cup (80g) textured vegetable protein (TVP)
1/2 cup cooked red kidney beans
3 tbsp (45ml) oil
1 tbsp (15ml) maple syrup
2 tbsp (30ml) tomato paste
1 tbsp (15ml) soy sauce
1 tbsp nutritional yeast
1/2 tsp ground cumin
1/4 tsp each: paprika, ground chili powder, garlic powder, onion powder, oregano
1/8 tsp liquid smoke
1/4 cup (60ml) water (or beetroot juice)
1/2 cup (80g) vital wheat gluten
Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Once boiling, add the textured vegetable protein and let simmer for 10-12 minutes. Drain the TVP and set aside.
In the bowl of a food processor, add the cooked beans, oil, maple syrup, tomato paste, soy sauce, nutritional yeast, spices, liquid smoke, and water. Process for 10-20 seconds, scraping down the sides if needed and process again until it forms a purée. It doesn’t have to be completely smooth.
Add the rehydrated TVP and process for 7-10 seconds, or until the TVP is very finely chopped, the mixture should look like bolognese sauce. You don’t want to have big chunks of TVP otherwise the burgers won’t hold together well.
Transfer the mixture to a large mixing bowl and add the vital wheat gluten. Mix using a wooden first, and then knead with your hands for 2-3 minutes to develop the gluten. The mixture should be soft and have a slight elasticity.
Divide the mixture into 3 and form patties. Carefully wrap each burger in parchment paper and then in aluminum foil.
Place the wrapped burgers in a pressure cooker (you can stack them) and pressure cook for 1 hour and 20 minutes. You can use a stovetop pressure cooker or an Instant Pot.
Once cooked, unwrap the burgers and let cool 10 minutes. You can now pan-fry the burgers in a little bit of oil until golden brown on each side.
Burgers will keep for up to 4 days in the refrigerator. They will harden a bit in the fridge but will soften once heated.
Yield: 3 burgers
Serving Size: 1 Burger (about 160g)
Reiki has many benefits for pets:
Enhances overall well-being.
Just like people, even healthy pets can have occasional physical, emotional and mental imbalances that, if left untreated, can manifest as illness. Periodic Reiki treatments can help maintain your pet’s natural state of well-being and balance.
Strengthens the immune system for cancer therapies.
Cancer therapies such as chemotherapy and radiation present stress to an already compromised immune system. Reiki strengthens the immune system to better deal with this additional stress. It helps alleviate or prevent the side effects of conventional cancer treatments and provides pain relief.
Accelerates healing following surgery or illness.
Reiki can alleviate and prevent side effects of conventional medications such as pain killers and antibiotics, and provides pain relief and relaxation to facilitate and enhance the body’s natural healing response.
Increases trust and bonding between you and your pet.
People and pets often mirror each others’ physical and emotional states. Animals are natural healers and sometimes take on their person’s problems, often in an attempt to heal them. This happens because of the deep bond shared between a pet and his or her person. Because of the shared energy in such a close relationship, energetic imbalances are shared as well. For optimum healing, joint treatments for people and their pets can often be beneficial.
Can help with behavior issues by promoting relaxation and stress reduction.
Many behavior issues are caused by stress. Reiki has a calming effect on the pet and may help make the pet more receptive to training and behavior modification. Reiki is extremely beneficial for animals with a history of abuse. The gentle touch and the energy can help restore trust in animals who have learned to associate touch with being hurt.
Provides comfort and relieves pain, anxiety and fear for terminally ill animals.
Reiki is a wonderful way to facilitate the transition for terminally ill animals and their owners. Often, animals will not allow themselves to transition because they intuitively feel that their person is not ready to let them go. Joint Reiki treatments for the pet and his or her person can help both through this difficult time by enhancing the bond and allowing a gentle transition.
The reason why meditation is one of the most useful tools in recovery (and for relapse prevention) is because it can help you detach from thoughts and impulses that may increase cravings for certain substances. In fact, meditation teaches that the desire for an addictive substance or behavior is only a thought, and you are not under any obligation to act or respond to the thoughts that enter your mind. Instead, you can bring awareness to your breath, and simply allow these thoughts to pass rather than react to them. At first, this can seem difficult, but it’s called a meditation practice because it gets easier as this becomes part of your daily routine.
For many people, in the beginning of recovery, it can seem impossible to sit calmly and still. In this case, it’s better to start your meditation practice with movement, such as a walking meditation, or even yoga, which can be considered a moving meditation when you focus on the awareness of your breathe as you move through the poses.
When yoga and meditation are combined, the benefits increase. Daily yoga and meditation can help those recovering from addiction to overcome unpleasant feelings and sensations, release anger and resentment, increase positive thoughts, and become less reactive to destructive thoughts. All of these benefits contribute to establishing a healthy mind and body, which is the foundation of a successful recovery.
Locust Pose is an intermediate backbend that tones and strengthens the entire back of the body. The Sanskrit name for the pose, “Salabhasana” (shah-lah-BAHS-uh-nuh), comes from two words:
“Salabha,” which means “locust”
“Asana,” which means “pose”
Because this pose provides the foundation for deeper backbends, it is often used in preparation for other poses, such as Bow (Dhanurasana), Upward Dog (Urdhva Mukha Svanasana), and Upward Bow / Wheel Pose (Urdhva Dhanurasana). Practicing this pose regularly will teach you the correct alignment necessary to deepen your backbends with ease.
Benefits of Locust Pose
Salabhasana strengthens and increases flexibility throughout the entire back of the body, including the spine, legs, buttocks, and all of the muscles surrounding your ribs and upper torso. Working the upper back muscles improves posture and helps relieve stress and fatigue caused by slouching forward. This also strengthens the abdominal muscles and the chest. By lifting the front of your torso, you also deeply stretch the front upper torso. This helps to open the lungs, which improves breathing capacity.
Bellur Krishnamachar Sundararaja Iyengar, better known as B.K.S. Iyengar, was the founder of the style of yoga as exercise known as "Iyengar Yoga" and was considered one of the foremost yoga teachers in the World.
To B.K.S. Iyengar, yoga is “meditation in action”. His teaching combines all eight elements in asana practice, which helps us explore and experience the rest. This brings us back into contact with the outside world, awakened by the basic understanding that everything and everyone are interconnected.
There are countless reasons to do Iyengar yoga, but here are eight of the top reasons to give this practice a try.
Increased Flexibility. ...
Toned Muscles. ...
A Calmer Mind. ...
Pain Relief. ...
Improved Posture. ...
Protection from Disease. ...
Better Food and Lifestyle Habits. ...
A daily spiritual practice refers to any ritual we perform each day to nurture our deep inner being. A spiritual practice quiets the mind and brings us into a state of peace or harmony with ourselves.
Provides clarity in the midst of demanding days
Cultivates attention required to complete tasks
lifts your mood
Draws you into the simplicity of the moment
Connects you to and reveals true spirit
The following are five yoga poses to practice for back pain:
Balance on your hands and knees while alternately tilting the head and pelvis up so that the back dips. Then tuck the pelvis, drawing your chin towards your chest and round your back towards the roof and into an arch. This moves the back through flexion and extension.
This is a safe, gentle way to stretch the spine into flexion too. Simply rest the torso over the kneeling legs with the head resting on a pillow or the mat. This is a forward folding position that is designed to create comfort and a sense of rest.
A gentle, supported back extension, cobra stretches the abdominals and creates stretch through the upper and mid-back and also through the shoulders. A stronger back is more resilient to aches and pain since the muscles function optimally. Lying on your belly with your legs hip distance apart, place your elbows back by your waist and hands flat by your ribs, slowly lift the chest and head on an inhale while pressing the pelvis into the mat for support.
Twists are great for improving your range of movement and alleviating tension in the mid and lower back, but be careful to move slowly and always stop if you feel any sharp or strong pains. Lying on your back, raise your feet off the mat until your knees are over your hips so that you have a 90-degree angle at the hips and knees. With arms stretched out to your sides, take the knees to one side and release to the ground if you can (otherwise hover them as far as they’ll go) as you try to draw the opposite shoulder to the mat. Hold and breathe, letting gravity assist to deepen the stretch into the back without force. Then change sides.
A strong pelvic floor, abdominals and glutes will do wonders for supporting a healthy back, preventing and alleviating pain. Holding plank position, whether on your knees or toes, and the high-to-low push-up of chaturanga will build abdominal and leg strength over continued practice. Make sure to work at your own pace. If you can’t maintain head-hip-heels in a straight line yet, do plank on your knees.
10 oz firm tofu (275 g), diced
1/4 cup water (65 ml)
2 tbsp tamari or soy sauce
1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
1 tbsp maple syrup
1 tsp garlic powder
1/8 tsp cayenne powder
1 tsp cornstarch
Extra virgin olive oil (optional)
Chopped chives (optional)
Mix the marinade ingredients in a baking dish or a mixing bowl (water, tamari or soy sauce, vinegar, syrup, garlic powder and cayenne powder) until well combined. Add the diced tofu and let it marinate, covered in the fridge for at least 15 minutes. If you let it marinate longer, it will have a more intense flavor.
Strain the tofu, but don’t discard the liquid.
Sautée the tofu in a frying pan until golden brown. You can add some oil or not, it’s up to you.
Add the marinade liquid to a bowl with the cornstarch and mix until well combined. Pour the sauce into the frying pan and cook until it thickens.
Serve and garnish with some chopped chives (optional).
Keep leftovers in a sealed container in the fridge for 4 to 5 days.
serving size: 1/2 of the recipe (without the oil and chives)
sugar: 7.5 g
sodium: 1024 mg
fat: 5.8 g
saturated fat: 1.2 g
carbohydrates: 12.4 g
fiber: 1.6 g
protein: 13.4 g
Ganesha is widely revered as the remover of obstacles, the patron of arts and sciences and the deva of intellect and wisdom. As the god of beginnings, he is honoured at the start of rites and ceremonies. ... In the Ganapatya tradition of Hinduism, Ganesha is the supreme deity.
Ganesha is the son of Shiva and Parvati and he is the brother of Karthikeya (or Subrahmanya), the god of war. ... Repentant, Shiva ordered a new head to be found for the boy and, as the first animal available was an elephant, so Ganesha gained a new head and became the most distinctive of the Hindu gods.
I am not a drop in the ocean. I am the entire ocean in a drop.
Repeat out loud or silently three times. 🧘♀️
Stand in Tadasana (Mountain Pose). Inhale to lift your arms overhead, alongside your ears. Exhale to shift your weight into your heels and bend your knees, shifting your hips back and down into Utkatasana. Try to stack your knees over your ankles, rather than over your toes.
Bring hands into prayer position next to the heart. Then bring left elbow outside right knee. Option to open arms as shown in picture. Then switch sides.
The revolved chair pose stretches and opens the chest, shoulders and upper back, and strengthens the glutes, thighs, ankles, calves and lower back. This pose stimulates the heart and abdominal organs, increases balance and focus, and improves joint range of motion. 🧘♂️
Asana practice helps counteract anxiety-driven depression because it reduces stress hormones like cortisol and adrenaline, inducing what's known as the relaxation response. Once the relaxation response kicks in, many people feel that instead of trying to escape their feelings, they can stay with them, which is essential to identifying the psychological factors that trigger their anxiety and depression.
Yoga Poses For Depression and Anxiety:
Downward Facing Dog Pose
Wide Angle Standing Forward Bend
Sit with your legs straight out in front of you, raising your pelvis on a blanket if your hips or groins are tight. Exhale, bend your knees, pull your heels toward your pelvis, then drop your knees out to the sides and press the soles of your feet together.
Bring your heels as close to your pelvis as you comfortably can. With the first and second finger and thumb, grasp the big toe of each foot. Always keep the outer edges of the feet firmly on the floor. If it isn't possible to hold the toes, clasp each hand around the same-side ankle or shin.
Sit so that the pubis in front and the tailbone in back are equidistant from the floor. The perineum then will be approximately parallel to the floor and the pelvis in a neutral position. Firm the sacrum and shoulder blades against the back and lengthen the front torso through the top of the sternum.
Never force your knees down. Instead release the heads of the thigh bones toward the floor. When this action leads, the knees follow.
Stimulates abdominal organs, ovaries and prostate gland, bladder, and kidneys.
Stimulates the heart and improves general circulation.
Stretches the inner thighs, groins, and knees.
Helps relieve mild depression, anxiety, and fatigue.
Soothes menstrual discomfort and sciatica.
Helps relieve the symptoms of menopause.
Begin in a neutral tabletop position with your hands and knees on your mat.
Inhale to reach your right arm out and up to prepare, then exhale to reach your right arm under your left arm.
Lower your rights shoulder and ear to the ground.
Keep equal weight in your knees, feet straight out behind you.
Hold for 5-10 breaths. Release back to table tp, then repeat on the other side.
Thread The Needle Pose stretches and opens the shoulders, chest, arms, upper back, and neck. It releases the tension that is commonly held in the upper back and between the shoulder blades. This pose also provides a mild twist to the spine, which further reduces tension.
Hatha yoga seems to be the best yoga for beginners because of its slower movements that require you to hold the poses for a few breaths.
The 10 Most Important Yoga Poses for Beginners
Mountain Pose. Mountain Pose is the base for all standing poses; it gives you a sense of how to ground in to your feet and feel the earth below you. ...
Downward Facing Dog. ...
Warrior 1. ...
Warrior 2. ...
Seated Forward Bend.