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Drink Your Sorrows Away – Detox Smoothie

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When I first read the recipe for this smoothie I thought it would taste repulsive. Maybe thats the deeply engrained – if it is that good for me it can’t taste good – mentality. Partly the ingredients I think too. Raw garlic is great, but paired with orange I did not have confidence I would enjoy it.

The liver is one of the most important organs that detoxifies the body. Toxins of all kinds pass through this organ, chemical and emotional. Toxic residues from the food we eat, the environments we live in, and emotional upset can keep this organ working hard, sometimes too hard.

It is important everyone support the ‘pathways of elimination’, as my Naturopath says. The body needs support to keep itself at it best. We must serve it, so it can serve us.

I have a sensitive liver. I experience sometimes Lumbago, when I get stressed my liver produces to much bile, I feel heavy and my skin turns yellow. At my yearly physical recently when my liver was pushed on I could feel tenderness. I am a sensory being, so sensitive I feel every little twinge of my body acutely. I have a theory my Fibromyalgia is just my super sensory system on overload, a little trouble digesting everything that is coming my way.

Back to the drink. I’v been having this smoothie in the morning a few times a week for a few weeks. It actually does taste really good and I will continue to have it to help alleviate the toxic burden.

I have this right after I am done practicing yoga. It is enough to make me feel full for a couple hours easily.

Recipe from the 3ho site.

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  • 1 whole orange or grapefruit (remove the peel and chop into pieces)
  • 1 whole lemon (remove the peel and chop into pieces)
  • 1-2 Tablespoons of cold-pressed olive oil (start with less and add more as you can tolerate it)
  • 1 slice of fresh ginger root (peeled)
  • 1-2 cloves of fresh garlic (if your work situation makes this impossible, use 2-4 capsules of encapsulated garlic and swallow them with the Polarity Drink)
  • 1-2 teaspoons of ground flax seeds
  • 1 pinch of cayenne pepper

Place all ingredients in a blender and liquefy. Drink very slowly, thoroughly mixing the drink with your saliva before swallowing.

Drink on an empty stomach in the morning and allow at leasat couple of hours after your drink it before eating normally. Continue daily for two to three weeks at a time.

Kundalini Yoga Beginner Basics – Free Video Series – Relaxation Postures

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The next video in our free Kundalini Yoga Beginner Basics series all about relaxin! Something most of us could use a little more of in our lives. The Beginner Basics series will help you if your new to yoga learn more about attending a class and structure your independant practice at home.

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If you have any other questions about starting a Kundalini Yoga practice – LEAVE A COMMENT BELOW and we will make a video!

Kundalini Yoga Beginner Basics – Free Video Series – Tuning In/Closing

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I have worked at several studios and come across something universally at each; people afraid to start a yoga practice. Our own mental blocks create so much resistance…we are our own toughest critics and worst enemies.

Start by just jumping in the puddle – not the ocean.

The thing I really love about Kundalini Yoga is that it is truly for everyBODY. You can modify practically any pose so that you can do it to your best ability. Heck, even just going to a Kundalini Yoga class and not being able to do much other then breathing and the layout is going to benefit you!

We have a series of Kundalini Yoga Basics, free short video classes on all the aspects of beginning a practice we are working on to answer these question and give people the information they need to know upon starting a yoga practice. We will cover sitting postures, tuning in and closing, mantra, mudra, relaxation, chakras and more.

Keep a look out as we post each video. Sign up for our FREE MEMBERSHIP to get all the videos, for updates and to get the PDF instructional sheets with each video that go into further detail.

Tastiest 5 Minute Raw Chocolate Sugarless Desert

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First time I have made these yummies. I modified a recipe to suit my needs and tastes, substituting ghee for butter, and using coconut sugar. You can also use stevia. I would use stevia drops and suit to your own taste. I also avoided completely bringing to a rolling boil as the original recipe called for.

Ingredients
1/2 Cups Ghee
2 Cup Coconut Sugar (You can also nix the sugar and use stevia. I would use drops and suit to taste.)
1/2 Cup Milk (I used Raw Milk, I can see almond milk or soy working just as well.)
4 Tablespoons Raw Cocoa Powder
1/2 Teaspoon of Cinnamon
BIG Pinch of Sea Salt
1/4 Cup Peanut Butter
1/4 Cup Almond Butter
1 Tablespoons Vanilla Extract
3 Cups Rolled Toasted Oats (I used toasted oats but any rolled oats will do)

Preparation:

Add the ghee, stevia/sugar, cinnamon, milk and cocoa powder to a 4-quart saucepan. Heat until ingredients are completely melted together, let cook for another 2-3 minutes while stirring mixture to avoid over boiling. Remove from heat.

Stir in the peanut, almond butter and vanilla until smooth. Add sea salt, then stir in the oats. Drop heaping tablespoonfuls onto wax paper and let cool until set. I popped mine in the fridge so the wait was shorter.

The Real Reason We Give People The Middle Finger

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We’ve all done it. We’ve been on the receiving, and giving end of this popular show of aggravation. What most comes to mind is it’s use in fits of road rage.

I remember driving with my father when I was a young girl. I was always terrified to see him get red faced with anger at other drivers when they were not doing what he wanted, when he wanted, or as fast as he would have liked.

In yoga class last week the teacher framed this common circumstance, in relation to yogic knowledge. We were doing a meditation using the Saturn finger, which is the middle finger and represents patience and tolerance. The teacher so aptly put it, this is what people do, when they have no patience or tolerance left, and how amazing it is that all of humanity seems to unconsciously know what this finger represents!

I do my best to shrug it off when on the receiving end. The driver is frazzled, late for an appointment, stressed from a long day at work. They ‘run out’ of patience. Time holds no abundance for them in that moment. Here we are, not driving fast enough, taking a turn to slow, when other drivers think they have the right of way, and so it goes up, the middle finger.

I have given this myself, though it has been quite a long time. Thanks to Kundalini Yoga, I saw a monumental shift in my driving attitude. It was one of the first results I noticed from my practice. Upon reflection. every time I have presented this behavior it has been unnecessary. Frustrated, impatient, or reacting to the other persons behavior I have ‘lost’ my patience.

When you’re in this situation, and feeling the inspiration to vent your spleen, instead of raising that finger up in a pissed off rage, try Shuni Mudra, the “seal of patience.” formed by the thumb and the middle Saturn finger. Shuni Mudra, encourages patiences and supports thoughts of a noble nature, it turns our negative emotions into positive ones. Breath deep, and let the light guide your way on.

Sat Nam

Fulfill Your Longing For Love

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Aquarian Yogi celebrates February, a month known for love and intimate relationship, with a free class with Dr. Sham Rang Singh Khalsa.

With the debut of Aquarian Yogi, those of us involved in building this project have seen many changes and transformations in our lives, and within this space we are birthing for Kundalini Yoga. As things often end in our ever-changing lives, these endings, though often difficult, herald the birth of the new. Kundalini Yoga gives us the strength to keep up, to connect with ourselves, and to navigate these storms with a strong sail.

We all at times feel a longing for love in our lives. The love of a departed lover, a wanted child, or simply a friend that is near and dear to our hearts. If this longing we feel is a schism in our connection with our self, can we use this longing to deepen our love and connection to the infinite grace?

To be human is to feel weakness, fear, and a myriad of emotions and thoughts we sometimes see as sordid reflections of our human condition. Recognize these emotions and thoughts, love them…then use them to fuel your own radiance.

We sail through waters of emotions, swaying with the gales of heavy storms, and the soft breezes of our sunny days. The road can feel like a never ending tempest, but realize that may only be the purging of what no longer serves you, so that you can realize and know all that you really are. Close your eyes and meditate on the trees, listen for the sound of God in the wind. Sit, breath and bring your hands in prayer at your heart and chant Ong Sohung to call on the creative consciousness that you are.

As I have edited each video in the Radiant Self Healing series each class has held significant coincidence in its message for me. This class, where Sham Rang examines the energy of the Kapha Dosha, is a message of divine love – using the longing for love in our lives, where we ache for connection, into divine love and radiance. We can bless ourselves, and fill the chalice of our own heart.

Thank you for being a part and supporter of spreading the sacred teachings of Kundalini Yoga. May we be blessed and serve with joyous devotion.

Radiant Self Healing

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Check out Dr. Sham Rang talking a little bit about his ‘Radiant Self Healing’ classes we will be featuring! Filming with Dr. Sham Rang has been a wonderful experience, feeling the vibration of these classes during filming has been uplifting. Skyler, the resident Aquarian Yogi dog also likes them… if you listen carefully you can hear her faintly pitter patter in the background. Sat Nam!

Yoga is for ‘EveryBODY’

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My journey with Kundalini Yoga began fourteen years ago. Kundalini Yoga has enriched my life in ways I never imagined, and has taken me by surprise many times. It did not take long for me to see I did not just stumble upon Kundalini Yoga. I was lead by destiny, that unseen hand that guides us, which has found me here, creating this wonderful space for Kundalini Yoga.

Yogi Bhajan left for us a wealth of knowledge so vast it is a marvel one man could share and create so much in a lifetime. He gave us teachings to empower and experience ourselves. Thousands of kriyas, meditations and lectures for us to experience and share with each other. He created, and supported the creation of companies and products for people wishing to live a healthy lifestyle. His life was a life of seva, dedicated to the upliftment of humanity.

Yogi Bhajan has been a very important, and spiritually intimate figure in my life. I never met him in person, but he has made himself known to me in the most beautiful ways. I have felt his touch, his voice, and his light, blessing me with grace, and a love so pure, and unconditional.

Kundalini Yoga is for everyBODY’ (as he would say), from every walk of life, no matter what your age, or what your difficulty, Kundalini Yoga can support you and help you transform. Over the years as a sevadar and employee of several yoga studios, I have seen many students fear starting a yoga practice. The judgement starts before they even cross the threshold of the studio door. Without my strong encouragement and assurance that anyone can do Kundalini Yoga, they never would have taken the chance. Being given the opportunity to support people in empowering themselves, I am most deeply grateful for. We are all on the same ship here. Yoga is not a place of performance, where we are on show for the world, but the sacred place we go to find ourselves. It is not until it is experienced that the power of Kundalini Yoga can be known.

I am always striving to remember, what is most important, what liberates me, that we are here to serve and uplift one another. It is an honor to be a part of creating another way for us to connect with each other and share the teachings of Kundalini Yogi that are so needed in this ever changing, fast paced world.

– Sat Avtar Kaur

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