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Reiki + RESTore Workshops

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This special R+R workshop was born out of my desire to help others find healing and deep relaxation through Reiki and Restorative yoga. Both of these modalities lay the groundwork for self-healing by empowering us to look within and rest. When we get still and quiet, we allow ourselves to receive the healing benefits of energy work and yoga. We give ourselves a break from our otherwise hectic lives. We give ourselves permission to slow down and reconnect with the innermost parts of ourselves. We create the optimal environment for healing. 

Stay Tuned for more Reiki + RESTore experiences coming soon. I'm laying the groundwork to be able to offer this to our San Diego Community. 


A Yoga con Karla experience: 
Take some time for Self-Care, a break from the "busyness" of life and experience relaxation and healing. Allow yourself to receive deep relaxation in supported Restorative yoga poses. 

While in the poses, you will receive Reiki-Reiki is a spiritual healing art with its roots in Japanese origin. The word Reiki comes from the Japanese word (Rei) which means “Universal Life” and (Ki) which means “Energy”. A Reiki session can help ease tension and stress and can help support the body to facilitate an environment for healing on all levels – physical, mental, and emotional. Restorative yoga, Reiki, Essential oils. 

All levels welcomed, no experience required. 

Karla Rodas , RYT-200 and Reiki Practitioner, is an ambassador of love and hugger of sweaty beings. It wasn’t always that way. She found yoga at the perfect time in her life. As a Navy spouse and mother of two sons, she was stressed out and wound tight when her husband deployed for many months at a time. With dedication to her new found practice and the help of her first teachers at Chula Vista yoga, she learned tools to help her in her daily life. Since her first 200-hr training, she’s completed several trainings and specializes in yoga for trauma/military communities, restorative-yin and yoga therapeutics for those suffering from chronic pain and injury. She offers REIKI + RESTORE workshops to support healing in the community. 

Through yoga and writing, her greatest hope is to help others self-heal and tap into their own inner beauty, strength and limitless potential, always with humor and love. Karla, a native New Yorker, now lives a chill California life, (thanks to YOGA), joined by her beloved husband Frank and two sons.

Veggie Ramen

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I was super excited to cook lunch for a few of my yogi friends the other day. A just cuz get-together in the middle of the week was possible for us with a flexible sched. For most, it's a major no-no to try out a new recipe when you have guests over. Cooking is a way for me to express myself creatively, try new things and show my love for others. So, yup, I chose something that I love to eat but have never made at home. Ramen!!!!! There's something so soul warming about soup so Ramen was the way to go for this yogi gathering.

Not only that, I had to make it Vegan and Gluten-free for a couple of friends respectively. It did take a bit of research and mindfulness just because it's not one of my go-to recipes. No worries.

I followed this recipe by the awesome Minimalist Baker to make the broth,  This blog is a great resource and source of inspo for simple and delish plant-based cooking. For sourcing the ingredients, I'm fortunate to have an Asian market and a healthy produce and grocery store super close by. At the Asian market, I found a variety of miso. It comes in a tub that was a bit too large for me so I passed on that. But, the Asian market is a great place to find fresh veggies that you don't normally come across. I picked up a jar of garlic chili paste from an extensive selection on the shelves. 

I found most of the ingredients for the Ramen at my neighborhood Sprout's market. A great find, to my surprise, were the dehydrated Shiitake mushrooms at about $1.99 for a small bag. I fully expected to pay a lot more for them. These are a must to develop a deeply rich broth. 


I found a Miso Soup paste in a tube there--Original Miso & Easy broth concentrate--it contains Bonito fish for the Umami flavor so it isn't vegan. I found out later that there is a Vegetarian version as well. Since this was a new product for me, I tasted it first then added it little by little so that it wouldn't be overpowering. After layering in seasoning, I tasted the broth and adjusted,  I found that I needed a bit more Reduced Sodium Tamari Sauce. Coconut Aminos or Bragg's Aminos could be used in place of Tamari and would still be Gluten-free.


So, Bonito fish, news to me. That's why I skipped this ingredient-Miso paste in a tube for my Vegan friend and reserved some broth in a separate pot. Most Miso contains just a few ingredients; water, miso (fermented soy bean paste), tofu, and seaweed of some form. If you're going for the Vegan version, you just have to read the ingredients and check that the Miso doesn't contain Bonito fish. I also had a little extra help for the Vegan broth with a container of Trader Joe's Miso Ginger Broth. I couldn't use it for my Gluten-Free friend because it contained soy sauce, lol. I tasted TJ's Miso Ginger broth and it actually had a good flavor but I took it anotha level with the aromatics, Shiitakes, spices and vegetable broth. For a quick weeknight dinner, I'd totally use this as a base.


Using the Minimalist Baker's recipe for the broth was a great starting point. Using the Shiitakes, lots of garlic, onion and fresh ginger were key for making a tasty broth. I'd like to try it again using traditional White Miso paste rather than the tube version to compare. 

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I used Gluten-Free and Vegan noodles from Lotus Foods made with millet and brown rice. They were super easy to make and affordable. The smaller package can be found at Target but the larger pouch is about $7 at Costco. More and more, I've been finding great plant-based, organic products there and the larger sizes work well for feeding my family of quatro. For my next ramen adventure, I may shop for fatter noodles at the Asian market. I'd love to find thick spinach noodles that they use in the Vegan ramen at my fave spot Tajima on Convoy.


I love food where you can build your own; whether it's tacos, veggie bowls, ramen. I flash fried tofu and stir fried the broccoli and baby bello 'shrooms to add to the ramen. Prepping the veggies was a big time saver. I laid out the toppings on the table; matchstick carrots, sliced jalapeños, (not traditional but it's SD, ya know?), green onions, semi-crunchy oven roasted kale and edamame along with the garlic chili sauce and Sriracha. I think it was a hit and I'll definitely make this again. 


For dinner that night, I just boiled some more ramen noodles and reheated the soup. My son and I added medium-boiled eggs to our hot ramen bowls. Yum! Yum!