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What you need:
- Manson jar
- Sprouting strainer lid or cheese cloth with rubber band
- Alfalfa seeds
- And most importantly patience and excitement!
- Soak the alfalfa seeds 2-6 hours
- Pour out the water, rinse off, and place your jar in 45 degrees so the water drains well.
- You want to keep your seeds wet but avoid let all the seeds sit and clump together on the lid/cheesecloth, let the seeds cling all over on the jar. And leave your jar in a dark place in your kitchen.
- Rinse out the seeds twice a day to keep it clean.
- Watch your seeds sprouting!!!
- Put 2 tablespoons of seeds into the jar.
- Cover them with a few inches of cool water.
- Cover the top of the jar with cheese cloth and secure with a rubber band.
- Allow the seeds to soak overnight, then drain off the water.
Soak the seeds overnight. Fill the jar at least a quarter full with room-temperature water and just let the jar sit.
Pour out the water and let the seeds sit. You want to seeds to be wet and to have access to air. Therefore, don’t let the seeds gather in clumps at the jar’s bottom. In fact, take advantage of the fact that the wet seeds want to cling to the jar’s inside surface. Roll the jar around, causing as many seeds to stick to the surface as possible, then lay the jar on its side. If the surrounding air is cooler than 70° – 80°, the seeds will grow too slowly. Warmer temperatures encourage disease organisms. If you prefer growing them under warmer conditions, then rinse at least twice a day or more. If you are not rinsing enough, you’ll smell a funky odor in the jar. At this stage it doesn’t matter whether your sprouts have light or not.
About the writer: Chaukei Ngai
I was born in Hong Kong, two months premature and because my lungs were not developed enough to breath on my own, I was put on a ventilator. My whole young life, I always felt like I was struggling just to catch my breath, and many took many trips to the hospital in order to get oxygen. This went on till I was in my 20’s. Then, when I was student at York University in Toronto, I went to my first yoga class and my life completely changed. I’ve never looked back. It was the first time I ever experienced a real connection to my body. I found my passion, and my calling. I found stillness. Eight short years after that Bikram’s class in Toronto, I became the International Yoga Asana Champion. And I have my beautiful son who does yoga with me. I always say that Yoga taught me how to breathe, but it’s also the fire in my life that propels me forward, both spiritually and competitively.