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visualisation

This time last year (early spring 2015) I asked yoga student Sue to take some pictures in her amazing productive garden, Great Barrier Island NZ. It was dawning on me: yoga + growing food = Viveka Gardens.  A very literal visualisation that got the ball rolling. This spring I was given a visualisation exercise, Imagine yourself 5 years …

pakora and peamint dipping

Fried, salty food is not so good every day, but for a party it’s perfect. For Easter celebrations we were asked to bring finger food for a post-mass buffet, and pakora immediately suggested itself. Gram (chick pea flour – protein!) is used to make a batter to coat vegetables and these are deep fried. The …

vegan paysam

This is a vegan version of this traditional Indian desert. It can also be offered as prasad, food for the altar which is then shared after a ceremony, full of devotion. Coconut cream is delicious and easily available. Coconuts have settled right round the tropics of the globe! You can find coconut cream in FOUR different …

mung dhal chancing style

Sizzle! In this recipe the spices are fried in oil at a high heat and added in a dash at the end of cooking the dhal. This is a template for making a simple, wholesome, kind of all-in-one protein-packed curry in just about an hour. You can substitute yellow split mung dhal, toor dhal or …

basmati

It’s not difficult: one cup (aargh, what’s a cup?) to two cups of water. And a pan with a close fitting lid. A cup is about 200g rice but just find a cup that works for you and it’ll be easy after that. Decide what spice you want to add in order to complement the …

date and ginger chutney

I feel tamarind should be in the title as this is a distinctive taste that always makes the tastebuds sit up and take notice.  Its sour taste is very pleasing in conjunction with the other tastes in chutney: salt, acid (lemon juice), sweet (dates) and pungent (ginger, cayenne pepper). Chutneys round out a meal because …

banana, date and walnut loaf

Recipe revised May 2017 I’ve got a crush on dates at the moment. It’s not just the sweetness – a little goes a long way sweetness-wise – but the taste, rich and light at the same time! FULL of sunshine and prana. I was looking for some kind of loaf and alighted on a very …

Clapham Yoga Practice at Viveka Gardens – please watch this space for classes and workshops in the West Country over spring and summer 2016 Practice makes perfect is a phrase that slips off the tongue a little to easily. If you look at the yogis here, it is clear that indeed a lot of practice …

chanting

Group Meditation and Chanting – Satsang next satsangs: Saturday May 26, June 23, July 22 6.00pm Free, followed by food. Donations of flowers and/or fruit for the altar welcome. Sing your heart out is an expression that captures the joy, sharing, connection and even bliss that singing brings. And group singing  is even better. Chanting is …

meditation

The next meditation course at Viveka Gardens in Clapham is: Mondays 7/14/21 March 7.15-8.45 pm Click here for special offer (bring a friend half price) and more information Meditation is simple: sit still, close your eyes, relax, focus your attention, touch calm. Meditation is hard: my back/hip/knees hurt, now I’ve slowed down all the petty worries …

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