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Stoking the Fire: Spice up your Autumn meals

Ayurveda places great emphasis on agni, the fire principle, which manifests in the body in overall warmth and in the power of digestion (physical, mental and emotional), as well as in our vision, in our blood and skin. When our digestive agni is strong and balanced, we feel energized and clear, light and centered. As […]

Recipes From the Centre Kitchen’s Archives

Periodically we like to share some of our popular recipes from both of the centre’s books: Salt Spring Island Cooking, published in 1989 and The Salt Spring Experience, published in 2001. Today’s focus is on sweet treats. I hope you enjoy them Janis’ Sour Cream Blackberry Pie Delicious made with either fresh or frozen blackberries. […]

Sweet Sourdough Love

The Salt Spring Centre of Yoga abounds with precious gifts: the opportunity to learn and practice teachings that bring profound peace; the abundance, comfort and beauty of the land; and the unique and talented folks that it attracts. Other important gifts are the human connections that form, which can be deep and based on a […]

Dressing for Dinner

Dressing for Dinner dressings and sauces Here are some more recipes from the Salt Spring Centre of Yoga kitchen to bring some zest to your meals. The first two of this month’s recipes come from our first cookbook – Vegetarian Recipes from the Salt Spring Centre. Uma’s Barbeque Sauce 2 cups finely chopped leeks ⅓ […]

Recipes from the Centre Kitchen

In response to requests, here are a few easy and delicious protein recipes for your enjoyment. Although many new recipes have been developed over the years, these old favourites are still in demand. If you’d like more recipes, please let me know by leaving a comment; I’d be happy to provide more. Cashew-Carrot Loaf 6 […]

The Wonders of Ghee (Clarified Butter)

Ghee is the purified form of butter, often called “clarified butter.” In Sanskrit, it is referred to as ghrta. Ghee is one of the most ancient and sattvic foods known. According to Charaka (one of the codifiers of the Ayurvedic system of natural medicine), ghee plays a vital role in health maintenance; it “promotes memory, […]

Ayurveda, Yoga & You – Superfoods for your Body Type

Making healthy food choices often seems like a daunting task. So many things to choose from, and so many filled with sugar and fat! And, everyone seems to have a different philosophy of what and how to eat, so that our individual food choices seem to require a doctorate in food science! And then, we […]

Sweets without Sugar

  Yum, cookies. Yum, ice cream. Yum, chocolate mousse. Yum, yum . . . sugar! How many times a day do you reach for some sugar? With your coffee or tea first thing in the morning? With your breakfast, as jam on your toast? For a mid-morning snack, as a sweet roll or donut? And […]

The Yogic Sattvic Diet

While Ayurveda and yoga share the same roots in the ancient Vedic literature, they do have distinctive differences in their approach. In Ayurveda, we are working to maintain a balance of the three doshas – vata, pitta and kapha – within our physical-emotional-mental body – in order to live a productive blissful life, of bhoga […]

Winter Wellness Routine

The Vedic sages understood that the great rhythms and forces of nature—the alternation of day and night, the rhythmic cycle of the seasons— affect our wellness, as do the seasons and cycles of this human life. Living in tune with nature, they taught, allows us to also be in tune with our individual constitution which […]

Keeping Kapha Content & Immunity Soup

During the winter season, when the days are shorter, the air is colder, and the earth is wetter, kapha dosha tends to increase and accumulate in the body. Kapha’s nature tends to be cool, wet and dense, and when these qualities are also reflected in our environment, kapha naturally increases. In winter, the body needs […]

Beans, Beans…

From hummus to minestrone, from chili con carne to kitchari, beans (known as dal in Indian cuisine) provide a delicious source of high quality nourishment. And during the colder winter months, our bodies require some high-octane fuel. As a staple food crop for humans throughout the world, beans have long been a rich source of […]

Stoking the Fire: Spice up your Autumn meals

As the summer sun recedes and the autumn winds bring chilly rain, consider your digestive fire. During the warm summer months, our bodies need less fuel to warm us, and our digestive juices can take a bit of a holiday. As the weather cools, our bodies call for more warming foods and we may need […]

Apple Crumble

Although myth has it that Eve tempted Adam with an apple, women’s wisdom shows it was actually a scoop of apple crumble (with vanilla ice cream). With apples now officially in season, there isn’t a better time to make this fall favourite. Ingredients (serves 12) Crumble: 1 1/2 cups butter 1 1/2 cups turbinado sugar […]

Zucchini feta

Wondering what to do with all the zucchinis that have begun to spring forth from your summer garden or the local farmers’ market stalls? This is an easy Mediterranean dish that is sure to please, especially over a steaming bowl of rice. Ingredients: 2 cups chopped leeks 4 Tbsp olive oil 7 cups diced zucchini […]