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Blissology Project: Day 5 – Friday, January 26th

This is Day 5 of our two weeks to Commit to Bliss. The Blissology Project will run from Monday, January 22nd until Sunday, February 4th 2018.

It is all about making happiness a habit and creating an Upward Spiral of positivity in our lives through the 6 Big Easy Bliss Commitments.

We hope you’re beginning to feel lighter and full of more vitality after the Day 4 Bliss Commitments. Lets carry this energy forward into Day 5!

Here’s a list of Blissology Teachers you can connect with or join our Global Blissology Project event on FB.

Today’s Bliss Commitments are:

Yoga poses to be included in today’s practices are:

  1. Prayer Twist Lunge (Parivrtta Anjaneyasana)
  2. Forearm Plank
  3. Seated Forward Fold (Paschimottanasana)

Bonus: Revitalize your spirit with Blissologist Donna Williams in her Commit to Bliss Day 5 practice.

Don’t forget to share any photos on social media using hashtags #blissologyproject + #blissarmy + #upwardspiral

Meditation

Enjoy a grounding Let’s Breathe Meditation with Blissologist Chloe Markham to feel awesome about your day!

Nature Appreciation

  • Look at the stars. Take a few minutes to really absorb the grand nature of the universe and the influence it has in your life. Contemplate the notion that we are all born of stardust.
  • Don’t forget to share any photos on social media using hashtag #blissologyproject + #natureappreciation 

Food Awareness

Healing Ayurvedic Dal

This is a very simple recipe, one I grew up eating almost daily in India. Do not be alarmed by the spices. There are two stages to cooking dal. In the first, you cook the lentils with a few spices until soft. Then you heat oil to make a tempering, which adds flavor to the cooked lentils.  I’ve offered some more suggestions to get creative as well.  I will add that dal should not be a gloppy mush, which is something I’ve encountered in many places in the west. It should be soupy and thin and be able to be poured easily over rice.  With the combination of grains and lentils, this is a complete, whole food and I hope you find it delicious.

½ cup split yellow mung dal, or the reddish-orange tuvar dal / lentils you find easily in most grocery stores

1 ½ cups water

½ tsp turmeric powder

8 – 10 fenugreek seeds

fresh cilantro leaves to garnish

Himalayan pink salt to taste

 

For the tempering:

1 ½ tsp ghee, or coconut oil

1 tsp cumin seeds

a pinch of asafoetida powder (this is an ingredient you can find at an Indian market or an ayurvedic market)

5 – 6 curry leaves

2 green chiles (if you don’t mind a little spice).

 

  • Rinse the lentils well, until water runs clean.  Cook in water along with turmeric and fenugreek until it reaches a soft consistency. Blend until mostly smooth. You can also use a potato masher to soften the dal more.
  • In a separate wok or frying pan, heat the ghee or oil for the tempering, which is what adds flavor to the dal.
  • Add the cumin and as it crackles, the asafoetida, curry leaves and chiles.
  • Reduce the heat to medium-low, add the cooked dal and salt.  Add some water so the dal reaches a soupy consistency. Allow it to simmer for 5 – 6 minutes.
  • Remove from heat and garnish with coriander leaves.
  • Serve fresh along some cooked basmati or brown rice and a small green salad..

 

A few other suggestions:  

You can add some sliced onion at the tempering stage, along with some thinly sliced ginger and garlic and let this mixture cook with the cumin and tempering spices for a few minutes before adding the cooked lentils.  You can also add some fresh spinach leaves to this dal. Add them when the dal is very hot, before you take it off the stove.  A lovely accompaniment to this dal is a lightly dressed green salad with fresh radishes and grated carrots etc.  

  • Don’t forget to share any photos on social media using hashtag #blissologyproject + #highpranafood

Gratitude

  • Practice saying, “Thank you!” As you go about your day offer thanks to people any chance you have. Thank your bus driver. Give thanks to your partner for folding the laundry. The possibilities to offer thanks are limitless!

Wild Card

  • Plant something today and name your plant. If the ground is too cold go out and buy a new house plant to bring some positive vibes into your life.

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Don’t forget to Share your experience with the 6 Big Easy Bliss Commitments in the Global Blissology Project event page.

“Happiness is Best when Shared.”

Have fun and enjoy the journey to awakening a deep joy within you!

Blissology Project: Day 3 – Wednesday, January 24th

This is Day 3 of our two weeks to Commit to Bliss. The Blissology Project will run from Monday, January 22nd until Sunday, February 4th 2018.

It is all about making happiness a habit and creating an Upward Spiral of positivity in our lives through the 6 Big Easy Bliss Commitments.

Let’s keep riding the wave of gratitude we shared with a loved one forward to empower us to live the life we’re meant to!

Here’s a list of Blissology Teachers you can connect with or join our Global Blissology Project event on FB.

Today’s Bliss Commitments are:

Yoga poses to be included in today’s practices are:

  1. Handstand (Adho Mukha Vrksasana)
  2. Wheel (Urdhva Dhanurasana)
  3. Front Splits (Hanumanasana)

*Note: We realize these are some challenging poses! Do your best with where your practice is today. If you can’t do a Handstand then insert an inversion of your choice that feels good in your body.

Don’t forget to share any photos on social media using hashtags #blissologyproject + #blissarmy + #upwardspiral

Meditation

Nature Appreciation 

  • Go for a morning walk. Be intentional with every step you take and every breath you inhale and exhale. Savour the beginning of the day.  
  • Don’t forget to share any photos on social media using hashtag #blissologyproject + #natureappreciation 

Food Awareness

Roasted Cauliflower and Leek Soup:

This creamy and rich tasting soup has no dairy but is full of vitamins and anti-inflammatory benefits. Make extra and freeze it for a lunch later on in the week.

Serves 4

Ingredients:

1 head of a small cauliflower

2 leeks

2 – 3 cloves of garlic

2 tbsp cold pressed extra virgin coconut oil (or ghee) or extra virgin olive oil

pinch of turmeric

fresh ground black pepper + himalayan pink salt or celtic sea salt

2 cups organic chicken or veggie broth

Sesame Seeds

Filtered water as needed.

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F

Prep:

  • Gently wash, drain and rinse the cauliflower, then break it into medium sized florets using clean hands or a knife. Discard hard bits of the white stalks, but keep the tender ones, chopping them into 1/4 inch pieces.
  • Use the white portion of the leeks. Save the green stalk ends in a freezer bag or box for making stock in the future.  Slice the leeks lengthwise first into half, then chop into half-moons.  Wash leeks well in a bowl of water.   
  • Peel and slice the garlic into halves.

Bake:

  • Line a rimmed baking tray with parchment paper. Scatter vegetables in a single layer,drizzle with oil, add some salt, pepper and that pinch of turmeric, as well as any other herbs you might like to use.
  • Place the tray onto the middle rack of the oven and roast for 20 minutes. Check vegetables for softness and if needed roast for approx. 10 minutes longer.
  • Remove tray from the oven, let the vegetables cool slightly.

Blend:

  • To make the soup, pour the veggies and chicken broth into a high-speed blender and blend until smooth in two stages, so the blender does not overfill.  You can also use an immersion blender in a soup pot. Add more water if needed to liquefy the soup to a consistency you like, 1 cup should do it.  

Enjoy:

  • Taste the soup and serve in a bowl, topped with toasted black or white sesame seeds for extra minerals and a toasty crunch.
  • Don’t forget to share any photos on social media using hashtag #blissologyproject + #highpranafood

Gratitude

  • Take three things in your life you’re not excited about and reprogram your thoughts to be grateful. Example: If you’re not excited to work full time this week say to yourself, “I am grateful I have a job to go to that creates abundance in my life for myself and my family.”

Wild Card

  • Pay for someone’s coffee. Brighten someone’s day with your generosity and see how it comes back to you in other ways!

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Don’t forget to Share your experience with the 6 Big Easy Bliss Commitments in the Global Blissology Project event page.

“Happiness is Best when Shared.”

Have fun and enjoy the journey to awakening a deep joy within you!

 

 

 

Blissology Project: Day 2 – Tuesday, January 23rd

This is Day 2 of our two weeks to Commit to Bliss. The Blissology Project will run from Monday, January 22nd until Sunday, February 4th 2018.

It is all about making happiness a habit and creating an Upward Spiral of positivity in our lives through the 6 Big Easy Bliss Commitments.

Let’s carry the high vibin’ energy from the Wave Rider Smoothie and nature time in Day 1 forward!

Here’s a list of Blissology Teachers you can connect with or join our Global Blissology Project event on FB.

Today’s Bliss Commitments are:

Yoga poses to be included in today’s practices are:

  1. Triangle Pose (Trikonasana)
  2. Pyramid Pose (Parsvottanasana)
  3. Revolved Triangle (Parivrtta Trikonasana)

Don’t forget to share any photos on social media using hashtags #blissologyproject + #blissarmy + #upwardspiral

Meditation

Nature Appreciation 

  • Sit on a rock in the forest or on a beach and get quiet. Allow your gaze to be soft while you become aware of how your senses interact with the natural world.
  • Don’t forget to share any photos on social media using hashtag #blissologyproject + #natureappreciation 

Food Awareness 

Spiced fruit bowl:

Eating fruit seasonally is an incredible way of aligning our body’s ecosystem with our larger environment as seasonal fruits provide us the vitamins and enzymes we need to boost our wellbeing in a particular season.   

Serves 1 – 2

2 cups fresh, seasonal fruit.  For a spring bowl use berries, for a summer bowl: stone fruit, tropical fruits such as papaya, mango, pineapple and bananas, for a fall bowl: pears, apples, persimmons and maybe even jicama; and for a winter bowl: stewed fruits, or citrus fruits.  

1 tbsp orange blossom water  (this is my secret ingredient that adds so much flavor. Find it at a middle eastern market)

pinch of cinnamon

½ tsp lemon or lime juice

bit of raw, runny honey if needed

pinch of sea salt + black pepper (the seasonings help us to digest the fruit better)

  • Add all ingredients except fruit in a bowl, mix well.
  • Now add the fruit and toss lightly until well coated with the spice mixture.  
  • Eat slowly and savor the flavours.  
  • This is delicious with a cashew or coconut cream as well. 
  • Don’t forget to share any photos on social media using hashtag #blissologyproject + #highpranafood

Gratitude

  • Tell someone you love why you’re grateful for them. Be totally present while you do this. Look into their eyes and speak from your heart.

Wild Card

  • Sing in the shower. Whether it’s a favourite song or your own made up tune don’t hold back and really let it out!

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Don’t forget to Share your experience with the 6 Big Easy Bliss Commitments in the Global Blissology Project event page.

“Happiness is Best when Shared.”

Have fun and enjoy the journey to awakening a deep joy within you!

Steph Winsor

Fire only burns as bright as there are flames to continue keeping it alive. Our Blissology Yoga Teacher’s Collective is burning bright and we are so excited to share the first of our Bliss Blogs on some of the amazing spirits and shining lights who are continuing to speak, connect and inspire their Bliss.

Name:
Steph Winsor

Where in the world you can find me! Town/Studio:
I live between New York City and Denver, Colorado! I teach for CorePower Yoga and The River. 

What originally drew me to yoga?
I think I was first tricked into doing yoga as a injure prevention approach during my childhood ski racing days. I was later attracted to the community and wellness aspects in college.

Blissology to me is…
A system of yoga that was organized by Eoin to help us channel the gifts of Eastern philosophy and practice with Western mysticism to better handle our modern lives and health challenges. It has most importantly also been a collection of humans that make me feel at home, safe, and inspired to grow.

My life mission is…
To live and heal through science and Spirit!

The most important thing yoga has taught me is…
How to set up the conditions to connect within and with others.

When I’m not on the yoga mat, I’m…
Studying at Columbia University, skiing, exploring NYC or spending time with loved ones.

The cause/project I am most passionate about is…
Legitimizing yoga and spirituality as a tool for healing.

I am learning to…
Pray and connect with God/Spirit/Source/The Universe.

What I want to teach others (through yoga) is to…
Heal and Connect.

Most inspiring yoga related experience:
I always have the best time at the Blissology training on Vancouver Island. Tofino and Ukee are very charging for me!

Favorite yoga pose: 
Double pigeon.

Best way to fuel up after yoga:
A cold coconut in Bali with Ellie Mercado!

Yoga and music are…
Both tools to create the conditions for embodiment! They inspire so much emotion and movement within me. 

I create community with Blissology by…
Maintaining deep friendships with my bliss sisters and brothers. I’m also grateful to support our community through supporting Eoin as a training assistant. 

I am most grateful for… 
My parents.

What advice do you have for aspiring yoga teachers?
I know the asana can be exciting, healing and fun. But please see what you can do to gift connection and healing to your community by showing them how yoga creates space to be spiritual. This is what the practice is about at its deeper levels and I know you have such a beautiful access to this gift if you are a Blissologist! Teach safe and nurturing movements, this doesn’t mean easy, make it challenging, connected and thoughtful!

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More about Steph and how to connect with her on her Bliss Army teacher profile.

Leanne Hembrow

Fire only burns as bright as there are flames to continue keeping it alive. Our Blissology Yoga Teacher’s Collective is burning bright and we are so excited to share the first of our Bliss Blogs on some of the amazing spirits and shining lights who are continuing to speak, connect and inspire their Bliss.


Where in the world can we find you? I am fortunate to live & cruise the Pacific on board our Catamaran “Song Lines” You can find me on the Australian coastline, offering my Yoga Classes ashore in various anchorages from Little Ships Club North Stradbroke Island Qld, Dux Anchorage South Stradbroke Island to annual Women Who Sail Australia Gathering Port Stephens NSW through to Sydney.

I sail from Australian shores to beautiful Fiji for Sun Surf & Yoga ashore at Musket Cove Island Resort & Marina & various Fiji locations.

April: Women Who Sail Australia Gathering Port Stephens NSW
June & October: New Caledonia
July – September: Musket Cove Island Resort & Marina Fiji & Various Fiji locations
December – May: Queensland – NSW Australia Marina’s & Anchorages

What studio do you teach at?
My studio is always in Nature : Find me on a Island or Anchorage  I share my practice at Musket Cove Resort Island Resort & Marina ~FIJI

Time & Location: Musket Cove Island Resort & Marina, Fiji Facebook Page / VHF Radio channel 68 @7am in Fiji  or VHF Radio channel16

Various other locations in Fiji : Nanuya Island Resort: Blue Lagoon ~ Yasawa Islands

Cloud9 : Fiji, located in the amazing Ro Ro Reef it is a boat ride to this special location and a shared practice will be held prior to daily operation 8:30am – 10am.

When weather permits times will be posted on my Facebook Page.

What is your life mission? 
“My Life’s Mission” is – “Learn, Grow & Smile” meaning ”Learn everything this wonderful world has to offer, Grow from these experiences and Smile/Embrace/Share the lessons/Rewards/knowledge learnt” Travelling the world, immersing in different communities, taking the time to listen & learn, you obtain tools/knowledge to help self & others.

What are 3 projects that you are up to?
Building a yoga community within Sailing/Cruising Clubs.
Supporting my husband create a new International Down Under Rally New Caledonia to Australia.
A personal goal to STAND & ride my SUP or surfboard on Fiji surf breaks before I am 50 (1 year to go) still dropping to my knees when I see reef below Ahhh!

What does Blissology mean to you? 
Blissology means to me “An Outlet for Love” Immense gratitude for Life, Nature and Communities. Eoin is our “Conduit” we harness to his connection and allow his teachings to flow through us and spread it out into our communities.

What are 2 of your favourite songs for Yoga? 
Silence ~ (Sanctuary Mix, featuring Sarah McLachlan) Delerium. If this is playing in Kaptasana I often see my husband tapping his fingers makes me smile. “Forgotten Temple” Savasana it reminds me of Bali, and my teacher training, it’s calming and it helps me instil this in my closing practice.

What books are you reading? 
I am often picking up Anatomy of Movement & constantly reading Yoga literature online.
Awakening the Spine ~ Vanda Scaravelli
I am always a sucker for a romance novel, Nora Roberts novels, my favourite presently, sometimes I just need to check out & shut off my brain!

Why do you Yoga? 
I love the feeling of “Lightness” both physically & mentally—this is what Yoga gives me.

How do you share Blissology with your community? 
When your still place inside is filled regularly with moments of awe, I wake to the ever changing lagoon or ocean, surrounding landscapes that take my breath away, this creates peace in my life, it is easy to radiated this into my relationship and cruising community. So Grateful I share my life & love of yoga with my partner John. My sailing/cruising community travel the globe & we help support each other daily, I give back through my yoga teachings, love sharing my Blissology Inspired Yoga with them.

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More about Leanne and how to connect with her on her Bliss Army teacher profile.