Loving life with nature, beauty and yoga's wisdom.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Mahatma Gandhi's 1st New Jersey Statue Inauguration

Last week I was asked to co host with Manav Lalwani the inauguration of the first statue of Mahatma Gandhi in New Jersey. Being a lover of art, history, healing, yoga and nature I couldn't be happier to accept such an offer. Since then I've been reflecting on the early years of my marriage to my Hindu born husband Amit Egan Datwani. At that time, and I'm only speaking of 5 years ago, our union was extremely significant as a sign of change and non separatism. To deepen our East/West integration Amit suggested and did adopt my maiden name Egan to make his last name Egan Datwani and I later copied him.

During our first years of marriage little did we know we were perfectly spiritually positioned to process the complications that can arise from an integrated marriage by living just 2 blocks away from Mahatma's statue in Union Square, New York City (shown in the picture above.) Nearly daily I would pass by Mahatma's image and sometimes sit, ground and recharge myself to continue to grow in this mini garden oasis. When I got quiet enough I would notice the branches on the magnolia trees and see how the leaves and flowers would sprout, expand and fade like everything else in life. I would see Mahatma Gandhi not as an unreachable historical image but as a truth that also resides in me and every being.

I hope the residents of Secaucus, New Jersey and those that visit the Sadhu Vaswani Meditation Garden can come to this park to sit and stroll through. Anyone who does will be energized as they are reminded of their own majesty, beauty and strength as they allow the elements of nature... the sun, earth, water and air plus Mahatma's grand and equally humble image peacefully work on them.

Thursday, May 22, 2014

The Yoga of Doing Nothing in Nature

Ever since spring started life has been moving extra fast. So fast, that I feel like flowers are blooming from my skin with the uprush of creative energy that is being asked of me. As a result I'm looking forward to balancing my energy by having an extra day off this weekend as we observe Memorial Day on Monday. Over the weekend my plan is to do nothing other than to teach my Sunday 12 noon yoga class @ www.bamboomovesyoga.com in Englewood and just sit in a garden or walk through a favorite park with my family.

I call it the yoga of doing nothing in nature where you witness your surroundings, let go of having a schedule to follow as you sit or stroll and let the earth, sun, air and if you are near water ground and recharge you. It is the yoga of allowing your presence to simply be in a relationship with the elements.

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Liberate Your Lower Back & Hips Workshop

Summer's boost in outdoor activities like walking, biking and jogging are invigorating yet can aggravate your lower back body and hips. To feel well and enjoy this summer's out and about vibe consider this workshop where we will:

Practice yoga postures geared toward opening your lower back and hips.

Understand how the slightest adjustment in yoga's leg strengthening postures like the warrior poses can tone and heal you rather than generate more pain in your body.

Learn an easy and quick to do at home routine that will assist in keeping you feeling good.

Develop posture awareness where you can check in at any moment and improve it.

Become familiar with and meditate on your lower chakra/energy body. This awareness can assist in shifting energetic blocks and accelerate your healing.

Saturday   June 14th   4-6:30pm  

Register $40 in advance $50 day of  @www.bamboomovesyoga.com   in Englewood, NJ

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Traditional Chinese Medicine: Spring's Wood Element

According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, Spring is governed by the wood element. It is a time of rising and expanding energies like daffodils pushing their way up through the earth and trees growing higher and wider. Physically it is a period of physical and emotional cleansing as we break out of winter's indoor mode by cleaning house in all areas of our life and making room for where we want to grow during the light half of the year. Traditional Chinese Medicine encourages this is the season to heal the liver and gall bladder by eating lighter meals. It is also a time to remember to rest and exercise as life speeds up.

Eating fresh greens and fruits helps inner cleansing and healing. To make sure you eat plenty of fruits, I recommend making fruit smoothies in the morning. Perhaps as a late afternoon snack or as dessert. I like using strawberries, blueberries, bananas, almond or soy milk, nuts and adding dried figs is blissful. Since berries go bad quickly, I buy frozen berries and use them when I'm out of fresh fruit. What I've noticed is a smoothie fills you up and packs in the nutrition giving you more of the good stuff to digest. This makes it less desirable to consume what isn't the best for us.

Sliced strawberries, bananas, almonds, figs and almond milk.

Now that the weather is warming up, eating a salad is a refreshing way to get your greens in. However there are some veggies that need to be cooked to taste less bitter and be easier to digest like kale, eggplant, baby bok choy, broccoli, peppers and mushrooms. Stir frying, where you cook your food for short times at a high temperature keeps your veggies spring like and alive. The next time you cook dinner try stir frying sliced up heat friendly veggies like shown in the photo below in a dash of vegetable oil. Splash in soy sauce and fresh squeezed lemon juice for more flavor. Mix with protein like tofu, fish or poultry that you cooked in a separate pan. Serve over brown rice and add salt and pepper to taste.

Sliced eggplant, mushrooms and spinach leaves.

During spring's season of growth invitations to be out and about to do business or socialize are plentiful. Dive in and celebrate with what the sunny time of the year has to offer. However in the spirit of good health seek balance by making time to rest, exercise mindfully by not over doing it with spring training and don't let go of the vision of where you aim to grow.

Interlaced hands in a standing forward bend is a great yoga pose to practice anytime to feel relief in your back body and shoulders as well as ground your mind. Be sure to bend your knees a little.