Soup Is Love! A Mulligatawny Soup Recipe

Guess what one of my favorite meals is right now. (I’ll give you a hint – it is not pineapple pizza.)

I say right now because my diet changes according to my lifestyle – whether I’m busy at work, traveling, detoxing, etc – and depending on the season.

Right now, my favorite meal SOUP!

Soup is always good when it is winter or when you’re sick, but the healing benefits of soup are SO GREAT, I want you to really consider increasing the amount of times you eat soup in any given week.

In Austin we have The Soup Peddler.

Back in the day, the Soup Peddler was one guy making batches of soup in his kitchen and peddling it around to friends on his bike. His soup delivery service was so appreciated, the Soup Peddler expanded into a full commercial kitchen, with drive-up locations… and of course personal home deliveries.

The Soup Peddler coined the phrase “Soup Is Love.” And, by the way, he practices yoga.

Here is a Step-by-Step guide on How to Make My Favorite Soup at Home:

The Soup Peddler’s Mulligatawny
2 tbsp ghee (clarified butter) or olive oil
2 medium white onions, diced
3 carrots, peeled and chopped
3 tbsp curry powder
1 medium potato, peeled and diced
2 cups red or green lentils, rinsed
2 14-oz cans coconut milk
6 cups water
1/2 cup cauliflower, cut into florets
1 Granny Smith apple, diced
2 tbsp olive oil
4 cloves garlic
2 Roma tomatoes
1 cup spinach leaves (my addition)
Salt to taste
Garnish: plain yogurt

  1. Heat the ghee or olive oil in a soup pot over medium heat and saute the onions and carrots. When the vegetables soften and begin to release their juices, about 10 minutes add the curry and stir well.
  2. Continue to saute 2 minutes longer, then add the potato, lentils and coconut milk and bring to a simmer. Add the water as necessary to keep a soupy consistency.
  3. After about 20 minutes, when the lentils are soft, add the cauliflower, apple and celery. Cover with more water if needed and bring back to a simmer.
  4. In a blender or food processor, puree the olive oil, garlic, tomatoes and spinach.
  5. Stir the puree into the soup and season to taste with salt. Cook for 5 more minutes and serve. Garnish with a dollop of plain yogurt.
  6. Enjoy!

Upward Bow / Wheel (Urdhva Dhanurasana) – Yoga Pose

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“Sometimes life invites you to dance, to sing, to open your heart & fall backwards into an arch, like a rainbow of light through the sky.  Life is meant to be celebrated, practicing Upward Bow prepares us for, perhaps even guides us towards, these moments of ecstasy and joy.” – Courtney Bell

Upward Facing Bow (sometimes called wheel pose), is an intermediate/advanced backbend benefiting both mind and body.   I find this is especially useful having spent much of my life sitting in front of a computer.  Upward Bow gives length to the vertebrae, increasing your spine’s flexibility & strength.  Take a moment…  Interlace your fingers with your hands above your sit bones, now slowly raise your hands.  Do you feel your chest opening and more air entering your lungs?  Upward Bow opens your chest and strengthens your lungs (remember to BREATHE deep and forget the world around you).

Benefits of Upward Bow (Wheel) Pose

  • Opens & Strengthens the chest and lungs
  • Builds strong, toned arms, wrists, legs, buns and abs
  • Stimulates the Thyroid & Pituitary glands
  • Increases energy & counteracts depression
  • Therapeutic for back pain, asthma, heart, mind & body

 

 

Headstand (SIRSASANA) – Yoga Pose

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“One of my favorite yoga poses is Headstand”

When done correctly, headstand activates many muscles, including those of the arms, core and upper back.

 

 

 

Benefits of Headstand

  • Refresh – Headstand stimulates your face, mind, scalp & body with fresh nutrients and oxygen.
  • Improve Circulation – Adrenal glands are flushed and detoxified, creating more positive thought.
  • Drain the Feet – Headstands allow any fluid trapped in your feet to drain (which decreases the onset of varicose veins).
  • Strengthen Core – It takes alot core strength to hold a Headstand for long periods of time.  Bust out those six pack abs and get to work!

 

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Cosmic Dancer – Yoga Pose

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Cosmic Dancer used to be in my dreams.

And you know what? If I had stopped practicing, it would have remained there, in the world of non-existence… Completely unreal.

 Yoga teaches that our 3 facets are

  • Existence
  • Awareness
  • Bliss

If it sounds a little esoteric, well, that is because it is.  And, it is good to be a little esoteric sometimes!

I think so, at least, because it allows us to weave dreams and ideas that are beyond our present reach into existence.

One of the many blessings yoga practice bestows on us is the realization of dreams, and the transformation of pieces of ourselves into a discovered wholeness.

Holding onto my foot in space behind my head is not an accomplishment; it’s a landmark.

 

It took many years of dedicated practice and transformation, not only from non-existence, but from non-belief.

Then a few years of hesitation and possibility, followed by another few years of conscious movement and persistent action before I landed in this standing balance pose.

It’s called the Cosmic Dancer (Natarajasana), and symbolizes the unity between the real and the unreal, and the potential within our human nature to continue manifesting our dreams and discovering ourselves.

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What are you pulling into the realm existence?

 

Keep dancing my friends! Keep making room for yourself to grow.

– Courtney

Happy Half Moon! – Yoga Pose (Ardha Chandrasana)

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Half Moon (Ardha Chandrasana) – Yoga Pose

Half Moon is one of my all time favorite yoga poses because… It’s FUN!  Expanding the sensations of joy, freedom, security and wonderment, Half Moon Pose keeps one hand and one foot planted on the ground as the body unfolds up, out, and over into the sky.  It is great for creating stability in your hands and feet!

The picture shows the “Foot-to-Hand” backbend variation.

Yoga Tip:  Keep your gaze on the ground when you are beginning.

 

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Intention and Intuition

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What’s the secret to following an intention through to actualization?

When an intention is too head-strong, latent beneath ego, it dies out quickly like a single match with no candle or fire wood to keep burning.

The intuitive mind is like the oil beneath the wick, breath into the fire, and earth surrounding the flames.

It is what allows us to keep burning, so to speak.

During this season of transition from autumn into winter, I am thinking more about how to keep the flames of inspiration alive. For every body, it is different, as we are all unique in our constitutions and movements towards health and wellbeing.

“Practicing yoga allows us to bring balance to our physical body, and clarity to our mental chatter. This instills the gift of knowing our highest self, the part of ourself that feels deeply the truth and the way towards lasting happiness and life.”

 

Einstein Quote - IntuitionToday, this gift of intuition allowed me to:

  • Move in a way that warmed my bones to start my day
  • Eat in a way that nourished my energy
  • Connect with those around you in a way that supports each other.

I encourage you to celebrate the small choices that you make each day that create a healthy impact for you and others, because those are the moments that will continue to shape our spirits.

What food choices are you incorporating today, to sustain you? What movement choices are you making today, to keep you healthy? What relationship choices are you making, to enrich your family and community?

As you pay attention, you gain presence.

Keep tending the flames of your own inner fire ~ it’s time to focus on the small things that serve to burn the bright light.

Namaste ~

Courtney Bell