of the Month FEATURES

STUDENT OF THE MONTH

HOW DID YOU DISCOVER YOGA, AND STERLING YOGA?

I knew yoga was a "stretching " exercise and I had tried some classes from time to time. I was having a lot of hip pain , was limping, and had less energy and strength. I wanted to find something to help my whole body. Sterling Yoga was near my home so I gave it a try.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE POSE AND/OR CLASS, AND WHAT DO YOU LOVE MOST ABOUT BEING A STUDENT HERE?

My favorite pose is the shoulder stand using the chair. I feel strong when I am in this pose. I was intimidated by this pose and didn't try it for the first 3 years. When I put all the things I had learned to achieve this pose I gained confidence and a new understanding of myself and my yoga practice.

WHAT CHANGES HAVE YOU NOTICED SINCE STARTING YOUR YOGA PRACTICE AT STERLING YOGA?

When I started practicing at Sterling Yoga I had a weak right hip and a loss of stamina and strength. Now my overall strength and energy has improved and I think increased. Also I have little pain and much greater mobility in my hips and back.

WHAT ARE YOU CURRENTLY WORKING ON IN YOUR PERSONAL YOGA PRACTICE, OR WHAT HAS BEEN THE MOST CHALLENGING FOR YOU SO FAR?

Improving and maintaining mobility in my mid back and shoulders. I have trouble with balance and always have to work to keep one side from doing all the work to move and maintain a pose.

Deb E.

ANY WORDS OF ENCOURAGEMENT TO NEW STUDENTS?

Take care of yourself. Move your body, calm your mind. Take a yoga class. No matter how often you can come to class, keep coming back. You are worth a little self care.

ANY ELSE YOU WOULD LIKE TO ADD?

There is a wide variety of classes offered at Sterling Yoga. Something for everyone from exercise to meditation. All of the teachers are helpful and knowledgeable. The students are encouraging and helpful also.

Chickpea Tikka Marsala

PREP: 15M COOK: 20M SERVINGS: 4

For Chickpea Tikka

  • 2 cup chickpeas cooked

  • 2-3 garlic cloves finely minced

  • 1/2" ginger finely minced

  • 3/4 tsp garam masala

  • 1/2 tsp  chili powder

  • 1 tbsp lemon juice

  • 1/2 tbsp oil

  • salt to taste

For Tikka Masala Sauce

  • 1 small onion cut in 8 pieces

  • 4 medium tomatoes cut in quarters

  • 2-3 garlic whole cloves

  • 1/2" ginger peeled and cut into 2-3 pieces

  • 1/4 cup raw cashews

  • 1 tsp cumin powder

  • 1 1/2 tsp coriander powder

  • 2 tsp oil divided

  • 1/2 tsp chili powder

  • 1 tsp garam masala

  • salt to taste

Chickpea Tikka

  • Preheat oven to 400 F.

  • In a medium mixing bowl add and mix all the ingredients listed under Chickpea Tikka above. Spread it evenly on a nonstick baking tray.

  • Bake the chickpeas in preheated oven for 10 min. Using a spatula stir them and again continue baking for 10 more min.

Tikka Masala Sauce

  • Meanwhile, heat 1 tsp oil in a large frying pan or skillet. Add whole garlic cloves, ginger, and onion. Cook the onion until translucent for 2-3 min.

  • Then add tomatoes and raw cashews. Cook them until tomato softens and gives sauce like consistency for about 4-5 min. 

  • Now add cumin powder and coriander powder. Mix well and transfer this mixture to the blender jar, add 1 cup water and blend until smooth and creamy.

  • Heat remaining oil in the frying pan on low heat. Add chili powder and cook it slightly until fragrant.

  • Add blended tomato mixture and bring it to boil.

  • Now add garam masala and salt to taste. Mix well and simmer (cover with lid) on low heat for 5 min.

  • Finally, add roasted chickpeas, garnish with cilantro and serve warm.

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