Happy 2015! Welcome guest blogger, Mohan Balakrishan. A gifted and skilled yoga teacher, Mohan will join us to share his knowledge of the sutras and how we can apply them to modern life. So grateful for him and his knowledge!
Who doesn’t like to eat? Except a few picky kids I have known who resist putting anything appealing and edible in their mouths, everyone likes to eat. I am a foodie at heart and I love eating – a lot and lots of different things. Eating a good meal has always lifted my spirit and puts me at ease. As my grandmother often insisted, the way to man’s heart is through his stomach.
Growing up in Chennai, South India, food was the essence of our culture. Our household revolved around what and when to cook, all 3 meals were equally important with no one lesser than the other. Be it Finger Millet Porridge for breakfast or pan roasted flat rice bread for dinner; every single meal was special in its own way. Snacks are a whole different story! No matter what the meal or food, people paid much attention to what was consumed and how they prepared it.
Most of our food came fresh the same day. We grew herbs, beans, okra, eggplants, peppers, and occasional gourds in our urban backyards. Dairy, other produce, and meat came from local farms. The food we ate had much life, nourished, and invigorated us. Spices were abundant and there was neither shortage of fresh seasonings nor methods to prepare one product ten different ways. We treated food with respect – how we grew it and how we prepared it. Talk about Ojas, we had it every meal, every day. Every bit was precious and we considered them divine. Continue reading