Vegan Raw Falafel without Chickpeas or Dehydrating

I recently catered an all women's retreat and served up Vegan, Gluten-Free, Organic meals which included these divine raw falafel balls. They were so delicious!! I rarely eat what I cook, but these were totally the exception. I cannot remember where I originally saw this recipe, but I will add once I find it, as I am still looking. Original recipe called for Sunflower seeds, and I chose to not use them, because I forgot about them, on the counter. They were still scrumptious without the sunflower seeds!

This recipe was easy after the prep work was done. I made this for a dozen women, so I tripled this recipe, and glad I did. Some of the women loved them so much they took some for the drive home!

Without further ado, let us commence.

Raw Falafel Balls
1 cup Pumpkin seeds
1/2 cup cilantro, chopped
1/2 cup Fresh Dill, chopped
1/2 cup Parsley, chopped
1/2 tsp. ground cumin
1/2 onion, chopped
2 tbsp Tahini
1/2 juice of a lemon
2 garlic cloves
Salt to taste


Process seeds and the rest of ingredients in food processor. Roll into balls and refrigerate at least 30 minutes before serving. I suggest putting oil on your hands as you make the falafel balls, makes it easier to roll.

I served them alongside a simple hummus, recipe below.

1 can of Chickpeas
1/4 cup of lemon juice
1/4 cup of Tahini
1 small garlic clove
2 tbsp olive oil
Salt to taste
2-3 tbsp of water

Process tahini, lemon, and garlic for 1 minute. Add olive oil, cumin, salt and process for 30 seconds. Ensure you scrape down the sides, and process for another 30 seconds. Finally, add the chickpeas and process. You are welcome to use water to thin down, to your liking.

If you make this, tag me! I'd love to see your version.

Namaste Heal-thy Self!


Embodied Leadership Program

Meet my new sisters.

We are brave women, empowering ourselves into taking ownership of own lives!!

We are powerful.

We are empowered!

We are embodying leadership!!

Yay for Sisterhood!!!

Are you ready for sisterhood? Tired of doing it alone?

You don't have to. We are here.


Are We Super Humans? I am.

I'm one of those weirdos that believes we have to potential to be Super Humans. Totally.

Let me explain why.

During the labor of my second child, while she was crowning, I wanted to give up. I wanted the doctor to shove her back into my uterus and cut her out of it. I could not handle the pain. I literally yelled to the doctor to stop and cut her out. I had my doula there and she looked into my eyes and said, "You got this!" and I believed her!! My spouse said, "You can do this, your amazing" and I believed.
I took a huge deep breath and visualized my breath travelling down my esophagus to my belly and pushing Baby Elia out. I pushed her out in one breath. I felt her entire body coming out of me, as I birthed her naturally, no epidural and no pitocin. Even though I wanted an epidural and was ready for it, I arrived at the doctor and was 6cm dialted. I didn't get checked until I was 7cm, almost an hour later. By that point I was about ready to push her out! They immediately rushed me to a room, set up the bed, laid me down, and asked me to not push!!!!
Um, what?
The doctor had not arrived and they wanted me to wait! I couldn't.
I pushed and broke my water.
At that point I yelled that I couldn't wait and this baby was coming!
And she did!!
The doctor arrived, sat on his stool, and delivered my baby. Who came out in one minute.
"I wish all my mornings were this easy", he said.

After, I was super high off the oxytocin and could not believe that I delivered Elia so quickly and with barely any pain, other than the crowning part. LOL

I discovered my breath during that labor. While I am a yogi and practice pranayam (breath exercises), I had never used it for a specific purpose and goal. After that I realized I could do anything I needed to, with my breath. I realized I could channel my energy, breath, and movements to manifest whatever I needed. I made the connection between my breath and my life. I realized they were connected, and I have the power to make shifts as necessary, using my breath.

I have the choice to use my breath and awareness to work for me, in my life. I have the opportunity to allow my breath to guide me to the next flow.

Since I discovered this tool, I have used it to benefit me and my nervous system. I have used it with my children! Heck, I've taught my children how to breathe. It really keeps me centered, patient, and sane when I'm at home with my kids.

Here is me doing Alternate nostril breathing for you to try. If you enjoy this, send me an email and we can discuss how best to get you on a good practice to exercise your breath. It would be my pleasure to be at your service.

Namaste family!


5 Tips to Beat Vata Aggravation

It is that time again.

Winter is upon us, which means Vata Dosha is prevalent at the moment.

Depending on what part of the world you're in, this may not be the case. Currently, in Los Angeles, it is Fall season, with lots of wind.
We are currently surrounded by fires, so if you're of the praying kind, we'd appreciate one.

Vata Dosha consists of the Air and Ether elements. It is quite possible we are feeling brain fog and finding it hard to focus at this time.

Vata governs movement, the activities of your nervous system, and our process of elimination.

Prakruti, one's natural state of wholeness, is determined upon conception.  It's based on many factors, including the parent's state of being at that time.

Vata Dosha has certain characteristics and attributes which gives us a guideline as far as becoming and staying in balance.

Qualities which are attributed to Vata Dosha are:

  • Cold
  • Light
  • Dry
  • Moving
  • Rough
  • Irregular
  • Quick
  • Changeable

The goal is to balance these qualities and this element to avoid any and all aggravation of Vata Dosha.

Here's 5 things to do which will help.

1. Abhyangha - 5 reasons to do this here, but come one, it's a self-massage. Who wouldn't benefit from that?

2. Stay warm! Wear appropriate clothing and keep your head covered when the weather is cold and/or wet.

3. Practice light exercise that focuses on balance and flexibility. 
4. Favor aromas which are sweet, heavy, and warm. These include basil, bay, cinnamon, citrus, cloves, frankincense, lavender, pine, sage, and vanilla.

5. Move your bowels daily! I use Triphala every night before going to bed. I take 2 pulls at night and wake up and move my bowels. It works. Constipation is probably one of the worst symptoms of an aggravated Vata Dosha.

For honesty and transparency - there are affiliate links in here. I was not paid for this post, and all opinions are mine! Lucky you.

Also - in an effort to clear toxins before Winter I am hosting a month of drinking Warm Water with Lemon or Lime first thing in the morning, on an empty stomach. 

It is super beneficial to aid in staying healthy! 


Embody Workshop with Hemalayaa on December 3rd!

"We have a responsibility as strong women to take steps to raise the collective consciousness. And it begins as a whisper that urges us to fully embody our own gifts, our passions, our sensuality, our powers of creation." Hemalayaa has hit the nail on the head with this new movement she is inspiring.

Embody is the movement. This is your time, this is your path!

Perhaps you are wanting to serve others and improve lives but not sure where to start.

Desire more connection to your inner spirit, but it's not clear just yet.

Have a tendency to doubt yourself, your gifts, and your place as a leader, and feel a bit…disheartened or ashamed when you see others bravely stepping into the spotlight. 

Desire to connect with like-minded women and be a part of a community of visionaries and action takers!

If these are resonating within, you need to embrace this feeling and go for it! We are all feeling the call and we are awakening to our true spirit. We are here to Embody our true path and purpose, and we are ready!

Below is the video from the previous event, which was a success! Filled to capacity!

We shall gather at the amazing Mandala Center in Santa Monica on December 3rd - this Sunday!!

I am so excited to gather with my new community of sisterhood! As a mom, I juggle many plates at one time, so having a group of like-minded supporters rallying for me is crucial to my mental, physical and emotional health.

When: December 3rd
Where: Mandala Yoga Center, 719 Broadway, Santa Monica, CA 90401
Tickets: Register Here

If you want to get to know Hemalayaa a little more, check our her Hema Conversations, they are very informative and educational.

Look forward to seeing you at this amazing event!

The world is ready for the divine feminine to awaken and embrace our powerful divinity.



Meet Claire at CB Quality

Meet Claire Fountain also known as CB Quality. She is the creator of Trill Yoga, which "celebrates the human form and provides an avenue for anybody and any body to learn and utilize the power of yoga".

I found Claire one day on Instagram. Her feed was laced with yoga flows, body building sessions, and whole foods to nosh! In addition to all of that, she is a big advocate for Mental Health. Her mantra is, "I want to feel good" which resonated to strongly with me, at that time. It still does, and I commend her for doing things her way. She is not a typical yogini, and that's why I was drawn to her.

Her story is one of many challenges, having overcomed an eating disorder at a very young age. She has lived a very challenge filled life, and has conquered and preservered. I admire her for all that she is still continuing to overcome. I love that she represents many of us yogis who don't fit the normal mold of yoga - skinny, blond, and blue eyed - and brings a twist to the yoga community. She brings a street edge to yoga, and I love it. I am far from the branded image of yoga, and in finding her, I was able to spread my weird wings and fly. Claire is a Pioneer among those of us who have travelled down the yoga path, alone, with no mirror image of us. I was always embarrased by my thunder thighs, but now I love them and see how powerful my legs really are, and can use that energy accordingly.

You can often find CB in the weight room, which is so bad ass!! I am often initmidated by the weight room, but she makes me want to body build!!  She offers many types of weight training programs which include only weights, or weights and yoga, or just yoga. He example is truly one of a yogic lifestlye, and she also has one heck of an adorable dog - Duke, Dukers!

I highly suggest you watch CB's video below on Mental Health Awareness, and her journey. Perhaps something will resonate, just as it did for me.

Check out Claire's Blog for more of her writing and thoughts. She really is tuned in, turned on and in alignment with expansion. Give thanks for another soul vibing and expanding into conscious awareness.


Love Thy Womb and Hips!

I am so happy to introduce you to Panquetzani, who is doing some amazing work over at Indigemama. I found her through Instagram one day, while perusing the Explore page, or whatever it's called. She was pictured among nature, telling us to love our womb and hips (caderas)! Her glow was undeniable! I was instantly drawn to her energy. She spoke of womb healings and returning to our authentic nature, which resonated so deeply. I definitely believe our womb holds the power which allows us to seep into healing. 

From her "About Me" page
"Panquetzani breathes new life into ancestral traditions, offering time-tested techniques inspired by Mesoamerican medicine, Mexican folk healing, traditional foods, and herbalism.

Panquetzani honors the over 4,000 year-old traditions of her foremothers and integrates her 16 years of study into her practice. She comes from a matriarchal family of folk healers, growing up with bedtime stories of magic, miracles, and deep transformation. These impactful narratives have led Panquetzani to believe that all people have innate wisdom that can revolutionize their own well-being and that of their families. As a holistic womb counselor, complete wellness coach, traditional birth attendant, and foundress of Indigemama: Ancestral Healing, her goal is to support, educate, inspire, and gently guide her clients and students. On her days off, you’ll find Panquetzani fermenting, writing, preparing herbs, playing music, and exploring nature with her sons."

I also grew up in a Matriarch household, where the women in my family were the rulers. The first 10 years of my life were guided by my Native American grandmother and Mexican Mother. The combination of both healers pouring themselves into me was an undeniable blessing. When I first discovered Panquetzani, I realized there was more to my healing journey than I originally thought. I believe the healing of our nations will be led by women. We each are stepping into our power and expanding not only ourselves, but our own worlds. Making waves while bringing ancient wisdom for healing, as a true Warrior of Light. 

Upon finding her, I viewed all of her YouTube videos and was instantly drawn to this one below, which speaks of healing generations of trauma through our womb!! It was like music to my ears, and immediately led me down a path of self love and expansion. I can honestly say this resonates so much so, in addition to doing the Ahbyangha, Ayurveda Self Massage, it has healed me on so many levels. 

Panquetzani offers many services, including Doula Services, One-on-one, and Workshops! She often does them in the L.A and LBC area, however she does travel all over the country. She is currently pregnant so I believe it is limited. 

She offers a course called "A Cerrar las Caderas", which is a course on PostPartum healing and care with traditional Mexican healing methods. I hope to one day take this course, for my own knowledge.  As I walk this path of empowerment and expansion of women, I truly believe all women need to know this wisdom, for our own healing and peace of mind. I know I have definitely changed how I perceive my beautiful hips and nurturing womb. 

Lastly, I have never met Panquetzani, but was left with a lasting impression, to this day. I feel it's important for my readers to know many healing modalities, and the women of color who are bringing it to us, in this day and age. If it resonates, head over to her page and send her some love.



Costero Brunch, Good Company, and Consciously Connecting

I had the incredible pleasure of attending a gathering hosted by Latina Lifestyle Blog and Costero Bar Bistro, located inside the Sheraton Gateway LAX. I was not paid to write this, but I did eat some of their food, however, and it did influence my opinion as the food was scrumptious! But seriously, this Bar and Bistro is so gorgeous and inviting! The first thing I noticed was the bar!! The colors change from a variety of pink to purple and blue, but I just had to capture this pretty pink!

We noshed on some tasty and delectable food, including asparagus accompanied by a white truffle sauce that was to die!! I mean, I would give away a child for a constant supply of this stuff, oh my!!

They did offer other items, however, being vegetarian made me be limited in my options. But I was more than happy to sop up that sauce, so don't feel bad for me. Haha.
I also had some amazing donuts, that were sprinkled with cinammon and sugar, and included a white, sweet frosting. These, my friends, were mouthgasmic! I went back repeatedly to enjoy those decadent, cinammon laced donuts!
We were then escorted to the 15th floor, where there is a work suite for your productivity pleasure. It overlooks the runways and beautiful blue sky.  They have fruit, snacks, coffee, tea, and water at your disposal.

There is a computer and printer which is available as well. Within the suite, there are many benches, seats, chairs, and cushions to sit upon. Televisions are strategically placed so they don't stick out of place. I really like the ambiance of this suite, and could definitely get a lot done, while enjoying the view and coffee, of course.

I really enjoyed the layout of this location. I used to take my mother to the building next door to this Sheraton LAX and I have a very pleasant memory of the staff. I used to take my first born and nephew with me, on these doctor visits, and we would sit at the back end of the Sheraton. I never wanted to be in the way, or obnoxious, as we were visitors, and not really patrons of the hotel. One day the kids were being super unruly and I was so embarassed. After all, this is a business hotel, geared towards business people, traveling in and out all day long. I decided to load up the kids and get moving, when an employee approached me. I thought she was going to ask me to quiet down, but instead, she comforted me and said we were welcome to be there without fear of being asked to leave, because of noise. She was so welcoming of the children - it really made me love this hotel. My mom's appointments finished and we never went back, but I always fantasized about staying there and pretending I'm from out of town. It was a very nice treat to attend the brunch and be reminded of the welcome I received, many moons ago.

I felt the same welcome this last visit. I can only imagine the comfort of landing in L.A. from a long flight, and heading to the room immediately.

Taking off shoes, cracking and stretching the toes and feet.

Filling the tub, or starting a hot shower, and hopping in.

Cleansing the day and flight away, down the drain. Dressed in clean clothes, heading downstairs into Costero Bar Bistro for a good dinner and drinks, with no worries about driving anywhere.

Afterwards, making your way upstairs to your room, for the best sleep you've had in a really long time.

Doesn't this sound like it's time to plan a get-a-way?


How Mantra Helps the Downward Spiral


Wikipedia defines the Sanskrit term as the "meditative repetition of a mantra or a divine name. It is a practice found in Buddhism, Hinduism, Jainism and Sikhism.

The mantra or name may be spoken softly, enough for the practitioner to hear it, or it may be spoken within the reciter's mind. Japa may be performed while sitting in a meditation posture, while performing other activities, or as part of formal worship in group settings."

"A Mantra being "a sacred utterance, a numinous sound, a syllable, word or phonemes, or group of words in Sanskrit believed to have psychological and spiritual powers. The earliest mantras were composed in Vedic Sanskrit by Hindus in India, and are at least 3000 years old".

A mala is a string of beads, which is used to chant the names of God. It is similar to a rosary. A mala typically has either 108 beads (a sacred number in Hinduism) or 27 beads (which is one-fourth of 108). Additionally, the mala generally has an additional bead, called the “Guru bead,” which hangs at the connecting points of the mala.

A Hindu mala is used by the right hand, generally. The mala is held with the thumb and middle finger, avoiding the index finger. The index finger represents the Ego. The right hand, and the beads are brought toward you, one by one, using the thumb. Each bead counts as one repetition of your mantra. When you get around to the Guru bead, you don’t count it, and you don’t pass it; you stop there, mentally bow to the guru.

This process is called Japamala.

If your mala is 27 beads long, you will flip the mala around, and start going back the other way, 3 more times. Each time you come to the guru bead you awaken once more, then you turn around and head back home, until you hit 108.

Type of mala is up to you. There are so many options out there! My first piece of advice is to get them from a good source. 

What does that mean?

Try and get them from a correct lineage, such as SRF (Self-Ralization Fellowship) or the Hare Krshna Temple. Most of my malas come from a Temple. I like that they come infused with good vibrations and prayers via the hands which made them. 

After discovering the perfect mala, for you, it's time to find a mantra. Quite honestly, the mantra finds you. So don't give up if you aren't resonating with one, make it up. I did.

My first mantra was, "I am happy, healthy, wealthy and wise".

After that, I found my mantra, and many others! Traditionally, the mantra is given to you by your Guru (Teacher) when initiated into Bramachary. 

But the mantra can also come by way of a song, or meme, or conversation. 

We should not limit how we receive God, but focus on staying open, and accept the message. 

My mantra depends on my situation, but primarily it goes between "Om Namo Narayanaya" and "Om Namah Shivaya".

These are both names for God. 

My first Hindu mantra ever was a Maha Mantra, a great mantra. The Krshna mantra, is powerful mantra in guiding love into your own being, evolving Self love within, expanding one's being to unbelievable heights. 

I found my spouse while chanting to Krshna. 

But I wasn't even looking for one, just looking for God.

When I begin to hear the voices telling me I'm not good enough.
When I hear the voices say I'm not doing enough.
When I hear I am not worthy of love.
When I hear I am a waste...

I chant my mantra. I cling to it, like a man climbing rocks who just had a slip of hand. 

I chant louder than the thoughts.

Slowly, they subside. 

Sometimes I use the mala, sometimes I don't. 

I usually use my mala for morning and evening prayer, but I always have them with me. 

That's how powerful they are for me.

Just like with everything else, it's all experimental. Listen to what resonates within. It's always ok to say no, "this is not for me".

Remember to use your breath, deeply.

Enjoy this epic journey!



My GoT Name

Today the prompt is to name our Self. We are to name ourselves just as one of the GoT character does for herself. I’ve never watched GoT so I have no idea who this character is, or does, however Tara gave a great explanation of our intended purpose. 

The goal is to name who we want to become, not who we currently are, or who we have been. A new name, a new perspective. 

This seems easy enough today, especially after being at Bhakti Festival recharging my Self with other Light Beings for almost a week.

While I was a Bhakti Festival I had a lot of revelations, or moments of enlightenment. I rarely share my internal discussions with others, because they are my message, my download. Most people wouldn't understand them anyway, as they are being accepted under my perception, to answer my questions, not someone else. 

But I will share them here today, because they are valid in today's prompt. Which is to name our Self.

When I first started on my path, my teacher, Mas Vidal, always said we are to be nameless and formless. 

This really resonated with me.

Nameless. Formless. 

For a very long time I had no name, not even a spiritual name. Even when I was initiated into Bramacharya, many moons ago, my Guru didn't assign me a name. 

Which was strange, because everyone gets a new name. It's significant to your spiritual life. At least I thought it was. 

But not when you want to be nameless and formless. 

So I wondered without a name. Until a beautiful girl named me Eh-Jah back in 2010. 

That name was accepted and tied to my future spouse, who praises Jah Rastafari. 

But after that, I had no spiritual name. Until last week at BhaktiFest. 

Now, just for backstory, you should now - NO ONE REMEMBERS MY NAME. 


I don't take offense because just like Jim Morrison says, "When you're strange 
No one remembers your name". 

So I tell people my name is Ma. Like Mother. 

People definitely remember that, because I am big Mom energy.

At Bhakt, I was inititated with 2 names. The first was by Erin from Banyon Botanicals. She blessed me with the name Leela Ma. Which I absolutely love! Leela means "Play". I am the playful Mother. Although I never really embraced this part of me, and felt that playing was juvenile, I really resonate with this new name I was given. 

Leela Ma

The other name which was bestowed upon me was Maha. Chase Iron Eyes gave a talk about Standing Rock and how they are being treated unfairly. It resonated deeply within and I could not keep the tears out of my eyes. It was a very emotional talk. I received some serious downloads, and reconnected to my Indigenous Roots. I connected with Chase on a very universal and energetic level. I even felt the presence of my Nana there!! I have been praying to connect to my Indigenous Roots since she passed in 2005. 

After Chase spoke, I met with him and asked many questions, which were overwhelming. He then gave me my name - Maha. I was wearing my "Maha Seva" badge and he took that as my name. Maha means "great". I just wanted him to remember me, so I could have someone to reach out to, in the Indigenous Community. I am so very desperate to reconnect.

After that incident I was able to meet the amazing Mary Magdalene in meditation. Her download was so powerful, that I am unable to put into words, just yet. 

I did my Seva in the Women's Tent and met many excpetional women!! I will be bringing these women to you, in time. 

But, for today, we focus on my name.

I am Elizabeth Baby Peregrina, Energetic Mother, Independant Indigenous Goddess, Master Manifestor, Lover of All Vegetables and Fruit, Family Soul and Face, Yogini From the Beginning of Time and Space, Spice Guru and Creator of Art you Eat, Superb Transformer by way of Shiva, the First and Only of her Name. 



Meet Tara-Nicholle Nelson

I came upon Tara earlier this year when I signed up for her 30-day Writing Challenge for Conscious Leaders. I wrote many blog entries, including this one, which was very cathartic and healing.

It is no wonder why I signed up again, since the first time around was very transformational, and this round's focus is "Transcend the Chaos and Spark Bold Transitions".

Honestly, who couldn't use that?

I like Tara because she is relatable, and offers great insight into every prompt she offers. It is a very thought out project, to which is evident by how many women join and transform within their own lives!

Check out this video and join us!

Today was the first day of prompts and I am so excited!

As I enter this next decade of my life, my forties, I am ever so ready to conquer all the bullshit that is holding me back.

Holding me back from my own greatness. Fear is losing it's grip, if not most by now, and I am ready!


Ready to receive, give, be open, forgive, be honest, be raw, be authentic, be healed, be empowered!! To own my glory!

Writing has always been a very freeing method of de-stressing for me. I have journals that date back to the time I was in junior high school! The last time I did this, I bought a journal and pens to prepare. This time I did nothing. I decided to use the tools I have and go with it. Better and easier to accept and work with what I have, as opposed to focusing on what I don't have.

If you feel like this resonates with you, head over to the Facebook Page for the 30 Day Writing prompt and check it out.

I'll see you there.


PS - I plan to post some of my writings here on the blog. More than likely I'll post those writing prompts on Tuesdays and Thurdays.

PPS - I'm hosting a Kichari Detox on Facebook. Head on over if you're intersted in joining.


Meet Tuesday May Thomas

This is Tuesday May Thomas. I met her back in 2008, when I managed the Dancing Shiva Healing Center. Tuesday taught yoga and did many Reiki workshops there as well. I was blessed to join her during a Reiki Healing Circle and I was instantly hooked! A week before I was to sit in on my first circle, I discovered the first Reiki symbol (Cho Ku Rei) within me, as I drew a spiral over and over. After I had my first initiation, it wasn't long before I was receiving my final and Master Level download. Tuesday is a very sweet and kind soul, with Mother energy, which makes me feel safe. I had every Reiki initiation with Tuesday while I was pregnant! All 3 of my daughter's are Reiki students as well. I had many trying moments during each of my 3 pregnancies and Tuesday was so understanding and patient with me. So much so, I sent my sister to her for healing. As well as my cousin, and my friends!

Tuesday also has weekly Tarot readings on her YouTube

They are always on point for me and my path!

Find Tuesday on Instagram, where she shares her many talents, including her practice with a Ratan Staff! 

Just look at her light energy!

Below is a photo of 2 inspiring souls. Tuesday, and Baba Ram Dass! Ram Dass is a Master, who has changed my mind, and life forever. Tuesday has done the same, by holding space and allowing me to be.

Both have excellent books to ponder! 
Be Here Now, by Ram Dass is a beautiful meditative book, with inspiring visuals and text. 

The Reiki Apprentice is Tuesday's first book about her Spiritual Path. It is filled with mystical tales, and trials of her first encounters on the path. I often peruse it's pages for messages when I need, or to remind me that I am not alone on this path. We all experience what we need, as we are ready.

You can also find Tuesday on Twitter

Leaving you with this excellent crystal bowl aum meditation, guided by Tuesday.

Stay blessed my friends. 

Breath allows Flow and you THRIVE.