Monthly Archives: April 2011

Raw Cacao Goji Granola

This past weekend I made some raw chocolate. It wasn’t my best attempt at raw chocolate, but I was being fairly laisse faire about the whole thing, and not really paying attention to measurements. Well, needless to say, it turned out OK, but not the best ever. So, I had all this chocolate left over (after dipping the raw macaroons, as well as making little heart shaped truffles)…so, I decided to make some kind of granola thing. My original thought was to make granola bars…but, again I was careless with measuring, so ended up with a mixture that wasn’t going to bind together, but rather stay crumbly. So, the granola was born.

Here is what went into it…you’ll just have to use your imagination and tastebuds with measurements, as, well, you know.

Raw Cacao Goji Granola:

Chocolate “fudge” (cacao powder, cacao butter, agave, coconut nectar, coconut oil)

Raw buckwheaties (soaked, sprouted, dehydrated buckwheat)

Pumpkin, Sunflower and Sesame seeds (all soaked and dehydrated)

Goji berries.

Mix it all together, get it coated, then pop it in the dehydrator…guess you don’t have to dehydrate it again, but I think it’ll keep better/longer this way. Seriously, sooo yummy!

(sorry it’s kinda small, but hopefully you get the idea!)

Raw Cacao Goji Granola

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Bikram on the Today Show (NBC)

Hey puppies-if you didn’t hear, or missed it this morning, Bikram was on the Today show! It was a pre-recorded spot done by one of the Today show correspondents, Jenna Wolfe, who actually went to LA, visited and interviewed him at TT and took his class with all the trainees at the Raddisson LAX! I thought it was a great interview, Bikram and this practice were both represented very well.

Check it out if you like!

Bikram on the Today show (NBC April 26, 2011)


“If it isn’t working, it just isn’t working”~L.M-B.

You know the saying, “banging your head against the wall”? How about, “if at first you don’t succeed, try try again”? OK, here’s another one…”the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, and expecting different results”~Albert Einstein…he was a pretty smart guy, from what I understand. That seems to be the theme for my brain today. All through class, all I could think was, “if it isn’t working, it just isn’t working”. It’s true, isn’t it? AND, it’s so simple! I think we (as a whole, but maybe not, maybe it’s just me) often get stuck in a rut of something that we believe that doesn’t necessarily serve us any longer. Maybe at one time said thing DID work, did make a difference for us, and now it’s become a belief that said thing STILL works for us…but it isn’t…but our deep-rooted belief system won’t let us see that.

I say this for many reasons…the two big ones being yoga and raw food for me (of course). Yoga and raw food are the two biggest passions for me in my life (currently), and I’ve had many lessons over the years that have taught me that everything is fluid and nothing is going to ever stay the same. We create constants in our lives, but the ebb and flow of things will always continue and we have to learn to adapt and go with it. In my life, I have had a great opportunity to learn to listen to my body, for example, and change my behaviour to suit my needs at any given time in my life. Through the practice of yoga, I’ve learned to connect my brain to my body, and learn to connect to each part of my body separately, as well as build tremendous awareness as to how things affect me in my body. This knowledge is directly assisted in my journey of raw food. I’ve felt the impact that diet has on my body, my brain and my life, and I’ve experimented with what foods fuel my body the best. All that being said, I’ve had to trudge through some swampy and unclear areas as well! I have learned that, as my life is ever-changing, my needs are ever changing. The way that I eat now, the way that I practice yoga now, are different than a few years ago. At times, I’ve held onto some kind of stigma around how I think I “should” or “shouldn’t” be, or what I “should” or “shouldn’t” eat or put in my body. What I’ve learned is, it’s a constant experiment and lesson in connection! In order to feel great all the time, I have to be willing to change or alter my beliefs to accommodate the present moment. Whew! What a lesson! Before, I was allowing myself to be “stuck” in any number of beliefs (how to eat, when to do yoga, how often I need to practice, etc). When I realised that those things that may have worked for me before, may or may not be working for me now…well, things changed. I decided that I would only do things that made me happy and joyful-this included yoga, food and everything else in my life. Of course, we all have to do things that we may not find super joyful-like cleaning the toilet-but instead of resenting those “chores”, I can think about the result it will have and not be so grumpy about having to do the job. Same thing some days with yoga. In fact, just this morning, I was on my way to the yoga studio and thinking that I wanted to feel the way I know I will feel AFTER I practice, but didn’t want to have to do the work to get there…but, we all know, it doesn’t work that way 😉

So, to wrap up this rather head-y post, I will say this; life is one big experiment. If you don’t like the result you are getting from what you are doing, then try something else. It’s really that simple.


New Family Traditions

Good morning, everyone! It’s Monday, a holiday, and I’m still nestled in my bed. It’s raining outside, I’ve got my pot of tea and I’m not really planning on moving any time soon! Some days you need that, don’t you think? (I’ve been learning a lot about balance and finding and creating time for everything in my life, not just work/yoga…but that’s a whole other post!).

This weekend we had a Passover Seder. This is the first year since I was a young child that we’ve done it. My mom was raised in the Jewish faith, so when I was young, we (her side of the family) had Passover dinners at my grandparents place. I did not grow up “religious” in any way, but knew about the seder. My experience of the seder was always that we got to drink yummy grape juice and hide the afikomen (matzo) and then get money as a ransom to bring it back.

This year, however, my mom decided that she wanted to do a Passover Seder (instead of just having a generic “easter dinner”). Now, I’m a raw foodie. My mom is now mostly vegan and quite raw as well. My brother and his wife are vegetarians, and the rest of my family (my sister-cousin and her family) are omnivores ;). So, you can see that the menu was going to pose a certain finesse if we were going to all be able to enjoy the food, as well as the company.

Traditionally, Passover fare is quite meat-heavy (chopped liver, lamb, fish, etc). However, what my mom was able to do (with a little help from yours truly) is take the essence of the traditional food and what it represents, and make “substitutions” (perhaps, “new incarnations” is a better term for it in this case).

Check out the bottom of this post for our version of the traditional Passover Seder Plate. (As well as a couple others).

After a bit of brain-storming, a bit of googling and web surfing, we came up with a fabulous menu, all vegan and mostly raw! It even included raw mock chopped liver, raw mock gefilte fish, raw tsimmis, raw matzo (that was un-edible, we had to throw it out!) and raw borscht. Some of the recipes were inspired from this site. Everyone loved all the food and enjoyed breaking matzo together…I think it was our best family dinner yet!

This weekend we were able to create some new traditions in my family. I cannot tell you how happy it made me that my family was willing to share in an “alternative” style meal as a whole (rather than me making one or two things to serve along side a large bird or something). Again, I am shown that forcing people into something that I believe will never make them believe it too…I have to live my life as I believe, and eventually hope to inspire the people around me by who I’m being…and allow them to find their own path.

Happy Passover, Eater and whatever else you may be celebrating at this time…maybe you’re just celebrating a day off, as I am!

Raw Tsimmis

Raw Borscht!

Raw Vegan Passover Seder Plate

Raw Passover Seder Plate


Ask and thou shall receive…

You know the saying, “ask and thou shall receive”…same as “when the student is ready, the teacher appears”…it’s a combination between willingness and faith, don’t you think? One more for ya, “whether you think you can, or you think you can’t, either way you’re right”…don’t you just love those sayings? The thing about sayings is that they EXIST…which means that enough people have had the same experience with something that they needed to make a saying about it! Isn’t that great? That way you know you’re not alone, and you know it must be true 😉

Today is Good Friday. I’m not a religious person, so Good Friday doesn’t really mean anything to me, other than it’s like the Universe telling me that today is going to be a Good day. And, by george, it WAS a good day! Fancy that. I woke up knowing that it was Good Friday, so already it was in my head that there was no other option other than having a Good day. Imagine what would happen if I called every day by “Good” before the name of the day…imagine the possibilities then.

A couple years ago I listened to a bunch of cd’s while I was driving down to San Diego. I listened to a variety of different people, all on the same topic; wealth. The person who stuck out the most for me, though, is T. Harv Eker. (Who I just looked up for the first time to get the url for the link and saw what he looks like ,and he looks tooooootally different than I had imagined him looking from just listening to him speak!). He’s written several books (Secrets of the Millionaire Mind, SpeedWealth) and leads highly acclaimed courses such as The Millionaire Mind Intensive, Wizard Training and Enlightened Warrior Training. He’s very charismatic and charming and eloquent. I really enjoyed listening to him and felt like I really gained a lot from what he was saying. Anyhow, the point of what I’m writing about is his NAME. T. Harv Eker. Do you want to know what the “T” stands for?…It stands for “THE”! Yup, THE Harv Eker. How amazing and interesting is that?!

Just ruminate about that for a while…I know I sure have.

You are the only one of you there ever will be. Just you, just one. T. Only One.

So, because I know the Universe is always providing exactly what we need at any given time, I was reminded that if I just listen, and pay attention, then all the things I’m wondering about and the gaps that need filling…well, all those things get figured out if I just let them, and listen and ASK.

Nighty night, y’all. I’m teaching tomorrow, best get my beauty sleep so I’m ready for all my yogis.


4 20

Hello everyone~

It’s 4.20…most of you know what that means, and for those that don’t…well, go take a walk outside in downtown Vancouver and (from what I hear) it’ll be pretty obvious what it means. The pot-smoking world is rejoicing today, the one day of the year that They party (in public) like it’s 1999. They say it’s the best holiday of the year! Oh how I love my pot-smoking brothers and sisters.

So, here we are, welcome to my blog. I decided that it was easier for me to have this site than try to maintain my idaripley.com website on a regular basis with what I’m doing and where I am (it’s one of those things that if I don’t do it often enough, I have to re-learn it every time!). So, I will do my best to keep this updated with what I’m up to and where I’m off to….and, of course, any other things that I feel you may want to read about!! 😉

I’m currently in Victoria, teaching a bit at the 4 studios around here. I’ve been finding lately that the most of the working I’m doing is on the road, so when I’m home it’s nice for me to only teach a few classes/week. I post where and when I’m teaching each day on my facebook page, so friend me if you want to know where I’ll be on what day!

The next seminar I have booked is in Winnipeg in the end of this month. I’ll be there the 29th of April-2nd of May. You can contact www.staffordstreethotyoga.com for more information.

That’s the basics for today. I’m sure this blog will be organic in it’s nature and content, so come back often and see what’s happening!