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(Scroll down for recipes for Sesamee Seed Paste & Tahini-Recipes from Scratch

and for: Camel Pose-Ustrasana.)

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sesame seed pasteSesame Seed Paste Recipes

Sesame Seed Paste 1:


• 2 Tablespoons raw sesame seeds

• 1/2 teaspoon sesame oil

• 1/4 teaspoon salt

• 1/4 cup tepid water Directions: Place sesame seeds in a blender or food processor and grind until smooth. Add sesame oil and salt. Process until combined. With the motor running, add the water in a very slow, steady stream and blend until smooth. Yield: about 1/2 cup Sesame.

•Transfer tahini to a mason jar, and store in the fridge for up to one month.

Seed Paste: 2


• 1 cup of lightly toasted sesame seeds

• 2 tablespoons (to a ½ a cup) of Olive Oil (Makes about 2/3 of a cup.)

•Transfer tahini to a mason jar, and store in the fridge for up to one month.

• Lightly toast the sesame seeds over a low heat for approx. 10 minutes, stirring occasionally because they burn easily. A little color will only make them taste better, but watch them carefully.

• Sesame seeds have a nutty, slightly sweet flavor and aroma which is enhanced by toasting. Due to their high oil content, the seeds will quickly become rancid. It's best to purchase them in small amounts and use them quickly.

• Sesame seed storage: Unrefrigerated seeds should be kept in an airtight container in a cool, dry place for up to three months, refrigerated up to six months or frozen up to one year. Sesame oil, on the other hand, is remarkably stable and will keep for years without turning rancid, even in hot climates.

Tahini Sauce


• 1 cup tahini sesame seed paste (made from light colored seeds)

• 3/4 cup lukewarm water, or more for consistency

• 3 cloves raw garlic (or 5 cloves roasted garlic)

• 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice (or more to taste)

• 1/4 tsp salt (or more to taste)

• Garnish with: fresh Parsley, a pinch of Cayenne and a couple of Black Olives Servings: 1 1/2 - 2 of cups tahini sauce

Kosher Key: Pareve

Black Sesame Paste Recipe

• 1 part of roasted black sesame seeds (2 Tbsp.)

• 1 part of honey* (2 Tbsp.) Instructions: 1. Grind the black sesame seeds by mortar and pestle or in food processor. It takes some time for sesame seeds to secrete oil, but be patient. 2. When the sesame seeds are finely ground and become moist from natural sesame oil, add honey and mix all together. Notes *If you want to use black sesame paste for savory dishes, you can add a little bit of sesame oil instead of honey.

Camel Pose Camel Pose-Ustrasana

I thought of Ustrasana-Camel Pose, because so many Middle and Far Eastern recipes have Sesame Seed Paste as their base, I like the Pose.

 Getting into Camel Pose: Begin Ustrasana by kneeling on the floor or a yoga mat. If your knees are sensitive, kneel on extra padding.

Make sure your knees are hip width apart and thighs are perpendicular to the floor. The soles of your feet should face upward, toenails touching the floor. *(If you are a beginner and you cannot touch your feet without compressing your lower back, turn your toes under and raise your heels.)

Place your palms on your hips and try to keep your outer hips as soft as possible. Breathe deeply. Use your hands to lengthen your back pelvis and draw the tailbone towards the pubis. Inhale and lift your heart by pressing your shoulder blades to the back of your ribs. Begin to arc your back.

Withdraw your arms one at a time from your hips and place them on your heels. Press your palms firmly against your heels to keep from losing your balance. Turn your arms outward so that the elbow creases face forward.

Arch your back until your arms are straight. Imagine that there is a string tied around your waist that pulls you upward towards the sky. *( If it is still difficult to reach your feet, place your hands on yoga blocks positioned outside of each foot.) If you find it difficult to keep your thighs perpendicular to the floor, try tilting the thighs backward individually as you touch hand to heel, using entirely the left or right side limbs. Press each thigh back into perpendicular position before joining the opposite hand and heel.

You can keep your neck at a neutral position, neither flexed nor extended, or drop your head back. Be careful not to strain your neck or tighten your throat. * (I tell my student's to put the tip of their tongue onto the roof of their mouth, as if to say, “ Love Yoga.” This engages their neck muscles, so they will not strain their necks.)

To release, bring your hands back to your front hips. Inhale, lead with your heart, and lift your torso by pushing your hips down toward the floor. Your head should come up last. Rest in Child’s Pose (Balasana) or Corpse Pose (Savasana) Maintain this posture for 30 seconds to a minute. Breathe calm and deep.

Maintain this posture for 10 seconds working up over a year or more to a minute. Breathe calm and deep.

*Beginner's Tip Beginners very often aren't able to touch their hands to their feet without straining their back or neck. First, try to turn your toes under and elevate your heels. If this doesn't work, the next thing to do is to rest each hand on a block. Position the blocks just outside each heel, and stand them at their highest height (usually about 9 inches). If you're still having difficulty, get a chair. Kneel for the pose with your back to the chair, with your calves and feet below the seat and the front edge of the seat touching your buttocks. Then lean back and bring your hands to the sides of the seat or high up on the front chair legs.

Contraindications and Cautions: Do not practice this pose if you are currently experiencing high or low blood pressure, insomnia, or a migraine. Also avoid this pose if you have a low back or neck injury. Always work within your own range of limits and abilities. If you have any medical concerns, talk with your doctor before practicing yoga.

Benefits of Camel Pose:

• Opens up the hips, stretching deep hip flexors

• Stretches and strengthens the shoulders and back

• Loosens up the vertebrae

• Relieves lower back pain

• Strengthens thighs and arms

• Improves flexibility, especially in the spine

• Stimulates endocrine glands

• Releases tension in the ovaries

• Stretches the ankles, thighs, groin, abdomen, chest, and throat

• Tones organs of the abdomen, pelvis, and neck

• Complements overall health and well-being

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