The Last Round-Up of the Elephants: Bela’s Round Up Veggie Pockets: The Deep Relaxation Pose
Gear up and get into your “jodhpurs”, we’re going on The Last Round-Up of the Elephants.
Broadcast in 1982 as a Kraft Foods TV special, it had you on the edge of the seat in a “howdah”. For centuries, the Singpho tribesmen of India have rounded up and trained the elephants. Whether it was for logging, religious ceremonies, or warfare. This is a story about how the conservation laws are ending their hunt forever. Good thing. Now elephants are protected. If you can find this ‘made for television’ special on DVD, you’ll feel as if you are engaged in one of the spectacular adventures of a lifetime. The scenery is breathtaking and the documentary narrated by Jason Robards. If you’re an elephant lover, you love this docu. You’ll need a really great TLC Yoga relaxation to recover from the adventure and a great snack too. The kind that would be delicious to eat atop an elephant under a great panoply of an exotic umbrella.
Bela’s Round Up Veggie Pockets With Cucumber Sauce
2 medium cucumbers, peeled, seeded and chopped
1 ½ cups of shredded, peeled and seeded cucumber
1 red onion, finely chopped
1 cup shredded carrot
½ cup of shredded, unsweetened coconut
1 cup of shredded carrot
½ cup of plain yogurt
1.2 teaspoon ground red pepper
4 whole pita breads
Place the 2 medium prepared cucumbers, coconut and yogurt in a blender and blend until smooth for the sauce. Set aside.
Combine the shredded carrot, shredded cucumber, onion and hot pepper in a medium bowl. Mix well. Fill the pita pockets with the carrot, cucumber mixture. Top off with cucumber sauce.
Serves 4 for a snack.
The Deep Relaxation Pose
Here is the best Yoga pose for reviving yourself after you have rounded up your own favorite elephants. Practice while wearing very loosely fitting clothes in your bare feet. Use a very soft surface like several thicknesses of blankets in a warm, dimly lit room. Begin to relax by closing your eyes and letting your breath flow in and out without trying to control it. Rather, let it be like the tide flowing in and out from the shore line. Mentally concentrate on relaxing your left big toe, your four small toes, arch of the foot, knee, thigh, and hip. Go on to the right side and follow the same. Now relax your spine; the two muscles that are along your spine; the muscles between your shoulders. Next, your abdomen, all of your intestines and internal organs, your stomach; diaphragm, heart and lungs and all of the muscles in your chest. Now relax your left thumb, left index finger, left middle finger, left ring finger, left little finger; palm of your left hand, left wrist, forearm, elbow, upper arm and shoulder. Repeat on the right side. Continue by relaxing all of the muscles in your neck, your throat and your tongue. Relax your left cheek, left eye and eyebrow; right eye, right cheek; right eye and eyebrow. Your chin, lower lip, upper lip, bridge of your nose, space between your eyebrows, forehead, top of your head, back of your head and the nape of your neck. Eyes remain closed, breathe, relax you are now ready for a nice half hour of complete rest.
Happy Yoga, Happy Eating!
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