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Yogi Eats: Green Detox Soup

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That actually tastes AMAZING!

Summer calls for light easy meals. While juices and smoothies are great during day time, my body craves something warm for dinner. This soup inspired by Gwyneth Paltrows’s Goop is quick to make, nourishing but very light and easy to digest. It is like a green detox gazpacho – full of nutrients, minerals, and vitamins!

Cook/prep time: 15 minutes.
Serves: 2
You need:

  • 1/2 haas avocado
  • 1 full head broccoli
  • 2 hand fulls arugula
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • Salt (about 1 teaspoon) or to taste
  • 1 Tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • Red pepper flakes (about 1/4 teaspoon) or to taste
  • Juice from half a lemon
  • 1 inch minced ginger root
  • Basil and parsley leaves
  • 1 cup water


  1. Lightly steam the broccoli. Remove from heat when bright green.
  2. Place cooked broc and onions and all the other ingredients in a blender or food processor. Add 1/2 cup water and blend. Keep adding more water until it reaches desired consistency. Add any additional spices to taste.
  3. Enjoy hot or cold!

I poured mine into a water bottle and had it for lunch before a yoga class. It was nourishing enough to keep me cravings-free until dinner and there was no heavy post-food feeling during the class.

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Yogi Eats: Watermelon & Mint Cooling Smoothie

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Hello healthy yogis,

Happy Summer Solstice! Hope you are enjoying long warm days and take all the necessary measures not to overheat! Read up on Summer Wellness Tips! My good friend and Chinese herbalist, Klara Kadar, recently told me about a super-healthy cooling Pitta-pacifying smoothie for Summer heat. Here is the recipe:

Watermelon & Mint Smoothie

  • 1 small or half regular size organic watermelon chilled and chopped
  • 5-6 stems of fresh mint leaves

Makes about 6 tall glasses

Place watermelon meat and mint leaves into a blender and mix to a smooth consistency. Pour into a glass, garnish with a mint leaf and enjoy!
If using a juicer instead, process half of the watermelon with the rind (it’s full of nutrients, so make sure to use organic only) and the remaining with the rind trimmed. Process the mint leaves halfway through to make sure they mix in.


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Yogi Eats: Curried Kale With Sweet Peas

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You have probably heard about all the wonderful benefits of this super green. Kale is rich in iron, vitamin A, K & C, magnesium, anti-oxidants, and even omega-3 fatty acids! One cup of kale has only 36 calories and zero grams of fat, which makes it a great diet aid. Furthermore, one cup contains nearly 20% of the RDA of dietary fiber, which promotes regular digestion, prevents constipation, lowers blood sugar and curbs overeating. Kale is a great food to help body detox naturally. It is anti-inflammatory which can help prevent and combat cancer. Once you get a hang of how to cook this miracle grass, you can have it almost everyday since there are so many delicious recipes with it.

This weekend when my kale-neutral boyfriend went away to Toronto I decided to make kale as an entree not as a side dish which I usually do. The day before I went to Union Sq farmers market and bought Kale and sweet peas, which are in season now. Sweet peas are super soft and sweet when fresh. They are one of the easiest to digest sources of protein, according to Brandon Brazier, a vegan Ironman Champion, who recommends them as a replenishing food after intense workouts. They also taste really good raw or cooked.

There are tons of variations of kale and beans online but I couldn’t find anything with peas so imagination in check I started to experiment. I was going for a curry richness, that would complement the sweetness of young peas and soften sometimes chewy kale. The result was way beyond my expectations – a perfect summer dish: light and nourishing!

1 large bunch of Kale
1 large onion head
2 cups of fresh sweet peas ( can use frozen if can’t find fresh)
1 tbsp of curry
Pinch of chilly peppers
Black pepper
1/2 lemon

1. Wash all the vegetables. Dice up the onions and cut kale in large pieces without stems.
2. Preheat a think pan and add a little bit of oil. Sautee onions until golden. Then add peas and 1 cut of water. Cover and let it simmer.
3 add all the spices and salt as it will be hard to do with kale in.
4 add kale, a little more water, and cover the top. Kale with lose a lot of volume once it is heated.
5 simmer for 5-10 min so the kale is soft but not too dark. It should preserve it’s natural bright color. Mix it and let is stand for a few min to absorb the flavors.


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Yogi Eats: Quinoa Oatmeal

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Quinoa (pronounced KEEN-wah), though new to many of us, has been around since pre-Columbian civilizations. Because of its amazing nutritional properties and its ability to survive in even the harshest of environments, the Incas considered it so sacred that they referred to it as chisaya mama – mother of all grains. It’s been classified as a “super crop” by the United Nations because of its high protein content. In fact, quinoa is what’s considered a complete protein, meaning that it has all nine essential amino acids. It’s also an excellent source of lysine, manganese, magnesium, iron, copper, phosphorous. Oh, and it’s an excellent source of dietary fiber. Want more? It’s gluten free and it’s easily digestible. See? It’s amazing.

There’s just one thing about this mother of all grains… it’s not actually a grain. Though it can be used in most any application that you would normally use a grain like rice or couscous, it’s actually the seed of a plant called chenopodium quinoa and is related to beets, spinach, and chard.

Quinoa is really versatile and can be used in appetizers, entrees, sides, and even baking! Lately, I love having quinoa for breakfast. It gives me lots of energy as it is easy to digest and keeps hunger at bay!

To keep the cooking time short, I soak quinoa overnight. When the quinoa is soaked overnight it cooks it in the same amount of time as rolled oats. In the morning pop the mixture into the pan, add a generous shake of spices like cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg and/or cardamom. You might fancy throwing in a bit of ginger while you’re at it. Whatever seems tasty to you. Have fun! Let quinoa simmer until the grains become soft enough. Eat up while warm!

Breakfast Quinoa with Fruits and Nuts
3/4 – 1 cup quinoa
3 sulfur free Turkish apricots
A handful of goji berries, raisins, blueberries
10 almonds
1 tbs ground flax seeds
1 tsp coconut oil or ghee
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp cardamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg
A drop of organic vanilla

1. Put everything in a container and pour boiling water over the mixture. Cover and leave it over night.

2. Add 1 cup of water and bring to boil. Simmer for 10-15 mins or until quinoa is soft.

The benefit of soaking dried berries and almonds over night is increased digestability. Dried fruits and nuts can be pretty heavy and difficult to breakdown first thing in the morning. Soaking and cooking them makes them moist, plump, and nourishing for all body tissues according to ayurveda. All the spices help enkindle digestive fire and wake up the digestive system after a night of sleep. Ghee makes all the nutrients easier to absorb and adds richness to the dish! I love ghee and you will too once you try it!

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Yogi Eats: Amazing Raw Vegan Yogurt

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A healthier, easy-to-digest fiber and protein rich summery breakfast.

Wednesday weekly Yogi Eats is back! Today is all about light summer foods!

This raw vegan yogurt is lighter than an oatmeal which was needed during the cold winter but can be a little too heavy during a humid summer. This raw yumminess was purely a cooking mishap. One morning last week I was making myself a fruit smoothie to take to work for lunch. I usually throw in what I have in the fridge and then add either chia seeds or 1-2 scoops of hemp protein with Live3 along with a few ounces of aloe vera gel. On that particular day I had leftover pineapple, some blueberries, and a small papaya that didn’t seem ripe enough to eat on its own. So all of them ended up in a blender along with hemp powder. Surprisingly, once it was all blended and poured into my water box it got thicker and even jello like, almost flan consistency. It was not even pouring out of the box anymore! The best thing is that it tasted amazing! It had a smooth texture while being very light and airy. I will definitely be making it again!

Pineapple & Blueberry Raw vegan yogurt
1 small papaya
2 big slices of pineapple
1 small box of blueberries
1 large scoop of hemp Live3 protein
2-3 oz aloe vera gel
1 cup water
vanila extract

Blend together and let it sit for 30 min or so! Enjoy mindfully!

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Yogi Eats: Sexy Cashew Nut Milk

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During a recent workshop at the Ayurvedic Institute in NM, Dr Vasant Lad, one of the first people to bring ayurveda to the North America and the author of multiple books made a very unexpected comment when we were discussing different kinds of milk. Very matter of factly, Dr Lad said that anyone drinking cashew nut milk will feel and look sexy... then he moved on to discuss other herbs.


Hold on, I thought to myself, how can you move on so fast?! I want to hear more! But it was a group full of doctors, naturopaths, and ayurvedic practitioners and they were way more interested in herbal concoctions.


As soon as I got home some research on sexy cashew nut milk was in order. Is it really an aphrodisiac? Well, according to google it is! It also has many other health benefits.


For example, the Brazilians use cashews as an aphrodisiac and a unique natural remedy for such diseases as asthma, flu, bronchitis, diabetes or diarrhea, in Haiti it is used for treating toothache, in Mexico it is used for improving skin, in Panama it is considered to be a good remedy for hypertension, the people of Peru use cashews for their antiseptic properties, in Venezuela it helps to combat throat inflammation, in Africa it is used as an relaxant and a material for making tattoos, etc. Scientific research confirmed numerous curative properties of cashews, including antibacterial, antiseptic, tonic and many more.


If you ever tried cashew nut milk, you know that it taste amazing! It is rich and smooth, with very silky texture. According to ayurveda cashew milk nourishes all tissues in the body.


It is really easy to make cashew nut milk and I prefer it to buying pre-packaged one.


Here is how to make it:

* 1 cup cashews – leave to soak over night
* 1 T agave nectar (or you can use dates instead)
* 1 1/2 cups of filtered water
* (you can also add vanilla seeds from pod for added flavoring)

Place cashews, water, and agave nectar (if using) into the blender and blend until smooth.



How to add it to your diet: Use it instead of your regular milk: in oatmeal, tea, coffee, and smoothies


Mojo Maca (adapted from The Raw Divas)
1 Cup cashew milk
1 Cup water
Vanilla beans, scraped from pod, to taste
2 Dates, stoned
1 Large, ripe, Banana
1 Tbs. sesame seeds
2 Tbs. maca powder
A few strands of saffron
Blend until creamy smooth, insert 2 straws and share with your paramour, like two giddy teenagers in a soda shop.


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Yogi Eats: On the Go!

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We are introducing a new weekly blog “Yogi Eats”! It will come out every Wed and will talk about everything that is good for a yogi to eat and drink! Stay tuned!

Last weekend I went to the Ayurvedic Institute in Albuquerque, NM to do a workshop on 15 most powerful herbs of ayurveda. Lots of useful information and lots of fun! However NM is quite a way from NYC and there is no direct flight so I was doomed for almost 2 days or airport time in a 4 day frame. ‘Laid back and relax’ in-flight instruction is often very far from the actual mental state of most passengers who rushed through traffic to the airport, got yelled at by the TSA, and then struggled to stick their plump suitcase in a tight overhead bin. I used to be one of those angry passengers until I learned how to exhale all the anxiety out and how to nourish my body properly so traveling doesn’t create any imbalance in my body.

So here is how I prepared for my 7 hour NYC-Dallas-Albuquerque flight to make it an easy and productive (I got a lot of work done) travel experience.

Our body and mind react to the surrounding environment. Noise, lots of people, dry AC air, and crappy, not particularly fresh airport food can easily upset your stomach, mood, and deplete your energy. Start by taking care of the things that you have control of – food. I try to avoid anything served on the plane or at the airport because most of it is prepared from frozen ingredients of questionable origin. Instead I prepare food the night before and take it with me. Traveling is stressful to our body even if you are used to it so it is best to keep meals light and easily-to-digest so you body doesn’t have to waste too much energy on breaking it down.

Before my 10am flight I had a nourishing very stomach friendly spicy chocolate chia seed pudding (Recipe: 5 tbsp chai seeds, coconut milk or water, coconut sprinkles, raspberries, water, cinnamon and cayenne pepper).

Then I grabbed my prepared lunch of sprouted lentil salad with mango and coconut (yes, I am on a coconut craze! Recipe: 1 sliced mango, 1 cup of soaked sprouted lentils, 1/2 cup coconut flakes)

I also had sunflower seed pate with a big slice of flax seed cracker in case I want a snack.

What do you eat at the airport or while traveling?

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An Ayurvedic Pharmacy, Rishikesh.In one of my previous articles I wrote about home-made beauty recipes and skin-friendly foods. But sometimes we are too busy to cook masks and creams and still need to look pretty. While the skin is an outer reflection of what’s happening on the inside and likewise, everything you put onto the skin becomes a part of who you are. Until very recently most of us were choosing skin-care based on the promised results without paying close attention to 20-letter words on the package. Now more and more research points out that whatever we put on our skin eventually ends our in our body and that harmful chemicals hurt us a lot more on the inside than they do good on the outside.

Fortunately, there are more companies appearing who’s mission is to make natural, organic and healthy skin-care. Some even claim that you can eat it! As a true ayurveda girl, my creams come ayurvedic as well! Time honored recipes of natural beauty were passed down in texts written in Sanskrit, over 5,000 years ago — ayurveda philosophy — a system of rejuvenation, beauty and health care. In India, it is believed that exactly blended formulations of ayurvedic herbs and essential oils can assist the skin in cell rejuvenation, restoring balance and helping to slow the aging process. Here are my favorite brands that provide unique dosha-specific skin-care:

Pratima Skincare – The ayurvedic PRATIMA line brings together the wisdom of nature and the intelligence intrinsically embedded in every ingredient to deliver organic formulas that profoundly restore and visibly transform. Dr. Pratima Raichur, an expert chemist, botanist and Ayurvedic physician, combines her traditional ayurvedic formulations and harvests them into modern day prescriptions that target the real reasons behind our skincare issues. Synergistically and conscientiously blended to promote the balance of your individual dosha and unique skin type, each bottle contains the purest and most effective ingredients to genuinely feed your skin, provide optimal skin immunity, rebalance troubled complexions and address the signs of aging where they begin. Dr. Pratima Raichur personally hand-makes her products and performs ancient healing mantras during the creation of each formula to further promote health, wellbeing and purity of intention. All Pratima cosmetics consist of  100% Herbs, Roots, Flowers, Fruits, Plants and Minerals from the earth. They are also cruelty free and Sattvic—non-harming to any living being. Dr Raichur says that each of her products contains a wisdom passed down generation after generation that has stood the test of time.

Sundari - Created by a former model Christy Turlington, Sundari is translated as a “Beautiful Woman” from Sanskrit. In Vedic tradition, sundãri is often defined as the goddess within. The goddess sundãri is the personification of beauty. She is honored in Indian culture for her symmetry, strength and grace. This reverence for sundãri is a regard for the light in each of us. By honoring her, we honor ourselves. A distinctive collection of anti-aging skincare products created from the purest ingredients and rarest essences distilled from nature, SUNDÃRI blends modern science for immediate results with botanicals known through ancient wisdom. SUNDÃRI products are formulated with organic ingredients where ever possible, essential oils and never test on animals. SUNDÃRI combines adherence to Ayurvedic principles based on an ancient eastern philosophy with the finest quality ingredients from nature, delivering a holistic approach to wellness that results in outer radiance and inner serenity.
Sarada Ayurvedic Remedies came into existence through in intent and desire to bring traditional Ayurvedic formulas to North America. A Mother and Daughter partnership with the daughter leading the way with her knowledge and experience as an Ayurvedic Practitioner for the past 17 years, along with many years spent in India, studying with Ayurvedic doctors, working in clinics and seeing first hand the curative effects of Ayurveda. Sarada creates products that are traditionally prepared, 100% natural, and those that demonstrate the ability to heal through simple, daily use. All products are formulated from ancient texts and contain only native medicinal plants, minerally-rich purified clays and naturally processed oils. Due to the strict adherence to Ayurvedic principles and methods for processing, Sarada is able to offer products free of chemical, artificial or preservative additives with the assurance they will remain potent and long lasting. For some products such as Pimple Remover and Face Wash, the ingredients are hand pounded individually and sieved to the required mesh before blending. Final mixing of the clays and medicinal herbs is done manually.

Solavedi Organics is an ayurveda inspired formulary of massage oils and skincare. Every product relies on ayurvedic wisdom that tells us that every constitutional skin personality is unique and has its own recommended beauty rituals. Solavedi offers everything that a pretty girl might want from face serums and creams to parfums and essential oils. Solavedi uses organic food grade ingredients that are 100% raw, live, enzyme active, and oil free. One of their best products FACE FOOD creates a protective barrier against free radicals and moisture loss (one of the main causes of wrinkles). It ingredients make it sound like a smoothie: really raw honey and honey cappings (unheated, enzyme rich, a food source of over 80 essential fast, transdermally assimilated nutrients) , propolis (has antibiotic, antiseptic, and anti-inflammatory properties), pure water + royal jelly, bee pollen (a food that contains over 96 unprocessed natural vitamins, minerals, enzymes, amino acids, and hormones to restore integrity to tired skin immediately) and natural essential oil  (a rich source of vitamin C and flavanoids). Is your skin hungry for a treat like this?

Bindi - The key to BINDI’s products are the all-herbal and all-natural ingredients especially targeted to your specific skin type. Because these ingredients are all-natural, they do not have any side effects and work naturally to balance your skin and heal it. Bindi uses fresh herbs, flowers, roots, and essential oils penetrate deeply into your skin tissues to nourish, repair, and restore equilibrium to damaged skin by accelerating cell rejuvenation. The Bindi skin care regimen consists of 3 synergistically balanced herbal products applied in a specific sequence: The Herbal Cleanser, The Essential Oil, and the Moisturizing cream. My favorite Bindi product is their Hair Oil that serves as a powerful hair and scalp conditioner. It provides excellent nourishment to hair and scalp and helps alleviate eczema. It is a balancing product that reduces dehydation in the scalp. Ingredients include Sweet Almond Oil as the base, Brahmi, Jasmine, Lavender.

Himalaya – Over 77 years ago, Himalaya started using ancient skincare recipes and scientifically refining them to meet contemporary standards and needs. Starting in 1930, Himalaya succeeded in combining the rich value of an old system of natural health (Ayurveda) with all the processes of modern pharmaceutical technology. Since then, the result of this gigantic effort has been widely sold throughout the world and Himalaya has established a position of uncontested leadership in pharmaceutical-grade Natural Health Products. Himalaya offers a full range of head to heel natural personal care made with organic raw ingredients. Himalaya products contain only the highest grade of cold-pressed oils The benefits from this process are preservation of potent anti-aging compounds, rich nutrients and moisturizing factors.

Let me know what are your favorite skincare brands!


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Effective Skincare for Under $10!

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3 Age-Proven Ayurvedic Skin Care recipes

What is your anti-aging plan? Botox injections and chemical peels or plastic surgery and laser treatments? We, modern day women (and men, too) are constantly looking for new ways to stay young and to reverse the aging process. In response to our desire skincare companies produce endless amounts of anti-aging creams and serums while marketing-savvy plastic surgeons patent new laser treatments. Most of these countless youth-preserving items and procedures will cost you a more a lot more than a life-time worth of Lululemon pants. However, there is no guarantee that the more you pay the better you will look. I am saying it based on my personal experience in an ayurvedic spa in Kerala, India.

In the country where most people can’t comprehend how it would be possible to spend even $50 on a face cream, fruits, spices, and herbs serve as the main ingredients in skincare. All the creams, face packs, and cleansers used at Somatheeram resort and spa where I stayed while in India are made right in front of your eyes from the ingredients that grow in the local garden. After using Neem and Coconut oil mixture as a sunscreen and getting regular Banana and Turmeric face packs my skin looks and feels a lot less dry and a lot brighter than after using La Mer cream for a year. The best thing is that several of my friends have noticed it as well and I’ve been getting lots of compliments!

Somatheeram ayurvedic cosmetologist explained to me that ayurvedic anti-ageing skincare regimen focuses on preventing Vata accumulation in the body and enliven body’s inner intelligence to restore innate skin protection mechanisms.

She was also kind enough to share recipes of several ayurvedic skincare treatments that you can prepare at home.

Herbal Oil – Staying hydrated on the inside is important for staying young but you shouldn’t forget about taking care of your skin from the outside, as well. Cleansing and moisturizing are the most crucial to keeping your skin healthy and young. Ayurvedic aesteticians advise to use almond oil or coconut oil before going to bed. An oil massage is the best remedy for dry skin.  For the best absorption, anti-aging oil massages should be done at night. Apricot oil applied 2-3 times a week at night makes skin feel very smooth and healthy. Using natural organic oils is also a lot cheaper than chemical face creams found at a pharmacy. Give it a try!

Honey – Other Ayurvedic skin treatments call for honey as it is believed to have moisturizing and anti-aging qualities. Try one of the following recipes: Take 1/2 tablespoon of honey and mix it with 1-2 tablespoon of rose water. Apply this mixture on face, neck, and other dry skin area. Leave it for about 15-20 minutes. Wash it off with tepid water. Honey moisturizes and soothes dry skin. This mixture will clean your skin and tone it to give you a glowing complexion with wrinkle free skin. Or try this one: Mix one egg yolk, 1 teaspoon each of honey, olive oil and vitamin E oil to make an anti-aging lotion to be used as moisturizing facial mask. Apply it to face and other areas and leave for 15 minutes. Then wash it off with lukewarm water.

Turmeric – Turmeric has anti-inflammatory properties, and is an excellent antiseptic. In addition, it is great for the skin. Try to find pure turmeric powder, or use the root and make your own paste. Turmeric reduces pigmentation and can help even out your skin tone. Simply apply a little turmeric mixed with cucumber juice or lemon to the affected area. Leave on for fifteen minutes or more, and wash off. Do this everyday, and gradually you will notice your skin color returning to normal. Turmeric paste cleans acne prone skin due to its antiseptic and healing properties helping to prevent and cure pimples. .

You can find more skincare recipes here and read about other Ayurvedic tips for Glowing Skin here. Have you ever tried any home-made face masks? Let me know in the comments section!

Stay young and healthy!

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Internet & Sugar and Other Lessons From India

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You probably heard people say that getting away from your regular routine and spending some time away gives a new perspective on things. Well, it is true! I just got back from 2 weeks of paradise in Kerala, India and I learned a few new things, too!

Here is what traveling in the other part of the world taught me:

  • Internet is like sugar: the less you use it, the less you want it. At home I spent a big chunk of my day replying to emails, unnecessarily checking facebook, and reading through various yoga and health posts. Usually it gives me a sense of doing something useful and even indispensable. In reality this time can be cut down by 80% without any significant side effects. I felt very calm and happy checking my email once every 2 days and without catching up on New York yoga gossip. Are you brave enough to go on the INTERNET DIET? If you limit your time online you might see a surge in productivity and get a few free hours a day. How much time do you spend on facebook? What can you do instead that would be more productive and possibly more fun?
  • Fruits can be a wholesome meal on their own, especially in the summer. You won’t start experiencing protein deficiency syndrome if you have grapes for dinner instead of a steak. It will actually make you feel light and full of energy the next day. If you don’t feel hungry, don’t push food on yourself just because it is time to eat. Take a food break instead!
  • Sitting is more tiring than standing, and standing is more tiring than walking. Walking is refreshing! A day of sitting in a car driving from one temple to the next was a little tiring at times. Standing and bargaining at souvenir shops was exhausting at times, too! Walking along the beach or along the busy noisy Indian street was always a very welcome change. It left me refreshed and gave me new energy. If you start falling asleep at your desk after lunchtime try taking a short walk around the block or up the stair before loading up on coffee.

There were also a few interesting things that I learned about India:

  • Average age expectancy in Kerala is 78! Quite high for a 3rd world country with poor hygiene, lack of clean drinking
    water, and just a $145 average monthly wage (according to HayGroup)
  • Average daily wage in the richest Indian state is 200-500 rps which is $4-12
  • The use of plastic bags in Kerala stores is illegal! Talk about being green
  • Hindu religion has a total of 330 mil gods! Hindus believe everything is god and contains the divine energy of god so everything is worthy of worship.
  • It is illegal to take Indian currency (rupees) out of India.
  • A skillful Kathakali dancer can portray emotions using just eyes. The dance is unique in that, the actors rely on minute changes in facial expression and a series of hand gestures to express their character’s actions and emotions. Kathakali training is intense, in that complete mastery must be gained through facial and eye movements, hands and fingers, and with the feet.
  • Until the middle of 19th century it was customary for older women from the royal family in Kerala, India to appear topless in public
  • All of India is under a single time zone.
  • Officially, one supposed to drive on the left hand side of the road in India. In reality, as our tour guide explained, people drive on the shady side without paying attention whether it is right or left.
  • One is supposed to constantly use car’s honk to salute passing cars and people and to show everyone that it works! :)

To learn more about the trip to India and to see all the pictures go to last India gallery blog post!

Learn something new every day!