365 Blank Page of 2017, Fill it Meaningfully

31/12/2017 with no expire date decided :)

Years come and go, seasons pass, sometimes we could not catch the speed; too fast, too little time. The fact is, we all still have 24 hours each day, 7 days a week, 30 days in a month then finally reach its 365 days at the end of the year. Then time roll over again. What have we done? Then we got stress about it. :(

We often think and act too far beyond into the future or maybe fall backward into the past, the ideas of the present moment just past without recognition, without our awareness. Finally, we got no sense of space, it seems time robes something from us, while actually it could be the other way around. We lose the sense of reconnecting to ourselves. Connection is there but no communication to reconnect.

The practice of Yoga and meditation meant to let us click the pause button and teach us to reconnect,  communicate to ourselves and recognise present moment. Observing ourself, observing the thoughts, observing the breath, knowing that we are breathing. Let ourself travel to the furthest distance yet so close; OUR OWN SELF. Know thyself. In searching space and freedom we encourage to know ourselves then we know the world. 

Reward yourself to the practice of yoga to connect, to unify yourself, to fall in love with yourself. Everything starts from each individual. I never said it would be easy, but we need to step somewhere to fill our 365 blank page meaningfully. 

See you on the mat!

Atie Julie



Doing an Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga practice involves much more than merely doing the asanas enumerated in the Primary Series.

As a sequence, the primary series is the foundation of the Ashtanga vinyasa yoga practice. It plants the seeds that will grow into the other sequences. But it’s not limited to the asana element. The seeds that should be planted are also the more subtle components.

The more important seeds that should be planted and cultivated in the primary series are the ones that are related to breath, bandha and dristhi. In the end, it is these elements that are at the heart of the Ashtanga vinyasa yoga practice. I often tell groups of students that just because they are doing the asanas in the sequence that is known as the primary series does not mean that they are actually doing the practice of Ashtanga vinyasa yoga.

Doing the sequence while also maintaining these additional elements is what doing the practice actually means. Of course this can also be where disagreement begins. What is the correct method of breathing? What is the correct application of bandha and dristhi?

We argue and debate over these elements, but mostly I think that it’s just the mind once again getting the best of us, distracting us from actually having the experience of doing. An important element to remember is that our experience of these elements will naturally change over time. People often think of the practice or an individual asana, or even one of these elements, as being “all” or “none.” They forget that they are on a path of progression and of proficiency of breath, bandha, dristhi and asana.

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Winter Vegetable Soup

Serves 4 – 6

This warm winter soup is packed with flavor and easy to make. You can peel the sweet potato and squash, if desired. However, many nutrients are just under the skin of vegetables and the skin on both of these should be tender enough to enjoy, once they are cooked. On the squash, you can peel away any bumps or knobby parts.

There are several options for finishing the soup. The first way is just chunks of potato and squash, as prepared here. However, you can use a potato masher and coarsely mash up the chunks to a mushy consistency. You can also purée the soup in your blender for a smooth, creamy dish. Sprinkle with chives or chopped fresh cilantro and/or some of the red pepper, chopped finely, for a little color.

Serve with chapatis, freshly browned corn tortillas, or toasted slices of whole grain bread with ghee.

Doshic Notes
Vata :: Pacifies/reduces the dosha
Pitta :: Pacifies/reduces the dosha
Kapha :: Can imbalance, use low-fat options on the mil



2 Tbs. olive oil
1 leek, sliced
1 clove garlic, minced
1/2 sweet onion, chopped
1 red bell pepper, chopped
2 Tbs. curry powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1 sweet dumpling squash (also called winter or carnival squash), de-seeded and cubed
1 sweet potato, cubed
4 to 5 curry leaves
1 cup milk, soy milk, or low-fat unsweetened coconut milk
Black pepper, to taste


Sauté the leek, garlic, onion, and bell pepper in the olive oil until the onion is translucent, 8 – 10 minutes.

Stir in the sweet potato, squash, curry leaves, salt, and curry powder. Add water just to cover and bring to a boil. Simmer uncovered 20 – 25 minutes until the squash is tender.

Add the milk, stir, and heat to just below boiling. Then stir in fresh-ground black pepper to taste and serve.