We all have (happily) heard about the health benefits of eating chocolate. It is music to my ears! Here’s a great article from the Mayo Clinic that you will enjoy entitled: Healthy Chocolate – Dream or Reality.
My sister recently shared this very easy recipe with me for do-it-yourself chocolate that has all the goodness and none of the drawbacks… except of course, the calories. So moderation is always the best plan.
½ cup of high-quality, unsweetened cocoa
½ cup of coconut oil
3 Tablespoons of coconut sugar
3 Tablespoons of heavy cream or coconut creme.
Melt the cocoa and the coconut oil together over a low flame. Combine the coconut sugar and creme and mix well, then add it to the cocoa.
Prepare a pie plate or dish by lining it with parchment (and some nuts if you like). Pour the cocoa mixture into the pie plate and refrigerate for a few hours until solid.
Enjoy! Keep refrigerated to maintain it firm and easy to eat.
by Shanti Kaur Khalsa
I’ve been a Kundalini yogi for more years than I can count… more than 45 now. Yesterday in a casual conversation with an old friend, she asked, “How many years since you’ve had a drink?” I answered, “Well, since I was seventeen – when I started practicing Kundalini Yoga.” That amazed her, shocked her actually. What followed was an honest conversation about the role of alcohol in her life and, reflecting back on my life, I was left with the personal feeling of deep gratitude for the support I have of a sober, spiritual community.
It is hard to be social and not drink. And the truth is, there is alcohol use in our Kundalini Yoga community. More than you think. More than it looks like. More than we talk about but it deserves some attention.
Here is a wonderful article from The Debrief by Ruby Warrington about Kundalini Yoga and the increased awareness of alcohol use – Is It Time You Went ‘Sober Curious’? . She asks herself in a non-judgemental, non-preachy voice, “What would life feel like if I never drank at all? Why do I drink when I know it eventually makes me feel like sh*t? Why is alcohol so… EVERYWHERE? Does everyone think about drink as much as I do?”
It is a good piece and a courageous self-reflection. Good job, Ruby. Keep-up, we are all behind you. Sat Nam.
Our very own Sat Bir Singh and Shanti Shanti Kaur, along with Kartar Purkh Singh, Sahib Singh Khalsa and a distinguished host of other scholars, medical professionals, and practitioners will be at Loyola Marymount University for their conference: AYURVEDA: HEALTH FOR BODY AND MIND on October 6-7, 2017.
Dr. Sat Bir Singh Khalsa, KRI’s Director of Research, will present: Yoga: The Psychophysiological Science and Research Evidence. As he does each month in our newsletter, Sat Bir will present the scientific research evidence on the benefits of yoga practice in the approach to holistic health.
Dr. Shanti Shanti Kaur Khalsa will present on the topic: The Living Vitality of Your Authentic Self. Here, she will lend her wisdom to the enduring topic of how healers can maintain their own health and vital pranas.
Dr. Karta Purkh Singh Khalsa will present: Treating Neurological Disorders with Ayurveda. Dr. Khalsa brings nearly fifty years of experience integrating herbs and natural medicine into contemporary medical practices. He will share new ideas and dramatic advances in migraine, seizure disorders, dementia, and developmental delay.
And I am really excited about the talk planned by Dr. Sahib Singh Khalsa. He will present his ground-breaking research on the effects and benefits of meditation : Mind, Body, and Brain: Neuroscience-Based Investigations of Contemplative Practice.
Did you know that Loyola Marymount University offers the first Master of Arts in Yoga Studies in America? That is pretty amazing! Graduate students engage in deep study of Yoga philosophy and history, Sanskrit, elements of physical practice, comparative spirituality, and study of India. Learn more about Loyola Marymount University’s Yoga Studies program.
Thank you, Dr. Chris Chappel, Dr. Nirinjan Khalsa, and all the other deep-sighted professionals at LMU that are making this great conference happen. Sat Nam!