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Svaroopa® yogis nurturing their interconnectedness

Monthly Community Themes

Mandali Program

 

Each month I'll introduce a new theme or community building activity.  These activities strengthen our relationships with each other and deepen our yoga practices "off the blankets" and in our lives.  I hope this makes everyone feel more connected!

Mandali means we connect

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The Mandali program is for Svaroopa®Yoga students and teachers across the globe. 

We share  a monthly theme that nurtures community,  helps build relationships

with each other, and deepens our yoga practice.

May Theme: The Yoga of Food

In the beginning of 2021 we explored how our yoga practice reveals our hidden capacity. Remember we chose a word to describe our intention for 2021?  It was inspiring to reflect on our inner knowings and intentions together.

 

In May we will reflect on how yoga nourishes us from the inside.  We'll also also consider how high vibration plant-based foods support bliss integration. We'll connect and share about what kinds of food we're eating to raise our vibration. 

 

The Sanskrit, word “annam” means food/to nourish.  Contemplate how you satisfy and nourish yourself with your yoga practice... that it is actually a type of food.  Observe yourself as you immerse into your deeper essence, and the aftermath of that.  What effect does it have in your life?  

 

Healthy Recipes

Chocolate Pudding/Marianne Steevorden

1 Avocado

1/4 cup Cacao

1/2 cup Maple Syrup

 

Blend in a blender and enjoy. Very good with fruit or on its own.

Eggless Egg Salad/Marianne Steevorden

1/2 cup water

1/2 cup lemon juice

1 1/2 tsp. turmeric

2 cloves peeled garlic (I use 1 sometimes none)

1 1/2 tsp sea salt

1 1/2 cup raw cashews

 

Mix all these ingredients in a food processor.

 

Add:

1/2 cup chopped green onions

1/2 cup chopped celery

1/2 cup chopped red bell pepper

Carrot Beet Tower Sunday/ Sarita-Linda Rocco

April Theme:  National Haiku Month

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Dressing:

Juice of 1 lemon

Juice of 1 lime

¼ cup organic olive oil

¼ cup organic cilantro

¼ cup organic basil

Salt and pepper taste

 

Make dressing by combining all ingredients

 

Salad

1 green apple

1 large cucumber

1 medium beet shredded

2 carrots shredded

1 avocado

½ cup sprouts

2 raspberries for on top

 

Assemble the salad:

Slice the green apple into thin discs

Slice the cucumber thin

 

Start with the apple on the bottom

Then add cucumber

Add smashed avocado

Then add beets

Then carrots

Drizzle some dressing

Repeat with another layer

 

Add a raspberry on top

Sprinkle with sprouts

Add more dressing on top

 

Create two generous stacks

Haiku is a Japanese poem of 17 syllables in 3 lines

five syllables in the first line

seven in the second line

five syllables in the third line

 

Traditionally, haikus focus on a moment in time, juxtaposing two images. Haiku creates a sudden sense of enlightenment, just as yoga does. 

Write your own haiku, depicting your process of transformation.  Email your poems to me at saritalindarocco@gmail.com and I'll read them before class starts, or you can read the poem aloud yourself. 

Our Haiku's ❤️

Ahhhh Shavasana

Diving inward into vast-

ness being present.

-Marianne Steenvoorden

 

Breathing in and out

exploring inward space and

present, be alive.

-Marianne Steenvoorden

 

In Sukhasana

Japa, Japa, more Japa

Meditate on That.

-Marianne Steenvoorden

 

Contemplate on NOW

follow the breath, be alert

presence, a present.

-Marianne Steenvoorden

 

Fullness of the moon

mystical appearance high

in the sky above

-Marianne Steenvoorden

 

Winter Darkness Gone

The Sun Moves High Around Us

Mother Earth Dances

-Michael Rocco

I source Light within

No waiting for others Light

I bring in the Light

-Sarita-Linda Rocco

Solid pillar strong

crystal center blinding bright

calmness through my mind

-Cynthia Kremer

Feeling centered now.

Firmly rooted in the earth.

Warm sun on my face.

-Mark Mohlinger

Like Growing Trees Reach

As Morning Rain Flowers Grow

I Will Do The Same

-Michael Rocco

We sit in wonder

Through all these years together

Newness still alive

-Michael Rocco

Too much Happening
Slow down and breathe in fully
Exhaling slow……ly…….

-Marianne Steenvoorden

enlighten yoga

breathe in breath out feel the buzz

cleanse and heal with breathe 

-Sue McClain

Everything hurts

I lie down on my blankets

Bliss envelops me

-Nora Beckjord

Veggies Veggies Now

Stop The inflammation Please

Feel and look Healthy

-Angelique Canonico

Centered peacefulness

Svaroopa yoga's best gift

Restorative health

-Kelley Kenney

My mind seeks for bliss

I find dizziness instead

Accept what is Now

-Judy Geiser

Go Ahead Judy

Let it spin you inward

Spin your bliss within

-Michael Rocco

The sorrow of your 

Absence, my papa, my light

Points to my delight

-Larisa Byely

(Haiku on the 11 months anniversary of my dad’s passing)