Tantra is a 5,000-year-old philosophy of health, wellness and empowerment taking root in the modern world. According to Tantric philosophy, we all have masculine and feminine within us, and it is the interplay of these energies which creates our life forces: energy, art, identity and vitality. Though in the West it is often associated solely with sexual practices, Tantra gave birth to all of yoga, the understanding of the Chakras and Pranic Healing. Whether you are an around-the-clock entrepreneur, serial creatrix, 9-to-5er or nomad, using Tantra in your everyday life will give you the necessary awareness to feel empowered, energized and turned on. In this workshop at The Assemblage NoMad, Tantra expert Meg Berry taught us about the philosophy called "the meditation of the senses," which continues to enhance our lives today, from The evening began with a tasting of elixirs made with whole plant aphrodisiacs. Herbalist and health guide Rachelle Robinett walked us through the ways these aphrodisiacs can be used in tonics, teas and other homemade goodies to get the blood moving in the ways it should. Then Grammy-nominated sarodist and guitarist Camila Celin serenaded us with classical tempos while Meg Berry led us in a moving meditation of the senses starting with OYoga (created by the late Psalm Isadora) and the Bliss Breath.
Riff on a grain (or grainless) bowl
"My go-to is really big vegetable-full, one-pot recipes—think buddha/hippy bowls. Mine are usually raw, but when the weather starts to cool down, roasted root vegetables are definitely included. I've developed a recipe that I recommend to my clients who are starting out with meal prep, and it's still one of my favorites because it's easy, and easy to create variations of. The gist: a giant base of dark greens (kale, collard greens, or cabbages which all hold up better than light lettuces or spinach), quinoa or buckwheat if you eat grains, tons of fresh chopped veggies, and healthy fat (avocado, olive or algae oil, coconut yogurt or tahini)." — Rachelle Robinett, wellness coach and Healthyish contributor