Archive for July, 2014

Chant to Patanjali

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014

If you attend Eileen’s classes you may have noticed a sweet young lady helping assist with sandbags in Shavasana or quietly reading at the back of the room. Heidi comes to class with her mom Anna who is currently enrolled in Karuna’s 200 Hour Teacher Training Program. She is quite the burgeoning yogini!

Heidi’s Chant to Patanjali from Anna Hansen on Vimeo.

It Don’t Mean a Thing if It Aint Got That Jing

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014

Karuna’s 500-Hour Five Elements Shiatsu Certification Program just commenced its third weekend training. The focus of the training was on the Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) concept of Jing. Jing, the Water element, is stored within the kidneys and “is said to be the material basis for the physical body and is yīn in nature, which means it nourishes, fuels, and cools the body…Jīng is also believed by some to be the carrier of our heritage (similar to DNA )” (1) Considered highly important for longevity, “one is said to be born with a fixed amount of jīng (pre-natal jīng, also sometimes called yuan qi) and also can acquire jīng from food and various forms of stimulation (exercise, study, meditation.)” (1) In addition to shiatsu technique focused specifically on promoting the generation of Jing, supporting faculty member Chris Marano of Clearpath Herbals lectured on indigenous species of herbs that offer medicinal properties that promote the balance,  health and generation of Jing. In tandem with Chris’s teachings, students were given a recipe for a “Summer Jing Smoothie” and a “Jing Energy Bar”, both concocted by Eileen Muir. Here are the recipes!

Summer Jing Smoothie
Makes 4 Servings
All ingredients should be organic.
• 3 cups coconut water
• 1⁄2 cup blueberries
• handful goji berries
• 1⁄2 apple
• 1 inch ginger root
• 4 kale leaves
• 6 mint leaves
• 2 tbsp dried nettles
• handful walnuts
• 1 tsp chia seeds
• 1 tsp black sesame seeds
• 1 tbsp. flax oil
• 1 tsp hemp powder
• 1 tbsp dark green powder
• 1 tsp maca powder
Blend and enjoy!
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Jing Energy Bars
Makes 2 Servings
All ingredients should be organic.
• 1⁄4 cup walnuts
• 1 oz. raw coconut butter
• 1 tbsp raw blue agave nectar
• 1 tbsp raw black sesame seeds
• 1 tbsp raw sunflower seeds
• 1 tbsp raw pistachios
• 2 tbsp raw goji berries
Pulverize all the nuts and seeds in a suribachi or mortar & pestle. Mix these with the
remaining ingredients and squish them into the shape of an energy bar!
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It don’t mean a thing if it ain’t got that Jing – Chris Marano