I love to share with you all, and write from my heart. So if I haven’t posted when I should it’s because I felt I had nothing to say. And I truly want to share from that place of love and inspiration rather than “just because I feel I have too”. So for that reason, I never wrote last Thursday. Too make up for it tho I am sharing an amazing post about what I did this weekend, very exciting.
I attended the sixth Yoga Food Music ( Yoga Ahaar Sangeet) Event this Sunday in downtown Toronto. I’ve been to all thus far and as long as I’m in the country I will continue to go. I always leave there feeling more inspired and more alive! I feel that these are moments I live for. To truly experience something by opening yourself up and just absorbing it all in. It is the richness of events like Yoga Food Music that make my life a colourful one.
“Yoga Ahaar Sangeet (Yoga Food Music) is a spa for the soul; an invigorating slice of time that lifts the spirit and creates space for serenity. Like a field of dreams you come, take your place on the floor and allow the guiding voice of Yoga to open your heart.
You sit up from shavasana to the wafting smell of a delicious holistic meal. Slowly, you eat in joy, engaging within and sharing throughout.
The journey continues as the music transcends song. Full of soul, you rise. With an open heart you’re en route to your next destination, revitalized by the nourishing, holistic journey your soul has taken through the evening of Yoga Ahaar Sangeet.”
– Shayna Young
Now let me break it down for you…
The yoga warms you up, you start to become more present and eventually what you carried there with you from the day, from the week, isn’t as heavy. Your minds a little quieter, you’re feeling a little lighter.
The food is amazing and always shared over good conversation with like-minded people.
Event organizers Shayna Young and Johnathan Kay prepared a wonderful Holistic lunch of South Indian food from Tamil Nadu. Together their cooking styles blend and create the most delicious meal that makes every cell in your body beam! The spices warm your heart, the freshness and flavors just make your soul smile. It so different from what your use to it turns eating into an exciting adventure of the palate.
The menu of the day:
- Sambar (vegetable lentil stew)
- Rasam (spiced soup)
- Idli (fermented steamed rice cakes)
- Bean Poriyal (dry bean curry with ground lentils)
- Coconut Kale Channa Masala (chickpeas curry)
- Pani Puri- everyone’s favourite! (pastry shells filled with mixed sprouts, sweet potato, onion, fresh coriander, chickpeas. With sweet and spicy tamarind chutney and curd (yoghurt). As well as mint, coriander, spiced pani (water))
- Fresh Coconut
- coriander coconut chutney
- Green tea
- Almond milk spiced chai
The after meal paan is what I enjoyed most! Paan (pawn) is a preparation of aromatic herbs all folded into a Betel Leaf.
- Betel nut
- green cardamom
- Gullkand (Rose petal sugar)
This was my first time trying paan and it was alot of fun to make. Its used after a meal to help with digestion and give your mouth a fresh taste. Once you stuff the leaf, you close it up and place it in the corner of your mouth, tucking it by your cheek. Your suppose to slowly chew away on it.
You start to listen to the music of instruments you may have never seen or heard before; It’s so beautiful! You just close your eyes and let the sound lift you. You can feel your self get lighter and lighter with every note like a flow of love and gratitude surging through your body. Just being there and sharing in the energy of the music makes you radiate with joy from the inside out.
The very talented musicians performed two styles of North Indian, Khayal and Bhajan, Hindustani Classical Raga Music. I really appreciated being able to sit directly in front of the musicians as they played, it truly connected me to the music in the most intimate way.
- Jonathan Kay – Tenor and soprano saxophone
- Andrew Kay – Alto Saxophone
- Justin Gray – Bass Veena
- Ravi Naimpally – Tabla
This event was dedicated to the late musician Pandit Ravi Shankar who passed away last week. He was and will forever be the world’s premier sita Maestro. He came to America from India in the 60’s and along with the help of George Harrison from the Beatles, brought Indian Classical music to the West.
As a special guest we were very lucky to have Som Naimpally, mathematician and Indian Classical lover, there to speak about the life of Pandit Ravi Shankar. He shared with us his memories of sitting directly in front of Ravi Shankar in performance, and the journey of dance and music that was Ravi Shankar’s life. Mr. Naimpally spoke with such fond lightness to him that his words made us feel as if we were all at the amazing concert of the great Ravi Shankar.
You always head home from Yoga Ahaar Sangeet knowing that you just nourished mind, body and soul. We need gatherings like this, the kind that leave you feeling a little lighter and filled with a little more love.
Very glad to share this with you, just as it has been shared with me..
To get on the mailing list for the next Yoga Ahaar Sangeet event message Shayna at firstname.lastname@example.org. To find out more information about this event and other things Shayna is up to check out her site at liveyoungnutrition.comhttp://www.liveyoungnutrition.com/yoga-ahaar-sangeet.html
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