Daya’s Summer Salad

Imagine a big bowl of fresh picked salad greens sprinkled with asiago cheese, nuts, and dressing, glistening in the late afternoon sun. Very refreshing on a hot day. Try garnishing with fresh red raspberries or sliced strawberries.


  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/8 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1/8 – 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper


  • 8 cups salad greens or spinach
  • 1/2 cup pine nuts or walnuts
  • 1-2 Tbsp butter or ghee
  • 3/4 cup grated asiago cheese or fresh grated parmesan
  • Sliced strawberries or fresh raspberries(optional)


  1. Mix the dressing in a jar and set aside
  2. Wash the salad leaves or spinach, tear it into bite-size pieces, and pour the dressing over it.
  3. Chop the pine nuts or walnuts and sauté them in butter or ghee, then sprinkle them over the greens.
  4. Sprinkle the cheese on the salad and toss.
  5. Garnish with sliced strawberries or fresh raspberries in season.


Recipe reproduced from The Salt Spring Experience: Recipes for Body, Mind and Spirit.
If you would like to purchase a copy of our popular book, contact us and we’d be happy to send you one.

Photo by Plat.

Guru Purnima & Full Moon Yajna

This is the auspicious and holy full moon day on which celebration and homage to the Guru are paid. Guru means “one who removes darkness or ignorance.” Traditionally, this day is set aside for worship of the spiritual teacher and attempting to pay our debt of gratitude by study of the scriptures and practice of the teachings.

The ideal we wish to attain is vividly represented by the full moon. It is at this time the moon receives to the fullest extent the dazzling light of the sun and reflects it perfectly. Thus it is this supreme ideal of fully reflecting the divine splendor that is aimed at through the surrender to and worship of the spiritual guide, through the study of and meditation upon the truths of the teachings. The human mind being purified by service to the Guru and assimilation of the teachings becomes serene and calm and then faithfully reflects the Atman (Pure Consciousness).

The guru is ever by your side – in truth the guru dwells in your heart. You have only to think of the guru with real faith and devotion and you will at once feel the guru’s spiritual presence. Guru Purnima is the time to honour this guide – to begin or to renew our spiritual aim by living our lives in awareness of the choices that can take us to our highest ideals. May all that we have read, seen, heard and learned become, through sadhana, transformed into a continuous outpouring of universal love, ceaseless loving service, and continuous prayer and worship of the divine within all beings.

Through our ancient Vedic ceremony of yajna, we will honour Babaji and all spiritual teachers. May we rededicate ourselves to all that the teachings inspire within us to attain real peace. We offer our gifts from the heart in deep gratitude.

“A person is in bondage by his own consciousness, so he can be free by his own consciousness. It’s only a matter of turning the angle of the mind. If you think you can do it, then you will do it. It takes firm determination. For keeping determination alive, we need regular sadhana, faith, devotion and satsang. Always watch yourself. How desire comes. How a thought builds a long story. How hate, anger and greed come. Watch all these things; this is the real yoga.”

Baba Hari Dass

If you are interested in being an offerer at the yajna, and/or helping with preparations or clean up, please contact Rajani 250 537 9537.

Steve Oda Concert: Thursday June 23rd

Steve OdaSteve Oda is an exceptional virtuoso on the sarode – a North Indian Classical instrument. Steve has been a disciple of the great Indian maestro Ustad Ali Akbar Khan since 1973. He has dedicated himself to fully learning the classical music of India and to carry on the teachings of his illustrious guru. In 1996, he received a prestigious Canada Council Artist’s Grant to pursue intensive studies at an advanced level with Ali Akbar Khan. He moved to the San Francisco Bay area in 1998 and served for two years as Executive Director of the Ali Akbar College of Music in San Rafael, California.

For over 30 years Steve has been blessed with many international performances and the demand for his playing continues to increase throughout North America as well as in Spain, France, Holland, Sweden, Australia, New Zealand and Japan. He will be accompanied by Victoria’s outstanding resident tabla player NIEL GOLDEN. This evening promises to be a journey to the heart of music, with ancient rhythms, exotic melodies, and mysterious shifting textures of sounds opening into the present moment.

WHAT: Indian Classical Concert, Steve Oda (on sarode) & Niel Golden (on tabla)
WHEN: 7:30pm, Thursday, June 23, 2011
WHERE: Salt Spring Centre of Yoga, 355 Blackburn Road, Salt Spring Island, BC
COST: $15 at the door

June Greetings from Sharada

harvesting spring saladAlthough the weather hasn’t really caught on to the idea of summer, it is indeed almost officially summer and life is in its expansive form here at the Centre.

Early next week we will be welcoming sixteen more karma yogis into our growing community. The farm yogis (or “Soil Sisters”, as they call themselves) have been working hard planting for the past few weeks, and delicious tender greens from the garden are being served at meals. Our new landscaping yogi has been working non-stop, cleaning up all the flower-beds and trying to stay ahead of the endless lawn mowing. The builders have been busy as well: the dish room has been completed, the laundry room has been completely redone, the yurt is being renovated and the fourth kutir is just about done. It’s amazing what can happen when a dedicated group of karma yogis works together in a spirit of joyful service.

We continue to get rave reviews from our personal retreat guests and program participants about the peaceful environment, the caring community and, of course, the food, thanks to our wonderful kitchen team. Yoga Getaways continue to fill, and Yoga Teacher Training has only a few spaces left. Our 37th Annual Community Yoga Retreat (known for a few years as the Annual Family Retreat, and for many years before that as simply The Retreat), begins July 28 and is now accepting registrations.

A reminder: Dharma Sara Satang Society is the registered charity that owns and operates the Salt Spring Centre of Yoga. The society’s annual general meeting is coming up on Sunday, June 26th, from 10 am – 12 pm. Anyone who is interested in becoming involved is welcome to attend and learn more about the functioning of the Centre and other DS endeavours.

Photo by Grant Harder.

Create Your Personal Mandala

personal mandala

A mandala is a symmetrical design that uses shape and colour to express an idea. Mandalas are usually abstract, sometimes geometric, and often, but not necessarily, circular. Your personal mandala represents the layers of your self, from the innermost self outward to the face you show the world, with all the protective layers in between.

What you need:

  • Drawing paper
  • Materials for colouring. Colour is important in a mandala; oil pastels are great because they have strong, vibrant colour. Felt pens are also good.

How to Make a Personal Mandala

  1. Sit or lie comfortably with your eyes closed as you let the demands of daily life fall away. Allow yourself to relax. Let go of the outer world and turn you attention inward.
  2. Now imagine your innermost self, the part of you that is most hidden from the world. what do you notice about this inner you? Stay with your sense of self, noticing anything that comes up, until you feel ready to begin drawing.
  3. Begin your mandala in the centre of the page, using colour and shape symbolically to represent yoru innermost self. The size of this representation is up to you, and will probably be different for ever person. Choose colours and shapes that feel right to you. You don’t have to know why you are choosing them. and remember, this is not about making art.
  4. Gradually move outward from the centre of the page, allowing your colour and shapes to represent each protective layer of your inner self. When you reach the outside edges of your mandala, depict the face that you show to the world.
  5. When you look at your finished mandala, you’ll see yourself from a new perspective. This is who you are in colour. What do you learn about yourself form the colours and shapes you’ve chosen?

Next month, we’ll explore relationship mandalas…

Photo by: MAMJODH

Sweet & Sour Tofu

This recipe is so easy and delicious. Try serving it over a steaming bowl of brown rice with a side of crisp, stir fried bok choi or gai lan. Try it tonight!


  • 2 lb tofu
  • 2 Tbsp olive oli
  • 1/3 cup tamari or Bragg’s


  • 1 1/2-2 Tbsp grated ginger
  • 1/2 cup and 2 Tbsp turbinado sugar
  • 1 cup cider vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp tamari
  • 6 oz tomato paste
  • 2 Tbsp arrowroot powder mixed in 1/4 cup cold water


  1. Cut the tofu into 1/4 inch slices or 1/2 inch chunks.
  2. Brown the tofu in a frying pan with the olive oil and tamari or Bragg’s.
  3. Place all the sauce ingredients in a saucepan and bring to a boil, then simmer until the sugar dissolves and the sauce begins to thicken.
  4. Place the tofu in a baking pan and cover it with the sauce.
  5. Bake at 350° for 45 minutes.


Recipe reproduced from The Salt Spring Experience: Recipes for Body, Mind and Spirit.
If you would like to purchase a copy of our popular book, contact us and we’d be happy to send you one.

Photo by: Stiefen Schlingen