“In order to persuade reason to rise above itself it is essential to arrange its ascent in a manner not repugnant to it by violating any of its own jealously guarded principles.”
Gopi Krishna

Kundalini – The Evolutionary Energy in Man

A Snow Covered & Christmas Decorated Cluj-Napoca

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Yesterday and today the snow really piled up for the first time here. Tonight we went for a walk in the city to have a look 🙂

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Twitter Weekly Updates for 2010-12-12

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  • it is wrong to approach a social conflict with intellect -had there been intellectual compatibility there would not be a social conflict #
  • @IndustrialHemp re:investor I would be happy to share with you hemp related eco-project ( iamronen [at] iamronen [dot] com ) #
  • discovering that Gwibber can be a great twitter client (+ lots of other things social-online) on Ubuntu #
  • Blogging can be like a new and uncomfortable yoga posture – but with correct practice u can settle into it comfortably: http://bit.ly/fZ032y #
  • The Insanity Virus http://bit.ly/a7VSeW courtesy of @gblakeman #
  • todays coffee is from organic fair-trade coffee with buffalo milk #
  • a business that has and works towards a purpose must ultimately gravitate towards becoming a non-profit #
  • we've been using ghee 4a long time but only now when we got fresh butter did I realize it's a method of preservation: http://bit.ly/hFz6uK #
  • @lifeinromania can you recommend when is a good time (price/selection) & where in our part of town – to get a christmas tree? #
  • my limited experience with social-media has reaffirmed my belief that quantity is no indication of quality #
  • I am excited to finally share iBreathe – a setting for one-on-one online teaching of Pranayama http://bit.ly/hJGC3f please pass it on 🙂 #

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Introducing iBreathe

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This blog has been running for over 3 years. It’s center of gravity has shifted numerous times as has mine. Yet over the last two years I’ve let Yoga insinuate itself into many parts of it – including ~150 posts dedicated to teachings of Yoga as I have receive them and as they reflect through me. There have been two motivations to this process – one internal (it’s what I want to do) and the second is external sharing – I feel I’ve been blessed with rare and quality teachings and that these teachings need to keep moving.

Yet one thing I haven’t pursued with focus is interaction.  Not for lack of wanting – I simply could not find a context and mode of interaction where I could effectively share and teach. Yoga is mostly about practice. I cannot teach Asana without physical presence and contact and I am not (yet?) inclined to teaching theory or philosophy. My thoughts continued to travel until they came onto the shores of Pranayama breathing practices. I’ve published some posts on breathing in general and on Pranayama – including breath & movement, structured breathing and breathing techniques – little did I know that as I was writing them I was sowing the seeds that would one day grow into an online offering.

That day has finally come. I am happy to present and offer iBreath – an individual, personalized, in-depth, long term and hopefully affordable setting for learning and practicing Pranayama.

I’d like to take this opportunity to thank Marianne Elliott who’s 30 Days of Yoga inspired some of the practical issues I needed to address in order to make iBreathe possible.

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My Grandmother’s Homemade Wafers

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It’s been years since I’ve had these wafers in my mouth or on my mind … until these ready-made wafers caught my eye in the supermarket. I spoke to my grandmother and asked her how she made these into delicious wafers. The recipe is simple but a far cry from health food … but so delicious. These images are here for my grandmother to see what happened after we spoke.

As instructed I tossed everything into the pot and cooked into into a thick paste.

As I poured on the first layer onto the wafer I realized (actually Andreea realized first) there was nowhere near enough to create 3 or 4 layers.

Indeed it was enough for only two layers.

So I cut the spread wafers in two and piled them one on top of the other and covered them with another half-wafer.

I then wrapped it all in tin-foil and put some weight on it for half a day.

Then this evening, as I was making us a herbal tea I unwrapped the package and this is what I found.

I cut them up like I remember my grandmother used to.

… and voila 🙂

delicious 🙂

Update: Recipe

  • 150 grams of ground nuts & peanuts
  • 3/4 cup of honey
  • 200 grams of margarine (I used butter)
  • 1 spoon of Cocoa
  • 1 spoon of Rum baking essence.

All cooked together for 10-15 minutes and then spread on the wafers 🙂

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Walk from our home to Iulius Mall

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The following images are snapshots from a (~30 minute) walk we took from our apartment building to Iulius mall to do some shopping. They are snapshots intended to relay the day-to-day qualities of walking in a part of Cluj-Napoca. See if you can post the traffic sign that I can only guess means something like “When you see Jesus make way for yellow cars driving down the middle of the road” 🙂

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