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Summer breakfast

This summery morning I made one of my favourite breakfasts. OK, I confess, I make this one in winter as well, but this time of the year it just seems to taste better. Like the sunshine enhances all about this Strawberry Soup…

It is fast and easy to make,  tastes yum and leaves you really happy from the inside.

All you need is;

200 – 225 grams of strawberries

2 dl of coconut milk

2 teaspoons manuka honey

some fresh mint

 

You just toss the strawberries, coconut milk and manuka honey in the mixer and mix it all together.

Pour it in a soup bowl.

Add some fresh mint to garnish.

Enjoy!

You can of course supplement the strawberries for any other berries you´d like. Go ahead and be as creative as you wish!

<3

 

 

Ethical Guidelines for Yoga Teachers

In today´s  modern world , Yoga is widespread and you can find it in basically every gym, school and neighbourhood, which is totally awesome.

In 2007 already, as Yoga began spreading faster than ever around the world, Georg Feuerstein, the most regarded scholar in the West on Yoga and the author of more than 50 books, put together these Ethical Guidelines for Yoga Teachers following below;

“Ethical Guidelines for Yoga Teachers by Georg Feuerstein, Ph.D.

As an integrated way of life, Yoga includes moral standards (traditionally called “virtues”) that any reasonable human being would find in principle acceptable. Some of these standards, known in Sanskrit as yamas or “disciplines,” are encoded in the first limb of Patanjali’s eightfold path. According to Patanjali’s Yoga-Sûtra, this practice category is composed of the following five virtues: nonharming (ahimsâ ), truthfulness (satya), nonstealing (asteya), chastity (brahmacarya), and greedlessness (aparigraha).

In other key scriptures of Yoga, further moral principles are mentioned, including kindness, compassion, generosity, patience, helpfulness, forgiveness, purity, and so on. All these are virtues that we connect with a “good” character and that are demonstrated to a superlative degree in the lives of the great masters of Yoga.

Thus, it seems appropriate for contemporary Yoga teachers to endeavor to conduct their lives in consonance with Yoga’s moral principles, particularly because teachers have a great responsibility toward their students and should be expected to reflect the high moral standards espoused in Yoga. At the same time, we must acknowledge the complexities of our contemporary society, which make it necessary to appropriately adapt the moral standards originally designed for the conditions of pre-modern India. Also, we need to take into proper account the looming environmental crisis by adopting a sustainable lifestyle.

The following guidelines are put forward as a reasonable adaptation for our modern situation, which also takes proper cognizance of the wisdom contained in the heritage of Yoga.

  1. Yoga teachers understand and appreciate that teaching Yoga is a noble and ennobling endeavor that aligns them with a long line of honorable teachers.
  2. Yoga teachers are committed to practicing Yoga as a way of life, which includes adopting the fundamental moral principles of Yoga and making their lifestyle environmentally sustainable (“Green Yoga”).
  3. Yoga teachers are committed to maintaining impeccable standards of professional competence and integrity.
  4. Yoga teachers dedicate themselves to a thorough and continuing study and practice of Yoga, in particular the theoretical and practical aspects of the branch of Yoga that they teach.
  5. Yoga teachers are committed to avoiding substance abuse, and if for some reason they succumb to chemical dependency agree to stop teaching until they are free again from drug and/or alcohol abuse. They will then do everything in their power to remain free, including being fully accountable to a support group.
  6. Yoga teachers especially embrace the ideal of truthfulness in dealing with students and others, including accurately representing their training and experience relevant to their teaching of Yoga.
  7. Yoga teachers are committed to promoting the physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual wellbeing of their students.
  1. Yoga teachers, especially those teaching Hatha-Yoga, will abstain from giving medical advice or advice that could be construed as such, unless they have the necessary medical qualifications.
  2. Yoga teachers are open to instructing all students regardless of race, nationality, gender, sexual orientation, and social or financial status.
  3. Yoga teachers are willing to accept students with physical disabilities, providing they have the skill to teach those students properly.
  4. Yoga teachers agree to treat their students with respect.
  5. Yoga teachers will never force their own opinions on students but rather will appreciate the fact that every individual is entitled to his or her worldview, ideas, and beliefs. At the same time, Yoga teachers must communicate to their students that Yoga seeks to achieve a deep-level transformation of the human personality, including attitudes and ideas. If a student is not open to change, or if a student’s opinions seriously impede the process of communicating yogic teachings to him or her, then Yoga teachers are free to decline to work with that individual and, if possible, find an amicable way of dissolving the teaching relationship.
  6. Yoga teachers agree to avoid any form of sexual harassment of students.
  7. Yoga teachers wishing to enter a consensual sexual relationship with a presentor former student should seek the immediate counsel of their peers before taking any action. This is to ensure that the teacher in question is sufficiently clear about his or her motives.
  8. Yoga teachers will make every effort to avoid exploiting the trust of students and their potential dependency, and instead encourage students to find greater inner freedom.
  9. Yoga teachers acknowledge the importance of the proper context for teaching and agree to avoid teaching in a casual manner, which includes observing proper decorum inside and outside of the classroom.
  10. Yoga teachers strive to practice tolerance toward other Yoga teachers, schools, and traditions. When criticism has to be brought, this should be done with fairness and with focus on facts.The above ethical guidelines are not exhaustive, and the fact that a given conduct is not specifically covered does not imply anything about the ethical or unethical nature of that conduct. Yoga teachers always endeavor to respect and to the best of their abilities adhere to the traditional yogic code of conduct as well as to the laws current in their country or state.

For a more detailed account of Yoga’s moral teachings, see Georg Feuerstein’s book

Yoga Morality (2007).
You may copy these guidelines on your website or a bulletin board providing youuse the copyright notice below. No prior permission is needed.
You may not distribute multiple copies of the guidelines without explicit prior permissionfrom TYS.
Copyright ©2003, 2006, 2011 by Georg Feuerstein. All rights reserved.

Traditional Yoga Studies”

Chocolate breakfast muffins

I made these muffins Saturday – orginially from a recipe from a Dutch Paleo magazine –  , posting pics on Instagram as I was baking along. Many of you have contacted me via DM on Instagram, Facebook Messenger, What´s App and more for the recipe the past few days, so instead of typing it out a zillion of times I thought I´d share it here ;-).

You need;

250 gr almond butter

2 eggs (for a vegan version, soak 30 gr of chiaseed in 3 dl of water for 15 minutes and use the whole “gunk” instead of eggs)

3 tbspns raw cacao powder

1 tspn vanilla powder

3 ripe bananas

1,5 tspn baking powder

100 gr of 90 – 100 % dark chocolate, chopped up

 

How to;

Heat the oven to 200 degrees centigrade.

Add all the ingredients, aside from the dark choclate, and mix them in your kitchen machine or hand held mixer.

Stir in the chopped up chocolate.

Set the muffin liners (you can make your own from parchment paper as well as buy ready ones ) in the baking tray, add the mix.

Bake in the middle of the oven for 15 minutes.

Enjoy!

 

PS. I find these are so rich and filling that one muffin really is enough for breakfast, and also a great post workout pick-me-right-back-up.

 

 

Yoga Heemstede

Yoga Workshop @ EVA`Z 21/4

One Body, One Mind

Saturday 21/4, 11.00 – 14.00

Warm welcome all yogi´s – from first timers to long timers to this workshop with the theme ”One Body, One Mind”. We will dive in to dissolving the scattered mind through working with the body and the breath as one unit, as well as quieting the mind through meditation and relaxation. Basically – alles komt aan bod 😉

When:  Saturday 21/4 11.00 – 14.00

Where: EVA`Z Yoga & Pilates, Herenweg 89, Heemstede

Investment: EUR 37 :- pp, or EUR 52:- for 2 people (EUR 26:- pp when signing up for 2 )

Benefits: quiet mind, centered body, a sense of well-being

Sign up / questions: cecilia@studiostark.net  / 06-46157019

Friday Flow @ EVA`Z

Friday 20/4, 20.00 – 21.30

The monthly Friday Flow at EVA`Z is back!

Warm welcome to join on Friday April 20th at 20.00 for an hour and a half of heavenly flow including a restorative relaxation. The best way possible to float in to the weekend ;-)!

Investment: EUR 19:-

Sign up / aanmelding: via Cecilia;  studiostark@icloud.com , 06-46157019

Looking forward to seeing you all on the mat!

 

Guestblog by Selina Hall – Stop Those Junk Food Cravings With Better Sleep

Sleep deprivation does far more than make you yawn. It changes the amount and release times of the hormones that make you feel hungry and full. That’s why, without a full seven to eight hours of sleep, you’re putting yourself at risk for weight gain and metabolism changes.

Sleep Deprivation Does More Than Make You Feel Tired

The brain regulates appetite through the release of hormones. When you’re sleep deprived the ratio of hormones changes. When you haven’t gotten enough sleep, ghrelin, which stimulates hunger, gets released in higher amounts while leptin, which makes the body feel full, gets released in smaller doses. The end result—you eat more when you’re tired.

Not only are you hungrier when you’re tired, you crave different kinds of foods. The body wants high-fat, sugary foods when it’s tired. And, it’s not meal time eating that changes, it’s during the afternoon when you feel like a snack that you notice the difference. Chips, cookies, and candy become much more tempting and difficult to resist. You’re literally fighting your body’s natural urges.

Put a Stop to the Munchies with Good Sleep Habits

Many health plans recommend getting seven hours of sleep each night with good reason. Adequate rest gives you the best chance to follow your body’s natural eating pattern. Sleep hygiene is all of the habits in your life that promote sleep. Developing good sleep hygiene can help you eat healthier and feel better. Good sleep starts long before you lay your head on the pillow.

Eat for Successful Sleep

The body follows natural circadian rhythms to help regulate the sleep cycle. Environmental factors like sunlight contribute to helping your body establish healthy rhythms, but what you eat and when you eat it plays an important role as well.

Evenly spaced meals that take place around the same time every day promote healthy circadian rhythms. Studies have shown that eating lighter meals throughout the day helps the body rest better at night. Heavy, high-fat meals right before bedtime can keep you tossing and turning. Instead, try eating a light, healthy dinner a few hours before bed so you have time to digest before you lay down.

 

Create a Sleep Sanctuary

The brain is influenced by your environment. Your bedroom should be devoted to sleep, which means it’s best if it doesn’t act as a multipurpose room. A home office in the corner can keep the brain focusing on work when it should be sleeping.

Be sure you have a comfortable mattress that supports your sleep style—stomach, side, or back. If you find yourself tossing and turning due to discomfort at night, consider buying a new mattress. At night, keep your room between 60-68 degrees and block out as much light and sound as possible.

Avoid Stimulants and Bright Screens

Stimulants like caffeine keep the body buzzing for hours. Try to avoid soda, coffee, tea, or energy drinks for at least four hours before bedtime. If you need a warm drink before bed, try warm milk, which promotes melatonin production.

Bright screens stimulate the brain into believing its daytime. That can throw off the circadian rhythms, making the brain believe it needs to stay awake. Turn off the television, smartphone, e-reader, or laptop at least an hour before bed to help your mind and body wind down for the night.

Selina Hall is an expert on sleep health and wellness for BestMattressReviews.com. She believes that sleep is one of the most important pillars of health. Selina lives in Portland, Oregon. She sleeps best under a handmade quilt passed down from her great-grandmother.

Come join us in Devon this summer!

“Writing Me- Treat”

GIVE YOURSELF THE GIFT OF A   ‘WRITING ME-TREAT’

– DEVON, ENGLAND, 7-12 JULY 2018 –

 

Isn´t time you gave yourself a treat?

 

Imagine the bliss of waking up and falling asleep to birdsong and the babbling stream, spending time walking in unspoilt lanes and meadows as you learn a little of what many adore about Devon.

 

Join a small group of other word-lovers on this enchanting five-night retreat, deep in a secret valley that can only be accessed down what I call The Rabbit Hole – a gentle, bowered lane that tumbles down to the clutch of stone cottages around a stream. You get to stay in a room of your own in delightful Barleycorn, Quack or Crownwheel Cottage. This retreat deliberately coincides with the Ways With Words Literary Festival at Dartington Hall and we will make an excursion there. We will also visit the bohemian town of Totnes and, of course, the beach.

 

This ‘Me-Treat’ is led by much-published author, journalist, poet and mentor, Jo Parfitt, who loves nothing more than inspiring and empowering others to turn the ‘everyday’ into compelling words.

 

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