didn’t see the smile, or that you helped the child, but didn’t see any direct results at all. Now let’s suppose someone again asks, why do you do what you do? Your answer will be, I do what I do because I care for the child, because I love the child. Then the person might ask, but what do you want for yourself? The answer is, if you really love, if you really care, ultimately you don’t want anything for yourself. All you want is for the other, not for yourself.

Many of our desires relate to the question, “What can I get for myself?” We want happiness or knowledge or power or name and fame. “I have to get something for myself. If I get something for myself, I’ll be happy.” But there is another way to look at it, like this: “I do a lot of good in this world. I act. But whatever I do, it’s never for myself.” If whatever I do is never for myself, at that very moment I am free. That freedom is called vairagya, or detachment. I am free of desire that has as its motive an egotistic reason. I am free from selfish desires, and that is vairagya. Vairagya means that I act, but not because of selfish desires. I only act out of love, out of care. I don’t want anything for myself. Nothing. Not even a thank you. The joy is in serving, in loving.

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Gracious Living Creamy Apricot Salad Dressing

Oddly delicious and always nutritious! www.gracevanberkum.com

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Arugula spinach salad with walnuts & hemp seeds,
topped with Gracious Living Creamy Apricot Salad Dressing.

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If The World Is Illusion, What Is The Purpose Of Science?

Science & Spirituality: Integrating Disciplines

Join us for a variety of conferences, symposiums and workshops with world renowned scientists, authors and theologians as they investigate a variety of topics integrating science and spirituality. Check our website for upcoming programs.

September Promotions

dispatcherThere’s still time to sign up for our “Early Bird” discount on any upcoming 2013-14 Teacher Training Course. This special offer will be ending soon (September 30), so be sure to sign up today for any one of our upcoming Teacher Training courses. Check our website for more information and to register.

Lastly, to celebrate the upcoming opening of our high season, we are offering a 25% discount off all November and December course tuition fees to those who register by September 30th. (The Ayurveda Body Treatment Certification Course is excluded from this offer.)

So take a look at our calendar and make plans to come visit us here at the Yoga Retreat!

 

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