Puy Lentils with Leeks and Carrots

This is one of my favorite recipes to make during colder months that is hearty, nourishing, and full of protein and vitamins.  In Albania, the winter months are filled with fresh earthy vegetables like spinach, leeks, and carrots.  The addition of fresh parsley and dill also enhance the robust flavor of this dish.

Ingredients:

1 tablespoon olive oil

1 onion, peeled and chopped

1 lb 2 oz  (500g) leeks

1 lb 2 oz (500g) carrots

2 bay leaves

2-3 sprigs thyme or rosemary

1 cup green lentils

2 cups canned chopped tomatoes

3-4 garlic cloves, minced

Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Extra olive oil and chopped parsley and chopped dill (optional)

 

Directions:

  • Warm the olive oil in a large saucepan, add the onion, and cook gently, covered, for 7 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, wash and trim the leeks and cut into 1-inch lengths. Scrub or scrape the carrots and slice them.  Add these vegetables to the pan along with the bay leaves and thyme or rosemary, and leave to cook gently for an additional 4-5 minutes.
  • Stir in the lentils and add 2 1/2 cups water. Bring to a boil, then cover and leave to cook for around 30 minutes, or until the lentils and vegetables are tender.
  • Add the tomatoes, mix, and leave to cook for an additional 10-15 minutes. Stir in the garlic, and season to taste with salt and pepper just before serving.
  • Some good quality olive oil drizzled over the top and a garnish of chopped parsley and dill is excellent, though not necessary.

 

 

Yogi Bhajan, Kundalini Kriya, and the Art of Healing

When you understand who and what you are, your radiance projects into the universal radiance and everything around you becomes creative and full of opportunity. – Yogi Bhajan

A little over 4 years ago I tried my first Kundalini Class with one of my teachers from my first 200-hour training course.  While enjoying the experience, I didn’t realize at that time that Kundalini Yoga would be come an integral part of my own personal yoga practice (I was already a strong Vinyasa and Ashtanga practitioner).  As I headed back to Albania from India to start my yoga endeavors there, I was blessed with 2 beautiful expats in the country that had just recently completed their Kundalini Level 1 training and had been living in Albania for 7 years at that point.  We all decided to join forces and started what became the Tirana Yoga community group.  For a long time in Tirana, Kundalini Yoga was the only other opportunity I had to practice yoga under the guidance of another teacher (outside of my own self-practice) as yoga was completely new in the country and at the time no one else was teaching yoga.  I am forever grateful for my teachers Sylvie and Lies who really introduced me to these technologies and am happy to share a few resources for those of you interested in learning more.

Below is a little more extensive outline of what Kundalini Yoga is as well as one of my favorite kriya sets (attached) and a playlist I frequently use in a Kundalini class.

Kundalini Yoga is called the Yoga of Awareness. It is a dynamic, powerful tool that is designed to give you an experience of your soul.

In Kundalini Yoga we harness the mental, physical, and nervous energies of the body and put them under the domain of the will, which is the instrument of the soul. This technology precisely and consciously combines breath, mudra, eye-focus, mantra, body locks, and postures to balance the glandular system, strengthen the nervous system, expand lung capacity, and purifiy the blood. It brings balance to the body, mind, and soul. (http://www.3ho.org/kundalini-yoga)

The main proponent of Kundalini Yoga in the West and credited with being the first to bring the teachings and techniques to a Western audience is Yogi Bhajan.  Read more about him here.

One of the best websites for those that are interested in doing more kriyas or meditations is the 3HO website.  Kriya sets can be found here.

Flexibility of the spine

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The Art of Healing – Siri Gaitri Mantra (more extensive instructions and guidance on how to perform this meditation)

Welcome to Momentum Yoga Flow

Namaste Everyone,

Welcome to the new way to find where you can find me in the world!  As with all new endeavors, we should start at the beginning and lay a solid foundation.  In yoga asana practice, we always pause for a moment at the beginning of a practice to set our foundation–in tadasana, mountain pose (as pictured).  So I would like to formally introduce the new platform for how you can find where I am teaching near you.  This website will be a place to search for workshops, trainings, and retreats where I will be present as a teacher.  I also hope to include resources for students and teachers alike–practice videos, class resources, as well as personal insights from my own yoga journey.

To all students and teachers past and present and those still yet to come, looking forward to sharing with you!!

-Rachel