I created Bloom Yoga Blocks as an artistic expression for my yoga practice in recognition of the cedar tree. Bloom Yoga Blocks are long-lasting props that can support one’s body and mind. Inspired by my Filipino heritage word "Budhi" - Knowledge Within Oneself, with honour and respect to my visits on Haida Gwaii with the word "Ts'uu" - Cedar Tree; I was inspired to create a sustainable and simple yoga prop that focuses on nurturing our yoga practice today.
I consciously sourced and handcrafted each block using Cedar & Fir from BC, Canada with the intention of love, peace, union & truth. In collaboration with my partner, Andrew - a certified Carpenter; together we created Bloom Blocks.
My passion for Creative Expressions, Yoga and Healing Arts continue to bloom everyday in British Columbia, Canada. I've been a Yoga Teacher for a decade and have been sharing my energy and presence through creative poetry, art, and innovative resilient props for on and off my Yoga mat. I want to share my presence, creativity and experience with you through my Wood Art creation.
If you are interested - Check out my Yoga Classes and Yoga Blocks here
***A pair of blocks you purchase today, a donation to be made to planting more trees***
Give Back to Nature with Yoga and Art
Light and Love Yoga Family and Friends.
Inspired by Arianna Huffington's Post on Insta.
"If you want to see the brave, look to those who can return love for the hatred"
- Bhagvad Gita
Photo Taken at
Quaaout Lodge, British Columbia
Inspired by Carl Hart Legacy Fund!
I started to create again...
I shared some of these vibes at our Yin Yogassage class this past Saturday.
I am grieving...
I am healing through heArt and Creations.
I am sharing some of my passions again...
I am sharing these heArt and Roses healing balms to keep on fundraising for the Carl Hart Legacy Fund - for this November 2015 Karma Yoga at Modo Yoga Seattle.
Big Haaw'a to Kylie and Brandon for allowing me to share these vibes here.
Big Haaw'a to Lisa and Tatum for holding the space for me to create.
Healing my heArt
and Rose's Recipe
8 drops of Love - Arnicated Olive Oil
8 drops of Heal - Spruce Oil
8 drops of Peace - Avocado Oil
7 drops of Strength - Arnicated Olive Oil
7 drops of Resilience - Spruce Oil
7 drops of Courage - Avocado Oil
7 drops of Happiness - Arnicated Olive Oil
1 drop of Vitamin E
Organic Dried Roses
Local Beeswax from Seattle Washington
All these healing goodness in
1 Blue Vintage Mason Jar
Placed you on a boiling bath of Agates given by
my first xmas in Haida Gwaii
Peace and Love vibes all around.
Donations and Proceeds will go to the Carl Hart Legacy Fund
for Xmas gifts
From my heArt to Yours,
From my Fire Yours,
Essential Oils from Zenith Supplies in Seattle, Washington
"Eagle" design by Donnie Edenshaw Haida artist
Agates from Nonnie Joan from Haida Gwaii, British Columbia
Quartz from http://www.alexandersbeads.com/ Seattle, Washington
Rose Quartz from my trip to the Philippines
It's that Time of the year...
When Rain and Dark visits us everyday.
We can't really see the Sun shinning down anymore so we take Vitamin D3!
So...I began recreating and bringing back the awesome Filipino dishes that make feel warm and hOMey.
This one is definitely a Sinigang Inspired dish without Fish Sauce - A New Age-Hippie-Hipster-NorthWestCoast-Styles :) Enjoy Friends and Fam:
-Rinse a cup of Quinoa and leave it in water for a couple of hours.
-In a pot - place Quinoa, Salmon head and Salmon bones with 1 cup of Pacific Coconut Milk with dashes/pinches of Himalayan salt, organic ginger, dashes/pinches of turmeric and let it simmer.
-Then add organic kale, lemongrass, dash/pinch of cayenne pepper and half a cup of Bragg's Apple Cider Vinegar and Honey. Let it Simmer for three minutes...add another dashes/pinches of Himalayan Salt, turmeric and cayenne pepper.
-Let it simmer for another minute and then taste it :) If you need more salt...just add a bit more.
-Then serve it with a little bit of cilantro and basil.
Servings for 3 people!
Super Rad Find at Pcc Natural Markets at Greenlake, Seattle.
Yes to Reishi.
Yes to Chocolate.
Yes to Coconut-Milk Elixir.
Thank Goodness Adaptogens here!
Heal and Strengthen from the Inside and Out Yogis and Artists out there :)
See you soon at our Yin and Yogassage collaboration at Modo Yoga Seattle.
Thank you so much Suzanne for being so Rad and Awesome.
It's been awhile since I've posted something here...
For the past year...I've travelled around, while working on healing and giving thanks to the all my ancestors, families and friends who had gone on to the other side.
It's been a beautiful and chaotic year full of experiences for the the mind and soul.
And I'm still learning each day...each moment...on my own and with other friends and families on how to keep the momentum and flow going as the Fall season embraces us.
So I create to heal.
And every moment can be a moment of Creation!
Here's a little something I made for a dear friend, Alex, last night.
Today...I get to recreate this soup all over again! I love left over soup!!!
Roast Sweet Yam in the oven - I slathered organic coconut oil, cinnamon, turmeric, salt and pepper on the sweet yam and placed it in our "vintage" oven. I always live in houses who has this feature, so when it comes to the proper heat...I test the softness of the yam instead :)
On a separate pot - I started to make my base for the soup. I added cauliflower and carrots and sauteed them in organic coconut oil. Add a pinch/dash of himalayan salt and pepper. Then I added tomatoes, garlic, ginger, kale, lemongrass - as soon as the cauliflower edges darkens a bit, add another pinch/dash of salt, pepper and turmeric. As soon as the tomatoes soften, add a cup of water, and a cup of organic coconut milk - I used Pacific organic coconut milk original (the one you use for teas and coffees - not the canned one) Let it simmer. Add another pinch/dash of salt, pepper and turmeric. Also add dashes of 21 seasoning Salute from Trader Joe's. Let it simmer again. Then place your face on top of the "steaming" awesome coconut milk infused turmeric with organic goodness for a couple of seconds...close your eyes and smell the scent of your creation. Make sure it's not boiling - you want to steam your beautiful face :) If it smells good - whoop whoop - if not...be patient with your Healing Soul Soup. Taste it :) If it tastes a little bland, add another pinches and dashes of salt. Let it simmer again...if you need more water/coconut milk - well add a little bit more...Let it simmer again. Then I added 3 table spoons of Apple Cider Vinegar and honey - I used Bragg's kind - it's already infused with honey :) Let it simmer again. Taste your creation and Close your Eyes. Let you Tongue decide...let your Senses inspire...let your Skin be warmed by what you've created.
As soon as the Sweet Yam is ready - remove the skin and slice it in whatever shape you like and add it on top of your soup - I also added Quinoa in the soup for more texture. And I also added fresh basil, cilantro and green onions :)
Last night - for Alex's Healing Soul Soup version...On a separate pot, I boiled water, added himalayan salt, coconut oil and a table spoon of apple cider vinegar and honey - and as soon as the pot of water started rolling in - I turned down the heat, and made poached eggs to add on top of the soup :)
Today's left over rendition - I bought the Lemon Roasted Chicken from PCC - the one close to Modo Yoga Seattle Studio - and wanted to add the rest of it in my soup. So as I preheated this awesome soup back on the stove - I added the rest of the chicken.
Enjoy the Fall Vibes...
Budhi in Tagalog means Conscience.
(epiphany from conversations with playwright/actor Briana Brown)
Photo reflection: heArt shaped homemade organic Almond milk on the bottle - showed up on the bottle as soon as I placed it down. Signs of love all around.
Mango morning with Shakespeare - "Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind; And therefore is winged Cupid painted blind. Nor hath Love's mind of any judgment taste; Wings, and no eyes, figure unheedy haste: And therefore is Love said to be a child, Because in choice he is so oft beguiled (A Midsummer Night's Dream).
Creative meal with organic brown rice and quinoa cooked in coconut milk, then sautéed crimini mushrooms, local beef from the farmer's market, organic yellow peppers, ginger, garlic, tumeric, dried kelp then added drops of Bragg's soy sauce and Sriracha topped with cilantro.
Mango Salad - with yellow mango, zucchini, red onion, carrots, celery, on a bed of brown rice vermicelli topped with maple glazed salmon, kelp and cilantro and dressed in wildflower honey, Sriracha and Bragg's soy sauce.
Heal and create with free range/organic poached eggs, local farmed potatoes, onions, mushrooms, kelp, garlic, herbed goat cheese, cayenne pepper and turmeric.
Mango salad on a bed of brown rice vermicelli topped with yellow mangoes, zucchini, red onion, carrots, celery, cilantro and dressed in wildflower honey, Bragg's soy sauce, Sriracha and lemon sauce. - "This native cuisine is also subject to the flavoring provided by sauces like patis and bagoong, and the sawsawan, because this is where the communal creation of food started, in the agricultural lifestyle of the tribal communities of the pre-Hispanic Filipino. In this cuisine are expressed the flavors of the native tongue and taste. It is to this standard that the foreign foods are compared, and to which they are adjusted in budget, taste and economic level. This is quite naturally the cuisine in the heartland of the Filipino, the one he longs for when he is away, the one he finds comforting. It is part of his ethos" - Doreen Gamboa Fernandez "Culture Ingested: Notes on the Indigenization of Philippine Food.
Sunny.Side.Up - with free range organic egg, brown rice/quinoa sinangag with garlic, yellow pepper, eggplant, mushroom, coconut milk, Sriracha, Bragg's soy sauce and cilantro.
Coconut muffin with 1 cup coconut flour, 1/2 cup of organic extra virgin coconut oil, 4 free range/organic eggs or 4 tablespoons chia seeds, 1/2 teaspoon baking powder, 1/4 teaspoon salt, 1/4 cup wildflower honey, 1/4 cup water. Bake 350 - 15/20 min. Topped with toasted almond.
Avocado love and local farmer's market beef, potatoes, mushrooms, zucchini, eggplant, garlic, onions, turmeric, Bragg's soy sauce, lemon and Nonna Pia's rosemary balsamic reduction, sautéed in organic extra virgin coconut oil and topped with cilantro.
Champorado with organic brown rice and quinoa, cacao powder, cane sugar, goji berries, hemp hearts and topped with more goji berries.
Hearty salad with local farmer's market ingredients - organic lettuce, tomatoes, potatoes, free range eggs, dressed in extra virgin olive oil, lemon and Nonna Pia's rosemary balsamic reduction and hemp hearts sprinkled all over!
Veg pasta with organic garlic, onion, kale, eggplant, tomatoes, extra virgin olive oil, Nonna Pia's rosemary balsamic reduction and topped with hemp hearts, salt and pepper.
Samosa inspired - with local farmer's market potatoes, turmeric, salt, pepper, garlic, onions, kale, swiss chard and wrapped in rice paper topped with hemp hearts - baked for a few minutes - sauce with organic peanut butter, lemon, soy sauce, water and red pepper flakes.
Green Smoothie with amethyst elixir water, yellow mangoes, bananas, ice and swiss chard.
Homemade Organic Almond milk - with 3 cups of raw almonds - soaked in water for 2 days, rinse and strain and 1 cup at a time in Magic Bullet - 1cup add 2cups of water for 2 minutes - use a strainer and behold for your homemade goodness - repeat this twice and you'll have a bottle filled with Almond milk.
Simple morning breakfast with locally farmed free range/organic eggs - sunny.side.up and organic potatoes pan fried in organic extra virgin coconut oil, avocado topped with cilantro and tomatoes seasoned with salt and pepper.
♥ The night has a thousand eyes,
And the day but one;
Yet the light of the bright world dies
With the dying sun.
The mind has a thousand eyes,
And the heart but one;
Yet the light of a whole life dies
When love is gone.
by Francis William Bourdillon
♥ Wake up and feed your heart with love and share the love you received.
Bitter Melon highlight from Nina - with stuffed masala (cumin seeds, onions, ginger, tumeric, salt, green chillies and lemon) On the side, organic brown rice, spinach and garlic sautéed in extra virgin coconut oil with a cup of split green peas and lentils. I love bitter melons! Thanks Lolas for sharing this vegetable to me when I was growing up.
Organic blueberries on sale now at Capers, water and lime with a red rose on the side.
Budol inspired dish - with local collard greens as a base and used as a wrap for organic brown rice on one side and organic potatoes, eggplants, garlic, onions, ginger, purple/green cabbage, carrots and local pork and apple sausage. One love to all the Filipino inspired events and people I've met and supported this weekend - Maraming Salamat Po and thank you for sharing your Love with me.
Strawberry Sunday - local - with organic blueberries.
Pink peonies from the local farmer's market with sweet fruits delights - local strawberries, organic blueberries and jack fruit - lanka. Quench your thirst with organic lime, local cucumber and organic blueberries in your water.
Fruit salad Highlight by Tita Yayou - fruits, kaong-palm, nata de coco-coconut gel produced from coconut water by bacterial fermentation, pineapple, evaporated milk, cream and keso-cheese with organic strawberry on top. Organic cucumber, blueberry and lime water on the side. Cortez family-jam-time
Morning Breakfast with Mom - made her Sinangag style brown rice with lots of garlic and drops of Bragg's soy sauce. Sunny side up free range/organic eggs with organic red and white cabbage topped with variety of olives and lime on the side - used Canadian carmelina seed oil from Alpha for cooking.
Morning Breakfast for Mom - made her organic/free range scrambled eggs with garlic, spinach and herbed goat cheese in organic extra virgin coconut oil. On the side, maple glazed wild smoked salmon and toasted cheese bread in coconut oil and garlic with organic coffee - coconut oil and fireweed honey.
Sinigang inspired fish soup created by Mom and I - on a bed of organic brown rice/quinoa, topped with fish from farmer's market, lemon grass, organic tomatoes, ginger, lime, kale, kelp, cilantro and star fruit with organic mango juice.
Naanii Joan inspired breakfast - cure for the cold - lots of organic garlic sautéed in organic extra virgin coconut oil, topped with Tera bread, jalapeño havarti, organic mixed greens from the farmer's market and dijon mustard. On the side, organic/free range sunny side up, organic mixed greens and lime. Haaw'a Naanii Joan!
Tacos inspired dinner - with organic swiss chard, topped with ground Mediterranean lamb from the farmer's market, organic green and red cabbage pan fried in organic extra virgin coconut oil. Organic lime, soft tacos and cilantro on the side
Fried rice inspired - with left overs - organic garlic in extra virgin coconut oil sautéed organic brown rice/quinoa, drops of Bragg's soy sauce and Sriracha, organic ground Mediterranean lamb, free range scrambled eggs, organic white and red cabbage and spinach. On the side, warm water with organic ginger.
Noodle dish to heal and restore heart and soul - brown rice vermicelli, topped with fish from the farmer's market, sautéed in organic extra virgin coconut oil with organic garlic, carrots, celery, yellow pepper, ginger, drops of Bragg's soy sauce and Sriracha. Sprinkled with cilantro and organic lemon. Organic ginger in water to quench your thirst.
Healing juice Thursday - with organic carrots, celery, apples and spinach. Topped with chia seeds and organic ginger.
Healing breakfast - with poached free range/organic egg, herbed goat cheese, swiss chard and Terra bread with a side of a heart shaped cayenne pepper and a dark organic coffee, a teaspoon of organic extra virgin coconut oil and wildflower honey.