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Freedom Within Yoga Recipes - February New Moon Women's Circle

Full Moon of Adar, February 2, 2014


Last night we had our first New Moon Women's Circle in the  studio.

I have been wanting to create and be a part of a monthly women's gathering like this, for a long time. Together with my daughter Jessica Berlin, and co-teacher/friend Zivar Amrami, the first New Moon Women's Circle gathered in the auspicious month of Adar. It was the perfect month to begin this new endeavor because Adar is the end of the lunar calendar cycle and the beginning of a new season.  The end is within the beginning and the beginning folds back into the end, moving into more light and unfolding new possibilities. We did all of my favorite things last night. We claimed a sense of stability and intimacy, through our gathering together. We practiced yoga. We delved into the Kabbalistic realms of why women gather together at the beginning of the new moon each month. We made our thoughts and words sacred through our sharing, one woman at a time. We reflected and set our intentions for the coming month. Lastly, we enjoyed some simple treats together, closing our candle lit circle.

Here are recipes for some of the treats we had together.

     Raw Oatmeal Cookies

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  • 1 cup raw walnuts
  • 1 cup raw pecans
  • 2 cup pitted medjool dates
  • 2 cup of rolled oats
  • 1 cup raw coconut flakes
  • 1 1/2  tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 Tb Cinnamon
  • 1 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 tsp ground Himalayan salt
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 2/3 cup chopped chocolate chips
  • additional chopped walnuts and oats for the top.


1) In the food processor - add the nuts first and turn it into nut butter, or just about buttery consistency
2) Put in dates.
3) Process them until it turns into a dough.
4) Add oatmeal and then the rest of the ingredients - vanilla, cinnamon, sea salt. Put dough in bowl and add in the raisins and finely chopped chocolate chips.
5) Take the chopped walnuts,pecans and oats and spread on a board. Take a golf ball size of the dough - roll it into a ball and then press it into the nut/oat mixture and shape into a cookie. Turn the cookie over and press the nut/oat mixture onto the top of the cookie. This makes for easy storing and stacking.

Gluten Free Hamantaschen

For best results, these cookies should be make quickly.

I got a box of Cherrybrook Kitchen Gluten Free Dreams

I modified the directions by adding

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1/4 fresh orange juice ( instead of rice milk)

2 tsp orange juice ( instead of vanilla)

2 TB of buckwheat flour (added to make the dough more firm)

1 cup of poppy seed filling

directions :

Make the cookie dough, with the modified ingredients

Roll out dough with a rolling pin onto cooking parchment.

I used an empty tomato sauce jar to cut  the circles for the Hamantaschen

Place approximately a 1/2 tsp of poppy seed filling in the center of the cut out circle.
Fold in sides to form a triangle. Pinch dough to enclose the filling.

Place on cooking parchment lined pans

Bake at 325 between 12 - 14 minutes.

Master Cleanser drink -

using a 6 cup Ball Jar container-

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1/4 cup fresh ginger juice. I used my juicer but you could press the ginger through a garlic press.

3/4 cup fresh lemon juice

3/4 cup Grade B maple syrup ( Grade B is more nutrient rich then Grade A)

1/4 tsp cayenne pepper

Put all the ingredients into the jar and fill to the top with filtered water. 

If you want to read more about the master cleanser drink - http://calorielab.com/news/2008/07/17/master-cleanse-in-detail/