This makes 1 large serving
3 cups water
2 fingers of ginger, cut lengthwise and in half
2-4 cloves garlic, sliced
1 tsp Better than Bouillon
1 Tbsp miso
Juice from half of a lemon
6-9 kale leaves (depends on size), I used Lacinato; stemmed, sliced fine
3 Tbsp Bragg's Amino Acid
1/4 - 1/2 tsp cayenne
Optional: Cooked rice or rice noodles; Kimchi, Sesame Seeds, Tofu
Pour water in pan over high heat and add bouillon, ginger and garlic. As the water heats, slice kale and add this to the pot. Bring to a boil and reduce heat to medium. Cook for 10 minutes, infusing the water with ginger, garlic and broth while cooking the kale. Remove from heat, add lemon juice and cayenne, whisk in miso until blended thoroughly (do not add miso to boiling water). Remove ginger ad discard (unless you want to eat some if it, it will be quite soft). Serve over cooked rice or rice noodles. Top with kimchi, sesame seeds and tofu.
author Kristin Flyntz.
This letter, written by Kristin Flyntz, whom we do not know here at the studio, was passed on to us by one of our instructors, Raj Devjoti (Emily), and we had to share it here. It's worth the read. Please sit down to read this when you have time to take it in. It is poignant and beautiful, and it asks us to take a look at this moment in time to forklift ourselves from the madness. It directs us towards a pathway to healing, not just ourselves, but the entire world.
Stop. Just stop.
It is no longer a request. It is a mandate.
We will help you.
We will bring the supersonic, high speed merry-go-round to a halt.
We will stop
the frenetic, furied rush of illusions and "obligations" that keep you from hearing our single and shared beating heart,
the way we breathe together, in unison.
Our obligation is to each other,
as it has always been, even if, even though, you have forgotten.
We will interrupt this broadcast, the endless cacophonous broadcast of divisions and distractions,
to bring you this long-breakingnews:
We are not well.
Despite what you might think or feel, we are not the enemy.
We are Messenger. We are Ally. We are a balancing force.
We are asking you:
To stop, to be still, to listen;
To move beyond your individual concerns and consider the concerns of all;
To be with your ignorance, to find your humility, to relinquish your thinking minds and travel deep into the mind of the heart;
To look up into the sky, streaked with fewer planes, and see it, to notice its conditions: clear, smoky, smoggy, rainy? How much do you need it to be healthy so that you may also be healthy?
To look at a tree, and see it, to notice its condition: how does its health contribute to the health of the sky, to the air you need to be healthy?
To visit a river, and see it, to notice its condition: clear, clean, murky, polluted? How much do you need it to be healthy so that you may also be healthy? How does its health contribute to the health of the tree, who contributes to the health of the sky, so that you may also be healthy?
None of us; all of us are suffering.
Last year, the firestorms that scorched the lungs of the earth
did not give you pause.
Nor the typhoons in Africa, China, Japan.
Nor the fevered climates in Japan and India.
You have not been listening.
It is hard to listen when you are so busy all the time, hustling to uphold the comforts and conveniences that scaffold your lives.
But the foundation is giving way,
buckling under the weight of your needs and desires.
We will help you.
We will bring the firestorms to your body.
We will bring the fever to your body.
We will bring the burning, searing, and flooding to your lungs
that you might hear:
We are not well.
Many are afraid now.
Do not demonize your fear, and also, do not let it rule you. Instead, let it speak to you - in your stillness, listen for its wisdom.
What might it be telling you about what is at work, at issue, at risk, beyond the threats of personal inconvenience and illness?
As the health of a tree, a river, the sky tells you about quality of your own health, what might the quality of your health tell you about the health of the rivers, the trees, the sky, and all of us who share this planet with you?
Notice if you are resisting.
Notice what you are resisting.
Stop. Just stop.
Ask us what we might teach you about illness and healing, about what might be required so that all may be well.
We will help you, if you listen.
Since Governor Pritzker has ordered "shelter in place" beginning tonight, Saturday, March 21, 5:30 pm, our teachers are setting up to teach their live, virtual classes from their respective homes.
Some of us are ordering mics which won't arrive until the latter part of next week, and we are all figuring out how to deliver the best quality experience to you. It will be an ongoing process over the next couple of weeks.
For this reason, if or when it is necessary, you might see some moving around of teachers from their time slots.
We are doing our best to continue providing yoga and meditation to you with the least amount of interruption to you as well as to continue to support our teachers in their professional work in the best way that we can.
We ask for your patience as we do this as well as your feedback, so we know where we might need to direct our attention.
Thanks so much in advance.
It's been really great to see many of your faces online! The best part of this is to see those of you we don't often see because you live in other parts of the country. Thanks for tuning in. We acknowledge and appreciate the blessings of (a) being able to connect with our community like this, and (b) witnessing the flexibility and generosity of you, our community members, in taking care of each other. Sat Nam.
With love & gratitude,
Savitree, Jodh, SachKiret, Raj Devjoti, Kristen C, Seetal Tej, Dhyan Bhajan, Jot Saraswati, Kamal Prem, and Mehtab Kirtan
This 8-minute video by Kurzgesagt – In a Nutshell does a fantastic job explaining
Breathe deeply, until sweet air extinguishes the burn of fear in your lungs and every breath is a beautiful refusal to become anything less than infinite.
Breathing through the nostrils…
Inhale for 3 counts as you visualize moving up the left side of a square.
Suspend the breath at the top of the inhale (w/o clenching your throat shut) for 3 counts as you visualize moving from the left to the right top of the square.
Exhale for 3 counts as you visualize moving down the right side of the square.
Suspend the breath at the bottom of the exhale for 3 counts as you visualize moving from the right to the left bottom of the square.
Repeat several times or longer. Enjoy!
When the breath is unsteady, all is unsteady; when the breath is still; all is still. Control the breath carefully. Inhalation gives strength and a controlled body; retention gives steadiness of mind and longevity; exhalation purifies body and spirit.
1 gallon water
24 slices of ginger
This gallon of ginger tea is an effective digestive and immune booster.
There are different ways to enjoy this batch:
If you just want to make one cup at a time, there are a couple of ways to make a quick cup of ginger tea:
To a cup or two of boiling water...
Makes approximately 1 gallon
1 Gallon Water
2 Tbsp cardamom pods
1 tsp peppercorns
1 scant tsp cloves
6 cinnamon sticks
24 slices of ginger
Pinch of black tea or 1 tea bag (optional, we do not use this in the UYC tea)
Stores in fridge up to two weeks.
We know how much this is enjoyed after class. It's also has amazing benefits (see below).
Since alas we aren't able to meet in person, here is the recipe. As long as you are making it, might as well make it by the gallon. Store in a glass mason jar after it cools, and heat as you need.
Spices and their benefits:
Black pepper: blood purifier
Cardamom pods: digestive aid
Cloves: beneficial to the nervous system
Cinnamon: strengthens the bones
Ginger root: healing for colds and flu, increases energy, also a digestive aid
Simple juicing recipe, makes 1 large, or 2 small, servings:
2 large organic navel oranges
ginger (try 2 inches of ginger root and add or subtract to your taste)
Juice and enjoy right away.
This is an excellent immune booster filled with Vitamins C, B and A, calcium, potassium, anti-oxidants, and are good for skin and heart health. This drink also has anti-inflammatory, anti-viral, and anti-microbial benefits. Ginger strengthens the digestive system, which is the foundation for good health and strong immunity.
The best part is, this is incredibly quick, simple, and delicious.
Suddenly, we find ourselves in un-chartered territory.
We have heard from you - we know you are feeling stressed, worried, uncertain and afraid. Schedules have shifted, life is different. You are doing your best to keep up with it all.
For some, navigating and managing constant change feels easy, perhaps exciting. For others, not having that routine and predictability is down right terrifying and anxiety provoking. You may be finding that you have more time on your hands than you know what to do with or perhaps you are working non-stop and are busier than ever before...
Please know we hear you and we are here for you.
When you are feeling stressed or perhaps even bored try on one of these suggestions:
Take care and be well.
With all my love, grace & gratitude,
In the coming days, we will be sharing recipes & tips to strengthen and maintain healthy immune and nervous systems on our UYC blog, Facebook and Instagram. Please check in there for ways to keep yourself healthy and uplifted.
Dear UYC Community,
We know there are a number of stressors that are impacting you right now and we want you to know: your health and well-being matters and we are here for you.
Over the coming days and weeks we will be sharing a variety of ways that you can keep your immune and nervous systems strong and your mind calm and relaxed using a variety of lifestyle tools including mindfulness, meditation, yoga, food and Ayurvedic practices.
In addition, we received positive feedback from our community members who attended virtual classes on Friday and Saturday and we are pleased to share that all of our adult classes for the next 2 weeks will be 100% virtual.
We have created a special webpage with information on how to access the classes, tips on making the most of virtual classes, our tune in mantras and commonly used terms. Please click here for that webpage. We encourage you to bookmark it for easy reference.
As we move forward, we are open to feedback about your virtual classroom experience, so please email us to share what is working well and any challenges you are experiencing.
We look forward to seeing you in classes on Zoom.
With love & gratitude,
Savitree, Jodh & Team UYC
Kundalini Yoga Quotes:
“I’d never felt anything like it; it was just an opening of energy and a feeling of such liberation.” -Marika Bethel, owner, Glowing House