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Carrot & Ginger Vegan Cake 
2019.9.30 | Tsubaki

Hi this is Tsubaki!

 

Some of you may already know. We started our Kriya Yoga sessions on a monthly basis starting July, 2019! After performing our cleansing techniques, we enjoy herbal tea and recharge with our homemade energetic breakfast! Our next Kriya Yoga will be on Sat, Oct 26th from 6:30 AM! Please check our Events Page for more details!

 

Today, I’ll be introducing Carrot and Ginger Vegan Cake recipe, one we enjoyed in our previous Kriya Yoga. 

Carrot and Ginger Vegan Cake!

 

Ingredients

① Ginger Batter

  • 15g ginger
  • 4pieces cardamom
  • 160g soy milk

 

② Carrot Batter

  • 60g carrot
  • 10g goji berry
  • 160g soy milk

 

③ For Both Batters

  • 50g White Sesame Oil  x2
  • 90g Maple Syrup x2
  • 200g Whole Wheat Flour x2
  • 1 Table Spoon Baking Powder 

 

  1. Put all of the ingredients for ① (slice the ginger before pupating it in the mixer) and blend it in a mixer. Take it out in a bowl. 
  2. Put all of the ingredients for ② (grade the carrots before putting it in the mixer)  and blend it in a mixer. Take it out in a different bowl. 
  3. In each bowl respectively, add the white sesame oil, maple syrup, whole wheat flour and baking powder and mix gently. 
  4. In a square baking pan, add 1/3 the ginger mixture, then 1/3 the carrot mixture, and repeat until everything is in the pan. use a toothpick and gently mix so it creates a marble design. 
  5. Bake for 35 minutes in 350F / 180C oven.

 

TADAAA! Finished.

 

After graduating from university, she started her career experiencing various professions in PR, Media, and IT.
As she became passionate about the effect of yoga both on the body and soul, she decided to deepen her understanding through teacher training at UTL. She began to provide her own yoga training as an instructor to help people discover an overall sense of well-being.
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Betia’s Very Tasty and Very Green Protein Smoothie
2018.8.6 | Betia Pappa

This green protein smoothie is super easy and great for any time of day. Especially in the morning after your yoga practice or workout. The ingredients might surprise you but blend them together and you get a very very tasty and healthy drink.

 

I hope you enjoy!

 

Ingredients:

1 cup of Almond milk (depends on how thick you like your smoothies)

1 banana (frozen is nice, but not necessary)

A hand full of spinach or Kale

A tbs spoon of peanut butter

 

Directions:

  1. Pour the almond milk first into the blender. Then add all the rest of the ingredients. If you have a very small blender I highly recommend cutting banana into small pieces and add the spinach or kale at the end.
  2. Blend it all together!

 

Enjoy!

Elizabeth (aka Betia) is an avid traveler and lover of life. She considers herself a student of the world and has gained a deep respect and admiration for many people, cultures, and places she has had the privilege to visit. Betia currently teaches yoga and English in Tokyo.
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Four-Day Cleanse
2018.7.15 | Yumi Tanaka

Juice Cleanse

The other day, I conducted a four-day juice cleanse. The purpose of the cleanse was not to lose weight, but to rest my digestive system. I tried out one of my favorite juice bar, Trueberry’s cold pressed juice.

 

We replace our meals with 5 bottles of cold pressed juice a day. (We can drink water, warm water and herb tea throughout this cleanse.)

 

I felt drowsy throughout the 4 days. Depending on the person, some may experience headaches, lightheadedness and dizziness, but for me it was sleepiness. Nevertheless, my body felt extremely light and didn’t have any trouble with my yoga practice.

 

During the cleanse, I didn’t have to worry about what to eat next, my groceries, cooking time, eating time or cleaning time. I felt that I had a lot of time on hand. Generally, we spend a lot of our day thinking about our meals and activities around it.

 

Recovery Meal

From day 5, I started my recovery meal.

We have to keep in mind that recovery meal period should last as long as your cleanse days.

We slowly start off with porridge or plain miso soup. I had the most difficult time during this stage. At the end of my recovery meal phase, I found myself being very picky about my food. I was being sensitive about the things I consumed.

 

Things I want to keep in mind about my future cleanse!

 

1. It’s important to set up your schedule before and after your cleanse.
As mentioned above, recovery meal is part of your cleanse so it’s important to keep in mind the recovery days as well. Before you start your cleanse, it’ll be better to reduce the volume of your meals. In my case, I avoided eating out and had a vegetarian based diet.

 

2. Keep your options open.
Since it was my first time, I added in Almond Milk (not necessarily juice) as one of my juice choice. Almond Milk gives a sense of fullness, which was a good choice on the first day.

 

3. Allow some leeway in your schedule.
It’s possible to conduct the cleanse whether it be your days off or not. However, we have to keep in mind that every movement becomes very slow throughout this time. For example, I would get on the escalator at the train stations instead of walking up the stairs, or my walking pace would be very slow. It’ll be better to schedule your appointments with plenty of time before and after.

 

Everything written here are my own thoughts through my personal experiences.

 

We are made up of what we eat.
“Eat not for your tongue, but for your mind and body.”
Notice what makes up your body, how your body consumes energy, and how we spend our time eating.

Just like we choose our clothes, we also have the choice of food we consume.

With this in mind, I wish for your lovely dietary habit.

 

She started practicing Jazz and Hiphop dance at teenager. In 2007, she moved to Tokyo to enter university. After graduating from university, she experienced physical changes while she was working in sales and started looking for a new healthier lifestyle. Her focus changed from dancing to yoga. Through her continuous practice, she learned that yoga could be applied to daily life, thinking habits and discipline. In 2016 she was qualified as a yoga instructor.
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Betia’s favorite Green Detox Smoothie
2018.6.7 | Betia Pappa

This green detox smoothie if great for any time of day. Especially in the morning before or after your yoga practice or work. All the ingredients are individually great for your health and combining them all together creates a power drink. I think!

 

This drink will make you feel good inside and out and will boost your immune system so you’ll stay strong and healthy and avoid getting sick.

 

I hope you enjoy!

 

Ingredients:

1 Cup of water or a little more (depends on how thick you like your smoothies)

1 or 2 celery sticks

1 cucumber (with skin-give you more fiber)

½ and apple (with skin- more fiber)

1/3 cup o f frozen or fresh pineapple

a small piece of ginger root (depends how much you like ginger) Without the skin

One whole lemon

 

Directions:

  1. Pour the water first into the blender. Then add all the ingredients. If you have a very small blender I highly recommend cutting all the fruits and veggies into small pieces especially the ginger. You can even peel the ginger.
  2. Blend it all together!
  3. Add a little more water to smooth it out.

 

If you let the drink sit for too long make sure to stir the drink before you continue drinking it.

 

**TIP**

For the summer!

 

If you like your smoothies cold, I recommend precutting all the ingredients and freeze them over night.  Then when you blend, it comes out nice and cold.

In case you have a small blender, leave the frozen ingredient sitting in the blender for ten minutes for them to soften and avoid breaking the blender.

 

So you can put ALL the ingredients in the blender, get ready for work or practice, come back blend and drink!

 

Enjoy!

Elizabeth (aka Betia) is an avid traveler and lover of life. She considers herself a student of the world and has gained a deep respect and admiration for many people, cultures, and places she has had the privilege to visit. Betia currently teaches yoga and English in Tokyo.
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