day 3 mantraWelcome!

I invite you to come Alive with me. Play with your body with yoga, your mind with meditation, your soul with healthy, delicious vegetarian food. Come alive with yoga to heal your mind, body and soul.  Learn quick and easy tips to get your body tuned up in shape with simple yoga poses you can do anytime. Learn easy ways to meditate to bring a sense of alive and calm centred focus to your daily life. Learn amazing ancient indian vegetarian cooking tips in a modern canadian context. Learn to use spice to spice up your life, activate your body and breathe new life into dull food.

My ongoing attraction to yoga started early on. With my childhood upbringing in a southern indian brahmin household. Growing up a tamil girl in the cosmopolitan capital city of Delhi, I tasted the light & subtle flavooty1ours of my southern background and and also sampled the hearty mixes of northern influences. I hope to share loads of colourful stories in each of my posts. I was also fascinated by gentle living. I wouldn’t want to touch meat even though my parents allowed us the opportunity to taste and sample, I just couldn’t. the idea of cutting up an animal and cooking it was unpalatable. Later as an adult, I realized many health benefits from a veg diet.

Fast forward to my move to Canada. As a young bride in a foreign land, I had an unusually hard time. Lots of experiences that tried me which I will share another time. Life threw so many challenges at me, I kept fielding them one after the other, balancing home life, my working life and all the many difficulties thrown at me with cheer. At some point, something had to give. I ended up with high cholesterol. I left an abusive marriage with no roof over my head, no money, just my positive attitude. I relied on that positivity time and again. I looked around and saw that there wasn’t much of that food anywhere. And started thinking, ‘what was it that I had developed, that helped me sustain, that helped me believe in myself, that helped me get the job of my dreams, the house of my dreams, the work of my dreams, the passionate teaching of yoga that is my life’s calling?’

The answer is not one, its many tools that I used. This is what I love to share with others. My experience is not unique. there are so many out there who also have major life challenges to face, be it physical trauma or emotional or mental issues. On my website I want to share my experiences with you to inspire you to come alive. So you too can go into that space within you, that quiet constant steady unchanging space that you can always rely on. That will tide you through good times and bad, through happy and sad, through high and low.As a yoga teacher, I share my yoga knowledge and experiences with my classes in different locations in the greater toronto area to help others come alive. I also share yoga poses via youtube videos. https://www.youtube.com/user/apsaraaliveyoga

Charu Shankar


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    • its great to see everyone sharing what they know.. I watch out for your posts & can’t wait to steal 🙂 some of your recipes to make them my own!! thanks for stopping by..

  1. Hi Charu, I’m so glad to have discovered your blog! We definitely share a love for travel and food. And I love learning more about South Indian recipes especially! : )

  2. Me too Alison, I have a lucky job that takes me all over canada & sometimes the United States so I can combine my 2 loves, eating & traveling.. We might have something more in common other than delicious south indian food, my sister studied Japanese in Nagoya & got me inspired about japanese culture. I hope to visit Japan some day & will definitely keep your tips in mind!

  3. that’s sweet of you to say Torie! Happy to answer any questions that you haven’t already figured out,, i can’t seem to take my eyes off your pix, they tell an amazing story..tc, charu

  4. Liana says:

    What incredible luck that you found my blog today so that I could find yours! I absolutely love Indian food and am hoping I can learn how to make some dishes now that I’ve got a source…a teacher! How serendipitous is WordPress!!

    • Thanks Liana, I’d love learn from you. Great to know you like Indian cooking. You’re in the right place, I love cooking Indian & love teaching others on how to make it easy & simple. Wonderful to find you..

    • Thanks so much live blissful.. Tried finding your name on your. Blog but I didn’t spot it 😉 I checked out your link rightaway …and cOngrats on all your awards… Very well deserved…charu

  5. Thanks for visiting my blog! You were asking if poutine could be vegetarian. Of course it can! Smokes Poutinerie offers a vegetarian option at all their locations. Check if there is one near you. To make it at home, use thickened vegetable broth with a bit of ketchup and a tiny bit of cider vinegar for the tang. And don’t forget to use cheese curds! Bon appétit!

  6. Hi Charu, I ADORE your blog! Two of my favorite things in the world are culture and food. I love how you artistically explore the expression of culture through foods! Spices are so important, and I’m only just now discovering and experimenting with various spices in my cooking. I will look to your blog for food inspiration (read: recipes!) for sure! I’ve nominated you for The Versatile Blogger Award, which you can read about and accept here: http://thetraveluster.com/2013/05/02/versatile-blogger-award-celebrating-bloggers/

    • Hi Lindsay! you just made me smile with your lovely comment, I’d like to frame this & keep coming back to it.. I simply love art and cooking I believe is an amazing art that satisfies all the senses. I’m so glad you were able to see this in my blog. I’m sorry I took this long to reply. been away on work, now looking forward to a weekend of reading your blog posts. thanks for the award nomination, I’m honoured! will head over to check rules now.. love, charu

    • Thanks for the nomination Nat ! And your awards…..that’s a lot of awarding, well deserved. You’re right. I’ve missed myself too, 😉 just back from work travel , hope to post soon!!

  7. Hi Charu, I’m so glad I found your blog through Liz’s. What a terrific about page, I can completely relate to it! And the picture is beautiful too. My ideology is similar to yours, and wish that we could connect through our blogs. Looking forward to your posts…

    • wow! that’s awesome Peri. I checked out your page. what a great idea to collect your fave indian recipes & share on your page. I’ll head over now to post a comment rightaway!!!

  8. Barbara Gillen says:

    Love, love, love Charu’s yoga class. Body, mind, and soul are all touched. She teaches me that we have to take care of our inner body as well as our outer body and that both are connected. I always leave her sessions feeling refreshed and energized – keep up the amazing work, Charu!

    • thanks so much Barb.. its awesome teaching you. as you really really put yourself heart & soul into your yoga practice..i love to see you walk out of class all refreshed & ready to tackle your busy work….xoxo

  9. Trish Salazar says:

    Hello Charu
    It’s Trish from NYC
    I’m so glad I found you and this amazing website.
    What an inspiration you are!
    Thank you for being such a lighthouse

    I’m coming to Toronto in September and I would love to meet up with you!
    The dates are sept 14-17, 2017 for an intense class of pure bioenergy level 1.
    Maybe you want to take it too?!
    I dont have your email address!
    Let’s connect!

    Let’s hang!

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