Your Spine Your Yoga

Your Spine Your Yoga – a book review

Bernie Clark has done it again. He has recently published another book explain the anatomy of yoga in ways never done before. This new release, Your Spine Your Yoga, is a comprehensive look at the spine both from both the scientific view and the yogic view. As yogis we understand that having a healthy, flexible spine is a critical aspect of yoga, both physically and energetically as this is the pathway of the kundalini shakti. What we often don’t understand is how to achieve a healthy spine. Bernie’s book goes into all the details on this, explaining how the spine provides stability through the core of the body as well as tremendous range of motion.  

I didn’t realize when he published his book Your Body Your Yoga, that it was the beginning of a trilogy of books! The first book really focused on reminding us that all bodies are not alike. It provides a way for each of us to explore the various forms an asana can take, and find the one that is perfect for ourselves.  This concept of finding our perfect personal alignment is carried through into Your Spine Your Yoga, continuing this very important theme in the second book of his series. If you would like to learn more about your personal spinal health and how to improve it with yoga, then check out his website for more information and where to purchase the book https://www.yinyoga.com/ysyy/

book review written by Mugs McConnell, SOYA, E-RYT500

almond flour dinner rolls

Almond Flour Gluten Free Dinner Rolls

I really prefer to cook with almond flour rather than wheat flour, and have struggled to find a bun recipe that tastes good and holds together like wheat buns to make sandwiches or veggie burgers. This is the best almond flour recipe I have found so far! These are not vegan because egg whites are in the recipe. This recipe makes 6 dinner rolls. They only last so long without preservatives (3 days) so it is better to make smaller batches, or freeze them (and they freeze well).

1¼ cups organic almond flour

¼ cup plus 1 Tbsp psyllium powder

2 tsp baking powder

¼ tsp salt (I prefer sea salt or Himalayan)

2 tsp organic apple cider vinegar

1 cup hot water (boiled)

3 egg whites

Preheat oven to 350F. Whisk together all the dry ingredients in a bowl. Add the hot water, vinegar and egg whites to the dry ingredients and quickly mix well with a wooden spoon. You will see how it changes texture so you can handle it.

Wet your hands and form 6 buns in the shape you want them to bake (they don’t rise much). Place each bun on a silicone baking sheet or greased cookie pan. Bake for approximately 50 minutes and remove from oven.

Cover the buns immediately with a clean t-towel to cool (otherwise they will fall).  Enjoy!!!

contributed by Mugs McConnell

Altar

Altars Create a Sacred Space

Altars can be built anywhere, and so many things can inspire us in building one.

While moving into our Mexican winter rental accommodations, I noticed 3 nails already planted in the wall in a small corner of our apartment. Last summer, we received a thank you gift of three native pottery fishes from the Patzcuaro Lake area, and they were looking for a “home”. Innocently, I hung them on the existing perches.

I had a hard time remembering the Sanskrit names of the five kleshas, or obstacles to enlightenment. During meditation one morning, the idea of writing both the Sanskrit and English names for each, and dangling them from fish hooks in front of the fishes would mean that I would see and hopefully remember the names for each klesha in no time. It also meant that the five impediments to my growing up were a constant reminder.

Buddha had to follow us from the old house. The perfect little table was moved under the fishes to ceremoniously receive the statue. Lovely cards from the last SOYA teacher training students in Mexico remind me of my gratitude at having spent more than two weeks with these fourteen very inspiring, dedicated now graduated alumni.

Flat stones gathered at the beach pay homage to Ganesha and Lakshmi, my beloved guides.

On the way to the kitchen early morning, I light the candle honoring God in Its multi-faceted forms.

Inspiration for creating an altar can come from so many different things around you. Relax, breathe in peace and see what will show up. You will be surprised.

Yours in Yoga, Latika.

Latika Pierrette Claude, SOYA, Kripalu, E-RYT 500, Latika is a SOYA teacher of philosophy in the 200 hour Mexico Yoga Teacher Training program. Read more