Monday, April 30, 2012

30th April 2012 - updated with video.

'My path has not been determined. I shall have more experiences and pass many more milestones'.
 Agnetha Faltskog

Hi all

Today is a day that I reached a personal milestone in my life. I have no words to describe the emotions going through me right now.

I was having a conversation with the lady friend that I am living with and I was seated on her bed, talking and explaining as I do. Then I looked down and realised I was seated in a strange position. At first I couldnt believe it. So I went into my own room and sat on my bed and did it again. and again. and Again just for good measure. Yep, just as I had suspected, I can sit like this.......

Artist: Jim Dandy

Those of you who have been following my blog know I have a 'situation' with my left leg, that I have been working on. Well, today, I can sit in a cross-leg position. I have never in my 29 years been able to sit like this. My left leg was too short to reach the other one and this position was somewhat very difficult for me. But today, my body did its own thing and made me aware.

 I am in awe - of Myself, of my Inner Strength, my Determination but  most of all of my Patience and Courage to believe in myself and Go Beyond what others considered limitations. 

Now I need to figure out my camera and take a photo.

 Keep a lookout for that special photo!!!!! -  Took a vid instead, pictures coming up later lol. 

Blessings, Love and Milestones.

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Currently studying part 2

'Happiness comes when your work and words are of benefit to yourself and others'. Buddha

Hi all

So this post is about what I am studying in my Ayurvedic courses. I am already certified in Ayurveda Panchakarma Massages (these are famous and come from Kerala).

Below is explaining a bit of what I will be  next be Certified in.

Ayurveda Nutrition and Diet

Ayurvedic nutrition
Raw food, fresh food and whole food
Food preparation for sick people
Food for weight loss
Food for weight gain
Fasting and detox preparations
Food during pregnancy
Vegetarian food
Meditation, rest and exercise

Ayurveda beauty treatments

Face massage
Head massage
Henna application
Hair treatments (grey hair, dry hair, dandruff, hair loss)
Tan removal and anti-pigmentation
Anti- aging treatments
Herbal Facials
Acne- Derma skin care treatments
Body polishes
Manicure and pedicure
Herbal steam bath

Ayurveda stress management

Back massage
Hand massage
Head massage
Rejuvenation therapy
Aroma oil massage
Breathing techniques
Simple Yoga Asanas

Ayurveda Baby and Pregnancy Management

Sattvic Food (pure food)
Yoga asanas for pregnant women
Massages for babies
Stress management
Foot massage
Body massage for pregnant women
Beauty spa treatment for pregnant women

That's about it. I think I will print out  business cards and start calling myself a ' Wellness and Beauty Consultant'.....that seems about right. lol.

I really like what I am studying, I am in love with this holistic approach to medicine, food and overall well being. I practice this myself - still need to completely move away from chicken....but that will take time. I have seen a  better change in myself since being in India.

Blessings, Love and Wellness

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Spices for my spice container

'Once you get a spice in your home, you have it forever. Women never throw out spices, The Egyptians were buried with their spices. I know which one I am taking with me when I go'. Erma Bombeck


I went Spice shopping today!!!!! I thought about going to the Spice Market, I had done that before, but the smell of all the different spices and food and everything else was toooo overwhelming for me. So instead, I took a shortcut to the supermarket........ I cut corners when its 38'C  and Hot as H E L L outside. Don't judge me!!!!!! Below is just a few things I picked up for 450 Rupees!!!!! Not bad!!!!!

My spice haul

Rock Salt

Fenugreek seeds


Flax seeds (gonna make Flaxseed gel with this)

Mustard seeds

This is a packet with four smaller powders inside.

Red chilli powder and Tumaric

Coriander seeds and Cumin seeds

Amla Pachak (Digestive) With dried amla (Indian Gooseberry), black salt, celery, lime and black pepper

Mouth Freshener - Green Mix. With Sugar coated aniseed, Coriander seeds, Sesame seeds, sugar, Rose flavor, Edible oil and Menthol 

Mine all Mine!!!!!

My new spice container!!!!! I cant wait to fill this baby up!!!!!! 

This was a very fruitful weekend for me lol.

Blessings, Love and Spices

Hauz Khas pictures

'Monuments and archaeological pieces serve as testimonies of man's greatness and establish a dialogue between civilizations showing the extent to which human beings are linked'.  Vincente Fox 

Hi all

 I spent Saturday afternoon, Rocco in hand in the Lovely Hauz Khas Village. Here are the fruits of my labor.  I don't have much to post about, I would rather let these pictures do the talking. I will say, I am seriously proud of these particular pictures. Enjoy!!!!!!!

Postcard perfect!!!!!

 On and on. 

When I was younger, I wanted to study archaeology. I had this fantasy of wearing khaki pants, a wide sun hat, gloves in hand, dirt at my finger tips and history at my feet. These pictures reminded me of the fact that India was one place I have always dreamed of coming to. I am more and more grateful to be here. This place is seriously a dream come true for me. I feel  more Blessed every single day.

Joy, Love and Rocco

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Sunday Cheesecake Moment

'Because you don't live near a bakery doesn't mean you have to go without cheesecake'. Hedy Lamarr

Hi All

So recently I went to a funky lovely coffee-shop (Costa Coffee) in my local area. I was lured by the huge posters of Cheesecake. Here are some Photos I took.....

Decor inside the Coffee shop

This is a Blown up picture separated into 3 and used as a focal point. Me loves!!!!!!

Cant remember the joke, but my Fro was Fierce!!!!!

Checking out the picture

my cheesecake - topped with caramel sauce, biscuits and cream......

my companion's cheesecake - topped with raspberry sauce, buscuits and ice cream

Mine again...

I needed a different angle..... This cheesecake was seriously good. Might have to go back and try the other flavored toppings.....

our drinks - Peach cooler for me and cold coffee cooler

So good.....

Had to do a close up of this goodness

That's basically it. Am so busy with classes and courses, have no time for real blogging and I hope you all will be patient with me.

Blessings, Joy and Cheesecakes

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Vegetarian Cooking workshop

'Nothing will benefit human health and increase chances for survival of life on Earth as much as the evolution to a vegetarian diet'.  Albert Einstein 

Blessed Sunday everyone

Recently I took part in a Sattvic Cooking Workshop. Sattvic or Yogic food is that which is pure, wholesome and clean meaning uncontaminated. 

We learnt how to make Moong Dal Salad, Poha (rice flakes with vegetables), Dry & Lquid Urd Dal, Palak Paneer ( spinach with cottage cheese), Chapati, Fresh Bael Sarbat, Juck Fruit Pullow and a Green Chutney. Below are some pictures I took. Thank Heavens for my wonderful camera Rocco!!!!!

Bael fruit

yummy veggies

Moong Dal (yellow lentils) with fresh shavings of coconut

rice flakes

Jackfruit again 
cut up cucumber and tomatoes for the Moong Dal

I love this set up!!!!!! 
Me doing my part and chopping up spinach...


I so need a spice tray like this. This one has turmeric, cloves, mustard seeds, lentils, red chilli flakes, coriander and cumin 

bay leaves and cumin frying in some oil

Palak Paneer (Spinach with cottage cheese)

Chapati - flour and water

hand rolled balls ready to be flattened

Liquid Urd Dal (lentils with tomatoes)

Fresh Bael Sarbat ( a cold refreshing drink)

My complete meal. 

Moong Dal Salad, Chapati, Palak Paneer, Poha, Dry Urd Dal, Green Chutney

Not a bad way to spend a Saturday morning, I would say. I am seriously beginning to really enjoy Vegetarian food. I mean before I would just eat, now I enjoy the process of eating, I watch exactly what I am putting into my system and have an awareness of the benefits as well as how I am eating, my mood. I have learnt to be silent when I eat and to give proper Thanks during this time.

Joy, Love and Food