Virya Superfoods - Foods with "vitality" !
Calgary's Yoga Studio Sarana is pleased to present a new addition to our studio, which we term Virya Superfoods ! Virya is the Sanskrit word that means, "essence of vitality", and we feel that best describes a variety of specially selected Raw, Organic and Sustainable Foods, ( ...as well as ready to eat snacks ! ), that we feel, will enable you to "Empower Your Best".
Take a moment to browse our selection from such trusted companies as Giddy YoYo, Basic Roots, and Harmonic Arts.
Whether you’re eating the meat, drinking the juice, or consuming it as oil, coconuts have fed and nourished populations around the world for centuries. Pacific Islanders believe that they are a cure for all illness, and consider the palm tree, (from which coconuts are grown), to be “The Tree of Life.”
As a delicious and nutritious source of fiber, vitamins, minerals, and amino acids, we are pleased to carry coconut water, flour, oil, cream, shredded coconut as well as palm sugar.
Besides being a warm and tasty "pick-me-up", herbal teas have many wonderful health benefits. From soothing an upset stomach, to calming a troubled mind, the act of steeping herbs can unleash all sorts of healing powers, as well as be a great source of vitamins and minerals.
...And to really get the full benefits from drinking herbal tea, it is important to steep your loose tea or tea bags long enough—in some cases, as long as 10 to 15 minutes—to really bring out all of their healthful properties.
Mushrooms contain some of the most powerful natural medicines on the planet, and have been used for thousands of years by traditional Eastern healers. Today, about 100 species are being actively studied for their health-promoting benefits, and about a half dozen really stand out for their ability to improve weight management and nutrition, increase vitamin D levels, and boost immune system function.
Mushrooms are low in calories, fat-free, cholesterol-free and are very low in sodium, yet they provide important nutrients, including selenium, potassium, riboflavin, niacin, vitamin D and more.
Nuts & Seeds
These tasty gems contain heart-healthy unsaturated fats, and are truly, a terrific addition to your diet. They contain protein, fiber, and plant stanols, (...which may help lower cholesterol), and antioxidants including vitamin E. So the next time you crave something crunchy, skip the potato chips and indulge that craving (guilt-free), by grabbing some nuts or seeds.
Choose from our selection of Almonds, Cashews, Brazil Nuts, Walnuts, Hazelnuts, and Jungle Peanuts, as well as Hemp Hearts, Chia Seeds, Pumpkin Seeds and Flax.
Did you know that in its raw state, chocolate has more than 300 nutritional compounds, is one of the richest sources of antioxidants of any food on the planet, and has been linked to numerous health benefits including; Lowered blood pressure, Improved circulation, digestion and cardiovascular function, as well as an improved sense of well being ?
Stock up on a great selection of Cacao beans, nibs, butter and powder, as well as Giddy YoYo chocolate bars and Ruth's hand-made chocolate squares and cups...or learn how to make your own by Booking your spot in Ruth's popular Raw Chocolate Making workshop !
Tasty and convenient, Smoothie Mixes are a great way to get a strong dose of fruits, veggies, and other "Superfood" supplements, all in a delicious blended drink. With several varieties to choose from, they are a great way to add vitamins, minerals, amino acids & essential fatty acids to your diet.
They are also packed with fiber, which can lower cholesterol and glucose levels, keep you feeling fuller for longer, and regulate your body’s cleansing processes.
While orange fruits and dark leafy Greens have traditionally comprised the majority of what we term "superfoods", one should not forget about the berry family. Researchers have found that berries, like other red and blue fruits and vegetables, have high concentrations of anthocyanin, an antioxidant that may help lower blood pressure and improve blood vessel function.
Pick from our selection of Gojii, Incan / Golden, and Dried Blueberries, as well as Black & White Mulberries, our "Berry Bliss" Blend and Camu Camu powder.
Having a hard time getting enough Dark Greens in your diet ? Our selection of "Vital Green" powders are an excellent supplement, as they are extremely rich in vitamins, minerals, enzymes, chlorophyll, and phyto-nutrients.
Green food powders count as a vegetable and/or fruit serving, depending on the formula you use, and are simple to prepare, as they can be mixed into water, freshly squeezed fruit juice or vegetable juice, or into smoothies !
...And so Much More !
In addition to the above categories, we also carry a great selection of Raw Honey, Maple Syrups, Herbs & Spices, Bee Pollen, and "ready-to-eat" refrigerated and non-refrigerated snacks.
We are really excited about all the health benefits these "Superfoods" have to offer. If however, you are feeling a little "overwhelmed" and have questions about which products may be right for you...just ask...., we are always happy to help !