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Hello, my Lovelies!

Everything changes, nothing stands on its place… During this year lots of wonderful things have happened and I’m grateful for all your great emails and feedbacks.

The creation of this blog was an amazing experience. Actually writing for Eat Healthy, Love Yoga… inspired me to come back to school to get deeper knowledge in principles of positive psychology, dieting and yoga.

It is not the end of my blogging history – but a start.  Now I’m working on a new project, that will have a bit wider scope.  I hope you will also like it :)

Thank you for being with me during all this time! See you soon again :)

Hugs and kisses,

Viki

Namaste

Never, Ever Give Up!

By accident I found this video and decided to share it. It is really inspirational one. What this man managed to achieve is really amazing :)

Every time when you may thing that you cannot do something, remind yourself about this … Nothing is impossible :)

5 Reasons Why I Love Ashtanga Yoga

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A Mysore style of Ashtanga yoga, has been introduced to me in October, 2013 and OMG!… where have you been all my life? Although I’ve started to go on Vyniasa classes in June, 2012, I’ve realized that it was only a good preparation for my meeting with Mysore style. People often say that it is necessary to show up in a right time, in a right place and your life can change forever. I guess this is what has happened to me… one day I’ve entered to the room where Mysore was practiced and fell inlove… Although sometimes I feel pain in some parts of my body that I never expected to feel, falling on my face and back (literally!), I cannot stop coming back to my school or practice yoga at home. Actually exactly after I have started to practice Mysore I noticed how good home practice can be. Ashtanga is pretty challenging kind of yoga, but it fills you with an amazing energy for entire day.  Continue reading

Grateful For Life And Freedom Of Choice

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Probably today’s post won’t be exactly connected with the main purpose of this blog, but I have some thoughts that just don’t get out of my mind. So I decided to share it with you.

There are so many things that we keep in our heads every day, i.e. work, travelling, plans for evening or even next steps for live, which are important. But in a mean time, sometimes it is so easy to forget about basics we should be grateful about – life itself and freedom of choice.

Pity to admit, but exactly recent events in my home country – Ukraine – reminded me about it.  Continue reading

Almond ‘Cheese’ Cream

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Oh those creative vegans! Do you know how interesting and creative vegan cuisine can be? Recently I have discovered one of the cheese options for vegans – raw nut cheeses. It’s not only delicious, but 100% dairy free, free of preservatives, casein, gluten, soy, lactose, cholesterol and trans fat.

I encourage you to try it, you might be surprised! :) Continue reading

Yummy Stuffed Eggplant

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Some time ago, my good friend were telling me about an amazing dish that can be done with eggplant in oven. As result I’ve decided to do something with it :) Although I haven’t made exactly my friends recipe (I still hope to do it in future), I was lucky to try another great option of the stuffed eggplant.

And I need to say, it’s really good. Yummy!

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Quotes To Inspire Our Yoga Practice

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Have you heard the word “Namaste”? I think it is the most beautiful word I’ve ever heard since I’ve started to practice yoga. Namaste is a way of greeting people in India. Mostly Hindus say Namaste to show their respect to the other person while greeting. Taken literally, “Nama” means “bow”, “as” means “I”, and “te” means “you”; which gives us “I bow to you”. Although there are many interpretations of this word, here is my favorite: “The divine light in me honors the divine light in you”.

So… Namaste, Darlings :) Continue reading

Kutia – With Love From Ukraine On Christmas :)

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Today is Ukrainian Christmas Eve. For many Ukrainians it means that it’s time to make some delicious time-honored recipes and gather family members together to share the Holy Supper (which is known in Ukraine as “Sviata Vecheria”).

Some details of the Ukrainian tradition of Sviata Vecheria are different in dependence to the region and family. However, certain elements remain the same – Sviata Vecheria consists of 12 non-meat dishes with one essential dish – Kutia. According to tradition, Christmas Eve supper starts after first star appears in the sky and begins with a ‘spoon’ of Kutia, exchanging wishes and remembering dead ancestors.

This yummy dish is easy to make and fun to modify. Continue reading

New Year – New Beginning

2014 has officially started.  This is funny how fast time is running – another year has just passed by. OMG, I remember exactly where I was on the same day a year ago, what I was thinking about, what were my expectations.  2013 was a great year that gave me lots of interesting experiences and challenges. I was lucky to meet great people and see so many wonderful places.

I’m truly grateful for that :)

2014 is a new year – great time for new beginnings. Although my interest in astrology is limited by knowing the dates of new/full moons, which are needed for Mysore practice, I would like to pay your attention on how special this year is. Continue reading

Happy New Year :)))

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On this shiny and full of lights New Year Eve, most of us will look ahead to 2014 with eyes colored by our dreams and hopes. It is a great time to think on what we want to bring in future with us, determine what changes we want to apply and things we want to leave behind.

Dare to dream, dare to define doughty resolutions for next year, do things that make you happy, be demandable for yourself, but allow yourself to have weaknesses. Remember that we all are unique in our own special way.

On this magical evening I wish you lots of love, health and peace in 2014 :)

Keep your life in balance!

Namaste,

Viki

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Travelling? Take Hummus With You…

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It is holidays time and for me it means that I’m going to Ukraine to spend some time with my family and friends :) I’m so excited! From Warsaw to Kyiv it takes around 1,5 hrs by flight, plus some time needed for check-in and boarding.  Although it is possible to find quite good food in airports, I have decided to make a snack on my own in case if I get hungry ;)

Hummus is one of my favorite snacks. This popular Middle Eastern/Arabic food made from cooked, mashed chickpeas blended with tahini, olive oil, lemon juice, garlic and salt. Even more, today, there are so many different recipes of hummus, so there are plenty of space for experiments .

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The Most Important Rules For Healthy Eating

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Nowadays there are so many food choices available for us – starting from great variety of food,  provided in the stores, finishing with restaurants, which are specialized in different cuisines.

It is often said we are what we eat, but is this all? It is important to pay attention on what we eat, but how we eat is crucial as well…

So I have gathered several main rules of healthy eating to share with you. Continue reading

Top-10 Health Benefits of Avocados

“…the avocado is a food without rival among the fruits, the veritable fruit of paradise”, ~David Fairchild, American botanist, 1869-1954

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You probably know that avocado is a real superfood. This amazing fruit (yes, it is a fruit :)) has an impressive list of health benefits. But besides this, it is said to be one of the safest foods. According to Environmental Working Group, avocados are in their “clean 15″ list with mostly no detectable pesticide residue, so there is no need to purchase avocado in organic stores.

So let’s check why it’s worth to add avocados into your diet. Continue reading

Banana Strawberry Smoothie

With every colder day, I start to miss summer more and more. So today I have decided to make one my favorite summer smoothies with strawberries.  Of course during summer time I use fresh ones, but now we can use the frozen strawberries.

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Ingredients

  • 1 banana
  • 3/4 cup strawberries
  • 3/4 cup soy milk
  • 2 Tbsp. Chia Seeds (optional, but make it more nutritious)

Directions:

Put the ingredients to your blender and blend until smooth.

Bon Appetite :)

Gluten… Friend or Foe?

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Most of you probably heard about current gluten-free trend. During recent years Internet became full of information about gluten-free diets and recipes; foods description. Gluten-free products occupy more and more places in marketplaces and even corner stores.

I’m sure that some you have already tried to reduce gluten from daily diet (e.g. due to allergy or personal choice), others probably will and some of you wonder if it’s really worth it. Continue reading

Anti-Cancel & Cardiovascular Benefits of Shiitake Mushrooms

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When I was in the store close to home, my eye caught a package with dry Shiitake Mushrooms. And since it is one of my favorite Asian foods, I have decided to check what are the main nutrition features of it.

According to recent studies, “Shiitake Mushrooms appear able to enhance immune function in both directions, giving it a boost when needed, and cutting back on its activity when needed”.

It helps to reduce risk of cardiovascular diseases (including atherosclerosis) by preventing too much immune cell binding to the lining of our blood vessels. No wonder that this food has been used medicinally by the Chinese for more than 6,000 years :) Continue reading

Western Psychology vs. Eastern Philosophy

“In psychology, physiology, and medicine, wherever a debate between the mystics and the scientifics has been once for all decided, it is the mystics who have usually proved to be right about the facts, while the scientifics had the better of it in respect to the theories”, ~ William James, American philosopher and psychologist (1842-1910)

During recent yoga class, my teacher were telling us about some aspects of Tantric tradition, according to which human body consists of energy centers called ‘Chakras’.  What I didn’t expected to hear on that day, but definitely caught my attention, is the comparison of Yoga Chakras with Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs.

So I have decided to check if there is anything common between this Western Psychology Theory and Chakras Wisdom from Eastern Philosophy. Continue reading

Refreshing Red Smoothie

If you don’t like dairy products, try this diary-free smoothie.  It is perfectly sweet, light and very refreshing.

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Ingredients (for 2 people)

  • 1/2 cup cherries
  • 1/2 cup raspberries
  • 1/2 cucumber
  • 1 apple
  • 1 Tbsp chia seed
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 8 ice cubes (optional)

Directions

Put the ingredients to your blender and blend until smooth.

Bon Appetite and have a great weekend :)

To Cook or Not To Cook?

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During recent years, the raw diet is getting more and more popular.  It is one of the most effective ways for weight loss or body detox.

Leslie Kenton in Raw Energy said “raw energy is the special quality of energy in fresh uncooked foods – fruit, vegetables, nuts, grains, seeds and sprouts.  A mainly raw diet will help you lose weight, feel fitter and younger; it will also give you a sense of superior vitality and a greater resistance to stress, tiredness and disease. Doctors and scientists confirm that raw diets not only prevent cold & flu and retard ageing, but they can also help to cure cancer, diabetes, ulcers and arthritis”. Continue reading

Richard Freeman Talks About Ashtanga Yoga :)

“…yoga is a path to undo the root of all types of misery through the direct experience of deep, clear, open awareness.” ~ Richard Freeman, Yoga Instructor

Please allow me to introduce you Mr. Richard Freeman. He is one of the foremost teachers of Ashtanga Yoga, who brought the tradition of Pattabhi Jois to the West.

Richard is an author of multiple books and videos that inspire people to take up Ashtanga.

Take a look… :)