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Kundalini Yoga: Truth Is Who We Are

Wednesday, 01 April 2015 22:40

By Sareanda Lourdes

bigstock-Woman-practicing-yoga-at-sunri-smAs I rose out of bed this morning and began to breathe, stretch, and sing with the rising sun, I felt a wild and far-reaching gratitude. I felt my mother, all my teachers, and the Hindu and Sikh sages from whom yoga understanding was born, bathing me in their love. It's because of their grace I get to practice and share this with you, this path of healing, truth, service, devotion.

Kundalini energy is the wild-divine-feminine, first-force-of-all-creation, creative-mother snake goddess curled sleeping at the base of the spine. Kundalini literally means "curl of the lock of the beloved." Growing the hair long and coiling it on the head is an ancient and effective way of awakening and raising this creative feminine force.

The kundalini unfurls upward from our root as we breathe, stretch, and sing ourselves open to her. As she flows through our core, like sap rising through a maple tree, every tissue is vitally energized and restored. Limitations of the mind and painful patterns slough away; new growth is nourished, and our creativity flourishes. We are free to bloom, bear fruit, and rain blessings.

These blessings happen within and all around us. Kundalini yoga strengthens the body, restores the nervous system, helps balance hormones, sets free the uniqueness within, and develops intuition. And as the kundalini energy touches the crown of the head, it opens a thousand-petaled lotus, which releases the sweet waters of Amrita, nectar of the infinite. This nectar gives us direct experience of oneness, bliss, truth, immortality.

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Building a Meal with Four Basic Vegan Food Groups

Monday, 02 March 2015 01:19

By Lewis Freedman, RD

Lewisserving-smMy simple plan for dinner is this:

Start with a grain, add a bean, a veggie that's orange, and one that is green.

I have followed this simple system for years. To make an easy, yet complete, balanced, and nurturing meal, I think of these four food groups.

I generally start by looking in the refrigerator. What grains and/or beans do I have already cooked? If I have a cooked grain, I know I can freshen it up with steaming. If I have a bean, I can make a soup, or simply heat it up with some seasoning in a skillet. If not, there are many stored grains and beans I can use.

Then I look to an orange food. Winter squash, sweet potatoes, and carrots are most often at hand.

Finally, I complement the meal with a green — kale, collards, broccoli, snow peas, spinach, and lettuce, to name a few. Some might be in the refrigerator, some in the garden.

Let's look at each of the four food groups more closely.

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Gift-Giving Goes Local at GreenStar

Monday, 01 December 2014 01:00

By Kristie Snyder,

GreenLeaf Editor

gifts 300Ithaca has become the kind of town where you can put an entirely local meal on the table with ease, year-round. For those who wish to extend their locavore lifestyle beyond the kitchen, and share its bounty with others, GreenStar offers a great collection of local gift items. Whether you're looking for gifts as part of a Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanzaa, or other holiday celebration or simply to show appreciation for the host of that terrific party you just got invited to, we have an abundance of offerings that keep your dollars in the local community.

Though you can find local treasures in almost every aisle, our Wellness Department anchors the gift selection at the West-End store. Along with the fantastic array of Fair Trade gifts from around the world (profiled in this month's Gift Guide insert), local mainstays such as cards, pottery, soap, and candles abound.

For the bodycare lovers on your gift-giving list, look for soaps from Avital's Apiaries, 17th Century Suds' new Ithaca Soap line, Aromatic Traditions (based in Elmira), and Syracuse Soapworks. Soap is something everyone can use, but for bodycare that goes beyond simply getting clean, Avital's offers bath fizzies, winter balms (especially welcome for those who suffer from the dreaded winter dry-skin itchies), and even a men's wet-shaving set, packed with everything a guy needs for an old-fashioned shave, including a hand-made shaving mug.

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