Deluxe ice cream in Reykjavik

949626a

Joylato is a perhaps one of the most interesting ice cream shops in Reykjavik. The ice cream is frozen with liquid nitrogen, everything is organic or locally sourced and almost everything sold is also available vegan. There are no additives, no corn syrup or refined sugar and no binding agents. It’s pretty much as healthy as ice cream can get. Joylato is located both on Njálsgata 1, central Reykajvik, and on Laufbrekka 30, Kópavogur. The staff at Joylato makes just about everything from scratch, or as much as they can. The flavourings for the ice cream, the vegan base (from coconut, cashews or other). The dairy comes straight from a farm in West Iceland.

The ice cream is blended and frozen to order. There are seven flavourings, in addition there’s a special that changes every week (one in winter, two – three in summer). The ice cream shop is completely gluten free. There’s a wafer that comes with the ice cream, which is gluten free, you can also get gluten free waffles. It’s a nice place to come and sit down for a cup of something warm if you’re not in the mood for ice cream. There’s latte, tea, cocoa (which is available dairy free made from their own nut milk), and more.

Faces of spiritual leaders decorate Joylato

Joylato is owned and run by Pranava Rúnar Gígja and is inspired by the ideals of spiritual leader Sri Chinmoy. Pictures of him and other spiritual leaders decorate the shop. According to Rúnar Sri Chinmoy spoke highly of ice cream and said that it brought out happiness in people, along with childlike joy. Rúnar has been meditating and following the ideals of Sri Chinmoy since 2003 and is very fascinated by him, but first got the idea to open Joylato while participating in the Sri Chinmoy Oneness-Home Peace Run in Australia in 2009. The idea evolved over the years and according to Rúnar, much of his inspiration comes through meditation. “The ideas just come to me when I meditate.” Rúnar also runs health store Mamma veit best (Mom knows best), health is something he has been interested in for a long time. “This has nothing to do with life expectancy, it’s about feeling better and aging better. Being able to do sports longer and better. To think better, have a better life. The ice cream that we serve is just food, healthy food with no additives and nothing bad for you.”

Meditation and healthy living go hand in hand

“If you meditate, healthy living follows. Weather it is the external and internal. As soon as you look inside, you see what is good for you. It‘s common for people who start meditating to eat healthier to feel better. When you are conscious of yourself, you don‘t want to put anything in your body that make you any less conscious.” Despite the amount of work and expensive ingredients, the price of the ice cream at Joylato is very reasonable. “This isn‘t something you get rich doing, but I like it. I don‘t want the ice cream to be very expensive, even though the raw materials and the liquid nitrogen aren‘t cheap. I just work harder myself. It‘s fun, and it‘s a part of my spiritual life.”

SOURCE: ICELAND MONITOR

Lightest folding e-bike is on the way

vello-bikeThe breakthrough technology adopted for the new Vello Bike from Austria allows the battery to recharge on the energy generated while cycling, so you don’t need to dismantle it at the end of your ride and you will not run out of battery power. This is the first -bike worldwide that has this feature of permanent battery recuperation and with a weight of under 12 kg also the lightest.

The energy with this new system is harvested as before by braking and pedaling, just that it now also converts mechanical energy into electrical energy thanks to the Integrated Kinetic Energy Recovery System (KERS). In that way, additional energy is released to recharge the light integrated lithium-ion battery. Through this new technology, VELLO BIKE+ all-in-one changes the motor map automatically and continuously in order to keep the battery charged. The motor assistance and the cutoff speed both depend on the battery charge, the input from the pedals (speed-torque) and the road slope. Choose from different assistance levels to get the extra push you need with the 250W motor. It is electrically-assisted when you want it to be. Unlike most electric bikes, it is still easy to pedal even with the power assistance turned off.

You can ride up to 15 miles per hour (25 km/hour) for unlimited mileage in “self-charging mode”, or in “turbo mode” up to 18-30 miles (30-50 km) on a full charge without any effort. As soon as you stop pedaling, the motor will stop pushing. The generated power depends on several factors including the bike speed, the pedaling speed, the road slope and the selected power mode.

These are not all the features of this revolutionary new foldable e-bike: there is a new gear adopted to the system, a new suspension system, availability with a titanium or carbon frame and much more. The Vello Bike is not yet on the market, but you can order it on this Kickstarter page and pledge the required model; a lot of features are less expensive than later or even free. The compaign only goes for another 4 days, so you have to be quick. Until now 188 people are backing the project, totaling a pledge sum of over 300’000 €. Delivery is planned for April 2017.

Pope Francis blesses Peace Run Torch

pope-francis-peace-torch1On October 12, 2016, 4 days after the finish of the 49 nation, 25,000 km, 8 month European Peace Run in Rome at the Colosseum the members of the Peace Run were truly blessed to be part of the Papal Audience at St. Peter’s Basilica. After the mass Pope Francis took a moment to bless the torch and receive gifts of artwork and messages from children around the world. They also presented some of Sri Chinmoy’s writings and artwork. More pictures on: peacerun.org.

Pachamama – The World by Drone

Pachamama is usually translated as Mother Earth, but a more literal translation would be “World Mother”. In Inca mythology, Pachamama is an ever-present and independent deity who has her own self-sufficient and creative power to sustain life on this earth. This video takes you on a trip around the world showing breath taking imagery of our world, also known as “Pachamama”. Filmed by- Karim Iliya;  edited by – Amanda Beenen.

Running 3100 miles …

Yuri-3100mile-2016.jpgThe Sri Chinmoy Marathon Team sponsored the 20th Annual Self-Transcendence 3,100 Mile Race from 6 a.m. to midnight for 52 days, starting Sunday, June 19, 2016, and concluding Tuesday, Aug. 9. It is the world’s longest certified road race (USAT&F Certificate: NY12013JG). In this seven-and-a-half weeks long (52 days) test of endurance, nine men and three women attempted to complete 5,649 laps of a 0.5488 mile course (883.2079 meters) on paved sidewalks encircling Edison High School and the Joe Austin Playground in Queens, New York. The distance is equal to 118.23 marathons. Five runners finished the distance. Race founder Sri Chinmoy (1931-2007) said, “The supreme secret or goal will be to transcend our own capacities. We will not try to defeat others. We will try only to constantly transcend ourselves.”

RESULTS
1. Yuri Trostenyuk, 52, Vinnitsa, Ukraine 46 days+01:10:25—4 finishes (see picture)
2. Ashprihanal Aalto, 45, Helsinki, Finland 46 days+02:54:22—14 finishes
3. Atmavir Petr Spacil, 38, Zlin, Czech Rep 47 days+11:32:00—9 finishes
4. Vasu Duzhiy, 50, St Petersburg, Russia 48 days+03:54:11—5 finishes
5. Ms. Kaneenika Janakova, 46, Bratislava, Slovakia 51 days+07:31:07—1 finish

This was the 20th consecutive running of the 3,100 Mile Race. To date, 39 people have completed the event, bringing the total of finishes to 144 in 20 years. The most finishes for a man is 14, held by Ashprihanal Aalto, Helsinki, Finland. The most finishes for a woman is 13, held by Suprabha Beckjord, Washington, DC, USA. The current world records were set in 2015. Ashprihanal Aalto of Finland holds the WR of 40 days+ with 09:06:21. Surasa Mairer of Austria holds the WWR of 49 days+ with 07:52:01.

The Sri Chinmoy Marathon Team organizers hope that the Twentieth Annual Self-Transcendence 3,100 Mile Race serves as an inspiration for people in all walks of life to ‘go the extra mile’ or reach their own highest potential in whatever they do.