Recipe: Vegan Cashew Dip

Holiday season is approaching with a steady gait. Are you ready to entertain with some new tricks up your sleeve?

Our front desk adviser, Valerie, defines wellness as nourishing body, mind, & soul — this includes eating yummy foods that are good for the body, practicing yoga, meditating, singing often, taking time for herself, and having a healthy balance of work and play.

Grown from this inclination toward wellness and nourishment, Valerie has been spending time lately in her kitchen. She has been tinkering with recreating a dip that threw her into a happy tailspin. Having perfected this vegan delight, she is kindly sharing her trade secrets with us. Enjoy this nutty, smooth, tahini inspired dip and make a batch to share with all your winter-y holiday visitors.

vegan cashew dip recipe


2 cups raw cashews
1 cup water
1 tbs grape seed oil
1-2 lemons (about 5 tbs of juice)
1/2 cup cilantro
1 tbs nutritional yeast
2 1/4 tsp bragg liquid aminos
1 clove garlic
1/2 tsp tahini
1/4 tsp lemon pepper
1/4 tsp onion powder
1/8 tsp cumin
1/8 tsp garlic powder
pinch of paprika
pinch of chili powder
salt & pepper to taste


Place the cashews in a food processor or high powered blender for a few minutes on low speed until it turns into butter. Add all other ingredients and blend for 1-2 minutes until you have a smooth, creamy texture.

The beauty of this recipe is you can tweak the flavor however you like. Feel free to add other spices you love like chili powder for a little heat or a smoky paprika! Store this dip in the fridge until ready to serve. It’s a good idea to make this a day ahead of time so the flavors have a change to transform into something more harmonious with time.

vegan cashew dip recipe

Valerie Somoff, aka Val or Vally Berry, spends her time away from us at the student salon getting her hours for a cosmetology / barber license. Her daily rituals to make every day sacred include practicing yoga in the morning, lighting candles at night while drinking a cup of herbal tea, lighting sustainably sourced palo santo and sage, saying prayers at her altar, and keeping healing crystals both at home and at her salon station. The best advice she’s heard lately? “Learn to laugh at the chaos of human life.” You might see her in some of her fave Namaste classes, including Melina Meza’s Gentle Yoga, Hayley Ebersole Noon Flow, and Adam Meringolo’s Vinyasa. You can find her on Insta @feeldivinebeauty (stay tuned for updates!).

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Summer Solstice Sun Tea

[large photos and inspiration courtesy The Lovely Wild .]

Today marks the longest day of the year and our official entrance into Summer. Traditionally, in Ayurveda, Summer is te catalyst for Pitta season, the season of fire. This means that our bodies are more likely to overheat with emotions and physiological issues like inflammation. According to Bayan Botanicals, excess pitta can manifest in the body as:

  • Acid reflux, indigestion, heartburn
  • Acute inflammation in body or joints
  • Discomfort or nausea upon missing meals
  • Anger, irritability, frustration
  • Bad breath and body odor
  • Excessive sweating
  • Impatience, criticism, judgment, intolerance

A great way to combat the heat is to nourish our bodies with cooling, calming foods and practices. In celebration of the Summer solstice, we are making a cooling, herbal sun tea!

Namaste Yoga + Wellness Best Yoga Studio Berkeley Sun Tea Recipe

Sun tea is very simple and requires only a few supplies. The recipe capitalizes on the longer day by steeping herbs using nothing but rays from our dear sun. Read below for instructions and ingredient suggestions to make your very own Pitta pacifying, Summer Sun Tea!

Best Yoga Studio Berkeley Summer Solstice Sun Tea
[Photo: VPK by Maharishi Ayurveda]


  • Cooling loose leaf, dried or fresh herbs. Great choices include: mint, lemon verbena, cinnamon, rose petals, ginger, cardamom, fennel, coriander, basil, tumeric, or neem leaves!
  • The largest jar or jug you have with lid.
  • Tea strainer.


Add all ingredients into a large tea strainer. Fill your large jar with clean water. Place tea strainer inside, close up lid, and let steep in direct sun until desired color is reached. Add ice and enjoy!

Namaste Yoga + Wellness Best Yoga Studio Berkeley Sun Tea Recipe

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Sonya’s Bulletproof Morning Tea Blend for Allergies

by Sonya Genel

?✨⚡️Try my Bullet Proof Morning Tea Blend for Allergies/cold/sinus congestion? ✨⚡️?


1 whole lemon
1 small branch of ginger
1 garlic clove
1 tea spoon of Bee Pollen
1 table spoon turmeric powder (or chop 1 small branch of fresh turmeric!)
1 table spoon of organic raw honey (ideally local wild honey will be the best medicine for allergies!)
Tiny sprinkle of cayenne pepper

Chop and Mix ingredients in a quart of boiled water.

For an extra boost option: add 2 bags of black breakfast tea at the end and steep for 3-5min, remove before drinking. Or drink with no tea bags to keep it caffeine free.

?✨⚡️? Enjoy!

sonyagenel-bSonya Genel, ERYT500, joyfully embraces the power of yoga not only to heal and transform the body but also to heighten human consciousness and to create a radiant life. In her classes, Sonya weaves precise anatomical alignment with flowing movement. Always approaching her students with authenticity and humor, Sonya’s intention is to hold space for a direct embodied connection with Spirit. Join her for her Friday 9:30am class at Namaste Berkeley! You can also connect with her at and on Instagram @sonyayoga

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Kameko’s Traditional Herbal Chai

Fall is here and we are not waiting a second longer to start indulging in delicious vata pacifying, soul soothing, autumn inspired meals! Up first on our menu, Namaste teacher and Ayurvedic practitioner Kameko Shibata’s Traditional Herbal Chai recipe:

Traditional Herbal Chai

Begin by boiling the green cardamon pods until they look full and bloated. You can reboil with fresh water and the same spices for several days in 3-4 qt. of fresh water (grab a big pot!)

Chai TeaIngredients:
3 cinnamon sticks
2-3 TBSP green cardamom pods, whole coriander seeds
1 TBSP whole black pepper
1 TBSP fennel seed -optional- for summer and digestive support
tons of grated ginger
2 star anise (optional)
traditionally assam black tea was added at the end, milk and sugar (jaggery)

Chai Tea

Enjoy as a sweet morning drink or afternoon pick-me-up. Send us your pictures of your homemade chai by tagging us on instagram  at @ilovenamaste using the hashtag #MyChai!

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Mae’s Magic Chia Seed Pudding

At Namaste, we love sharing our favorite recipes. There are few things that can beat a delicious, nourishing meal that is also super healthy and easy to make! Last week our studio director, Mae Boscana, brought in her homemade Magic Chia Seed Pudding for us to try… needless to say it was amazing. Why do we go so far as to call it magical? Well it is equal parts healthy and delicious!

Chia seeds are incredibly nutritious. They contain loads of anti-oxidants, protein, fiber, and a good amount of Omega-3 Fatty Acids which are all great tools for helping lower blood pressure, increase weight loss, and reduce your risk of diabetes and heart disease! The best part is topping this sweet treat off with vanilla and cinnamon helps to satisfy your sugar cravings, while cinnamon lowers your blood sugar, reduces inflammation, and fights bacterial infections. How awesome is that? Now eat up!

Chia SeedMae’s Magic Chia Seed Pudding Recipe

1/3 cup chia seeds (you can find these at any health food store or most grocery stores now!)
1 1/2 cups nut milk of choice (We prefer unsweetened coconut/almond blend)
pinch of sea salt
1/2 tsp vanilla
5 cardamom pods
1/2 tsp fresh ground ginger
1/2 tsp fresh ground cinnamon
2 tsp maple syrup or agave


1.) Put all of the above items in a bowl or mason jar.

2.) Stir.

3.) Wait at least 2 hours or until chia seeds are not crunchy (30 min. may be just enough). Stir again if need be.

4.) Eat layered with fresh fruit. Our favorite is strawberries or blueberries!

Additional topping ideas include: Goji berries, Cocoa nibs, Bananas, Raspberries, Sliced Almonds, Walnuts, or Honey!

Enjoy for breakfast or lunch – although we highly recommend making some and keeping it in the fridge to satisfy your late night sweet tooth.

Chia Seed



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