Patterns to a healthy, happy life

Recent Posts

Solstice in Times Square: (FREE) Mind Over Madness Yoga

Solstice in Times Square: (FREE) Mind Over Madness Yoga

What better way to channel your inner zen than amongst thousands of other New Yorkers at the center of the city? Well you can do just that on June 21st for the annual Solstice in Times Square: Mind Over Madness Yoga event where you can enjoy free yoga […]

Greener Home with ECOS and an Interview

Greener Home with ECOS and an Interview

One of the easiest steps that anyone can take to become a greener consumer is to seek out green companies. And thankfully there are more options out there these days that have even hit mainstream stories, making it even easier to shop ethically. One of our […]

FREE Yoga on International Yoga Day!

FREE Yoga on International Yoga Day!

International Yoga Day 2017 at Battery Park City

International Yoga Day 2017 is quickly approaching! And to celebrate, the Consulate General of India, in collaboration with New York City Public Advocate’s Office and the Parks Department, are presenting a celebration of mindfulness with 30-minute yoga and meditation sessions.

Led by such organizations as Hindu Temple of North America, Mallakhamb Federation, Urban Yogis, and the Arts of Living Foundation, among others, this free event will be held on June 19, 2017 from 5.00-8:30pm at Castle Clinton in Battery Park. While the admission is free, participants are encouraged to sign up, and the first 500 participants to register online will receive a free yoga mat!

 

Even more International Yoga Day Events

DR. B.J MISTRY FOR YOGA
May 23 * 11am -12pm * New Beginning Nursery School, Tarrytown NY

QUEENS MUSEUM & INDIAN BUSINESS ASSOCIATION
June 10 * 10AM -12PM * Queens Museum, Flushing Meadows, NY

MALLAKHAMB FEDERATION USA
June 7 * Woodrow Wilson Middle School, Edison, NJ
June 9 * South Plainfield Middle School, NJ
June 12 * Woodbridge Middle School, NJ
June 21 * Mallakhamb Studio, South Plainfield, NJ

SOUTH ASIAN ARTS COUNCIL
June 12 * 10AM -2PM * Massachussetts State House, Boston

SAHAJA YOGA
June 15 * 11AM -1PM * Liberty Intl airport, Newark

ART OF LIVING FOUNDATION
June 15 * 2PM -4PM * Liberty Intl airport, Newark

JAi HANUMAN SHAKHA, HINDU SWAYAMSEVAK SANGH USA June 18 * 6PM -7PM * 80 E Barclay St, Hicksville, NY

FEDERATION OF INDIAN ASSOCIATIONS (FIA), OHIO
June 18 * 7AM -11AM * Liberty Park, Columbus OH

TIMES SQUARE ALLIANCE
June 21 * 7:30AM -7:30PM * Times Square, New York NY

FIA (OHIO) AND ART OF LIVING FOUNDATION
June 21 * 7AM -9AM * State house lawn, Columbus OH

MAYFIELD VILLAGE, OHIO
June 21 * 6PM -8:30PM * Public Square/Community Hall, Mayfield Village OH

AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF PHYSICIANS OF INDIAN ORIGIN (AAPI)
June 24 * 5AM -7AM * Yoga with Baba Ramdev, Harrah’s Resort, Atlantic City NJ

INDIAN CULTURAL ASSOCIATION OF NORTH AMERICA
June 24 * 5PM -8PM * Kensico Dam Plaza, Westchester County, NY

HINDU SWAYAMSEVAK SANGH (HSS) – NJ
June 25 * 9:30AM -12PM * Woodbridge High school, Woodbridge NJ

ARYA SAMAJ INC
June 25 * 9:30AM -1PM * Arya Samaj, Hillside Ave, Jamaica NY

THE HINDU TEMPLE OF NORTH AMERICA
June 25 * 9.30AM -1.30PM * Hindu Temple, Flushing, NY

MILAN CULTURAL ASSOCIATION
June 25 * 10AM -2PM * State of Connecticut Capitol Building, Hartford CT

The admission to the event is free for to participate, but registration is encouraged at:
https://www.indiacgny.org/yoga_registration.php

Latest Food Craze: Drinkable Soup from Fawen

Latest Food Craze: Drinkable Soup from Fawen

As a busy mom on-the-go I’m always looking for healthy snacks that I can pack for myself and my kids during whatever adventure we may venture on. While I do love me some fruit and nuts, there’s now another option to add to your ever-growing magic […]

Book Review: Fitter Faster: The Smart Way to Get in Shape in Just Minutes a Day

Book Review: Fitter Faster: The Smart Way to Get in Shape in Just Minutes a Day

Working out is one of those challenges that we are all trying to figure out. We know that we are supposed to work out but the list of excuses (kids, no time, work, and so on) can rule whether we get our sweat in or not. […]

Cookbook Review: Farm-to-Table Desserts: 80 Seasonal, Organic Recipes Made from Your Local Farmers’ Market

Cookbook Review: Farm-to-Table Desserts: 80 Seasonal, Organic Recipes Made from Your Local Farmers’ Market

Farm-to-Table Desserts: 80 Seasonal, Organic Recipes Made from Your Local Farmers’ Market review

As much as we try to do our very best when it comes to eating healthy, we have to admit it: we have a huge sweet tooth! And while we are all about wholesome eats, we still want a treat every now and again, cause, really, life is too short to not have dessert! However, these days even desserts have upped their healthy game where you can now find tons of variations that even include vegetables in your beloved chocolate cake!

To help us learn more about healthier desserts, we’ve been soaking up the delicious goodness from the new cookbook Farm-to-Table Desserts: 80 Seasonal, Organic Recipes Made from Your Local Farmers’ Market. Written by Lei Shishak, an established pastry chef who trained at the CIA in New York and has worked at restaurants in Sun Valley and Los Angeles, the book features a guide to learning how to bake seasonally with a focus on locally sourced, organic ingredients featuring recipes that are better-for-you and the environment!

Featuring more than 80 sweet recipes, divided by season, we loved diving into this resource featuring yummy desserts using fresh and local ingredients, such as stone peach cobbler, fig jam, sweet corn panna cotta, strawberry hand pie, sweet potato cake, blood orange pot de crème, among many others! A clear and concise book, the recipes are also complemented by a gorgeous series of mouth-watering images that will have you longing to create some of  Shishak’s sweet treats. We were certainly inspired after reading this cookbook and tried out a few of the sorbets, including the incredible Navel Orange Rosemary Sorbet.

The cookbook also includes a clear explanation to better understand choosing organic and purchasing produce at your local farmers’ markets that serves as a straight-to-the-point read for anyone curious to learn more, or on the fence about using these type of products.

A must-have read for a home cook, Farm-to-Table Desserts is a fantastic guide for anyone who is looking to eat healthier and better understand how to shop local while still enjoying sweet treats.

Check out Farm-to-Table Desserts on Amazon, or at your local bookstore. 

We were provided with a sample for review. All opinions are our own.

Healthy Start with Grain-Free GrandyOats

Healthy Start with Grain-Free GrandyOats

By now it’s safe to say that most of us have tried granola at some point in our lives. While this isn’t a new food, there are definitely variations of this classic breakfast option that covers a wide-range of choice! Hooray to advances in granola. […]

First Ever Vegan Tri-State VegFest and an Interview with the Founder!

First Ever Vegan Tri-State VegFest and an Interview with the Founder!

We just learned about an incredible vegan event coming to the NYC area with the first-ever Tri-State VegFest! Held at the New Jersey Convention & Exposition Center on Saturday June 17, 2017 from 12-6PM, the Tri-State VegFest is an entirely vegan festival that showcases plant-based […]

Incredible Plant-Based Body Lotion from Kneipp

Incredible Plant-Based Body Lotion from Kneipp

Instant Relief from the Natural Body Lotion from Kneipp

We don’t know about you but as of late our hands and legs have been akin to sandpaper. Since the changing of the seasons and general dryness are definitely not winning combos we have been on the hunt for a body lotion that means business with no yucky chemicals. Enter the Kneipp Relaxing Body Lotion, a lightweight formula that works to provide nourishment and hydration to the skin. Containing plant oils, vitamins A, E and panthenol, this awesome lotion works to help the skin feel really soft and supple. And as bonus, it smells amazing thanks to the relaxing lavender.

Another favorite for our bods is the Kneipp Arnica Joint & Muscle Intensive Cream, a thick cream that contains natural ingredients of the arnica blossom to smooth the skin. Yes, please!

Being an oil-based formula, you don’t need all that much where you can work the cream into your skin, adding as needed. Personally, we love how it works instantly (seriously!), reviving our skin and making it feel soft and supple. Incredibly, this cream can also be used as a base for massages where you can work it into your back or legs, working to ease up any discomfort and stiffness.

And as a product from Kneipp, you can rest assured that the product contains no paraffins, silicons, and mineral oils, and of course, only contains plant-based ingredients. Founded by health and holistic pioneer Sebastian Kneipp in 1891, we are digging these products from Kneipp that work to nourish the body and soul.

For more information on Kneipp, please visit: http://www.kneippus.com/

We were provided samples for review. All opinions are our own.

Garjana: A New Immersive Dance Workout and Fundraiser in NYC

Garjana: A New Immersive Dance Workout and Fundraiser in NYC

Looking for a new way to get moving this year? Then you’ve got to check out the new immersive dance workout called Garjana at their upcoming event in NYC that will raise money for Food Tank, a nonprofit focused on building a global community for safe, healthy, nourished eaters. Held on […]