Friday, 6 December 2013

NELSON MANDELA July 18, 1918 - December 5, 2013

"No one is born hating another person because of the colour of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite."
RIP
Nelson Mandela



Thursday, 7 November 2013

AUTUMN PUMPKIN & OKRA PASANDA


Ingredients

  • 1 large pumpkin (diced and oven roasted with garlic, salt and pepper)
  • 500g okra
  • fresh ginger (chopped)
  • garlic cloves (chopped)
  • red chilies (fresh, deseeded chopped)
  • 500g plain yogurt
  • 1 can coconut milk
  • 1 large knob of butter
  • 2 large red onions (chopped)
  • 1 large garlic (crushed)
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 2 tsps ground coriander
  • 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp salt/pepper to taste
  • 4tbsps ground almonds
  • 4 tbsps sliced almonds
  • 1 tsp garam masala
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1 bunch chopped fresh coriander
  • 300ml single cream
  • METHOD
  • Peel, de-seed and chop pumpkin in to bit size chunks
  • Roast in a hot oven until sizzling and beginning to brown but not cooked through
  • In a blender blitz chillies, garlic, ginger and yogurt until a smooth paste 
  • Heat butter in a heavy based pan and fry red onions and okra until they begin to brown on the edges. 
  • Add tumeric, cumin, grated nutmeg and chilli powder and fry for 2 minutes.
  • Add to roasted pumpkin
  • Then add the yogurt mixture stirring continuously add salt and black pepper to taste and can of coconut milk . Cover and simmer slowly for 40 - 60 minutes.
  • Finally add cream, stir in ground almonds garam masala and cook slowly for 4 more minutes
  • To serve sprinkle with sliced almonds paprika and stir in chopped fresh coriander

MY OLD MAN'S A YOGI


YOGA FOR AUTUMN

"Seasons of mists and mellow fruitfulness, Close bosom-friend of the maturing sun; Conspiring with him how to load and bless With fruit the vines that round the thatch-eves run; To bend with apples the moss'd cottage--rees, And fill all fruit with ripeness to the core; To swell the gourd, and plump the hazel shells With a sweet kernel; to set budding more, And still more, later flowers for the bees, Until they think warm days will never cease, For Summer has o'er-brimm'd their clammy cells."

So summer has passed and we are moving into autumn, the season of "mists and mellow fruitfulness…"

As a long term sufferer of seasonal depression Autumn is a season I admit to struggle with.  Somehow the beauty of the changing colour of the trees, clear bright crisp days and the crunch of fallen leaves underfoot leave me with a mixed bag of emotions. More often it is a season that overwhelmingly fills me with the sinking feeling of dread.

Darker mornings, cold winds making it vital to wrap up against the cold, rain, knowing that the darkness and cold of winter is on its way can leave many of us feeling anxious or down. Particularly with the experience of the past few seemingly endless winters we have been experiencing here in the United Kingdom - my central heating was still on during June!

Despite a lovely summer behind me and the promise of two weeks teaching yoga in Turkey to look forward to again is October - sensibly timed to stave off the inevitability of winter, I have noticed that I have been experiencing that familiar unsettled feeling these past few days.

I've found it challenging to put my mind to making plans.  Worrying about whether my all of my Autumn term yoga classes will fill and whether I'll continue be able to eek an income from my teaching alone. Doubts flooding my brain and restless nights.
But perhaps this is not so unusual. As in nature when the weather can fluctuate at this time of the year between Indian summer and mornings distinct for their damp misty chill, these unsettled emotions, feelings of restlessness and apprehension about change are quite possibly linked to the inevitable arrival of autumn.

According to Yoga's twin Ayurveda, autumn is the season where Vata dominates. Vata is the principle of movement and its qualities are cold, light, dry, fast-moving and changeable. 

This is our experience of autumnal weather.  We are more likely to experience gusty days and nights. Evenings and mornings become much cooler. The leaves change colour and eventually drop from the trees, to dry and be crunched underfoot before they are whisked away by the wind. The predominant feeling in nature is of change and movement. As we begin to feel the chill in our homes and turn on the central heating on, the air inside becomes drier.

Once we have recognised this restlessness in ourselves it is a really good idea to take steps to balance out these qualities and this  is something we can do with yoga as it can help us to slow things down and enable us to become more grounde

CHILL OUT & RELAX

Autumn is also a great time to simply let go and relax. Taking our lead from nature as we observe the trees as they let go of their leaves to conserve energy over winter to allow for renewal and rejuvenation in spring.

We should concentrate on letting go of negative thoughts, set patterns of behaviour which don't serve us well. Stop doing things we feel we ought to do but don't really want to. Perhaps a little de-cluttering at home and parting company with anything we no longer need. 

Importantly its time to grant ourselves permission to nurture ourselves.

AUTUMN YOGA SUGGESTIONS

Below are some yoga poses and practices that you may find particularly beneficial to this autumn. They should help you in your quest to let go, to ground your body and your energy, and to nurture yourself both mentally  and physically:

When practicing yoga at this time of the year try and move more slowly,deepening breath help us to flow mindfully through the movements as we slow down our body and our brain.

Continue to practice sun salutations but more slowly than usual - we need to feel our feet grounding us as we aspire to connect with the energies of the earth and the sky.

Practicing tree pose help us to  ground our body and still our mind as we come into balance. Grow tree pose into wide branches and advance into swaying into lateral stretches - similar to a tree swaying in the autumn breeze as balance improves.

Restful and restorative poses help us to relax into stillness and feel supported by the ground beneath us.  For example child's pose (balasana) and seated poses like hero's pose (virasana).

To this end all of the family of forward bends are particularly appropriate at this time of the year. Both the seated and standing variety as they help us to let go of tension from our body particularly stiffness in the lower back.

Supported restorative inverted postures like 'legs up the wall pose' (viparita karani) which is deeply restful. The pose enables us to release tension and let go of those thoughts and emotions that drag us into gloomy moods.

Similarly Corpse pose (savasana) helps to promote stillness and a time of conscious relaxation as we give ourself time and space to let 

TURN INWARD

It is helpful to become observant of when we become restless but at the same time we must encourage ourselves not to worry when we do. Reinforce the idea that it is simply our body, mind and emotions adjusting to the change in the season.  Slow down and nurture
We must try to go outdoors in nature more often. Even getting out and about on a bicycle or walking the city streets will help us to connect more with the changing season and to be more observant of the show that this season displays. Even if that show is a change in what the local council has decide to put in the autumn flowerbeds now the summer annuals have died away!

Take leisurely walks in the country or a local park - somewhere where you can listen to the wind in the trees, collect conkers and fallen leaves and notice the changes in the quality of the light. Really appreciate the beautiful colours of the leaves as they change as the season progresses.

A couple of years ago I had the privilege of visiting New York at this time of the year and Central Park was simply stunning - but so can a park in Watford seem exquisite at this time of the year!

So for all the restlessness and gloom that I alluded to experiencing when I first sat down to write this posting - autumn is a beautiful season, so relax, let go and enjoy it!

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Friday, 21 June 2013

YOGA MUMMA"S FOOD FOR SUMMER


In summer a lighter diet feels better, and it's the perfect time for cool fresh locally produced food. Our own abundance of British fruits and vegetables are all good choices.

Despite living in London I am very lucky to have an allotment and some summers we've become a little over run at this time of the year with early veg.

 As I write this post its the summer solstice and although the sun is struggling to put his hat on - at least we're beginning to feel a little of  it heat even if  a storm seems to be on the horizon.

At this time of year , food with cool properties can clear heat, reduce toxins, and generate body fluids. Cooling foods tend to be green and some of the coolest are lettuce, cucumbers and watercress. Fish and seafood are also cooling and are particularly good on the barbecue (most meats are warming), while spicy foods, alcohol, or caffeine that all heat the system so should be reduced. Instead drink lots of clean, pure water or add lemon and cucumber and chill in the fridge. Steer away from dairy, heavy, greasy and fried foods.

Tonight we have liberated some monster courgettes and plum tomatoes from our local Middle Eastern food store in Shepherds Bush and made a garlic and herb infused pasta sauce served with penne and wild rocket and cucumber salad.  Not quite as good as cooking up our own veg from the allotment which is  currently about two months behind but still it feels like we're tapping into summer at last here in West London!

To enjoy some more of our veggie dishes which are possibly more popular than the yoga - why not join us on my next One Day Rural Retreat on July 6th see http://www.elisawilliamsyoga.com/page11.htm for details!

Monday, 3 June 2013

MATSYASANA DISEASE SLAYER


My favorite yoga pose Matsyasana - Fish Pose 

The physical benefits are plentiful, it expands lung capacity, opens the chest, corrects round-shoulders, strengthens the back muscles, stretches and stimulates the muscles and organs of the belly and front of the neck and throat and it improves posture. It helps to regulate emotions and stress and also aids digestion.


  

Monday, 29 April 2013

ELISA WEEKLY PUBLIC CLASSES


Tuesday 9.30 - 10.30am YOGA FLOW 1-2 
St Peters Hall, 59a Portobello Road Notting Hill W11 3DB
NEW Tuesday 7.00-8.00pm YOGA FLOW ALL LEVELS
Victoria Hall, Becklow Road Shepherds Bush W12 9HB
Wednesday 10.45 -11.45am YOGA FLOW ALL LEVELS
Porchester Centre, Bayswater ,W2 
Thursday 6.00 - 7.00pm YOGA LEVEL 1  7.05 - 8.05pm YOGA LEVEL 2
The Apothecary Greyhound Road Fulham, W6 8NH 
Friday 9.30 - 10.30am YOGA FLOW 1-2
St Peters Hall, 59a Portobello Road, Notting Hill W11 3DB
NEW Friday  11.00 - 12.15pm YOGA LEVEL 1-2
The Life Centre, Edge Street , Notting Hill, W8 7PN
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VENUES & FURTHER DETAILS:
YOGA IN NOTTING HILL 
St Peter’s Hall (Above Charlie’s Cafe) 59a Portobello Road W11 3AH 
YOGA IN SHEPHERDS BUSH
Victoria Hall, Becklow Road London W12 7L
YOGA IN FULHAM
The Apothecary 33 Greyhound Road, London, W6 8NH 
(Tel: 020 7381 5727 - contact The Apothecary direct)
YOGA IN BAYSWATER
Porchester Centre, Queensway Bayswater London W2 020 7792 2919

Sunday, 10 February 2013

GOAN TO GOA !

ITS A 
YOGA RETREAT
EMPHASIS ON THE TREAT !!

SEE YOU IN 2 WEEKS



NAMASTE

XXX

Friday, 8 February 2013

"I DO YOGA SO THAT I CAN STAY FLEXIBLE
 ENOUGH TO KICK MY OWN 
ARSE IF NECESSARY" 
-BETSY CANAS GARMON-


WISE WORDS BETSY !


NAMASTE

XXX

Thursday, 7 February 2013

HAVE AN NICE DAY


BRING YOGA INTO THE WAY YOU TALK WHY NOT ? 

NEXT TIME YOU GO TO THE SHOP
 OR LEAVE A FRIENDS HOUSE 

INSTEAD OF THE BORING HAVE A NICE DAY 

"NAMANICEDAY" ( NAM-A-NICE-DAY ) 


FEELING RUN DOWN ?
TRY THE

DOWNWARD FACING DOG


ARMS AND LEGS STRAIGHT . HEAD DOWN
TUMMY SUCKED IN .
DON'T FORGET TO BREATH!


NAMASTE

XXX

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INTO A ZEN ONE .

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I SAY THE ANSWER IS IN MY NAME

 Y   O     G   A !


NAMASTE

xxx