Ayurveda Recipe: Ghee

What is Ghee?

Ghee is an amazing substance with countless benefits to our body and mind. It has been used in Ayurveda for thousands of years due to its numerous medicinal properties. Ghee is highly clarifed butter. It is made by cooking butter until the water has evaporated, and then removing the dairy solids. Research shows that ghee contains the least saturated fat of any fatty substance. The process of making ghee removes 100% of the hydrogenated fats and 75% of the saturated fats from the butter. Unlike butter, ghee helps to stimulate the healthy flow of fluids throughout the body. Butter can congest; ghee removes blockages. No other substance stimulates the flow of bodily fluids as ghee does.

Benefits of Ghee

  • increases digestive fire and improves absorption and assimilation
  • strengthens the brain and nervous system
  • improves memory
  • lubricates joints and connective tissue and makes the body more flexible.
  • strengthens the immune system while decreasing heat, acidity and inflammation that occurs due to excess pitta.

How To Make Ghee

Only One Ingredient!

  • One pound of unsalted butter (preferably organic)

Directions

  1. Place butter in a heavy-bottomed saucepan over medium heat for about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally with a clean, dry spoon to prevent sizzling or browning until all butter melts.
  2. When the butter has melted, increase heat and bring to a boil.
  3. Once the surface is covered with froth/foam, stir one last time and reduce heat to very low.
  4. Simmer, undisturbed, uncovered, until solids have sunk to bottom and turned from white to golden brown and a thin crust of transparent butterfat remains on the surface. Ghee will smell like movie theater popcorn at about this time, and it will grow quiet with just a mere rumbling, bubbling sound.
  5. Allow ghee to cool for approx. 1/2 hour so that you can handle the pan without burning yourself.
  6. Slowly and carefully, remove pan from heat and without disturbing the solids that have collected on the bottom. Pour the liquid through a sieve lined with triple-layered cheesecloth or single muslin cloth or my favorite unbleached paper towel). Place the sieve over a kitchen funnel. Pour into a sterile, dry, wide-mouthed glass jar/container (such as mason jar). Avoid disturbing solids at the bottom.
  7. You can keep the bottom solids for adding to soups, sandwich spreads, veggie dishes, etc., but they must be stored separately and refrigerated.
  8. Allow ghee to cool completely (to room temperature) before adding lid. Then, cover tightly and store at room temperature in a cool, dry, dark place. Can be stored for years at a time;
  9. Store ghee at room temperature. Ghee contaminates easily, so always use a clean, dry utensil when dipping into the jar.

BONUS: Water will contaminate it. If this happens, mold will grow on the surface; simply scrape it off and continue to use. Since this process of cooking the butter removes all the water, if you undercook ghee, it will mold easily; however, overcooked it will burn. A touch of light browning, on the other hand, can lend a delicate flavor.

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Meet Your Facilatator: Eleni Tsikrikas

Eleni discovered YOGA as a means for reducing stress in 1995 while practicing law in Sydney, Australia. Smitten, Eleni completed the Sydney Yoga Centre’s teacher training course. In 2000, Eleni quit the legal profession to teach Yoga full time. In 2004 Eleni moved to Los Angeles and began intensive study with Robert Birnberg a senior student in the T. Krichnamacharya lineage. The major focus of her studies is the “Yoga Sutras of Pantajali” the guidebook dedicated to creating a satvic mind.

Eleni is a Clinical Ayurvedic Specialist, CAS, a Pancha Karma Specialist PKS. She runs a private ayurvedic practice and teaches “Ayurvedic Skills for Living” courses in Silverlake and Sydney. She is a faculty member of The Yoga Institute in Sydney and at California College of Ayurveda, where she teaches and mentors students. She continues to pursue her passion for herbs, studying with renowned herbalist KP Khalsa. Eleni has completed the educational component leading to qualifications as a Western Herbalist. She is presently working on the accreditation process for the American Herbalist Guild.

Eleni passionately believes food is medicine and is looking forward to sharing her passion at The Yoga Institute with a monthly Ayuveda Workshop.

Recipe Share: Almond & Honey Oat Bars

One of The Yoga Institute’s teachers, Gill Kamsler, made almond & honey oat bars for a recent teacher’s get together. Gill is ALWAYS making delicious food, she has a real reputation around the centre for her cooking! 

Ingredients

Make it your own and try adding coconut!

  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 3/4 cup siivers of roasted almonds
  • 2 cups quick oats
  • 1/3 c berries
  • 1/4 cup crunchy peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 4 tbs butter

Steps

Less then 10 minutes of prep time? Say no more!

  1. Grease and line a standard sized (approximately) 17X28cm rectangular baking tray with baking paper, allowing the edges to overhang.
  2. Place the peanut butter, cinnamon, brown sugar, and butter into the thermomix bowl.
  3. Mix for 5 minutes 80 degrees, Speed 2 or until the mixture has thickened slightly.
  4. Add the oats and almonds.
  5. Mix for 30 seconds on Reverse, Speed 2 or until the mixture is very well combined.
  6. Add the berries into the mixture and stir with spoon.
  7. Spoon the mixture into the prepared tray and press down very firmly with the back of a spoon.
  8. Place the tray into the fridge for 2 hours.
  9. Take out and cut into long bars.
  10. Place the bars into an airtight container and store in the fridge for up to 5 days.

Gill’s Advice

  • It’s a thermomix recipe but I think you could do the first part on the stove top, then combine everything in a mixing bowl.
  • As the bars have butter, they stay firm when taken from the fridge- but may not hold for too long.
  • If you’d prefer oat slices instead of bars, make the same recipe in a bigger pan!

Enjoy!


Ayurveda 101

Welcome to Ayurveda 101!

Ayurveda = people’s medicine

Ayurvedic practitioner, Eleni Tsikrikas, filmed at The Yoga Institute to explain the basics of Ayurveda to you.

Here’s some key highlights:

What is it?

  • Natured based, energetic, system of medicine
  • All therapies and tools that Ayurveda utilizes come from nature
  • Nature is the true healer and anything can be used to reinstate health

Why does it matter to me?

  • It’s holistic-body/functions/mind and emotions/spirit
  • Focuses on whole person in the context of life/relationships and environment
  • Empowering

Treatment

  • Person centered and prevention
  • Reduce symptoms
  • Reverse cause

Tools

  • Lifestyle medicine
  • 3 main pillars-food digestion, sleep, and energy
  • Sustainable for individual-moderate practices to sustain

“Ayurveda is reconnecting with your body’s natural intelligence” -Eleni Tsikrikas

 

Want to learn more?

Watch the full YouTube video

 

 

Meet Eleni for yourself at The Yoga Institute’s Monthly Ayurveda Workshop

 


Meet your facilitator: Eleni Tsikrikas

Eleni discovered YOGA as a means for reducing stress in 1995 while practicing law in Sydney, Australia. Smitten, Eleni completed the Sydney Yoga Centre’s teacher training course. In 2000, Eleni quit the legal profession to teach Yoga full time. In 2004 Eleni moved to Los Angeles and began intensive study with Robert Birnberg a senior student in the T. Krichnamacharya lineage. The major focus of her studies is the “Yoga Sutras of Pantajali” the guidebook dedicated to creating a satvic mind.

Eleni is a Clinical Ayurvedic Specialist, CAS, a Pancha Karma Specialist PKS. She runs a private ayurvedic practice and teaches “Ayurvedic Skills for Living” courses in Silverlake and Sydney. She is a faculty member of The Yoga Institute in Sydney and at California College of Ayurveda, where she teaches and mentors students. She continues to pursue her passion for herbs, studying with renowned herbalist KP Khalsa. Eleni has completed the educational component leading to qualifications as a Western Herbalist. She is presently working on the accreditation process for the American Herbalist Guild.

Eleni passionately believes food is medicine and is looking forward to sharing her passion at The Yoga Institute with a monthly Ayuveda Workshop.

Graduate Story: Laurin Vassella 2011

Meet Laurin…

Laurin is a graduate from The Yoga Institute’s teacher training program. She has gone on an amazing journey after completing the program and wants to share it with future graduates. Read below in our question and answer styled blog post. Thank you for sharing Laurin and keep doing what you doing!

“Two people can come out of The Yoga Institute and teach completely differently because you are sharing you and you are sharing your heart.”

 


Laurin’s Journey

When did you graduate The Yoga Institute’s teacher training? I graduated the program in 2011.

What did you do once you graduated the program? A month after I gradated, I gave birth to my daughter so home life was quite busy. Following that, I became a cover teacher at a gym called Fitness First.

Are you currently still a cover teacher? I was given a permanent class after awhile and then a friend of mine offered me a teaching job at her studio. A year later, she shut down her studio and gave her students to me. The close connections I made with the students, inspired me to eventually open my own studio.

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Laurin’s Passion For Teaching Children

How’d you get into working with children? I have two children so kids were always a part of my yoga career, because I was always surrounded by them. They experienced my first yoga class before my students ever even touched it.

Is it hard to teach with your children in class? It was quite tricky discipline wise to get them all to work together. It was a challenge but it worked in the sense that they started to bring yoga into their life a lot more. There were thing’s I was starting to teach them in class that they were starting to translate in the house, and how they were talking to their friends, and things like that.

How do you incorporate children into your studio? I began by teaching tweens in the studio. The two rules were you can’t gossip and you can’t put yourself down. They feel like my children now too.

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Yoga’s impact on Laurin

How has yoga helped you over the years since you graduated? Three and half years ago, I was a surrogate for my brother and his husband. Deep meditation is just part of what I do now to feel closer to baby Felix. Yoga transforms itself into what you need if you listen.

Did being pregnant affect the style of yoga you partake in? I changed my yoga to not be so much about my body but more about my mind. I had to change how I was thinking and ground myself in to being what I was grateful for.

Did yoga help you grow closer to baby Felix? My yoga became ingrained with Felix. We just talked and were together. Yoga brought me back into that connection that I needed to have to what I do with him now. When he sees me it’s like he never left me and we go straight back into our bond.

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How can we support you?

Since 2001 The Yoga Institute has taught and mentored hundreds of students who have gone on to become amazing yoga teachers. We’ve grown a beautiful community of people who have changed their own lives and the lives of others through exceptional yoga teaching. We are humbled to have been part of so much positive change.

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Ayurvedic Cleansings

The Yoga Institute’s Monthly Ayurveda Workshop facilitator, Eleni Triskikas, shares her tips for the perfect ayurvedic cleanse designed just for you!

Personalising your cleanse

• Decide how long your cleanse will be
• Suggested periods- Vata 7 days, Pitta 7-14 days and Kapha 14-30 days
• Pick a meal plan that you can comfortably do
• It’s ok to change from one to the other if you need more sustenance
• Take the digestive herbs before each meal and at the end of the day (ex. ginger before meals, takra between meals for absorption and Triphala at end of day)
• Make space in your life for this…..nourish your self with some self care practices such as abhyanga/oil massage, asana, get a massage, read, rest, journal, meditate, breathe deeply, spend time in nature…..

Choose from One Meal Plan

Most Cleansing Meal Plan – Kitcheree Only:  To maximize your cleanse and reap the most benefits, eat only kitcheree  This will be incredibly healing to your digestive track and extremely detoxifying. When you eat a mono diet, your body can focus the energy that normally goes towards digestion to cleansing and healing other systems.
Always eat your largest serving of kicharee mid-day when your digestion is the strongest.  For dinner, eat early and eat a small serving or sip some hot ginger or hibiscus tea. On this meal plan you can eat 4 meals per day to keep your blood sugar and energy stable.

Option 2: Kitcheree and Steamed Veggies If eating only kitcheree is uncomfortable, then add vegetables at lunch:  steamed vegetables or vegetable soup in a light, nonfat vegetable broth.

Option 3: Kitcheree, Fruit and Salad and Steamed Veggies If you are needing more than kitcheree and steamed vegetables, you can add cooked fruit in the morning with cooked cereal (such as steel cut oatmeal or cream of wheat or rice) and salad at lunch with a nonfat dressing. This plan is not as detoxifying as Option 1 and 2 above.  Salad is most appropriate in the warm days of summer and cooked greens in the colder seasons.

Recipes:

1. Kitcheree

Ingredients

  • 1TBSP sunflower/ olive oil or ghee
  • 1⁄4-1/2 teaspoon ground cumin seed
  • 1⁄4-1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander seed
  • 1⁄4-1/2 teaspoon ground fennel seed
  • 2.5 cups water
  • 1⁄4 cup mung dahl ( you can also substitute whole mung beans)
  • 1⁄4 cup basmati rice, ( quinoa, barley, amaranth)
  • 1⁄4 tsp rock salt

Preparation

  1. In a saucepan, over a low flame, heat the oil and add the cumin, fennel and turmeric until the spices marry.
  2. Rinse the mung dahl and add to the spices and oil until coated.
  3. Add the water and bring to a boil.
  4. Lower the heat and let the mixture simmer for about 10minutes.
  5. Add the grain to the mixture and continue to simmer for a further 15 minutes. You may need to add more water if the mixture thickens and the grain needs further cooking.
  6. Turn off the heat and add the coriander.
  7. You can eat this separately or steam some vegetables and add to the mixture. Good choices are Kale, leafy greens, green beans, zucchini, asparagus.
  8. Total cooking time is 20-25 minutes.

2. Ayurvedic Buttermilk or Takra

Ingredients

  • ¼ cup fresh cold yogurt (make your own fresh, when possible, for great results)
  • ¾ cup purified cold water (cold is important)
  • ¼ tsp. cumin powder
  • ¼ tsp. coriander leaf (also called cilantro)
  • 1 pinch of rock salt (sea salt is an acceptable substitute)

Preperation

  1. Place the freshly-made yogurt in the blender and blend for three to five minutes.
  2. Add the cold water, and blend again on low for three to five minutes.
  3. Collect and discard the fatty foam on top.
  4. Repeat blending and remove further fatty foam if yogurt still seems thick or solid white (should appear watery but cloudy in color when finished).
  5. Add the three spices/herbs and stir by hand briefly, just enough to mix the spices evenly.
  6. Serve at room temperature.

The Digestive herbs:

Ginger Root ( Fresh or powdered)

Ginger is known as the universal medicine benefiting everybody and all diseases, ( if you can say all in Ayurveda) especially Vata disorders . Ginger warms and stimulates the digestive system and the secretion of digestive enzymes. Here we use it in small amounts before each meal.

1/2 tsp dry ginger OR 1 tsp fresh ginger before each meal.

You can increase etc amounts if you need to……watch for any heat in the body! and reduce the amount. Caution with hot herbs if you have any hyperacidity, ulcers or colitis.

Triphala

Triphala is among the most common formulas used in Ayurvedic medicine. Its mentioned throughout the ancient literature of Ayurvedic medicine as a tonifying blood cleanser and gentle laxative, highly prized for its ability to regulate the processes of digestion and elimination. Triphala plays an essential role in the treatment of a wide variety of conditions.

It’s also removes the toxic wastes (Mala) of poor digestion that remain in the body, called Ama.

The routine use of Triphala each morning is thought to detoxify the body and restore the integrity of the entire digestive tract, with a perfect balance between its astringent (wound-healing), demulcent (soothing), digestive, and laxative properties.

Take 1/2 tsp ( 2-3 capsules) triphala powder each night mixed in a small amount of water. The goal is for you to have soft easy elimination in the morning. You may need to increase the dose, titrate slowly until you reach 1tsp and maintain


Meet your facilitator: Eleni Tsikrikas

Eleni discovered YOGA as a means for reducing stress in 1995 while practicing law in Sydney, Australia. Smitten, Eleni completed the Sydney Yoga Centre’s teacher training course. In 2000, Eleni quit the legal profession to teach Yoga full time. In 2004 Eleni moved to Los Angeles and began intensive study with Robert Birnberg a senior student in the T. Krichnamacharya lineage. The major focus of her studies is the “Yoga Sutras of Pantajali” the guidebook dedicated to creating a satvic mind.

Eleni is a Clinical Ayurvedic Specialist, CAS, a Pancha Karma Specialist PKS. She runs a private ayurvedic practice and teaches “Ayurvedic Skills for Living” courses in Silverlake and Sydney. She is a faculty member of The Yoga Institute in Sydney and at California College of Ayurveda, where she teaches and mentors students. She continues to pursue her passion for herbs, studying with renowned herbalist KP Khalsa. Eleni has completed the educational component leading to qualifications as a Western Herbalist. She is presently working on the accreditation process for the American Herbalist Guild.

Eleni passionately believes food is medicine and is looking forward to sharing her passion at The Yoga Institute with a monthly Ayurveda Workshop.

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Ayurveda Workshop Recipe Share: Chia Porridge

In our September spring Ayurveda workshop we discussed breakfast recipes. Julie McSweeney shared her delicious recipe for Chia Porridge! Facilitator, Eleni Tsikrikas, gave it the ayurvedic tick of approval.

INGREDIENTS

3 tablespoons of chia seeds any color
2 teaspoons of hemp seeds
2 teaspoons GROUND linseeds/flaxseeds
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

Note: Once linseeds are ground they should be kept in the fridge so they don’t go rancid.
– you can use LSA at a pinch but refrigerate as above.
– adjust their amounts to your liking.

METHOD

1. Mix ingredients with milk of choice. I use activated almond.
2. Let it sit on the bench for min 10 + minutes (or overnight in the fridge).
3. Start with a cup or so of milk and stir it round intermittently, adding more milk as necessary to make a good consistency similar to pancake batter.
4. Then put it over very low heat and cook for 5 mins or so. Stir and add more milk as necessary.
5. Serve with berrys, nuts, seeds to taste…
6. Enjoy!

Vanilla or Cacau are also an option!

Note: for some people chia porridge can cause some tummy issues such as frequent elimination. So don’t over do it on portions/regularity.

Love this recipe? Make sure to attend next month’s Ayurveda workshop for more ayurvedic recipes and practices!


Meet your facilitator: Eleni Tsikrikas

Eleni discovered YOGA as a means for reducing stress in 1995 while practicing law in Sydney, Australia. Smitten, Eleni completed the Sydney Yoga Centre’s teacher training course. In 2000, Eleni quit the legal profession to teach Yoga full time. In 2004 Eleni moved to Los Angeles and began intensive study with Robert Birnberg a senior student in the T. Krichnamacharya lineage. The major focus of her studies is the “Yoga Sutras of Pantajali” the guidebook dedicated to creating a satvic mind.

Eleni is a Clinical Ayurvedic Specialist, CAS, a Pancha Karma Specialist PKS. She runs a private ayurvedic practice and teaches “Ayurvedic Skills for Living” courses in Silverlake and Sydney. She is a faculty member of The Yoga Institute in Sydney and at California College of Ayurveda, where she teaches and mentors students. She continues to pursue her passion for herbs, studying with renowned herbalist KP Khalsa. Eleni has completed the educational component leading to qualifications as a Western Herbalist. She is presently working on the accreditation process for the American Herbalist Guild.

Eleni passionately believes food is medicine and is looking forward to sharing her passion at The Yoga Institute with a monthly Ayuveda Workshop.

Podcast: Our Better Nature

The healing power of nature

The minds behind Hidden Brain have done it again with using a mix of science and storytelling to reveal the unconscious patterns that drive human behaviour, shape our choices and direct our relationships.

“This is more than just a feel-good theory. Nature is like a multivitamin” Psychologist Ming Kuo

Check out the evidence-based research on the relationship between nature and our physical and mental health and the long list of long term health outcomes.

Nature heals: improves psychological well-being, improves memory function, reduces stress, increases energy levels, creativity and focus, strengthens the immune system, improves eye sight, supports physical well-being, improves nervous system functions, heart and bowel disorders, improves quality of breath….the list goes on and on and on…..

Here’s the facts: Nature strengthens your immune system

Researchers have found that 3 days in nature increases your natural killer cells (a type of white blood cells) by 50%. 30 days later your bloods will show you are roughly 25% above your baseline number of natural killer cells.What does this mean? A 3 day retreat in nature has BIG, long lasting effects in your physical and mental health!

Sign me up for 3 days in Nature: Heart of Yoga Retreat Dec 2019


Scenario 1: Animals In A Zoo

It has been scientifically proven that animals fail to thrive in a zoo even when given all the proper resources. Documentations show that animals in a zoo die alarmingly earlier then animals in the wild. Animals not held in captivity, do better in their natural habit both mentally and physically. Famous biologist, theorist, naturalist, and author E.O. Wilson once said, “organisms when housed in unfit habits undergo social, physiological and physical breakdown”. The question arises: does the same apply to people living in the city?

Scenario 2: People In Buildings With And Without Greenery

The idea was to put half a group in high rise buildings with trees and grass around it, while putting the other half of the group in identical high rise buildings without trees and grass around it. Over time, the residents were asked how well they knew their neighbors. The group surrounded by greenery were much more likely to say yes. They were able to ask their neighbors for favors, go to events, etc. The other group showed more signs of aggression in their daily life along with being mentally fatigued. The question arises: would humans be better of living in the natural habitat of our ancestors?

Scenario 3: Nature And Crime

A study talked to police to find out which areas in a city were high on crime. They then randomly picked certain lots to get an intervention where the area was drastically cleaned up. Not only by picking up trash but by adding turf grass, nice panels of grass, and trees. By police records, 9.1% of crime was decreased in the lots that were cleaned up. The lots that remained the same in appearance, no nature, remained the same in crime rates. The question arises: would humans be more humane if living in nature?

So What Now?

The extensively studied scenarios continued in this riveting podcast. The pattern consistently stayed the same. Granted it seems impossible to tear down all our cities and recreate our natural habitat 100% but what does seems inevitably clear is that the great outdoors can improve your life.

Listen to Podcast


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September’s Ayurveda Workshop Talking Points

Missed last month’s Ayurveda workshop? We have you covered! Here were the key subjects talked about:

What Is Ayurvedic Medicine?

– The principle is that it’s energetic medicine

– How does the thing coming in, effect the person consuming and digesting it

Ayurveda is Seasonal

Natured based system of medicine

Diet and practices should be changed seasonally 

Ayurveda Places A Lot Of Emphasis On Dietary Modification To Treat Illnesses

– Over 70% of diseases are a result of faulty digestion

– Each one of us are responsible for our health

Ayurveda Suggests You’ll Live 100 Reproductive Years In A Natural Way

– If we adopt certain principles then we should be able to age in a healthy way

– Ayurveda and yoga have us age in a way to continue to be vibrant and flexible

Ayurveda See A Direct Connection Between Food And Emotions

– If you’re always eating hot spicy foods in a hot spicy climate, you’re going to have hot spicy thoughts

– If you eat heavy dull food and food that’s hard to digest, it’s going to create sluggishness in the body and your emotional state

Ayurveda Has 3 Different Body Types (Doshas) With Different Seasons 

– Spring is Kapha Dosha season, eat a diet that’s light and warm with pungent spices

– Winter is Vata Dosha season, eat hot heavy foods

– Summer is Pitta Dosha season, eat cooling small meals with cooling spice

If A Food Looks Like A Part Of The Body, It Heals That Part Of The Body

– Ex. blueberries look like blood cells and contain flavonoids that strengthen your arteries and veins

– Certain herbs are associated with certain parts of the body as well

Ayurvedic 3 Phased Cleansings In Clinics

– Preparation: eat special simple diet

– Clean out the body: therapeutic vomiting, purging, oil enemas, blood leading, or nasya oil

– Rebuilding: messages or agar oil

Ayurvedic Cleansing Through Diet and Lifestyle

Dietary changes are giving your body a break by eating less 

– Lifestyle medicine is preventative

 

Don’t miss out again.

Sign up for this month’s Ayurveda workshop here!

 


Meet your facilitator: Eleni Tsikrikas

Eleni discovered YOGA as a means for reducing stress in 1995 while practicing law in Sydney, Australia. Smitten, Eleni completed the Sydney Yoga Centre’s teacher training course. In 2000, Eleni quit the legal profession to teach Yoga full time. In 2004 Eleni moved to Los Angeles and began intensive study with Robert Birnberg a senior student in the T. Krichnamacharya lineage. The major focus of her studies is the “Yoga Sutras of Pantajali” the guidebook dedicated to creating a satvic mind.

Eleni is a Clinical Ayurvedic Specialist, CAS, a Pancha Karma Specialist PKS. She runs a private ayurvedic practice and teaches “Ayurvedic Skills for Living” courses in Silverlake and Sydney. She is a faculty member of The Yoga Institute in Sydney and at California College of Ayurveda, where she teaches and mentors students. She continues to pursue her passion for herbs, studying with renowned herbalist KP Khalsa. Eleni has completed the educational component leading to qualifications as a Western Herbalist. She is presently working on the accreditation process for the American Herbalist Guild.

Eleni passionately believes food is medicine and is looking forward to sharing her passion at The Yoga Institute with a monthly Ayuveda Workshop.

Podcast: Conscious Connections with Lucy Karnani

Previously, we’ve shared stories of The Yoga Institute’s graduates. Here we share a story of one of our faculty members on our teacher training program, Lucy Karnani.

Lucy’s catch cry is “to love and accept myself exactly as I am and to support myself in the ways that I need to be supported.”

Meet Lucy Karnani

Lucy has had quite a hodgepodge of a resume including teaching scuba diving, managing sales teams for radio stations and eventually becoming the CEO of Rogen, North America, a global training and consulting firm specialising in face-to-face communication. Let’s not forget that Lucy also has the position of a teacher at The Yoga Institute on her resume as well. AND… recently Lucy and her co-writer Jill Danks have released their first book “CONNECTING Conscious Communication for Yoga Teachers and Therapists”.

“This book is a must read for all yoga teacher trainees, yoga teachers, therapists, and trainers, regardless of their experience. It provides an invaluable resource for some of the most essentials skills required for everyone working in their field.” Michael de Manincor  

We are beyond grateful and honored to have Lucy on our faculty. Lucy teaches the Teaching and Communication Skills aspect of our Teacher Training and Yoga Therapy Course.

“I met Lucy 4 years ago and instantly feel in love with her. She is one AH-MAZING woman whom I am privileged to have in my life. Lucy has helped and supported me in so many ways both in my yoga world and my personal world, many of which she has no idea. Everyone needs connection, a small handful of inspiring, supportive and emotionally intelligent people in your life is essential. It’s a non negotiable for me.
I could write a long list of all the small, and all the not so small, ways Lucy has enriched my life over the past few years but one that stands out is the importance of holding space.” Kirstie 


To hold space and sit with another in their experience is one of the greatest gifts we can give to each other, ourselves, and our community.

Listen to Flow Artists podcast with Lucy

Minute by Minute

Everyone gets to busy at one point or another but this podcast is a can’t miss. Only have a few minutes each day? Not a problem! Here’s a timeline of when each topic is talked about. The perfect recipe for podcast lovers on the go!

3:27 Lucy tells us about growing up in Melbourne.
6:13 Communication as a scuba diving instructor
10:50 How can you be sure that a student has understood the full intent of your instruction?
12:07 Offering in a way that is confident
14:10 CEO of Rogen International
16:20 When did you discover yoga as a practitioner?
19:17 Laughing Club
20:35 I became quite unwell
21:11 “I got to the point where I wasn’t sick anymore”
21:52 90 days of pranayama
22:31 Studying to become a yoga teacher at Kripalu
24:00 Practicing teaching with friends/ How I fell in love with teaching yoga
25:25 Film yourself teaching, then practice along to it.
29:02 The story of the book.
33:42 “You talk, I’ll write”
35:17 The manuscript was very long “And so, we cut it in half”
37:14 The collaborative process – “You have to take your ego out of the room”
38:12 Self compassion has to be a big part of this practice
39:16 Were there different strategies to address different communicators and personality types?
40:40 The refining the definition of effective communication
45:10 “This should be a required reading for all teachers in training”
47:09 Experiential Words
49:06 Invitational Language
51:26 Trauma awareness, and erring on the side of caution
51:35 Catering to a diversity of experience
54:00 What are the differences between teaching a group, or a 1 on 1 session?
56:51 The levels of listening/ Types of Questions
59:16 Would you recommend a shorter new client form?
1:02:15 How can you use language to keep a class on track?
1:03:07 People like people who are like themselves
1:05:03 Appreciating people’s different communication styles
1:09:02 Navigating tough questions – scope of practice and setting boundaries
1:13:26 Other communication challenges
1:14:02 Have a mentor
1:15:25 Take a breath
1:17:54 How do you find a mentor?
1:22:56 The importance of self care.
1:27:22 The four levels of competency
1:28:55 Lucy’s question.
1:31:45 Picks of the week

Special Thanks To Lucy!


How can we support you?

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Lucy Karnani

Senior Yoga Teacher; Yoga Therapist and Teacher Trainer; Yoga Communications Coach; Teacher Mentor;
BApp Sc (Phys Ed),

Lucy Karnani
After practicing yoga for many years Lucy trained as a Yoga Teacher at the Kripalu Center in Massachusetts, USA and has continued her yoga teaching and yoga therapy studies in Australia and the USA since 2011. She has studied with Michael de Manincor; Vidya Carolyn Dell’uomo and Devarshi Steven Hartman; Ganesh, Indira and A.G. Mohan; Amy Weintraub, Leslie Kaminoff and Richard Miller; as well as with Heather Plett, developing her expertise in ‘holding space’. She feels very grateful to be able to share the wisdom and experience that she has received from these many gifted teachers, as well as from her students and clients with whom she has worked over the last eight years in both Australia and the USA.

However, Lucy had been teaching for many years before starting her yoga teaching journey. Starting from the beginning, she taught SCUBA diving, managed sales teams in radio stations throughout Australia and then managed a Health Retreat in Queensland. In the early 1990’s she joined Rogen International in Sydney, which was a global training and consulting firm specialising in face-to-face communication. Lucy went on to become a Global Partner and the CEO of Rogen, North America, having moved to the USA in 1995. The Yoga Institute is where Lucy has found her sangha (yoga community) in Australia; she brings her extensive knowledge and experience of communication skills to the training, coaching and mentoring of yoga teachers and therapists in programs offered by The Yoga Institute.

The services Lucy offers the yoga community are guided by a personal experience of the healing power of self-compassion and include: teaching classes, teaching privately, leading prana facilitation, mentoring and training communication skills for yoga teachers and yoga therapists, creating and facilitating transformational programs and coaching experienced teachers to refine their workshops and presentations. Lucy passionately believes in yoga as a system for healing and transformation of the body, mind and spirit.

She has also co-written the book “CONNECTING – Conscious Communication for Yoga Teachers and Therapists”. Lucy, her husband Ramesh, three children and two dogs live in both Australia and the USA.

Graduate Story: Podcast With Annebelle

Every graduate has a story to tell. One of our greatest aspirations in the work that we do, is to see how our students evolve and flourish in their lives during their studies, and then the work that they do when they go out into the ‘yoga world’. We are incredibly grateful for the extraordinary stories shared, especially this one from our Teacher Training graduate, Annebelle.

Meet Annebelle

Annebelle would describe herself as “an ordinary person who has experienced burnout”. She makes it very clear that she is not in fact Oprah Winfrey and is simply just figuring out everything as she goes.

To start at the beginning, Annebelle comes from a long career in television, 27 years to be exact. Every hear of something called Australian Idol? She was indeed the head stylist of the show’s first season finale at the Sydney Opera House. She became known for “delivering the impossible” in the industry. However, over time her greatest accomplishments also became her greatest stressors.

Annebelle acknowledges she stayed in the industry for too long and began experiencing burnout in the last few years there. She began noticing the signs: insomnia, going to the bathroom 14 times before heading to work, and using “wine to numb everything out”. Annebelle noticed she was losing her voice in life, had no resources left, and was ignoring all her friends’ support. One day, it all began to click and she decided to drop all the balls she was constantly juggling.

5 years later and The Yoga Institute came into her life. While completing her teacher training, relaxation became the time where she could regroup and get her energy for the rest of the day. Annebelle started finding the tools to address her anxiety and turn her life into something else completely. Her true epiphany was a comment made by Michael de Manincor on her first day, “simple things done regularly create habits that change everything”.

Now, Annebelle has her own podcast called Calm Is The New Black where she shares her story and interviews all the people who inspire her. Everyone she interviews are following their heart’s purpose just as she wants everyone else to do. Her goal is for her viewers to find the tools that work for them and to simply “park your thoughts” for just 1% of the day.

We can’t give everything away. Hear it for yourself: Listen to Annebelle’s podcast 

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