June Newsletter- Great Gratitude

Autumn floral background with birdsHappy June everyone,
The sun is shining, gardens are planted, and the days are long and bright, filled with beauty, warmth and the promise of a wonderful summer. I hope that you are all well and wonderful, and finding time to do whatever it is that makes you smile. It has been a very interesting month for me, on many levels~ a time filled with many ups and downs, travel, on both the spirit and physical levels, and immense learning, more that I could ever imagine. I have come to a place of deeper understanding, acceptance and gratitude for each and every moment. Life is such a gift, as are all of our connections~ those with our families, close friends, and any being that touches us in a special way. To love and honor those around us wholeheartedly, and to be able to express that love, offers the chance for true surrender into our heart.

With this new awareness, I look forward to this beautiful month of June. I will be offering an Ayurvedic Cooking Class on Sunday June 19, from 10:30-2:00 at The Hawthorn, it will be a wonderful early summer menu, with as much local, and homegrown produce available. I am also continuing the special of a free tarot reading with the purchase of a 90 minute Abyhanga, so luxurious, relaxing and healing:) Tuesday June 14, will be a Yoga Nidra night beginning at 7:30. I will be updating the website soon, with other class times and special events.

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Surrender And Enjoy

Something that is so simple yet so difficult for most of us to do. Let go, and just enjoy what is, trust and surrender to the knowledge that all is just perfect. Do you take time to really enjoy where you are at, what you are doing, or does your mind fill with the clutter of so many worries, stresses, thoughts and things that take us away from the true beauty and magic of this amazing life we live. This past month, I was confronted with sudden serious illness of a close relative, an experience that although extremely emotional, was perhaps one of the greatest gifts I have ever received. It really brought to my awareness what is important, and very clearly illuminated the amount of time and energy I spend focusing on the trivial things in my daily life. Every moment is a chance to feel love, to feel gratitude, and to experience the wonder around us. Each thing that happens is full of magic, full of light, and giving us opportunity to grow and to learn, whether it may seem difficult or easy. Embrace whatever it is that life brings, trust that it is all wonderful, and needed, and allow yourself to enjoy each and every moment. It truly is a gift.

I also experienced an amazing amount of love and gratitude for my family, my friends, and all of those around me. To be able to express on a heart level with those that we have long standing relationships, is such a gift, cutting through the layers of the past, to the beauty and energy of the true connection. To feel the support and energy of so many, from both the people close to me, and from some that I didn’t even know, was truly humbling. To see so clearly, how we are all connected, we are all one, and we are all light beings- such innate trust ~ what else is there to do but to surrender?
I thank all who sent their support in every and any way:)

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Yoga Pose Of The Month

Reclining Twist

A wonderful way to wring out any tension in the spine, very relaxing, and rejuvenating at the same time.

Directions

  1. Lie on your back, arms down by your sides palms up, legs about mat width apart. Take a minute or two here to breathe and slow down your mind and your body.
  2. Bend your knees, placing your feet flat on the floor, about hip width apart… take a moment here to connect with your body, how are you feeling? Notice if your chin is coming down slightly.. if not, or if it feels strained at all, feel free to place a pillow under your head.
  3. Bring your knees up to your chest, and give yourself a big hug.. Enjoy this beautiful self love, and if you like, rock slightly from side to side, massaging the lower back.
  4. Release your arms and allow them to float down to the earth outstretched, palms up. Let your knees melt down to the earth on your right side, again, feeling free to place a pillow underneath the legs, or in between them. You can keep your head straight, or if you would like you can turn your head to the left. Remember to breathe:)
  5. Allow yourself to be here with the breath for about 3-5 minutes, and then take yourself to the other side.

Don’t push yourself, allow yourself to relax, and be here.. This asana is very opening, in a very gentle way, relax and enjoy. When you are ready to come out, feel free to give yourself another hug- or just release into savasana, and enjoy.

Some benefits of this asana-

  1. Opens the 2 main meridians (nadi’s in the body)
  2. It is a wonderful release for any stuck energy along the spine, it also releases and relaxes the lower back.
  3. This asana wrings out all of the abdominal organs, which is both cleansing and renewing.
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June Recipes

Green Goodness-
At this time of year the gardens are just beginning to share their bounty of wonderful healthy food. One thing there is definitely not a shortage of in my garden is greens. Amazing spinach, leafy lettuce, chinese greens, and of course the ever plentiful kale. If you haven’t noticed from my past newsletters greens are a important and favorite part of my diet, they carry so many nutrients, are great in juices, salads, and in pretty much any cooked dish. And they can be even more versatile than that.. Many of us love to snack, even if it may not always be the healthiest thing for our bodies, especially if the snacks are store bought. I thought this month I would share a healthy, easy alternative, for a crispy and delightful snack. Chips~ Made out of kale (Next spring when nettle season is still going, you can make these with stinging nettles as well)

Kale Chips

1 Bunch Kale- organically grown, or even better from a garden close to you
1-2 Tbs Olive Oil
salt to taste ~ just a sprinkle

If you like you can add these spices for added enjoyment, and they are great for digestion
1 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp ground coriander
¼ tsp ground cardamom

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees fahrenheit
  2. Tear the leaves off of the stalk, and into pieces, not too big, maybe 2-3 inches square
  3. Drizzle with olive oil, and toss with salt, and spices if you choose
  4. Lay onto a baking sheet, I like to put parchment paper down first
  5. Let cook about 15 minutes, checking about half way, and giving a stir.
  6. Enjoy

Asparagus
Another wonderful spring vegetable that is just popping up locally here in BC is asparagus. So delicious and so wonderful for us. Ayurvedically Asparagus is a wonderful for all dosha’s it cools pitta, soothes Vata, and purifies Kapha. High in potassium, very easy to digest, and a natural blood purifier, it is very high in folic acid, it is a great vegetable to include in any meal. I often cook it in a pan with a little bit of olive oil and salt, trimming the base of the stems off, and cooking about 5-10 minutes until tender. Easy and Delicious.

Quinoa and Asparagus Pilaf

1 cup quinoa
2 cups water
½ tsp salt
1-2 tsp oil
1 lb asparagus cut into 1 inch pieces
1 cup fresh peas- they should be at a local farmers market soon:)
1-2 Tbs fresh squeezed lemon juice
1 Tbs Olive Oil
¼ cup chopped dill
Salt to taste

  1. Rinse the quinoa in a strainer.
  2. Place in a pot with the water, add salt
  3. Bring to a boil uncovered, turn down to simmer and cover. Let cook 15-20 minutes
  4. In a pan lightly saute the asparagus and peas in 1 tsp of oil, until tender
  5. Toss with quinoa, drizzle with olive oil, and lemon juice, mix in the fresh dill.

Light, cooling, nutritious and tasty:)

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Upcoming Events

Ayurvedic Cooking Class- Early Summer Menu
Sunday June 19
10:30-2:00
At The Hawthorn
Fresh garden goodness, wonderful food, and a great time
Full lunch is included

Menu to be announced soon- check here for more information soon:)

Yoga Nidra

Yoga Nidra is a body-centered form of meditation that can help us discover a greater sense of wholeness and balance that is naturally ours. This method of self-inquiry is practiced in a comfortable lying down position, in which participants are guided into the deepest levels of relaxation and mediation. This practice burns away negative patterns of conditioning, creating the space for transformations on the physical, emotional, and energetic levels.

Join Me For 30 minute Yoga Nidra (a recorded session by Swami Niramjamananda) followed by 30 minute silent sit

Tuesday June 19– 7:30pm

By Donation

250 597 3973

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Once again, I thank you all so much for your time in reading this. I wish you all a wonderful June, and I look forward to seeing and sharing with you all more. Remember, right here, right now, is what there is….. and its wonderful:)

Deepest love and gratitude,
Asrael

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