So, what happens when you do 40 days of yoga, meditate and eat mindfully?

We ended the workshop with a candle-lit 40-Sun-Salute ceremony honoring each day of our journey.

We ended the workshop with a candle-lit 40-Sun-Salute ceremony honoring each day of our journey.

Several a-ha’s emerge, like…

  • Consistency is magic – moreso than motivation.
  • Motivation is an emotion – it wanes, even with the most heartfelt intention.
  • Consistency is a daily decision. It’s a commitment to JUST DO what we know works.

These 40 Days were about creating a routine around the tools of yoga, meditation and mindful eating, each proven to produce presence, vitality, equanimity, rejuvenation, centered-ness.

Just by getting on the mat and sitting quietly for a minutes each day,

  • obstacles were cleared, moves were made,
  • relationships changed,
  • smoothies were embraced (even by meat-loving husbands),
  • and headstands were mastered.

Something shifted for everyone. For me, it was the desire to clear clutter…from closets to my web site to how I spend my days. I finished the 40 Days craving my piano and digging a little deeper into the food that works best for me.

Which was another a-ha for the group – how much food matters. Food affects everything. We spend a lot of time and emotiont on food. What could be one of the most nourishing, uplifting aspects of our life is often the most confusing, overwhelming, exhausting.

Somehow, by consistently using the tools of yoga and meditation, each one of us became aware of some way of eating, being, thinking, behaving that was not necessary anymore. Light was shed on things taking up space – doubt, worry, fear, forcing, fixing, judging, ignoring – precious space where some new way could come in, or where we could simply relish in the breathing room that open space (and a clean closet) brings.

Session Yoga teacher, Jes Gale summed up the 40 Day experience with this quote:

“The ability to simplify means to eliminate the unnecessary so that the necessary may speak.” – Hans Hofmann

The key is recognizing what is draining you, and what energizes you… and doing more of that. Pick one thing you know works for you, and do it consistently. Start with 40 Days and see what unfolds.

Take care,

Denese

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Crazy Sexy hearts-of-palm-style crab cakes

Don’t tell anyone these crab cakes aren’t made with crab. They won’t be able to tell. Just get them in people’s mouth. They will love them.
crab cakes

The recipe is from the Crazy Sexy Kitchen cookbook. I love these as an appetizer or served with a big salad for lunch or a light dinner. They are kind of an ordeal to make, but well worth it and leftovers can be frozen for easy lunches. They’re not difficult, it’s just not something you can whip together the hour before guests arrive. Trust me. It’s not pretty. They really need to be refrigerated before frying, otherwise they’re too soft, messy… again, not pretty.

Make it easy on yourself and allow enough time (ideally overnight) for letting them firm up in the fridge. Fry them up about an hour before serving. Keep them warm in the oven. It will be easier and much less of a mess.

I’ve made the Remoulade and like it, but prefer a simple hot sauce like Cholula, Red Devil or Spicy Red Pepper Miso Mayo.

Enjoy!

“Crab” Cakes:

1 sheet of nori, or 2 t toasted nori flakes (it’s no big deal if you don’t use these… you can find them at Sprouts or Whole Foods.)
2 14-oz cans hearts of palm (in water)
1/2 cup canola oil
1/4 cup finely diced red onion
1/4 cup finely diced red bell pepper
3 T Vegenaise (or any vegan mayo)
2 t Old Bay seasoning
1 T nutritional yeast (in the bulk section of Sprouts/Whole Foods)
2 t arrowroot or cornstarch
sea salt and pepper to taste
1 cup panko breadcrumbs (or gluten-free if you’d like)

Toast nori sheet by holding it w/ tongs and fanning over a low gas flame or electric burner. Grind the nori sheet in a coffee/spice grinder or crumble as finely as you can with your hands or with a mortar and pestle.

Drain the hearts of palm and press in a towel to dry them. In a food processor, pulse gently until it looks like the consistency of crabmeat.

Saute the onion and bell pepper in 1 t oil until soft.

In a large bowl, combine the hearts of palm, onion, bell pepper, Vegenaise, 1 t Old Bay seasoning, nori flakes, nutritional yeast, arrowroot or corn starch, salt, pepper. Refrigerate 30  minutes.

Scoop with an ice cream scoop or large tablespoon to portion into small crab cakes (the smaller the easier to work with). Combine breadcrumbs with Old Bay seasoning. Coat the small cakes with breadcrumbs. Form and let sit in the refrigerator for 1 hour or until firm (overnight works well too).

Cook crab cakes in a saute pan on medium heat in a fair amount of canola oil, until kinda crunchy on both sides. Keep cakes warm in the oven until you finish all of them.

Serve warm with Remoulade sauce (below), or a favorite hot sauce. I like spicy pepper Miso Mayo.

Remoulaide sauce:
Place all of the following in a blender or food processor and blend on high for 1 minute. Set aside or store, covered in the fridge for up to 1 week.
1 cup vegan mayo
1 T ketchup
1 T dijon
1 t hot sauce
1 t Worcestershire
1 T lemon juice (fresh)
1/4 t sea salt
2 t minced capers
2 t minced shallot
1 t minced fresh parsley
2 t minced red bell pepper

40 DAYS GROUP STARTS JANUARY 3RD!

What would happen if you practiced YOGA, MEDITATION and EATING BETTER for 40 days?

What would happen if you had a group to practice with you, one that wanted, more than anything, for you to succeed? 

 

I am honored to be guiding a group through Baron Baptiste’s program, 40 DAYS TO PERSONAL REVOLUTION at SESSION YOGA.

Starting January 3rd, we will practice and explore yoga, meditation, and food that makes you feel good. ALL LEVELS ARE WELCOME. It’s not about your yoga ability, it’s about your commitment to exploring how great you can feel………!

Program fee includes the book, 40 days of yoga and weekly group meetings. To make it extra easy, you can choose between two weekly sessions, Thursday evenings at 7:30 or Sunday afternoons at 2:00.  More info and registration here…

Chelsea and Kristin will also be leading a Yoga Bootcamp, Saturday January 5th, from 12 – 4. Just one more way to start the year, feeling great!

Yoga, Meditation, and Nutrition are my rocks. They continue to transform, comfort and guide me through life. The more space I create for them, the better my life becomes. I can’t wait to see what unfolds for you.

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