Play the video above featuring one of our yogi's, Trey. He's giving advice on how to reduce stress through the power of breathing. Great tips that can improve your day to day life. For more videos and tips go back to the Kur Community. For our yoga+ class schedule and to find out when Trey is teaching, visit our yoga schedule.
What exactly is a knot? Find out here and what type of massage we recommend as the kur!
Below is an amazing testimonial from our friend Janice @ Jersey Girl Health & Wealth. She was kind enough to share her experience with massage therapy post cancer.
"Breaking through the scar tissue has been my biggest issue. This restriction in my range of motion of my right shoulder has affected work and makes it hard to get back into yoga. I even struggle with putting on mascara. It’s the little things that are not appreciated. I try to massage the area and work through it, but it just feels like rocks under my skin."
"So…I met Troy from Kur Wellness Studios at a charity event for Mary’s Place. I immediately had to jump in and open my big mouth when I overheard him talking about an employee of his performing massage on a woman who had undergone a mastectomy. From my clinical knowledge, massage after mastectomy has to be performed by someone who reeeeeally knows what they are doing or they could not only hurt the person, but illicit lymphedema."
"Well, I’m here to tell you that Dave performs miracles."
"So, I stand corrected. You CAN have a massage after mastectomy. But again, you really have to work with someone who knows what they are doing. Beware of chain retail massage shops. Make sure someone is a licensed therapist – even better if they are trained in lymphedema management. "
Check out the full article and testimonial on her blog, here:
Take a look at our most recent video highlighting the best tips around for improved digestion. This video showcases Kimberly - Kur Studio's Ayurvedic Practitioner. For more personalized tips click here to book a one on one ayurvedic consultation - the results will be life changing.
How Yoga Changes Your Body, Starting The Day You Begin - a powerful infographic from the Huffington Post:
Kitchari is Ayurveda's essential cleansing food. Light and easy to digest, it will leave you feeling nourished and energized. This simple one pot meal is both affordable AND quick and easy to make. So it's the perfect thing to throw together when you get home from work. It's recommended to do a 3 day kitchari fast when you feel you've been eating poorly and need to detox or if your digestion simply feels off. This dish is served when someone is ill or recovering from illness. In early spring as it begins to warm up and the blood starts to thin, you naturally crave lighter meals in preparation for warmer weather. You don't need a storehouse of fat to keep you warm anymore - summer is almost here! Kitchari is an ideal dish to satisfy your craving for warm food that won't weigh you down.
1/2 c red lentils soaked overnight, drained and rinsed
1/2 c quinoa, white basmati or amaranth
1.5 cups chopped vegetables of choice
1 T chopped fresh ginger
1 tsp cumin - seeds or ground
1 tsp turmeric
1/4 tsp fennel seeds
1/8 tsp cinnamon
1/8 tsp salt
2 T chopped fresh cilantro
Heat 1/2 cup water over med/high heat
Add spices and ginger and mix well
add veggies and coat with spices
Mix in lentils and grain
Add 2 c water - enough to cover everything
Boil, cover, simmer @ 20min until grains are done.
garnish with cilantro and lime juice
Over time you can play with this recipe – adding more of each spice when you’re feeling heavyor bringing new spices in like fennel, cardamom, clove, garlic, onion. You can vary the vegetables to favor more roots when you’re feeling ungrounded, more greens when you’re feeling heavy. You can also use a little more water when you’re feeling dry or less water when you’re feeling bloated.
This recipe is brought to you by Pina, one of Kur's Estheticians
1 cup safflower or canola oil
2 to 3 cloves of garlic chopped fine
Juice of 1 lemon
2 Tbsp sesame tahini
2 tbsp tamari soy sauce
1 inch piece of fresh ginger chopped fine
Place all ingredients in a blender and mix until all combined
Recommended for many dishes, use as a marinade or use it on a salad!
This recipe is brought to you by Kimberly, our Ayurvedic Practitioner
This dish is bursting with flavor - energizing your body and mind during the sleepiness of winter. It’s a fairly quick meal to prepare once you’ve got everything chopped. I like to chop a bunch of veggies on Sunday evening and use them up in my cooking the first 2 or 3 days of the week. Then I’ll chop what I need to get my through the rest of the week when I run out.
1 cup basmati or quinoa (if using quinoa soak it overnight in water & then drain & rinse before cooking)
1 cup green beans - chopped
1 cup your choice - carrot, cauliflower, potato,kale, sweet potato, broccoli, zucchini
½ cup pistachios - shelled
2 cloves chopped garlic
1 " pc chopped ginger
1 small onion
1 tsp cumin seeds
½ tsp mustard seeds (black are used traditionally, though yellow work just fine)
¼ tsp fennel seed or fenugreek (optional)
½ tsp turmeric
2 whole cloves (optional)
2 cardamom pods (optional)
3 T ghee or coconut oil
1/4-1/2 tsp salt
crushed black pepper to taste
Heat the oil or ghee & seeds. When the seeds pop add onion & other spices including salt and pepper.
add the garlic and ginger - mix well
add veggies & pistachios & coat with spices
add rice or grain and mix
add 2.5 cups water
boil, cover, simmer, garnish with chopped cilantro and lime
The quick and dirty version
Use curry powder instead of all the spices. add it to the ghee with salt and pepper, then throw in onion, ginger, garlic - mix well and follow the above instructions.
Make time to get good rest.
This is a time of year when our bodies naturally need more sleep. According to Ayurveda, we don't all need the same amount of sleep, but ideally we all wake up feeling refreshed in the morning. The ideal bed time is considered to be10pm. Past 10pm, it's easy to get a second wind. Our body cleans house each night while we slumber. That second wind is the fuel that your body wants to use to cleanse your organs. Using that power to stay up and check more things off of your to-do list means your organs will stay dirty. Eating an early and light dinner makes it easier to wind down earlier - as does avoiding your computer after 8pm. You don't need to aim for perfection with this right off the bat - put the intention in place and work toward gradually hitting the mark.
Below is a recipe for Herbal Chai, an Ayurvedic classic. This caffeine free version is a nice way to end your day and encourage a solid sleep.
Add the following to a small pot:
1-2" piece of ginger chopped thin
add 4-5 cardamom pods
5 whole peppercorns - omit if you’re easily overheated
3 whole clove
1 crushed cinnamon stick
6 cups of water
Bring to boil then low boil uncovered for 20 minutes
Just before it's done add:
1/4-1/2 tsp turmeric
½ cup of milk of any kind (optional)
If using animal milk gently bring to a low boil and then turn it off right away.
Keep a close watch because the milk will boil over easily.
Strain the liquid into your mug.
Sweeten with honey or maple syrup to taste (optional)
Makes about 2 servings.
Let us know if you try this recipe and share your thoughts in the comments below!
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