Vegan Pumpkin Bread for Grounding

In honor of our conversation about Muladhara Chakra, I wanted to share a recipe that is grounding, hearty, and nourishing. This pumpkin bread fits the bill.

According to Ayurveda, this pumpkin bread would be decidedly Vata balancing. It’s sweet, a little heavy, and full of nourishing vitamins and minerals. It’s something to keep you warm during cool winter days.

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Balancing Muladhara Chakra – First Chakra

As I’ve explained in previous blog posts, I LOVE exploring the chakra system. I find the chakras are a powerful tool for helping to explain the mind-body connection, and put context to the things we feel and experience in our bodies and minds every day.

 

Today, I want to take a deep dive into Muladhara chakra, which is the root chakra.

 

Like Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs, the order of the chakras is important. In chakra theory, you can’t truly balance a higher chakra until you’ve found balance in a lower chakra. We need to be aware of the lower chakras whenever we seek to balance a specific chakra, which means that the first, lowest chakra – Muladhara – comes up in every balancing conversation.

(Want to listen to this blog post? Check out the podcast version below!)

 

 

What is Muladhara Chakra?

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Meditation: Interdependence and Labels

Today’s episode is a guided meditation to help you experience interdependence and to start letting go of the labels that can rule our life. We’ll use a meditation on our breath, plus a guided meditation into our own roles and values. We’ll explore the qualities you find difficult to accept in others, and then practice letting go of our own labels and self-perception. This is a beautiful guided meditation that will leave you feeling expansive, grounded, and connected.

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Labels, Interdependence, and Harry Potter

“And the Dark Lord will mark him as his equal, but he will have powers the Dark Lord knows not…neither can live while the other survives…”
-Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

“The table’s existence is possible due to the existence of things which we might call ‘the non-table world’: the forest where the wood grew and was cut, the carpenter, the iron ore which became the nails and screws, and countless other things which have relation to the table, the parents and ancestors of the carpenter, the sun and rain which made it possible for the trees to grow” – Thich Nhat Hahn

How do you define yoursellf?

Perhaps you define yourself by the roles you play – sister, brother, employee, partner, teacher, painter. Or perhaps you define yourself by your values – you’re dedicated to honesty, or play, or authenticity.

But then think of that label you’ve made for yourself. Ask yourself – is it true 100% of the time? Are you always 100% honest, or always playing the role of an employee?
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35 minute vinyasa yoga podcast: Flow for Prana

Today’s vinyasa flow is dedicated to the feeling of prana flowing through your body. We’ll do some breath work and invite movements that sync with our breath. Grab a yoga mat and a block, and let’s get to it!

 

If you like this podcast, please leave a review on iTunes or share it with a friend. I also love to hear your feedback and questions! You can send me a message over on Instagram at @behappyhealthyhuman.

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Practices for Prana

Now that we’ve done an introduction to prana – let’s talk about some practices to increase your access to prana in your body and life. We’ll talk about foods that are high in prana (check out this post for more details and a recipe!), breathwork, and do a short guided meditation to connect to the universal flow of energy.

In Today’s Episode:
-What foods are high in prana.
-What are the ida and pingala nadis and how to activate them.
-What breathwork is good for inviting prana.
-A short, guided meditation to connect to prana in your body and your world.

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Foods to increase Prana

In yesterday’s podcast, we talked about prana – the powerful energy and life force of the universe. Prana is a subtle energy that fills us, but it’s also the life energy that’s found in nature.

 

While breathwork and noticing our breathing is one of the best ways for us to tap into our internal prana and feel that energy moving through our bodies, we can also cultivate our prana through our interactions with the world around us.

 

When I first starting learning about Ayurveda, I learned to appreciate the power of food. What we eat literally becomes our skin and muscles and cells inside of us. What we eat is what we are.

 

And, what we eat can also nurture and increase or it can drain our prana. So how do we know which foods are high in prana and will nurture our spirit as well as our body?

 

Foods that are High in Prana

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