Dharma Class, Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Balls, Salad Dressing

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Hello Bloggie friends! Well, Monday and most of Tuesday are behind us. What have you been doing? I had a super amazing special day on Monday. I haven't done something that cool in years !!!!! I went to a 2.5 hour master class with Dharma Mittra!

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Non-yogi readers are like, huh, who? A bit like me when my husband told me that something important happened with soccer last weekend. I was like huh? More about my Dharma masterclass in a hot second. But first, thanks for all the amazing compliments you left me on my vegan gluten-free pancakes!

Yes, pancakes were one of those kitchen borders I was afraid of. No more! Seriously, my recipe is pretty foolproof. Heather told me in my comment section (to which one of her readers told her) that unless you use baking soda in the presence of an acid, i.e. whey, it won't trigger. So for my recipe, only baking powder will be activated because it is heat activated, but since I didn't even use baking powder, and it still “turned out”, it basically means you don't have to use any of them, and they will still "work".

Now that your eyes are completely overlooked, we can move on. In case Alton Brown reads or something, I wanted to give the science behind the baking powder vs. problem. baking soda.

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Then there was yesterday's epic yoga FAQ post! Everything you always want to know about going into yoga, what styles to look for, what DVDs would you recommend, how to annotate free podcasts on iTunes, yoga attire, types of yoga classes / levels, all yoga magilla.

More tons of yoga pose photos

Moving on to My Super Cool Day with Dharma Mittra … and 250 other yogis, no kidding, it was packed.

The day started wonderfully. A clear, clear, sunny, but still cold winter day in Scottsdale, AZ.

And an outdoor patio

And I walked to a dance hall

Complete with over 200 sweaty yogis, whose rugs are literally touching or separated by inches.

And the chandeliers glowed brightly and annoyed in our eyes lit up our hearts.

And here is the Master: Dharma Mittra.

The man has been teaching yoga every day, every day, since 1967.

He is over 70 years old. Like many of the teachers, his birth year is sometime in the late 1930s, I'm not sure when.

If you look closely, you can see my reflection in the mirror while I'm taking photos. Don't be ashamed, I tell you, I have to shoot!

Before class started, I asked the girl next to me to take a picture of me. Her comment, "Wow, you look so happy!" I said, "Why wouldn't I be …? I am doing yoga with a Master in a room full of like-minded yogis with all this great energy; I am ecstatic !!!! She said, "Wow, that's a good way to be!" As if this was something new to her. It was like Christmas morning for me… how could it be BUT ecstatic?

After class, I randomly handed my camera to another girl after standing on the photo line for about 20 minutes. I realized I had a very bad case of shaking hands. After she took the photo, I asked her, are you sure you have it? "Oh yes, I did!" She exclaimed. I didn't bother reviewing the photos. I was a little happy and didn't want to deal with technology right now.

He captured a beautiful blurry photo of me and Dharma! More than a little discouraged by the blur, but hey, my yoga job is missing a unique photo opportunity that got blurry. Om Shanti, let go of the blurred photo.

Overall, it was a completely fabulous class. The feeling of sangha (community) was palpable, the energy in the room was glorious, the messages that Dharma had for the students were beautiful. Some highlights were:

  • Sirsasana (headstand) is the second most important pose, and it does this for 10 minutes a day (we had a 5 minute headstand in class. People were falling like flies, but not me).
  • But, the most important posture is to sit tall and straight with a straight spine. On the floor it is better, but sitting in a chair is also fine. Keeping your spine straight keeps your energy channels clean so you can tap into your seventh and highest chakra at the top of your head.
  • Find happiness and happiness from within and from within, especially when you are young, because nothing external will ever satisfy you and this only intensifies as we age.
  • Feel comfortable with yourself, doing nothing, just being still. He mentioned that most people can't even sit still for 10 minutes, I agree.

So, from a wise sage, those are your tips for the day !!!!!!!

Moving on to some food around here …

My pumpkin is a little cold

Poor thing, watching your son snort and cough breaks a mom's heart. But he's still making silly faces for the camera, so he's hanging there like a soldier!

I decided to give him some awesome Kidz weed

Grape Vitamin Water, basically. And she digs it. Great because it's better than Flinstones vitamins!

The food… A salad of raw vegetables: Brock, peas, carrots, tomatoes, mixed vegetables, cukes and Brussels sprouts (I steam for 1 minute in 1 inch of water in the micro)

And I threw it all out with a fresh batch of my homemade vegan cabbage salad dressing

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Vegan cabbage salad dressing contains: 1 cup Veganaise 1/3 c sugar, or to taste (or try stevia, truvia, macaw, agave) 1/3 cup apple cider vinegar

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It will keep in the fridge for a long time … at least 2 weeks. This will last our family about 4-5 days. I like to strike a balance between freshly made items along with practicality and common sense: if I'm going to make my own salad dressing, I have to do it smart so I don't get enslaved to my kitchen and preparation work. Batch cooking whenever possible is the name of my song!

For Dessert, I made a new batch of my episode of Raw Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Balls. For complete recipe information, click here. 10 minutes to heaven in your mouth if you start now!

Cashew Nuts and Oatmeal

Add liquids (maple and / or agave or both, vanilla extract)

Add the chocolate chips

Mix for a Secondor by hand

Form the balls

After cooling they looked like this. And they will keep for weeks in the fridge. I forgot a lot I made before our 3+ week trip to Aruba and when I got home they were fine. I mean, I don't recommend it on purpose, but there you have it, they are "good guardians."

I love big chunks of (vegan) chocolate chips.

However, I've never known cookie dough that I don't love!

Yoga today is all I just mentioned!

Tip of the day: the Dharma Mittra tips I mentioned earlier! Do any of those bullet tip tips resonate with you? Do you find it easy or difficult to sit still and do nothing? In our fast-paced culture of instant gratification, it seems we want everything… yesterday. And heaven forbid, if we have to work, sacrifice, plan, or have patience or faith for something, it throws everyone into a dizziness of anxiety! It seems like many people have a hard time sitting back and letting things unfold, letting things come to them, having the faith and patience that things will work if you let it go. Or if you work, sacrifice and plan for them. I believe that good things come to those who wait; and also to those who make a conscientious, focused and honest effort.

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