Om Maker

Wellness with Janina Church
August 1st, 2012

Meditation Wands for Children

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These are fun to make and YES they really work!

I cannot take credit for these. I got this idea from the head teacher at my church, who by the way is an amazing spirit and caregiver. Every other week I help out in the preschool class and have seen children quiet their minds using these.

It’s beautiful.

The idea is to use the wands like mala or rosary beads.

Starting at one end of the wand, take one bead between two fingers and take a breath ” In and out”

and then move on to the next bead until you have taken 10 breaths.

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Sometimes we call these “Wishing Wands” where we make a good wish with every bead,

then we bring our hands to prayer pose with the wand in between our palms and rub our hands together.

(As if your warming up your hands)

After your wishes are all warmed up

Open up your hands and blow the wishes out into the world.

Here is what you will need to make some:

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crafting wire

1/2 to 3/4 inch size beads (larger beads are easier for the little fingers)

 pliers and wire cutters

  • Have your child pick out their favorite beads. I made these with 10 beads each.
  • Eyeball and cut enough wire to string the beads on and leave about 1 1/2 to 2 inches extra .
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    Using the pliers make a small loop at one end of the wire.

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    Start beading. Or better yet let your little one do this.

  • Close up the wand with another loop, but leave about an inch extra wire to allow easy movement of the beads.
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Pass them out to the little yogis in your life!

Namaste

June 5th, 2012

Grow Artichokes!

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This is the easiest edible I have ever grown.

Last year, around late summer, I picked up a 1 foot tall artichoke starter plant at the feed store. I put it in a gopher cage and planted it in my garden box. Since then I have done nothing but lightly water it. It is now HUGE and has been popping out sweet artichokes for about a month now. Every other week we harvest 4-5 chokes and gobble them up. The children get so excited when it’s time to harvest. My youngest especially, because he loves them!  Finally another veggie on his “yes” list. Yes!

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Seriously, it’s huge! This shot was taken about 2 weeks ago.

It is almost touching the eves of the house now.

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Artichokes taste quality is astringent. Which makes it a great spring/summer veggie for an ayurvedic diet. Astringent quality foods are cooling and drying and can be a hard taste to sell to the children. Some other astringent veggies are broccoli, cauliflower, asparagus, leafy greens and turnips. See what I mean? Most of the time I sneak astringent into our food by using spices such as turmeric, saffron and hibiscus, as you really don’t need to gobble up tons of astringent foods to balance out your diet taste wise. As a mother, though, it sure is nice to see them add more green to their diets!

Namaste

 

May 27th, 2012

Sunday Quote

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Each day of our lives we make deposits in the memory banks of our children. 

~Charles R. Swindoll

May 24th, 2012

So you think your a yogi…

until you have children!

I read this story in a Pema Chodron book:

A long time ago, there was a Buddhist monk

who announced that he was going to leave the monastery,

retreat to a cave in the mountains

and not return until he perfected inner peace.

A year passed and a fellow monk decided to pay him a visit.

Upon his arrival to the cave, he bombarded the first monk with questions:

“How are you? Are you well? Are you hungry? Are you warm? Do you miss the monastery?

How is your practice going? Have you perfected inner peace?

Have you? Huh? Huh? Huh?”

On and on he went until finally the first monk shouted,

“YOUR DRIVING ME CRAZY LEAVE ME ALONE!!!!”

The visiting monk smiled and said,

“Oh. I see how your practice is coming along.”

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Yep. That’s pretty much how it is.

Namaste

April 30th, 2012

Monday Quote

Teach your children well…

-Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young

XO
April 25th, 2012

Rose Lassi

Another hot day…

turning today into a rose kind of day. I dropped rosewater saline in my eyes this morning, spritzed my students in yoga class this afternoon with rosewater mist and sipped Rose Lassi after dinner with the children.

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Rose is cooling, refreshing and soothing. Like Hibiscus, it is great for relieving heat in the body. Rose helps support the circulatory, female reproductive and nervous systems. It is said that rose opens the mind and heart as it is the flower of love and devotion. Perfect for a dessert to serve my little lovelies.

This is an adapted recipe from my favorite Indian cookbook. Sipping small amounts of lassi after dinner is recommended to aid digestion.

 

Rose Lassi

(pronounced LUH-SEE)

1 1/4 cup plain yogurt
3 tablespoons turbino sugar
1 teaspoon pure distilled rosewater
3/4 cup cool water
3-4 ice cubes
Blend yogurt, sugar, rosewater and water in a blender for about 2 minutes. Add the ice cubes and blend for 1 minute. Serve this frothy goodness in chilled glasses.
Enjoy!
March 14th, 2012

Kitcheree the wonder food!

Kitcheree (sometimes spelled Kitchadee) is a traditional Indian food made from split mung beans and basmati rice. It is indeed the wonder food! It’s easy to digest, cleansing to the digestive system, a complete protein and absolutely delicious. I try to cook it once a week for the family to help keep our digestion balanced. The children love it! Especially my youngest who lovingly calls it “yellow rice”. It is often my quick go to when I need a fast dinner as it only takes 25 minutes to cook.

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As I mentioned earlier, the combination of the rice and beans are a complete protein, so it can be a great protein source if you are vegetarian. When prepared with all the fixings, this meal encompasses all the six tastes, which in Ayurveda is part of eating a balanced diet, as each taste feeds our body, mind, senses and spirit and satisfies each of the dietary building blocks.

Because kitcheree is easy to digest and nourishing, it can be ground up and fed to your baby when they are getting into solids. It can also be eaten as a mono cleanse. I try to do this about once a month to reset my digestive system. Depending on what is going on in my schedule, I will eat only kitcheree for one or two days for breakfast, lunch and dinner. I feel great and I don’t at all feel starved of nourishment when doing this. Making it way more fun than a juice or broth cleanse….

Kitcheree can also be customized for each body type and time of year. Add some fresh grated ginger when you are needing to warm up or dried coconut when you need to cool down. Here is my basic Kitcheree recipe you can jazz up to your hearts content:

 

 

Kitcheree

3 tablespoons ghee (clarified butter) or olive oil

1 teaspoon mustard seeds

1 teaspoon cumin seeds

1 teaspoon turmeric

1 cup white basmati rice (rinsed)

1 cup split yellow mung beans (rinsed)

6 cups lukewarm water

1 teaspoon salt

2 cups seasonal veggies (optional)

1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro

lemon wedges

 

  • Gather and measure all your ingredients and have them ready to use.
  • Melt ghee or warm up oil in a large saucepan on medium heat
  • Add the mustard, cumin seeds and turmeric.
  • When the seeds start to pop, quickly (we don’t want the herbs to burn) add the rice and beans.
  • Stir for about 1-2 minutes or until the rice just starts to smell toasted.
  • Add all the water at once. Add the salt and veggies at this point if you are using them and bring to a boil.
  • Reduce heat, cover and simmer for 25 minutes.
  • Serve warm with chopped cilantro, pinch of salt or Braggs Amino Acids and a lemon wedge. If you have extra ghee,melt some and try drizzling a couple tablespoons of it over your dish for a richer flavor….mmmm!

Enjoy!