Yoga, Dinner and A Movie

Acharya Sri Khadi Madama

Acharya Sri Khadi Madama

Episode 24

Dark Passage: Bela’s Homemade Paneer-India Style Cheese: Chair Pose

Dark Passage

Unfortunately, there are times when we feel like Humphrey Bogart, in Dark Passage. We’re misunderstood, maybe, and ever feel like we’re in our own dark tunnel trying to find some light and warmth. If you haven’t seen this classic Bogey mystery, the time has come. It has a happy ending or it wouldn’t appear in this collection. The scenes of the Golden Gate Bridge, with almost no cars on it, is spectacular, too. Lauren Bacall is Bogey’s guardian angel, rescuing him to safety and back to health while buffeting him against all sorts of challenges, including the police for a crime he didn’t commit, but hopes to solve. There is so much suspense in this movie, you’ll be glad you practice Yoga.

Bela’s Homemade Paneer-India Style Cheese

1 gallon milk

¼ cup lemon juice

1. Bring milk to a boil in a large, deep heavy pot.

2. Stirring it often to prevent sticking.

3. When it comes to a boil, turn off the heat and add in the lemon juice.

4. Stir gently until the curd forms and separates from the yellowish liquid, then strain through several layers of cheesecloth.

5. Hold the strainer under the water tap and run cold water through the curds to remove the lemon juice.

6. Bring up the corners of the cheesecloth, tie together and hang until the water drops out, or twist gently to express the water.

7. Place the cheese into a shallow pan and weigh it down with a heavy bowl or pan.

It can be cut into cubes and stir fried like tofu, or it can be used as is. You can also add nuts or dried fruit to it as well, or use the cubes in vegetable dishes.

The Chair Pose

Stand with feet about 6 inches apart. Inhale while rising up onto the balls of your feet and raising your arms to shoulder height in front of your body. Now sink “sit down” by bending your knees a bit so that you are in a semi-seated position but still on the balls of your feet. You’ll feel this in your quadriceps muscles. Hold for 30 seconds, then slowly drop your feet down and straighten up. Good for strengthening foot arches, quads and lower spine.

Please stay tuned:  In September Acharya Khadi will be starting a new column:  Gracie’s Adventures in YogaLand-Where Everything is Pink AND Perfect! 

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Author, Speaker and Visionary, Acharya Sri Khadi Madama is the recipient of the Jewel of India Award, in New Delhi in 2009. You may visit her website at

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