Green Smoothies are the best

About a week ago, my mom bought a vita-mix. That was when my life changed. I use the jetplane sounding motor to grind up smoothies like never before and today, I mixed up a solid raw green drink with maca, bananas, spinach, and strawberries, added almond milk then ice and slowly rolled it up to the 6 on the dial. So it was puree.

I took about half into a huge jar I’ve been using for green drinks lately and used that for breakfast. I threw some in the freezer, and ate it after dinner, it tasted like ice cream because of the almond milk.

It was probably the most inoffensive green drink I’ve made, probably because I used two bananas and a nice amount of maca and almond milk. Spinach is usually pretty hard to drink, but I swear the ice cream was pretty amazing. Next time, I’d use some blueberries, raspberries to sweeten it, maybe a leaf or two of kale to base it out (be careful of ruining it though).

Raw Foods and juices have been used for thousands of years to recover from illness and detoxify the body. Quite simply, it takes life to give life.

-Paul Chek

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Releasing from Normality

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Yesterday, I spent 6 hours in a yoga room. But I didn’t teach. I didn’t even assist, all that I wanted to do was practice after the holidays. Its funny how vacations can just suck the life out of us sometimes.

Sometimes we just need to give ourselves a break, whether it’s mental or physical. I find that my best streaks of practice (by best, I mean that they feel the best) come after I have purposely relaxed for a day or two. Now, after that last week of dealing with family, eating too many almond milk mashed potatoes, I am ready to get back to what I do every day. I really missed it.

So I practiced all day, and took a hike down into the Auburn Ravine. That place is amazing, if you haven’t seen the Western States Trail, you should. But I was able to get away from everything, which I am starting to see that I need more. And at the end of the day, there wasn’t too much that could bring me down, I was blissed-out in my Samadhi (good feeling). Sometimes, we owe it to ourselves to make opportunities to feel that way.

Someone might say, “Elliot, you missed an entire day of productivity and it was a Monday! How do you consider yourself a valuable piece of society?” The truth is that I don’t. I think I could be replaced in pretty much any job that I were to get, fairly easily, no matter how hard I work or what my qualifications are. That is the message that I constantly get from the world of corporate jobs, so I chose not to contribute. Because at the end of the day, you are not more significant and your life is not more purposeful on the basis of how much you work. What matters is how you treat people. Not how many hours you spend working for something that will probably disappear in 15 years. So I choose to feel good, and feel happy and I’ll work hard later.

We strive so much for significance in this life and I am the biggest culprit of this. I want to make an impact on this planet. But something tells me that working mindlessly on things that I don’t agree with or even give a shit about won’t make that happen. So I feel good instead and let the rest come. Don’t let things get in the way of you being happy.

Life is a continuous process, even though it is demarcated by race, place, and time. Due to uninterrupted close relationship between memory and subliminal impressions, the fruits of actions remain intact from one life to the next, as if there were no separation between births.

-Patanjali

Starting a Yoga Blog

Anything on the internet isn’t complete without a ‘hello world!’ type of introduction right? This is my version of that.

I want to introduce myself. I am Elliot, 24, from Roseville, California. I am doing this blog to talk about the things that I learn, as I learn them so other people can learn with me. That how I think of life, one big learning experience.

Anyways, I don’t like to be boring so this is it for now. Next post will be for real.