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Ganesha : The Master of New Beginnings

Happy 2014 Yogis! A time to celebrate sweet endings and exciting new beginnings.

Who is Ganesha? Ganesha is one of the celebrity gods in Hindu philosophy. He is the destroyer of vanity, selfishness, pride and is the remover of obstacles. He clears the obstacles in your life, so there is nothing stopping you between you and your ideal life. I feel Ganesh is a kindred spirit to me because he loves sweets, and he loves to dance!

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He is half boy, half elephant, and the son of Shiva and Parvati. The head of Ganesh represents the Atman (ultimate reality), while his child’s body signifies the earthly realm of human beings. In his upper right hand Ganesh holds a whip or goad, which seems harsh but helps him propel mankind forward(like cattle) remove obstacles from the way. The noose in Ganesh’s left hand helps him capture and restrain all difficulties.

In his lower right hand is a writing tusk he broke writing the Mahabharata, one of the two major sanskrit epics. The Mala beads in his other hand represents the endless pursuit of knowledge and being a student of life. The candy he holds in his trunk indicates that one must discover the sweetness of the life, he loves sweets! The snake that runs round his waist like a belt represents energy in all forms. He travels by mouse!

On December 31st I took my last yoga class of 2013. The teacher asked us to close our eyes and consider the question, “what would you do if there were no obstacles stopping you from your ideal life?”

Not enough time, not enough money, not enough energy, not enough this or that…. These are excuses we use all the time. In this time of new beginnings, let’s get really clear on our 2014 intentions by letting Ganesh demolish our obstacles and excuses and not waste another moment of 2014!

Ganesha’s Mantra. Ganesh resides in our firey root chakra, the foundation of our being, and we can ignite him by chanting his mantra or silently thinking it during meditation. “Om Gam Ganapataye Namaha,” which can be loosely translated to “Yo! Time to wake up Root Chakra! Let’s get the energy of transformation moving so I can kick my obstacles’ ass and live my ideal life!”

And now for all of you auditory learners, Ganesha’s story through the immortal words of MC Yogi!

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Fuel V

How are your new year’s resolutions going?

So many of us resolve to eat better, and it’s a fine goal for sure- but we need to make choices that can sustain these goals. I know, I know. If you’re craving chocolate, legumes and fruit are just not going to cut it. But I find this list from Naturopathy Works useful and interesting. I don’t feel good if I don’t fuel with the right thing, and it drags me down during my practice. It’s an interesting thing to test out- swap out foods to see what chemical your body was really asking for but manifesting to you as an unhealthy craving.

If you crave this…

What you really need is…

Healthy foods that have it:

Chocolate Magnesium Raw nuts and seeds, legumes, fruits
Sweets Chromium Broccoli, grapes, dried beans
Carbon Fresh fruits
Phosphorus eggs, yogurt, nuts, legumes, grains
Tryptophan Cheese, raisins, sweet potato, spinach
Bread, toast Nitrogen High protein foods: fish, nuts, beans
Oily snacks, fatty foods Calcium Mustard and turnip greens, broccoli, kale, legumes, cheese, sesame
Coffee or tea Phosphorous Fish, eggs, nuts, legumes
Sulfur Egg yolks, red peppers, muscle protein, garlic, onion, cruciferous vegetables
NaCl (salt) Sea salt, apple cider vinegar (on salad)
Iron Fish and poultry, seaweed, greens, black cherries
Alcohol, recreational drugs Protein Seafood, dairy, nuts
Potassium Sun-dried black olives, seaweed, bitter greens
Chewing ice Iron Fish, seaweed, greens, black cherries
Soda and other carbonated drinks Calcium Mustard and turnip greens, broccoli, kale, legumes, cheese, sesame
Salty foods Chloride Raw goat milk, fish, unrefined sea salt
Acid foods Magnesium Raw nuts and seeds, legumes, fruits
Pre-menstrual cravings Zinc Seafood, leafy vegetables, root vegetables
General overeating Silicon Nuts, seeds; avoid refined starches
Tryptophan Cheese, raisins, sweet potato, spinach
Tyrosine Vitamin C supplements or orange, green, red fruits and vegetables
Another thing I like to do is find different, less refined and more nutrient rich versions of the things I love. Here are my personal favorites:

If you crave this…

 

Try this

Chocolate Any of these guilt free chocolate options. Cacao is extremely healthy. A healthy treat to make on your own is raw liquid chocolate: 1:1 cacao powder and raw coconut oil with your choice of sweeteners. This solidifies in the refrigerator.
Fries Sweet potato fries! Slice up a sweet potato and toss with olive oil and your favorite seasonings. Recipe.
 Big Mac Okay stay with me on this one. A lot of times, it’s not even the food we crave, but the ritual and the experience like that of biting into a big mac that we’re after. Grilling portobello mushrooms really brings out their meaty flavor(Epicurious) and is a great substitution for vegetarians and carnivores alike. Recipe.
Cookies A piece of sweet fruit. Yep!
 Mac ‘N Cheese  A big bowl of oatmeal or yogurt with chia seeds, nuts, cranberries, and non-dairy milk. Any toppings you’d like so you don’t feel at all deprived.
 Hungry for no reason/Bored  A big green smoothie! Frozen banana, blueberries, protein powder, and spinach is my norm. If it grew out of the ground, throw it in there. Info.
Enjoy!
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